UFC 126 Results: Silva Flash KO's Belfort, "Bones" Jones Earns Title Shot
UFC 126 pleased millions watching worldwide, as Anderson "The Spider" Silva proved that he is back, and back in a mean way, by way of a flash knockout over No. 1 contender Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort.
Fans watched in anticipation, as Silva and Belfort danced around the octagon for the first few minutes before Silva threw a left kick to Belfort's face, that downed The Phenom.
It only took two follow-up punches before referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to save Belfort from further punishment.
While all the hype leading up to the bout came to a head at the weigh-ins prior to UFC 126, Silva made good on his promise that he would put on an entertaining fight, albeit a quick one.
The first three minutes of the bout found the two feeling out each other before Belfort landed a kick. Action soon picked up and Silva threw a kick that Belfort partially caught before bringing Silva to the mat.
Silva quickly sprung up from the takedown, and began what would eventually be the end of the fight.
With the win, Silva ran his UFC title defense streak to eight straight, and sets himself up for a possible "Super Fight" with Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who is set for another title defense against Welterweight No. 1 contender Jake Shields.
If St. Pierre makes it past Shields, fans may get to see yet another headlining bout between two sure-fire UFC Hall of Famers.
In another much anticipated bout, Jon "Bones" Jones secured a late second-round guillotine submission win over Ryan "Darth" Bader, who suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Jones.
After Jones dominated the first round, he continued to put his unorthodox style on display, at one time jumping backwards over Bader, and ultimately submitting Bader in what appeared to be a relatively harmless position.
But what appeared to be a great win, only became better as Joe Rogan announced mid-interview with Jones that current No. 1 contender Rashad Evans had pulled out of UFC 128 because of an injury.
Rogan then announced the UFC would like to offer Evans' spot to Jones, and Jones was elated to say the least, saying he's ready to fight in New Jersey for the title.
Now with UFC 126 in the books, and a short wait until UFC 127, it looks like UFC 126 sparked the new MMA year with excitement, dream fights and the possibility of new champion(s) on the horizon. But for now, "The Spider" remains on top of the MMA world.
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