In which I offer my post-fight review and analysis of UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold from top to bottom.
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I enjoyed the card overall although the taint of TRT took a lot of the fun of Vitor Belfort's big win over Luke Rockhold out of it for me. Was also disappointed that dos Anjos vs Dunham didn't live up to my inflated expectations and that Jacare Souza didn't get the chance to show off against Costa Phillipou. But all the same it was a pretty fun card and I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Also due to having to record this twice because Google/YouTube completely changed their interface without warning this morning I forgot to discuss Paulo Thiago vs Michel Prazeres in this version. My apologies. Quick thoughts on that fight:
- Always fun to see a judo vs wrestling take down battle. Lots of whizzer action and a very cool reversal from that had Coach Mike Riordan talking. Prazeres is a bit old to be a prospect but could have a fun run in the UFC, very tough cat. Would like to see him try to cut down to 155 and have a go at LW.
Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via KO (spinning heel kick and punches) RD 1 @ 2:32
Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via Technical Submission (arm triangle choke) RD 1 @ 3:37
Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary card (Fuel TV)
Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via Submission (arm triangle choke) RD 1 @ 3:08
Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via Submission (guillotine choke) RD 2 @ 2:34
Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos via TKO (punches) RD 1 @ 2:31
Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett via Decision (unanimous) (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Preliminary card (Facebook)
John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via TKO (punches) RD 2 @ 1:07
Jussier Formiga def. Chris Cariaso via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via KO (punch) RD 3 @ 0:13