The UFC Fight Night 95 Fox Sports 1 prelims were, shall we say, less than exciting. There was a finish in the opening bout, and that was a fun fight. The next three? Not so much. Here's how it all went down.
Michael Prazeres defeated Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The featured prelim didn't exactly go the way Burns imagined. He was thoroughly out-struck by Prazeres throughout the fight, and he couldn't get any takedowns either. Prazeres looked much different than he has in prior fights, amping up his pressure in the striking game. He was getting the usual takedowns, but was smart enough not to engage Burns on the ground. Overall, it was a one-sided win for Prazeres.
This was two minutes of Yahya nearly finishing Tanaka, then 13 minutes of crazy scrambling. Yahya immediately secured an arm triangle choke that looked like it was going to end Tanaka's night, but he survived for two full minutes and then managed to escape. Yahya was stuck to Takaka for the rest of the fight, but Tanaka was able to use his judo to work from the top in fits and spurts. Yahya clearly won the second, and Tanaka most likely won the third, but it wasn't enough and Yahya get his eighth UFC win in 11 outings.
Like a few other fights on the undercard, grappling was the story here. Ortiz let himself get too close to Formiga, and he ended up on his back because of it. The first round was very even because Ortiz was able to reverse position halfway through the round, but Formiga had him in terrible spots for large portions of the second and third rounds. Ortiz can take solace in the fact that he didn't get finished, but the scores don't really tell the story of the domination here.
Most expected this to be a one-round war that saw someone sleeping quickly. It didn't turn out that way at all. It ended up being a fight full of action for almost three full rounds - multiple knockdowns, some great transitions, and all-round entertainment. Finally in the third, Silva stepped back over Chagas' back to secure a beautiful submission finish. You can check it out below.