UFC 134 has lived up to its hype. The fights were exciting and we’ve witnessed a handful of great finishes. I’ve seen tons of UFC events that are filled with fights that were left to the hands of the judges, but today’s UFC show is an exception.
Four out of five matches in the main card ended via either TKO or KO. The only fight that went to the judgesâ€™decision was even awarded as Fight of the Night. UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami (UFC Rio) was definitely a success.
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Stanislav Nedkov defeated Luiz Cane via TKO. The debuting Bulgarian fighter, Stanislav Nedkov, wowed the Brazilian crowd after making a quick work of the tough Brazilian striker, Luiz Cane, in the first round, via TKO. Nedkov is undefeated, with an MMA record of 12-0. Cane, who came from an impressive TKO victory over Eliot Marshall, drops to 11-4. All four of his defeats came from the UFC.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Brendan Schaub via KO. This KO victory gives Minotauro a sweet return to the UFC after being sidelined due to knee and hip injuries. Brendan Schaub was on a hot streak prior to this fight. He’s won four consecutive fights including a unanimous decision victory over Gabriel Gonzaga and a knock out win over Mirko Crocop. Schaub was looking to propel his career even further by facing Nogueira. His run was halted however by the Brazilian MMA legend in the first round via KO. Nogueira is back and he seems to be eyeing another shot at the heavyweight title.
Edson Barboza defeated Ross Pearson via split decision. This was the only main card fight that went to the judgesâ€™ hands. The fight was almost completely a striking battle. Barboza showed speed and athleticism with his punches and flashy kicks. Pearson showed excellent striking as well. The fight ended with the split decision victory going to Barboza. The win could have gone either way but Barboza had a bit of the edge when it came to effective strikes that landed. The back and forth striking exchange between these two talented lightweights earned the Fight of the Night honours.
Shogun Rua defeated Forrest Griffin via KO. This was a rematch between two former light heavyweight champions. Forrest won in their first encounter via rear-naked choke way back in 2007 when Shogun was just debuting in the UFC. It was heavily documented that during their first fight, Shogun was suffering due to an injury. After almost four years, a healthy Shogun had his piece of redemption and finished Griffin quickly via KO in round one. Shogun is back in championship form and is eager to get another shot at the title while Griffin will have to go back to the drawing board.
Anderson Silva defeats Yushin Okami via TKO. Alright, in my previous post, Anderson Silva Defends the UFC Middleweight Title Against Yushin Okami, I mentioned that I was rooting for Okami and I want Silva to finally lose the title. And I choked on those words. Silva, once again, proved that he is indeed one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in the sport of MMA. Okami put in the pressure at the start of the fight but Silva kept his composure. Silva even landed a nice high kick to the head of Okami at the end of the first round. In the second round, Silva started to let loose and became more aggressive. In the middle of the second round, Silva dropped his hands and started counterpunching, similar to what he did in the Forrest Griffin fight. Okami was knocked down twice. During the second knock down, Silva went for the ground and pound to finish Okami and retain his UFC Middleweight Title. Much respect to The Spider.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the entire UFC 134 card was packed with great fights. The Brazilian fighters rose to the occasion, winning eight of the nine fights that pitted a Brazilian against a non-Brazilian fighter.