UFC 134 has just passed us by, and it was an incredible night of fights.
Anderson Silva fought Yushin Okami in the main event of the evening and the long-time UFC middleweight champion put on a performance to be remembered, finishing Okami inside of two rounds.
Okami had some brief success in the first round, pinning Silva against the cage, but ultimately he was unable to get the fight to the ground and was forced to stand and trade with the best striker in MMA history.
As he usually does, Silva made his opponent look practically foolish, easily dodging most of Okami's punches and landing his own at will.
It wasn't long before Okami was utterly bewildered and too hesitant to pull off any real offense; that's when things really started to go down hill for him.
Early in the second round, Silva tagged Okami with a big punch that dropped him. From there, the wrestler found himself on his back—not where wrestlers like to be—with Silva reigning down some vicious, yet calculated ground and pound.
Okami did his best to survive, but after absorbing several unanswered punches and failing to improve his position, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.
It was a bountiful night for knockouts, with three other fights on the main card ending in that fashion.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua met Forrest Griffin inside the Octagon in what was Shogun's first fight since losing the light heavyweight championship to Jon Jones back at UFC 128.
Shogun made an impressive return to the cage, knocking Griffin out in under two minutes.
No doubt this was a sweet victory for Shogun, as he managed to get himself back in the title hunt and avenge a loss all at the same time.
In what was easily the biggest upset of the evening, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had a successful return to the Octagon after more than a year away from the cage, knocking out promising heavyweight prospect Brendan Schaub in under four minutes.
The victory was particularly surprising given that Antonio is a fighter known for jiu-jitsu prowess and many believed that his only chance of victory tonight would lie in getting the fight to the canvas.
Overall, the UFC's return to Brazil for UFC 134 went over amazingly and was a wildly successful night for the Brazilian fighters on the card, who went 7-1 in fights that were a Brazilian versus a fighter of a different nationality (Brazilian vs. Brazilian fights omitted from count).
Here's the results for every fight:
Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via split-decision
Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision
Eric Silva def. Luis Ramos via first-round TKO
Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo via unanimous decision
Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision
Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision
Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via second-round TKO
Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane via first-round TKO
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub via first-round KO
Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson via split- decision
Mauricio Rua def. Forrest Griffin via first-round KO
Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami via second-round TKO
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