Lentz dominated Diego Nunes in the Brazilian's back yard. | Photo:
Lentz let the air out of the balloon one takedown at a time and
staked his claim as one of the world’s Top 10 featherweights.
Takedowns, ground-and-pound and suffocating grappling from the top
carried the relentless Lentz to a one-sided unanimous decision over
UFC on FX 7 “Belfort vs. Bisping” on Saturday at the Ibirapuera
Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. All three cageside judges scored it for
Lentz (23-5-2, 7-2-1 UFC): 30-28, 30-27 and 30-26.
Lentz, who looks like a new man at 145 pounds, controlled all but a
few moments of the 15-minute bout. The 28-year-old
American Top Team representative grounded Nunes (18-4, 3-3 UFC)
repeatedly and compromised his guard with stunning ease. Knees,
elbows and punches greeted the Brazilian on his back, as Lentz
methodically moved towards victory. The scene repeated itself over
and over again. Outside of a late flurry, Nunes was not a factor in
Castro Captures Narrow Decision
“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 finalist Godofredo
Castro eked out a contentious split decision over Brazilian Top
Vieira in a preliminary featherweight affair. All three judges
saw it 29-28, two of them siding with Castro (9-1, 1-1 UFC).
Castro did his best work in round two, where he swept into mount
with a kimura, transitioned to his opponent’s back and remained
there for the rest of the period, tying up Vieira with a body
triangle. It was the only non-competitive stretch of the bout.
Vieira (13-8-2, 0-1-1 UFC) struck for takedowns and
ground-and-pound, while Castro answered with an active bottom
Markes Deals Craig First Defeat
Markes utilized a smothering clinch game and a handful of
takedowns in capturing a unanimous verdict from the previously
Craig in a competitive undercard clash at 185 pounds. All three
judges arrived at the same decision: 29-28 for Markes.
Markes controlled the first two rounds with clinches and takedowns,
as he grounded and neutralized the well-rounded Texan. The
Brazilian nearly finished it in round two, where he pinned Craig
beneath him and locked up a tight kimura. However, the onetime
Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder escaped and pushed the
fight into a third round.
There, Craig had his chance. A clubbing right hand sent a dazed
Markes to the canvas, having retreated to a seated position against
the cage. Craig (8-1, 2-1 UFC) settled into top position and
hammered away with punches and short elbows, but none of them
landed with enough force to polish off the Brazilian.
Markes (14-1, 3-0 UFC) has won his last seven fights.
Barboza blew Martins away in round one.
Barboza Strikes Wipe Out Martins
Onetime Ring of
Combat champion Edson
Barboza bounced back from his first professional setback, as he
struck the previously unbeaten Lucas
Martins into opening-round submission in a preliminary
lightweight duel. Martins (12-1, 0-1 UFC) tapped out to punches
2:38 into round one, his UFC debut spoiled.
Barboza (11-1, 5-1 UFC) wasted no time in getting down to business.
The 26-year-old whipped his trademark low kicks into Martins and
found the mark more than once with his right cross. Barboza later
sat down Martins with a quick left jab and pounced with purpose. He
showered his fellow Brazilian with punches and hammerfists, leading
to the submission.
Alcantara-Nobre Ends in No Contest
A volley of what referee Dan Miragliotta deemed to be illegal
strikes from Iuri
Alcantara resulted in a controversial no contest with
Brazilian Top Team’s Pedro Nobre
in an undercard matchup at 135 pounds.
The end came 2:11 into round one.
Alcantara (28-4, 2-1 UFC) was closing in on a stoppage, as he
countered a single-leg takedown attempt with a rolling kimura and
mounted himself on his fellow Brazilian’s back during the
transition. In an instant, the flattened-out Nobre was defenseless.
Punches and elbows fell next, and Miragliotta -- after issuing a
stern warning for blows to the back of the head -- hit the pause
button. Nobre (14-1-2, 0-0 UFC), who appeared to be in serious
discomfort, did not rise to his feet until after the no contest was
Alcantara Kneebar Taps Prado
Brazilian newcomer Ildemar
Alcantara coaxed a tapout from Wagner
Prado with a second-round kneebar in a preliminary middleweight
clash. Alcantara (18-5, 1-0 UFC), who replaced an injured Roger
Hollett on short notice, finished it 2:39 into round two.
Prado (8-2, 0-2 UFC) enjoyed some success with his hands in the
first round, belting his countryman with a series of right hooks.
However, Alcantara switched gears, measured his foe with kicks and
scored with a pair of takedowns. In round two, Prado reversed into
top position but showed no sense of urgency, allowing Alcantara to
isolate his right leg. After a brief struggle, the 30-year-old
settled on the right combination and secured the tapout.
Alcantara has won 12 of his last 13 bouts, including eight in a
Trinaldo Choke Submits Keith
Former Jungle Fight champion Francisco
Trinaldo submitted C.J. Keith with
a second-round arm-triangle choke in an undercard clash at 155
pounds. The 26-year-old Keith (8-2, 0-2 UFC) conceded defeat 1:50
into round two.
Trinaldo (12-2, 2-1 UFC) struck for takedowns in both rounds,
answered a reversal from Keith with an attempted armbar and
softened up the Californian with elbows from top position. In round
two, the Brazilian delivered a belly-to-back suplex and
transitioned immediately to the arm-triangle choke in half guard.
Moments later, Keith was a beaten man.