The Spider slays Sonnen

Brazil's Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Japan's...

Brazil's Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Japan's Yushin Okami during the UFC Rio. (Ricardo Moraes/REUTERS)

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 AM ET

Anderson Silva shut Chael Sonnen up once and for all, stopping the brash American with strikes in the main event of UFC 148 in Las Vegas Saturday.

“Please ladies and gentleman, this sport is the best sport in the world,” Silva said. “Me and Chael worked hard to put on a show for all the people here.

“I have nothing against Chael. Chael disrespected my country, but this is the UFC.”

Sonnen picked up right where he left off, taking Silva to the mat and working his ground-and-pound. In the second, Silva hurt Sonnen with a vicious knee to the body and unloaded with punches for the win.

Following the bout, Silva shook hands with Sonnen and addressed the Brazilian fans in attendance.

"Let's show him Brazil has manners," Silva began. "I want everyone to applaud Chael.

“And Chael, if you'd like to have a barbeque over at my house, I'd love to have you over for a barbeque,” said Silva, referencing Sonnen's comments about forcing his wife to grill him a steak.

A disappointed Sonnen reluctantly tipped his hat to Silva.

“They gave me the opportunity,” Sonnen said. “Nobody owes me anything. I am very grateful to have the chance. He's a true champion.

“He got me with a good shot. I was on the ground and he got me with a good knee. It doesn't matter. I have to look at the tape.”

Sonnen came within two minutes of dethroning Silva at UFC 117 in 2010, dominating the Brazilian for more than four rounds before succumbing to a triangle armbar.

Forrest Griffin spoiled the final fight of Tito Ortiz's career, winning a unanimous decision in the co-main event.

Though Griffin fell victim to two knockdowns, he out-landed Ortiz by a ratio of 3:1. Ortiz gassed late in the second round, allowing Griffin to tee off.

Despite winning the decision, Griffin left the cage before the decision was even announced, but was forced to return. He then took over for Joe Rogan, interviewing Ortiz.

“May I please have your attention,” Griffin began. “Tito Ortiz that was an awesome performance. Is that your last fight?

“I gave it my all,” Ortiz said. “I came in, but I lost.

“You know Forrest, I've been doing this for 15 years.

“I appreciate all the fans for your support and for watching me on pay-per-view.”

Griffin then admitted the bout could have gone either way.

“Honestly, it felt close,” Griffin told Rogan to a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance. “I feel like we have three draws, to be honest. I want a fourth.

“He gassed at the end. I just didn't have much gas, either.”

Ortiz won a close split decision over Griffin at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006. Griffin evened the score with a split decision of his own at UFC 106 three and a half years later.

Cung Le picked up his first UFC victory, winning a unanimous decision over Patrick Cote.

Le did a good job of dictating the distance, frustrating the Quebec middleweight with body kicks and counter punches. Cote's iron jaw was on display, as Le cracked him several times with high kicks and right-hooks.

“I feel great, a little tired,” an excited Le said. “I was going to do a back flip, but don't have the energy. He came, he brought it. He has a hard head, I hurt my foot on it.”

Le was originally scheduled to face Rich Franklin, but Franklin filled in for an injured Vitor Belfort against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 last month.

Dong Hyun Kim suffered a freak injury against Demian Maia.

Maia slammed Kim from standing back-control and took full mount, but gave up the position after he could tell the South Korean was hurt. Referee Mario Yamasaki immediately called the bout, awarding Maia the TKO victory.

Following the bout, Kim was holding his rib, but the replay showed him landing hard on his neck.

The bout marks Maia's first at welterweight. The Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt said 170 pounds is his ideal division.

“That's for sure,” Maia said. “I did a very hard diet and it was good.”

Chad Mendes made quick work of Cody McKenzie, putting the TUF 12 veteran away with punches in only 31 seconds.

Mike Easton earned the biggest victory of his career, winning a dull unanimous decision over Ivan Menjivar.

Melvin Guillard got back in the win column, earning an uninspired victory over Fabricio Camoes in the final preliminary bout.

Khabib Nurmagomedov extended his undefeated streak to 18 fights, winning a close unanimous decision over Gleison Tibau.

Constantinos Philippou earned his fourth-straight victory, utilizing sharp boxing to win a unanimous decision over Riki Fukuda.

The wait continues for John Alessio's first UFC victory, as the Vancouver native dropped a unanimous decision to Shane Roller. Though this only marks Alessio's fifth UFC appearance, he debuted for the organization at UFC 26 over 12 years ago.

Rafaello Oliveira snapped a two-fight skid, smothering Yoislandy Izquierdo en route to a unanimous-decision victory in the opening bout.

UFC 148 RESULTS

Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via second-round TKO (strikes)

Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via first-round TKO (injury)

Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via first-round TKO (punches)

Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)


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