January 24, 2009
With a left hand like that, Vitor Belfort may be the future of the middleweight division. He turned in one of the scariest knockouts ever witnessed in mixed martial arts. Belfort drilled Matt Lindland with a left hook just 31 seconds into the fight. "The Law" went down in a heap and Belfort pounded him with four more punches on the ground. By the time referee Doc Hamilton rushed in to pull Belfort off, Lindland was left flat on his back with his entire body quivering. Belfort picks up a knockout win at :37 of the first round.
Lindland was on his back for another minute following the fight. Once he was lifted to a seated position, Lindland seemed to finally wake up but then he tried to grab one of the ringside official's legs to get a takedown. Lindland calmed down but it took another two minutes and several attempts for him to finally stand on wobbly legs.
Lindland has an outstanding record of 21-6 but this is the second horrendous KO that he's suffered against a high level striker. David Terrell blasted Lindland out of a fight back at UFC 49 in 24 seconds. Terrell got off two of the cleanest shots on the ground that this writer has ever seen as Lindland laid prone on the mat.
The best middleweight in the world, Anderson Silva, fights for the UFC. It's time Belfort, now 31 in the midst of a career rebirth at middleweight, is back with that promotion and gets a shot against "The Spider".
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