Belfort finally started it off with a small kick to Silva’s leg followed by another kick and a punch to the head. Silva returned a kick both scrambling, Belfort takes down Silva. Silva stood right back up.
Silva then unleashed a wicked kick to Belfort’s head sending him to the ground. After a quick moment of hesitation, Silva rushed in with right and left punch and referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop the fight.
Certainly a fast loss for Belfort and bringing Silva his 13th consecutive UFC victory at 3:35 opening round.
“Anderson is a great fighter,” Belfort said blaming himself for failing to block the kick from Silva.
A showdown with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is Silva’s next call.