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Silva ties record with latest win

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship enjoyed a solid debut in Chicago, Illinois for UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote even though the main event was anticlimactic.

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Middleweight champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva was extended to the third round for the first time inside the octagon. The Brazilian retained his belt over a game Patrick ‘The Predator’ Cote in a fight he controlled the entire time. The fight ended just 39 seconds into the third stanza after Cote suffered a knee injury early in the round.

Silva saw his mixed martial arts record improve to 23-4 while cashing tickets as a decided $7.00 favorite (bet $700 to win $100). The Brazilian won the first two rounds on all the judges’ scorecards, and was never in danger of losing his title. Silva now has eight consecutive victories in the UFC, tying the record of legendary fighter Royce Gracie.

Cote, the $5.00 underdog, saw his record drop to 13-5. The French Canadian had won four UFC fights in a row before suffering this setback.

There was a notable upset in the heavyweight division, adding much-needed depth to that division. Junior Dos Santos (7-1) entered the octagon as the biggest underdog of the night, but cashed tickets as a $5.50 ‘dog with a devastating first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1).

Dos Santos, making his UFC debut, connected on a solid leg kick early in the contest but really took control of the fight with an explosive right uppercut that rocked Werdum. From there, Dos Santos jumped on the downed fighter and landed shots until referee Marc Fennell stopped the contest at the 1:21 mark.

The welterweight division also saw an important matchup that was decided on the judges’ scorecards. Brazilian Thiago Alves (16-3) won a unanimous decision over Josh Koscheck (11-3), prevailing 30-27 according to two judges and 29-28 on another card.

Alves wanted to keep this fight standing to take advantage of his lethal leg kicks, while Koscheck tried to get the action on the ground with his wrestling background. Alves now moves into serious contention to square off against welterweight champion Georges ‘Rush’ St. Pierre. The popular champion is slated to take on lightweight champion BJ Penn early next year, so Alves will have to wait until next spring for a shot at the title.

Brad Young can be reached at byoung@vegasinsider.com.

  
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