UFC 198 is under way at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, so let’s jump to the preliminary card action.
Fight Pass Results
Renato Moicano def. Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Luan Chagas vs. Sergio Moraes declared a draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Round 1: Cummins lands a leg kick. Another one from Cummins. Latter changes levels but “Lil Nog” defends. Nogueira fires in a left. More kicks from Cummins. “Lil Nog” plants a nice left. More punches from Nogueira. Cummins clinches up but “Lil Nog” breaks free. Hard leg lick from Cummins. Nogueira sticks the jab. Wow. “Lil Nog” cracks Cummins with a right hook and he’s stunned. Nogueira swarms in with punches. Cummins is in all kinds of trouble. More shots from Nogueira and Cummins could be out on his feet. That’s a wrap. What a win for “Lil Nog”.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (punches) R1, 4:52
Rob Font vs. John Lineker
Round 1: Font misses with a leg kick. Font comes with a side kick but takes a counter. Font lands a couple of shots. Lineker misses with an overhand right. Lineker comes with a couple of big hooks. Font plants a leg kick. Lineker digs to the bod with a big hook. Lineker lands a leg kick and Font momentarily hits the deck. Lineker goes to the body again with a big hook. Font shoots in but Lineker defends and winds on top. Font gets back to his feet. Font misses with a head kick.
Round 2: Lineker just misses with a huge hook. Leg kick from Lineker. Couple nice jabs from Font. Lineker bulldozes in with some big hooks. Nice left hand from Lineker. Font plants a leg kick. Lineker comes in with some huge punches but Font emerges unscathed. Another charge from Lineker. Latter changes levels but Font defends the TD. Font tries for a TD but Lineker defends. Hard leg kick from Lineker. Round ends.
Round 3: Lineker continues to move forward. Font is looking to counter. Lineker fires in another hard leg kick. Nice uppercut from Font. Lineker comes in with some big hooks once again. Lineker tags Font with a hard shot and Font goes to his back. Big left from Lineker. They just announced this is the third largest crowd in UFC history. Knees to the body from Lineker, but Font gets back up. Fight spills back to the floor. Lineker is in side mount. Font gets up and out. Lineker is waving Font on. Wow. Lineker may have tagged Font with a big shot. Fight hits the deck. Final horn goes. All Lineker.
John Lineker def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round 1: Medeiros sticks a jab. Trinaldo takes Medeiros to the ground briefly. They’re clinched up against the cage. They continue to work along the cage. Medeiros with a knee to the body. They break. Big left from Trinaldo. Both men continue to stay busy. Nice hook from Trinaldo lands. Another left hand from Trinaldo. Wow. Medeiros eats a huge shot and could be hurt. Medeiros spins with a hook to the body but takes another left. Trinaldo comes with another flurry and the round ends.
Round 2: Medeiros fires in a front kick but Trinaldo counters. Another left hand from Trinaldo lands. Medeiros seems to have recovered well from the shots he took in the first. Trinaldo could be tiring. Latter fires in another left. Medeiros looks for a TD but Trinaldo sprawls. On the way up Medeiros takes a shot. Trinaldo bombs in another left. Medeiros isn’t slowing down much and is pressing forward. Medeiros just misses with a spinning kick. Wow. Medeiros floors Trinaldo with a huge right. Round ends.
Round 3: Medeiros continues to be the aggressor. Medeiros spins with another kick that misses. Another spinning kick from Medeiros to the body lands. Trinaldo cracks Medeiros with a huge left. What a fight! Trinaldo is hunting for the finish. Medeiros waves Trinaldo on but takes more punches. Action spills to the floor and Trinaldo is landing punches from above. Medeiros gets to his feet but he’s on extremely wobbly legs. Crazy. Fight goes back to the mat. In the ensuing scramble Medeiros gets on top. Elbow from Medeiros. More punches from latter. Final horn goes. That was outstanding.
Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros via unanimous decision (29-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Santos
Round 1: Santos comes out aggressively and fires in some big kicks. Marquardt takes a big kick to the body. Marquardt hasn’t been able to land much so far. Santos cracks Marquardt with a big left and he falls to his back. Santos is on top. Another hard body kick from Santos. Marquardt’s hurt. Santos pours on punches the fight’s done.
Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Nathan Marquardt via KO (punches) R1, 3:39
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Round 1: Brown lands a right hand moments in. Maia shoots in but misses. Another shot from Maia and this time he gets it. Brown is trying to get back to his feet but Maia moves to his back. Maia sinks in a hook as they stand along the cage. Brown drops to the floor but Maia is still on his back. Brown is doing a good job of defending choke attempts but can’t get Maia off. Latter starts looking for an armbar and Brown takes the top position. Round ends.
Round 2: Maia shoots in but Brown defends. Maia comes in with another TD and once again, he gets it. Brown gets to his feet but finds Maia on his back. Maia is throwing in punches from behind. Brown continues to defend choke attempts from Maia but can’t get the vaunted grappler off. Now Maia is hitting Brown with elbows. Maia swings for another armbar but round ends.
Round 3: Brown comes out aggressively. A couple of sloppy shots from Maia. Latter lands a jab but takes a counter right. Brown comes in but Maia reverses, takes top position. Maia is almost in mount. Brown moves to butterfly guard and then to his feet. Maia, however, takes his back. Maia is hunting for a neck crank but Brown defends. Maia fires in some punches from behind. Maia sinks in the RNC. Brown is trying to defend but has to tap. Another near shut out win for Maia.
Demian Maia def. Matt Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) R3, 4:31