UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway
Jeunesse Arena | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
What a card this was! The early prelims started out with a TKO at the end of Round 2 by Deiveson Figueiredo against Marco Beltran due to referee stoppage. The fight between Luan Chagas and Jim Wallhead also ended in Round 2 with 10 second to go! Chagas with a Rear Naked Choke Submission that left Wallhead no choice but to tap out. The first fight of the prelims started out with a bang with Brian Kelleher submitting Iuri Alcantara at 1:48 of the first round! What a turn of events as Alcantara was winning that round! Definitely a fight to see. The second fight also ended in a TKO between Johnny Eduardo and Matthew Lopez in Round 1. Round 2 seems to be a lucky round for these fighters as the fight between Antonio Carlos Junior and Eric Spicely also ended at 3:49 of Round 2 with a Rear Naked Choke Submission by Carlos Junior. The main card started off with a bang with two back to back aggressive fights. Both fights ended in a TKO in yup, you guessed its Round 2! Yancy Medeiros won against Erick Silva at 2:01 of Round 2 and Paulo Borrachinha won against Oluwale Bamgbose at 1:06 of Round 2. There wasn’t any lack of action in the co-main event either when Claudia Gadelha submits Karolina Kowalkiewicz with a Rear Naked Choke Submission at 3:03 in the first round! The main card was intense as well. It was a great fight between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway where Holloway won by TKO at 4:13 of Round 3 making him the undisputed featherweight champion of the world.
The outcome for two of the three fights that went to the judges for decision were not at all what we thought would have happened. There seemed to be a few surprises and turn of events in this card.
Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.75/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 5/5. This card is now our NEW FIRST PLACE CARD for the year!! It was definitely a great card. A few twists and turns however there were action packed fights worth seeing.
Until next time, Stay Tuned, Stay Focused. Good Night till the Next Fight.
Fighting out of the BLUE CORNER and fighting out of the RED CORNER
Jose Aldo (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 26 – 2 – 0 VS Max “Blessed” Holloway (Hawaii, USA) 17 – 3 – 0– featherweight title unification bout
- ROUND 1 – A touch of gloves and we are on the way. The main card of the evening. Both fights feeling each other out. A left hook by Aldo, followed by multiple strikes and a knee to the face that stuns Holloway. The referee looking close as it looks like the fight may be over however Holloway still hanging in there. Another hook by Aldo backs Holloway up. 30 seconds to go in the first round. We give this round to Aldo for his more effective striking.
- ROUND 2 – An aggressive combo by Aldo to start the round followed by a body shot. Holloway with strikes towards Aldo that don’t seem to connect. Holloway seems to be the counter striker whereby Aldo is initiating the strikes. Aldo with another body shot! Less than a minute to go. We see Holloway stepping up the pace a bit however it won’t be enough to win the round. Holloway ending the round by mocking Aldo. Aldo responds back by landing a combo that rocks Holloway just as the horn blows. We give this round to Aldo once again.
- ROUND 3 – Holloway leading the pace at the start of round 3. He seems to be the striker now whereby Aldo is responding. Holloway with a strike and Aldo responds with a knee to the body. Holloway knocks Aldo down with a punch and then jumps on him showering him with a flurry of punches. Some hitting and some missing. Aldo does an impressive job in defending himself. Holloway continues to have Aldo pinned to the ground throwing multiple strikes until the referee intervenes and stops the fight. Max Holloway wins by TKO at 4:13 of Round 3 and is now the undisputed featherweight champion of the world. Fight Rate: 4/5
Claudia Gadelha (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 14 – 2 – 0 VS Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Lodz, Poland) 10 – 1 – 0 S Strawweight
- ROUND 1 – The fight starts off with both fighters feeling each other out. An elbow by Gadelha that catches Kowalkiewicz in the side of her head but has no effect. Gadelha takes Kowalkiewicz down and is looking for a submission. Gadelha sinks in a rear naked choke submission, forcing Kowalkiewicz to tap out! Claudia Gadelha wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 3:03 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 25 – 13 – 0 VS Nate “The Great” Marquardt (Colorado, USA) 35 – 17 – 2
- ROUND 1 – The round begins with both fighters starting off carefully. Both fighters are familiar with each other and know the others game. Marquardt with a take down. The two fighter are struggling however due to inactivity the referee stands them back up and both are back to the centre of the Octagon. Less than 2 minutes to go in the round. Both fighter are looking more aggressive with their strikes. 30 seconds to go. We give the round to Marquardt for being the more active fighter and effective striker.
- ROUND 2 – Marquardt with a head kick to start the round. Belfort responds with a flurry of punches that stun Marquardt. Somehow Marquardt survives that and continues on. Marquardt landing effective strikes, slowly taking control of the round. 30 seconds to go in the second round. Looks like this will go to a third! We give this round to Marquardt.
- ROUND 3 – Marquart starts off the round pushing the pace. Marquart is initiating the strikes where Belfort is countering. A minute left to go in the fight and Belfort is pushing the pace. Belfort is looking for the knock out however is running out of time. 20 seconds to go. We give this round and the fight to Marquart 30-27. And in another turn of event all three judges score the fight 29-28 for winner by unanimous decision Vitor Belfort! Yup, that’s right Belfort. Another one we did not see coming. Fight Rate: 3/5
Paulo Borrachinha (Belo Horizonte, Brazil ) 9 – 0 – 0 VS Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose (New York, USA) 6 – 2 – 0 Middleweight
- ROUND 1 – Bamgbose comes out strong with a big hook that stuns Borrachinha. Bamgbose with a take down however Borrachinha is defending it well. These two are going at it! Non stop action and strikes with only a minute into the first round! Both fighters are exchanging heavy hits. Borrachinha with a body kick that seemed to have winded Bamgbose. Borrachinha has Bamgbose against the cage delivering blow after blow! The referee watching close. 30 seconds to go. We give this round to Borrachinha for his dominant striking.
- ROUND 2 – Bamgbose goes for a high kick, slips letting Borrachinha jump on top. He rains down punches as the referee approaches and watches for Bamgbose to defend himself. When he doesn’t, the referee puts an end to the fight. Borrachinha wins by TKO at 1:06 in none other than Round 2! Fight Rate: 4/5
Yancy Medeiros (Hawaii, USA) 13 – 4 – 0 VS Erick Silva (Espirito Santo, Brazil) 19 – 7 – 0 Welterweight
- ROUND 1 – Silva starts the round off with a high kick. Silva then goes for a take down however Medeiros lands an uppercut. Medeiros is on top of Silva which doesn’t last long as Silva pops back up. Both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon. A minute to go in the round. The fighters are going at it landing heavy strikes. A big leg kick by Silva! Followed by another! Silva then catches Medeiros with a knee to the face which stunned Medeiros almost ending the fight. However the horn blows and the round ends. We give this round to Silva for his dominance.
- ROUND 2 – Medeiros comes out very aggressive! He most likely knows he lost the first round. Both fighters are going at it. Medeiros with a right hook followed by a left hook that drops Silva! He continues to throw punches at him when the referee intervines! Wow! Another turn of events. Yancy Medeiros wins by TKO at 2:01 of Round 2. Seems like Round 2 is lucky this card! Fight Rate: 4/5
Raphael Assuncao (Recife, Brazil) 24 – 5 – 0 VS Marlon “Magic” Moraes (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 18 – 4 – 1 Bantemweight
- ROUND 1 – Looks like these fighters will follow in tradition of coming out fast and furious. Each landing some good strikes on the other. Morales finding a home for those body kicks. With a minute left in the first round, both fighters spent the majority of the round exchanging strikes with no significant damage. We give this round to Moraes for landing more strikes,
- ROUND 2 – Moraes comes out to start the round with a nice combo to Assuncao’s face. Both fighters continue to counter strike each other with no significant blows. The crowd is starting to boo based on the previous entertaining fights they have already seen in this card. With a minute left to go, someone needs to take control of this round. With 30 seconds to go, Moraes attempts a take down however doesn’t get it. He is however landing the shots he is taking. We give this round to Moraes once again.
- ROUND 3 – Assuncao lands a left hook to Moraes, however it doesn’t seem to have that big of an effect on him. This is a very close and tough fight to call, very competitive. Three minutes left in the last round. Moraes still finding a home for those body shots. The crowd is booing even harder now. Ninety seconds to go. Moraes attempts a take down, doesn’t succeed however that most likely won the round for him. 30 seconds to go. We give this round and the fight to Moraes 30-27. Judges decide 29-28 Moraes, 29-28 Assuncao, 30-27 for the winner by split decision Raphael Assuncao! WOW! Another one we did not see coming. Fight Rate: 3/5
Antonio “Cara De Sapato” Carlos Junior (Paraiba, Brazil) 7 – 2 – 0 VS Eric ” Zebrinha” Spicely (Rhode Island, USA) 10 – 1 – 0 Middleweight
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters coming out fast. Spicely goes for a take down to start the round. Carlos Junior looking for submissions. The fighters exchanging strikes looking to enhance their position while keeping themselves out of danger of a submission. Both fighters are going for heel hooks however both are defending it well. This round has been even so far as they are back to the centre of the Octagon for the last minute. Carlos Junior with a take down and has Spicely’s back. Due to that, we will give this round to Carlos Junior.
- ROUND 2 – Spicely goes for a take down however Carlos Junior reverses it and gets on top of Spicely. Carlos Junior has Spicely’s back and is looking for a submission. Spicely defends well however Carlos Junior still has the dominant position. Carlos Junior gets Spicely’s back once again and after multiple attempts, he sinks in a rear naked choke submission. Antonio Carlos Junior wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 3:49 of Round 2. Fight Rate: 4/5
Johnny Eduardo (Rio De Janiero, Brazil) 28 – 10 – 0 VS Matthew Lopez (Colorado, USA) 9 – 1 – 0 Bantemweight
- ROUND 1 – Eduardo starts the fight off with leg kicks and a hook to the head of Lopez. Lopez responds with a stiff jab to the face of Eduardo. Both of these fighters are going at it. Lopez with a take down which Eduardo reverses, attempting a submission. Lopez then reverses that and is back on top of Eduardo, landing big shots to his head. The referee is looking close and has no choice but to put a stop to the fight . Matthew Lopez wins by TKO at 2:57 of Round 1. Fight: 4/5
Iuri “Marajo” Alcantara (Para, Brazil) 34 – 7 – 0 VS Brian “Boom” Kelleher (New York, USA) 16 – 7 – 0 Bantemweight
- ROUND 1 – Alcantara starts off aggressive! Throwing punches and high kicks to Kelleher’s head. Alcantara dropped Kelleher however Kelleher got up quick. Looks like Alcantara is looking to end this fight fast! Alcantara keeping the pressure on and goes for a take down which he gets. With a turn of events, Alcantara gets caught in a guillotine choke submission by Kelleher and taps out!! WOW! Brian Kelleher wins by Guillotine Choke Submission at 1:48 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Jamie Moyle (Nevada, USA ) 4 – 1 – 0 VS Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira (Ceara, Brazil) 12 – 0 – 0 Strawweight
- ROUND 1 – A minute into the first round, Pereira has Moyle up against the cage. They finally break up with no major strikes and are back to the centre of the Octagon. Pereira with some jab/punch combos followed by another combo that backed Moyle up against the cage. Both fighters in the middle of the Octagon. Moyle goes for a kick which Pereira catches and lands another combo. The horn blows and the round ends. We give it too Pereira for controlling majority of the round and landing more strikes.
- ROUND 2 – Pereira landing some effective strikes and being the more aggressive fighter once again to start off the second round. Two minutes to go in the second round. There hasn’t been much action. However just as we say that, Pereira lands some more strikes. Moyle throws a kick which Pereira catches and counters with a stiff jab that drops Moyle ending the round. We give this round to Pereira once again for being the more effective striker.
- ROUND 3 – Pereira comes out aggressive once again landing a few combos to start the round. With less then 2 minutes remaining in the last round. Pereira is still being the more aggressive fighter by landing more strikes. Pereira has been controlling majority of this fight with her stand up. 30 seconds to go. We give this round and the fight to Pereira 30-27. Over to the judges for their decision. The judges score 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 for winner by unanimous decision Viviane Pereira! Fight Rate: 3/5
Luan “Tarzan” Chagas (Parana, Brazil) 14 – 2 – 1 VS Jim “Judo” Wallhead (Loughborough, England) 29 – 10 – 0 Welterweight
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters start again by feeling each other out. Chagas lands a 2 jab combo to Wallhead. Chagas then lands some leg kicks to Wallhead’s lead leg. Wallhead is swinging and missing while Chagas’ strikes are landing well. Wallhead attempts a take down as he is not winning his stand up game. Chagas defends and now both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon. 90 seconds left in the first round. Wallhead attempts a take down, doesn’t succeed as Chagas defends well. A big knee by Chagas! We give this round to Chagas for his domination.
- ROUND 2 – Chagas comes out countering Wallhead well. Wallhead accidentally catches a low blow. With a quick time out, both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. A head kick by Chagas backs Wallhead up. Chagas with a four hit punch/kick combo. Wallhead gets caught with an accidental poke to the eye. A minute left to go. Chagas with a left hook that dropped Wallhead! Chagas jumps on Wallhead and locks in a rear naked choke submission leaving Wallhead with no choice but to tap out. Luan Chagas wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 4:48 of Round 2. Fight Rate: 4/5
Marco “Psycho” Beltran (Mexico City, Mexico) 8 – 4 – 0 VS Deiveson Figueiredo (Para, Brazil) 11 – 0 – 0 Flyweight
- ROUND 1 – A touch of glove and UFC 212 is underway! Both fighters are starting out being very cautious. Figueiredo attempts a take down however doesn’t succeed. Beltran now has Figueiredo against the cage. Figueiredo reverses it and takes Beltran down. Figueiredo now attempting a submission with Beltran defending well. Beltran escapes and ends up on top of Figueiredo, Both fighters stand up and are back in the centre of the Octagon just as the horn goes. We give this round to Figueiredo due to controlling majority of the round.
- ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts off with both fighters exchanging strikes. Figueiredo with a right hook that drops Beltran and is now on full mount. Beltran defends well however Figueiredo is still on top dropping elbows. Figueiredo now has Beltran’s back looking to flatten him out. Beltran escapes however Figueiredo is still in control. Figueiredo with a body shot to Beltran followed by an right upper cut that stuns Beltran and drops him. Figueiredo jumps on him to end the fight however the horn blows and the round ends. The referee calls an end to the fight at the end of Round 2 as Beltran wouldn’t be able to continue. Deiveson Figueiredo wins by TKO. Fight Rate: 4/5