UFC on FX 8 Preview

UFC-on-FX-8-posterThe UFC continues to introduce some of the best fighters from Strikeforce into the fold of some of the best divisions in the UFC. At UFC on FX 8 it will be one of the best middleweights in the world who will make his debut as Luke Rockhold tries to make his impact in the toughest division in the UFC. The Middleweight division is not tough because of the amount of talent, although there is plenty of that, but mainly because of the champion who sits at the top. Anderson Silva has cleared out the middleweight division with all of the top contenders unable to beat him. As Silva gets rid of any contenders he begins to look to other fights including super fights with Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones to determine the greatest champion and the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Rockhold will look to end the plans of Silva to enter a super fight and force him to look in his own division for his greatest challenge yet. Rockhold had his own dominant streak in Strikeforce as he would make his debut in 2008 in Strikeforce and would not lose one fight on his way to the middleweight title. After winning the middleweight title in Strikeforce, Rockhold would not let go defending the belt four times before the promotion was disbanded and he was given a UFC contract. Now Rockhold looks to continue his dominance in the UFC as he tries to march to the top of the division and become the first fighter to beat Anderson Silva. To do this Rockhold will have to go through a UFC legend in Vitor Belfort who is looking for another shot at the middleweight title. Belfort is one of the original superstars of the UFC winning his first UFC title at 20 years old. Since then he has been a contender in every promotion is goes to whether it be Affliction, Pride, or the UFC. Belfort would leave the UFC but would return in 2009 and immediately make an impact which would earn him a title shot against Anderson Silva. He would lose the title fight but would move to the light heavyweight division for another title fight against Jon Jones. Another loss would put Belfort out of the running for another title but he continues to win and so he continues to be one of the top contenders in the middleweight division. He will be looking for another shot at Anderson Silva as he sits at the #2 spot in the division rankings and a win will put him at #1 after Silva takes on Chris Weidman later this year. The fight will be an important one for both fighters and it will likely be a very close bout between two well-rounded fighters. Belfort loves to stay standing and use his fast hands to overwhelm his opponents and earn the KO. Rockhold has the ability to keep Belfort on the outside using his kickboxing. Rockhold will try to do this and then take the fight to the ground where he believes he can overcome Belfort. The Phenom is no slouch on the ground but the fact is that Rockhold has won five of his nine fights by submission while Belfort has won four of his thirty-two fights by submission. The stats seem to favour Rockhold on the ground but Belfort is a Jiu Jitsu practitioner and has skills on the ground when the fight requires them. Both fighters will be looking to move up in the middleweight division for their chance to end the reign of the most dominant fighter in UFC history.  It will be a good fight and a close one but when the horn sounds it will be Rockhold who will come out on top in a unanimous decision victory.

With Vitor Belfort headlining the fight the place is sure to be loud but then again it is always loud when the UFC goes to Brazil. The UFC will return to one of the birthplaces of the sport as they travel to Jaragua, Brazil for UFC on FX 8. As with any fight outside of the USA the UFC will look to highlight the Brazilian fighters in the UFC. There will be plenty to watch besides Vitor Belfort including a newcomer to the UFC. Ronaldo Souza will make his UFC debut in front of his home crowd in Brazil even if the fight has had its changes. Souza was supposed to take on a top contender in Costa Phillippou but an injury would take Costa out of the picture. Souza would get a new opponent in Chris Camozzi changing but not ending his chance to have a home debut. Ranked #8 in the middleweight division Souza is looking to move up and get a chance to earn a UFC belt to go along with the Strikeforce belt he won in 2011, later lost to Luke Rockhold. Meanwhile Chris Camozzi is looking to spoil the party and make an impact with a great chance to do just that. Being thrown in to a fight with an elite middleweight is not always the best thing but what it does do for Camozzi is give him a chance to show he belongs in the top 10. Both fighters will have plenty to work towards as one fighter looks to make his home crowd cheer while the other looks to make an impression in the middleweight division.

 

Fight Card

Main Event:
“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold (Sportsnet ONE/FX)

 

Main Card:
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Chris Camozzi (Sportsnet ONE/FX)

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham (Sportsnet ONE/FX)

Rafael “Sapo” Natal vs. Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino (Sportsnet ONE/FX)

 

Undercard:
Hacran Dias vs. Nik “The Carny” Lentz (Sportsnet ONE/Fuel TV)

Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo vs. Mike “The Wolverine” Rio (Sportsnet ONE/Fuel TV)

Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish (Sportsnet ONE/Fuel TV)

Paulo Thiago vs. Michael “Tractor” Prazeres (Sportsnet ONE/Fuel TV)

Yuri “Marajo” Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos (Sportsnet ONE/Fuel TV)

Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger “The Hulk” Hollett (Sportsnet ONE/Fuel TV)

John “Hands of Stone” Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov (Facebook)

Jussier Formiga vs. Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (Facebook)

Lucas “Mineiro” Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen (Facebook)

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