UFC Fight Night 32 from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil is underway and first up, the preliminary bouts.
Fans that missed this undercard were robbed of a great event. The attended crowd was raucous and full, delivering fervour and ambience in lead-up to the main card, with every bout deserving the audience's favor.
Of the five fights offered on the preliminary card, there was not a dog to be found. Each delivered and thrilled and the event went five-for-five on stoppages; a 100% finishing rate.
The stars of the preliminaries were Thiago Tavares & Omari Akhmedov. If you missed the five fights, make sure you catch these two bouts. They really were entertaining and demonstrate two fighters fans should keep their eyes, upon.
Here are the fight recaps and results:
Preliminary Card Results:
Fight #1: Jose Maria vs. Dustin Ortiz (Flyweight)
It was an entertaining fight and for the most part well-matched. Ortiz came into the fight as the better wrestler, at least on paper, but you wouldn’t have known it by watching the fight. Through rounds one and two, Maria got the better of his Ortiz in that department. He proved very hard to takedown and was able to score a few takedowns of his own on Ortiz. For the most part, Maria set a pace over the first two rounds that seemed to catch Ortiz off guard. As a result of the high pace he set, his takedowns and two round ending arm-in guillotine chokes that he secured on Ortiz, Maria easily won round one and two. However, by the third he looked a little tired and Ortiz started getting the better of Maria. Knowing that he’d have to finish his opponent to get the win, Ortiz took Maria down and in side control with Maria turtled up, he began to hit Maria with heavy hammer fists. At that point the ref stepped in and waived the fight off; winner by TKO at the 3:19 mark of the third round, Dustin Ortiz.
Fight 2. #: Adriano Martins vs. Daron Cruickshank (Lightweight)
This fight was all about Adriano Martins, his hard left and ground game. Cruickshank was never really in this fight and easily lost round one. Martins came out methodically stocking his opponent and with Cruickshank backing up and circling away from Martins left, he managed to stay on his feet. However, with only two lefts thrown in the round, they both connected and served notice to Cruickshank that Martins had power. With a takedown at the end of round one, Martins seemed to be playing with Cruickshank on the ground and for his part, Daron looked lost. With Cruickshank surviving the round, he came out in the second and was simply overwhelmed. It was clear, that he would not survive the fight and it was only a question of time and how, he would lose. Martins took him down and began to work his way to optimal position. With Cruickshank bewildered as to what to do, Martins sunk in the submission and the fight was over; winner by Kimura at the 2:49 mark of the second round, Adriano Martins.
Fight #3: Thiago Tavares vs. Justin Salas (Lightweight)
Thiago Tavares is a serious 155 pounder. He came out and forward, and as if he had no other gear. Thrilled to be fighting in front of his Brazilian brothers and sisters, Tavares put it on Salas, taking only a few minutes to find his rhythm. With his stand-up looking solid, he pushed Salas and garnered an opening for a double-leg takedown. From there, it was all downhill for Salas. Tavares worked for position, took Salas’s back and it was all over; winner by rear-naked choke at the 2:38 mark of round one, Thiago Tavares.
Fight # 4: Omari Akhmedov vs. Thiago Perpetuo (Middleweight)
There was a lot to like about the fight. Akhmedov, was very loose and came out confidently, but so too did Perpetuo. To be blunt, the Brazilian got the better of the Russian in terms of the exchange and power shots, but Akhmedov has one heck of a chin. Dazed twice in the fight, Akhmedov withstood the assault and regained his equilibrium. Second time round though, he handed Perpetuo a nasty right and it was over. The Russian has both chin and power; winner by, KO at the 3:31 mark of the first round, Omari Akhmedov.
Fight #5: Sam Sicilia vs. Godofredo Pepey vs. (Featherweight)
Not much to say about this fight, other than to say Sam Sicilia might have been fighting for his job and he won the fight. Coming out and showing Godofredo Pepey no respect, Sicilia put it on his opponent. Taking him to the ground, Sicilia delivered heavy rights hands to the Pepey, while Godofredo was on his back, up against the cage and demonstrating zero defense; winner by TKO at the 1:42 mark of the first round, Sam Sicilia.