UFC 133 Results: Vitor Belfort Defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama on PPV
We're almost at the main event, but first, we get what many consider the darkhorse for Fight of the Night.
On paper, it looks like Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort should walk over Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama without much trouble. The Phenom is an utter nightmare on his feet and one of the sports all-time greats whereas Sexyama has had major trouble since arriving on the UFC scene.
But Yoshihiro has the sympathy of the non-Belfort fan world behind him, fighting with the tragedy suffered by his native Japan fresh in the minds of many fans.
So its a battle of mind versus heart—the smart money against the sentimental money.
And the smart money wins.
It didn't take long for the Phenom to stagger his opponent and then rush right over him with a relentless series of left hands to the damaged Japanese warrior. Sexyama tried to weather the storm and it seemed like he might even escape until a well-placed right hand sneaked through Akiyama's defense. The shot knocked him out cold and the ref had to step in to save the limp, defeated fighter.
Vitor Belfort defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama by TKO (punches) at 1:54 of the first round.
We all saw what UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva did to Belfort, so it's tough to argue he is right back atop the contenders' ladder in the 185-pound division. That said, Sexyama isn't chump change so the dominating victory definitely re-establishes the Phenom's footing within the division.
As for Akiyama, it might be curtains for his run in the UFC.
Given his backstory, it'd be a cruel blow to send him into exile at this particular juncture. Of course, the loss to Belfort is Yoshihiro's third straight and two of them have been stoppages. UFC President Dana White might take pity on the man, taking into account the uniquely adverse circumstances.
Then again, this is a business and only the cold-blooded thrive.
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