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If the first episode of Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil is any indication, the international versions of the series will prove just as fruitful as the domestic show.
Four fighters competing at Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil 1 scored UFC contracts for their performances. The fights took place earlier this month at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, but was broadcast today in Brazil. The show will be archived with English commentary on UFC Fight Pass next week.
The two fighters were patient to start, with Bontorin circling on the outside, while Gabriel held the center and flashed out several kicks, most of which came up short. Bontorin circled off the cage but quickly found himself wandering over to the fence once again, where a quick clinch proved unsuccessful. The two flyweights were quick on the feet, though Gabriel’s strikes seemed the most dangerous.
In the final minute of the first round, Bontorin was able to scramble around to the back, though Gabriel did well to hook his leg inside his opponent’s and prevent a big takedown. Gabriel defended more menacing attacks, but Bontorin was able to control him on the ground until the bell rang.
The taller Gabriel looked to strike from distance to open the second, while Bontorin tried to pressure forward and get inside to his range. Gabriel briefly worked inside on a takedown attempt, but Bontorin’s scrambling kept him upright. Gabriel capitalized on the feet, lacing out a huge combination that visibly dazed his foe. Bontorin seemed on auto-pilot, but somehow kept himself standing, and threw a few shots before eventually moving inside for a takedown. Gabriel defended and the two resumed the action on the feet. Bontorin still looked a bit dazed, but landed a pair of shots of his own before slipping inside again and suplexing his opponent to the floor.
From there, Bontorin was quickly able to secure Gabriel’s back. Gabriel managed to get up, but Bontorin remained attached to his back with his legs hooked in, and sunk in the rear-naked choke en route to a heroic tap at the 4:37 mark of Round 2.
Kellem was the aggressor to open, coming out firing kicks and pushing the pace. She ran into some trouble, though, when she looked to push inside for the takedown. Bueno Silva sprawled well against the cage and then looked to attack the neck, locking in a ninja choke and tightening up the squeeze. As she started to control the body, Bueno Silva adjusted her grip, cinching up the neck and earning a tap from a frustrated Kellem.
Henrique da Silva took the center to start, but it was Arroyo who scored first with a few ripping low kicks. Arroyo countered with a flurry of punches, but Henrique da Silva comfortably avoided the shots and answered with a leaping switch kick. Both men looked powerful to start, but Arrroyo was the more mobile fighter, allowing him to set up some vicious blows, including a spinning high kick to the head and a big punch up top, as well. A slick Arroyo trip then sent Henrique da Silva topping to the canvas, and the action moved to the floor.
The guard proved a bit of a stalemate, and referee Jason Herzog brought the fighters back to their feet. Henrique da Silva then moved back inside, but it was again Arroyo who scored the trip and finished the round on top.
Arroyo flashed powerful kicks to open the second, though Henrique da Silva stood firm in the pocket and returned fire with vigor. A Henrique da Silva eye poke forced a timeout, and both men came out throwing with power on the restart, before Arroyo again took the action to the floor. An illegal elbow to the back of the head from Henrique da Silva earned a point deduction, though the fight was restarted with Arroyo on top. On the reset, he passed to side control and then stepped to mount as Henrique da Silva tried to get his back to the cage. However, Henrique da Silva covered well and eventually pushed his opponent away and returned to the feet.
As they started again in the center, Arroyo again was slick with a trip, sending his opponent to the floor and then kicking the leg before settling in his guard. However, he did little once there, and the position was reset in quick fashion, and the two finished the round on the feet.
In the third, an early kick to the liver hurt Henrique da Silva, but Arroyo couldn’t capitalize, instead settling for another slick trip to the floor, eventually stepping over to mount. Again, however, he was relatively passive from the dominant position. Henrique da Silva eventually was able to sweep out of the position and reset on the feet with a little more than a minute remaining. Once there, Arroyo landed a few more massive kicks and cruised to a decision win, 30-26 on all three cards.
Frota was the aggressor to start, moving forward and looking to attack with a traditional muay Thai stance. Dos Santos was forced to retreat and counter, though she looked comfortable in the face of the oncoming firepower. Frota chopped the legs a bit while she walked forward, while Dos Santos did her best to counter with wild right hands. Frota’s punches were more direct to the path, and they started to add up. Visibly wobbled, Dos Santos did her best to cover and fire back, but Frota’s punches were unrelenting, and a clean left hook sent her opponent crashing to the floor. Frota followed, and the bout was waved off at the 3:26 mark of the first round.
In the night’s first fight, heavyweight Augusto Sakai (11-1-1) used a 51-pound weight advantage to his benefit, overpowering a gutsy but undersized Marcos Conrado (5-1) and snagging a UFC deal in the process.
The massive size difference was evident to start, but the smaller Conrado had no problem moving forward with overhand punches and pressing inside for a takedown. However, Sakai pushed him away with relative ease and pounded the legs repeatedly with kicks. Conrado began to time counters well over the top, and a spinning backfist seemed to give him confidence, as well. However, shortly after, he attempted to move inside for a takedown and was caught with a front kick to the face.
Sakai quicly jumped on top and tried to finish the fight, but Conrado showed heart in battling his way back to his feet. However, it was clear he hadn’t fully recovered as he went back to work, and Sakai continued to hunt the finish. A right hand from range saw Conrado topple again to the floor, though he again found a way back to the feet before the end of the round.
Conrado got a quick takedown to start the second, but Sakai pushed easily back to his feet and continued the striking assault. After a big body kick and a few knees, Sakai again took the action to the floor and looked to finish with ground-and-pound attacks. Conrado showed admirable bravery in refusing to give up, but the volume of Sakai’s left hands slamming into his opponent’s head finally earned a TKO stoppage at the 3:09 mark of the second frame.
Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil 1 results include:
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