Former welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum will attempt to put on yet another impressive performance at middleweight later tonight (Sat., Mar. 11, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 106 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil, when he takes on mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Vitor Belfort in a five-round main event. As a prelude to the headliner, noteworthy contenders Mauricio Rua, Edson Barboza, Beneil Dariush, Bethe Correia and Jussier Formiga will take to the Octagon.
But before the premier bouts get underway on FS1 starting at 10:00 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Night 106's preliminary action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 7:00 p.m. ET and FS1 starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC Fight Night 106 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Kevin Lee
Underrated lightweight contender Trinaldo (21-5) put his seven-fight win streak on the line when he met rising youngster Lee (15-2) in the preliminary headliner on FS1. While Trinaldo showed his strength early by tossing Lee off of him like a featherweight, “Motown Phenom” was able to take the Brazilian down and earn some valuable top control. After the action along the cage broke up, Trinaldo landed a destructive left hand that wobbled Lee and sent him backwards. Lee would recover and stand toe-to-toe with the Brazilian before Trinaldo hurt him again with a nasty body shot. In Round 2, a more cautious Lee took his time before landing a devastating head kick that temporarily stung Trinaldo and allowed the wrestler to secure a takedown. From there, Lee took Trinaldo’s back and worked quick to earn the rear-naked choke finish.
Sergio Moraes vs. Davi Ramos
Two of the better submission specialists in the welterweight division locked horns in front of Brazil’s finest, as former Ultimate Fighter standout Moraes (12-2-1) welcomed late fill-in Ramos (6-2) to the Octagon. It was a battle of range in the early going, as the smaller Ramos looked to counter heavy whenever Moraes launched an attack. Moraes would land the better shots, but Ramos stood his ground in the center of the cage. After talking with his corner, Moraes would take a more defensive approach and gauge Ramos with countless leg kicks and stiff jabs. Ramos was able to find a home for some counter body strikes, but he offered little variety on the feet. Ironically, neither grappler touched the canvas, which allowed the rangy Moraes to stretch Ramos’ limits in the striking department, stick and move, and control the pace of action. In the end, Moraes’ consistency and diversity earned him the unanimous decision win.
Rani Yahya vs. Joe Soto
Former UFC title challenger Soto (18-5) attempted to thwart the world-class grappling of streaking veteran Yahya (23-9) in the only bantamweight matchup of the evening. Both men landed huge strikes in the early going before Yahya finally secured a takedown. Soto threatened with a guillotine choke, but to no avail. After Yahya inadvertently landed a headbutt on Soto in the beginning of Round 2, Soto’s head immediately split open and gushed blood all over the cage. Following a brief stoppage by the referee, the two men unloaded once more. A tired Yahya had trouble keeping the bloodied and persistent Soto off of him. Yahya tried to regain some momentum in the final frame, but Soto stayed strong in top position, outmaneuvered the ground specialist and scored the more valuable points en route to claiming the unanimous decision win.
Michel Prazeres vs. Josh Burkman
Brazilian powerhouse Prazeres (22-2) looked to hand Burkman (28-15) his third-straight loss when the two gritty lightweight veterans battled it out in the opening FS1 bout. Prazeres went absolutely bonkers in the early going, rushing in on Burkman and taking him to Left Hook City. By the grace of the combat gods, Burkman survived the attack before finding the skilled Brazilian on top of him. From there, Prazeres quickly locked in a perfected north-south choke to claim his first UFC finish by first-round submission.
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Undefeated featherweight prospect Kennedy (10-0) took on his toughest Octagon test to date when he met wild Brazilian veteran Jason (14-7) in the Fight Pass headliner. Despite Jason’s early effort to mix it up on the feet and threaten with a flying knee and looping right hand, it was Kennedy who did the most damage after a timely takedown and strong ground-and-pound. Jason had Kennedy in trouble early into the second round after a nasty double-flying knee (shown below), but the youngster found refuge off his back. Kennedy was able to close the gap yet again in Round 3 with two key takedowns and heavy top pressure. Jason briefly threatened with a gogoplata and shoulder lock attempt off his back, but Kennedy continued to dominate with his wrestling. In the end, “JBC” did more than enough to defeat Jason on enemy soil and walk away with the unanimous decision.
Garreth McLellan vs. Paulo Henrique Costa
Hard-hitting Brazilian prospect Costa (9-0) looked to made good on his Octagon debut when he took on fellow middleweight McLellan (13-6) in the opening bout of the evening. It wasn’t long before “Borrachinha” backed McLellan up against the cage and unloaded powerful combinations to the head and body. After landing a sharp kick to the body and a flurry that dropped the South African, Costa jumped on top for some nasty ground-and-pound en route to earning the first-round TKO stoppage.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 106 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.