It’s been a couple of weeks since the UFC Octagon has seen any action but that’s soon to change as the promotion returns to Brazil this weekend for the UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold. Like previous cards held in Brazil, UFC on FX 8 is filled with Brazilian fighters from top to bottom.
Headlining the night will be Vitor Belfort who is coming off a knockout win over Michael Bisping the last time the UFC was in Brazil. Taking on “The Phenom” will be the last man to hold the Strikeforce middleweight title, Luke Rockhold. One of the few former Strikeforce fighters remaining that has yet to make their UFC debut, Rockhold will look to win his 10th in a row. To do that though he’ll need to shake off the ring rust, battle through the Octagon jitters while avoiding the heavy hands of the hometown hero.
Also making his UFC debut will be the man who held the Strikeforce middleweight title before Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Originally scheduled to face Constantinos Philippou, Souza now faces Chris Camozzi in the night’s co-main event. Camozzi was already scheduled to face Rafael Natal before moving up the card following the injury to Philippou. Camozzi will enter the fight as the heavy underdog but with a huge opportunity as well.
Rounding out the UFC on FX 8 main card will be a lightweight bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Evan Dunham, along with middleweights Rafael Natal and Joao Zeferino. The Preliminary card will be split between Facebook and FUEL TV with the first fight set to begin streaming at 1:30pm PT / 4:30pm ET. The UFC on FX 8 main card will begin at 6pm PT / 9pm ET.
It’s been a while, but following the solid performance at last month’s UFC on FOX, I went 8-3 with my UFC 159 predictions to bring the overall up to 87-52 (62.6%). The past two events evened out the poor outings I had previously and hopefully it continues…..
UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold Predictions
MAIN CARD (FX)
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold – Vitor Belfort
Chris Camozzi vs. Ronaldo Souza – Ronaldo Souza
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham – Rafael dos Anjos
Rafael Natal vs. Joao Zeferino – Rafael Natal
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz – Nik Lentz
Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo – Francisco Trinaldo
John Cholish vs. Gleison Tibau – Gleison Tibau
Michel Richard dos Prazeres vs. Paulo Thiago – Michel Richard dos Prazeres
Yuri Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos – Iliarde Santos
Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado – Fabio Maldonado
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker – John Lineker
Chris Cariaso vs. Jussier Formiga – Jussier Formiga
Jeremy Larsen vs. Lucas Martins – Lucas Martins
UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold takes place at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.