Belfort was taken out by Souza in the opening round of their bout, which served as the co-headliner for the Curitiba card. The latter took Belfort to the floor not long into the fight, and quickly bloodied the vaunted striker with ground-and-pound strikes. “The Phenom” managed to get to his feet, but after the fight returned to the deck, Souza finished the deal with more punches.
A lot of people questioned whether Belfort could get by the ridiculously dangerous and talented Souza, but the consensus wasn’t that he’d lose in the opening frame. Well, recently Belfort posted the following comments on Facebook, regarding his disappointing night (via MMA Fighting.com):
“Saturday was a day that I went to work but didn’t work. Have you ever had that feeling?” Belfort said. “I learned through my life that we can’t stop learning, and the lesson I take from my fight Saturday is: don’t wait too much for the moment because if it doesn’t come and you don’t go for it, nothing will happen. I didn’t in my fight, I was focused in the defense and lost my main quality: the attack.
“If I could leave my learning here to you, that cost me a bitter defeat, is don’t wait for the moment to come, but go after it with the confident that you will conquer it. Merits to my opponent.”
Belfort did seem somewhat hesitant during the bout, and probably should have let the hands and feet fly, but when you’re facing one of the best grapplers in the sport that’s easier said than done. He certainly didn’t have much space to work with since Souza immediately began hunting for the takedown. Really, it was a near flawless victory for “Jacare”.
Now it will be very interesting to see what comes next for Belfort.