The following are the quick results and reaction from the latest UFC Fight Night event that took place on Saturday, March 11. The show aired live on FOXSports 1 from Fortaleza, Brazil and featured Kelvin Gastelum vs. Vitor Belfort in the main event.
Fight Pass Preliminary Bouts:
They aired a package featuring Jeremy Kennedy being happy to go to enemy territory to face Rony Jason. Jason said he is excited to show Kennedy the real Jason Voorhees.
Jon Anik and Brian Stann were on the call.
Paulo Borrachinha def. Garreth McLellan by TKO in Round 1 of a middleweight bout. McLellan wasn’t top flight competition here, but no one to date in UFC had ended him that quickly. Borrachinha kept up the forward pressure and dominated him. If he keeps growing and getting impressive wins, he could well be a future star in Brazil.
Jeremy Kennedy def. Rony Jason by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout. I wouldn’t be shocked if Rony got released. Kennedy has a high ceiling and youth on his side. His wrestling was impressive, his ground and pound game was solid, and he had great endurance. He scored 10 takedowns I think. Kennedy might end up being a very tough out at featherweight.
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Bouts:
Michel Prazeres def. Joshua Burkman by submission in round 1 of a lightweight bout. Prazeres caught Burkman early and just never let up until he got the finish. Burkman never got on track and was never able to put anything together.
Joe Soto def. Rani Yahya by unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout. This fight swung in the second round with an accidental headbutt. Soto got opened up and Yahya started to gas out. Soto countered his slow start and showed a lot of heart even though he was bleeding like mad.
Sergio Moraes def. Davi Ramos by unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. Ramos took this on short notice, and Moraes took it safe against him. Ramos is a lightweight and he just couldn’t do much with the longer, larger opponent.
Kevin Lee def. Francisco Trinaldo by submission in round 2 of a lightweight bout. Lee snapped Trinaldo’s seven fight win streak and did it in pretty impressive fashion. Trinaldo is a tough out, but the improving Lee put it together well with the help of his coaches. Trinaldo put a strong first round together and didn’t lose anything, but he definitely hurt his title chances.
Fox Sports 1 Main Card:
Alex Oliveira def. Tim Means by submission in round 2 of a welterweight bout. Means will bounce back from this loss. He always puts on fun fights and he’s always looking pretty strong. Oliviera had him though most of the way in this fight and his wrestling was exceptionally strong. The punch after the bell and his attitude though, well, that needs some work.
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau in a women’s bantamweight bout went to a majority draw. This was a solid fight and I believe the judging of it being a draw was the right result. Correia had her for the first ten minutes, but Reneau came back strong in the third with a head kick and working strong on the ground. Shame she couldn’t get the finish in a good fight. Both fighters’ stock got raised here.
Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga by unanimous decision in a flyweight bout. Borg improved his stock in the division with this victory. If he keeps making weight, he will definitely have plenty of time to keep improving his skill set. This was a very technical fight that I thought Formiga may have been a bit too passive in. Formiga won’t be hurt much by this loss.
Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush by KO in round 2 of a lightweight bout. The knee shot that ended this fight was just straight violence. Dariush is not to be put down here – his strategy was good in the first round and he hung in, but Barboza took over in the second. His speed is amazing. An impressive finish for a guy who should be getting another shot at Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship fight.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Gian Villante by TKO in round 3 of a light heavyweight bout. Shogun showed that he still has his power and took advantage of what turned into a brawl style fight. Villante played right into Rua’s strengths, kept his hands down, and was sloppy without much movement.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Vitor Belfort by TKO in round 1 of a middleweight bout. Gastelum was outstanding against a Belfort that looked better than he had over his past couple of fights. Gastelum just had too much speed and power for Belfort to hang with him. Belfort likely will end up going against non-contenders in the future if he continues to fight. Gastelum, in the meantime, seems to be on track for a title run if he sticks around in the middleweight division. If I’m UFC, I’m looking at Derek Brunson and Luke Rockhold as future opponents for Gastelum, or even Anderson Silva.