Lyoto Machida has welcomed Gegard Mousasi in the middleweight division, winning by unanimous decision on Saturday night during the final gala of “UFC Fight Night 36” presented in Brazil.
Former heavyweight king of the defunct organization Strikeforce, Mousasi (34-4-2) was ranked ninth in this category after tinted passage success at UFC in April.
Machida (21-4), also a former heavyweight champion, has meanwhile continued its successful transition from the dominant means Mousasi. A victory that could open the doors to a possible championship fight in the division so far dominated by Chris Weidman. Machida was third at 185 pounds before this duel.
Patient, methodical and cunning, Machida was first pierced the guard of his opponent in the first round by repeated feints. Thus he was able to accommodate a solid kick to the body and against attack from the left to the head.
Taking more rhythm and making good use of his speed, Machida was then damage using precisely his kick from the left in the second and third rounds while cashing a few free attacks Mousasi.
Machida has added at the next assault, easily defusing a projection Mousasi to pass a turn later.
Moving against hers, the Brazilian then calmly passed the last five minutes of the fight to confirm his victory.
Francis Carmont met Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in his path.
Montrealer of French origin has indeed suffered his first defeat in the UFC octagon bowing by unanimous decision against the Brazilian semi-final.
Carmont (22-8) has conceded a first loss in seven fights in the UFC ranks. Defeated for the first time in 12 fights, he misses an opportunity to more progress in the classification of the middleweight division, who ranked eighth before duel. Third, Souza (20-3) is meanwhile one more battle ver world championship.
Avoid at all costs before being thrown to the ground, Carmont soon found himself in risky position in the first round.
Protected the Tristar Gym in fact narrowly escaped an attempted strangulation de Souza with a little over a minute to go in the assault.
Neglected Carmont seemed to gain confidence thereafter, effectively using its wide reach to accommodate a few good punches to the body of his opponent.
Carmont however, could not continue in the same vein in the third and final round, ending up on the ground again and thank you de Souza and submission attempts of the latter.
Preliminary map, Ontario’s Jesse Ronson is also inclined by split decision of the judges face local favorite Francisco Trinaldo.
Lyoto Machida (21-4) Gegard Mousasi wins against (32-4-2) by unanimous decision
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (20-3) wins against Francis Carmont (22-8) by unanimous decision
Erick Silva (16-4) wins against Takenori Sato (17-9-7) by TKO technique (first round)
Nicholas Musoke (12-2) wins against Viscardi Andrade (17-6) by unanimous decision
Charles Oliveira (17-4) wins against Andy Ogle (9-4) by submission (3rd round).
Joe Proctor (9-2) wins against Cristiano Marcelo (13-6) by unanimous decision
Rodrigo Damm (12-6) wins against Jorge Ivan (25-4) by unanimous decision
Trinaldo Francisco (14-2) wins against Jesse Ronson (13-4) by split decision of the judges
Yuri Alcantara (29-5) wins against Wilson Reis (17-5) by split decision of the judges.
Felipe Arantes (16-6-1) wins against Maximo Blanco (9-6-1) by unanimous decision
Ildemar Alcantara (20-6) wins against Tumenov Albert (12-2) by split decision of the judges.
Zubair Tuhugov (16-3) wins against Douglas de Andrade (22-1) by unanimous decision.