The fans were in full voice for the opening fights on the UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic preliminary card. We were even treated to a rare split draw on the 2nd fight on the card. Here are the results of the opening trio of preliminary card fights in Curitiba, Brazil, including the feature bout between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Patrick Cummins.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (punches) at 4:52 of round 1 - Light Heavyweights
It was a patient first half of the 1st round, with Cummins throwing plenty of low kicks and peppering Lil' Nog's lead leg, but otherwise not committing to takedowns. Nogueira hurt Cummins with a combination, but Cummins recovered well enough. As the round wore on, Nogueira rocked Cummins with a hard right hook, and he went for the kill. Cummins was out on his feet after he was tagged with a straight left. Nogueira threw some ground strikes and then let a hurt Cummins back up. More punches by Lil' Nog had Cummins totally out of it, and referee Leon Roberts stopped the fight standing. It's Lil' Nog's first win since beating Rashad Evans in 2013.
Chagas styled on Moraes in the opening round. His crafty kicking game puzzled the TUF Brazil 1 runner-up, who was floored by a Chagas head kick with just over 1 minute left in the 1st. Chagas pounced and then backed away from Moraes' dangerous ground game. It was a terrific round for Chagas from an offensive standpoint, and Moraes offered little in return. Sergio performed much better in the 2nd, scoring with harder shots, especially his right hand, but Chagas was able to fire back with knees and kicks. Chagas showed signs of slowing down. Moraes jumped on a guillotine but Chagas hand-fought his way out of it. After a questionable stand-up by the ref, Moraes missed on a takedown, a mad scramble ensued and Moraes slipped Chagas off of him and finished the 2nd round on top. The 3rd round was all Moraes, who took Chagas down and managed to control him for sustained periods of action. He never came close to a finish, and Chagas tried a couple of failed leglock attempts, but it was definitely a Moraes round with his grappling. The 1st round was deemed a 10-8 by one judge, and we ended up with the rare split draw.
Renato Moicano def. Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - Featherweights
Moicano's leg kicks marked up Tukhugov's left leg early on, as the Russian struggled to really initiate much offense. Tukhugov turned a pushing type of left hook into a takedown, where he wasn't terribly active, and the Brazilian maintained rubber guard and briefly tried to set up a triangle choke. At the end of the 1st, Tukhugov tried a bizarre elbow drop and nearly gave up his back in the scramble. The 2nd round was a striking contest, with Moicano landing the better strikes and Tukhugov missing wildly with power punches. Tukhugov upped the urgency in round 3, going for takedowns on multiple occasions, only for Moicano to sprawl and counter-grapple quite impressively so that he could scramble back to his feet. Tukhugov started conencting on his power shots, causing a cut on the left side of the Brazilian's face. Moicano tagged Tukhugov with a hard right hand, as well as a head kick, and hung on for the split decision win to remain undefeated.