On Sunday, March 23 the UFC returns to Brazil for UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. The main event features a light heavyweight rematch of the 2011 fight of the year as Dan Henderson takes on Mauricio Rua. The show goes down at the Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil.
Before the main card kicks off, the preliminary card will be broadcast first with two fights on Fight Pass starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) followed by four more fights on Fox Sports 1 (5 p.m. ET). This post will follow all the action from the preliminary card.
A bout between Diego Brandao and Will Chope was supposed to be the featured preliminary bout, but Chope has been released from the company. As a result, the card will kick off at 4:30pm ET.
Fight Pass prelims:
Round 1 - Uppercut from Pepey, Lahat countered. Pepey stuffed a shot. The crowd is already insanely loud. Both men threw wild punches and Pepey slipped. He ate a left coming up. Lahat scored with two counter lefts. Some knees from both in the clinch. Lahat was off balance while throwing a kick and Pepey landed a wild punch that briefly dropped him. Flying knee from Pepey puts Lahat out cold against the fence! Wow! He just fell in a sitting position, totally unconscious! What a start!
Godofredo Pepey defeats Noad Lahat by knockout (flying knee), 2:39 of round 1
Round 1 - Side kick to the body from Barroso. Stringer ended up on his back with Barroso kicking his legs but not jumping into his guard. Stringer was let back up to his feet by the ref. Stringer landed a punch and ended up in top position against the cage. Big elbows from Stringer. He held him down for a while and roughed him up before Barroso finally got up. Stringer bullied Barroso against the cage for the rest of the round. 10-9 Stringer.
Round 2 - Barroso landed a couple of big leg kicks before Stringer tied him up against the cage. Barroso landed a big kick to the body after they separated. Barroso ended up on top after a mistake by Stringer. He couldn't keep him down for long though. Big head kick from Barroso and he fought off a takedown attempt. Stringer pushed him against the cage, but they were separated in like 10 seconds by Mario Yamasaki. Barroso with a nice right. Left hook from Stringer. Big uppercut from Barroso. 10-9 Barroso.
Round 3 - Leg kick from Stringer, counter left from Barroso. Two-punch combo from Stringer. Body kick from Barroso. They battled in the clinch for a while with Stringer landing short elbows. Yamasaki separated them quickly though. They exchanged leg kicks. Back to the clinch. They separated with two minutes to go, and they were both tired. Left hook from Barroso. More leg kicks from both. Spinning back elbow just missed for Barroso. Stringer stuffed a takedown attempt. Barroso with a nice trip takedown. He rode out the round on top. 10-9 and 29-28 Barroso on my card.
Hans Stringer defeats Francimar Barroso by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1 - Robertson scored with a head kick early but Perpetuo used it to take him down. They scrambled against the cage and Robertson got on top and moved right to mount. Perpetuo was bleeding from the impact of the head kick. Robertson spun around to the back and locked up a rear naked choke. Perpetuo tried to fight it off but it wasn't happening and he was forced to tap. Impressive performance from Robertson.
Kenny Robertson defeats Thiago Perpetuo by submission (rear naked choke), 1:45 of round 1
Round 1 - Winging right from Jorgensen to start. Formiga dragged Jorgensen down but he popped up right away. Uppercut from Jorgensen. Short counter right from Formiga. Formiga with a solid knee to the body. Formiga and Jorgensen appeared to clash heads and Jorgensen went down onto his back. Formiga wrapped him up and took his back. He cranked on Jorgensen's neck until he got the arm under his chin, and Jorgensen was forced to tap.
Jussier Formiga defeats Scott Jorgensen by submission (rear naked choke), 3:07 of round 1
Round 1 - Big body kick from Santos that sent Markes down. Thiago jumped on him and pounded him out with hammerfists. Wow, that was unexpected.
Thiago Santos defeats Ronny Markes by TKO (strikes), 53 seconds of round 1