Overall, UFC Fight Night 38 proved to be an exciting event all round and delivered some fantastic fights.
UFN 38 went down in the Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and featured a light-heavyweight rematch in the main event as Dan Henderson took on Mauricio Rua in a rematch from their battle at UFC 139.
The bout started slow with both men looking to find their distance, but the feeling out process didn’t last long as “Hendo” rocked Rua with a crisp left hook. “Shogun” looked in trouble but managed to land a hard one, two combination of his own to drop Henderson. The fight looked over but the 43-year old somehow managed to hold on to the bell.
The former Olympic wrestler took more damage in the second, getting dropped by a huge uppercut. Henderson again looked finish but he regained his senses and dragged the fight into the third. Both men came out swinging to start the round, with “Hendo” looking more aggressive. Then, after a brief clinch, Henderson dropped Rua with a clean right hook and got the stoppage after a few follow up strikes.
In the co-main event, C.B. Dollaway picked up the fastest win at the event with his vicious 39 second stoppage against TUF 1 victor; Cezar Ferreira. The Brazilian came out swinging and had his opponent back-pedalling from the start. It looked like Ferreira was about to get the finish when Dollaway managed to land a brutal left hook out of nowhere. A quick flurry on the ground and the fight was brought to a halt.
Ireland’s Norman Park took on TUF Brazil 2 winner Leonardo Santos in a back-and-forth contest on the card. But unfortunately, it failed to find a victor as both men fought to a majority draw. The result means both lightweight fighters remain undefeated in their short UFC careers.
Fabio Maldonado also picked up his third straight win in the light-heavyweight division at the event, taking a unanimous decision over Gian Villante. The former undefeated boxer was dominated for the majority of the first round by his American opponent. But, Maldonado came back strong in the second and third, nearly finishing Villante. In the end it was enough to take the win on points.
In other action, Michel Prazeres fairly easily took a decision win over Mairbeck Taisumov in the lightweight division. The Brazilian dominated his opponent with his grappling, while landing some nice shots on the feet. Taismuov helped secure the win for Prazeres after being deducted two points for kicking his opponent while he was down and repeatedly grabbing the cage.
The featherweights kicked off the main card as Rony Jason got himself back in the win column stopping Steven Siler. Siler was having success early on, landing some nice kicks on his opponent, but Jason soon turned things around with a winging right hand hurting the the 27-year old. A few follow up punches from the Brazilian and the fight was stopped, however, it was a questionable stoppage as a Siler looked like he had recovered from the shots when the ref stepped in.
UFC Fight Night 38 Main Card Results:
Rony Jason def. Steven Siler via knockout round 1
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbeck Taisumov via unanimous decision
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision
Norman Parke vs. Leonardo Santos ends in majority draw
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira via knockout round 1
Dan Henderson def. Mauricio Rua via knockout round 3