The hits just keep on coming this Saturday, May 31, with the TUF Brazil 3 Finale bringing us more UFC action. The main event will feature a heavyweight scuffle between Stipe Miocic and Fabio Maldonado, and the rest of the card features the likes of Demian Maia, Rony Jason, Rodrigo Damm and a lot of Brazilians you’ve never heard about but who are at least decent in the cage.
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Prelims – UFC Fight Pass:
-Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobar via TKO (Punches) at 2:47, R1
-Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardson Moreira via KO (Punches) at :20, R1
-Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva via Submission (Strikes) at 1:06, R2
Prelims – FOX Sports 1:
-Mark Eddiva vs. Kevin Souza
Round 1: Souza sports the kind of height and reach advantage that just begs for a stand-up battle – which he engages in with Eddiva almost from the get-go. The early going is somewhat even, with Eddiva clipping his opponent while Souza is lunging in. But then the round turns into “Rock ‘Em-Sock ‘Em Robots”, and Eddiva is just standing there eating punches while a wobbly Souza is hitting him again and again.
Round 2: Someone must have whispered the word “caution” into Souza’s ear during the break, because when he comes out he’s a bit measured. He scores though, and in the last minute of the frame he again becomes frenzied, blasting away at a defenseless Eddiva until finally referee Herb Dean steps in.
Result: Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva via TKO (Punches) at 4:52, R2
-Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalotov
Round 1: The first strike the Russian throws is a spinning back-kick, which should give you some indication of his level of confidence. Umalotov doesn’t really unload at any point though, instead seemingly content to meet Thiago’s apprehensive striking with measured kicks and punches. Neither shows any dominance in the grappling department, and the round ends with them clinched against the fence.
Round 2: Thiago gets put on the defensive early when his takedown attempt is met with a brick wall of a sprawl, and when he gets back to the feet, Umalotov continues to control the range with his varied striking attack. Subsequent takedown attempts are met with similar resistance, although Thiago does find success in the waning 20 seconds of the round, and he spends that time wailing on his foe to possibly steal the frame.
Round 3: Thiago comes out a bit emboldened by his success in the prior round, and he stands and throws hands a bit more, outstripping the Russian’s output. Umalotov continues throwing wild punches and spinning kicks, and with neither man really hurting the other, the round is the epitome of “tough to score” when the horn sounds.
Result: Gasan Umalotov def. Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision
-Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio
Round 1: Chavez did his homework and knows Silverio’s got Muay Thai skills for days, and starts off with a ton of lateral movement and flurries over the top. Silverio does his best to slow him down – with a Thai clinch and some tie-ups against the fence – but the bout is pretty even by the time the round is through.
Round 2: Silverio chases his opponent down with kicks, which encourages Chavez to seek the clinch. After a brief stalemate, the referee separates them, and with distance and range on his side, Silverio scores more and more. In the final 30 seconds the Muay Thai fighter hits Chavez in the body and visibly hurts him, but despite being in pain, Chavez survives to the horn.
Round 3: Silverio and Chavez ease into a boxing match for the first minute and a half, and it ends when Silverio kicks his foe in the junk. A brief recovery period and restart has Chavez on the defensive, but he ties up, then turns the tide on the break and forces Silverio to defend with punching combos that start finding their mark. Silverio’s answer is to spin around to Chavez’s back, pull him down, and sink in the rear naked choke for the tap out.
Result: Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:21, R3
-Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
Round 1: Knowing full well Damm would want him on the ground and subject to his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, Magomedov keeps his opponent at bay with body-kicks and jabs. It’s an effective tactic, and with about 40 seconds left in the round the Russian beans him with a right hand that puts Damm on his butt.
Round 2: Sick of absorbing kicks to the body, Damm decides to try to get close and land punches. Unfortunately, he fails to set up his forward movement, and nearly every time Magomedov boxes the hell out of him. A takedown attempt by the Brazilian finally comes in the last 30 seconds, but the Russian wiggles free.
Round 3: Damm’s sense of urgency has him clinched and struggling to get Magomedov down against the cage, and yet it’s to no avail, and the two begin throwing hard leather. Damm actually manages to score a bit in that regard. It’s too little too late, but hey, at least he tried.
Results: Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm via Unanimous Decision
-Rony Jason vs. Robert Peralta
Round 1: Peralta comes out with both guns blazing, and Jason slows him down nicely with a judo throw that sends him flying, a spinning elbow to the chops, and some hard leather during the exchanges. The excitement level is high due to these guys really going at it, and the end of the round has Jason attempting a flying knee and Peralta catching it and throwing him down.
Round 2: The scrap continues with Peralta rushing forward landing punches, and Jason taking him down only to be reversed. Peralta escapes a perilously close triangle, and when they’re back on the feet it’s bang time in the Octagon, putting forth some top-notch violence.
Round 3: Things grind to a halt when Peralta takes an inadvertent finger to the eye. Referee Mario Yamasaki gives him a moment (and an impromptu eye examination), and then the fighters are back at it, throwing knuckle sandwiches with bad intentions. The round ends with both men trading takedowns.
Results: Robbie Peralta def. Rony Jason via Split Decision
-Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Round 1: Amazingly, one of the best grapplers to ever set foot in the Octagon is quite content to box his opponent, and Yakovlev stays on his bicycle trying to avoid it. Maia still lands a good one though, and after a left sends Yakovlev falling to the canvas, the Brazilian takes mount and methodically drops fists and elbows. That’s pretty much the story of the last three minutes of the round.
Round 2: You know you’re screwed when you have to resort to shooting for a takedown in Demian Maia, but that’s exactly what Yakovlev does. Maia sprawls, reverses and again eases into mount, and you have to wonder if Yakovlev had done any research on what it meant to fight in the UFC or even just do an MMA bout. To his credit, Yakovlev does manage to reverse and land within the Brazilian’s guard, but they stalemate there and time runs out.
Round 3: Yakovlev is inexplicably fresher, and proves this by taking Maia down in the opening minute of the round. They get back to their feet, where Maia absorbs kicks and punches, and the former middleweight contender rushes in and hits the bodylock takedown into mount. Aside from the last few seconds on the feet, that’s about where the rest of the action is.
Result: Demian Maia def. Alexander Yakovlev via Unanimous Decision
TUF Brasil 3 middleweight final
-Warlley Alves vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Round 1: Apparently, Alexandre is some sort of karate guy, which makes him feared on the feet but susceptible to the overhand right Alves drops him with in the first 30 seconds. They’re soon standing up again, and Alves presses his opponent up against the fence before dumping him back down. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the round.
Round 2: The frenetic smothering continues, with Alves mixing in ground and pound that includes an axe-kick to the body. After one particular referee restart Alexandre does succeed in landing a sound kick to the body, so he’s still in it, but he struggles against the constant pressure.
Round 3: Within in the first 30 seconds of the frame Alves rocks Alexandre with an overhand, then snags the karateka’s neck with a guillotine that instantly puts Alexandre to sleep.
Result: Warlley Alves def. Marcio Alexandre Jr. via Technical Submission (Guillotine) at :25, R3
TUF Brasil 3 heavyweight final
-Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Vitor Miranda
Round 1: Carlos wades in with punches and clinches Miranda against the cage, and it seems like that will be the gameplan for him. Indeed, after a brief break to give Miranda some time to recover from a knee to the groin, Carlos keeps up with the pressure and twice scoops him up and dumps him to the canvas, feeding him fists all the while. The round ends with both trading kicks and punches on the feet.
Round 2: The takedown comes early for Carlos, and he settles into top position, not really doing much damage but remaining in control for the most part. Miranda keeps calm though, and reverses with about a minute left to drop some elbows. Once more the round ends with them standing.
Round 3: It’s all about the wrestling, which Carlos uses to great effect to stifle and keep Miranda on his back. No one takes much damage, but the control is there, and it belongs to Carlos.
Result: Antonio Carlos Jr. def. Vitor Miranda via Unanimous Decision
-Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado
Round 1: It takes only about ten seconds for the bigger Miocic to feed Maldonado a right hand that puts him on jelly legs, and only an additional 15 or so seconds to blast him with another right to drop him. The American follows up with enough hammerfists to prompt the ref to step in. And that’s all she wrote.
Result: Stipe Miocic def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (Punches) at :35, R1