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By David Tees on 8/29/2011 9:56 AM
After a decade plus absence, the UFC returned to Brazil and the home grown talent did not disappoint the fans at all. The UFC Middleweight Title was in little doubt as Anderson Silva made it look easy against Yushin Okami. Also, a UFC Light Heavyweight put himself back into contention and a Brazilian heavyweight saved his career.

Round One: The Spider Turns Down The Thunder

Yushin Okami was the last man to defeat Anderson Silva, which gave Anderson Silva all the motivation he needed to win this fight. Anderson Silva made this one look as simple as can be when he destroyed Yushin Okami in the second round. Yushin Okami is still a talented threat in the middleweight division, but a rematch with the champion is highly unlikely. Anderson Silva now gets to sit back and relax until a future challenger is deemed worth for “The Spider.”

Next Round For Anderson Silva: The Chael Sonnen/Brian Stann winner

Next Round For Yushin Okami: The Chris Leben/Mark Munoz winner

Round Two: The Forrest Was Leveled

This fight between Mauricio Rua and Forrest Griffin was a rematch from UFC 76, in which Forrest Griffin submitted Mauricio Rua. In the second encounter, Mauricio Rua took little time in laying waste to his opponent for a first round victory. Mauricio Rua is now a fight or two away from getting a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Forrest Griffin now finds himself on bottom of the light heavyweight ladder and it’s going to take a lot to get back to the top.

Next Round For Mauricio Rua: A rubber match with Lyoto Machida and/or Forrest Griffin

Next Round For Forrest Griffin: A rubber match with Mauricio Rua and/or Tito Ortiz

Round Three: “Big Nog” Is Back

A lot of people, myself included, predicted that Brendan Schaub would handily defeat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Saturday Night. Quite the opposite ended up happening as it was Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira knocked out Brendan Schaub in round one. This will be quite the setback for the UFC Ultimate Fighter alumni, but I think he will be a contender one day. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira saved his career with this victory because Dana White stated that he would give him the retirement talk if he lost.

Next Round For Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: A rematch with Frank Mir or Shane Carwin

Next Round For Brendan Schaub: Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione or Joey Beltran

Round Four: An Early Celebration

Rousimar Palhares is no doubt a talented middleweight contender, but he pulled an amateur move against Dan Miller on Saturday Night. After assaulting his foe with strikes in the opening round, Rousimar Palhares unexpectedly jumped off of his opponent and started celebrating a victory. Unfortunately for him at the time, referee Herb Dean never stopped the fight and Rousimar Palhares was left to look like an idiot. Fortunately for the Brazilian fighter, he was able to achieve a unanimous decision win over the tough Dan Miller.

Next Round For Rousimar Palhares: Yushin Okami, Mark Munoz or Chris Leben

Next Round For Dan Miller: Constantinos Phillipou, Jorge Rivera or CB Dollaway

Round Five: All But One

Considering how long it took for the UFC to return to Brazil, fans knew that their home country talent had to look good. They definitely achieved that goal as all but one Brazilian fighter walked away victorious at UFC 134. Fighters like Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua, Edson Barboza, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Thiago Tavares, Rousimar Palhares, Paulo Thiago, Raphael Assuncao, Erick Silva and Yuri Alcantara were victories. Just for arguments sake, the lone Brazilian fighter to lose on Saturday Night was light heavyweight Luiz Cane.

Next Round For Brazil: A UFC return in 2012

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