JARAGUA DO SUL, Brazil – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is on scene and reporting live from tonight’s UFC on FX 8 event.
The event, which features middleweights Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold and Chris Camozzi vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the co-headliners, takes place at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 9 p.m. ET for the main card.
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Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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JEREMY LARSEN VS. LUCAS MARTINS
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage for the night’s first matchup, a lightweight bout. Martins takes the center and opens with a low kick. Larsen presses forward with punches, and Martins kicks him in the ribs. Another low kick, and Larsen grabs the legs and sweeps him to the floor. Martins pops right back up. Crowd electric. Larsen drives inside again, but Martins remains upright. Larsen’s left eye already busted up after the initial exchanges. They stand toe-to-toe. Larsen lands a right hand, and Martins drops. As Larsen tries to follow, Martins somehow recovers and grabs the leg. Tense moments, but Larsen pulls free. They immediately trade again. Incredible action to start. Larsen lands again with a straight punch. He’s rocked Martins on a few occasions. Larsen drives in for a takedown. He scores it, but Martins crawls to his feet. Larsen keeps the body wraps and drives him down again. Martins crawls back up and breaks away. Less than a minute. Martins lands a few punches and slips on a low kick. Larsen rushes to the top, where he finishes the round. Close round with lots of action, but MMAkjunkie.com leans toward Larsen, 10-9.
Round 2 – Martins lands an early straight and fires a high kick. It’s blocked but still scores. Both fighters content to trade early. More punches exchanged before Larsen moves in on a takedown. Martins defends well against the fence, and Larsen has to give it up. He backs away and punches again before moving in again. Martins counters well, and he opens up a cut on Larsen’s right cheek. Martins has a little hematoma on his temple, too. Larsen having success with the lead hook, but he’s wearing down a bit. Martins clips the leg but eats a straight punch that staggers him. He shakes it off. Absolute slugfest between these two. Larsen moving forward with punches, and Martins content to counter. Larsen staggers after missing a lead punch. He’s fading, but he’s moving forward. He staggers Martins again with a straight. Larsen’s face is a mess, but he’s scoring. Another missed takedown attempt. Larsen lands another straight before the bell. Another great round with action from both, but MMAjunkie.com leans again toward Larsen, 10-9.
Round 3 – Both fighters look good after the rest. Larsen moves in and eats a straight. He drops, and Martins pounces to finish. Incredible end to a brutal fight. Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 0:13.
CHRIS CARIASO VS. JUSSIER FORMIGA
Round 1 – Referee Kevin Mulhall oversees this flyweight bout. Crowd chants Formiga’s name. Southpaw Cariaso with a low stance, keeping distance early. Formiga kicks low and grabs the body when Cariaso moves in with punches. Cariaso defends a sweep, but Formiga ties to the body and gets a trip. Cariaso climbs up, but Formiga trips him again. Cariaso works to his butt with his back against the cage. Formiga stays on top and pushes Cariaso back to the canvas. Cariaso underneath in half-guard. Formiga looking to isolate an arm, and Milhall calls fro action. Formiga nearly moves to mount but settles for side control. Formiga tries again for mount but can’t get it. Cariaso defending well on his back, but he’s also unable to counter or escape. Formiga pushes down an nearly has mount, but Cariaso alertly scrambles again underneath. Cariaso elbows from his back. Mulhall calls for a stand-up and hen asks for time to cut some loose tape on Formiga’s hand. Cariaso with a leg kick on the restart. Punches traded in the final minute. They clinch in the final seconds, and Formiga takes the opening round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 – Cariaso rushes forward, but Formiga instantly grabs hold and tosses him to the floor. Slick move from Formiga, and he moves immediately to mount. Cariaso works hard to get half-guard underneath. Cariaso works in a few punches and elbows from his back, but there’s not a lot of steam. Crowd gets a little restless, but Cariaso moves to full-guard position. Formiga methodically works to mount and tries to posture and punch. Short left hands come in, but Cariaso moves back to half-guard. Cariaso doing a fine job in negating much of the offense, but he’s spent the entire fight on his back. Another stand-up from Mulhall with less than two minutes. Cariaso needs to capitalize on the feet. Cariaso does score from distance, but as soon as he’s inside, Formiga grabs his body. Cariaso pulls away. Cariaso strikes the body and head in a nice combo. Formiga shoots, but Cariaso stuffs it. Good work from Cariaso late, but it’s not enough to steal the round from Formiga, who takes it on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 3 – Cariaso takes the center and looks to strike. He’ll likely need a finish. He lands a straight, but Formiga slips a follow and grabs the leg. Cariaso tries hard to move away, but Formiga relentless and pushes him to the floor. Cariaso gets to a knee and then to his feet. Formiga stays tight to his legs and then movees to a bodylock agains the cage, Mulhall doesn’t let him stay there long and restarts them. Cariaso looking to load up on the feet, but he looks tired as he punches. He slips on a Formiga takedown attempt but pops back up. Formiga drives in from the outside. Two minutes left, and Formiga is in control. Cariaso latches on to his neck in the clinch and nearly locks in a come-from-behind choke, but Formiga turns and pull s free. It’s then Cariaso who scores a takedown and scores side control. Formiga leaves his neck out when he rolls, and Cariaso tries to choke him. He can’t, so Cariaso goes for punches instead. Side control for Cariaso as they transition. Final seconds of the fight, and Cariaso elbows from the top. Formiga stands and eats a knee before the bell sounds. He’s bloodied from the late work, and Cariaso takes the final round, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com card. However Formiga takes the fight, 29-28. Jussier Formiga def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
AZAMAT GASHIMOV VS. JOHN LINEKER
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage for the night’s final Facebook-streamed matchup. Gashimov misses an early front kick, and they trade punches. Gashimov the bigger man, but Lineker looks quick. Big right hand lands, and Gashimov falls to the floor. Lineker follows, but Gashimov first gets guartd before crawling up. He lands a trip, but Lineker stands back up. Quick recovery for Gashimov. Gashimov drives in on a takedown, but Lineker flips him over and in an incredible sweep. Gashimov with guard, but he breaks it to stand and scamper away. Halfway mark. Gashimov lands a front kick and right hand. Low kick sees Gashimov fall, though he crawls back up and delivers a stiff left hand. Lineker works he body and then scores with another hook to the chin. Gashimov tries for a takedown, but Lineker stuffs it and tries for a choke. When they break, Yamasaki calls time to deduct a point for grabbing the fence. On the restart, Lineker gives a little smile and measures his opponent before dropping him again. Gashimov gets up, but it’s all Lineker. With the deduction, MMAjunkie.com gives him the round 10-7.
Round 2 – Lineker with an early straight. He goes again to the body. Gashimov does counter, but Lineker is the busier fighter. Left hands land again for Lineker. Gashimov reeling from the work. Body shots doing damage. He keeps them up, and Gashimov hits the deck. Lineker pounces with a dozen punches, and it’s over. Great work. John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:07.
ROGER HOLLETT VS. FABIO MALDONADO
Round 1 – Referee Leon Roberts in the cage as we go live on FIEL TV. Hollett takes the center as Maldonado backs to the cage. They exchange punches early as they feel out the distance. Turning low kick from Hollett lands to the cup. He apologizes, but Maldonado is on the floor. Roberts communicating with the Brazilian, who is on obvious pain. Still, he crawls up says he’ll continue. He stomps his legs a little as Hollett apologizes. Maldonado rushes forward with punches that miss. Hollett staying at distance. Maldonado waves him in, but Hollett shoots in on a takedown. Maldonado falls to half-guard. Roberts calls for action, and it’s a quick stand-up. On they restart, they move back in to the clinch. Crowd chants for Maldonado, but he’s stuck on the fence. Hollett controlling the clinch, but Roberts breaks them apart again. Hollett kicks the leg. Maldonado again asks for more. Instead, Hollett shoots in on a takedown. Maldonado tries to grab the neck as he falls, but Hollett pulls free. Hollett finishes the round on top and earns the first on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 – Maldonado tries to push forward, but Hollett stuns him witha few quick punches. Maldonado continues to impress, but Hollett is a touch quicker with his hands. Spinning back kick for Hollett lands to the chest. Maldonado punches the body. Hollett lands a straight and a jab, but the iron-chinned Maldonado doesn’t budge. Into the clinch, and Maldonado works the body. Hollett answers with a few knees, but Maldonado continues to work in short punches to the body. Hollett spins off the cage and retursn the favor before backing away. Maldonado picking up the colume. Hollett thinks about takedown, but Maldonado stuffs it and continues to work the gut. Hollett’s right eye is busted up, and he looks to be tiring. He pushes in from the outside and trues to tie things up, but they eventually break apart. Hooks traded, and Maldonado pats his chin. He wants more. Instead Hollett looks for another takedown. Maldonado hops on one leg to the fence and keeps his balance. Maldonado tries an inside trip that doesn’t come. Instead, he continue to rip to the body. Hollett bleeding over his left eye, and the bodyshots must be taking their toll. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Maldonado, 10-9.
Round 3 – With the crowd in a frenzy, Hollett earns an early takedown. Maldonado pops right back up and looks to work inside. Hollett tries to measure a few big punches, but Maldonado slips and absorbs them and goes back to work inside. Crowd on its feet as Maldonado works the head and body. Hollett staggers a bit before settling against the cage. Maldonado keeps up the assault. They’re not finishing blows, but they’re certainly doing damage. Two minutes remain. Hollett looks exhausted, but he’s standing in there and taking the damage. Maldonado continues to press forward. Hollett leaping forward, but he can’t score flush. Maldonado continues the pressure and adds a late takedown for good measure. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives Maldonado the round, 10-9, awarding him he fight 29-28. Fabio Maldonado de. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27).
YURI ALCANTARA VS. ILIARDE SANTOS
Round 1 – Referee Kevin Mulhall in the cage. Alcantara takes the center and lands a few quick punches to open. Two more straights follow before a flying knee just misses. Santos moves off the cage and presses into a clinch. Alcantara circles off and pulls free,a landing another crisp strike. Santos is a touch behind to open, and Alcantara looks very crisp. Still, Alcantara is patient in his attack as he holds the center. Alcantara kicks the body and then lands a few clean counters that drop Santos. Alcantara sees the opening and rushes in for the finish. A few clean blows follow, and Mulhall steps in to wave off the fight. Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:31.
MICHEL PRAZERES VS. PAULO THIAGO
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage for this welterweight fight. Prazeres takes the center and opens with a stiff low kick. Thiago moves in and tries to grab the neck of his shorter opponent. Prazeres pulls free and drives his opponent into the fence. He wraps the body and tries to muscle Thiago to the floor. He doesn’t, but he keeps the body tight. Thiago eventually recovers and scores his own takedown. He nearly gets to the back before Prazeres pulls away. Prazeres continues to hold the body, and he pulls Thiago down to his knees. Thiago works back up, and Yamasaki breaks them apart. Prazeres kicks the body. He kicks the leg, as well. Thiago with an overhand right before blocking a few high kick attempts. Thiago lands to the body and head. Thiago kicks the leg. Prazeres catches it but can’t capitalize. Thiago misses on a few punches in the final minute. Prazeres moves into the clinch, where the round ends. Not a lot of damage from either fighter, but MMAjunkie.com gives the first to Prazeres, 10-9.
Round 2 – Prazeres again sets up in the center. Both are a little hesitant to engage. Prazeres lashes a kick to the body, but Thiago answers with a straight that sends his opponent to the floor. Thiago rushes to the floor and takes top position. Prazeres has recovered, but he’s on his back. He rolls and nearly gives up the back before pulling free. Thiago scores a trip on the feet, and he tries to grab the neck in the ensuing scramble. He can’t hold the position though, Prazeres crawls to his feet, latches the body and brings the action to the floor. Halfway into the round. Thiago won’t stay there. Knees traded in the clinch. Thiago looks a little tired as he rests against the fence. Prazeres scores with a short punch to the face before driving in on a takedown. He doesn’t do much with the position, as Thiago sits agains the fence. Thiago alertly scrambles up and out and takes the dominant position. Round ends with Thiago on top, and MMAjunkie.com awards him the round, 10-9.
Round 3 – Touch of gloves to pen the third. Prazeres kicks the leg. Thigo answers with a lead left. Slow pace to open the final round. Thiago lands a jab and catches a kick to the body. Prazeres seems to be looking for one big power punch. Thiago moves into the clinch, and they jockey for position against the cage. Punches traded when they break. Prazeres does score with a right. Thiago absorbs it and moves forward. Into the clinch, and it’s a stalemate. Yamasaki breaks them, and Prazeres scores again with sweeping hooks. Thiago just misses on a sneaky high kick. Prazeres in the center, and Thiafo walks him down and just misses on a heavy right. Inside leg kick from Prazeres. Final minute. Really could be anyone’s fight. Both just mis on trip attempts from the clinch Thiago with a late takedown. He takes the back when Prazeres rolls, and he stays on top with another roll. With little offense to judge, MMAjunkie.com gives Thiago the final round, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28. Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
JOHN CHOLISH VS. GLEISON TIBAU
Round 1 – Referee Leon Roberts in the cage for this lightweight contest. Southpaw Tibau leads with a leaping jab. Cholish circling on the outside. They take turns slipping punches before Tibau lands to he body. More punches traded, and Tibau gets the best of it with thre solid strikes. Tibau catches a kick and pushes Cholish to the floor. Cholish crawls back up and eats one punch as he pulls away. Crowd behind Tibau, and he’s rewarding them early on, being just alittle more active and accurate. Cholish hits an entertaining roll to get away from having a kick caught. Tibau continues to catch low kicks. He pushes in and scores a slick takedown. Cholish quickly back to his feet, but Tibau controls him in the clinch until the bell. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Tibau, 10-9.
Round 2 – Cholish light on his feet to open, and he’s trying to keep distance from Tibau. Meanwhile, Tibau looks relatively fresh despite some past cardio concerns. Tibau leaps forward to wrap Cholish’s body. Cholish defends well and pulls away. Low kick for Cholish. He misses a few punches, and Tibau tags him with a slick counter. He rushes forward and latches the neck, sinking in a guillotine as he falls to his back. The wobbled Cholish is in trouble, and he’s struggling hard to pull free as Tibau sinks in the choke further from full guard. He can’t and has no choice but to tap. Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:34.
MIKE RIO VS. FRANCISCO TRINALDO
Round 1 – Referee Kevin Mulhall in the cage for this contest. Trinaldo takes the center and paws his lead right. Rio kicks the leg before Trinaldo connects with a big overhand left. Rio drops levels for a shot and narrowly avoids another big left hand. He scores the takedown. Trinaldo works to his knees as Rio controls the head and wraps the left leg. Trinaldo moves to his feet, and Rio tries to get a standing guillotine. It’s not there, so he works back into a clinch. Knee traded inside. Rio walks away. Trinaldo chases and scores a powerful takedown. Rio secures half-guard underneath. Trinaldo patiently works in the side choke and squeezes. Rio looks comfortable underneath, but Trinaldo adjust his grip and gets the tap with a powerful squeeze. Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:08.
HACRAN DIAS VS. NIK LENTZ
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage for the night’s final prelim. Lentz lands first with two punches as he moves on the outside. He quickly pushes into a clinch and looks for the takedown. Dias defends well against the cage. The crowd voices its displeasure, and Dias eventually pulls away. Dias working a jab, but Lentz is the busier fighter. He moves in for a takedown that doesn’t come. Dias counter-punching well, but Lentz the aggressor. Lentz continues to work his hands and press forward. Dias kicks the leg. Lentz drives again into a clinch as he looks for the takedown. Dias circles off the cage, but Lentz immediately resets to the dominant position. Dias defending very well agains the cage. He turna for his own takedown, but Lentz alertly switches over to the back. Nice sweep. Dias works to his feet and then hits a slick reversal. Lentz tries to peel him off with the cage but instead turns in and moves again to outside control. Crowd boos the clinchwork, and the round ends there. MMAjunkie.com sees it for Lentz, 10-9.
Round 2 – Both fighters come out swingin in the second. Dias staggers Lentz, who pops up and returns the favor. Lentz pounces when Dias falls back and works quickly to a dominant position. He locks one hook in and tries to take the back. Dias wants to peel him off but can’t, and he has to settle on to his back. Lentz drives in elbows from the top. Lentz very high up on the body while Dias holds half-guard underneath. Halfway mark, and Dias finally works to his feet. Lentz still controlling from the outside. He moves again around to the back while giving Dias absolutely no room to breathe. He pushes Dias back down to the canvas and takes top position. A few short elbows come in before Lentz backs away to reset. Dias warned for grabbing the fence. Lentz steps into full mount. Dias gets his feet on the cage but can’t shake Lentz. Round ends, and it’s another Lentz frame, 10-9.
Round 3 – Dias looking to come alive, and he lands a few stiff lefts. Lentz looks for a takedown, but Dias defends and unloads again. Lentz gets back into the clinch after eating several blows. Dias defends against the cage and pulls away. Lentz has definitely lost a step, but he pushes forward to slow things down. Lentz tries to grab the neck and squeeze a guillotine. Dias fights through it an dpops his head free. He’s in top position, but his best work has been on the feet. He locks in an arm-triangle choke from Lentz’s half-guard. Crowd goes nuts as Lentz turns in and survives th squeeze. Dias still on top at the halfway mark. Lentz holding tight underneath. He lets go, and Dias elevates. He’s in side control. Lentz up to a knee but settles on to his back. Ninety seconds left. Dias running out of time. Dias should probably stand back up. He does wit one minute left. Lentz trying to survive. He grabs the body, and the crowd boos. Fight finishes with Lentz driving in. Dias takes the final roud on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9, but Lentz gets the fight 29-28. Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-28).
RAFAEL NATAL VS. JOAO ZEFERINO
Round 1 – Referee Leon Roberts in the cage for the night’s first main-card contest. Big support for Zeferino, a local product. He lands an early overhand right, but Natal is OK. Natal moving well early as Zeferino fires big punches. Zeferino keeping his hands low at times, but he’s being aggressive. Zeferino lands a few right hands but also get clipped by a counter, which halts his assault. They cinch up, and Zeferino gets Natal to the floor. He follows, and they fall into dueling leglock attempts. Neither can score the submission as they work from the 50-50. Natal lands a few punches. The crowd seems to want a change in position. Zeferino falls back again on his opponent’s left leg but can’t quite get the angle in the final minute. Roberts finally calls for a restart. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Zeferino, 10-9.
Round 2 – Crowd in a full-on wave as the second starts. Zeferino kicks the leg and lands with an overhand right. Natal looks comfortable, but he’s not staying active. Zeferino scores with a takedown. Natal immediately back up to his feet, and he works a clinch before pulling free. Zeferino has certainly lost some spring in his step, but Natal isn’t exactly pushing the pace. He does kick the legs, and Zeferino just misses a big right hand. Zeferino short on a takedown attempt, and Natal briefly controls his neck. Zeferino falls to his back, and Natal backs away while also kicking at the legs in a bit of a weird move. Zeferino gets up, Natal lands a big right but eats two counters. Zeferino looks exhausted. Natal misses a spinning backfist. He recovers and pushes Zeferino to his back. He kicks the legs a few times before moving into his opponent’s guard. Zeferino works from his back, but Natal advances to his foe’s half-guard and lands a few short punches before the bell. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Natal, 10-9.
Round 3 – Both fighters ask for the crowd to come alive for the final frame. Natal walking forward as Zeferino looks to counter. Natal kicks the leg. He chops it again and slips around to Zeferino’s back, but he can’t hold the position. It’s slow on the feet. Natal looks by far the fresher fighter, but he’s not attacking with enough frequency. He moves inside and scores with a trip that earns him top position. Zeferino with half-guard underneath. Natal holds the position on top as Zeferino scrambles underneath. Natal tries to set up the side choke. He can’t, but he moves to side control. That quickly turns in to mount, and Zeferino rolls underneath to try and escape the damage. Natal punches from the top and looks for choke options but ultimately finishes in control and takes the round on the MMAunkie.com card, 10-9, earning him the fight 29-28. Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VS. EVAN DUNHAM
Round 1 – Referee Kevin Mulhall in the cage. Southpaws meet in the center, and dos Anjos scores an early low kick. Dunham stalks and works in two punches. High kick from dos Anjos. Both fighters trade in the pocket, and dos Anjos is adding some zip to his left hand. Low kicks traded. Dunham woking his jab. Dunham starting to find a nice tempo and getting off fist. Counters coming with power from dos Anjos, as well. Crisp left hand lands from dos Anjos. He chops the leg. Flurries from both in an evenly matched contest three minutes in. Dunham catches a low kick and pushes dos Anjos to the floor. The Brazilian gets full guard from his back. Dunham lands a few punches from the top and avoids dos Anjos’ attempts to bring his legs high. Mulhall calls for a restart in the final seconds. They trade punches until the bell. MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Dunham, 10-9.
Round 2 – Dunham kicks the legs and punches from distance. He drives in on a takedown, but dos Anjos stuffs it and latches the neck. Dunham rolls through, and they come back to the feet. Right hand scores for dos Anjos, and he follows with a vicious body shot. Now dos Anjos shoots in for a takedown. Dunham defends well against the cage. Dunham controlling the center, but dos Anjos moving well in and out of range. Power edge goes to dos Anjos. Punches traded, and dos Anjos lands a knee at the end. Blood coming from dos Anjos’ left eye. Left hands traded before dos Anjos jumps in with an elbow. Solid work from dos Anjos, who lands flush, but Dunham shows a great chin. Leg kick for dos Anjos. Solid work from both in the final minute. Dunham scores a takedown in the final seconds of a very close frame. MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Dunham again, 10-9.
Round 3 – Scores could be anywhere through two as both rounds were tight. Blood cleaned from dos Anjos’ eye. Dunham pushes forward again to open the final round. Power counters coming from dos Anjos, but Dunham doing a good job of avoiding them and pushing forward. Dunham drives in for a single-leg, but dos Anjos defends well. The cut opens back up, and blood trickles down. Dunham waking forward. Big kick to the body from dos Anjos. Crowd willing on the Brazilian fighter. Dunham still lacing combinations. Knee comes from dos Anjos. Dunham’s nose now bloodied. Both fighters pushing in the closing minutes. Dunham shoots in again, but dos Anjos defends against the fence. Dunham works the body before dos Anjos pulls away in the final minute. Crowd alive again. Dunham waves in dos Anjos. Flurries from both as the fun fight comes to an end. Another close round, but MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward dos Anjos, 10-9, but gives the fight to Dunham, 29-28. But all three rounds were tight. Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
CHRIS CAMOZZI VS. RONALDO SOUZA
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki oversees the night’s co-feature. Souza takes the enter as southpaw Camozzi circles on the outside. Souza lands a nice right in an early exchange. Camozzi has a high kick blocked. They lock up, and Souza looks for the trip. Camozzi defends well and slips out. Souza continues to push forward and gets Camozzi on to his back. Elbow scores from the top. Camozzi in half-guard underneath. Souza postures and punches. Camozzi works in to full guard. Souza stands to pass. He teases side control on one side but instead slips out the other way. In a scramble, he sets up an omo plata, but Camozzi rolls to relieve the pressure. He’s still trapped underneath, and Souza swiftly locks in the side choke. It’s incredibly quick to work, as Camozzi goes to sleep almost instantly. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Chris Camozzi via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:37.
VITOR BELFORT VS. LUKE ROCKHOLD
Round 1 – Referee Leon Roberts oversees the evening’s main event. Crowd chanting at Rockhold. No touch of gloves. Rockhold walks forward as Belfort retreats. Rockhold slips on an early kick, but Belfort doesn’t follow. Deafening chants of Vitor’s name. Belfort misses a spinning heel kick. Rockhold shoots in on a leg but comes up short. He crawls back up, and Beflort charges with punches. They clinch briefly before pulling away. Rockhold kicks the leg on the restart. Belfort moves in with punches, but Rockhold slips it and lands a right. Rockhold with a spinning kick to the body. Spinning heel kick lands flush for Belfort, and Rockhold is flattened. Belfort flurries on the floor, and that’s the fight. Impressive finish. Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 2:32.
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