Vitor Belfort is surely in the latter stage of his career, but his swansong has more than a touch of eagle to it as he keeps striking with success. The latest victim was former PRIDE FC champion Dan Henderson, who was felled by a head kick in the second round.
They fought in 2006 under the PRIDE FC banner - Pride 32 in Las Vegas - but Belfort looked younger in last nightâ€™s performance than he did in the first one, which he lost by decision. Obviously there is more than a little thanks to be given to his TRT program but as Henderson is also a user of the controversial therapy, this was a level playing field.
Belfort has been calling for title shots over and over. This year he has stopped names like Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, the latter being clean KOâ€™d for the first time in his career. These are notable achievements and it is a shame the TRT controversy hangs over them.
The card overall was not a stacked one and there was nothing particularly notable in terms of impacts on rankings or the contender picture. Big knockouts abounded though - check out Jeremy Stephensâ€™ win - and we also probably saw the end of Paulo Thiagoâ€™s tenure with the UFC as he suffered yet another loss.
Main Card (aired live on Fox Sports 1)
-Vitor Belfort defeated Dan Henderson by Knockout (Kick, Round 1, 1:17)
-Cezar â€śMutanteâ€ť Ferreira defeated Daniel Sarafian by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-28)
-Rafael â€śFeijaoâ€ť Cavalcante defeated Igor Pokrajac by Submission (Strikes, 1st Round, 1:18)
-Brandon Thatch defeated Paulo Thiago by TKO (Strikes, 1st Round, 2:10)
-Ryan LaFlare defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Jeremy Stephens defeated Rony Jason by KO (Strikes, 1st Round, 0:40)
Preliminary Card (aired live on YouTube)
-Sam Sicilia defeated Godofredo Pepey by TKO (Strikes, 1st Round, 1:42)
-Omari Akhmedov defeated Thiago Perpetuo by TKO (Ref Stoppage, 1st Round)
-Thiago Tavares defeated Justin Salas by Submission (RNC, 1st Round, 2:38)
-Adriano Martins defeated Daron Cruickshank by Submission (Straight Arm Lock, Round 2, 2:49)
-Dustin Ortiz defeated Jose Maria Tome by TKO (Ref stoppage, 3rd Round, 3:19)