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The event is headlined by a UFC middleweight championship bout between champion Anderson Silva and former light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort. The co-main event feature two more former champions as Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin battle. Also on the card is a battle of mega-prospects Jon Jones and Ryan Bader as well as the UFC debut of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
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Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Demetrious Johnson
Round 1 - My Facebook stream is ultra choppy. They're standing at a long distance and pawing with jabs from outside range. Kid counters a few Johnson kicks early. Johnson scores with a leg kick and again Kid is looking to land a counterpunch. Johnson shoots and Yamamoto defends it well to remain on his feet. Kid throws an uppercut and Johnson slides to the side and shoots, securing a takedown. Kid manages to work back to his feet very quickly. Again Johnson avoids a punch and gets the takedown. Johnson doing a better job of keeping his weight on top to hold Kid down now but Kid escapes. As he is getting to his feet Johnson scores with a few strikes that hurt Yamamoto. Kid recovers and puts Johnson into the cage, landing a few knees. Another great double leg takedown puts Johnson back on top. 10-9 round for Johnson.
Round 2 - Right hand lands for Johnson and Kid misses on a takedown. Kid landing a few nice punches early in the round while Johnson seems to be focused on leg kicks. Accidental low blow by Johnson. Again Johnson shoots under a punch for a takedown but Kid flips him over before he can get position. Kid is doing better this round with crisp strikes and not getting taken down. Johnson with a nice flurry of punches that get through. Johnson gets a takedown again but Kid gets up again fairly quickly. Yet another takedown by Johnson and he's pulling the round much closer, still he's not getting any work done before Yamamoto manages to get up. Another takedown and again Kid gets up, now turning trying to get a takedown of his own and in the scramble Kid lands a knee to the head that may have been illegal. They touch gloves and continue. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3- Body kick by Johnson. Another takedown by Johnson and again Kid is up without really taking any damage. Johnson connects with a right hand and Kid is just not doing enough this round to try to find the win. Johnson gets yet another takedown and Kid gets back to his feet again. Left hook hurts Yamamoto and a follow up hurts him again. Body kick and a takedown and Johnson is securing the victory now. Kid uses the cage to get back to his feet and lands a knee to the body. Johnson with a leg kick and a takedown. 10-9 round for Johnson and he won all three rounds on my card.
Official scorecards: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 all for Demetrious Johnson.
Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Round 1 - Mendes looking quick early and landing a few nice punches and lands hard with an overhand right. Omigawa is having a little trouble getting off early and Mendes lands hard to the leg. Big right hand lands for Mendes. Omigawa is doing well at defending Mendes' takedown attempts. Big left hand by Mendes now. Omigawa is taking the punches well so far but he's not winning any points getting hit in the face. Mendes finally manages to get the takedown and end up in Omigawa's guard. Omigawa with a straight armbar attempt but Mendes gets his arm out. They're back to standing as the round ends. 10-9 Mendes
Round 2 - Mendes lands a very hard shot that hurts Omigawa and he follows him to the ground landing more big shots. Omigawa survives and attacks the leg but Mendes stands up and they're back on their feet. Mendes continuing to land punches here. Hard left hook to the body and a hard right hand to the face. Omigawa is bleeding from the nose. Omigawa is trying to walk forward and land shots but Mendes is the one landing better. Omigawa finally landing a few nice punches. Mendes shoots and can't get the takedown. Nice double leg by Mendes with 20 seconds left in the round. Nice elbow by Mendes cuts Omigawa as the round ends. 10-9 Mendes.
Round 3 - Both guys throwing hard and Omigawa is doing what he can to try and finish the fight. Mendes shoots and Omigawa sprawls and tries for a guillotine but Mendes spins out and is on top in half guard. Both men landing a bit as they're back on the feet and Omigawa is getting the better of this exchange. Takedown by Mendes with a minute left in the fight. Two huge punches by Mendes before the end of the round should secure all three rounds for him. 10-9 Mendes.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board for Chad Mendes.
Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Round 1 - Kelly punches Cerrone rather than touching gloves and Cerrone gets a takedown. Cerrone moves to mount but Kelly stands up. Kelly lands a nice knee. Cerrone standing at distance and landing a few nice punches and a nice leg kick. Hard leg kick by Cerrone again. Body kick by Kelly and a nice right hand. Left hook by Kelly lands hard now. Body kick by Cerrone. Hard right hand by Kelly. Nice counter left hook to the leg kick by Kelly. Cerrone with a takedown and he's on top in half guard. Elbow by Cerrone opens a big cut over Kelly's eye. The round ends and it was very close but I'd go 10-9 Cerrone.
Round 2 - Kelly opening up with some big punches early before Cerrone starts firing kicks to the legs. They're trading good shots in the stand-up but Cerrone shoots and gets another takedown. Kelly tried to counter with a guillotine choke but Cerrone popped his head out. Cerrone manages to get to mount in the scramble. Cerrone on the back now with a body triangle. Cerrone with some nice punches and now he locks in the rear naked choke and that's the end of the fight. Donald Cerrone wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 2.
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Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
Round 1 - High kick by Torres is blocked. Not a lot of action early as Torres is trying to keep distance and Banuelos is trying to figure out how to get inside. Right hand by Torres and then a nice jab. Leg kick now from Torres. Torres throws a leg kick and Banuelos catches it and puts him on the ground with a takedown but backs away to let Torres back up. Right hand by Torres. Banuelos lands with a winging left hand. Torres working his jab pretty well. 10-9 Torres.
Round 2 - Right hand by Torres and a solid jab. Banuelos is looking to counter Torres' leg kicks. Nice right hand and a leg kick which Banuelos says caught him in the cup. Banuelos trying to get in close and eating jabs and right hands. Not a lot to say here as it's mainly Torres sticking him with jabs. Right hand by Torres as a counter to a Banuelos punch. Every time Antonio tries to open up he eats a counter. Banuelos lands with a hard punch toward the end of the round but too little, too late. 10-9 Torres
Round 3 - Torres back to sticking woth the jabs and Banuelos looks a little frustrated. More of the same for the next two minutes and the fans are not enjoying it. Right hand by Torres and Banuelos has no clue what to do here. More jabs. Banuelos waits for the final 20 seconds to throw everything out and try to land a flurry of punches and a spinning back kick but really doesn't land anything of note. Smart fight by Torres but not a crowd pleasing bout. 30-27 Torres on my card and anything other than that is wrong.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board all for Miguel Torres.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Round 1 - Left hand by Ellenberger and they tumble to the ground but end up back standing. Rocha has him pushed against the cage and Ellenberger takes him down into side control but Rocha gets to his feet. Rocha shoots and ends up on top in side control. Rocha keeps jumping from side to side but isn't attacking the arms. Rocha takes the back and Ellenberger has to give up his back. Rocha is looking to lock up a kneebar. Ellenberger manages to spin out and get back to his feet. Knee to the body by Ellenberger. Rocha throws a spinning kick and misses. Rocha looking to lock up the americana but can't lock it in before the round ends. 10-9 Rocha.
Round 2 - Ellenberger lands a series of knees and now throws Rocha to the ground before landing a flurry of shots while Rocha is turtled up. Spinning heel kick misses for Rocha. High kick from Rocha blocked. This is a very slow paced round. Body kick by Ellenberger. Takedown by Ellenberger with 20 seconds left. 10-9 Ellenberger.
Round 3 - Leg kick lands for Rocha, and another. Ellenberger is just hesitant to engage here. Ellenberger tries to open up with punches and Rocha tries to lock him up but they end up back standing. Spinning heel kick misses again. Leg kick by Rocha. I'm sorry, but this is not a good fight. Head kick by Rocha and Ellenberger throws him to the ground. Takedown by Ellenberger with 40 seconds left in the round, a pure attempt to win the round on the takedown. 10-9 Ellenberger.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 Rocha, 29-28 Ellenberger, 29-28 Ellenberger. Jake Ellenberger wins by split decision.
Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Round 1 - Jones gets a takedown quickly and Bader tries to lock up a guillotine but Jones is in side control. Into north-south now. Jones goes for a north-south choke but Bader manages to survive. Bader rolls and gets back to his feet. Head kick by Jones. Bader shoots and is stuffed something awful. Jones jumps over to take the back when they're clinched up and Bader looks for a kimura but ends up on his back again. Elbows to the body by Jones and he is warned for 12-6 elbows. 10-9 round for Jones.
Round 2 - Nice left hand by Jones. Leg kick by Jones. Jumping elbow attempt by Jones and Bader lands a hard right hand. Left hand lands for Bader now. Nice combo finished with a leg kick by Jones. Leg kick by Jones. Another leg kick and Bader misses with a takedown attempt. Right hand by Jones and he's taking the round over. Kick by Jones and now a takedown. Jones looking for a guillotine now and Bader is forced to tap out. Jon Jones wins by submission (guillotine choke), round 2.
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Round 1 - Leg kick by Franklin. Griffin lands a leg kick at the same time as Franklin and Rich falls to the ground. Griffin jumps into Franklin's guard and starts landing punches to the body and head. Griffin continuing to grind away from in Franklin's guard. Franklin is doing his best to defend but some shots are getting through. The round ends in the same position. Griffin clearly took that round with the ground and pound. 10-9 Griffin.
Round 2 - Leg kick by Forrest. Both men throwing hands but missing most everything. Hard right by Forrest. Body kick by Rich. Forrest continuing to go to the leg kicks and now a head kick that was blocked. Griffin takes Rich's back standing and drags him down. Forrest landing some hard shots as Rich stands up but Forrest is still on his back and drags him right back down but Rich finally manages to get away. Nice two punch combo lands for Rich. Both men land right hands and Forrest lands a leg kick. Hard left hand by Forrest buckles the legs of Franklin but Rich recovers and lands a jab. Hard body kick by Forrest. Nice body kick by Rich. Left hand by Rich. Griffin with a head kick as the round ends. 10-9 Griffin.
Round 3 - Franklin showing a little urgency early and he lands a hard body kick and now a nice left hand. Franklin tries for a takedown and ends up briefly taken down himself but gets back to standing. Head kick attempt by Franklin. Forrest keeps throwing the body kicks. Rogan keeps saying that it seems like Franklin may have hurt his left arm again (the same arm that was broken against Chuck Liddell). Franklin manages to get on top with a minute left and Forrest scrambles and gets on top so they scramble back to the feet. They trade punches and Griffin throws a front kick as the fight ends. 10-9 Franklin I guess. Who knows?
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Forrest Griffin across the board.
UFC Middleweight Championship Fight: Anderson Silva (c) vs. Vitor Belfort
Round 1 - Very slow start to the fight. Silva goes for a brisk jog. Belfort missesa leg kick.Two punches by Vitor land including a nice left hand. Belfort lets his hands go after a Silva head kick and he ends up on top on the ground briefly. As they stand up Silva lands a knee. Front kick by Silva crushes Belfort and he drops like a stone. A few follow up punches from Silva and it is over. Wow. That was funky. Anderson Silva wins by TKO (kick and punches), round 1.