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The fights just keep on coming.
Hours after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) successfully set up shop in Berlin, the promotion hosts its second event on the same day, as UFC's The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil 3 Finale takes place inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before the main card action gets underway, the "Prelims" took shape on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and online through Fight Pass, providing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans with a crop of entertaining fights, including some fancy stoppages, too.
In the featured bout of the "Prelims," Rashid Magomedov cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Rodrigo Damm in an awfully boring fight.
Magomedov caught Damm every time the Brazilian came forward, keeping him at bay with front kicks, too. Damm was obviously trying to find an opening so he could go for the takedown, but "Highlander" was certainly aware of that. There wasn't much output from Damm in the first round, and the Brazilian crowd let him know that while the Dagestani landed more kicks to the body. Magomedov dropped Damm with a right hand, but refused to go to the ground and instead worked on his legs with kicks.
This wasn't exactly a dazzling tussle, as the Dagestani used Damm as a punching bag for the majority of the second round. Damm couldn't get anything together, and he looked puzzled without even letting his hands go. The Brazilian tried to close the distance towards the end of the round, despite getting tagged repeatedly.
Damm's corner tried to rally him going into the third round, however, "Highlander" was just too much to handle. Magomedov kept landing his kicks over and over again, making the Brazilian look anything but prepared for him.
In a lightweight contest, hometown fighter Elias Silverio got the better of Ernest Chavez, keeping his undefeated streak in tact with a third-round submission.
Both lightweights were content standing in front of each other and swinging, with neither combatant severely hurt in the opening round. Chavez stalked Silverio for a little while, until talking a shot to the groin. When the action resumed, the Brazilian hit his opponent with some solid knees to the body until Chavez locked him up against the fence.
The kickboxing match continued in the second round, as Silverio was troubling "EJ" on the feet. "Xuxu" was too big and powerful for Chavez to have his way with him, stuffing takedowns and forcing Chavez to stand with him. The Brazilian was technically sound on the feet, disallowing Chavez to catch him with something significant. Silverio hurt Chavez badly with knees at the end of the round, but "EJ" survived.
In the third round, Chavez definitely went for it, but he was slowed down by another groin strike. As he tried to mount some offense, Silverio was landing a significant amount of strikes and stuffing more takedowns in the process. Silverio then took Chavez down, immediately securing the rear-naked choke for the win.
UFC veteran Paulo Thiago suffered his sixth defeat in his past eight fights, losing a unanimous decision to Gasan Umalatov.
Umalatov took advantage of the Brazilian's hesitancy in the beginning of the fight and drilled him with kicks, backing up Thiago and mixed up his strikes. "Cobra" used his power to keep Thiago up against the fence, but the referee had seen enough inactivity to break them apart. Thiago couldn't quite land a takedown, gifting Umalatov with a D'arce choke attempt, but the Brazilian survived and was put back on the cage.
The Russian hurt Thiago badly in the second round, stunning him with a combination and then tossed the Brazilian onto the mat with ease. Thiago's best moment of the fight took place in the closing stages of the round, securing a takedown and proceeded to pummel "Cobra" with his fists.
In the third round, Thiago wasn't too successful in neutralizing his opponent's strikes, ignoring his corner's pleas to take the fight to the ground. Umalatov really opened up in the last five minutes, throwing with bad intentions and attacked the body, too.
The first fight on the FS1 broadcast was a highly entertaining slugfest, as Kevin Souza defeated Mark Eddiva via technical knockout.
Both fighters were light on their feet to commence the first round, eating their fair share of counters from each other. After a couple of good strikes landed by Souza, he was dropped by Eddiva, who worked his ground-and-pound and fought off submission attempts from the Brazilian. Souza made his way back to his feet, utilizing his advantageous reach by clocking his 28-year-old adversary and dropped him as well. They finished the first round by trading punches, with the Brazilian crowd behind them.
The Team Lakay product mixed up his game by using kicks to the body right from the get-go in the second round, refusing to take down the Brazilian. Souza was on wobbly legs in the first round, but he maintained composure and fought more cautiously. Souza did let his hands go towards the end of the round, stringing together his combinations and putting Eddiva in danger. As the Brazilian pressured his opponent, referee Herb Dean stepped in and saved Eddiva from any more punishment. It was a fair stoppage, but definitely too early for the Dean doubters out there.
Appearing on TUF Brazil 3 while competing on Wanderlei Silva's team, Wagner Silva battled Ricardo Abreu, with the latter winning by rear-naked choke in the second round.
Abreu rocked his foe with a right hand early, chasing him down and looking for the finish. Silva wasn't avoiding a war, yet he was a little flat-footed and left openings for his opponent. "Demente" dropped his adversary again with a right hand, but "Wagnao" recovered well and kept his hands up while trading.
In the second round, Abreu stormed out of his corner and worked the clinch against the fence. After a wild exchange in the center, "Demente" dropped Silva, eventually taking his Brazilian counterpart's back and locked in the submission.
In a heavyweight battle featuring TUF Brazil 3 heavyweights, Marcos Rogerio de Lima made quick work of Richardson Moreira, flooring him with a straight right hand, as he caught him with the bomb while exiting the clinch. It took him only 20 seconds to knock his opponent out, which is the second fastest by a debuting heavyweight in UFC history.
Opening up the fight card on Fight Pass, Pedro Munhoz earned his first UFC victory after knocking out Matt Hobar in the first round.
There weren't any Octagon jitters for Hobar, who was content standing toe-to-toe against Munhoz, as the two engaged in a striking battle. The Brazilian decked his adversary with a monstrous head kick, followed by a left hand and a choke attempt. "The Crowbar" recovered, but "The Young Punisher" sealed his fate when he dropped him after landing another big shot, finishing him with ground-and-pound before referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in.
Here are the TUF Brazil 3 Finale "Prelims" quick results:
145 lbs.: Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez via submission (rear-naked choke) 4:21 | R3
170 lbs.: Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva via technical knockout 4:52 | R2
185 lbs.: Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva via submission (rear-naked choke) 1:06 | R2
205 lbs.: Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardson Moreira via knockout (punch) 0:26 | R1
145 lbs.: Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobar via technical knockout (strikes) 2:47 | R1
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