Friday, 26 August 2011 12:39
Before a spirited large crowd at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazil vs. The World themed show saw a unique atmosphere with loud chants for Brazilian fighters and more booing than you will ever see at UFC weigh-ins.
Interestingly, the crowd was not as loud for the main event as for many of the undercard fights. Anderson Silva was popular, to be sure, but not at the level of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira or even undercard fighter Paulo Thiago. The Americans were roundly booed, but Yushin Okami was not when he came out, although he was booed when he did an interview. There were no real incidents nor surprises, other than both participants in the middleweight title match came in under their contracted weight.
Facebook fights starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time
Yves Jabouin (135) vs. Ian Loveland (135)
Yuri Alcantara (144) vs. Felipe Arantes (145)
Erick Silva (169) vs. Louis Ramos (171)
Raphael Assuncao (134) vs. Johnny Eduardo (135)
Paulo Thiago (169) vs. David Mitchell (171)
All of the previous fights were either Brazilian vs. Brazilian or in the first fight, Canadian vs. American. The crowd was hot, but nothing like this one. Mitchell was booed like crazy and they exploded for Thiago, maybe the second or third biggest reaction.
Spike fights starting at 8 p.m.
Rousimar Palhares (185) vs. Dan Miller (184)
Miller was also heavily booed. Palhares didn't get the reaction Thiago did, but there were very loud chants for him.
Ross Pearson (155) vs. Edson Barboza (155)
While the crowd was clearly for Barboza as expected, the U.K. fighter did not get the level of booing the Americans got.
Luiz Cane (204) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (203)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (243) vs. Brendan Schaub (247)
These two got the biggest reactions of anyone both positively and negatively. Even though Nogueira is no longer at the top of the heavyweight division and his prime wasn't even on television in Brazil, the people know him well and were really behind him.
Mauricio Shogun Rua (205) vs. Forrest Griffin (205)
What you would expect. Griffin was booed heavily, the stark opposite of his usual reaction. He expected it and seemed to get off on it, smiling about it.
Anderson Silva (184) vs. Yushin Okami (183) for the UFC Middleweight Championship