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With 3 separate fights that could have easily been the main event, UFC 126 was every bit of exciting as everyone thought it would be.
The night started out with a poor fight between Miguel Torres and Antonio Banuelos. With it being their first PPV appearance for the UFC, one would have expected more. Torres came out with the win, while afflicting little damage.
The second fight was between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha. This match-up was a battle through and through, demonstrating two completely different fighting styles. In the end, it was Ellenberger’s strength and boxing skills that got him the victory.
Our third event was a match-up between Jon Jones and Ryan Bader. Bader was undefeated heading into this fight, but was considered the under dog. Jones showed his strength against the strong wrestler, and controlled almost every aspect of this fight, ending it with a strong guillotine. After the fight, it was announced that Jones would be facing Shogun Rua for the Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 128.
The third fight was between Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin in a Light Heavyweight show down. Griffin looked significantly bigger than Franklin, and dominated every aspect of the stand-up and ground game. Griffin would end up winning by unanimous decision.
The main event was between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. The match-up begun with the two fighters feeling each other out, and not making the first move. Belfort then exchanged with Silva, and made it seem as if he had something to offer the champ. This idea was shot down shortly after with a single front kick that landed right under the chin of Belfort, followed with a series of punches for the KO.