UFC On FX 7 went down Saturday night in the Geraldo Jose de Almeida State Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before Vitor Belfort faced off against Michael Bisping, the preliminary fights were broadcast on Fuel TV and Facebook.
Vieira improved his UFC record to 1-1 and I'm sure we'll see him on the undercard of a future UFC event in Brazil. The UFC brass is typically sensitive to poor officiating, so even though he's 0-1-1 I expect to see Vieira in the Octagon again as well.
Markes is now 3-0 as a UFC Middleweight, but a lackluster decision isn't going to push him far up the rankings. Craig gave up the first loss of his career and is now 2-1 in the UFC.
Nik Lentzvs. Diego NunesThe Featherweight fight was far from the most exciting of the night. Lentz spent the 15 minute bout grinding down Nunes, who had absolutely no answer. When the final bell rang, Lentz was award the unanimous decision.
Lentz improved to 7-2-1, 1 NC as a UFC fighter and remains undefeated at 145 lbs. The loss will drop Nunes out of his #10 ranking position and he fell to 3-3 in the UFC.
Edson Barbozavs. Lucas Martins - This Lightweight fight was 100% Barboza. Martins was far too willing to engage on the feet and he paid for it. Barboza dropped him with a counter left hand and followed up to force the submission to strikes halfway through the first round.
Barboza did exactly what he needed to do to start rebuilding the momentum he had before losing to Jamie Varner at UFC 146. He's now 5-1 in the UFC and will be looking to climb back up the ladder. Martins was simply thrown into the deep end for his UFC debut. He should get another chance against a lower level of competition.
Yuri ended up at 2-1, 1 NC in the UFC, but was awarded his win bonus for being on the wrong end of what most consider a robbery. Hard to say what happens with Nobre after this. But getting called "an award winning actor" by Dana White in your UFC debut probably doesn't bode well for his long term prospects in the promotion.
Ildemar Alcantaravs. Wagner PradoPrado looked to be on his way to a win in the first round. He landed the better shots on the feet and avoided the ground aside for a late takedown by Alcantara. However, he made a rookie mistake after getting taken down in the second and allowed Ildemar to win with a kneebar.
Alcantara picked up the win and a nice $50K submission of the night bonus in his UFC debut. Prado fell to 0-2, 1 NC in his third UFC Light Heavyweight fight. After dropping this one, he'll probably want to hit the regional scene again and shore up the holes in his ground game before trying to make another UFC run.
Trinaldo improved to 2-1 in the UFC since coming out of the TUF: Brazil 1 house. Keith, on the other hand, dropped to 0-2 and will probably be getting his walking papers.