Johnson got Belfort down early and tried to work in guard, but it was stood up a short while later due to inactivity. On the feet, Belfort’s hands looked quick and he kept the heat on while there. The fight went to the ground again, but Belfort obtained his opponent’s back.
Belfort sunk in the choke and finished the fight at 4:45 of the opening frame.
There was a lot of controversy leading into this fight due to Johnson coming in 11 pounds overweight, but Belfort didn’t see it as a problem.
“I’ve fought big guys… I’m not scared of them,” he said following the victory. “I cut 35 pounds before this, so I (have to) be professional, sacrifice… that’s how it is.”
Moving forward, Belfort will coach the Ultimate Fighter’s first stint in a foreign country with TUF Brazil. Johnson loses his first UFC fight above middleweight.