With the prelims over in Sao Paulo, it’s time to move to the main card for UFC FN 77, which will be headlined by a rubber match between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
In the co-headliner, Glover Teixeira will take on Patrick Cummins.
Corey Anderson vs. Fabio Maldonado
Round 1: Anderson is the busier of the two early on. Anderson shoots in and puts Maldonado on his back. Anderson fires down some elbows. Maldonado scrambles to his feet. Anderson throws a kick and pushes Maldonado to the cage. Anderson digs to the body with a hook, comes with a flying knees that’s blocked. Maldonado fires back. Anderson plants a left. Another TD from the latter. Anderson fires in a knee to the body. Round ends.
Round 2: Maldonado flurries in the crowd starts buzzing. Anderson briefly sweeps Maldonado to the mat. They’re clinched up along the cage. Anderson thumps Maldonado to the head with an elbow. Maldonado has some swelling by his left eye. They move into the center of the Octagon again and Anderson easily takes Maldonado to the mat. Latter eats another big elbow. Maldonado works his way out again. Nicely done. Round ends.
Round 3: Maldonado needs a stoppage to win this fight. Maldonado defends a TD attempt. Maldonado lands a hook to the body and a follow up to the head. Anderson charges in and scores a double leg. Maldonado gives up his back. Latter gets to his feet but takes a hard knee and some punches in response. Maldonado needs to do something fast. Anderson plants a hard right. Anderson scores another TD and that’s probably a wrap. Final horn does.
Corey Anderson def. Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Round 1: Burns throws a body kick and takes a counter right. Burns comes with a big right hand and takes Magomedov down. Magomedov gets warned for grabbing the fence, nearly gets up, but is taken down. Latter gets to his feet. Burns drops and looks for a leg lock but Magomedov steps out. Magomedov lands a body kick. Magomedov fires in a couple of shots. Magomedov with a nice counter. Latter is starting to find his rhythm. Round ends.
Round 2: Magomedov with a jab and a kick to the body. Burns flurries in nicely. Burns wings a head kick but it’s blocked. Burns shoots in but Magomedov defends. Action temporarily hits the ground. Burns takes a big shot and he’s stunned. Burns takes another punch and a kick to the body and drops to his back. Magomedov lets him up. Magomedov comes with an uppercut. Burns may have recovered. Magomedov digs to the leg of Burns with a kick. Horn goes.
Round 3: Burns shoots for a TD right away but can’t get it. Burns is showing a ton of heart but likely needs to get this fight down. Burns times a TD attempt nicely but Magomedov still defends. They clinch up against the fence. Magomedov trips Burns to the mat but lets him up. Burns is running out of time here as Magomedov continues to outscore him on the feet. Burns wings a hook and then nearly eats a spinning kick from Magomedov. Final horn goes.
Rashid Magomedov def. Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira
Round 1: Oliveira fires off a right to kicks things off. Oliveira then follows up with some uppercuts off the clinch. Hallmann’s cut already by his left eye. Hallmann tries for a TD but Oliveira shrugs it off. Oliveira fires in a knee and pushes Hallmann to the cage. Oliveira continues to keep Hallmann against the cage and is landing the occasional shot. Big right hand from Oliveira. Leg kick and then a upper cut from the latter. Horn goes. Dominant round for Oliveira.
Round 2: Hallmann eats a jab to begin the round. Oliveira pushes Hallman to the cage but the latter works his way out. Nice TD from Hallmann. Oliveira is working from full guard. Hallmann lands a couple of lefts from above. Ref stands them up. Oliveira spins with a kick but misses. Hallmann falls to the mat after going for a kick. Latter scrambles out nicely and takes top position. Hallmann fires in a couple of elbows. Horn goes. Fight’s likely at a round a piece.
Round 3: Oliveira digs a hard knee to the body. Hallmann with a counter left. Wow. Oliveira lands a thunderous right hand that floors Hallmann. It’s all over folks.
Alex Oliveira def. Piotr Hallmann via KO (punch) R3, 0:51
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
Round 1: Birchak with a leg kick. Birchak feints for the leg grab and lands a right. Almeida defends a single leg. Almeida cracks Birchak with a counter. Birchak flurries in and lands several punches. Almeida plants a right that wobbles Birchak. Latter gets a TD but Almeida gets to his feet. Almeida lands a left. Nice combo from Almeida. Birchak shoots in and pushes Almeida to the cage. Almeida works his way out. Birchak gets rocked by a left. Wow. Almeida crushes Birchak with a booming right and he crashes awkwardly to the mat. That’s a wrap. What.a.knockout. Yikes.
Thomas Almeida def. Anthony Birchak via KO (punch) R1, 4:24
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Round 1: Cummins shoots a TD moments in and gets it. Teixeira nicely scrambles out to his feet. Another TD from Cummins but Teixeira gets to his feet quickly yet again. Left hand from Teixeira lands. Cummins eats a left. Latter fires in a right. Teixeira defends a TD. Teixeira with a couple nice jabs. Cummins clinches up and throws Teixeira to the mat, but again, latter scrambles out. Teixeira plants a couple of hard punches. Another TD from Cummins. Latter lands a couple of elbows but Teixeira gets to his feet. Cummins with some nice uppercuts and then a nicely timed knee. Teixeira fires a kick and then wobbles Cummins with a big uppercut. Round ends.
Round 2: Teixeira comes out firing and Cummins is bloodied up. Telegraphed TD from Cummins and Teixeira defends. Another uppercut from Teixeira stuns Cummins and he’s in all kinds of trouble. Teixeira continues to fire in thumping punches and Herb Dean rescues Cummins from anymore punishment. Impressive win for Teixeira.
Glover Teixeira def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (punches) R2, 1:12
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Round 1: Henderson fires a leg kick. And another. Belfort has yet to throw a strike. Wow. Still nothing. Belfort chucks a head kick that sends Henderson reeling into the cage. Belfort swarms in and follows up with a barrage of punches. Ref Mario Yamasaki jumps in. Henderson protests the stoppage right away.
In the replay, it ooks like “Hendo” did go limp for a moment after taking a follow up punch. Another head kick win for “The Phenom”.
Vitor Belfort def. Dan Henderson via KO (head kick and punches) R1, 2:07