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Homegrown Talent Looks To Shine In Brazil For UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold

Posted by Jack "The Hammer" Howard on 5/15/2013 7:06:14 PM

The UFC on FX is heading south again, and this time it is the Arena Jaragus in Jaraqua do Sul, Brazil that will serve as the platform for an online sportsbook event comprised largely of homegrown talent. It will be the second time this year that the UFC visits the continent, and with Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Rafael Dos Anjos among the big names on the main card, you better believe the home fans will be on their feet for the main card. Belfort is the 36-year old veteran and the biggest Brazilian name on the card, and all eyes will be on the middleweight contender as he takes on former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold with major title implications up for grabs in the latest installment of the UFX on FX.

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

Belfort went four rounds with UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones before finally going down via submission, but bounced back with Knockout of the Night honors in a second-round TKO win over Michael Bisping back in January to get right back on track. Rockhold has promised to bring Belfort back down to Earth with another dominant performance as he makes his UFC debut after retiring from the now defunct Strikeforce promotion as champion. Rockhold had put together nine-straight sports betting wins – three of which came in title fights, and will be a tough obstacle for the hometown favorite Belfort in the main event.

The hottest market available to the UFC right now understands this sport better than any other group of online sports betting fans in the world, and they want to see their fighters come out on top. That includes Jacare Souza in the co-main event, as he clashes with Costa Philippou. Philippou has really built up his reputation in the UFC as one of the top contenders, and will be a solid challenge to Souza, who emerged as one of the stronger submission specialists in the Strikeforce promotion. While Souza has greatly improved his stand up game, there is a better chance he will try and keep the focus on the ground and playing the submission game against a much better striker in the boxer Phillippou.

One of the sleeper fights on the card that could end up being a lot better than most people expect is the bout between lightweights Rafael Dos Anjos and Evan Dunham. One of the only non-middleweight fights on the card, Dos Anjos has looked great in three-straight wins and has really improved his striking game. Dunham has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, but even with an improved striking game he is limited in terms of his takedown defense and ground attack. Dos Anjos should have the upper hand in one of the more intriguing bouts on the main card, and the hometown fans will absolutely love that.

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