When you look at the collection of KO-hungry savages that the UFC brought together last night in Sao Paulo it is no surprise that the 77th Fight Night show turned out to be a feast of ferocious finishes.
The main-card featured prolific purveyors of violence like Alex Oliveira, the terrifying Thomas Almeida, Glover Texeira, and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. All Brazilians.
And man did they deliver.
Oliveira got the ball rolling when he splattered Piotr Hallman across the canvas with a pair of wicked right-hands in a lightweight contest.
Next-up it was the turn of one of the UFC’s hottest prospects to strut his stuff.
24-year-old bantamweight sensation Thomas “Thominhas” Almeida came into his fight against Anthony Birchak sporting a 19-0 record, with 15 of those wins coming via KO/TKO. Astoundingly, 13 of those were inside 1 round.
In his previous bout, at UFC 189, Almeida destroyed tough veteran Brad Pickett with a brutal knee to bring his UFC ledger to 3-0.
Unfortunately for Birchak, the Brazilian was intent on continuing his rampage.
In the co-main event slot, heavy-handed Glover Teixeira looked to build on his August win over Ovince St. Preux when he took on Patrick Cummins. He did just that by taking the American out in the 2nd.
A brutal bombardment of strikes forced Herb Dean to call a halt to the action.
In the main event, two veteran violence savants met for the third time, as Dan Henderson faced-off against MMA’s current public enemy number 1 – Vitor Belfort.
With each man holding a victory over the other, this fight would decide the trilogy.
Unfortuantely for the many fans of the legendary Henderson, the fight would unfold along very similar lines to their 2013 bout, as a head-kick from Vitor proved the telling blow.
The left roundhouse-kick staggered “Hendo” and Belfort pounced – knocking his foe to the floor with a wild follow-up attack. The barrage continued once the pair hit the deck, and Mario Yamasaki jumped in to stop the contest at 2:07 of the opening round.
You just can’t beat the Brazilians when it comes to spectacular finishes in MMA.