UFC on ESPN+ 2 went down from the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil earlier tonight (Sat. February 2, 2019). The worldwide leader in mixed martial arts (MMA) had put together a great card for the Brazilian crowd. In the main event, bantamweights and fellow countrymen Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao went head-to-head.
Moraes picked up a first-round submission victory, likely solidifying himself as the next challenger for the 135-pound title. Also, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo made his return. He destroyed rising 145-pounder Renato Moicano in the second round. Demian Maia also returned to the cage, as he submitted Lyman Good with a rear-naked choke
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Main Card (8:00 P.M. ET, ESPN+)
- Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes vs. Raphael Assuncao
Spinning back kick from Assuncao is just blocked, but a low kick almost trips up Moraes. A big couple of right hands land for Moraes and Assuncao is dropped to his back, right into Assuncao’s full guard. Moraes passes into half guard for a moment, but is back into full guard.
Moraes postures up for a few seconds and lands some nasty ground-and-pound. Moraes pulls guard for the guillotine and lands in a mounted choke. The pressure is too much for Assuncao, and he’s forced to tap out.
Official Result: Marlon Moraes def. Raphael Assuncao via R1 submission (guillotine, 3:17)
- Featherweight: Jose Aldo def. Renato Moicano via R2 TKO (strikes, 0:44)
- Welterweight: Demian Maia def. Lyman Good via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 2:38)
- Lightweight: Charles Oliveira def. David Teymur via R2 submission (anaconda choke, 0:55)
- Light heavyweight: Johnny Walker def. Justin Ledet via R1 TKO (punches, 0:15)
- Catchweight (123 pounds): Livia Renata Souza def. Sarah Frota via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (5:00 P.M. ET, ESPN+)
- Middleweight: Markus Perez def. Anthony Hernandez via R2 submission (arm-triangle choke, 1:07)
- Welterweight: Thiago Alves def. Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Women’s flyweight: Mara Romero Borella def. Taila Santos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior Albini via R2 TKO (strikes, 0:54)
- Bantamweight: Geraldo de Freitas def. Felipe Colares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Bantamweight: Said Nurmagomedov def. Ricardo Ramos via R1 TKO (body kick and punches, 2:28)
- Catchweight (127 pounds): Rogerio Bontorin def. Magomed Bibulatov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)