As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 134: Rio. The live blog will start with the beginning of the Facebook preliminary stream (6 p.m. ET), continuing through the Spike TV prelims (8 p.m. ET) through the pay-per-view (9 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
The event is headlined by a pair of rematches. The main event features the middleweight championship fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami, their first meeting saw Okami win by disqualification back in 2002. In the co-main event of the evening, Forrest Griffin looks to repeat his success from UFC 76 when he rematches Mauricio Rua. The main card also sees heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira take on the young rising star in Brendan Schaub. Edson Barboza takes on former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson and Luiz Cane faces Stanislav Nedkov in the other main card fights.
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Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller - Round 1 - Leg kick by Palhares is countered with a right hand by Miller. They briefly go to the ground and Palhares looks to take an arm off his back before they get back to standing. Miller looks like he wants to keep it standing up and use jabs and right straights. Front kick to the face out of nowhere by Palhares hurts Miller badly. Big slam takedown by Palhares but Miller manages to get on top. Miller makes him stand back up. Right hand by Palhares and a knee that lands flush. MIller landing a right hand. Big head kick by Palhares drops Miller, big punches by Palhares and he celebrates and jumps on top of the cage. Herb Dean has to tell him that he didn't stop the fight. They restart and Miller hurts and drops Palhares! This is crazy! The round ends with a Palhares takedown. 10-9 Palhares, that was bizarre.
Round 2 - Miller gets poked in the eye, Dean doesn't let him recover. Palhares with a big takedown. MIller looks to lock in a triangle and Palhares pushes through it. Palhares landing big shots again and now is on top. Palhares continually grabbing the fence and getting warnings. Palhares working from the top and avoiding any submission attempts Miller throws at him. Big elbow by Palhares opens miller up above his eye. Palhares landing huge punches now. Miller is being forced to cover up. Palhares has just dominated Miller this round. 10-8 Palhares.
Round 3 - Uppercut lands for Miller early. Miller with a stiff jab and Palhares is pretty badly gassed. MIller keeping range and landing some kicks and straight punches. Left hook lands for Palhares. Nice two punch combo by Miller. Overhand right by Palhares. Both men throwing arm punches and Miller scores best with a stiff jab. Palhares goes to the body twice but eats a right hand. Overhand right for Palhares lands, and another. 10-9 round for Miller but it's a 29-27 win for Palhares on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-27, 30-27, 30-25 all for Rousimar Palhares. 30-25? wow
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares - Round 1 - Tavares slips to the ground after a head kick. Tavares charges in and gets the takedown against the fence. Fisher trying to throw elbows off his back but Tavares is doing a good job of keeping position, dragging him away from the cage and landing punches. They're restarted after a few minutes of the action. Tavares has gone to the head kick multiple times but Fisher has blocked it well. Tavares continuing to try to get the takedown. Tavares finally gets it and moves to the mount. Fisher gives up his back and Tavares looked to lock in a choke but couldn't before Fisher stood up. 10-9 Tavares.
Round 2 - Fisher gets taken down quickly. Tavares continuing to just control and grind. Tavares really starting to land with a little more force now. Despite Tavares working, the ref threatens to stand him up. Tavares transitions to the back now and is opening up with a flurry of strikes as Fisher is forced to just cover up. After Fisher doesn't do anything but cover up the fight is stopped. Thiago Tavares wins by TKO (strikes), round 2.
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Luiz Cane vs. Stanislov Nedkov - Round 1 - Cane pushing forward and Nedkov wings an overhand. Hard leg kick by Cane. Nedkov does manage to land an overhand right as he came forward but Cane has landed better early. Cane had landed a fair amount of punches early but he is open to the right straight and Nedkov has come close to landing it hard several times now. Cane slips after a missed kick and Nedkov chases him forward. Cane lands a few hard punches and Nedkov was hurt and forced to shoot, but didn't get the takedown. Nedkov is bleeding near his right eye now. Cane has worked a good amount of leg kicks throughout the round. Overhand right for Nedkov lands to Cane's forehead. Another hard shot and Cane is hurt badly and his legs are betraying him.. He tries to retreat but eats a big flurry of punches and the fight is stopped! Stanislov Nedkov wins by TKO (punches), round 1.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub - Round 1 - Schaub flashing out the jab early. Nogueira tries to get a takedown and Schaub presses him into the fence. Nogueira shoots again and can't get it to the ground. Schaub landing some punches in the clinch. Nogueira with three punches that land and Schaub answers with one. Right hand by Nogueira but a hard return shot from Schaub. Schaub misses with a superman punch. Hard two punches by Nogueira. Left hand by Nogueira but Schaub cracks him hard and hurts him. Noguiera survives but he got hit several times with a big flurry. Out of nowhere Noguiera with an uppercut and a right hand. Schaub is hurt! Nogueira follows up with a few more punches and Schaub is down and out! Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wins by TKO (punches), round 1. I am in heaven right now.
Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson - Round 1 - Barboza with a hard leg kick early. Pearson checks a leg kick and counters with a right. Pearson with a quick combination and he is trying to force Barboza back. Both men are throwing hard and often early. Pearson forces him back into the cage and lands a right hand. Both men land hard but Barboza lands with a very hard right hand. Pearson with a nice combination and then a spinning back kick by Barboza. Pearson doing very well in the stand-up through the round. Right hand by Pearson lands and Barboza misses with the counter. Pearson drops down for a takedown and Barboza defends. 10-9 round for Pearson in my eyes.
Round 2 - Right hand by Barboza drops Pearson and somehow Ross jumps right back up. Back to a kickboxing match but Barboza looks a little more comfortable this round. Pearson with a hard leg kick and a nice combination. Pearson shoots and Barboza defends well. Barboza with a left hand but he is being forced to fight going backward. Nice right hand by Barboza and this is a very close round. Spinning back kick by Barboza. Barboza looking much more effective as the round wears on but Pearson is having his own moments. 10-9 Barboza evens it up.
Round 3 - Pearson with a solid early combination. Knee attempt by Barboza almost gets him taken down. Nice combination by Pearson again as he forces Barboza back into the cage. Takedown attempt by Pearson fails and he gets hit by a shot from Barboza. Pearson fails on another takedown attempt. Nice combo by Pearson and Barboza responds with a right hand. I think Barboza is slightly ahead here as the round nears the end. 10-9 Pearson on my card gives him a 29-28 win.
Official scorecards: 29-28 Barboza, 29-28 Pearson, 29-28 Barboza. Edson Barboza wins by split decision.
Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua - Round 1 - They're exchanging a little eary with neither guy landing too hard for the first minute until a big uppercut from Shogun. Shogun throws two punches that were blocked, but he is aggressive. A few solid shots from Shogun and Forrest's legs go out on him and a flurry from Shogun on the ground ends it. Mauricio Rua wins by TKO (punches), round 1.
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami - Round 1 - Leg kick by Silva early. Okami throws three punches and hits a lot of air. Okami lands a few short punches while Silva looks to lock up a muay thai clinch and they go back to distance. Nice right hand by Silva. Okami pushes Silva into the cage and Silva tries to lock up the clinch again. The struggle against the cage continues and Silva lands a sharp knee forcing Okami to shoot for the takedown and then back off. Silva starting to jab and now use head movement to avoid the punches from Okami. Head kick lands for Silva right before the round ends and that's enough to take the round on my card. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2 - Silva comes out hard with leg kicks and punches and he stands in front of Okami with his hands down, avoids a punch and drops Okami with a right hand. He tells Okami to stand up and starts again with the hands down and countering. Now Okami is afraid to throw punches at a guy standing in front of him with his hands down. Silva does it again and drops him with a punch. Silva follows up with some ground and pound to get the stoppage. Anderson Silva is so far above the rest of the middleweights in the world, it's not even funny. Right hand dropped Okami for that finishing flurry. Anderson Silva wins by TKO (punches), round 2.
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Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
R1: Bantamweights kick off the UFC's return to Brazil. Loveland charges with punches and looks to clinch, Jabouin circles away. Loveland darts a few angles to close distance but can't clinch with Jabouin. Jabouin connects on one kick, then Loveland scoops up the next and puts the striker on his back in half guard, then butterfly. Jabouin pawing at his left eye like something is wrong. Loveland throws a few elbows that Jabouin defends, then the referee intervenes for an equipment check and decides to restart the fight standing. Loveland again attacking with big punches on the feet. Sharp switch kick from Jabouin. Loveland looking Dominick Cruz-ish with his attacking angles. Low kick, straight right from Jabouin, then he chops Loveland with a low kick and throws a spinning back-kick. Jabouin lands the best strike of the fight with a big right and pounces with a flying knee, making the first tough to call. Loveland had a 10-9 locked but the staggering right hand evens it on my card at 10-10.
R2: Loveland nails a takedown immediately and moves to side control. Jabouin reverses into Loveland's guard and hammers an elbow. Loveland with busy hips, angling for an armbar and then turning it into a sweep when Jabouin defends. Jabouin goes deep half guard and eats a few elbows in order to scoot free and stand back up. Another heavy punch gets through for Jabouin, but then he catches Loveland below the belt with another spinning kick. After a quick pause they re-engage. Spinning back-fist finds the mark for Jabouin, who gets taken down, threatens with a guillotine, and gets back to his feet while Loveland throws a knee. Sloppy shot from Loveland, who looks to be slowing down. Big body shot from Jabouin, who snares a takedown of his just before the bell. I have it 10-9 for Jabouin landing the significantly more effective strikes.
R1: They both come out slugging. Jabouin now easily avoiding or stuffing Loveland's two takedown attempts. Jabouin gets a takedown but Loveland is immediately back to his feet. Jumping front kick by Jabouin is partially blocked, Loveland counters a wide right with a nice uppercut. Jabouin tries a half-hearted takedown, eats a jab, and his spinning back-fist is blocked. Loveland tries to clinch but can't. High kick from Jabouin, then a deep roundhouse kick to body; another. Loveland stuffed again. Low kick and side kick from Jabouin, then another spinning kick and a head kick, the last two are blocked. Jabouin shoots but Loveland shakes him off, they exchange and Jabouin tries another as the horn sounds. Another close round that I call 10-9 Jabouin for superior striking.
One judge has it 30-27 for Loveland and the other two 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Yves Jabouin.
Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
R1: Two Brazilian featherweights up next with Mario Yamasaki running the show. Alcantara, from southpaw, brings the right hook-left straight combo. Arantes plants a hard spinning back kick to the solar plexus, Alcantara clips a short elbow. Alcantara pawing with his right hand, then lands another kick to the body. Alcantara catches an Arantes kick and takes him down into half guard. Hard left hand from Arantes on bottom, short forearms from Alcantara, who then postures up and flurries with good punches before passing to side control. He tries to step over into the mount but Arantes grabs the leg and threatens with a leglock. Alcantara backs off and resumes half guard, Yamasaki stands them up. Wild flurry from Arantes, who is bleeding from the face, and Alcantara responds with another elbow. Spinning roundhouse kick from Arantes looks good but doesn't land. I have it 10-9 Alcantara for better striking and grappling.
R2: They trade high kicks, both blocked. Jumping side kick from Arantes, who's taken down and latches a full, closed guard. Alcantara passes to side control, and this time gets the mount and scoots high. He tries a mounted triangle but Arantes bucks him off and Alcantara falls back into his guard. Yamasaki restarts them shortly after. Nice kick to the thigh from Arantes, then a high kick and another low kick. Another. Alcantara's pace and aggression depleting a little as Arantes puts together another combo, but Alcantara hits the takedown against the fence. Cleaner striking, takedowns and a dominant position makes it 10-9 Alcantara.
R3: Arantes gets taken down throwing a kick and Alcantara slithers to his back with both hooks in. Arantes cleverly rolls into Alcantara's guard and plugs a series of rough elbows. Alcantara tries to control the head but Arantes sits up and unleashes another volley of elbows. Alcantara tries wrist control and a triangle, Arantes defends and keeps punching. Yamasaki, who's quick on the trigger tonight, intervenes after the action slows, and Arantes is taken down while trying a flying knee. Another quick restart by Yamasaki and they're back standing for a moment, but Alcantara hits a single and quickly gets the mount just as the bell sounds. Even round on my card, 10-10.
The judges see it 30-27 twice and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Yuri Alcantara.
Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos
Herb Dean on tap for these welterweights. Silva hurls a right and shoots but Ramos backs him up with automatic fire. This time the haymaker lands for Silva, who pounces on Ramos after he's hurled onto his back. Herb Dean gives a Ramos a chance but he's cooked. Erick Silva defeats Luis Ramos by TKO in the first round.
Raphael Assuncao vs. Johnny Eduardo
R1: Assuncao's low kick is checked. Eduardo close on a quick left counter. Eduardo clips him with a hard right counter over the top, Assuncao responds with a decent one-two. Eduardo grazes an uppercut on Assuncao's body kick. Assuncao snares a single and steers Eduardo against the fence but Eduardo grabs underhooks to stall him. Assuncao switches to the high crotch and gets him down. Eduardo with the closed guard and controlling posture as the impatient crowd boos. Short forearms from Assuncao but Eduardo defends well. Referee Marc Goddard joins the fray and separates the fighters very quickly. Assuncao gets in a straight right before the bell. I had Eduardo winning the striking and Assuncao's takedown equalizes it. 10-10.
R2: Eduardo counters sharply, slips an overhand and stuffs a takedown. Assuncao pursues it and clinches Eduardo against the cage, throwing knees to the thighs. Assuncao tries to switch to the single again but Eduardo is free and casting his overhand right through the guard and landing a low kick. Double leg by Assuncao is repelled and he pushes him into the fence, looking for a body-lock trip. Eduardo resists and shucks him off. Spinning back kick to the body from Eduardo, then Assuncao finds a home for his right hand. Low kick from Eduardo, then Assuncao clinches on an incoming knee, spins to his back and flattens him out. Assuncao rolls him over with both hooks in and punches to the head; a dominant position that steals the round on my card. 10-9 Assuncao.
R3: Eduardo is done countering and now leading with one-twos. Assuncao with the Superman punch and follow up hook, they trade one-twos. Eduardo jabs, high kicks, jabs again. Assuncao doubles the jab, connects on a low kick. Eduardo stalking and egging Assuncao on and Assuncao shoots. Eduardo rolls into a leg lock but Assuncao stands up and spins out, then throws a string of clean punches from the top. The ref steps in despite Assuncao landing ground-and-pound. Spinning hook-kick whiffs from Eduardo; Assuncao slips but he's back up and swinging. 10-9 Assuncao.
All three judges give Raphael Assuncao the unanimous decision with 30-27 across the board.
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
R1: The crowd is electric for hometown hero Paulo Thiago. Hard low kick from Thiago, then two overhand rights. High kick from Thiago as he circles out into the center. Thiago closes his combo with another hard low kick, then catches Mitchell rushing in and takes him down into side control. Thiago immediately attacks the neck but Mitchell defends and Thiago lets him back up. Straight one-two for Mitchell just misses. Spinning back-kick lands to the body of Mitchell. Thiago ducks under a Mitchell overhand and hits another throw from the clinch into side control. Knee to the ribs from Thiago, who's swarming the neck and threatens with the crucifix position; Mitchell defends. Thiago throws a few punches and lets Mitchell up. 10-9 Thiago.
R2: Hard body kick to the ribs from Thiago, who follows with more heavy leather. Mitchell steps into Thiago's spinning back kick and headlocks him in the clinch, but Thiago hits another trip into side control, pursuing a choke. MitThiter a short exchange Thiago ducks under repeats the throw into side-mount. Thiago looking to trap the left arm with his knee, but Mitchell shrimps back to full guard but Thiago wants a stand up fight. Two Mitchell uppercuts are dodged. Mitchell being aggressive with punches but none are effective. High kick by Thiago. 10-9 Thiago.
R3: Mitchell flails an overhand and raises his arms, taunting, to open the third. Thiago slams a right and left hook home. Another left hook, then a big right and Mitchell tries to clinch. The slick clinch trip is unstoppable: Thiago hits it again before backing off and standing back up. Mitchell finally pegs a long right; it's answered by Thiago with a high kick to the jaw. Thiago looking to sail his overhand right over Mitchell's jab, which lands again. One-two for Mitchell, then a low kick. A left hook and two rights clip Mitchell, who clinches; Thiago slips around to the rear waist cinch and takes his back. Thiago can't finish the rear-naked choke as the horn sounds. 10-9 Thiago.
All three judges have it 30-27 for Paulo Thiago, who wins by unanimous decision.