Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its fifth trip to Brazil in 2015 for a UFC Fight Night 77 mixed martial arts (MMA) event starring veteran middleweight strikers Vitor Belfort (24-11) and Dan Henderson (31-13).
The pair of heavy-handed gunslingers will go to war for the third time inside Ginásio do Ibirapuera tonight (Sat., Nov. 7, 2015) in Sao Paulo, after a critical co-main event matchup in the light heavyweight division between former title challenger Glover Teixeira (23-4) and All-American wrestler Patrick Cummins (8-2).
Elsewhere on the main card, which airs live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 10 p.m. ET, are intriguing bouts showcasing countrymen Thomas Almeida (19-0) and Fabio Maldonado (22-8).
However, before we can to the evening's main dishes, fight fans are served up a slew of seven "Prelims" tussles, which begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on the Fight Pass streaming service and then transfer over to FS1 at 8 p.m. ET for the remaining four.
Below are the results recaps for the four UFC Fight Night 77 "Prelims" on FS1:
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
It's American Top Team (ATT) versus the Blackzilians all over again as longtime lightweight Tibau aimed to turn away "Killa."
Tibau shoots right in at the start for a double and gets it. Trujillo is right back up and we're in a clinch battle. He's got a hold of the neck. Tibau is out of the guillotine attempt and now has the back of Trujillo. He gets an arm under the neck and it's over. Tibau earns a questionable rear-naked choke victory.
The winner: Tibau via first-round rear-naked choke
Tibau gets back in the win column and vaults his record to 33-11, while Trujillo drops his second straight and falls to 12-7-(1).
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Potent lightweights went to war in a gritty battle on the feet and the mat as Case met Cabral on his home turf.
Good kicks from both men to begin. Case lunging forward, leading with a left. Takedown attempt from "Hollywood." Cabral attempts the triangle and Case sees it. They're back up with 4:00 left. The Brazilian is deep on a single leg and achieves it after some resistance by the American. Cabral works in half guard, but gets reversed by Case and then returns to full guard. Excellent grappling display. Cabral is in side control now. He's going for the kimura as he sits on top. Cabral lands a right hand on the way up and we're back to striking. Case scores with a knee to the body then rips another powerful shot to the abdomen. Round one ends.
Case has to move around more. He's got a good bounce going. The 26-year-old attempts a spinning elbow and stuffs a takedown. Case continues to work the body and legs of Cabral with kicks. The Nova Uniao staple scores with a right. Case walking down Cabral now and lands a right. He connects with a body shot and then catches Cabral with a clean punch, which drops the latter. Some nice ground and pround coming from the Power MMA stud. The pair are back to their feet with 2:00 left. Big body kick lands for Case. Cabral appears to have suffered an eye poke possibly. Cabral scores with a leg kick, but he's visibly exhausted. Case is putting together great combinations.
Hard leg kick on part of Cabral to start round three. He's in on a single, but Case is saved by the fence. The 32-year-old gets it and is straddling the back of Case now. They're on their feet against the cage. Uh oh. Cabral tosses him back down and has back mount. Now the body triangle. Very bad spot for Case. Good hand fighting so far. Case is trying to turn into the body of Cabral. Short punches from Cabral. Case is out and now working on getting back the round. He's in half guard. Nice, heavy punches to close out the finale frame on top and along the fence.
The winner: Johnny Case via unanimous decision
Case has now won 12 and improves his record to 21-4, while Cabral falls to 12-2.
Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
"The Carpenter" faced Tavares in a matchup of veteran grapplers.
Guida active early, as usual. He notches a quick takedown. Tavares cinches up a tight guillotine choke -- Guida tries to shake it -- and that's all she wrote.
The winner: Tavares via guillotine choke
Tavares improves his record to 20-6-1, while Guida drops to 32-16.
Kevin Souza vs. Chas Skelly
Streaking featherweight prospects took to the Octagon for a brawl as the prolific striker Souza battled "The Scrapper."
Really low stance from Souza early. Quick sprawl from Souza off a Skelly takedown. He's got the Brazilian backed up against the fence. The hands are clasped, but great balance shown by Souza. The 30-year-old Skelly scores the trip and is in butterfly guard. He gets to half guard. Skelly avoids getting caught in a submission and moves to side control. Shorts elbows from the American. Souza is trapped in a D'arce choke. If he escapes, the 31-year-old will end up in a dominant position. He's out with 90 seconds left. A huge left hand drops Skelly and Souza pounces. Skelly recovering. He threatens with a leg lock attempt. Skelly lets go as round one ends.
Souza defends an early takedown and ends up on top. Skelly goes for a leg lock attempt again. Souza escapes. Skelly is spent. Hands are low. This is the beginning of the end. Skelly ties up Souza and his has back along the fence. Skelly taps Souza with a rear-naked choke for the upset victory after a takedown.
The winner: Skelly via second-round submission
Skelly's record rises to 15-1, while Souza falls to 15-4.
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