Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in the midst of its first trip to Brazil this year with UFC Fight Night 36: "Machida vs. Mousasi," which takes place at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
The main card is already underway on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), but we've got you covered with a full "Prelims" recap of all the action that took place on "Fight Pass."
The Brazilian crowd was very passionate and vocal, letting the foreigners know early that they didn't have much love for them at all. Unfortunately, they got quiet fast because every fight went to a decision yet again, indicating that maybe the promotion needs to tone it down a notch by signing every fighter who ever existed that isn't named Ben Askren.
Serving as the "Fight Pass" headliner, Joe Proctor used his striking to dismantle Cristiano Marcello by unanimous decision.
Proctor had Marcello in trouble early with a guillotine choke, however Marcello fought it out and made Proctor pay by catching him in a heel hook. Proctor survived it, and the two returned to their feet. The American pursued the guillotine once more, however he couldn't put Marcello to rest.
With both dudes smiling at each other, it was obvious they were having fun while the rest of us were exhausted at this point. Proctor was finding a home for his fists, landing almost everything he was throwing at the Rickson Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt.
Marcello couldn't adjust to Proctor's standup game, and despite getting his respect with a few punches early in the third round, Proctor threw the jab over and over again and followed up with right hands as often as he could.
The co-main event of the "Prelims" was pretty scrappy but not very exciting, with Rodrigo Damm getting the unanimous decision victory over Ivan Jorge in a razor-thin contest.
Damm and Jorge traded jabs for the entire first round, with Damm looking better suited for the Lightweight division after his health scare. Jorge was definitely the more powerful striker, however Damm caught his foe when it mattered most by utilizing speed.
After a series of eye pokes from both athletes in the second round, Damm scored the best punch of the fight with a massive right hand that hurt Jorge, who had his poker face in tact. Damm was landing, too, however he was throwing more weight behind his punches, which slowed him down.
Damm brought the fight to the floor in the third round, although Jorge caught him in a pretty serious choke attempt. Damm recovered, and opted to keep the fight standing. Both fighters traded fisticuffs and woke the fans up, closing out the fight with punches.
Francisco Trinaldo got the win on home soil against Jesse Ronson in quite the average fight.
The bout commenced as a kickboxing match, with Ronson going upstairs with the fists as Trinaldo kept it low with leg kicks and shots to the body. Trinaldo found his range, and threw multiple combinations that began to stagger Ronson.
Ronson seemed a little slow in comparison to Trinaldo, as "Massaranduba" started to pummel the Canadian by going upstairs often. Ronson was very technical, as opposed to Trinaldo packing more power behind his hooks and jabs.
It wasn't a boring fight, yet it wasn't very eventful, either. Maybe that's because both fighters failed to land a huge shot that troubled the other, mixed in with the decision-heavy card. Ronson looked better in the third round, landing a few head kicks and silenced the crowd by pressing the action.
The Bantamweight action kicked off with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts Iuri Alcantara and Wilson Reis displaying a grappling clinic on their respective ends, with Alcantara picking up a questionable split decision victory.
Both Brazilians were looking to grapple early, scrambling for the majority of the first round to find advantages over one another. It was pretty even in the takedown department, and jiu-jitsu fans must have been salivating. Alcantara also dropped Reis towards the end of the first round, but Reis was back up in no time.
Alcantara proved that he is more than just a grappling specialist in the second round, dropping Reis again. However, Reis survived and then pounced on Alcantara, obtaining full mount and started to rain down the punches. He got the better of Alcantara for the rest of the round.
Both fighters circled away from each other in the standup department for the majority of the third round, until Reis continued to get the better of Alcantara on the ground. Somehow, two judges awarded the fight to Alcantara by a margin of 30-27, which was not the case.
The unofficial king of disqualifications, Maximo Blanco, knew his back was against the wall and came out swinging right from the get-go. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to get the victory in Brazil and lost by unanimous decision against Felipe Arantes in a spectacular fight.
The fight commenced with a furious pace, with Blanco swarming Arantes just minutes into the round, and Arantes turning it on soon after with a flurry. Blanco had Arantes against the fence and decked him with multiple body shots, but Arantes fought back ferociously and dropped Blanco towards the end of the first round with a superb combination.
It was much of the same story in the second round, with Arantes almost catching Blanco in a triangle choke off of his back early on. Blanco had the grappling advantage, stuffing takedowns and muscling his way around Arantes. The Brazilian looked better on the feet though, backing up Blanco on several occasions.
Both Featherweights slugged it out in the third round, until Blanco had a point taken away for an accidental groin strike -- which was pretty unfair by Mario Yamasaki. An eager Blanco got caught getting the worst of a few grappling exchanges, and with the pressure on him to finish the fight, Arantes got the better of him in the closing stages.
The lone Welterweight bout of the "Prelims" saw one of the two Alcantara brothers on the card work his way to victory once more, as Ildemar Alcantara successfully came back from a brutal first round to defeat Albert Tumenov by split decision.
Tumenov was catching Alcantara often on the chin in the first, and dropped him with a left hook. The Russian hung out in Alcantara's guard and blasted him with some well-orchestrated ground and pound, upsetting the audience that one of their countrymen couldn't find a way off of his back.
After some work in the clinch, Alcantara used a body lock to bring down his opponent, and did some damage on the ground with elbows. Both fighters were bloodied and Alcantara made it worse for his foe, relentlessly smothering him on the mat with strikes.
In the final round, Tumenov did a good job of avoiding the ground early, yet he was too exhausted to do anything significant. He definitely went for it, although Alcantara changed his levels accordingly and hung on for the win.
In the night's opening contest that took place in the Featherweight division, Zubaira Tukhugov was able to overcome Douglas Silva de Andrade by -- you guessed it -- unanimous decision.
Both fighters took some time to find their range in the opening round; exchanging leg kicks instead of letting their hands go. The Chechen did most of the stalking early on, landing two takedowns and opened up Silva de Andrade with one punch. The Brazilian was covered in blood from his face to his chest, but he was game for it.
Both fighters made it gritty in the second, throwing wild combinations and a bunch of spinning strike attempts from both. The pace turned slow fast, and neither of the two really took any chances.
Tukhugov was more concerned with controlling the distance and touching mitts instead of actually doing anything in the third round, and Silva de Andrade made him pay for it as he swarmed in wildly. After trading in an entertaining sequence, there wasn't much to write home about soon after.
Here are the entire quick results for UFC Fight Night 36 "Prelims:"
155 lbs.: Cristiano Marcello vs. Joe Proctor -- Proctor wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
155 lbs.: Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan Jorge -- Damm wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
155 lbs.: Jesse Ronson vs. Francisco Trinaldo -- Trinaldo wins by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
135 lbs.: Yuri Alcantara vs. Wilson Reis -- Alcantara wins by split decision (30-27x2, 28-29)
145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Maximo Blanco -- Arantes wins by unanimous decision (29-27x3)
170 lbs.: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Albert Tumenov -- Alcantara wins by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
145 lbs.: Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Zubair Tuhugov -- Tuhugov wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27x2)
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