UFC Sao Paulo Results
The UFC was back in the fighting city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The card was headlined by the return of former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. Machida squared off against Derek Brunson in the main event. The card also featured highly rated welterweights, Demian Maia and Colby Covington.
Lyoto Machida vs Derek Brunson
After two years out of the sport from a USADA suspension, former Light Heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida returned to action. He faced the younger Derek Brunson in the main event. Machida attempted his usual counter-punching strategy as Brunson came in. Machida landed a few strikes before being blasted by a Brunson left hook. Machida’s legs wobbled and he has knocked again with a few other shots. As Machida went to the ground, Brunson hits him with another big shot that puts Machida out. He lands a few unnecessary shots before the referee pulls him off. Derek Brunson beats Lyoto Machida by 1st round KO.
Demian Maia vs Colby Covington
The welterweight clash Demian Maia vs Colby Covington was supposed to be a matchup between a Jiu-Jitsu and a wrestler, however, both fighters came out swinging. The multi-weight title challenger, Maia landed several left hands in the first round that rocked Covington and bloodied him up good. Covington tried pressuring back by leg kicking and firing his left hand. After a nice combination by Covington, Maia unloaded a a few left hands that rocked Covington. The American wrestler was able to stop a takedown attempt by the Brazilian and the two swing it out to end the round. Close round but The MMA Takeover scored it 10-9 for Maia.
Covington stopped four takedown attempts from Maia, who appeared to both guys were slowing down as the fight pressed on. Covington seemed very desperate that he did not want to go to the ground with the Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu world champion. Both guys started throwing slow sloppy punches but Covington landed the somewhat cleaner shots. Maia shot two more times but was sprawled on top of by Covington. Very close ugly round. The MMA Takeover scored it 10-9 for Covington.
Both guys were exhausted heading into the third round. Covington pumped a 1-2, while Maia backed up. Covington appeared to have gotten a second wind and started taking over with strikes in the pocket. His confidence appeared to have also built while stuffing takedowns and landing unanswered shots. Maia continued to miss takedown attempts but did land a nice knee while coming off a taking attempt. Covington slides into range and lands several combinations. He appeared to have hurt Maia and opened up a nice cut on Maia’s left eye. He stuffed two more takedown attempts and unloaded shots from the top position while blood poured out The MMA Takeover scored the round 10-9 for Covington and the fight 29-28 for Covington. All three judges agreed with our scored card. Colby Covington beats Demian Maia (29-27, 30-27, and 30-26).
Covington went on an epic rant during his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. He called out the champion, Tyron Woodley and also called Brazil a dump and called the fans filthy animals. He and his team had to run out of the arena while they were getting pelted by objects from the crowd.
Rob Font vs Pedro Munhoz
Rob Font and Pedro Munhoz came out very aggressive. Font was pumping a jab, while Munhoz countered with leg kicks. Font bloodied up Munhoz with straight shots, while Munhoz countered with hard hooks. Font stuffed a takedown from Munhoz, but rocked Font with a crushing left hook. Font panics and attempts a takedown. Munhoz locks on a one arm guillotine while rolling all the way through to land on top. Font taps out very quickly. Pedro Munhoz Beats Rob Font by Submission (One Arm Guillotine Choke)
Jim Miller vs Francisco Trinaldo
Two craft veterans of the sport, Jim Miller and Francisco Trinaldo clashed in a lightweight bout. This was the 28th appearance in the UFC for Miller which is a new record.
Miller dropped Trinaldo with a hard shot, but as Miller followed Trinaldo to the mat, he was quickly reversed. Trinaldo landed some soft ground and pound before letting Miller up. The two exchanged some shots on the feet, but Miller got a double leg takedown. Miller controlled from the top for most of the remainder of the round. Close round. The MMA Takeover scored it 10-9 for Miller.
The two southpaw fighters started the second round with exchanges on the feet which were won by Trinaldo. The Brazilian fighter landed several 1-2 shots and even snuck in a push kick to Miller’s face. As Trinaldo started to back Miller up, Miller caught him with a short right hook. However, Trinaldo snapped Miller’s head back with a big left hand. Miller attempted several takedowns but was stuffed by Trinaldo. Trinaldo really started to unload shots on the feet but was briefly takedown by Miller. During a scramble, Miller attempted a guillotine choke but ended up on the bottom without Trinaldo’s head. He was ground and pounded for the remainder of the round. Easy round for Trinaldo. 10-9 Trinaldo.
Trinaldo seemed to have a lot more left in the tank than Miller to start the third round. He really tried to put away the longtime UFC veteran by working Miller’s body. Trinaldo, who is 5 years the elder of Miller was much more active in the third round than Miller. He added a takedown and ended the fight on top. Trinaldo cruised in the round. The MMA Takeover scored the fight 29-28 for Trinaldo. The judges agreed. Francisco Trinaldo beat Jim Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, and 29-28).
Thiago Santos vs Jack Hermansson
In one of the closest matchups on paper, Thiago Santos and Jack Hermansson met in a middleweight matchup. Hermansson tried to confuse Santos by moving in and out a lot. Santos responded by springing at his opponent throwing very hard hooks to the body and head. He hurt Hermansson with a body kick and a short right hand. Hermansson shot for a takedown on the Brazilian fighter, who defended the takedown well. Santos was able to break away and land more hooks and kicks to the body. As the fight was ending, Santos threw a leaping kick to the body and followed it up with a flurry of hard punches as Hermansson attempted to retreat. As short left uppercut dropped Hermansson, who attempted to cover up, but Santos landed countless shots on the Swedish fighter. The referee pulled Santos off just before Hermansson could be saved by the bell. Thiago Santos wins by 1st round TKO.
John Lineker vs Marlon “Chito” Vera
Marlon”Chito” Vera got a chance to beat the biggest name of his career when he faced off against John Lineker to kick off the card. Vera, the much taller fighter attempted to stay on the outside and potshot Lineker from the outside. However, Lineker continued to spring in range and unload sets of huge body shots and hooks to the head. He continued to back Chito up for the entire first round. The MMA Takeover scored the round10-9 Lineker.
The second round looked similar to the first. Lineker was the more effective striker by getting into range. He was winging shots to Vera’s rib, and the side of his face. Vera attempted to keep his range with kicks, but Lineker kept winning the exchanges. With a minute left in the round, Vera slipped on a kick, and was ground and pounded as a result of it. The MMA Takeover scored it 10-9 Lineker.
Vera did much better in the third round. He was able to slow down Lineker’s pace and start to land some kicks and step knees from range. Lineker did land some power shots in the round but was outworked by the fighter from Ecuador. The MMA Takeover scored it 10-9 for Vera, but scored the fight 29-28 for Lineker. The judges agreed. John Lineker beats Marlon “Chito” Vera by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Carlos Junior beats Jack Marshman by1st Round Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jared Gordon beats Hacran Dias by Unanimous Decision (29-26, 29-27, 30-26)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos beats Max Griffin by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Deiveson Figueiredo beats Jarred Brooks by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Marcelo Golm beats Christian Columbo by 1st round Submission (Rear Naked Choke)