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TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Paulo Thiago Vs. Gasan Umalatov

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Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

Welterweights are up next, as Paulo Thiago squares off with Gasan Umalatov.

Thiago (15-6) has gone just 2-5 in his last seven after back-to-back wins vs. Mike Swick and Jacob Volkmann. He is coming off a submission loss to Brandon Thatch in November.

Umalatov (14-3-1) lost his UFC debut to Neil Magny earlier this year, but does hold nine finishes to his resume.

Round 1: Nice spinning back right off the bat by Umalatov and Thiago answers with his own stiff kick. Another stiff kick from Thiago connects and Umalatov answers this time. Another spinning attack to the chin of Thiago. Umalatov bullies him against the cage, much to the chagrin of the Brazilian faithful. Umalatov trying for a potential choke as we head under a minute left in this opening round. Thiago springs to his feet and gets out, but is tied up against the cage yet again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Umalatov

Round 2: Thiago’s corner told him to be more assertive and it is to start, coming right out after Umalatov. It’s Umalatov, though, that catches him with a left hook and drops Thiago. Umalatov pounces and attacks, forcing Thiago to try for a takedown. He’s on top and looking for a guillotine, but he’s out of position for it and Thiago gets to his feet. Head kick by Thiago, spinning kick from Umalatov and a spinning kick by Thiago all in succession. Thiago ties him up against the fence and is working for a single-leg, but it’s Umalatov who drops down and is in control on the canvas. Umalatov working a guillotine, but Thiago escapes and tries for a takedown, which he gets on a second attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Umalatov

Round 3: Very slow, methodical start to the round, as they have both settled in and are looking for an opening to strike. Thiago’s corner wants a takedown in the worst way possible, pleading with him to shoot. We’ve got just 90 seconds left and neither fighter has made a strong push to claim this third and final round. A left from Thiago stuns Umalatov for a brief moment, as he winces. Thiago tries to clinch, but it’s Umalatov who gets the upper-hand. Good finish for Thiago and how the judges viewed the second could be the determining factor.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thiago

Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)