For approximately the first two minutes of the rubber match scrap, not much occurred at all, until Belfort sent “Hendo” reeling into the cage with a left head kick. Henderson attempted to cover up, but after eating a couple more shots, he stumbled to the floor. Belfort proceeded to land a few more punches, and referee Mario Yamasaki intervened.
Henderson was upset with the stoppage, and afterwards he said he was aware of what was going on the entire time. In the replay, however, it did look like the legend went limp for a second after taking a punch from above.
Glover Teixeira battled through the wrestling game of Patrick Cummins in the co-main event, and stopped the light-heavyweight with a flurry of punches in round two.
The card also saw rising bantamweight star Thomas Almeida demolish Anthony Birchak with a pounding right hand.
Here are the results for UFC Fight Night 77, which was hosted by Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Vitor Belfort def. Dan Henderson via KO (head kick and punches) R1, 2:07
Glover Teixeira def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (punches) R2, 1:12
Thomas Almeida def. Anthony Birchak via KO (punch) R1, 4:24
Alex Oliveira def. Piotr Hallmann via KO (punch) R3, 0:51
Rashid Magomedov def. Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Corey Anderson def. Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gleison Tibau def. Abel Trujillo via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 1:45
Johnny Case def. Yan Cabral via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Thiago Tavares def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:39
Chas Skelly def. Kevin Souza via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 1:56
Viscardi Andrade def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jimmie Rivera def. Pedro Munhoz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matheus Nicolau def. Bruno Korea via submission (choke) R3, 3:27