The long-awaited rematch is now over, with Anderson Silva again standing victorious with the UFC middleweight title. The Las Vegas card provided plenty of reaction from top to bottom of the PPV card. In the co-main event, Forrest Griffin edged Tito Ortiz in a sloppy but entertaining bout.
In other action, Cung Le, Demian Maia, Chad Mendes, and Mike Easton all notched victories on the PPV card.
Silva Stops Sonnen
After a first round that resembled their first fight, Anderson Silva took advantage of a wild errant spinning backfist attempt from Chael Sonnen to pounce quickly. Sonnen tried to survive but Silva quickly dropped him and finished him in spectacular fashion.
Silva showed class in the victory as he asked the Brazilian fans to cheer for Chael and invited Chael to his house. Sonnen also showed class in defeat, while clearly dejected, he still stayed in the Octagon for a post-fight interview.
Silva has now won every one of his UFC fights dating back to his 2006 debut.
Griffin Edges Tito
It was not pretty but Forrest Griffin won the rubber match with Tito Ortiz. The in apparently shocked Griffin, as Griffin bolted from the cage as soon as the third round ended. Fortunately UFC President Dana White caught Griffin and he came back to be awarded the decision victory.
After the fight, Griffin took the mic from Rogan and interviewed Ortiz before being interviewed himself. Griffin gaves props to Tito and made sure the Hall of Famer got his due.
Le Notches First UFC Win
Le threw everything he had at at Patrick Cote but found out how tough the Canadian was as he could not put him away. Cote had his moments and gave it his all but Le’s all-around game gave Cote fits. Le not only out-struck Cote but out-wrestled him as well. The win marked the 40-year old fighter’s first win.
Maia Victorious in Welterweight Debut
Maia wasted no time at all in his welterweight debut as he defeated Dong Hyun Kim via TKO. Maia quickly closed the distance and took Kim’s back. Maia was finally able to bring Kim to the mat after a brief struggle and Kim quickly submitted due to an apparent rib injury on the takedown. Maia expressed his excitement for his move to welterweight after the fight and will look to keep the momentum going in his new home.
Mendes Crushes McKenzie
Chad Mendes notched our first finish of the night against Cody McKenzie. Mendes took only :31 seconds to do so, as a body punch off a caught kick lead to a devastating body punch TKO. The finish was the first for Mendes since WEC 48.
“The Hulk” Out-strikes Menjivar
Ivan Menjivar struggled to figure out how to balance out the power of Mike Easton and in the end it cost him the decision. Easton constantly stalked forward in the fight and negated Menjivar’s large arsenal of strikes with his mix speed, power, and movement. The win for Easton allows him to stay perfect in three Octagon appearances.
Main Card (Pay-per-view 10pm ET)
- Middleweight Championship Fight: Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via TKO at 1:55 of Round 2
- Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (bodylock takedown) at :41 of Round 1
- Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via TKO (body shot) at :31 of Round 1
- Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,30-27)
Preliminary Card (FX 8pm ET)
- Melvin Guillard def. Fabricio Camoes via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Shane Roller def. John Alessio via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)