The UFC card in Uberlandia, Brazil took some blows to it, but kept on ticking as one of the most action packed weekend in MMA halted to a close. St. Preux really put Brazilian Shogun Rua in quite the predicament after knocking him out in the very first round. Now many will wonder if Shogun will make the move to middleweight, or potentially call it a career. Alves and Jouban showed well in their co main bout, as the featured co main event was dropped earlier in the evening between Lineker and McCall. A night full of decisions, was capped off by shocking finish, the MMA Spotlight dives right into the results of UFC Uberlandia.
Ovince St. Preux defeats Mauricio Rua via TKO (Strikes) rd.1 – Everyone, put away your “Who is going to fight Shogun next?” Questions. The real conundrum here is, does Dana White keep him and force him to drop weight? Or possibly let him go? After his quick knockout loss Saturday night against Ovince St. Preux, Shogun has now lost four out of last five, and is only boasts a meager 6-8 record in the UFC. Once the most feared man in the light heavyweight division, has now become a stepping stone to young up and comers like St. Preux. His mind is in it, his body is as well, but his chin has now failed him twice in a row. Shogun came in sloppy, threw an ugly and easily dodged overhand right, in which Ovince countered and knocked him to the canvas. The only logical move now for Rua is to drop the weight and move to middleweight, a weight he should have dropped to a long time ago. Dana White may be tempted to part ways if Rua refuses the notion, the guy has very thin grounds to fight on though. St. Preux remains in the top ten in the UFC middleweight division, and possibly vindicated a top ten opponent even though he called out a few fighters lower in the ranks.
Warlley Alves defeats Alan Jouban via Unanimous Decision – Warlley Alves came out fast and furious in the early going, dropping Jouban and exasperating the rest of his energy trying to finish his foe. Jouban weathered the early storm, and came on strong in the second and third rounds, teeing off on Alves in the third especially. The second round was the deciding factor in the judges eyes, seeing it Alves’ way with all three of them scoring it 29-28. Many were not happy with the decision though, especially UFC color commentator Kenny Florian, whom stated he thought he would be discussing a Jouban victory after the fight. Either way it was one heck of a fight and last-minute co main event, cannot fault either on the judge’s decision.
Claudio Silva defeats Leon Edwards via Split Decision – Another quite controversial decision, Leon Edwards exchanged rounds like they exchanged fists to the face. The first round was a tough one to score, and the way the action went, it could have been a 10-10 round. Second round Edwards fended off the take downs until the end of the round and find his range. Silva was able to establish his ground game in the third and gain some dominant positions. The first round was the deciding factor in the fight, in which once again the Brazilian gained the upper hand.
Dhiego Lima defeats Jorge de Oliveira via Unanimous Decision – Lima finally picked up his first long-awaited UFC victory tonight, as he showed his full arsenal beating up Jorge de Oliveira. Oliveira hung with Lima early on, but fighting on a weeks noticed showed in the later rounds, seemed as if he was huffing and puffing quite a bit in the third round. Lima pressured his tired foe and got him to the ground in the third round, and was possibly minutes away from finishing the fight. It is a nice reprieve for Lima, last time he set foot inside the octagon he was taken out in the first round by Eddie Gordon, losing in the middleweight final for the ‘Ultimate Fighter Finale’.
Juliana Lima defeats Nina Ansaroff via Unanimous Decision – In the first fight on the UFC main card, Lima out wrestled and ground out a victory over Nina Ansaroff. In what was expected to be a stand up battle between the two, Lima surprised most with constant pressure and take down attempts, spending most of two rounds in top position. Ansaroff threatened off her back periodically, nearly pulling off an arm bar submission in the second round. Standing Nina Ansaroff attempted too many spinning techniques, leaving her vulnerable for the take down in which Lima exploited. The Brazilian pulled out the victory but did not impress the home country crowd, as she was booed when she hopped on the cage with the Brazilian flag draped around her shoulders.
Rodolfo Rubio defeated by Diego Rivas via Unanimous Decision
Trevor Smith defeated by Caio Mahalhaes via KO (Strikes) rd.1
Charlie Brenneman defeated by Leandro Silva via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) rd.1
Tim Gorman defeated by Thomas Almeida via Unanimous Decision
Wagner Silva defeated by Colby Covington via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) rd.3
The UFC heads of to Mexico City, Mexico for the UFC 180 card headlined by Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt. The card was originally supposed to be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between the champ Cain Velasquez versus Werdum, but due to a recent injury, Cain had to drop out of the fight. The bout between Werdum and Hunt is considered as an interim heavyweight title scrap, with the winner taking on Cain on a later date. For anything and everything UFC, stay tuned into the Guardian Liberty Voice for live coverage throughout each event.
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