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UFC Sao Paulo prelims results and highlights: Luque, Carlos Junior, and Golm snag submission wins

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Check out the results of the six preliminary card fights at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Brunson in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Brunson preliminary card has wrapped up. Heavyweight Marcelo Golm got the night started with a big win over Christian Colombo, flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo eked past Jarred Brooks in a competitive bout, Elizeu Zaleski and Max Griffin engaged in a thriller, Jared Gordon pummeled Hacran Dias, Antonio Carlos Junior dominated Jack Marshman, and Vicente Luque turned in a magnificent short-notice performance against Niko Price. Here’s how the fights played out.

Vicente Luque def. Niko Price by submission (d’arce choke) at 4:08 of round 2 – Welterweights

Luque looked sharp with his striking, mixing up his kicks and punches nicely. Price worked his jab but couldn’t get too much going through the first few minutes of round 1. Luque’s most successful shot was his left hook, which he tagged Price with frequently. The leg kicks of Luque were bothering Price even into round 2, as Niko was just not checking them. After a combination of punches, Luque clipped Price with a flying knee against the fence, as he continued to boss the action. Price was bleeding on the left side of his face from all of the damage he’d incurred. A right hand hurt Price, then a body shot and a left hand sent Price crashing to the canvas. Luque pounced for the finish and secured the d’arce choke to get the win. On less than two weeks’ notice, Luque picks up his fifth win in his last six fights, and he handed Price his first ever defeat.

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Jack Marshman by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:30 of round 1 – Middleweights

Carlos Junior made the most of his six-inch reach advantage, outstriking Marshman on the counter and also making the Welshman miss. The Brazilian soon got the takedown he wanted, and he kept busy with some hard ground-and-pound on his smaller opponent. Carlos Junior advanced to full mount with over a minute to go in the round, eventually rolled to the back, and sunk in the fight-ending rear-naked choke. Carlos Junior has won four straight, while Marshman drops to 2-2 in the UFC.

Jared Gordon def. Hacran Dias by unanimous decision (29-26, 29-27, 30-26) – Lightweights

After about 90 seconds of striking, “Flash” Gordon pushed Dias down and onto his back. The Brazilian quickly sprung to his feet and they returned to striking. Gordon was cut on his right eye due to a punch, and Dias looked like the slicker, more accurate puncher. Gordon was losing the majority of the exchanges in what was a fast-paced opening round.

Gordon shot for a takedown early in the 2nd, and when that didn’t materialize, he attempted some offense in the clinch. Dias was able to use the whizzer on another Gordon shot, but couldn’t manage top position. The grueling pace set by Gordon had an effect on Dias’ cardio, and Gordon’s pressuring style looked to be paying off. Momentum was in Gordon’s favor and he wore down Dias on his way to a successful takedown. Ground-and-pound by Gordon busted up Dias, who couldn’t get the American off of him. Gordon advanced to mount with 30 seconds left, and just beat Dias up as he pleased.

Dias came out for round 3, as exhausted and battered as he was, and Gordon looked as fresh as ever. Gordon couldn’t take Dias down early in the round, then his next effort saw him nearly get reversed and put on his back. However, Dias was spent and Gordon wound up on top and back to delivering the beatdown. The referee looked like he was stepping in to stop the fight, and then all of a sudden he didn’t. Dias rolled for an armbar in the dying seconds but was never close to securing it. Gordon is 2-0 inside the Octagon, while Dias has lost three straight.

Elizeu Zaleski def. Max Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) – Welterweights

Both men were eager to let their strikes go in the early stages. A big right hand hurt Zaleski and put him on the canvas. Griffin landed some ground-and-pound before Zaleski could get back to his feet. Zaleski turned things around with a right hand and a big knee. An onslaught of power shots had Griffin on wobbly legs. Griffin shot for a desperation takedown, and Zaleski stuffed it. He dished out some more punishment, and as Griffin got back up in the closing seconds of round 1, he ate even more strikes and was just about out on his feet.

Griffin was still clearly not in great shape, but he was throwing back and tagging Zaleski. A failed spinning back kick led to Griffin clocking Zaleski and hurting him. It was an incredible twist to an already wacky fight. It was Griffin on the offensive and Zaleski struggling to defend. Even when Zaleski connected it didn’t have the same pop to it as it did in round 1. It was a strong comeback by the American in round 2.

A 1-2 by Zaleski caught Griffin early in round 3, but Griffin retaliated with a hard right and a left hook. Zaleski sent Griffin backwards with a straight right, as he searched for the knockout he failed to get in round 1. The Brazilian found his timing and rocked Griffin with a slew of punches, forcing Griffin to tie-up. Zaleski undoubtedly finished the stronger of the two, and he was also digging to Griffin’s body. An outstanding fight went the way of Zaleski, but hats off to Griffin for a courageous fightback when he could’ve easily been stopped in the opening frame.

Deiveson Figueiredo def. Jarred Brooks by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) – Flyweights

“The Monkey God” slammed Figueiredo down and went to work from guard. The Brazilian escaped but straight into a front headlock, a crazy scramble ensued and Figueiredo was out of danger. Another powerful double-leg put Deiveson on his back, and Brooks wouldn’t let him up for the remainder of round 1. After some early trading on the feet, Brooks clinched with Figueiredo, only for Deiveson to break that clinch. A cracking right hand was by far his best moment of offense, and he followed that up with an uppercut. Brooks powered through for another takedown, and Figueiredo immediately jumped for a guillotine, only for Brooks to pop his head out. Another guillotine attempt by Figueiredo looked tighter but Brooks again showed great defense. Brooks took Deiveson’s back but evidently he grabbed the shorts in the process, which is a no-no, and referee Mario Yamasaki restarted the fight standing with under a minute left in round 2. Figueiredo closed the middle frame with a trip takedown.

Brooks pursued another takedown in round 3, and Figueiredo again dropped down for an unsuccessful guillotine. Still, Brooks was able to use his strength advantage and get some excellent takedowns, as he prevented Deiveson from getting off any serious offense. Brooks took Figueiredo to suplex city, and then had to defend an armlock before going into Figueiredo’s guard. Figueiredo again escaped to his feet and appeared to hurt Brooks with a body shot, and it was apparent that Brooks was reeling. Figueiredo had the clear edge on the feet, and he landed a couple of quality shots on Brooks in the second-half of the final round. The output wasn’t particularly high, but it was definitely more than Brooks, who ended the fight with one more takedown, fending off one more guillotine in the process. Two of the three judges valued Deiveson’s damage over Brook’s takedowns and top control, thus awarded him the decision.

Marcelo Golm def. Christian Colombo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:08 of round 1 – Heavyweights

Golm swarmed Colombo in the opening minute and had him hurt up against the fence. The Brazilian took the Dane down, advanced to full mount, then three-quarters mount, and just blasted his foe with ground-and-pound. Golm took Colombo’s back, threw some more ground-and-pound, and then quickly choked out Colombo. It was that easy for Golm, who remains undefeated at 6-0, whereas Colombo has failed to win any of his three UFC fights.

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