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A new 'pretty' Silva ekes out decision over Bisping


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In a close fight that made the Australian crowd happy, Wanderlei Silva won a 29-28 unanimous decision over Michael Bisping.

Bisping ran through the first round methodically, taking down Silva three times, but Silva was able to get up after each takedown. At the very end of the round, Silva threw a flurry of punches, including a left that tagged Bisping.

Silva started the second with a takedown, and after not doing much damage there, the fight returned to its feet. In the final 20 seconds, Bisping scored a takedown but was caught in a guillotine. Silva squeezed hard, but the time ran out on the round.

As the Australian crowd chanted "Silva," standup ruled the the third round, as did inadvertent illegal strikes. Bisping hit Silva with both a crotch shot and an eye poke. Again, Silva finished the round with a huge flurry of strikes, dropping Bisping with a right hand.

After the fight, Silva mentioned the facial surgery that improved his breathing as a big help in the match. With his trademark good humor, Silva also said that it made him look pretty.

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