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UFC 204 live blog: Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi

Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi square off in the UFC 204 co-main event.
Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi square off in the UFC 204 co-main event.
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This is the UFC 204 live blog for Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

Belfort, who has won three out of his past five fights, will face Mousasi, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 204 live blog below.

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Round 1: The referee in charge of the action is Marc Goddard. Mousasi stalks orthodox and Belfort circles as a southpaw. Two lefts land for Belfort, but Mousasi backs out and then backs Belfort up. Decent body kicks lands for the Brazilian, but Mousasi responds with a one-two down the middle. Mousasi fires a jab and shoots, but Belfort is able to defend without much issue. Mousasi trying to corner Belfort against the fence, but can't quite catch the Brazilian with anything clean. Decent body kick from Mousasi finds the mark and Belfort still finds the space for a nice cross. Two-punch combo scores for Mousasi and they clinch. They separate and Mousasi shoots, but the round expires as the takedown lands.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Mousasi

Round 2: Mousasi has the jab pumping early in the second frame and it's landing, but Belfort lands a crushing body kick. Level change from Mousasi with no setup is stuffed from Belfort. A BRUTAL head kick scores after Mousasi fakes like he was about to do peak-a-boo boxing. He follows up with a flurry and takes Belfort to the ground. Belfort tries to cover and capture guard, but the ground and pound and positional control from mount by Mousasi was overwhelming. The referee calls it there.

Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) at 2:43 of round 2