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UFC Fight Night 70 results recap: Antonio Carlos Junior vs Eddie Gordon fight review and analysis

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Yesterday (Sat., June 27, 2015), Antonio Carlos Junior and Eddie Gordon battled at UFC Fight Night 70 inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In an impressive win, Carlos Junior submitted his opponent. Find out how below!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior and Eddie Gordon collided last night (June 27, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 70 inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Carlos Junior may have lost some of his hype after falling to Patrick Cummins, but The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" winner was still looked at as a bright prospect. The Brazilian was making his middleweight debut last night, and he was looking to make it known that he was already a player in the division.

Gordon, on the other hand, was likely fighting for his job. After an incredible and violent debut, a pair of mediocre performances -- including a crushing knockout loss -- left him in a dangerous, must-win position.

After a some brief clinch work, Carlos Junior used a well-timed level change to land a takedown. Gordon made his way back to his feet, but he ate some hard knees to the body for his trouble.

At about the halfway point in the round, Gordon managed to reverse position and push his opponent into the fence. However, the Brazilian managed to land another takedown with about a minute remaining. From top position, he landed some hard ground strikes until the bell.

All in all, Carlos Junior clearly took the first round.

For about two minutes, the fighters worked in the center of the Octagon. Neither man really established his range, as both men missed most of their shots. Gordon tried to close the distance with a single leg attempt, but ultimately nothing came of it.

With about a minute remaining, Carlos Junior landed another takedown. He didn't do much with top position, but it was still more than enough to earn him the round.

Gordon needed to do something drastic in the final frame.

To his credit, Gordon went after it, chasing after his opponent with big punches. His opponent was simply too tall and long, as Gordon repeatedly came up short with his punches. Then, the Brazilian ducked down and finished yet another takedown.

This time, Carlos Junior had time to work. The Brazilian countered a triangle attempt by passing guard and taking the back almost immediately. It took him another couple minutes to fully sink the arm under the chin, but Carlos Junior eventually added another submission finish to his record.

Carlos Junior is definitely a physical specimen. In his first attempt to make middleweight, he passed with flying colors. "Shoeface" dwarfed a man known as "Truck," and largely out-muscled him in every exchange. In addition, he kept a ridiculous pace and never slowed down in the least.

In terms of skills, Carlos Junior is a bit less developed. His wrestling and jiu-jitsu are obviously very strong, but his overall striking needs some serious work. Still, he's young in both age and experience and already has natural punching power, so that's something he can develop while climbing the ranks in the Octagon.

For his next fight, Carlos Junior should pair off with a middleweight in the middle of the division, as there's no need to throw him in the deep end just yet. For example, a match up with someone like Nick Catone would make sense.

Gordon simply never got anything going in this fight. He's used to be the stronger man and having his way in the clinch, but the opposite was true in this bout. Once taken out of his comfort zone, Gordon had nothing else to rely on, as his distance striking wasn't clean enough to overcome his opponent's physical advantages.

In short, both men heavily rely on their athletic gifts to win fights, and Gordon was the smaller man here.

On the off-chance that Gordon doesn't get released following this loss, he definitely needs to take a major step back against someone like Dan Kelly.

Last night, Carlos Junior made a statement in his middleweight debut. How high can the talented Brazilian climb?

For complete UFC Fight Night 70 "Machida vs Romero" results and play-by-play click HERE!