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With the UFC making their return to Brazil and the move to FOX, the preliminary fights were shown live on FX.
Gabriel Gonzaga submits Ednaldo Oliveira, Mike Pyle takes out Ricardo Funch in 82-seconds.
Sam Stout fell short against Thiago Tavares, and Yuri Alcantara decisions Michihiro Omigawa, and Felipe Arantes defeats Canadian Carvalho.
Stout was immediately on the defensive with Tavares doing everything in his power to turn this bout into a grappling match and take the fight to the ground. However, this only lasted for the first round.
For the balance of the fight it became a stand-up battle that saw both fighters landing the odd devastating blow. In the end, the judges found that Tavares was the dominant fighter and gave him the unanimous decision win, extending his win streak to two in a row.
“Sam Stout was the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced and this is the biggest win of my career. I thought about this fight for a long time. I have to be honest: of all the ways I saw this fight going, I never expected to beat him striking. I tried to take the fight to the ground, but he has great takedown defense. The fight stayed on the feet and I was able to win there. I want another big name next.”
Staying true to his word, Gonzaga went back to his roots and remembered to bring his jiu-jitsu black belt to the cage with him. Not wasting anytime, Gonzaga closed the distance early and managed to take Oliveira to the ground.
Once on the ground, “Napao” smothered the undefeated Oliveira until he gave up his back and Gonzaga sunk in the rear naked choke, forcing the tap at 3:22 of the very first round.
Alcantara’s match against Omigawa began with some slight confusion to end the opening frame. The Brazilian applied an armbar in the dying seconds of Round 1 and it appeared that referee Leon Roberts deemed the bout finished. After Alcantara celebrating and Omigawa arguing his case that he did not tap out the contest continued. The Japanese mixed martial artist could not change the outcome of the featherweight affair, regardless. Alcantara accomplished a decision victory in the meeting and made the UFC aware of what he wants next.
“This was like the World Cup for me tonight,” Alcantara said in a post-fight interview. “To fight against a veteran like him was a true honor. I hope this win proved to the UFC that I’m ready for the main card. I felt like a complete fighter in there tonight.”
Pyle made quick work of Funch.
The contest lasted a duration of just over one minute until Pyle blasted Funch with two solid punches and finished with a knee that crumpled the Brazilian. “Quicksand” followed Funch to the canvas and continued to land bombs until the referee called the bout. Pyle was gracious in victory following his previous bout, which did not go the American’s way.
“After my last fight, I took a step back and readjusted some things in my training,” Pyle said. “I knew that I had to really take a look at my whole MMA game and I think you saw some of the adjustments and improvements tonight. My striking and my overall game have evolved. This was an important fight for me in my career and I appreciate Ricardo taking this fight on short notice.”
After taking some punishment in Round 1, Arantes came back strong in the final 10 minutes. Round 2 was dominated by the Brazilian, and Round 3 is where the damage came into play. Arantes controlled Carvalho and distributed vicious ground and pound that caused a cut and bloodied the nose of the Canadian. The bout went to the judges’ scorecards and they awarded Arantes the unanimous decision, 29-28 across the board.
Pat Audinwood’s nickname isn’t similar to the others found in mixed martial arts.
He’s not a pitbull. He’s not a monster.
He’s just awesomely awesome.
“It randomly came about. I think it goes with my personality,” Audinwood said. “I don’t see myself as bringing a killer persona at all. I like to have fun.”
Even if he doesn’t have the killer persona, Audinwood’s record may suggest otherwise. He’s 9-0-1, riding a four-fight win streak, and Audinwood will be making his UFC debut at UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop in Indianapolis.
Audinwood will be facing lightweight up-and-comer Thiago Tavares. Tavares is a late replacement for Aaron Riley, who was Audinwood’s original opponent.
Tavares provides a different set of circumstances than Riley.
Tavares is a jiu-jitsu ace, looking to find a foothold in the muddy waters of the UFC’s lightweight division. Audinwood expects his battle to be a difficult one.
“He’ll be more dangerous on the ground,” Audinwood said. “ He’s willing to throw some big heavy shots. He’s a real dangerous guy.”
Tavares is 3-3-1 in the UFC, and is coming off of a majority draw against Nik Lentz at Ultimate Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz.
Audinwood said a win over a UFC veteran like Tavares would instantly turn heads within the organization.
“If I perform at a great level, it’ll be solidify me with the other 155ers,” he said.
Audinwood said he’s had an excellent training camp with Team Bombsquad, working with his cousin WEC veteran John Franchi and Franchi’s father.
“It’s been a mindless act,” Audinwood said. “If I have any questions, (John’s) always there to answer them. He’s been right on top of everything. I haven’t had to think too much, between him and his dad have been God-sends, putting workouts together taking care of anything.”
Audinwood credits that as an advantage because he can strictly focus on getting the task done in the cage.
“It’s perfect environment for a fighter,” Audinwood said. “They break it down to just where you want to do today. So you can just go and do (the task they have) without worrying about planning a workout. It’s really great.”
Having Franchi around has helped Audinwood get ready for fighting on the big stage. Audinwood said he has heard of getting UFC jitters from other fighters, but he doesn’t expect them to affect him when he steps into the Octagon.
“I’ve heard people say that that it’s a big platform,” Audinwood said. “I don’t think they’ll be too many surprises.”