On Saturday, Jan. 19, the UFC held UFC on FX 7 from the Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The event was headlined by a five-round middleweight clash between former light heavyweight title holder Vitor Belfort and Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping. In addition to the main event, the main card also featured TUF: Brazil combatant Daniel Sarafian making his official Octagon debut against C.B. Dollaway, former heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga battling Ben Rothwell, and undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov locking horns with Brazilian Thiago Tavares.

The event featured a total of 11 bouts. A two-hour, four-fight showcase aired on FX, while six bouts aired on Fuel TV and a single fight streamed via the promotion’s YouTube page. For a recap of the event, click here.

The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian was on site at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida for the event. Below is a look back at the event (in both English and Portuguese). Click the tab to switch the language.

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This Saturday, the country’s largest city had an event, which despite the high value of the tickets, was very well received by Sao Paulo fans. The event was a sellout.

The crowd was present from the first fight of the preliminary card and as always made a difference with their support and noise.

It was a very intense night where we saw a victory by knockout by Vitor Belfort, the submissions of Gonzaga, Ildemar Alcantara and Massaranduba.

The crowd booed the result of the fight between “Pepey” and Milton Vieira, as well as the judges’ decision on the outcome of Daniel Sarafian and C.B. Dollaway.

Sarafian, who had the support of the fans, entered the octagon looking for the knockout over Dollaway. The first two rounds were standing, with Sarafian landing big shots. The third and final had more time on the ground and Sarafian almost ended the fight with a choke. However, Dollaway escaped and took the decision.

After a first round of study between the two opponents, a high kick from Vitor Belfort early in the second round knocked out Michael Bisping.

Fight of the Night went to Daniel Sarafian and C.B. Dollaway, Submission of the Night to Ildemar Alcantara and Knockout of the Night to Vitor Belfort.

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O evento realizado nesse sábado, na maior cidade do país contou com um card ,que no principio foi visto com desconfiança por parte da torcida, devido aos valores altos dos ingressos mas depois isso se reverteu fazendo com que o UFC SP fosse muito bem recebido pelos  fãs paulistas, a organização teve seus ingressos vendidos em sua totalidade.

A torcida esteve presente desde a primeira luta do Card preliminar e como sempre fez a diferença pelo seu apoio e barulho .

Foi uma noite muito intensa onde vimos a vitória por nocaute de Vitor Belfort, as finalizações de Napão, Ildemar Alcântara e Massaranduba.

A torcida vaiou muito o resultado da luta do Pepey e Miltinho Vieira, assim como a decisão dos juízes sobre o resultado da luta do Daniel Sarafian e CB Dollaway.

Daniel Sarafian estreiou no UFC com derrota, o paulista que contou com o apoio de sua torcida, entrou no octógono buscando o nocaute em cima de C.B. Dollaway. Os dois primeiros rounds foram em pé, com golpes fortes de Sarafian. O terceiro e último teve mais momentos no chão e um estrangulamento de Sarafian quase decretou o fim da luta. Entretanto, Dollaway escapou e na decisão Dollaway levou a melhor.

Após um primeiro round de estudo dos dois adversários, um chute alto de Vitor Belfort no início do segundo derrubou Michael Bisping, levando Belfort a vitória.

Os Prêmios de Luta da Noite, Finalização e Nocaute foram para Daniel Sarafian x C.B. Dollaway, Ildemar Alcântara e Vítor Belfort.

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Photo: Inside Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Aline Baktchejian Djehdian/The MMA Corner)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.