We usually hear from Vitor Belfort after UFC events when he interrupts the post fight press conference by calling Dana White and asking for a title shot. Considering he was sitting right next to the UFC President, there were no interruptions tonight. As expected, Belfort expressed his confidence that he is next in line for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
“The Phenom” put on the performance of a lifetime tonight in front of a sold out crowd at the Goiânia Arena. Belfort made history when he became the first fighter to knock Dan Henderson out, and all he needed was a minute and change. Henderson connected with a big right hand, but was counter-punched and dropped with a hook from Belfort. After making it back to his feet, Henderson ate a head kick that sent him crashing to the mat. With his eyes rolled in the back of his head, it was clear the fight was over.
Taking his victories over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold into consideration, this was Vitor Belfort’s third consecutive head kick knockout. Ironically enough, it was a head kick knockout from Anderson Silva that ended their fight at UFC 126 in 2011.
Chris Weidman was the one to dethrone Anderson Silva, and he will be defending his UFC Middleweight Championship in a rematch at UFC 168. Dana White promised “big things” for Vitor Belfort following tonight’s victory, so it’s assumed he is next in line for a title shot.