Jussier da Silva took it to Scott Jorgensen. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Jussier da Silva probably envisioned an ending like this.
“Formiga” submitted World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Scott Jorgensen with a first-round rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 39 “Shogun vs. Henderson 2” on Sunday at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil. Jorgensen (14-9, 3-5 UFC) asked out of the flyweight encounter 3:07 into round one, losing for the fifth time in six appearances.
Da Silva (16-3, 2-2 UFC) benefitted from an incidental head butt, as he bullied the American to the canvas and scrambled to his back. Soon after, the 28-year-old Nova Uniao standout landed the choke for the finish.
“I’m very happy I was able to finish the submission here in my hometown in front of my home crowd,” da Silva said. “I felt very confident on my feet, and more and more, I’m going to try and exchange on my feet.”
Santos Upsets Overweight Markes
Tata Fight Team’s Thiago Santos put away former Shooto South American champion Ronny Markes with a first-round body kick and follow-up hammerfists in a preliminary middleweight duel. Santos (9-2, 1-1 UFC) closed the deal 53 seconds into round one.
Markes (14-3, 3-2 UFC) weighed in four pounds over the 186-pound threshold. Santos drilled the 25-year-old with a wicked liver kick, trailed him to the canvas after a delayed reaction and brought it to a decisive end with a series of unanswered hammerfists.
Robertson Choke Submits Perpetuo
Bellator MMA alum Kenny Robertson submitted Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo with a first-round rear-naked choke in an undercard scrap at 170 pounds. Perpetuo (9-3-1, 1-2 UFC), who has lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his career, conceded defeat 1:45 into round one.
Robertson (13-3, 2-3 UFC) opened a cut near the Brazilian’s right eye with a head kick and returned to his feet after being grounded for a brief spell. The 30-year-old American then struck for a takedown of his own, moved immediately to mount and softened Perpetuo with elbows from the top.
“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 semifinalist soon surrendered his back, eventually succumbing to a fight-ending choke.
Blackzilians’ Stringer Edges Barroso
A strong clinch game carried Blackzilians representative Hans Stringer to a split decision over Nova Uniao’s Francimar Barroso in a preliminary light heavyweight affair. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Stringer (22-5-3, 1-0 UFC).
Stringer set the tone in the first round, where he drove the Brazilian to the canvas behind a thudding overhand right. The 26-year-old Dutchman unleashed his ground-and-pound and piled up the points with Barroso on his back. The two light heavyweights spent much of the next 10 minutes in the clinch, with Stringer utilizing standing elbows to the head and knees to the body.
Barroso (16-4, 1-1 UFC) never seemed to get fully in gear. Leg and body kicks were his most effective weapons, but his efforts, including a late third-round takedown, went for naught in the eyes of two of the judges. The defeat halted his four-fight winning streak.
Castro Knee KOs Lahat
“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 finalist Godofredo Castro knocked out the previously unbeaten Noad Lahat with an exquisite first-round knee streak in an undercard clash at 145 pounds. Lahat (7-1, 0-1 UFC) met his end 2:39 into round one, his Octagon debut spoiled in a most brutal fashion.
Lahat countered effectively at the start, a stout right hand tipping his spear. Castro (10-3, 2-3 UFC) fired a double flying knee, detonating the fight-ending blow on the chin of the American Kickboxing Academy-trained Israeli. Jussier da Silva probably envisioned an ending like this.
An unconscious Lahat fell to a seated position against the cage, as the pro-Brazilian crowd erupted with its approval.