Vitor Belfort got an extra check for his brutal knockout. | Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Four men walked away from UFC Fight Night 32 with an extra $50,000 on Saturday night, including headliner Vitor Belfort.
Belfort earned “Knockout of the Night” for his first-round stoppage of Dan Henderson at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.
Adriano Martins picked up “Submission of the Night” honors for his finish of Daron Cruickshank, while Omari Akhmedov and Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo earned “Fight of the Night” for their wild middleweight affair.
Belfort wasted no time in avenging his 2006 defeat to Henderson, lifting the former two-division Pride champion off his feet with a wicked uppercut and then sealing the deal with a violent head kick that forced referee Dan Miragliotta to halt the light heavyweight headliner just 77 seconds into round one.
Martins was also dominant in his undercard confrontation with Cruickshank, dropping the American with a left hand in the first round before locking up a fight-ending straight armbar in the second stanza.
Though Perpetuo took an early advantage in his meeting with Akhmedov, it was the debuting Dagestani who had the last laugh. The undefeated middleweight recovered from a clash of heads and several hard Perpetuo right hands to land a crushing two-punch combination that relieved the Brazilian of his consciousness, earning Akhmedov his 12th pro victory and his ninth consecutive first-round stoppage.