Paulo Thiago vs. Brandon Thatch

In a welterweight division contest, Brandon Thatch (10-1) heads into hostile territory to seek a second straight impressive UFC victory. Thatch debuted with a first round finish of Justin Edwards this past August. To do so, he’ll have to defeat veteran Paulo Thiago (15-5), who snapped a two-fight losing skid by besting Michel Prazeres earlier this year.

Dan Miragliotta will patrol Thiago and Thatch in this one. I normally ignore the betting lines, but Thatch is a heavy favorite in this one. Kind of surprising to me, but we will see.

Round 1: Thatch is looking for the highlight-reel finish, throwing big lefts and heavy kicks. He is wasting no time in trying to make it 11-for-11 in first round finishes. Thiago with a right-hand that lands, and he scores a takedown. Thatch cage-walks to his feet and is up, landing a knee and another inside the clinch. Thatch throws a big right knee that just misses and is throwing more of the knees inside the clinch. Thiago eats another knee trying for a trip takedown. Big kick to the body and Thatch pounces, dropping Thiago. As the ref was coming in to stop it, Thiago was tapping. The crowd, again, is in utter silence from the stunning defeat.

Brandon Thatch def. Paulo Thiago via submission (strikes) at 2:10 of Round 1