UFC 134 takes place later tonight at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event airs live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The pay-per-view broadcast will be preceded by prelim specials on Facebook at 6pm ET/3pm PT and Spike TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
In the main event, Anderson Silva puts his UFC middleweight title on the line against Yushin Okami.
In the co-main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua looks to avenge his loss to Forrest Griffin.
Brendan Schaub steps into hostile territory to take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Luiz Cane meets Stanislav Nedkov in a light heavyweight bout.
Edson Barboza takes on Spencer Fisher in a lightweight match-up.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami via TKO (Punches) at 2:04 in Round 2
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Forrest Griffin via KO (Punches) at 1:53 in Round 1
- Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub via KO (Punches) at 3:09 in Round 1
- Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane via TKO (Punches) at 4:13 in Round 1
- Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO (Punches) at 2:51 in Round 2
- Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-25)
- Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos via TKO (Punches) at 0:40 in Round 1
- Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Dan Miller vs. Rousimar Palhares: Brazilian leglock master Palhares is a funny guy. When he fought Nate Marquardt last year, he inexplicably stopped fighting when he failed to secure a submission, and tonight, when he dropped Miller with a high-kick in the first round and followed up with punches, he once more stopped without explanation – and even jumped atop the cage and celebrated. Sure, Miller was in grave danger, but referee Herb Dean hadn’t made any motions toward stepping in. The Brazilian simply stepped away and started partying like it was 1999. Dean eventually got him back off the cage, though, and the following sequence saw Miller land a solid left that sent Palhares to the canvas. Palhares rallied, got on top in Round 2 and dispensed a beating, and came out exhausted but still capable of landing strikes on the feet, so when time expired there was no mystery to who had earned himself the unanimous decision (Palhares). But man, Palhares… what a goof.
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares: Give him the opportunity and Fisher will box you to death. Tavares knew this, and with two KO losses on his record, he took no chances. Firing off kicks to the head to get the American thinking high, the Brazilian went low, got Fisher to the canvas with takedowns against the fence, and worked into dominant position with about as much urgency as drying paint. But his plan eventually bore fruit in the form of a second-round TKO, as Tavares methodically worked into mount and landed a stream of unbidden punches that Fisher had no answer for. The referee stepped in at 2:51 of Round 2.
Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos: Though regional Brazilian promotions and their subsequent rivalries mean nothing to us here in the States, occasionally there’s some sweet beatdown goodness to come from it. And so it was with the preliminary pairing between Silva and Ramos, which had Ramos coming forward and walking into an utterly smashing overhand right. Ramos went down stunned, Silva fed him more, and the ref stepped in at just 40 seconds into Round 1.
Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov: When you come to Brazilto take on one of the country’s beloved and skilled light-heavyweight strikers, you have to have some serious cojones. Nedkov had them, though, plus a wrestling background, a jiu-jitsu black belt, and one punch – an overhand right – that he threw repeatedly and with reckless abandon. And really, as Cane was the superior stand-up technician, he should’ve whittled away at the Bulgarian until an opening for a KO presented itself. But somehow, someway a bloodied Nedkov eventually rocked him, and when he followed up with more fists against the cage, Cane sank to his knees and was done. The official time of the TKO stoppage was 4:13 of Round 1.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub: Breaking the mold of the typical TUF runner-up that can’t cut it in the Octagon, Schaub has carved out a nice niche for himself blasting dudes and creeping up the ranks. Nogueira, on the other hand, is the proverbial “legend barely keeping the injury demon at bay”. But damn did the legend give the young buck the business. In what started and ended as a boxing match, the two stalked each other around the cage, probing, gauging range and testing chins. At one point, it seemed as if Schaub was getting the better of the exchanges. Nogueira, however, has got ridiculous head movement when he chooses to use it, and once he dodged all the incoming missiles, trapped the youngster against the fence and unloaded. Schaub ate punch after punch, then face-planted, giving “Big Nog” the victory via knockout at 3:09 of the first round.
Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson: The Brazilian Barboza is so good at Muay Thai, five times a day the good people ofThailandkneel and pray to him. The Brit Pearson is so good at boxing, Pikey bare-knuckle fighters whisper his name before fights. Put the Brazilian and the Brit together and what do you get? An amazingly competitive, fast-paced striking affair, that’s what. Combating Barboza’s sharp and ultra-fast kickboxing with feints and constant, never-ending pressure, Pearson spent all three rounds chasing his foe around – stumbling in the second round thanks to a Barboza right hand and appearing pretty battered by the third. He was in it right up to the end, though, and the split decision that went to the Brazilian most certainly could’ve gone either way.
Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: When last they met, Shogun didn’t look too good, gassing like a Pride washout and tapping to a rear naked choke late in the bout. Not so this time around. Shrugging off Griffin’s awkward and apprehensive-seeming attempts at striking, the Brazilian clipped him with a right and just kept punching, dropping his opponent soon after. Griffin maybe had ten percent of senses at that point, but Shogun mercilessly beat on him with hammerfists, and when the TUF 1 winner went limp the referee jumped in, making the KO official at 1:53 of the first round.
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami: After years of toiling in the middleweight division, Japanese grinding machine Okami finally got his shot at Silva and the belt. Unfortunately, if Chael Sonnen laid down the blueprint for giving the Brazilian master striker a hard time – constant in-your-face wrestling – Okami for some odd reason felt his best bet was to stand in front of Silva and try his luck landing some sort of lucky punch. Um, no. Okami, that gets you killed. The first round had Silva collecting data on his opponent like a Terminator while the challenger tied him up against the cage. But then Silva started landing things, like a laser-like high-kick to the head and a jab that put Okami on his butt, and it only got worse in Round 2. The finish came after Silva began tagging Okami at will, and when Okami feel to a lead hook, the ensuing storm of punches had the referee stepping in at 2:04 of the round. Scratch Okami off the list of contenders. Only Sonnen can save us now.
Submission of the Night: N/A
Knockout of the Night: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza & Ross Pearson