UFC Fight Night: Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson II Preview

UFC presents Fight Night, taking place November 9, 2013, from Goiania, Brazil. The main event is a blockbuster, light heavyweight rematch between two MMA legends and former champions, Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.

Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson II Trailer

Belfort and Henderson previously fought in 2006 at Pride 32. Henderson won the bout via unanimous decision. This is a rematch that is long overdue and MMA fans worldwide cannot wait.

Dan Henderson Highlight Video

What can you say about Dan Henderson that already hasn’t been said? The man is a true MMA legend and icon. He’s a 4 time world champion who has held belts in Strikeforce, Pride, and the UFC. He’s fought in MMA since 1997 and it seems as if he’s not slowing down although being over 40 years old. Henderson is the true meaning of MMA veteran. He has faced off against some of the greatest MMA fighters in the world, including Fedor Emelianenko, Shogun Rua, Jake Shields, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Carlos Newton, and Minotauro Nogueira.

He returned to the UFC in November 2011 after a career defining performance in Strikeforce where he stopped MMA legend Fedor Emilianenko in the first round by TKO. His first fight back in the Octagon was another blockbuster performance at UFC 139 where he and Shogun Rua delivered one of the best fights in the history of the sport. Henderson won that match by unanimous decision. Unfortunately for Hendo, he would lose his next two bouts by decision, one loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, and one loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 161. In spite of those back to back losses, Henderson hasn’t lost any credibility with the fans, and he looks forward to once again coming out on top in his rematch with Vitor Belfort.

Vitor Belfort Highlight Video

Vitor Belfort can easily be considered one of the best 10 fighters in the world. The man is a true MMA legend and an absolute machine of destruction. He, like Henderson, has been fighting in MMA since 1997. He started off in the UFC where he won the championship belt in only his 2nd fight at UFC 12. Belfort is known for his incredibly aggressive standup as well as submissions. He has taken on many of the greatest fighters in the world, including Chuck Lidell, Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Alistair Overeem, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva, and Tank Abbott. He has many highlight reel knockouts and is respected by both MMA fans and fighters.

Belfort has fought in Pride, Affliction, Cage Rage, and Strikeforce. He returned to the UFC in 2009 to face Rich Franklin at UFC 103. He devastated Franklin by knocking him cold in round 1. His next fight was for the middleweight belt against Anderson Silva. Silva finished Belfort by KO in round 1, but that did not slow Belfort down a bit. He won his next two fights in round 1, knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, and submitting Anthony Johnson at UFC RIO. He moved up in weight to fight Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 152, but lost by submission in round 4.

Once again not letting a loss slow him down, Belfort went on another immediate tear, completing obliterating Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 with a vicious head kick, then destroying former champ Luke Rockhold with a spinning back kick at UFC on FX 8. Although fighting in MMA since 1997, Belfort looks more destructive than he’s ever been, and you can be sure that he wants to avenge the loss to Dan Henderson.

Also on the main card:

Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian face off.

Rafael Cavalcante takes on Igor Pokrajac in the light heavyweight division.

Paulo Thiago returns to take on Brandon Thatch in the welterweight division.

Two more welterweights face off as Santiago Ponzinibbio faces Ryan LaFlare.

In the featherweight division, Rony Mariano Bezerra takes on veteran Jeremy Stephens.

UFC Fight Night: Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal Preview

On November 6, 2013, UFC presents Fight Night from Fort Campbell, KY. The main event features a middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal.

UFC Fight Night Predictions

Kennedy is a well respected member of the United States Armed Forces who began his MMA career in 2002 as a part of the WEC organization. He moved over to Strikeforce in 2009, where his fight record was 6-2. He is mostly known for his submission skills. He finished his first 3 Strikeforce opponents all by submission. He made his debut into the UFC at UFC 162 in July. He won a unanimous decision victory over Roger Gracie.

Tim Kennedy Highlight Reel

Tim Kennedy Pre Fight Interview

Natal has been fighting for the UFC since 2010. He is known for being a very well rounded fighter with both good knockout power as well as submission skills. His fight record in the UFC is 5 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. Natal is on a 3 fight win streak, defeating Sean Spencer, Joao Zeferino, and Tor Troeng.

Fox Sports Strikezone: Kennedy vs Natal

Tim Kennedy was originally scheduled to fight Lyoto Machida, but Machida was moved to fight Mark Munoz when Munoz original opponent, Michael Bisping, suffered an eye injury and had to pull out.

Also on the main card, Liz Carmouche, who previously fought Rounda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight belt, will face Alexis Davis.

In the middleweight division, Ronny Markes faces Yoel Romero.

In the lightweight division, Jorge Masvidal takes on Rustam Khabilov.

In a very exciting lightweight matchup of former Ultimate Fighter winners, Colton Smith takes on Michael Chiesa.

UFC Fight Night Results: Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz Results and Post Fight Press Conference

UFC Fight Night took place October 26, 2013 from Manchester, England. The main event was a middleweight showdown between Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz.

Machida is a well respected MMA veteran who at one time was the UFC light heavyweight champion. This would be his first fight in the middleweight division. Many are saying that this is the division that Machida should have always been a part of. His last fight in the light heavyweight division was a unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis. Now we will see if the cut to 185 will reinvigorate the “Dragon”.

Munoz looked very impressive in his last match at UFC 162, defeating Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision in a dominating performance. He seems to be motivated after suffering a hand injury that kept him out of action for 6 months, then suffering a TKO loss at the hands of Chris Weidman. He intensified his training and looks more chiseled than we’ve ever seen him. Munoz looks hungry to earn a title shot, but the first task at hand is to hand his former training partner and friend Machida, his first loss at middleweight.

Machida vs Munoz Weigh Ins

Machida vs Munoz Highlights

Round 1: Both fighters come out and touch gloves in the center, then face off. They feel each other out, circling each other, then Machida throws a leg kick to judge the distance. Munoz springs forward and throws a right hand but Machida backs out of the way. They go back the center again and the feeling out process continues.

Machida throws a low leg kick which just misses. Munoz circles on the outside while Machida moves forward. They both are a little tentative during the first minute, each one feinting but not throwing anything. Machida springs forward and attempts a one-two combo, but Munoz ducks the first one and blocks the second one. They re-engage.

Munoz steps forward and lands a leg kick. Machida threatens with a feint and Munoz circles away. Machida steps forward to re-engage him, then Munoz feints a one-two that backs Machida up momentarily. Munoz reaches down to go for a leg, but Machida, who is extremely elusive moves out the way effortlessly. Munoz takes a couple of steps back and then they face off again.

Machida steps forward while Munoz is circling sideways and lands a hard, loud kick to Munoz’s body. Munoz blocks it slightly but it still lands solidly. Munoz takes a few steps to his right to get some space and then they face off. Machida has been the aggressor of the fight at this point, constantly moving forward and pressuring Munoz.

Machida follows Munoz as he moves sideways along the ring. Machida is feinting kicks and punches which keeps Munoz moving. Machida steps in and throws a hard right hand which lands right on Munoz’s head, but he blocks it with his gloves. Munoz recovers and circles away.

Machida steps forward and re-engages. They each feint with jabs, then Machida feints with another kick. Munoz steps to the side where Machida blitzes forward and lands a vicious kick to Munoz’s body. This one fully lands and Munoz circles away. Machida closes the distance and attempts a high kick, but stops it midway. Munoz steps forward and they face off toward the center of the ring.

They both continue feinting with Machida threatening the most. After a handful more feints, Machida steps forward and lands a leg kick. Munoz blocks it partially. Munoz bounces forward, not really doing anything, and both men circle and feint in the center of the ring. After one or two more feints, out of nowhere Machida throws a fast high kick that blasts Munoz right in the face. Munoz drops down to the canvas and Machida rushes him. Machida threatens with a punch but does not throw it because Munoz is already out. The referee rushes in to officially stop the fight. Lyoto Machida defeats Mark Munoz by KO in the 1st round.

UFC Post Fight Press Conference

Other results:

The lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson was ruled a no contest due an illegal knee thrown by Guillard in Round 1.

Light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa defeated Ryan Jimmo by TKO in Round 2.

In the lightweight division, Norman Parke won an unanimous decision victory over Jon Tuck.

Middleweight Nico Musoke defeated Alessio Sakara by submission with an armbar in Round 1.

In the flyweight division, John Lineker defeats Phil Harris by TKO in Round 1.