The second card of the UFC’s Saturday double-header was UFC Fight Night 100, which occurred in sunny Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The card, which was headlined by a light heavyweight rematch between Ryan Bader and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, featured some of the best Brazilian fighters in the world, and produced all of the submissions, knockouts, and back-and-forth wars we were hoping for.
Here’s a recap of the action for those who missed it!
The Main Card:
Bader Smashes Nogueira to TKO Win
Sao Paulo’s main event saw ranked light heavyweights Ryan Bader and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira engage in a do-over of a 2010 encounter. When the pair first met, Bader walked away with a unanimous decision win.
This time around, Bader’s victory was even more decisive. From the opening bell, Bader used his size, power and wrestling advantages to abuse his foe on the mat, pummelling him into applesauce with ground-and-pound. Though Nogueira miraculously managed to escape the second round, he wilted under a storm of Bader ground-and-pound in the third. The TKO came at the 3:51 mark of round 3.
In victory, Bader builds on the momentum of an highlight reel knockout win over Ilir Latifi. He’s now 22-5 overall. Nogueira, meanwhile, returns to the loss column after a nice win over Patrick Cummins. He’s now 22-8 in total.
Almeida Mauls Morales in the Second
In the co-main event of the evening, Brazilian bantamweight Thomas Almeida sought to bounce back from the first loss of his career—a first-round knockout at the hands of the current number-one-contender Cody Garbrandt. The Brazilian striker made this attempt against Albert Morales.
Though Morales offered up some meaningful offense in round one, he was ultimately overwhelmed in the second, going the way of 16 of Almeida’s previous opponents and succumbing to a knockout. That knockout occurred at the 1:37 mark of round 2, following a body shot and a swarm of head strikes.
With the win, Almeida improves to a fantastic 21-1, and reasserts himself as one of the bantamweight division’s top fighters. Morales, meanwhile, experiences his first loss. He’s now 6-1-1 overall.
Gadelha Outhustles Casey to Unanimous Decision
The lone women’s bout of the evening saw recent strawweight title challenger Claudia Gadelha look to get back on track after a loss to divisional queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Her opportunity to do so came against “Cast Iron” Cortney Casey.
Though Casey put up a valiant effort, Gadelha’s experiential advantage was on full display. For three rounds, the top-ranked Brazilian outdid her foe in every facet of the game – particularly in the clinch and on the mat. By the time the third round ended, she’d done more than enough to earn the judges’ favor.
With this dominant win, Gadelha returns to the win column and reminds the world why she’s considered the second-best strawweight on earth. She’s now 14-2 overall. Casey, meanwhile, has a two-fight streak derailed by the loss. She’s now a tough 6-4 overall.
Jotko Scores Career-Best Win Over Thales Leites
When Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko stepped onto the canvas with former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites in Sao Paulo, it marked the biggest test of his 19-fight career. He passed that test with flying colors.
For three rounds, Jotko outclassed his talented for on the feet, and despite Leites’ grappling accolades, on the mat as well. By the time the final bell chimed, Jotko had amassed more than 8 minutes of control time and almost 100 strikes, while Leites was able to land a mere 4. Needless to say, it was a clear-cut win for the Pole.
With the win, Jotko moves to a fantastic, 19-1 and establishes himself as a bona fide middleweight contender. Leites, meanwhile, returns to the loss column after a submission defeat of Chris Camozzi. He’s now 26-7 overall.
Usman Dominates Alves to Unanimous Decision
The second bout of the main card occurred in the welterweight division, where Kamaru Usman took on a fellow prospect in Brazil’s Warlley Alves.
Though Usman is known for his grappling, he flaunted an evolving stand-up game in this fight, battering his foe not only on the mat but also on the feet, en route to a sound, unanimous decision win. It was one of the most impressive wins of the TUF veteran’s career.
With the win, Usman extends his win-streak to eight, and continues his march up the welterweight ranks. Now 9-1 overall, he used his post-fight interview with Jon Anik to call out top-ranked contender Demian Maia. While this callout was perhaps a bit premature, Usman is undeniably ready for a big step up.
In defeat, Alves falls onto the first two-fight skid of his career, having given up a decision to Bryan Barberena in his last fight. He’s now 10-2 overall.
Moraes Takes Close Decision from Ottow
The main card was kicked off by an intriguing welterweight bout between Zak Ottow and Brazil’s Sergio Moraes. It was an extremely close contest.
Though Ottow was the busier man on the feet over the course of the fight, Moraes was effective with his counters throughout, and also managed to rack up more than four minutes of control time. In the end, these things were enough to earn the judges’ favor, as Moraes was awarded a tight, split decision win.
With the win, Moraes returns to winning ways after a split draw against Luan Chagas in his last bout. He has not lost a fight since June of 2012, and now sits at 11-2-1 overall. Ottow, meanwhile, has a five-fight streak snapped by the loss. He’s now 14-4-0 overall.
Ferreira Chokes Hermansson in the Second
The prelims were wrapped up by an intriguing middleweight showdown. In one corner, we had Brazil’s Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira. In the other, we had Sweden’s Jack Hermansson. It was a blowout for a Brazilian.
After a strong first round, Ferreira sealed the deal with a beautiful arm-triangle choke. Though Hermansson did his best to fight his way out of the choke, he was eventually forced to surrender with a tap.
With the win, Ferreira moves onto a three-fight streak, having recently decisioned Oluwale Bamgbose and Anthony Smith. He’s now 11-5 in sum. Hermansson, meanwhile, has a 9-fight streak snapped by the loss. He’s now 14-3 overall.
Antigulov Taps de Lima in One
The second last bout of the undercard saw Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Marcos Rogerio de Lima duke it out in an intriguing clash of light heavyweight prospects.
Though the odds identified the debuting Antigulov as a slight underdog, he came through in the biggest way possible, tapping his foe with a sneakily applied guillotine choke just over a minute into the first round.
With the win, the Dagestan native extends his win-streak to a whopping 13. He’s now 19-4 overall. De Lima, meanwhile, returns to the loss column after a nice win over Clint Hester. He’s now 14-4-1 in total.
Eduardo Blitzes Gamburyan, Gamburyan Retires
When bantamweight veterans Johnny Eduardo and Manny Gamburyan collided on Sao Paulo’s undercard, it was a clear clash of speed and power. The speed advantage was obviously in Eduardo’s corner, while Armenia’s Gamburyan had the clear power edge.
Though Gamburyan’s wicked power nearly won him the fight in the first round, he was ultimately overwhelmed by his foe’s blinding speed in the second, when he was dropped by a light-speed jab and polished off by a meteor shower of ground and pound.
With the TKO win, Eduardo rebounds from a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling. His overall record now sits at 28-10. Gamburyan, meanwhile, chose to announce his retirement in the wake of this loss. He’ll embark on his well-deserved retirement with a 15-10 overall record.
Henrique Taps Colombo in Gruelling Fight
The first televised bout of the night occurred in the heavyweight division, as 23-year-old Brazilian grappling specialist Luis Henrique took on Danish striker Christian Colombo.
Henrique made it ugly through rounds one and two, grinding his foe into the cage like he was trying to push him through the chain-link, and scoring with a whopping five takedowns. In the third, the Brazilian sealed the deal with a guillotine choke.
With the win, the young heavyweight moves onto a two-fight streak, having tapped Dmitry Smoliakov in his last bout. He’s now 9-2 overall. Colombo, meanwhile, remains winless over the course of two UFC bouts, having fought Jarjis Danho to a majority draw in his Octagon debut. He’s now 8-2-1 overall.
Munhoz Guillotine Spoils Scoggins’ Bantamweight Debut
The second bout of the night saw flyweight contender Justin Scoggins take his first fight in the 135-pound bantamweight division. His opponent was Brazilian submission specialist Pedro Munhoz.
Though Scoggins was the better man in the first round, he ultimately became the latest victim of Munhoz’s grappling skill, tapping to a guillotine in the second.
The win is Munhoz’s second in a row via guillotine, and it moves him to a solid 13-2 overall. Scoggins, meanwhile, returns to the loss column after impressive defeats of Josh Sampo and Ray Borg. He’s now 11-3 overall.'
Stewart TKOs Barroso After Accidental Head Butt
The first bout of the night occurred in the light heavyweight division, as England’s Darren Stewart made his Octagon debut opposite Brazil’s Francimar Barroso.
While Stewart would ultimately walk away from this one with a nice TKO win, the replay revealed that the blow that initially dropped his foe was an inadvertent head butt to the face. As such, his debut win will have a bit of an asterisk attached to it.
With the win, Stewart keeps his perfect record in tact at 8-0. Barroso, meanwhile, finds himself on a 2-fight skid. He’s now 18-6 in sum.
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