“UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” takes place this evening at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva will attempt to defend his title against number one challenger Yushin “Thunder” Okami.
The two first fought at “Rumble on the Rock 8″ in Hawaii in 2006 and it ended early in round one after Silva was disqualified for an illegal up-kick that incapacitated Okami and left him unable to continue.
Silva has won 14 straight fights since the loss to Okami and has defended his UFC belt a record eight times. Okami has won three straight and last fought in Nov. 2010 when he won a unanimous decision over Nate Marquardt.
It has been nearly 13 years since the UFC held an event in Brazil, and in honor of that fact, they have stacked this card with 14 Brazilian fighters, including Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is taking on Forrest Griffin in the co-main event.
The two first fought at UFC 76 in Sept. 2007 in “Shogun’s” UFC debut and ended in the third round when Griffin choked the Brazilian out with just 15 seconds left in the match.
UFC 134 will air LIVE on Pay-Per-View starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with the preliminary card bouts airing LIVE on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ufc) starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and continuing on Spike TV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Join us here at ProMMAnow.com as we provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary of tonight’s entire card. Be sure to check out our ProMMAnow.com UFC 134 staff picks for our pre-fight analysis and predictions.
UFC 134 quick results:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami by knockout (strikes) Rd 2 (2:04)
- Mauricio Rua def. Forrest Griffin by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (1:53)
- Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (3:09)
- Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:13)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
- Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (2:51)
- Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25) Rd 3 (5:00)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
- Raphael Assuncao def. JohnnyEduardo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
- Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (:40)
- Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Rd 2 (5:00)
- Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
UFC 134 play-by-play:
Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
Round 1 – Here we go hound dogs. First UFC fight in Brazil in 13 years. The crowd is already very loud. Right hook from Loveland as he lunges in. Side kick to the gut from Jabouin, they tie up, break. Side kick to the gut again from Jabouin and Loveland lands some dirty boxing. Jabouin gets put on his back from the kick. Loveland on top in guard. Ref calls for action. Loveland in half guard on top. He locks on a keylock, lets it go. Lands an elbow and some shots and the ref stands them up to the cheers of the crowd. Even in Brazil it seems they prefer to see the stand up game. Leg kick from Jabouin. Loveland comes in swinging, misses. Misses a front kick. Switch body kick from Jabouin. Loveland misses a right hook. Leg kick followed by a right hand that misses from Jabouin. Less than a minute to go. Right hook from Loveland scores. Jabouin just misses a back kick. Jabouin stuns Loveland with a right hand, Jabouin flys in with a knee that almost connects, they clinch up just before the bell. 10-9 Jabouin.
Round 2 – Loveland shoots under a punch and puts Jabouin on his back. Jabouin reverses and is inside Loveland’s guard. Throws an elbow. Loveland throws up his legs for a sub and sweeps; ends up on top in half guard. Jabouin gets to his feet. Boos from the crowd — it’s funny because they seem to boo if the pace slows just for a bit then go crazy whenever there is just about any action. Nice spinning back kick from Jabouin knocks Loveland back. Jabouin lands a low kick to the groin, a brief unofficial time out is called. Inside leg kick from Jabouin. He then scores with a spinning backfist to the cheers of the crowd. Loveland shoots, Jabouin locks on a guillotine, lets it go and stands up. Misses a big right. Lands a right head kick. Body kick from Loveland. Leg kick from Jabouin then lands a big left hook to the gut. He then shoots, gets the takedown. 10-9 Jabouin.
Round 3 – Big leg kick from Jabouin and Loveland lands a counter punch combo; throws and lands a few more punches. Jabouin lands an inside leg kick. Jabouin trying to set something up, stuffs a takedown, lands a leg kick. Right hand from Loveland. Leg kick from Jabouin. He shoots, stuffed. Right uppercut counter from Loveland. He shrugs off a lazy takedown attempt. Spinning backfist then a head kick from Jabouin. Loveland with a body lock tries to take Jabouin down but no dice. Head kick, body kick from Jabouin. Leg kick from Jabouin and Loveland with a counter right, nothing on it. Jabouin stuffs a takedown attempt. Big leg kick from Jabouin followed by a side kick to the body. Inside leg kick from Jabouin. Spinning back kick, head kick from Jabouin. Shoots for a single, stuffed. Less than 30 seconds to go. Jabouin lands a couple kicks, they exchange punches and Jabouin shoots at the bell. 10-9, 30-27 for Jabouin as I see it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
I cannot believe a judge gave all three rounds to Loveland — that may be one of the worst judge’s score I have EVER seen.
Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
Round 1 – Alcantara stalking, grabs a collar tie and lands a knee. Checks a leg kick. Arantes with a spinning back kick to the body. Big elbow from Alcantara as Arantes bounces off the fence, Arantes blocks it with his forearms. Leg kick from Arantes. Alcantara stalking. Lands a left kick to the body, very quick. Arantes with a body kick but Alcantara puts him on his back. Alcantara moves to half guard. Arantes punching from off his back. Alcantara puts some punches to the body. Alcantara busts up his face with a big punch and lands a elbow that leaves Arantes bleeding, cut under his right eye. Ref stands them up. Right hand from Arantes, he blocks an elbow. Spinning kick to the head from Arantes lands on the shoulder of Alcantara. 10-9 Alcantara.
Round 2 – Body kick from Alcantara is blocked. Arantes blocks an elbow. Leg kick from Arantes and he ends up on his back for his efforts. Alcantara inside full guard. Arantes looks for an arm. Alcantara moves to side control. Moves to mount. Arantes covers up as the black belt looks for a triangle, he then stands up. Throws a punch and moves back inside Arantes’ guard. Ref stands them up. Leg kick from Arantes. Head kick, blocked. Leg kick. Leg kick. Alcantara takes a big knee to the gut from Arantes. Alcantara gets the takedown and is on top in half guard. Less than 30 seconds to go. Arantes holds on until time runs out. 10-9 Alcantara.
Round 3 – Alcantara catches a high kick and dumps Arantes on his back, immediately takes his back and is looking for the choke; has one hook in. Arantes sweeps and is on top inside full guard. Arantes with some elbows from top. Alcantara closes guard. Arantes with a couple punches to the face. He stands up, throws the legs to the side and dives in with a punch but Alcantara blocks with his legs. Repeat. Right hand from Arantes. Arantes’ face bleeding again under the right eye. Just over two minutes to go. Ref stands them up. Flying knee from Arantes; Alcantara catches him mid-air and puts him on his back. Bad mistake from Arantes. Alcantara fighting from top position, body punch. Arantes wants it stood up and he gets his wish. Thirty seconds left. Alcantara puts him right back down on his back. Arantes throws a couple elbows and Alcantara gets full mount at the bell. 10-9 and 30-27 for Alcantara as I see it. Crowd boos as he stands up and throws up his hands. They’re both from Brazil but Arantes seems to be the favorite for whatever reason.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Rd 2 (5:00)
Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos
Round 1 – Silva with a right, he shoots, stuffed. Big leg kick from Ramos. Ramos stalking. Huge overhand right from Silva and Ramos goes down flat on his back. He’s hurt badly and Silva follows up with several punches and Herb Dean, the referee, saves Ramos. Silva runs up the cage wall doing a backflip off of it. Silva trains with Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (:40)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Johnny Eduardo
Round 1 – Leg kick inside from Assuncao is checked. Eduardo with his own inside leg kick, skims the leg. Outside leg kick from Eduardo, Assuncao gives him one back. Lead right hand from Assuncao. Inside leg kick from Assuncao but gets countered with a big right hand. He seems to be okay though and lands his own right on the end of a one two. Big leg kick from Assuncao. Body kick from Eduardo. Assuncao shoots, grabs a single and pushes Eduardo to the cage. Turns the corner and puts Eduardo on his back, now inside Eduardo’s full closed guard. Assuncao throws some elbows from top position. Nice elbow, another one. Another and the ref stands them up. The stand ups seem extra quick tonight for some reason. Assuncao misses a big right but lands a left jab. Spinning something from both guys miss. Assuncao lands a right. Assuncao 10-9.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Eduardo. They tie up, scramble and Assuncao has a body lock against the cage. Assuncao puts some knees to the thighs, grabs a single, lands a knee and lets the leg go. They square up in the center. Right hand from Eduardo. Leg kick from Eduardo, again. Overhand right from Assuncao misses. Assuncao shoots, stuffed. Mid-way through the round. Assuncao still looking for the takedown, lets it go. They exchange punches. Spinning back kick to the gut from Eduardo. Right hand from Assuncao scores. Leg kick from Eduardo. They tie up, exchange knees. Assuncao looks for the takedown with a body lock. He takes Eduardo’s back with both hooks in. Looking for the choke. Only a few seconds left. Assuncao softens him up with right hands. 10-9 Assuncao.
Round 3 – They trade punches to start. Left hand from Eduardo. Big leg kick from Assuncao, right hand. Eduardo hunting. Left jab from Assuncao. Leg kick from Assuncao. Assuncao working the jab. Eduardo still hunting. Leg kick from Assuncao. Jab from Assuncao; he then shoots for a single. Eduardo goes for a leg lock. Assuncao looks for a leg lock too. Assuncao stands up, still holding Eduardo’s leg and throwing punches with the other hand. Ref is warning them about something. Assuncao lands a couple punches and the ref lets Eduardo up. Thirty seconds to go. Assuncao gets dropped with a right as he tries to fly in with a knee. He gets right up, eats a couple punches as he shakes his head. Wow; close round. Depends on how much they score that last knockdown. He was in the air so it wasn’t like he was really hurt. 10-9 Assuncao.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Raphael Assuncao def. JohnnyEduardo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
The crowd boos every time Assuncao speaks in English. He then speaks in Portugese too.
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
The crowd is so loud you can barely hear Buffer announce the fighters. Non-Brazilians are getting booed badly and the Brazilians are getting HUGE applause. Thiago gets big pop. I’ve never heard a crowd this loud.
Round 1 – Big leg kick from Thiago, lands an overhand right. Mitchell coming in looking to head hunt. Leg kick from Thiago. Mitchell misses a kick and Thiago puts him on his back, has side control. Mitchell puts his feet on the cage. Thiago trying to set something up. Stands up and lets Mitchell up. Left jab, right from Mitchell, misses a leg kick. Thiago misses a left, lands a spinning back kick barely. Thiago ties Mitchell up, slams him to the mat with a body lock takedown. Has side control. Thiago with a couple punches. Gets Mitchell in a crucifix briefly but he escapes the bad position. Ref warns not to hit back of the head or grab the shorts. Thiago lets Mitchell up. Ref warns Mitchell two more times not to grab his shorts or he will take a point. 10-9 Thiago.
Round 2 – Mitchell’s corner told him he’s forgetting it’s an MMA fight and is just trying to box. Body kick and a couple punches score for Thiago. Attempts a spinning back kick and slips to the ground. Mitchell ties him up against the cage. But Thiago gets underhooks and puts Mitchell on his back. Thiago lets Mitchell up after a scramble. Thiago catches a kick and puts Mitchell on his back but lets him up. Mitchell bleeding, lands a jab. Thiago ties him up and takes him down. Mitchell lands an elbow to the back of the head and gets warned by the ref. Thiago in side control. Mitchell landing a few strikes from his back. Thiago stands up and out and lets Mitchell up. They both swing and miss. Mitchell throws a couple uppercuts that miss. Thiago lands a right, then a leg kick. Jab from Mitchell. Head kick from Thiago; does not land solid. Mitchell looks too tentative in his stand up. 10-9 Thiago.
Round 3 – The crowd is doing the wave and is extremely loud. Kenny said the building is shaking. And this is the PRELIMS!! Thiago is getting the better of the stand-up right now, out-boxing Mitchell. Big left hand from Thiago. Mitchell locks him up, pushes him to the cage. Thiago gets a body lock and a trip takedown. Mitchell has a leg but Thiago is out and up and lets Mitchell up. Mitchell’s boxing looks very rudimentary. Throwing a few jabs. Head kick lands from Thiago. Lazy jabs from Mitchell. Leg kick from Mitchell. Two minutes to go. One two from Mitchell. Thiago looking to slow down a bit. Leg kick from Mitchell. Two, three rights from Thiago rock Mitchell. Thiago with a body lock from behind Mitchell. He takes Mitchell’s back with both hooks in, looks for the choke and rains down punches at the bell. The crowd goes NUTS and BONKERS! 10-9, 30-27 for Thiago as I see it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Round 1 – Round 1 – Leg kick from Palhares, couter right from Miller. Inside leg kick from Palhares. Right hand from Palhares, ties up, pulls guard. Throws up a omoplata, Miller is out and up. Black belt vs. black belt here. Leg kick from Palhares. Again. Straight left jab from Miller scores. Front kick to the chin from Palhares rocks Miller. Palhares then slams Miller big big slam. Miller pops up and puts Palhares right on his back though. He lets Palhares up. Overhand right from Palhares, then a leg kick. Two overhand rights from Palhares land on the back of the head. Grabs a collar tie, lands a knee. Palhares drops Miller with a head kick. Palhares thought it was over and even jumped up on the cage in celebration. Miller drops Palhares with a right, rocks him badly. Palhares gets up, slams Miller, lands a big shot before the bell….. CRAZY!!!!!! 10-9 Palhares. — Why Palhares thought the fight was over, I have no idea. Herb Dean never even motioned like he was stopping it.
Round 2 – Miller is hurt. Palhares picks him up for a slam. Miller throws up a triangle. Palhares is free and starts landing punches. Palhares keeps grabbing the cage and is warned twice. Palhares posturing over Miller and landing big punches. Miller trying to defend with an open guard. Palhares slams him as Miller tried to look for a triangle. Fast fast pace here. The whole fight has been non stop. Miller with an elbow off his back. Palhares inside full open guard, still working the ground and pound. Miller bleeding and is eating some big shots. Herb Dean right there and Miller covers up in pain. This is close to being over. Palhares slips for a moment but returns to the beat down. Less than a minute to go. Miller not fighting back, just covering up. Miller grabs a leg but gets pushed back flat on his back. Miller’s mouth is wide open. 10-8 Palhares.
Round 3 – Palhares looks to have slowed a bit here. Punches are slow at this point. Left jab from Miller. Palhares with a couple left jabs of his own. Jab from Miller. Right hand from Miller. Leg kick from Palhares. Three minutes to go. Jab from Miller. Inside leg kick from Palhares. Leg kick from Palhares. One two from Miller. Leg kick from Palhares. One two, jab from Miller. Jab from Palhares, left hand. Leg kick from Palhares. Inside this time. Jab from Miller. Miller needs to turn up the heat. Overhand right from Palhares. Lazy leg kick. Slow punches from Palhares. Nice jab on the chin from Miller. Body punch from Palhares. Jab from Miller. Right hand from Palhares, again. Nice left hook from Palhares. Right hand. Jab from Miller. Palhares catches a kick, lands one final left at the bell. 10-9, 30-26 for Palhares as I see it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25) Rd 3 (5:00)
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
Round 1 – Tavares looks focused. Head kick from Tavares, he slips to the ground. Fisher lets him up. He blocks a body kick. Tavares shoots, bounces Fisher off the fence, puts him on his butt with his back to the fence. Tavares inside his guard. He moves to half guard. Tavares trying to keep him from getting up, pulls his legs out from under him to keep him down. Spencer still trying to work to get up. Tavares with some punches to the face, goes back to controlling Fisher’s body. Ref warns them to improve position. Ref stands them up. Spencer blocks a head kick, again. Fisher with a one two and Tavares presses him to the cage. Tries to pick him up, eventually puts him down with his back to the cage. Deja vu from earlier. Tavares landing some ground and pound as he puts Fisher on his back. He takes Fisher’s back but Fisher gets out and to his feet. 10-9 Tavares.
Round 2 – Tavares shoots, presses Fisher to the cage, picks him up and puts Fisher on his back. Fisher trying to get to his feet and Tavares working to hold him down and punish from top control. Tavares landing some nice shots over and over, nothing too big, just continuously working. Under the three minute mark. Fisher gives up his back. Tavares gets both hooks in. Fisher covers up as Tavares rains down punches. Finally, the ref stops it. Fisher wasn’t hurt but he wasn’t able to do anything either. Tavares jumps on top of the cage and the crowd explodes and begins to chant. He never let Fisher get anything going.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (2:51)
Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Round 1 – Cane takes the center of the cage. Inside leg kick from Cane. Uppercut from Cane as Nedkov tries to clinch up. Cane fighting off the clinch successfully with punches. Inside leg kick from Cane. Nedkov keeps throwing an overhand right. Hasn’t hit yet. Leg kick from Cane. Nedkov swings big and misses. Nedkov lands the overhand right twice. Again he lands it. Cane falls on a high kick. Cane is up, lands a nice left on the chin.He’s in the groove now. Nedkov swings a big one two that misses. Leg kick from Cane and Nedkov trips to the ground. He gets up and throws a big punch that misses. Leg kick from Cane. Nedkov’s face is bleeding. Nedkov hurts Cane with that overhand right, then a left hook. Cane tries to run away, he puts his foot on the fence like he wants to climb it but Nedkov swarms him with punches and the ref saves him maybe a tad too late. The crowd actually applauds for Nedkov which I can’t believe. He is the first non-Brazilian to win tonight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:13)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Round 1 – Schaub comes out first and wearing a gi that has an American flag and a Brazilian flag on the front; he’s also wearing a purple belt. Oh man… so much for the Big Nog love — a guy just stole his hat! GEEZ. He didn’t even flinch. Goze used to have a question on Tagg Radio, “Would you rather drink water out of the dent in Big Nog’s back or…” Scaub is boo’d and the crowd goes nuts for Nogueira. Nog clinches up and Schaub puts him against the cage. Schaub pulls out and squares up. They exchange shots with Scaub landing a left. They tie up. Schaub lands an uppercut. They separate and square up again. Schaub misses an uppercut and Nog counters and lands. Schaub fires back and lands a big punch. Schaub with two low kicks to the knee. Nog pressing in with punches. Schaub gets tagged with a left. Schaub lands back as Nog moves up and down like a yo yo dodging the punches. He looked staggered for just a second. Nog hurts Schaub with punches. Schaub is staggered and Nog lnocks him out. Schaub falls to the ground face first and this place erupts; Cokes are flying through the air! Nog through about a ten punch combo that put Schaub away!! A HUGE win for this man in his first fight EVER in Brazil!! The chants for Nog are still going.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (3:09)
Ross Pearson vs. Edson Mendes Barboza Jr.
Round 1 – Pearson takes the center. Barboza leg kick, jabs. Pearson checks a kick. Pearson stalking putting on the pressure. Pearson with punch combos as Barboza ducks and dodges. Checks another leg kick. Bonuses tonight are 100K. They tie up, knee from Barboza to the gut. Pearson looking very fast tonight. Pearson with a right to the body and left to the head. Barboza lands a counter punch. Left right from Pearson, flying knee misses but lands a one two punch. Barboza tags Pearson with a spinning back kick. They exchange leg kicks. Pearson lands a big punch, a left. Blocks a head kick. Left jab from Pearson, one two three on the end of it. Pearson checks a leg kick. Barboza lands a left hook. Pearson lands a one two punch, then a body shot. Pearson shoots, pushes Barboza to the cage. Can’t get him down. They separate. 10-9 Pearson.
Round 2 – Body kick from Pearson. Barboza lands a body kick, then a quick right hand that drops Pearson. Pearson bounces right up and they start back exchanging punches. They both are so so quick. Pearson stalking. Jab from Barboza. Leg kick from Pearson, very nice. Double jab from Pearson, he backs up Barboza. Right hand from Barboza. Pearson still stalking. Inside leg kick from Pearson. He still has Barboza backing up. He shoots, stuffed. Pearson checks a leg kick, lands a jab. One two from Pearson, Barboza swings back. Jab, jab from Pearson. Big right to the ear from Barboza. Pearson walks through it. Spinning back kick to the gut knocks Pearson back. Left hook to the body from Barboza. Superman punch from Pearson actually lands solid, left hook to the neck. He blocks a body kick from Barboza. They tie up, knee from Barboza. Leg kick from Barboza. 10-9 Pearson.
Round 3 – Jabs from Pearson as he stalks, lands a left hook, again. He presses Barboza to the cage. Spinning back kick lands in the gut from Barboza. Inside leg kick from Pearson. Flying knee from Barboza and Pearson catches it, lets him down. Right left from Pearson as he pushes Barboza to the cage. Knee on the break from Barboza. Inside leg kick from Pearson. Left hook from Pearson. Left jab from Barboza. Pearson shoots from outside, stuffed. Inside leg kick from Pearson. Left hand from Pearson backs Barboza up. Leg kick from Barboza. Pearson hunts with punches. Barboza connects big and opens Pearson’s face up. Less than 30 seconds to go and Pearson is hunting. Spinning back kick lands for Barboza and Pearson chases him down. Close fight and hard to score. I could see either guy winning but I give this round to Barboza 10-9 and the fight to Pearson 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Round 1 – Forrest is pumped up; beats his chest when his name is called. Forrest light on his feet, moving side to side. Misses a high kick and Shogun swings and misses. Shogun misses with a quick quick combo as he springs in. Forrest lands a left on the chin. Shogun checks a lazy leg kick. Nice right on the chin from Shogun and Forrest is hurt. Shogun rains down about five huge hammerfists and Forrest is hurt very badly as the ref stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mauricio Rua def. Forrest Griffin by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (1:53)
UFC Middleweight Championship
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
It seems to be taking about 20 people to usher Anderson to the cage as the crowd goes nuts. Anderson with a big Burger King logo on his trademark yellow and black shorts. I wonder if Anderson really likes to eat Burger King? Not the greatest bastion of health. Lots of boos for “Thunder”.
Round 1 - Anderson bows to the four corners, backs up with arms out-spread to the cage. Ref tells them to touch it up and make it official. They decline. —- Here we go. Anderson circling on the outside. Big leg kick from Anderson inside. Using a jab to feel. Dodges Okami’s combo. Okami stalking. Silva’s hands down. Okami grabs half a collar and throws some dirty boxing. One two from Silva. Jab from Okami. Jab from Silva lands. Okami grabs half a collar, throws some uppercuts. Silva grabs a full collar as they are stalled against the cage. He lets it go as they exchange knees. Uppercut from Okami roughing Silva up against the cage. Shoulder strike from Silva, knee. Okami grabs a single. Lets it go. Grabs a body lock, knee. Okami backs out. Jab from Silva as he dodges Okami punches. Left hand from Okami. Uppercut from Silva. Head kick from Silva stuns Okami, throws a knee at the bell. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2 – One two from Okami. Right hook as Silva pours it on with two punches and a leg kick. He’s in hyper drive. Now he stops completely. Knocks Okami on his back with a quick right. He dodges Okami’s punch and lands a right. He’s standing in front of him like a western gun draw as the crowd goes crazy. Silva drops Okami and stands over him with accurate and very selective pin-point shots, making everyone count. Not getting excited. And Okami is hurt and is still down. This was classic Anderson Silva — as good as we have ever seen him. Okami barely touched him except in the clinch. Silva confirms once again why he is the best ever. Ninth consecutive title defense.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami by knockout (strikes) Rd 2 (2:04)
It is times like this when things just seem to make sense.