We didn't see a single finish on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 36, and the action was lacking throughout. The main card started with several prospects and generally entertaining fighters, with the hopes that the excitement factor would finally pick up after seven consecutive decisions earlier in the night. The most notable name in the first half of the main card, Erick Silva, definitely didn't disappoint. Here's a rundown of the first three bouts on Fox Sports 1:
Charles Oliveira vs. Andy Ogle - Featherweights
Ogle started out guns ablaze, surging forward with strikes before Oliveira calmly took him down 20 seconds in. Oliveira went directly into mount, searching for an arm triangle, then transitioned to back mount where he went for a standing rear-naked choke, and with a body triangle on the Brit, Oliveira softened him up with elbows and they eventually went back to the mat. Ogle was in pure survival mode as Oliveira worked his ground game, and he did indeed survive a lopsided round 1.
Oliveira again went for Ogle's back, but Ogle reversed position and put Oliveira on his back. It wasn't long until Oliveira made his way back up and once again took Ogle down, but Ogle did well to stand up. He ate a standing elbow in the clinch as they separated. Charles went for two d'arce chokes and Ogle fended both off, and in a surprise he slammed Oliveira to the canvas and threw a few elbows. As he advanced to side control Oliveira swept him and as they stood back up he hit Ogle with a flush knee before taking his back to close out the round.
Active as ever, Oliveira kept looking for chokes and Ogle gamely stifled the Brazilian's wave of submission attempts. Ogle got into top position but risked playing around with Oliveira's active bottom game and paid the price. Oliveira's long legs wrapped around Ogle's neck and there was an immediate tap after Oliveira locked in the triangle choke. At last, a finish! Charles Oliveira (17-4, 1 NC) def. Andy Ogle (9-4) via submission (triangle choke) at 2:40 of round 3.
Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke - Welterweights
Andrade patiently waited for Musoke to get his early strikes in before he used perfect timing to powerfully drive the Swede to the canvas. After Musoke returned to his feet, he landed a stiff jab, but Andrade walloped him with a right hand that folded his legs. Andrade prematurely celebrated and the fight wasn't over, although it looked for all the world that Musoke was out cold. It didn't cost him the round but it did cost him a finish by assuming the ref would jump in and stop it. Musoke recovered and was very fortunate not to be on the wrong end of a brutal KO.
Musoke really poured on the pressure in round 2, having dusted off the cobwebs from earlier, he hurt Andrade with a high kick and after a series of strikes cracked his chin, he took Andrade down to silence and concern from the Brazilian crowd. He smothered Andrade and left him unable to improve his position, all whilst pounding away at Andrade's face with punches and elbows.
Round 3 wasn't competitive. Andrade was tired, unable to mount any offense, and despite having all of the grappling credentials, he was the one back mounted by Musoke, who was controlling him with ease and while he never threatened with a submission or hard ground-and-pound, he won the round and turned what could've been a KO loss into a decision win. Nicholas Musoke (12-2, 1 NC) def. Viscardi Andrade (17-6) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Erick Silva vs. Takenori Sato - Welterweights
This fight wasn't competitive on paper and it wasn't competitive in the cage. Silva hurt Sato with a body kick, forcing the Japanese fighter to shoot for a single leg takedown. Silva craftily threw flying heels to the face in an effort to free his left leg, which ... considering he was downed, might be illegal, but that's for another point of discussion. With Sato still holding on, he unleashed a series of unanswered right hands until Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight. Sato was clearly hurt and the stoppage was 100% justified. Erick Silva (16-4, 1 NC) def. Takenori Sato (17-9-7) via TKO (punches) at :52 of round 1.
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