Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Brazil this evening (Sat., Nov. 7, 2015) for an intriguing night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action as Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, plays host to UFC Fight Night 77: "Belfort vs. Henderson 3," live on FOX Sports 1.
Catch all the action LIVE with a main card start time of 10 p.m ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 77 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the Fight Night event in Sao Paulo.
Who: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
What: UFC Fight Night 77
When: Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Where: Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil
How To Watch: FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m ET; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" undercard at 8 p.m ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 77 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: UFC Fight Night 77 is anchored by a trilogy match that pits two legends of the sport against one another for a third time, as Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort look to win the series in Brazil.
Nearly two years after getting knocked out by "The Phenom" in a mere 77 seconds, "Hendo" convinced UFC brass to give him one more crack at the former No. 1 Middleweight contender.
In normal circumstances, a fighter would likely not earn a rematch following a vicious one-sided knockout, but there is certainly an asterisk alongside Belfort's victory considering he was juiced to the gills on the now banned Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
Both men used TRT in the past, and have seen a sharp decline in their success inside the Octagon since the ban. While they are both still extremely dangerous fighters, they are simply a shell of their former legendary selves.
Ultimately, this fight is for legacy only, as neither man should get a sniff at a UFC title shot before hanging up their gloves for good.
What's Hot: MMA is in the midst of a changing of the guard, with the legends of yesteryear dwindling, and rising stars staking their claim as the next generation of dominant contenders and champions.
With future Hall of Famers in Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort headlining, it is nice to see top-tier prospects and potential future title challengers in Thomas Almeida, Gilbert Burns, Rashid Magomedov, Yan Cabral, Johnny Case, Corey Anderson and more take center stage in Brazil.
10 of the 26 fighters competing at UFC Fight Night 77 are either undefeated or have suffered only one loss in their career.
This event may not be stacked with many name fighters outside the main and co-main event, but you will soon learn the names of the venerable prospects expected to put on a show this evening.
What's Not: Not to spoil all the fun of a rubber match, but is anyone really that intrigued to watch two washed-up fighters battle it out for a third time?
The TRT-era is one of the biggest black eyes in the sport's history, and fight fans witnessed first hand as Vitor Belfort suddenly reverted back to his 20-year old self at the age of 36.
It took nearly two years for Belfort to return to the Octagon following the TRT ban, with a drastically different physique, and seemingly no chance to defeat UFC champion Chris Weidman.
Dan Henderson was also a TRT user, but he still was unable to amass an impressive win streak; Instead losing five of his last seven bouts.
I want to keep a positive spin on the trilogy bout, but it is hard to forget that both men's careers have at least somewhat been marred by TRT, and yet they continue to fight long past their prime.
Original Card vs Actual Card:
Shockingly, the injury bug was almost completely averted prior to UFC Fight Night 77.
The only change was Corey Anderson stepping in for an injured Tom Lawlor against the Brazilian slugger Fabio Maldonado.
Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues: Two Shooto veterans will make their Octagon debuts against one another tonight in Sao Paulo. Pereira is 10-1 at the ripe age of 22, and has finished seven of his opponents in ferocious fashion. Bruno "Korea" is 4-0, with three of those victories coming via submission.
How The "Prelims" Look: Very intriguing.
It is nice to see a "Prelims" card stacked with a handful of prospects, notable veterans, and one or two consequential bouts.
Lightweight dynamo Abel Trujillo returns to the Octagon to face longtime veteran Gleison Tibau in what could be an enthralling affair in the "Prelims" main event.
Before that tussle, another 155-pound affair will go down when Johnny Case battles Yan Cabral. Case hasn't lost a fight in five years, and Cabral could potentially be a ranked UFC fighter in the coming years.
Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Pedro Munhoz, Chas Skelly, and a handful of other exciting fighters are set to throw down on Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 as well.
Overall, this is not a "Prelims" card to skip out on.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
Piotr Hallman (vs. Alex Oliveira): With UFC brass cutting fighters from the roster left and right, "Pletwal" should be ecstatic he is getting another shot inside the Octagon following an uninspiring two fight losing streak. Hallman is 2-3 in the UFC, and a loss to Alex Oliveira tonight would almost surely end his Octagon career.
Interest Level: 7/10
Overall, UFC Fight Night 77 is a solid card featuring two legends, numerous prospects, and a handful of fights that could be barnburners.
While I am not all that thrilled by the main event, it is still captivating to watch two of the greatest fighters of all time throw down in what could very well be their last fight -- even though we know it likely won't be.
The real intrigue of this card is in the new generation of fighters set to square off, specifically Thomas Almeida and Gilbert Burns.
Hopefully the fights deliver!
Check out the full UFC Fight Night 77 card right here:
FOX Sports 1 Main Event:
185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins
135 lbs.: Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
155 lbs.: Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira
155 lbs.: Rashid Magomedov vs. Gilbert Burns
205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Fabio Maldonado
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
155 lbs.: Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
145 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
145 lbs.: Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
135 lbs.: Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
135 lbs.: Matheus Nicolau vs. Bruno Korea
Remember, MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 77 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" bouts at 6:30 p.m. ET before moving on to the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" offering at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 main card line up at 10 p.m. ET.
See you then!
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