It had been thirteen long years, but on Aug. 27, 2011, the UFC made its long-awaited return to Brazil. UFC 134 brought out some of the best fighters in the sport, and featured some of the best in Brazilian fighters: “Big Nog,” Anderson Silva and “Shogun” Rua.

Silva dismantles Okami

In the main event, Anderson Silva put his UFC middleweight title on the line against Yushin Okami. This fight was billed as Brazil’s best facing Japan’s best, but it turned out to be a one-sided beat-down.

In the first round, Okami attempted to work the clinch and press Silva up against the cage. However, this strategy did not seem too effective, as he often lost the battle in the clinch. For most of the round Silva attempted to find his range, landing punches at will. Silva ended the round with a head kick that hurt Okami, but there was not enough time left in the round for Silva to finish.

In typical Silva fashion, he dropped his hands, toyed with Okami and eventually dropped him with a stiff jab in the second stanza. Once Okami was down, Silva swarmed in for the finish, forcing the ref to step in and stop the fight.

Rua knock outs Griffin in the first round

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua came out firing and made quick work of Forrest Griffin. Both fighters came out throwing punches, but it was Rua who was able to get the better of the exchanges, hurting Griffin early in round one. Once Griffin was wobbled, Rua moved in for the kill. Rua rocked Griffin, got the fight to the ground and landed some big shots that forced the ref to call an end to the contest.

Barboza defeats Pearson by split decision

Edson Barboza and TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson went toe-to-toe, blow-for-blow for three rounds in a battle that would wind up winning Fight of the Night honors. From the opening bell to the closing bell, both Barboza and Pearson stood in the pocket exchanging punches to the crowd’s delight.

Pearson was certainly the aggressor in this fight, stalking Barboza. Barboza, on the other hand, was looking to get Pearson to engage and then work his counter-striking. Both fighters implemented their game plans effectively, but in two of the judges’ eyes, it was Barboza that was more effective.

All three rounds were full of action with neither fighter dominating the other. When the judges rendered their decision, it was Barboza that was awarded the victory via split decision.

Nogueira returns to victory, KO’s Schaub

A fight that was billed as the young lion versus the old lion ended in dramatic fashion, and the young lion isn’t taking over as the new king; it was the old lion telling the world that he was not going anywhere. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was able to weather an early storm from Brendan Schaub and worked his way inside, where he landed a stiff combination that sent Schaub to the canvas.

Schaub came out firing and was able to land several combinations that seemed to hurt “Big Nog,” even forcing him to reach for a single leg at one point. Nogueira was able to stay composed though, and eventually backed Schaub up against the cage and scored the Knockout of the Night.

Nedkov survives a beating, TKO’s Cane

Luiz Cane and Stanislav Nedkov opened the main card portion of the evening, and this fight got the fans on their feet. Cane came out and picked Nedkov apart with his striking. He was able to land punches at will and even hurt Nedkov several times, but could not finish him. This would come back to haunt Cane, as Nedkov was able to land a big right hand that sent Cane running across the Octagon. Nedkov ran Cane down, swarming on him with rights and lefts, forcing the ref to step in and save Cane from further damage.

MAIN CARD
  • Champ Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:04 (to retain middleweight title)
  • Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Forrest Griffin via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:53
  • Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:09
  • Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane by TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:13
PRELIMINARY CARD
  • Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:51
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25)
  • Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:40
  • Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)