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Completed MMA Bout

Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort

Main Event | UFC Middleweight Championship | 185 lbs

Anderson "The Spider" Silva
Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort

Round 1

Anderson Silva Vitor Belfort

"The Spider" "The Phenom"

29-4-0   Pro Record At Fight   19-8-0
Climbed to 30-4   Record After Fight   Fell to 19-9
-220 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +185 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Brazil   Nationality   Brazil
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil   Fighting out of   Boca Raton, Florida
35 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 1 day   Age at Fight   33 years, 10 months, 4 days
185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)
6'2" (188cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
77.5" (197cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
  Gym   Independent
UFC 126
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
  • Date: Saturday 02.05.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Mario Yamasaki
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Silva Total Disclosed Pay: $275,000
  • Belfort Total Disclosed Pay: $275,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Middleweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Silva
  • Event Links:
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Silva vs. Belfort Wiki Update Wiki

The great Anderson "The Spider" Silva brought a jaw-dropping end to UFC 126's Main Event, knocking out Vitor Belfort with a perfectly placed front head kick in the first round to retain his Middleweight Championship in front of a shocked Las Vegas crowd. Silva demonstrated once again that despite his occasional petulant antics and personal unpredictability, he remains one of the most scintillating athletes ever to set foot inside the Octagon, and a lock for the UFC's Hall of Fame.

The fight began in typical fashion for both men, as Silva and Belfort warily circled each other just outside the distance. The exchanges began with a Belfort leg kick and were only just opening up past the 3:00 mark when Silva uncorked another highlight reel for the ages. In the dead center of the Octagon he planted, looked into Belfort's chest and drove a leg kick forward. Belfort, hesitating for a fraction of a second in the apparent belief the kick was headed towards his midsection, froze as Silva's heel drove hard into his jaw. Belfort fell to the ground stunned, where Silva calmly moved his legs aside and dropped two more precision strikes to the jaw, one with each fist. Referee Mario Yamasaki called a halt at the 3:25 mark as Silva celebrated atop the Octagon fence. The KO of the Night earned the Brazilian an extra $75,000 and extended his already record run of UFC wins to 13, including 8 consecutive title defenses.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:46 PM ET
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Silva vs. Belfort Fight Predictions

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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Ariel Helwani Post-Fight Video Interview with Anderson Silva report dead link

    Anderson Silva speaks to Ariel Helwani after UFC 126 in this video interview.

  • Interview  |  Ariel Helwani Post-Fight Video Interview with Steven Segal report dead link

    Steven Segal speaks to Ariel Helwani after Anderson Silva's destruction of Vitor Belfort in this video.

  • Interview  |  Steven Segal Discusses How He Worked With Silva report dead link

    Karyn Bryant talks to Steven Segal about helping Anderson Silva prepare for UFC 126 and how they specifically practiced the front kick that knocked out Vitor Belfort, in this video for MMA Heat.

  • Promo Video  |  UFC 126: The Main Event by UFC report dead link

    The UFC previews its Main Event at UFC 126 in this video.

  • Video Blog  |  Vitor Belfort UFC 126 Video Blog Part 1 report dead link

    Part 1 of Vitor Belfort's UFC 126 video blog, showing Vitor eating at home and doing strength and conditioning training.

  • Predictions  |  UFC Fighter Predictions For Silva vs Belfort report dead link

    This UFC-produced video gets UFC 126 main event predictions from fighters such as Joey Beltran, Matt Mitrione, George Roop, Pat Barry, Mark Hominick, and Mike Brown. Some fighters sided with Belfort, while others looked for the champion Silva to defend.

  • Interview  |  Anderson Silva Pre-Fight Interview Video by UFC report dead link

    The UFC interviews Anderson Silva prior to his title defense against Vitor Belfort in this pre-fight video.

  • Interview  |  MMANewsLeak Interviews Vitor Belfort During Training report dead link

    This video presented by MMANewsLeak catches up with Vitor Belfort 3 weeks before his title fight with Anderson Silva to discuss his training and preparation.

  • Interview  |  Vitor Belfort Pre-Fight Interview Video by UFC report dead link

    The UFC brings us this pre-fight interview video with Vitor Belfort before his title bout with Anderson Silva.

Silva vs. Belfort Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

This is a pict of us in the plane http://yfrog.com/gysvcwkj
4 days, 16 hours, and 4 minutes
Me and davi on are way to see he's uncle @sugarraysefo fight davi is very happy that is he's 1 time dad and son (cont) http://tl.gd/8o40p7
4 days, 16 hours, and 3 minutes
@SugarRaySefo I arrive tomorrow and that's what we do you are my coach , friend , brother in Jesus and this (cont) http://tl.gd/8nktrq
4 days, 1 hour, and 7 minutes
@SugarRaySefo bro I miss u I want u to know that u have a brother here ok and I will see u soon I know deep on (cont) http://tl.gd/8n1i96
3 days, 3 hours, and 47 minutes
Eu adoro vcs obrigado pelo carinho de todos vcs
3 days, 2 hours, and 53 minutes
Hoje pe sei muito na vida , e a conclusão que chego sempre e que no final do túnel existe uma saída , (cont) http://tl.gd/8n0c88
3 days, 2 hours, and 28 minutes
@BraulioEstima obrigado Irmao vamos ver sr quando vc melhorar combinar de vc me ensinar Jiu Jitsu sou fã seu e do roger
2 days, 20 hours, and 20 minutes
Nao tenho como agradecer vc por todas as mensagens deixadas aqui no Twitter eu leio todas e fico muito contente (cont) http://tl.gd/8mo3sn
2 days, 16 hours, and 16 minutes
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands (cont) http://tl.gd/8m43oq
1 day, 20 hours, and 29 minutes
Gente eu falo do fundo do meu coração eu amo vcs obrigado pelo carinho de todos vcs . Eu e a @joanapradob (cont) http://tl.gd/8m3ano
1 day, 19 hours, and 20 minutes
Nunca fale derrota. Use palavras co esperança, Fe, vitoria. Ninguém nunca e derrotado ao menos que comete a (cont) http://tl.gd/8m0mt1
1 day, 15 hours, and 1 minute
I just sow the kick. It was fantastic even then I think this will land once in a million , land tonight I only (cont) http://tl.gd/8l4jhs
10 hours and 51 minutes
Gente acabei de ver o chute, pude ver que na vida muitas das vezes as coisas são decididas em segundos , mesmo (cont) http://tl.gd/8l4gfe
10 hours and 47 minutes
Quero agradecer o carinho de vcs esse resultado não foi justo hahaha acho que o resultado da luta seria (cont) http://tl.gd/8l15q0
8 hours and 21 minutes
I want to thanks all the love that u guys. Give to me I was felling pretty good about this fight but didn't went (cont) http://tl.gd/8ktd7o
4 hours and 20 minutes
A pesagem foi ótima estou muito feliz com a torcida vcs são demais
1 day, 1 hour, and 40 minutes
I want to thanks for every one that came here to the weight in thanks for your support I am very happy
1 day, 1 hour, and 53 minutes
This was my big cut ever
1 day, 4 hours, and 4 minutes
We cut 30 pound
1 day, 4 hours, and 4 minutes
Estou no caminho da pesagem
1 day, 4 hours, and 5 minutes
On my way to the weight-in
1 day, 4 hours, and 5 minutes
Faith in Jesus "aquele que traz em si mesmo a leveza e a grandeza de seu próprio ser e aquele que luta (cont) http://tl.gd/8jrhk7
1 day, 8 hours, and 46 minutes
Vou postar fotos do meu cuting wight
1 day, 8 hours, and 58 minutes
Bom dia a todos brasileiros ligado no UFC 126 Belfort vs Silva quero agradecer o apoio ao nosso esporte pois (cont) http://tl.gd/8jr7ad
1 day, 9 hours, and 7 minutes
Good morning guys I wake almost @ weight thanks God this time will be easy I have mike dolce diet with me hahaha he is good
1 day, 9 hours, and 14 minutes
Obrigado a todos os brasileiros que prestigiaram eu e o anderson aqui em Vegas vcs são demais Deus e muito bom (cont) http://tl.gd/8jf6vs
1 day, 19 hours, and 36 minutes
Good night every one thanks for all the support I love the atmosphere today @ the open work out I can't wait to (cont) http://tl.gd/8jf64f
1 day, 19 hours, and 38 minutes
Relaxing @ my house with family and friends http://yfrog.us/4jen7z
2 days and 24 minutes
2 days, 2 hours, and 59 minutes
2 days, 21 hours, and 5 minutes
Aqui segue uma oportunidade de vcs ganharem uma luva minha autografada entre no site www.cidadeoff.com.br e (cont) http://tl.gd/8iivmn
3 days and 11 minutes
Quero agradecer a todos os repórteres que vieram do brasil cobrir essa luta, e aproveito e estendo o (cont) http://tl.gd/8ihce3
3 days, 1 hour, and 28 minutes
I want to thanks every one that came down to the press conference today thanks for all the reporters that u guys (cont) http://tl.gd/8ih9dc
3 days, 1 hour, and 33 minutes
Concorra uma luva autografada no www.cidadeoff.com.br http://yfrog.us/31mnfz
3 days, 6 hours, and 12 minutes
Eu adoro vcs , obrigado pelo carinho e respeito de todos vcs adoro ler as mensagens que vcs deixam aqui Deus abençoe vcs
3 days, 19 hours, and 45 minutes
I can't believe what I just saw on CNN a radical Muslim giving he's vision on the new election on Egypt I think (cont) http://tl.gd/8hqqq0
4 days, 1 hour, and 26 minutes
@BraulioEstima Irmao eu adorei seu email obrigado pela sua forca e peco a Deus que te abençoe sua recuperação brother forte abraco
4 days, 5 hours, and 35 minutes
Quero agradecer a todos os brasileiros que fizeram o sacrifício de vir assistir eu e o anderson aqui em Vegas (cont) http://tl.gd/8hnpbj
4 days, 5 hours, and 37 minutes
Today is a beautiful day here in Vegas I want to thanks every one that came to support me and Anderson on this (cont) http://tl.gd/8hnnkt
4 days, 5 hours, and 43 minutes
Um presente para todos vcs , torcedores do anderson e do belfort adoro vcs que fazem do nosso trabalho essa (cont) http://tl.gd/8h5h5q
4 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes
My dinner, meu jantar http://yfrog.us/6w9eiz
1 week, 23 hours, and 34 minutes
Game plan training tonight
1 week, 1 day, 1 hour, and 59 minutes
Não posso mudar o que fui, mas posso construir o que serei. #AugustoCury
1 week, 1 day, 2 hours, and 4 minutes
My lunch http://yfrog.us/3tm9xz
1 week, 1 day, 5 hours, and 23 minutes
Me and Brock! http://yfrog.com/h09jnjlj
1 week, 1 day, 7 hours, and 11 minutes
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