Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith
The first of three middleweight bouts kick-starts our preliminary action today as Antonio Braga Neto (8-1) makes his UFC debut against fellow UFC newcomer Anthony Smith (17-9). Smith went 2-2 while competing in Strikeforce. The referee will be Marc Goddard.
Round 1: Neto, who was fighting back tears on his way to the Octagon, has fired out strong, coming right after Smith. The Brazilian crowd, despite this being the first fight, is loud and strong already. Neto with a solid left that is keeping Smith at bay. Smith is faster, but Neto appears to have a quicker first step. Right-hand, knee combo land, and Neto scores with a takedown, as well. Neto to the back, locking in a hook, as both are against the fence. Smith gets him off his back, moving in guard. Smith looks free, but Neto grabs a knee and scores a quick submission with a nasty, nasty kneebar off a heel hook.
Antonio Braga Neto def. Anthony Smith via submission (kneebar) at 1:52 of Round 1