[ads1]It seems as though it has been forever since we’ve had a major MMA event, but the drought is about to be over when the UFC heads to Brazil on Saturday for the UFC on FX 8 event. The event will air on FX with the main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The preliminary fights will begin on Facebook at 4:30 p.m. ET, and then move on to FUEL TV beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET.
The main event will feature a middleweight fight between two top fighters in Vitor Belfort and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
The co-main event will also be a middleweight bout, featuring former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza taking on Chris Camozzi. It’s a card that doesn’t have a lot of huge names, but there should be some interesting story lines coming out of the event. Let’s take a look at the top three questions going into the event.
Will Vitor Belfort escape all the TRT talk surrounding him if he beats Luke Rockhold?
The TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) usage by Vitor Belfort has become a hot topic since his headkick win over Michael Bisping in his last outing. Belfort was popped for steroid use in 2006 which some contribute to his ‘need’ for TRT and he’s also 36 years old with a lot of mileage on his body. Should Belfort beat a 28 year old in his prime Luke Rockhold on Saturday night, we can only imagine the outcry. Rockhold has made Belfort’s TRT use a tagline in the pre-fight smack talk leading up to this fight which has only fueled things even more.
Can Chris Camozzi pull off the huge upset against Ronald “Jacare” Souza?
Camozzi is a big underdog going into this fight, not to mention he agreed to take the fight on short notice when Constantinos Philippou had to withdraw from the bout with an injury. Camozzi has won four consecutive fights in the UFC, but Souza will represent the best competition that Camozzi has fought in his career.
Will Rafael dos Anjos continue to climb the lightweight rankings with a win over Evan Dunham?
This is my fight of the night candidate right here. Dos Anjos looked like a legit top 10 lightweight in his last outing against Mark Bocek. You may say well that was against Mark Bocek, but let me remind you that Bocek gave the current champion Ben Henderson a very tough fight. A win over Dunham would be the fourth in a row for dos Anjos and would certainly put him ‘in the mix’ of contenders in the division. A win for Dunham would be back-to back wins and four wins in his last five which would also put him back in the mix so to speak. This is a quality lightweight matchup that I’m really looking forward to.