Saturday, November 19, 2016— Live from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo Brazil The UFC put on its second card of the day and as in the first one the main event was a rematch. Two top light heavyweights went head to head as hometown hero and MMA legend Rogerio Nogueira took on Ryan Bader. In their first bout back in 2010 Bader got the best of Little Nog, the fight went the distance and Bader walked away with a unanimous decision. Now 6 years later and both fighters needing a convincing win to help propel them towards a title shot, a decision victory was highly unlikely. In the co main event top ranked bantamweight Thomas Almeida looked to show the world that his last lost was a fluke and that he is the real deal. Almeida’s opponent was the undefeated Albert Morales, and what better way to stop the hype train by finishing the young superstar in front of his hometown fans. Former title challenger and #1 ranked strawweight Claudia Gadelha looked to get back on track as she took on the surging Cortney Casey who has won two fights in a row. With another defense by the champion Jedrzejczyk, the division needs a new title contender and both ladies were well aware of that and it showed when they stepped into the octagon. Blackzilian rising star and TUF winner Kamaru Usman looks to keep rolling as he took on the dangerous Warlley Alves, two rising stars looking to crack the top 15 a finish in Sao Paulo just might get the job done. Marcos Rogerio De Lima took on Gadzhimurad Antigulov in a light heavyweight war, and Pedro Munhoz took on Justin Scoggins in a bantamweight scrap. All the action kicked off on the UFC Fight Pass before heading over to FS1. The second rematch of the day
LETS’ GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
We get started in the light heavyweight division as Francimar Barroso (18-5) took on the undefeated Darren Stewart (7-0), Well it didn’t take long for Darren Stewart to get to work as he finishes Barroso in the very first round. Winner: Darren Stewart (8-0) by TKO Round 1. – Loser: Francimar Barroso (18-6). In The Fight Pass prelim headliner Pedro Munhoz (12-2) took Justin Scoggins (11-2), a hell of a bantamweight scrap it was, into the 2nd round Francimar connects with a big leg kick that knocks down Scoggins. Munhoz slips in the guillotine and that’s all she wrote. Winner: Pedro Munhoz (13-2) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 2. – Loser: Justin Scoggins (11-3). As the prelims switch over to FS1 we head to the heavyweight division as Luis Henrique (9-2) took on Christian Colombo (8-1-1), Luis Henrique put on a show as it took him into the 2nd to get the finish over Colombo. Winner: Luis Henrique (10-2) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 2. – Loser: Christian Colombo (8-2-1). Next up we head to the bantamweight division were Johnny Eduardo (27-10) took on Manvel Gamburyan (18-10), Johnny Eduardo made a statement with his hands as he finished Gamburyan in the 2nd round. Winner: Johnny Eduardo (28-10) by TKO Round 2. – Loser: Manval Gamburyan (18-11). Next up in the light heavyweight division Marcos Rogerio De Lima (14-4-1) took on Gadzhimurad Antigulov (18-4), little time was wasted as Gadzhimurad Antigulov puts Lima away in the 1st round. What a finish. Winner: Gadzhimurad Antigulov (19-4) by Submission (Guioltine) Round 1. – Loser: Rogerio De Lima (14-5-1). Next up the headliner for the prelims we head to the middleweight division were Cezar Ferreira (11-5) took on Jack Hermansson (14-2), The finishes just keep coming as Cezar Ferreira gets the 2nd round stoppage over Hermansson. A perfectly executed choke. Winner: Cezar Ferreira (12-5) by Submission (Arm Triangle) Round 2. – Loser: Jack Hermansson (14-3).
The main card kicked off in the welterweight division as Sergio Moraes (10-3-1) took on Zak Ottow (14-3), a great fight to kick off the card as another nice performance from Ottow but it was Sergio Moraes night as he earned the decision victory. Winner: Sergio Moraes (11-3-1) by Split Decision (28-28,30-27,30-27). – Loser: Zak Ottow (14-4). Next we stay in the welterweight division as Blackzilian star and TUF winner Kamaru Usman (8-1) looks to keep things rolling as he took on Warlley Alves (11-1), Kamaru keeps thing rolling as he overwhelmed Alves from the jump. Warlley was able to keep it close but it just wasn’t enough. Winner: Kamaru Usman (9-1) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Loser: Warlley Alves (11-2). Next up a couple of ranked middleweights went head to head as #11 Thales Leites (26-6) took on #15 Krzysztof Jotko (18-1), a big opportunity for Jotko and he took the ball and ran with it as he dominates Leites. The fight goes the distance and this was a no doubter what a fight. Winner: Krzysztof Jotko (19-1) by Unanimous Decision (29-27,30-27,30-27). – Loser: Thales Leites (26-7). Next up a huge women’s strawweight fight as former title challenger #1 Claudia Gadelha (13-2) took on Cortney Casey (6-3), a one-sided fight from start to finish as Claudia Gadelha bounced back and got the win she was looking for. As for Casey a valiant effort but just no match for Gadelha. Winner: Claudia Gadelha (14-2) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Loser: Cortney Casey (6-4). In the co main event we head to the bantamweight division were young Phenom #11 Thomas Almeida (21-1) took on the undefeated Albert Morales (6-0-1), redemption for Thomas Almeida as he came out and did what he said he was going to do. Almeida overwhelmed Morales and he earned the stoppage. Winner: Thomas Almeida (22-1) by TKO Round 2. – Loser: Albert Morales (6-1-1).
Main Event Light Heavyweight Division
#4 Ryan Bader (22-5) Vs #9 Antonio Nogueira (22-7)
A rematch six years in the making went down in the fight capital, and with so much on the line for these two MMA legends a win was a must if they want to make one more title run in the near future. Into the 1st we go Little nog was able to stick around and keep Bader at a distance but Bader being the younger and stronger fighter there wasn’t much Noguiera could do to stop him. Bader was able to land more strikes then Little nog did, and just straight overwhelmed him from the start. The fight goes into the 3rd were Bader takes the fight to the mat and after some ground and pound that is all she wrote. A big win for Bader in his final fight on his UFC contract, a valiant effort by little nog but it just wasn’t enough.
Winner: Ryan Bader (23-5) by TKO Round 3
Loser: Antonio Nogueira (22-8)
By: Rick San Bartolome
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