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Four Earn $75K in UFC 126 Bonuses


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva received "Knockout of the Night" honors for his highlight-reel front kick finish of title challenger Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on Saturday.

All post-fight bonuses winners were awarded $75,000.

The night's top submission went to Jon Jones, who submitted Ryan Bader with a second-round guillotine choke and earned himself a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the process.

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Silva Front Kick KO’s Belfort at UFC 126


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.

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UFC 126: “Silva vs Belfort” Live Results

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.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 126

Check out the official preview show for UFC 126. The above video previews the three most notable matchups on the main card: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for the UFC middleweight title, a clash between former champions Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin and a battle between top prospects Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Video: Silva, Belfort Heated at Weigh-ins


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.

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Video: UFC 126 Pre-Fight Press Conference


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and opponent Vitor Belfort were in attendance for the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Also answering questions for the media were UFC President Dana White, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: M-1 Wants Strict Drug Testing for Tourney, UFC Vets Announce Fights & More


Fedor Emelianenko’s trainers and management team gather for a press conference. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein is pushing for drug testing regulations that he hopes will begin with the semifinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix this summer. “Two out of eight fighters in the tournament previously failed a drug test. Obviously, I’m talking about Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva,” Finkelstein said. “Fedor is not using any kind of substance to enhance his performance, and will be ready for any kind of testing. So if the commission decides to follow our suggestion, we’ll be ready.” [Lowkick.com]

— Dave Branch has been tapped to fill in for Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira in a middleweight bout against Rousimar Palhares that will take place on March 3 at UFC on Versus III. Ferreira opted to withdraw from the matchup yesterday, citing a need to cope with the loss of family and friends from the massive flooding in Brazil. [Heavy.com]

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Hamill vs. Jones Slated For The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale


Jon Jones. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Fresh off signing a new multi-fight contract with the UFC, light heavyweight prospect Jon “Bones” Jones will lock horns with Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale which is currently slated for December 5 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Also expected to appear on The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale is a middleweight attraction featuring Alessio Sakara and Rouimar Palhares.

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Quick Hits: Jones Signs New UFC Deal, Mayorga to MMA & More


Jon Jones. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Light heavyweight prospect Jon Jones has reportedly inked a new four-fight deal with the UFC. Jones has won all nine of his professional fights to date, including three inside the Octagon. “Bones” was last seen in action at UFC 100, where he submitted fellow wrestler Jake O’Brien with a guillotine choke in the second round. [MMA Madness]

— Former boxing welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga will apparently be entering the world of mixed martial arts. Shine Fighters promoter and “TUF” alumnus Dorian Price announced Mayorga’s participation at a future event against an opponent yet-to-be-determined. Mayorga has racked up a record of 28-7-1 in the ring with notable wins over Fernando Vargas and Vernon Forrest. [MMA Junkie]

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Quick Hits: Struve Tapped to Face Gormley, Weekend Preview & More


Stefan Struve. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Towering heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve has reportedly been tapped to face undefeated All-American collegiate wrestler Chase Gormley at UFC 104, which takes place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.. Bout agreements have apparently been signed. Gormley was originally slated to face Ben Rothwell at the event but Rothwell was recently moved into a main card matchup against Cain Velasquez. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— A number of notable MMA veterans are in action this weekend. Art of Fighting’s latest offering in Tampa, Florida includes Seth Petruzelli, competing for the first time since his 14-second win over Kimbo Slice, going up against Chris Baten. Marcio Cruz and Delson Heleno will be on the AOF card as well. Neil Grove and Brad Pickett will also be defending their respective Ultimate Challenge UK titles in London, England while Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and Ryo Chonan are in action at DEEP 43 in Japan. [Bloody Elbow]

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