Drive Time Take: One final look at UFC Fight Night 32 'Belfort vs. Henderson' from Brazil

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We take a final look back at UFC Fight Night 32, which took place last Saturday night (Nov. 9, 2013) in Gioania, Brazil, and featured a memorable main event, as Vitor Belfort became the first man to defeat Dan Henderson by way of strikes. The event was full of knockout and submissions wins as well, treating the local fans to a great night of fights.

Vitor Belfort needed just over a minute to beat Dan Henderson last Saturday night (Nov. 9, 2013) in Gioania, Brazil, in their main event at UFC Fight Night 32 on FOX Sports 1.

After losing to "Hendo" at PRIDE FC 32 in 2006, "The Phenom" not only avenged his loss -- he continued his knockout streak and solidified his place as the top middleweight contender in the world watch (video highlights here).

With neither fighter throwing a punch in the first minute, Henderson leaped in looking to land a right hand; however, he was met with a left hook and a flurry of punches from Belfort that sent him crashing to the mat in survival mode.

With Belfort swarming with punches, "Hendo" fought hard to get back to his feet, absorbing strikes until Belfort cracked him with a left leg head kick, which sent Henderson down and out as Dan Mirgliotta stepped in to call off the fight.

With few scenarios in Belfort's future, though having the style and appeal to be matched up with anyone, it looks like he may have done enough for a middleweight title shot, challenging the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva, who fight at UFC 168.

That being said, the Brazilian may have to abandon his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) usage, in order to prove that a level playing field would be respected. His constant bookings in Brazil are questioned since the country's athletic commission allows Belfort with the liberty to do what some other states in America do not allow him to do.

These claims are countered with "The Phenom" being a massive star in Brazil; however, there is always going to be doubt if Belfort continues to fight in his homeland.

"The Phenom" has now won his last eight bouts by way of stoppage and has three consecutive wins in Brazil over Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping, and now "Hendo." Belfort also won "Knockout of The Night."

Henderson may have jeopardized any leverage he had in a potential contract resigning negotiations, and now finds himself waiting for his phone to ring, having dropped his third straight fight in the UFC.

The original Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Brazil" middleweight main event finally took place between Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian, with "Mutante" proving that there was no chance that his status was going to be taken away.

Representing the Blackzilians, Ferreira had a bit of trouble on the feet, as Sarafian's power almost put him in serious danger on a few occasions. "Mutante" tried to stay comfortable on the feet, looking for capoeira attacks on the feet and took his opponent down at will after being caught with a right hand in the third round.

For the second half, Ferreira constantly landed power-double takedowns and controlled Sarafian's game, unable for him to have a chance at making it a striking battle.

The split decision was awarded to Ferreira, who is now 7-2 in his career and undefeated in the UFC with three victories. Sarafian, who suffered an injury before their original TUF contest, is now 1-2 in his last three UFC bouts,

Two light heavyweights who needed a win to secure their place with the promotion slugged it out from the get-go, with "Feijao" turning it on after hurting Igor Pokrajac and stopped him with knees, followed by strikes.

Rafael Cavalcante was locked up in the clinch with the Croatian as he was trying to be taken down, and then exploded with knees to the body and the head. Pokrajac crouched down and tapped to avoid any more punishment.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion gets his first win in two years and Pokrajac could be on his way out, being winless in his last four fights,

The welterweight division has never fallen victim to a lack of upcoming talent and this seems to be the story with Brandon Thatch.

"Rukus" had Paulo Thiago backing up with his legkicks and knees, and caught the Brazilian with a left knee right to the liver, which forced the Brazilian to drop and tap out due to strikes in just over two minutes into the fight.

It is a costly loss for Thiago who not only loses in front of his home crowd, but suffers his sixth UFC loss, with only two wins in his last seven encounters.

The 170-pound division has a new prospect to watch, as "Rukus" records his tenth straight first-round victory and will probably get a big fight next (watch video highlights of the stoppage here).

Santiago Ponzinibbio looked impressive in his UFC debut; however, it was his undefeated opponent, Ryan LaFlare who seized the moment in his second Octagon appearance.

LaFlare stayed active on the feet throughout the fight and set up his takedowns well to break down his opponent, who almost stole a victory in the third round. Ponzinibbio did not have much for his adversary on the ground, with LaFlare coming close to finishing the fight in the third round with ground and pound.

LaFlare did utilize a grappling gameplan in the unanimous decision win, yet stayed active with transitions and smothered the Argentinian fighter when they were tied up.

Ponzinibbio dropped LaFlare in the third round, although he was too exhausted to capitalize, finding himself on his back as the final horn sounded.

LaFlare moves to 9-0 in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, with two victories in the UFC.

Jeremy Stephens may have been the underdog on enemy territory; however, that did not phase the Iowan whatsoever, knocking out TUF: "Brazil" 1 winner Rony Jason (watch video highlights of the knockout here).

Jason was moving forward and looking to throw a overhead right hand on his opponent, but "Lil' Heathen" threw a right leg right to the face and forced Jason to eat a shin, knocking him out unconscious and then followed up with a massive right hand to his downed foe.

It took Stevens 0:40 seconds to do it and that puts him at 2-0 in 2013. Jason loses for the first time since winning the company's reality-show tournament.

It took Sam Sicilia less than two minutes to finish Godofredo Pepey from the open guard, landing multiple straight right hands that knocked out the Brazilian in front of his home crowd.

"Pepey" had a takedown reversed and never recovered, even though he was off his back where he is usually dangerous. Sicilia was simply too powerful for him, storming the opposition with punches.

Sicilia finds himself back on track, snapping a two-fight losing streak.

Thiago Perpetuo could have stopped Omari Akhmedov twice in the fight, if the unbeaten Russian didn't have the recovery skills that he possesses. Akhmedov was rocked numerous times in the first round when he engaged in a boxing match with his Brazilian counterpart and almost submitted him by sinking in a rear-naked choke moments after the Brazilian rocked him for the second time.

As "Bodao" chased Akhmedov after backing him up with his fists, Akhmedov landed a massive counter right hand, followed by an uppercut which knocked Perpetuo out cold.

With a solid contingent of Russian fighters under contract, Akhmedov continues the string of success, winning his UFC debut on Brazilian soil and improving to 12-0.

Both men became $50,000 richer, earning their first "Fight of The Night" bonus.

Thiago Tavares was able to get the 22nd victory of his career, submitting Justin Salas in the first round with a rear-naked choke.

Getting the best of his opponent at his own game, Tavares was threatening the wrestler with takedowns and looked sharp on the feet without needing much striking to win the fight.

The UFC veteran landed a huge takedown in well into the first round and then worked his way to Salas' back, annoying his foe with punches to the head.

Tavares gets his eight UFC victory since making his promotional debut in 2007.

Adriano Martins looked great in his UFC debut, submitting Daron Cruickshank in the second round, and winning "Submission of The Night." The Brazilian dropped "The Detroit Superstar" in the first round, although he could not capitalize by finishing the fight.

After numerous submission attempts, Martins smothered Cruickshank en rout to a second-round straight-armbar win, which is his sixth-straight victory.

"The Detroit Superstar" suffers his second loss in nine fights.

The night opened up with a flyweight battle, and although Jose Maria was looking good on the feet, he was no match for Dustin Ortiz.

The Roufusport product had trouble adjusting at first, but ultimately used his takedowns as the difference and stopped Maria in the third round.

Ortiz took his back and started punching Maria, with some of the hammerfists hitting the back of the head and with Maria protesting, the referee's decision stood.

Ortiz is successful in his Octagon debut, while Maria loses two straight.

This fight card may not have been the most glamorous line-up leading up to the event; however, it proved that we should not judge a book by its cover and enjoy free fights as long as we can.

For complete UFC Fight Night 32 results and fight coverage, check out our live story stream right here.

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