Vitor Belfort - Say what you will about Vitor Belfort’s resurgence and whether or not it’s directly related to his use of TRT but there is no denying the results as for the second time this year he finished a top 5 middleweight by knockout. This time around it was Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold who was looking to make a statement in his UFC debut. Instead it was Belfort who made his mark by dropping Rockhold with a spinning head kick followed by a flurry of trademark punches that forced the referee to intervene and stop the fight. The Brazilian crowd which was lively most of the night erupted upon the bouts conclusion as their fellow countrymen won in emphatic fashion and potentially earned himself another shot at the 185 pound title. This older version of Belfort resembles the old Vitor that fans have clamored for for years.
Lucas Matthysse – It may not have turned into the back and forth war that many fans expected yet even more surprisingly may have been the final result as Lucas Matthysse scored a third round stoppage of Lamont Peterson. Early on it looked as if Peterson would employ more of a boxing style and try to control the fight from a distance but it wouldn’t be long before Matthysse would force Peterson into his kind of fight. The Argentinian sent Peterson to the canvas late in the second round and although the Washington DC product got to his feet it felt like the beginning of the end. Matthysse came out looking for the finish in the third round and Peterson decided to stand his ground which would be a mistake as both fighters threw and landed hooks but it would be Matthysse’s which would do more damage sending Peterson to the canvas. Once again Lamont beat the count but was unsteady on his feet and Matthysse sensed as much rushing Peterson knocking him down once more where referee you stopped the contest. It was Matthysse’s best performance to date and sets up a long-awaited showdown between himself and WBC, WBA, and Ring 140 pound champ Danny Garcia.