Lyoto Machida rocked C.B. Dollaway's world with a kick to the body. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Lyoto Machida did his business in a little more than a minute.
Machida (22-5, 14-5 UFC) dispatched C.B. Dollaway with a vicious first-round body kick and a follow-up punching flurry, as he maintained his standing inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division in the UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Dollaway” headliner on Saturday at the Jose Correa Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was over 62 seconds after it began.
Dollaway (15-6, 9-6 UFC) tried unsuccessfully to circle away from danger. Machida closed the distance, slammed his shin into the Power MMA Team rep’s ribs and swarmed for the finish. His body short-circuited by pain, Dollaway had no means with which to defend himself.
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Barao Submits Fatigued Gagnon
In the co-main event, former bantamweight champion Renan Barao rebounded from his first defeat in more than nine years, as he submitted Mitch Gagnon with a third-round arm-triangle choke. Gagnon (12-3, 4-2 UFC) tapped out 3:53 into round three, snapping his string of four straight victories.
Barao (33-2, 8-1 UFC) dropped the Canadian with a clean left hook in the first round and enjoyed some success with his kicks, but he allowed himself to be sucked into a series of clinches that slowed the fight to a crawl.
Late in the third, the 27-year-old Nova Uniao ace executed a takedown on the clearly fatigued Gagnon, climbed to mount and locked in the choke for the 23rd win in his last 24 appearances.
Cummins Hands Carlos Jr. First Loss
Reign MMA export Patrick Cummins utilized repeated takedowns, steady ground-and-pound and excellent submission defense in taking a unanimous decision from Antonio Carlos Jr. in a featured battle at 205 pounds. Cummins (7-1, 3-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with identical 30-27 marks.
Cummins followed the rinse-and-repeat approach. A two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Penn State University, he gradually chipped away at Carlos’ resolve with post-takedown punches, hammerfists, elbows and forearm strikes from top position, dodging attempted leg locks as he worked.
Cummins advanced to full mount on the fatigued Nova Uniao representative in the third round and then withstood a late surge from “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 3 winner. Carlos (4-1, 1-1 UFC) executed a belly-to-back suplex in the waning moments, moved to the American’s back and fished unsuccessfully for a rear-naked choke and armbar.
Magomedov Streak Reaches 11
Former M-1 Global champion Rashid Magomedov put away the previously unbeaten Elias Silverio with late third-round punches in a competitive lightweight showcase.
Magomedov (18-1, 3-0 UFC) forced the stoppage 4:57 into round three, scoring the latest finish in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division.
Silverio (11-1, 3-1 UFC) had his moments -- he rattled the Dagestani standout with a left hook in the second round -- but was often limited to single strikes by his adversary’s active and effective counterattacks. Magomedov turned up the heat with his kicks as the fight deepened, zeroing in on the head, body and legs. With roughly 30 seconds remaining in round three, he leveled Silverio with a left hook, followed up with some savage ground-and-pound and polished off the Brazilian with a pair of right hands when he retreated to the cage.
Magomedov has won 11 fights in a row, five of them finishes.
Silva Choke Sleeps Rhodes
Former Jungle Fight champion Erick Silva rendered Roufusport’s Mike Rhodes unconscious with a first-round arm-triangle choke in their featured scrap at 170 pounds. The room went dark on Rhodes (6-4, 0-3 UFC) 75 seconds into round one, as the onetime Resurrection Fighting Alliance titleholder suffered his third consecutive defeat.
Silva (17-5, 5-4 UFC) struck for a single-leg takedown inside the first minute, dodged a loose guillotine attempt and slid into side control.
From there, the 30-year-old Brazilian worked into the arm-triangle and passed through mount to the other side. Rhodes did what he could to counter the effects of the maneuver, but Silva had cut off blood flow to the brain.
Finger Dislocation Gives Sarafian Anticlimactic Stoppage
“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 finalist Daniel Sarafian earned a second-round technical knockout against Antonio dos Santos Jr. in a middleweight showcase after the Champion Team representative suffered an apparent finger dislocation. The end came 61 seconds into round two.
A replacement for the injured Dan Miller, dos Santos (6-2, 0-1 UFC) more than held his own. The 26-year-old countered a head kick from Sarafian with a ringing straight right hand that put the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt on his back in the first round.
Sarafian (9-5, 2-3 UFC) weathered the blow, returned to an upright position and proceeded to exchange wild haymakers with his fellow Brazilian.
Early in round two, dos Santos appeared to dislocate his left ring finger while the two middleweights traded punches. He popped the finger back in place, but because he had requested a pause in the match, referee Eduardo Herdy was forced to call for the stoppage.
De Lima Ransacks Reeling Pokrajac
American Top Team’s Marcos Rogerio de Lima wiped out Igor Pokrajac with punches less than two minutes into the first round of their undercard clash at 205 pounds. Pokrajac (25-12, 4-7 UFC) met his end 1:59 into round one, as the 35-year-old Mirko Filipovic protégé suffered his third consecutive defeat.
De Lima (13-2-1, 2-0 UFC) invited a firefight, and the Croatian obliged. “Pezao” floored Pokrajac with a left hook during a wild exchange and followed it with a series of standing-to-ground jackhammers that forced referee Fernando Yamasaki to intervene. De Lima will carry a six-fight unbeaten streak into his next match.
Carneiro Choke Finishes Niinimaki
Intriguing Brazilian prospect Renato Carneiro submitted Tom Niinimaki with a second-round rear-naked choke in their preliminary featherweight duel. Niinimaki (21-8-1, 1-3 UFC) conceded defeat 3:30 into round two, as he was victimized by a rear-naked choke for the third time in as many fights.
The undefeated Carneiro (9-0-1, 1-0 UFC) carved up the Finnish featherweight on the feet, as he threw and landed and combination throughout what was a largely one-sided encounter.
“Moicano” countered beautifully, mixed in leg attacks and targeted the head and body with kicks. A two-punch combination spearheaded by a left hook wobbled Niinimaki and allowed Carneiro to assume top position and eventually achieve full mount. Soon after, the Constrictor Team export was on Niinimaki’s back with a body triangle. The choke came next, and Niinimaki had no choice but to tap.
A replacement for the injured Rony Mariano Bezerra, Carneiro has won four straight.