Vitor Belfort stopped Michael Bisping with a head kick and
follow-up punches. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
was one win away from a shot at Ultimate Fighting
Championship middleweight titleholder Anderson
erased those hopes with his left shin.
Belfort dispatched “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner with a
beautiful head kick and follow-up hammerfists in the second round
UFC on FX 7 headliner on Saturday at the Ibirapuera Arena in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bisping (23-5, 13-5 UFC) succumbed to the blows
87 seconds into round two, finished for just the second-time in his
28-fight professional career.
Afterward, Belfort (22-10, 11-6 UFC) targeted Chael Sonnen
in a brief verbal tirade and tried to position himself for a
rematch with 205-pound champion Jon Jones.
“I worked so hard. I want to get the belt,” he said. “Get that punk
Sonnen out. Let me fight Jon Jones. I
need that rematch. Get that clown away. You did a reality show. Go
home, and let me fight the champion. It will be champion against a
champion, not that clown.”
Bisping was the more active of the two middleweights and did some
solid work with his jab and leg kicks. However, near the end of the
first round, Belfort drilled him with a left high kick and swarmed
with punches. Bisping survived, but it was a harbinger of what was
to come. A little more than a minute into round two, Belfort struck
again with a stealthy head kick. This time, Bisping was not as
fortunate. The strike floored the Brit, and “The Phenom” pounced
with hammerfists, bringing a decisive close to their encounter.
“I have no excuses,” Bisping said. “I had a fantastic training
camp, and I felt very confident that I was going to win this fight.
It was a beautiful kick. He caught me, and he was a better man than
me tonight. You win some, you lose some. I am not going away. Trust
me, I’ll be back at the top of this pile before you [expletive]
Dollaway Spoils Sarafian Debut
Dollaway came close to finishing.
Power MMA Team export C.B.
took a split decision from “The Ultimate Fighter:
Brazil” Season 1 alum Daniel
in the middleweight co-main event. All three cageside
judges struck 29-28 scorecards, two of them siding with Dollaway
(13-4, 7-4 UFC).
The first half of the bout belonged to Sarafian (7-3, 0-1 UFC), as
he tagged Dollaway repeatedly with power punches, one of which
floored the Arizonan midway through round one. Dollaway recovered,
steadied himself and kept his nose in the fight.
The tide turned late in the second frame, when the 29-year-old
clipped the oncoming Sarafian with a ringing uppercut. Badly hurt,
the Brazilian collapsed on all fours, with Dollaway wailing on him
with heavy blows in the closing seconds. Only the bell prevented a
An NCAA All-American wrestler, Dollaway mixed in takedowns in the
third round, twice mounting the fatigued Brazilian. To his credit,
Sarafian answered, as he swept into top position, transitioned to
the American’s back and fished for the rear-naked choke. Dollaway
defended flawlessly and ultimately willed his way back into a
“Daniel was a lot tougher than I had anticipated,” Dollaway said.
“His wrestling was really good. He stopped my takedowns pretty
easily. That surprised me, so hat’s off to him. I had to dig deep.
He is a tough competitor.”
Gonzaga Guillotine Submits Rothwell
Gonzaga tapped out Rothwell.
Former heavyweight title contender Gabriel
submitted Ben Rothwell
with a second-round guillotine choke in a featured heavyweight
battle. Rothwell (32-9, 2-3 UFC) conceded defeat 61 seconds into
round two, submitted for the first time in nearly eight years.
Gonzaga (14-6, 9-5 UFC) sucked Rothwell into clinches and blasted
him with right crosses when they separated. Two of those rights
penetrated Rothwell’s defenses less than a minute into the second
round, staggering the monstrous Wisconsin native.
Gonzaga closed the distance, snatched a standing guillotine choke
and dragged Rothwell to the canvas, where he completed the
The resurgent Gonzaga has finished his last three opponents with
Nurmagomedov's finish was brutal.
Undefeated Nurmagomedov Stops Tavares
American Kickboxing Academy
put away Thiago
with a leaping left uppercut and follow-up ground
strikes in the first round of their lightweight showcase. Tavares
(17-5-1, 7-5-1 UFC) met his end 1:55 into round one, and it was a
The left uppercut sent Tavares to the canvas, with his Russian
adversary in hot pursuit. Standing-to-ground punches were first to
find their mark. A series of unanswered elbow strikes followed,
referee Dan Miragliotta stepping in after more than 10 of them
landed to the side of the grounded Tavares’ head.
One of the rising stars in the lightweight division, Nurmagomedov
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