The most anticipated rematch in recent memory finally happened on July 7 as UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva again put his belt on the line against his toughest foe to date, Chael Sonnen.
The pair headlined the promotion's annual Fourth of July weekend event, UFC 148, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In the night's co-main event, former light heavyweight champions Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz settled their trilogy in what was Ortiz's final Octagon appearance.
UFC 148 aired live on pay-per-view, with a two-hour preliminary card special airing on FX and a single bout that streamed on Facebook.
The full results:
Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:55 (retains middleweight title)
Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Cung Le def. Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim by TKO (rib injury). Round 1, 0:47
Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:31
Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Melvin Guillard def. Fabricio Camoes by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Shane Roller def. John Alessio by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Photo: Anderson Silva (L) faces off with Chael Sonnen (Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC)