UFC 139 took place November 19, 2011, from San Jose, CA. The card featured a middleweight bout between Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le.
Wanderlei Silva is a long time and well respected MMA veteran who has fought all over the world, in Pride and the UFC. He has faced some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts including Vitor Belfort, Rampage Jackson, Mirko Cro Cop, Tito Ortiz, Dan Henderson, and Mark Hunt.
Cung Le is a long time Strikeforce veteran who is making his debut in the UFC against Wanderlei Silva. Only having one loss in his entire MMA career, Le makes for a formidable opponent. He is known for his flashy kicks and has many highlight reel knockouts.
Round 1: Both fighters come out and meet in the center. Le starts moving forward immediately threatening with kicks. Silva circles on the outside while Le stalks. Le tries to pounce on Silva with a strong hook, but Silva comes right back with a barrage of hooks of his own. Le continues to stalk and throws a spinning back kick that goes high, but Silva blocks mostly with his gloves.
Le is the aggressor, moving forward and stalking, but Silva is primed and ready for his every move. Le throws a kick to the body, and seconds later throws a spinning back fist that drops Silva. Silva gets back up and Le swarms him against the cage. Le throws another spinning back kick that misses. He throws two more spinning kicks that almost hit the mark.
Le continues to move forward, constantly throwing side kicks and spinning kicks. Silva strikes back every time he kicks, not really landing but ready to fight. Silva moves forward and catches Le with a strong left that stuns him for a moment. Silva tries to follow up but Le covers up and blocks his attack.
Silva continues to get aggressive and starts letting the strikes go. He throws a body kick, a head kick, then a hook to the head. The crowd reacts as Le is backed up. Silva pushes forward again and catches Le with another strong hook that backs him up. With only 20 seconds left in the round, Silva steps up his attack and swarms Le, throwing several hooks at his head, his body, and knees. The round ends with both fighters in the center of the ring.
Round 2: They both come out to the center. Silva immediately swings for the fences and misses. Le throws a side kick to Silva’s body that lands. The continue to circle each other, Le moving forward and Silva circling on the outside. Le seems more tired this round and is throwing less kicks.
Silva catches him with a strong hook that stuns him for a moment. Le shakes it off and continues to stalk. He throws a couple of leg kicks, but they are not as hard as in round 1. Silva starts to stalk and Le circles on the outside. Silva catches Le with another good left hook, and Le side kicks him to the body.
They trade leg kicks in the center, and Silva blasts out with another barrage of hooks. Le backs up slightly and re-engages. Le continues to attack with various leg kicks, not really doing any damage, but keeping Silva on the defensive. Le keeps moving forward and Silva rushes back in with another barrage of hooks. Le backs into the cage and Silva throws a head kick that lands.
Silva follows that up with a straight left that drops Le to the canvas. Silva pounces and Le tries to stand back up. Silva jumps on him and starts landing hammer fists to the side of his head. Silva grabs Le’s neck in a guillotine choke position and lands a solid knee. He follows up with 2 more knees then stands and catches Le with a solid left hook.
Silva grabs Le in the clinch and delivers a solid knee to the midsection. Silva lets go and goes back upstairs with another left hook. They separate briefly, and Silva grabs Le again and pulls his head into another solid knee. Le falls backwards into the cage and Silva rushes forward. While on top of him Silva lands 5 or 6 solid hammer fists. The referee jumps in and stops the action.
Wanderlei Silva defeats Cung Le in round number two by TKO.