The UFC on Fuel 8 preliminary card wasn't exactly full of barnburners, but there was some solid action in the five fights. Like the main card, there were a couple of split decisions and maybe some questionable judging calls. There was only one finish in the five fights, but it was pretty nice. Without further ado, here's a brief recap of each bout.
The two middleweights engaged in a solid striking bottle. Fukuda was finding success with his leg kicks, while Tavares was landing his right a lot. Tavares was the one landing more effectively though, even though Fukuda came on late. The fight was never in any danger of ending early, but it was still solid enough and ended with Tavares taking home his third straight win.
Caraway opened the fight well and looked to be up two rounds going into the third, using a solid grappling game and some timely strikes to frustrate Mizugaki. Mizugaki wobbled Caraway in the third and clearly won the round, but it looked to be too little too late. Until the judges came back with a surprising split decision win for Mizugaki. The win gave Mizugaki his first two-fight win streak of his UFC/WEC career.
Marcello started well early, slipped and allowed Tokudome to control the rest of the first round on top. The last two rounds saw Tokudome spend more time on top, and he started to land on Marcello late when they were standing. Marcello might have had a case for the first round, but it was a pretty clear win overall for the Japanese fighter in his UFC debut.
The two men engaged in a fast-paced grappling battle for the full 15 minutes, with a bunch of takedowns and position reversals. The first was Kang's and the third looked to be Cacares, so the second was the round that probably decided the fight. It seemed like Kang did more in that round and should have taken the decision, but the judges awarded it to the American fighter instead.
Guimaraes spent most of the first round looking for a takedown and landing some solid strikes. He finally got it to the floor late, but couldn't do anything with it. The second looked about the same, but out of nowhere Lim landed a huge knee that crushed Guimaraes' chin and the fight was quickly over after that.