“UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping” took place Saturday inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Michael Bisping battled Vitor Belfort in the card’s featured attraction. C.B. Dollaway and Daniel Sarafian co-headlined the festivities.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Francisco Trinaldo Defeated C.J. Keith via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:50 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Trinaldo uses a big overhand left to close the distance and clinch Keith against the cage. He picks Keith up and slams him to the mat. He advances to full mount. Keith reverses and captures top position. They get to their feet for a moment, but Trinaldo takes him back down. Trinaldo, 10-9.
2ndRound: Trinaldo just misses with a big overhand left. He gets a hold of a body lock and slams Keith to the ground. Trinaldo slaps on an arm triangle choke. Game. Set. Match, Trinaldo.
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Ildemar Alcantara Defeated Wagner Prado via Submission (Kneebar) at 2:39 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Not much action early. Prado finding a home for his right hand, and it’s Alcantara’s face. Prado lands a knee to the midsection, but gets taken down for his efforts. They get stood up due to inactivity. Prado ends the round with a flurry of strikes. Prado, 10-9.
2ndRound: Alcantara goes for a takedown, though gets caught in a guillotine choke on the way to the mat. Prado wiggles loose and gets top position. Alcantara locks on a kneebar from off his back. Prado is forced to cry uncle.
Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre – No Contest (Accidental shots to the back of the head) at 2:11 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Alcantara receives a kick to the cup and time is called. Game on. Nobre lands a right hook to the grill. He goes for a takedown, but Alcantara immediately tries for a kimura. Nobre somehow manages to escape, that submission was deep. Alcantara takes his back and has both hooks in. He’s giving Nobre the business. Time is called because referee Dan Miragliotta thought Alcantara was unleashing shots to the back of the head. Nobre is still face down on the mat. Nobre isn’t able to continue and the fight is called. On replay, it didn’t appear that any of the shots were illegal. Perhaps one elbow, but that was before Miragliotta issued his warning. Actually, that elbow was clean.
UFC president Dana White just tweeted, “That was BS!!! Pedro is an award winning actor and horrible call by Dan M.”
Edson Barboza Defeated Lucas Martins via Submission (Strikes) at 2:38 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Barboza unleashing some thunderous kicks early. Martins takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Barboza has a significant speed advantage. Martins eats a right hand. Barboza stuns him with a left hand and pounces. He’s laying the lumber on the ground and Martins submits from strikes. Nunes fights to his feet and starts swinging for the fences.
Nik Lentz Defeated Diego Nunes via Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-26)
1stRound: Lentz working hard to get him to the canvas. He’s draped all over Nunes’ back and is unloading shots from behind. Lentz is simply smothering him. Lentz, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lentz catches a kick and plants him on his back in under a minute. Crowd not interested in watching the wrestling match and starts to boo. Second verse, same as the first. Lentz just active enough to keep the scrap from getting stood up. Lentz, 10-9.
3rdRound: Nunes needs to go for broke, but has to avoid the takedown. He finally lands some punches. But, Lentz scores another takedown. I would expect the scrap to remain there for the last three minutes. Crowd starts booing. Lentz, 10-9, and likely ran the table, 30-27.
Ronny Markes Defeated Andrew Craig via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Craig briefly stunned him with a punch. Markes clinches him against the fence. He picks Craig up and slams him to the mat. He advances to his back and tries a rear-naked choke. Craig escapes for the time being. Markes, 10-9.
2ndRound: Markes scores a takedown and has four minutes to work. He’s working on a kimura from half-guard. He moves to side control to increase leverage, but Criag is able to wiggle loose. Markes has had him clinched against the cage for almost a minute until the ref finally broke them up. Markes, 10-9.
3rdRound: Markes’ corner pretty much told him that he’s got this in the bag and to be conservative in the final frame. He has Craig clinched on the fence. He tags Markes with an elbow as they separate. Craig stuns him with a right hand and pounces. Can he pull off the rally? Nope, Markes did a good job of holding on. Craig, 10-9, but likely lost, 29-28.
Godofredo Castro Defeated Milton Vieira via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Castro connects with a right hand, but gets taken down for his efforts. Solid elbow by Vieira. Castro attempts an armbar from off his back, but Vieira takes his back after scramble. They are back to their feet. Vieira takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Vieira scores another takedown. Vieira, 10-9.
2ndRound: Castro kicks him in the midsection, which allows Vieira to easily score another takedown. Castro tries a kimura from his back and uses it to sweep to top position. He now takes Vieira’s back. Castro is able to methodically go about his attack courtesy of a body triangle. Castro, 10-9.
3rdRound: The fight appears to be up for grabs. Who wants it? Vieira lands a nice right hand. Castro eats another right and and a knee. He clinches Vieira against the fence. Vieira attempts a kimura. They get stood up due to inactivity. Vieira secures another takedown, which could seal the deal. Vieira, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeated Thiago Tavares via KO (Elbows) at 1:55 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Nurmagomedov is really looking to land that right hand, but is content with connectin with combinations in the meantime. He drops Tavares with a right uppercut and goes in for the kill. Nurmagomedov is bringing the pain. He unleashes a barrage of short elbows to the dome. It’s a wrap.
Gabriel Gonzaga Defeated Ben Rothwell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:01 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Gonzaga immediately looks to take this to the ground. After some clinching against the cage, he drags Rothwell to the mat. Rothwell gets to his feet and starts swinging away. Not too much action in the opening stanza. Gonzaga, 10-9.
2ndRound: He has Gonzaga clinched against the fence. Gonzaga tags him with three unanswered right hands. He nails Rothwell with another right and goes in for an arm-in guillotine choke. Rothwell is forced to tap.
C.B. Dollaway Defeated Daniel Sarafian via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Sarafian charges ahead and scores with a combination. He drops Dollaway with a right hand. It appears Dollaway has recovered, but Sarafian is in complete control. Not much offense coming from Dollaway. Sarafian, 10-9.
2ndRound: Dollaway doing a better job of using his reach advantage with his left jab. Sarafian clobbers him with an overhand right. He goes in for the kill, but Dollaway pops right back up. Dollaway connects with a kick to the midsection. Out of nowhere, , 10-9.Dollaway floors Sarafian with a shot and is giving him the business on the ground. Sarafian is saved by the bell. Dollaway.
3rdRound: Dollaway stuns him with another big right hand. He follows him to the ground and lands in full mount. Sarafian manages to get to his feet. Sarafian reverses and takes his back. Dollaway does a solid job of avoiding a rear-naked choke. He sweeps and regains top position. Sarafian scrambles loose and lands a knee. The crowd erupts as the horn blares. Close stanza to score. Easily the most exciting fight of the evening. Sarafian, 10-9, and might win, 29-28.
Vitor Belfort Defeated Michael Bisping via TKO (Head Kick) at 1:27 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Solid inside leg kick by Bisping. Belfort score with a left uppercut. Both middleweights feeling each other out quite a bit, perhaps pacing themselves for the five-rounder. Bisping connects with a right hook, Belfort counters with a right and left kick. Belfort clocks him with a head kick and pounces. He nails him with a flurry of punches just before the horn blares. Belfort, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bisping appears to have recovered, as he charges the center of the Octagon. Belfort looking to play the counter game. Forget that, he unleashes another vicious head kick that floors the Brit. Belfort goes in for the kill with several bombs on the ground. That’s all she wrote. And there goes Bisping’s middleweight title shot…