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UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold — Live Results and Commentary

(And remember folks, this is a UFC main event, so the fight will be scheduled for five rounds, and both fighters will be allowed to receive injections of synthetic testosterone during training. Wait, what’s that? Only *one* of them can do that? Well how the fuck does that make any sense? / Photo via Getty Images)

Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to go live from Jaraguá do Sul — known to many* as the Kansas City of Brazil — for UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold. Once again, the Phenom has home-country advantage and the Lord’s blessing. Will that be enough to stave off the invasion of a young, hungry, and very amped-up former Strikeforce champ? Plus: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza makes his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi, and Rafael Dos Anjos clashes with Evan Dunham in the lightweight division.

Taking us through the play-by-play tonight will be Matt Kaplan, who will be stacking live results after the jump beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and toss in your own thoughts in the comments section — or just holler at us on twitter @CagePotatoMMA.

* Or perhaps, nobody?

MK here, live in Jaraguá do Sul and very excited for tonight’s Belfort-Rockhold main event. If Belfort is nearly as fired up by his countrymen tonight as he was at the weigh-ins yesterday, this fight will be the mutt’s nuts.

Man, I forgot how good watching Belfort drop Bisping felt. Great highlight. I also liked when Hendo dropped Bisping. And when Wanderlei dropped Bisping.

Rafael Natal vs. Joao Zeferino

Rd. 1 – Both men test the waters early, and Zeferino opens things up with a bight right overhand that connects. Zeferino kicks Natal in the right cheek. Wow, that was fast. Natal seems less sure with his striking than Zeferino and is feeling the pressure of Zeferino’s straight-ahead charge. Zeferino lands on top of Natal after a clinch against the fence. 50/50 guard, and Zeferino is working on a heel. Natal is chopping away on Zeferino’s left arm with his heel, but nah. The crowd is starting to boo as both men fight for position in 50-50 guard. Again Natal kicks at Zeferino’s left arm. Zeferino still wants that heel, dammit. The ref stands them up with 20 seconds left, but the crowd is still annoyed. I’d give that round to Zeferino, I guess.

Rd. 2 -Zeferino ignores Natal’s jabs and wings another overhand right. Natal stuffs a double, but Zeferino scores a takedown. Natal is right back up, though, and has Zeferino pressed against the cage. Zeferino reverses and has Natal against the fence. Both men separate and are back in the center of the cage. Things have slowed. The crowd again boos. Zeferino’s double is stuffed, and Natal has a front headlock on a downed Zeferino. Zeferino’s hands are real low. Natal charges in with a 1-2, but Zeferino counters. He looks gassed. Natal is producing at a higher rate now. Zeferino drops to his back, and Natal enters it behind a flying right hand. Natal finishes the round by dropping shots from Zeferino’s half guard.

Rd. 3 -Oh boy, they’re hugging. Natal is fresher and letting his hands and feet go. Natal slugs away at Zeferino against the fence, but Zeferino escapes and lands a big right that got Natal’s attention. Close fight. Zeferino just threw a slow motion right cross and then another looping right overhand. Zeferino nearly catches the side kick from Natal, but is taken down in the ensuing scramble. Natal is in half guard now. Natal is droping punches and is back in full guard with 1:30 to go. Zeferino is stopping the submission attempt, but is eating forearms to the ribs. And now he’s mounted. Natal is slamming away from the mount. Zeferino is survivng, but not much else. Strong finish from Natal.

Natal earns the unanimous decision victory. 

Anyone ever try this Sailor Jerry spiced rum? The commercial features a bunch of people who look a lot like me, so I feel like I should maybe get on this.

I think Bigfoot is gonna get that work from Cain Velazquez.

Evan Dunham vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Rd. 1 -Dunham has not been tanning down in Brazil. Huge leg kick from Dos Anjos. DosAnjos kicks upstairs now, but Dunham blocks. Dos Anjos is firing punch-kick combos fast and hard, while Dunham is sluggis out the gate. Dos Anjos is kicking and avoiding the counter punches from the pasty American. Good head movement too. Dos Anjos keeps firing, but Dunham is picking things up. Dunham counters a Dos Anjos kick and lands a takedown. Dunham in full guard and going to work with his closed fists. Ref stands them up with 13 seconds left, and Dos Anjos lands a wide left after missing with a right uppercut.

Rd. 2 - Dos Anjos lands an early left jab. Dunham lands the double. Dos Anjos is back up, then down, then back up again.Dunham is looking to clinch. Dos Anjos lands a hard right to the body. Dos Anjos looks for a single against the fence, but settles for a right hand to the side of Dunham’s head as both men retreat to the center of the cage. Dunham is finding his range, but Don Anjos is landing the harder, faster punches. Borth men are working, and Dos Anjos has blood from his right eye. Dos Anjos is starting to throw wildly, whereas Dunham is picking up the pace and punching with more accuracy. Dos Anjos unleashes the power with a kick-punch combo, and Dunham ends the round with a last-second takedown. Close fight so far.

Rd. 3 – Both men are letting the hands fly. Don Anjos has blood from hisn nose and right eye brow, and Dunham looks very sure of himself. Dos Anjos stuffs a double against the cage and lands a knee. Back in the center of the cage, Dunham eats a thunderous kick to his left side and a hook to the same side of his head. Both are bloody, both are firing away with straight punches and baaaad intentions. Dunham goes in for the single, but Dos Anjos keeps hismelf up. Dunham wants to do work in the clinch, but it’s Dos  Anjos who locks in the Thai clinch for a bit. 30 seconds left and we’re swinging away in the center of the octagon. Hooks to the body and head until the final bell. Great final frame.

Rafael Dos Anjos takes the unanimous decision. 

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Chris Camozzi

Rd. 1 – Camozzi isn’t afraid. He’s come out with 1-2s and kicks, but now Jacare’s got him against the cage. Biiig overhand right from Jacare. A trip from Jacare. Camozzi upkicks as Jacare descends into his guard. Over to half guard. Jacare is punching the body of Camozzi, who lands an upkick to Jarace’s face. And Jacare gets side control. Scramble. Omaplata? Yup. Camozzi is safe, but Jacare is back in side control. Make that a full mount. Head and arm choke time. Got it. Night night. 

Jacare wins by Rd. 1 sub.

Luke Rockhold vs. Vitor Belfort

Rd. 1 – Referee Leon Roberts gives the instructions and we’re under way. Rockhold misses a head kick and falls, but Vitor lets him up. Vitor fires a spin kick – just off. Rockhold shoots. Vitor hits Rockhold with a fast right, but Rockhold ties him up. In the center of the cage, Vitor shows his hand speed, just missing with punches, but scoring with low kicks that delight the crowd. Rockhold lands a left. Spinning heel kick. Rockhold is down. He’s out. Shit. I just saw the replay: wow. It was a tight, precise, spinning heel kick to the left side of Rockhold’s jaw that dropped him, and then Vitor connected with four monster punches to an already dazed young former Strikeforce champion.

 Vitor Belfort wins via first-round KO.

That was unreal. So who gets “The Phenom” next?

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Cora_Corral- May 23, 2013 at 4:52 am
til I saw the receipt which had said $7611, I did not believe neighbour was like they say actually earning money in there spare time at there computar.. there friends cousin has been doing this for only eleven months and at present repayed the loans on their villa and got a great new Lancia Straton. we looked here,
Mr_Misanthropy- May 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm
What happens if you water your weed plants with TRT and HGH in the nutrient solution?

You'd be superhuman after you hit the bong. Fucking Unstoppable. Aaaaaarrrgghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
mookiestick- May 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm
look, I'm a guy who's use steroids in the past. testosterone, deca, trenbolone, winnstrol, anavar you name it I've used it. I'm 47 years old. Let me tell you it makes you strong? makes your mind quick and makes your reflexes quicker, it makes you mean. It makes you a better fighter. I have the physique of a 25 year old. I weigh 175 pounds in bebch 275. No I'm not saying this to out myself I do it for personal reasons.good or bad. I'm not here to be judged. I'm just letting you know that that shit makes you feel like God. I don't fight people for a living.
algiersheadkick504- May 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Mark hunt on trt would be the greatest thing ever to happen to the heavyweight division since lesner
Goog- May 19, 2013 at 11:37 am
Can we talk about Tito or War Machine for a while? The geniuses in here arguing about TRT is the most beat-to-death topic in years.

Here's the news: The commission has set a legal range for your test levels and made a very clear set of standards for use if your doctor shows you're low. Vitor gets tested and passes every time. He's within the legal range set by the commission. Overeem is popped 16x greater than the allowance and the moral compass known as Cage Potato community still largely stands behind him.

If you don't like Vitor personally because he's a nice guy, fine. If you hate him because he's brazilian and you're Chael Sonnen, fine. He's a polarizing guy, it seems. But if he's tested and found to be well within the limits set by the commission itself, who are the fans to go up in arms? I'd love to hear the Mark Hunt is on TRT just to see how everyone would turn on him for absolutely no reason.
algiersheadkick504- May 19, 2013 at 11:11 am
A close to 40 year old who has done peds in the past and has been in wars would not be able to pull off that technique which does require timing but also torque and moment yu produce with yur body yu don't see cro cop wanderlei and shogun pulling off spinning fucking heel kicks that quick and powerful...trt
Get Off Me- May 19, 2013 at 9:58 am
The double standard with TRT is unreal...Chael Sonnen was celebrated inspite of being suspended for this shit and Vitor is shit on for this shit...Newsflash before there was TRT there was this classification call STEROIDS they used when guys injected themselves with testosterone mixed with other substances, most other major sports frown upon this practice(HGH aside) and the fans throw tomatoes at athletes who have been caught with PED's(another politically correct term). In mma it seems up until Dana White changed his tune, many a fan were on the fence at best, many thought this was perfectly acceptable. This is nothing new and it's like counterfeiting money, new anti theft measures get figured out and new drugs are available for which there is no shortage of demand. Athletes take PED's in every sport today, thanks to science Boldenone, deca, primo etc are detectable, but that just means there are more out there that aren't. Would just love to hear everybody call for a ban on the commission level for TRT exemptions.
Thumblaster- May 19, 2013 at 7:52 am
Just imagine how much more devestating that k.o. Would have been if belfort smoked some weed a couple of days before the fight
TheCrooner- May 19, 2013 at 7:24 am
It's just that its hard to like someone who acts like what he's doing isn't wrong. He is so cocky and if it wasn't for the TRT then he would not be able to compete at this level.
cman- May 19, 2013 at 7:16 am
Love hate, Jesus or TRT. Reality is rockhold is used to a lower level of competition. He was wide open and still feeling it out when he got nailed on a 2nd attempt on something they obviously saw available on film. Seriously, belfort spinning back heel kick? 2x? When he had a blatant speed advantage? I like rockhold, and hope he steps up his game, but he was outclassed.
danomite- May 19, 2013 at 6:38 am
@lilricky timing had nothing to do with that kick landing. Rockhold kept his hands low and his chin exposed throughout the whole fight. TRT did make Vitor faster, though. That's plain for anybody who has been watching him throughout his career to see. And when you combine Rockhold's sloppy defense and Vitor's new TRT infused speed, the only thing Vitor really had to do was practice his accuracy and it becomes not a matter of IF he lands that kick, but when.
lilricky707- May 19, 2013 at 11:03 am
lolwut? timing had nothing to do with it?? do me a favor and venture out of the basement and sign up for a kickboxing class. not as easy as it looks. nice imaginary observations from a 2 and a half minute fight.
Thumblaster- May 19, 2013 at 4:00 am
The answer is of course trt helped otherwise a 34 year old man would'nt sacrifice his body naturaly producing testosterone and have to take synthetics for life. Does trt work? Of course it does you stupid fucking retard thats why people use it . Hit vitor up on his celly he'll tell you it works.
lilricky707- May 19, 2013 at 11:04 am
"How did TRT influence his coordination and timing??? "
try again dipshit you avoided the question
Thumblaster- May 19, 2013 at 3:49 am
lilricky707- May 19, 2013 at 12:37 am
Wrong answer. The answer is it didn't . and apparently a lot of people care. Tard
masterbaitntackle- May 19, 2013 at 12:31 am
@LilRicky707: Who knows? Better yet....who cares? I don't...I'm a Belfort fan since '97....still won't stop me from making smartass comments concerning his history with steroids, TRT, & Jesus, bro... I feel like this: it's only cheating if you get caught....and if you get caught, u deserve what's coming to you...doesn't make u a bad person in my eyes, though
lilricky707- May 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm
Question?? How did TRT influence his coordination and timing??? Haters, that was pure technique not strength
BigDaddyD- May 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm
I see belfort thanked God, but not his precious TRT. I believe in God and consider myself a christian and I really don't think you need to thank God for kicking the crap out of another person. I don't think He favors those things lol. If you need TRT, maybe its time to hang up the open fingered gloves.
masterbaitntackle- May 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm
Expect Jesus, bro. Jesus and TRT....
TheCrooner- May 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Just TRT
danomite- May 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm
WHAT?! We had a fight picking contest and I missed it?
dipsetkilla316- May 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm
Old dog knew tricks? Or just trt
algiersheadkick504- May 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm
I believe I won that buffer book I got it right on the money fuckers
Nintendong- May 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm
dipsetkilla316- May 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm
Holy shit r u kidding me
dipsetkilla316- May 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm