UFC 146 takes place tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. The all-heavyweight main card airs live on PPV at 10pm ET, with the preliminary card airing at approximately 6pm ET on the UFC’s Facebook page, and on FX at 8pm ET.
In the main event, the UFC heavyweight title is on the line as Junior “Cigano” dos Santos takes on heavyweight mainstay Frank Mir.
Former champion Cain Velasquez takes on top Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Two of the most eccentric and amusing heavyweights meet in the octagon as Dave Herman takes on Roy “Big Country” Nelson.
Undefeated heavyweight prospects Stipe Miocic and Shane del Rosario square off.
And rounding out the main card, Lavar Johnson continues his unlikely run through the heavyweight division as he takes on Stefan Struve.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Junior dos Santos def. Frank Mir via TKO (Punches) at 3:04 of Round 2
- Cain Velasquez def. Antonio Silva via TKO (Punches) at 3:36 of Round 1
- Roy Nelson def. Dave Herman via Knockout (Punches) 0:51 of Round 1
- Stipe Miocic def. Shane del Rosario via TKO (Elbows) at 3:14 of Round 2
- Stefan Struve def. Lavar Johnson via Submission (Armbar) at 1:05 of Round 1
- Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza via TKO (Punches) at 3:23 of Round 1
- C.B. Dollaway def. Jason Miller via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
- Dan Hardy def. Duane Ludwig via Knockout (Punches and Elbows) at 3:51 of Round 1
- Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann via Submission (Triangle Choke/Armbar) at 1:54 of Round 1
- Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:53 of Round 1
- Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir: This fight played out how one might have imagined it would. As expected, Junior was the superior striking, whereas Mir wanted to take it to the mat to work his BJJ. Early on, Junior hurt Mir, and throughout the first round, he put a hurting on the heavyweight challenger. In the second, it was all Junior, as he absolutely laid into Mir, showing blatant disregard for his ground skills. A solid right would drop Mir, and Junior swarmed on him, as Mir attempted to pull guard, Junior landed one solid hammerfist to the temple of Mir, and that was that. The stoppage comes at 3:04 of the second round, and Junior retains the title.
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva: Credit to “Bigfoot” for hanging in there and trying his best, but this was an absolute slaughter. Cain Velasquez wasted no time dumping the big man on the mat, where he cut him open with some sharp and nasty elbow shots and rained down ground and pound. Though Silva pulled guard on occasion and even tried some submissions, he was just overwhelmed. His head was busted open all over the mat, this was a damn bloodbath. The time of the TKO stoppage was 3:36 of the first frame.
Dave Herman vs. Roy Nelson: This fight was short and sweet. After a few tentative seconds, Roy Nelson landed a nasty overhand right that put Herman on his ass. Roy followed up with only one more punch, and that was all that was necessary. A knockout win for “Big Country” in 51 seconds.
Stipe Miocic vs. Shane del Rosario: In an exciting heavyweight clash, Shane del Rosario punished Miocic for the first five minutes, using his solid Muay thai to hurt the Croatian striker. With del Rosario looking considerably sharper on the feet, Miocic made a questionable decision by letting his foe up after he had taken him down. In the second though, it became considerably more clear who the superior fighter was, as Miocic hurt his opponent, took him down, and blasted him with vicious ground and pound. Eventually, Stipe unloaded a brutal salvo of elbows that cut Shane open wide, and prompted the referee to step in. The stoppage came at 3:14 of the second round.
Lavar Johnson vs. Stefan Struve: It was a quick one, as Lavar got Struve against the cage and looked to unload. It was all for naught though, as Struve pulled guard and quickly locked on an armbar that forced the tap at 1:05 of round one.
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins: In the final preliminary bout, Diego Brandao came out on fire, as always, and blasted Elkins with heavy punches and violent knees and that floored his opponent. Dominating throughout the first five, it was hard not to call it a 10-8. In the second and third though, Darren Elkins took advantage of a gassed Brandao. The accomplished wrestler worked his takedowns and submission game to his advantage, putting the TUF winner down time and time again. In the end, all three judges gave Elkins the unanimous decision with 29-28s across the board.
Jamie Varner vs. Edson Barboza: Well, that happened. Jamie Varner looked better than ever in his return to the UFC, as he used his heavy hands to rock Barboza time and time again. When he wasn’t hurting Edson, he was picking him up and slamming him on the mat. After a particularly painful looking series of punches, Varner dropped Barboza, and blasted him with heavy ground and pound. Jamie Varner with the upset special, getting the TKO victory 3:23 of the first round.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason Miller: This was probably the ugliest fight I have ever seen in my life. Despite having obviously improved striking, a knee injury would halt the coming out party for Mayhem. Unable to post on it, unable to be explosive, Dollaway continuously took Mayhem down and laid on him. That’s it, just laid on him. There were moments where Mayhem would rock his gassed opponent, but he was unable to capitalize, and would find himself on his back again. Dollaway takes home the ugliest decision I have ever seen with scores of 29-28, 30-26, and 29-28.
Duane Ludwig vs. Dan Hardy: Dan Hardy did what he hadn’t done in nearly three years. Showing improved clinch work, and seemingly having a fire lit underneath his ass, Hardy held Ludwig against the cage and put the pressure on for several minutes, before the two separated, and Dan Hardy landed a jaw dropping left hook that floored Ludwig. He celebrated, then followed up with elbows and punches, scoring a knockout victory at 3:51 of Round 1.
Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann: It was wrestler vs submission specialist, and neither man had any issue going to the ground. Volkmann used his stifling wrestling to get out of danger and hold Sass down, but Sass was relentless with his submission attack. Volkmann made an relatively amateur mistake by keeping his hands tight to his body on the mat, which allowed Sass to slip on his speciality, the triangle choke. Combining it with in armbar, it was all academic, as Volkmann tapped at 1:54 of the first round.
Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury: Kyle Kingsbury just didn’t stand a chance. The highly-touted Teixeira, who has battled Visa problems for far too long, finally made his UFC debut, and it was a violent one. Putting the pressure on early, and throwing caution to the wind, Glover rocked Kingsbury, mounted him, and began to rain down the punches in a violent way, Demonstrating that he is as good on the mat as he is on the feet, Glover effortlessly locked on an arm triangle choke and forced his opponent to tap at 1:53 into the fight.
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda: In the opening contest of the evening, former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown proved that the old guard can still hang. Brown used his powerful wrestling and heavy hands to drive through Pineda, taking him to the mat time and time again, and through two rounds, he used body shots to hurt Pineda. In the third round, Pineda would again find himself on the bottom, but he would sweep Brown, take his back, and spend the last 2 minutes looking for submissions and putting his hands all over the veteran. After 15 minutes of action, the judges rendered scores of 29-28 across the board, handing a unanimous decision win to Mike Brown, who ends Pineda’s 7 fight winning streak.