UFC Fight Night 77 results: Biggest winners, losers from ‘Belfort vs. Henderson 3’ last night in Sao Paulo
For the fifth time in 2015, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) came through to Brazil last night (Sat., Nov. 7, 2015) for a scintillating UFC Fight Night 77 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil and featured a middleweight trilogy tilt consisting of powerful veterans Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
Burning Questions Heading into UFC 193
It’s that time of the year again. Ronda Rousey is about to step back into the Octagon, and with that, Facebook timelines will explode. Twitter will be popping with celebrities feigning fight fandom. Water coolers will become crowded with chatter about maybe going to see the fights at (insert name of local bar here).
Rousey has turned UFC events into actual events. That’s something that hasn’t been seen since the days of Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.
Oh, and there are plenty of other fights on the card as well. Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker is a tantalizing middleweight fight that could have major Top 10 ramifications. Joanna Jedrzejczyk will look to get some of the rub off Ronda and has a perfect showcase matchup opposite Quebecois grappler Valerie Letourneau. Oh, and Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva 2!
So what’s worth talking about over the next week? Read on and find out.
UFC fighter scores one of the most brutal knockouts you’ll ever see
By: Nick Schwartz | November 8, 2015 9:56 am Follow @Nick_Schwartz
Undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Thomas Almeida crushed Anthony Birchak in São Paulo at UFC Fight Night Saturday, and his first-round knockout might be the most vicious of the year.
Birchak crumples to the mat vertically, and his head smacks off his own thigh — which springs him backward into the cage. It’s like watching a building implode.
Birchak congratulated Almeida on Twitter after the fight.
Well that was ugly. Thank you all for your support Thomas is just a world class striker! Thank you @ufc for the tremendous opportunity
— Anthony Birchak (@abirchakMMA) November 8, 2015
UFC 197 official for March 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
UFC senior vice president Giovani Decker announced late Saturday night that UFC 197 is official for March 5 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Decker made the news official at the post-fight press conference for UFC Fight Night 77.
The event will mark the sixth UFC pay-per-view to be held at the HSBC Arena since the promotion returned to Brazil in 2011 following a 13-year absence. That show, UFC 134, saw Anderson Silva defend his UFC middleweight title with an effortless second-round stoppage over Yushin Okami.
The UFC most recently visited Rio de Janeiro this past August, as bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey blew the doors off Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia with a memorable 34-second knockout in the night’s main event.