MMAFrenzy’s live fight coverage of UFC Fight Night 28 kicked with tonight’s preliminary card action in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In the featured preliminary bout, Kevin Souza defeated Felipe Arantes after a three round battle. In other action, Lucas Martins, Elias Silverio, Ivan Jorge, and Sean Spencer all picked up victories tonight in Brazil.
Souza Upsets Arantes
Kevin Souza pulled off an upset tonight by dealing Felipe Arantes his second UFC loss. Souza used his unorthodox striking skills, and rare height for the division, to pick at Arantes and occasionally hurt his fellow Brazilian despite having some issues with takedown defense. The victory marks a successful debut for Souza and a drops Arantes to 2-2-1 in the UFC.
Hernandez Taunts and is Dropped by Martins
It is an unspoken rule that fighters should never taunt another fighter if they are not ready for the consequences. Ramiro Hernandez broke that rule tonight in Brazil after Lucas Martins connected with an early combination. Martins obliged “Junior’s” request for more punches and dropped the MFS fighter with hard strikes. The Brazilian quickly pounced and secured a fight-ending choke that put Hernandez to sleep in front of Martins hometown crowd. Martins improves to 2-1 in the UFC after winning his bantamweight debut tonight.
Silverio Controls Zeferino
Elias Silverio made a successful UFC debut tonight against Joao Zeferino. Silverio controlled the fight with a solid “1-2” combination that he was able to land at will during the fight. While Zeferino was able to get the fight into realm on the ground, he was unable to really do much as Silverio played it conservative on top of the former BJJ World Champion.
Jorge Edges Wisniewski
Ivan Jorge picked a short-notice victory over Keith Wisniewski tonight in Belo Horizonte. The much smaller Jorge took the fight with solid clinch work on the cage and by showing flashes of power in the third. The win was his first in the UFC.
Spencer Out-Boxes Villefort
Tonight’s card kicked off in the welterweight division as Sean Spencer took on Yuri Villefort. The hotly contested bout saw both men have their moments but in the end, it would be Spencer who would get the nod. Spencer improves to 1-1 in the UFC, while Villefort drops to 0-2 in the Octagon.
UFC Fight Night 28 Prelim Results:
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 5PM ET)
- Edimilson Souza def. Felipe Arantes via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
- Lucas Martins def. Ramiro Hernandez via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:10 of Round 1
- Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-27)
Preliminary Card (Facebook 4:30PM ET)
- Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)