UFC on FX 8 Results & Reaction

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Sat, 18 May 2013
Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Ok, new format for reaction this week, full results at the bottom as usual, but reaction will be split into the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    The Good

:

The Facebook prelims – three stunning fights, packed with highlights, especially John Lineker’s performance to knock out the much larger Azamat Gashimov.

Point Deduction! – Mario Yamasaki actually took a point off Gashimov for holding the fence to foil a takedown, and in the first round no less! More referees need to do this more often, as its the only way such cheating will get stamped out.

Jacare – a confident UFC debut by the Strikeforce veteran, tapping Chris Camozzi in the first round. Top ten opposition surely awaits next time, and a match against Costa Phillipou is even more interesting now.

Belfort – I can’t personally root for Vitor any more, but when you knock Luke Rockhold out in the first round, with a picture perfect application of a move you’ve never shown before, I have to take my hat off and applaud you.

Vitor’s spinning back kick KO is right up there in KO of the year territory, and he’s now 9-2 since PRIDE FC with the losses coming to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, which is no disrespect to anyone’s record.

Hell, look at Vitor’s record – sure there are ten losses there, but every single one is to a bona fide legend of this sport. Is there another Middleweight on the roster that has anything close to his form?

I might not like his proselytising, I might not like the TRT but I very much respect his achievements and the pure, awesome technique that led to this win.

    The Bad

:

Not much, aside from the partisan Brazilian crowd occasionally booing the ground game and a few ridiculously early referee stand ups. Let them work!

    The Ugly

:

Roger Hollet’s spinning back kick to Fabio Maldonado’s man parts. Brutal. Should have earned a point deduction, but at least Fabio came back to win the match.

    Bonuses

: $50k

Fight of the Night: Lucas Martins & Jeremy Larsen

KO of the Night: Vitor Belfort

Sub of the Night: Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza

Full Results

MAIN (FX, ESPN)
• Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 2:32
• Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:37
• Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY (FUEL TV, UFC.TV)
• Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-28)
• Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:08
• Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:34
• Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:31
• Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)

PRELIMINARY (Facebook)
• John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:07
• Jussier Da Silva def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 0:13

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