Now with UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway officially in the books, we can look back at some of the action that went down in Barueri, Brazil. This card featured something a little different than we’ve seen from the past, and that is a shorter prelim card. UFC Fight Night 58 only featured six prelim bouts, and in turn had six bouts on the main card; most UFC cards are more bottom heavy and only save about four or five fights if we’re lucky for the main event. Nevertheless, there was still some important action that took place on the bottom half of the Barueri card.
A Potential Bantamweight Prospect?
If you caught the bout between Leandro Issa and Ulka Sasaki then you might be contemplating just how far the talented Brazilian submission specialist can go. Issa was a huge underdog coming into this bout which is very surprising considering he has more UFC experience, and was fighting in Brazil. Nevertheless, he proved Vegas wrong when he tapped out his talented Japanese prospect, Ulka Sasaki. There were a lot of questions in this fight circulating who would get the better of who when the fight hit the mat, and the answer was all Leandro Issa. Even though Sasaki is an ultra-talented grappler, Issa had none of it and eventually got the tapout. This marked Issa’s third performance in the Octagon, and I can’t wait to see more of this prospect.
Hacran Dias Is Back
While the featherweight Hacran Dias has only had four bouts in the Octagon, they have all been against very tough customers. His UFC debut turned a lot of heads when he shut down fellow Brazilian and ultra-prospect Yuri Alcantara, but since then he went on to lose two consecutive fights; one against Nik Lentz, and one against Ricardo Lamas. Although he lost, he proved that he was definitely worthy of being in there with the best, but just needed to catch break. Well, he caught one with his decision win over Darren Elkins. Dias is now back in the win column, and now with some momentum, I think he could go far as long as he doesn’t get thrown to the wolves. Seriously, that match-up with Ricardo Lamas was just stupid even though Dias made it extremely competitive.
Know The Name: Renato Moicano
Speaking of featherweights, uber-prospect Renato Moicano made his anticipated UFC debut, and he made it very impressively. Stepping in with just 9-days of notice, he took the cage against “Stoneface” Tom Niinimaki who has already had UFC experience. The Finn is a talented grappler, but so was Moicano. The fight rather took place on the feet where Moicano held a distinct technical advantage over his opponent where he displayed some accurate and deadly hands along with some snappy kicks. A left hook to the temple eventually dropped his opponent where he then put his grappling to play to elicit the tap out via rear-naked choke. Moicano is definitely a name to know and a fighter to keep your eye on in the featherweight division. He had a long, undefeated streak in Jungle Fight where he held a title there, so he has lots of experience, and now that we’ve seen him make his UFC debut I think there is a bright future for him.