Stay tuned to https://mmainsight.com this evening for all the results live as they happen from UFC 148: Silva Vs Sonnen II in Las Vegas.
The preliminary action is set to get underway at aprox 7.25pm ET (12.25pm UK) with the main card set for 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Anderson Silva defeats Chael Sonnen by TKO at 1.55mins of Rd2
Forrest Griffin defeats Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Cung Le defeats Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Demian Maia defeats Dong Hyun Kim at 0.47mins of Rd1
Chad Mendes defeats Cody McKenzie by TKO at 0.31mins of Rd1
Mike Easton defeats Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Melvin Guillard defeats Fabricio Camoes by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
This was a close fight fought at a surprisingly measured pace at times. In the opening round Guillard didn’t come out with his usual ultra-aggressive style and looked happy to pick his shots, as did Camoes. The Brazilian was also looking for takedowns, but found it extremely difficult to get the quick, agile Guillard down. Then there was a surprise as Guillard took down Camoes and looked to land ground and pound. This was risky stuff against the superior BJJ player, and indeed before long Camoes had managed to sweep him and found himself in the full mount. He’s able to land some strikes and tries to take his back before Guillard scrambles free. Camoes then tries a spinning kick but loses his balance and falls which allows Guillard to finish the round strongly with some ground and pound of his own on the mat. The second round was similar with the real action happening late in the round. Camoes tried a spinning backfist and it lands, but he loses his footing and Guillard makes him pay with some more hard ground and pound. Neither fighter looked to pick up the pace significantly in the final round and Guillard was still getting a little better of the striking without ever really going all out with combinations. Camoes was still trying to get the fight to the mat at times, but Guillard’s takedown defense was too good and in the end he ran out of time and Guillard moved on to claim the decision victory.
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Nurmagomedov proved himself to be a gamer in this fight against a noticably bigger opponent, continually attempting to push the pace in an aggressive fashion for the full fifteen minutes. No matter how hard he tried he just couldn’t get Tibau down though. That didn’t put him off however, he was happy to exchange too and would wade him with wild combinations, though Tibau showed excellent head movement and was often able to avoid them. Tibau wasn’t looking to match his opponent strike for strike, but despite the slower output he was able to land with more regularity when he did so, though by the second round he himself was sporting a small cut on his head. The Brazilian also was able to score a couple of brief takedowns during the fight so it made this an interesting fight to score from a judging perspective. At the end of three rounds the judges clearly favored Nurmagomedov’s busier workrate though and unanimously awarded him the win.
Constantinos Philippou defeats Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Philippou’s superior boxing and excellent takedown defense were the difference in this fight. Fukuda tried several times to get him to the mat without success and so had to stand and trade blows with him instead. While Fududa did land some nice kicks to the leg and body of his opponent at times, it was Philippou’s punching combinations that were making the most impact and by the later stage of the fight his face was showing the damage from that. there was an unfortunate moment in the closing minutes as Philippou suffered a particularly bad accidental eye poke that had him shouting in pain. Thankfully after a long stoppage and check-up by the doctor he was able to continue and made it to the final bell to claim his victory.
Shane Roller defeats John Alessio by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
The first round saw these two engage on the feet and Alessio was getting slightly the better of it before ensuring the round would go in his favor by dropping Roller with a two-piece combination in the final minute. Roller rallied in the second round though, securing a big takedown and dominating Alessio on the mat, landing some heavy elbow strikes at times. Alessio came on strong in the early stage of the final stanza, but Roller weathered the storm of punches and soon after had his opponent down again. For the second time in the fight he was able to take his back and attempted to work towards a rear-naked choke, but it never materialized and he appeared happy just to maintain his position and notch up the decision win.
Rafaello Oliveira defeats Yoislandy Izquierdo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Izquierdo started the fight brightly and looked significantly better in the striking department and appeared to hurt Oliveira a few times in the opening round. Realizing that this wasn’t the best way to victory Oliviera relied heavily on his ground game in the remaining rounds. He produced some nice takedowns, but despite attempting multiple kimura attempts from side control he was never really able to put his opponent in significant danger. He was controlling the action though and that was enough to secure the win in his favor.