Thiago Tavares celebrates his victory. Photo by Josh Hedges via Getty Images
The televised FX portion of tonight's (Jan. 14, 2011) UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" preliminary card from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is officially in the books.
Closing out the under card was a lightweight showdown between feisty Brazilian Thiago Tavares and Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout. Tavares utilized his grappling early, taking Stout down multiple times, but he couldn't keep him there.
Tavares was unable to take down "Hands of Stone" again for the remainder of the fight, but he held his own in the striking, staying in the pocket with the Canadian and landing some nice left hooks and leg kicks.
Stout rocked Tavares with 15 seconds left in the fight and has his opponent hurt, but he didn't press on the gas enough to score a stoppage and when it was all said and done, Tavares scored a unanimous decision victory. Stout will likely be kicking himself that he didn't try to do something similar earlier.
The remainder of the preliminary card featured some very exciting decisions and some terrific first round finishes as well.
See for yourself after the jump:
After about a two minute feeling out process, former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga went to work against undefeated striker Ednaldo Oliveira. Gonzaga, who'd professed to go back to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu roots, took Oliveira down and completely dominated the fight once it went to the canvas. When "Lula" attempted to get back to his feet, Gonzaga took his back and locked in a rear naked choke to force the tap.
It was Gonzaga's first UFC victory in over two years, and he looked very sharp considering he came out of retirement just three months ago.
Rising Brazilian featherweight prospect Yuri Alcantara put a whooping on Japanese star Michihiro Omigawa over the course of three rounds. "Maranjo" dropped Omigawa with a beautiful spinning back elbow in the first round and nearly finished the fight with a brutal ambar.
Omigawa, ever durable, proved himself tough as nails by enduring the submission and pressed on, refusing to be finished even after getting smashed again in the second round with strikes. Alcantara slowed drastically in the third but Omigawa couldn't take enough advantage, only winning the final round on one judges' scorecard as Alcantara took a unanimous decision.
In the opening bout of the FX preliminaries, Xtreme Couture fighter Mike Pyle destroyed Brazilian Ricardo Funch via technical knockout in just 80 seconds. "Quicksand" started strong in the striking and stunned Funch with a big right hand and he put a stamp on it with a huge knee to the face. When Funch went down, Pyle followed up with big ground and pound until the referee put a halt to the action.
The Brazilian fans were not pleased with the result, booing heavily and an excited Pyle egged them on with some taunts in the cage before asking Joe Rogan if he can come on Fear Factor with his wife.
Also, while it didn't take place on the FX portion, Felipe Arantes overcame a tough first round to bounce back and beat up Antonio Carvalho in the only Facebook bout. Carvalho put Arantes on his back in the opening frame and showcased his superior grappling skills, but couldn't repeat his performance in rounds two and three. Arantes outpointed the Portuguese fighter in the stand-up and even pounded Carvalho with ground and pound in the third stanza to pull out a 29-28 unanimous decision victory.
Here are the complete undercard results:
Thiago Tavares def. Sam Stout via unanimous decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ednaldo Oliveira via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:22 of round 1
Yuri Alcantara def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision
Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Funch via TKO at 1:22
Felipe Arantes def. Antonio Carvalho via unanimous decision
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