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.

Vitor Belfort Promises to Finish His Career Strong

You may say that Vitor Belfort has what it takes to become one of the most prestigious fighters of his generation. Many have commented that he has been short in his bid to capture the middleweight belt from Anderson Silva and of course his defeat against champion Jon Jones at last year’s UFC 152 headliner in September 2012 was not to be overlooked.

But from his recent win over Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 headliner on May 18, 2013, he sent Rockhold to oblivion as he delivered a spinning heel kick and several punches that got him the win in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds of round 1. This fight showed that he has the will power and the strength to prove himself time and again.

According to his interview at Fox Sports after his victory, Belfort explained how he was able to take care of Rockhold in just a few minutes of round 1: “I was part of two jungles. I’m the T-Rex, surviving in this new jungle, so I’m rebuilding myself, and God has given me strength. Just as I used to be strong then, I am strong now.” He added: “I think it was just this burning inside of me that said, ‘You didn’t accomplish what you [could have].’ I lacked so many things in my career. I [made] so many mistakes. ‘Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] gave me the chance. I sat down with them, and I promised to give my best. I said I would finish as strong as I can. And I made a promise to my family and my spiritual father that I was going to finish strong.” He also mentioned: “If I don’t have the desire to go to the gym – the desire to improve and [gain] new skills, then I should retire. I still have a lot of gas left in my tank. I thank God for giving me the strength.”

Before The Phenom won over Rockhold, he was able to defeat Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 with a TKO in less than 2 minutes of round 2. And before he was defeated by Jones in UFC 152, he won over Yoshihiro Akiyama in UFC 133 via knock out and Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 via submission. Let’s see what the 36 year old from Rio de Janeiro has in store for fans as he continues to submit one great fighter to another!