Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (April 10) made history in the sands of Abu Dhabi with their live pay-per-view event from the Concert Arena on Yas Island.
UFC 112 featured the promotion's first ever outdoor event with two division titles on the line and one welterweight grudge match starring two of the sport's most recognizable stars.
Here's how it all went down.
(SPOILER ALERT: Don't click if you plan on catching the 10 p.m. ET replay!)
Georges St. Pierre was cageside for the main event of the evening in an effort to find out how a man of Anderson Silva's frame can cut to 170-pounds. He may not have gotten an answer, but at least he got a show.
"The Spider" spent the first two rounds acting like an escaped mental patient, taunting Demian Maia with a bizarre display of pantomiming and Portuguese profanity.
What started as a tongue-in-cheek display of dominance quickly turned what I found to be disrespectful to both Maia and the sport of mixed martial arts. Of course referee Dan Mirigliotta was no help, playing Sideshow Bob to Silva's Krusty the Clown.
The boos started coming around the middle of the fourth round, followed by chants for Maia and then finally Georges St. Pierre. UFC President Dana White confronted Silva's manager and spokesman Ed Soares and read him the riot act in between rounds.
Oh to be a scarab on the side of the cage.
Mirigliotta redeemed himself in the fifth round by warning Silva that his continued inactivity and backpedaling would be met with a one point deduction.
Too little, too late.
Silva ran out the clock in an embarrassing performance that made the Patrick Cote fight at UFC 90 look like the Thrilla in Manilla. By then, White had already departed the arena in disgust.
The apologetic Anderson Silva is still the champion, but as the post-fight boos in the arena indicated, not a very popular one on the heels of this latest title defense.
Frankie Edgar may not look very good in glass slippers, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming the UFC's latest Cinderella story after taking the 155-pound belt from BJ Penn.
"The Answer" opened up a small cut under the eye of "The Prodigy" in the first round, causing the entire UFC lightweight division to snap to attention. He also managed to put the Hawaiian on his butt, albeit briefly, in the waning seconds of round two.
Through fifteen minutes of action Penn seemed to be pacing himself, mostly counter-punching and picking his spots. The championship rounds didn't play out much differently, with a rapidly fading Penn seemingly worse for the wear.
The loss, while certainly an upset, shouldn't come as a complete shock based on their respective performances. Edgar was busy and aggressive, turning it up in the last stanza and landing a big takedown to rack up additional points. He was the busier fighter and a uncharacteristically lethargic Penn just didn't do enough to earn the win.
Ladies and gentlemen, Frankie Edgar is the new UFC Lightweight Champion. Like Joe Rogan asked, "How does that sound?"
Renzo Gracie entered the Octagon for the first time in his career against the formidable ex-champion Matt Hughes. The submission master wanted to avenge cousin Royce's 2006 defeat to the full-time farmer and restore the Gracie name to the sport of mixed martial arts.
It wasn't meant to be.
With both fighters boasting a world class ground game, it was perfectly reasonable to think someone was going to sleep in the first or second round.
I just didn't expect it to be me.
In a fight that was uglier than a hat full of assholes, Hughes and Gracie seemed content to just circle the cage and display mediocre striking -- with a couple of failed shoots sprinkled in for good measure.
Hughes did however, work the leg kick long enough to eventually wear down the Brazilian until Gracie was sucking wind and on the retreat.
The captain of the H.I.T. Squad forced referee Herb Dean to bring their bout to a screeching halt in the final frame after Gracie could no longer stand on his wounded limb and started eating bombs up against the cage.
Matt Hughes 2, Gracie family 0.
Surging lightweight prospect Terry Etim came into his scrap with Rafael dos Anjos riding a four-fight winning streak that dated back to UFC 89: "Bisping vs. Leben" in October 2008.
Consider that streak officially over.
The Liverpool native looked evenly matched with his Brazilian foe throughout most of the first round. Unfortunately for the Brit, things ended up on the mat as both fighters went for broke in the second frame.
Advantage: Dos Anjos.
Cageside announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan referred to the Brazilian's slick submission finish as "Textbook Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu." And while it may have been by-the-book, it didn't make it any easier for Etim to defend.
Mark it three in a row for the Gracie Fusion fighter -- and a one-way ticket to stiffer competition.
Up-and-coming middleweights Mark Munoz and Kendall Grove got the action started in a bout that saw oddsmakers favor "The Philippine Wrecking Machine" as a -200 favorite over "Da Spyder."
Today he proved why.
But it didn't come easy. Munoz was rocked early and often as Grove had the wrestler's shoot timed perfectly -- and almost had him choked out on more than one occasion.
Unfortunately he couldn't seal the deal, and the lanky Hawaiian was on the receiving end of a vicious ground-and-pound assault that could be one of the better come-from-behind victories in recent memory.
Munoz showed tremendous heart and moves himself up in the rankings while Grove is sent back to the drawing board.
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For complete UFC 112 results and detailed blow-by-blow commentary of the televised main card fights click here.