UFC 142 Fight Night Results - A Return to Rio
On Saturday 14 The River of January brought us UFC 142 for the second time, with a crowd of fans fit to implode the most popular (and second-most populous) Brazilian city. With a native son fighting in each fight, it was a card tailor-made for the home of jiu-jitsu, and it was truly meant to be a night for the Brazilians.
English fighter Terry Etim got the call out of the preliminaries and onto the Pay-per-view card as a result of his pointedly one-sided, 17-second submission of Faaloloto at UFC 138 in November of 2011, and a corresponding step up in competition to face the undefeated (through 9 fights) Brazilian lightweight Edson Barboza. As game as he always is, Etim pressed the attack early, driving the Brazilian back; unfortunately for Etim; it wasn’t to last. Barboza settled into a comfort zone of powerful and lightning-quick kicks that took the steam out of Etim’s early attack, and slowly but surely the Englishman was robbed of his formerly crisp footwork. Surfing the rising chant of his hometown crowd, Barboza unleashed a spinning wheel kick to the head that turned the lights off for Etim long before his rigid body even crashed to the canvas. It was one of the most devastating kicks in UFC history, and the crowd voiced its approval as the bout won Fight of the Night honors.
Vitor the Phenom Belfort is one of a handful of mixed-martial artists who causes fans to watch his bouts with bated breath; such is the power, speed and ferocity with which he usually dispatches opponents. Adding to his considerable legend is his recent loss to the greatest martial artist this century, Anderson Silva, with whom he stood toe-to-toe (something virtually unheard-of with the striking master) until catching a brilliantly-timed and placed front kick to the head that took him down. With two fantastic victories against top-notch opponents since that bout, the Phenom stepped in to face the huge and powerful welterweight Anthony Rumble Johnson, known for his one-limb (whether punch or kick) knockout power.
Rumble scored the first telling blow with a wicked shot to Vitor’s face on the ground that almost shut down his eye, but the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt used his decade-and-a-half of experience in the Octagon to calmly weather the storm. In the midst of another sweeping chorus of supportive chants from the pro-Brazilian-fighter crowd, the Phenom was able to impose his grappling will on the aggressive but quickly-tiring Johnson and submit him with a textbook rear-naked choke.Continued on the next page