There’s a new contender in town…
Going down in Brazil last night was an exciting free card, and it was filled with finishes. UFC Fight Night 106 offered some great matchmaking paired with some legends of MMA. As a result, the card was tons better than even UFC 209, a pay-per-view event.
Featuring in the main event were two middleweights at opposite ends of their respective careers. Way back in the 1990’s, Vitor Belfort was a testosterone-fuelled killing machine. Now, ‘The Phenom’ is a shell of his former self, and he came up against a stern match in Brazil.
Gastelum vs. Belfort
From the opening bell it was clear that Gastelum wasn’t playing. Switching from southpaw to orthodox and back, Gastelum launched hard jabs to the nose of Belfort. Countering with strikes of his own, the ageing ‘Phenom’ was able to land a few, but of little to no significance.
Belfort the first round had even finished, ‘Mini Cain’ got the job done. Watch as Gastelum takes out one of the longest serving UFC fighters ever, and it ain’t pretty:
After getting squashed by Gastelum, that’s three fights by KO loss in a row for Belfort. What’s next? Well, according to the Brazilian, he wants the UFC tocreate a ‘legends league,’ with different rules and bigger gloves (and maybe TRT?).
UFC Fight Night 106 Results
Kelvin Gastelum def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:52
Mauricio Rua def. Gian Villante via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:59
Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush via knockout (knee) – Round 2, 3:35
Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau declared majority draw (29-27 Reneau, 28-28, 28-28)
Alex Oliveira def. Tim Means via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:38
Kevin Lee def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:12
Sergio Moraes def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Soto def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Michel Prazeres def. Josh Burkman via submission (north-south choke) – Round 1, 1:42
Jeremy Kennedy def. Rony Jason via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Paulo Borrachinha def. Garreth McLellan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:17