UFC 133 Results: Vitor Belfort Looks Impressive, Knocks out Yoshihiro Akiyama

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IAugust 6, 2011

Coming off his devastating front-kick knockout loss to Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort needed to look impressive in his return to the Octagon and he did not disappoint.

Belfort was facing a tough opponent in Yoshihiro Akiyama and made the fight look easy, winning by knockout in the first round. With the victory, Vitor became the first man ever to finish Yoshihiro with strikes.

Throughout the course of the first round, Belfort's hands looked much faster than Akiyama's; it seemed like just a matter of time until he caught Yoshihiro with something.

Less than two minutes in, Vitor caught Akiyama while Yoshihiro was already falling to the ground. The punch put Akiyama in serious trouble and Belfort, smelling blood in the water, swarmed him.

Yoshihiro held out as long as he could, but the unending onslaught of punches from Vitor proved to be overwhelming and Akiyama eventually went unconscious.

This was a big win for Belfort, who said after the fight that he wants to work his way back toward a title shot and is willing to fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him.

Given that this was a quick fight and Vitor sustained almost no damage, it's very likely that we could see him back in the Octagon soon. This works in Belfort's favor, who has cited a long layoff as part of the reason for his lackluster performance against Anderson Silva back at UFC 126.

As for Akiyama, this is the third straight loss in the UFC and his future is uncertain.

The UFC has a three-fight rule for most fighters, cutting competitors who lose three fights in a row, but they have made exceptions in the past.

Considering that Yoshihiro has put on three Fight of the Night performances in his last four fights, they might keep him around due his tendency to put on a good show for the fans.

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