UFC 126 Quick Results
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Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
This fight should have been renamed “Miguel Torres’ Reach vs. Antonio Banuelos.” The former champion dominated the contest with his lengthy arms, while the crowd booed incessantly. However, after three hard-fought rounds, Torres has walked away with a big victory in his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as Banuelos just could not figure out how to close the distance. Disappointing performance for Banuelos.
Official Decision: Torres d. Banuelos by unanimous decision
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Rocha started off looking terrific, utilizing his stellar Brazilian jiu-jitsu early in the fight. Unfortunately for him, he could not lock down the victory. After nearly landing several submissions, however, the momentum quickly turned Ellenberger’s way. He managed to use his wrestling pedigree throughout the final two rounds, controlling the fight, and taking home a split-decision victory. The score was strange, but Ellenberger has continued to rise in the 170 lb. division.
Official Decision: Ellenberger d. Rocha by split-decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Bader went for a guillotine choke to begin the contest, but that did not work out very well for the undefeated contender. Jones quickly reversed and looked for a north-south choke from top position in the opening round, but Bader survived for the moment. The second frame, meanwhile, began rather slowly. However, Jones figured out a way to earn the finish, forcing Bader to tap out to a submission at the end of the round. Another big victory for “Bones” Jones and he will now face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the light heavyweight title.
Official Decision: Jones d. Bader by submission at 4:20 of Round 2
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Griffin missed with a head kick early on in the action, but a quick takedown earned him the dominant position less than a minute into the opening frame. But the second round saw Franklin step his game up, as the former middleweight champion landed some decent strikes. However, Griffin stopped his opponent from gaining momentum with a final round that featured the original “Ultimate Fighter” winner’s solid ground game and striking. A much needed victory for Griffin.
Official Decision: Griffin d. Franklin by unanimous decision
Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
Belfort was the first to land in the opening frame, but Silva had the last laugh. A front-kick floored the challenger and Silva moved in for the kill. Referee Mario Yamasaki saved Belfort from any more damage, and Silva walked away with his middleweight title, leaving everyone wondering who can possibly top this man.
Official Decision: Silva d. Belfort by knockout at 3:25 of Round 1