The flyweights kicked off the main card with an exciting back and forth bout between Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall. After three fast paced rounds the Team Alpha Male product did enough to earn a decision victory.
In the second bout, Demian Maia out “Fitched” Jon Fitch, and in what many will consider a lackluster fight, bested the longtime decision stand-out to earn a very one-sided unanimous decision victory.
The return of Overeem hit a road block in the form of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and as a result the man once dominant over two-combat sports suffered a TKO loss in the third frame of action. To his credit, “Bigfoot” delivered the only finishing performance on the pay-per-view portion of the card.
The co-main event between Rashad Evans and “Lil Nog” won’t go down in the history books anytime soon, but the Brazilian did enough to earn a judges decision in a fight most won’t remember by the morning.
Finally, in the main event of the evening, Frankie Edgar gave Jose Aldo all he could handle and after a pretty fairly paced five-rounds Aldo did enough to keep his title.
The Full UFC 156 results are as follows:
Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:25
Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joseph Benavidez def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:36
Bobby Green def. Jacob Volkmann via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:35
Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dustin Kimura def. Chico Camus via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:50
Francisco Rivera def. Edwin Figueroa via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:20