May 26th, 2012 By Pedro FernandezDOS SANTOS BARELY BREAKS A SWEAT IN TITLE DEFENSE
San Francisco, CA- Although UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos of Brazil is a blackbelt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Frank Mir was thought by some before the pair were set to square off Saturday night in Las Vegas, as the “better” of the two if the fight got to the ground. After attempting one unsuccessful take down, Mir fought Dos Santos’ fight in the stand up position and paid dearly for it. Clearly and completely being out boxed, Mir did all that he could against a superior fighter to no avail as the Las Vegas bred fighter was stopped on the ground, hurt and taking punches in the second round. Mir is good, as his 17-6 record and two-UFC heavyweight title reigns suggest, but he was no match for the now 15-1, 11 KOs champion Dos Santos as the fight was called 2:04 into round three.
VELASQUEZ BATTERS “GIANT” SILVA INTO DEFEAT
Noted wrestler and ex-UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (11-1) forced Antonio Silva (16-4) to the mat where he busted him up early in round one with an elbow that produced one of the most blood letting cuts I’ve ever seen in combat sports. With Silva unable to do anything on the ground, Velasquez “grounded and pounded” Silva to the point where the referee called an end to the fight at 1:36 of round one.
“BIG COUNTRY” LANDS SINGLE KNOCKOUT PUNCH!
Fan favorite Roy “Big Country” Nelson (17-7) threw a looping overhand right that connected on Dave Herman (21-4) and KO’d him 51 seconds into a scheduled three-round heavyweight fight.
MIGHT WANT TO KEEP AN EYE ON “STIPE”
Shane Del Rosario (11-1) was boxing and kicking well from the outside for the majority of round one with Stipe Miocic. But Miocic (9-0) forced Del Rosario to the canvas in the second round where he pummeled Shane with some nasty elbows forcing the referee to call the fight off at 2:14 of round two.
LAVAR “DO OR DIE” JOHNSON GETS BEAT!
Lavar Johnson (17-6) either lives or dies early in a fight. Having had him on the “Ring Talk MMA Hour” a few weeks back, he said he had never been into the third round. That tradition continued as Stefan Struve (24-5) took some early shots before catching Lavar in an arm bar and forcing an end to the fight just 65 seconds into the opening round.
UFC 146 UNDERCARD WAS “WELL-STACKED”
Darren Elkins UD 3 Diego Brandao (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jamie Varner TKO 1 Edson Barboza.
C.B. Dollaway UD 3 Jason Miller. (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
Dan Hardy KO 1 Duane Ludwig.
Paul Sass Submits 1 Jacob Volkmann (armbar).
Glover Teixeira Submits 1 Kyle Kingsbury (arm-triangle).
Mike Brown UD 3 Daniel Pineda. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)