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.
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