Silva retains title in fashion
In what was considered to be his greatest challenge to date, Silva (28-4) felt out Belfort (19-9) for the early stages of the fight and had a few striking exchanges before landing a devastating front kick to Belfort’s jaw that sent him crashing. Silva added a few punches on the ground to officially earn the knockout, but Belfort had little to no defense.
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com Silva had betting odds of -250 to win the fight, so a wager of $250 will pay out an additional $100.
In the co-main event, former light heavyweight champion and slight underdog, Forrest Griffin, earned a unanimous decision over former middleweight champion, Rich Franklin. Griffin easily won the first round with his grappling and managed to split the final two in a striking battle to pick up the win. Griffin had a betting line of +140 to win.
For complete results from UFC 126’s main card, see below.
UFC 126 Main Card Results
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (-250) def. Vitor Belfort by first round KO (3:29)
Forrest Griffin (+140) def. Rich Franklin by unanimous decision
Jon Jones (-325) def. Ryan Bader by second round submission (4:20)
Jake Ellenberger (-325) def. Carlos Rocha by split decision
Miguel Torres (-500) def. Antonio Banuelos by unanimous decision