Let’s get to the main card fights, which will feature the decorated”Shogun” Rua taking on rising light-heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux.
Nina Ansaroff vs. Juliana Lima
Ansaroff throws a front kick to start things off. Ansaroff charges in and clinches up with Lima. As Lima breaks away Ansaroff falls to the mat. Lima is working from within Ansaroff’s guard. Ansaroff climbs her legs up the back of Lima. Tries going for a triangle but Lima escapes. The strawweights are on their feet and Ansaroff drops down into a guillotine choke. Lima works her way out. Lima is attempting to pass but can’t. Ansaroff throws an illegal up kick to the head. Action is momentarily halted. Round ends.
Round 2: Lima lands an inside leg kick. Ansaroff throws a spinning kick to the body that misses. Lima shoots in for a takedown, gets it, and is working from within Ansaroff’s guard. The latter spins into an armbar but Lima works her way out. Now Lima is going for a heel hook. Ansaroff is defending. Lima winds up back in Ansaroff’s guard. Referee brings them back to their feet. Ansaroff throws a spinning backfist that misses. Action slows. Lima shoots in for a takedown and lands it, but round ends.
Round 3: Ansaroff lands a jab to begin the round. They exchange leg kicks. Lima shoots in for another takedown but can’t get it. The two are clinched against the fence. Lima is landing elbows and punches to Ansaroff’s head. Lima is kneeing Ansaroff’s legs. Ref breaks the clinch. Lima attempts another takedown but can’t get it. Ansaroff throws a spinning back kick. Final bell sounds.
Juliana Lima def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jorge de Oliveira vs. Dhiego Lima
Lima lands an inside kick to begin the fight. De Oliveira attempts a spinning kick. Lima chucks a hard overhand right that misses. Lima’s jab looks sharp. De Oliveira counters with a leg kick and lands a follow up punch. Lima clinches up and is looking for a takedown. After a lengthy battle, Lima takes de Oliveira down. Lima moves into mount and starts tossing down shots. The TUF finalist looks for a choke but de Oliveira defends. Lima lands an illegal knee to the downed de Oliveira. Round comes to an end.
Round 2: Lima lands a couple of nice jabs. De Oliveira counters with a right but is quickly taken down. Lima moves into mount once again and lands strikes from above. De Oliveira is firing back shots and tries getting back to his feet. Lima takes him back down and is in full mount. Lima continues to bring down punches from above. De Oliveira gives up his back and Lima sinks in a rear-naked-choke. De Oliveira slips out and is back to his feet. Lima looks tired, eats some shots, but takes de Oliveira down. Round ends. De Oliveira is one resilient dude.
Round 3: Lima lands a right to begin the round. Fight spills to the ground and Lima is in side mount. De Oliveira works his way back up. Lima lands a body kick. De Oliveira attempts a spinning kick but misses. Lima shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Lima lands a few punches and elbows from above. De Oliveira slips out and the fight is standing once again. Again, Lima takes de Oliveira down. Lima is in mount and is bringing the pain with punches. Final bell sounds.
Dhiego Lima def. Jorge de Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Leon Edwards vs. Claudio Silva
Edwards throws a flying knee but is taken down. Silva is trying to pass Edward’s half guard. Silva is tossing down hammer fists but Edwards get back to his feet. Edwards lands a counter left. Silva shoots in for a takedown but Edwards reverses and winds up on top. Silva gets back to his feet. The latter is taking some deep, deep breaths. The two are clinched up agains the fence. Round ends.
Round 2: Silva still looks tired. Edwards throws a right but takes a low blow. Silva lands a leg kick but takes a big left hand not long after. Silva fires a jab and shoots in but Edwards defends. Edwards pushes Silva back with a stiff jab. Edwards punishes Silva with another left and the latter is cut. Silva clinches up and eventually takes Edwards down. Silva is working from the mount and is hurling down shots. Edwards gives up his back. Silva is threatening with the choke but time rounds out.
Round 3: Silva lands a takedown and passes into side control. Jon Anik relays that it’s past 3 AM now in Uberlandia…Silva passes into full mount and is tossing down punches. Silva is looking for an arm triangle but Edwards defends. Silva continues to land shots from above. Silva starts working on a side choke but gets reversed. Edwards is back to his feet. Edwards throws a big right before the final bell sounds. That’s four straight fights that have gone the distance.
Claudio Silva def. Leon Edwards via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Alan Jouban vs. Warlley Alves
Alves throws a high kick right away. Alves storms in, Jouban spills to the mat and is trying to defend a brutal series of shots from above. Alves goes for a guillotine. Jouban defends and gets back to his feet. The two are clinched up against the fence. Alves chucks a hard right and gets countered. Jouban lands a sneaky elbow and then goes low with a kick. Alves wings a hard right hand. Jouban plants a left and a body kick. Jouban attempts a trip but it misfires. Alves launches a high kick. Jouban punishes Alves to the body with a kick which backs the Brazilian up. Round ends.
Round 2: Alves lands a right to begin the second frame. Jouban is cut by his left eye. The fight spills to the floor. Jouban is working from rubber guard but gives it up. Alves passes into half guard. Jouban gets back to his feet. Jouban chucks a high kick but Alves blocks it. Alves throws a couple of hard rights but they miss. Jouban flurries nicely and Alves backs up against the cage. Jouban is the busier of the two. Alves takes an eye poke and the action is halted. Fight is resumed. Alves claims he is eye poked again but the ref shrugs it off. Alves throws a spinning kick but it misses. Second round ends.
Round 3: Both men come out aggressively. Alves takes a kick to the groin and the action is halted. Alves comes out firing shots but Jouban is responding. Alves lands an uppercut but Jouban counters to the body. Both men are keeping fairly busy. Jouban lands a stunning left and Alves is backing up. Jouban plants a couple more strikes. Alves attempts a wheel kick. Alves is breathing extremely heavy and Jouban is the aggressor. Jouban is flurrying but Alves comes back with a left hand. Jouban is firing shots as the final bell sounds.
Alves gets the hometown decision…
Warlley Alves def. Alan Jouban via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
“Shogun” Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Both men throw kicks to begin the fight. Rua gets flattened by a left hook as he throws a leg kick. Saint Preux follows up with a series of punches and Rua is done. Wow. Massive, massive win for “OSP”.
Ovince Saint Preux def. “Shogun” Rua via TKO (punches) R1, 0:34