Mirsad Bektic vs. Lucas Martins

The FS1 televised prelims begin with featherweight action, as Mirsad Bektic (9-0) and Lucas Martins (15-2) square off.

Round 1: Takedown and Bektic is in complete control here early on. Martins is working hard to get off his back, but Bektic has busted him open and is attacking with a fury. He’s got a solid body-lock and could be getting close to finishing this one. Martins trying to sit out and get to his feet, but he’s eating shots for his effort. Nice combo from Martins as he gets upright, only for Bektic to score with another takedown. Much to the delight of the Brazilian faithful, Martins gets to his feet, but once again, Bektic drags him down. He slides one hook in, peppers the face and is working for the mount. That cut under the left eye is huge from all the strikes being landed.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Bektic

Round 2: Martins with a nice right, but Bektic answers and drops him. He pounces and has him in a world of pain, teeing off with elbows. Lefts getting through and the ref is standing right over them, stopping it just seconds into the second round.

Mirsad Bektic def. Lucas Martins via TKO (strikes) at :30 of Round 2

Nicholas Dalby vs. Elizeu Zakeski

We’ll move up to the welterweight ranks with Nicholas Dalby (13-0) and Elizeu Zaleski (14-4) going toe-to-toe next.

Round 1: Vicious leg kick from Dalby to start the action, and he continues to throw them, mixing in a head-kick. Big-time strikes by Zakeski and the crowd is getting behind him. Easy double-leg takedown for Dalby with three minutes to go in this round. Little action from Dalby and the ref stands them back up. Nice job of mixing up his strikes so far for Dalby. Another takedown for Dalby after a nice exchange.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dalby

Round 2: The corner of Zakeski told him to switch the game plan and move to being more attack-first than counter. Nice left from Zakeski, as this is a battle of regional champions. And yes, Zakeski has a longer name that ends in dos Santos, but we’ll just stick with Elizeu Zakeski for tonight. Takedown for Dalby, but he’s unable to score any offense with it. They separate and Dalby scores another takedown with ease. Good knee to the body from Zakeski. A very unique jump-spinning, inside-crescent kick from Zakeski ignites the fans for a brief moment. And we have a break after a low blow.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dalby

Round 3: Huge right from Zakeski, followed by a pair of right knees that connect here in the early seconds. The corner of Zakeski told him he is down 2-0, and he’s fighting like that. Nasty kick to the body by Dalby lands. Uppercut by Zakeski is answered with a high kick. Both of these men have taken some mean shots throughout this one. Zakeski grabs the clinch and connects with several knees. Dalby, though, grabs a takedown and regains control. Takedown for Dalby, but Zakeski reverses and hammers away with shots in the final seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dalby

Nicholas Dalby def. Elizeu Zakeski via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jussier Formiga vs. Wilson Reis

A very interesting flyweight affair will see Jussier Formiga (17-3) take on Wilson Reis (19-5). With many of the top contenders having already faced off against champion Demetrious Johnson, a strong run could vault one of these two men into contention.

Round 1: Formiga easily catches a kick and drops him to the ground, but Reis is strong on the ground also and is willing to engage. Quickly, they are back to the feet. Nice combo from Formiga, as Reis is a step slow to get his offense going here at the start. Best punch of the round from Reis, as a left hook connects. Head-kick by Reis just misses and he eats a couple of punches for his effort. Formiga is leading with the leg kicks and following up with nice right hands. Right hook by Reis lands, though, and stuns him for a brief moment.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Formiga

Round 2: Formiga with a right that scores a knockdown for him and he quickly moves to a better position. He’s transitioning and gains the back with hooks in. A quick look at a rear-naked, followed by an armbar, but Reis slips free and is now on top. Reis with double-underhooks, dropping for a single-leg for a takedown but he’s denied. After a nice leg kick, Formiga answers with a right. He’s been doing that all night to him, and another combo connects. Power double-leg off a nice entry for Reis, but Formiga pounces right back to his feet. Takedown for Formiga and into the guard. They both try for heel-hooks and scramble to the feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Round 3: Wild spinning attack for Reis to start the final round. Reis imposing his will against the fence, peppering Formiga with lefts and working for a takedown. He’s doing a nice job of scoring, but not sure if it will be enough in this one. Good inside leg kick after a nice power shot for Reis, as Formiga appears to have slowed. Another body lock and Reis is trying hard to score a takedown. He’s landing with knees and short shots, but the clinch isn’t working for him to secure the takedown. Formiga takes the back and ends the round in a strong fashion.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Formiga

Jussier Formiga def. Wilson Reis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)