One of the most highly anticipated fights in UFC history and it didn’t disappoint. I’m not sure how Silva got so dominated in the first but he certainly came through in the second. A whole bunch of decisions besides that though that weren’t exciting fights so not a great event from that perspective. It looked like most of the fighters had jet lag and just didn’t want to be embarrassed.
Bonuses and Results for UFC 147: Franklin vs. Silva II:
KO of the Night: Anderson Silva – $75,000
Fight of the Night: Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin – $75,000/each
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:55 to retain the UFC Middleweight Belt
NOTES: Great fight that lived up to the hype. In the first round, Chael once again dominated Silva and kept him on the ground almost the entire time. The second round though showed why Silva is the best p4p fighter in UFC history. His striking is lethal and just disabled Sonnen.
- Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
NOTES: Ortiz gassed early but didn’t give up so props to him. Griffin just landed so many more strikes that it was an easy call on the decision. Good final fight for Tito though.
- Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
NOTES: Cote just didn’t execute the right game plan. Perhaps a bit of early grappling and ground game would have worn Le out like in his previous fights, but he kept it standing so Le was able to outstrike and outpoint.
- Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (injury) - Round 1, 0:47
NOTES: Kim got hit just right and it looked like a rib or two got busted. Bad break for Kim and life again for Maia.
- Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:31
NOTES: Wicked body shot took Cody right out. Similar to how McKenzie lost once during his TUF season. Usually Mendes drains the life out of a fight but not this time.
- Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
NOTES: Pretty lackluster fight. Good striking but no real exciting moments.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
- Melvin Guillard def. Fabricio Camoes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
NOTES: A few submission scares for Melvin but he was able to avoid and get the decision in a fairly uneventful fight.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
NOTES: A stalemate of a fight with not too much excitement. Khabib pushed the pace more though and got the decision, but Tibau should have gotten at least one round or a split.
- Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
NOTES: Outstanding boxing and great takedown defense by Philippou earned him an easy decision on this one despite him receiving a few low blows and a nasty eye poke.
- Shane Roller def. John Alessio via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
NOTES: Back and forth battle between these veterans. Alessio dropped Roller in the first but then Roller dominated on the ground for the second and third.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
NOTES: Oliveira had more control throughout the fight keeping it mostly on the ground
Post-Fight Press Conference: