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UFC Fight Night Blachowicz vs. Jacare – immediate results, recap and analysis


The stakes will be high when Jan Blachowicz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza stepped into the Octagon for the main event of Saturday's UFC Battle Night at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo.

Blachowicz (24-8) is a challenger to the light heavyweight title, No. 7th in the ESPN rankings, dropped out of KO last July from former middle class champion Luke Rockhold. And now comes the former 185-pounder. Souza (26-7) climbed to 205 after losing Jack Hermansson in April, losing both of them in three fights.

But Jacare can be an instant challenger with victory, and Blachowicz needs to raise his hand so as not to get out of the top 10.

Every fight from the Night of the Battle of UFC: Blachowicz vs. Jacare is available to watch on ESPN +.

• Jan Blachowicz vs Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
• Mauricio Rua vs Paul Craig
Charles Oliveira vs Jared Gordon
• Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz
• Markus Perez vs Wellington Turman
• Sergio Moraes vs James Krause
• Ricardo Ramos vs. Eduardo Garagorri
• Francisco Trinaldo vs. Bobby Green
• Warlley Alves vs. Randy Brown
• Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Renan Barao
• Ariane Lipski vs. Isabela de Padua
• Vanessa Melo vs. Tracy Cortez

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This main event will be the closing night of Brazil vs the World long. Jacare is one of 15 Brazilian players on the card, with at least one of 12 battles. And there are several legendary names among them, especially Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who fights in the main event. Shogun, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, has won eight postfight bonuses in time with promotion. He was already at the UFC Hall of Fame, for the 2011 wild fight with Dan Henderson.

Rua's opponent, Paul Craig, is a Scottish citizen who is on the verge of a UFC notebook. He has won two battles in promotion with a triangle choke; another one will give him a note. Craig's submission of any kind will be the fifth, binding the light heavyweight record.

Here is the order, results, and recap:

Fighting in the process:

Lightweight: Mauricio Rua (26-11, -275) vs. Paul Craig (12-4, +225)


Lightweight: Charles Oliveira (28-8) defeated Jared Gordon (15-4) from the first round knockout

Who says he is a shipping specialist? Oliveira claimed her sixth consecutive win – the second in a row with a knockout – by dropping Gordon with the right-hand counter to thrill the home crowd in Sao Paulo with a lightning victory at 1:26 the first half.

Oliveira, UFC leader in the handover victory with 13, got a brief fight to the canvas; but when Gordon brought him back to his feet, Oliveira did not flinch. With Gordon supporting him into the stable, Oliveira landed his sharp right hand which made his opponent hit the mat, confused.

For Oliveira, KO in her last two battles was the first two of her 25 UFC battles. Should we now consider him a KO specialist?

From ESPN Stats & Info: Oliveira's fifth first round finish was lightly tied for the third most in division history. The result of his six games in a row is now the longest active record at UFC, breaking a tie with Marlon Vera.

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Middleweight: Andre Muniz (19-4) defeated Antonio Arroyo (9-3) with a unanimous decision

Arroyo came across the Octagon at the beginning and sent Muniz immediately to retreat. But that was it for Arroyo as an aggressor, because she spent most of three rounds defending against Muniz, who made a unanimous decision for her fifth successive win.

Arroyo has a five-game winning streak from his own arrival. And a fertile start looks promising. But from then on, it was a striker who defended against grapples and grapples fending off attacks, not a pleasant combination of spectators.

Muniz had a few moments on the canvas when it might appear, but Arroyo made it to the last horn. Arroyo did not show the urgency she needed to change the fight in her way.

"I know this will be a very difficult fight, but the UFC is calling me, and I will never say 'no,' said Muniz. "I tried to do my best. It was enough to win, but I knew it wasn't the best. I almost gave up or failed, but in the end spent a lot of energy. In the end, it was all my heart.

"I participated in the Brazilian Contender Series last year. I won my fight but didn't get a contract. When this opportunity arises again, I don't think twice and try to grab as fast as possible."

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Middleweight: Wellington Turman (16-3) defeated Markus Perez (11-3) with a unanimous decision

Turman got his first UFC victory by showing himself to be a stronger fighter in a slow battle that never seemed to run until Perez lost in the third round. All three judges scored 30-27 for Turman.

The 23-year-old Turman is back on track after seeing his fourth successive win on his debut at the UFC in July. He had to deal with Perez's striking attack early. But as the minutes passed, with Turman a fresher man, he took control until the rally was too small to overtake his opponent.

"Mark is a crazy person," Turman said. "We teased each other a lot during the fight, but I already said I would tease him like he was teasing me. It was a difficult fight, but I'm better.

"I always practice, always on my way. Every time the UFC needs me to save the fight, I will be available. I am very happy. This is my dream to be a part of this. I am still young. I am still young to have to develop a lot."

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Welter class: James Krause (27-7) defeated Sergio Moraes (14-7-1) in the third round of knockout

From ESPN Stats & Info: Krause extended his winning streak to four with his eighth career victory by KO / TKO.

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Featherweight: Ricardo Ramos (14-2) defeated Eduardo Garagorri (13-1) by performing a naked choke in the first round

Ricardo Ramos scored the seventh win of his career. Jason Da Silva-AS TODAY

"I came here today to show my full potential," Ramos said. "I am very happy with this victory, and my performance could not have been better. I came to have fun and show that I came to this division. With humility, focus and dedication, I will reach the top.

"I'm not a perfectionist, but I always need to look my best, and when I don't look my best, I get sad. When I go up to featherweight, the focus for this fight is to improve my performance. I get it, and this is a division where I will stay. "

From ESPN Stats & Info: Ramos won his second consecutive win with his seventh career win. He moved to 5-1 at UFC with the first in the feather class after starting his career in the bantam class.

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Light: Francisco Trinaldo (24-7) defeated Bobby Green (24-10-1) with a unanimous decision

"It was a good fight, a difficult one," said Trinaldo. "I did not expect the match. I really did train more attacks during my camp. But I am happy that I can go with a win and once again here in Sao Paulo.

"I want to face Edson Barboza next. He is the best Muay Thai athlete in Brazil. I think it will be a great match."

From ESPN Stats & Info: Trinaldo extended the UFC winning record in Brazil to 12.

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Welter class: Defeat Randy Brown (12-3) Warlley Alves (14-4) by a triangle choke in the second half

"I plan to finish every time I go out there and fight – that is my goal," Brown said. "That's not what I want, but we are still working. I am getting better. The first round, I started a little slow. I slipped at the beginning and did not want to use too much energy to try to get up. The second half, I just returned to what I mastered and won the fight.

"I want to fight with Michael Chiesa next. He goes up to the welterweight division, and I want to be his next opponent."

From ESPN Stats & Info: It was the fourth career submission victory for Brown, second at the UFC. He has now won two battles in a row. Brown has 10 finishes in 12 career wins.

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Featherweight: Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-3) defeated Renan Barao (34-9) with a unanimous decision

From ESPN Stats & Info: Silva de Andrade moved to 4-3 at the UFC with his sixth win through the decision. Barao lost the fifth match in a row. Since losing the bantam title for TJ Dillashaw in 2014, Barao is 2-7. Bara's losing streak is tied for the second longest among former UFC champions, behind seven BJ Penn.

"I have promised it will be an action-packed fight, and I think I fulfill it," Silva said. "I show the fans. I thank the UFC for believing in my work, and it is a great honor to fight Renan Barao, an athlete I always admire, always making sure to watch his fights. He is a former champion, has a legacy and is worthy get all credit. "

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Flying Class: Ariane Lipski (12-5) defeated Isabela de Padua (0-2) with a unanimous decision

"They are mocking me, but no one knows what is happening behind the scenes," Lipski said. "I gained weight, I did my part. I practiced for four months; my opponent changed four times during my camp. I accepted this fight [against a different opponent] with one day's notice. I could not have accepted it, but I agreed because I had prepared so much for the day. I do my best. I know I win every round, but I also know that I can't please everyone.

"That's not even a submission [that she had on me]. I train jujutsu and participate in jujutsu tournaments. That is an inverted triangle, and I'm just trying to get out. He did not lock me; there is no surrender in that position.

"I am very happy that I got the win at home; this is a dream I have had since I started at the UFC. Last year was not my best moment as an athlete, but today I know I will come out with that victory, however."

From ESPN Stats & Info: Lipski made two successive defeats, resulting in her first UFC win and a fourth win by decision. De Padua's winning streak in five matches ended with his debut at UFC. He put up a fight in just 24 hours.

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Women's bantam classes: Tracy Cortez (7-1) defeated Vanessa Melo (10-7) with a unanimous decision

"It was a busy week, but I have the right coach to keep my mind calm and nothing has affected me," Cortez said. "I just stay focused on the fight. About the fans, I know the crowd won't like me at first, but Brazil is amazing. The fact that they can entertain someone like they do is shocking. I pray that when I fight in my hometown , they cheered for me like that. "

From ESPN Stats & Info: Cortez won the seventh consecutive battle after losing his MMA debut in 2017. The victory was the fifth according to Cortez's decision. Melo lost his second fight in a row and fell to 0-2 at the UFC.

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Still to come:

Lightweight: Jan Blachowicz (24-8, -170) vs. Ronado "Jacare" Souza (26-7, +140)

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