UFC Fight Night 95 Prelims: Michel Prazeres, Rani Yahya, Jussier da Silva All Victorious in Brazil

By Brian Knapp Sep 24, 2016
Michel Prazeres worked harder and smarter than Gilbert Burns.

Timely takedowns, consistent pressure and a third-round knockdown spurred Prazeres to a unanimous decision over four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Gilbert Burns in their lightweight prelim at UFC Fight Night “Cyborg vs. Lansberg” on Saturday at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brasil. All three judges scored it 30-27 for Prazeres (21-2, 5-2 UFC), who missed weight for the match and forfeited a percentage of his purse as a result.

Burns (11-2, 4-2 UFC) floored his fellow Brazilian with a right hook in the first round and bounced a few knees off his head and chest, but he was otherwise ineffective. Prazeres doubled over the Blackzilians rep with a crackling body kick in the third round and pounced for a potential finish. It was not to be found, but the damage had been done. Prazeres sealed his third consecutive victory with a takedown in the closing seconds.

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Yahya Wins Fourth Straight

Rani Yahya rode his superiority in the scrambles, stifling positional control and a near-submission in the first round to a unanimous decision against Team Alpha Male’s Michinori Tanaka in a preliminary bantamweight pairing. Yahya (23-8, 8-2 UFC) was awarded 29-28 marks by the three cageside judges.

Tanaka (11-2, 2-2 UFC) played the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s game. A 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist, Yahya lured him into a series of clinches and scrambles, often resulting in his landing in advantageous positions. The 32-year-old locked in an arm-triangle choke early in the first round and applied a lengthy squeeze before bailing on the maneuver. The desired tapout never materialized, but the message had been sent. From there, Yahya continued to win the vast majority of exchanges on the ground.

Yahya has quietly pieced together a four-fight winning streak.

‘Formiga’ Subdues Game Ortiz

Nova Uniao mainstay Jussier da Silva kept himself relevant in the top-heavy flyweight division, as he claimed a unanimous verdict from Dustin Ortiz in a three-round undercard showdown at 125 pounds. All three cageside judges sided with da Silva (19-4, 5-3 UFC): 30-27, 29-27 and 29-28.

Ortiz (15-6, 4-4 UFC) had no answer for the Brazilian. Da Silva closed the distance, dragged the Tennessee to the ground in all three rounds and buried him there with suffocating top control and a hyperactive submission game. Ortiz never wilted, but he spent the majority of the final 10 minutes being squeezed by a body triangle and defending rear-naked chokes.

Da Silva, 31, has won four of his past five bouts.

Silva Choke Submits Chagas

Former Jungle Fight champion Erick Silva submitted Luan Chagas with a third-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary welterweight tilt. An exhausted Chagas (14-2-1, 0-1-1 UFC) conceded defeat 3:57 into round three, his 10-fight unbeaten streak at an end.

Silva (19-7, 7-6 UFC) survived knockdowns in the first and second rounds, one resulting from a left hook, the other from a left uppercut. Chagas also advanced to mount twice in round two, but his inability to finish came back to haunt him. Silva fed him repeated jabs in the third round and sought openings against his visibly depleted opponent. Chagas shot for a desperate takedown and wound up on all fours, as fatigue overtook him. Silva stepped over him, slid to the back and cinched the choke.

The victory put the brakes on a two-fight losing streak for Silva.

Alves Slows Ray’s Rise

X-Gym export Alan Patrick Silva Alves recorded his second consecutive victory, as he captured a unanimous decision from Stevie Ray in a three-round undercard confrontation at 155 pounds. Alves (14-1, 4-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 marks from the judges.

Ray (19-6, 3-1 UFC) always seemed to be a step behind the crafty Brazilian. Alves executed takedowns in all three rounds and imposed his will on the former two-division Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder. Ray’s frustration built as their 15-minute encounter progressed, even though he briefly advanced to full mount in the first round and later threatened with an armbar. The Scotsman could not stay upright for any significant amount of time and proved to be an inferior grappler when the action spilled onto the canvas.

The loss snapped Ray’s five-fight winning streak.

Luque Overhand KOs Urbina

Blackzilians representative Vicente Luque knocked out Hector Urbina in the first round of their preliminary welterweight affair. An unconscious Urbina (17-10-1, 1-2 UFC) hit the deck 60 seconds into round one, as he lost for the fourth time in six outings.

Luque (10-5-1, 3-1 UFC) buzzed his Mexican counterpart with an early left hook, extricated himself from an attempted takedown and let his hands do the rest. A multi-punch volley forced Urbina to retreat to the fence, where he was met with a chopping overhand right to the jaw. The concussive blow folded the 29-year-old in his tracks, his limp body bending over his right leg.

The 24-year-old Luque has rattled off three straight wins.

Undefeated Gillespie Downs Franca

Repeated takedowns, a knifing jab and basic but powerful punching combinations carried onetime Ring of Combat champion Gregor Gillespie to a unanimous decision over Glaico Franca in a three-round undercard battle at 155 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 29-27 for Gillespie (8-0, 1-0 UFC), a four-time NCAA All-American wrestler who impressed in his organizational debut.

A replacement for the injured Joaquim Silva, Franca (13-5, 1-2 UFC) staggered the 29-year-old in the first and second rounds but failed to maintain a safe distance. Gillespie did his best work in round three, where he twice climbed to full mount, battered the Brazilian with elbows and ultimately advanced to the back, securing his position with a body triangle before briefly fishing for a rear-naked choke.


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