Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira
We open up the FX-televised prelims with a lightweight contest between Brazilians Edson Barboza (11-1) and Rafaello Oliveira (15-5). The referee will be Herb Dean.
Round 1: Barboza flashes his leg power, landing a big kick to start the fight and following up with a hook. Another stiff kick to the lead leg of Oliveira. Exceptionally quick switch kick and one more to the body that nearly drops Oliveira. Barboza is continuing to pepper Oliveira with kicks. Oliveira shoots for a second time and gets denied, eating a spinning back kick for his efforts. Oliveira is hobbling, as his left leg is bloody and bruised, along with some intense swelling already starting. Barboza ends the round with a spinning wheel kick that lands – but just a glancing blow.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barboza
Round 2: Barboza catches a kick, lands a right that floors Oliveira, and asks that his countryman get back to his feet – he wants this one standing. Back to the lead leg, which is more pink and red than anything else right now. Barboza fires off another kick that buckles the leg and drops Oliveira, as does another, and the referee has seen enough, calling this one off as Oliveira could not stand anymore.
Edson Barboza def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (leg kicks) at 1:44 of Round 2