It was expected that the two men would engage in a grappling war, but they were striking early and Lentz got the advantage. Lentz had a hard time getting Dias down in the first, but a well-timed knee to the face early in the second put Dias down and Lentz took advantage, grinding out most of the rest of the round on top. Dias took his corner's advice and came out strong in the third, battering Lentz with strikes and almost submitting him with an arm triangle. Lentz held on though and was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 28-27, 29-28, and 29-28.
The two fighters engaged in a bit of a wrestling battle at first, but it was Massaranduba who finally took over with a powerful takedown. And just like that, he locked up an arm triangle. Rio had no answer for it, and Trinaldo didn't even need to pop out to side control to crank on it. He finished from half guard, which is a testament to his strength. The finish came at 3:08 of the first round.
Cholish announced before the bout that he was retiring regardless of the outcome, and he ended up on the short end of the stick. Tibau did what he does best - use his size and strength to bully Cholish. It didn't help that Cholish was a bit timid on the feet as well. Tibau did a good job of catching kicks and making Cholish pay to take the first. Halfway through the second, Tibau hammered Cholish with two lefts that cut him, and Tibau used the moment to lock up a guillotine. Cholish escaped once, but Tibau persevered and grabbed it again for the submission victory.
After a year and a half lay off Thiago returned to action against Prazeres, and got the job done. Prazeres wasn't a pushover though, that's for sure. Prazeres likely won the first round by being more active of the feet and controlling Thiago with a body lock against the cage. The second round saw the two fighters trade position back and forth a bunch of times, but Thiago squeaked it out. The fight really came down to the last minute, where Thiago managed to get a takedown and do some damage on the ground. All three judges ended up awarding Thiago 29-28 scores to keep him UFC career alive.
In this Bantamweight fight, Alcantara completely schooled Santos. He laid into him with strikes early. Santos showed he was a game fighter by trying to pressure for the takedown against the cage, but couldn't control Yuri. After the separation, Alcantara landed some perfect straight punches that led to the TKO stoppage.
Any fans of the lighter divisions wish this was Alcantara's actual UFC debut. His first fight was marred by poor reffing and will remain soiled, but in this bout he showed how easily he can outclass competitors. Yuri never looked out of control in the fight and finished the bout with a dominant performance. He'll need a signature win before he gets a chance at the bantamweight title. Santos came into the fight on short notice and will most likely get another shot before being cut.
The most memorable point of the opening Light Heavyweight fight was the spinning back kick that landed right on Maldonado's family jewels. The Brazilian was put down for a couple minutes before declining to see the doc and continuing the fight. After the restart he basically gave away the first round allowing himself to be positionally dominated by Hollett for the remaining four minutes. In the following two rounds, Maldonado took over. He pushed Roger back against the cage and reeled off his signature body shots mixed in with uppercuts. Hollett showed the wear visibly after taking the damage and Fabio took the fight on the judges' cards.
After being so completely dominated by Glover Teixeira in his last fight, Maldonado needed this win to stay in the UFC"s good graces. With this being his first win in his last four fights, Fabio will be matched against another low-ranked Light Heavy in his next go around. Hollett has now lost both his fights in the UFC. It's hard to imagine the UFC giving him another shot after this.