Stay posted for Caged Insider’s coverage of UFC 163 from HSBC Arena in Rio De Jainero, Brazil. José Aldo vs. Chan-Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung headlines, with Phil Davis taking on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the co-feature.
Preliminary bouts begin at 3:30 PST/ 6:30 EST, and the main card gets underway at 7:00 PST/10 EST.
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Fight One: Viscardi Andrade defeats Bristol Marunde by T/KO at 1:36 of round one.
The first bout of the evening offered perhaps the first surprise of the evening. Former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Viscardi Andrade showed improved striking skills, and not his vaunted ground game, in scoring a quick T/KO victory over Bristol Marunde in the night’s first preliminary bout.
Andrade, of São Paulo, paced around the Las Vegas battler looking for counters to begin. A two punch combination knocked Marunde to the mat, but the two ended up in a clinch. Marunde was able to defend a D’Arce choke, but he was then stunned by a clubbing left hook behind the ear.
A few strikes later, Mario Yamasaki stepped in to call a halt to the welterweight bout.
Fight Two: Francimar Barroso defeats Ednaldo Oliveira by Unanimous Decision.
Barroso, fighting on short notice in Octagon debut, moved well around his much longer opponent — who will at 6’5″ own a reach advantage over most of the ligh heavyweight division — hitting hard leg kicks to take an early lead. The crowd grew restless as Barroso used superior footwork, fired a strike, then stepped away to safety throughout the stanza.
Oliveira, of Salvador, Brazil, struggled to initate any offense. He finally scored a takedown in the second round and seemed to even the bout with a little ground-and-pound. But Barroso, of Rio, again dominated the standup with two hard right hands, landing a takedown of his own to end the round — probably stealing it on the judges’ scorecards.
The two tired and struggled in the clinch for much of round three, with Barroso landing the stanza’s most significant strike with a knee to Oliveira’s head. A Barroso takedown in the middle of the round may have cinched the victory for the Nova União fighter.
The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28, all in favor of Barroso, who is now 16-3 in his MMA career. Oliveira falls to 13-2.
Fight Three: Rani Yahya defeats Josh Clopton by unanimous decision.
The third bout of UFC 163 saw one of the world’s elite grapplers in Rani Yahya dominate the inexperienced Josh Clopton with a superior ground game in a featherweight attraction.
Yahya fell to a deep half guard to begin, attacking with a heel hook, then scoring a sweep. Yahya, of Brasilia, Brazil, advanced to mount with about a minute left, hitting some good punches.
Yahya landed a takedown to begin the second, and continued the ground assault. The Bay Area’s Clopton fought his way to his feet, but Yahya’s punches from half guard and mount dominated the stanza. On commentary, Brian Stann praised the improved integration of striking in Yahya’s ground attack.
Clopton fought in Yahya’s guard for much of the third, landing the occassional strike and defending submissions.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Rani Yahya.
Yahya, who improves to 18-7, showed improved takedowns but was never close to finishing Clopton, who falls to 6-2-1.
Fight Four: Ian McCall Defeats Iliarde Santos By Unanimous Decision.
Ian McCall returned to form tonight at UFC 163 in Rio de Jainero, darting around the ring and hitting power shots to score a decision victory over Iliarde Santos.
McCall dominated action from the opening bell with a dynamic attack: switching stances, hitting combinations, and avoiding Santos’ repeated right hand leads. But Santos, of Belem, Brazil, landed strikes occasionally, keeping the crowd excited, and mostly defended the American’s takedowns. Late in the second, Santos also hit a nice outside trip takedown of his own, but failed to capitalize.
As is often the case with flyweight division, the pace stayed up in the third round — highlighted by a McCall head kick and a solid left hook.
California’s McCall snapped a two fight losing streak with the victory and improves to 12-4-1. Santos has now lost both his UFC bouts, and falls to 27-8-1.
The judges’ scorecards were 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Fight Five: Sergio Moraes defeats Neil Magny by submission at 3:13 of round one
Alliance Jiu-Jitsu’s longtime sport jiu-jitsu standout “Serginho” Moraes offered another highlight reel to his growing MMA resume with a round one triangle submission over TUF 16 veteran Neil Magney in UFC 163’s fifth bout.
After a brief standup exchange, Moraes hit a slick inside trip takedown over the wiry Team Elevation fighter, quickly advancing to mount and securing a triangle. Magney attempted to escape but Moraes kept the constriction, along with some nasty elbows to the head. Magney tapped at 3:13 to end the welterweight bout.
Moraes, of São Paulo, Brazil, advances to 8-2, while Illinois native Magney — oddly — drops to 8-2.
Fight Six: Amanda Nunes defeats Sheila Gaff by T/KO, 2:08 of round one.
Salvador’s Amanda “Lioness” Nunes enjoyed a successful return to her native Brazil, making quick work of fellow bantamweight contender Gaff.
Nunes enjoyed a considerable physical advantage and seemed to toss Gaff about from the opening bell. Gaff tried to scramble to Nunes’ back at one point but was shrugged off. A takedown cornered Germany’s Gaff into the cage midway through the round, and one felt the end was near.
At 2:08 repeated elbows prompted referee Herb Dean call a halt to the action. Gaff has now lost both her UFC bouts and falls to 10-6. Nunes improves to 8-3.
Fight Seven: Anthony Perosh defeats Vinny Magalhaes by knockout at 0:14 of the first round.
Rio native Vinny Magalhaes came into this light heavyweight bout heavily favored. But Australian MMA pioneer Anthony Perosh was undaunted — silencing a partisan crowd with a stunning first round knockout.
Perosh dropped Magalhaes with a right hand just moments into the bout, then followed up with punches as the Brazilian faded to unconsciousness. Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout just fourteen seconds in.
The 40 year old Perosh improves to 14-7 in his MMA career. Magalhaes falls to 10-7.
Fight Eight: John Lineker defeats Jose Maria by T/KO at 1:03 of the second round.
In the first bout of the UFC 163 PPV broadcast, John Lineker and Jose Maria had a typically fast-paced bout at flyweight (actually a catch-weight bout as Lineker weighed in at 129) which seemed to end in a mishap.
Both enjoyed moments of success, but Maria scored with a solid spinning backfist and a good right hand to highlight the first.
However, Maria crumbled to the mat after a kick early in the second round — possibly injuring himself. Lineker pounced with a series of punches prompting referee Leon roberts to stop the bout at 1:03 of the stanza.
Lineker improves to 22-6 in his MMA career. Maria drops to 33-4.
Fight Ten: Thales Leites defeats Tom Watson by unanimous decision.
In a grueling three-round light middleweight affair, Rio’s own Thales Leites dominated striking and grappling to earn a well-deserved unanimous decision victory over Tom Watson.
Leites superior grappling allowed him to move into back mount and mount throughout the bout, landing strikes and threatening with submissions. Leites suffered an ugly hematoma from a Watson elbow late in the second round. But the Nova União standout came back to out-strike the Briton in round three, then hit a takedown midway through the stanza for more ground-and-pound and a near-finish with an arm triangle. Watson was bloodied, but was able to finish.
All three judges scored the bout 30-27. Leites improves his MMA record to 21-4 with his sixth UFC victory. Watson falls to 16-6, and is now 1-2 in UFC competition.
Fight Eleven: Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira defeated Thiago “Marreta” Santos by submission in 0:47 of round one.
The battle of Brazilian middleweights was brief and explosive.
One big overhand left from the TUF Brazil 1 champion Ferreira staggered UFC newcomer Santos, and he quickly followed up with a guillotine choke to force the round one tapout.
Ferreira, who credited his new training with his father figure Vitor Belfort’s Blackzillian camp for the victory, improves to 6-2 in his official MMA campaign. Santos falls to 8-1.
Co-Main Event: “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis Defeats Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida By Unanimous Decision.
In a result which shocked the Rio de Jainero crowd, “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis won an upset victory over Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the co-main event of UFC 163.
Davis and Machida fought a close three rounds, but by the end of the third, Machida had seemed to have sealed the victory — evading all of the Davis’ takedown attempts in the third round, and most in the first two stanzas. More importantly, Machida appeared to land the more significant strikes in the bout’s long standup exchanges.
But the conclusions of found one and two found Davis scoring some solid “ground-and-pound” punching following successful takedowns, which would seem to be the difference, at least in the judges’ scorecards.
The judges scored the bout 29-28 across the board, to a resounding chorus of boo’s from the Rio de Jainero crowd. Davis’ MMA record improves to 12-1, while Machida falls to 19-4.
Main Event: José Aldo defeats Chan-Sung Jung by T/KO at 2:00 of round four at UFC 163. Aldo retains the featherweight championship.
An emotional UFC 163 in Rio de Jainero would come to something of a strange finish.
José Aldo had delighted the home crowd by dominating “The Korean Zombie” Chan-Sung Jung, mostly with punching combinations and superior movement. He also hit a spinning kick at the end of the first and a takedown with some ground-and-pound to end the second.
But he never seemed to hurt the challenger.
It was a shoulder injury which finally halted Jung’s forward movement — after throwing an overhand, his shoulder actually seemed to pop right out of its socket — forcing “The Korean Zombie” to crumble to the canvas in the fourth, where Aldo pounced to deliver punches. With the challenger essentially helpless, referee Herb Dean called a halt to the action at 2:00 of round four.
Aldo retains the featherweight title and improves his MMA record to 23-1. Jung drops to 13-4.