The UFC ended mercifully ended it’s 20 hour MMA marathon late Saturday night when Stipe Miocic dropped an overmatched Fabio Maldonado just 35 seconds into the first round of their heavyweight main event.
The fight was a no-win situation for Miocic; Maldonado was a late in the game replacement after number 2 ranked Heavyweight Junior Dos Santos was forced out due to injury. Maldonado normally fights at light heavyweight and it was clear he wasn’t ready for a move up in weight. Miocic made quick work of Maldonado and saved himself from potential embarrassment.
In the Ultimate Fighter Brazil Heavyweight final, Antonio Carlos Junior used superior grappling to keep Vitor Miranda from mounting any serious offence in the fight. Antonio Carlos Junior wins the Ultimate Fighter Brazil heavyweight final with a unanimous decision, taking all but one round on one judges scorecard, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
In the TUF Brazil Middleweight final, Warlley Alves dominated the first two rounds before catching opponent Marcio Alexandre with a deep guillotine choke that put Alexandre to sleep. It was an impressive showing from the opening bell for Alves, expect big things for this young Brazilian.
Damien Maia did what he was expected to do against Russian newcomer Alexander Yakovlev. He controlled him on the ground but wasn’t able to sink in any of his signature submissions. Maia was coming off two straight losses and a 3rd loss could have meant an exit from the UFC; it was no surprise he played it safe here. Maia wins 30-27 on all three judges cards.
Robert Peralta and Rony Jason went two to two for three rounds with neither fighter giving an inch. In the end it was Peralta who took a split decision victory and moved to 4-1 in the UFC.
Here are the preliminary results from The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3.
- Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm via UD (30-27 x 3)
- Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez via Rd. 3 (4:21) RNC
- Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva via Rd. 2 (4:51) TKO
- Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva via Rd. 2 (1:06) RNC
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardson Moreira via Rd. 1 (:20) KO
- Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobar via Rd. 1 (2:47) TKO