Former champ Vitor Belfort stops Michael Bisping with a second round kick to the head.
Vitor Belfort: A
Belfort came into his fight with Michael Bisping looking jacked-up and in shape. The former Lightweight champion also came into the fight knowing that a title shot was not at stake for him, the same way it was for the Brit. But, regardless of title implications, the Brazilian put on a quite a show with his second round stoppage of Bisping. Vitor hit his opponent with a beautiful leg kick to the head at the end of the first round, and another in the second, which essentially ended the fight. Vitor called out Jon Jones after the match, and may be looking to move back up to 205, where a fight with Shogun Hua or even Lyoto Machida would be interesting.
C.B Dollaway/Daniel Sarafian: A
Dollaway and Sarafian won ‘Fight of the Night’ honors for their back and forth three-round brawl. Each fighter took home an extra $50K, as well as some momentum in the Middleweight division. Dollaway is looking to build up a win streak that might get him into the mix of contenders at 185, while Sarafian walked away from the octagon with an impressive UFC debut under his belt.
Gabriel Gonzaga: B+
Gonzaga showed some solid wrestling and a nice ground game during his second round submission of Ben Rothwell. Gonzaga looked solid during the fight, but, the unfortunate truth is, he his not anywhere near the top contenders in the Heavyweight division. The Brazilian is a notch below gate keeper status, and will probably be used to as a stepping stone for young, up and coming Heavyweights.
Michael Bisping: C
Bisping simply got beat by the better man on Saturday—nothing more, nothing less. Belfort is still an elite MMA practitioner, so a loss to him is nothing to hang your head over. Bisping’s title shot was derailed but let’s face it, he probably wouldn’t have challenged Anderson Silva in a championship matchup anyway.
Ben Rothwell: D
Rothwell did not look good, at all, in his return to the octagon after an extended layoff. ‘Big’ Ben was slow with his striking, never got comfortable, and tapped to a poorly executed guillotine choke that most other fights would have been able to escape from. The heavy handed Rothwell still has an impressive victory over Brendan Schuab under his belt, so he is probably not in danger of being cut.