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Anderson Silva Defeats Derek Brunson in Controversial Decision

In the co-main event of the evening, Anderson Silva took on Derek Brunson in middleweight action.

Silva had not won a fight at 185-pounds since July 2012 when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 146.  Now, almost five years later, the former UFC middleweight champion faced a tricky opponent in Brunson.  His caution was obvious from the outset as the two tentatively met in the center with not a single strike thrown in the opening minute.

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Brunson finished round one strongly with some nice counter uppercuts, but it was a tight, tense opening five minutes.   The two were still reluctant to engage throughout the second round as the five minutes flew past with barely a strike landed.

The fight was close heading into round three.  Knowing this, both fighters closed their distance on their striking battles.  They exchanged several elbows and knees as the clock ticked down . Brunson was the aggressor pushing the pace up a notch.  Silva, however, ducked and slipped to evade his strikes until he was taken down in the last minute.

After a close, but pretty uneventful fight, Anderson Silva got the win via unanimous decision.  Safe to say, that social media wasn’t in total agreement with the 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 scorecards.

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UFC 208 results
Winner Loser Result
Germaine de Randamie* Holly Holm Unanimous decision
Anderson Silva Derek Brunson Unanimous decision
Jacare Souza Tim Boetsch First-round submission (Kimura)
Glover Teixeira Jared Cannonier Unanimous decision
Dustin Poirer Jim Miller Majority decision
* De Randamie became the first women’s featherweight champion
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