Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to FOX Sports 1 this Saturday night (Nov. 21, 2015) with UFC Fight Night 78 from inside Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, featuring a mixed martial arts (MMA) card designed to appeal to local fans.
As a result, Kelvin Gastelum, Diego Sanchez, Henry Cejudo, Efrain Escudero, and many more will be in action this weekend on a fight card which in addition to the network-televised action, also features select "Prelims" bouts on the UFC Fight Pass digital network.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 78 fight card below, starting with the UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" bouts at 6:30 p.m. ET before moving on to the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" offering at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 main card line up at 10 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 78 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 78 QUICK RESULTS:
Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bartosz Fabinski def Hector Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via TKO (injury) at 4:26 of Round 2
Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via technical knockout at 3:13 of Round 1
Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via technical knockout at 0:30 of Round 1
Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzemendia via knockout at 3:42 of Round 1
Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 78 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
170 lbs.: Neil Magny (16-4, W1, 9-3 UFC, +280) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (11-1, W1, 6-1 UFC, -300)
Round 1: Magny connects with the leg kick. Range will be a huge factor in this tilt. Good inside leg kick by the Mexian-American Gastelum. He moves now to southpaw stance. Straight punches coming from Magny, who backs Gastelum up. Magny is very active. Gastelum goes back to the inside leg kick again. He goes high with a kick, which makes Magny retreat. Magny lands a takedown, gets full mount and then takes the back of Gastelum.
We're back standing now and Gastelum notches a throw, but then gets swept. Gastelum moves through it as Magny takes his back, then to full mount. Back control now. Magny doing an excellent job of pinning Gastelum down. He sits in half guard. Now in full mount. Gastelum gets back to his feet with 30 seconds remaining. Magny 10-9.
Round 2: Nice jab form Magny to begin. Gastelum chasing Magny down, but comes up empty. Magny keeping Gastelum at bay with push and front kicks. Gastelum has the Elevation Fight Team member uncomfortable as the pair engage in a battle for control in the clinch. Magny peppers the Kings MMA representative with shots. Gastelum is having success with leg kicks, snapping off another. Magny keeps putting together lengthy combinations.
He avoids the clinch and now has Gastelum on his back. Back to the clinch. Magny follows. He throws him back down. Back control for Magny now. Magny 10-9. 20-18 overall.
Round 3: Gastelum fighting angry to start round three. Magny pumps the jab. He lands clean with a right hand. Sprawl from Magny, who batters the body of Gastelum. Good jab from Gastelum. He walks Magny down and initiates the clinch. A takedown attempt from Gastelum is nullified by Magny. He's still picking at the defense of Magny, but can't put any sort of offense together.
Magny throws Gastelum to the mat briefly. More clinchwork. Gastelum takes the back of Magny standing. The Colorado-based fighter separates the hands. Gastelum reverses Magny, after he gets dragged down, and ends up in the latter's full guard in the waning second of round three. Magny 10-9. 30-27 overall.
Round 4: A slew of jabs coming from Magny. They exchange leg kicks. Gastelum clips Magny with a huge right that sends the latter crashing to the canvas, following a good left. He pursues and looks to land some power shots. Gastelum in side control now.
Magny gets back to half guard. Elbows coming the way of Magny. Magny escapes out the back and stands up. Gastelum knocks him down again. He goes for the finish, but they stand up once more. Gastelum in control. Full of confidence now, Gastelum stalks his prey, finding openings. Magny goes for a takedown and is in the clinch. They size each other up as round four comes to a close. 10-9 Gastelum. 39-37 overall.
Round 5: Gastelum gets the takedown. He's posturing up nicely and landing heavy shots. Magny possibly looking for a submission. Magny gets back up, with Gastelum right on him. Magny is getting pelted and his defense is eroding. Gastelum's gas tank looks great.
Magny holding on as Gastelum scores with a right hand. Body kick finds the mark for Gastelum. Some clinch work; Magny gets a takedown briefly. Gastelum, in a scramble, reverses and is in full guard. He pours it on to close out round five in style. 10-9 Gastelum. 48-47 Magny.
Final result: Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
145 lbs.: Ricardo Lamas (15-4, L1, 6-2 UFC, -400) vs. Diego Sanchez (25-7, 14-7 UFC, +445)
Round 1: Lamas is out to stick and move against Sanchez. "The Bully" is pushing the pace with an assortment of kicks. Sanchez has had some nice counters, including a punishing body blow. He counters a knee attempt by Lamas. "The Nightmare" welcomes the onslaught. Lamas goes for consecutive wheel kicks. Sanchez needs to get his timing down, but the movement of Lamas is a huge factor.
Lamas rumbles in for the takedown. They're in the clinch. Lamas is scoring with knees and also has Sanchez's back. He's trying to drag the fight to the mat. More knees to the thigh of Lamas. He does gets it to the ground and finds the back of Sanchez momentarily, but the latter gets back to his feet. Sanchez lands two solid elbows to close round one. 10-9 Lamas
Round 2: Sanchez makes Lamas pay with a straight right. He lands another big body punch, but is being pressed up against the fence by Lamas. Sanchez now cut on the side of his head. Lamas is deep on a double leg. Sanchez trying to halt Lamas with elbows. We exit the clinch. A nice leg kick rips the ankle/calf of Sanchez.
Lamas keeps chopping at the legs of Sanchez, who invites the former in to exchange. Lamas now attempting to get the takedown. Sanchez defends, but is still facing pressure from Lamas. They battle for position, but it's Lamas still the more relentless fighter. He stays with it and grabs the back of Sanchez. They're not on the ground for long and it's Lamas landing a left to end round two. 10-9 Lamas. 20-18 overall.
Round 3: Sanchez is walking around gingerly. He lands a solid knee on an unsuspecting Lamas, who goes for another spinning heel kick. Lamas drops Sanchez with a leg kick, who hops backwards to the fence and invites more damage.
Lamas is going for the double leg. He foregoes it and lands a spinning back elbow, which opens up a cut above the right eye of Sanchez. Lamas goes high with the kick and then scores with an uppercut. Sanchez pushes forward admirably, but his shots fall short. Flying knee attempt from Lamas, who clinches up with a hard-charging Sanchez to end round three. 10-9 Lamas. 30-27 Lamas.
Final result: Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Henry Cejudo (9-0, 3-0 UFC, -500) vs. Jussier Formiga (18-3, W3, 4-2 UFC, +450)
Round 1: Early front kick from Cejudo. Formiga pays him back. Cejudo sends a ocuple of power punches the way of the Brazilian. A good one-two combo scores for Formiga. "The Messenger" snaps off a leg kick. A right hand by Formiga sneaks through the defense of Cejudo. He scores with an overhand right. The pair clinch and its Cejudo who lands a knee.
Formiga is ducking the punches of the Mexican-American well. They trade knees in the clinch with under 2:00 to go. Cejudo looking for the trip now. A heavy overhand right stuns the jiu-jitsu ace and follows it with a knee to the body. He shoots for a single, picks up his opponent and puts him on his back to close out the first frame. Solid round for the former Olympic wrestler. 10-9 Cejudo.
Formiga looking to pressure. Cejudo responds with an uppercut. He tags Formiga with a right. Big swing and a miss by Formiga. More knees from the body in the click on the part of Cejudo. They clinch once more. Cejudo and Formiga connect with hard shots upon exit.
A huge left from Cejudo finds the chin of Formiga. Formiga can't counterstrike forever. He needs to get this to the ground if possible. Some more knees in the clinch from Cejudo, who lands an uppercut later. Cejudo is aiming for the inside trip. He's getting the better of Formiga in the clinch every time. Nice level change by Cejudo, who lands a knee. 10-9 Cejudo. 20-18 overall.
Round 3: Right to the clinch we go. More dominance shown by Cejudo. A right finds the mark for Cejudo. I have to give credit to both men; their gas tanks are full. The two head back into the clinch. Cejudo moves forward into the fence. Formiga goes flying through the air and down onto the ground. He manages to get back to his feet quickly.
A good elbow from Cejudo, followed by a knee with 2:30 left. Formiga scores with a leg kick. Cejudo bullies his way into the clinch and lands a few more knees. They break and head right back to the clinch. Formiga connects with knees of his own. Sharp elbow from Cejudo. A clinch battle ensues for the final 20 seconds of the fight. 10-9 Cejudo. 30-27 Cejudo.
Final result: Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
170 lbs.: Enrique Marin (8-2, W6, UFC debut*, -185) vs. Erick Montano (6-3, W2, UFC debut*, +170)
*The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Welterweight Final
Round 1: Montano out in front with a jab to start. Switch back-and-forth between stances is Montano. "Perry" egnages Marin now in the clinch.THey're swinging wildly. A good one-two with for Montano. Marin scores with a straight right after eating a body kick. Marin walking down Montano now, who lands an uppercut. Side kicks coming from Montano. Nice straight right and left hands by Marin.
The pair clinch with 2:30 left. Marin drops for a double leg, but he's turned away. The battle for double underhooks ensues and Montano gets the takedown, who's quickly swept by "Wasabi." We're back up with 60 seconds left. Good straight right from Marin. Push kick from Montano. Marin is teeing off a bit towards the end of the round, putting together a few solid combos. 10-9 Montano.
Round 2: Montano scores with a beautiful counter left to start. Marin proceeds to then dump the Mexican on his backside, but the latter is pinned against the fence. He needs to pull Montano away from the fence. Marin steps over the leg, but Montano hits the switch. A good scramble by Montano, who grabs the fence blatantly. Marin now in top position.
Montano staggering up. Marin meeting him with elbows against the cage. They head back to the center of the Octagon with 2:30 left in the round. A leg kick finds the mark for Marin. Montano thinks about a spinning kick, but pulls back. He throws a spinning head kick with 1:45 left, but eats a couple of shots. Marin goes for the single, but it's stuffed by Montano. Some clinch work by the duo; Marin in control. Marin continues to stalk Montano for the last 30 seconds, as the latter sends a couple of side kicks and a left hand his way. 10-9 Marin. 19-19 overall.
Round 3: The two TUF: Latin America 2 contestants embrace. Marin seems to have carried the momentum he gathered from the second into this last round. He lands an uppercut. They cancel each other out with kicks. Montano aims to fend off Marin with leg kicks. Montano now aggressive in the clinch. Marin stops the double leg attempt from Montano and keeps the fight standing.
Marin separates and maintains his role of aggressor, but isn't really letting his hands go. Montano seems content unleashing leg kicks and a high kick every so often. He scores the ever important takedown with about 15 seconds left to a booing Monterrey crowd. 10-9 Montano. 29-28 Montano.
Final result: Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
155 lbs.: Enrique Barzola (10-2, W1, UFC debut*, +167) vs. Horacio Gutierrez (2-1, L1, UFC debut*, -175)
*The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Lightweight Final
Round 1: Barzola has a bounce to his step. Gutierrez lands a leg kick. Barzola slips and moves well, landing his counterstrikes. Huge slam from Barzola and he begins pummeling the Mexican, who then finds his way back to the feet with just over 2:00 to go.
Barzola is relentless and drives "The Punisher" into the fence. He secures the takedown and begins working in full guard. Gutierrez is doing a nice job of tying up Barzola's wrists. He reverses, nearly gets back to his feet, but is grounded once more for Barzola. The Peruvian postures up and scores with a huge right. 10-9 Barzola.
Round 2: "El Fuerte" moving well laterally, constantly making himself a moving target. He hits the takedown off of an errant leg kick from Gutierrez. Barzola aims to land more short elbows in full guard. Some shots to the body connect for Barzola. He wants to posture up and rain down consistent ground and pound. Now would be the time to snatch an arm for Gutierrez. Barzola is getting a little comfortable.
Some blood on the forehard now of Gutierrez. Barzola drudges on and is giving Gutierrez all he can handle. Barzola attacking with elbows from the bottom a bit. Barzola postures up and jumps into half guard. He's close to obtaining side control. Elbows to the body of Gutierrez now. He continues his assault on the body, before looking for a kimura. 10-9 Barzola. 20-18 overall.
Round 3: Barzola lands a nice counter right hand as Gutierrez wanders into striking range. Let's see if he can keep the fight standing up now. Gutierrez stuffs ta shot from Barzola and delivers a knee. He finally surrenders a takedown with 3:45 remaining. Barzola goes back to his comfort zone, which is scoring with elbows and body punches.
So far, no threat from Gutierrez. Not a submission, or a sweep with 2:30 left. Barzola postures up and connects with a hard punch to the body. He's doing a much better job of scoring with heavy shots this round. He's mixing things up; body to head, head to body. This is a no-brainer and a significantly bad snoozefest. 10-9 Barzola. 30-27 Barzola.
Final result: Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
155 lbs.: Efrain Escudero (24-9, W2, 5-5 UFC, +140) vs. Leandro Silva (18-2-1-1, W2, 2-1-0-1, -142)
Round 1: Silva backing up a lot, circling. Escudero wades in with an uppercut; goes for a couple of leg kicks. A good body kick connects for Silva. Both men land their jab. Silva lands a left hand on the way in. Not much power shown from either fight. This is a solid kickboxing match thus far. Silva lands a good body kick and they clinch with 2:20 left.
A nice combo scores for Silva. Right hand lands behind the ear. Escudero shoots with 1:30 left, Silva displays very good takedown defense and balance. The Mexican-American tries again. The Brazilian maintains a wide base. Escudero scraps the attempt and battles for underhooks. Silva with a killer right hand and body shot on the break. Another good left hand. 10-9 Silva
Round 2: Wild kicks early from "Buscape." Escudero continuing to move forward, without any real offense. Silva counters with a left. A solid body kick scores for Silva. "Hecho en Mexico" makes a sweet level change and nabs his first takedown of the fight. Silva starts off in butterfly guard. Escudero needs to work and take this round. Silva pushes off and gets back up.
Then we head back down to the mat again. Short elbow lands for Escudero. He's not looking to advance surprisingly as he's had his ground and pound nullified for the most part. Silva gets back to butterfly guard with 2:00 left. Half guard now for Escudero with 1:20 on the clock. He opens up a cup above right eye of Silva. Not the most pretty offense, but Escudero is running away with this round off the strength of his short shots. Silva scoots over to the fence. 10-9 Escudero. 19-19 overall.
Round 3: Silva standing his ground to start off. A front kick finds the mark. Escudero puts fist to chin with an overhand right. Beautiful jab from Silva. Escudero shoots and the two engage along the fence. A nice knee connects for Silva. Escudero drives hard, but Silva defends nicely. He's really working his jab and going to the body more. Silva is having a field day stuffing takedowns in this final round.
We're on the mat now, Silva has Escudero's back with 2:00 left. He's got the body triangle. Escudero is remaining patient and striking. Some more hand fighting. Escudero cannot escape as Silva maintains dominant position for the remaining minute. 10-9 Silva. 29-28 Silva.
Final result: Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
135 lbs.: Taylor Lapilus (10-1, W5, 2-0 UFC, +115) vs. Erik Perez (14-6, L1, 4-2 UFC, -125)
Round 1: Both men stepping lightly on their feet to start. A left high kick by Perez easily blocked looked more like a feeling out kick than an attempt to hurt. Perez with a leaping in a leg kick. The two trade head kick attempts but neither land very cleanly. Front kick and straight left by Lapilus seems to have hurt Perez a little. Inside leg kick by the Frenchman. Lapilus with a combination and escapes before Perez can respond. He is showing an early speed advantage midway through the round.
Perez catchs a kick and tries to counter but Lapilus escapes. Both men throwing combinations but nothing really clean landing. Lapilus continues to throw the left and follows up with a low right kick. Perez head hunting with the right high kick. Perez catches yet another kick but can't convert it to a takedown or punish the Frenchman. Perez starting to land more now. Scores a nice three punch combination on Lapilus. Inside leg kick lands for Perez and follows with a combination. Lapilus responds with a combo of his own. Perez almost finishes with a takedown but the horn goes. 10-9 Lapilus.
Round 3: Perez starts the third with a lazy right head kick attempt that misses. He looks fired up however. His second head kick attempt lands but on the neck. Lapilus throws a takedown attempt, winds up against the fence against Perez who grabs an underhook and eats a knee as Lapilus stands back up. Perez grabs a single now and Lapilus tries a kimura. He nearly gets Perez's back but the Mexican escapes and shoots for a double again. The cardio for Perez is impressive considering the long layoff. Lapilus looking tired here at the end but throws a nice combination, which Perez answers by biting down on his mouthpiece and throwing a counter combination.
Perez fakes a takedown to close the distance against the fence. He scoops up Lapilus and drops the Frenchman on his back with 1:50 remaining. Perez seems to have a gift wrap here but he loses it. He moves into half guard and Lapilus looking tired on his back. Perez punishes the body as he tries to make it to full mount. The clock is ticking away now and Perez content to punish the body. Perez jumps to side control late and then into mount. Time will run out as he lands elbows to Lapilus' head. 10-9 Perez. 29-28 Perez.
Final result: Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Bartosz Fabinski (12-2, W5, 1-0 UFC, -205) vs. Hector Urbina (17-8-1, W2, 1-0 UFC, +200)
Round 1: Fabinski shoots a single leg off the glove tap and gets the immediate takedown. Urbina works a guillotine to no effect. Fabinski tries to work to half guard and succeeds as Urbina is trapped up against the cage. He uses a leg to push away. Fabinski stands up and drops back into full guard. Fabinski with pitter patter hammerfists that look annoying. Urbina prevents any attempt to pass to side control with a high closed guard. Mario Yamasaki watching this without really warning the lack of action here.
The ref stands them up midway through the first without a single warning. Fabinski immediately shoots and drops Urbina on his keester again. Urbina looking for wrist control for a triangle but it looks mainly futile. Fabinski has passed a few times but Urbina has a nice butterfly recovery into full guard. Fabinski begins landing some nice elbows for the first significant strikes of the fight. UFC counts 47 ground strikes but most of these have been pretty minor. Urbina nearly lands a triangle but Fabinski easily pulls out and drops back into half guard. 10-8 Fabinski.
Round 3: Urbina starts the third with a crazy flying front kick that misses badly. Fabinski gladly dumps him on his butt. Urbina grabs a deep Japanese necktie, forcing Fabinski to hop around searching for air. Weird stalemate here as Fabinski is stuck upsidedown against the cage. Urbina relaxes and Fabinski escapes. The screen shows 8:51 minutes of agonizingly dull top position for the Polish blanket. Fabinski lands a nasty elbow and is beginning to put in some real ground and pound work now. Urbina looks pretty lost here in the third round with 2:30 remaining.
Urbina working a kimura now as Fabinski uses it to move into half guard. Urbina almost sweeps Fabinski but loses it and gives up full mount. A quick hip escape and he recovers half guard. Poland jumps into side control and then tries to take the back as Urbina stands up. Fabinski shoots for another double leg with a minute left. Urbina with over/under control prevents the takedown. Fabinski relentless in his takedown attempt here, even as Urbina lands elbows to the side of the head. Time runs out and Fabinski thinks about running away before shooting one final takedown attempt. 10-9 Fabinski. 30-26 Fabinski.
Final result: Bartosz Fabinski def Hector Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
135 lbs.: Scott Jorgensen (15-11, L2, 4-7 UFC, -125) vs. Alejandro Perez (15-6, L1, 1-1 UFC, +127)
Round 1: No strikes for the first 30 seconds until Perez lands an inside leg kick. Jorgensen stalking but Perez proving elusive early on. Another inside leg kick by Perez. Jorgensen finally shoots a double at 3:30, shrugged off. he can't seem to pull the trigger. As I say that he lands his first solid punch of the fight. Deep entry by Jorgensen on a takedown, lifts and drops Perez. Perez posting off one arm along the cage and Jorgensen trying to keep him on his back. Perez up briefly and Jorgensen drops him again. He's back up with 2:20 left in the round.
Another huge overhand right leads to entry on a takedown attempt but no good. 1/5 on his takedowns for the fight. Perez with nice counterstriking every time Jorgensen comes in. Zero offence for Perez but he's effective in responding to threats. Jorgensen is doing well in cornering Perez against the fence but can't throw a punch to save his life. Brian Stann says it's a tough round to score but not really. Jorgensen's ankle seems hurt at the end of the round. 10-9 Perez.
Final result: Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via TKO (injury) at 4:26 of Round 2
145 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez (18-4, W4, 2-0 UFC, +190) vs. Andre Fili (14-3, L1, 2-2 UFC, -205)
Round 1: Fili rushes out to the center of the cage and is met with a hard leg kick by the southpaw. Another hard kick lands for Benitez and then he moves out of the way before Fili can retaliate. Fili with a right kick to the body, blocked. Benitez continues to punish the legs of Fili in the early going as Fili searches for a way inside with pawing jabs. Another vicious body kick for the Mexican. Head kick for Fili! Blocked but it sets up a takedown for Fili. Immediate getup by Benitez and the two reset in the center of the cage. Jab lands for Fili midway through the first round.
Nice lateral movement for Fili as he chases down Benitez. Inside leg kick for Benitez but Fili lands a right high kick and a follow up combination finishes Benitez off. Not sure if early stoppage again but it's over.
Final result: Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via technical knockout (head kick and punches) at 3:13 of Round 1
170 lbs.: Alvaro Herrera (8-3, W1, UFC debut, +150) vs. Vernon Ramos (3-0, UFC debut, -160)
Round 1: Ramos begins with a leg kick that misses by 5 feet. Herrera with a nice counter left. Ramos really wild and Herrera catches him with an uppercut and Ramos goes down. The ref jumps in for a super early stoppage.
Final result: Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via technical knockout (punches) at 0:30 of Round 1
155 lbs.: Cesar Arzemendia (7-1, W2, UFC debut, -175) vs. Polo Reyes (3-1, W1, UFC debut, +170)
Round 1: Reyes gets a knockdown early but Cesar pops back to his feet. These two are throwing hard early. Big right hand lands for Reyes again but Cesar's chin holding up early. One minute down and already plenty of action. A left hook and right leg kick lands for Cesar, a Muay Thai striker. Cesar with a couple of knees and then screams he got hit in the groin and a brief stoppage with 3:15 left. Cesar takes almost no break and the two go at it again, ending up in a clinch where Reyes gets taken down into full guard.
Cesar stands up and works a guillotine but Reyes easily pops out. A beautiful duck under double leg and Cesar is on top again. Nice underhook standup for Reyes who then lands a spinning back kick. Cesar with a left high kick to the head, and converts the distraction to a takedown for his third of the round. Works the guillotine on Reyes and OH MY GOD A BLISTERING left hand and Cesar is out cold!
Final result: Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzemendia via knockout at 3:42 of Round 1
155 lbs.: Valmir Lazaro (13-3, W1, 1-1 UFC, +122) vs. Michel Prazeres (18-2, L1, 2-2 UFC, -120)
Adrian MacNair here with you for the prelims. Brad Popkin will take over for the main card.
Round 1: Lazaro with an early left outside leg kick, responded harder by Prazeres. The two continue trading outside leg kicks in the first 45 seconds of combat. Left lands for Prazeres and it inspires him to rush in and land a left hook. Inside leg kick lands for Prazeres as Lazaro looks tentative. He does land an outside right leg kick that briefly sends Prazeres off balance. And again, same kick, same result. The left jab is landing for Lazaro now, utilizing his range here midway through the first round.
Big overhand right lands for Prazeres but Lazaro is getting the better in the volume. Prazeres searching for the big openings. Both men are hesitating to pull the trigger. No takedown attempts yet for Prazeres who is known for his solid grappling. Lazaro with another kick that puts Prazeres off balance, forcing a poor takedown attempt. Prazeres lands a big overhand right that stuns Lazaro and it sets up the first takedown of the night. Lazaro bounces back up. The double jab lands for Lazaro but that big right lands in counter for Prazeres. 10-9 goes to Prazeres.
Round 2: Let's see how the lactic acid affects Prazeres and those big muscles. Prazeres rushes in but Lazaro evades along the cage. Lazaro checks a leg kick and lands a jab. Prazeres rushes in for a takedown but can't get it and settles for Lazaro in his full guard one minute into this round. Prazeres looks for a deep half but his own leg is blocking him from getting up and he lets it go. Lazaro on top but hasn't landed any ground and pound whatsoever. Prazeres lands a hammerfist but it allows Lazaro into half guard. Prazeres uses butterfly hooks to regain full guard.
Referee finally stands up the inaction with 2 minutes to go. Prazeres lands a big right hand right away and shoots a double leg. Lazaro with flawless takedown defense and even when he falters he bounces back up. Prazeres continues to push on Lazaro but nothing much happening. Ref forced to make the break again with one minute remaining. Prazeres with forward pressure but walks into that jab every single time. Shoots a takedown, fails, and takes some abuse before dumping Lazaro for a second. 10-9 Lazaro. 19-19 overall.
Round 3: Both men looking fatigued. We're not at altitude here in Monterrey. Lazaro starts with that double left jab. Prazeres with no head movement at all. A minute slides by and nothing has landed for Prazeres. Big left lands for Prazeres but no combination to follow up. Prazeres continues to leap in and miss with the left hook. Lazaro not doing much either though, except for that double jab. 2:30 left.
Lazaro on a deep shot against the cage but can't find the takedown to save his life. Lazaro finally drops down but is up immediately. Prazeres desperately working this single leg but it looks futile and he surrenders to full guard with 1:30 remaining. Lazaro doing nothing but laying in the full guard. The ref stands them up quickly and Prazeres has 30 seconds left to get his career in order. Big left hand misses. A flurry and Lazaro literally just throws him down. Ref standup with 10 seconds left. No time to work. 10-9 Lazaro. 29-28 Lazaro.
Final result: Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)