UFC 126 Silva vs. Belfort Results and Reactions Live from Mandalay Bay

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UFC 126 Silva vs. Belfort Results and Reactions Live from Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS — The press conferences are over, the weigh-ins weighed, the stare-downs stared and now all that's left is the action. We're a couple hours away from the first bout at UFC 126 and a few more hours away from UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva's cataclysmic clash with challenger Vitor Belfort.

Fight fans can't wait.

Though most of the national hype has surrounded some piddling little football game in Dallas, the mixed martial arts community has been focused on tonight's event and it alone.

Not only will the Spider—arguably the most dominant gladiator on the planet—get his stiffest challenge in years from the Phenom, but the rest of the card is also packed with neon-light names and scraps that are sure to please the senses.

Everyone's favorite light heavyweight prospect (Jon Jones) gets another bump in competition as he tangles with the undefeated former Arizona State wrestler Ryan Bader. Additionally, two crowd favorites will battle at 205 pounds when Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin meet in a matchup of pseudo-doppelgangers.

Oh, but the fun doesn't stop there.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center will host several high profile UFC debuts made by supremely accomplished competitors. Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, former WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone and Japanese superstar Norifumi Yamamoto all hope to introduce themselves to the organization and its fans in style.

From start to finish, it should be a spectacular night of gladiatorial mayhem and Bleacher Report will be at the edge of the Octagon as your eyes and ears all night long.

So see you back here when the gloves drop.

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