UFC 142 Live Blog: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson Updates

Vitor Belfort faces Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 in Brazil.This is the UFC 142 live blog for Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson, a middleweight bout on tonight's UFC pay-per-view from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Belfort (20-9) failed to capture the UFC middleweight title in February 2011, but bounced back with a first-round TKO over Yoshihiro Akiyama in August. Johnson (10-3) is a knockout artist coming off a head kick finish against Charlie Brenneman at last August's UFC on Versus.

The live blog is below.



According to UFC president Dana White, Belfort and Johnson weighed-in two hours ago at 205.6 and 211, respectively.

Dan Miragliotta is the referee.

Round 1: Johnson opens with a front kick. Johnson catches a high kick and tosses Belfort to the floor. Johnson works from inside Belfort's guard. Belfort turns his hips for an armbar and Johnson quickly stands up. Johnson dives back in with a right punch and goes back to work inside Belfort's close guard. Miragliotta stands them up. Johnson shoots and switches to a single-leg with Belfort defending against the fence. Johnson throws a looping punch and Belfort avoids it to stun Johnson with punches of his own. Belfort tries for a choke but ends up sliding into guard. Johnson attempts to work from inside Belfort's guard. The referee stands them up again with 1:45 remaining. While Johnson wasn't exactly very active inside Belfort's guard, the two standups have been rather quick. Kinda strange if you ask me. Johnson drops down for the takedown but Belfort makes him pay for it. Belfort punishes Johnson with punches and takes his back. Belfort swoops his own right arm under Johnson's neck and finishes the rear-naked choke. Johnson taps.

Official Result: Belfort wins via submission - Round 1, 4:49

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