Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2.
Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.
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Godofredo Pepey def. Noah Lahat via KO (flying knee) at 2:39 of Round 1
Francimar Barroso vs. Hans Stringer
We open up action in the light heavyweight division, as Francimar Barroso and Hans Stringer square off.
Barroso (16-3) and Stringer (21-5-3) were expected to be part of the Fight Pass prelims, but when the Will Chope-Diego Brandao bout was scrapped for Chope’s past domestic assault charges, they were elevated to FOX Sports 1.
Round 1: Stringer dropped to the ground after Barroso catches a kick. Knowing Stringer is a strong jiu-jitsu fighter, Barroso is hesitant to jump into the guard. The ref stands them up and Stringer lands a right that drops Barroso to the canvas. Pair of big elbows land by Stringer, as does another, with three minutes to go. Stringer catches him with a combo while on top inside guard, as Barroso was trying to gain an advantage and get to his feet. Stringer’s had enough and stands up. Nice body kick by Barroso connects. Barroso is a teammate of UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, who are Octagon-side rooting him on. Nice work from inside the clinch by Stringer to end the round strongly.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stringer
Round 2: Barroso coming out stronger this round, landing nice leg kicks to open the action. Stringer’s had enough of that and he clinches against the fence, slowing down Barroso’s attack. Another kick to the body by Barroso that you can hear land and he scores a takedown off a failed lateral drop by Stringer. Three minutes in the round to go and Barroso is inside his guard. Stringer shows his excellent ground game, getting to his feet without taking any damage. Some swelling and a cut under the left eye of Barroso, who misses on a tripe takedown attempt. Stringer separates and just misses on a huge right. After a failed kick, Barroso is able to land two big rights of his own. Barroso looks extremely tired, hanging his hands low and resorting to kicks as the round goes under a minute. However, he lands a big uppercut that stops Stringer in his tracks.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barroso
Round 3: Stringer’s corner told him to keep this one on the feet and he is listening so far, throwing kicks and punches. Counter hook from Stringer connects, as does a follow-up combo. Clinch enforced by Stringer against the fence as we go under three minutes left in the fight. Strong kicks to the leg by Stringer, who is dominating this round. No offense whatsoever by Barroso through the first three-plus minutes of this final round. Barroso’s corner, including Aldo and Barao, are screaming at him to do something. With just 30 seconds left, Barroso scores a takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stringer
Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso won via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thiago Perpetuo vs. Kenny Robertson
We begin our coverage in the welterweight division, as Thiago Perpeuto takes on Kenny Robertson.
Perpeuto (9-2-1) is 1-1 with the UFC. He defeated Leonardo Mafra in 2012 and was finished by Omari Akhmedov last November.
Robertson (12-3) is looking to get back on track after a decision loss to Sean Pierson last June. He is 1-3 with the UFC overall.
Round 1: Robertson scores first with a head kick, but Perpeuto powers through and lands a takedown. Huge cut on Perpeuto from the kick and he sweeps and winds up in the dominate position. Robertson locks in the hooks, clinches on the neck and scores with a rear-naked choke. Strong performance from the American in foreign soil.
Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpeuto via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:45 of Round 1
Jussier Formiga vs. Scott Jorgensen
The only flyweight encounter of the card sees Jussier Formiga battle Scott Jorgensen.
Formiga (15-3) entered the UFC in 2012 with much hype, but was finished by John Dodson. He rebounded to defeat Chris Cariaso, but was again finished – this time by Joseph Benavidez – last September.
Jorgensen (14-8) is trying to avoid the first three-fight losing skid of his career after losses to Zach Makovsky and Urijah Faber. This is his second fight at 125 pounds.
Round 1: Slight delay after something was left on the canvas and Jorgensen asked for it to be cleaned up. Now, here we go, and Jorgensen lands a nice combo to start. Formiga gets in close and tries for a takedown, scores with it, but can’t keep him down for long. Huge uppercut and Formiga just eats it, clinches and lands a few quick shots from in close. Formiga has been aggressive, but a very wild aggression. Takedown for Formiga and he quickly transitions to the back, figure four around the body and he is working for the choke with two minutes to go. Formiga’s getting the arm around the neck and he quickly gets it, as the crowd goes bananas.
Jussier Formiga def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:07 of Round 1
Ronny Markes vs. Thiago Santos
Our second straight fight with a Natal, Brazil native is next, as Ronny Markes meets Thiago Santos.
Markes (14-2) had his seven-fight win streak snapped when Yoel Romero finished him last November. He is 3-1 with the UFC, but missed weight and will forfeit a portion of his purse.
Santos (8-2) dropped his Octagon debut to Cezar Ferreira in August and is 1-2 in his last three overall.
Round 1: Santos with a liver kick, dropping Markes and he pounces. Santos continues with hammer-fists and this one is all over quickly. Markes, according to Brian Stann, missed weight because he came home early. Santos was a plus-600 underdog in the betting books, so if you had him, you just picked up a good chunk of change.
Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes via TKO (strikes) at :53 of Round 1
Rony Jason vs. Steven Siler
Our third featherweight contest of the evening pits Rony Jason against Steven Siler.
Jason (13-4), a past winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, had his eight-fight win streak snapped by Jeremy Stephens last November in Brazil after Stephens landed a head-kick that knocked him out.
Siler (23-11) is also looking to bounce back after a decision loss to Dennis Bermudez. He is 5-2 seven career Octagon appearances.
Round 1: Jason is throwing some heavy bombs right away at Siler, while Siler adjusts and throws quick shots with his punches and kicks. Jason connects with a right that staggers Siler backwards, and a second knocks him out cold. Siler is protesting, but Jason really landed two well strikes that rocked Siler.
Rony Jason def. Steven Siler via KO (strikes) at 1:17 of Round 1
Michel Prazeres vs. Mairbek Taisumov
The first lightweight tilt hits the Octagon next, as Michel Prazeres meets up with Mairbek Taisumov.
Prazeres (17-1) earned his first UFC victory by topping Jesse Ronson last September.
Taisumov (21-4) is on a four-fight win streak that includes a January decision over Tae Hyun Bang.
Round 1: This was originally suppose to be Gleison Tibau vs. Taisumov, but Tibau was injured. Prazeres getting off the better strikes right now, landing a nice combo. Next, Prazeres shows off his wrestling with a takedown, advancing to the full mount with ease. Nice use of a kimura to improve his position on top, as Prazeres is dominating. Potential armbar by Prazeres, who releases but lands some heavy shots to the face and goes back to the mount. Taisumov escapes and lands an illegal kick, docking him a point. Not a good round at all for Taisumov.
FightLine scores the round 10-7 for Prazeres
Round 2: Prazeres catches a kick and unloads with a right that drops Taisumov. However, Taisumov gets a reverse, recovers and is on top now. Now, Taisumov has been deducted another point for grabbing the fence. This should be interesting from here on out, as Taisumov is well behind on the scorecards after losing two points. Prazeres with a nice shot that just misses, and he has been in complete control of this weird fight.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Prazeres
Round 3: Prazeres imposing his will, tying Taisumov up against the fence. The ref warns Taisumov that if he has to stop the fight for him grabbing the fence again, he will be disqualified. Taisumov being screamed at by Roger Huerta, and he is pushing the action now. We head under two minutes and Prazeres lands a takedown – despite Taisumov using the fence again to stay upright at first. Full mount secured by Prazeres with 80 seconds left.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Prazeres
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
Fabio Maldonado vs. Gian Villante
Up next is a light heavyweight fight featuring Fabio Maldonado and Gian Villante.
Maldonado (20-6) has posted back-to-back decision victories since three straight losses, besting Roger Hollett and Joey Beltran.
Villante (11-4) is 4-1 in his last five, going 1-1 with the UFC. He topped Cody Donovan late in 2013.
Round 1: Immediate clinch and takedown by Villante right off the bat. Into side control goes Villante, who is attempting to pin down Maldonado’s arm and land uncontested blows. He transitions to the back and lands a huge knee, and another, to the thigh region. More heavy knees to the thighs by Villante, who takes Maldonado back to the canvas. The crowd is booing the action, but Villante has been working and dominating.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Villante
Round 2: Villante catches Maldonado with a left, and another. Instead of trading shots, Villante backs up and re-positions himself. Now, Maldonado fires off back-to-back jabs that connect. Maldonado has his jab locked in, as he is peppering him with the left. Villante has had enough of that and he scores with a takedown, rolling to his back and trying to secure hooks. Vicious knee by Villante lands to the forehead and Maldonado is a bloody mess. Here comes Maldonado, though, sensing blood and going on the attack. He lands a body shot that hurts Villante as his face becomes a crimson mess. Massive lefts and rights being fired off by Maldonado now. Straight jabs land and Villante is breathing heavily. Combos by Maldonado are landing at rapid paces and he defends a takedown with ease. Pair of body shots by Maldonado nearly send Villante to the canvas. Strong finish for Maldonado to send us to the third.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado
Round 3: Villante appears to have a little more pep in his step to start this round, shooting for a takedown but missing. Head kick is blocked by Maldonado. Another takedown defended with ease and Maldonado lands to the body. Weak takedown attempt by Villante and Maldonado just falls over on top of him before standing up. More power punches to the body from Maldonado, who adds in a jab and a right hook for good measure. Another right lands and the crowd is starting to get behind Maldonado. Maldonado drops Villante, turns to walk away, and Villante gets back up. Takedown attempt by Villante is denied for a third time and he seems to throw his head in disappointment, eating another uppercut. He looks at his corner as they instruct him and nods in approval. Villante is almost out on his feet, as he goes down, clutching Maldonado’s shorts to survive.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke
Lightweights hit the Octagon, as Leonardo Santos meets Norman Parke.
Santos (12-3) was the season two winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, submitting William Macario in the second round. He is on a six-fight win streak dating back to 2009.
Parke (19-2) was The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner and has won his last nine, including three straight in the UFC. Jon Anik was very excited for Parke to showcase his skills during a our recent interview.
Round 1: Huge kick to the lead leg by Santos to start, as Parke has a very interesting stance. Santos, a great grappler, is showing off his striking to start. A nice uppercut by Santos and he appears to have caught Parke with an eye poke, as he asks for time and is granted it. Another vicious right kick to the body that Parke blocks, but even blocking them can do damage. Some swelling now under the left eye of Parke, and that could cause him issues going forward. Parke clinches, again, against the fence. He’s yet to do much on the offensive outside of this. Santos goes for a takedown and it gets defended rather easily. Parke gets off a nice left and a kick, followed by another, before Santos returns fire.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Santos
Round 2: Parke comes out with more fire, but Santos lands a left uppercut. Nice little exchange results in Parke tying things up with the clinch against the fence. Parke is wearing on Santos, but he isn’t able to do much and the ref has deducted a point for grabbing the shorts by Parke. Three consecutive lefts land by Parke, who is feeling urgency now. Interesting point deduction, but it is what it is. Good combinations connect from both, and an elbow lands by Parke.
FightLine scores the round 9-9
Round 3: In between rounds, they replayed the shorts grab by Parke and it was obvious, so good call for the point deduction. Even Anik agreed and took back his criticism. Parke back to the clinch game, peppering him with some nice knees. The ref steps in, Parke lands an uppercut and pushes Santos right back up against the fence with the clinch. Down to the final two minutes and Parke remains in control. Santos with a takedown attempt, but Parke defends and lands. He’s back to working the clinch and trying for his own takedown with just 30 seconds left.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Parke
Leonardo Santos and Norman Parke fight to a majority draw(29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Cezar Ferreira vs. C.B. Dollaway
Our co-main event will take place in the middleweight division, as Cezar Ferreira goes up against C.B. Dollaway.
Ferreira (7-2) won the first Ultimate Fighter: Brazil title in 2012 when he topped Sergio Moraes. He has followed that up with victories over Thiago Santos and Daniel Sarafian.
Dollaway (13-5) had his two-fight win streak snapped by Tim Boetsch last October. These two were scheduled to fight early last year before an injury knocked the former Arizona State University wrestling All-American out.
Round 1: Out of nowhere, Dollaway catches Ferreira with a counter and drops him. He waits to follow up, does, and finishes this fight just like that. What a stunning finish. The Brazilian crowd is deadly quiet. Ferreira landed, but Dollaway took it. Huge pair of right hands dropped Ferreira and he landed several uncontested shots after on the ground.
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira via TKO (strikes) at :39 of Round 1
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Dan Henderson
It’s time for our main event, and a rematch three years in the making, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua squares off with Dan Henderson.
Rua (22-8) is coming off a knockout victory over James Te Huna that moved his record to 2-2 since a 2011 loss to Henderson. He is 4-4 in his last eight overall.
Henderson (29-11) has lost his last three – two via split decision, one a TKO defeat at the hands of Vitor Belfort – since that first meeting with Rua. The stoppage loss to Belfort was the first of his career.
Round 1: Just incredible conditions, as it is over 90 degrees with 80-percent humidity at the start of this bout. Henderson lands with his right, but not full-force. Rua using kicks to keep him at bay, and another right that gets blocked. Henderson comes in with a body shot, and Rua responds with more kicks that are not being checked. Nice sprawl by both as Henderson tries to land some kicks of his own. Redness on the lead leg of Henderson from the kicks by Rua. Henderson with an uppercut that rocks Rua, but Rua comes flying back and drops Henderson. Rua working the ground-and-pound while Henderson tries to cover up. What a finish to the round by both men.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rua
Round 2: Rua is just blasting that lead leg of Henderson, slowly taking it away and possibly limiting his power strikes in the process. A right from Henderson is countered by Rua and both try failed takedowns. Rua with a huge right that gets through and drops Henderson for a second time in this fight. Rua’s on top, looking to improve his position with two minutes to go in the round. Rua attempting to work out of the guard, doing minor damage here and there when he can.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rua
Round 3: Big overhand right just misses by Henderson, who could be looking to end the fight this round. He comes in again, lands the second right and backs Rua up against the fence. Just like that, Henderson’s right hand gets through and he goes flying back. Rua trying to cover up, gets up and Henderson with another. Rua’s nose looks broken and he appears to have some serious damage to his mouth. He’s down again and down hard, as Henderson celebrates a second victory over the former champion.
Dan Henderson def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO (strikes) at 1:31 of Round 3