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UFC 134: Silva dominates, BigNog wins

UFC 134: Silva dominates, BigNog wins

August 28, 2011

RIO DE JANEIRO – The UFC’s return to Brazil ended in a grand celebration for the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in MMA today.

In the main event of a sold-out UFC 134 event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva extended his record for consecutive title defenses to nine with an all-too-easy TKO win over Yushin Okami.

The bout headlined the pay-per-view portion of UFC 134, which took place Saturday at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event, which also featured prelims on Facebook and Spike TV, was the UFC’s first in Brazil since 1998.

The bout concluded a successful night for Brazilian fighters, who went 7-1 when facing competitors from other countries.

The first round of the night’s championship headliner opened with little action as Silva circled his opponent and figured out his timing. But a few minutes in, Silva threw some lunging punches, though he still seemed to be fishing for information. Ultimately, though, Okami got the clinch and put Silva against the cage, but he couldn’t get the takedown. The fighters then traded some jabs, and Okami was too slow to check a head kick, but the round ended without a clear winner.

In the second round, Silva was ready to engage. He unloaded a quick barrage of punches and low kicks, though Okami initially was up for the firefight. Silva, though, then dropped his hands and seemingly taunted Okami, only to then drop the Japanese fighter with a straight right. Okami was quickly back up, but Silva again dropped him moments later with another quick punch and then stood over him and delivered a steady stream of punches and elbows as Okami covered up.

With Okami unable to fight back as instructed, the TKO stoppage came soon after, at the 2:04 mark of the second round.

With the arena showering him with cheers, Silva was mostly tongue-tied in his post-fight interview.

“I’m so happy bro,” Silva told broadcaster Kenny Florian. “I’m sorry.”

So who’s next for the UFC’s unbeatable champ?

“My clone,” Silva joked.

Silva (29-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) now has won 15 straight fights and avenges his most recent loss: a disqualification defeat to Okami (26-6 MMA, 10-3 UFC) at a 2006 Rumble on the Rock show.

“Big Nog” stuns Schaub via KO

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was supposed to be a stepping stone on Brendan Schaub’s rode to a title shot. Instead, the aging veteran proved he’s got a little something left in the tank and posted a stunning first-round knockout in his first-ever fight on home soil.

The Brazilian, though, had his hands full early in the fight. Schaub fought off takedown attempts, out-struck Nogueira from the clinch, and unloaded a series of stiff uppercuts from distance. With the damage mounting and Nogueira unable to score a takedown, he instead let his hands fly.

With Schaub in a precarious position with his back near the cage, Nogueira unloaded the fight-altering right-left combination. Schaub appeared out on his feet, but Nogueira continued with additional blows until Schaub finally fell face first into the canvas, which forced the referee’s intervention at the 3:09 mark of the opening round.

Prior to the fight, the often-injured Nogueira admitted he rushed his recovery schedule so he could have the opportunity to fight in his home country.

“I just had three and a half months for training for that fight,” he said. “I was injured. I had surgeries in both hips and my knee. I sacrificed, though, because I never fought at home before.”

The victory, which came after an 18-month layoff, moves Nogueira (33-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) to 2-1 over his past three fights and 5-2 since late 2006, when he closed out his illustrious PRIDE career with a victory over Josh Barnett.

Schaub (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who had put together a four-fight win streak after a runner-up finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” now returns to the middle of the pack in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Source: MMAJunkie