You could easily be forgiven for not realizing that UFC On FX 8 is coming up this Saturday, since Zuffa hasn’t even bothered to cut a promo video for it. So enjoy this fan-sourced one instead, though it now illustrates one of many injury shufflings this card suffered, as TUF 11 also-ran Chris Camozzi has replaced Costa Philippou in the co-main against Jacare Souza. Camozzi may be on a 4-fight win streak himself, but let’s be honest, he looks like a much easier match for Jacare than the surging Philippou.
In the main event, this is Vitor Belfort’s second fight in Brazil in a row (and third in the last four), where the lack of athletic commissions is awful convenient for his crippling testosterone deficiency. Dana White vowed to crack down on bullshitty TRT after Belfort showed up last time looking like a superhero, so I guess we’ll know Dana’s full of shit if we get a repeat performance. While other Strikeforce champs were offered immediate title shots upon entering the UFC, Belfort’s opponent Luke Rockhold was apparently told to go beat a contender or two first. I guess that’s the difference that hype and popularity make. Still, the scarcity of better options implies that the winner here will likely become the next challenger, especially if Weidman beats Silva in July.
The rest of the card is the typical mix of middling and local dudes that you’d expect from a foreign UFC event airing on FX, as shown below. But hey, it’s free… so quit yer bitchin and remember those poor starving kids in Africa who don’t get any UFC.
MAIN CARD (9 PM EST):
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Chris Camozzi
Lightweight: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Joao Zeferino
FUEL TV PRELIMS (6 PM EST):
Featherweight: Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz
Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Mike Rio
Lightweight: Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish
Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Michel Prazeres
Bantamweight: Yuri Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos
Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger Hollett
FACEBOOK PRELIMS (4:30 PM EST):
Flyweight: John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov
Flyweight: Jussier “Formiga” da Silva vs. Chris Cariaso
Lightweight: Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen