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Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort

Main Card | Middleweight · 185 lbs | MMA

Vitor Belfort defeats Matt Lindland via KO/TKO at 0:37 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort
Mmaweekly large Matt "The Law" Lindland

Round 1

Vitor Belfort Matt Lindland

"The Phenom" "The Law"

17-8-0   Pro Record At Fight   21-5-0
Climbed to 18-8   Record After Fight   Fell to 21-6
+133 (Slight Underdog)   Betting Odds   -158 (Slight Favorite)
Br Brazil   Nationality   Us United States
Boca Raton, Florida   Fighting out of   Oregon City, Oregon
31 years, 9 months, 2 days   Age at Fight   38 years, 8 months
184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs)
6'0" (183cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
Independent   Gym   Team Quest Portland
Affliction 2
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning
  • Date: Saturday 01.24.2009
  • Referee: Nelson Hamilton
  • Venue: Honda Center
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Anaheim, California, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 8 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith, Tito Ortiz
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Titor Ortiz, Chuck Zito, Scott Ferrall
  • Lindland Total Disclosed Pay: $225,000
  • Belfort Total Disclosed Pay: $200,000
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Lindland vs. Belfort Wiki Update Wiki

Known simply as “The Phenom” during the early years of his career, Brazilian knockout artist Vitor Belfort had fallen hard from grace with a series of disappointing losses to some of the premier light heavyweights in the world. In 2008, determined to make a comeback, Belfort made the cut to 185 lbs. and looked like his old self, knocking out Terry Martin in his debut for Affliction.

Six months later, he was matched up with international MMA veteran and Olympic silver medalist Matt “The Law” Lindland in his sophomore effort with the promotion. Heading into the fight, Belfort was a slight underdog. While he clearly possessed the knockout power and boxing skill to defeat Lindland, the wrestler’s takedown skills and conditioning were aspects of the game that Belfort had struggled with throughout his career.

After a brief feeling-out period, Lindland attacked a circling Belfort with a right hand. Belfort, responding with the uncanny speed and reflexes that plagued opponents earlier in his career, countered with a short left hook. The punch landed, and Lindland was unconscious before he hit the mat. The knockout itself was brutal; the immediate aftermath was scary. Lindland remained out cold for an extended period of time, and when he finally came to, he remained completely disoriented for minutes, staring vacantly ahead.

The victory over Lindland was the most impressive and relevant in years for Brazil’s “Phenom.” Following the victory, and the collapse of Affliction in July of 2009, Belfort was invited to rejoin the UFC, where he unloaded more dynamite on former champ Rich Franklin.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:40 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Fight Video  |  Belfort vs. Lindland Fight Video report dead link

    The full fight video of Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland featuring Belfort's thunderous first round knockout of Lindland.

  • Promo Video  |  Affliction: Day of Reckoning Belfort vs. Lindland Promo Video report dead link

    Showtime's promo video for the Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland matchup at Affliction: Day of Reckoning.

  • Training  |  Vitor Belfort Training Video by Affliction report dead link

    Affliction looks at Vitor Belfort's training for the Matt Lindland fight, and speaks to trainer Sean Tompkins about Vitor's preparation.

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