UFC 97 ‘Redemption’ Silva vs Leites Results LIVE



UFC 97 “Redemption” set for April 18th, from the Bell Centre in Montreal Quebec, Canada. Headlining the card will be UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva talking on Thales Leites. In the co-main event, “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell will finally get his chance at former PRIDE veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

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Results After the Jump


  • Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
    Result: Anderson Silva defeats Thales Leites via Unanimous Decision. (49-46, 48-47, 50-46)
  • Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman
    Result: Sam Stout defeats Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision. (29-28, x3)
  • Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio Shogun Rua
    Result: Mauricio Rua defeats Chuck Liddell via TKO (Strikes) at 4:28 of R1.

  • Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
    Result: Krzysztof Soszynski defeats Brian Stann via Submission (Kimura) at 3:53 of R1.

  • Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
    Result: Cheick Kongo defeats Antoni Hardonk via TKO (Strikes) at 2:29 of R2.
  • Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell
    Result: Luis Cane defeats Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision. (29-28, 30-27 x2)


  • Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokum
    Result: Denis Kang defeats Xavier Foupa-Pokam via Unanimous Decision. (30-27 x3)
  • Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry
    Result: Nate Quarry defeats Jason MacDonald via TKO (Strikes) at 2:27 of R1.
  • David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman
    Result: Ed Herman defeats David Loiseau via Unanimous Decision. (30-26, 30-27 x2)
  • David Bielkheden vs. Mark Bocek
    Result: Mark Bocek defeats David Bielkheden via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:57 of R1.
  • Ryo Chonan vs. T.J. Grant
    Result: T.J. Grant defeats Ryo Chonan via Split Decision. (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Eliot Marshall vs. Vinicius Magalhaes
    Result: Eliot Marshall defeats Vinicius Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision, (29-28, 30-27 x2).

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  1. ron shaw

    April 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    i can't believe noones said it yet. did anyone else see anderson silva rub the vaseline from his face and wipe it all over his chest and arm when he entered the cage?

  2. dane drebin

    April 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    ya i just watched a GIF of that its pretty rediculous when u watch all the places he rubs… if gsp got in toruble i think this is worse so whwere do u draw the line? Im sick of GREASE BULLSHIT!!!

  3. steve

    April 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Dane I never said Chuck didnt have a great career. He has been very succesful. But I do think that he was overrated. Now thats all im saying. Ya he has made millions of dollars and at one point most people who didnt watch pride thought he was the best striker. He has major wholes in his game and that is what has been exposed. You have to agree dane. And I dont think chuck even had a chance against shogun in the fight. He really only landed a couple shots. He went back to his hands down phase and got caught. Im done arguing the point I was making before this fight is proven. He cant hang with the TOP strikers.

  4. steve

    April 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Get over this grease bullshit. It didnt alter the fight. A. Silva is way better. Lets not let everyone blow this into a big issue when in both fights it has happened. We all pretty much agree it played no part in the outcome.

  5. dane drebin

    April 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    i dont think they could even get anderson in trouble is there a rule in the rule book that says u cant rub ur face then rub ur body? i highly doubt it.

  6. patrick bateman

    April 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    gsp is not going to fight silva he probably wont even beat alves. remember serra what will alves do to him. wake up everyone.

  7. patrick bateman

    April 19, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    chuck and wandy have a lot in common now with glass chins. too bad the puches they are getting knocked out with should not even effect the average fighter. too many ko's and wandy is way younger than chuck what a shame.

  8. whodini

    April 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    yeah… Chuck needs to retire hate to see him go out like Shamrock and others ……like old beat up punching bags


    April 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    i agree i dont want to see chuck go out like that either. He says he trains hard but comes out with the same style and physique everytime, didn't look to be in great shape or any better shape than he was before. I just think the game is starting to pass chuck by. Ya he can still beat the shit out of all the young untested guys, but should a ufc hall of famer really be subjected to that, plus hes gonna have to take one hell of a paycut if he keeps fighting. He had his chance to get back in and blew it and if anyone thinks Rua is a contender again already your freakin insane.

  10. rory

    April 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    i dnt fink that the knockouts wandy and chuck have recieved wud not effect the average fighter..all wandys knockouts have been pretty brutal, the hedkick frm cro crop..anybody wud be going to sleep..same with rampage's hook..landed right on the point of the jaw..anybody would be going sleep. Same with chuck..the punches that have put chuck down and to sleep would most likely put anybody on their arse. And i dnt know why everybody is doubting silva..nobody in that weight class can hang with him..he should go up to 205..but he's already said he wouldnt want to fight for the 205 title a while bk becuz he's believed machina is going to be the champion for a very long time and i dnt see him fighting gsp as alves is gonna knock him out and end the speculation of gsp being the best pound for pound.

  11. Tim

    April 20, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Fighting is their jobs…but winning the fight is what matters…How can you say Silva didnt try and engage the fight? for 5 rounds he went at Leites and when Silva was getting the better of him on the stand up he dropped on his back…Silva may be a BJJ blackbelt but he knows Leites is better and why risk getting caught in a submission when your beating his ass on stand up…come on here it was plain as day that silva tried to engage and did, Leites should be punished. Silva was dancing around because he was fed up with the antics of Leites…fighters are just scarred of Silva…it takes 2 to make a great fight and when one doesnt show up..it makes it very hard to pick up his slack let alone beat his ass when he keeps falling to the ground and you want to keep it stand up…Silva said he wanted to KO leites…and he was trying but every time he was on the verge Leites fell on his back like a little bitch. Cant blame Silva.

  12. Tank

    April 20, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I didnt think the Silva-Leites fight was boring n its nothing to be embarrassed about. Anderson went out there, dominated, n got the W. Thats all that matters.

  13. clay

    April 20, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Tim, dont you think it goes both ways? If A. Silva knew that Leites was better on the ground, Leites knew Silva was better in the standup. Therefore Leites did not want to just stand there and get knocked out as much as Silva did not want to get submitted. Anderson Silva is good but if you do not show the game to finish someone who obviously is not that great(Leites), then questions start to arise about how good Silva really is.

  14. Tim

    April 20, 2009 at 4:44 am

    I think its safe to say you dont fight and have probably never been in a contact sport. You see the object of the game is to WIN no matter what entertaining or not fighters are not going to risk losing just to entertain the crowd and as stupid as it sounds its the truth. It goes both ways your right but simply put Silva has proven time in and time out that he is the best…Leites was afraid of Silva and Silva chose not to engage on the ground fearing being submitted…he is a very smart fighter and not every win will be entertaining….Dana is pissed because he isnt going out there and fighting to entertain….this isnt sports entertainment this is real fighting and no fighter wants to risk losing just to entertain the crowd…but at the same time all fighters wants to put on entertainiing fights its just doesnt always work out this way.

  15. roy

    April 20, 2009 at 5:42 am

    i don't get it tim, leites did the smart thing by what your saying fighting the smart fight not engaging silva in the stand up was as smart as silva not engaging in the ground.

  16. clay

    April 20, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Roy, that is exactly my point! Also Tim, I do train and have been in contact sports my whole life. Do you even read what you post. You contradict yourself about this one my friend. If you know anything about MMA its that you do not want to leave anything up to the judges, so why not take every opportunity to win the fight. Anderson Silva did not have to entertain the crowd but he does need to finish fights in a case of the judges might not always be on his side.

  17. Tim

    April 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Look, i am happy you train MMA, and yes i know MMA detailed inside and out, and you would know that while i agree with your comment to never leave anything up to the judges…dude honestly Silva had this fight in the bag in the beginning of round 3 no ifs ands or buts about it…Leites would not throw a punch. Yes Leites played his game and Silva played his amd pbviously the better man prevailed…Silva won that fight as a fighter should in that scenario, why on earth would Silva or any other fighter fall into someone trap as Leites tried several times by faling on his back trying for sweeps etc…that is not going to win you points from the judges. This a done battle…read what Rua had to say below….

    From Shogun Rua—“The truth is that Anderson did the right thing, he fought well and didn’t get too much exposed. If he goes inside from the beginning, Thales would have more chances, and Thales waited for Anderson. Anderson managed his goal, the victory”

  18. Tim

    April 20, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Exciting or not its all about WINNING!!! and for someone who trains MMA and does sports you should know a win is a win and thats your ultimate goal.

  19. clay

    April 20, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Im not saying Anderson did not deserve the win, I think it was his fight all the way, I was just remarking about it not being all of Leites fault that there was not alot of action. I think it is a easy call to say both are equally to blame, that is the only point I am trying to get across.

  20. roy

    April 20, 2009 at 8:14 am

    maybe he did the right thing to win, but not by the third round in my book, the first round niether of them did anything for most of the round i would still give it to silva the 2nd round leites won finally in the third silva started to try to do something and won the rest of the rounds not impressively though.i can say silva fought 5 rounds without getting a scratch on him but it was against some one imo that was not a elite fighter dana bashing fedor who never lost and never tries to get a decision is crazy.it was a win for silva but based on his last 3 openents i put gsp ahead of him.

  21. Jay

    April 20, 2009 at 8:50 am

    well its hard to fight a guy if he keeps laying on the ground everytime you try to exchange with him. Anderson did the right thing i mean why try to take a risk of getting submitted by trying to fight Leitus on the ground. Anderson could have pounded him out and mounted him but he didnt want to take any risks. Leitus should have just took the risk of dirty boxing with anderson and try to make it more of a fight. Anderson Landed most of his strikes. I know it wasnt a decisive victory but a win is a win. Leitus was scared and i dont blame him. but you got to fight because thats what the fans like

  22. Daniel

    April 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

    At the end of the day Leites was the challenger. It was on him to take the belt away from Silva. After he tried his take downs and failed he quit. It is ridiculous to expect Silva to risk losing by jumping in fool headed and going for the kill. He hasn't won 9 in a row by being dumb. Leties had the opportunity of a lifetime, when things didn't go his way he quit. He is the one I am disappointed in! He showed that he was more concerned about losing in an embarrassing fashion then he was about winning the belt. Obviously the tittle shot didn't mean too much to him, or he would have tried everything he could to have won, not flopped to the ground all the time.

  23. Nichole Lesniak

    April 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I agree 100% with the last 2 posts. Leites talked a lot of trash about taking the belt from Silva, but didn't even try to.

  24. Ryan S

    April 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Tim, If you fight a shitty ass boring fucking fight, like both of them did, people will not want to watch your fights. If no one wants to watch your fights, you are doing a shitty job. Now, from a fighting aspect, if you will not try to engage in a practical way, which neither did, you are either stupid, not into the fight, or over-confident in your specialty. Tim, you keep switching from business aspect to fighting aspect, and when someone makes a business aspect rebuttle to you, you tell them they don't know how to fight, or know anything about the sport, or that they suck at life or whatever else you say. It is FUCKING stupid to say that Leites was the only one not engaging. Leites would counter punch (very rarely) then drop to the ground, but Silva would stay on the feet, occasionally follow Leties to the ground, but then stand right back up when his g&p was succeeding. There were many times I thought Silva was going to end the fight on the ground, but he would just stop. They are both at fault because neither was confident in the others' game. Call it a bad matchup or whatever you want, but last I saw, MMA stood for MIXED martial arts. Have some confidence in your skills. Now go ahead and say it:

    "I think its safe to say you dont fight and have probably never been in a contact sport"

  25. Ryan S

    April 20, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Why risk getting caught in a submission? Thats like saying "Just get enough points to win the decision. Once you have the points, just try to survive."

  26. Nichole Lesniak

    April 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

    This is going way back in posts on here, but Businessman, the fact that you consider Fedor's win over Tim Sylvia impressive is laughable. And to say that anyone who lost to Tim Sylvia TWICE is in their "prime" is another joke.

    I still stick to it: Fedor is not beating the best of the best.

  27. Jay

    April 20, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Ryan Leitus was doing the same thing the reason he kept going to the ground was he didnt want to tkae a risk of getting knocked out. Thats like saying to a grappler everytime he tries to hit you go to the ground like a litlle girl. Thats waht leitus did. Cmon guys put yourself in Anderson's shoes if your holding onto a title belt dont you want to fight where you are comfortable.

  28. Tim

    April 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Ryan, now honestly call me stupid but your no fucking fighter as if you were as some of my buddies i caveman train ( with can atest to each fighter wants to go out and give a performace to remember dazzle the crowd but winning is more important this is a sport my friend. I keep switching back and forth because i am both in the business world and fighting world where i do not fight, but i have friends that do.

    IF you are a fighter than sorry but i cant help but see how you could be a fighter with those stupid comments. Silva engaged at all times at all times, he stuck to his game plan and won, he is the champ it is up to his opponents to defeat him. There are too many people on here and elsewhere that would agree with me but you seem to be the lone ranger thinking Silva sucked in this last fight, thats your opinion. From a business aspect i see how Dana is pissed but from a fighters perspective it was great, he picked apart Leites and didnt allow him to control anything. He won and thats what matters.

  29. Tim

    April 20, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Ryan…with all due respect sorry about the name calling, i apologize, just got a bit heated…

  30. steve

    April 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

    The main event. Okay Leites showed that he isnt on the same level and did nothing to try and win the fight. He looked like a little bitch and I dont think anyone wanted him to win especially after seeing how he was trying to win. And as for Anderson. He played it too safe and the fans wouldnt have been booing if he would have got after it. Like Dana said he was imbarassed by A. Silva and Leites. They both are at fault for that terribly bad main event. But this is 2 fights in a row for Anderson. What is so dangerous about Cote if you are the best striker in the ufc? Silva is feeling it not just b/c of this fight but b/c of how bad he did in his last fight. Nobody wants to see a guy try and outpoint another guy. But Leites did keep trying to pull guard. Both are to blame. The end.

  31. dane drebin

    April 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    im gunna call it right now… rashad and lyoto will be more boring than anderson and thales. i just have a wierd feeling that both being counter fighters that like to sit back and frusterate their opponents are going to be way cautious and it will turn into a points sparring match.

  32. clay

    April 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    You could be right on there Dane! Lyoto is like a ninja—just pops in and out with quick hits whenever he can get in without getting hit.

  33. Businessman

    April 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm


    If you don't like Tim, that is OK with me. personally I can't stand him. I think he is a boring fighter with limited skills and is lucky to have blessed great size. If he was 6 feet, 250, he would never have been in the UFC. However, the fact remains that prior to his fight with Fedor, he had only lost to 4 current or former UFC champs- Noguiera, Mir, Randy and AA. That is not a bad group to lose to.

    In regards to AA losing to him twice, I think that was more due to the size difference and being afraid to lose versus wanting to win versus Tim truly beating him. If you don't think AA is one of the top HWs in the world, you truly don't know what you are talking about because pretty much everyone would have to agree that he is in the top 5 or at least top 10.

    My point is-if you don't like Tim…great. I don't like him neither. I don't respect his skills and his strength is size versus skill. However, he has beaten a lot of pretty good fighters, and has only lost to the best.

    I respect that we all think differently and have different points of view. However, if you are going to debate something, bring some facts with you instead of just trying to trash someone's throughts. GSP and Da Spider are two of my favorite fighters. However, in all fairness, I think Fedor is the top P4P. I am making an educated opinion versus picking who I like.

  34. Tim

    April 21, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Well Said Businessman…thats what i had to learn the difference between picking who i like and educated opinions and i dont like Fedor all that much myself but he is one the best fighters ever and i cant argue with that…i used to until Roy and some others showed me what his background is. Now my educated opinion is that Silva is fed up with the mediocre competition in his division and he got so frustrated during his last two fights that he toyed with his opponents…the UFC needs to give him better competion in his division or Silva needs to do a few catchweight fights and or move up to 205 and fight some fighters there, where there is plenty of competition…Silva vs GSP, Silva vs Jackson, Silva vs Henderson, Silva Vs Evans…Hell i think Bisping is worth of the next shot at his title that would be a great fight.

  35. Tim

    April 21, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Come to think of it, i think the winner of Bisbing and Henderson should get the next shot.

  36. Al

    April 21, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I'm thinking the winner of Bisbing/Henderson should fight the winner of Marquardt/Maia…and the winner of that fight should get the next shot. I think it would be a good little middleweight tournament.

  37. Ryan S

    April 21, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I never said Tim was stupid. Now I am though. How am I the "lone ranger?" Roy agrees with me. So does Clay. And Steve. They agree that, bottom line, both fighters were not pushing much action. Each tried where they were comfortable, but that never went far for either. I love how you can call people out all the time on how you know for a fact that they don't fight when you don't even fucking fight. And I am also sorry I don't live up to your standards with my opinions. It upsets me that you are disappointed.

    Tim- "with can atest to each fighter wants to go out and give a performace to remember dazzle the crowd but winning is more important" Post 78

    Now why do you think they want to make it an entertaining fight? Because they want people to watch, not be bored out of their minds watching them fight. How many people have said that they don't want to pay to watch a card like this again? If no one wants to watch your fights, no organization will keep you, no matter how small. Dude, all I'm saying is, just fuck off when people give their opinions. Stop jumping all over people by saying they don't know what they are talking about, especially when you don't fight.

  38. steve

    April 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Nichole I just read your post and I think its laughable that you write for this site and you think Tim Sylvia is a joke. If you consider a former UFC champ a joke then thats funny haha. And the way Fedor dismantled him in just 36 seconds. Randy couldnt finish Tim for 25 minutes. Whats funny about that.

  39. dane drebin

    April 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I have to agree that tim is no joke. when he is on he is very hard to beat. He handed Nog his ass for three rounds before getting submitted. He's Beat Arlovski twice. He is a good win to have under your belt i dont care who you are. People like to let their feeling towards a fighter change their views of the fighters skills it seems to me. Once people realized hughes is a dick they try to put him down even tho its pretty obvious he is one of the most dominant champions of all time. Even tho his record is proof of that people like say he is a bum. I dislike hughes but still know he was and is an amazing fighter. You can hate a fighter all you want but don't try to belittle his accomplishments or his talent. I'm not a Nick diaz fan. i think he is a punk but i still can see talent where theres talent and it's obvious he is a world class fighter.

    Also while i dislike tim i get tired of people putting him down because he is one of the bigggest fighters in the division. if you want to think about it like that why dont u hate on GSP and Alves for being two of the biggest welterweights. Why dont u hate on Anderson for cutting from damn near 220 to make the 185 weight limit? In every weight class people use their size to their advantage. Tim didnt chose to be freak tall and awkward looking. He just uses what god gave him and became a multiple champion. It's up to the other fightwers to find a way to beat him with skill. Like him or not he is a legit top ten heavyweight and will be for awhile.

  40. tyler

    April 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    terrible freaking fights. i hope silva and leites didn';t get paid for that fight. silva could have ended that in the 2nd round. as for chuck shogun, damn i really like chuck lidell. i liked watching him fight and hes was my favorite fighter for awhile. other fights suckred too. i want my 44 bucks back

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