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UFC 134 results: Shogun, Nogueira, Anderson Silva get KO wins in Rio

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Anderson Silva made yet another decisive defense of his belt

Making its long awaited return to Brazil, the UFC pulled out all the stops with UFC 134. The fight card was absolutely loaded with superstar talent, including a Middleweight title fight. Naturally, there were Brazilian fighters in every bout, but that only served to excite the on-site fans even more. Overall, the atmosphere was electric and that always seems to have an affect on the fighters. There was some great action, so let’s get right to the re-cap.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira KO’d Brendan Schaub in the first round. I wasn’t sure how this one was going to go. Obviously, on paper, Nogueira was definitely the more well-rounded, experienced fighter. But he’s no spring chicken either, so there’s always a chance for a young, athletic, heavy-handed fighter like Schaub to pull off a dramatic victory. Nogueira didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get the fight to the ground, like many pundits thought he would be. He looked very comfortable striking with Schaub and did major damage with a right hook late in the first round. Schaub’s legs buckled and Nogueira got one more hard punch in before the fight was stopped. I’m sure it was heart braking for Schaub, but Nogueira ignited the crowd and the volume inside the building went up significantly. For Nogueira, the win just proves that he’s still got something in the tank and that, when healthy, can match up with just about anybody in the heavyweight division.


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