UFC 148 Results Recap: Yoislandy Izquierdo vs Rafaello Oliveira

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Rafaello Oliveira (back) lifts up Yoislandy Izquierdo during a lightweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC Lightweights Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira and Yoislandy "Cuba" Izquierdo opened up UFC 148 last night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was streamed live on Facebook. Oliveira came into the bout in desperate need of a win after back-to-back losses in the UFC. "Tractor" got the win he needed with a solid, if unspectacular performance that displayed his ability to control an opponent on the ground but not a whole lot more.

Izquierdo was able to land some blows on the feet and managed to spectacularly reverse one Oliveira take down but otherwise was unable to do a great deal. He did manage to win one round on all three judges' cards so that's something.

What was the high spot of this fight?

Definitely the lateral drop roll through that Izquierdo used to reverse a late in the first round take down attempt by Oliveira. It looked very much like a lateral drop as Cuba used Tractor's momentum to throw him over the top and escape the take down.

Where do these guys go from here?

Oliveira has escaped a trip back to the Brazilian regional scene because a third straight loss would have almost certainly gotten him cut from the organization. His win didn't do much more than keep his UFC career alive for another day though. This is his second run in the UFC (he went 1-2 with the organization in 2009-2010) and it's likely to be the 30-year-old's last shot. Look for Oliveira to fight on upcoming Brazilian cards. He'd be an excellent opponent for one of the competitors of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

Izquierdo drops to 0-2 in the UFC. I'd put 50/50 odds on his being dropped by the promotion but don't be surprised to see him called back as a short notice replacement, especially if he picks up a win or two on the regional circuit.

Watch it now, later or never?

Never. Watch the highlight reel of Izquierdo's lateral drop throw over if you can find it online but skip the rest.

SBN coverage of UFC 148

UFC 148 Results: Rashad Evans Asks To Fight Anderson Silva - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Results: Chael Sonnen Reveals Himself Again In Defeat Against Anderson Silva - David Castillo

UFC 148 Results: What's Next For The Main Card Fighters - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Video: Post-Fight Interviews With Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le, More - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Video: Dana White Furious With Forrest Griffin - Josh Nason

UFC 148 Results: Sunday Perspective - T.P. Grant

UFC 148 Results: The Legal Gray Area Of Anderson Silva's Knee On Chael Sonnen - KJ Gould

UFC 148 Results: Second Place Sonnen Found A Way To Lose - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Payouts: $6.5 Million Gate Sets New Record, Tito Ortiz Tops In Fighter Pay - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results: Winners And Losers - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II Results And Post Fight Analysis - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 148 Video: Forrest Griffin Explains Behavior Dana White Calls 'Professional Suicide' - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148: Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen Video Highlights - Tim Burke

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 183: UFC 148 Results Review - Matt Bishop

UFC 148 Post-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II - Live Results And Play-By-Play For Pay-Per-View - Brent Brookhouse


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