Well I can tell you one thing about tonight’s main event, if Nick Diaz was in attendence he probably wouldn’t have appreciated the spinning s**t that Vitor Belfort dished out on Luke Rockhold tonight.
With what was probably on of the most surprising and unexpected finishes of Belforts career and maybe in UFC history, Belfort landed a vicious spinning heel kick completely flush to the jaw of Luke Rockhold, putting him on his back and then finishing with powerful strikes for good measure.
The Phenom was humble in victory, stating he’ll leave the matchmaking up to Dana and the UFC. As far as the rest of the card goes, we had a great night of action that started in the prelims and made it’s way right through to the main card.
Jacare Souza made a solid UFC debut, showing little to no jitters of any kind by putting his opponent to sleep with an arm triangle choke in the first round. Respect to Camozzi for fighting on short notice, but the former Strikeforce champion and Jiu-Jitsu ace proved to be simply too much on the ground.
Rafael Dos Anjos on the other hand earned a controversial uNanimous decision victory against Evan Dunham. Kenny Florian and I’m sure many viewers at home gave Dunham 2 of the 3 rounds, but the judges saw it in favour Dos Anjos, although regardless of the outcome the fight was a very entertaining one, going back and forth on several occasions.
The Brazilian stars were shining brightly tonight, capturing a lopsided 11 victories out of a possible 13, but the star of tonights show wasn’t any of the fighters, it was the crowd.
Brazilian fighters mentioned on several occassions how inspiring the support was from the fans in their home country. The Brazilian fans proved again how loud and crazy they can get with more dancing, singing, and flag waving then ever.
The UFC proves yet again how deep it’s popularity goes by holding yet another successful event in a brand new city/arena outside of the US. As far as Belforts victory we’ll just have to see what Dana White has in mind in the Post-fight press conference.
Check out all the fight results below and let us know what you thought of tonights card in the comments below.
Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via first-round KO
Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via submission (arm triangle)
Rafael Dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via uNanimous decision
Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via uNanimous decision
Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via uNanimous decision
Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via submission (arm triangle)
Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via submission (guillotine)
Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via uNanimous decision
Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos via first-round TKO
Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett via uNanimous decision
John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via second-round TKO
Jussier Formiga def. Chris Cariaso via uNanimous decision
Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via third-round KO