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UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski II results and post-fight analysis

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A look back at the action from UFC Fight Night Brasilia, including the main event rematch between heavyweights Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski.

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The UFC's fourth event in Brazil this year featured a variety of exciting match-ups, and culminated in a staggering upset when Andrei Arlovski knocked Antonio Silva out cold on hostile territory.

When this main event was originally announced, many fans and pundits jumped at the opportunity to predict another boring contest similar to their first encounter, yet "The Pit bull" made sure that was not the case, as he dispatched the former title challenger early in the opening round to the surprise of most fans inside the arena.

In fact, Arlovski's KO was so vicious that Silva was unable to get off the stool when Bruce Buffer announced the official result of the contest.

Following his string of disappointing losses in Affliction and Strikeforce, many assumed that Arlovski's best days were behind him. Less than three years later, the former champion is back under the UFC banner and undefeated in two octagon outings in 2014. Who would have thought?

In the co-main event of the evening, Gleison Tibau and Piotr Hallmann put forth a close, competitive duel that lasted the entire 15 minutes.  Both men had their moments in the fight but it was Tibau who appeared to have the slight edge. Even though Hallmann wore down his Brazilian foe and opened up a cut on his head, it was not enough to give him the nod on the scorecards.

Some quick thoughts on the remainder of the fight card:

  • While Wendell Oliveira got most of the headlines for his suggested nickname "War Machine", it was Santiago Ponzinibbio who scored the win with a quick barrage of strikes that put Wendell out for a couple of seconds - just long enough for the referee to stop the fight. Many will contest that stoppage and deem it quick yet it did appear as though Oliveira was unconscious momentarily.
  • Jessica Andrade notched her third straight UFC win with a guillotine choke submission over Larissa Pacheco in the opening fight on the main card. It was a dominant performance that saw the Brazilian talent control her opponent on the ground before locking in the final touches.
  • Godofredo Pepey picked up another impressive stoppage victory on the feature prelim in Brazil, as he locked in a triangle choke on Dashon Johnson before flipping himself over to finish the fight with an armbar. He has now picked up back-to-back victories, both of which earned him performance bonuses.
  • Sean Spencer handed Paulo Thiago his third consecutive loss on Saturday night when he defeated the Brazilian via unanimous decision. It was commanding performance from Spencer, who displayed his striking prowess and tactical game to defeat the veteran. With a 2-7 record in his last 9 fights, Thiago should consider calling it quits.
  • After their first fight ended in a no-contest following an accidental headbutt, Johnny Bedford and Rani Yahya resumed their battle in the Brasilia curtain jerker. Following a strong opening round, Yahya locked in a kimura and finished the fight off in the early stages of the second round. It will likely be Bedford's last fight in the UFC.