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UFC On FX: Belfort Vs. Rockhold Results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold.

Tonight’s card takes place from the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

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Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen

We open up action this afternoon in the lightweight division, as Lucas Martins (12-1) takes on Jeremy Larsen (8-3). The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Martins comes right out after Larsen and the crowd screams as the hometown favorite lands a kick. Larsen catches the kick this time and scores a single-leg takedown. On the way up, Larsen lands a big right that wobbles Martins and they clinch. Elbow-kick to the body combo for Martins, who appears to have his wits back. Larsen leaves the takedown attempt and lands an uppercut, following up with another trip takedown. Each strike and kick by Martins gets a huge, thunderous ovation from the crowd. Larsen with another right that floors Martins, as the Brazilian goes for a heel hook and a calf slicer before they get back to the feet. Awesome exchange, and Larsen lands another right. Full-throttle three minutes of action so far. Larsen with several rights and lefts, followed by a double-leg takedown. He scoops him back up and lands another double-leg slam. Martins with a front-kick and a right, just missing on a head-kick that allows Larsen to pounce.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larsen

Round 2: Martins with a combo and a high kick, as Larsen moves right into harms way. Again, Martins wobbles Larsen, as the American goes for a takedown to stay upright. Quick exchange off the clinch, as both fighters are moving a bit slower now. Larsen with both swelling and a cut now on his face, though, it feels as if he has landed the more powerful shots. Blood pouring from the cut and Martins lands several rights to that open wound. Larsen trying to land, but is getting blocked quite often now. Larsen, who just got cracked with a kick to his right, throws the arm and nearly floors Martins, following up with another. Appears as if the right arm is fine, unless Larsen is just ignoring the pain. Another big right by Larsen as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Martins

Round 3: And, just like that, a counter-right lands by Martins, dropping Larsen stiff. The ref steps in before any further damage can be done, as this one is over. Larsen dropped face first coming in and the crowd erupts in approval.

Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via KO (right-hand) at :13 of Round 3

Jussier Formiga vs. Chris Cariaso

Our first of two flyweight bouts takes the Octagon, as Jussier Formiga (14-2) seeks his first UFC win against Chris Cariaso (14-4). The man in charge will be Kevin Mulhall.

Round 1: Formiga with the clinch and takes the fight to the cage, seeking a sweep takedown and transitioning into a successful double-leg. Cariaso quickly to his feet, but Formiga with another takedown via a trip. Formiga into side control and looking to dish out punishment. Formiga in complete control, but has yet to do much damage to his opponent. The ref stands them up, as I agree with the decision because Formiga wasn’t really doing much on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Formiga

Round 2: Formiga comes right out and scores another takedown, moving to control and looking for a submission this time. The Brazilian is transitioning smoothly, trying to potentially find an open arm or take the back. Formiga mounts and starts hammering with lefts to the face, but allows Cariaso to get to guard. The ref stands them up again, much to the concern of Kenny Florian, who disagrees with the call.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Formiga

Round 3: Cariaso trying to keep the fight standing, but Formiga quickly grabs a leg and scores with another takedown, looking to keep him on the ground and himself in control. Cariaso finally lands, connecting with his left after the ref breaks up the clinch. Counter right lands from Cariaso. Cariaso comes in a little too fast and slips, allowing Formiga to gain control again with the clinch. Cariaso locks in a choke, takes Formiga to the ground, but the Brazilian sneaks out. Cariaso nearly stole this one, and lands with another takedown. Formiga cut open and Cariaso is landing elbows to the face. He needs a finish and has an opportunity as we go under 30 seconds. Cariaso moving quickly to find something, going to side control and working on an arm. More elbows from Cariaso, but Formiga survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso

Jussier Formiga def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov

We finish up the Facebook prelims with another flyweight tilt, as John Lineker (20-6) takes on Azamat Gashimov (10-2). The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Lineker starting fast, throwing his right and backing Gashimov up. The Russian import is making his flyweight debut, and is looking to use that to his advantage. Lineker, though, lands a stiff right that immediately floors Gashimov. Lineker pounces, but Gashimov is able to survive and score a takedown. What a right hand by Lineker, especially considering he is just a flyweight. Gashimov will likely be more cautious when trying to attack. Gashimov shoots, but Lineker sweeps and is in control. Lineker throwing haymakers, forcing Gashimov to shoot. Lineker now has him tied up and lands several rights. The ref takes a point away from Gashimov for grabbing the fence on his way down. Lineker drops him again and goes into the guard with 30 seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Lineker

Round 2: Upon review, it appeared the point deduction was a good move by the ref, as Gashimov used it to keep his balance on the takedown attempt by Lineker. Lineker hitting lefts and rights at will, as Gashimov appears to have no defense for the striking. The crowd starts cheering, and Lineker drops Gashimov with a kick to the body, pounces and this one is over. Lineker finishes Gashimov and does several sweet roles to celebrate.

John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via TKO (strikes) at 1:07 of Round 2

Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger Hollett

We open up action on the FUEL TV prelims with light heavyweights Fabio Maldonado (18-6) and Roger Hollett (13-4). Both are coming off losses and are looking for a much-needed victory. The referee will be Leon Roberts.

Round 1: No touch of gloves from these two, and Hollett quickly takes the center of the Octagon. Maldonado looking to work the body. And, after three fights, we have our first low blow, as Maldonado drops and is in an intense amount of pain. It was a straight spinning back kick to the groin from Hollett. Maldonado stood up and appeared to be ready to go, but quickly doubled-over. Hollett extends his glove and we are back to action. Maldonado appears amped up, attacking right away. Hollett with a takedown and moves into half-guard. Much like the Facebook prelims, Leon Roberts stands them up after no advancement. Maldonado taunting a little, asking Hollett to bring it, which he does, scoring a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hollett

Round 2: Straight right lands by Hollett, along with a sweeping left. Nice knee to the body from Hollett inside the clinch, as Maldonado starts to work the body with lefts and rights. Hollett spins away and works the body himself, and now Maldonado seems to have found his range, igniting the crowd in approval. Hollett looks fatigued, taking deep breaths and not throwing much anymore. Single-leg takedown attempt by Hollett, but Maldonado defends it and continues to work the body with lefts and rights. Blood pouring from left eye area of Hollett, as the Brazilian continues to land lefts and rights at will to the body. Maldonado appears to be breaking Hollett.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado

Round 3: Maldonado coming right out after Hollett. Dirty boxing, like Randy Couture made famous, being used by Maldonado, who tells Hollett to throw at his chin – to which Hollett responds with a body shot. Maldonado defends the takedown and goes back to the dirty boxing inside the clinch, which has just been killing Hollett. Left-right combo from Maldonado, who continues to taunt Hollett to hit him. Give Hollett credit, because he continues to stand and take these shots from a 205-plus-pound fighter. Big hook from Maldonado, but Hollett still stands. Maldonado stalking now, coming from his hip and throwing lefts and rights. Maldonado sews up the win with a trip takedown as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado

Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)

Yuri Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos

The lone bantamweight contest on the card is next with Yuri Alcantara (26-4) taking on Iliarde Santos (27-6-1). The third man inside the Octagon will be Kevin Mulhall.

Round 1: Two Brazilians set to entertain, so each punch and kick could give the crowd a reason to scream. Alcantara throws a huge flying knee that actually goes over the head of Santos, who is working for a takedown. Less than a minute in and it looks like Santos wants nothing to do with the striking of Alcantara. Big shots landing by Alcantara, who has Santos caught up against the fence. Everything that Alcantara throws is powerful, as he drops Santos and quickly follows up, forcing the ref to step in after only a handful of strikes.

Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos via TKO (strikes) at 2:31 of Round 1

Paulo Thiago vs. Michel Prazeres

Veteran Paulo Thiago (14-5) looks to snap a two-fight losing skid in the welterweight division when he welcomes Michel Prazeres (16-0) to the UFC. The referee in charge will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Interesting for Thiago here, as Prazeres is making his debut on somewhat short notice and is providing a stiff test for Thiago, who needs a win badly. Prazeres catches a big kick attempt and makes Thiago pay with a right. None of those much-talked about “Octagon jitters” for Prazeres, who is matching Thiago kick-for-kick and punch-for-punch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Prazeres

Round 2: Prazeres looks to be in incredible shape, as he is the biggest fighter but not looking one bit tired right now. Thiago catches him with a knee-right combo that drops Prazeres, following up on the ground and moving into guard. Prazeres reverses, but Thiago right back into control against the cage. Prazeres lands a big shot and is working to gain the advantage on the ground. Thiago quickly reverses back and lands some stiff elbows to the face of Prazeres to conclude the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thiago

Round 3: Now, after 10 minutes, Prazeres seems to be a little winded. Maybe that’s from the late-round attack by Thiago. Prazeres gets the better of a quick exchange, as Thiago clinches and pushes Prazeres against the fence. Another flurry of punches by Prazeres, followed by a combo from the newcomer. Thiago defends a takedown attempt, but Prazeres moves to a double-leg try. Thiago throws a big strike, but that only ignites Prazeres, who lands three straight of his own. With two minutes left, Prazeres is looking like he has a future in the UFC. Thiago with some nice leg kicks, but most of his strikes just don’t seem to be doing any noticeable damage. Just 30 seconds left, and Thiago gets a takedown that could win him the round and fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thiago

Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish

Back to the lightweights with Gleison Tibau (26-9) and John Cholish (8-2) each looking to get back into the win column after recent losses. Leon Roberts will be the referee.

Round 1: Tibau, a massive lightweight, goes to work on the body. Would be interesting to hear Tibau’s pre-fight weight, as he looks like a small middleweight/large welterweight right now compared to Cholish. Tibau catches a kick and storms, taking Cholish down. Cholish quickly back to his feet and avoids any punishment for the takedown. Tibau with a nice right-left combo that lands, backing Cholish up. Tibau catches another kick and counters with his heavy left. Big double-leg takedown scores for the Brazilian, as he looks to pass guard, but Cholish stands up. All Tibau over the first four-plus minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tibau

Round 2: Tibau quickly uses his excellent ground game, bringing this fight to the canvas. The Brazilian looks in an arm-in-guillotine and Cholish is forced to tap, ending his career with a submission defeat. Tibau’s big left hand just moments early put Cholish on his heels.

Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:34 of Round 2

Francisco Trinaldo vs. Mike Rio

It’s prelim co-main event time, as lightweights Francisco Trinaldo (12-2) and Mike Rio (9-1) duke it out. Both are looking to make a move in the rankings. The referee will be Kevin Mulhall.

Round 1: If you’ve never seen Rio, the guy could totally play Huge Jackman’s stunt double in “Wolverine,” thus the reason for his nickname. Both of these fighters are TUF alums, as Trinaldo was part of the Brazilian season. Rio with a takedown and moving to side control, locking up the neck of Trinaldo. Back to the feet and Trinaldo now has Rio up against the fence. And just like that, this one is over, as Trinaldo chokes Rio out with an arm-in-triangle.

Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via submission (arm-in-triangle choke) at 3:08 of Round 1

Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz

We’ve come to the main event for the prelims, as featherweights Hacran Dias (21-1-1) and Nik Lentz (23-5-2) look to continue a night filled with finishes and excellent fights. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: The training partner of UFC champs Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, Dias, likely faces less skilled fighters in his actual bouts; that’s no knock on Lentz, just the training partners of Dias are ultra-talented. Dias fights off a takedown attempt of the Minnesota native. Using his left, Dias is finding his range and damaging Lentz at the same time. Lentz with a nice combo that includes a solid uppercut that lands. Lentz trying his best to wear on Dias, who switches and takes the back with a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dias

Round 2: Dias upping the pressure this round, and Lentz quickly goes for a takedown. Dias seems to slip and fall, allowing Lentz a chance to grab hold of him and grind. A hook in for Lentz, who is working for an opening to secure a possible rear-naked choke with three-plus minutes to go. Dias moves to guard, allowing Lentz to land several elbows. Dias to his feet, as Lentz controls the head and is working for another takedown. Lentz trying to take the back, settles for being inside the guard. Dias has appeared to use the fence a couple times to keep his balance, so it will be interesting to see if the referee takes a point away. As close as this fight is, it could be the difference.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 3: Dias warned again, but no point deduction. Lentz relentless, but Dias teeing off, and we have a war – and the crowd is back in it. Dias is trying to strike, while Lentz is going for the takedown. Lentz pulls guard with a headlock, possible choke attempt, but Dias is able to get free and in the strong position with three minutes left. Dias trying to lock in an arm-in-triangle, but Lentz gets free. Back to the feet with a minute left, and these two have had an interesting war so far. Lentz goes for the takedown, eats a couple of shots, and we’ll go to the scorecards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dias

Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-28)


Rafael Natal vs. Joao Zeferino

We begin the main card with the first of three middleweight bouts. Rafael Natal (15-4-1) was originally set to face Chris Camozzi, but Camozzi was moved to the co-main event. Instead, he’ll welcome Joao Zeferino (13-4) to the Octagon. Leon Roberts serves as the man in charge.

Round 1: Loud ovation for Zeferino, who was born in Santa Catarina. Zeferino lands the first big shot, backing Natal up – and does it again. Zeferino comes in and attacks, but Natal lands a nice counter to halt the movement. Zeferino is the aggressor, but he’ll need to watch out for those counter shots from Natal, who has knockout power. Zeferino looking for an inside heel hook, but Natal counters, as they are both tied up in the 50-50 guard right now. Another hook attempt by Zeferino. Enough of the 50-50, as neither fighter were able to lock in a submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Zeferino

Round 2: Zeferino with another big shot to start the round, but is unable to secure the takedown. He goes for it again, and gets Natal down, but only for a brief moment. Zeferino down to one knee, as he appears to have hit a bit of a wall. Natal takes the opening, telling Zeferino to stand up. Still two minutes left in the round, and you have to think Natal knows Zeferino is winded and/or gassed. Big left by Zeferino, though, seems to shock Natal. Natal swoops in and winds up in the guard with just under a minute to go in the round. Few nice elbows by Natal to finish the round strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Natal

Round 3: Both fighters embrace the crowd, looking for encouragement at the start of the final round. Natal appears to have more power behind his strikes, but Zeferino is still keeping him from putting together any combos with his kicks. Natal gets caught with a side kick, and Zeferino takes the back. However, it’s Natal who scores the takedown, moving to half guard and looking to do work. We go under two minutes, and the newcomer is going to need to do something here to win this fight, as this round has been all Natal – as was the second. Into side control and looking to either punish or tie up Zeferino now is Natal, who takes the back, does work than back to mount.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Natal

Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham

The lone non-middleweight fight on the main card is up, as lightweights Rafael dos Anjos (18-6) and Evan Dunham (14-3) duke it out. Dunham is seeking his second straight win over a Brazilian and fourth victory in his last five fights. Dos Anjos is riding a three-fight win streak. The referee will be Kevin Mulhall.

Round 1: Vicious leg kick by dos Anjos to start things, as Dunham is going to have welts if those continue to be not checked. Dunham answering back with a few jabs, keeping dos Anjos at bay. Big overhand left misses from dos Anjos, as Dunham counters back. Dunham catches a kick and scores a quick takedown, working into the guard. The ref has seen enough and stands them up with seconds left in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for dos Anjos

Round 2: Dos Anjos getting the better of this round with his striking, as it seems to be more crisp and accurate than Dunham’s. Nice knee to the head lands from dos Anjos, but Dunham quickly comes back, and the Brazilian is busted open. Dunham finding his range with his lefts and rights, stringing punches together. Both fighters seem to be throwing the same punches at the same time, but Dunham lands a big left hook. Flying knee right to the area that is cut by Dunham and plenty of blood pouring from the face of dos Anjos now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dunham

Round 3: The between-round-review shows an accidental headbutt caused the cut, which is deep, on dos Anjos’ eye. Dunham trying to take this to the ground, but dos Anjos is defending his wrestling well. Body kick by dos Anjos slows Dunham down, and another. A flying knee by dos Anjos just misses and the two engage in a nasty little exchange of uppercuts. Another kick to the body, as Dunham is leaving himself open with each punch. We go under 30 seconds, and this could go either way.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dunham

Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Chris Camozzi vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

It’s co-main event time, as Chris Camozzi (19-5) puts his four-fight win streak on the line against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3), who has won three straight since a loss to main event fighter Luke Rockhold in 2011. The referee is Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: This could be the biggest night of Camozzi’s MMA life, as a win over Souza would propelled him to new heights. Souza showing why he is considered one of the best grapplers in the game, holding Camozzi down and working some ground-and-pound to pass. Souza has an arm of Camozzi tied up, but releases to move to side control. And, just like that, Souza shows why he is a force, moving to the mount and locking in a side-arm choke. This one is over.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Chris Camozzi via submission (arm-in-triangle choke) at 3:37 of Round 1

Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold

We’ve arrived at the main event, and if the weigh-ins and pre-fight press conference have given us any indication, this should be a war, as former UFC champion Vitor Belfort (22-10) welcomes the final Strikeforce middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold (10-1), to the Octagon. Leon Roberts will oversee the action.

Round 1: A very serious Rockhold, and equally serious Belfort, and we have no glove touch. Rockhold stalking Belfort, looking for an opening, and slips. He quickly gets to his feet and is back on the stalk. Belfort catches Rockhold with a solid right and ties him up against the fence. Rockhold seems to have eased up a bit after that attack, looking more calm now. It feels like Rockhold wants Belfort over-anxious, maybe looking to catch him coming in unprotected. Belfort lands a spinning back kick and pounces, finishing Rockhold with a flurry and an “OH MY GOD” from Kenny Florian. The crowd goes crazy and Rockhold is slow to get to his feet.

Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 1