“The Spider” Bites Back – Anderson Silva KOs Belfort

Anderson Silva retained his middleweight title with a first round knockout of Vitor Befort
LAS VEGAS, February 5 – Vitor Belfort was widely considered to be the most dangerous threat to Anderson Silva’s middleweight title reign. So Silva did what you’re supposed to do to such threats – he eliminated him immediately, knocking out Belfort in the first round to retain his crown for the eighth time Saturday night in the UFC 126 main event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. In the process, Silva broke a tie with Matt Hughes for most successful title defenses in UFC history. See post-fight interview

“That’s just one of the tricks I was working on,” said Silva, who, for all intents and purposes, ended the bout with a spectacular front kick to the chin.

The chants of “Vitor, Vitor” came from the rafters as soon as referee Mario Yamasaki called the two fighters to battle, but there would be no initial fireworks, as the two cautiously circled each other for the first 90 seconds until Belfort landed a range-finding leg kick. At the midway point, with still no meaningful action, Silva began showboating, with Belfort finally firing off a 1-2. Moments later, Belfort caught a Silva kick and the two tumbled to the mat. They rose quickly, and Silva, significantly warmed up, eluded a Belfort haymaker and came back with a blistering left front kick to the chin that dropped “The Phenom.”  Quickly moving in, Silva landed a 1-2 on his prone foe, and that was enough for Yamasaki to call a halt to the bout as the 3:25 mark.

“He caught me with a great kick,” said Belfort. “Anderson Silva is a great fighter. I’ll be back.”

With the win, Silva improves to 28-4; Belfort falls to 19-9.
Saturday, November 5
Mexico City, Mexico


UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles looks ahead to the UFC 205 co-main event between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. The two welterweights are having a little bit of fun in training camp.
Oct 21, 2016
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles talks about the red hot middleweight division in today's UFC Minute. Gegard Mousasi is the latest challenger to emerge to Michael Bisping's thrown and the two have engaged in a small war of words.
Oct 20, 2016
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles tells you all you need to know about the events leading up to UFC 205 in New York City during fight week.
It's an off week for the official UFC rankings so we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you the funniest outtakes from the UFC Rankings Report. We give you Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino in rare and embarrassing form. Enjoy.
Oct 19, 2016