Omari Akhmedov vs. Thiago Perpetuo

Middleweights are up next, as Omari Akhmedov (11-0) makes his UFC debut against Thiago Perpetuo (9-1-1), who stopped Leonardo Texeira in his first Octagon appearance in 2012.

The referee will be Kevin MacDonald, and I might resort to first names in this one depending how action-packed it is!

Round 1: Akhmedov came in hard after Perpetuo and appeared to possibly knock heads and looked out. Perpetuo capitalized, moving in for the kill, but the Russian recovered and scored with a takedown to gain the upper-hand. Another takedown and we have a slug-fest. Akhmedov, who eats another, locks in a rear-naked choke, much to the delight of the Brazilian fans. They are cheering loudly for him, as Akhmedov continues to work for the rear-naked. He’s unable to keep it locked in and Perpetuo picks him up and slams him to the canvas for a takedown. An exciting three minutes of action from these two and Perpetuo is now in side control. They exchange huge strikes and out of nowhere, Akhmedov lands a shot that drops Perpetuo down and out. The Russian caught him with a pair of short right hands that left Perpetuo on the canvas face-down and out.

Omari Akhmedov def. Thiago Perpetuo via KO (right-hand) at 3:31 of Round 1