UFC 156 was all about the underdogs, as Antonio Silva, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Bobby Green, and Demian Maia all defied the odds and emerged victorious.
Here are the results of the UFC 156 fight card held on Feb. 2, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar
Aldo quickly established himself as the superior striker, landing crisp combinations, chopping away at Frankie’s lead leg with some vicious low kicks. The Brazilian didn’t have any problems stuffing Edgar’s takedown attempts as well, and he immediately got back to his feet when Frankie finally put him on his back.
However, Frankie turned things around in the latter rounds, as Jose’s cardio began to fade. He started landing clean shots, and he clearly won the last two rounds of the fight. Unfortunately for “The Answer” it wasn’t enough, as the judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47, all in favor of Aldo.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans
This wasn’t the most entertaining fight in the world, as neither man established dominance throughout their 15-minute encounter. Evans didn’t seem overly concerned with getting the fight to the ground at UFC 156, and a slow-paced boxing match broke out inside the Octagon. Nogueira seemed to get the better of the exchanges, and all three judges scored the fight 29-28 in his favor.
Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem
Overeem dominated the first two rounds of their UFC 156 encounter, winning the striking exchanges, getting some work done against the cage and on the ground. Behind on the scorecards, Silva turned things around during the third round, hurting Alistair with a huge right hook. He followed up with a salvo of vicious uppercuts and hooks against the cage. Overeem dropped to the canvas, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the contest 25 seconds into the third round.
Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch
Maia made it clear he’s a top contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division, out-grinding Fitch at UFC 156. The Brazilian took Fitch down at will throughout their encounter, and he controlled the action from start to finish, threatening with multiple submissions along the way. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Maia.
With his impressive performance against Fitch, Maia seems to be ready for a shot at the welterweight title. However, with Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks already in line to face current champ Georges St. Pierre, he’ll probably have to wait a while.
Joseph Benavidez def. Ian McCall
Benavidez took control early in their UFC 156 encounter, getting the better of the striking exchanges. McCall turned things around in the second round, reversing a takedown attempt by Benavidez, transitioning to mount then back-mount. From there, Ian landed some decent shots, stealing the second round.
Benavidez regained control in the final round, once again dominating the striking exchanges. All three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor if Benavidez.
Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau (split decision)
Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron (KO, round one)
Bobby Green def. Jacob Volkmann (rear-naked choke, round three)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards (split decision)
Dustin Kimura def. Chico Camus (rear-naked choke, round three)
Francisco Rivera def. Edwin Figueroa (TKO, round two)