The televised main card of UFC 112 featured five bouts, including two title defenses by the reigning champions Anderson Silva (middleweight) and BJ Penn (leightweight) that were scheduled for five rounds of five minutes each on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as live outdoor event on April 10, 2010.
Although both title bouts went the distance and resulted in decisions, the defending champions did not deliver the best performances of their professional mixed martial arts careers which might be blamed on the hot and humid conditions in Abu Dhabi. See the complete UFC 112 results here.
BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar
Aside from the climate Penn also seemed to have a hard time adjusting to his challenger Frankie Edgar’s speed and caught several well-aimed punches as evident in his bruised face. Edgar did not slow down throughout any of the five rounds although this was his first title challenge. Penn, on the other hand, was clearly worn down by Edgar’s speedy hammer fists and could hardly keep up in the final round. When the bout went to the judges’ scorecards they awarded Edgar the win via unanimous decision, making him the new UFC Lightweight Champion in the process.
Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia
Silva faced jiu jitsu ace Demian Maia in a bout that almost seemed surreal due to Silva’s constant taunting and dancing around the octagon. In spite of Silva’s theatrics during all five rounds he still managed to rearrange Maia’s face with vicious power shots and kicks that resulted in a broken nose and a swollen left eye for Maia. The battered and half-blind Maia showed great heart, though, while looking for a way to take Silva down to the mat. Although Silva could have finished the fight at any moment due to his extreme dominance over Maia he chose to simply score points and have the judges hand him the win via decision.
Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
Hughes and Gracie showed tremendous respect for each other. But that did not stop Hughes from dishing out a severe physical punishment to Gracie with vicious kicks and punches throughout three rounds. Especially the kicks to Gracie’s left leg took their toll as he tumbled several times. In a great display of sportsmanship and smart strategy Hughes backed off every time Gracie’s leg gave in rather than going for the ground and pound finish since even an injured Gracie can still be very dangerous on the mat. Just in the nick of time Hughes doubled his efforts and knocked Gracie down for the last time with a combination of punches and a final kick to the already injured leg that left Gracie unable to defend himself. The referee called the fight at 4:40 in round three and awarded Hughes the win via TKO.
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Terry Etim —> Submission of the Night
Etim and Anjos went toe to toe without hesitation exchanging punches and kicks. In round two Etim finally seemed to gain the upper hand when he controlled Anjos on the ground. But in a beautiful display of jiu jitsu skills Anjos turned the table on Etim and locked him in a straight arm bar at 4:30 in round two.
Mark Munoz vs. Kendall Grove —> Fight of the Night
Grove started the fight on his terms as he dominated Munoz from the beginning. Just when things seemed to go from bad to worse for Munoz he suddenly pulled himself together and surprised Grove with a lethal dose of ground and pound that earned him the win via TKO at 2:50 in round two.
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