The UFC 212 main card kicked off with second-round TKO wins by Yancy Medeiros and Paulo Borrachinha.
Two fights have been completed on the main card of UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yancy Medeiros uncorked a massive shot that spelled doom for Erick Silva, while Paulo Borrachinha put away an exhausted Oluwale Bamgbose. Here’s how those two fights played out.
Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose by TKO (punches) at 1:06 of round 2 – Middleweights
Bamgbose started the fight off well with a thudding right hand. “The Holy War Angel” surprisingly went for the takedown, failed the first time, landed a punch, then got it the second time. He looked for a choke but slipped out and they were back to their feet. Bamgbose was just expending an insane amount of energy but definitely damaging Borrachinha. Paulo answered back with a pair of body kicks, hoping to sap Bamgbose’s cardio further. Borrachinha just went on a full-out body shot assault, landing a series of big punches and kicks to Bamgbose’s midsection. To Bamgbose’s credit, he was able to weather the storm and get a late takedown, but his furious start came at a heavy cost.
The second round started with Bamgbose literally doing tomahawk chop punches. An ill-fated kick by Bamgbose did land, but he fell to his back and Borrachinha bludgeoned him with punches to force the stoppage. Borrachinha moves to 2-0 in the UFC and keeps his finishing record at 100%, while Bamgbose is now 1-3 inside the Octagon.
Yancy Medeiros def. Erick Silva by TKO (punches) at 2:01 of round 2 – Welterweights
Medeiros hurt Silva with a right hand and jumped on him with a few strikes on the ground, but the Brazilian got back to his feet and appeared to be recovered. Silva was able to get in a right hand on the Hawaiian midway through the round, then went to the head and body with a combination. It was a well-matched, back-and-forth striking battle with both men having their moments. Silva was chopping down Medeiros’ legs with powerful, unchecked kicks. A hard knee to the head put Medeiros off balance, but Yancy indicated that he wasn’t shaken by that strike.
Silva continued to beat up Medeiros’ legs in round 2, while Medeiros’ success came off of power punches behind the jab. Erick scored with a big left hook, but Medeiros’ chin remained sturdy. Medeiros replied with a thunderous left hook of his own, which dropped Silva. Yancy pounced on Erick in search of the finish, and referee Eduardo Herdy intervened. It was a questionable stoppage, as Silva was trying to improve his position and looked like he was still effectively fighting through Medeiros’ onslaught. Not only did Silva protest, but Medeiros believed Silva should’ve been allowed to continue. It’s three wins out of four for Medeiros, and it’s three losses in four for Silva.