The main card of UFC Fight Night 32 was broadcast on FS1 out of the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. Despite a lack of divisionally relevant fights, the card delivered with a ton of action. Two of the bouts produced submissions to strikes, a rare occurence in the UFC, another a violent head kick knockout with the only dark spot a slow fight between TUF: Brazil 1 vets in the co-main event.
In the only lackluster fight of the event, Ferreira pulled off the unanimous decision victory over Sarafian. Sarafian did well on the feet, but did not have an answer for "Mutante's" wrestling in any round. One judge did manage to score it for Sarafian at 29-28, but they other two had it 30-27 and 30-28 with the rarely seen 10-10 score.
This was the originally scheduled fight for the finale of the inaugural season of TUF: Brazil 1. Mutante won against the injury replacement at UFC 147 and now improved to 3-0 in the UFC. His wins aren't over the toughest competition by any mean, but it's probably time for him to get a bump in competition. Sarafian fell to 1-2 in the UFC with this loss. As a finalist from the TUF season, he'll get at least one more chance.
"Feijao" looked a bit thrown off by Pokrajac's early aggression to start the fight, but it didn't take long for him to recover. Igor initiated a clinch, which Cavalcante used to grab a Muay Thai plum. From there he started unleashing knees to the body, then the head. Pokrajac covered and the fight was stopped when he tapped to the incoming flurry.
Cavalcante was a heavy disappointment in his UFC debut. He gassed after only a couple minutes and was finished by Thiago Silva. There's a good chance this win saved his spot on the roster. Pokrajac fell to 0-3, 1 NC in his last four UFC fights. He's probably getting the axe after this performance.
Thatch absolutely dominated in his short fight with Thiago. He kept Paulo from getting settled with strikes and clinch attempts. Thiago scored a takedown but couldn't do anything with it. Back on the feet, Thatch leaped in with a brutal knee to the body that dropped Thiago to the mat and had him tapping to strikes just two minutes into the fight.
The performance was a big win for Thatch that got the UFC president calling him a "f**king stud". It came over an established, if faltering, opponent and primes him for a step up in his next fight. Thiago's now 2-5 in his last 7 UFC fights. On the bright side, Dana White said at the post-fight media scrum that he's a big fan and it doesn't look like they're going to cut him just yet.
LaFlare and Ponzinibbio went back and forth throughout their 15 minute fight. LaFlare took the lead early, landing the better shots and gaining mount in the first. He landed often in the second as well, but was overwhelmed by a couple flurries from Stantiago that had him on his bicycle. He got control back with a takedown. In the third, LaFlare landed a big kick that got him close to a finish, but he didn't have the gas tank. In the end he took all three rounds on all three judges' scorecards.
LaFlare held his undefeated record and improved to 2-0 in the UFC with the victory. Struggling against Santiago doesn't promise a lot for his ceiling but he'll get a couple more chances to prove himself in the Octagon with this victory. Ponzinibbio was making his UFC debut. The loss hurts him, obviously, but he'll get another opportunity, probably on a Brazilian preliminary card.
The opening fight of the FS1 broadcast ended in short order. Jason went for a big right hook inside the first minute that had him ducking into the head kick Stephens was throwing at the same time. Jason folded and Stephens jumped in with a brutal right hand before the referee could stop the fight.
Stephens had lost his last three at Lightweight before making his 145 lb. debut at UFC 160. Since then, he's gone 2-0 in the new division. Neither Estevan Payan nor Rony Jason are exactly marquee victories, but the wins definitely give Stephens a foothold at Featherweight. Jason was previously undefeated in his 3 UFC fights before losing to Stephens. This obviously slows his momentum, but he's not at risk of being cut and we'll see him again in Brazil.