UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 6, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort was scheduled to fight Yushin Okami at UFC 122. However, UFC President Dana White said that Belfort would instead challenge Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva for the belt. Belfort was originally scheduled to compete against Silva on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, but due to an injury sustained by Silva, the fight had to be postponed until February 6, 2010 at UFC 109 and April 10, 2010 at UFC 112, respectively. However, both fights were cancelled.
Bringing Silva and Belfort together at UFC 126 resulted in an epic battle of two great champs. Belfort became one of the few fighters to be in a quality (although extremely short-lived) stand-up exchange with Silva before succumbing to a brutal kick to the front of the face.
With his victory, Anderson Silva cemented his legacy in the UFC with his record eighth title defence.
Here’s how the main card went down:
Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
Torres defeated Banuelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Ellenberger defeated Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).
Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Jones defeated Bader via submission (Guillotine choke) at 4:20 of round 2.
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Griffin defeated Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Anderson Silva (c) vs. Vitor Belfort
Silva defeated Belfort via KO (front kick and punches) at 4:25 of round 1 to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses:
Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
Submission of the Night: Jon Jones