Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Prior to UFC 148, Melvin Guillard said his fight with Fabricio Camoes was a ‘must win’ and so instead of head hunting or getting in bad positions, the former Ultimate Fighter alum fought a smart, tactical strategy.
Over his past two losses, Guillard admits that he has gone into panic mode when the fights have hit the ground, but facing another high level ground fighter like Camoes, he showed patience and poise to get out of bad spots.
As Guillard reversed positions on the ground he unloaded some nasty ground and pound, and he also controlled the action on the feet.
Guillard walks away with a much needed win as he works further with his new coaches and team at the Blackzilians, and continues his path back into the toughest part of the UFC’s lightweight division.
Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Undefeated prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov was able to keep his unscathed record in tact as he pressed the pace for the better part of 15-minutes to win a unanimous decision over veteran Gleison Tibau.
While no one will likely go back at look at this fight as an exciting bout with unparalleled excitement, Nurmagomedov put on a workman’s like performance as he pushed Tibau against the cage and tried for more big strikes throughout the fight.
The judges gave him 30-27 scores across the board to move him to 2-0 thus far in the UFC.
Costa Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda
It was a rough night for Costa Philippou who had to deal with a nasty eye poke and numerous shots to the groin courtesy of Riki Fukuda, but the healing process will be a lot easier to deal with because he still came away with a win.
Philippou used his superior striking and takedown defense to stuff Fukuda at every turn, who just could not get the fight to the ground for all his effort through 15-minutes.
During a brief exchange in the final round, Philippou was caught right in the eye by Fukuda’s fingers and could literally be heard screaming in agony. After a few moments however he was able to regain his sight and the rage filled the Matt Serra trained fighter as he came out firing after the break.
Philippou picked up the win by unanimous decision as he now moves to 4-1 in the UFC with four straight victories.
John Alessio vs. Shane Roller
It was do or die for Shane Roller heading into UFC 148 with three straight losses haunting his record as he faced John Alessio on Saturday night.
The former All-American wrestler used his grappling skills to put Alessio down time and time again in the fight as he looked to take his opponent’s back and improve positions. Alessio did manage a nice knockdown to end round 1 and started round 2 with a big flurry, but that’s about all the offense he could muster.
Shane Roller moves back into the win column with a much needed victory, while John Alession remains winless in the UFC after first making his Octagon debut back in 2000.
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo
It was a fight where one fighter wanted it on the feet and one wanted it on the ground.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rafaello Oliveira was ultimately the victor however as he repeatedly took Cuban born Yoislandy Izquierdo to the mat. While his techniques on the ground seemed repetitive as he continuously looked for side control and an Americana lock, Oliveira still controlled the bulk of the bout.
The judges agreed and gave Oliveira the nod by unanimous decision.