Former champion Vitor Belfort meets Japanese Judo player Yoshihiro Akiyama in a middleweight (185-pound) contest that will serve as the co main event of the UFC 133: "Evans vs. Ortiz 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event. It was promoted to the co-featured fight of the night after Antonio Rogerio Noguiera was forced out of his fight with Rich Franklin because of an injury. Belfort is one fight removed from competing for the division title. UFC 133 results: Vitor Belfort defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via technical knockout in round one (1:52).
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ROUND 1 - Both men emerge from their corners, and its immediately clear that Belfort boasts the significant size advantage. The action starts off slow, with Akiyama blocking a high kick. Belfort charges forward with a combination of punches, one of which glances off the top of Akiyama's head. He's hurt! He drops to the canvas and Belfort immediately shifts into kill mode. Belfort now unloading, swinging wildly. Akiyama scrambles to avoid punishment, but Belfort won't stop punching. A few land to the back of his head, Belfort slips in one underneath while Akiyama is face down. He's out! Belfort just finished Akiyama in less than two minutes. He's screaming, "I'm back!" Indeed.
UFC 133 results: Vitor Belfort defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via technical knockout in round one (1:52)