Daniel Cormier was supposed to headline this event with a rematch against Jon Jones, but, well, Jon Jones pulled a Jon Jones, and Cormier was almost left without a dance partner. Thankfully, the legendary Anderson Silva stepped up on two days notice, and here we are.
It takes all of 45 seconds for Cormier to take Silva down and secure position on top – which is smart, given “The Spider’s” prowess on the feet. However, Silva’s black belt in jiu-jitsu goes along way to preventing Cormier from really delivering a ton of ground-and-pound punishment.
Round 2 opens with Silva knowing damn well that he needs to do something dramatic on the feet, so he fires off a few high-kicks. Cormier easily blocks them, then grabs a leg and dumps the Brazilian onto the canvas. Once more he eases into Silva’s half-guard and goes to work. But inactivity has referee John McCarthy standing them up, and for the briefest of moments, Silva is able to crack Cormier with kicks and flicking out some jabs. The round ends with Cormier pressing him against the fence.
Cormier comes out willing to trade in the third, and that gives Silva the opportunity to bang him up with knees, kicks and punches. For his part, Cormier scores as well, knocking the Brazilian’s head back with a right hand, and then comes the inevitable takedown, and the boos from the crowd. A referee standup with a minute and a half left lets Silva land a kick to his opponent’s body that actually hurts him, but Cormier grabs him and presses him against the fence, and that’s how time runs out.
Result: Daniel Cormier def. Anderson Silva via Unanimous Decision