UFC 126 Wrap-Up and BonusesPosted on February 6, 2011, 01:06 AM by Joey Santosus
UFC 126 in Las, Vegas Nevada delivered another exciting night of fights. Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defeated Vitor Belfort in stunning fashion, knocking out the challenger in the opening round to retain his title. Meanwhile, Light Heavyweight star Jon "Bones" Jones officially graduated from prospect to contender, defeating Ryan Bader via second-round submission to surprisingly become the new number one contender, while both Forrest Griffin and Miguel Torres also picked up important victories.
At the event's post-fight press conference Dana White spoke regarding the future of Silva, confirming that the super-fight between "The Spider" and Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will in fact be next if GSP wins his next bout with Jake Sheilds. When asked about Yushin Okami, who was previously named number one contender after defeating Nate Marquardt, White said only, "Okami's going to be pissed."
The UFC awarded generous $75,000 bonuses to the night's top performers, who were announced by Dana White immediately following the event.
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort Bonuses
Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Submission of the Night: Jon Jones
Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
Full Results (via FightoftheNight.com):
Anderson Silva defeats Vitor Belfort by KO at 3.25mins of Rd1
Forrest Griffin defeats Rich Franklin by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jon Jones defeats Ryan Bader by submission (guillotine choke) at 4.20mins of Rd2
Jake Ellenberger defeats Carlos Eduardo Rocha by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 28-29)
Miguel Torres defeats Antonio Banuelos by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Donald Cerrone defeats Paul Kelly by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3.48mins of Rd2
Chad Mendes defeats Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Demetrious Johnson defeats Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Paul Taylor defeats Gabe Ruediger by KO at 1.42mins of Rd2
Kyle Kingsbury defeats Ricardo Romero by TKO at 0.21mins of Rd1
Mike Pierce defeats Kenny Robertson by TKO at 0.29mins of Rd2
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