February 5, 2011
UFC 126 Blow By Blow
By NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency
Anderson (The Spider) Silva defends his middleweight title against Vitor (The Phenom) Belfort in the main event of UFC 126.
Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres
Torres, who has a 13-inch reach advantage, takes octagon control. He clips Banuelos with a head kick attempt. Inside leg kick from Torres. Banuelos tries to charge with punches, but Torres steps away. Torres lands a couple jabs and follows with a kick to the body. Torres lands a couple more jabs and a straight right. Hard outside leg kick from Torres.
More jabs from Torres and Banuelos can't land any counter shots. Banuelos catches a kick and knocks Torres down, but doesn't follow him to the ground. Stiff straight- right from Torres. Torres with another jab.
Torres is staying on the outside, picking him apart with jabs. Banuelos whiffs on a head kick attempt. He also misses a spinning back kick. Torres lands a jab as the round ends.
Banuelos needs to close the distance here. He can't afford to let Torres stick on the outside.
Banuelos blocks a head kick. Straight-right from Torres. He follows with an outside leg kick. Torres lands a straight-right and follows with a left-hook. More jabs from Torres. Banuelos blocks a head kick.
Inside leg kick from Torres. Torres lands more jabs. Torres just keeps sticking to his gameplan -- staying outside Banuelos' reach and landing jabs. Banuelos charges and eats a straight-right. More jabs from Torres and Banuelos is trying to swarm him with hooking punches. Banuelos tags him with a hard right as the round ends.
Torres starts out with more jabs. Banuelos starts shadowboxing with hooking punches from way outside the pocket. Torres lands a jab and follows with a body kick. Banuelos comes in, but Torres backs him off with punches.
More jabs from Torres. And again. Torres with a straight-right. A one-two from Torres and Banuelos can't land his counters. More jabs. Banuelos tries a haymaker, but misses. More jabs from Torres. Banuelos unloads with punches as the round ends.
Winner: Miguel Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Ellenberger lands a big left hand and shoots for a takedown. Rocha sweeps on the transition and they're back to their feet. Rocha dives for the takedown, but Ellenberger slams him and takes side-control. Rocha scambles and Ellenberger steps away.
Rocha secures a takedown and is now in side-control. Rocha switches to north-south, but returns to side. Rocha keeps going back and forth between the two positions before taking the back. Ellenberger spins out and Rocha is back to side. Rocha takes north-south and works for a kneebar. Ellenberger spins out and Rocha is back to side again.
Ellenberger explodes back to his feet. Rocha shoots, but Ellenberger sprawls. Rocha spins it into an americana attempt! Slick, but time expires.
Rocha misses a leg kick. Ellenberger grabs the Thai clinch and unloads with kness that are blocked. Ellenberger throws him down and unloads with some big punches. He steps away and let's Rocha back to his feet. Punch to the body from Ellenberger.
Ellenberger blocks a head kick. Big knee to the body from Ellenberger. Ellenberger counters a leg kick with a punch to the body. Rocha tries a flying knee as Ellenberger comes in, but it doesn't land.
The action has really slowed in this round. Ellenberger with a hard leg kick. Ellenberger ducks a punch and gets the takedown. Rocha works for a triangle as the round ends.
They clinch and break with Rocha landing a body kick. Both guys are heistant again. Ellenberger stuffs a takedown and tosses him to the mat. Rocha stands back up. Rocha misses a spinning heel-kick, but follows with an outside leg kick.
Ellenberger lands a huge straight-right off Rocha's leg kick. Ellenberger blocks a head kick attempt. Ellenberger with a left-hook. They clinch and trade knees to the body. Rocha tries a head kick, but Ellenberger catches it and knocks him down. Rocha is back up. Ellenberger shoots and takes him down. He lands an elbow and follows with punches to the body
Winner: Jake Ellenberger via split-decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Bader clips him with a left-hook. Jones shoots and gets the takedown. Jones takes side-control. He elbows the body. Jones goes to north-south and goes for a choke. Bader is trying to survive, but Jones keeps wrenching it. Bader pops his head out and Jones takes side-control.
Bader explodes to his knees and gets to his feet. Jones with a punch to the body. Bader shoots, but Jones stuffs it. Jones starts punching the body and lands some elbows. Bader stands up, but Jones takes him back down and lands another elbow to the head. Jones elbows the thigh as the round ends. All Jones.
Big left-hook from Jones almost lands. Jones tries a jumping head kick, but Bader blocks it. Jones goes for a Superman elbow and gets tagged for his trouble. Bader lands a jab. Jones delivers a leg kick. Bader tries to clinch, but is shoved off.
Big outside leg kick from Jones. He lands another and blocks a takedown attempt. Jones with a big kick to the body and literally shoves Bader to the ground. Jones works for a guillotine choke and Bader taps!
Winner: Jon Jones via second-round submission (guillotine choke)
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Franklin with an inside leg kick. Griffin trips him on a leg kick attempt and is in Franklin's guard. Griffin moves to half-guard and tries to land some punches. Franklin blocks them and takes him back to guard. Griffin works some punches to the body and head, but nothing big lands.
Griffin throws more punches. He sneaks in a few right hands to the face and follows with some elbows. Griffin keeps grinding away as the round ends.
Griffin with a leg kick. Franklin counters another one with a straight-left. Body kick from Griffin. They exchange punches and separate. Franklin with a body kick. Franklin blocks a head kick, but Griffin pulls him to the mat and takes the back.
Griffin can't get the hooks in and unloads with punches. Franklin stands up, but is dragged back down. Franklin stands again and separates. Franklin lands a straight-left and follows with a hook. Right hook from Franklin. Griffin wobbles him with a left-hook, but Franklin backs him off with a straight-left. Big body kick from Franklin, but Griffin counters with a straight right. Hard body kick from Franklin. Left-right from Franklin. Griffin misses a head kick.
Leg kick from Franklin. Griffin shoots for a takedown, but Franklin defends it. Franklin tries a straight-left, but they clinch. Griffin tries to throw him down, but Franklin defends it. Franklin attempts a body kick, but it is blocked.
Griffin with a body kick followed by a straight-right. Nice body kick from Griffin. Straight-left delivered by Franklin. Right-hook by Franklin. Griffin misses a head kick. Griffin shoots and gets the takedown. Franklin stands up and takes him down with a single. Griffin explodes and trips Franklin down on the scramble. They get back up and separate. Griffin swings wildly as the round ends.
Winner: Forrest Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
Belfort takes octagon control and Silva starts circling on the outside. Both guys are tentative. Belfort lands an outside leg kick. Silva misses one of is own. Silva keeps moving around and fakes a charge. Belfort misses an outside leg kick. Belfort tags him with a right-left combo. Silva misses a head kick and Belfort takes him down. Silva gets back up. Silva lands a knee.
Silva delivers a massive front kick to the face and Belfort is down! Silva lands two more punches and it is over!
Winner: Anderson Silva via first-round KO.