Up-and-coming 185-pounder Ildemar Alcantara squeaked by Junior dos Santos sparring partner Eder Jones on Saturday night in the main event of Jungle Fight 41.

The pair met at Prudente de Moraes Municipal Gymnasium in Itu, Sao Paulo, for a quarterfinal matchup in the leading Brazilian promotion’s middleweight title grand prix.

Alcantara, the younger brother of UFC featherweight Iuri Alcantara, seemed to have the fight in the bag after clipping Jones and securing back mount in the opening 60 seconds. Jones wouldn’t go down that easily, however, as the Champion Team representative slipped out the back door and worked to close the gap with punches and leg kicks late in the round.

The second round was defined by the clinch work of Jones, save for an Alcantara takedown in the last 60 seconds; both men had their positional control interrupted by confusing breaks from referee Paulo Borracha. Jones came on strong in the final round, unleashing his most potent offense of the match by dropping brutish punches through Alcantara’s guard, but he finished the fight in an exhausted clinch on the fence.

Jones’ output was enough to convince one cageside judge, but not the other two, who awarded Alcantara the split decision; scores were not announced. The win, Alcantara’s ninth in his last 10 fights, places him two fights away from the title recently vacated by the last man to defeat him, current UFC talent Marcelo Guimaraes.

Featherweight prospect Alexandre “Capitao” Campos looked one to watch in a blistering performance against local favorite Tiago Passos.

The 23-year-old from Manaus escaped an early Passos heel hook and then went to work from top position, where heavy ground-and-pound preceded a textbook mounted triangle. Campos rolled onto his back and forced the tap at 4:05 of the opening round, extending his winning streak to seven and putting his name in discussion for the vacant Jungle Fight featherweight title.

Douglas Bertazini and Douglas del Rio both threw heavy hands from the onset of their welterweight affair, but it was Bertazini who walked away with the knockout. A big left hook from the southpaw sent del Rio tilting to the mat, where “El Loco” Bertazini finished the job with coffin-nail punches. Referee Douglas Aires stepped in to save the unconscious del Rio at 3:45 of round one.

Bolivian lightweight Carlos Bazan Rojas used a grinding top game to outwork Rio de Janeiro’s Claudiere Freitas across 15 minutes. After a relatively close opening frame which saw the fighters exchange guillotine attempts, Rojas dropped Freitas with a left hook early in round two and spent the rest of the period in top position. Another takedown in round three combined with a botched Freitas guillotine to seal the deal for Rojas, who earned the nod from all three judges.

At flyweight, Luiz Dorea pupil Bruno “Demente” Menezes’ patience paid off against Mateus Martins Vasco. The 26-year-old Bahian secured a late takedown and knocked Vasco senseless with a pair of cracking left hands, forcing referee Alessandro Souza into action with only four seconds left in the opening frame.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Alistair Overeem declines UFC 191 invite, opts to wait for Junior dos Santos grudge match

  • a day ago
  • 100 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was interested in having Alistair Overeem throw hands at the upcoming UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) event (see the current fight card here), which takes place on Sep read news >>

Alistair Overeem elects to wait for Junior dos Santos after UFC 191 talks fall through

  • a day ago
  • 36 views

Alistair Overeem wants a fight with Junior dos Santos, and he's willing to wait to get it. According to a report from MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Overeem (39-14, 1 NC) was briefly read news >>

UFC Fight Night 72 results: Jimmie Rivera shines in UFC debut, stops Marcus Brimage

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

GLASGOW, Scotland – After flunking quickly out of “The Ultimate Fighter 14,” Jimmie Rivera returned to the UFC’s octagon and made good of his second impression. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71 results: Kevin Casey grinds out shutout win over Ildemar Alcantara

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

SAN DIEGO – A late rally by Ildemar Alcantara fell short, and Kevin Casey held on to earn a decision victory in an action-light bout.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Ildemar Alcantara on Kevin Casey fight at UFC Fight Night 71: 'There'll be some violence'

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

Ildemar Alcantara is set to face Kevin Casey at tonight’s UFC Fight Night 71 event and he is predicting violence.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Ildemar Alcantara on UFN 71 opponent Kevin Casey: ‘Juiced or not, I want to run through him’

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

Kevin Casey returns from suspension at UFC Fight Night 71, and his opponent Ildemar Alcantara isn’t sure what to expect on Wednesday night in San Diego. Casey was suspended one year after testing pos read news >>

Dana White Shines Light on Jose Aldo Injury and Old X-Ray (UFC Expo 2015 Video)

  • 20 days ago
  • 12 views

Dana White answers questions about the Jose Aldo injury that forced him out of the UFC 189 main event, and exactly why he believes that Aldo pulled out of the fight. read news >>

Ben Rothwell wants Andrei Arlovski or Junior dos Santos to 'prove his case' for title shot

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Big Ben Rothwell is eager for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. Ben Rothwell has had mixed success in the UFC since joining the organization in 2009, but for the first time in six years the 33-yea read news >>

Alistair Overeem calls out Junior dos Santos, tells UFC President Dana White to 'make it happen'

  • 23 days ago
  • 39 views

He even included that little fist emoji, so we know he's serious this time. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem, fresh off a "Big Country" beatdown in Dallas, read news >>

Alistair Overeem campaigns for fight with Junior dos Santos

  • 23 days ago
  • 49 views

UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem is eyeing Junior dos Santos as his next opponent. Three years ago, Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos was the talk of the sport. 'The Reem' entered the read news >>