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Francisco Trinaldo vs. C.J. Keith
Welcome to our first match of the evening, as Francisco Trinaldo (11-2) takes on C.J. Keith (8-1) at lightweight. Unlike many cards in the U.S., the crowd is hot and heavy already despite this being the first match of the night. The referee will be Marc Goddard.
Round 1: Keith looking to find the range and stay away from Trinaldo’s power by using his kicks to start. Trinaldo being very patient, though, and lands a huge left after cutting off the cage and trapping Keith. Trinaldo follows up with a body lock, unloading with some nasty knees. Keith goes for a sort of trip, but Trinaldo keeps his balance and remains strong with the body lock. Trinaldo picks up Keith and slams him hard to the ground, much to the delight of the Brazilian faithful. Trinaldo into half-guard, using his free arm to beat on the body of Keith. Into full mount and Trinaldo is in a powerful position. Big lefts and rights by Trinaldo with two-plus minutes to go. Keith slips out and goes to the guard position of Trinaldo. Trinaldo looking for an armbar from the guard, holding tight to avoid it. Keith postures up and lands a big left to free himself. Back to their feet and Keith has Trinaldo up against the cage. Trinaldo slips to the back and gets a takedown, as Keith searches for a kimura. No luck on the submission for Keith, and Trinaldo is now in a dominate position.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Trinaldo
Round 2: Keith looking very hesitant to tie up here in the beginning, and catches an over-hand left from Trinaldo. Big high-kick attempt by Keith misses, and Trinaldo bullies Keith to the fence. Trinaldo grabs a single-leg and looks for a huge takedown, but is unable to get it and moves to a body lock. Trinaldo with a massive overhead belly-to-back suplex and moves to a head-and-arm choke. Keith signals he is fine, but after tightening the grip, Keith taps.
Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith via submission (head-and-arm choke) at 1:50 of Round 2
Wagner Prado vs. Ildemar Alcantara
The first of two Alcantara brothers enters the Octagon for our opening Fuel TV prelim, as light heavyweight Ildemar Alcantara (17-5) meets Wagner Prado (8-1). Mario Yamasaki will be the referee.
Round 1: Prado coming right out looking for the finish, throwing a massive left kick that Alcantara’s blocks with a kick of his own. Prado follows up with a left and a right that staggers Alcantara. More massive, unblocked hooks by Prado, and Alcantara goes for the takedown immediately. Nice job of regaining his composure after Prado unloaded. Alcantara using his kicks to keep the dangerous Prado at bay. Nice kick to the body lands by Alcantara, and Prado answers with a kick of his own. Pair of knees from Alcantara inside the clinch connect. Jabs landing from Prado now as he continues to inch closer to the danger zone. Massive right hand by Prado lands and we go under two minutes. Knee to the body lands by Alcantara, who is doing a nice job of mixing his attacks. Very restless Brazilian crowd is letting both hear it. Alcantara eats a strike and scores a takedown, maybe allowing him to steal the round on the canvas. Some nice shots by Alcantara, but the ref quickly stands them up.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alcantara
Round 2: Prado coming right out after Alcantara, landing a big left to start the round. Another big left hook lands, but Alcantara gets the takedown. Prado attempts a choke, but doesn’t have it locked in tightly. Prado slips to a leg, but Alcantara nearly grabs a D’arce choke. However, the slip allows Prado to gain control on the ground. Prado tying Alcantara up on the ground and landing some nice lefts that are uncontested. Alcantara goes for a kneebar, moves into an ankle lock and back to a kneebar with just over two minutes left. And, just like that, Prado quickly taps, giving Alcantara a win in his UFC debut.
Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado via submission (kneebar) at 2:39 of Round 2
Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre
The second Alcantara brother hits the Octagon next, as bantamweight Yuri Alcantara (26-4) meets Pedro Nobre (13-1-2). The referee will be Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Not wanting to waste any time, Nobre comes right out and attacks Alcantara. A second front kick, though, is very low and Alcantara asks for – and is granted – time. Nobre catches Alcantara coming in with a right, and Alcantara answers with a right of his own. Spinning kick misses, and Alcantara goes for a smooth kimura out of the transition. Nobre looking to power out, and Alcantara rolls into a tight kimura, but Nobre escapes. Now, Alcantara works for a rear-naked choke. Even Kenny Florian is amazed by Nobre’s submission defense, as the kimura appeared to be locked in very tightly. The ref steps in and stops it for a shot to the back of the head, as Nobre is face down on the mat. Upon review, it appeared as though the shot that stopped the match for now was to the side of the head and not the back, but the two previous ones were to the back. The doctor is in the Octagon, and appears to be waving the match off. Another review shows an elbow that landed directly to the back of Nobre’s head.
Yuri Alcantara and Pedro Nobre fight to a no-contest
Edson Barboza vs. Lucas Martins
We have another Octagon newcomer, as Lucas Martins (11-0) makes his UFC debut against Edson Barboza (10-1). Martins is a replacement for Justin Salas, who was forced out with an injury. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.
Round 1: Barboza comes right out, throwing a left at Martins. Pair of powerful kicks from Barboza, which he is known for, land, as does a low blow that drops Martins. We are back to action, and Martins is trying to attack Barboza. Body kick by Barboza lands, and Martins is on the defense. Straight right connects by Barboza, who looks to have found a range and is moving much quicker and with better combos. Barboza catches Martins coming in, dropping him as his legs buckle. Barboza bounces and before the ref can step in, Martins taps to strikes.
Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via submission (strikes) at 2:38 of Round 1
Diego Nunes vs. Nik Lentz
Our first of two featherweight tilts is next, as Diego Nunes (18-3) meets Nik Lentz (22-5-2). Both fighters are coming off wins inside the Octagon, and looking to make a statement in the division. The referee will be Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Lentz doing a nice job of tying Nunes up with a body lock, as he scores a quick takedown. Nunes right back to his feet, while Lentz remains in control with the body lock. Lentz working hard for the takedown, breaking Nunes down now with knees to the body. Lentz has taken the back and is working for a rear-naked choke. Nunes works to his feet, avoiding the submission, but has yet to work free from Lentz. Again, Lentz throws Nunes to the mat, unloading with rights to the head. Nunes trying to get free, but Lentz has him tied up on the mat. Lentz to the back again, as Nunes stands up, but Lentz tosses him down again.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz
Round 2: We start the second where we ended the first, as Lentz shoots in and takes Nunes down to the mat. As you might expect, the Brazilian crowd begins showering Lentz with boos, but he is doing a lot of work on the ground right now. Lentz peppering the body of Nunes in half-guard. More excellent mat work by Lentz, as he is completely controlling Nunes. Lentz is making sure to posture up and hammer Nunes when the opportunity presents itself, leaving the ref without much say in standing them up. A minute left, and Lentz takes the back after landing a knee-elbow combination.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Lentz
Round 3: Do-or-die time for Nunes, but it is Lentz who fires off the first shot and scores a quick takedown. Nunes gets right back up and they stand off again. Heavy breathing by Nunes, who looks exhausted after being put to the grind for the past 10 minutes. And, again, Lentz with an easy takedown and into control with three minutes left. Nunes working to his feet, but is unable to break free from Lentz. Nunes back to his feet one more time, but is unable to do anything else and Lentz trips him down with ease. Full mount by Lentz, as he may look to finish this one against an exhausted Nunes. Just a complete performance from start to finish by Lentz, as Nunes slips out and finishes off the round with a flurry before Lentz scores another takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Lentz
Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Ronny Markes vs. Andrew Craig
To the middleweight division we head next, as Ronny Markes (13-1) meets Andrew Craig (8-0). Marc Goddard will be the third man inside the Octagon.
Round 1: Lot of jockeying for position early on. Neither fighter seems real sure of themselves or the distance, so we head to the fence and the clinch game. Markes grabs a leg and takes Craig down, but Craig quickly pounces back up. Markes with a body lock, which appears to be the move of favorite tonight. Markes picks up Craig and slams him to the canvas, forcing Craig to quickly work to the fence and begin his journey back to his feet. Markes rolls to his side, and is looking to lock in a rear-naked choke. Craig, calmly, breaks the move, but is still in a bad position with Markes on his back and looking for the submission.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markes
Round 2: Not a lot of striking again to start this round. Markes shoots for a single-leg, and gets it, taking Craig back to his back. Markes doesn’t allow Craig to try to wall-walk again this time, moving him towards the center. Markes, in half-guard, looking for a kimura with three minutes left. Markes passes, and Craig is fighting to get out of the submission. Craig frees his arm, but Markes takes his back with two minutes remaining. The Brazilian crowd is getting after their own, growing restless with this wrestling match. Craig gets free and they square off in the center. Big punch misses by Craig, as Markes is making him chase. Another big right misses by Craig and the round end.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markes
Round 3: Craig finally gets Markes to his back after two minutes of clinching between the two. Craig moves to a better position, peppering the body with lefts. Craig in half-guard, likely feeling as though he needs a finish to win the match. Markes is not allowing Craig to pass as we head under two minutes. Craig shouts to his corner, “should I go for something?” To which Kenny Florian answers, “yes.” One minute left, and Craig is landing elbows inside the guard. Craig asks for Markes to stand up, and delivers a flying knee, but Markes scores a takedown and will likely have his hand raised.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Craig
Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Godofredo Castro vs. Milton Vieira
We complete the prelims with an all-Brazilian featherweight contest, as Godofredo Castro (8-1) meets Milton Vieira (13-7-2). Mario Yamasaki will be the referee.
Round 1: These two are looking to fight, as they meet before the bell sounds at the center of the Octagon. Castro with a nice left-right combo that just misses, but backs Vieira up. Strong kick to the body by Vieira forces Castro to double-over for a brief second. Overhand right lands by Castro, as does another, but it allows Vieira to score a double-leg takedown. Castro looking for a possible kimura from his back. Vieira doing a nice job of controlling Castro on the ground, but has not advanced his own position at all. Short elbow lands by Vieira. Another elbow by Vieira and he follows up with a series of lefts. Missed triangle attempt by Castro allows Vieira to take his back. The two avoid each other, and Castro catches Vieira with a low blow, halting the action. Back to the action, and Castro quickly pushes Vieira up against the fence. Vieira, however, counters and scored a powerful takedown as Castro goes for a knee to the body.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vieira
Round 2: Vieira with a strong start to this middle round, taking Castro down and working for a submission. Castro is now looking for another kimura himself, and gets leverage to roll Vieira over and into mount. Castro now unloading, hammering away and moving to the back and a rear-naked choke attempt. Castro has the hooks in, softening him up with blows to the body. Just over two minutes left, and Castro continues to pepper the body, looking for an opening to lock in the choke. Castro remains in complete control of this round, figure-fouring the body and making several attempts at a submission.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Castro
Round 3: Left lands by Castro, and he avoids the takedown attempt by Vieira. Another left connects from Castro, followed by a right. Plenty of standing and trading this round from the two Brazilians, and Vieira lands a right. Vieira does have some swelling under his left eye. Both fighters ask for the crowd to get loud, and Vieira lands a right followed by a knee. Castro ties him up against the fence, looking to get back his composure after the sudden flurry. Vieira drops down for a kimura, but Castro gets out. Vieira on top with two minutes to go in this final round. Another takedown by Vieira, as he follows up with some nice fists to the face. Flying Superman punch by Vieira misses.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vieira
Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
We begin the FX-televised main card with a lightweight contest between Thiago Tavares (17-4-1) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0). The referee in charge will be Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Tons of energy from these two to start. The Brazilian crowd is largely behind Tavares. Tavares looking to cut off Nurmagomedov and then attack, but Nurmagomedov fires off a right to get to the center of the Octagon. Body shot lands by Tavares, but Nurmagomedov responds with a combo that connects. Nurmagomedov fakes a straight left and lands a right upper cut to drop Tavares. Nurmagomedov pounces and fires off several short punches and the ref steps in as this one is all over. Several uncontested elbows ended this one, as Nurmagomedov grabbed hold of Tavares’ head and finished him off.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via KO (elbows) at 1:55 of Round 1
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell
Our first, and only, heavyweight contest on the card is up next, as former UFC contender Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6) meets Ben Rothwell (32-8). Marc Goddard will be the referee.
Round 1: Rothwell hesitated to touch gloves to start, maybe looking for Gonzaga to try something. Straight left connects from Rothwell, and Gonzaga goes for a takedown, working a single-leg. Rothwell balancing on one leg, avoids the takedown and Gonzaga has a body lock against the fence. Gonzaga gets the takedown, but Rothwell quickly stands back up – with an assist from the fence. Single-leg takedown by Gonzaga brings Rothwell to his back, and Gonzaga looks to take the back but is unable to. Pair of straight rights land to the unguarded face of Rothwell. Back to the feet and Gonzaga with a nice knee to the body. Another knee to the thigh, and one more to the body. Rothwell fighting to avoid the clinch game, eats a right from Gonzaga. Strong kick to the leg by Gonzaga, as Rothwell answers with a knee-left-right combination. Rothwell now tying Gonzaga up against the fence, and lands a knee. Gonzaga answers with a knee of his own. Straight jab from Gonzaga lands, as does another, and another, and Rothwell wobbles a bit. Gonzaga shoots, Rothwell defends and fires off a big right hook that fails to land. Straight right from Gonzaga after Rothwell lands a pair.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gonzaga
Round 2: Gonzaga starts the round with a nice right, and counters an approaching Rothwell with another right. Gonzaga lands two more rights and shoots in, going for a guillotine choke in the center of the Octagon. Gonzaga squeezes the grip and Rothwell is forced to tap to the former contender.
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:01 of Round 2
Daniel Sarafian vs. C.B. Dollaway
It’s time for the co-main event, as Brazil’s own Daniel Sarafian (7-2) faces C.B. Dollaway (12-4). Sarafian reached the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, but an injury forced him to miss the tournament finale. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.
Round 1: A very intense, very fired up Sarafian is anxious to get going, and the Brazilian crowd is at its loudest right now. Dollaway firing off some nice jabs to keep Sarafian at bay, plus he has his excellent wrestling to use. Massive left hook thrown by Sarafian. Sarafian comes in and catches Dollaway with a combo. Dollaway with a body kick that keeps Sarafian from landing a counter. Sarafian catches Dollaway with a counter coming in, and Sarafian attacks. Dollaway goes for a leg, but eats a heavy left. Sarafian has no interest in going to the ground, and they square off in the center. Again, Sarafian catches Dollaway, and lands a perfect right followed by a left hook. The Brazilian is definitely head hunting right now. Overhand right comes flying in, but is just a glancing blow this time. Sarafian is coming in, landing a heavy combo, and Dollaway has been unable to do anything to defend it. Sarafian going to the body, landing several nice jabs.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sarafian
Round 2: Dollaway fires off a big right that misses, but is working to cut the Octagon off. Sarafian catches Dollaway and hints at a takedown attempt, but is unable to get it. Sarafian has a small cut under his right eye courtesy of a Dollaway jab. Sarafian has the reach figured out, as he snaps off a pair of quick rights that Dollaway had no chance of blocking. Big right stuns Dollaway, but Sarafian isn’t able to take him down. Dollaway trying to work the body, but Sarafian will have none of it, continuing to pick Dollaway apart. Overhand right finds the mark once again by Sarafian, and Dollaway responds with a combo. Despite a reach disadvantage, Sarafian has had little trouble getting in close. Dollaway lands an uppercut and pounces, unloading several rights to Sarafian who just survives the round. What an incredible finish for Dollaway.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dollaway
Round 3: Dollaway should be feeling confident following that closing flurry, as he had Sarafian in trouble. The ref checked several times, and Sarafian’s face looks like he has been in a war. Straight lands by Sarafian, as does a right hook, but Dollaway answers. Dollaway lands a kick and follows with a left. Big right connects by Sarafian, as both men are tired, but still throwing everything. Dollaway fires off a right, and goes for a takedown, which he gets. Dollaway into the mount, Sarafian looking exhausted with three minutes left. Dollaway takes the back, but Sarafian gets to his feet. Dollaway in deep on a double-leg attempt, and he gets it, going right to the back of Sarafian. They roll as Dollaway looks to advance his position. Dollaway moves to the mount and misses an elbow. Sarafian reverses with a sweep, as this is a battle of two exhausted fighters who have spent just about everything. Sarafian in half-guard, looking to take back this round. Sarafian to the mount position, unloading on Dollaway. Sarafian goes to the back and is working for a rear-naked choke with a minute left. Dollaway fighting it off, trying to spin, and reverses into the guard.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dollaway
C.B. Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
We’ve reached the main event for the evening, as Vitor Belfort (21-10) tries to play spoiler and keep Michael Bisping (23-4) from receiving a UFC middleweight title fight. Anderson Silva, the reigning UFC 185-pound champion, is in attendance. It has been confirmed by the UFC that Bisping will become the No. 1 contender with a win over Belfort. The referee is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Bisping keeping his right hand high at all times to start. Bisping, though, isn’t just staying away, working to close the range and find a distance. Belfort throws a head kick that misses, as the crowd cheers wildly. Belfort fakes a flying knee and throws a jab. Bisping with a left to answer the offensive flurry. Not much action through two minutes of the opening round. Huge spinning kick by Belfort misses. Belfort lands a left, and follows with a shot to the body. Counter by Belfort catches Bisping coming in. Bisping using the jab now, but nearly gets caught again by Belfort. Stiff right followed by a left from Bisping. Belfort hurts Bisping near the end of the round, firing off several uncontested shots to claim the opener.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Belfort
Round 2: Belfort comes out like he ended the first, pushing forward and attacking Bisping. A cut has opened up around the mouth of Bisping. Belfort lands a left-high-kick that floors Bisping and he pounces, finishing this one off and ending Bisping’s hopes of a title shot. The Brazilian crowd goes crazy screaming for Belfort, as Bisping is a bloody mess. Somewhere, Chris Weidman is thanking Belfort.
Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping via TKO (strikes) at 1:27 of Round 2