UFC Fight Night 106 is underway in Fortaleza, Brazil, which will feature the legendary Vitor Belfort taking on the rising Kelvin Gastelum in the headliner.
The results and recaps for the main card bouts are below.
Michel Prazeres def. Josh Burkman via submission (north-south choke) R1, 1:42
Jeremy Kennedy def. Rony Jason via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Paulo Borrachinha def. Garreth McLellan via TKO (strikes) R1, 1:17
Joe Soto def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Sergio Moraes def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Lee def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:12
Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
Oliveira took Means down several times in the opening round, but near the end of the opening frame, the latter reversed and controlled from on top. In round two, however, Oliveira took Means to the mat once again, and worked his way into a fight ending, rear-naked-choke.
Alex Oliveira def. Tim Means via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 2:38
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau
Correia appeared to move ahead in the opening two rounds, by mixing in well timed takedowns. In round three, however, Reneau rocked Correia with a headkick, and proceeded to dominate the round. After the fight, the judges ruled the fight a majority draw, with one judge scoring it for Reneau.
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau declared majority draw (29-27, 28-28-28)
Ray Borg vs. Jussier Formiga
Both flyweights kept a busy pace in the early going, and both men largely relied on their boxing. Through round two, the gas tanks of both Formiga and Borg continued to hold up well, but neither man was able to land any fight turning strikes. In round three, Borg scored a takedown early on, and although Formiga worked his way into dominant positions, Borg reversed and finished the round on top. Close fight.
Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
Dariush pressed forward from the opening bell, as a means to negate Barboza’s featured legkicks. Early on, Dariush appeared to be getting the better of the striking exchanges, but in round two, Barboza started to find the target more often. Then, as Dariush lunged forward, Barboza caught him with a crushing flying knee that KO’d the lightweight instantly. Another jaw dropping win for Barboza.
Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush via KO (flying knee) R2, 3:35
Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante
Both light-heavyweights were loading up on their punches early on. Villante cracked Rua with a big left hook, but the latter proceeded to drop the American with a right hand not long after. In round two, the trend of power shots over volume continued. In round three, Rua rocked Villante with a check hook, and then finished the deal with flurry of punches. Another big win for the former champ.
Mauricio Rua def. Gian Villante via TKO (punches) R3, 0:59
Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Belfort fired off some spinning kicks early on, but Gastelum floored the legend with a booming left. Belfort, however, managed to cover up and got back to his feet. Several moments later, Gastelum dropped Belfort with another huge left, and referee “Big” John McCarthy waved off the fight.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) R1, 3:52