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“UFC 142: Aldo Vs. Mendes” Results

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Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho

NFL music kicks off the UFC on Facebook stream. Not used to that yet…

Round 1: Arantes takes the center of the cage. Arantes slips after a kick; Carvalho quickly follows him down and looks to pass. Carvalho showing solid work on the ground, controlling Arantes well and staying active. Arantes stands, but Carvalho keeps him in a front headlock. Arantes tries for a takedown and Carvalho reverses, quickly taking full mount and landing punches. Arantes hips out beautifully and the fight resumes on their feet. Arantes coming forward now, landing nice, straight punches and throwing kicks. Arantes sits down on a good right hand and gets out of the way before Carvalho can counter. Arantes throws a jumping knee, which Carvalho catches. Arantes shows some stellar takedown defense in avoiding the takedown before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Carvalho is definitely not getting dogged on the feet, he’s hanging in there, defending well and firing back, but Arantes is more fluid, seemingly with a better understanding of range. Carvalho throwing kicks, but most of them are being blocked. Carvalho closes the distance and presses Arantes into the cage. Carvalho working short knees and shoulder strikes while working for position. Arantes reverses and they break. Arantes lunges in with a combination; Carvalho tries to use his momentum to take him down, but Arantes defends. Arantes puts together a good combo, punctuated by a head kick. Arante with a good knee from the clinch. Carvalho whiffs on a wheel kick before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Arantes

Round 3: Both men working with more urgency, Arantes landing a nice left hook-leg kick combo. Carvalho with a good leg kick of his own. Arantes getting flashy, throws a jumping knee. Carvalho shoots deep and Arantes defends; Carvalho pulls guard. Carvalho working mission control. Avoiding Carvalho’s attempts to control his posture, Arantes getting off some solid elbows and punches. Carvalho gets split open by an elbow. Arantes passes to half guard, but Carvalho fights to his feet. Arantes makes him pay with a knee. Arantes with a nice right hand. Carvalho chasing after Arantes, but Arantes moves away and counters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Arantes

Felipe Arantes defeated Antonio Carvalho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ricardo Funch vs. Mike Pyle

Round 1: A measured pace to start off this welterweight contest, both men gauging their range and their opponent. They trade leg kicks. Funch lands a good left hand. Pyle cracks Funch with a right hand that staggers him. He comes in with two knees that buckle Funch and a series of follow up punches seal the deal.

Mike Pyle defeated Ricardo Funch via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of round 1

Yuri Alcantara vs. Michihiro Omigawa

Round 1: They touch gloves and Alcantara lands a hard knee to the body right away. Alcantara catches Omigawa with a stiff left hand. Omigawa moves in and lands a left. He eats a right hand while going for a spinning back fist. Alcantara lands a pair of stiff shots. Alcantara clearly has Omigawa’s attention here early on, as he’s keeping him on the end of his punches. Alcantara with another hard left straight. Alcantara lands a hard knee as Omigawa lunges in. Alcantara drops Omigawa with a hard left. Omigawa recovering well, trying to grab hold of Alcantara. Alcantara takes Omigawa’s back in a scramble and starts to pound away. Omigawa just stands up and shakes him off, landing on top of Alcantara. Omigawa passes to half guard, but Alcantara recovers full guard immediately. Alcantara doing well to prevent most of Omigawa’s damage from the top. At the very last second, Alcantara rolls for an armbar, cranking away until the bell.

A replay shows what looks to be Omigawa’s left arm dislocating during the sub, but Omigawa never tapped so the fight goes on.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alcantara
Round 2: Alcantara fires off a head kick right away, then a knee and right hand to follow. Omigawa looking none the worse for the wear, throwing his left hand as his first strike. Omigawa gets tagged again and drops to the mat. Alcantara follows him, but even dazed Omigawa is difficult to pin down or improve position on. He’s constantly moving and making it hard for Alcantara to be offensive. Omigawa goes for a leg and Alcantara takes the opportunity to step into mount. He takes Omigawa’s back as he rolls. Omigawa making it very hard for Alcantara to sink a submission, but Alcantara is completely dominant here, landing punches and looking to put on the rear naked choke. He slaps it on, but Omigawa defends immediately. The pace is slowing as round two winds down, but Alcantara rides top position until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alcantara

Round 3: Both men look to have tired, but this fight is Alcantara’s unless Omigawa can pull off something big. Alcantara putting his shots together more slowly, but he’s still landing with far more frequency and efficiency than Omigawa. Omigawa is wading forwardm but an exhausted Alcantara is able so far to keep threatening counters firing back. Omigawa corners Alcantara and lands a nice elbow before taking him down against the cage. Alcantara is controlling Omigawa’s posture well, with the stalemate prompting a standup with twenty seconds to go. Alcantara pushes forward with a combo before the bell. Omigawa goes for a throw and Alcantara reverses to land in mount.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alcantara

Yuri Alcantara defeated Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ednaldo Oliveira

Round 1: They touch gloves to kick off this heavyweight contest. Just over a minute in and neither man able to land much of anything – neither really trying to yet. Gonzaga shoots for a single and completes it easily. He takes side control and then spins to take Oliveira’s back. Oliveira starts to stand up, but Gonzaga just trips him back to the mat. Gonzaga lands a knee to the body as Oliveira tries to stand again. Gonzaga works in the rear naked choke from over-under control while Oliveira attempts to stand, slipping in one hook and flattening him out against the cage to seal the deal and force the tap.

Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Ednaldo Oliveira via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:22 of round 1

Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout

Round 1: They touch gloves and get to it, Tavares taking the center. Tavarse closes the distance behind a right hand and takes Stout down against the fence in short order. Tavares attempts to take Stout’s back as he stands, but he slips out and lands a few punches before defending another takedown. Stout knocks Tavares off balance by catching a kick. Tavares closes the distance again and again he gets the takedown. Tavares slips in a nice left that surprises Stout as he works to his feet. Tavares with a big slam to prevent Stout from wall-walking. Stout keeping his head and looking to get to his feet, Tavares fighting to keep him down. Stout gets to his feet but gives up his neck, Tavares rolling for the guillotine. Stout defends and reverses, now working from Tavares’ guard. Tavares rolls for a leg lock. Stout defends but Tavares gets to his feet. Stout lands a nice right hand that gets Tavares backing up. Good left to the body by Stout. Tavares with a right hand over the top. Stout avoids a takedown but eats a left hand.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tavares

Round 2: Stout steps in with a nice right hand. Stout avoids a pair by Tavares and answers with a slick counter combo. Tavares drives in for the takedown, but Stout defends it and moves away. Tavares with a stiff right that pops back Stout’s head. Tavares is denied on another takedown attempt. Stout to the body. Tavares goes over the top with a right and frustrates Stout with a follow up jab. Stout defends another takedown. Stout starting to put it together, landing a kick to the body and a multi-punch combo to follow. Stout lands a hard left hand to the body. Tavares grazes Stout with a head kick that’s opened a leaking cut on the top of Stout’s head. Stout still coming forward, they plant and trade, both getting in a good shot. Stout lands a good body kick while pursuing Tavares. Stout goes to the body with a right hand. They trade leg kicks before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stout
Round 3: Tavares lands a nice right hand that gets Stout smiling. Stout tags Tavares low with a leg kick after eating a right hand. He apologizes immediately; Tavares takes a long time to recover, but he does and they get back to it. Both men throwing, Stout keeping Tavares on the defense. Stout stuffs a takedown. Tavares with a nice leg kick. Tavares is winging some hard overhand rights that Stout has been able to avoid so far. Stout defends another takedown impressively. Two and a half minutes to go, Tavares bleeding from the nose. It’s very close on the feet right now, both men getting in their shots. Stout takes a body kick. Stout sits Tavares down with a straight right hand and foes on the prowl, landing a volley of hard strikes that have Tavares in survival mode. He makes it to the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stout

Thiago Tavares defeated Sam Stout via unanimous decision (no scores read)


Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim

For the first fight on pay-per-view, lightweight Terry Etim makes his way to the cage rocking some Phil Collins with “In the Air Tonight.” Barboza to some, I don’t know, samba music?

Round 1: They touch gloves working under Big Dan Miragliotta’s supervision. Etim hot out of the gates, getting in Barboza’s face with a punch combo and then taking him down immediately. Barboza gets to his feet in short order though. Etim with a good leg kick. Etim checks one of Barboza’s notorious kicks. Etim goes to the head with a kick. Etim shoots again and gets Barboza down, but Barboza sweeps him beautifully using butterfly guard. Barboza feints and then lands a hard leg kick; one inside follows. Etim working the jab. Barboza lands a fast, hard leg kick – trademark. He goes inside again to follow. Etim checks one and lands a good lead left hook. Barboza counters well. Etim sticks a hard jab and avoids a head kick. Etim shoots again and is stuffed, Barboza making him pay with a knee. Barboza gets in another hard leg kick. Barboza with a pair of inside leg kicks. Etim comes back with a leg kick of his own, but he seems to be getting stilted by Barboza’s power. Barboza lands a hard spinning back kick to the gut before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barboza

Round 2: They touch gloves again, Barboza getting off three leg kicks right away. Etim already looks a little heavy on his left leg. Etim fires off a pair of right kicks, one low and one high that smack. Barboza comes back with more leg kicks and a series of punches. Etim fails on a takedown attempt. Barboza taking control of the standup, moving in and out, countering Etim’s shots and taking away his movement with hammering leg kicks. Etim goes to the body at the end of a combo and then lands a good leg kick of his own. Etim goes high with a kick but Barboza blocks. Etim lands a spinning back kick. Etim with a right hand. Etim shoots a hard double and gets Barboza down, but again Barboza throws him off immediately with butterfly guard, eventually shaking a pursuing Etim off. Barboza rips a body shot-right hand combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barboza

Round 3: Etim comes out aggressive, but he eats another leg kick before he can get off. Etim goes for the clinch but Barboza shakes him off, eating a grazing knee. Etim counters with a nice jab. Etim fails on a takedown attempt. Barboza goes to the body and follows up with a leg kick. Barboza throws a brutal wheel kick that catches Etim right across the face and stiffens him like a board immediately. No follow up shots are needed, this one’s done folks.

Edson Barboza defeated Terry Etim via KO (wheel kick) at 2:02 of round 3

Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater

Mario Yamasaki will oversee this welterweight tilt.

Round 1: Both men start out patient, Silva working from the outside. Silva throws a punch and then lands a hard knee to the body that sits Prater down. As Prater feebly works for the takedown, Silva blasts Prater with hammerfists to the side of the head. Prater goes out and Yamasaki calls it.

Apparently, Yamasaki thinks some of the shots Silva landed were illegal and has declared Prater the winner via DQ.

Carlo Prater defeated Erick Silva via disqualification (illegal strikes to the back of the head) at :29 of round 1

Joe Rogan respectfully takes Yamasaki to task for making the odd call, saying that he thinks Yamasaki made a mistake while playing a replay that clearly shows Silva earning a fair TKO victory. Yamasaki won’t say that he made a mistake, offering only that he has to make split-second calls for an explanation.

Very unfortunate for Silva, who should have recorded his second UFC victory here in Rio. Silva apologizes if he didn’t “present himself well,” but says he’ll still walk away feeling like a winner.

Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio

Round 1: No glove touch to kick off this middleweight contest. Palhares tags Massenzio low with a kick, he takes a few to recover and they get back to it. Palhares lands a hard inside leg kick and slams Massenzio to the mat. Massenzio gets to his feet quickly. Palhares pulls guard and immediately rolls for a heel hook, forcing Massenzio to tap in short order.

Rousimar Palhares defeated Mike Massenzio via submission (heel hook) at 1:03 of round 1

Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson

Johnson comes out looking big and mean to Kanye West’s “Power.” Belfort looks pumped up and focused as marches out to a wildly supportive crowd.

Round 1: They touch gloves, with Johnson moving forward after Belfort. Johnson catches a head kick and slams Belfort to the mat. Belfort rolls for an armbar and Johnson backs out of his guard, jumping back in behind a big right hand. Belfort gets warned for landing to the back of th head. Big Dan stands them back up after some inactivity. Belfort charges in and defends the takedown. Johnson stays on him though, pressing him into the fence. Belfort lands a few punches before they’re separated. Johnson diving for the takedown relentlessly. Belfort countering well, lands good punches, knees and a kick before Johnson finally puts him back down. Belfort’s right eye is showing some serious swelling. Johnson keeping Belfort down, but Big Dan stands them up again. Belfort defends a takedown and then takes Johnson’s back after firing off some ground and pound. Belfort looking to flatten him out, now landing hard punches and elbows. Belfort slides in the rear naked choke, cranking on it until Johnson is forced to tap.

Vitor Belfort defeated Anthony Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49 of round 1

Bad night for Anthony Johnson. The only thing worse than missing weight by eleven pounds is losing by first-round submission after that. Who knows what injuries/illnesses Johnson headed into this fight with, but no matter what, this won’t be looked on well by too many.


Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes

Mendes makes his way to the cage to the strains of “Paradise City” by Guns ‘n’ Roses. Aldo comes out nodding and high-stepping to “Run this Town,” by Rihanna and Jay-Z, as usual. Mario Yamasaki will be the third man in the cage for this featherweight championship match.

Round 1: They touch gloves, with Mendes taking the center. Mendes with an inside leg kick. Mendes with a lot of quick feints, mostly on throwing the inside leg kick. Aldo with a leg kick of his own that lands much harder. Aldo starting to go to work leg kicks. He deftly sprawls a takedown. Aldo lands a mean leg kick and then avoids Mendes’ counter assault. Aldo gets hit low but waves the fight on. Aldo cracks Mendes with a hard uppercut. Mendes shoots for a deep single but Aldo is having none of it. Aldo with another leg kick. Mendes fighting hard for the takedown, but Aldo defends with ease. He sticks MEndes with a hard jab. Good leg kick by Mendes though. Aldo lunges in with a leg kick and Mendes grabs hold of him. He tries to slam Aldo to the mat twice, but can’t hold him down. Mendes is hanging onto Aldo while he throws backward elbows. Aldo shakes free with under ten seconds to go, spins around and nails Mendes with a hard knee that sets Mendes straight and to the mat. Aldo goes for the finish and lands a few punches, but it’s already over, Mendes is out.

Aldo runs out of the cage and jumps into the crowd, celebrating with his joyous Brazilian fans, fighting against the security guards trying to keep him in the cage.

Jose Aldo defeated Chad Mendes via KO (knee) at 4:59 of round 1