Damm (10-5, 1-0 UFC) stunned “Gasparzinho” with a searing right cross and followed him to the mat. He transitioned almost immediately to Figueiredo’s back, hooks in, and fished for the rear-naked choke. Moments later, the choke was in place and the fight was over.
“This is the result of all of my coaches and the training camp,” said Damm, who snapped a two-fight losing streak. “I’d like to thank all of you for your support.”
A former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Heleno (23-7, 0-1 UFC) fought desperately to draw his foe into a ground engagement. Drinaldo stonewalled him at every turn, often stuffing a stiff forearm in his face. Eventually, Heleno ran out of steam, and Drinaldo assumed top position. A series of violent hammerfists forced Heleno to turn away from contact and resulted in the stoppage.
“That’s exactly what I trained for,” Drinaldo said. “If I win or lose, I just want to make the crowd happy. I’m really happy I have a lot of fans now, and that’s what I did for them.”
A teammate of UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, Viana threw and landed with more regularity than his countryman. The 29-year-old weathered takedowns in the second and third rounds, resuming his offensive on the feet. Conceicao (13-1-1, 0-1 UFC), who saw his nine-fight winning streak grind to a halt, worked kicks to the leg and body, only to be interrupted by well-timed counters from “Wolverine.”
Perpetuo blasted Mafra in round three.
Texeira (5-1, 0-1 UFC) set a pace he could not maintain in the first round, as he whipped wild strikes into his opponent. Some landed. Some did not. Perpetuo altered the complexion of the bout in round two, when he turned an armbar attempt from Texeira into a dominant position on top and subsequent ground-and-pound.
Perpetuo came out firing in the third round, as he floored Texeira with a clean right, trailed him to the canvas and uncorked a volley of punches, elbows and hammerfists for the finish.
“That is what we were training for,” Perpetuo said. “Both of us are strikers, so that’s exactly what I wanted to do -- come in here and put him down.”
A 30-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Campos was in command for much of the first two rounds. He mounted Pancini (20-3-1, 1-0 UFC) in the first and knocked him out of the air on an attempted flying knee in the second. However, his inability to close the deal came back to haunt him. Less than a minute into round three, Pancini belted his midsection with a pair of knees and swarmed with punches. A pair of savage left hooks left Campos out on his feet.
Arantes (14-4-1, 1-1-1 UFC) landed most of the consequential strikes and controlled the standup with a stiff left jab, timely combinations and low kicks, mixing in a flying knee in the second round and an exquisite switch kick to the head in the third.
Vieira (13-7-2, 0-0-1 UFC) nearly finished it with a second-round wheel kick but did his best work on the ground. The 33-year-old “Godfather of the Anaconda Choke” struck for a takedown inside the first two minutes and passed his foe’s guard without much resistance. However, Arantes successfully defended against his vaunted chokes and later fought off takedowns with a strong sprawl.view original article >>