The UFC is back in Sao Paulo for its latest Fight Night card, which will be headlined by a rubber match between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
The prelim card features a couple of interesting match-ups, as vets like Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Abel Trujillo and Gleison Tibau will throw down.
Let’s get to the action.
Fight Pass Prelims
Jimmie Rivera def. Pedro Munhoz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matheus Nicolau def. Bruno Korea via submission (front choke) R3, 3:27
Viscardi Andrade def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza
Round 1: Skelly starts working on a single leg takedown not long in. Souza defends for a while but gets taken down. Skelly passed to sidemount and slaps on a D’arce Choke. Very nice. Souza works his way up and out. Souza is cut by his left eye. Crazy. Skelly eats a big hook and hits the deck. Souza follows him down and now Skelly is looking for a heel hook. Souza gets to his feet and flurries in. Round ends.
Round 2: Skelly looks for a TD but winds up on his back. Souza is chucking down punches and Skelly rolls for a heel hook. Souza works his way out. Skelly looks very tired. Latter clinches up. Skelly sweeps Souza to the floor and takes his back. Skelly chucks on a tee-ight rear-naked-choke and Souza taps. Wow. Impressive finish for Mr. Skelly.
Chas Skelly def. Kevin Souza via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 1:56
Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
Round 1: Guida comes out and shoots a TD but Tavares slaps on a guillotine. Wow. This is tight. Guida tries to roll but can’t escape. The tap arrives. Big win for Tavares.
Thiago Tavares def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:39
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Round 1: Cabral eats a hard left from Case not long in. Case shoots and rolls to his back as Case sprawls. Case gets back to his feet. Cabral tries grabbing a single and finally gets it. Wow. Case sweeps Cabral. Latter grabs a leg though and manages to re-establish top position. Cabral passes to sidemount. Cabral is hunting for a kimura. Case rolls up and out. Nicely done. Round ends.
Round 2: Case cracks Cabral with a body kick. Case plants a straight left. Latter has the advantage standing as most expected. Another left from Case. Cabral lands a right but gets clocked with a counter hook. Cabral stumbles to the mat. Case lets him back up. Cabral changes level but Case defends. Case fires in a right and a body kick. Cabral is indicating he got poked in the eye but ref Herb Dean says no. Nice left from Case. Round ends.
Round 3: It’s very likely one round a piece. Cabral pushes Case to the fence and gets the TD. Wow. Case spins and gets to his feet. Cabral gets him down again and takes his back. Cabral is trying to set up a choke. Case is defending well. Case spins out again and is on top. Case lands a couple of hard punches from above. Cabral gets to his feet but eats some shots. Cabral is all bloodied up and the final buzzer goes.
Johnny Case def. Yan Cabral via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Round 1: Tibau bulldozes in and takes Trujillo down. Latter pops back to his feet. Tibau is working for a single and gets it. Trujillo gives up his back Tibau plants some punches from above. Tibau sinks in the RNC and the ref stops the fight thinking Trujillo was out (his eyes were closed). Trujillo jumps right to his feet and protests the stoppage as he should.
Gleison Tibau def. Abel Trujillo via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 1:45