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‘UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes’ — Main Event Liveblog

I expected the cameras to pan to Steven Seagal after that knock out, but…oh damn, there goes my New Year’s resolution. A quick promo for “Conduit”-Diaz and we’re ready for our next fighters to samba down the aisle.

Erick “Indio” Silva vs. Carlo “Neo” Prater

Was Silva going for a Justin Beiber hair-do in his interview? Prater’s making his UFC debut tonight on short notice. Time for some “Brazil on Brazil” crime!

R1: Mario Yamasaki is at the helm. Silva looks loose. “Neo” lunges with a punch and misses, but follows up with a brutal knee to the body that folds Prater back. Carlo tries to grab a leg, but Silva is relentless with hammerfists that Joe Rogan insists weren’t to the back of the head.

Well, it looks like Joe was wrong! Mario Yamasaki has disqualified Silva due to illegal blows to the back of the head.

Carlo Prater def. Erick Silva by disqualification (0:29 R1)

Rogan is straight grilling Mario while watching the replay. In slow mo it doesn’t look like the punches were anything to get too upset about. Sure, one or two may have strayed slightly, but it’s nothing like what I was hoping to see Belfort unload later tonight.


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Casa de los pantelones- January 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I missed a $7,000 parlay over one fight...freakin stout got robbed. Thanks judges for costing me 7 grand...assholes.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 9:52 am
@Sopapo; I know Ray is one of the best Boxing coaches out there not to mention, his amateur career was sick. I took a bunch of his classes when I was in Vegas.
Sopapo- January 15, 2012 at 9:38 am
@Karma, just checked . He's on Xtreme Couture as Belfort so he was there.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 9:35 am
I am an idiot because I understand how game plans work and how when someones eye swells up the way Vitors did and thus he new he didn't want to stand. Do not complain about the way fights end if you understand and respect the sport. So really who's the idiot cause it isn't me so who does that leave....
Nippletwist- January 15, 2012 at 9:20 am
so in a match-up between two of the most exciting stand-up fighters ever in mma you wouldn't prefer that it stay standing? sorry bro i still think you're an idiot.

jiu-jitsus great, i love watching palhares tool on guys. but when i see guys like rumble johnson and vitor belfort get in the cage, i'm not watching to see their grappling skills.
RwilsonR- January 15, 2012 at 9:17 am
By the way, CrushCo, nice work on the liveblog. Meant to say it last night... good updates and some funny stuff to make it a good read.
We like to shit on you guys a lot around here (it's kinda our thing), but every so often when you do a good job we probably should say so. So 'attaboy!
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 8:56 am
@NippleTwist; I'm the idiot who is upset about seeing world class Jujitsu from a guy who rarely uses it? Yeah I'm the idiot ha. lemme go all old school on you here by saying "Try again buster brown"
amsterdamheavy- January 15, 2012 at 8:15 am
Dude, if you cant appreciate the ground game, then Karma is right.


I thought it was refreshing to finally see Vitor's ground game, how often do you ever see that? The dude is a Gracie black belt, not that that has quite the panache it used to, but it was still good to see another facet of his game.


Ohm and that fuck is fired. I hope he's sitting there thinking about his shitty attitude and I sure hope he's still laughing, the tool.
Nippletwist- January 15, 2012 at 7:58 am
so i should stop watching mma because i want to see it's best strikers do what they do best. yeah that makes sense. your a frickin genius ya idiot.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 15, 2012 at 6:16 am
@Nippletwist; Perhaps you should check into this sport called Boxing or Muay Thai otherwise.... get use to..
Todd M- January 15, 2012 at 5:20 am
Once again the Brazilians sweep the board at home, vintage performances from Palhares, Belfort & Aldo. Barboza is a walking highlight reel, I figured he was just going to cruise the last round out and then he landed that wheel kick, fucking crazy. I thought Silva hit the back of the head a couple of times, hard to say if the outcome would of been different if he hadn't, Joe calling out Yamasaki was just akward. I was really impressed with Vitor, I have been calling him a frontrunner that fades under pressure and I was happy to see him get that one, he looked confident and calm and showed he is a threat on the ground as well. Aldo is the man, I thought Mendes would be his biggest test and he was no match for an in shape Jose Aldo. Yeah he grabbed the fence but after he was warned Mendes got the take down and Aldo sprang right back up, like he always do. That knee was Anderson Silva shit, he broke free from the clinch and anticipated the shot and just blasted Chad's mug, fucking awesome when he ran into the crowd I love that shit. Great night of fights, for next week I got Miller subbing Melvin and Neer over Bang, don't know how maybe a sub.
FedorSucksDonkeyDick- January 15, 2012 at 4:26 am
Was I the only one that saw Aldo grab the cage for deal life as he was about to get suplexed to hell?? we need plexiglass fuck this cage shit. Then the whole crowd fucking after the win...Aldo probably has AIDS now, fuckin monkeys
Nippletwist- January 15, 2012 at 12:44 am
So happy Aldo knocked out mendes.

Not so happy about rumble and Vitor going to the ground...
smellypiratehooker- January 15, 2012 at 12:30 am
Get ready for a little more, sound logic.
Aldo is violent finisher,with ever few loop holes. His intense presure, combined with vicious power and accuracy, would overwhelm the best of, strikers and grapplers, period. Anderson has acknowledged that "if Aldo was a middle weight, he would retire" (not rerbatim), why would anyone doubt Andersons judge of fighting abitity. The reason I beieve that Aldo is where he is, in the general standings, is that, the UFC hasn't signed as much well known, publicised feather weights, and when the division gets a little more notorious, the standings will compare.

Until then, Aldo will just be that guy that " unemotionally, demolishes, everyone. Kinda like Fedor, with more variety.
cabj1905- January 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm
And now he's fired...
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Sonnen with a belt would be fantastic! I actually think Munoz is about the worst person for Sonnen to draw, though. He'll have a hard time getting and holding Munoz down, and Munoz has a clear power advantage in striking. I think Munoz also may have a speed advantage. Sonnen probably has the cardio edge, though.
I still wish it had been Sonnen vs. Bisping instead of Muniz. First, because Sonnen would win and then fight Silva, but also because it would preserve both Sonnen and Munoz as title challengers in a division that needs some. And the shit talking against Bisping would have been great.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Good points... except I'm not the biggest Gil fan. Exciting, but I'd like to see him tested... especially against the UFC's wrestlers.
Melvin is always a toss-up because he can finish anyone quickly if he connects. I'd like to think Miller takes that fight about 7/10 times by sub or superior gas tank decision, but still a good likelihood Melvin stuffs the takedown and connects with a big one.
I really do think Bendo has a good chance of beating Edgar, too. He has size and strength on Edgar, which most do, but he is the first person with that size and strength who can match cardio with Edgar. Edgar probably has a little but of speed, but Bendo has the power advantage. Good fight.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm
One last thought for the evening... if Anthony Johnson is allowed to keep his job, it should be on the condition that he has to stand still in a stance like he is sitting in a saddle, and let Jose Aldo kick him in the jimmy.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm
@RWR; Oh completely the best spot for Fantasy Match up chatter. I don't disagree at all in fact I whole heartily agree, I would like to see Sonnen/Munoz be for an INTERIM Belt as well I mean can you imagine the shit Chael would talk if he had a title belt? OH my god. I would also Love to see Faber stop getting Rematches right away after beating only one opponent but thats just me, I also still would prefer to see Gilbert Melendez fight Jose Aldo over Frankie Edgar No discrediting dude I just think Bendo is going to beat the shit out of him is all but we'll see.. Edgar is always counted out but not always down for the count he has probably the biggest heart and fighting will in the UFC so best wishes.. Do you think Jim Miller can take out Melvin?
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm
I also think Gil Melendez is overrated. I think we'll see once he starts taking on fighters better than Josh Thompson and the Japanese. Just my opinion.
And yes, I referred to them as "the" Japanese... what of it?
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Karma - No apology needed, no offense taken. I agree with you from a business standpoint, champion vs champion fights don't usually make sense. I think we were just saying that in the entire world right now, the only fighter with the qualifications to give Aldo a fight at his weight class would be Edgar. I would favor Aldo, but Edgar brings a few more guesses to that match than previous opponents, and certainly more experience in big matches than Mendes. Edgar is always underestimated, and usually delivers. I think Aldo would probably win, but if the UFC's finances aren't a factor, it is he best match for Aldo.
And if you don't think we should talk about fantasy matches because they won't ever materialize, that's a fair point, but I'd say that the comments section is a good spot for just that conversation.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Oh man Rsparrow I missed you. Where you been all my life good looking?
RSparrow- January 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Karma, you suck!
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm
I was talking to anyone who thinks that one champion at a weight class should fight another, it seems bad for business and it seems pointless since we know the outcome sorry if I came off rude. You know I love you mother fuckers, I'd like to see Aldo fight Gilbert Melendez more then Frankie Edgar... thats just me though.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm
Well, seems honestmoose and I are in agreement on that point.