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The Fourth of July weekend action started early ... and it simply doesn't stop.
UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" is live on pay-per-view (PPV) right now, and what better way to get prepped for the main card action by reading our "Prelims" results recap below?
There were several exciting fights on the FOX Sports 1 and Fight Pass broadcasts, as well as some lackluster affairs, too.
The action was fast and furious, with Faber going for a takedown early. Caceres got back up to his feet immediately, but he had to continue defending since "California Kid" had him up against the fence. Caceres was eventually put on his back after somersaulting away from Faber, yet found himself on his back. The former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion stayed heavy on top, and Caceres didn't look too worried while spending the majority of the round on the floor.
In the second round, Faber landed a serious right hand and followed up on the ground by taking Caceres down again. "Bruce Leeroy" recovered and made his way back up to his feet, decking Faber with a nice combination. Faber tripped Caceres again, and Caceres avoided giving the Californian his back. There was no letting up when it came to Faber's body locks, but Caceres did well in the clinch.
Faber's game plan was more or less obvious by the third frame, yet Caceres avoided the clinch despite doing well in the second round. Faber took down his foe again, and he was able to take Caceres' back in no time. Faber tapped his opponent, who should get credit for hanging in there.
Robertson was looking to bring "Marajo" to the mat, clinching him against the fence. The Illinois native secured the takedown, and kept busy by looking for a d'arce choke, as well as staying active with ground-and-pound. There wasn't much the Brazilian could have done with Robertson on top of him, as the 30 year-old-fighter simply smothered him for the entire first round.
Their striking exchanges were a little lackluster in the second round, with neither fighter willing to take a big risk. Robertson secured another takedown, scooping Alcantara up by his legs. Robertson almost secured a crucifix by using a neck crank, but Alcantara was having none of it and made his way back up to his feet. Robertson then landed another takedown, and mounted Alcantara. He started to pour on the punches, yet none of them were too damaging. Robertson went for a kimura, and when he couldn't lock it up, he simply elbowed his foe until the horn.
The American opted to stay on the feet while maintaining a slow pace, despite Alcantara suffering two groin strikes. Robertson kept connecting with his punches, landing a couple of solid right hands and opting to keep the action on the feet before the Brazilian landed a takedown. Robertson reversed the positioning, and coasted for his third UFC victory.
Santos kept coming forward against Camozzi, who kept his opponent at bay with kicks to the legs and body. Camozzi's slight reach advantage backed up Santos, but the Brazilian found his footing and landed a few good right hands. "Carioca" spent the latter half of the round by grinding Camozzi against the cage while looking for the takedown.
Camozzi ate a left hook at the beginning of the second round, and got dumped on his back immediately after. The Brazilian was dominant in top position, shifting into side control while maintaining his dominance. Camozzi was able to get back to his feet, but there wasn't much time left in the second round to do anything productive.
In the third round, Camozzi looked much better, clocking his counterpart with his right jab and connected with a number of left hooks. Santos landed another huge takedown, and Camozzi was warned for grabbing the top of the fence (he grabbed the middle of he fence, too). Camozzi protested to referee Mario Yamasaki that "Carioca" wasn't doing anything, yet he couldn't do anything to improve his case. Camozzi made it back on his feet, only to be put on his back once again.
Somehow, the judges felt it was a split decision for Santos, who did more than enough to warrant a clean sweep on the scorecards.
The first fight broadcast on FS1 featured George Roop vs. Rob Font, with the latter scoring a devastating knockout in his Octagon debut.
Both combatants were game to trade punches in the opening sequences, with Font looking to land some devastating blows. Roop's jab was looking good, despite being unsuccessful in trying to bring his foe down to the mat.
Out of absolutely nowhere, Font caught Roop's chin with a counter right hand, leaving his opponent stunned while still on his feet.
Font is 1-0 at 135 pounds, undefeated in his past 10 fights.
In the first round, Zachrich took advantage of Vasconselos' slow start by landing his punches, while the Brazilian remained hesitant for the first half. By the latter part of the round, "Bomba" started opening up, yet Zachrich stayed in front of him and worked his combinations.
It was much of the same in the second round, including the American landing plenty of leg kicks, too. Zachrich was very light on the feet for his lanky frame, bouncing from side-to-side while landing his punches accurately.
Zachrich tripped the former Shooto Brazil and Jungle Fight veteran in the third round, securing the only takedown of the fight. The former Bellator fighter kept his distance and stayed out of range in the third round, while throwing his jab perfectly, alongside going to the body often. Vasconselos was looking for the knockout blow, which didn't help his case in the fairly uneventful scrap.
Zachrich notches his first UFC victory, moving to 14-3 in his career.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 veteran dropped Bush seconds into their bout, and after staying heavy on top, Casey utilized his underrated ground game by drilling "The Fightin' Texas Aggie" with a series of cringeworthy elbows.
"King" moves to 9-3 in his career, winning for the fourth time in a row.
Here are the UFC 175 "Prelims" quick results below:
Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) R3 | 1:09
Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara via UD (30-26 x3)
Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi via SD (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Rob Font def. George Roop via KTFO (punch) at R1 | 2:19
Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Casey def. William Bush via TKO (elbows) at R1 I 1:01
That's a wrap.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 175 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.