LIVE BLOG RECAP: Miocic smokes Maldonado, TUF winners crowned

Stipe Miocic made it look easy against Fabio Maldonado.

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Stipe Miocic did exactly what he needed to.

Fabio Maldonado was an unheralded, blown up light heavyweight. And Miocic dispatched him in short order, knocking out Maldonado in 35 seconds Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Miocic was supposed to fight Junior dos Santos, but dos Santos pulled out two weeks ago due to a broken hand and Maldonado stepped in.

Miocic, ranked No. 7 among heavyweight contenders in the UFC, landed a hard left right away and then an overhand right to Maldonado’s ear. Some ground and pound finished the Brazilian off.

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 winners were also crowned Saturday. Antonio Carlos Jr. dominated Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision in the heavyweight final. In the middleweight final, Warlley Alves looked extremely impressive with a third-round submission win over Marcio Alexandre.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)

Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado

This was supposed to be Junior dos Santos facing Miocic, but dos Santos broke his hand and Maldonado stepped up on short notice. That was very brave of Maldonado, a light heavyweight, to move up to fight Miocic, one of the best heavyweights in the world. But courage doesn’t really win fights. If Miocic doesn’t win here, it would be very surprising. 

Maldonado walks out to the music of a famous Brazilian race car driver. And the crowd no-sells it.

ROUND 1

Maldonado presses ahead right away and throws punches.

Miocic lands a left and it hurts Maldonado. A right hand crushes Maldonado and some ground and pound finishes it. Welp, that was quick. Miocic caught Maldonado right on the ear and some punches on the ground made it academic.

Official result: Stipe Miocic def. Fabio Maldonado by TKO at 0:35 of the first round

Analysis: Well, what did you think would happen? Maldonado was very much a sacrificial lamb and he didn’t even put up a fight. Miocic crushed im and it was easy. Hopefully, Stipe can get a real fight next and then if he wins we can maybe talk about a title shot for the No. 7-ranked heavyweight in the UFC.

Vitor Miranda vs. Antonio Carlos Junior

And here’s the heavyweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. Miranda is 35 years old — 11 years older than Carlos Jr. Miranda’s first pro fight was way back in 2003, but he has not been a consistent competitor.

Carlos Jr. is 3-0 and has only been a pro since last year. There’s a serious experience gap here, but we’ll see what happens.

Phenomenal nicknames here, by the way. Carlos Jr. is "Shoeface" and Miranda is "Lex Luthor."

ROUND 1

Carlos Jr. giving chase. He’s pushing Miranda against the cage. Solid strategy for the grappler against Miranda, a striker.

Miranda receives a knee to the groin and action is halted by Herb Dean.

Big combination by Carlos Jr. and he takes Miranda down against the cage. Miranda is back up, but Carlos Jr. is controlling him.

Back to the center of the Octagon. Carlos Jr. is looking good so far.

Nice combination by "Shoeface," ending it with a body kick. 

Another good combination by Carlos Jr. And a good round for him overall.

10-9 Carlos Jr. — The grappler is outstriking the striker. Carlos Jr. has been really solid standing up. Maybe Miranda fears the takedown and can’t get off.

ROUND 2

Junior lands a takedown. He’s in half guard. Miranda does not wan to be in this position.

Carlos Jr. is in mount. Dropped an elbow. Junior transitions to side control. Now he’s back in half guard. Junior drops for a heel hook, but doesn’t get it. He gave up position and Miranda is up.

Junior stays on his back, hoping for Miranda to come into his guard. Miranda is smarter than that. Wait, no. He’s not. Miranda takes position.

Junior looks for a triangle, but Miranda slips to side control. They’re both back up now. Miranda needs to turn it on here and maybe steal this round.

Junior pressing forward with punches and puts Miranda against the cage. That’s how the round ends.

10-9 Carlos Jr. — Miranda had his moments, but Junior was in mount for awhile. There was no real damage done. Still, Junior is winning the positional battle everywhere. That’s enough right now.

ROUND 3

Junior shoots and takes Miranda down. Miranda struggling to get to his feet against the cage. Miranda is up, but not for long. Junior dumps him.

Miranda is going to lose this fight unless he gets back to his feet. And Junior isn’t letting that happen.

Miranda is up — and down again. Man, Carlos Jr. is just frustrating Miranda here. Carlos Jr. has his back with a body triangle. This is big trouble.

Junior slips into mount and then side control. Back to mount. This is domination. Time is running out in the round. That’ll be it.

10-9 Carlos Jr., 30-27 Carlos Jr. — Dominant, impressive performance by Junior. He was the favorite, but he really dominated the more experienced Miranda throughout. Even his stand up was better and that was the biggest surprise.

Official result: Antonio Carlos Jr. def. Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Analysis: Junior’s future is probably at middleweight. It’s hard to say how he’ll do in a very loaded 185-pound division in the UFC, but his Brazilian jiu-jitsu is really impressive and he uses striking well to setup takedowns. At 24, his future is bright. Miranda would be best served getting a stand-up fighter in his next bout.

Marcio Alexandre vs. Warlley Alves

This is the TUF Brazil 3 middleweight final. Both men are undefeated and Alves, 23, is a legitimate prospect. It’ll be interesting to see how both Team Sonnen competitors do outside of the house.

ROUND 1

Mario Yamasaki is your referee.

Alves looks like a very large middleweight. And he drops Alexandre with a right.

That did not take long. Some ground and pound by Alves. Alexandre is back up, but against the cage.

Alves is extremely athletic. He’s walking Alexandre down. Big takedown!

Alves is in side control. Alexandre gets up. Alves still has control against the cage. Alexandre has been on defense this entire round.

Back to the center of the Octagon. Alves closes the distance very well.

Spinning back kick by Alves and then a right hand. Alves takes Alexandre down. Damn.

The round ends with Alexandre up against the cage.

Alves 10-9 — Completely dominance there. Alexandre could not do anything. Alves didn’t do a ton of damage, but he completely owned his former teammate.

ROUND 2

Alves closes the distance quickly again and lands a right. Alves takes him down easily. Alexandre really has no chance in this fight. It’s just a matter of when Alves finishes.

Alves lands some ground and pound.

Alexandre is back up and Alves lands a left and pushes him against the cage. He is ragdolling him.

According to Fight Trax, Alves has landed 18 strikes to the head compared to just four from Alexandre. 

Nice body kick by Alexandre, but Alves eats it and catches it. 

Alexandre lands a left hand. And another. Some life from the man who looks up to Lyoto Machida as a fellow karate fighter. 

He can’t capitalize, though, as the round ends.

10-9 Alves — This one isn’t close, though it seems like Alves could be running out of gas a bit. He looked tired toward the end of the second.

ROUND 3

Alves lands a punch, a body kick and jumps a guillotine. That’s it. Alexandre is out. Alves is a friggin’ savage. Super impressive.

Official result: Warlley Alves def. Marcio Alexandre by submission (guillotine) at 0:25 of the third round

Analysis: This Alves kid is 23 years old and absolutely for real. I don’t know if he’ll be at 170 or 185 in the future, but man. He is going to be a good one. Total stud and you don’t say that about Ultimate Fighter alums much anymore. Alexandre might be pretty good, too, but frankly we couldn’t see it, because he just got bullied by Alves.

Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Facing Demian Maia in your UFC debut seems like a tough thing to do. Yakovlev might be in over his head here. I’d be stunned if he won. Maia is still one of the best welterweights in the world and he looked good for a round against Rory MacDonald.

The only things you need to know about Yakovlev is that he beat Paul Daley and is a gangsta rapper in Russia.

Maia is sponsored by Bad Boy and Yakovlev’s nickname is "Bad Boy." So there’s that.

ROUND 1

The referee for this welterweight bout is Herb Dean.

Maia is chasing Yakovlev around the Octagon. Yakovlev does not want to get taken down. Can’t really blame him.

Maia with a huge overhand left and Yakovlev is down. Maia goes right into mount. Yakovlev is in serious, serious trouble.

Maia keeping position nicely and throwing some punches and elbows. Big elbows from Maia. When does he go for a submission? Has to be coming right?

Guess not. Yakovlev survives until the end of the round.

10-9 Maia — How many times has Maia gotten a knockdown from a punch in his UFC career? Can’t be many. Maybe none at all. It was surprising he didn’t go harder for a finish there. He certainly had the opening.

ROUND 2

Yakovlev goes for a takedown. Of Maia. Seriously. What is he thinking?

Maia counters and takes him down. And he’s back in mount. This isn’t even really a fight. Yakovlev has no chance.

Maia should really try to finish here, but he’s doing very little in mount.

Yakovlev sweeps Maia. Whoa. And Yakovlev is on top.

Yakovlev attacks Maia’s neck. He’s riding Maia a bit on the ground. Very surprising.

Maia holding Yakovlev in guard. Yakovlev hasn’t landed anything on the ground. And that’s the round. The ugly, ugly round.

10-9 Maia — Maia did zero damage, but was in mount for most of the round. How he got swept and ended up on bottom I don’t know. Is he gassing?

ROUND 3

Yakovlev chopping the legs of Maia with kicks.

Yakovlev takes Maia down. And then lets him back up.

This is a bizarre, bizarre fight. 

Yakovlev hurts Maia with a combination. More leg kicks. Yakovlev gets taken down, though. Maia on top. And back to mount.

Maia throwing some elbows and punches. Nothing devastating. He could really use a finish. Not to win the fight, but to get an impressive victory over a guy making his debut.

Big elbow from Maia. Still no submission attempts. Another big elbow. 

Yakovlev gets back to half guard for like a second. Maia is back to mount. Now Maia goes for a submission with 20 seconds left. Whatever. He doesn’t get it.

10-9 Maia, 30-27 Maia — Yakovlev was in over his head, but did his best. Maia just rode it out disappointingly. He didn’t try to finish a fight he was clearly dominating.

Official result: Demian Maia def. Alexander Yakovlev by unanimous decision (10-9. 10-9, 10-9)

Analysis: That performance is not going to turn any heads, sorry Mr. Maia. Yes, he snapped a two-fight winning streak, but he failed to finish a guy making his UFC debut despite getting him in many precarious positions. The jury is still out on Yakovlev. Let’s see him against someone closer to his level. 

Rony Jason vs. Robbie Peralta

Peralta might not really be a prospect anymore, but he only has one UFC loss, to Akira Corassani, and knocks people out on the regular. He’s extremely fun to watch. Very aggressive.

Jason is very similar, except with a fair worse haircut. What is the deal with that orange hair and dark facial hair? He should keep the "Jason" mask on. He has won three of four in the UFC with the one loss coming when Jeremy Stephens almost kicked his head off his shoulders.

ROUND 1

The referee for this featherweight fight is Mario Yamasaki.

Peralta presses forward quickly, as he has been known to do. 

Jason goes for a jumping knee. The crowd reacts like he landed, but he did not.

Spinning back elbow from Jason and Peralts eats it. Damn.

Both guys are swinging wildly. Nothing significant really landing.

Jason lands a slick little trip, but Peralta pops right back up.

This fight feels like it will end in a spectacular knockout, but no one is landing.

Peralta and Jason both throw big punches and connect. Jason goes for a high kick and Peralta catches it and takes him down. That’s how the round ends.

10-9 Jason — Jason landed that nasty spinning back elbow and controlled the cage a little better. It was a close round, but he gets the slight nod.

ROUND 2

Jason lands a takedown. Didn’t see this one going to the ground, but Jason has an advantage there.

Both back up. Peralta lands a big left that sends Jason back on his bike. Jason waves Peralta forward, asking for more.

Peralta lands a right and Jason lands a spinning back elbow. Both guys are just throwing now — and landing. Wow. Incredible end to the round. And a tough round to score.

10-9 Peralta — That was close, but Peralta landed the harder punches and arguably did more damage. This should be a fun third round.

ROUND 3

Good left body kicks by Jason.

Peralta runs Jason down with punches. A couple land, but nothing significant. 

Peralta takes a finger to the eye. Not good. He’s taking a lot of time, but he’s going to fight.

Jason lands a pair of rights in between a wild jumping knee. He has Peralta pushed up against the cage. Jason is trying to trip Peralta. Nothing doing.

Back to the center of the Octagon. Peralta needs to land some punches to win this round and fight.

Jason backs Peralta up with a combination. Peralta fires back with a left hook.

Jason shoots in and takes Peralta down. Peralta is back up and now he takes Jason down. Round over. Boy, that was close.

10-9 Jason, 29-28 Jason — This one could go either way, but Jason did a little more in that third round. Peralta didn’t score with any of those wild hooks like he did in the second.

Official result: Robbie Peralta def. Rony Jason by split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-28)

Analysis: Either guy could have won. This fight was a bit of a disappointment. Both guys are capable of a more entertaining throwdown, like those few minutes in the second round. But Peralta gets the "W" and still only has one UFC loss. He’ll get a bump up in competition. Jason remains a very entertaining featherweight, if not any closer to becoming a contender.

PRELIMS (FOX Sports 1)

Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov

Damm had lost five of seven before going on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and now has two straight victories.

Magomedov has won nine in a row, including his UFC debut against Tony Martin in February. Magomedov has also notched a victory over Alexander Yakovlev, the guy fighting Demian Maia later tonight.

ROUND 1

Herb Dean is the referee for this lightweight fight.

Magomedov has a significant advantage standing up. If Damm doesn’t get him down, it’s going to be a long night for him.

Good body kicks from Magomedov. He’s working Damm over technically.

Nice head movement and feints by Magomedov.

Damm lands a right and Magomedov slips. Not a knockdown.

Magomedov pastes Damm with a right. He doesn’t chase Damm down to the ground. He’s kicking his legs standing up.

Poor strategy by Magomedov. Let him stand up and hit him again.

That’s how the round ends.

10-9 Magomedov — Impressive striking display by Magomedov. Not a fan of how he ended the round. He had a chance to hurt Damm standing up if he let him get up instead of just kicking his legs while he was on the ground.

ROUND 2

Another good right hand by Magomedov. That’s what he should have given himself an opportunity to do at the end of the first round.

More picking apart from Magomedov. Damm can’t even get close to grapple.

A Magomedov head kick just misses.

This is a really nice technical striking display by Magomedov, but he’s not really urgent to finish. Perhaps he’s afraid of the takedown.

Good combination by Magomedov.

Damm has a chance against the cage, but he can’t get Magomedov down.

10-9 Magomedov — Pretty much more of the same here. Magomedov is picking Damm apart on the feet. Damm’s only shot is to him down and that isn’t working.

ROUND 3

Left head kick by Magomedov. All those body kicks led to that one. It hit flush, but Damm ate it.

Damm is working hard, pushing Magomedov against the cage. He’s not getting the takedown though.

Back in the center of the Octagon, Magomedov lands a nice right hand. Time is ticking away for Damm. He’s got to go for it.

Now Damm presses forward throwing some punches. He just took a big deep breath.

Damm lands a big right. Magomedov is unfazed, though. A stiff left jab by Damm.

Magomedov with two vicious body kicks. Damm is landing punches. He misses another takedown attempt.

10-9 Damm, 29-28 Magomedov — The first two rounds were clear as day. The third, not so much. Damm had more cage control and actually seemed to land more significant strikes. Could have gone either way, though.

Official result: Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Analysis: Magomedov is 30, so he’s not a prospect. But can he beat some guys in the UFC’s lightweight division? Absolutely. Put him in there against strikers and you’ll get some fun fights. This was just a bad matchup for Damm, who is a durable veteran capable of hanging around for awhile.

Elias Silverio vs. Ernest Chavez

Silverio is undefeated and a pretty legit prospect at lightweight. He’s coming off a dominant win over Isaac Vallie-Flagg in January.

Chavez also does not have a blemish on his record and was victorious in his UFC debut.

ROUND 1

Osiris Maia is the referee for this lightweight fight.

Nice body kick by Silverio. Both men are wearing blue and white trunks, which is slightly confusing.

Chavez takes a blow to the groin. He’ll need a few minutes to gather himself.

Silverio snares a nice Thai clinch and lands some knees. Chavez eats them and gets out of it.

Chavez lands a couple of hard punches. Silverio shoots in for a takedown attempt and slips.

Silverio eats a body kick and counters with a right hand that sends Chavez backtracking.

10-9 Chavez — He’s not as impressive looking as Silverio is in terms of body type. But he was the more effective striker in that round for sure. Silverio came on late. Still anyone’s fight.

ROUND 2

Chavez is trying to grapple with Silverio, pushing him against the cage and going for takedowns. Silverio is doing a nice job keeping him at bay.

Wicked leg kick from Silverio. It looks like he’s starting to get his rhythm. Chavez has a cut under his left eye.

Spinning back kick by Silverio narrowly misses. Silverio lands a couple of punches.

Combination by Silverio finished by a left kick to the body. Good left by Chavez.

Silverio lands a combination and it hurts Chavez. He’s looking for a finish. Chavez recovers.

It was a body kick that slowed Chavez down. Round over.

10-9 Silverio — That was a more accurate representation of what Silverio can do in there. He almost finished Chavez near the end of the round. Silverio’s striking looked crisp and versatile. 

ROUND 3

Silverio is in his corner firing up the crowd.

Silverio should go back to working the body. That’s what has been most effective.

Good right hook by Chavez. Silverio counters with a right of his own.

Silverio finds Chavez’s groin with a left leg kick. That’s the second time that has happened.

Spinning back kick by Silverio lands. It’s more of a push than an impactful blow, though.

Good combination by Silverio. He’s using his reach advantage better, keeping Chavez on the outside.

Chavez looking for a takedown against the cage. No dice. Chavez being really aggressive now trying to get Silverio down. Perhaps he realizes he’s down on the cards.

Chavez lands some punches. Silverio has to make sure he doesn’t lose this round here.

Silverio gets a body lock on Chavez. Silverio gets Chavez’s back and goes for a rear naked choke and Chavez taps! He dominated standing up in the second and third rounds and then submits Chavez late. Not too shabby.

Official result: Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:21 of the third round

Analysis: Silverio remains a really interesting prospect at 155. It took him a little bit to get into this rhythm, but once he did he basically picked Chavez apart. The way he took his back at the end was really impressive. Silverio is not just a striker. As for Chavez, he didn’t look to be in great shape. Maybe 145 would be a better fit for him.

Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

After the fight tonight, Thiago will return to work as a cop during the World Cup in Brazil. He’s a serious bad ass, even though his short prime as an MMA fighter is likelt over. Thiago has lost five of his last seven. 

Umalatov has lost two of three, including his UFC debut against Neil Magny. So, no. This isn’t exactly a battle between two prospective welterweight champions.

ROUND 1

Wernei Cardoso is your referee. Thiago has some salt and pepper going on with his hair. He’s only 33, but looks older. You would too if you were a serious cop in Brazil. Just ask "Shogun."

Some sloppy kickboxing starts us off.

Umalatov pushes Thiago against the cage. Thiago goes for a takedown. Umalatov sprawls. He’s looking for Thiago’s neck. He’s not going to get it.

Well, that was an, umm, technical round.

10-9 Umalatov — Yeah, I guess he won that round. Nothing really happened.

ROUND 2

Umalatov lands a couple of combinations and gets Thiago down.

That doesn’t last very long. Thiago is up. Umalatov has him against the cage.

Umalatov throws a sloppy spinning kick. Thiago tries the same thing. Neither land. That sounds about right.

Thiago shoots for a takedown and slips. They’re against the cage again, because of course they are. Umalatov stuffs another takedown.

Umalatov looking for Thiago’s neck again. Thiago has a body lock on and he sort of takes down Umalatov. Thiago slamming Umalatov with punches to end the round.

10-9 Thiago — That little flurry at the end of the round gives Thiago the nod here. Because that was the only thing of signficance that occurred.

ROUND 3

The crowd starts getting into it. Maybe because they’re bored.

This is what happens when two bad kickboxers have a stalemate in grappling.

Umalatov lands a nice body kick. These guys both have jobs in the UFC, but Jake Shields does not. Let that set in for a second.

Thiago lands a good left hook. Umalatov pushes him against the cage. The crowd boos. I boo, too.

Last 10 seconds. Sloppy punches. Thiago lands one.

10-9 Thiago, 29-28 Thiago — Thiago did just a little more. Maybe. The judges could see it entirely different. Who knows? Not me.

Official result: Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Analysis: If you can’t beat Thiago at this point, you probably should not be in the UFC. So, good thing for Umalatov that he won tonight. Thiago has his law enforcement job to fall back on if he gets a pink slip, which he very well might.

Kevin Souza vs. Mark Eddiva

It’s a little surprising Eddiva is fighting in Brazil and the UFC didn’t save him for one of their Asian cards. The undefeated Eddiva is Filipino and had some fan support for his debut in Singapore back in January.

Souza, a Brazilian, has won eight straight and emerged victorious in his UFC debut against Felipe Arantes back in September. He towers over Eddiva with a four-inch height advantage and six more inches of reach.

ROUND 1

The referee for this featherweight fight is Herb Dean.

Souza is super long and lanky for a 145-pounder. He’s like a baby Anderson Silva.

Eddiva throwing some unorthodox kicks. And he knocks Souza down with a punch. Looks like he clipped him near the ear.

Eddiva on top in guard. Souza looking for a triangle, but Eddiva punches his way out. Souza has some long legs. You’d think he would have the advantage down here on the ground. Eddiva’s base is striking.

Souza pushes him off with his legs and they’re both back standing. Souza lands some combinations. Eddiva shoots in. He doesn’t like feeing those punches.

Both men are throwing now. Nice scrap. Souza drops Eddiva with a hard right. But Eddiva is back up.

Souza is bleeding from the forehead. Not sure which blow opened up that cut. 

Souza is destroying Eddiva now with punches. They’re standing and banging. Nuts. Crowf is really into it it.

10-9 Souza — That was crazy. Souza got the better of the striking in the latter half of the round, landing some big, big punches flush. Eddiva has a serious chin on him.

ROUND 2

Eddiva is taking some big deep breaths. He looks like the more tired fighter.

Still, Eddiva comes out throwing more. Nice leg kicks. Souza is starting to feel them. He better start checking those.

Nice combination by Souza. Eddiva keeps slamming that lead leg.

Eddiva catches a body kick and hits Souza with some punches. Souza has slowed down significantly. Remember that comment about Eddiva being more tired I made earlier? I was very wrong.

Souza throwing some big punches now. Landing some. Eddiva eats them. B

More crazy exchanges, like the first round. Souza is landing and landing big. Eddiva is getting roughed up again after winning the entire round until this point.

And that’s it. Dean steps in. Eddiva didn’t even get dropped, but he was getting lit up. Kind of a weird call. Eddiva didn’t look that bad.

Official result: Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva by TKO at 4:52 of the second round

Analysis: What an odd fight by Souza. If you look at the bout as a whole, Souza might have lost. But it’s what he did in small bursts that gave him the win. He must have been saving his gas for the end of the second round when he lit Eddiva up. He’s 2-0 in the UFC and 29 years old. With his frame and versatility, he’s a solid little prospect. Eddiva will probably return to those Asian cards.

 

EARLY PRELIMS (UFC Fight Pass)

Ricardo Abreu vs. Wagner Silva

Another pair of TUF Brazil competitors here. Both are undefeated and rather inexeperienced — a combined seven career fights. 

Abreu lost a split decision in the middleweight semifinals to Marcio Junior, a fight some thought Abreu won. Silva lost by submission to Warlley Alves, also in the semis.

ROUND 1

The referee for this middleweight bout is Osiris Maia.

These dudes are just throwing. Abreu is chasing Silva down and trying to take his head off with some wild hooks.

Overhand right to the ear drops Silva. He’s back up, but Abreu is still stalking. He wants a knockout.

Abreu continues to walk Silva down and throw big punches. He’s missing a lot of them, but the ones landing hurt.

Silva lands some leg kicks, but Abreu dominated the round.

10-9 Abreu — He hurt Silva badly early and nearly finished him. The problem is he kept going to the well too many times with that wild overhand right. It didn’t connect flush again. Silva is still in this fight if he executes correctly.

ROUND 2

Abreu drops Silva again with a right hand pounces. After some ground and pound, Abreu takes Silva’s back and chokes him out. Wow. Abreu is a beast.

Official result: Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 of the second round

Analysis: That was just Abreu’s fifth career fight and he looked pretty darn good. Silva is not terrible, either. But it looked like man vs. boy. Abreu is 30 years old, so he might be too old to be dubbed a prospect. He surely is someone to keep your eye on, though. Abreu could have easily been in the TUF Brazil finals after a controversial loss to Marcio Junior.

Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Richardson Moreira

A pair of TUF Brazil 3 guys here. Rogerio, from Chael Sonnen’s team, is a kickboxer and Moreira, from Team Wanderlei Silva, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist. Rogerio was actually Sonnen’s first heavyweight pick. Both made the semifinals.

It looks like Sao Paulo is the Las Vegas of Brazil. Many emptys seats in the crowd for the early prelims. I never understood that. If you’re going to pay all that money for tickets, why would you want to miss some of the things you’re paying for?

Rogerio is pumped. He just tore off his TUF hoodie, nearly Hulk Hogan style, as he walked to the Octagon. 

ROUND 1

Holy hell. Moreira just destroyes Moreira. He narrowly misses a knee to the head in the clinch and then lands a massive right hand. Referee Wernei Cardoso jumped in to save Moreira from a further beating. Wow. Impressive power.

Official result: Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardon Moreira by knockout at 0:20 of the first round

Analysis: Big-time power flashed by Rogerio. He has fought in Strikeforce and has competed at heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight. Heavyweight might be where he’s best. He’s a well-muscled, strong dude. He’s only 28 and heavyweight strikers with one-punch knockout power can hang around in the UFC for a long time.

Pedro Munhoz vs. Matt Hobar

Munhoz, if you remember, fared extremely well in his UFC debut against Raphael Assuncao, the guy many people believe will get the first bantamweight title shot against new champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Hobar is a newcomer to the promotion, a grappler with three straight wins in Legacy FC. His name is also "The Crowbar." Too bad he didn’t walk to the Octagon dressed like The Repo Man.

ROUND 1

Mario Yamasaki is the referee for this bantamweight fight.

Munhoz shows a good right hand early.

Huge head kick by Munhoz and then a right hand. Hobart is head badly. Munhoz jumps on a guillotine, because that’s what you do when your opponent can’t stand up — take him to the ground. Right.

Won’t matter anyway. Munhoz knocks Hobart down and pounds him out. Fight over. Complete destruction from Munhoz.

Official result: Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobart by TKO at 2:47 of the first round 

Analysis: Munhoz is setting himself up as a pretty good prospect at 135. He’s only 27 and has already gone toe-to-toe with one of the best bantamweights in the world in Assuncao. Now he has steamrolled a UFC newcomer. It’s time for him to get someone in between.