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UFC 126 Results Recap: Anderson Silva Quickly KOs Belfort, Griffin Edges Franklin

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva extended his record reign as the UFC middleweight champion with a first-round knockout of Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The headliner got off to a slow start as Silva and Belfort circled for the better part of two minutes, but Belfort eventually opened the action with leg kicks and a brawl promptly followed.

After a brief takedown by Belfort, Silva returned to his feet, answered a Belfort combo with a knee, then exploded with a front kick to Belfort’s face that put “The Phenom” down.

Silva followed Belfort to the ground and finished the challenger with a pair of heavy punches that left no doubt who the better fighter was tonight.

Silva improves to 28-4 with the win and extends his UFC record for most consecutive wins (14) and title defenses (8), while Belfort falls to 19-9.

Forrest Griffin edged fellow former champ Rich Franklin by unanimous decision in UFC 126’s official co-main event, but Jon Jones stole the spotlight with a dominant win over fellow contender Ryan Bader to earn a surprise shot at light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

The official UFC 126 results were:


  • Champ Anderson Silva def. Vitor Belfort via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:25
    UFC Middleweight Championship
  • Forrest Griffin def. Rich Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jon Jones def. Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine) – Round 2, 4:20
  • Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Miguel Torres def. Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


  • Donald Cerrone def. Paul Kelly via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:48
  • Chad Mendes def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Demetrious Johnson def. Kid Yamamoto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Paul Taylor def. Gabe Ruediger via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 1:42
  • Kyle Kingsbury def. Ricardo Romero via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:21
  • Mike Pierce def. Kenny Robertson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:29


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