As many folks predicted Souza would do, the middleweight contender immediately closed the distance on Belfort, negated his vaunted striking game, and took the scrap to the floor. Belfort was able to get up-and-out at one point, but after the fight hit the deck again, Souza continued to batter him with punches and that was that.
After the impressive win, here is some of what Souza had to say (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“That was the plan to totally dominate him. He was a little slow and I was surprised by that. I’m really happy with the victory.”
It was a devastating loss for Belfort, no question. Can the 39 year-old make another title run at this stage of the game?