Anderson Silva Knocks Out Vitor Belfort at UFC 126

By Michael David Smith

Anderson Silva is still unbeaten inside the Octagon, and still the UFC middleweight champion, after a spectacular first-round knockout win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

Silva used a powerful left front kick to Belfort’s face to knock him flat on his back on the canvas, then finished him off with a couple more punches on the ground. Although the first round hadn’t had much action up until that point, the out-of-nowhere knockout from Silva was spectacular, and gave him an exclamation point on his UFC record 13th consecutive victory.

Belfort is a tough guy and former UFC champion who won the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament in 1997 and the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2004. He had never been knocked cold before, but he had never faced a striker like Silva before.

Silva improves to 28-4 in his MMA career (including 16 wins by knockout or TKO) and 13-0 in the UFC. Belfort falls to 19-9.

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