Stay tuned to https://mmainsight.com this evening for all the results live as they happen from UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil.
The prelims should get underway at around 4.30pm ET (8.30pm UK) with the main card going live at 7pm ET (11pm UK).
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Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua by TKO at 1.31mins of Rd3
CB Dollaway defeats Cezar ‘Mutante’ by TKO at 0.39mins of Rd1
Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke ends in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28 x2)
Santos looked to have the edge in the stand-up in the first round of this fight, with some good body kicks in particular making their mark. Sensing that, Parke resorted to clinch work in the second round, though he was unable to get the takedown he was seeking and was also deducted a point after grabbing a hold of Santos’ shorts in the process of one attempt. In the final round Parke again sought the clinch at every opportunity and grinded on towards the final bell where he discovered his tactics had earned him a majority draw.
Fabio Maldonado defeats Gian Villante by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28 x2)
What a turnaround in this fight. In the first round Villante was all over Maldonado on the mat and it looked like being a long, frustrating night for the Brazilian. Things went from bad to worse from him early in the second as Villante tried to get him down again and then cracked him with a knee that left his face instantly soaked in blood. There was no quit in Maldonado though, and from this point on he dug deep and began to take the fight to Villante. His strikes started to land and he was piecing together combinations of the jab nicely. By the third round Villante looked tired, and to be fair Maldonado did too, but he had the bit between his teeth now and continued to press forward with hard shots to the head and body of his opponent. Villante was exhausted now with his hands held low, eating shot after shot, yet somehow remaining standing. And so it continued for pretty much the entire five minutes as Maldonado battered him from pillar to post, staggering Villante on a number of occasions, but not finding the final killer blow. Nonetheless, two out of the three judges saw that as a 10-8 round and he gets the unanimous decision victory.
Michel Prazeres defeats Mairbek Taisumov by unanimous decision (30-25 x3)
Prazeres did very well in this fight, not only besting Taisumov on the mat as would have been expected, passing his guard with ease and gaining mount a number of times, but also getting the better of him in the striking for the most part too. Taisumov didn’t do himself any favors with numerous illegal cage grabs to prevent takedowns resulting in him being deducted a point and late in the fight being threatened with disqualification, while he was also deducted a further point in the first round for an illegal kick to his grounded opponent. Bad night at the office for him, but a very good one for Prazeres.
Rony Jason defeats Steven Siler by TKO at 1.17mins of Rd1
The first round finishes continue into the main card as Jason comes out aggressively and rocks Siler with an overhand right and then a left hook which dropped him. Jason looks to follow up with strikes, but there’s no need as the referee’s ended the fight, giving him the TKO finish. The replay shows that Siler seemed ok and was actually throwing upkicks after landing on his back, but the referee already in the process of stopping the fight.
Four first round finishes out of five prelim fights – not bad, not bad at all!
Thiago Santos defeats Ronny Markes by TKO at 0.53mins of Rd1
Great stoppage victory for the big underdog Santos here. He slammed a huge kick into the body of Markes in the first minute of the fight which brought about a delayed reaction from his opponent who then slumped to the mat. Santos followed up with authorty, landing repeated hammerfists until the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Jussier Formiga defeats Scott Jorgensen by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3.07mins of Rd1
A big feather in the cap of Formiga tonight as he takes out a well seasoned veteran in Jorgensen with a first round rear-naked choke, though there was a bit of luck in it as an accidental clash of heads was what allowed him to get his opponent to the mat. Nevertheless, the UFC haven’t been hesitating to cut experienced fighters from the roster recently and with three losses in a row, Jorgensen will surely be worried about his own spot on the roster.
Kenny Robertson defeats Thiago Perpetuo by submission (Rear-naked choke) at 1.45mins of Rd1
The prelims pick up pace again as Robertson produces a swift rear-naked choke finish against Perpetuo after a series of transitions on the mat saw him get to mount, soften him up with a few strikes and then take his back to sink in the submission.
Hans Stringer defeats Francimar Barroso by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Not much to choose between these two in a tepid fight that fizzled out long before it finished.
Godofredo Pepey defeats Noad Lahat by KO at 2.39mins of Rd1
UFC Fight Night 38 is off to a flying start, quite literally, as Pepey knocks out Lahat with a devastating flying knee half way through the first round.