UFC on FX 7 Results: Power Ranking the Stoppages from Brazil
The UFC returned to Brazil on Saturday, holding an underwhelming card that was so destined to be full of barnburners. From Pedro Nobre winning an Oscar for faking an injury to guys fighting tentative, UFC on FX could have been a lot better than it actually was.
That being said, there were six stoppages on the card. This includes a head kick knockout by Vitor Belfort on Michael Bisping that derailed the Brit's chances at getting a title shot in the near future.
Here is a power ranking of the submissions and knockouts from Saturday night.
Edson Barboza Def. Lucas Martins Via Submission (punches)
The fight between Edson Barboza and Lucas Martins was seen as a fight which would see a knockout after a fun striking battle.
Barboza got that finish that everyone was anticipating.
After clipping Martins, Barboza pounced on the UFC newcomer with vicious ground strikes. Martins tapped, as the referee didn't step in quickly enough and he was taking a bunch of damage.
I'm never a fan of tapping to strikes, so it starts off at the bottom of the list.
Francisco Trinaldo Def. C.J. Keith Via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
The card kicked off last night on Facebook, where Francisco Trinaldo met C.J. Keith. Trinaldo dominated from the opening bell.
Early on in the second round, Trinaldo got in a dominant position that looked like he would end the fight. He followed through on that, securing a very tight arm-triangle choke.
It was a nice looking submission in a fight largely dominated by the Brazilian.
Gabriel Gonzaga Def. Ben Rothwell Via Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Thank the lord that Gabriel Gonzaga finished the fight when he did last night, as it looked like the two heavyweights were gassing out.
Early in round two, Gonzaga rocked Rothwell and secured a tight guillotine choke. He pulled guard and locked it in tighter, which earned a tap from the American.
Had he not gotten that choke, I am afraid the two sucking all that wind in the cage would have made the fans pass out in the front rows from oxygen deprivation.
Ildemar Alcantara Def. Wagner Prado Via Submission (Kneebar)
Despite fighting up a weight class and doing it on short notice, Ildemar Alcantara prevailed against opponent Wagner Prado.
In the second round, Alcantara fished for a leg lock. After failing on an ankle lock attempt, Alcantara switched to a kneebar that looked absolutely nasty.
Prado screamed in pain and Alcantara walked away a winner by submission.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Def. Thiago Tavares Via Knockout (Elbows)
Khabib Nurmagomedov must have been in a rush last night because he didn't even entertain the idea of a long battle with Thiago Tavares.
In under two minutes, the Russian prospect drilled Tavares on the feet and dazed him. After some nasty elbows on the ground, Tavares was out cold and Nurmagomedov was deemed the winner.
Unfortunately, Dan Miragliotta, the referee, let Tavares take too much damage.
Vitor Belfort Def. Michael Bisping Via TKO (Head Kick and Punches)
The main event provided the best stoppage of the night. It saw the Brazilian Vitor Belfort knock Michael Bisping out with a nasty head kick and punches.
Like a bat out of hell, Belfort's shin embedded into Bisping's skull in a way so violent it gave me involuntary twitches all over my body. A few follow up shots later, Belfort had offically stolen Bisping's title aspirations from him.