What started as a simple scrap between ranked middleweights turned into a match-up ripe with rivalry, as UFC fighters Vitor Belfort (22-10) and Luke Rockhold (10-1) butted heads figuratively (and almost literally) since being named as opponents at UFC on FX 8. Each had a chance to settle the score tonight when they collided in the evening’s main event, though in the end only one man emerged with a victory in tow.
After an evenly matched start to the scrap Belfort landed a beautiful spinning head-kick sending Rockhold to the mat. The beloved Brazilian wasted little time following up the shot, landing a series of stiff strikes to knock the former Strikeforce champ out.
Other tilts on tap in Brazil included Hacran Dias-Nik Lentz and Chris Camozzi–Ronaldo Souza. Lentz was able to control Dias for the most part with his wrestling, also landing some solid strikes along the way, and picked up the decision nod as a result. Meanwhile, Souza secured a submission in the first frame of his clash with Camozzi, putting his foe to sleep thanks to a slick Arm-Triangle Choke. After the win “Jacare” called out the winner of Belfort-Rockhold, hoping to secure a bout with “The Phenom”.
Read below for a full rundown of UFC on FX 8 results:
Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via Knockout Round 3 (Strikes)
Jussier da Silva def. Chris Cariaso via Unanimous Decision
John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett via Unanimous Decision
Yuri Alcantara def. Illiarde Santos via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Paulo Thiago def. Michel dos Prazeres via Unanimous Decision
Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via Unanimous Decision
Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via Unanimous Decision
Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via Unanimous Decision
Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via Technical Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
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