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UFC 212 results: ‘Aldo vs Holloway’ live updates, fight recaps - 'Prelims'

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Featherweight legend Jose Aldo will put his title on the line for the first time since earning it back at UFC 200 when he meets interim champion Max Holloway later this evening (Sat., June 3, 2017) at UFC 212 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 145-pound title unification bout will headline a PPV card also featuring a women’s strawweight clash between top contenders Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, as well as Vitor Belfort’s final appearance inside of the Octagon.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 212's “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Find out what happened right here as the UFC 212 undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes

The “Prelims” headliner saw former WSOF bantamweight champion Moraes (18-5-1) step inside the Octagon for his promotional debut against divisional staple Assuncao (25-5), who was coming off a victory over Aljamain Sterling. The UFC newcomer stood tall in the early going, landing hard rights and going tit-for-tat with one of the more experienced fighters in the division. But it was Assuncao who landed two flush rights to end Round 1 that had Moraes wobbled. In Round 2, Assuncao continued to control Moraes’ movement along the edges, countering and scoring points when the debuting Brazilian entered with strikes. Moraes was certainly active, but Assuncao bloodied the former WSOF standout when he wanted to. Assuncao saw similar results in the third round, crushing Moraes early and dropping him with an overhand right. An inadvertent low blow by Assuncao would temporarily pause the action. Moraes was able to find success with body kicks and a spinning head kick towards the end of the frame, but was it enough? It wasn’t. Assuncao walked away with the split-decision win.

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely

Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 winner Carlos Junior (8-2) looked to extend his current win streak to three when he took on middleweight submission specialist Spicely (11-2), who impressively tapped Thiago Santos in Brazil last year. Spicely landed an early takedown to gain control, but Carlos Junior landed a nasty elbow off is back. Both fighters tangled on the canvas in a chess match of position and dexterity. Carlos Junior also threw in an elbow to the kneecap along the way. Spicely was able to remain calm and roll with the submission attempts, but Carlos Junior threatened on multiple occasions. The Brazilian was able to end the round on Spicely’s back, nearly sinking in a rear-naked choke. It didn’t take long into Round 2 for Spicely to shoot for a takedown and end up on his back. Carlos Junior worked to gain back control and started to score points in bunches. All the action led to Carlos Junior finally finding a home for his rear-naked choke finish, tapping Spicely out with a few moments to go.

Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez

In the second bantamweight meeting of the evening, rising prospect Lopez (10-1) aimed to capture his second Octagon victory when he took on 135-pound finisher Eduardo (28-11). Eduardo clipped Lopez early and got the most out of the inside exchanges. After a scramble to the ground, Lopez ended up in top position and landed nasty elbows and rabbit punches. Eduardo covered up as Lopez unloaded everything and the kitchen sink. Referee Mario Yamasaki jumped in late, but Lopez walks away unscathed with the first-round TKO finish.

Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kelleher

Making his Octagon debut, bantamweight journeyman Kelleher (17-7) was given the task of handing UFC veteran Alcantara (34-8) just his second loss in Brazil since 2012. Alcantara started out on fire, landing leg kicks and combinations at will. But once Kelleher was able to figure out the range he started to land his own shots. Alcantara decided to go for the takedown, but “Boom” was there to sink in a quick guillotine choke. The Brazilian had no choice but to quickly tap.

Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle

The Fight Pass headliner saw former Ultimate Fighter women’s strawweight competitor Moyle (4-2) try to hand undefeated Brazilian prospect Pereira (13-0) her first career loss. It may have taken Pereira a little longer than expected to get rolling, but she was able to control the action early. From pressing Moyle against the cage to catching Moyle’s kicks then countering with straight rights, the Brazilian was in command through the first five minutes. In Round 2, Pereira landed some crisp combinations before and after stuffing Moyle’s inside advancements. The Brazilian played the range game well, leaning on jabs and straight counters to score from distance. Moyle hung in tough and continued to press forward with leg kicks, but she offered little variety in her offense. It was much of the same in Round 3, as Pereira continued to pepper Moyle at will with her jab and bloody Moyle’s face even further. Moyle never gave in and completely wilted, but Pereira did too much for too long to earn anything other than a unanimous decision win.

Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead

In the first welterweight matchup on the card, English veteran Wallhead (29-11) looked to capture his first UFC victory when he squared off against talented young submission artist Chagas (15-2-1). Wallhead opened up early with combinations from distance, but Chagas returned with countless leg strikes and left hooks that slowed the Englishman down. Chagas remained calm and pressed forward with smooth attacks from various angles, including front kicks, crisp counters, and a nasty high kick along the cage. In Round 2, Wallhead started to finish his jabs with hooks that found a home and earned him some valuable points. But again, Chagas returned the favor, landing another head kick before accidentally poking Wallhead in the eye. After the action resumed, Chagas caught Wallhead with a stiff backhand uppercut followed by a short left hook that dropped him. From there, the Brazilian would quickly grab Wallhead’s neck and secure the rear-naked choke finish just before the end of the round.

Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara

In the opening bout of the evening, undefeated flyweight Alcantara (12-0) made his Octagon debut against former Mexican bantamweight Beltran (8-5), who was coming off a submission loss to Joe Soto. Despite the size disadvantage, Alcantara was able to secure a takedown on the bigger Beltran in the early going. Alcantara postured up and landed hard shots from top position before threatening with a tight guillotine choke. Beltran would pop his head out and score valuable points before the end of the round. The the second frame, Alcantara ended up in full mount after catching a Beltran kick. From there, the Brazilian would work for Beltran’s back and nearly locked in a suffocating rear-naked choke. Beltran escaped. After Alcantara attempted a tight heel hook, he let loose on the feet and peppered Beltran with elbows and uppercuts. Beltran was bloodied and rocked and fell to the canvas. The second round came to an end, but the referee waved the fight off anyways after deciding that Beltran couldn’t continue. Alcantara walks away with the TKO win. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 212 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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