WHO: Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee
Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva
Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota
Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola
Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith
WHAT: Results and observations from the UFC on Fuel TV 10 Facebook undercard.
WHERE: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
The first half of the opening frame was uneventful. Assuncao turned it on late with a takedown from the clinch that Lee eventually negated, but Assuncao got deep on the ensuing double-leg and spent some top-time to steer the round definitively his way.
Assuncao went right back to work in the 2nd and nailed a takedown, knifing through Lee's guard to an S-mount. From there, he pursued a belly-down armbar but adjusted when Lee defended and dropped back to finish with a straight armbar.
- Raphael Assuncao defeats Vaughan Lee by submission (armbar), Round 2.
This fast-paced fight unfolded like a prolonged explosion. As expected, Pepey came out gangbusters with wild striking to veil a takedown attempt. Arantes stuffed the first and reversed the second to attain top position. From guard, Pepey baited Arantes with a kimura attempt and then used it to sweep into full mount, but Arantes was surprisingly able to buck Pepey off shortly after.
Gathering his posture, Arantes brandished his right elbow and used it to play paddle-ball with Pepey's head, landing a cannonade of consecutive blows to elicit the TKO stoppage. Oddly enough, Pepey had full guard locked and kept it that way even though he couldn't control posture nor defend the top-side onslaught.
- Felipe Arantes defeats Godofredo "Pepey" Castro by TKO (elbows), Round 1.
Alcantara relied on his huge size and experience advantage to completely unhinge Leandro Silva. The crowd voiced their displeasure throughout as Marajo expressed dominance by taking Silva entirely out of his game rather than punishing him with exciting offense. Capitalizing on his massive height and reach advantage, the wily veteran showed steely composure in keeping Silva at bay with long kicks from the fringe and sharp, straight punches when Silva got inside.
Alcantara helmed all three rounds by dictating the tempo of the fight and constantly changing things up just as Silva started to get a read on him. Silva, a Chute Boxe trained striker, did have his moments and found the mark with a few punches and kicks; this after he started to counter Alcantara's kicks with low roundhouses of his own. Silva tried to up his striking pressure and forward movement, shoot for takedowns and/or switch to the counter-striking role, all to no avail against the wise and lanky welterweight.
- Ildemar Alcantara defeats Leandro Silva by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3).
Damm took advantage of Hirota's waist-level left hand in the 1st by plugging him with right crosses, one of which sat Hirota down. Damm slowed a bit in the 2nd after exhibiting the telltale sign of sucking in a huge breath and peering up at the clock to check the remaining round time, while Hirota showed more confidence in leaping in with left hooks upstairs and down. The 3rd was evenly matched but the suplex Damm transitioned into after a double-leg attempt might have stole him the round. This was a closely contested match and I think Hirota's gameplan lost him the fight.
Hirota always keeps his left hand low but I was surprised that he kept what is normally a snapping and effective right cross on the shelf, and also that he attempted almost no takedowns or clinch encounters. Hirota is an excellent scrambler and showed it against Damm, but did so to escape back to the feet where he threw predictable and mid-power combinations. It was like sprawl-and-brawl without the brawl.
- Rodrigo Damm defeats Mizuto Hirota by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2).
Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola -- Middleweight bout
The 1st round was all Vemola, who stuffed an early takedown and landed one of his own, then went berzerk with nonstop hammerfists. Magalhaes took the punishment well and continued to attack with triangle/armbar combinations along with a guillotine late in the round, but Vemola defended them all and was ceaseless with his caveman offense.
The 2nd was the exact opposite. Magalhaes hit a trip from the clinch right away and methodically carved through Vemola's guard while attacking persistently with head-and-arm chokes and an Americana. As the Brazilian was passing to side mount, Vemola spun out and almost got back to his feet but Magalhaes took his back in the transition and finished with a rear-naked choke.
Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith -- Middleweight bout
Neto exemplified why leg locks can be so perilous to use in live-time training. After Smith made a strong stand early by staving off a few wild takedowns from Neto - at times spearing the body with stiff knees - the Brazilian hit a new angle on a Smith sprawl and took him down, then slithered to back control in a flash. Smith spun out but Neto anticipated the counter and latched on for a kneebar, then used the near-submission to sweep Smith onto his back before switching the hold to a vice-like kneebar, causing Smith to tap instantly.