Pride Fighting Championship lives again as three former Pride FC stars highlighted the UFC RIO card. Three former Pride fighters returned to their home country and electrified a sold out UFC 134 crowd in Rio, yet it was The Spider that stole the show.
Anderson Silva showed the world once again why he is the greatest fighter in all of MMA. After toying with Yushin Okami for one round, The Spider came alive and unleashed an assault of strikes on the challenger to finish the fight and win his 9th straight UFC championship defense at UFC RIO.
The first round was fairly uneventful until the final seconds. Most of the round saw Anderson dance around, look for the jab, but not connect on anything to deadly. They fought up against the cage for awhile with Anderson nailing a knee to Okami’s side that seemed to bother him. Okami went for a takedown which was blocked by the champion. The champion closed real strong nailing a head kick as the buzzer sounded at 2:04 of the second round.
Anderson Silva set a new record tonight with 14 consecutive wins in the UFC and goes 15-0 overall in his last fifteen, and 29-4 in his career. Let that set in for a second and tell me if that 15-0 number is not just an unbelievable number or what? Will someone beat it? Maybe, but I can’t imagine more than one person hitting 14-0 in the UFC with the level of competition in today’s MMA climate and beyond.
I don’t know if I would call this Silva at his best because he looked incredibly disinterested in the first round. On the other hand, he showed why he is without a doubt the greatest fighter in all of MMA in the second round with a brilliant performance. You can’t deny the record but at some point, someone is going to Silva hard when he drops those hands. It wasn’t Okami and Silva gets the win at home in the UFC 134 main-event.
Mauricio Shogun Rua came back and came back strong at UFC 134 with a big win over Forrest Griffin. The battle of former UFC light heavyweight champions didn’t last long. Shogun looked relaxed early on while Forrest looked a bit tight. Shogun was looking to pounce similar to what he did against Lyoto Machida. He finally got the open at 1:53 and a few hammer fists later knocked out Forrest Griffin and avenged his previous loss.
The win gives Shogun his eighth win in his last ten fights. Shogun desperately needed a win here after being embarrassed in his last fight against Jon Jones. I think Rua needs at least two more wins to get back to Jones. I think another fight with Lyoto Machida could work, as well as a fight against Tito Ortiz or Rich Franklin.
For Griffin, it his third loss in his last five fights. I am sorry but the aura of Griffin is over for me. He really needs to evolve his game as the more experienced fighters are catching up to him. He’ll always be one of those guys that hangs around the top of the light heavyweight mix on his name alone. At the same time I’d be shocked if Griffin ever received another light heavyweight title shot again.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira received a legend’s welcome from the Brazilian faithful in Rio. The crowd got even louder after Big Nog knocked Brendan Schaub out in the first round. Minotauro started out slow and was on the receiving end for most of the first round against Brendan Schaub. Nog kept looking for the takedown while Schaub had other plans.
Minotauro looked like he was about one punch away from hitting the mat when he found success with a two punch combination. A left hand later and Schaub was out! The crowd lost it and it really was a great moment to watch Minotauro get the knockout in his first ever fight in Brazil.
I wouldn’t get too excited about a Minotauro comeback. He looked old and slow and quite frankly, was pretty close to going down himself before connecting with the combination. I think someone with a little more experience than Schaub wouldn’t have left himself open and made those kinds of mistakes. Maybe a Minotauro vs. Roy Nelson fight perhaps?
Full UFC RIO/134 Fight Card Results…
Anderson Silva defeated Yushin Okami via TKO in Round 2
Mauricio Shogun Rua defeated Forrest Griffin via KO
Edson Barbosa defeated Ross Pearson via split decision
Minotauro Nogueira defeated Brendan Schaub via KO in Round 1
Stanislav Nedko defeated Luiz Cane via TKO – Round 1
Yves Jabouin defeated Ian Loveland via split decision
Erick Silva defeated Luis Ramos via TKO – Round 1
Raphael Assuncao defeated Johnny Eduardo via unanimous decision
Paulo Thiago defeated David Mitchell via unanimous decision
Rousimar Palhares defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision
Thiago Tavares defeated Spencer Fisher via TKO
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