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“UFC 134″ Live Results and Commentary: The Blog from Ipanema


“Where’s your liveblog now, Playboy?” (Photo: FiveOuncesOfPain.com)

Chael Sonnen may have opted to stay home this weekend, terrified of losing his ranking as the biggest ass on the continent, but the rest of the MMA world has descended upon Rio de Janeiro and dammit we’re going to blog about it!

It’s the UFC’s triumphant return to Brazil and we’ve got a treasure trove of questions to work through tonight. Will there be enough carrots to get the fighters to and from the stadium safely? With Joe Rogan absent, can Kenny Florini fill the void in nut shot and cup-related conversation? Will the raucous Brazilian audience make good on the riots that Vancouver expected?

There are probably some questions related to the fights as well, and time permitting we will answer them. Join us after the jump to catch the punch-by-punch PPV action and to explain why your favorite fighter just lost and/or had an off night in the comments section.

And we…are…LIVE!!!!

Whoa, an homage to Brazilian MMA to kick off the evening. Nice change of pace. Soak in that Gladiator intro while you can; it will be going the way of the dodo soon enough. If you’ve been watching thus far, you’ve been treated to some questionable scoring, premature stand-ups, and all around crazy in cage action. We’ll keep the details to ourselves for now in case we get to revisit the fights on the PPV.

No time to waste. It’s time to throw down.

Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov

R1: I’m curious who the crowd will be rooting for here…Oh, it looks like they’re behind Cane. Shocker. A bit of feeling out here. Neither man letting go of the hands. Nedkov comes in with a wild overhand. Both men exchange and Nedkov swings wildly as he tries to rush Cane, but Cane circles out. Body kick by Cane and a counter by Nedkov. Nedkov just tucking his head and winging in that right. Cane misses with a kick and slips to the mat, but pops back up. Cane putting together some combos on Nedkov’s face. Cane crowding Nedkov to the fence and picking his shots. Nedkov is cut and bleeding under his right eye. Nedkov connects with a big shot and Cane is rocked! Cane is on his bike trying to get away, but Nedkov is right there chasing him down. Nedkov with a big flurry punches him down and follows up with a series of big shots on the ground!  Yamasaki calls the fight!

Nedkov def. Cane (TKO): 4:13 R1 

Pretty slow stoppage from Yamsaki. Is he concerned about making it back to the hotel safely?

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub

R1:Herb Dean in control of this bout. Schaub is circling, Nog ties him up and Schaub pushes him to the fence. Schaub pushes off and takes tot he center of the cage. Schaub looks to be faster in the standup. Now Nog drives him to the cage, but Schaub circles out after some dirty boxing. Schaub connectswith an uppercut, then they briefly return to the fence. Nog is moving forward as Schaub backs away. Nog with a decent combo. Schaub with another uppercut now he continues to put his punches together with success. Nog with a big combo and SCHAUB IS DOWN AND OUT, face first on the canvas! Nog backs off on his own, no intervention needed.

Did the crowd like that? Yeah, I’d say the crowd liked that.

Nogueira def. Schaub (KO): 3:09 R1

A reshowing of a Facebook fight from earlier:

Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos

R1: Both men moving well.Leg kick from Ramos as they circle around. BIG right hand by Silva and Ramos crumbles backward. Silva sprints toward him and pounces with rapid shots, forcing Herb Dean to shove him off.

Silva def. Ramos (TKO) 0:40 R1

So between Facebook, Spike, and the PPV, we’ve been treated to that fight thrice now. I for one am quite pleased that they didn’t rely on Ed Soares for the post-fight “translations”.

Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson

R1: I expect leg kicks here. Barboza misses a big head kick and both men are slugging. Pearson chasing Barboza back as they exchange. He’s backing Barboza up, which will keep those kicks at bay (he hopes). Checked kick from Barboza. Pearson connects with a left and pushes him to the fence, but Barboza circles out. Body shot by Pearson, front kick by Barboza. Pearson’s game plan to pressure Barboz seems to be paying off. Spinning body kick by Barboza, but Pearson eats it and looks no worse for wear. Both men with a leg kick, but Pearson follows up with a nice combo. Body kick by Pearson. Barboza is faster,but Pearson is throwing combos and chasing him backward. Pearson shoots for a takedown against the cage, but Barboza works free at the buzzer.

Pearson’s corner calling for more combos. Barboza’s corner is speaking some gibberish I don’t understand.

R2: Body kick by Pearson, but Barboza cracks him with a big right and drops him, but Pearson’s back on his feet. Both men trade some punches, and another big body kick from Barboza. Pearson got dropped, but he’s recovered well. Pearson blocks another body kick. “Real Deal” putting pressure on Barboza once more. Inside leg kick by Pearson. Pearson shoots for a low single but gets stuffed easily.Barboza connects with another big shot, but Pearson is unphased. Barboza with another spinning body kick, but Pearson doesn’t seem to really give a shit. Must be nice! More body kicks from Barboza. Let kick by Barboza, followed by a spinning head kick that catches nothing but air.

R3: Pearson moving forward, keeping that pressure on. Missed flying knee from Pearson, but he’s unable to drive Barboza to the fence. Inside leg kick from Pearson. Now Barboza misses with a flying knee. The Brazilian misses with a head kick. Pearson swings away and drives Barboza to the fence, but he’s denied the takedown again. Flying knee by Pearson misses the mark and we’ve got two minutes left in the bout. Pearson shoots in again, but Barboza’s having none of it. Pearson connects with a combo, and now they’re swinging! Pearson bleeding from the right eye with swelling over the left. The sense of urgency is here as Pearson moves forward. Now Barboza is denied the takedown.

We’re going to the judges here.

Barboza def. Pearson (Split Decision- Barboza 29-28 x2, Pearson 29-28)

We’re moving along at a pretty steady pace here. It’s already time for the co-main event.

Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua

Forrest runs to the cage almost as quickly as he ran out of it after the Anderson bout.

R1: Both fighters are moving around while the crowd starts their chants. Shogun is diving in with punches. Forrest throws a right and Shogun counters with a nice uppercut. Shogun with a nice combo. Forrest is lobbing out some leg kicks. Another big right from Shogun and Forrest drops. Shogun swarms with violent hammer fists and we’re all done here!

Rua def. Griffin (KO) 1:53 R1

Finally, a break from all of this fighting to catch a sneak peak at “Shark Night 3D”. I know where I’ll be September 2nd. Enough dicking around- it’s time for our main event!

Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami

“The Middleweight title has not changed hands since October 2006.” It just sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Herb Dean is calling the shots for this five round affair. Not a lot of Americans got love tonight, but it sounds like Buffer has a huge groupie base in Brazil.

R1: Neither men touch gloves in the pre fight instructions. Silva circles quickly around the cage as Okami plants in the center. Silva judging his range with the lazy jab. Okami charges in but finds nothing but the fence. Neither man is lettin loose. Okami with a punch and a brief clinch, but they break apart and Silva lets a single hand fly. Silva’s starting to let the leather go. Big right from Silva misses. Silva circles more and switches his stance. Okami lands a shot and forces Anderson’s back to the cage. Okami clinching Silva, who isn’t bothered at all. Now Silva uncorks a few knees to the stomach. Okami answers in kind as they stay tied up on the fence. Anderson may be working for the Thai clinch, but he’s not forcing the issue. Silva with more knees as Okami dirty boxes. Okami drops down for a takedown, but Silva gets underhooks and stands him back up. And they’re off the cage to the delight of the crowd. Anderson with nice head movement as he ducks and slips a few punches from Okami. Anderson with a low kick and an uppercut. Solid head kick by Anderson just before the bell.

Okami stays on his feet between rounds.

R2: Okami swings and misses with two big punches, but Anderson is getting aggressive with his hands. Anderson taks a punch from Okami just for kicks then floors Okami with a solid punch. Anderson lets him up and is now looking to trade with his hands by his sides. Okami with a swing and a miss. Anderson drops him with another big punch, but this time he follows Okami down and is choosing his shots as Okami spins around slowly. Anderson continues to pick and choose his punches, and it’s a only a matter of time. Okami wants no more and Herb Dean obliges with the stoppage.

Yeah, so what we all already knew was convincingly confirmed. Anderson can knock you senseless without even trying.

Silva def. Okami (TKO) 2:04 R2

So that’s nine consecutive title defenses for the Middleweight Champ. Thanks for joining us tonight. I’m out for the evening, but if they show the Miller Palhares fight and you didn’t catch it earlier, do yourself a favor and stay glued to the broadcast.

We’ll be here in the morning to explain what all of this means in one way or another.

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MMA-TUBE.COM- August 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm
If you missed Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami II

http://mma-tube.net/watch_video.php?v=4OSWDUY12555
XENOPHON- August 28, 2011 at 10:41 am
@orlandomac
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A 3rd grader can continue to beat up (or terrorize) all comers during recess at the back corner of the blacktop for the entire year.
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By the middle of the year all the other kids have accepted the fact that 3rd grader is the best, as nobody can put up a real challenge.
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Towards the end of that year all the kids will agree he was the toughest.
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In this case Anderson not only has beat up all the other toughest 3rd graders who dared, he has done the same to several the 4th graders (Irvin and later Griffen) who dared challenged him.
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After being stuck in the 3rd grade since 2006, and having scored "100%" on every quiz and test for the past 5 years, it's time that his mentors, parents, teachers, and even the the bald fucking principal (shareholder) must force him to start the new year as a 4th grader.
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Like you, I know this 3rd grader should have long ago realized he was always suppose to be in the 8th grade.
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Unless he is afraid of the coursework, he too knows he has wasted his talent for the past 4 years due to his fear of graduating out of the 3rd grade.
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This is nearly the same case for his good friend in Canada who is afraid of starting the 3rd grade, and prefers to stay in the 2nd grade.
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For Anderson to spend anymore time in the 3rd grade is a utter waste of time for everyone at this juncture. No matter if your are standing in Brazil or the United States, it has simply become a fraud by another means.
XENOPHON- August 28, 2011 at 10:39 am
@Daley
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Simply because Silva claimed early on he would beat Sonnen with his beloved BJJ and then eventually did, is really no different then making the same claim that one will win the fight with his beloved God, and then come from behind for the victory.
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You seem to agree with Ed Soares, that Anderson's victory was a miracle. I am a realist and have never heard of or seen a miracle. Can't you give me a better explanation's for why Chael lost, and Anderson won?
orlandomac- August 28, 2011 at 7:06 am
As for the Brazilian chant of we are going to kill you.. it is most likely a soccer chant.. since they were singing it in unison..

Like when your kid does something stupid and you say you are going to kill them, for most we don't actually mean we are going to pull a Dexter on them.. and splat them all over a plastic room.

don't take it so personally..

The Brazilians were great fans.. and the sounds of the 14K in attendance were wonderous don't be so jello.

It was a great night of fights inspired by the passion in the crowd.
orlandomac- August 28, 2011 at 7:00 am
@Darkside clearly you have a bias against GSP, but with your logic Anderson has been running from Jones, and Velasquez because when asked about those two options Anderson clearly stated he didn't want a part of either.

Since Anderson cuts sometimes from near 230 those would be the more logical fights.. but continue hating.

I believe all those comments by both are just bargaining chips.. they just want Dana to sweeten the pie and when the opportunity presents itself which might be soon I see those fights being signed. That 100K show in Brazil will most likely headline GSP v AS or AS v Sonnen 2 to pack it up.

GSP still has to beat Diaz, but most know that should be wrestling win for GSP.
orlandomac- August 28, 2011 at 6:52 am
@Daley clearly you are not on the same planet as Anderson because he made an excuse about an injured rib for his ability to get dominated while he was on his back. Even Soares stated that he pulled the miracle Hail Mary triangle to win the fight.

Clearly your sense of actual danger is skewed. I am sure an American out for a leisurely walk in Iraq late at night with money sticking out of his pockets, 3 big gold chains, and a Rolex for each arm, whistling dixie would be in no danger either. The only complaint of Sonnen is how a pro who is a GnP specialist has yet to learn how to defend a triangle choke, as he gifted that finish to AS.
Daley- August 28, 2011 at 5:22 am
Lol I can't help laughing at these oddballs that think sonnen has a chance. The guys a one dimensional bum. And if you think he dominated/destroyed Silva in the last fight then go and see your optician please. Silva was napping on the bottom, he was NEVER in trouble, he was taking the piss as usual. He said he'd beat sonnen with BJJ and he did, it wasn't a fluke. Don't you see Silva outclassed sonnen more than anyone becuase he basically laid back for 4 rounds to let sonnen take his best shot and still effortlesly subbed him. If it wasn't for his moronic, desperate attention seeking comments the world would've forgotten sonnen existed already.
ComaPlata- August 28, 2011 at 4:13 am
I can't wait for The REAL MW Champion, The American Gangster with the Republican Attitude, MR. Chael Sonnen, fights Anderson again and destroys him... again.

Really though, I wouldn't mind seeing Brian Stann dethrone him... Stann is a true class act.
Todd M- August 28, 2011 at 1:48 am
That's one of the best cards start to finish I've seen in a while. Paul Harris vs Dan Miller was crazy, Erick Silva looks promosing, Nog and Shogun took care of bizniss,,.. WAR PRIDE, and Anderson Silva, well what can you say, but,, ENJOY Haters
ps, Ha my caption says insanity, pretty fitting
Todd M- August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am
^ Troll of the week?
wil69- August 28, 2011 at 12:18 am
im the only guy in this shiti blog that thinks that cael sonnen is the only guy that has ever kick this mithical creature? is everyone blind?? what is the matter with cagepotatoe? are they being payed to saay this things about anderson fake silva???? when are they going to face him against a real opponent???....by the way, i love kenny florian...but he sucks, i missed Joe Rogan...he is the men!
RwilsonR- August 28, 2011 at 12:05 am
I feel bad for Palhares. You can't expect a ManBearVerine to follow rules. He is all instinct. I think if Palhares would have been born a little closer to the electric eels in the Amazon to learn to mimic their technique, he would pretty much be Blanka from Street Fighter II.
RwilsonR- August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm
That was pretty awesome watching the translator they hired push that cunt Ed Soares out of the way in the post-fight interview so that Soares couldn't put himself in the spotlight, or just give PR talking points instead of a real translation. Now they need her to step in and translate for Anderson when he isn't with a crowd he loves.
Susan B. Sandwiches- August 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm
What the hell was up with forest tonight? He couldn’t even throw a kick without looking like he was going to fall over.
RwilsonR- August 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm
@ Drano & virpz - I get where Drano is coming from, in that every other country gets to express national pride, but Americans are called dumb and ignorant for doing so, mainly by self-hating Americans who see themselves above things like patriotism because their college professors told them it was small minded. So it is the hypocrisy that is annoying. Still, happy to let Brazil have their night. At least a lot of Brazilian fighters earned their praise tonight with good wins against good fighters, unlike Canadian or British cards, where GSP is the only Canadian on the card who wins, or Michael Bisping is given easy fights to energize the hometown crowd.
RwilsonR- August 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm
@ Darkside - when has Anderson said he would drop any weight to fight GSP? I really want to see that fight, though I'd rather see Anderson vs Jon Jones, which Anderson has said won't happen, but I don't see you upset about that. I think you are being unfair to GSP, considering he would have to give up 170 to go risk himself at a weight class where he would be very small. He would have to give up an area where he has worked his ass off to be the best. I don't blame him for not wanting to do that on a whim.
RwilsonR- August 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Late to watch the fights tonight, but good for Big Nog. He looked old and broken in even the way he was walking around the cage, but he went out and showed once again what a warrior he is. What a class act and legend in the sport.
I wonder if Schaub is the new Arlovski - great boxing and athleticism, but without the chin to back it up.
Anderson Silva - he is pretty damn amazing. If Muhammed Ali is his hero, I suppose it is fitting. Two great fighters, both assholes as people. Still, he actually decided to fight tonight instead of dance, and was generally classy tonight.
jizzninja- August 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm
why do figthers fall into silvas trap when he puts his hands down and starts his clowning. I just hope Sonnen gets another chance soon and comes with better sub defense.
virpz- August 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm
@dranokills
Not the world's ploblem if you got butthurt so easily. Grow some selfsteem, that way you don't need to realy on your country's achievements. But you can always commit suicide or try to enlarge your dick
mDino- August 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm
one more round and barboza woulda went down
CungwantsCookies- August 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm
@karma, i didnt say it was an obligation or a great idea, but the critics will be pushing it
dranokills- August 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm
yeah i figured all these fights would go how they went, but I am certainly glad to be done with the double standards tonight.
I can only hear how goddamn great brazil is each time they beat anyone but if an American fighter just exploded into the microphone about how almighty the USA is every time they beat someone from a 3rd world they would look like classless bums, but hey it's brazil , lets just embrace that cocksucker mentality cause it makes us a buck, yeah.....fucking 2 face fucks whatev. it's done now maybe we can go somewhere they don't chant " you're gonna die" each fight....fuck you very much brazil.
Onan- August 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm
You can claim to be the best when you fight the best in your weight class. I guess Jon Jones should drop down to fight Jose Aldo to really prove he's the best huh?
SomeSarcasticBastard- August 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm
And yes, as the CapN just stated, I love you Ken Flo but your commentary tonight was about as emotionless as ever. Not much color to be found.
Darkside- August 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm
You cannot claim to be the best, when you are scared to fight the best. Period.
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