UFC 126: Recap and Pick’em Results

Written By: Barry Laminack

(Las Vegas, NV) – There aren’t many sporting events in the world that would dare schedule an event on the eve of the Super Bowl, but then again there aren’t many sports that have the loyal following that MMA enjoys. The UFC held its 126th PPV event in Las Vegas on Saturday (February 5, 2011) and it turned out to be one hell of a night of fights. The card featured what the UFC touted as “the most significant fight ever in the history of the Middleweight division” as current Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva was scheduled to defend his belt for the 8th time against Vitor Belfort. Belfort was considered by many (including yours truly) to be the fighter most likely to end the run of the seemingly unbeatable Silva, but that would not be the case. Silva would make quick work of Belfort, knocking him out in spectacular fashion with a push kick to the face (the kicking equivalent of a jab) at 3:25 in the first round.  Silva credited his friend and training partner Steven Segal with helping perfect the kick.

After the fight, Dana White told the media that the world would finally get to see what many have been clamoring for for years now; a catch-weight super fight between Anderson Silva and George St. Pierre. Both fighters are considered by most to be the two best fighters on the planet.

In his toughest test in the UFC to date, Jon “Bones” Jones continued his winning ways disposing of Ryan Bader in the second round.  Jones looked much bigger than Bader and used he athleticism and size to have his way with Bader for most of the fight.  Known mostly as a phenomenal striker, Bones finished the fight on the ground  for just the second time in his pro carrer when he submitted Bader via guillotine choke in the second. Jones got some great news during his in-cage post fight interview when Joe Rogan informed him that he would get a title shot against current champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Rashad Evans was scheduled to fight Rua but had to back out due to injury.

Also of note, Forrest Griffin shook off the cage rust after a 15 month layoff and took Rich Franklin the distance, beating him via unanimous decision. Miguel Torres won his first UFC fight but it wasn’t pretty. Torres stood on the outside and jabbed his way to victory over a scrappy Antonio Banuelos.

The UFC once again turned to their Facebook page as a means of being able to show more fights to fans.  The Facebook only fight featured Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto versus the always busy and lightnigh fast Demetrious Johnson. It was a disappointing fight for Yamamoto and his fans as Johnson cruised to an easy unanimous decision victory.

Below are the entire results from the card (including Fight, Submission and KO of the night). After you check them out, scroll down and see how our Houston MMA experts and FANS did picking the winners.

Quick Results

Preliminary card (non-telivised)
Paul Taylor defeats Gabe Ruediger via KO (Kick) at 1:42 of round 2.
Demetrious Johnson defeats Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Kyle Kingsbury defeats Ricardo Romero via TKO at 0:21 of round 1.
Mike Pierce defeats Kenny Robertson via TKO at 0:29 of round 2.

Preliminary card (Spike TV)
Chad Mendes defeats Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Donald Cerrone defeats Paul Kelly via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:48 of round 2.

Main Card (PPV)
Miguel Torres defeats Antonio Banuelos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Jake Ellenberger defeats Carlos Eduardo via split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).
Jon Jones defeats Ryan Bader via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:20 of round 2.
Forrest Griffin defeats Rich Franklin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Anderson Silva defeats Vitor Belfort via KO at 3:25 of round 1.

Awards (Each fighter earned $75,000 bonuses for each award below – Source: MMAJunkie.com)
Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs Paul Kelly
Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
Submission of the Night: Jon Jones

Expert Picks Results

Here is a look at how our Houston MMA friends did picking the fights.  The chart below shows the final standing but only the individual picks for the main card. The last row reflects the TOTAL fan vote vs our panel.

Expert Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How
Ragan x x x x x x x x x x x 64
Chris x x x x x x x x x 55
Adam x x x x x 47
Rich x x x x x 47
Eric x x x x 45
AJ x x x x 42
Justin B x x x x x 42
Mike x x x x x x 42
Alex x x x x x 40
Barry x x x x 37
Justin T x x x x 37
Mick x x x x x 35
Lance x x x 30
FANS x x x x x x x x x 59

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)

Congratulations to Ragan McDaniel of B3 Sports for taking the rest of us to school this time around.  Ragan had an amazing night, going 5 for 5 on the main card (including 4 for 5 in picking when the fight would end) and collecting 64 points along the way. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that Ragan picked the correct winner in 10 out of the 11 fights.

Fan Results

Congratulations to American Rebel for winning it all this time around. You not only win a sweet TCD.net beanie and stickers, but you’ll also be on our panel for our next UFC picks (we’ll be in touch via email).

A.R. (as we call him around the office) outscored EVERYONE, even our panel, picking up 67 out of a possible 80 points and picking the winner in ALL 11 fights.

Thank you to all that played!

And now, here is the TOP 25 finishers in our UFC 126 Pick’em contest.

Place Player Total*
1 American Rebel 67
2 louis 62
3 Brian 60
jordan v 60
5 JR Dill 59
6 ralexw 57
DFC Mike 57
charley witbeck 57
Reed Shelger 57
10 colin 55
11 gdo 54
skneybonz 54
13 timhell1 53
14 levi west 52
Marcel Woodard 52
16 Sean 51
17 A. croon 50
18 Taylor Hebert 49
Eric G 49
JMurray 49
21 Lee Higgins 47
kenny burke 47
GorillaGorrell 47
Chris 47
Michael Sheppard 47

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)