Vitor Belfort was looking for one more night of glory fighting in his homeland of Brazil.
Kelvin Gastelum wasn’t about to oblige him.
Gastelum displayed all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop in the main event of UFC Fight Night 106 in Forteleza, Brazil on Saturday night, as he buzzsawed his way to victory over the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
The Ultimate Figher 17 winner from Yuma, Ariz. drilled Belfort early and often en route to a TKO victory, getting the finish at 3:52 of the first round.
By the time CBS was done, a complete and accurate bracket had leaked on Twitter, rendering the show just about obsolete. But we all kept watching, and CBS didn’t let up on its faux suspense until the better part of two hours was gone.
Network and NCAA executives probably didn’t enjoy the embarrassment of the leaked bracket a year ago, and they had to have heard the widespread feedback that the selection show dragged on too long.
“We tried something new last year, and I think we probably underestimated the desire of the fans to see the brackets as soon as possible,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told Sports Business Daily last week. “So we’ll go back to what we’ve done before, and have the vast majority of the selections out in the first half-hour, and then move more toward the analysis.”
This year’s show will wrap in 90 minutes, as opposed to last year’s two hours. That last year’s show was a commercial dud probably also had something to do with the change.
CBS drew a 3.7 overnight rating for NCAA Selection Show. Lowest in around 20 years. First-ever 2-hour format in 2016. Also had bracket leak.