Round 1: No touch of gloves in this one. Belfort takes the center of the cage. Rockhold throws a high kick and slips. He gets back to his feet. The crowd chants, “Vitor, Vitor…” Belfort misses with a spinning kick. Rockhold shoots for a takedown and Belfort stuffs it. Belfort goes on the offensive and goes after Rockhold. Rockhold ties him up and they separate. Rockhold steps in with a right hand and Belfort counters with a combination. He delivers an outside leg kick. Rockhold steps in with a left hand. Belfort lands a spinning back kick to the face of Rockhold that drops the former Strikeforce champion. He finishes with a series of punches on the ground rendering Rockhold unconscious.
The official time of the knockout was 2:32 of the first round.