UFC On FX 8 started out with three fights streaming on Facebook. The first showed Lightweights Martins and Larsen battling in the Octagon. After that, the final two bouts featured four of the UFC's 11-man Flyweight roster.
The two-round Flyweight fight capped off the Facebook portion of the prelims. Throughout the bout, Lineker showed he was the more talented fighter by far. Twice in the first round, he dropped Gashimov with strikes and finished him early in the second.
Lineker scored his second win in 3 UFC fights. He and Formiga should face each other next. This was the second time in as many fights and as many divisions that Gashimov was finished by his opponent. Since his current record only boasts a single win over someone with a winning record, I wouldn't be surprised to see he UFC let him go at this point.
Formiga took control of the fight throughout the first two rounds. He displayed excellent guard passing technique, but failed to deal any real damage to Cariaso in their Flyweight tilt. Cariaso came back late in the final round to beat up Jussier, but it wasn't enough for him to win the decision.
Formiga grabbed his first UFC win with the unanimous decision after losing in his UFC debut to John Dodson. A fight with fellow FX 8 winner John Lineker makes a lot of sense for both fighters. Cariaso's transition to 125 lbs. hasn't gone as well as he'd have hoped. After picking up a win in his Flyweight debut, he's now lost his last two fights. Considering how thin the division is, he'll probably get one more shot, but he'll definitely need a win there to stay in the UFC.
The Lightweights got the event started with a striking battle that went into the third round. Larsen was ahead on the judges cards heading into the final round, but Martins wasn't out of the fight. It took him only 13 seconds of round 3 to rally and get the TKO win.
The TKO got Martins his first win in the Octagon. In his UFC debut, he lost in the first round to Edson Barboza and this win probably saved his UFC contract. Unfortunately for Larsen, he's now coming off consecutive losses in his two UFC fights. Most likely, he won't be getting another fight in the promotion.