The UFC on FX 8 preliminary card was a six-fight card full of knockouts, submissions, and back and forth battles.
Nik Lentz defeated Hacran Dias in a back and forth, exciting, action packed bout.
Lentz put the pressure on Dias right out of the gate. The grappling from both combatants was technical and aggressive, with reversals and defense in check. Neither fighter got the better of one another, but kept the action going until Round 1 ended.
Lentz dropped Dias with a knee, but was hesitant to follow up and the Brazilian had a few seconds to regain composure. Lentz took the fight to the mat and sat in half guard, while punishing Dias relentlessly with elbows. Dias did eventually get back to his feet for a short period of time before being placed on his back again. Lentz finished the round in mount position, continuously hitting Dias with punches and elbows.
In Round 3, both combatants were swinging for the win. Dias was clipping Lentz with punches, which led to the American attempting a takedown, yet he was unsuccessful. When pressed up against the cage, Lentz hit a guillotine-choke, but Dias escaped and reversed into an arm-triangle choke. Lentz held on, but appeared to be close to tapping out. In the final minute of the bout, both mixed martial artists were standing and trading punches, still trying to finish the fight.
Lentz won a decision (29-28×2, 28-27) and is on a three-fight win streak.
Dias had his nine-fight win streak snapped after losing to Lentz.
Francisco Trinaldo defeated Mike Rio with some very impressive submission skills.
Rio searched for a couple of takedowns and ate a punch in order to get the fight to the ground. Trinaldo withstood Rio’s attacks on the mat and got back to his feet. The Brazilian accomplished a takedown of his own, in spectacular fashion to boot, which led to the finish.
Trinaldo secured an arm-triangle choke, but what made it unique was the fact that he pulled it off from half guard. It’s seldom seen, but Trinaldo made Rio tap from the submission that is usually applied from side guard.
Trinaldo has won two consecutive matches via arm-triangle choke and has only lost once in the Octagon.
Rio, aside from losing on “The Ultimate Fighter 16,” had a three-fight win streak come to an end.
Gleison Tibau picked up the first submission of UFC on FX 8 with a win over John Cholish.
Tibau, to no one’s surprise, hit a takedown on Cholish right after the opening bell. Cholish, however, escaped the side-control of Tibau. Cholish showed good footwork and striking, though, it didn’t affect Tibau’s performance. Tibau was able to complete another takedown before the frame ended, which undoubtedly earned him the round.
Cholish was a little more creative with his striking in Round 2, even attempting a flying-knee. But Tibau was more powerful and hurt Cholish with a left punch. Cholish became wobbly, and Tibau took down his opponent. The Brazilian latched on guillotine-choke that forced Cholish to tap before going unconscious.
The submission places Tibau back in the win column after losing to Evan Dunham at UFC 156.
Cholish is on a two-fight losing skid after suffering a loss to Tibau.
Paulo Thiago bested UFC newcomer Michel Prazeres in a three-round match.
Prazeres came rushing out of his corner in an attempt to take Thiago down, but the BOPE officer managed to stay on his feet. The first round was mainly a back and forth grappling match, but neither combatant accomplished anything significant.
In Round 2, Thiago punished Prazeres with a knee to the midsection and followed his opponent to the canvas. Prazeres defended Thiago’s transitions on the mat and got back to his feet. He then pinned Thiago on the canvas, against the cage and worked his ground and pound. But, in such high level of grappling match, Thiago snuck out from under Prazeres and ended up on top of “Trator” as the frame finalized.
It was either combatant’s fight to win in the last round. Thiago was the more aggressive fighter off the hop, but Prazeres was able to nullify or absorb strikes coming from the UFC veteran. Thiago stayed relentless in his attacks, but the match eventuated to a decision.
Thiago walked away from the cage as the winner (29-28 on all judges’ scorecards). He is now in the win column after losing two consecutive bouts.
Prazeres lost for the first time in his professional career and now owns a record of 16-1.
Yuri Alcantara wasted no time getting rid of Illiard Santos.
Santos took the fight on short notice, and the bout was short lived. Alcantara hit Santos with a left straight that collapsed his opponent and then swarmed on him with a flurry of punches. The referee immediate halted the action and Alcantara won the match via TKO in Round 1.
Alcantara has won back-to-back bouts in the UFC, both by way of TKO.
Santos’ Octagon debut resulted in a loss and put an end to his seven-fight unbeaten streak.
After a sketchy opening, Fabio Maldonado earned a much needed victory against Roger Hollet.
Not even one minute into the bout, Maldonado was the victim of a brutal groin shot from a spinning back-kick thrown by Hollet. After a short rest, Maldonado returned to his feet and the match continued.
Hollet, out of respect to Maldonado’s elite boxing skills, was quick to take the fight to the ground. Though, it was a lackluster opening to the bout, Hollet avoided damage and controlled his opponent for the majority of Round 1.
Hollet, surprisingly, landed a number of punches on the Brazilian near the beginning of the second frame. However, Maldonado went to work on Hollet’s body, then went upstairs and starting landing punches on the Canadian’s head. Hollet was clearly becoming fatigued from the damage but escaped the round.
Round 3 was all Maldonado. When he wasn’t landing punches, Maldonado was egging on Hollet. Maldonado turned up the pace and battered Hollet until the fight ended. Hollet showed toughness by hanging in there, but Maldonado was declared the winner via decision (29-27×2, 29-28).
Maldonado snapped a three-fight losing skid with the win. The victory was Maldonado’s first since October 2010.
Hollet is now on a two-fight losing streak and remains winless in the UFC.