Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results, play-by-play, and commentary of the entireevent today from Brazil. The event will kick off with six preliminary card fights followed by a main card featuring six bouts. The prelims will be streamed live on Facebook, and that stream kicks off at approximately 5pm ET/2pm PT. They flip things over to Fuel TV at 8pm ET/5pm ET for the main card. This post will cover the prelims.
The featured bout on the prelims is a bantamweight battle between potential contender Raphael Assuncao and Vaughan Lee. The other fights look just as good as that one, so let's hope that the preliminaries are pretty entertaining.
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Round 1 - The Brazilian crowd is already rocking. Braga Neto came forward quick with his hands and Smith responded with a knee to the body. Brago Neto landed a nice right hook. Neto landed a leg kick and got an ugly takedown. He quickly got Smith's back against the cage, but switched to half guard. Braga Neto locked up a kneebar and got the tap quickly. Great display of ground work there. Smith screamed in pain. Antonio Braga Neto defeated Anthony Smith by submission (kneebar), 1:52 of round 1
Round 1 - Dan Mirgliotta is the referee. Magalhaes shot in immediately but got stuffed. Vemola looked for a takedown but got stuck in a guillotine. He escaped and slammed Magalhaes to the ground. He opened up with a ton of ground and pound but almost got caught in an armbar. He continued to be aggressive while Magalhaes hunted for subs from below. Vemola was really pummeling him, maintaining a very high pace. Magalhaes finally got up with about 90 seconds to go, and jumped for another guillotine. Nothing there though. Vemola looked for another takedown and got into another guillotine. He tried to slam his way out of it, and eventually pulled out. 10-9 Vemola.
Round 2 - Magalhaes opened with a big right. They jockeyed for position against the cage for a while until Magalhaes hit a bodylock takedown. Magalhaes passed to half, then side. Vemola rolled over and gave up his back. He looked to soften Vemola up with strikes while hunting for a choke. Vemola rolled and Magalhaes returned to side. Vemola popped up briefly, but Caio got it back down against the cage. He got to his back and sunk the choke. Nice submission win for Magalhaes. Caio Magalhaes defeated Karlos Vemola by submission (rear naked choke), 2:49 of round 2
Round 1 - Tepid start from both men. Damm landed a nice counter right. Nice jab from Hirota. Hirota clipped Damm with a big shot that had him backing up. Damm looked for a takedown but got stuffed. Hirota landed a big left but ate a counter that knocked him down. He popped up but Damm was on him immediately. Damm had a bodylock and got it briefly to the ground. Hirota got up though, and they grinded away against the cage for a while. They finally separated with two minutes to go and Hirota landed a left. Damm with a right that connected. Some kicks from Damm, and another big right. Hirota dug to the body. 10-9 Damm.
Round 2 - Damm opened with a kick while Hirota landed a couple of straight lefts. Damm was clearly looking for the counter and landed it. Damm with a nice combo. Hirota with a big leg kick that is returned by Damm. Hirota continued to land the left but ate counter rights nearly every time. Hirota with a left that backed his opponent against the cage. Damm scooped a single but couldn't get the takedown. Hirota's jab was finding a home more and more. Much closer round, I'm leaning 10-9 Hirota.
Round 3 - Damm continued to counter and landed a nice right. Hirota switched it up between the body and head and connected with a few shots. Both men shook off takedown attempts from the other. Damm landed the right hook once again. Hirota put together two nice combos and stuffed another shot. The pace slowed a bit but Damm was landing more and mixing in kicks. Hirota walked right into a takedown, and Damm landed a huge suplex. Easily the coolest part of the fight so far. They threw down over the final 40 seconds with Hirota pressing the action. Damm's round though, and he should take the fight 29-28.
Rodrigo Damm defeated Mizuto Hirota by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 - Alcantara backed Silva up and landed a body kick and a big knee. Alcantara slipped on a head kick attempt and Silva jumped into his guard. Alcantara got up but Silva looked for another takedown, without success. Silva landed a nice left. Silva caught a kick but couldn't get it to the floor. Instead, Alcantara pushed back and got his own takedown. Not a lot happened on the ground for a while until Alcantara backed out and let Silva up. Silva missed with a spinning wheel kick. 10-9 Alcantara, but it was close.
Round 2 - Silva opened with a nice combination. Alcantara kept walking Silva down but wasn't attacking much. The fighters exchanged kicks. Alcantara with a knee against the cage. He was changing stances a lot. Silva shot in but got pancaked. Alcantara with a solid leg kick. There wasn't a lot going on overall. Alcantara landed a glancing spinning kick while Silva responded with a leg kick. Silva landed a nice left and a leg kick. Straight right from Alcantara landed. Silva missed with a spinning kick. 10-9 Alcantara.
Round 3 - Despite his corner's advice after round 2, Silva was still backing off and letting Alcantara walk him down. He did land a nice punch/kick combo though. He shot in for a takedown but Alcantara easily walked away. They exchanged leg kicks. The crowd isn't on board with this one. After a few single shots from Alcantara, he stuffed another takedown attempt. Again, Alcantara pushed back and got a trip takedown. Alcantara jumped back into guard with a big right. Silva looked for something on the bottom but Alcantara easily evaded. Silva landed a kick on the ground that received a warning. Alcantara let him up upon the restart. Silva finally brought a bit of pressure and landed a right - then got taken down again. Silva squirmed away and Alcantara let him up again. 10-9 Alcantara and 30-27 overall.
Ildemar Alcantara defeated Leandro Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 1 - Pepey closed the distance early and went for a takedown but Arantes defended well. Eventually Pepey swung around and took his back, but Arantes reversed and took top position. Arantes landed a couple of elbows while Pepey responded with his own from the bottom. Arantes opened up a bit more with punches. Pepey looked for a kimura and hit the sweep right into mount. Very, very nice. Arantes hit a ridiculous sweep of his own and and opened up with some huge elbows and punches. And he got the stop! Wow! That was the highlight of the night so far. Felipe Arantes defeated Godofredo Pepey by TKO (elbows), 3:32 of round 1
Round 1 - Assuncao backed Lee up early but wasn't able to connect with a lot. Assuncao scooped a leg but couldn't get it to the floor. He then switched stances and landed a nice left. Assuncao missed with a flying knee, Lee landed with a leg kick and a left hook. Lee punched Assuncao in the thigh. Seriously. Assuncao hit a trip and briefly got it down but Lee popped up right away. Assuncaso closed the distance, landed a nice combo, and scooped up a double. He then slammed Lee to the mat. He passed to side then got to mount with 30 seconds to go. Lee escaped against the cage. Assuncao was warned for a knee to a grounded fighter at the end of the round. 10-9 Assuncao.
Round 2 - Lee was the one coming forward early, but Assuncao looked for a takedown. Assuncao ended up with a cut over his eye that' was bleeding a lot. Assuncao eventually got the takedown and went straight to mount. He set up an armbar, but Lee defended well. Assuncao eventually rolled it over though, freed the arm, and got the tap. Excellent work from Assuncao there. Raphael Assuncao defeated Vaughan Lee by submission (armbar), 1:51 of round 2