UFC 134, the UFC’s first event in Brazil since 1998, offered an electric atmosphere at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, capped off by middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s second-round TKO in his rematch with Yushin Okami and fueled by big wins from fellow Brazilian’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Anderson Silva destroys Yushin Okami
Despite a slow opening round, Anderson Silva offered a glimpse of what was to come in the second with a lightning quick head kick late in the first. In the second it was vintage Silva, as “The Spider” pounded Okami and let him to return to his feet following a knockdown before pouncing after sending him down again and finishing the fight with strikes on the ground.
With the win over Okami, Silva avenged the last official loss on his record and extended his UFC records to nine consecutive title defenses and 14-straight wins. The fight also marked the first time Yushin Okami has been stopped since losing to Armenian fighter Amar Suloev outside the UFC in 2003.
Shogun Rua blasts Forrest Griffin
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua bounced back from losing the light heavyweight title to Jon Jones with an impressive first-round knockout of fellow former champion Forrest Griffin. Shogun exploded with vicious punches that rocked Griffin and his attempt to recover came up short, as Rua pounds and hammered Griffin on the ground until the referee’s stepped in.
The win continued Rua’s odd streak of being undefeated on UFC cards outside the U.S. and winless inside the Octagon in the United States, while Griffin had his two-fight win streak snapped and has now lost 3 of his last 5.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira returns with knockout of Brendan Schaub
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, better known in Brazil as “Minotauro,” did his best Tito Ortiz at UFC 134 by beating a young prospect who was heavily favored. Nogueira appeared to struggle with Brendan Schaub’s range and power early, but showed why he is considered a legend in the fight game by keeping his wits and clinching the few times Schaub rocked him. Finally, after being rocked again by Schaub, Nogueira caught the former football player with a solid series of punches that dropped Schaub face first to the canvas.
Edson Barboza edges Ross Pearson
Edson Barboza and Ross Pearson quickly ended fears of a poorly executed ground war with a fantastic display of technical striking from both sides. Pearson closed the distance to keep Barboza from being able to unleash his vast arsenal of kicks. The strategy proved effective, but Barboza showed his versatility by winning exchanges in the pocket before slipping away to avoid Pearson’s counter. While the fight could have gone either way, Barboza did just enough to clinch the fight on the scorecards.
Stanislav Nedkov rallies to defeat Luiz Cane
Despite being in danger early, Stanislov Nedkov kept his composure and rallied to drop Luiz Cane. The Brazilian Cane looked sharp throughout the fight before a nasty shot wrecked his balance and Nedkov pounced for the finish. The loss made Cane the lone Brazilian to lose to a foreign fighter on the card.
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The official UFC 134 results were:
MAIN CARD (PPV)
- Anderson Silva (c) def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:04
UFC Middleweight Championship
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Forrest Griffin via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:53
- Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:09
- Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:13
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
- Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:51
- Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com/UFC)
- Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos via TKO (punches) at 0:40 of round 1
- Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)
- Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)