UFC 156 Results: Jose Aldo Defeats Frankie Edgar; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Tops Rashad Evans
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UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 2, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo retained his title with a victory over Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 156 on Saturday night.
Aldo used his precise striking and effective leg kicks to neutralize the constant pressure from the former lightweight champion, winning a unanimous decision for his 15th consecutive victory.
“I’m very happy and I don’t plan to lose my belt any time soon,” Aldo said through a translator.
Aldo looked solid in the first three rounds, controlling the fight and landing the more significant strikes. Edgar pressed forward in the final two periods, trying to spark a change in momentum, but the Brazilian champion was too elusive.
The judges’ scores were 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of Aldo, who improved to 22-1. Edgar fell to 14-4-1.
“It was a very difficult fight,” Aldo said. “Frankie is a very dangerous fighter and I had to take it step by step.”
In the co-main event of the UFC’s annual Super Bowl-adjacent show, heavy underdog Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earned a unanimous decision victory over former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Nogueira controlled the match with superior striking and wrestling defense, and all three judges scored the bout 29-28.
On the under card, heavyweight Alistair Overeem’s hopes for a title fight were derailed when Antonio Silva earned a surprise third-round TKO. Demian Maia won his fourth in a row with a unanimous decision over perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch, and former title contender Joseph Benavidez won a battle of highly ranked flyweights with a unanimous decision over Ian McCall.
Aldo remains among the UFC’s top handful of pound-for-pound fighters despite a 13-month absence from the cage caused by a series of injuries. His kicks are among the most vicious in MMA, and his overall agility in the cage can be stunning to opponents and fans alike.
He controlled the first round Saturday night, landing multiple crisp shots and bloodying Edgar’s nose early. Edgar tried to increase the pressure in the second, but Aldo continued to land effective punches and kicks.
Aldo kept his distance in the third round while maintaining his striking advantage, landing a huge front kick to the face of Edgar. Edgar’s nose continued to bleed and his face was battered by the end of the round.
Edgar pressured Aldo and even slammed him to the ground in the fourth, but it was too late as Aldo was able to weather the late storm.
Edgar was trying to become the third UFC fighter to win a title in two different weight classes.
“It was a close fight, I keep finding myself in these positions,” he said. “I’m just going to go home and take some time to think about things.”
In the preliminary bouts, Evan Dunham earned a split-decision victory over Gleison Tibau, and Tyron Woodley stopped Jay Heiron with an electric first-round knockout. Bobby Green forced Jacob Volkmann to tap in the third round, and UFC newcomer Isaac Vallie-Flagg won a split decision over journeyman Yves Edwards. Dustin Kimura won his first UFC fight when he forced Chico Camus to tap in the third, and Francisco Rivera defeated Edwin Figueroa by TKO in the second round.
UFC 156 Quick Results
Main Card (on Pay-Per-View):
-Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva def. Alistair Overeem by KO at :25, R3
-Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Joseph Benavidez def. Ian McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (on FX):
-Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron by KO at :36, R1
-Bobby Green def. Jacob Volkmann by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:25, R3
-Isaac Vallie def. Yves Edwards by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (on Facebook):
-Dustin Kimura def. Chico Camus by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:50, R3
-Francisco Rivera def. Edwin Figueroa by TKO at 4:20, R2
Fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
- Knockout of the Night: Antonio Silva
- Submission of the Night: Bobby Green
The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC’s traditional “fight night” bonuses or Pay-Per-View quotas.
- Jose Aldo: $240,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus) def. Frankie Edgar: $120,000
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $174,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus) def. Rashad Evans: $300,000
- Antonio Silva: $70,000 (no win bonus) def. Alistair Overeem: $285,714
- Demian Maia: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Jon Fitch: $66,000
- Joseph Benavidez: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Ian McCall: $9,000
- Evan Dunham: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Gleison Tibau: $33,000
- Tyron Woodley: $87,000 (includes $43,500 win bonus) def. Jay Hieron: $12,000
- Bobby Green: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jacob Volkmann: $22,000
- Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Yves Edwards: $21,000
- Dustin Kimura: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Chico Camus: $8,000 ^
- Francisco Rivera: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Edwin Figueroa: $10,000
^ Dustin Kimura was reportedly fined 20 percent of his purse for failing to make the required weight for his fight. The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s initial report did not include information on the penalty.
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