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UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping — Live Results & Commentary

(That awkward moment when one of your most marketable fighters denies the existence of his opponent’s Lord and Savior. Pretty typical face-off stuff, really. / Photo via

The last time that Vitor Belfort fought in Sao Paulo, this happened. Fourteen years later, those still-lethal fists are the only thing separating Michael Bisping from the middleweight title shot that has stayed maddeningly out of his reach. So will Belfort triumph in front of his countrymen tonight at the Ibirapuera Arena, or will Bisping defy the haters and take what belongs to him?

Elsewhere on the UFC on FX 7 lineup: Gabriel Gonzaga‘s heavyweight comeback faces its first big test in Ben Rothwell, Khabib Nurmagomedov goes for his 19th-straight victory against Thiago Tavares, and TUF Brazil standout Daniel Sarafian will do his best to defend the relentless takedowns of Massive Doucheface.

Round-by-round updates from the “Belfort vs. Bisping” main card broadcast will be available after the jump beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and make the world a little less lonely by tossing your thoughts into the comments section.

Preliminary card results:

- Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira via split-decision (28-27 x 2, 27-28)

- Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

- Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 30-26)

- Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via submission (punches), 2:38 of round 1

- Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre resulted in a no contest (Nobre was knocked out by strikes to the back of the head), 2:11 of round 1

- Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado via submission (kneebar), 2:39 of round 2

- Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith via submission (arm triangle choke), 1:50 of round 2

And now the main card…

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares
As I once wrote, “God help the CagePotato writers who have to type [Nurmagomedov's] name during liveblogs. (Not it, guys.)” Well, shit. Due to a last-minute withdrawal, I (BG) have to soldier up and make it happen. I’ll be shortening his name to “Nurma,” and I don’t even think Khabib himself would judge me for that.

Round 1: Tavares trying to back Nurma down to the fence, and Nurma brushes him away with a high kick and overhand right. Nurma throws another big wild punch but misses. Tavares lands a straight, but Nurma connects moments later with a sneaky left uppercut that drops Tavares to the canvas. He follows it up with a carpet-bombing of elbows from the top that puts Tavares’s lights out. Aaaaaaand still undefeated…Nurmagomedov def. Tavares via KO, 1:55 of round 1. The UFC production crew realizes that a translated English-to-Russian-to-English post-fight interview wouldn’t be very well-received by the Brazilian crowd, and they wisely skip it.

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell

Round 1: Rothwell snaps out a pair of punches, and Gonzaga responds by shooting for a takedown. He gets Rothwell down, but Rothwell makes his way to his feet. Gonzaga sticks onto Rothwell, dragging Big Ben to the mat again despite a very blatant fence grab that Rothwell is warned for. Rothwell’s up again, and down again. Gonzaga with some wall-n-stall. They’re separated. Rothwell misses a jab and Gonzaga clinches up with him, landing a punch as Rothwell shakes out. Rothwell lands a punch. He puts Gonzaga against the fence, and is warned for a knee to the ball-area. They separate and Gonzaga starts finding his range with punches, making Rothwell’s legs go shaky at one point. Rothwell answers. A little jockeying against the fence and the horn sounds. Rothwell goes back to his corner with a cut under his eye. 10-9 Gonzaga.

Round 2: Right straight from Gonzaga lands. They clinch and trade knees. Gonzaga staggers Rothwell with two more rights, looks for a takedown, and grabs an arm-in guillotine when Rothwell tries to sprawl. Gonzaga pulls guard and bears down on the choke. Rothwell taps once, and looks pretty pissed off at himself as the ref ends the fight. Rothwell def. Gonzaga via submission (guillotine choke), 1:01 of round 2.

“Speaking of nice guys, the *infectious* Junior Dos Santos…” Jon Anik says, pointing out Cigano in the crowd, and making subtle reference to the herpes outbreak that ruined his marriage.

Daniel Sarafian vs. CB Dollaway

Round 1: Dollaway dashes in with some awkward looking jabs and Sarafian counters him with ease. Dollaway lands a leg kick. They land hooks simultaneously. Sarafian makes good contact with a charging punch combo. Sarafian lands an overhand right as Dollawya lands a kick to the body. Sarafian lands a straight to the body. Sarafian drops Dollaway, but Dollaway grabs onto Sarafian’s leg and makes his way back to his feet. Sarafian throwing with serious power, and lands a cross/hook combo. Dollaway jabbing. Sarafian again with the overhand right. Dollaway sticks the jab, Sarafian gives one back. He pushes forward with punches. Sarafian goes to the body. Dollaway taunting Sarafian, God knows why. Sarafian attacks at the horn but doesn’t catch Dollaway with anything. 10-9 Sarafian.

Round 2: Sarafian getting loose in the cage, shuckin’ and duckin’. Dollaway lands a long jab. Sarafian throws a spinning kick and misses. They briefly clinch against the fence. Dollaway lands his jab. He scores with a leg kick. Sarafian staggers Dollaway again with his big overhand right. Dollaway with a solid kick to the body. He throws another one, Sarafian catches it and trips Dollaway down, but Dollaway pops back up. Dollaway sticking with those kicks even though Sarafian is onto them by now. Both guys trading punches, Dollaway continuing to work the jab, and Sarafian throwing more big rights. Dollaway catches Sarafian with a big punch coming in, and Sarafian drops to his knees on the mat. Dollaway fires down some shots in an attempt to end the fight before the round ends, but Sarafian is saved by the horn.

Round 3: Dollaway throws a high-kick. Big hook from Sarafian lands, Dollaway swings back to counter and lands. Dollaway reaching forward with that jab. Dollaway lands a kick to the gut, then a short hook. Sarafian lands a big overhand right, Dollaway answers with a big right of his own. Dollway lands again and Sarafian is on his heels. Dollaway takes Sarafian down. Sarafian works to his feet but Dollaway is hugging him around the middle, and converts the takedown. Dollaway on Sarafian’s back. Sarafian rolls, and sweeps a fatigued Dollaway off of him. Now Sarafian is on top. He’s got 90 seconds to steal this round. Dollaway rolls, Sarafian seizes his back and tries to set up a RNC. Dollaway escapes and gets in Sarafian’s guard. Sarafian escapes. Dollaway shoots for a leg and takes a knee to the face. He continues to pursue Sarafian as the round ends. Could be a close decision coming up…
Dollaway def. Sarafian via split-decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29). Even the translator sounds pissed off. The crowd tries to drown out CB’s interview response with boos. Something about landing his takedowns. Oh man. This is kind of brutal. Honestly, if Bisping takes out Belfort next, there could be actual rioting in this building.

Unrelated: I wonder what these bros are up to tonight.

Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping

Round 1: Bisping takes the center of the Octagon. He feels Belfort out with jabs. Belfort throws a front kick. Inside leg kick from Bisping. Belfort throws a left head kick that’s blocked. Belfort long-jumps into Bisping and almost gets punches out of mid-air. Bisping starting to committ with his punches. Belfort misses a reverse kick. Bisping whiffs on a right straight. He comes in again and eats on uppercut. Bisping lands the inside leg kick again. Swing and a miss from Belfort. Belfort lands a body kick. Bisping tapping Belfort with the jab. Bisping tries to call time-out for an eye poke, but changes his mind and goes right back in. Bisping moves in with a punch and spinning kick but doesn’t have the right range. Belfort lands a punch that staggers Bisping, and chases him with punches as the round ends. That might be enough to give Belfort the edge.

Round 2: Low leg kick from Bisping. Belfort scares Bisping off with a fast straight. 1-2 from Belfort. Bisping jabs. A massive left-head kick from Belfort drops Bisping! Belfort lays on some finishing punches from the top and it’s all over.
Belfort def. Bisping via TKO, 1:27 of round 2. Belfort says he’s only there because of God. He thanks his wife, camp, and Brazil, and gives all the glory to Jesus. Then he loses his mind about Chael Sonnen, ordering Dana and Lorenzo to get that clown out of the title fight with Jon Jones. Hey, from your mouth to God’s ears, buddy.

Michael Bisping has no sour grapes in his post-fight interview. “He was the better man…you win some, you lose some, I’m not going away.”

So now what? Weidman vs. Lombard for the next middleweight title shot? I doubt Belfort will be getting another chance any time soon, despite his post-fight pleas.

And now we get a look at Edson Barboza’s execution of Lucas Martins from the prelims. Martins gets kicked in the balls about 30 seconds into the fight, and pops a squat against the cage to recover. Ugh. He’s going back in after about a minute and a half, but you can tell he’s not completely ready. Martins is a game opponent, active with his attacks even if they’re not doing much. He gets a little too wild, though, swinging his punches during a striking blitz and leaving his chin out. Barboza finds it with a left hand, and Martins’s legs go all noodly. Barboza slams down punches as Martins’s head is wedged against the fence, and Martins eventually taps to the onslaught. The fight is stopped at 2:38 of the first frame.

That’s it, folks. If you’re on the East Coast and you have no taste in comedy, enjoy the new episode of Anger Management.

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macreadysshack- January 20, 2013 at 9:11 am
Still can't catch HGH, huh, Belfort? You got your TRT+HGH+Jesus stack - what else does a guy really need? When guys get to looking like Belfort (his face has been altered by HGH as much as or more than Overeem's) and not get caught, the entire testing system is a total joke.
macreadysshack- January 20, 2013 at 8:49 am
CP, FYI: article has Rothwell subbing Gonzaga in the fight summary.
Thumblaster- January 20, 2013 at 6:46 am
Vitor vs. lombard sounds good but why was vitor calling out jon jones and not silva?
Thumblaster- January 20, 2013 at 6:44 am
I dont like overtly religous people it makes me uncomfortable when people preach to you. I think faith, religion is a personal thing and I try not to realy talk about it. When vitor or bendo start preaching I do want them to shut the fuck up but at least if you make fun of their god they do'nt hunt you down and cut your fucking head off. @ tall kitchenbags it's all good but say that shit about allah or god forbid draw a cartoon goofing on allah and i'll see you on the news amidst a bunch of shreaking lunatics with your head detached.
BigDaddyD- January 20, 2013 at 4:53 am
I think it's pretty sad when the non-religious attack those of faith. It's evolved into the religious being more tolerant of those who aren't. I commend folks like Ben Henderson and Vitor for talking the talk instead of Rampage Jackson who has a "God's street warrior" tattoo and humps female reporters legs, but has mentioned his "faith" on more than one occasion. But it's whatever. Congrats to the winners... except gonzaga, I dislike him because he looks like the missing link... along with bigfoot silva
rudedude- January 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm
#1 spot lol contender
rudedude- January 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I stopped following strikeforce since zuffa bought it waiting for it to merge who is there mdw champ ? Him vs vitor for #1 spot due to wineman injury ?
rudedude- January 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Always wanted vitor vs rampage but that will never happen
phil-th- January 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Vitor vs hector, there's a fight i wanna see for #1 con,

Or who you wanna see for vitor
dipsetkilla316- January 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm
So who's next for silva?
cman- January 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm
*bisping* losing.
cman- January 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm
@xeno. Obviously the 7 day war disagrees. And even in my very clouded belief, I can understand finding resolve in the unknown. Though I am enjoying the irony of belfort losing to a chicken leg kick. I can find Devine intervention there.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm
rudedude - agreed, Vitor can pretend in his mind that he is special all he wants, no harm no foul. Can't wait until some Islamic fighter (never a Jew, they never win) comes around and spouts that Allah blessed him over the infidel Catholic. That will be worth 2 minutes of Joe Rogan post fight interviews.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm
A fighter standing by his/her faith does nothing but allow them to leverage the self delusion for will power over grandiose views of their life. No one would really believe that any god would pick one christian/catholic fighter over another when it comes to skills and natural talent. How could Vitor have been in more favor then that of Bisping? The same can be asked of Dollaway. It was people in the audience that booed, not gods angels.
rudedude- January 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm
Ya ya it's lame when fighters come out praising Jesus but who fucking cares if they come out and put entertain fights then that's why I'm watching not for there 2 min with rogan after the fight.
whatchawhozeit- January 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm
At least with Tebow he is who he is all of the time no matter what is going on. We can all think of others who are actual hypocrites when it comes to their faith. They use it as a media/fan ploy to look better in the public eye because someone behind the scenes told them it was good for their image.
cman- January 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm
True, except any athlete of faith is accused of such, Tebow being a grand example. No matter what, their faith is used as a reason to hate them and attack them. Even as they show time and again it's real.
But those without attacking those with always sounds like the new fat chick attacking thin movement. Hypocritical and laughable.
whatchawhozeit- January 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm
@cman....I applaud those of faith that stand by it but one thing that does drive me nuts is when athletes use faith as a way to "get some fans"
cman- January 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm
I love people who hate those of faith to excuse their own little universal beliefs. It's like racism minus statistics or extreme left condemnation.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm
tallkitchenbags - yeah, all that good god shit is lame. I didn't see anything/anyone but him standing in the ring alone. Is alone such a hard concept for people to accept? Even if for only a few rounds...
tallkitchenbags- January 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm
belfort f*cks children with his priest friends.
tallkitchenbags- January 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm
belfort is a tool. i hope he gets disqualified for TRT, HGH or for swallowing bull semen. that stupidfuckingjesusfreak has been hit in the face too many times. he's a disgrace and obviously delusional. never thought i'd say it, but "war bisping" (even if he lost and he's a bit of douche...
tallkitchenbags- January 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm
jesus sucks dog dick. keep religion out of sport and public life.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm
@FBF - better yet, give him "Toquinho". I good ole fashioned leg breaking might put him out of commission for good.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm
angry little feet - nothing wrong with pretty in pink on a Saturday night. As long as you are willing to make a couple sammys later while barefoot in the kitchen. GRIN