UFC Fortaleza video recap: Shogun scores third round TKO win over Villante

Shogun Rua picks up his third straight win via a third round stoppage over Gian Villante. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua proved that he can still hang with his contemporaries at light heavyweight. The former 205-pound champion scored a third round TKO win over Serra-Longo fighter Gian Villante.
What was the high point of the fight?
The fight remained predominantly on the feet, with both men trading more punches than kicks. Villante did have his flashes of brilliance in the second round, but it was Rua who was able to land the harder shots.
Villante threw more kicks in the third, upon the advice of his corner, but Rua remained a step ahead. It was a matter of time before another one of his hard right hands landed that stunned Villante, in which Rua capitalized with a barrage of punches that eventually led to his third straight win.
Where do these two go from here?
Currently ranked number 13, Villante likely drops further down the rankings, and will need to pick up a string of wins to at the very least get to the top ten.
At 35-years-old, Rua showed that he still has a lot left in his tank. Currently at number six in the rankings, he may need to another victory to get himself back in the title contender conversation. Perhaps a fight against Jimi Manuwa could help answer those questions.
Watch it now, later or never?
Seeing a performance that is reminiscent of the Shogun of old is always refreshing to see, making this a must-watch fight.

LEGEND. Shogun brings it in Fortaleza! Excellent TKO victory over Gian Villante. #UFCFortaleza #UFCFightNight https://t.co/njINsIT896— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) March 12, 2017

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Kelvin Gastelum and Edson Barboza take home performance bonuses at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza

While one of them got the lively crowd in Fortaleza, Brazil on their feet, the other one silenced them for the night.

Edson Barboza’s highlight reel knockout of Beneil Dariush on the UFC Fight Night 106 main card on Saturday night was a thing of beauty. He landed a perfectly-timed flying knee just as Dariush was coming in, a blow that left Dariush out cold.

The knockout was enough to earn the lightweight Barboza a Performance of the Night bonus.

Another of the $50,000 POTN bonuses went to Kelvin Gastelum, who in his second fight since returning to 185 pounds knocked out Brazil’s own Vitor Belfort in the first round. The 25-year-old Gastelum punished Belfort, knocking him down earlier in the round, and then dropping him for good with a wicked left hand later on.

The end came at 3:52 of the first, which left the partisan crowd silent.

Also earning POTN bonuses were Michael Pazares, who scored a first-round submission of veteran Josh Burkman (north-south choke), and Paulo Henrique Costa, who defeated Gareth McClellan via first-round TKO (punches).

Both Pazares and “Borrachinha” took home an additional $50,000 as well.

No Fight of the Night bonus was handed out.

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Kelvin Gastelum vs. Vitor Belfort full fight video highlights

Watch Kelvin Gastelum vs. Vitor Belfort full fight video highlights from UFC Fight Night 106’s main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum took place March 11 at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. Longtime UFC veteran Vitor Belfort (26-13) faced off against middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) in the night’s main event, which aired live on FOX Sports 1. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Gastelum vs. Belfort, check out the live blog thanks to MMA FIghting’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Big John McCarthy is the referee for this main event. Crowd loved Vitor Belfort’s walkout. Gastelum takes middle. Belfort looking very different with no mohawk. It’s…

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UFC Fortaleza video recap: Barboza scores flying knee KO win over Dariush

Edson Barboza once again scored a highlight reel knockout, this time via flying knee over Beneil Dariush Edson Barboza brought himself further up the rankings after another huge win in front of his countrymen in Fortaleza, Brazil. The number five-ranked lightweight contender once again made the highlight reels with his flying knee knockout win over Beneil Dariush in the second round of their fight.
What was the high point of the fight?
It looked like Dariush was getting the better of Barboza on the feet, particularly in the first round. He was finding a home for his punches from close range, which left Barboza inefficient and tentative.
The momentum did swing slightly towards Barboza’s favor in the second round, when Dariush began slowing down. To shake things up, Dariush decided to shoot for a single leg takedown, but only met a flying knee to the face, ending the fight in decisive fashion, once again.
Where do these two go from here?
Barboza says he is ready to fight for the belt after his performance, as he picked up his third straight win. But given the depth of the lightweight division, he may need to take another big fight to prove himself worthy. Since Khabib Nurmagomedov’s status remains uncertain, he can test himself against Tony Ferguson, who is still likely aching to get back in the cage after his UFC 209 fight got scrapped.
Dariush likely drops out from the rankings and will need to fight his way back up again. He can take a fight against someone like Dustin Poirier, who is also looking to get a win momentum going.
Watch it now, later or never?
Edson Barboza i becoming known for highlight reel finishes, and this fight was another notable one. Definitely a must-watch.

UNREAL! @EdsonBarbozaJr is a human highlight reel. Flying Knee to the moon landed on Dariush FTW. #UFCFortaleza https://t.co/PNJtzlLvz6— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) March 12, 2017

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UFC Belfort vs Gastelum 6th Round post-fight show

Join Kid Nate + Zane Simon right after the fights for complete results, reactions and reviews of every bout on the UFC Fight Night 106 card featuring Vitor Belfort vs Kelvin Gastelum. Be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on YouTube and itunes, and check us out on SoundCloud as well.
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UFC Fortaleza post-fight bonuses: Gastelum and Prazeres among $50K winners

Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum in Fortaleza, Brazil. We tell you who won, who didn’t, and why. The Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil, was home to a fun night of fights, with four (T)KOs, three submissions, and five decisions, including a majority draw. Here’s our breakdown of the bonus-winning performances.
Performances of the Night: Edson Barboza, Kelvin Gastelum, Michel Prazeres and Paulo Borrachinha
Beneil Dariush spent the first eight and a half minutes of this fight proving he was a technical match for Edson Barboza on the feet. Then, at eight minutes and thirty five seconds, Barboza proved technical prowess is countered by a ridiculous flying knee, and knocked Dariush out cold. The Brazilian knockout artist picked up another win and a $50,000 bonus.
Kelvin Gastelum came into tonight’s event as the largest favorite on the card, and he showed why when he knocked Vitor Belfort out several times in one fight. The bout only lasted for three minutes and fifty two seconds, but that was enough time for Gastelum to drop Belfort twice and secure the finish along with a $50k bonus.
Michel Prazeres took on 43-fight veteran Josh Burkman and just assassinated him. The fight lasted one minute and 42 seconds, and for all 102 seconds of that, Burkman was either being punched, staggering from recently being punched, or being actively choked out. It was an impressive performance from Prazeres, and Burkman appeared to declare an end to his impressive and storied career when he left his gloves in the cage after the fight, however he later told reporters he wasn’t sure if he was ready to call his MMA career quits. Prazeres earned an extra $50,000 for his efforts.
Paulo Borrachinha opened the card by blitzing Garreth McLellan in under 90 seconds, blasting the South African with a brutal body kick-left hand combo that led to the swift finish and 50 Gs, baby!
Fight of the Night: None, nada, zilch, zero, zip.

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Video: David Lemieux flattens Curtis Stevens with one of the most violent left hooks you’ll ever see

Middleweight boxing contender David Lemieux smashed Curtis Stevens with a whopper of a left hook. While MMA fans were fixated on Edson Barboza annihilating Beneil Dariush with a flying knee worthy of KO of the Year (thus far), not even minutes after that fight ended, middleweight contender David Lemieux made a strong case for having boxing’s best KO of 2017. Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) was facing fellow contender Curtis Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs) in HBO’s Boxing After Dark main event in upstate New York, with expectation that this would not go the distance. It didn’t even last three full rounds.
Canada’s Lemieux is known for his ferocious punching power, and Stevens was on the receiving end of a walloping left hook (which HBO commentator Jim Lampley called a right hand, for some reason). Stevens was knocked out cold by that murderous shot, nearly out of the ring, and officials had to take him out of the ring on a stretcher. The latest update had Stevens as reportedly alert and taking a precautionary CT scan.

.@lemieuxboxing knocks @AssassinStevens out cold in round 3. #LemieuxStevens pic.twitter.com/plNMOBxCNU— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) March 12, 2017

Slow-motion replay at the end of this video:

Watch: Highlights from @lemieuxboxing’s round 3 KO over @AssassinStevens. #LemieuxStevens pic.twitter.com/qvziABNsfj— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) March 12, 2017

Lemieux has won his last three fights since getting picked apart and TKO’d by Gennady Golovkin in October 2015. For Stevens, this ends his two-fight winning run, and while he’d been stopped twice before, this was the first time he’d ever lost by clean KO.

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UFC Fight Night 106 in Tweets: Pros react to Kelvin Gastelum vs. Vitor Belfort, Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush, more

In just three months, Kelvin Gastelum has quickly climbed up the UFC’s middleweight rankings.

The former welterweight fighter scored a first-round technical knockout over MMA veteran Vitor Belfort in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil. The victory over Belfort marked Gastelum’s second consecutive victory since moving up a 185-pound division.

See below how the pros reacted to Gastelum’s knockout win over Belfort, as well as the rest of the fights in the main card:

Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum

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Mauricio Rua def. Gian Villante

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Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush

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Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau ends in draw

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Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means

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UFC Fortaleza full fight video highlights: Kelvin Gastelum silences crowd with TKO of Vitor Belfort

Check out the full fight video highlights of Kelvin Gastelum finishing the legend Vitor Belfort in the first round of the UFC Fortaleza main event. The UFC Fortaleza main event saw the UFC’s #10 ranked Kelvin Gastelum take out the #9 ranked middleweight weight Vitor Belfort with strikes in the first round. Gastelum dropped his foe with a straight left hand, but Belfort managed to recover and make it back to his feet. Gastelum proved to be too much for the aged veteran as another heavy punch sent Belfort crashing to the canvas for the second time. A few followup strikes and the referee stepped in to rescue Belfort. Kelvin Gastelum has now won 3-straight, and seems to have found a home in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Watch Kelvin Gastelum put down Vitor Belfort in the UFC Fortaleza main event:

Our @UltimateFighter champ and headliner picks up a huge W over an all-time legend tonight! Congrats @KelvinGastelum https://t.co/jlKIJbXsWW— FS1 (@FS1) March 12, 2017

Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Kelvin Gastelum’s massive win over Vitor Belfort:
Round 1 – Belfort with a body kick. Belfort went for a spinning kick but it was blocked. Gastelum with some awesome head movement to avoid Belfort punches. Gastelum landed but Belfort cracked him back wit ha counter left. Jumping knee and a left from Belfort. Gastelum landed hard to the nose. Jabs from Gastelum. Spinning kick from Belfort misses. Gastelum lands twice and then flattens him with a left! He’s all over him on the ground! Big shots! Belfort managed to hold on though, somehow. He’s up with 1:45 to go. Belfort with a big shot! He’s still there. Gastelum with some jabs. Vitor’s bloodied up. Gastelum drops him again with a left! Belfort just crumbled! Gastelum with a couple of followup punches but they weren’t even needed. Vitor was done like dinner.
Kelvin Gastelum defeated Vitor Belfort by TKO (strikes), 3:52 of round 1
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UFC Fight Night 106 results: Kelvin Gastelum rolls over Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort was looking for one more night of glory fighting in his homeland of Brazil.

Kelvin Gastelum wasn’t about to oblige him.

Gastelum displayed all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop in the main event of UFC Fight Night 106 in Forteleza, Brazil on Saturday night, as he buzzsawed his way to victory over the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

The Ultimate Figher 17 winner from Yuma, Ariz. drilled Belfort early and often en route to a TKO victory, getting the finish at 3:52 of the first round.

Gastelum gave a taste of what was to come early in the round, when he connected on a big right to the jaw and then dropped Belfort with a huge right hand.

It was to the veteran Belfort’s credit that he somehow managed to get back into the fight after that onslaught. But Gastelum wasn’t fazed. The end came soon thereafter as he landed a big right to the jaw and a precise straight right that brought the fight to an end.

Gastelum’s now had two impressive finishes at middleweight — he beat Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 — since he moved up to 185 following several weight-cut issues at welterweight.

And while Gastelum, who is now 14-2 afterhis 10th career finish, still seems to want to fight at welterweight, he hinted he’d like to fight another middleweight legend next.

“There’s a guy I really want,” Gastelum said. “I’m on a legends ass whuppin’ tour, June 3 maybe, Anderson [Silva] in Rio?”

The 39-year-old Belfort (29-14), whose career spans back all the way to the UFC’s one-night tournament days, has now lost three in a row and been finished in four of his past five. Despite obvious questions about retirement, Belfort indicated he wants to have at least one more go.

“Kelvin was the better fighter tonight,” Belfort said. “I have one fight on my contract, I’d like to fight in my hometown of Rio and then we’ll see from there.”

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