UFC Sao Paulo in tweets
UFC Sao Paulo is in the books and it certainly delivered just like every event in Brazil usually does.
Kicking off the main card was a Brazil vs. Brazil contest as Markus Perez squared off against Wellington Turman, who was seeking his first UFC win. In the first round, Turman was relying on his superior grappling skills and spent a lot of the round controlling Perez, who didn’t have an answer. Perez had his best round of the fight in the second as he was starting to find a home for his body kicks but Turman just kept marching forward. The 23-year-old, who lost a split decision to Karl Roberson in his UFC debut, finished the fight on top having spent nearly two minutes of the final five in the full mount position. Turman saw out an unanimous decision with a trio of 30-27 scores via the judges.
Next up was another all Brazilian bout as Antonio Arroyo went up against Andre Muniz at Middleweight. Arroyo started very quickly and landed his signature body kick and jumped on Muniz who caught his arm and nearly submitted Arroyo within the first minute. The second round consisted of near domination by Muniz as he controlled Arroyo for the whole round without landing anything significant. This fight was one of the only down sides of what was overall an action packed event. Muniz won the fight via unanimous decision and is now on the board in the UFC.
One of the most anticipated fights on the card was up next as Jared Gordon, the biggest underdog on the card, went up against Brazil’s own Charles Oliveira at 155lbs. Submission specialist Oliveira was unbeaten in Brazil in his career and he extended that record as he caught Gordon, who was rushing in, and floored the American twice en route to a 15th finish in the Lightweight division. Oliveira, who promised to be more outspoken, went to call out the “Notorious” Conor McGregor and also the last man to beat him two years ago in Paul Felder.
The co-main event was on deck next, as UFC legend Shogun Rua squared off against Scottish submission specialist Paul Craig at Light Heavyweight. From the off, it was clear to see Paul Craig was coming in to finish the fight early and he almost did just that. Craig had Shogun against the cage and was teeing off on the veteran with a number of strikes, splitting the guard of Rua, but failed to get the finish. In the second, it was Shogun who started to implement his gameplan more and that consisted of taking the fight to the floor. He controlled “Bearjew” for nearly the whole round as the Scot struggled to get back to his feet. It was much of the same in the third as Shogun saw out the last moments of the fight on top, and the general consensus was that Rua had edged the fight. One judge scored it for Rua, one for Craig and the third judge scored it a 28-28 to make it a draw.
The main event of the evening was finally here soon after, as Jacare Souza was making his debut at 205lbs against top contender, Jan Blachowicz. Jacare had cardio issues in his last fight at Middleweight and it was going to be interesting to see how he transitioned into the new weight class. Early in the first, Jacare was pressuring Jan against the cage and controlled him there for nearly 3 minutes but not much action prevailed.
The second round followed suit and Jacare controlled the round with Jan struggling to gain any offense through the first 10 minutes. In the third, Jan started quicker and it was clear to see he was the sharper on the feet. He landed a couple of good shots which stopped the progression of the Brazilian and allowed the Pole to take control of the fight. Between rounds, it was revealed that Blachowicz had broken his left foot and the severe swelling confirmed that. In the final round, Jan started like he knew he needed a finish — and he appeared to drop Jacare with a short uppercut. But, with the theme of the fight, he failed to capitalize on it. It was Blachowicz who edged out the fight via split decision as he called out champion Jon Jones, but with the broken foot he may have to wait until he has healed up to see what’s in store for him next.
Check out the reaction below to the night of action.
Jan Blachowicz vs Jacare Souza
Is Blachowicz turning blue in the face or does my TV just suck?? #UFCSaoPaulo
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 17, 2019
Both guys were smart and patient. It gets tough in there. My boy went up in weight. Draw or jaca wins @JacareMMA
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 17, 2019
Shogun Rua vs Paul Craig
A split draw ? TF . I scored it for shogun, I half watched, but every time I looked shogun was out working his opponent… #UFCSP
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 17, 2019
Charles Oliveira vs Jared Gordon
Woahhh I thought this fight woulda been different #UFCSP
— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) November 17, 2019
Andre Muniz vs Antonio Arroyo
— UFC (@ufc) November 17, 2019
Wellington Turman vs Markus Perez
Well done!! #UFCSP
— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) November 17, 2019
Check out the full results below
Jan Blachowicz bt Jacare Souza via Decision (Split) (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Shougun Rua vs Paul Craig – Draw (Split) (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Charles Oliveira bt Jared Gordon via KO (Punches) Round 1 – 1:26
Andre Muniz bt Antonio Arroyo via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Wellington Turman bt Markus Perez via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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