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UFC Fight Night 98 results and highlights: Perez edges out Arantes, Soto heel hooks Beltran

Check out the results of the four Fox Sports 1 preliminary card fights that took place at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson in Mexico City, Mexico.

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While the UFC's Fight Pass prelims consisted of nothing but rather unexciting decisions, the FS1 prelims had multiple finishes, great back-and-forth action, and a dramatic end to the feature bout between Erik Perez and Felipe Arantes. Here's how the fights played out.

Erik Perez def. Felipe Arantes by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - Bantamweights

Arantes' striking looked sharp early on. He landed a good right cross and scored with several leg kicks. Perez completed a takedown off of a kick by the Brazilian, and he went to work with elbows from top position. Perez was in half-guard when Arantes went for a heel-hook attempt. Perez had a grimace on his face but he escaped. Arantes was on top after the failed heel hook, then maneuvered his way towards an armbar, which Perez defended and then pummeled Arantes with hard elbows to end a back-and-forth round.

Perez's left knee was noticeably bothering him, possibly from the heel hook, or from the leg kicks earlier in round 1. Whatever the case, he was limping a little bit, then took Arantes down after a kick with no set-up by the Brazilian. "Goyito" advanced to full mount and Arantes looked to be in trouble. Arantes not only escaped, but he took Perez's back and searched for a fight-ending choke. Perez calmly weathered the storm and reversed into top position with 90 seconds left in the 2nd. Perez rode out the round with elbows and control from side mount.

With Perez still hobbling around, his early takedown was stuffed by Arantes. Perez threw a spinning backfist and then Arantes threw one in return, but that just led to yet another takedown. Perez spent the majority of time in side control, admittedly not landing anything too damaging, then Arantes scrambled to his feet and Perez let go of the front headlock. Perez's limp was more pronounced and Arantes was clearly outstriking him in the final minute. A right hand just about dropped Perez, whose left knee buckled. Arantes moved into mount and then went for an arm-triangle choke, but it wasn't underneath the chin, and Perez avoided the tap.

Joe Soto def. Marco Beltran by submission (heel hook) at 1:37 of round 1 -  140 lbs catchweight

Soto shot in for a takedown early, Beltran tried to counter his way into top position, and they effectively became a tangle of legs. Soto rolled for a heel hook and Beltran immediately tapped. What a performance on extremely short notice from a man who fought TJ Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title on 24 hours' notice.

Max Griffin def. Erick Montano via TKO (punches) at :54 of round 1 - Welterweights

This fight didn't last long. Griffin hurt Montano with a right hand and sent him to the canvas. Knowing that Montano was hurt, Griffin went all-in on unloading punches while Montano was turtled up, and the referee stopped the fight. The crowd was sent into silence. Max Griffin gets his first UFC win while Montano is now 0-2 post-TUF Latin America 2 victory.

Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Henry Briones via TKO (spinning backfist) at 2:33 of round 3 - Bantamweights

The Brazilian had the upper hand with his striking, consistently tagging Briones with crisp boxing. He mixed things up with a slick spinning back kick to the body. A nice right hand by Brione in the final minute of the round appeared to tag Silva de Andrade. Briones charged back and landed quality shots of his own. It was a close 1st round and the even nature of the fight continued into the 2nd. Silva de Andrade scored with a lovely uppercut-right hand combination. Briones was really digging into Douglas' body. A right hand behind the ear briefly dropped Briones but he got back up and went back to work and stunned Silva de Andrade with a right. There was zero interest in going to the ground from either man. Massive right hand rocked Briones and somehow he didn't get KO'd. Then Briones ate a punch after throwing a purely reckless flying knee. A late takedown by Silva de Andrade effectively sealed round 2 in his favor.

Briones was the aggressor and tagging Douglas pretty hard, but Silva de Andrade's firepower was just too much. A big right uppercut following by a head kick had Briones hurt again. Briones kept on fighting and going on the offensive, but he got rocked by a left elbow and then drilled with a spinning backfist. Spectacular knockout win for Douglas Silva de Andrade.

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