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UFC Fight Night 77 results recap: What's next fight for Vitor Belfort?

Former middleweight title challenger Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort clobbered Dan Henderson the second time in two years at UFC Fight Night 77 last night (Sat., Nov. 7, 2015) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With Belfort (25-11) getting back in the win column, after a knockout loss to champion Chris Weidman last May, ponders what could be next for the Brazilian.

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HIGHLIGHTS! Thomas Almeida, Vitor Belfort Steal Sao Paulo Show With Killer KOs!

Vitor Belfort's win over Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77 last night (Sat., Nov. 7, 2015) in Sao Paulo, Brazil might come off as a shock to some or a completely expected outcome.

View those highlights here.

Regardless of which side of the coin you fall on, dare I say it, "The Phenom" is still a viable threat in the Middleweight division at age 38.

After throttling "Hendo" in just over two minutes inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium, in the exact same way as he did nearly two years ago to the day, Belfort humbled, silenced -- whatever you want to call it -- every single critic watching in Brazil, on the internet or on FOX Sports 1.

Henderson started off tentative as usual, throwing but a couple of leg kicks, leaving his Brazilian counterpart to wait for that split-second window where he could uncork a nearly identical left high kick that folded the American in Goiania in Nov. 2013.

More impressively, this was post-testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) Belfort, whose been tested five times by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Must be that "true revival touch."

The 38-year-old is now fueled by Jesus and he's coming for those who cast doubt upon him among the 185-pound elite.

However, a win over a fighter north of the age of 40, who has won just two fights in the last couple of years, does little to heighten expectations, but he did what he was supposed to do nonetheless.

Sure, Belfort still has the hand speed and the ability to pick up the pace, as a cheetah might when jetting after his prey,  but he won't exactly be facing defenseless flounder moving forward.

All the men who populate the upper echelon of the middleweight class are, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan might say, "straight up killers." Chris Weidman and Co. are multi-dimensional beasts that can either prolong a beating, or put an end to your night quickly.

With the Top 5 already booked through the end of 2015, the former Light Heavyweight ruler will find himself facing a lower-ranked foe his next time out. In some ways, Belfort is now the Urijah Faber of the division -- sorry Urijah.

It's true.

Belfort can still blitz anyone, but after multiple chances at attaining hardware, he's stuck in no man's land for the foreseeable future.

Michael Bisping would prefer not to fight him again, Tim Kennedy has slung mud at him, Gegard Mousasi desires a clash with his fellow PRIDE FC cohort, and then there's just tilts with promising talent.

The only clear-cut choice in opponent for Belfort next is "The Dreamcatcher." UFC brass can set it up in Brazil or somewhere in Europe since the promotion holds roughly one event in Japan each year.

It makes sense in terms of entertainment value and rankings. With Belfort sitting at No. 4 and the Iranian-born Dutchman occupying the No. 7 slot, it's a solid exchange.

When looking at the fight in terms of styles, they each are precise, patient and explosive.

What's been admirable about Belfort during the trying times and criticism is he hasn't looked like a man who's defeated or deflated. He keeps coming back for more, even though he has nothing left to prove.

Belfort competed for the 36th time professionally last night, became the sole owner of the record for most knockouts in UFC history, and fought inside the Octagon for the 21st occasion.

Chances are you watched him win last night, and you've watched others compete on performance-enhancing drugs (PED's) too, so before you're quick to judge him for his transgressions, think about some of the other cases involving cheaters.

For complete results from UFC Fight Night 77: "Belfort vs. Henderson 3," including play-by-play updates, click here.

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