UFC 212 is underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in the main event, featherweight champ Jose Aldo will take on interim champ, Max Holloway.
Preliminary Card Results
Brian Kelleher def. Iuri Alcantara via submission (guillotine) R1, 1:48
Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Luan Chagas def. Jim Wallhead via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 4:48
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Marco Beltran via TKO (punches) R2, 5:00
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eric Spicely via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:49
Matthew Lopez def. Johnny Eduardo via TKO (punches) R1, 2:57
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Both men came out looking to strike, and the hand speed advantage of Moraes became apparent right away. But, as round one neared it’s end, Assuncao planted a couple of hard right hands that wobbled the former WSOF bantamweight champ. The action slowed in round two, and neither man landed much in terms of telling blows. Moments into round three, Assuncao dropped Moraes with a big right, but the latter quickly popped back to his feet. Moraes rebounded nicely, however, and picked up the pace. Moraes shot in a for a takedown, and although he was in deep on Assuncao’s legs, the latter spun out. Moraes winged a couple of big kicks right before the final horn. Close fight.
Raphael Assuncao def. Marlon Moraes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Yancy Medeiros vs. Erick Silva
Both welterweights mixed up punches and kicks right out of the gate. Mid round, it looked like Silva got clipped with a right hand that dropped him to the floor, momentarily. As round came to an end, Silva landed some hard leg kicks and a stiff knee. In round two, Silva continued to target the legs and body of Medeiros with kicks. But, then Medeiros decked Silva with a huge left hook that sent him crashing to the mat. The fight was stopped soon after, despite the fact Silva appeared to be moving and looking to defend. Silva protested the stoppage, and Medeiros also acknowledged the fight was likely stopped too early.
Yancy Medeiros def. Erick Silva via TKO (punches) R2, 2:01
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Bamgbose came out aggressively and appeared to tag Borrachinha with a nice right. Bamgbose fired a steady stream of kicks and went for some takedowns as well. Borrachinha cracked Bamgbose with some hard kicks to the body, and also punished the latter with body punches as well. In round two, Bamgbose slipped to the floor after throwing a kick. Borrachinha proceeded to rain down punches from above, and after several moments, the fight was stopped.
Paulo Borrachinha def.. Oluwale Bamgbose via TKO (punches) R2, 1:06
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Marquardt took Belfort down early on with a nice trip. Belfort tied Marquardt up well, however, and the fighters were stood up by the ref. For the remainder of the round, Belfort looked to counter, but Marquardt landed more shots. Marquardt step up his attacks in round two, but Belfort countered nicely with a left and followed up with a flurry. Marquardt opened a cut over the left eye of Belfort with a right, and planted a couple of hard kicks to the body before the round ended. Belfort continued to look to counter in round three, and as a result, Marquardt continued to be the busier fighter. As the round neared its end, Belfort started firing more strikes and defended a TD attempt.
Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Both strawweights stayed busy early on with strikes, but neither woman appeared to land anything hard. Then, Gadelha swept Kowalkiewicz to the mat, and worked her way to the Polish fighter’s back. Not long after, Gadelha locked in a rear-naked-choke and that was that. Impressive win for Gadelha.
Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 3:03
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway
The fighters were hesitant to throw early on, but then Aldo cracked Holloway with a hard left hook that wobbled the interim champ. Aldo followed up with a flurry, but Holloway weathered the storm. Holloway started to loosen up in round two and began to land more often. Both men winged heavy punches in the exchanges, and Aldo incurred a large hematoma on the left side of his head. As the round neared its end, Holloway started to taunt the Brazilian star. In round three, Holloway continued to pursue Aldo and he sent the latter to the deck with a huge right. Aldo tried to recover, but Holloway continued to punish him with punches. Finally, after Holloway pummelled away at a turtling Aldo, the fight was stopped. Unbelievable.
Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo via TKO (punches) R3, 4:13