|UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||February 5, 2011|
|Venue||Mandalay Bay Events Center|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
Former Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort was scheduled to fight Yushin Okami at UFC 122. However, UFC President Dana White said that Belfort would instead challenge Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva for the belt. Belfort was originally scheduled to compete against Silva on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, but due to an injury sustained by Silva, the fight had to be postponed until February 6, 2010 at UFC 109 and April 10, 2010 at UFC 112, respectively. However, both fights were cancelled.
A bout between Jon Fitch and Jake Ellenberger was expected for this event. However Fitch was pulled from the bout and instead fought former two-division champion B.J. Penn at UFC 127. Ellenberger remained on the card and instead fought Carlos Eduardo Rocha.
Sam Stout was originally scheduled to face Paul Kelly at this event, but dropped off of the card due to injury. Donald Cerrone stepped in to replace him, in what would become the first UFC lightweight fight featuring a fighter imported from the World Extreme Cagefighting following their merger in December 2011.
|Middleweight||Anderson Silva (c)||def.||Vitor Belfort||KO (front kick and punches)||1||3:25||[a]|
|Light Heavyweight||Forrest Griffin||def.||Rich Franklin||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Jon Jones||def.||Ryan Bader||Submission (guillotine choke)||2||4:20|
|Welterweight||Jake Ellenberger||def.||Carlos Eduardo Rocha||Decision (split) (27–30, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Miguel Torres||def.||Antonio Banuelos||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary card (Spike)|
|Lightweight||Donald Cerrone||def.||Paul Kelly||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||3:48||[b]|
|Featherweight||Chad Mendes||def.||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary card (Facebook)|
|Bantamweight||Demetrious Johnson||def.||Norifumi Yamamoto||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Paul Taylor||def.||Gabe Ruediger||KO (head kick and punches)||2||1:42||[c]|
|Light Heavyweight||Kyle Kingsbury||def.||Ricardo Romero||TKO (punches)||1||0:21||[d]|
|Welterweight||Mike Pierce||def.||Kenny Robertson||TKO (punches)||2||0:29|
- For the UFC Middleweight Championship
- This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Taylor vs. Ruediger fight.
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Silva vs. Belfort fight.
- This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Mendes vs. Omigawa fight.
Fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
- Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
- Submission of the Night: Jon Jones
The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The numbers only include figures that UFC disclosed to the athletic commission; fight bonuses, sponsorship fees, and other unofficial bonuses were not disclosed.
- Anderson Silva: $200,000 (includes no win bonus) def. Vitor Belfort: $275,000
- Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($150,000 win bonus) def. Rich Franklin: $75,000
- Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
- Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
- Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
- Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Paul Kelly: $19,000
- Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9,500 win bonus) def. Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
- Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
- Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
- Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Romero: $10,000
- Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Robertson: $6,000
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