UFC on FX 8 Bonuses: Vitor Belfort wins Knockout of the Night for finish of Luke Rockhold

UFC on FX 8 Bonuses: Vitor Belfort wins Knockout of the Night for finish of Luke Rockhold

UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort wasn’t given much of a chance in his match-up with Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 outside of the opening round. Though it’s possible “The Phenom” would have faded as the fight went on, history will never know how things would have unfolded beyond the midway point of the first frame when Belfort landed a beautiful spinning kick to Rockhold’s jaw. The 36-year old followed the scintillating strike up with a series of shots to the grounded Rockhold’s chin, sealing the deal while also earning Knockout of the Night in the process and the attached $50,000.

To the surprise of few who follow the sport, Ronaldo Souza scored Submission of the Night honors after putting opponent Chris Camozzi to sleep in the first few minutes of their co-headlining rumble. The finish came by way of a beautiful Arm-Triangle Choke that gave Camozzi little time to tap before the end was in place. “Jacare” improved his overall record to 18-3 with the win and was his fourteenth via submission. Like Belfort he too won $50,000 for the distinction.

Fight of the Night went to the preliminary pairing between Lucas Martins and Jeremy Larsen. The action was back and forth in the bout with Martins picking up a knockout in the third stanza despite being rocked earlier on. Each man received $50,000 for their role in the rumble.

11 COMMENTS
  • raker says:

    Three things…

    1. Vitor, although still a deadly finisher, is mixing up his game. He was known for devastating hand speed and power, yet his last two fights have ended after head kicks.

    2. He still stands squarely in front of his opponent with little movement. Ideal for the front kick that Anderson nailed him with in 2011.

    3. TRT is a performance leveler, not a performance enhancer. It’s not even comparable to weed or steroids. Naturally occurring in the body and depletes as one ages. Totally ok with it

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  • Rich S. says:

    Vitor is surging! To think this cat has been in the game 17 years, and he’s only recently entered his prime. His only losses since returning to the UFC (and in the last 6 years for that matter) are to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones? I’m cool with that. He certainly has his flaws, but I am loving his game right now.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Vitors the man.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Vitors the man.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    3. TRT is a performance leveler, not a performance enhancer. It’s not even comparable to weed or steroids. Naturally occurring in the body and depletes as one ages. Totally ok with it

    Couldn’t guys cycle TRT in a similar fashion to steroids? Pump in the TRT, train/work out like a mad man, with faster recovery times, pushing the body to levels not possible under normal conditions… and then level back off come fight time when you know you’ll be tested. Chael screwed that part up for the first Silva fight.

    I’m not gonna single out Vitor when it’s obvious PED use is rampant in MMA (along with every other professional sport where the stakes are so high). But ideally there’d be no TRT.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t know Richard does TRT work that way? From what I heard you have to keep regular injections going or else it goes away and kinda negates what you did. I know Rampage talks about how his knees go back to trash if he misses his TRT shots..then again that’s Rampage

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Maybe Rampage is talking about if he misses his TRT shots and his levels drop below the norm…I don’t know. I’m pretty clueless on the topic of TRT in general, but if we’re talking about testosterone and guys pump testosterone into their body to the point its well above the norm (like Chael leading up to the first Silva fight), I don’t see how that wouldn’t provide a boost when it comes to training & working out, recovery time, and overall physical results/performance. And then eventually adjust things down to fall back to the norms, so you meet the testing requirements, but those prior physical gains wouldn’t all of a sudden be lost.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Yeah, you can cycle up or down, and I think a lot of guys abuse it that way. Remember when Nate marquardt got run out of the UFC? It was because he hasn’t been able to get his levels down enough, which means he was elevated. So yes TRT if used properly is a leveler, but these guys aren’t using it that way. Victor looks the way he did in early UFC when he was likely juicing. That makes him likely fall into the abuser camp

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    wonder if Lucas Martins will get the KOTN money once Vitor massively flunks his piss test.

    anyone else think Chris Camozzi went out faster than anyone else in the entire history of people getting strangled?

    I’d like to see Vitor vs Jacare (piss tests pending) for the next title shot, timing would be just about right

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I agree on Camozzi hindsight, I looked up and saw the choke then looked away to say something to my friend, and back to the tv and then he was out.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i think he just shit it and wanted it over quick as possible.

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