Vitor looked gased when he got the finish in the Anthony Johnson fight. The power in his punches was gone and he had to go for the choke because he wasn't really inflicting damage with his strikes anymore. So yeah, I say it looked like he had a hard time getting the finish, bro.
Don't really remember the Akiyama fight. All I remember is Vitor may have needed 20-40 punches to get the finish whereas I suspect Brian Stann would have finished Akiyama with 2-10 punches. And I'm still not sure if it was the punches to the back of Akiyama's head that actually finished him. So yeah, maybe he did have a hard time getting the finish & it was only the illegal shots that did Akiyama in.
Did Vitor have a broken hand? I don't know if that was actually the case. After the fight there are medical suspensions and I don't remember Vitor having a medical suspension for a broken hand.
Is that why??? Not because he is a black belt who saw an opening to get the finish with a submission??
Akiyama is an EXTREMELY durable guy. He has only been finished by punches once in his career and that is against Jerome Le Banner in his second fight and ofcourse Vitor Belfort. He took Leben punches and kept coming. So Vitor needing a barrage of punches to finish him does not mean anything bad. And Vitor has always had fast hands that overwhelm you rather then getting the 1 punch KO. Though the guy has plenty of power and in neither of those fights did he have a hard time getting the finish. (Though im not sure why you are trying to compare his punching power to Stanns. Sure if id have to guess Stann has more 1 punch KO power then Vitor. But what does Stann have to do with this discussion?)
Well you can google it and find plenty of articles reporting that he went in to the fight with a broken hand.
Quiet frankly i dont hold much weight with those reports. I dont know how thorough their inspection is. Iv seen interviews of fighters mentioning injuries that never get reported in the medical suspension. Its quiet possible that they focus more on brain scans rather then x-raying every bone. They probably just expect the fighter to mention if there is severe pain in a region and then move on from there. Hell i recall when i had a broken collar bone the doctor wanted to take more x-rays but said he didnt want to expose me to any more radiation so he scheduled me for another appointment.
Like i said i just dont know much about their inspection so until i do it isnt something im going to focus on.
And a random thought
I do know that the UFC didnt want to pay for a procedure for Tito because he claimed for it to have happened outside of the octagon. So im not sure but i wouldnt be surprised if the medical suspension just lists injuries that happened in the fight. (Again i dont know if that has any truth to it just a theory)
Thinking about it it would be nice if one of our star reporters gets an interview with the doctors that perform these inspections so we can get a little insight.