UFC 97 Results: Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites

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From Sherdog.com:

Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Round 1
The fighters size each other up in the center of the octagon for the first 70 seconds. Not a single strike is thrown until Silva lunges in with a left hook that misses. The crowd starts to let the fighters hear it. Silva cuts the cage off and semi-corners Leites against the cage, but the challenger escapes harm. With two minutes left in the round, not a single meaningful moment has unfolded. Leities lands the first clean strike of the fight, a low kick. Leites grazes a head kick and the fight is on. Silva connects to the body with a dipping-right hook. Leites attemps a jumping knee and Silva has none of it. Leites slips and Silva stands over his opponent until referee Yves Lavigne stands him up. Leites pulls guard. Silva stands and is taken down. Silva gets back to his feet and the horn sounds to close the frame.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Silva
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Silva

Round 2
Leites lands a hard kick to the inside of Silva’s right leg. Leites then drops levels for a single and he completes the takedown. Leities moves to half guard. After some solid leg work, Silva gets back to full guard, where he locks a body triangle on his opponent. Silva lets go and works from a standard-closed guard. Leites briefly stands and then enters the guard of Silva. The champion goes high with his hips and passes the right shoulder of Leites, but he does not attempt a triangle. Silva slips out from the bottom and stands with two minutes left in the stanza. The fighters dance for 30 seconds and the crowd boos. Silva cuts off the cage and backs Leites up to the fence. Silva misses a left-right combination and Leites runs away. Silva tries a head kick and a low kick before the round ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Silva
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Leites
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Leites

Round 3
Silva comes out more aggressive to start round three. He quickly backs Leites up and lands a low kick. And a jab. Leities lands a clean right hand, but was poked in the eye shortly after when Silva reached for a Thai plum. Leites drops to his back until Lavigne stands him. Leites attempts to pull guard and Silva has none of it. Leites stands up and checks how much time is left on the round clock. Three minutes remain. Silva steps forward and connects with a low kick. Leites flops and the crowd boos. Leites stands and wants to touch gloves. Silva reluctantly does after an awkward few seconds. Silva throws a right hand that misses by a foot and Leites flops again. Silva extends his arms in frustration and walks away. Leites stands and Silva roughs him up with low kicks. Leities flops again. Lavigne should issue a warning. He flops again after a failed takedown. The round ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Silva
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Silva
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-8 Silva

Round 4
Silva refuses to touch gloves to start round four. Silva throws two side kicks to the left leg, just below the knee. And two more. Leites is feeling them. Silva mixes in an orthodox low kick and a right hand. Silva goes back to the side kick to the leg. Leites shoots a single and Silva sprawls on it. Both fighters stand slowly. Silva steps forward and punches Leites in the left thigh. Leites throws an open-hand left and tries to pull guard. Lavigne stands him. The crowd showers both fighters with boos to end the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Silva
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Silva
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Silva

Round 5
Silva bobs and weaves while defending a takedown. Leites tries again and Silva gets on top, where he tees off with right hands. Silva stands and crushes the challenger with a spinning-back kick. The crowd is absolutely furious as both fighters continue their pattern of non-violence. Chants of “G-S-P” echo from the arena. Leities attempts a kick and Silva grabs his foot. Leites flops until he is stood. What may be remembered as the worst title fight in UFC history mercifully ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Silva
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Silva
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Silva

Anderson Silva takes all three official scorecards with scores of 49-46, 48-47 and 50-46.

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