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Still Rolling: Miocic Enters Brazil, Finishes Maldonado

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The 22nd and final fight of the UFC's day-night doubleheader ended in a matter of moments, as Stipe Miocic finished Fabio Maldonado in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale from Sao Paulo.

Originally scheduled to meet former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, Miocic made sure there would be no upset. He picked off Maldonado right off the bat, finishing him with a nasty punch and adding some quick round-and-pound.

"I was real nervous," Miocic said. "The guy is a tank and he keeps coming forward, he doesn't stop. I had to get my shots in and I got in a good punch. (Saturday) was my night."

Miocic (12-1) has now won three straight, adding to wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson. Overall, he's 6-1 in the UFC, with the lone loss coming to Stefan Struve.

As for dos Santos, Miocic was asked if that is a fight he would like to have re-booked. "Cigano" suffered a hand injury just weeks before the planned bout and had to pull out.

"Yeah, it would be great to fight Junior," Miocic said. "But he's hurt. I hope he gets better and I will just keep training."

Maldonado (21-7) was moving up from light heavyweight to make his main event debut inside the Octagon. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for the Brazilian, who is now 4-4 in eight UFC appearances.

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale Bonuses Revealed

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Four fighters earned an additional $50,000 for their efforts Saturday night at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado. The card took place from Sao Paulo, with the main card airing on FOX Sports 1.

Stipe Miocic, who earned a TKO victory in the main event over Fabio Maldonado, and Warlley Alves were given "Performance of the Night" awards, while Kevin Souza and Mark Eddiva earned the "Fight of the Night."

Miocic earned his third straight victory, taking out Maldonado, who had replaced Junior dos Santos in the fight. Dos Santos suffered a hand injury weeks before in training.

Alves was awarded the title of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 middleweight champion by submitting Marcio Alexandre, Jr. in the third round.

Souza scored a second round TKO victory over Eddiva to start the FOX Sports 1 fights and open the prelims.

TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic Vs. Maldonado PBP, Results

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Welcome to FightLine's live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado.

Tonight's card comes to us live from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting refresh for the latest results.


In early Fight Pass action:

Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobar via TKO (strikes) at 2:47 of Round 1

Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardson Moreira via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 1

Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:06 of Round 2

Kevin Souza vs. Mark Eddiva

We begin the televised portion of the night with featherweight Kevin Souza and Mark Eddiva.

Souza (14-3) scored a split decision over Felipe Arantes last September and is on a eight-fight win streak. Eddiva (6-0) earned a decision victory over Jumabieke Tuerxun in his debut in March with the UFC, having won all of his previous five fights via finish.

Round 1: Souza with a huge reach advantage at six inches. He's keeping Eddiva at bay so far, just missing on a huge left hook. Eddiva with a nice counter-right that connected. Eddiva with a nice side kick and he rocks Souza back with another strike. Eddiva drops Souza and is looking to pass, possibly setting up a kimura with three minutes to go. He postures up and lands a nice left-right. Souza hurts him with a combo and Eddiva tries for a takedown, but gets denied. Souza with a huge cut over his right eye and Eddiva is bleeding around the hairline. These two are exciting the Brazilian crowd by just standing and banging. Huge pair of rights land from Souza, who has Eddiva wobbly but he survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Round 2: Side-kick from Eddiva lands, as he appears to be a bit refresher after that incredible opening five minutes of striking. Shots to both the outside and inside of the leg from Eddiva, who eats a right-hand for his efforts. Eddiva really picking him apart in this round with strikes and kicks, as he is throwing things in bunches and Souza is only getting off a shot at a time. He shoots for a single-leg and ties Souza up against the fence, landing knees to the thighs. Souza appears to have found his second wind, hammering away with a left-right that nearly drops Eddiva. Another left-right combo and Eddiva might be on dream street. The left-hook has been the best weapon for Souza and he catches Eddiva against the fence. Rights to the head and body by Souza and he is going to get the stoppage victory.

Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of Round 2

Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

Welterweights are up next, as Paulo Thiago squares off with Gasan Umalatov.

Thiago (15-6) has gone just 2-5 in his last seven after back-to-back wins vs. Mike Swick and Jacob Volkmann. He is coming off a submission loss to Brandon Thatch in November.

Umalatov (14-3-1) lost his UFC debut to Neil Magny earlier this year, but does hold nine finishes to his resume.

Round 1: Nice spinning back right off the bat by Umalatov and Thiago answers with his own stiff kick. Another stiff kick from Thiago connects and Umalatov answers this time. Another spinning attack to the chin of Thiago. Umalatov bullies him against the cage, much to the chagrin of the Brazilian faithful. Umalatov trying for a potential choke as we head under a minute left in this opening round. Thiago springs to his feet and gets out, but is tied up against the cage yet again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Umalatov

Round 2: Thiago's corner told him to be more assertive and it is to start, coming right out after Umalatov. It's Umalatov, though, that catches him with a left hook and drops Thiago. Umalatov pounces and attacks, forcing Thiago to try for a takedown. He's on top and looking for a guillotine, but he's out of position for it and Thiago gets to his feet. Head kick by Thiago, spinning kick from Umalatov and a spinning kick by Thiago all in succession. Thiago ties him up against the fence and is working for a single-leg, but it's Umalatov who drops down and is in control on the canvas. Umalatov working a guillotine, but Thiago escapes and tries for a takedown, which he gets on a second attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Umalatov

Round 3: Very slow, methodical start to the round, as they have both settled in and are looking for an opening to strike. Thiago's corner wants a takedown in the worst way possible, pleading with him to shoot. We've got just 90 seconds left and neither fighter has made a strong push to claim this third and final round. A left from Thiago stuns Umalatov for a brief moment, as he winces. Thiago tries to clinch, but it's Umalatov who gets the upper-hand. Good finish for Thiago and how the judges viewed the second could be the determining factor.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thiago

Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio

Our first of two lightweight fights hits the Octagon now, as Ernest Chavez and Elias Silverio meet in a battle of undefeated fighters.

Chavez (7-0) owns three knockout wins, while Silverio (10-0) also has stopped three opponents.

Round 1: Chavez getting off nice combos to start, peppering Silverio with lefts and rights. Chavez mixing up his strikes, attacking the body and head. Silverio shoots for a takedown, but doesn't put much effort behind it and is denied. Good knees to the body by Silverio, as Chavez ties him up with a body lock. Silverio seems to have found his range, landing a spinning attack and another shot to the lead leg. Some limping by Chavez and he eats a right hand to the face. Glancing blow off a head-kick by Silverio and he forces Chavez to clinch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silverio

Round 2: Silverio has opened a cut on the forehead of Chavez while they are against the fence, and the ref has seen enough and separates them. Chavez shoots again for the takedown, and now that they are apart, the cut appears to be around the mouth. Right hand from Silverio lands and rocks Chavez, followed by a jab. Two straight kicks to the body by Silverio and he is on point with his striking, but eats a left to the nose. Silverio hits him with a kick and has him hurt, as Chavez was almost to the point of doubling over. More knees to the body by Silverio.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silverio

Round 3: Heavy breathing by Chavez and he looks gassed to start this round, almost struggling to move around. However, he'll get some time to recover after a groin strike lands. Spinning back kick by Silverio lands to the upper arm region of Chavez, and a glancing blow off a head-kick. Good exchange as we go under three minutes left and Silverio goes back to the kicks and jabs. Silverio goes for a takedown, secures it and gets in the hooks. Moments later and this one is all over, as he scores with a rear-naked choke.

Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of Round 3

Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov

We'll conclude the prelims with lightweights Rodrigo Damm and Rashid Magomedov.

Damm (12-6) is on a two-fight win streak and has gone 3-1 with the UFC, while Magomedov (16-1) has picked up victories in each of his last nine fights.

Round 1: Damm using the kicks to keep Magomedov at bay so far, peppering him with high and low kicks. Now when Damm throws a kick, he's eating a counter left. Magomedov lands a kick to the body with power and another after a left from Damm. Magomedov drops Damm, but he doesn't want any part of the ground game with seconds left in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov

Round 2: A kickboxing match so far in this round, as both are trying to figure out when and where they can attack. Damm has yet to do much of anything this round, and even commentator Brian Stann is pleading with him to open up the offense. For every one strike thrown by Damm, hit or miss, he's eating two in return. Damm finally opens up with a minute left, rocking Magomedov with a shot.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov

Round 3: Magomedov fakes the body kick and goes to the head, but it's just a glancing blow. Damm tries to gain control against the fence with under-hooks, but he's unable to get the takedown. Magomedov fires off and lands a left with two minutes left in the round. Little more offense from Damm, as he fires off a nice combo. Mini-flurry and Stann wonders if Damm has broke his right hand. Magomedov with a shot to the body that hurts Damm.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Damm

Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


Rony Jason vs. Robbie Peralta

We kickoff the main card with featherweights Rony Jason and Robbie Peralta.

Jason (14-4), a former Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner, rebounded from a 2013 loss to Jeremy Stephens to finish Steven Siler in March. He is 4-1 with the UFC and 9-1 in his last 10.

Peralta (17-4) has gone 3-1 with one no-contest since signing out of Strikeforce, including a knockout of Estevan Payan in December. He also defeated Jason Young and Mike Lullo, while falling to Akira Corassani, and talked with FightLine recently concerning his bout with Jason.

Round 1: Jason coming right out after Peralta, backing him up to the fence. Peralta goes with an outside leg kick and Jason answers with a left. They clinch again and Peralta has him against the cage. Judo takedown scores by Jason who tries to take the back but gets too high. Combo lands by Peralta, who follows up with a kick to the body. Right hand answer from Jason, much to the delight of the Brazilian crowd. Overhand right misses from Peralta and Jason land an inside hook.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jason

Round 2: Peralta lands first and Jason has some swelling under his right eye. Here comes Peralta, landing several lefts and rights. He locks up with Jason against the cage after the flurry, but gets taken down off a trip. Peralta reverses off a submission attempt and is now inside the guard with two-plus minutes left. Jason throws up a triangle, almost gets an armbar, but Peralta is able to break free. Peralta lands with a right that stuns Jason, who tells him to "bring it." Head kick from Jason is blocked. Huge flurry from both to end the round, as they tee off on each other.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Peralta

Round 3: Counter left hook connects by Peralta after Jason goes too high, and he follows up with another low kick. Peralta with a combo as he storms in after. Jason comes back to the body and Peralta catches a shot to the eye. We have a break in the action. Peralta had some issues seeing and is still blinking, but he refused to have the doctor come in. Peralta's working hard to keep Jason at bay to avoid not seeing a shot coming in. Nice side kick by Peralta as Jason continues to try and come forward. Jason scores with a takedown, but Peralta immediately gets to a knee and stands up, avoiding any damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Peralta

Robbie Peralta def. Rony Jason via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)

Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Welterweights are up next, as Demian Maia looks to get back on track against Alexander Yakovlev.

Maia (18-6) has lost two straight since winning three in a row, falling to Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields via decision. The former one-time UFC title contender is 12-6 in 18 Octagon fights.

Yakovlev (21-4-1) is making his UFC debut after earning a decision over Paul Daley in November. He is 8-1-1 in his last 10, with the lone loss coming to fellow UFC fighter Rashid Magomedov.

Round 1: Maia controlling the center of the Octagon, sending Yakovlev retreating with each strike. Maia shoots for a takedown, but Yakovlev easily steps out of the way. Two minutes to go and Maia scores with his second takedown attempt. He's got the mount and is unloading with nice elbows from in close. Yakovlev is attempting to tie him up and force a stand-up, but that isn't happening at this point. Good shots getting through by the Brazilian. Maia finishes the round strongly.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Round 2: Maia fends off an easy takedown attempt by Yakovlev and scores with his own, immediately passing and bettering his position. He moves back to the full mount and is looking to unload. Yakovlev almost gives up his back, but avoids doing that. Yakovlev does a nice job of avoiding much punishment and reverses, gaining the upper hand. He stands up and locks in a choke, working for a possible anaconda choke with a minute to go. He ends up back in the guard of Maia.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Round 3: Strong leg kicks by Yakovlev to start the round, as he appears to have gained some confidence after the end of the second. Good left and Maia looks a little winded at this point. Yakovlev shoots and scores with a big takedown, moving directly into side control, but Maia is able to get back to his feet. Maia gets off a nice left, but Yakovlev answers and lands an uppercut. As we head under three minutes, Maia lands a trip takedown and is in the full mount. Yakovlev trying to tie him up and get the ref to step in, but Maia is doing just enough to stay active. Maia tries for an armbar in the final seconds, but can't get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Demian Maia def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Warlley Alves vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

We crown the first of two new Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winners as middleweights Warlley Alves and Marcio Alexandre, Jr. meet.

Alves (6-0) has finished each of his last three opponents, while Alexandre (12-0) owns 10 knockout credits to his resume, including seven straight.

Round 1: Alves takes him down and immediately moves into side control. Alexandre gets an underhook and that allows him to move this fight back up to the feet. Alves with a huge double-leg takedown, perfectly executed and would have made his coach Chael Sonnen brought. Alexandre again avoids much damage and gets to his feet with two minutes to go. Some nice knees to the body from Alves. Body kick from Alves, and a second, and he has his striking on-point. Nice spinning up-kick from Alves, who follows up with another takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alves

Round 2: Alves with another easy takedown and he is inside the guard of Alexandre, who is keeping him close to avoid the heavy strikes. Now, Alves postures up and is hammering big strikes. Plenty of damage and punishment on the face of Alexandre, who is getting worked by Alves.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alves

Round 3: Just seconds into the final round and Alves catches Alexandre, securing a guillotine and choking him out cold. This one is all over.

Warlley Alves def. Marcio Alexandre, Jr. via submission (guillotine choke) at :25 of Round 3 to become The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 middleweight winner

Antonio Carlos, Jr. vs. Vitor Miranda

The co-main event features the heavyweight finals from The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, as Antonio Carlos, Jr. squares off with Vitor Miranda.

Carlos (3-0) has won all three of his pro fights via submission, while Miranda (9-3) is on a four-fight win streak and holds eight stoppage victories to his credit.

Round 1: Carlos coming out and applying the pressure, cutting off the cage and trapping Miranda, who gets double under-hooks. Carlos reverses and has him against the cage now. A low blow from Carlos forces a stop. Carlos hurts him with a leg kick, follows up with a takedown and is in prime position to attack. He's got Miranda up against the fence, but that allows him to stand up. Back to the clinch and Carlos connects with a knee to the body and an elbow. Good left hand by Carlos connects and he lands three straight kicks. Combination for Carlos and Miranda has a small cut around his left eye.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carlos

Round 2: A touch of gloves and Miranda takes the opportunity to land a leg kick. Carlos scores the takedown and is on a dominant position, holding Miranda down and landing huge shots. He's being calculated with his attacks, switching from side control to guard. Carlos almost locks up a heel hook off his back, but Miranda gets free. Carlos nearly gets a triangle choke secured and we have a weird tie up between these two. Miranda rotates, gets free and we are back to the feet and against the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carlos

Round 3: Carlos earns a takedown right off the bat, tying him up against the fence. As soon as Miranda gets to his feet, Carlos scoops him up and throws him to the canvas again. Miranda slips out, but he winds up right back on his back and with Carlos on top. Again, Miranda works hard to his feet and gets tripped down. This time, Carlos goes to the back with a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carlos

Antonio Carlos, Jr. def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) to become The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 heavyweight winner

Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado

We conclude the day-night doubleheader with heavyweight action, as Stipe Miocic collides with Fabio Maldonado.

Miocic (11-1) was set to face Junior dos Santos, but the former champion suffered a hand injury and was removed. He is coming off wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson, and owns a 5-1 Octagon mark overall.

Maldonado (21-6) is moving up from 205 pounds and is riding a three-bout win streak. He dropped three straight prior to his current run, but was unbeaten from 2007-2011.

Round 1: Maldonado wastes no time, coming right out after Miocic. However, it's Miocic who lands the first real shot and he does it again. A big right hand connects and several quick rights and this one is all over. Huge right landed flush and he had no answer on the ground.

Stipe Miocic def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (strikes) at :35 of Round 1

That concludes our double-event day. Thanks for joining us.

Fabio Maldonado Ready To Make An Impact At TUF Brazil 3 Finale

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Fabio Maldonado laid it down plain and simple when asked why he accepted a heavyweight fight with Stipe Miocic on short notice.

"I'm a man," said Maldonado, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. "I'm not hurt, so there's no reason not take on a challenge like this."

Maldonado and Miocic will square off Saturday night in the main event from Sao Paulo, Brazil at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. Miocic was originally scheduled to take on Junior dos Santos, but the former UFC heavyweight champion suffered a hand injury a few weeks ago.

Maldonado (21-6) has strung together a three-fight win streak that includes a March decision victory over Gian Villante. He also defeated Joey Beltran and Roger Hollett via decision last year after a loss to former No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira.

The loss to Teixeira, a bout that was stopped by a doctor after the second round, continues to bother Maldonado and was another reason he agreed to move up from light heavyweight and compete against Miocic, who is ranked inside the Top-10 after his wins over Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga.

"I think it's really shameful if you give up while you can still fight," he said. "I was really upset when they stopped the fight with Glover. When I watched the tape later, I realized that it was the right decision but I was upset that they stopped it. It is a shame to not continue to fight when you can still fight."

Maldonado owns 12 knockout victories to his credit, and another three via submission. Miocic (11-1) has finished eight of his 11 opponents by knockout, with his only loss being a TKO defeat in 2012 at the hands of Stefan Struve.

FightLine will have coverage of the card from Brazil, including play-by-play of the FOX Sports 1 main card.

Complete Weigh-In Results For TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic Vs. Maldonado

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Maldonado are now complete, as the fighters stepped to the scale earlier today in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the main event, Stipe Miocic meets Fabio Maldonado Saturday night on FOX Sports 1. Two new Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winners will also be crowned.

You can find complete weigh-in results below, along with a video replay of the proceedings. FightLine will have complete coverage of the televised fights Saturday, including play-by-play.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Stipe Miocic (238 lbs.) vs. Fabio Maldonado (225)

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Heavyweight Final
Antonio Carlos, Jr. (212) vs. Vitor Miranda (216)

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Middleweight Final
Warlley Alves (185) vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr. (184)

Demian Maia (171) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (170)

Robbie Peralta (146) vs. Rony Jason (146)


Rodrigo Damm (156) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155)

Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Elias Silverio (155)

Paulo Thiago (171) vs. Gasan Umalatov (171)

Mark Eddiva (146) vs. Kevin Souza (145)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Ricardo Abreu (183) vs. Wagner Silva (184)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima (235) vs. Richardon Moreira (216)

Matt Hobar (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)

Fabio Maldonado Steps In, Will Meet Miocic At TUF Brazil 3 Finale

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Fabio Maldonado has agreed to step in on just a few weeks notice to face Stipe Miocic at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. Combate out of Brazil first reported the news.

Maldonado will be replacing Junior dos Santos, who suffered a hand injury and was removed from the main event fight on Monday. The card takes place May 31 from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This past March, Maldonado (21-6) defeated Gian Villante. The light heavyweight has won three straight, improving his Octagon mark to 4-3 overall.

After his most recent victory, Maldonado was pushing for a bout with Dan Henderson. He made his case on Twitter, saying, "I'm a big fans of (Henderson) and it would be an honor if you gave me the chance to fight you." He sent a message to UFC president Dana White saying "I know I have a lot to improve but I'm a 5 rounds fighter. It would be a great fight for the fans and dream come true to me (to face Henderson)."

Miocic (11-1) is 5-1 with the promotion, including a victory over Roy Nelson last year. He is on a two-fight win streak.

"Honestly just happy the UFC got me a fight and I can't wait to get to Brazil to put on a show for the fans I've been hearing so much about," Miocic posted on Twitter.

Below is a look at what the current card is shaping up to be:


Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Middleweight Final

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Heavyweight Final

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Featherweight: Robbie Peralta vs. Rony Jason


Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega

Lightweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio

Lightweight: Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov

Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

Featherweight: Mark Eddiva vs. Edimilson Souza

Bantamweight: Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz

Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado set for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A light heavyweight match-up has been added to for the UFC this June.

Rising contender Kyle Kingsbury will be taking on Brazilian Fabio Maldonado at "The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale", which takes place on June 4 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main-event of the evening will put WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis against perennial contender Clay Guida. The show will serve as the culmination for the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter" which pits former champ Brock Lesnar against top contender Junior dos Santos, coaching a new wave of a talent in the welterweight class.

It's uncertain at this time whether or not Kingsbury and Maldonado will be featured on the televised main-card, but it should be, as this fight promises to be a very explosive affair. read more on the light heavyweight match-up

Brazilian PRIDE Stars Ricardo Arona, Paulo Filho Win UDs at Bitetti Combat

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Former PRIDE 205-pound contender "Brazilian Tiger" Ricardo Arona (14-5) and former WEC middleweight champion “Ely” Paulo Filho (16-1) both rang up three-round unanimous decisions at Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro Saturday night.

Arona beat “Beastman” Marvin Eastman (16-10-1), who nearly missed the fight due to Brazilian visa miscommunications. The win was Arona's first MMA fight since getting KO'd in round one versus "African Assassin" Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (6-4) at PRIDE 34 in Tokyo in April 2007. Arona had turned to professional surfing during his hiatus from fighting, but is now devoted to MMA.

Filho, himself on course for a sort of comeback after a disappointing conclusion to his WEC stint last year, beat Alex Schoenauer (13-10) controversially. Filho's hometown crowd booed the judges' decision.

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