Thiago Tavares vs. Justin Salas
Our final lightweight scrap features Thiago Tavares and Justin Salas. Tavares (17-5-1) was stopped by Khabib Nurmagomedov this past January, halting a two-fight win streak for him. He is 4-2-1 in his last seven overall. Salas (11-4) claimed a split decision vs. Aaron Riley in his most recent appearance.
The referee will be Dan Miragliotta. Salas is replacing Quinn Mulhern, who bowed out due to an injury.
Round 1: Tavares quickly takes control of the Octagon and he wants to get Salas to meet him on the ground. Salas, though, will have none of it and Tavares stands back up. Tavares with a power takedown with three minutes left in the round. He proceeds to pick Salas up and slam him to the canvas with a double-leg, moving quickly into the guard. Salas lands some nice elbows as he tries to get free, and Tavares takes the back. He’s landing with lefts and rights, trying to get an arm in. Tavares locks in the choke and this one is all over quickly, as Salas is forced to tap.
Thiago Tavares def. Justin Salas via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 1