UFC Fight: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold

An overall, general view of the Octagon at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 in Newark, NJ, Saturday, April 27,2013.   (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
An overall, general view of the Octagon at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 in Newark, NJ, Saturday, April 27,2013. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Matt Ramsay

Special to theadvocate.com

Former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will face off against Strikeforce’s final middleweight champion Luke Rockhold live and free on network cable television on Saturday, May 18.

This UFC main event will have a lot of eyes on it from the sports world as the debate continues to heat up over the legal use of TRT, or testosterone therapy. Belfort has been completely upfront with the use of TRT, which is legal by prescription. The 36-year-old fighter in short has become the poster child for TRT, and we shall see if this will become a mainstay in not only combat sports but in all of sports in general. Keep in mind that boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) are the only two professional sports in which participants are drug tested by the government.

All fights will be aired live and free with viewing details listed below.

Live on FX

Main Event:

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold

Vitor Belfort – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-0, 185 pounds, 22-10-0
Luke Rockhold – Santa Cruz, Calif., 6-3, 185 pounds, 10-1-0

Two Top 10 middleweights will do battle for a possible No. 1 contender spot. Rockhold is one of the few Strikeforce transplant champions who hasn’t got a title shot in the UFC. A win over a legend like Vitor Belfort combined with moving his record to 11-1 would put him on the short list for a title shot with Anderson Silva. The middleweight division is badly in need of some new up-and-comers, and Rockhold has an opportunity that many others don’t have in other weight divisions.

Belfort, is a little past his prime, but the experience of fighting around the world, winning the first-ever UFC heavyweight tournament, then also winning the UFC light heavyweight belt speaks volumes on what he has accomplished in this sport. This is a huge opportunity for Rockhold on the big stage to beat a Top 3 opponent in his own backyard for free on national television.

Rockhold by Split Decision

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Chris Camozzi

Ronaldo Souza – Espiritos Santos, Brazil, 6-1, 185 pounds, 17-3-0 (Former Dream and Strikeforce Middleweight Champion)
Chris Camozzi – Alameda, Calif., 6-3, 185 pounds, 19-5-0

Ronaldo Souza, the man simply known as Jacare, is considered by most to be the best jiu-jitsu practitioner in all of MMA. The bad news for Chris Camozzi and the rest of the middleweight division is Jacare has dominated his past two opponents in the stand-up department. Jacare dispatched longtime UFC veteran Ed Herman in just over three minutes.

Unless Chris Camozzi has some serious tricks up his sleeve that we haven’t see before, it looks to be a short night for the American in an unwelcoming neighborhood.

Souza by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham

Rafael Dos Anjos – Rio de Janeiro, 5-9, 155 pounds, 18-6-0
Evan Dunham – Eugene, Ore., 5-10, 155 pounds, 14-3-0

Anjos by Submission (Armbar)

Rafael “Sapo” Natal vs. Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino

Rafael Natal – Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 6-0, 185 pounds, 15-4-1
Joao Zeferino – Santa Catarina, Brazil, 5-11, 185 pounds, 13-4-0

Zeferino by TKO (Strikes)

Undercard: Live on Fuel TV

Hacran Dias vs. Nik “The Carny” Lentz

Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo vs. Mike “The Wolverine” Rio

Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish

Paulo Thiago vs. Michel Prazeres

Yuri “Marjo” Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos

Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger “The Hulk” Hollett

Live on facebook.com/ufc

John “Hands of Stone” Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov

Jussier Formiga vs. Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso

Lucas “Mineiro” Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen