UFC 142: Vitor Belfort chokes out Anthony Johnson in Round 1Posted on January 14, 2012, 10:43 PM by Anton Gurevich
Anthony Johnson opened the fight aggressively, chasing Belfort around the Octagon with strikes and takedowns attempts. Johnson was successful with his first takedown, followed by a vicious diving ground and pound strike that got Belfort's right eye grotesquely swollen. However, Belfort managed to bounce back by timing in effective strikes, and defending Johnson's takedown attempts. Rumble got reckless, and missed a lot of strikes during a short amount of time, allowing Vitor Belfort to fully control the action inside the Octagon.
The turning point of the fight came when Vitor Belfort managed to sprawl another takedown. Belfort took Johnson's back and locked a tight body triangle, looking to set up a Rear Naked Choke attempt. The Phenom softened up his prey with ground and pound, got his arm under Johnson's chin to lock a super tight Rear Naked Choke. Johnson almost went to sleep, as the referee stopped the action at 4:49 of Round 1.
It's a huge victory for Vitor Belfort, in his 30th professional MMA bout. The Phenom is now 21-9, with sights on securing another shot at the UFC Middleweight title. Belfort will face the fellow TUF: Brazil coach Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva in his next bout, looking to solidify his status as the top contender.