The UFC has finally concluded the second of a two event extravaganza, which started in Berlin, Germany and ended in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This marks the first time that the organization has ever held two different fight cards in one day. Whether or not if two events in one day is somewhat of an overkill is debatable, the fans have not seemed to mind it as of yet. Jam packed full of action and finishes, some cannot just get enough of the sport of MMA. Dana White stated that some countries are starving for more from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Here is to hope that there is more to come of the two day events, without any further delay, the analysis of all of the Brazil action has just begun.
Stipe Miocic defeats Fabio Maldonado by TKO rd.1 That did not last too long for the main event. Forget about all the pre-fight hoopla talking about Miocic not taking this fight seriously. The heavyweight came out with nasty intentions and finished this fight in a hurry. Fabio came out swinging within seconds of the fight beginning, but soon felt the wrath of the all natural heavyweight Miocic. An early right hand stunned Maldonado and had him reeling against the cage. Stipe took his time and picked his shots, landed another powerful right hand that sent Maldonado to the floor. The ref stepped in immediately and awarded Miocic the victory. That was the first time Maldonado had ever been knocked out in his career.
Antonio Carlos Junior defeats Vitor Mirande by Unanimous Decision Two fights for the finale winners, and two dominant showings in a row. Antonio Carlos Junior showed an improving stand up game, to go with a world class ground game. Mirande did not have many highlights throughout the fight besides the fact that he was able to avoid being submitted all three rounds. Junior was able to control the pace inside the octagon, and advance into many key positions in the final two rounds. The take downs were set up perfectly, and the striking quite diverse for someone who was not as spelled in the striking game then his opponent. Antonio Carlos Junior is now the new TUF Brazil 3 heavyweight tourney winner, inserting a new threat in possibly the UFC’s weakest division.
Warlley Alves defeats Marcio Alexandre by Submission rd. 3 (Guillotine Choke) What a dynamic showing by Warlley Alves, Alexandre never even had a chance. Alves battered his foe throughout three rounds, and just never let up. Alexandre showed a lot of courage hanging in there with a guy who was adamantly overwhelming him throughout the duration of the bout. Alves finally ended the devastation in the third round when he landed a gruesome right hand that sent Alexandre stumbling, then followed it up by latching a deep guillotine choke; Alexandre had no choice but to tap or lose consciousness. The victory makes Warlley Alves the TUF Brazil 3 middleweight tourney champion, which will land him a new contract with the UFC along with some deserved financial income.
Demian Maia defeats Alexander Yakovlev by Unanimous Decision First round it looked as if this would be quick for Maia. He landed a huge overhand left on his Russian opponent, and immediately jumped into full mount. Someone with Maia’s credentials in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, some would think that within due time, Maia would find a way to either submit or pound his opponent into submission. Credit Yakovlev for giving the ranked welterweight a run for his money, the second and third rounds were highly competitive and the Russian landed a take down or two of his own on the decorated grappler. Round three was the Russians last gassed effort to stop the Brazilian, but to no avail. Maia once again landed a take down and easily transitioned to full mount. From there he controlled the action for the rest of the bout, earning Maia the unanimous decision victory.
Robbie Peralta defeats Rony Jason by Split Decision Rony Jason looked like a world beater in the first round, but seemed to cool off from there; as Robbie Peralta took advantage in both the second and third rounds. Peralta stuck to the outside and moved out of angles to strike Jason. In the third round it seemed as if Jason had no answer for Peralta rushing in with a flurry of strikes. UFC’s former ‘Ultimate Fighter Brazil’ winner landed a take down towards the end of the third, but Peralta countered with his own take down, possibly cementing his status as the winner in two judges eyes.
Rashid Magomedov defeats Rodrigo Damm by Unanimous Decision; Elias Silverio defeats Ernest Chavez by Submission rd. 3 (Rear Naked Choke); Gasan Umalatov defeats Paulo Thiago by Unanimous Decision; Kevin Souza defeats Mark Eddiva by TKO rd.2; Ricardo Abreu defeats Wagner Silva by Submission rd. 2 (Rear Naked Choke); Marcos Rogerio de Lima defeats Richardson Moreira by KO rd.1; Pedro Munhoz defeats Matt Hobar by TKO Rd.1
Earlier on the UFC prelims the popular Brazilian, Rodrigo Damm got outclassed by the up and coming Rashin Magomedov. Elias Silverio and Ernest Chavez put on a spectacular performance before Silverio finished him by submission. Finally the ultra popular Paulo Thiago lost once again, which may lead to being cut by the UFC; Thiago is 5-7 since coming into the organization, and has lost four of his last five.
Next weekend Dana White and company head to Albuquerque, New Mexico; as former lightweight champion Benson Henderson, takes on Rustam Khabilov. Diego Sanchez will face Ross Pearson in the co main event, and former title challengers John Moraga and John Dodson, will be fighting each other as well. As always, stay tuned into the Guardian Liberty Voice for live coverage and analysis following each UFC event.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
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