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UFC 142 Results: Vitor Belfort Submits Anthony Johnson Despite Weight Disadvantages

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The fourth bout of the evening at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes is Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson. This originally was a middleweight bout, but Johnson came in dramatically overweight. This bout is airing on pay-per-view. The referee in charge of the action is Dan Mirogliotta.

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ROUND 1 - Belfort standing southpaw, Johnson is orthodox. Johnson catches a kick and lands on top. Belfort postures for an armbar, but can't land it. Referee Miragliotta stands them up. Belfort misses with two wild hooks, but Johnson presses him against the fence. Johnson hunting a takedown, but the referee stops it before anything can happen. Belfort lands a nice knee which sends Johnson into scramble mode. Johnson able to secure an ankle pick and he's on top again. Again, referee Miragliotta stands up both fighters. From Johnson kneeling, Belfort takes Johnson's back and is hunting the rear naked choke. Belfort grabs his own forearm then a gable grip and sinks his hips into Johnson and that's it, he gets the tap.

Vitor Belfort submits Anthony Johnson by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49 of round 1

UFC 142 RIO results:
Vitor Belfort submits Anthony Johnson by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49 of round 1
Rousimar Palhares defeats Mike Massenzio at 1:03 of round 1
Carlo Prater defeats Erick Silva by disqualification due to illegal blows at :29 of round 1
Edson Barboza
defeats Terry Etim by knockout at 2:02 of round three

Thiago Tavares defeats Sam Sout by unanimous decision (scores not read)
Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Ednaldo Oliveira by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:22 of round 1
Yuri Alcantara defeats Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Mike Pyle defeats Ricardo Funch by TKO (referee stoppage) at of round 1
Felipe Arantes defeats Antonio Carvalho by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)