Belfort earns win over Rockhold with stunning knockout

Sunday, May 19, 2013

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 Vitor Belfort
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 22-10-0
Team Xtreme Couture


Name Luke Rockhold 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)