Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
"The Last Emperor" fell again.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva battered Fedor Emelianenko and forced the former PRIDE heavyweight champion's right eye to swell shut, prompting a doctor's stoppage following the second round of their featured attraction at Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
"I trained very hard for this fight," Silva, who advances to the second leg of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix, said afterwards. "People are always saying 'Fedor, Fedor, Fedor'. I trained too hard and I showed it to the world. I won over the best heavyweight in the world."
Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
There has never been a greater champion than Anderson Silva.
Silva surpassed Matt Hughes’ UFC title defense record of seven, successfully defending his UFC middleweight title for the eighth time with a highlight-reel front kick that stopped Vitor Belfort in his tracks in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday.
“That’s just one of the strikes I was working on [during training],” Silva said of his finishing manuever. “I was focusing on many different types of strikes and attacks.
Donald Cerrone. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Donald Cerrone overcame a slow start to submit Paul Kelly with a second-round rear naked-choke in his UFC debut. The bout served as the feature preliminary attraction at UFC 126 on Saturday.
Cerrone (14-3) may have been thrown off at the start of the fight, as Kelly (11-4) threw a punch while Cerrone was attempting to touch gloves. Kelly held his own in the first round, giving up a pair of takedown attempts but landing his fair share of punches and kicks.
Much of the same went on in the second, until Cerrone took Kelly down and quickly moved to mount. Kelly gave up his back and Cerrone dealt out some punishment before locking in the choke and forcing a tap.
MMA on Tap will be going live at 7:15 PM ET with real-time results of tonight's UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC 126 is lead by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva making his eighth title defense against Vitor Belfort. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 10 PM ET. Spike will be televising a pair of preliminary bouts starting at 9 PM ET. Kid Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson will stream on Facebook.com/UFC starting at 8:20 PM ET.
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Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Nick Diaz's hard-fought title defense and Abe Wagner's 32-second destruction of Tim Sylvia may have made the headlines this past weekend, but there was plenty more quality MMA going on around the country.
"Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero won for the second time since his release from the UFC, submitting Jeremy Larsen with an armbar in the second round of Rage in the Cage 148's main event.
Also victorious was former WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo, who snapped a two-fight losing streak via technical submission after choking opponent Steven Siler unconscious with a triangle choke at a Showdown Fights event in California.
Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
Nick Diaz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza held on to their respective Strikeforce titles on Saturday night, albeit against tougher than expected competition.
Diaz survived a tough opening stanza to eventually submit Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos with an armbar while grappling wizard Souza overcame Robbie Lawler's smooth escapes before forcing a tap from a rear-naked choke in round three of their middleweight matchup.
The duo headlined "Diaz vs. Cyborg" at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, which served as Strikeforce's first big event of the new year.
MMA on Tap will provide live results of tonight's Strikeforce "Diaz vs. Cyborg" event, which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA starting at 7:30 PM ET.
A pair of title bouts headline the card. Nick Diaz defends his Strikeforce welterweight title against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his belt on the line against Robbie Lawler.
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Tim Sylvia. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.
It seems as if Tim Sylvia's days as a top heavyweight in MMA have come to an abrupt end. Long gone is the dominant and consistant former UFC heavyweight champion that we once knew.
An overweight and out-of-shape Sylvia was left dazed and confused just 32 seconds into his main event bout against "TUF 10" contestant Abe Wagner at Titan Fighting Championships 16 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.
After a wild exchange on the feet between both fighters, Wagner caught Sylvia with a quick right hand. Sylvia backtracked to the other side of the cage and Wagner followed, unleashed a blitz of lefts and rights with a final combination catching Sylvia on the chin and sending him face down onto the canvas.
Luigi Fioravanti. Photo courtesy of Pixelens.com.
Aside from the UFC's ballyhooed charity event and the end of Jens Pulver's losing streak, there were many other notable shows taking place this past weekend.
UFC castoff Luigi Fioravanti won his fourth straight fight on Saturday, stopping Mitch Whitesel via strikes in the second round during the main event of World Extreme Fighting 45 in Jacksonville, FL.
Fioravanti has won seven out of nine since his release from the UFC in Februray 2009 following a stoppage loss to then-rising welterweight prospect Anthony Johnson.
Melvin Guillard. Photo courtesy of Silver Star Casting Company.
Melvin Guillard promises that he'll be either fighting for the UFC lightweight title or going undefeated for a second straight year in 2011. He's off to a running start.
Guillard put on one of his most impressive performances to date, easily dispatching of the world-ranked Evan Dunham with a barrage of punches and knees in the first round of their main event bout at the UFC's second "Fight for the Troops" event at Fort Hood, TX.
"I want my title shot. I'm the dark horse in this game at 155. No disrespect to anybody in my weight class, but I am the best 155-pound fighter in the UFC," Guillard said after the fight. "You keep lining them up and I'll keep knocking them down, and I will go undefeated in 2011, and I will get a title by the end of 2011 or by 2012 at the latest."