Vitor Belfort Decisions Nate Marquardt, Says He Has Five Fights Left (UFC 212 Results)

Vitor Belfort hinted at retirement following his fight against Kelvin Gastelum in March, but has since decided that he’s not going anywhere. “The Phenom” may be 40-years-old, but he’s still ranked No. 11 in the middleweight division. On Saturday, Belfort returned to his native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to take on fellow veteran Nate Marquardt on the main card of UFC 212.

The two former champions showed each other a lot of respect throughout the fight, careful not to make a mistake.  Marquardt secured a takedown early in the opening round, but the referee stood them up a minute later due to the lack Vitor Belfortof offense by Marquardt.  Marquardt was the more active fighter while Belfort was looking for that fight-ending opening. 

In the second frame, Belfort picked up the pace.  He landed a counter uppercut that hurt Marquardt.  He flurried, looking for the finish.  He had Marquardt backed up against the cage and was unloading shots.  Marquardt covered and returned fire.  Late in the round, Marquardt landed a right hand that opened up a cut over Belfort’s left eye. 

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In the final round, Belfort went on the attack in the second half of the frame.  He unleashed high kicks and landed a big right hand that forced Marquardt to look for a takedown.  After fifteen minutes of fighting, the judges scored the fight for Belfort by unanimous decision.  All three judges scored the fight 29-28.

Despite the unanimous decision victory, Belfort wasn’t happy with his performance on Saturday.   

“I wanted to get a knockout. I’m sorry you guys I couldn’t get a knockout. It’s really what I wanted tonight. I wanted to fight the three rounds, but I wasn’t satisfied with my performance. I wanted that knockout,” said Belfort following the decision win.

During his post-fight interview, Belfort was asked about retirement. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut more than 20 years ago in 1996. He revealed that he has multiple fights left and that we’ll be seeing more of him inside the Octagon.

“I’ve got five more fights to go guys. You’re going to have to swallow Vitor Belfort. I’m going to reinvent myself and come back different every time,” he said.

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Claudia Gadelha Chokes Out Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UFC 212 Results)

Claudia Gadelha staked her claim for another title shot by choking out Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Coming into this fight, both women believed the winner would be next in line for a title shot. The only other fighter either has lost to is UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. In fact, Gadelha has lost to the champion twice, so it seemed a more difficult road for her to get back into contention despite her No. 1 ranking in the division.

But when you finish the No. 2 contender in the first round, it goes a long way toward making a case for another crack at the belt.

Kowalkiewicz looked good from the opening bell, taking the center of the Octagon, and using shifting footwork and movement to usher Gadelha around the cage. Before she could find her range, however, Gadelha closed the gap, clinched, and took her to the canvas.

Once on the ground, it was all Gadelha. 

She quickly took Kowalkiewicz’s back, slipped a hook in, slinked her arm under the Polish fighter’s chin, snuck her second hook in, and forced the tap. 

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Slightly more than three minutes into the fight and Gadelha would have her hand raised in victory. It was her most impressive performance to date, something she credits to her move to Luttrell-Yee MMA in Albuquerque, N.M.

“I have ben saying this whole week, you can’t expect different results if you keep doing the same thing the same thing the same thing. I’m a different fighter. It’s going to be (expletive) hard to beat me,” Gadelha said after the fight. 

Though she didn’t weigh in on what’s next for her in the cage, Gadelha has some definite plans that include fully relocating to Albuquerque.

“Right now, I’m concentrating on doing other things in my life. I know this, I’m moving to Albuquerque, buying a nice car, and getting a fancy dog.”

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Vitor Belfort After Beating Nate Marquradt: ‘I Got 5 More Fights to Go Guys’

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Though there was a lot of talk about retirement leading up to his fight with Nate Marquardt, after winning at UFC 212, Vitor Belfort declared, “I got five more fights guys.”

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UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway Post-Fight Press Conference Replay

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Following Saturday’s UFC 212 pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the big winners from the fight card fielded questions from the media at the Jeunesse Arena. Hear what they had to say about their fights and find out who earned the coveted fighter bonuses.

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Max Holloway Finishes Jose Aldo To Unify Belts (UFC 212 Results)

Hawaii’s Max Holloway went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to try and take the 145-pound title from Brazilian champion Jose Aldo and unify the featherweight belts. He entered the Octagon to boos as the interim titleholder and left it as the undisputed champion.

Aldo got off to solid start against Holloway. He hurt him with a left hand midway through the opening round. He was landing his counter shots and beating Holloway in the exchanges.Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway UFC 212 Weigh-in Face-Off

In the second round, Holloway picked up the pace but Aldo landed the cleaner strikes. As the round played out, Holloway began to gain momentum. He started taunting the champ. Aldo exploded with a combination in the closing seconds of the frame in response to the taunting.

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Between rounds, Holloway’s corner instructed him to increase his output. He listened to his corner. He moved forward and took the fight to Aldo. His right hand found a home and he started dictating the pace.

A combination dropped Aldo and Holloway went in for the kill. He mounted the Brazilian and unloaded with punches. Aldo scrambled out of the mount position but was still absorbing shots. “Blessed” landed a right hand that made Aldo go briefly limp. He mounted Aldo a second time and Aldo gave up his back. Holloway maintained dominant position and continues to throw punches. Referee John McCarthy warned Aldo to defend himself before stepping in seconds later to stop the fight.

“I’ve been telling you guys already, this is Blessed era,” he said before calling for a performance bonus.  “Dana White, where’s my 50K?  I want my check.  I’ll see you guys in Hawaii.  UFC Hawaii, make it happen.” 

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UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway Attendance Figures from Brazil

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the attendance numbers from UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway during the event’s post-fight press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 15,412 spectators attended the pay-per-view eveJose Aldo vs Max Holloway UFC 212 Weigh-in Face-Offnt at the Jeunesse Arena. It was the biggest turnout for a UFC event held in Rio.

“It’s the largest attendance of any event we’ve had in Rio,” said Joe Carr, Senior Vice President, Head of International and Content.

Those in attendance witnessed Max Holloway become the undisputed UFC featherweight champion by finishing Jose Aldo in the fight card’s main event. Holloway held the interim belt heading into the fight and Aldo was the 145-pound titleholder. A combination midway through the third round sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas. Holloway followed him to the ground and pounded away with punches until referee “Big” John McCarthy stopped the fight.

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In the co-main event, top strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha submitted No. 2 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the first round. Gadelha secured a takedown and Kowalkiewicz gave up her back in an effort to get back to her feet. It resulted in her tapping out to a rear-naked choke from the Brazilian.

With the success of the event, the fight promotion plans to return to Brazil in October.  There is a date set, but the location and venue remains undecided. 

“We have a date in October. We don’t have a city yet,” said Carr.  “It’s looking like Sao Paulo… but we’re looking at some other cities as well.”

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Vitor Belfort Picks Up Win Over Nate Marquardt (UFC 212 Fight Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Nate Marquardt  at UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Claudia Gadelha Earns $50,000 Extra for Quick Finish (UFC 212 Bonuses)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Rio de Janeiro on Saturday for UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. While the event itself was a hit, the headliner drawing Fight of the Night honors, the outcome wasn’t what most Brazilian fans were hoping for. 

Though it was an exciting, back-and-forth fight, Max Holloway finished home-country hero Jose Aldo to unify the featherweight championship. Aldo looked strong early, but Holloway rocked him and pounded him out in the third round of their main event fight. 

Their efforts earned the Fight of the Night honors, which is accompanied by a $50,000 bonus for each fighter.

Claudia Gadelha - TUF 23 FinaleAlthough Aldo was unable to get the victory, his fellow Brazilian Claudia Gadelha did just that, and in impressive fashion. 

Currently the No. 1 ranked fighter in the strawweight division, Gadelha cemented her position by finishing No. 2 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz slightly more than 3 minutes into the opening round of their fight. 

Gadelha was awarded a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for choking out Kowalkiewicz. 

The other Performance of the Night honor went to Brian Kelleher, who made quick work of Iuri Alcantara. Kelleher submitted Alcantara less than 2 minutes into their fight.

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UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway Fighter Bonuses

Fight of the Night:
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

Performances of the Night:
Claudia Gadelha
Brian Kelleher

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Claudia Gadelha Taps Out Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UFC 212 Fight Highlights)

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Check out highlights from the strawweight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The Blessed Era Begins, as Max Holloway Lights Up Twitter

Everyone was ushering in a new era after Max “Blessed” Holloway finished Jose Aldo at UFC 212 on Saturday night. And with that, let the “Blessed Era” begin!

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