The second bout on the UFC Fight Night 38 main card is a Lightweight bout between Michel Prazeres and Mairbek Taisumov.
Michel Prazeres (17-1, 1-1 UFC) was able to capture his first UFC victory with a split decision over Jesse Ronson back at UFC 165. The only loss of his career was his UFC debut against Welterweight Paulo Thiago, which he took on short notice. Prazeres showed a lot of potential in defeating Ronson, and after a lengthy layoff, he is ready to to make a run in the stacked Lightweight division.
Mairbek Taisumov (21-4, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut in January by defeating Tae Hyun Bang at UFC Fight Night 34. It was an impressive performance from Taisumov as he showed great potential in his victory. The Tiger Muay Thai product will have a quick turnaround against Prazeres tonight.
Round 1: Mairbek misses a front kick to start. Mairbek with a leg kick and Prazeres answers with a kick of his own. They exchange and clinch on the fence. Prazeres gets a takedown and right into full mount. Mairbek gets back into half guard. Prazeres was working in north-south control, but Mairbek got to his feet. Prazeres pushed Mairbek back onto the fence. Another takedown for Prazeres and is landing some ground and pound. Prazeres is working an armbar, but Mairbek got full guard. Hammerfists from Prazeres. Prazeres gets full mount, but Mairbek breaks out. Mario Yamasaki stops it and he deducts a point from Mairbek for holding the fence to stop an attempted takedown from Prazeres. On the restart, Mairbek throws a half hearted flying knee and the round ends. 10-8 Prazeres for complete control.
Round 2: 1-2 from Mairbek to start. Big right hand from Prazeres knocks Mairbek down. Mairbek to his feet, but Prazeres attempts a guillotine and jumps guard. Mairbek slips out and lands a heavy punch on the mat. Prazeres throws up a triangle, but can’t latch it on. Mairbek lets Prazeres get to his feet and they exchange. Side kick from Mairbek. Left hand lands for Mairbek. Prazeres attempts a takedown, but Mairbek holds the fence again. Mario Yamasaki takes another point from Mairbek. Mairbek needs a finish to win this fight now. Mairbek comes out swinging, but Prazeres lands a big head kick. Counter right hand from Prazeres. Left hand from Prazeres. Jab from Mairbek, and another. Front kick grazes Prazeres’ face. They exchange, but nothing of worth lands. 10-8 Prazeres again.
Round 3: Leg kick from Prazeres, but he eats a stinging jab. Front kick misses for Mairbek. They swing and miss. Prazeres pushes Mairbek to the fence, but Mairbek gets out. Mairbek with a front kick and nice 1-2. Prazeres again pushes Mairbek to the fence. Prazeres tries for the takedown, but can not get it. Mario Yamasaki stops it and warns Mairbek once again, but no point deduction. Right hand from Mairbek on the restart. Counter left from Mairbek. Uppercut from Mairbek. Leg kick from Prazeres and he lands a nice right hand. Mairbek with a front kick, and stuffs a takedown. Mairbek pushing forward, but Prazeres is answering. Prazeres with a beautiful takedown and gets into full mount. Mairbek gets back to full guard. Mairbek gets back to his feet again, but eats a big right hand. Prazeres pushes Mairbek to the fence, but Mairbek reverses position. Mairbek lands a right hand as the fight ends. 10-9 Prazeres for the clean sweep.
Official Decision: Michel Prazeres defeats Mairbek Taisumov by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)