UFC on FX 7 took place tonight at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paolo, Brazil. The four fight main card was punctuated by a middleweight clash between Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping that saw the Brazilian victorious in spectacular fashion. In other action, fighters C.B. Dollaway, Gabriel Gonzaga,and Khabib Nurmagomedov all notched wins on the FX main card.
Be sure to check out our full coverage of UFC on FX 7 including play-by-play, preliminary recaps, and more.
Belfort Floors Bisping, Aska for Rematch with Light Heavyweight Champion Jones
Michael Bisping had a lot riding on tonight’s fight with Vitor Belfort but he was unable to match the explosive power of the Brazilian. Belfort landed a left headkick in the first, but it was the second time that proved the charm. The Brazilian landed a crushing headkick on Bisping and quickly pounced with big strikes that put away the British fighter.
After the fight, Belfort called out Chael Sonnen and demanded that he, not Sonnen, should be the one to face off with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Dollaway Edges Sarafian in a Fantastic Fight
C.B. Dollaway was surprised by hometown fighter Daniel Sarafian’s effort tonight but still came away with the win. The bout really came down to one beautifully timed counter by Dollaway in the second round. With Sarafian holding an edge for the better part of the first two rounds, the Brazilian telegraphed a takedown attempt and ate a wicked uppercut from the ASU alumni. The win put The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil into survival mode for the rest of the round, which swung the round for him. The two would engage in a fantastic third round with neither fighter relenting despite their exhaustion. In the end, Dollaway would get the nod from the judges in a bout that truly could have gone either way.
Gonzaga Submits Rothwell
Gabriel Gonzaga wanted to win this fight against Ben Rothwell on the ground in front of the home crowd and he was able to accomplish that. Ironically, it was Gonzaga’s striking that actually enabled the Brazilian to win on the canvas. Gonzaga stunned Rothwell with a wicked right and shot in for a takedown. Rothwell executed an ugly sprawl and ended up in a standing arm-in guillotine. Rothwell would hold on as long as he could but eventually succumbed to the choke. Gonzaga has now won two straight since returning to the UFC at UFC 145.
Nurmagomedov Crushes Tavares
Khabib Nurmagomedov was looking to make a statement and he certainly did that against Thiago Tavares. Nurmagomedov kept to the outside early in the fight before landing big lead shots in quick rushes. The Dagestani fighter would use one of these rushes to land a devastating uppercut that floored the hometown fighter and he quickly pounced with massive elbows. Referee Dan Miraglotta was a bit slow on the stoppage, which led to Tavares taking a lot of unneeded shots. Nurmagomedov will likely get his wish in his next fight, as he improved to 19-0 with a victory.
Main Card (FX 9PM ET)
- Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping via TKO (head kick and punches) at 1:27 of Round 2
- C.B. Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:01 of Round 2
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via KO (punch and elbows) at 1:55 of Round 1
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV 6PM ET)
- Godofredo “Pepey” Castro def. Milton Vieira via split decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via split decision (29-28,29-28,29-28,)
- Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-28,30-27,30-26)
- Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via submission (strikes) at 2:38
- Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre ruled a no contest (accidental foul) Round 1
- Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado via submission (kneebar) at 2:39 of Round 2
Preliminary Card (Facebook 5:35PM ET)
- Francisco Trinaldo def. CJ Keith via submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:50 of Round 2