Saturday September 24, 2016— Live from Brasilia Brazil the UFC made their return to South America with a stacked card headlined with Cris Cyborg fighting in front of her hometown. Cyborg for the 2nd time is fighting in the UFC and this time her opponent is Lina Länsberg. Both ladies have had success outside of the UFC but this time around they were in the main event in a 140 catch weight bout. Cyborg looked to remain the top women in MMA and Länsberg looked to ruin the homecoming. In the co main event former bantamweight champion of the world Renan Barao took on Phillipe Nover in the featherweight division, Barao looked to get his first win at 145 after a tough featherweight debut lost to Jeremy Stephens. Nover looked to get back on the winning track and continue to show the world that Barao doesn’t belong in the 145-pound division. The heavyweights clashed as Big Country Roy Nelson took on hometown hero Antonio Big Foot Silva, don’t blink with this heavyweight division wide open a convincing win is key for these veterans. Francisco Trinaldo looks to keep things rolling as he took on Paul Felder, Gilbert Burns looked to keep rolling as he took on Michel Prazeres in a lightweight showdown. A huge flyweight fight in the rankings between Dustin Ortiz and Jussier Formiga. Erick Silva looked to get back to his winning ways and Vincente Luque took on Hector Urbina in the welterweight division and. Before Cyborg and Länsberg capped off a hot night in Brazil, the action got rolling on the UFC FightPass. So……..
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
We kick things off on the UFC FightPass in the lightweight division as Glaico Franca (14-4) took on Gregor Gillespie (7-0), the night got kicked off with a one-sided fight that went the distance and it was the undefeated Gillespie that was able to edge out Franca. Winner: Gregor Gillespie (8-0) by Unanimous Decision (29-27,29-27,29-27). – looser: Glaico Franca (14-5). Next up in the welterweight division the Blackzilians Vincente Luque (9-5-1) took on Hector Urbina (25-9), The silent assassin wasted no time getting the job done as Luque put Urbina to sleep with a huge over hand right that lands on the button. What a finish. Winner: Vincente Luque (10-5-1) by KO Round 1. – Looser: Hector Urbina (25-10). The featured UFC FightPass prelim was in the lightweight division as Alan Patrick (13-1) took on Stevie Ray (19-5), a close fight between Ray and Patrick but after three rounds it was Alan Patrick that was able to get the job done and earn the decision win. Winner: Alan Patrick (14-1) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,30-27). – Looser: Stevie Ray (19-6).
The prelims continue on FS1 and it’s the welterweight division that kicks things off as UFC vet Erick Silva (18-7) took on Luan Chagas (14-1-1), what a fight! Erick Silva knew he was in a must win situation and that just what he did. Chagas fought hard and at times had Silva rocked but the resilient Silva kept coming and in the 3rd round he was able to sink in the submission for the win. Winner: Erick Silva (19-7) by Submission (Rear Nakes Choke) Round 3. – Looser: Luan Chagas (14-2-1). Next up a huge fight in the flyweight division as #3 Jussier Formiga (18-4) took on #12 Dustin Ortiz (15-5), a big fight for the flyweight division and Formiga took the ball and ran with it. Ortiz fought hard but just couldn’t handle the ground game of Formiga and that proved to be the difference in the decision. Winner: Jussier Formiga (19-4) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,29-27,29-28). – Looser: Dustin Ortiz (15-6). Next up in the bantamweight division Rani Yhya (22-8) took on Michinori Tanaka (11-1), a great bantamweight fight with little action but still a very gutsy effort for Tanaka but Yhya ground and takedown game was just too much. Winner: Rani Yhya (23-8) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Looser: Michinori Tanaka. In the featured prelim bout it was a lightweight scrap between two Jujitsu black belts, The Blackzilians Gilbert Burns (11-1) took on Michel Prazeres (20-2), a great back and forth fight, and even though Prazeres missed weight he was able to put on a hell of a fight by hurting Burns and really not allowing him to get comfortable. After going the distance Prazeres did enough to get the win. Winner: Michel Prazeres (21-2) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – looser: Gilbert Burns (11-2).
The main card kicked off in the featherweight division as Godofredo Pepey (13-4) took on Mike De La Torre (14-5), A war of hands to start the fight as these guys were throwing bombs. Pepey landed more damage than De La Torre and it showed quickly as Pepey took the back on the ground and that’s all she wrote. Winner: Godofredo Pepey (14-4) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1. – Looser: Mike De La Torre (14-6). Next up in the middleweight division #15 Thiago Santos (13-4) took on Eric Spicely (8-2), a quick finish here and it was an upset as Eric Spicely comes into enemy territory and chokes out Santos. What a performance from Spicely. Winner: Eric Spicely by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1. – Looser: Thiago Santos (13-5). We continue into the lightweight division were the red-hot Francisco Trinaldo (20-4) looked to make it 7 in a row against Paul Felder (12-2), a crazy fight it was and the red-hot Trinaldo get it done once again. No shame on Felder as he was able to stop Francisco’s big moves but a nasty cut above his eye gets the doctors stoppage and that is all she wrote. 7 wins in a row for Francisco Trinaldo. Winner: Francisco Trinaldo (21-4) by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Round 3. – Looser: Paul Felder (12-3). The big bad heavyweights were up next as KO artist Big Country #11 Roy Nelson (22-13) took fellow KO artist Big Foot #15 Antonio Silva (19-9), two big bad heavyweights went head and Big Foot was able to hang in there but when Big Country landed Silva was rocked, after falling to the mat some ground and pound followed and that was all she wrote. Big belly rub for Roy Nelson. Another tough loss for Silva, but he looked a lot leaner than I have seen him before I think there was a change in his game tonight. Winner: Roy Nelson (23-13) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Antonio Silva (19-10). In the co main event former bantamweight champion Renan Baroa (35-4) took on Phillipe Nover (12-6-1) in the featherweight division. Barao making his second featherweight appearance, taking a decision lost in first 145 pond fight Barao is looking to show everyone he belongs at 145. Nover looking to play spoiler wanted to show that he will not be overlooked. Barao looked like himself again as he got right to work on Nover by landing combos and big kicks that had Nover thrown off. Nover never got a shot to build up any kind of offense and Baroa just kept coming like a Pitbull. After going the distance Barao gets the job done. Winner: Renan Barao (36-4) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,30-27). – Looser: Philipe Nover (12-7-1).
Main Event 140 Pound Catch Weight Bout
Cris Cyborg (16-1) Vs Lina Länsberg (6-1)
In the main event two women took over the country of Brazil and when you think of women’s fighting you think of Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg. Cyborg is hands down the deadliest women in MMA now and getting the chance to main event in front of her hometown was a dream come true for her. Standing in her way looking to shock the world is Lina Länsberg, Länsberg is a world-class Muay Thai champion who is looking to dethrone Cyborg as the deadliest women in MMA. All on the line in the main event, let’s get to the action. In the 1st round Cyborg controlled the fight for the entire round, failed clench attempts and big Knees from Cyborg had Länsberg overwhelmed. As the round came to an end Cyborg hits some big strikes to bust up Lina. Into the 2nd Cyborg unloads with big shots to the body and head but Länsberg continued to hang in the fight. Cyborg lands her second takedown and continued to punish Länsberg with big elbows and ground and pound shots that have Lina covered up and bloody and that is all she wrote. Cris Cyborg dominates Lina Länsberg and earns the TKO finish. Länsberg showed a lot of heart but never stood a chance. A hell of a night from Brazil but at the end of the night the most dominant women in MMA stands tall.
Winner: Cris Cyborg (17-1) by TKO Round 2
Looser: Lina Länsberg (6-2)
By: Rick San Bartolome
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