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UFC On FX 7 results recap: Preliminary fights


UFC On FX 7 went down Saturday night in the Geraldo Jose de Almeida State Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before Vitor Belfort faced off against Michael Bisping, the preliminary fights were broadcast on Fuel TV and Facebook.

Godofredo Castro (9-1) vs. Milton Vieira (13-8-2) - The Fuel TV prelims ended with a bit of controversy as Castro was awarded the split decision over Vieira. The fight was back and forth, with Vieira winning the first with his wrestling and Castro taking the second. It looked like Vieira was the more effective fighter in the 3rd as well, but two judges gave the fight to Pepey.

Vieira improved his UFC record to 1-1 and I'm sure we'll see him on the undercard of a future UFC event in Brazil. The UFC brass is typically sensitive to poor officiating, so even though he's 0-1-1 I expect to see Vieira in the Octagon again as well.

Ronny Markes (14-1) vs. Andrew Craig (8-1) - Markes continued the grinding trend to get the unanimous decision over Craig. He won the first two round with top control grappling, but gave up the third after getting clipped. Craig was unable to finish and Markes got his hand raised.

Markes is now 3-0 as a UFC Middleweight, but a lackluster decision isn't going to push him far up the rankings. Craig gave up the first loss of his career and is now 2-1 in the UFC.

Nik Lentz (23-5-2, 1 NC) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4) - The Featherweight fight was far from the most exciting of the night. Lentz spent the 15 minute bout grinding down Nunes, who had absolutely no answer. When the final bell rang, Lentz was award the unanimous decision.

Lentz improved to 7-2-1, 1 NC as a UFC fighter and remains undefeated at 145 lbs. The loss will drop Nunes out of his #10 ranking position and he fell to 3-3 in the UFC.

Edson Barboza (11-1) vs. Lucas Martins (12-1) - This Lightweight fight was 100% Barboza. Martins was far too willing to engage on the feet and he paid for it. Barboza dropped him with a counter left hand and followed up to force the submission to strikes halfway through the first round.

Barboza did exactly what he needed to do to start rebuilding the momentum he had before losing to Jamie Varner at UFC 146. He's now 5-1 in the UFC and will be looking to climb back up the ladder. Martins was simply thrown into the deep end for his UFC debut. He should get another chance against a lower level of competition.

Pedro Nobre (14-1-2, 1 NC) vs. Yuri Alcantara (27-4, 1 NC) - After an early low blow, this Bantamweight tilt looked like it was going to be a lot of fun. Nobre survived a very close kimura attempt, but ended up with Alcantara on his back in the scramble. Yuri went to finish with ground and pound, but referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the action for what he thought were illegal shots to the back of the head. Despite the replay showing that no powerful shots landed illegally, Nobre said he was unable to continue and the fight was ruled a no contest.

Yuri ended up at 2-1, 1 NC in the UFC, but was awarded his win bonus for being on the wrong end of what most consider a robbery. Hard to say what happens with Nobre after this. But getting called "an award winning actor" by Dana White in your UFC debut probably doesn't bode well for his long term prospects in the promotion.

Ildemar Alcantara (18-5) vs. Wagner Prado (8-2, 1 NC) - Prado looked to be on his way to a win in the first round. He landed the better shots on the feet and avoided the ground aside for a late takedown by Alcantara. However, he made a rookie mistake after getting taken down in the second and allowed Ildemar to win with a kneebar.

Alcantara picked up the win and a nice $50K submission of the night bonus in his UFC debut. Prado fell to 0-2, 1 NC in his third UFC Light Heavyweight fight. After dropping this one, he'll probably want to hit the regional scene again and shore up the holes in his ground game before trying to make another UFC run.

Francisco Trinaldo (12-2) vs. C.J. Keith (8-2) - The Lightweights got the event started as the only fight on the Facebook prelims. Trinaldo clearly took the first round with his superior wrestling and grappling, then put the cherry on top with a big slam in the second round that led to the fight ending arm triangle choke.

Trinaldo improved to 2-1 in the UFC since coming out of the TUF: Brazil 1 house. Keith, on the other hand, dropped to 0-2 and will probably be getting his walking papers.