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UFC on FX 8 results recap: Main card

A look back at three of the four main card fights from last night's UFC on FX 8 event in Brazil.

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UFC on FX 8 featured a four-fight main card with three middleweight fights and one taking place in the lightweight division. Three of the four fights were pretty entertaining. This post will be a brief recap of the first three main card fights, while the main event bout between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold will get a separate post.

Ronaldo Souza defeated Chris Camozzi by submission (arm triangle choke), 3:37 of round 1

Jacare's UFC debut went just about as well as it possibly could have. Camozzi (19-6, 6-3 UFC) was a late replacement for Constantinos Philippou and just wasn't at Souza's level. After clipping Camozzi with a punch, Jacare (18-3, 1 NC, 1-0 UFC) got a takedown and methodically slithered back and fourth until he was in an advantageous position. After getting to mount, he expertly set up an arm-triangle choke and nearly squeezed Camozzi unconscious in about three seconds.

Rafael dos Anjos defeated Evan Dunham by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

This was the most controversial fight of the night without a doubt. At least the decision was. Dos Anjos (19-6, 8-4 UFC) and Dunham (14-4, 7-4 UFC) went back and forth with solid striking for all 15 minutes, with Dunham mixing in some takedowns as well. Most people believed that Dunham had edged out the second and third rounds, but all three judges leaned towards the Brazilian fighter instead. Dana White claimed it was a robbery, but the fight just seemed really close to me. The stats make it look that way as well.

Rafael Natal defeated Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

In one of the slower bouts of the night, Natal (16-4-1, 4-2-1 UFC) had an iffy first round against Zeferino (13-5, 0-1 UFC), who was making his UFC debut on short notice. Zeferino gassed badly after the first round, but Natal was slow in taking advantage of it. He finally came on strong late in the fight, but wasn't able to get a finish before the final horn.