UFC Fight Night 106: Brazil
UFC Fight Night 106 in early March wasn’t a complete flop on the TV ratings front, but it still failed to breach the million barrier on FOX Sports 1, despite some high-profile Brazilian stars featuring on the top two fights.
The main event marked another impressive performance from Kelvin Gastelum, who proved he had the firepower to hang at middleweight by TKO’ing Vitor Belfort in less than four minutes, though frustratingly his good work was then undone due to a positive marijuana test that would lead to a no-contest result.
There were big finishes in three of the other main card bouts, including Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua proving he’s still a threat by extending his winning streak to three with a TKO victory over Gian Villante, while Edson Barboza landed a perfectly-timed flying knee to knock out Beneil Dariush and Alex Oliveira gained vengeance over Tim Means in their rematch with a second-round submission.
Two more fights on the night would end up having title implications, with Ray Borg booking a shot at the flyweight strap with a decision win over Jussier Formiga, while Kevin Lee ending Francisco Trinaldo’s seven-fight winning streak in the prelim headliner would help him land an interim lightweight title opportunity later in the year.