Several ranked fighters competed on the televised preliminary card at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The most notable matchup pitted former middleweight title challenger and top 10 welterweight Demian Maia against Neil Magny, winner of his last 7 fights. Here's how that fight and the preceding three went down:
Alcantara had the upper-hand in the stand-up but for whatever reason opted to engage in a grappling contest with Issa in round 1. This move didn't pan out well and Issa was able to routinely get himself into dominant positions, and every time Alcantara scrambled out, he managed to wind up in a bad spot. It was a much better 2nd round for Iuri, who after fending off Issa's attempts to drag the fight to the ground, hurt Issa badly with his vastly superior striking. Several straight left hands and kicks battered Issa, who could hardly stand at the end of the round and was on wobbly legs. Round 3 was all Alcantara, who busted Issa's nose up with his hard punches and did heavy damage on the ground from top position when Leandro went for a takedown off a caught kick. Alcantara toyed with Issa and crushed him with more big punches, a flying knee, and came away with the decision win.
The TUF Brazil 3 winner remained unbeaten with an impressive performance against Taleb. He had the bigger moments in round 1, including a flash knockdown of Taleb via a right hand. Alves controlled much of the 2nd round on the mat but the decisive moment came when Taleb went for a takedown against the fence, and Alves used that opportunity to lock in a guillotine, drop to the ground, tighten the choke up and secure the tap.
Cummins was able to take Feijao down multiple times in the 1st round but he was busted up facially by the few strikes Feijao could land. The theme continued in the 2nd but Feijao rocked Cummins with brutal upkicks. Cummins was bleeding heavily and the doctors had to check in on him. However, Cummins' grinding style wore Feijao down and he was exhausted at round's end. In the 3rd, a high-entry takedown secured by "Durkin" was followed up with hard elbows that put Feijao away. Late stoppage by Mario Yamasaki, as Feijao was clearly done several shots before that.
It was all Maia's grappling all the time. He mounted Magny inside of the first 30 seconds of round 1 and just controlled him on the mat like the BJJ wizard that he's always been. Magny, to his credit, survived the onslaught while mounting no offense of his own. The 2nd round was more of the same, but this time Magny wouldn't survive. A body triangle and a rear-naked choke combination meant the end to Magny's seven-fight winning streak. This was Maia's first submission win in 3 years.