International Fighter Championship held their first show in Brazil this past weekend and it featured a few familiar fighters on the line up. UFC and WEC vets Paulo Filho, Hermes Franca, Carlo Prater and Ronys Torres was on the card, along with Rolles' half-brother, Gregor Gracie. Here are the action packed fight videos to give you your quick MMA fix.
First, on to the upsets of the night:
Paulo Filho vs. Ronny Markes - This was a moderate upset as the former WEC champion lost another decision to the #10 ranked light heavyweight in the Bloody Elbow scouting report. This was his fifth straight bout that went to the judges' scorecards, with him going an unimpressive 2-2-1 in that stretch.
Hermes Franca vs. Thawa Ril - This was the co-headlining bout of the night which featured Hermes Franca's eight bout since he came out of retirement last year. It didn't end up so well for him though, as Thawa landed a huge superman punch that dropped Franca and ended his night -- and possibly derailing the MFC title fight scheduled against Drew Fickett in two months. Jump to 7:43 for the finish:
After the jump, Gregor Gracie, Carlos Prater, and Ronys Torres gain very quick and impressive submission victories.
Gregor Gracie vs Mariano Hinojal - Rolles Gracie's half-brother, Gregor, took advantage of an early slip, and made use of the skills that made his family popular. He slapped on a guillotine choke and finished in less than 30 seconds, improving the welterweight's record to 4-1.
Carlo Prater vs Henrique Mello - Prater, a WEC and Strikeforce veteran picked up another slick submission victory as he choked out Mello, who was ranked #5 in the lightweight scouting report, in less than a minute. In his past two fights, he only needed 88 seconds total to submit both foes:
Ronys Torres vs Helderson Filhao - Torres controlled his opponent on the ground and after multiple sub attempts, was able to finish with an armbar. This is his fourth fight since getting cut by the UFC following a split decision loss to Jacob Volkmann, and this makes three straight submission victories for the Brazilian.
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