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.
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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Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.
In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.
All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.
Jamie Varner throws a left hook at Rob McCullough during their championship bout at WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Some thoughts and notes from last night’s WEC 32: Condit vs Prater…
Good Show, Good Production
Last night’s event was definitely fun to watch. The televised bouts had a lot of everything - spectacular knockouts, slick submissions. Even the most boring fight on the broadcast had a highlight reel ending. The main thing that I wanted to touch on was the production. Sam Caplan makes a great point when he says that last night’s show was perhaps the best MMA show he’s ever seen on basic cable. I couldn’t agree more.
The commentating was great. Aside from Frank Mir’s screams of excitement once in a while during a bout, he did fantastic as always. Even Urijah Faber guest commentating during the Torres-Beebe fight was interesting to listen to. He came off as being a lot more than just a California surfer like I’m sure the casual fans portray him as.
Did anyone else notice that their was a semi-entrance where the fighters came out last night? Granted it was only a lit-up WEC sign above the curtain but still, it’s at least a start for those out there who still long to see a Zuffa-promoted event use the ramp again.
Strange Judging in Tapia-Banuelos
I realize it was a pretty even fight for the most part but how that one was scored a draw confuses the hell out of me. Antonio Banuelos did a good job of controlling the third round but I still thought that Manny Tapia earned a unanimous decision for the first two, even though a split call was more likely.
I’m still surprised that no one scored a 10-8 first round for Tapia. He knocked Banuelos down twice in the round and came very close to finishing him. Just like in the Bisping-Hamill fight, Cecil Peoples gave the fight to the wrong person again.
Carlos Condit weighs-in for WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
New Mexico native Carlos Condit avenged the first loss of his career and retained his WEC welterweight title as he submitted Carlo Prater in front of a supportive crowd of 4,648 inside Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center last night.
The fight was one of three title bouts that headlined World Extreme Cagefighting’s first venture outside of Las Vegas since UFC parent company Zuffa purchased the promotion in the fall of 2006.
After exchanging a series of leg kicks with Condit, Prater was able to slam his opponent down to the mat in impressive fashion. However Condit immediately went on the offensive, attempting a series of submissions that included tries for a triangle, armbar, and a guillotine.
While sitting inside of Condit’s guard, Prater (21-6-1) made the mistake of digging his head into Condit’s stomach, allowing the hometown hero to sink in a fight-ending guillotine from the bottom. After the fight, Condit (22-4) pointed out that it would be impossible for him to be uncomfortable fighting off of his back at this point.
“I’m very comfortable on my back, like I’ve proven before,” Condit said during a post-fight interview with Frank Mir. “All my wins in the WEC so far have come by submission. I’m not complaining at all.”
While Condit was able to keep his belt around his waist, the two other champions defending their titles didn’t fair so well.
Team Punishment’s Rob McCullough defended multiple takedown attempts while not mounting much of his well-known offense during the first two rounds against Jamie Varner, who had recently converted over from the UFC’s lightweight division.
Varner’s early scored takedowns and aggressiveness put him ahead on points going into the third round. However it was Varner who was on the wrong end of a right hook courtesy of McCullough. After the blow knocked his mouthpiece out, Varner intelligently asked referee Steve Mazzagatti if he could have it back in his mouth, a decision that ultimately gave Varner more time to recover from the shot.
When the fight was restarted, Varner (14-2) rushed McCullough (15-4) out of the gate with a flurry of lefts and rights. A stunned McCullough continued to take unanswered shots, going down to a knee twice before finally being finished off with a devastating straight right that forced Mazzagatti to step in and save a bloodied and battered “Razor” Rob.
Varner, the newly-crowned lightweight champion, revealed his plan to strike against the renowned Muay-Thai specialist after the fight.
“I grew up boxing,” said Varner,”. “Everybody called me a wrestler. He expected me to wrestle. So I kind of put my wrestling on the back-burner during this training camp and really worked on my striking. It really paid off tonight.”