In the main event of UFC on FX 8, Vitor Belfort picked yet another win over a top middleweight by knocking out ex-Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold in the first round. Belfort busted out a spinning kick that leveled Rockhold, and The Phenom followed up with some punches to turn his lights out. The finish came just after the halfway mark of the opening stanza.
With the win, Belfort (23-10, 12-6 UFC) picked up his 11th first-round finish in the UFC and could be in line for a future title shot. Rockhold (10-2, 0-1 UFC) was making his UFC debut on the card after a successful run in Strikeforce.
What was the high point of the fight?
Obviously the finish. A spinning kick directly to Rockhold's chin, then some brutal GnP just for good measure? It was pretty unbelievable.
Where do they go from here?
Belfort could very well be meeting the winner of Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman next. Finishing Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in successive fights gives him the best claim on the next title shot. It remains to be seen if the UFC will go in that direction, but I wouldn't mind seeing it.
Rockhold suddenly finds himself in a precarious position. He undoubtedly needs a win in his next fight to maintain his status in the upper tier of the middleweight division, and there are a lot of possible fights out there for him. The best fit to me (and probably the best style matchup for Rockhold) would be a bout with Brian Stann.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. It was one of the better finishes you'll ever see. If there was ever a time to check out a short main event fight, this is probably it.