UFC Fight Night: Assuncao vs Moraes 2 Results
The main event of the evening in Fortaleza, Brazil was a bantamweight rematch between #3 Raphael Assuncao and #4 Marlon Moraes. The two have previously faced off in 2017 when Assuncao fought to a split decision victory. As they faced again, this fight was likely going to determine the next challenger for TJ Dillashaw’s belt while he was away on business in the division below.
The fight didn’t last half as long as their first bout as Marlon Moraes successfully avenged his defeat from two years prior by submitting Assuncao in the very first round. Looking the more energetic fighter in there, Moraes caught Assuncao with two heavy right hands before establishing top position on the ground and finishing the bout with a crafty guillotine choke.
Despite claiming in the post fight interview, that Dillashaw doesn’t deserve to fight him next after his recent showing down at flyweight, Moraes is now likely the next candidate to step into the Octagon and challenge TJ for the bantamweight crown.
In the co-main event of the evening, Jose Aldo may have cemented himself as the next in line to get back in there with Max Holloway for the featherweight title as he stormed through fellow Brazilian Renato Moicano. After a quiet first round, Aldo flew out of the gates for the second and unloaded on Moicano, leaving him stunned and forcing the ref to intervene and stop the fight. In his second stoppage win in a row, the former champ showed that he has not yet said his last word in the featherweight division and 2019 could be the year in which he reclaims his throne.
Demian Maia had a typical Demian Maia outing in his return to the win column after three straight losses as he climbed on Lyman Good’s back and submitted him via a rear naked choke in the very first round of this welterweight bout. The fight was only going one way as Maia successfully shot for a takedown and from there quickly secured back position and took care of business in what was his 20th victory inside the Octagon, tying all time greats Georges St. Pierre and Michael Bisping for second most wins in UFC history.
UFC 8-year veteran Charles Oliveira put on a show in a lightweight matchup against David Teymur. Despite a slow start due to an eye poke by Teymur, Oliveira regrouped and took over the fight on the feet before securing a takedown and following it with a slick anaconda choke to put away his opponent. That was Oliveira’s fourth consecutive win in the lightweight division and he will be looking for a big fight in his next outing as he puts together a run at the 155 title.
In the nights second fight, explosive light heavyweight Johnny Walker broke onto every UFC fans watchlist as he needed just 15 seconds to take care of Justin Ledet. Walker came out looking relaxed and landed a high kick followed by a spinning back-fist which dropped Ledet and left him exposed to a flurry of ground and pound that followed and subsequently stopped the fight. Walker is a very exciting up and comer in the light heavyweight division and he is likely going to have a number next to his name when the UFC rankings get updated next week.
In the opening bout of UFC Fortaleza, two straw weight division prospects in Livia Renata Souza and undefeated Sarah Frota faced off to kick things off in Brazil. This fight was switched to a catchweight bout at 123lbs as Frota significantly missed weight on Friday. In what was a tight, back and forth bout, Souza emerged successful via split decision despite having chances to finish Frota twice by almost locking in an arm-bar and a rear naked choke.
Full results below:
Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes def. Raphael Assuncao via R1 Sub. (Guillotine choke)
Featherweight: Jose Aldo def. Renato Moicano via R2 TKO (Punches)
Welterweight: Demian Maia def. Lyman Good via R1 Sub. (Rear-naked choke)
Lightweight: Charles Oliveira def. David Teymur via R2 Sub. (Anaconda choke)
L-Heavyweight: Johnny Walker def. Justin Ledet via R1 TKO (Spinning backfist & punches)
Catchweight (123lbs): Livia Renata Souza def. Sarah Frota via Split Decision
Middleweight: Markus Perez def. Anthony Hernandez via R2 Sub. (Anaconda choke)
W-Flyweight: Mara Romero Borella def Taila Santos via Split Decision
Welterweight: Thiago Alves def. Max Griffin via Split Decision
Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruick def. Junior Albini via R2 TKO (Head kick & punches)
Featherweight: Geraldo de Freitas def. Felipe Colares via Unanimous Decision
Bantamweight: Said Nurmagomedov def. Ricardo Ramos via R1 TKO (Body kick & punches)
Catchweight (127lbs): Rogerio Bontorin def. Magomed Bibulatov via Split Decision
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