The world's pre-eminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion comes to Ginasio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlandia, Brazil, this Saturday night (Nov. 8, 2014) with another FOX Sports 1-televised special.
UFC Fight Night 56 will feature a main event between a pair of Top 20-ranked Light Heavyweight standouts in former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (22-9) against Ovince St. Preux (16-6), with the winner looking to get back into the mix in a shallow pool of 205-pound contenders.
Nipping at their heels was supposed to be the Flyweight co-main event that had John Lineker (24-7) trying to make it six out of his last seven against dangerous veteran Ian McCall (13-4-1), who hasn't lost in 21 months and is looking to take his streak to three in a row. But, that 125-pound showdown went up in smoke in the last 24 hours (read why here).
All that and much, much more.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 56 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" match online, which is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised main card, which is slated to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Many of our readers check-in before, during and after the televised action to share their thoughts on all the exciting action. Therefore, feel free to leave a comment (or 56) before you leave and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show -- it always turns out to be a great discussion.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after "Shogun vs. St-Preux."
Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 56 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 56 QUICK RESULTS:
205 lbs.: Ovince St. Preux def. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via TKO (strikes) at 0:34 of Rd. 1
145 lbs.: Ian McCall vs. John Lineker -- CANCELLED
170 lbs.: Warlley Alves DEF. Alan Jouban via decision (unanimous) 29-28 x3
170 lbs.: Dhiego Lima def. Jorge Oliveira via decision (unanimous) 30-27 x3
170 lbs.: Cláudio Silva def. Leon Edwards -- via decision (split) 29-28 x2, 28-29
115 lbs.: Juliana Lima def. Nina Ansaroff via decision (unanimous) 29-28 x3
145 lbs.: Diego Rivas def. Rodolfo Rubio via decision (unanimous) 30-27 x3
185 lbs.: Caio Magalhães def. Trevor Smith via TKO (strikes) at 0:31 of Rd. 1
155 lbs.: Leandro Silva def. Charlie Brenneman via submission (RNC) at 4:15 of Rd. 1
135 lbs.: Thomas Almeida def. Tim Gorman via decision (unanimous) 30-27 x2, 29-28
170 lbs.: Colby Covington def. Wagner Silva via submission (RNC) at 3:26 of Rd. 3
UFC Fight Night 56 MAIN CARD PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS (FOX Sports 1):
205 lbs.: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Ovince St. Preux
Round one: OSP in red, Shogun in white, Yamasaki the ref. Body kick from OSP. Head kick gets blocked. Rua lands a nice leg kick. Shogun lunges forward and eats an enormous counter left as he's leaning too far forward. St. Preux pounces on him and pounds him out with repeated lefts!
Final result: Ovince St. Preux defeats Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via TKO (strikes) at 0:34 of round 1
170 lbs.: Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban
Round one: Alves in black, Jouban in red, Peterson the ref. Alves coming out storming. He's throwing with heat and bullies Jouban to the canvas. He's punching down and eventually goes for an arm-in guillotine. Straight guillotine now. He bails on it and Jouban gets up standing. Jouban shakes his head and looks to keep up standing. Alves leaning Jouban up against the cage. They're not doing anything here with Alves wall and stalling. Finally, Alves steps back to swing, but he misses and eats a Jouban left. Elbow from the American. Finally we're back standing. Alves at a much more... measured pace right now. Right hook from Alves. Left and a kick from Jouban. Jouban now backing up Alves. Short elbow from Alan. Head kick from Jouban that he digests. Left lands during a flurry from Jouban. Nice liver kick from Alan hurts Alves and he's backing away.
10-9 Jouban in a close round
Round two: Right from Alves. Body kick from Jouban that Alves uses to catch and dump Jouban down. Rubber guard and Jouban taking the free short shots that Alves' head placement gives him. Gogoplata attempt, but Jouban gives it up. Half guard. Stalled position with nothing happening now. Jouban composes himself, stands and breaks. Jouban with some head kicks that don't land clean. Knee from Jouban. Right from Alves. Leg kick, too. Nice flurry from Jouban and a left a few seconds later. Alves with a right. Body punch backs up Alves, but Jouban lets him recover. Eye poke and Alves is blinking. He gets the pause. Nothing after the restart.
Round three: Alves trying to come out big here, but Jouban evades it. Nut shot from Jouban. They restart and both men are flurrying. Jouban got in a knee, but Alves landed a right. Jouban with a knee and a kick to the liver. Uppercut from Alves. Straight left to the body lands for Jouban. Alves with a solid right. Jouban gets in a left as both men fire away. Short hook from Alves. 1-2 hits Alves' face. Left hand hurts Alves a bit and he's complaining about another eye poke that no one seemed to see, including me. Jouban pouring it on now. Jouban backing down Alves. Right from Alves. Jouban with three punches and a leg kick. Straight left. Another one. Four punches in a row from Jouban, but not enough power to take out the Brazilian. Alves hitting four for every one of Alves.
Final result: Warlley Alves defeats Alan Jouban via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Cláudio Silva vs. Leon Edwards
Round one: Silva in green, Edwards in black, Yamasaki the ref. Edwards with a jump knee that Silva catches and uses to dump him to the ground. Half guard. Silva trying for an arm triangle, but he's on the wrong side. He gives it up to GNP Edwards. Edwards misses a side kick to the face. Silva with a left. Right from Silva and he tries for a takedown. He sort of gets it, but Edwards muscles it into a reversal on the way down. Half guard. Some GNP here, but Silva is working to the cage and gets up to his feet. BIG left hook as Silva was coming in that staggers him. Silva with a clipping overhand left.
Round two: Edwards with a counter right, and then gets caught in the pills low. Solid low kick from Silva. Nice jab from Edwards and that big left again. Silva's kick gets caught, but he scrambles free. They both land jabs. Edwards stuffs a takedown and Silva gets a warning for shorts grabbing. Overhand left from Edwards counters a body kick. Another left off a kick floors Silva this time, but Edwards lets him up. Another left. A right this time. Head kick. Silva is leaking. Takedown attempt stuffed. Silva gets in some body knees and finally gets a takedown right into the mount. Silva flailing on Edwards here. Edwards gives up the back to defend the rear naked, and defend he does.
Round three: Silva immediately nails a takedown and is in half guard in center cage. Side control. Nearly gets mount, but gives up and gets back to side. Silva with knees to the side. Leon regains half. Silva mounts. Half of the round left. GNP. Edwards rolls to the back. Silva pounding and threatens an arm triangle. Here's another arm triangle attempt that looks a bit better, but Edwards uses it to roll him on top! Full guard. Triangle attempt that Edwards gets out of and he backs away. Silva running away, thinking he won the first I guess? Nice right from Edwards at the end.
Final result: Claudio Silva defeats Leon Edwards via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Dhiego Lima vs. Jorge Oliveira
Round one: Lima in black, Oliveira in white, ref is Cardoso. Lima with an inside leg kick and Jorge whiffs on a pair of his own. They both miss right hands. Jab from Lima. Another. And a third. Once more. Nice outside leg kick from Oliveira. Jorge gets wobbled a bit by a shot from Oliveira and Lima immediately clinches. Jorge stuffs the takedown for a while, but finally gets it and he's in side control. "Blade" tries to roll out with an underhook, but Dhiego maintains top. Half guard and some elbows. Steps over into mount as Oliveira tried to create space. Big punch down and threatens an arm triangle. He gets in a much better position for the arm triangle, but gives it up as Oliveira grabs his own knee for leverage to end the hold. He tries for a rear naked, but Oliveira breaks out. Lima throws and lands a blatantly illegal knee near the end of the round that pauses the action. Warning from Cardoso.
Round two: Couple of jabs from Lima. Lima immediately powers ahead into a takedown and gets it. Quarter guard. Mount. Lima showering Oliveira with punches. Jorge punching off his back and manages to escape briefly as Lima got a bit high. He's back in mount and has Oliveira's arm trapped. Free punches from Lima. Jorge gets his arm free, but Lima is still in mount and landing tons of punches here. Oliveira is game and not giving up, but he's getting smushed here. Oliveira escapes mount, but he's eating shot after shot. He gives up the back, and Lima goes for the RNC. It looks sunk in, but Oliveira manages to peel a hand off and he's alive. RNC again, but nope, Jorge is out of it and they're standing. Oliveira is swinging haymakers and clips Lima briefly, but Lima recovers, gets another takedown and ends the round in mount, punching down.
Round three: Nice right from Lima. A clothesline from Lima takes down Oliveira and he's in side control. Elbows. Jorge turns in and gets a single leg attempt that he uses to stand. Lima stays right on him, can't get the takedown and steps away. Liver kick from Lima. They're both tired here, but the Lime has at least two rounds in the books while Olive has to get the finish here halfway through the last round. Uppercut from Olive. There's a right, too. Lime double jabs and powers into another takedown. Lima in half guard, postured and hitting uncontested elbows. Lima tries to take the back, but got too high and Jorge slipped out the backdoor. 50 seconds left. as Oliveira misses an axe kick. Double leg. Takedown. Side mount. Lima still pounding away here. Double ax-handle chop, Sakuraba style.
Final result: Dhiego Lima defeats Jorge Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
115 lbs.: Juliana Lima vs. Nina Ansaroff
Round one: Ansaroff in pink, Lima in black, Peterson the ref. Ansaroff takes center cage. Lima with two leg kicks to open. Ansaroff punches into a clinch up against the cage. Lima gets a Thai clinch and in her haste to get out of it, Ansaroff stumbles and falls. Lima on top in full guard. Lima with some punches, postures and gets pushed off briefly, but dives back in. Ansaroff gets rubber guard and nearly gets a triangle attempt out of it. Lima gets kicked off, which allows Nina to stand. Lima lands a nice knee as Ansaroff stands. Clinch. Lima ducks down into a guillotine, and Ansaroff jumps guard, but Lima manages to pull out of it. More punches before Ansaroff regains some posture control. Lima stands and throws the legs to the side briefly, but Ansaroff manages to hold quarter guard before regaining full. Whoops, Ansaroff hits an illegal upkick... that doesn't really look like anything from the replay angle they showed, but we get a pause with just a few seconds left.
Round two: Lima dives for a single, finishes it with a double and we're back in full guard here. Lima doing nothing here. Ansaroff throws her hips up for an armbar that Lima manages to avoid. Heel hook from Lima in 50/50 guard, but she can't get it and we're paused here. Lima finally uses the threat to get a bit of leverage and to jump back into guard. Peterson taking a close look here, but letting it go for a while. Finally a standup. Ansaroff with a spinning backfist into spinning kick combo that does nothing. There's a spinning back kick that hits Lima's liver.
Round three: They trade low and body kicks for a bit. Spinning liver kick again from Ansaroff. Lima partially catches it and tries to take down Ansaroff down, but is unsuccessful. They're stalled against the fencing. Lima gets in a nice body knee. Ansaroff eats some Browne elbows. Stalled against the cage again and finally a ref break with 1:50 to go. Lima's spinning backfist attempt hits air. Nina stuffs a takedown and gets in a kick. Right hand from Ansaroff and a knee from Lima. Spinning back kick to the midsection from Ansaroff again. They clinch and Lima gets in a nice knee.
Final result: Juliana Lina defeats Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night 56 UNDER CARD "PRELIMS" PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS (FOX SPORTS 2):
145 lbs.: Diego Rivas vs. Rodolfo Rubio
Round one: Rivas in blue, Rubio in red, Yamasaki the ref. Rubio with a flying knee attempt that fails miserably as he's now on bottom with full guard. Rubio scrambling well, limiting what Rivas can do. Rivas postures back for a second and Rubio pops up into an immediate right hand. Rubio tries a step in knee, but Rivas sidesteps and lands a right. Rubio grabs a body lock, scrambles to the back and takes him down. Rivas rotates and now has full guard. Rivas with a triangle attempt that draws a scramble, but Rubio rolls well and takes the back. The hooks are loose, however, and Rivas spins into him - he's on top now. Rivas postures a bit and lands a series of big right hammerfists before Rubio can slither away. Still full guard here. Elbows as the round ends.
Round two: Rivas whiffs on a head kick. Gets in a right, though. Rubio with a combination, but lands on arms and shoulders. Rivas gets in a solid left. A minute or so of nothing landing until Rivas hits a left and a takedown into half. Not much happening here on the ground, either. Finally a pass to side. Nothing much. Rivas tries for mount and Rubio uses that to sweep him into half. Armbar attempt from bottom the Rubio avoids. Side control and some knees. Rubio mounts. Back mount. Rivas escapes and he's on top in side.
Round three: Well, this has been thoroughly unexciting so far. Looking and missing from both men. Finally a clinch at 1:15 and Rubio turns that into a single-leg attempt. Whatever's happening on the cage isn't much here. Finally, Rubio turns onto the back of Rivas, drags him down and has mount. Rivas keeps exploiting Rubio's awful control by giving up the back and then rolling on top of Rubio. Rivas in mount now with some punches. Rubio escapes. Rivas punches back down into the mount, but Rubio uses the cage to flip this time and they're both standing. Rubio moves forward into a single that he gets, but again, Rivas reverses him and he's on top.
Final result: Diego Rivas defeats Rodolfo Rubio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
185 lbs.: Caio Magalhães vs. Trevor Smith
Round one: Caio in black & white, Smith in red, Peterson the ref. Wow. That was short, sweet and painful. A left, huge knee and some hammerfists are all it takes for Ciao to end the fight. Some of those shots hit the back of the head, but well... whatever, I guess?
Final result: Ciao Magalhaes defeats Trevor Smith via TKO (strikes) at 0:31 of round 1
155 lbs.: Leandro Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
Round one: Brenneman in blue, Silva in orange, ref is Wernie Cardoso. Leg kick from Charlie and Silva gets in a counter right. Silva sprawls out of a double. Charlie complete's a single leg nicely. Full guard. Short elbows from Charles. Half as Silva shrimps to the cage. Silva turns into him with an underhook and he's up standing. Silva outmuscles Brenneman as he tries for a takedown and now the Brazilian is on top in half. Charlie shrimps out of that and is back standing. "Spaniard" gets him down, Silva gets back up. Back down. Back up. Silva on top now. He takes the back of Silva and has a nice RNC in. Brenneman taps in short order.
Final result: Leandro Silva defeats Charlie Brenneman via submission (RNC) at 4:15 of round 1
135 lbs.: Thomas Almeida vs. Tim Gorman
Round one: Almeida comes in as the hotshot prospect here, so let's see how he fares. Gorman in red, Almeida in white and the ref is Mario Yamasaki. Gorman with the immediate overhand into a takedown attempt that he nails. Almeida trying for a ninja choke, but Gorman pops out. Almeida scrambles and stands, but Gorman is on him like a wet glove and down goes Almeida again. Ninja attempt again, and again it fails. Almeida tries to scramble, but Gorman takes the back and Almeida now has a Gorman sized backpack. Gorman going hard for the RNC, but can't get it. Body triangle to stay on, but he eventually gives up. They're free and Thomas lands a sweet standing elbow. Almeida throwing and lands a nice elbow again. Gorman with a left and a clipping overhand. Gorman with a nice jab. Almeida gets in a sweet liver punch. Jabs from both men. Almeida stuffs a takedown. Uppercut from Almeida and he stuffs another takedown attempt. Gorman still game and trying here. Eats a knee. More flurrying. Another knee! Gorman getting lit up, but he's a tough farmboy and hits a blast double. Almeida, however, stands immediately and continues unloading on the Iowan. Gorman trying to fight back, but he's getting overwhelmed here standing.
Round two: Front kick from Almeida and a lunging straight from Gorman are how we open the second round. Almeida slips a jab and hits a nice body punch. Gorman with a 1-2, but Almeida comes back with a left followed by an elbow from the right. 1-2-knee from Almeida all land. Body-head. Gorman's jab has been effective, but everything else standing has been all Almeida. They trade rights. Jab from Gorman again. Another. Jump knee from Almeida and a nice left. Painful inside leg kick lands on the American. They're doubling up on techniques here so Tim eats another one. Leg kick, knee, knee, stuffed takedown attempt. Wow, this Almeida kid looks like he might live up to the hype. Liver shot. 2-3 from Almeida knocks out the mouthpiece of Gorman and we've got a brief stoppage. Gorman fires back with the same combo. Two leg kicks from the shorter man as well. Almeida loves that liver punch. Gorman working hard for a takedown here, but he does nothing with it.
Round three: I like Gorman's basic, but effective boxing, but he can't keep this standing against such a dynamic striker like Almeida. Gorman with two lefts and he's firing away, aware he's probably losing. Gorman is very aggressive here and gets some nice shots in. Right from Almeida lands. Uppercut gets in during a combo. Straight right, too. Elbow. Gorman finally gets in some offense with a nice left hook. Counter right from Almeida. Almeida chasing Gorman here. Pair of rights from Almeida and Gorman is a bit wobbly here. Left hand lands and the takedown from Tim does not. Gorman mostly on his bike here, not sitting down and throwing at all to set up a takedown. Two minutes left. Gorman gets in a 1-2. Almeida lands an uppercut to the chest. Almeida chasing down Gorman who has a last single-leg attempt in him.
Final result: Thomas Almeida defeats Tim Gorman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night 56 UNDER CARD "PRELIMS" PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS (FIGHT PASS):
170 lbs.: Wagner Silva vs. Colby Covington
Round one: We're finally underway. Thanks for nothing, Creepy. Silva in white, Colby in black & white and Keith Peterson is the ref. Colby with a pair of headkicks to open. Body kick that gets return fire from Silva in the form of a left hand. Silva in center cage stalking Covington who's punching off the fence. Silva trying to swing heavy here, but missing. Colby with an outside leg kick and more circling. Jump front kick from Colby whiffs. Covington with a double-leg halfway through the round. Full guard. Pass to side. Back to half. Silva with a nice escape and a near reversal. Pair of body kicks from Silva to the left side of Colby. Takedown attempt from Colby. He's punching the Brazilian up against the fence before readjusting for the takedown and getting it. Nice elbow and that's it.
Round two: Silva chin checks Colby and the American decides he has no interest in that and shoots another double. After a few seconds against the fence, he slams Silva down into half guard. Slow get-up from Silva, who eats some knees as he rises. Covington with some grinding dirty boxing up against the cage until he hits Silva low with a knee and we have a break in the action. Silva with a punch and a takedown attempt that fails. Colby with a hard left that Silva eats. Silva fends off a takedown attempt. Blast double from Colby now that fails. Silva with some nice inside shots while Colby fights for the takedown still. Peterson calls for action so Colby throws three knees.
Round three: Silva lands a nice left, which leads to the predictable takedown attempt. Silva with some Browne-ian Hellbows, but Colby is unfazed and bodyslams Silva away from the cage. Half guard and some GNP. Full, nope, Silva didn't get it. Silva attempting a butterfly sweep, but Covington is too heavy on top. Silva just swallowing a lot of nice lefts here. BTW, it's 90 degrees and not air conditioned in this arena. I've heard of some stupid decisions, but holding a mixed martial arts contest in a sauna is way up there. Silva tries desperately to get out of his awful predicament with a roll to start a scramble, but Covington gets the back, sinks in the rear naked and flattens Silva out. There's the tap.
Final result: Colby Covington defeats Wagner Silva via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:26 of round 3