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Monday, May 20, 2013

UFC on FX 8 – Brazil Shines

UFC fights in Brazil are always high energy, in large part due to the raucous fans and extra hyped Brazilian fighters. UFC on FX 8 was no different. With great fights top to bottom, and an unbelievable finish in the Main Event, the card was another home run for the UFC in Brazil.

Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold (KO, 2:32 Round 1)
If you said you were surprised by the quick finish of Rockhold by Belfort, I would kindly ask where you've been the last decade.I know Rockhold was a very hot fighter and was on a roll coming into Saturdays fight. But c'mon... Belfort is 5-1 in the Middleweight Division, with his sole loss coming to Anderson Silva. No shame there. Also, Belfort is 4-0 fighting in Brazil, where nationals seem to fight on another level. One more fact for you. Vitor Belfort owns the UFC record for first round knockout at 11. So all things considered, consider me not surprised. Impressed? Oh yeah! But not surprised.

Jacare” Souza def. Chris Camozzi (Sub, 3:37 Round 1)
“Jacare” Souza put on an impressive performance against an overmatched Camozzi en route to his submission victory in hit UFC debut. His grappling was excellent, his control was amazing, and his finish was devastating. Attentive viewers probably noticed how quickly Camozzi was forced in unconsciousness. While an impressive fight, I look forward to seeing “Jacare” in tougher fights against better competition. While I have a soft spot for Camozzi since he fights out of my home town, clearly he was in way over his head against Souza.

Other notes from the nights. Lucas Martins and Jeremy Larsens received the wholly deserved “Fight of the Night” award for there back and forth battle. Ultimately won by Martins in the third round by a beautiful counter punch. “Submission of the Night” went to “Jacare” Souza. And “Knockout of the Night” went to Vitor Belfort. Both well deserved. Brazilian fighters went 9-1 on the night, bringing their total W-L for events in Brazil to 36-10 against fighter from other countries. Reiterating my point about Brazilian fighters stepping it up in Brazil, and another nod to why Belfort's victory was no surprise to yours truly.

Tony Chavez

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