Credit to Vitor Belfort for still getting into the cage when nearly all of his contemporaries have either fled to Bellator for easier fights or have retired altogether.
That said, UFC 204’s co-main event had Belfort taking on a much less worn down Gegard Mousasi, and yikes, was this one a blowout.
Round 1 had Mousasi immediately taking the center of the cage and stalking the Brazilian legend around like he was lunch. Belfort had his trademark flurry early on, but the former Strikeforce champ head just enough head movement to avoid trouble, and then it was all about Mousasi picking his foe apart with kicks from all angles and punches that invariably found their mark. The round ended with Mousasi scoring a takedown.
Mousasi goes for a takedown in Round 2, but when it goes nowhere he plants a kick upside Belfort’s head that makes the Brazilian see stars. There’s a furious flurry on the part of Mousasi, and they go to the ground, where Mousasi takes top position and pounds away. Once again, Belfort looks like a fish out of water while on his back, and it’s only a matter of time before Mousasi pounds him out.
Results: Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (Punches) at 2:43, R2