Written By: AJ Hoffman
UFC 142 was the night of the quick finish. 4 of the 5 main card fights finished in the first round, and two on the undercard did as well. Good luck finding the most impressive of the night. It was a great night of fights, albeit an early one.
Aldo Too Much For Mendes, Gets Brutal Knockout Win
Chad Mendes couldn’t get Jose Aldo to the ground, and in the end, it cost him. Both guys exchanged leg kicks early on in the fight, and Aldo avoided multiple takedown attempts from the great wrestler. Mendes got a body lock and worked to Aldo’s back. Aldo held the fence, and was warned, but avoided the big takedown. Aldo broke away from him and Mendes shot in on the separation. Unfortunately for Mendes, Aldo anticipated it and landed a brutal knee and landed two punches before the ref stopped the fight with just 1 second left in the round.
Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes by KO – RD 1
Belfort Delights Crowd, Submits Johnson In First
Vitor Belfort, perhaps with the help of some quick standups by the ref, was able to survive the early storm from Anthony Johnson. With a busted up eye, Belfort landed some solid strikes and took control of the fight. He avoided a takedown from Johnson, punished him with punches before taking his back and sinking in the rear naked choke.
Vitor Belfort def. Anthony Johnson by Submission – RD 1
Palhares Gets Ahold Of Massenzio’s Foot, Inevitable Happens
Rousimar Palhares may be the most dangerous fighter in the UFC. Mike Massenzio found out first hand. After a few exchanges on the feet, Palhares shot in and held a leg. He finished with a heel hook that left Massenzio in the hands of the doctors. The win moves Palhares to 14-3, and probably shortens the list of fighters willing to get into the cage with him.
Rousimar Palhares def. Mike Massenzio by Submission – RD 1
Prater Gets Nod Over Silva In Controversial Fashion
Erick Silva looked as impressive as advertised. He knocked Carlo Prater out in under a minute with a knee followed by strikes on the ground. Unfortunately for him, Mario Yamasaki saw things a little differently. In one of the strangest and most controversial moments ever, Yamasaki announced that he had disqualified Silva for blows to the back of the head. Congrats to Carlo Prater for his first UFC win, but this one is going to be talked about for a long, long time, and not for good reason as far as Prater is concerned.
Carlo Prater def. Erick Silva by DQ- RD 1
Barboza Finishes Etim In Spectacular Fashion
Terry Etim came out strong and got a takedown. That was about the extent of his He couldn’t hold Barboza down, and the Brazilian did damage with leg kicks and better striking for most of the duration of the fight. Just as it appeared that it would be an unspectacular battle, Barboza landed a spinning heel kick that crushed Etim. Barboza proved exactly why he is considered one of the top prospects in the UFC. The win pushed his record to 10-0, and lines him up for a top tier opponent.
Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim by KO- RD 3
- Thiago Tavares def. Sam Stout by Unanimous Decision
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ednaldo Oliveira by Submission (RD 1)
- Yuri Alcantara def. Michihiro Omigawa by Unanimous Decision
- Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Funch by TKO (RD 1)
- Felipe Arantes def. Antonio Carvalho by Unanimous Decision