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Often the fights on the Facebook preliminaries of a UFC broadcast are a highlight of the night's action. No so last night at UFC on Fuel TV. If not for a fine performance by Jonathan Brookins in a back-and-forth fight with Vagner Rocha, it would have been entirely uneventful.
Rocha, a late substitute for Rani Yahya, initially seemed to have the edge on Brookins standing. He tagged Brookins with his opening combo and out landed him in multiple exchanges. But then Rocha made a mistake, a fatal error. He apparently dropped to his back seeking a leg lock, but that put him beneath Brookins, bad place to be. Brookins didn't take long to capitalize and quickly finished Rocha with strikes from the top.
The less said about the rest of the fights on the undercard, the better.
The only fighter involved with the rest of the prelims that won any points from me last night was Buddy Roberts and that's only because Sean Loeffler, his scheduled opponent had to back out of their bout at the last minute due to an ugly ankle injury.
The lightweights Tim Means and Justin Salas picked up wins over Anton Kuivanen and Bernardo Magalhaes in two extremely uneventful fights.
Lightweight bout: Tim Means vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
Means defeated Magalhaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).
Lightweight bout: Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas
Salas defeated Kuivanen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27).
Featherweight bout: Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha
Brookins defeated Rocha via KO (punches) at 1:32 of round 1.
Sean Loeffler did not fight Buddy Roberts due to an ankle injury just before the fight.