This is one of the worst, if not the worst, cut in UFC history and Vitor Belfort was the cause of it. Just from the picture you can feel Marvin Eastman's pain at UFC 43.
Belfort was coming off of a loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 37.5, Eastman was coming off of a win in the now defunct WFA over Alex Stiebling.
This is a vintage Belfort fight and is a prime example of what you can expect next month at UFC 133—not the Belfort we saw get a taste of Anderson Silva's foot earlier this year at UFC 126.
The early part of the fight is both fighters feeling each other out. Belfort just waiting, plotting his first strike on Eastman. Belfort eventually gets Eastman in the clinch after a failed takedown attempt by Eastman and two knee strikes later Belfort sends his for to the mat.
Then begins the absolute pummeling by Belfort as punch after punch opens the Grand Canyon-deep cut on Eastman's head. Eventually referee Big John McCarthy steps in and calls a stop to the fight.
After this fight Eastman was out of the UFC and would only fight inside the Octagon four more times. Since this fight in June of 2003, Eastman has gone on to have a 12-10-1 record.
Belfort hasn't exactly had the greatest of careers since this fight. Belfort is 8-6 with his most recent loss coming in the aforementioned Silva fight for the middleweight title. But in his defense, the record he possesses since this fight doesn't speak entirely of his success.
Belfort would go on and fight Randy Couture for the UFC light heavyweight belt in the next fight and win (although it was due to a cut to Couture's eye). Belfort has also held the Cage Rage light heavyweight belt.
Thanks to Blake Dreisbach for the knockout for this article. You can check out his "Submission of the Day" article, here.