Vitor Belfort submitted Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on Sat., Jan. 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo by Felipe Dana.
The only real hoopla created by the UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" event surrounded the co-main event of the evening a contest that was supposed to be contested at middleweight but was really a light heavyweight fight, as both Anthony Johnson and Vitor Belfort came in at or around 205-pounds.
"Rumble," of course, caused quite a fuss when he missed weight by 11-pounds and created enough controversy to sell the card on his own. Fans quickly got behind "The Phenom" hoping he would make Johnson pay for his transgressions.
Did he ever.
Despite a massive size advantage, Belfort was far more physical and eventually locked in a rear-naked choke that forced Johnson to tap inside the first round.
Johnson looked considerably larger inside the cage, especially noticeable when the two got together for the staredown. "Rumble" opened with a front kick that missed and after an awkward exchange, he put Belfort on his back.
"The Phenom" missed on a few punches after they reset thanks to a referee restart and Johnson used that to clinch against the cage, presumably to lean on Vitor and make him feel his weight.
Another break from the referee led to Belfort coming out strong with punches that looked to find their mark and sent the crowd into a frenzy. Johnson managed to get back on top and tried to stay busy but he just couldn't do enough to avoid another referee restart.
By the end of the first round, it looked an awful lot like Johnson was gassed. Vitor took his back and started landing blows while looking for a rear-naked choke. Despite his size advantage, "Rumble" was losing the battle physically.
Eventually, Belfort got the choke locked in and squeezed until Johnson went limp.
Revenge is sweet. Getting it at home is even sweeter.
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