Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results, play-by-play, and commentary of the four-fight main card of UFC on FX 8 from Brazil. There is a separate post for the undercard, and this post will cover the main FX card that kicks off at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Opening the show will be a middleweight bout between Rafael Natal and UFC newcomer Joao Zeferino. That will be followed by a quality lightweight battle between Rafael dos Anjos and Evan Dunham. The co-main event sees former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza making his UFC debut against late replacement Chris Camozzi. And the main event is an important middleweight fight between Vitor Belfort and the last Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold.
Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments as the event progresses.
Rafael Natal vs. Joao Zeferino
Round 1 – Zeferino got off to a good start with a big punch to Natal’s chin, and a swift head kick. Natal wasn’t doing much of anything early, but finally connected with a good counter as Zeferino charged in. Natal slipped in the clinch and Zeferino jumped on him. They ended up in 50/50 guard, both looking for a leglock. They stayed there for a long time, almost three minutes. Finally the ref had enough and stood them up just before the end of the round. 10-9 Zeferino.
Round 2 – Sapo started with a big leg kick but ate a right in return. Zeferino briefly got a takedown but Natal popped right up. Zeferino was noticeably slower in the round, but Sapo wasn’t really taking advantage. Zeferino was still landing more, but he was totally gassed out. He flopped to guard after a lazy spinning backfist attempt, and Natal obliged him. 10-9 Natal I guess.
Round 3 – Zeferino opened with his big looping right, and it landed. Sapo looks like he’s sparring, not fighting. Finally Sapo got a takedown halfway through the round. Natal looked for an arm triangle, but settled for getting to mount. Natal beat him up, but Zeferino lasted to the final horn. 10-9 Natal, and I’ve got him winning 29-28. Not a good fight though.
Rafael Natal defeated Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 – RDA landed the first solid strike of the fight, a head kick. Dos Anjos put together a couple of nice combinations and connected with a knee up the middle. Dunham came back with his own combo though. RDA dug to the body and landed a solid left hook. Dos Anjos was getting the better of the striking, but Dunham got him down with about 90 seconds left in the round. Dunham didn’t land a ton, but he did keep Dos Anjos down until the ref stood them up with 15 seconds to go. 10-9 Dos Anjos.
Round 2 – Dunham ducked a punch and got a takedown, but Dos Anjos reversed it quickly. They clinched up, then separated. Dunham landed a couple of shots but ate a body shot. Dos Anjos looked for his own takedown but couldn’t get it. Both men landed some solid strikes, but there was a little more steam on RDA’s punches. Nice knee from RDA, but Dunham opened a cut on RDA’s face. Might have been an accidental headbutt. The boxing battle has been pretty good. Dunham is avoiding a lot more strikes that it appears at first glance. Dunham ate a combo but scored with a knee. Dunham got a takedown with about 3 seconds left in the round. Tough to score, but I’d lean Dunham 10-9.
Round 3 – Dunham started bringing a little more pressure early but couldn’t connect with anything appreciable. RDA landed a couple of shots and staved off a takedown attempt. Dos Anjos switched it up and started throwing more kicks, and they were hard. Dos Anjos landed flying knee and they both threw down in the pocket. Dunham was the one coming forward down the stretch, though Dos Anjos didn’t appear to be tired. He stuffed two more Dunham takedown attempts. Dunham went to the body and RDA landed a nice combo. They brawled with 20 seconds to go, and Dunham got the best of it. 10-9 Dunham, and I have it 29-28 for him.
Rafael dos Anjos defeated Evan Dunham by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Camozzi vs. Ronaldo Souza
Round 1 – Camozzi came forward quickly and ate a counter. They clinched up a bit but Camozzi separated. Jacare landed a nice shot and got a takedown. Souza opened up with some punches but didn’t immediately look to pass. He popped out of guard a couple of times to drop punches, and Camozzi landed an upkick. Jacare had enough of that and jumped back in, then moved to side control. Camozzi almost reversed but got stuck in an omoplata. He used it to get back on top, then jumped right to mount. Jacare set up the arm triangle with ease, and got the tap just like that. Just silky smooth. Awesome work. Jacare Souza defeated Chris Camozzi by submission (arm triangle choke), 3:37 of round 1
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Round 1 – Belfort was circling away early, and Luke slipped on a kick. Belfort threw a spinning kick, never seen that before. Rockhold had a takedown stuffed, and Belfort touched him up with a few punches. Rockhold landed a few kicks, and just avoided a counterpunch from Vitor. Rockhold landed a left. Belfort knocked him out with a spinning kick! Badr Hari! OH MY GOD! THAT WAS INSANE! I literally cannot fathom what my eyes just saw! Vitor Belfort defeated Luke Rockhold by knockout (kick/punches), 2:32 of round 1
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