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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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