Okay, the prelims are underway in Barueri, Brazil for UFC Fight Night 58, which will feature Lyoto Machida taking on CB Dollaway in the headliner.
Let’s get to the action folks.
Jake Collier vs. Vitor Miranda
After Collier controls much of the action in the opening frame, Miranda blasts him with a head kick as the round approaches its end. Miranda swarms in with several more shots, and the fight is stopped right at the bell. Highlight reel win for Miranda!
Vitor Miranda def. Jake Collier via KO (headkick and punches) R1, 4:59
Tim Means vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Means clinches up early but Alexandre Jr. breaks free. The latter wings a head kick but Means blocks it. Means plants a left to the decorated Karate competitor. Alexandre Jr. fires another head kick that only grazes the welterweight. Means lands a couple more hard lefts. Alexandre Jr. takes a good shot to the body, but returns fire. Means calls him on. Good action. Means fires off a leg kick. The Brazilian returns the favour. Means continues to pursue Alexandre Jr. Round ends.
Round 2: Alexandre Jr. fires another headkick but Means blocks it. “The Dirty Bird” attempts a flying knee, and pushes Alexandre Jr. to the fence briefly. Alexandre Jr. seems to be finding the mark more often. Means jars “Lyoto’s” head with a straight left. Alexandre Jr. tries a low kick but Means catches it and he falls to the mat. Wow. In the ensuing scramble, Means blasts Alexandre Jr. to the head with a knee, but the latter had maybe two fingers on the mat…Doc is called in to look at him after the foul. Means just gets a warning. Alexandre Jr. clips Means with a head kick and he goes to the mat. Crazy. Alexandre Jr. swarms in for the finish, but Means defends, and then reverses to the top. Now Means is working from within Alexandre Jr.’s guard. Means punishes him with some punches and then a thumping elbow. Means rains down a left, but Alexandre Jr. gets back to his feet. Alexandre Jr. sweeps Means to the mat but the latter gets back up. Means takes top position right before the round ends and lands a couple of knees. Now that was a round.
Round 3: Alexandre Jr. looks to be more tired of the two. Means continues to move forward and lands some more kicks. Means lands a couple of knees. Alexandre Jr. counters with a couple of punches. Means attempts a spinning elbow and gets pushed to the fence. Means breaks free. The American lands yet another left hand. Alexandre Jr. circles away. Neither man is landing much in this round. Means plants a left hook. Alexandre Jr. is exhausted. Final bell sounds.
Tim Means def. Marcio Alexandre Jr. via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Leandro Issa vs. Ulka Sasaki
Both men chuck leg kicks early on. Issa lands a couple nice lefts and kicks. Issa follows up with a big overhand right and pushes Sasaki to the fence. Issa sweeps Sasaki to the mat. Saskai is working the butterfly guard and eventually scrambles to his feet. Wow. Sasaki throws Issa to the ground but loses position. Issa is working from sidemount and starts hunting for a Kimura. Issa gives it up, and punishes Sasaski with some elbows to the head as he pushes the bantamweight against the fence. Round ends.
Round 2: Sasaski fires an inside kick to the leg to begin the round. Issa is winging hard punches and kicks. Sasaki looks for a head-and-arm throw but gets pushed to the cage. Issa trips him to the mat. The latter is working from sidemount and starts working for a choke. Wow. Sasaki counters with a D’arce and Issa is grimacing. Sasaki gives it up and Issa passes into mount. Sasaki gives up his back and starts eating punches from above. Issa starts working a neck crank and Sasaki taps. Big and impressive win for Issa.
Leandro Issa def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (neck crank) R2, 4:13
Hacran Dias vs. Darren Elkins
Dias fires an overhand right to begin the fight, and plants a left hand not long after. Elkins jumps on a single leg but can’t get Dias down. The two are clinched up against the fence. Dias ends up taking Elkins down after the two scramble for position. Dias is working from the top but hasn’t landed much just yet. Dias moves into full mount briefly but Elkins gets back to his feet. The latter throws a couple of knees as they clinch. Dias goes for a guillotine but loses position. Round ends.
Round 2: Dias finds a home for a leg kick early on. Elkins pushes Dias to the fence. The American is looking for the takedown but can’t get it. Elkins presses forward with shots but gets taken down for his efforts. The Nova Uniao fighter moves into sidemount but Elkins regains guard. The latter pushes his way back to the cage and gets back to his feet. So much for that. Dias sweeps him back to the mat after Elkins telegraphs a knee. Round ends.
Round 3: Dias lands a couple more leg kicks to begin the round. Elkins returns fire with punches. Dias counters with hard shots. Elkins is moving forward, throwing punches, but gets taken down again. Elkins works his way back to his feet but gets tripped to the mat. Elkins slaps on a choke. Wow. Dias had to scramble a bit but gets out. Final bell sounds.
Hacran Dias def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Renato Carneiro vs. Tom Niinimaki
Not much going on in the early moments. Carneiro throws a head kick that Niinimaki blocks. The latter wings an overhand right. Carneiro fires off a nice combo. “Moicano” chucks another hard kick that’s blocked. Niinimaki continues to land inside leg kicks. Carneiro catches a kick attempt but doesn’t look for the takedown. Niinimaki tosses another leg kick attempt but stumbles to the mat. Carneiro looks very comfortable in there. Round ends.
Round 2: Carneiro chucks a nice counter right, and then another. “Moicano” follows up with a left. Niinimaki throws a leg kick but Carneiro is landing more often. Carneiro plants a nice right straight as Niinimaki rushes in. “Moicano” lands a left and the fight spills to the ground. Niinimaki works his way back up briefly, but Carneiro takes him back down. Wow. Carneiro throws on a rear-naked-choke and gets the tap-out victory.
Renato Carneiro def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:30
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Igor Pokrajac
De Lima fires off a couple of shots and pushes Pokrajac to the fence.De Lima throws a couple of punches from the clinch. Referee separates them. Wow. De Lima floors Pokrajac with a left hook in the ensuing striking exchange and swarms in with follow up punches. Fight gets called, but perhaps a wee bit prematurely.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Igor Pokrajac via TKO (punches) R1, 1:59