Sunday November 8, 2015– Live from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil the UFC made their return to one of the biggest fan bases in all of MMA. With the card stacked with great fights, including a huge fight with title implications in the light heavyweight division between Glover Teixeira and Patrick Cummins. The main event was what all MMA fans have been waiting for, the 3rd fight between #4 rese tanked middleweight Vitor Belfort and the legend himself “Hendo” Dan Henderson. With their two first fights ending in a split with Hendo winning the first by decision, and the 2nd fight ending with a brutal KO by Belfort in the 1st round. The 3rd fight was something that all MMA fans needed to see and that’s exactly what they got. With a full stacked card of prelims to kick things off the undercard fighters didn’t hold anything back.
The 1st prelim bout was in the lightweight division as Matheus Nicolau (10-2-1) defeated Bruno Korea (4-2) by submission in the 3rd round. The featherweights were next up and Jimmie Rivera (17-1) defeated Pedro Munhoz (11-1) by split decision. The next fight was in the welterweight division as Viscardi Andrade (17-7) took on Gasan Umalatov (15-4-1), Umalatov with the unanimous decision. Next up in the featherweight division as Kevin Souza (19-3) took on Chas Skelly (14-1) and in the 2nd round Skelly gets the submission victory. Next up we stayed in the featherweight division as Clay Guida (32-12) took on Thiago Tavares (23-6-1) and early in the 1st round Thiago Tavares gets the guillotine submission victory. The Lightweights were Next as Yan Cabral (12-1) took on Johnny Case (21-4), Case gets the unanimous decision. In the final Prelim Bout we stayed in the lightweight division as Gleison Tibau (40-11) took on Abel Trujilo (12-6). A rear naked choke in the first round gives the veteran Tibau the victory. The main card kicked things off in the light heavyweight division as Fabio Maldonado (22-8) took on Corey Anderson (7-1), and after 3 rounds Anderson gets the unanimous decision victory. Next up the lightweights take center stage as Gilbert Burns (10-0) took on Rashid Magomedov (18-1), Magomedov gives Burns his first lost by unanimous decision. Next up on the main card we stay in the lightweight division as Alex Oliveira (12-2-1) took on Piotr Hallmann (15-4), and in the 3rd round Oliveira gets the KO victory. Next up in the Bantamweight division Thomas Almeida (20-0) took on Anthony Birchak (12-2), and in the first round a dominating KO win for the undefeated Almeida.
Co Main Event Light Heavyweight
#4 Glover Teixeira Vs #9 Patrick Cummins
In the co main event the two of top light heavyweights took center stage with Teixeira looking for one more crack at the title, and Cummins looking to make a name for himself these knew how important a win would be. The 1st round started out with some soft striking which leads to a take down for Cummins. Teixeira finds his way back up and then finds himself back on the mat after another Cummins takedown. Glover escapes again and both fighters back to stand up, Cummins eats some heavy blows and starts to show wear, after a failed take down by Cummins, Teixeira lands a huge blow that rocks Cummins, and that leads to the end of the 1st round. The start of the 2nd round Teixeira continues were he left off by just pounding the face of Cummins, Cummins found himself against the cage taking shots and Herb Dean stops the fight and that’s it. Glover Teixeira wins by TKO in the 2nd round. A dominating performance no doubt and even with the take downs coming from Cummins Teixeira defended them perfectly and executed perfect combinations with his hands and it leads him to another big win.
Main Event Middleweight
#4 Vitor Belfort Vs #12 Dan Henderson
In the main event two legends took center stage in the middle of the octagon, maybe one of the biggest rubber matches in MMA history. In their first fight in Pride, Dan Henderson won by decision after clearly dominating Belfort back in 2006. Then in 2013 there second fight came in the UFC and an early devastating KO by Belfort evened out the score. Now the 3rd and final match what a rivalry what a battle. In the 1st round started out with both fighters showing each other respect very little action. Until Belfort finds his opening and plants a huge leg kick to the head of Henderson and it dropped Hendo. Belfort continued with ground and pound and that was it. Vitor Belfort wins the rubber match by KO. A very slow start followed by a huge finish, Belfort just waited and waited till the opening came. A rivalry comes to an end with two legends, and impressive dominating win for The Phenom.
After a great night of fighting, a bounce back win for Belfort, and a huge win for Glover Teixeira that will for sure make a change in the top 5 rankings. UFC fans in Brazil all leave with big smiles as both of their countrymen in the main and co main event come out with big wins.
UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 Results:
- Vitor Belfort def. Dan Henderson by
knockout (head kick, punches) in Round 1, 2:07
- Glover Teixeira def. Patrick Cummins by
TKO (punches) in Round 2, 1:12
- Thomas Almeida def. Anthony Birchak by
knockout (punch) in Round 1, 4:24
- Alex Oliveira def. Piotr Hallmann by
knockout (punch) in Round 3, 0:51
- Rashid Magomedov def. Gilbert Burns by
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Corey Anderson def. Fabio Maldonado
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD #2
- Gleison Tibau def. Abel Trujillo by
technical submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 1:45
- Johnny Case def. Yan Cabral by
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Thiago Tavares def. Clay Guida by
submission (guillotine choke) in Round 1, 0:39
- Chas Skelly def. Kevin Souza bu
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 1:56
PRELIMINARY CARD #1
- Viscardi Andrade def. Gasan Umalatov by
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jimmie Rivera def. Pedro Munhoz by
split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Matheus Nicolau def. Bruno Korea by
submission (guillotine choke) in Round 3, 3:37
UFC Fight Night Bonuses:
Performance of the Night each fighter took an extra $50k
- Vitor Belfort
- Thomas Almeida
- Glover Teixeira
- Thiago Tavares
By: Rick San Bartolome
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