Welcome to InsideFights.com’s live coverage of UFC 162 headlined by Anderson Silva defending the UFC Middleweight Championship against Chris Weidman. I’m Ryan Frederick and I am cageside for tonight’s event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned for live play-by-play coverage of the night’s main card on pay-per-view. If you missed the preliminary card, we have full coverage of both the FX portion and the Facebook portion of the event. Enjoy the fights everyone.
Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1- Herb Dean oversees this fight as we kick off the main card with featherweights looking to secure a title shot. They touch gloves as both take the center of the Octagon. Siver lands a body kick after Swanson backs him up with a kick. Siver looking for those leg kicks early. Siver misses a head kick and Swanson punches him in the jaw. Siver misses on a leg kick. Swanson looked for something tricky but Siver saw it coming. Both exchange wildly and Siver ends it with a head kick. Siver misses on a leg kick. Swanson lands a big right hand. Swanson misses on a spinning head kick and Siver grabs him and scores a takedown. Siver works into side control and is looking to set up an arm-triangle. Siver is in half-guard as he looks to move back into side control. Siver with a punch to the head of Swanson. Siver has Swanson’s head but Swanson escapes. Siver is in side control. Siver with an elbow and some punches. Swanson tries to sweep but Siver blocks it and remains in side control. Siver lands some more elbows. Swanson tries for a scramble but Siver blocks it and remains in control of the battle on the ground. Swanson looks to get another scramble but Siver is using his strength to keep Swanson planted on the mat. Swanson gets a guillotine choke in and uses it to get the fight back to the feet as Siver won’t be submitted. Swanson backs Siver up with a leg kick and Siver counters as the round concludes. 10-9 Siver.
Round 2- Both take the center quickly. Siver starts with a leg kick. Siver is missing on his jabs as Swanson looks to land a big right hand. Both men are missing with their striking attacks. Swanson with a leg kick. Siver lands a spinning back kick that he is known for. Both men exchange right hands. Swanson misses a leg kick. Siver lands a loud leg kick. Swanson checks a head kick from Siver. Swanson goes for a combination but just barely lands. Siver with a kicking attack that backs Swanson up. Swanson goes for a cartwheel kick that misses but gets the crowd going. Both men land with punches. Siver with a leg kick after punches missed. Siver with a head kick and Swanson misses a spinning head kick. Swanson lands and Siver grabs him and lands as well. They trade leg kicks. They then trade punches. Swanson attacks the body while Siver kicks the leg. Swanson misses with a big right hand but lands a body kick. Swanson shows good head movement as Siver misses punches. Siver goes for a takedown but Swanson uses a judo throw to plant Siver on his back and Swanson is now in mount. Swanson throws down some punches as Siver tries to escape. Swanson in full mount and throwing down punches. Siver is defending and trying to create something as they scramble for position. Siver wins up on top looking for a choke but the round ends. Close round. 10-9 Swanson. 19-19.
Round 3- They come out and Siver grabs Swanson but can’t get the takedown. Siver tries to land but is missing. Swanson is landing more meaningful shots, which may make the difference. Siver misses a head kick and Swanson lands a big right hand. Both land and Swanson lands a right hand followed by a kick. Swanson misses a right hand but lands a combination. Swanson with a big right hand that staggers Siver and both are swinging for the fences. Siver goes down and Swanson is landing big right hands. Swanson is landing and Siver is hurt. Swanson has Siver hurt bad and looks at Herb Dean to stop the fight. Dean stops it and Swanson scores the huge TKO win as the crowd goes wild! Big win for Swanson, who has now won five straight fights.
Official Result: Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver by TKO (punches) at 2:24 of Round 3
Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Round 1- Steve Mazzagatti presides over this middleweight bout as Munoz and Boetsch look to rebound from losses in their last bouts. Boestch quickly looks for the takedown to start and gets it but Munoz reverses and ends on top. They get back to the feet quickly and Boetsch has Munoz against the cage. Boestch lands a big takedown but they get back up. Boestch has the back of Munoz. Boetsch looking for another takedown but Munoz defends and causes separation. Boetsch backs Munoz up with a combination and has him against the cage. Munoz goes for a takedown and gets it. Munoz tries to flatten Boetsch out but Boetsch gets back to his feet. Munoz misses a knee to the head. Munoz looks for a trip takedown but can’t get it. They roll down on the mat and Munoz is looking for the takedown against the cage, which he gets. Boetsch has the neck of Munoz. Not much going on and Boetsch had a brief guillotine but Munoz escapes and is on bottom. They wrestle on the ground before they get up and separate. Both swing wildly and Munoz lands a big right hand. Munoz pushes Boetsch against the cage and looks for the takedown. Munoz with punches to the thighs of Boetsch. They are battling in a tie-up before they break. Munoz misses a big right hand and goes for a takedown but can’t get it as the round ends. Close round. 10-9 Munoz.
Round 2- They touch gloves to start the second round. Munoz lands a big kick to the body and misses on a flying knee. They exchange before Munoz initiates a tie-up and pushes Boestch against the cage. Munoz with a knee to the body of Boetsch. Boetsch forces a switch and he now has Munoz against the cage. They split up. Boetsch backs up Munoz with some punches. They clinch back up and Munoz scores a takedown and is on top. Boetsch tries to escape but Munoz is now trying to take his back. Munoz is dangerous with ground-and-pound from this position. Munoz tries to take the back of Boestch but Boestch has a grasp of his arm. Munoz attakcs with huge body punches on the ground and Boetsch gets to his feet. Boetsch looks for a takedown but Munoz scores the takedown instead. Munoz with some big hands as Boetsch covers up. Munoz with more big punches to the body of Boetsch. Boetsch gets the fight back to the feet and has Munoz against the cage. Boetsch is back down and Munoz is attacking his body yet again. Munoz with shots to the kidney region of Boetsch. Munoz now switches and lands to the head. Munoz with a big knee to the body of Boetsch and is pounding away at him but the round ends. Big finish for Munoz. 10-9 Munoz. 20-18 Munoz.
Round 3- Munoz looks to be the fresher fighter of the two as we head to the final five minutes. Munoz backs Boetsch up with punches and gets a takedown but Boestch forces a roll to where he is on top. Munoz switches positions, though, and is on top. Boestch has a choke opportunity but Munoz gets out and they get back to the feet. They battle on the ground and Boetsch tries to get an arm of Munoz. Not a lot of action is going on as the fans begin to boo and ask for a standup. Munoz gets out and grabs the back and begins to land punches to the head of Boetsch. Boetsch survives but needs to get out if he wants to get the win. Munoz with more punches to the head of Boetsch. Boetsch looks very tired and isn’t doing much to get up. Munoz gets to his feet but Boetsch is covering up. Munoz is on top and throwing down punches. Munoz has Boetsch’s arm and is looking for a kimura but the cage may get in the way. Boetsch escapes but Munoz is in side control. Munoz lands some more ground-and-pound. Boetsch tries to scramble out but is having no success. Munoz gets Boetsch’s back and locks in a rear-naked choke but Boestch escapes. Munoz transitions to the top and lands some more ground-and-pound. Boetsch is struggling to hang on. Boetsch tries to sweep to get a leg. Munoz stands up and flies into Boetsch’s guard with a huge punch and another one to end the round. The crowd goes wild for Munoz. 10-9 Munoz. 30-27 Munoz.
Official Result: Mark Munoz def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie
Referee: Kim Winslow
Round 1- Kim Winslow is in charge of this bout between former Strikeforce fighters making their UFC debuts. The Brazilians in the crowd begin to chant as the fight gets underway. Gracie gets the fight to the ground but Kennedy stays composed and is trying to get it back up. Gracie has the back of Kennedy but Kennedy gets it back up and has Gracie against the cage. Kennedy with a foot stomp. Kennedy looks for the takedown but the separate. Kennedy misses on a lunging left hand. Kennedy lands a leg kick but Gracie isn’t fazed. Gracie gets a thai clinch but Kennedy forces him against the cage. Gracie looks for the takedown and gets it but Kennedy fights to get back up. Gracie gets the back of Kennedy and is looking to get a rear-naked choke as he has the hooks in. Kennedy is defending well but the Brazilian chants get louder. Kennedy looks to break the body triangle but that will be tough against Gracie. Kennedy is still defending the choke well as he tries to cause separation. Gracie continues to work for the choke but can’t get close to getting it. Kennedy switches and ends up on top of Gracie. Kennedy ends the round in side control which has to give him confidence. 10-9 Gracie.
Round 2- Kennedy with a front kick to start. Kennedy is gonna need to win the fight on the feet. Kennedy backs Gracie up with a combination. Gracie looks to tie up and they do but Kennedy has control against the cage. Kennedy takes Gracie down and is unloading with punches from the back. Gracie tries to sweep but Kennedy sees it. Gracie lands an upkick but Kennedy again takes his back and is landing punches. Gracie goes for a sweep but Kennedy switches and they get back to the feet. Kennedy has Gracie against the cage. Kennedy with a knee to the body of Gracie. The Brazilians begin to chant but the American fans try to get louder. Kennedy controls the tie-up against the cage while the action in the crowd gets going. Gracie looks for the takedown but Kennedy blocks it. The Brazilian crowd boos the chants of “USA”. Kennedy gets the fight to the ground and is in the half-guard of Gracie. Kennedy is in the guard of Gracie, who begins to look like he is fatiguing. Kennedy with a short punch to Gracie and Winslow orders a standup. Kennedy with front kicks to the legs of Gracie. Kennedy misses on a big left hand and they then tie-up. Kennedy forces Gracie against the cage and looks to land knees to the body. The round ends with them against the cage. 10-9 Kennedy. 19-19.
Round 3- Touch of gloves to start the deciding round. Kennedy with a front kick to the jaw of Gracie. Kennedy attacks with front kicks to the thighs of Gracie once again. Gracie is having trouble unloading his punches. Kennedy looks to be the fresher fighter. Kennedy backs Gracie up with a left hand. Kennedy with two kicks- one to the body followed by one to the leg. Kennedy with a leg kick and then he grabs Gracie’s back. Kennedy looks for a takedown. Kennedy lets go and is willing to strike again. Gracie misses a right hand which may have been the first punch he threw this round. Gracie goes for the takedown but Kennedy defends well. Gracie drops down and briefly trips Kennedy but they are back up. Kennedy puts Gracie against the cage. Kennedy moves Gracie around the cage as the crowd begins the wave. Winslow orders Kennedy and Gracie to break as the wave continues. Kennedy lands a nice combination that backs Gracie up. Kennedy with a nice combination and Gracie looks like he can’t defend it at this point in the fight. Kennedy has Gracie against the cage and lands some dirty boxing as the fight ends to some boos. 10-9 Kennedy. 29-28 Kennedy.
Official Result: Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Round 1- Yves Lavigne gets the assignment for the night’s co-main event. Edgar looks to rebound from three straight loss, all of which came in championship fights. In fact, this is his first three-round fight since December 2009. They come out strong. Oliveira goes for a kick but Edgar grabs his leg. They split. Edgar goes after Oliveira with punches. Oliveira goes for a takedown but Edgar stuffs it and is on top. Edgar scrambles to his feet but Oliveira gets him down for a moment. They get back to the feet and Oliveira lands a knee. Big chants for Frankie and Oliveira. Oliviera goes for a tie-up but Edgar picks him up and slams him to the mat. Edgar in the guard of Oliveira. Oliveira trying to land elbows as the Brazilians begin to chant again. Edgar with some punches on the ground. Oliveira looks to grab an arm but Edgar blocks it and they get to their feet. Oliveira with a front kick. Edgar lands a combination. Oliviera lands a kick but Edgar counters with a combination. Oliveira tries to land but Edgar is using sound movement. Oliveira briefly goes to the mat but gets back up. Edgar lands to the body and follows through with a left to the jaw. They tie-up and go to the mat and Edgar is in the advantage but they get back up. Edgar lands a quick combination. Edgar lands a punch, gets away from Oliveira trying to punch him and gets a takedown with around ten seconds to go. Both attack on the ground to end the round. 10-9 Edgar.
Round 2- Both quickly take the center of the Octagon to start round two. Chants for Edgar begin. Oliveira lands a body kick and Edgar grabs the leg but lets go. Edgar looks for a takedown on a tie-up but lets go as both land punches. Oliveira with a big leg kick heard throughout the arena. Edgar blocks a leg kick and sends Oliveira down to the mat. Oliveira invites him down but Edgar lands a few leg kicks and backs up. Edgar with a right hand. Oliviera looks for a tie-up but Edgar counters it by taking Oliveira down to the mat. Edgar lands some punches from the top as Oliveira lands an elbow. Edgar with some hammerfists from the top but Oliveira is attacking well from the bottom. They get back to the feet and Edgar lands some punches on the way up. Oliveira misses a jumping kick. Edgar looks for a takedown but it isn’t there. Oliveira misses a head kick. Oliveira looks for a leg kick but Edgar sees it and grabs the leg and Oliveira stumbles back. Oliveira lands a right hand and Edgar counters but Oliveira fires back. They clinch against the cage and Edgar looks for the takedown. Huge slam by Edgar with ten seconds left. Oliveira had Edgar’s neck as the horn sounds to end the round. 10-9 Edgar. 20-18 Edgar.
Round 3- Oliveira lands a left jab to start the final round. Big Frankie chants in the crowd. Edgar with a leg kick but Oliveira lands aleft hand. Edgar fires back with a combination that has Oliveira in a little bit of trouble. Edgar with a takedown of Oliveira. Oliveira on his back and Edgar on his feet. Edgar with a leg kick as Oliveira is on the ground. Lavigne gets the fight back to the feet. Edgar lands a left hook. Oliveira backs Edgar up with some nice punches. Edgar grabs Oliveira’s leg and lands punches but can’t get the takedown. Edgar with a body punch. Edgar with a quick takedown but they are back up. Edgar lands a combo. Oliveira counters with his own and Edgar backs up. Edgar has been bleeding, but it isn’t a Frankie Edgar fight without him bleeding. Edgar goes down for a moment but gets back up. Oliveira looks to come on but Edgar lands a left hand. Both are landing as the crowd goes wild. Edgar lands some hands and a flying knee. Edgar with another big right hand but Oliveira is surviving. Huge “USA” chants. Edgar gets the takedown and is on top. The Brazilians in the crowd chant as well. Edgar with punches from the top with under a minute left. Oliveira with elbows from the bottom. Edgar with some more punches and he lands a big right hand as he falls back into guard. Loud Frankie chants as the fight ends. The men hug after the fight as we head to the scorecards. 10-9 Edgar. 30-27 Edgar.
Official Result: Frankie Edgar def. Charles Oliveira by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1- Herb Dean gets the main event of the evening. Silva looks to defend and improve his UFC record to 17-0 while Weidman looks to shock the world and become the new champion. Silva refuses to touch gloves but bows to Weidman in the staredown. The Brazilians start a huge chant. Weidman goes for the takedown and gets it after Silva can’t stuff it. Weidman lands a big right hand and is looking to move into side control. Weidman lands some punches. Weidman lands more punches but Silva is defending. Weidman to his feet and Silva on the mat. Weidman lands more punches. Weidman spins into Silva’s guard and is looking for a kneebar but Silva defends. Silva gets back to the feet and the crowd cheers. Weidman misses a left hand. Silva begins to toy with Weidman. Weidman goes for a takedown but can’t get it. Silva with his hands on his hips. Weidman misses a punch and Silva is taunting him to strike. Silva goes on the attack with kicks. Silva taunts Weidman again. Weidman taunts him back. Silva lands some kicks and misses a knee. Weidman backs away from some punches as the round ends. Lots of toying around. Silva had the edge easily standing but Weidman may have gotten the round. 10-9 Weidman.
Round 2- The crowd is going crazy at the start of round two. Silva lands some leg kicks. Weidman misses on a kick. Weidman goes for the takedown but Silva defends it. Silva with a leg kick. Weidman misses a head kick and Silva misses a front kick.And Chris Weidman just knocked Anderson Silva out. Wow! Weidman is the new UFC Middleweight Champion. A left hand as Silva was backing up dropped him and Weidman knocked him out cold with three punches on the ground.
Official Result: Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva by KO (punches) at 1:18 of Round 2
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