UFC Fight Night Results: Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson II Results and Post Fight Press Conference

UFC Fight Night took place on November 9, 2013, from Goiania, Brazil. The main event was a light heavyweight rematch between Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort.

UFC Fight Night Weigh-Ins

Fight Night Post Fight Press Conference

Round 1: Both Henderson and Belfort meet in the center of the ring and touch gloves. They immediately start to circle each other, Belfort circling on the outside while Henderson slowly edges forward.

They are both extremely cautious, as neither one throws a strike for the first 20 seconds. Henderson feints with a light jab as he moves in, but Belfort is constantly circling away side to side.

They are both attempting to check each other’s timing and judge the distance. They are each being very patient about attacking, as neither have thrown any strikes after 30 seconds into the round. Both fighters are dangerous strikers and neither wants to take a chance.

Belfort reaches his arm out to gauge the distance while still circling around on the outside. Henderson is methodically moving forward, waiting for his chance to attack. Now with 1:00 gone by, the crowd is getting a little restless. Neither fighter has attempted to throw a strike at this point, and both men continue throwing light feints from the outside.

A second later, Henderson rushes Belfort against the cage and throws 2 right hands, the first one misses and the second one connects slightly. At the same time Belfort throws a solid hook of his own that lands and drops Henderson to the canvas. Belfort pounces, trying to unleash some wicked ground and pound.

Henderson tries to grab Vitor’s body to control him from doing any more significant damage, but Vitor lands a few hard shots. The referee is looking closely but the fight goes on. Henderson is looking to stand back up and gets to his knees. Belfort is not letting up, continuing a strong barrage of punches while Hendo tries to stand to his feet.

Henderson finally manages to stand up, but a second after standing Vitor unleashes a wicked high kick that lands squarely to Henderson’s face. The kick drops Henderson back down to the canvas, and the referee Dan Mirgliotta decided that Henderson could not continue and stops the fight. Vitor Belfort defeats Dan Henderson by KO in round 1.

UFC Fight Night Recap: Belfort vs Henderson

 

Ring Interview With Vitor Belfort

Dan Henderson Post Fight Interview

Fight Results:

Cezar Ferreira defeated Daniel Sarafian by unanimous decision.

Rafael Cavalcante submitted Igor Pokrajac in round 1.

Brandon Thatch defeated Paulo Thiago by submission in round 1.

Ryan LaFlare won a unanimous decision victory over Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Jeremy Stephens defeated Rony Jason by KO in round 1.

 

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 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

On Saturday February 23rd, at UFC 157 Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche will meet inside the Octagon at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The two will be the first women fighting in the UFC, and they will be battling for the women’s bantamweight title which was awarded to Rousey by default during a “UFC on Fox 5″ pre-fight press conference. Liz Carmouche (8-2, 5 KOs) has more experience in the MMA world than Rousey (6-0,). However, Rousey is recognized around the world as the face of women’s MMA, previously held by Gina Carano. With only six professional fights, and 6 first round submissions via armbar, Rousey has thrust herself into the limelight. Nonetheless, we have yet to see Rousey’s jaw get tested, can she take a punch, can she weather a storm, nobody knows because none of her fights have gotten to that point.

Also on this stacked card is Machida vs. Henderson. The winner of this could end up meeting Jon Jones if and when he defeats Chael Sonnen. I find this fight very interesting because Dan Henderson has become more one dimensional during his recent success. He loads up that right nicknamed the H-Bomb, and he lets it rip, which has proved to be pretty damn effective. His opponent Lyoto Machida just might be the most elusive fighter in UFC history. Machida is crafty, unorthodox, a great striker, and this could prove to be very challenging for Dan Henderson who has the tendency to just come straight forward with that loaded right hand. Urijah Faber finds himself in a must win situation, a loss here could really hurt his clout, and raise the question where does he go from here. He will meet Ivan Menjivar who by no means is an easy fight.

Josh Koshcheck will meet slugger Robbie Lawler who is back in the UFC after a long absence. Robbie Lawler has struggled lately in the Octagon, and its usually when he gets caught in a submission. If Koshcheck wants to win this fight, he’ll play it smart and immediately take it to the ground. If he chooses to stand and bang with Lawler, he could quickly find himself snoring. Brendan Schaub meets Lavar Johnson, expect this fight to be over in the first round with one of these guys flat on their back, no need to say more. Other exciting bouts has Court McGee vs. Josh Neer, Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen, and Sam Stout vs Caros Fodor.