Preliminary card recap for UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28, which takes place at 4:30 p.m. ET at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Edimilson Souza wins UFC debut against Felipe Arantes
Edimilson Souza looked as relaxed as one could be in a UFC debt, as he took care of UFC four-fight veteran Felipe Arantes.
Souza was the more aggressive striker, not to mention a calm competitor in his UFC debut with a flicking jab and odd looping hooks, to start the match, but Arantes eventually nailed a takedown to nullify his opponent’s attacks. Both fighters are competent in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, therefore, neither could gain much of an advantage on the canvas. However, once the round was ending, Arantes passed guard and was searching for a submission, but Souza defended properly and made it out of Round 1.
With an arsenal of strikes unloading and good head movement, Souza controlled the fight from a striking aspect in Round 2. Arantes defended intelligently, but rarely got off any offensive attacks. Souza stayed staking his foe as the round finalized, but never had Arantes in any possible fight-ending situations.
Arantes showcased his striking abilities in Round 3, keeping Souza at bay and throwing punches with bad intentions. Souza eventually countered one of Arantes’ attacks and swarmed his opponent. Souza was pelting Arantes with punches to the body and head, but “Sertanejo” stayed in the fight by taking his counterpart to the mat. Arantes turned the flow of the match and stacked Souza against the cage, while blasting him with knees and punches to end the fight.
Souza appeared to not have any nervousness in his inaugural UFC bout, and the focus was present as he won his UFC debut and furthered his win streak to eight.
Arantes is back in the loss column after going 2-1 in his last three bouts.
Lucas Martins submitted Ramiro Hernandez via rear-naked choke
Lucas Martins wasted no time putting Ramiro Hernandez to sleep at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 29, as he secured the first finish of the evening.
Both combatants were content trading punches and kicks in a wild fashion to begin the match, and the tempo was at the highest the card at yet seen. Around 40 seconds into Round 1, Martins dropped Hernandez with a punch and pounced on his opponent. Hernandez did what he could to fight off Martins in a dazed stage, but “Mineiro” switched from a striking offence and took “Junior’s” back. They toppled to the ground and Martins sunk in two deep hooks before choking Hernandez unconscious, forcing the referee to stop the contest at 1:10 of Round 1.
The victory is Martins’ first in the Octagon, after he lost to Edson Barboza at his UFC debut in January.
After entering the Octagon on a two-fight win streak, Hernandez’s UFC debut was spoiled by Martins.
Elias Silverio outlasted Joao Zeferino’s grappling to earn a unanimous decision victory
With good takedown defence in tow, Elias Silverio defeated Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 28.
Zeferino pinned Silverio against the cage, grinding his opponent down until the referee split the two mixed martial artists up due to lack of action midway through the bout. Within seconds, Zeferino had Silverio immobilized against the fence again. There was a short exchange of strikes near the end of Round 1, and Zeferino hit Silverio with a head kick to finish the frame and leave a lasting image in the judges’ minds.
After a kick-punch combination from each combatant to start Round 2, Silverio planted Zeferino against the cage, but positions were reversed quickly. Once Silverio escaped the grasp of Zeferino, he knocked “The Brazilian Samurai” to the mat and unleashed what ground and pound he could from his opponent’s guard. Zeferino got the fight back to standing and, of course, held Silverio against the cage again. The frame ended with a short flurry of ground and pound from Silverio, but Zeferino still controlled the majority of the round.
Silverio took down Zeferino to open the final frame, he let his fists drop on his opponent’s face, but when “The Brazilian Samurai” scrambled to get up he inadvertently landed an illegal kick to a downed opponent. There was a short pause in the match, but things resumed and Zeferino appeared to have dumped most of his energy. His ability to control Silverio was gone, and “Xuxu” stayed on his opponent’s back, unloading punches. Once standing again, Silverio hit Zeferino with a series of punches and kicks, but was pressed up against the cage again by his opponent.
Silverio won the match via decision and remains undefeated at 9-0. Meanwhile, Zeferino lost his second UFC bout in a row and is still winless in the Octagon.
Ivan Jorge displays impressive final round and earns decision victory against Keith Wisniewski
After starting off slow, Ivan Jorge rallied to finish the match strong and defeat Keith Wisniewski via decision.
Jorge used a limited amount of striking to initiate the match in an effort to take his opponent down, but Wisniewski defended all attempts from “Batman.” Aside from a couple of standing neck crank attempts and two perfected placed knees to the head from Wisniewski, Round 1 did not off much action outside of takedown defense.
In the second stanza, Jorge latched on to Wisniewski’s back in a standing position against the cage and kept pressure high as he tried to take his opponent’s back. After a lull in action for a few moments, referee Mario Yamasaki separated the fight. The two contestants immediately returned to clinching without much offence.
The third round showed more clinch work, but each fighter was landing knees and punches to the body of their opponent. About midway through the bout, Wisniewski absorbed a knee to his groin, but the fight ensued after just a few seconds. Wisniewski grew tired as the match progress, and Jorge increased the intensity. “Batman” damaged Wisniewski’s midsection with knees and wore him down with strong grappling.
Jorge went on to win a unanimous decision and extend his win streak to seven.
Wisniewski returned to the UFC on a six-fight win streak, but he has lost three consecutive bouts since being back in the Octagon.
Jorge’s six fight win streak
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Sean Spencer edges out split-decision victory against Yuri Villefort
The only match on the Facebook portion of the card was a 15-minute slugfest between Sean Spencer and Yuri Villefort
Villefort started the opening round throwing knees and leg kicks, while Spencer went upstairs and used his boxing to batter his opponent’s head. Neither combatant got the better of each, but Spencer did drop Villefort momentarily with a punch early in the frame. Villefort landed the sole takedown of the round, but Spencer managed to spring back to his feet immediately.
Round 2 began, and Villefort darted across the cage and achieved a double-leg takedown, but Spencer was back to his feet in a short time. After exchanging on the feet for over a minute, Villefort attempted a second takedown but was denied. Nearing the final minute of Round 2, Spencer began slightly limping and moving with less ease due to Villefort continuously landing leg kicks. Villefort kept using a tipe kick to make distance between himself and Spencer, then would slam “Black Magic” in the legs and eventually dropped him with a leg kick.
After talking a verbal blasting from his corner ahead of the third round, Spencer came out aggressive, even throwing leg kicks of his own. Spencer managed to turn the first half of the round into a brawl, but Villefort found his range and slowed the pace of the bout. Spencer neglected all takedown attempts from an exhausted Villefort in the final round of the match, and beat up the Brazilian on their feet. Spencer went on to win Round 3, and a split decision victory.
The victory marks Spencer’s first win in the Octagon, after losing his debut to Rafael Natal via arm-triangle choke at “UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson” in January.
Villefort is now 0-2 in the UFC after transferring to the promotion via Strikeforce.