Fun Facts Emerging From UFC 126: Silva Vs Belfort

– With his victory last night Anderson Silva’s remarkable, record-breaking run in the UFC continues. He’s now 13 fights unbeaten in the UFC and has successfully defended his middleweight title 8 times.

– Silva’s front kick KO of Vitor Belfort last night takes him to five clean KO victories (TKO’s not included) during his UFC career. The only fighter that can match that record is another legendary fighter, Chuck Liddell, who also managed to deliver 5 KO’s during his time in the Octagon.

– Though he’s often criticized for not fighting to his full potential, Silva has in fact managed to collect Two ‘Fight Of The Night’, two ‘Knockout Of The Night’ and one ‘Submission Of The Night’ awards in his last four fights alone.

Vitor Belfort’s loss brings an end to a five fight winning streak. It also marks the first time in his fourteen year career that he’s been KO’d. His opponent, Anderson Silva, has still never been knocked out or TKO’d in MMA competition.

Forrest Griffin has now faced six former or current UFC champions in a row, going 4-2 against them. Despite a number of wars in the cage, six of Griffin’s nine victories in the Octagon have come by decision.

– During his middleweight run in the UFC Rich Franklin went 10-2. Both losses came against Anderson Silva. Since moving up to fight at 195lbs and 205lbs he has gone 3-3. All three losses came to former UFC champions.

– When Jon Jones fights for the title against ‘Shogun’ Rua on march 19th at UFC 128 he’ll still only have been fighting professionally for just under three years. Jones was signed to the UFC after just four months fighting as a pro. In that time he had gone 6-0.

– Jones claims that he hadn’t practiced the top-side guillotine choke he finished Bader with, but instead learned it by watching Georges St.Pierre perform it repeatedly in training.

Ryan Bader suffered the first loss of his 13 fight career against Jones. Earlier in the evening Carlos Eduardo Rocha also tasted defeat for the first time in his 10 fight career.

– UFC 126 was only the 7th time in Miguel Torres 42 fight career that he’s gone to a judges decision.

– 5ft 3″ Antonio Banuelos threw 135 strikes in his fight with Torres, yet landed with only 10 of them.

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