UFC Fight Night 36 is underway in Brazil. The main card features two Middleweight bouts that have major title implications. In the main event, Lyoto Machida will look to solidify himself as the #1 Middleweight contender when he meets former StrikeForce Light Heavyweight champion, Gegard Mousasi. The co-main event will feature the former StrikeForce Middleweight champion, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, taking on the streaking Francis Carmont. Before the main card hits center stage on Fox Sports 1, the UFC has set up a solid preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass. The preliminary card is stacked with exciting Brazilian talent that should not be missed. Check out all the coverage of the last four preliminary bouts below.
Joe Proctor vs Cristiano Marcello
Proctor comes out stalking and gets an early guillotine attempt. Marcello was able to turn him around on the cage and get him on the mat. Marcello passed to half guard, and landed some ground and pound. Marcello attacks with a leg lock, but Proctor broke free. Proctor got a really deep guillotine moments later, but Marcello got free. Proctor landed a nice body shot early on in Round 2. Marcello tried to get a takedown, but could not get it. Marcello tried once again, but was rebuffed. Proctor hurt Marcello with a big right hand, and moments later a big uppercut. Proctor again tries for a guillotine, and can not get it. Proctor hurt Marcello early on in the third round with a right hand. Marcello answered right back by tagging Marcello. Both men were throwing haymakers, but not landing consistently. Proctor hurt Marcello another three or four times by the end of the round, but could not finish him.
Official Decision: Joe Proctor defeats Cristiano Marcello by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Rodrigo Damm vs Ivan Jorge
Quick start for Jorge as he looks to establish leg kicks early. Two clean hooks landed for Damm, but Jorge fired right back. Jorge is the aggressor in this round, stalking Damm and putting together some solid combinations. Neither man mixed in takedowns, as both men exchanged for the rest of the round. The second round started with Damm attacking with some powerful kicks. Eye poke from Damm to Jorge, and the fight was stopped momentarily. On the restart they exchanged on the feet, but Jorge poked Damm in the eye. The fight was stopped again, but restarted. Damm clipped Jorge with a left hand on the restart. Damm was landing some big shots on Jorge, and ultimately cut him before the round ended. Damm knocked down Jorge in the beginning of the third round, but ended up on his back with Jorge in side control. Jorge locked in a deep D’arce choke, but Damm fought to his feet. Both men were landing big shots on each other, but their chins were holding strong. Damm with a low kick and the fight is stopped again. Jorge was looking for a single leg takedown, but had nothing behind it to finish. The fight ended with some more exchanges from the two exhausted men.
Official Decision: Rodrigo Damm defeats Ivan Jorge by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Trinaldo vs Jesse Ronson
The first round began with solid exchanges from both men. Trinaldo began gaining the edge on the feet midway through the round as he was seemingly landing at will. Ronson attempted a takedown, but could not get it. Trinaldo was landing solid leg kicks throughout the round. Round 2 saw Ronson pushing the pace a lot more than in the first round. Ronson was utilizing leg kicks to slow down Trinaldo. Trinaldo was answering with leg kicks of his own. Neither man was really putting combinations together. Trinaldo pushed Ronson up on the fence towards the end of the round, and got a trip late. The third round began with some more solid exchanges from both men. Ronson’s striking was very crisp, while Trinaldo was throwing haymakers. Ronson was pushing the pace, and was throwing some high kicks. The pace has slowed significantly, but Trinaldo got a body lock and landed some vicious knees to the back and thighs of Ronson. Ronson got to his feet, but Trinaldo got a double leg takedown late to finish the fight.
Official Decision: Francisco Trinaldo defeats Jesse Ronson by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Iuri Alcantara vs Wilson Reis
Reis hurt Alcantara early, and the two men got into a wild grappling exchange with Alcantara landing on top. Reis landed a nice half guard sweep. The referee stood them up, but it was truly an awful standup. Alcantara hurt Reis, but Reis survived. Big shot hurt Reis early in the second round, but Reis got a takedown and got to mount. Alcantara landed a beautiful sweep. Alcantara with some solid ground and pound, but Reis got a sweep. Reis landed some solid ground and pound of his own. Amazing scrambles in this fight. The third round started with some solid striking from Alcantara, but Reis got a takedown. Reis was nailing Alcantara with short shots and controlled him from on top. Alcantara got to his feet, and the fight ended with a trip takedown from Alcantara. That was a fun fight.
Official Decision: Iuri Alcantara defeats Wilson Reis by Split Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)