Michel Prazeres was like a man possessed in the UFC Fight Night 140 featured preliminary bout as he tore through Poland’s Bartosz Fabinski with ease.
The welterweights stormed out of their respective corners and swung for the fences, but “Trator” landed a massive right to the jaw, sending “The Butcher” onto his back and nearly out. After landing follow-up punches and staying all over Fabinski (14-3) during an ensuing scramble, the Brazilian latched on a standing guillotine, rolled him down onto the canvas and mounted him. Moments later with the guillotine even tighter, Fabinski had choice but to tap out. Prazeres (26-2) nabbed the submission in just 62 seconds.
Flyweight contender Alexandre Pantoja continued his dominance and ascension through the ranks as he torched Yuta Sasaki (21-6-2) in the opening round. After the two men traded wild punches to begin the frame, “The Cannibal” did what he does best and dragged the Japanese fighter to the canvas. After losing a bid on a triangle and armbar from his back, Pantoja (20-3) seized his foe’s back. From there, Pantoja locked in the rear-naked choke, forcing “Ulka” to tap out. The end came officially at 2:18 of the first, giving the Brazilian his 13th win in 14 fights.
Washington’s Austin Arnett travelled a few thousand miles and he made his trek worth it. Arnett (16-5) had a much better gas tank and used a steady stream of punches and kicks to thwart young striker Humberto Bandenay. “The Golden Boy” scored a takedown in the third and nearly knocked Bandenay (14-6) out with punches from on top, but he ran out of time. In the end, Austin won a unanimous nod via tallies of 29-28 and 29-27 (twice) to triumph in the featherweight battle.
Local welterweight Laureano Staropoli gave the fans what they wanted, which was a dominant performance against Mexico’s Hector Aldana. Staropoli used superior movement to pepper Aldana (4-2) on his feet for three rounds, opening a nasty laceration above his left eye in the process. Aldana couldn’t get his offense going as Staropoli (8-1) landed dozens of clean punches to the head and kicks to the body. All three judges favored “Pepi” with scores of 30-27 across the board.
In a matchup of young lightweights, it was Jesus Pinedo who prevailed against Devin Powell (9-4). “El Mudo” landed the more telling strikes in the contest and scored numerous takedowns, which paved the way toward a unanimous decision win. Neither man was ever in danger of being stopped in the contest, but Pinedo (16-4) was more effective throughout and had his hand raised at the duel’s conclusion.
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Featherweight contender Nad Narimani had to work hard for his win Saturday, but he had his hand raised nevertheless. “Smiler” picked opponent Anderson dos Santos apart on the feet with solid movement and a sharp jab, and when he needed to, he took the Brazilian down.
Dos Santos (19-7) was never able to find a rhythm and though he was always in the fight, the Englishman was a step ahead of him throughout. In the end, Narimani (12-2) coasted to a unanimous decision via tallies of 30-27 across the board.