The Ultimate Fighting Championships couldn't have asked for a better start in 2013, as "UFC on FX 7" delivered some very entertaining bouts. Here are the results of the UFC on FX 7 fight card, held on Jan. 19, at the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil:
Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping
Bisping got off to a good start against Belfort at UFC on FX 7, getting the better of the striking exchanges early on. Belfort turned things around during the final 30 seconds of the round, hurting Bisping and blasting away against the cage.
Belfort picked up from the there early in the second round, dropping "The Count" with a head-kick, following up with punches on the ground. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout at the 2:37 mark of the second round.
Once again, the UFC's middleweight title is a complete mess, since Bisping will no longer get a shot at current champion, Anderson Silva.
As for Belfort, the Brazilian wants a rematch against light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and he had a few things to say about Chael Sonnen during his post-fight interview.
"I want the belt," Belfort said shortly after the fight. "Take that punk Chael Sonnen -- I don't even know what your name is -- get out! Dana [White], Lorenzo [Ferttita] take him out. Let me fight Jon Jones! Get that clown away!"
C.B. Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian
Sarafian dominated the first round of their UFC on FX 7 encounter, effortlessly stuffing Dollaway's takedowns and landing hard shots. Sarafian controlled the opening minutes of the second round, but C.B turned things around during the final minute, dropping the Brazilian with an uppercut. Dollaway followed up with a vicious salvo of punches, and he probably would have finished the bout if Sarafian wasn't saved by the bell.
A back-and-forth third round ensued, but C.B. was clearly the more dominant fighter.
All three Octagon-side judges scored the fight 29-28, with two giving Dollaway the nod. The heavily Brazilian crowd didn't agree with the decision, responding with boos. But I also scored the fight 29-28 in favor of C.B.
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell
Gonzaga dominated the opening moments of their UFC on FX 7 fight, keeping Rothwell pinned against the cage for the majority of their encounter. "Napao" displayed his BJJ skills in the second round, locking up a standing guillotine when Rothwell got careless with his neck. Gonzaga pulled Rothwell down to his guard, shifting his hips and forcing the tap moments later.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares
After a feeling out period, Khabib caught Tavares with a lunging left uppercut, dropping the Brazilian to the canvas. "The Eagle" immediately jumped into half-guard, firing what much have been at least 20 unanswered, vicious elbows to Tavares' head before referee Dan Miragliotta finally stepped in and stopped the bout.
At this point, it's crystal clear Khabib is a force to be reckoned with in the UFC's lightweight division, and I look forward to watching his ascent up the rankings.
Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira (split-decision)
Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig (unanimous decision)
Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes (unanimous decision)
Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins (tapout due to strikes, round one)
Pedro Nobre vs. Iuri Alcantara (no-contest, bogus accidental foul call by Miragliotta. It should have been a TKO victory for Alcantara)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado (kneebar, round two)
Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith (arm-triangle, round one)