Before the UFC on FUEL TV 10: "Nogueira vs. Werdum 2" main card kicked off on FUEL TV this evening (Sat., June 8, 2013) from Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, an entire six-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast worldwide on Facebook.
In the "Prelims" card headliner on Facebook, No. 6 ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao dominated the unranked Vaughan Lee as expected en route to a second-round submission victory. For the time the fight lasted, Lee kept it more competitive than anticipated, but ultimately Assuncao's all-around skillset was too much for his English foe to thwart and the inevitable finish came by way of armbar at the 1:51 mark of the second frame. The 30-year-old Brazilian registered his first submission win in over five years and with a 4-0 record since dropping to 135-pounds is without a doubt one of the top contenders in his weight class.
Felipe Arantes took out hometown fan favorite Godofredo Castro in violent fashion with the help of a series of first-round elbows for a (technical) knockout victory. The three-and-a-half minute featherweight fight consisted of some fun action on the ground, but after a series of scrambles and positional reversals, Arantes managed to get on top and proceeded to introduce his elbows and fists to the skull of "Pepey." The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil 1 finalist absorbed shot after shot until referee Dan Miragliotta mercifully stopped the onslaught and awarded Arantes his first TKO victory in over 2.5 years.
Ildemar Alcantara earned his first UFC victory with a submission of Wagner Prado at light heavyweight last January, and at UFC on FUEL TV 10 "Marajo" had his hand raised inside the Octagon once again -- except this time he was competing in the Welterweight division. The Brazilian dropped 35 pounds and two weight classes in the five months since he first stepped in the cage and looked even better than before with a unanimous decision win over the debuting Leandro Silva. While it wasn't the most scintillating fight on the preliminary card, Alcantara's height and length advantage was too much for his countrymen to overcome; which allowed him to neutralize Silva's offense and essentially just pick his shots until the final bell.
Rodrigo Damm displayed tremendous improvements to his stand up skills as he outpointed Mizuto Hirota for a split decision victory in an entertaining 145-pound contest. It was thought going into the bout that Hirota would have the better stand up skills due to his more accomplished resume, but Damm proved otherwise as he showed major improvements from his previous fights and was able to get the better of a majority of the exchanges. After a split decision loss to Antonio Carvalho that arguably should have gone his way at UFC 154, Damm got some redemption with the judge's seeing the fight his way.
Caio Magalhaes took a beating from Karlos Vemola in the first round of their middleweight bout; however, in the second stanza the Brazilian stormed back to earn a second-round submission victory with the help of a rear-naked choke. It appeared that Vemola emptied his tank trying to finish the fight in the first five minutes and when he couldn't get the job done had absolutely nothing left to give in the second. Magalhaes tried to secure the submission several times and when he finally got the choke in deep "The Terminator" had no chance but to tap out.
The opening fight of the UFC on FUEL TV 10 preliminary card was quick and decisive as Antonio Braga Neto nearly ripped Anthony Smith's leg into two pieces with a kneebar submission just 112 seconds into the first round. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Neto got the fight to the mat very quickly and from there the end was inevitable as he chained together submission attempts until the kneebar was locked in. The 25-year-old showed no signs of nerves in his UFC debut and proved that he is a prospect to keep an eye on.
Here are the complete results from the UFC on FUEL TV 10 preliminary card:
145 lbs.: Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee -- Assuncao defeats Lee via submission (armbar) in round two
145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro -- Arantes defeats Castro via TKO (elbows) in round one
170 lbs.: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva -- Alcantar defeats Silva via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota -- Damm defeats Hirota via split decision
185 lbs.: Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola -- Magalhaes defeats Vemola via submission (rear-naked choke) in round two
185 lbs.: Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith -- Braga Neto defeats Smith via submission (knee bar) in round one
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC on FUEL TV 10 fight card.
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