Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to its exclusive online home, Fight Pass, this Saturday night (Sept. 13, 2014) with an international event that features a Heavyweight headliner between familiar foes Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski, in a rematch from their Strikeforce: "Heavy Artillery" days back in 2010.
The UFC Fight Night 51 action, which will take place inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil, will begin at 5:45 p.m. ET with a five-fight "Prelims" broadcast that will air live on Fight Pass, before moving on to the remainder of main card match ups (six), also on Fight Pass.
In addition to the headliner, Lightweight standouts Gleison Tibau and Piotr Hallman will collide in a match of 155-pound relevancy, while surprise winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2: "Brazil," Leonardo Santos, welcomes Efrain Escudero back to the Octagon after a two-year hiatus.
All that and much, much more.
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 51 QUICK RESULTS:
Andrei Arlovski def. Antonio Silva via knockout at 2:59 of round 1
Gleison Tibau def. Piotr Hallmann via split decision
Leonardo Santos def Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28 X3)
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Wendell Oliveira via knockout at 1:21 of round one
Iuri Alcantara def. Russell Doane via unanimous decision (29-28 X3)
Jessica Andrade def. Larissa Moreira Pacheco via submission (guillotine) at 4:33 of round one
Godofredo Pepey def. Dashon Johnson via submission (armbar) a 4.29 of round one
George Sullivan def. Igor Araujo via knockout at 2:31 of round two
Fracisco Trinaldo def. Leandro Silva via unanimous decision
Sean Spencer def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision
Rani Yahya def. Johnny Bedford via submission (kimura) at 2:04 of round two
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 51 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
265 lbs.: Antonio Silva vs. Andrei Arlovski
Round one: Not much of a size difference, height wise. Silva with a very low stance, Arlovski goes in with a body shot. Two-punch combo misses from Arlovski. Nice right hand sneaks through and clips Silva. Front kick misses for Silva. Inside leg kick for Silva. Arlovski not shy in letting his fists fly tonight. Silva, on the other hand, very tentative. Arlovski with a clean body shot. In and out goes Arlovski. Silva lands a body kick, then a low kick. jab from "The Pitbull." In goes Arlovski with a combo,but Silva responds with a right. Arlovski drops Bigfoot with a right hand! He goes in for the finish and he drops the hammers on "Bigfoot." And it is all over, as Arlovski knocks him out cold after five devastating hammer fists!!! WOW. What a finish, as promised.
Final result: Andrei Arlovski def. Antonio Silva via knockout at 2:59 of round 1
155 lbs.: Piotr Hallmann vs. Gleison Tibau
Round one: Hallman looks to start early. Tibau lands a kick to the body and he comes in strong. BIG right hand stuns Hallman, and another. Hallman in trouble. He's recovered and Tibau takes him down. Tibau with another kick to the body. Hallman comes in with a knee to the stomach and follows it up with a strong body kick to the belly of the Brazilian. Tibau slows down a bit. Hallman continues to push forward as Tibau goes in for a takedown, to no avail. Hallam lands another kick to the body, as Tibau grabs a hold of him and pushed him against the cage. Tibau goes in for a strong double leg takedown and slams his foe to the ground. Hallman, however, gets back up rather quickly. Hallman continues to target the body as Tibau continues to step backwards. Tibau lands a looping right hook, but Hallman absorbs it. Very intriguing and close round. Tough one to call, but I'd give it to Tibau.
Round two: Hallman sticking to his body kicks and Tibau lands a spinning backfist that clips Hallman. Tibau goes in and lands another takedown. Back to the feet they go, Hallman breathing heavy as he pushed the Brazilian bomber up against the cage. Yamasaki separates them and they meet in the center of the Octagon. Action slowed a bit. Right hand connects with a right hand as Hallman misses with his attempt. In the clinch. Struggle for position up against the cage. Ive counted at least five reversals of position. Tibau fakes a takedown, backs off. Hallman with another body kick. Low kick from Tibau. Tibau looksto score a takedown, but Hallman showing off his defense. Tibau tries another spinning backfist, but catches air. Very, very close round, Giving that one to Tibau, just barely.
Round three: Tibau in for a takedown, he lands it but Hallman back to the feet. They battle once more against the cage. Both men now brathing heavy. Another spinning backfist attempt from Tibau, but it was telegraphed from three miles away. Hallman lands a clean knee that cuts Tibau open. Out comes the blood. Hallman sees it, and he picks up the intensity. Yamasaki stops the action so a doc can check out the Brazilian's cut. Very inconvenient for Hallman, as he was right in the middle of landing some more knees. Bad timing, Yamasaki. Mauy thai clinch for Hallman. They separate. High kick from Hallman, but has nothing behind it, as he is clearly exhausted. Tibaur goes in for a double and gets a few clean elbows to the head from Hallman. Nice round for Hallman, but not enough to get him the win.
Final result: Gleison Tibau def. Piotr Hallmann via split decision
155 lbs.: Efrain Escudero vs. Leonardo Santos
Round one: Santos earns cool points for walking out to the PRIDE FC theme song. Santos catches air on his first few strikes. Escudero catches a leg kick, lets it go. Nice low leg kick form Escudero. Escudero letting his fists fly early and often. In the clinch, Santos clearly the stronger man. Santos sneaks in an uppercut as he pushes Escudero against the cage. Santos lands a takedown and gets side control. Santos with some knees to his foes ribcage. looking to mount, but Efrain with some good defense. Santos in half guard, slowly working his way to his submission attack. Nice body shots from Santos and a few elbows to the face for good measure. Santos nearly takes Escudero's back. Santos not giving up position as he eyes a rear-naked choke. Santos continues to soften up Escudero, who has been relegated to defense mode the entire round. Santos sinks in the hooks, but not enough time to sink in a submission. Santos easily takes round one.
Round two: Escudero lands a nice low kick and a two-punch combo to open up the second round. Knee to the body connects for Santos. Left hook lands for Santos, but Escudero trying to be the bully, as he walks Santos down, but can't land a clean shot. Escudero ducks under and lands a good right hook. Crowd getting a bit restless. Knee to the body from Effy. Santos looks winded. Escudero clips Santos with a huge overhand right that drops Santos! Escudero tries to go in for the finish, but paces himself and lets Santos back up. He may not be recovered. Jab, jab from Escudero, he looks a bit more comfortable. Effy is finding his range, as he stuffs a takedown attempt from Santos. Both men look tired. Uppercut lands for Santos. Escudero takes round two.
Round three: Going into round three tied at one round a piece. Escudero comes out with a nice jab. Front kick counter from Santos. Escudero continues to be the aggressor. Though the smaller man, he's managed to get in and connect with his strikes has Escudero. Right hand connects for Effy. Santos yet to offer up any offense in the final frame. Lazy upkick from Santos. High kick misses from the Brazilian, but he shoots in and lands a takedown. not good for Effy, as he now has a heavy man on top of him. Santos mounts, as Effy hangs on. Santos looks to take his back. Efrain rolls out of danger. Santos sinks in the hooks, as both men look up at the clock. Santos sinks in a rear-naked choke, but Efrain quickly escapes out of it. Escudero has to make it happen now, if he wants to pick up the "W." Santos looking for the submission one more time, Escudero gives a thumbs up. Round comes to an end, and Santos steals it by maintaining control on the ground.
Final result: Leonardo Santos def Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28 X3)
170 lbs.: Wendell Oliveira vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Round one: Ponzi comes out aggressive and eats a right hand from Oliveria. Overhand right from Ponzi. Oliveria lands a two-punch combination. Oliveira has some power shots. Nice leg kick form Oliveira. Ponzi pushes forward. Ponzi has to be careful, Oliveria is throwing bombs. Ponzi lands a nice shot that rocks Oliveira. He's wobbly and Ponzinibbia goes in and lands six clean shots that put Oliveria out! WOW! It all started with a clean left hook. Wow.
Final result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Wendell Oliveira via knockout at 1:21 of round one
135 lbs.: Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane
Round one:They touch gloves. Alcantara lands a body kick. They are swinging! The fight goes to the mat, as Alcantara lands a takedown. He takes his back. He has both hooks in as he looks for the rear-naked choke. Looks like he has it. Its tight. Doane is turning red, but he gets out. Alacantara still has his back as he tries to soften up his foe with some strikes. Doane explodes out and he gets top position. Alacantara tries to grab a hold of a leg lock, but Doane escapes. Doane in Alcantara's guard, he postures up and lands a HUGE right hand. He postures up again. Alcanatrae looked to sneak in a triangle but eats another left hand for his troubles. Alcantara gets it back to standing position, and the ref stops the action as Alcantara lands a low knee to the groin. No point taken, just a warning. He laso got away with a fence grab a few minutes ago. Alcantara lands a front kick, Doane changes levels and lands a single leg. Alcantara looks for the Kimura as the round comes to an end. Close round, the ref warns Alcantara once again for the low blow. Have to give the round to Alcantara.
Round two: Alcantara finds succes with his kicks to the body. He lands a clean right hand. Doane lands a takedown. Alcantara staying busy on his back. Doane looking tp pass the guard. Alcantara has an Omoplata, but Doane escapes. Nice elbow from Alcantara, who eats one of his own, as Doane refuses to give up his top position. Doane eats a back fist. He may be on his back, but Alcantara is staying busy. Doane lands a nice right hand, but the ref stands them up. Okay? Alcantara appreciates that. because he starts unleashing the striking attack as he lands a huge left hand, but Doane goes in and lands a takedown. Smart move. Doane content to stay on top as round two comes to an end. Very exciting scrap. Doane may have stole that round for maintaining top position for the majority.
Round three: They hug it out to begin the round. Doane looks for an early takedown, but Alcantara counters with one of his own. They are back to the feet, as Doane is warned by the ref to watch his knees. Doane lands another takedown, which draws some serious boos from the Brazilian crowd. Alcantara back up to his feet, but can't escape Doane's front headlock, He switches it to a d'arce choke attempt. Alcantara staying calm, those he isn't in the best of positions. Doane lets it go and Alcantara powers through and reverses position. Looking for a kimura. Doane clearly the better wrestler, as he finds himself on top position once again. The restless crowd is booing once again, as Doane is more than happy to let the fight end on the mat. Alcantara burts out and takes Doane down. He now proceeds rain down some punches as the round comes to an end. Very entertaining and close bantamweight fight. Interring to see who the judges will give it to you. I have Doane winning, but judges may say otherwise.
Final result: Iuri Alcantara def. Russell Doane via unanimous decision (29-28 X3)
135 lbs.: Jessica Andrade vs. Larissa Moreira Pacheco
Round one: Sorry for the delay, technical difficulties: Action in progress -- Andrade lands a takedown. She's looking for a d'arce choke. Pacheco with an upkick. Andrade in side control, piling on the points as Pacheco can't seem to get back to the feet. Andrade looking for an arm-in guillotine. She gets it, it's tight and Pacheco taps!!!! Andrade hands Pacheco her first loss. Impressive.
Final result: Jessica Andrade def. Larissa Moreira Pacheco via submission (guillotine) at 4:33 of round one
155 lbs.: Dashon Johnson vs. Godofredo Pepey
Round one: Johnson opens up with an outside leg kick. Pepey catches nothing but air on a spinning kick attempt. Johnson bulls in, but Pepey sidesteps and avoids the blitz. Pepey with an overhand right. Johnson shoots in and presses Pepey against the cage, but can't do anything with it. Johnson ducks under another spinning kick attempt from Pepey. Johnson lands a clean right, doesn't faze Pepey. Both men showing patience. Pepey shoots in recklessly and Johnson takes him down. Johnson picks up Pepey and slams him, but Pepey gets an armbar. He has it. Johnson tries to fight through. Pepey get a triangle and lands some elbows. He ends up in top position and he gets another armbar from the triangle position and forces Johnson to tap. WOW! That was a sweet finishing move by Pepey.
Final result: Godofredo Pepey def. Dashon Johnson via submission (armbar) a 4.29 pf round one
170 lbs.: Igor Araujo vs. George Sullivan
Round one: Araujo doubles up on his head kicks, neither land. Inside leg kick good for Sullivan. Front kick missed from Araujo. Sullivan shoots in and lands a takedown. Araujo powers back up and gets it to the feet. Sullivan lands a takedown of his own. Back to the feet they go and Sullivan gets another takedown. Araujo grabs a hold of an arm and looks for an armbar. Sullivan escapes and begins to unleash some haymakers from top position. Araujo tries to sweep, but no success, as he continues to eat punches in bunches. and they're not baby taps, either, those have some force behind them. Araujo manages to get back to standing position. He looks for a takedown of his own, but Sullivan ends up on top once again as they hit the mat. Araujo gets a sweep and reverses position, temporarily. Araujo looking for a leglock, but Sullivan escapes and continues to bring the heat with his ground-and-pound as the round comes to an end. Sullivan clearly takes the first.
Round two: Araujo starts round two with a spinning kick that catches nothing but air. Sullivan utilizing his superior striking as Araujo pushes him up against the cage and proceeds to take him down. Sullivan quick to get back to his feet. While in the clinch, Sullivan continues to land some clean, powerful strikes. Not sure how many more Araujo can keep eating. Sullivan uses his strength to get into Araujo's guard. Sullivan continues to rain down the thunder and BOOM, he lands a clean right from the top that knocks the Brazilian clean out! WOW!
Final result: George Sullivan def. Igor Araujo via knockout at 2:31 of round two
155 lbs.: Leonardo Silva vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round one: Trinaldo lads an inside leg kick. Silva lands a right hand. Trinaldo looks to press forward. Silva lands a takedown after Trinaldo misses with a right hand. They battle on the ground. Trinaldo manages to get it back to the feet and presses Silva back up against the cage. Not much action for the first half of the round, and Yamasaki agrees, as he separates the two men. Trinaldo whiffs on a right as he eats a left hand. Nice inside leg kick by Silva. Trinaldo lands a huge head kick, but Silva absorbs it. The clinch again against the cage. And they stay there, much to the disappointment of the crowd. They end up on the floor as Trinaldo lands some ground-and pound as the horn sounds. Tough round to call. I'm giving it to Silva.
Round two: Trinaldo comes out the aggressor but ends up getting taken down.Right back to their feet, and Trinaldo eats an elbow to the head followed by a knee to the stomach. They end up on the ground and Silva takes Trinaldo's back. He sinks in both hooks. Trinaldo defending the rear-naked choke attempt. Silva sinks it in. He as time to work, He flattens Trinaldo. Trinaldo is hanging tough, and Silva lets it go. He still has the same position, though, as he looks to sink it one more time. Trinaldo muscles through ad he escapes and reverses control. He unloads some ground and pound. They gt back to their feet and Silva immediate lands another takedown. a frustrated Trinaldo has no answer for the takedowns as the round comes to an end. Silva up two.
Round three: Down two rounds, Trinaldo comes out aggressive. Silva starts to taunt his foe as Trinaldo pushes forward with some strikes. Nice jab work from Silva. Trinaldo landa nice leg kick that buckles Silva, as he shoots in for a takedown, this time it's stuffed. Trinaldo looking for a guillotine as Silva turns it into another takedown. Trinaldo has Silva's arm trapped. Silva escapes. Back to standing position they go. Trinaldo clips Silva with a HUGE left hand, he goes in to launch some more offense but Silva hangs tough. Trinaldo lands some knees and he eats two clean punches to the mouth. Silva goes for a guillotine choke after her stuffs a takedown, and he ends up on his back with Trinaldo in his gaurd. Nice round for Trinaldo, but he needs to pull something out of nowhere if he wants to get the win as time winds down. He lands some elbows to the head, but it won't be enough. Trinaldo wins the round, but unlikely to win the fight.
Final result: Francisco Trinaldo def. Leandro Silva via unanimous decision (29-28 X3).
170 lbs.: Sean Spencer vs. Paulo Thiago
Round one: Spencer blasts Thiago with a right hand in the opening seconds and drops him! He goes in for the finish, but Thiago fights through and gets the fight back to the feet. That was close. A battle for position against the cage ad Thiago looks for a takedown. Spencer looking for a takedown of his own, and they break. Spencer pushing forward and clips Thiago with two straight rights. Thiago gets the takedown, but Spencer quickly reverses and ends up in half guard. Thiago obviously having trouble with Spencer's strength. Spencer raining down some elbows from top position. Thiago trying his best to get it back up, but Spencer is too strong, as he continues to deliver some elbows. Back to the feet. Nice left hook lands for Spencer. Thiago whiffs on an uppercut. They exchange shots in the enter of the cage as the first round ends. Dominant round by Spencer.
Round two:Spencer doubles up on his jabs. Thiago lands a good two-punch combo. Spencer pushes forward and lands a HUGE right hand, but Thiago shakes it off before getting taken down. Spencer goes back to his elbows as Thiago muscles through and gets back to standing position. Thiago grabs a hold of a single leg. Spencer uses his strength to get into Thiago's guard and proceeds with some more ground-and-pound. Dominating. Thiago looks to sweep, but Spencer too quick for the technique. Thiago is now cut open and the blood is beginning to flow. Those elbows are taking their toll on the Brazilian, who isn't putting on the performance he'd like in his hometown. Spencer takes his back as he looks for a rear-naked choke. Thiago powers through, and in an awkward standup attempt, both men fall and Thiago ends up in Spencer's guard. He's got some work to do. Spencer looks to cage walk as the clocks winds down. Thiago not offering up much offense. Round comes to an end, another one on the books for Spencer.
Round three: Spencer comes out of the gate looking to keep up his pace. Thiago looks exhausted. Spencer misses on a winding right hand. Spencer takes a huge deep breath, though he;s the clear fresher fighter. Thiago shoots for a takedown, it's stuffed and Spencer takes him to the cage. Jab lands for Thiago. Spencer content with keeping the fight on the feet, as Thiago has nothing for him there, or on the ground, for that matter. High kick blocked by Thiago. Thiago starting to throw punches in bunches, but most of them catch Spencer's gloves. Spencer sticking to his jab, while Thiago looking to land a hail Mary. His punches have no power behind them, though. Spencer lands a left hand, as he eats a knee to the stomach. A minute left. Thiago letting his fists fly as the clock winds down, but nothing lands cleanly. Spencer should get the sweep here.
Final result: Sean Spencer def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision.
135 lbs.: Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Round one: Yayha comes out swinging and clips Bedford with a right hand. And toe-to-toe they go, exchanging punches. Bedford lands an illegal kick to a downed opponent right to the Brazilian's head. Bedford asks for a touch of gloves but Yayha goes in for a strike. Bad blood between these two. Yayha shoots for a takedown and he lands. Yayha sinks a guillotine, but Bedford hangs tough and escapes. Bedford now dropping some strikes from top position. Back to the feet they go and they immediately start exchanging strikes. Yayha shoots, stuffed by Bedford. He looks for a submission. Bedford in Yayha's guard as the clock ticks down. Very even round, have to give it to Yayha.
Round two: Yayha misses with a right hand. He pushes forward with a nice combo that knocks Bedford's mouth piece out. He shoots for the takedown again, but Bedford stuffs. Fighting for position on the ground and Bedford ends up in Yayha's guard. Nice sweep from Yayha to reverse position and he winds up on top. Yayha looking for a Kimura. He's cranking and he got it! Nice finishing win for Yayha, who may have snapped Bedford's shoulder.
Final result: Rani Yahya def. Johnny Bedford via submission (kimura) at 2:04 of round two.