UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
"UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" was an Ultimate Fighting Championship event held Aug. 27, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The headline bout was a middleweight championship fight in which Anderson Silva avenged a 2006 loss to Yushin Okami with a second-round TKO.
UFC 134 was the second UFC event held in Brazil, following "UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil" in 1998. Brazilian fighters dominated the UFC 134 fight card, led by Silva, who defended his middleweight belt for a record ninth consecutive time. Silva remained undefeated as a UFC fighter, and stretched his overall win streak to 15 bouts.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira returned to the octagon for the first time since Feb. 20, 2010 and earned a first-round knockout win eovr Brendan Schaub, collecting the Knockout of the Night bonus. Fight of the Night honors went to Edson Barboza's win over Ross Pearson.
UFC Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami
TKO, 2:04 of second round
After a methodical first round, Anderson Silva pushed the pace in the second round, knocking Yushin Okami to the canvas twice. The second time, Silva pounced on Okami and forced a stoppage with strikes, earning a TKO victory to avenge his 2006 DQ loss. Silva becomes the first UFC fighter to win 10 title fights, with his ninth consecutive defense of his middleweight belt. Silva has won 15 consecutive fights overall. 18 of his 31 career MMA wins have come via knockout. Okami, who'd won his last three fights, falls to 26-6 overall. It's just the second time in his career he's lost via knockout, the other coming in 2003.
Mauricio Rua def. Forrest Griffin
TKO, 1:53 of first round
Rua knocked Griffin to the ground and swarmed him with a series of hammerfists, ending the fight less than two minutes into the first round. Rua avenged his 2007 loss to Griffin, and avoided consecutive losses for the first time in his UFC career. Shogun, fighting in his native Brazil for the first time since 2003, improves to 20-5, with 17 of his 20 wins coming via TKO. Griffin has his two-fight win streak snapped, falling to 2-3 in his last five bouts. Five of his seven career losses have come via knockout, with each of the last two -- Rua and Anderson Silva in 2009 -- coming in the first round.
Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson
Split decision: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Going the distance for just the second time in his career, Edson Barboza protected his perfect record, improving to 9-0 in his MMA career, including 3-0 with UFC. Each of his last two wins have come via decision. Pearson falls to 12-5 overall, with his second loss in his last three bouts. It's the sixth time in his career that he's gone the distance in a fight, and just the second loss in those six bouts.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub
KO, 3:09 of first round
Brazilian legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, fighting in his home country for the first time as a pro, finishes off a combination with a powerful left, knocking out Brendan Schaub in the first round. Returning from a 552-day layoff, Big Nog improves to 33-6-1 (1 NC) in his professional career. It's just the 3rd of his 33 career wins to come via knockout, and the first since 2005. It's the first time Nogueira won a fight in the first round since 2006. Schaub's four-fight win streak comes to an end, as he suffers the second knockout loss of his career. He falls to 8-2 overall.
Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane
TKO, 4:13 of first round
Nedkov, making his long-awaited UFC debut, used a powerful combination of punches to drop Cane, then kept punching away at Cane's head until the referee stepped in to stop the fight with 47 second left in the first round. Nedkov remains unbeaten in his MMA career (12-0), with six of his 12 career victories coming via knockout. Cane loses for the third time in his last four fights. Each of his last three losses have come via first-round TKO. He falls to 11-4 overall in his MMA career.
Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher
TKO, 2:51 of second round
Tavares took Fisher to the mat less than 30 seconds into the second round, then continued to work him, getting Fisher into a defenseless position and working the ground-and-pound to force a stoppage with just over two minutes left in the round. Tavares improves to 16-4-1 overall, getting just his second win in his last four bouts. It's his first knockout win since 2006, and just the second of his career. Fisher falls for the fourth time in his last five bouts, dropping his overall record to 24-8. It's the first time he's been knocked out since 2007.
Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Unanimous decision: 29-27, 30-27, 30-25
After prematurely celebrating what he thought was a first-round knockout, Rousimar Palhares dominates the rest of the fight to earn a resounding unanimous decision. Palhares has won five of his last six fights, and improves to 13-3 in his MMA career. This was just the third of his 13 career victories to go to the scorecards. Miller drops his second consecutive decision, falling to 13-6 overall with 1 no contest. He is just 2-5 in his last seven fights.
Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell
Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Thiago earns a unanimous decision to snap his two-fight losing streak, getting his first win since Feb. 6, 2010. Thiago improves to 14-3 overall in his career, and 4-3 in matches that went the distance. This is his third consecutive fight that's gone the full three rounds. Mitchell, fighting in his second UFC event, falls to 0-2 with UFC, after starting his MMA career 11-0.
Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo
Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Assuncao earns his first career UFC victory, improving to 17-4 in his MMA career. It's just his second win in his last five fights, dating to the start of 2010. Each of his last four victories have come via decision. Eduardo falls to 25-9 overall, with the loss snapping his 11-fight win streak. It's his first loss since July 7, 2007, and just the second time he's lost a decision in his career.
Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos
TKO, 0:40 of first round
Less than a minute into the fight, Silva lands a powerful right hand, then jumps on a defenseless Ramos, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. Silva improves to 13-1 (1 NC) overall, earning just his third career knockout victory. He is unbeaten in his last 10 fights, with one no-contest in that span. His last two fights, both wins, have lasted a combined 1:47. Ramos's three-fight win streak comes to an end, as he suffers his seventh career loss.
Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes
Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Alcantara controls the action and earns his 12th consecutive victory by unanimous decision, improving to 26-3 in his MMA career. It's the first time in his last seven fights that Alcantara has been forced to go the distance, and just the third of his 26 career wins to come via decision. Arantes falls to 13-4 (2 NC) overall, with three of his four losses coming via decision. It's his first loss since Oct. 3, 2009.
Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland
Split decision: 27-30, 29-28, 29-28
Jabouin earns a split decision victory in his bantamweight debut, improving to 16-7 in his MMA career. It's just his second win in his last five fights, and his first since the UFC-WEC merger. Each of his last two wins have come via decision. Loveland falls to 14-9 in his MMA career. He's lost each of his last two fights, both by decision, after having previously reeled off seven consecutive wins.
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