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Rockhold Promises He Will Break Belfort In His Debut At UFC on FX This Saturday

Posted by Jack "The Hammer" Howard on 5/13/2013 7:48:23 PM

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones set the tone for the month of May with a dominant knockout win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 159. Now it is former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold that is looking to set the tone in another division, as he challenges Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut. Rockhold ended his time in Strikeforce as the champion on the heels of a nine-fight sports betting win streak, and promised the MMA world he would break one of the top contenders in the division in Belfort in the main event of the UFC on FX event.

UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold
Saturday May 18, 2013
Arena Jaragua, Jaraqua do Sul, Brazil

Rockhold is already popular enough to hold down a main event in the UFC, and Belfort is a worthy opponent. The highly anticipated return to Brazil should end with a bang, as both fighters have the potential to end the online sportsbook tilt before the final bell. Belfort has scored 18 finishes in his career – 15 of which have come via submission. Of his 11 finishes in the UFC, 10 of them have come in the first round. There is no doubt that Belfort will come out firing as he looks to end this fight as soon as possible, and Rockhold will have the same mindset. Rockhold has six submission wins and two knockouts in 10-career wins, and at 28-years old he will be fighting with a sense of urgency as he looks to make a successful debut. All eight of his finishes have come in the first round, and he will be gunning for No. 9 against Belfort.

In addition to the main event, there is a ton of homegrown talent that will look to have the crowd on its feet. Ronaldo Souza, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Rafael Natal were all born and raised in Brazil, and each of those fighters will be looking to make a strong imprssion in front of their home fans. Nicknamed Jacare, the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Souza will have his hands full against Chris Camozzi, who is looking to extend his streak of four-straight wins in the UFC. Souza is a takedown specialist that can control the fight both standing and on the mat, and with 13-career submissions he will provide the toughest test that Camozzi has faced so far.

Dos Anjos and Evan Dunham aren’t nearly as likely to spend time on the mat thanks to their excellent takedown defense, and that should result in a more upright fight with the emphasis on standing and throwing. The main event will start with Natal and Joao Zeferino in the first of three middleweight bouts on the main online betting card, and it could be the wildest of the four as neither fighter has anything to lose but a lot to gain.

The crowds in Brazil have been outstanding so far, and with a ton of homegrown talent and four exciting match ups, that isn’t likely to change at the UFC on FX: Belfort vs Rockhold event, especially with all of the smack that Rockhold has talked in the weeks leading up to it.

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