Both are southpaws. Rockhold slips after missing a head kick. Both circling but nothing is thrown. Belfort misses a spinning kick. Rockhold shoots for a takedown but misses. Belfort rushes forward and tags Rockhold and they tie-up against the cage before they break. Rockhold with a leg kick followed by another. Rockhold attacks the body with a kick. Belfort misses a counter combo. Rockhold lands a spinning kick. Rockhold lands a left hand and a kick. Belfort knocks Rockhold down with a spinning kick right to the jaw and finishes him off with some punches on the ground! The crowd goes nuts as Belfort celebrates following the knock out.
Official Result: Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold by KO (kick and punches) at 2:32 of Round 1
Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs Chris Camozzi
They touch gloves to start. Souza with good head movement and he rocks Camozzi with a punch. Camozzi misses on a combination. Souza lands a big right hand. Souza forces a tie-up and Souza gets Camozzi against the cage. Camozzi reverses and has Souza against the cage before they break. Souza tags Camozzi with a right hand and then scores a trip takedown. Camozzi looks for upkicks as Souza tries to pass guard. Souza with a big right hand as he tries to pass guard. Souza in half-guard and lands some punches to the body of Camozzi. Camozzi lands an upkick. Souza goes back into half-guard and transitions to side control. Souza with a punch and looking for a submission. Both scramble and Souza ends up with an omaplata. Souza moves back into side control. Souza looking for the mount and gets it. Souza locks in the arm-triangle and Camozzi is submitted by Souza! Big win for Souza as the crowd goes wild and he does his celebratory gator crawl in the Octagon for the first time.
Official Result: Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:37 of Round 1
Rafael Dos Anjos vs Evan Dunham
Both come out in a southpaw stance. Dos Anjos gets us started with a big leg kick. Both land left hands and Dos Anjos gets a head kick landed. The crowd begins to chant. Dunham lands a nice combination. Dos Anjos just misses a jump front head kick. Dos Anjos tries a kick but gets his leg grabbed and Dunham lands a combination. Dunham attacks with the right jab. Dunham with another combo landed. Dos Anjos feints and lands a body shot. Dunham lands a jab. Dos Anjos with a head kick and both miss on combinations. Dunham with a short uppercut and he whiffs on a head kick. Both land left hands. Dos Anjos with a body shot. Dunham works in the clinch and Dos Anjos lands a knee. Dos Anjos gets a leg kick and falls to the ground and Dunham runs in and gets on top. Dunham is in Dos Anjos’ guard and is landing from top. Dos Anjos with elbows from the bottom but Dunham lands to the body from the top. Dos Anjos goes for a triangle but Dunham postures up. Dunham with a big right hand and Dunham keeps on top. Dunham with some body shots and Dos Anjos works to get out of the bad position. Kevin Mulhall orders a stand up. Both men exchange to end the round.
Score: 10-9 Dunham
Dunham with a leg kick to start. Both exchange wildly and Dunham grabs Dos Anjos and gets a quick takedown. Dos Anjos transitions back to the feet but Dunham has a body lock. They break. Dunham lands a nice combination in the pocket. Dos Anjos lands a body punch. Dos Anjos shoots for the takedown but doesn’t get it. Dos Anjos has Dunham against the cage and is going for the takedown. Dunham with good takedown defense and they separate as Dos Anjos lands a big right hand. Dunham with a nice jab. Dos Anjos lands a nice combo and lands a left hand. Dunham with a nice combo ending with a high kick that missed. Both stay in range and Dos Anjos gets a knee landed. They exchange and Dunham has cut Dos Anjos open. Dunham misses a takedown and Dos Anjos gets him against the cage. Dunham switches positions and they break. Dos Anjos is bleeding over his right eye. Dos Anjos misses a huge left hand. Dunham with a jab. Both land punches. Dunham with a combo that lands and finishes it with a head kick. Dunham with a left hand. Dunham lands an uppercut at the end of a combination. They exchange and Dunham lands a big knee. Dos Anjos counters with a combo. Dunham gets a trip takedown to end the round.
Score: 10-9 Dunham, 20-18 Dunham
Dunham lands a jab to start. Both land solid left hands. Both land exchanges again. Neither getting an advantage through a minute in the final round. Dunham goes for the takedown and pressures Dos Anjos against the cage. Dos Anjos switches and then they switch back. They separate and Dunham lands a left. Dos Anjos with a body kick. Dos Anjos lands another one. Dunham looking to land a combo but can’t get it as Dos Anjos circles out of position. Dunham misses with a right hand. Dos Anjos misses a running knee. Both exchange and land. Dunham continues to press forward. Dunham with a short right hand that lands. Dunham backs Dos Anjos against the cage with a combo. Dunham misses a front head kick against the cage. Dunham goes for the takedown and puts Dos Anjos against the cage. Dunham works from the clinch and lands some shots to the head and body. Dos Anjos gets the Thai clinch but can’t do anything with it as they split. Dos Anjos lands a nice combination. Dos Anjos misses a left hand and Dunham grabs a front headlock. Both swinging wildly as the fight comes to an end. Dunham lands to end the fight. Close round.
Score: 10-9 Dunham, 30-27 Dunham
Official Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rafael Natal vs Joao Zeferino
Zeferino misses a leg kick to start out but lands a big right hand that stuns Natal. Both miss on punches. Natal misses a leg kick as both look to establish their range. Zeferino with a glancing leg kick. Zeferino with some right hands that knock Natal back. Natal grabs Zeferino and forces him against the cage. Natal tries a trip takedown but ends up on his back and Zeferino is on top. They both transition and each has a grasp of the others’ leg. Zeferino goes for a kneebar but Natal defends. Natal now goes for the heel hook but Zeferino escapes that. They are in 50-50 guard as both still are looking for a leg lock and both are aiming to improve their position. Zeferino tries to go belly down but they twirl over and stay in position. Zeferino continues for the leg lock as Natal defends. Natal wiggles out and the referee stands them up. They stay on the outside with nothing happening to end the round.
Score: 10-9 Zeferino
Natal switches stances to start the round and then he switches back. Natal misses with the jab. Zeferino with a leg kick followed by an overhand right and a left hand. Both exchange. Zeferino goes for a leg but Natal shakes it off. Zeferino with a quick takedown but Natal gets it back up. Natal has Zeferino against the cage with double underhooks. Zeferino switches positions and they split up. Zeferino is starting to slow down as when get past two minutes in the round. Natal drops his hands and Zeferino does nothing then Natal lands a leg kick. Zeferino goes for the takedown but Natal sprawls and grabs Zeferino in a front headlock. Natal releases and Zeferino falls to his back. Leon Roberts tells him to get up. Natal comes in for a punch but Zeferino counters with a nice combination. Natal continues to push forward and dictate the pace of the round. Natal misses a spinning back fist and Zeferino grabs him and flops down to his guard. Zeferino is extremely tired. Natal lunges into Zeferino’s guard with a punch. Natal with a punch and Zeferino looks dazed and confused. Natal tries to cause separation and Zeferino is just hanging on. Zeferino survives the round but is spent.
Score: 10-9 Natal, 19-19 even
They hug to start the round and try to pump up the crowd. Zeferino lands a big overhand right. Zeferino still looking very tired. Natal lands a jab and grabs a body lock. Natal swarms with punches but Zeferino gets them separated. Zeferino lands a big right hand but Natal shakes it off. Natal with a jab that moves Zeferino. Natal with a leg kick. Zeferino misses a big right hand. Natal circling well off the Zeferino attacks. Natal hits a side kick and Zeferino grabs a body lock. Natal reverses it into a takedown and Natal is on top. Natal with some short elbows and is looking to pass guard. Natal lands some strikes as Zeferino is trying to just hang on. Natal with some punches and he looks to be setting up a choke. Natal gets back into guard as Zeferino is trying to survive the final round. Zeferino tries to scramble but has no success as Natal applies more pressure. Natal is in side control and is landing short elbows and hammerfists. Natal has Zeferino’s arm pinned and transitions into mount. Zeferino gives up his back and Natal starts to land punches. Natal moves back into mount and lands. Zeferino gives his back up again and Natal is dominating him. Zeferino tries to finish the round and is avoiding the finish but is getting dominated as the fight ends.
Score: 10-8 Natal, 29-27 Natal
Official Result: Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Hacran Dias vs Nik Lentz
They touch gloves to start as they get to the center of the Octagon. Lentz comes with a combination and immediately looks for the takedown. Dias defends well as Lentz has him against the cage. Lentz pressures for the takedown with a knee to the body as he has the body lock. Dias causes separation and they are back into striking range. Dias looks to land a combination but Lentz goes for the leg. Dias escapes. They both exchange and Lentz lands a nice left hand. Lentz with a nice combination but Dias fires back. Lentz swarms in with some punches that land. Lentz shoots for the takedown but Dias blocks it. Lentz pressures Dias against the cage but Dias shows good takedown defense. Dias switches and tries for a takedown of his own but Lentz blocks it. They switch again and Lentz is back on the attack for a takedown. Dias goes for a trip takedown but Lentz reverses it and gets on top but they get to the feet. Lentz goes for a takedown but Dias grabs the cage to block it and is warned. Lentz has him down but they get back to the feet and switch. Dias has the back of Lentz. Dias looks for the takedown but Lentz keeps it on the feet. They switch and Lentz has double underhooks. They battle against the cage to end the round. Close round.
Score: 10-9 Lentz
Dias starts with a big right hand that barely misses. Lentz lands a big knee that sends Dias down to the ground and Lentz swarms in. Lentz tries to drag it down but Dias grabs the cage again. He was warned about that between the rounds. Lentz has Dias on the ground and is working from the back. Lentz with some punches to Dias from his back. Lentz continues to land punches as he looks to possibly get a rear-naked choke in. They switch and Lentz is on top of Dias and reigning down some solid ground-and-pound. Lentz in half-guard and he lands an elbow. Lentz is really controlling Dias down on the ground. Dias trying to get back up but Lentz has him solidly on the ground. Dias gets it back up but Lentz has him in a front headlock. Lentz works for the takedown against the cage. Lentz continues with the body lock and Lentz tries to take Dias down but Dias again grabs the fence. Lentz has the back of Dias and gets the fight back to the ground. Lentz is in Dias’ half-guard. Lentz with some elbows on the mat but Dias is trying to cause separation. Lentz on his feet and Dias lands some upkicks. Lentz goes back into Dias’ half-guard and grinds Dias with some elbows. Lentz is grinding away at Dias as Dias struggles to get it back to the feet. Lentz with some punches at the end of the round.
Score: 10-9 Lentz, 20-18 Lentz
Dias fighting with some urgency knowing he probably needs to win the round. They are throwing a ton of punches and Dias had Lentz in trouble. Dias was warned again about the cage grabbing in between rounds. Lentz ties up looking for the takedown but they separate. Both look to land and Lentz grabs a body lock again. Dias has Lentz against the cage but Lentz grabs his neck. Dias with a takedown but Lentz has a guillotine locked it. Dias is surviving as it is not in tight. Dias gets his head out and is on top of Lentz. Lentz with an elbow to the body. Dias switches and has an arm-triangle locked it deep. Lentz is surviving and punches Dias’ body. Lentz escapes the close finish as he is in trouble. Dias remains on top but Lentz is grabbing Dias. Two minutes left in the fight. Lentz working to get the fight back to the feet and Dias is in half-guard. Dias is warned about grabbing Lentz’ shorts on the mat. Dias working again for the arm-triangle but Lentz is showing good defense. Lentz causes separation but Dias gets back into his guard. Lentz has Dias’ arm looking for a kimura but releases it. They get back to the feet with less than a minute left. Lentz looking exhausted but Dias has slowed. Dias with a combination. Lentz returns fire and grabs Dias looking for another takedown. Dias with a short elbow. Lentz goes for the takedown but the round ends. Dias got the round but it may not be enough.
Score: 10-9 Dias, 29-28 Lentz
Official Result: Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias by unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Trinaldo vs Mike Rio
Trinaldo looks to establish the right jab to start. Rio eats a left hand and misses on a takedown. Trinaldo lands a big left hand and Rio grabs him and takes the fight down. Rio looks to secure the neck of Trinaldo. Rio with some short punches on the ground. Trinaldo trying to get the fight back to the feet but Rio has a good hold of his head and leg. Rio looks to lock in a guillotine choke but Trinaldo escapes back to the feet. They get tied up and Trinaldo moves Rio against the cage. Trinaldo has a body lock and is looking for a takedown. Both land knees to the body before the separate. Trinaldo grabs Rio and lands a huge slam takedown and he looks to move into side control. Trinaldo looks to set up an arm-triangle choke as he tries to break his leg free. He has it locked in and Rio taps out from half-guard! Trinaldo with a big submission win and the crowd goes wild.
Official Result: Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:08 of Round 1
Gleison Tibau vs John Cholish
Tibau with a combo to start. Tibau with a nice body shot as Cholish is unable to unload with his strikes. Cholish with a body kick. Tibau lands a big right hand but Cholish shakes it off. Cholish with a leg kick as the crowd starts to chant. Tibau puts Cholish on his back and goes into his guard. Cholish looks to get back to the feet but Tibau lands a big knee to the body. They get up and separate. Tibau with a right hand but misses the left hand. Cholish goes for a leg kick but Tibau grabs his leg. Cholish rolls out and they are back outside their range. Neither man unloading right now with their hands. Cholish having trouble finding his range. Tibau lands a left hand. Tibau rushes in for a takedown and picks Cholish up and plants him on the mat. They scramble to the feet but Tibau has Cholish’s back against the cage. They break. Tibau misses with a left hand and Cholish misses a front kick with 30 seconds to go. Tibau lands a glancing left hand then grabs Cholish against the cage. Tibau gets some short punches in and holds Cholish against the cage to end the round.
Score: 10-9 Tibau
They exchange to start the fight. Quick side note: Cholish announced earlier today this will be the last fight of his career. They are both looking to land from outside their range. Neither has landed much in the round but then Tibau lands a left hand. They clinch up as Tibau looked for a left hand. Tibau forces Cholish up against the cage as Tibau looks for the takedown. They separate. Cholish presses forward but is unable to land anything. Cholish with a leg kick but Tibau grabs the leg though he lets it go. Tibau lands a big left hand and it stuns Cholish. Cholish tries to shoot in and Tibau grabs Cholish’s neck and locks in the guillotine choke. It is in super tight and Cholish is forced to tap out! Tibau picks up the submission victory.
Official Result: Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:34 of Round 2
Paulo Thiago vs Michel Prazeres
Prazeres starts with a head kick followed by a leg kick. Thiago lands some punches and Prazeres grabs him looking for the takedown against the cage. Thiago with a knee to the leg of Prazeres. Prazeres still looking for the takedown. Thiago down on one knee as he defends the takedown. Thiago reverses into mount but they get back to the feet. Prazeres has Thiago up against the cage and is still looking for the takedown. Prazeres with a body lock wearing down Thiago. Thiago is defending well against the cage. The referee breaks up the fighters. Prazeres with a body kick. Prazeres follows with a big leg kick to Thiago’s lead leg. Both looking to extend their range. Prazeres with some nice leg kicks. Thiago with a nice combination to the body and head. Thiago with a body kick and Prazeres momentarily catches the leg. Thiago looking to establish his jab. Thiago misses a right hand. Prazeres lands a lunging left hand. Prazeres with a body kick. Thiago misses a combination and Prazeres grabs him for a takedown. Prazeres with double underhooks as he tries to get Thiago down to the mat. They are clinched up against the cage as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Prazeres
Prazeres with an inside leg kick to start. Thiago with a front kick. Prazeres misses a left head kick. Thiago backs Prazeres up with a left hook. A big knee to the chest lands from Thiago and Prazeres goes down to the mat. Thiago is on top in half-guard looking to transition for a choke. Thiago with some shots on the ground trying to soften Prazeres up. Prazeres creates a scramble back to the feet. Thiago gets another takedown and is looking for a choke. Thiago has Prazeres’ arm tied up but they get back to the feet. Prazeres looks to be tiring just a bit but then he scores a takedown. Prazeres has the back of Thiago. They get back to the feet and Thiago grabs Prazeres with double underhooks. Prazeres gets a brief takedown but it gets right back up. They finally separate and Prazeres lands a huge left hand. Prazeres gets a takedown off the left hand and Thiago has his back against the cage. Prazeres postures up and is looking to land punches as he has Thiago pinned down. Prazeres with a front headlock. Thiago switches and Thiago takes Prazeres’ back and is on top in half-guard. Thiago lands some punches on Prazeres. Thiago pins Prazeres’ arm down and ends the round on top. Close round.
Score: 10-9 Prazeres, 20-18 Prazeres
Both look tired to start the round. Both looking to land a combination and find their range as the fight could be up for grabs in this final round. Thiago hits a left hook and is back Prazeres up. Thiago lands a nice combination but Prazeres fires back with a combo of his own. They clinch and Thiago pushes Prazeres against the cage. Both are looking for the takedown before the split up. Back to the center of the Octagon and Prazeres lands a nice combination. Prazeres pressures Thiago against the cage looking for the takedown. Thiago with some nice elbows to the side of the head of Prazeres. Prazeres keeps Thiago against the cage before Mario Yamasaki splits them up. Prazeres lands a left hook and then a big left hand. Thiago lands a big head kick but Prazeres shakes it off. Thiago misses a big right hand but it still backs Prazeres up. Thiago with a leg kick and Prazeres wipes away some sweat. Prazeres lands a nice combination. They tie-up and Thiago looks for the takedown but Prazeres stops it. Prazeres gets Thiago up against the cage door but Thiago secures an important takedown. Thiago gets the back of Prazeres and pounds away on him to end the round with a strong finish.
Score: 10-9 Thiago, 29-28 Prazeres
Official Result: Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yuri Alcantara vs Iliarde Santos
They touch gloves to start. Alcantara lands an overhand right to start the fight. Alcantara lands a combination but misses a flying knee and they clinch up against the cage. Santos looks for the takedown but Alcantara lands some elbows. They break and Alcantara lands some punches. Alcantara lands a big left head kick. Alcantara attacks with punches but Santos gets a brief takedown. Back on the feet and some distance is put between the two. Alcantara looks to set up another head kick. Santos with a leg kick. Alcantara with a body kick and then he knocks Santos down with a left hand. Alcantara lands some more left big left hands on the ground and Kevin Mulhall steps in to stop the fight. Alcantara with the big knockout win!
Official Result: Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos by TKO (punches) at 2:31 of Round 1
Fabio Maldonado vs Roger Hollett
Hollett misses a big overhand right to start the fight. Hollett with a leg kick. Hollett backs Maldonado up as he misses a combination. Maldonado lands a punch. Hollett with a spinning back kick and it lands right on Maldonado’s groin. Maldonado is down and in a lot of pain from the errant blow. Replay shows it landed right in the wrong spot and Maldonado is still down on the mat as he attempts to recover. Leon Roberts asks if he needs to see a doctor but Maldonado declines. Maldonado back on his feet but still trying to recover. The action continues. Maldonado comes out with a nice combination. Maldonado looks to attack the body of Hollett. Maldonado tells Hollett to come and fight. Hollett counters with a takedown of Maldonado and is in half-guard. Not a lot of action on the ground as both are just staying in position. The crowd boos loudly. The referee rightfully stands them up. Maldonado misses a left and they tie up. Hollett pushes Maldonado against the cage. Maldonado blocks Hollett from trying to take him down. Both against the cage but not a lot of action going on. Maldonado with an overhand right and the referee breaks them up. Hollett with a leg kick that does nothing to Maldonado. Hollett takes Maldonado down and the crowd again boos. Hollett in the half-guard of Maldonado. Not much going on as Hollett tries to move into side control.
Score: 10-9 Hollett
Maldonado fires a right hand to start. Maldonado looks to work the jab. Maldonado comes in and Hollett makes him pay with some right hands. Hollett lands a spinning kick. Maldonado misses a left hook. Hollett lands a right hand as a counter followed by a left hook. Maldonado looks to attack the body as they clinch up. They move against the cage and Maldonado lands some body shots. Maldonado has Hollett’s back against the cage and is working with some dirty boxing. Hollett switches positions and they break. Maldonado lands a right hand that stuns Hollett for a moment. They tie back up and Maldonado has Hollett against the cage and is landing body shots. Maldonado switches back-and-forth with head and body attacks. They break up. Hollett lands a body shot of his own. They break as not a lot goes on. Both starting to look tired. Hollett lands a glancing overhand right. Hollett grabs a single leg and pushes Maldonado against the cage. Maldonado has cut Hollett. Maldonado switches and he has Hollett against the cage. Maldonado attacks the body and is wearing Hollett down. Hollett looking to hang on.
Score: 10-9 Maldonado, 19-19 even
Both are tired to start the round. Hollett with a brief takedown but they are back to the feet. Maldonado backs Hollett up against the cage. Maldonado attacking the body yet again. Hollett fights off with a knee but Maldonado lands more body shots. They break and Maldonado urges Hollett to bring the fight to him. Hollett goes low for a takedown but Maldonado is shaking it off. Maldonado showing good takedown defense. Maldonado mixes his boxing as he attacks the head and body. Maldonado with more body shots as Hollett can’t get his back off the cage. They move back to the center of the Octagon. Maldonado lands some punches and Hollett is tired and dazed. Hollett back against the cage and Maldonado lands some punches to the body again. Maldonado attacks the head but Hollett is surviving. They clinch again and Maldonado again attacks the body. Maldonado lands some big punches to the head of Hollett. Hollett lands a big knee and they separate. Hollett misses a left hook. Maldonado continues to have Hollett in trouble. They clinch again with Hollett having Maldonado against the cage. Maldonado lands a couple of knees. Maldonado lands a left hand and Leon Roberts breaks them up. Hollett misses a right hand and they clinch and Maldonado lands a trip takedown. Maldonado ends the fight with some ground-and-pound.
Score: 10-9 Maldonado, 29-28 Maldonado
Official Result: Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
John Lineker vs Azamat Gashimov
They touch gloves to start as both take the center of the Octagon. Lineker fires a right hand that backs Gashimov up. Both miss left hands and Lineker knocks Gashimov down with a big right hand and the crowd erupts. Lineker pounces on top but they get up and Gashimov gets a brief takedown. Back to the feet and Lineker pushes Gashimov against the cage in the clinch. They break and separate. Gashimov goes for a takedown but Lineker throws him off and Lineker ends up on top on the ground. Gashimov lands an elbow from the bottom but Lineker postures up. Lineker lands big shots in Gashimov’s guard as they escape to the feet. Gashimov misses a left head kick. Lineker looks for the big right hand and misses. Gashimov trips Lineker briefly. Lineker with a hard body punch followed by a left hook. Gashimov misses on a takedown. Lineker lands some body punches and a big left hand. Gashimov looks for a takedown but Lineker stuffs it. Gashimov is warned about grabbing the fence by Mario Yamasaki and is deducted a point. Lineker lands a big right and Gashimov goes down. Lineker goes into Gashimov’s guard and looks for some ground-and-pound. Gashimov misses a front kick to end the round.
Score: 10-8 Lineker
Lineker with a body shot to start the round. Lineker with a short leg kick. Gashimov misses a head kick. Lineker with a big left hand wobbles Gashimov. Lineker is lighting Gashimov up on the feet and the crowd begins to chant loudly. Lineker with a body kick and a body shot. Lineker drops Gashimov with a body kick and swarms on him with some hard punches. Lineker with a brutal attack and Mario Yamasaki has to step in to stop the fight! Lineker with the TKO win as he pounced on Gashimov when he had him on the ropes.
Official Result: John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov by TKO (strikes) at 1:07 of Round 2
Jussier Formiga vs Chris Cariaso
Both take the center of the Octagon to start the fight. Formiga starts with a leg kick and they tie up quickly. Formiga pushes Cariaso to the cage and is looking for a double-leg takedown. Formiga gets Cariaso down and looks to keep him down. They get back to the feet but Formiga trips Cariaso back down. Formiga moves right into side control and is transitioning well on the mat. Formiga looks to get Cariaso fully on his back. Formiga blocks Cariaso’s submission attempt. Formiga continues to work to improve position. Formiga isolates Cariaso’s hips and is looking to set up an arm-triangle choke. Formiga moves around and stays in half-guard. Formiga back to looking for a choke. Formiga continues to pass Cariaso’s guard. Formiga moves to half-mount and full half-guard. Cariaso has good defense on the ground but Formiga continues to smother him. Formiga briefly moves to mount but Cariaso moves him back to half-guard. Kevin Mulhall stands them up, it looks a little quick, but there is tape hanging from Formiga’s glove so we have a brief break in action. The fight continues on the feet. Cariaso lands a leg kick. Cariaso hits a glancing left hand. Both men miss on landing combinations. Formiga with an inside leg kick. Formiga grabs Cariaso and pushes him against the cage to end the round.
Score: 10-9 Formiga
Cariaso comes forward and Formiga immediately clinches and gets a takedown. Formiga moves into mount and lands some strikes. Formiga appears to be setting up a choke. Formiga with a tight mount but Cariaso escapes. Formiga transitions into side mount and back into full guard. Formiga looks for the arm-triangle. Cariaso lands some soft blows to Formiga’s body. Formiga looks to transition but Cariaso blocks. Formiga relentless on the ground looking for lots of transitions. Cariaso tries for a triangle but can’t get it. Formiga moves Cariaso against the cage. Cariaso tries to get up but Formiga moves into mount. Formiga starts to land strikes as Cariaso tries to escape. Formiga lands more punches and is wearing Cariaso out. Cariaso moves Formiga to guard and is looking to get up but Formiga continues to move and improve position. The referee stands them up once again. Neither landing punches on the feet as Formiga is looking to set up a takedown. Formiga and Cariaso tie up and Formiga puts Cariaso against the Octagon cage. They break and go back to the center. Both land a punch. Cariaso looks to be defending a takedown on the feet. Formiga with an inside leg kick. Formiga shoots for a takedown but it is stuffed. Cariaso misses on a combo to end the round.
Score: 10-9 Formiga, 20-18 Formiga
Both looking to land a punch to start the round. Cariaso lands a quick combination. Formiga with a leg kick and is looking to set up a takedown. Formiga grabs Cariaso’s leg looking for a single-leg takedown. Formiga gets Cariaso down and pushes him against the cage. Cariaso looking to get it back to the feet but Formiga has a tight grasp of him. Cariaso gets back to the feet but Formiga looks to get it back down to the mat. Cariaso defending well in the final round. The referee breaks them up as they’re in the clinch. Cariaso lands a nice straight left hand. Cariaso lands another. Cariaso is winning the battle on the feet but they clinch back up and Formiga pushes Cariaso against the cage. Formiga looking for the takedown against the cage. Cariaso looks to lock up a d’arce choke and it is very tight. Formiga beautifully escapes but Cariaso had it in tight. They clinch back up and Cariaso scores a takedown and moves into side control. Cariaso is looking to end the fight with a minute left. Formiga is cut above the left eye. Cariaso looking to move for a guillotine but Formiga escapes. Cariaso lands some elbows and is rushing for a finish. Cariaso blitzes Formiga and moves back into side control. Cariaso lands some ground-and-pound and is landing big shots. They get back to the feet to end the round. A strong finish for Cariaso but it may not be enough.
Score: 10-9 Cariaso, 29-28 Formiga
Official Result: Jussier Formiga def. Chris Cariaso by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lucas Martins vs Jeremy Larsen
Both take the center to start the fight and Martins starts with a leg kick. Both exchange and the crowd is already getting into the action. Martins hits a kick but Larsen counters with a trip. Larsen rocks Martin with a right hand and pushes Martins against the cage. They exchange and Martins lands an elbow off the break. Larsen continues to press forward and backs Martins against the cage. Larsen working for the takedown but Martins defends nicely. Larsen lands an uppercut as they break again. Martins with a leg kick but Larsen counters and Martins goes down briefly. Martins misses a front head kick but counters with a nice combination. Larsen knocks Martins down with a right hand and Larsen stands over him. Martins grabs Larsen’s leg looking for a heel hook and transitions back to the feet. They exchange and both land with Larsen continuing to land the right hand. They exchange and Martins lands a big knee. A fast pace to start and Larsen is beginning to tire. Martins with a left head kick. The pace begins to slow just a bit as both look to find their range. Martins lands a big knee as Larsen grabs him and takes the fight to the mat. Larsen tries to keep Martins down but they get up, then they immediately go back down as Larsen lands a big takedown. Larsen backs Martins against the cage and they get to the feet and separate. Martins misses a big knee but lands a combination following it. Martins misses a kick and slips and bangs his head hard and Larsen takes advantage and gets on top. They end the round with Larsen in Martins’ guard. A very close and fun round.
Score: 10-9 Larsen
Both take the center to start and look to find their range. Martins lands a combination followed by a head kick. Martins with a leg kick but Larsen backs Martins up as Martins wobbles Larsen. They tie up and Larsen works Martins to the cage. Larsen looks for the takedown but Martins defends well. Larsen still working for it but they break. Larsen gets tagged by Martins and goes back looking for the takedown. They break and continue to exchange. Martins getting the better of the striking battle in this round. Larsen lands a nice left hand. Larsen has a big cut under his right eye. Martins with a leg kick. Larsen rocks Martins with a right hand and pushes Martins against the cage. They break and Martins lands a body kick. Martins lands an uppercut and Larsen has to put Martins against the cage again. They break and Martins lands a front kick to the body. Larsen with a big right hand. Martins lands a big head kick that gets the crowd going and Larsen’s arm looks hurt. Larsen’s cut is starting to bleed good. Larsen rocks Martins with a big right hand and Martins is in trouble. They exchange and the fight continues. Both look to land huge punches. Both are exhausted. Larsen with a big right hand and Martins wobbles on his feet. Another close round.
Score: 10-9 Martins, 19-19 even
Touch of gloves to start the final round. The crowd is chanting loud. Larsen comes in and Martins lands a big right hand and Larsen falls face first into the mat. Mario Yamasaki steps in to stop the fight as Martins lands the big knockout! Martins ends an exciting fight.
Official Result: Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen by KO (punch) at :13 of Round 3