Belfort earns win over Rockhold with stunning knockout


Vitor Belfort's nickname is the 'The Phenom' and he was again proved it tonight, finishing former Strikeforce Champion Luke Rockhold in the first round. Belfort landed a stunning spinning heel kick that rocked his opponent and then bounced on him with punches, rendering Rockhold unconsious.

After months of leadup, after weeks of trash talk, and a weigh-in pushing match, there were still raw feelings as the UFC on FX 8 main event began. Combatants Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold refused to touch gloves prior to their match, and then as the fight transpired, Rockhold chose to taunt Belfort, inviting him in for exchanges.

It would prove to be an ill-advised move. Belfort took him up on the offer, unleashing a striking series that is likely to be replayed for months to come, and certainly around December when the year's best are compiled.

Belfort crushed Rockhold with a spinning heel kick and then followed with a few thunderous punches from the top, earning a knockout stoppage at 2:32 of the first round.

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Title Fight Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort Vs. Luke Rockhold
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Middleweight Title
Name Vitor Belfort <a href=Vitor Belfort" />
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 22-10-0
Team Xtreme Couture
Name Luke Rockhold <a href=Luke Rockhold" />
Height 6′ 3″ (190.5 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 10-1-0
Team American Kickboxing Academy
-Vitor Belfort defeated Luke Rockhold by KO (Kick/Punches, Round 1, 2:32)

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BshMstr site profile image  

5/19/13 9:46 PM by BshMstr

ohhhhh, so he takes the TRT because it doesn't allow him faster than a guy his age, and train more often because of the increased systemic recovery rate? oh, okay.the other issue with TRT is trying to determine if they're actually at an acceptable range, or only when they fight. for TRT to be legit, then there has to be increased testing for those seeking an exemption... and for a guy like Belfort who's been caught before and has a rep for abusing PED's, i don't feel sorry for the criticism he gets.

BshMstr site profile image  

5/19/13 9:42 PM by BshMstr

i dunno... prolly makes it harder to get caught in a ankle lock or heel hook, though....

pulsar site profile image  

5/19/13 8:14 PM by pulsar

I hope this KO knocks the douche out of Rockhold. He's like a caricature, he'd make a good jock in a Revenge of the Nerds reboot.

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5/19/13 7:50 PM by Gilbosh


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5/19/13 7:47 PM by Gilbosh


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5/19/13 6:10 PM by sekundarburnes

i noticed in that picture that belfort's legs are shaved. do all fighters do that?

Twelvers hav superior genetics site profile image  

5/19/13 3:36 PM by Twelvers hav superior genetics

LOL that's it? That's your reply?Yeah your IQ is definetly in the low double digit range that's for sure!Good job you can never be anyone's Lawyer because they are going to be screwed with your superior logic! What a fucking dumbass.Apologies for my post being far too intellectual for you to understand. Next time I will use sock puppets!

PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

5/19/13 3:15 PM by PeaceThroughStrength

Future supplements or PEDs have no bearing on the present,and not all supplements are equal.The fact that there is no standard for all athletic commissions to follow is a problem.Or at the very least the UFC should have its own standards,and not allow fighters that tested dirty for steroids use TRT.

PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

5/19/13 3:02 PM by PeaceThroughStrength

I'm not a fan of his,but imagine if it was Brain Caraway that tested dirty for steroids,but is now on TRT and he only fights where they don't look at past steroid abuse when they ok him for TRT.Do you think the UG would run rife with criticism and outrage?P.S Even Dunham was robbed.

lookoutawhale site profile image  

5/19/13 2:56 PM by lookoutawhale

That was a pretty awesome hollywood-esque kick.