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Akiyama has one of the best entrances in all of MMA. He just does, don’t argue.
This middleweight co-main event will have Mario Yamasaki as referee.
Round 1: They touch gloves and Akiyama takes the center of the cage. They fire off inside leg kicks at the same time. Belfort barely misses with a high kick. Belfort tries the head kick again, but it’s blocked. Both men trying to find their range here early on. Akiyama tries for the front kick that Anderson Silva knocked him out with. Belfort drops Akiyama with a hard left hand on the top of the head. Akiyama gets up but a series of uppercuts puts him back down. Belfort beats him until he’s left face-first on the mat and Yamasaki is forced to call it.
Vitor Belfort defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via KO (strikes) 1:52 of round 1
Belfort tells Dana White, “I’m back!” He also gives the crowd some uplifting advice to deal with this tough economy…
Belfort wants back to the belt and, very fired up, he warns anyone who steps into the cage with him.