Lightweight up-and-comers Alex Oliveira and Gilbert Burns continued the UFC Fight Night 62 main card show tonight (Sat., March 21, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 from inside Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It didn't take long for Burns, a decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion, to get the match on his terms, taking down Oliveira just one minute into the first round. Oliveira, though, wisely got back to his feet and tied up Burns along the cage. He then clipped Oliveira with a clean right hook, which he followed up with an uppercut and a straight right.
Burns offered little striking defense, just covering up and stepping straight back. It was a rather uneventful round after that, with Burns heading back to his corner with a swollen left eye.
To start the second, Burns actually stood his ground early rather than retreating, while Oliveira danced around and threw a wild haymaker before the pair got tangled up again along the fence. From there, Burns struggled for a body lock takedown, but Oliveira was able to reverse, break free and land a nice right hook.
Unable to score the takedown, Burns decided to once again stand toe-to-toe with the Muay Thai specialist for the remainder of the round. Oliveira scored with uppercuts and body shots, while Burns struggled to put anything cohesive together.
Seemingly down two rounds to zero, Burns needed a finish to ensure victory. And he wasted little time trying to make it happen, scoring an immediate takedown to start the third and final frame. Burns smothered Oliveira along the bottom of the cage, eventually securing full mount. Oliveira scrambled and Burns rolled with a rare omoplata ... and he had it locked in tight.
Oliveira tried to pull his right arm free, rolling all over the cage, but Burns kept it locked down. Oliveira was finally able to get free, but he found himself in full mount, where burns threatened with a triangle, then a belly-down armbar and then, finally, a traditional armbar.
And it was the final submission in the complicated, super technical chain that ultimately forced Oliveira to tap rather than snap.
Masterful, masterful come-from-behind performance from Burns.
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