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.
Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz squaring off at the weigh-ins for WEC 47. Photo property of the WEC.
All of the participants for WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz successfully made weight in preparation for Saturday’s card at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
WEC 47 will be headlined by a WEC bantamweight title bout between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz. The card will also feature the return of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres as he takes on Joseph Benavidez.
Brian Bowles (134.5 lbs) vs. Dominick Cruz (134 lbs)
Miguel Angel Torres (134.5 lbs) vs. Joseph Benavidez (135 lbs)
Jens Pulver (145.5 lbs) vs. Javier Vazquez (145 lbs)
Deividas Taurosevicius (145 lbs) vs. LC Davis (144.5 lbs)
Bart Palaszewski (155 lbs) vs. Karen Darabedyan (156 lbs)
Scott Jorgensen (135 lbs) vs. Chad George (135.5 lbs)
Chad Mendes (145 lbs) vs. Erik Koch (144 lbs)
Danny Castillo (155.5 lbs) vs. Anthony Pettis (154.5 lbs)
Leonard Garcia (145 lbs) vs. George Roop (145.5 lbs)
Fredson Paixao (144.5 lbs) vs. Courtney Buck (145 lbs)
Ricardo Lamas (155 lbs) vs. Bendy Casimir (155.5 lbs)
Vitor Ribeiro. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
— Brazilian lightweight standout Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro has reportedly signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. The promotion is expected to officially announce the signing shortly. While Ribeiro may actually still be under contract with DREAM, the two organizations share a talent-exchange program. Ribeiro returned to active competition earlier this year after an 18-month hiatus, defeating Katsuhiko Nagata and falling to Shinya Aoki thus far. [Sherdog.com]
—Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson will be sidelined until at least December after breaking his leg for the second time this year during training. The injury will now keep Thomson from a potential showdown against Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce’s “Fedor vs. Rogers” event on November 7 in Chicago. According to Thomson, a return bout for him could be possible at a yet-to-be-announced event on December 19. [MMA Weekly]
From ESPN.com, here’s this week’s installment of “MMA Live” with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil and WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
From ESPN.com, here’s this week’s installment of “MMA Live” with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC bantamweight contender Brian Bowles has reportedly withdrawn from his scheduled championship bout against Miguel Angel Torres at WEC 40 on April 5 after suffering a severe back injury during a recent training session.
His replacement will be top-ranked Japanese bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki according to Sherdog.com, which reports that the matchup has been agreed to and the paperwork will be finalized shortly. The Shooto and GCM veteran has also reportedly been offered a five-fight deal with the WEC.
Mizugaki will come into his bout against Torres riding a five-fight winning streak. He was last in action at a GCM event on December 6, earning a second-roung TKO victory over Masahiro Oishi. Mizugaki also owns a career win over veteran Tetsu Suzuki and has drawn with undefeated sensation Masakatsu Ueda.
Jeff Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
The past few days following the completion of Saturday’s UFC 93 event in Ireland have brought forth a slew of potential fight announcements involving upcoming events being put on by the UFC and WEC. Let’s get right to them:
— One-time WEC featherweight title challenger and longtime veteran Jeff Curran will reportedly make his bantamweight debut against Urijah Faber-protege Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40 on April 5 according to MMA Weekly. The event, which will likely take place in Chicago, will be headlined by WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres defending his title against Brian Bowles.
— Former International Fight League standout Bart Palaszewski will reportedly take on Richard Crunkilton in a lightweight bout at WEC 39 on March 1 according to MMA Junkie, which is also stating that the winner of the bout could receive a title shot against the winner of this weekend’s upcoming lightweight title fight between current champion Jamie Varner and top contender Donald Cerrone.
From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, Kenny Florian and special guest panelist, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres.