UFC on Fuel 4 is going down in a mostly-empty HP Pavilion in San Jose today, and the preliminary card just ended. It turned out to be pretty good, other than one very strange bout. Let's take a look at what went down in the first five fights of the evening.
Page took Caceres down early in both rounds one and two and looked to work some ground and pound. Caceres did a good job of controlling Page's arms to avoid a lot of damage, and constantly threatened from the bottom with submissions. Finally he locked on a triangle, but Page rolled out and got back into Cacares' guard. Cacares locked up another one with just seconds to go in the first, but ran out of time.
After some brief striking to start the second, it went back to the mat. And Cacares locked up a lightning-quick triangle again, with Page stuck sitting on his butt with nowhere to go. It was an excellent performance from a quickly-maturing Caceres.
Chris Cariaso defeated Josh Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The flyweights delivered with speed and some pretty interesting offense, but it was Caraiso that controlled the pace throughout. He used a beautiful footsweep to get Ferguson down a couple of times, and did some good work on the ground. Ferguson jumped on his back with a minute to go and hunted for a sub, but it was too little too late.
Natal showboated a bit in the first round, which was spent on the feet. He probably got the best of it though. In the second, Natal dropped Craig and battered him around the cage, coming super close to getting a finish but Craig held on. Sapo allowed Craig to breathe a bit by switching it up and going for submissions, which allowed Craig to reverse.
After they got back to the feet and Craig took a minute to clear the cobwebs, he landed a massive head kick that knocked Natal out cold with just a few seconds left. A followup punch landed, but Sapo was already on dream street. It was an amazing comeback from Craig, who moved to 2-0 in the UFC.
Check after the jump for a review of the first two fights, including a very, very weird ending to one of them.
This fight was terrible. Neither man could complete a takedown and neither could get much going on the feet either. It was 14 minutes of ugly, until something weird happened. Magrao pinned Stittgen against the fence, and started to growl. Then grunt. Then make some other strange, animal-like noises, really loud ones, while he willed himself to try and land as many strikes as possible for the last 60 seconds. He was mostly tied up and didn't land much, but it was one of the most bizarre things I've seen in a UFC fight in a while. And he got the win, so...yeah. Sure.
Tamura hurt Assuncao early with a punch, but Assuncao landed a steady stream of kicks and stuffed Tamura's takedown attempts to win the round. Early in the second, Assuncao landed a solid left that dropped Tamura, and went in for the kill. It was over shortly after that.