There are not many adjectives that can properly describe how the UFC middleweight title fight between the champion Anderson Silva and the challenger Vitor Belfort ended.
Those that did not witness the fight will surely say that the descriptions are pure hyperbole, words used to build up a fight that lasted a scant 3:25.
The fight was short, there was not much action, but no matter what words that fans of mixed martial arts read they will not be able to adequately describe the end of the fight.
Suffice it to say that the front kick that sent Vitor Belfort to the ground was the most devastating front kick ever delivered in MMA history.
UFC announcer Joe Rogan exclaimed that he had never seen a front kick end a fight like Silva’s did in any combat sport ever—that is how unexpected and powerful the kick was.
The hype leading up to this fight was huge.
Some of the Brazilian Press that were on hand to cover the event dubbed it the “The Fight of the Century,” while Rogan said it was, “The biggest title fight in the history of the middleweight division.”
Belfort was the best striker that Silva had ever faced, but in the end his power did not come into play one bit. The fighters circled each other for the better part of the first round, neither looking to be the first to engage.
When they did engage at the 2:45 mark of the round, it was Belfort delivering a left that seemed to stun the champ momentarily, but he recovered quickly and the fighters were back to circling each other.
The end came quickly and in stunning fashion as Silva’s front kick landed flush on the jaw of Belfort and sent him crumbling to the ground.
Silva briefly celebrated and then ran to Belfort’s side to check on the status of the man he recently claimed was never his friend.
The win extended Silva’s win streak to 14 straight fights and extended his record UFC title defense streak to eight straight.
The win may calm the questions as to who the best pound for pound fighter in MMA is.
The win will surely kick up the cries for a fight between Silva and Georges St. Pierre.