"The Phenom" Returns as Vitor Belfort Knocks Out Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IAugust 6, 2011

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  UFC fighter Vitor Belfort  (L) battles UFC fighter Rich Franklin (R) during their Catch weight bout at UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort at the American Airlines Center on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA—BleacherReport.com is live on location from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. for UFC 133.

The night's co-main event featured Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (20-9 MMA, 9-5 UFC) returning to action against Yoshihiro Akiyama for the first time since a February loss to Anderson Silva.

Belfort proved that he learned from the aforementioned loss by avoiding an Akiyama front kick and swarming him.

"The Phenom" sent Akiyama crashing to the canvas with a vicious left hand and followed suit with several heavy punches.

Belfort returns to the win column in impressive fashion and places himself back on track for another shot at the middleweight championship.

“I feel great," Belfort said post-fight. "God gave me the strength to move forward and I thank Him for that. I have the courage it takes to be one of the best. I feel strong, fit, powerful and fast.”

Result: Vitor Belfort defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via knockout (punches)—Round 1, 1:52.

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