There wasn't much time to see if Anderson Silva was in-shape or not. He caught a James Irvin kick attempt a minute into the first round and caught Irvin with a big right.
Irvin tried to cover up on the mat, but was met with nine unanswered blows and the referee put an end to the match
"This is what happens when you go up against a Muay Thai fighter," said Silva, who improved to 7-0 in the UFC.
Brandon Vera recorded a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) over Andy Reese as both fighters felt each other out a lot over the three rounds.
Unanimous — Lightweight Frankie Edgar recorded a 30-27 (all three judges) decision over Hermes Franca in a fight that went the distance.
Ground and Pound — Cain Velasquez wasted no time in his heavyweight bout with Jake O'Brien. After pinning O'Brien's arms underneath him, Velasquez unleashed a flurry of punches and elbows for what seemed like an eternity. Finally with 2:02 on the clock the match was stopped.
Eye for an Eye — The crowd inside the the Pearl Theater wanted revenge Saturday night, or more accurately a disqualification for Kevin Burns. Instead the Iowa native recorded a victory over Anthony Johnson in their welterweight bout despite a severe poke to the eye that led to the knockout.
The ol’ Peruvian Necktie — It's called a Peruvian Necktie (YouTube offers a How To video), and it's not a good thing.
Just ask Jesse Taylor. The fighter who was kicked off The Ultimate Fighter during season 7, looked to be reversing the momentum of his match with C.B. Dollaway after spending much of the first round on his back.But just as quickly as he got himself to his feet, Taylor found himself forced to tap out as Dollaway locked him up with his legs.
Not a Good Start — Cale Yarbrough didn't last very long in his first professional fight. "Crazy" Tim Creduer swarmed him, unleashing a flury of blows on him forcing the fight to stop.
Stone-cold KO — Welterweight Rory Markham had what could easily be the knockout of the night in the second to last bout before the main card.
Undercard — Lightweight Shannon Gugerty def. Dale Hartt via submission in 3:33 of Round 1. ... Brad Blackburn def. James Giboo via TKO with 2:29 on the clock in Round 2 of their welterweight bout. ... Nate Loughran def. Johnny Rees via submission in a time of 4:21 of Round 1 in a middleweight bout.