When the UFC announced an all-heavyweight main card event, fans came running to get their hands on tickets. This was the first time every fight on pay-per-view was filled with hard-hitting heavyweights, and did not disappoint with many great finishes.

In the main event, UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos made his first title defense since winning the belt, as he took on former champ Frank Mir. An additional four heavyweight bouts packed the card, including the man whom dos Santos defeated for the title, Cain Velasquez, taking on former Strikeforce contender Antonio “Big Foot” Silva.

And if that wasn’t enough for you, FX and Facebook showcased a great preliminary card that included rising stars, seasoned veterans, and former top contenders.

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir took place on May 26 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A full recap of the event is shown below, including results from every fight on the card.

Champion dos Santos retains belt with finish of Mir

Frank Mir stepped up to challenge UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the main event, but was unsuccessful in getting his belt back. Dos Santos put on an impressive performance to earn a TKO over Mir in round two.

The grappler, Mir, shot in early to try and to cancel out the boxing game of dos Santos. But the champion was able to escape, and looked to establish his variety of strikes. Dos Santos found his comfort zone, while Mir couldn’t avoid the punches from the Brazilian. The closing seconds of round one saw dos Santos rock Mir with a right hand, but the challenger was saved by the bell before further damage was done.

The two heavyweights returned to the center of the Octagon, with dos Santos picking up where he left off. After a knockdown, dos Santos calls for a stand-up, and continues to attack. Dos Santos lands another big right hand, dropping the challenger immediately. From there dos Santos lands some blemishing shots, steps away, but smells blood in the water and lands a devastating hammerfist that puts Mir away.

Add another impressive performance to the record of dos Santos, who is becoming the face of the sport due to his humble, grateful personality.

Velasquez ends Silva’s night in a bloodbath

In the co-main event, the motivated Cain Velasquez came in looking to get back on track in hopes of getting his belt back, and made a statement with a finish of Antonio “Big Foot” Silva.

Right off the bat, Silva threw a kick, but was caught by Velasquez which helped him take the Brazilian to the ground. The former NCAA wrestler went to work on “Big Foot” and opened him up with brutal ground and pound. The elbows shots busted open Silva badly, with blood pouring out of his face. Referee Josh Rosenthal called the doctor over to examine the damage, but allowed the fight to continue.

But the onslaught continued as both were put in the same position with Velasquez ontop. The former UFC champion continued to threaten his opponent while on his back, and eventually forced the bout to be stopped.

After a dominating performance, Velasquez has his eyes focused on the belt he once held.

Nelson knocks out Herman in just 51 seconds

After many shake-ups in this card, Dave Herman became the new opponent for Roy Nelson. “Big Country” ended Herman’s night in just 51 seconds with a huge overhand punch.

Herman opened by landing a couple of knees and just trying to distance himself, but Nelson easily closed in and landed a heavy right hand that instantly dropped Herman. The dazed Herman had no clue where he was, and the referee stopped the fight before Nelson could pounce on him.

Miocic comes back in round two to defeat Del Rosario

Two undefeated heavyweight prospects with a ton of potential settled the score as kept his streak alive with a win

After a quick feeling out process, Del Rosario went to work his threatening leg kicks. This is the bread and butter of the former Strikeforce fighter, and punished the rib area of Miocic. If he had an opening, Del Rosario also went high with his kicks, and even worked his boxing to take round one.

Miocic came out stronger in round two, and took Del Rosario to the mat. Miocic then looked to posture up, and strike from top position. Lastly, the Croatian mounted his opponent, and cut Del Rosario with punishing elbow shots. The damage continued, enough to where the referee was forced to stop the bout.

Struve submits Johnson early in round one

Opening up the all heavyweight main card was Lavar Johnson taking his second fight this month against Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve.

Johnson rushed forward and looked to press Struve against the cage to get in range of his lanky opponent. However, Struve decided to pull guard and use his Jiu-Jitsu to finish the fight. Struve attacked an arm, rolled over, and immediately forced Johnson to tap.

Preliminary Card Summary

Rising up the ranks in the featherweight division, Darren Elkins moved another step up the ladder with his unanimous decision victory over the highly talked about Ultimate Fighter 14 winner Diego Brandao.

Stepping in for Evan Dunham on short notice, former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner made his return to the big stage and seized his opportunity. Varner was able to take the undefeated Edson Barboza down, and reined down heavy shots to force the referee to stop the bout. After the win, Varner exclaimed, “I’m back.”

Two middleweights in need of a win returned to the cage with Ultimate Fighter season 7 runner-up CB Dollaway defeated veteran Jason “Mayhem” Miller by a lopsided unanimous decision.

Welterweights went toe-to-toe to open up the FX prelims, as Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy got his career back on track with a knockout win over Duane Ludwig. Hardy was able to close the distance and land a left hook to the chin of Ludwig to drop the Denver native.

In the final Facebook preliminary fight, England native Paul Sass added another submission win to his resume by forcing Jacob Volkmann to tap in the first round.

Glover Teixeira made his anticipated debut in the Octagon, as the Brazilian earned an arm triangle submission victory over Kyle Kingsbury in the opening round.

In the opening bout of the night, former WEC veteran Mike Brown was able to edge out Daniel “The Pit” Pineda by unanimous decision. Brown was able to control his opponent on the mat, and avoid the submission attempts by Pineda.

Full Results

Junior dos Santos def. Frank Mir by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:04

Cain Velasquez def. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:36

Roy Nelson def. Dave Herman by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:51

Stipe Miocic def. Shane Del Rosario by TKO (elbows). Round 2, 3:14

Stefan Struve def. Lavar Johnson by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:05

Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:23

CB Dollaway def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)

Dan Hardy def. Duane Ludwig by knockout (punch). Round 1, 3:51

Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann by submission (triangle choke/armbar). Round 1, 1:54

Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 1:53

Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Photo: Junior dos Santos (Ester Lin/MMAFighting)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.