Moraes Submits Assuncao At UFC Fortaleza

UFC returned to Brazil and delivered on a night of impressive performances and quick stoppages, highlighted by a pair of top contenders moving one step closer to a title opportunity.

In the main event of UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, Marlon Moraes locked in a guillotine choke on Raphael Assuncao in the first round to get his third 1st-round victory in the octagon. The fight was a rematch from their UFC 212 bout back in 2017 that saw Assuncao win the fight by split decision.

Before locking in the guillotine, Moraes connected on a couple of overhand rights that stunned and later dropped Assuncao to the mat, clearing the way for the victory. After some ground and pound offense by Moraes, he would get to lock in the submission and get the victory against Assuncao. Coming into the fight as the No. 4 ranked UFC bantamweight, Moraes moves one step closer towards a potential shot at champion TJ Dillashaw.

The co-main event saw former featherweight champion Jose Aldo deliver a vintage performance in front of his home country fans by stopping rising contender Renato Moicano. Aldo landed a pair of clean punches very early in the second round, which opened things up for Aldo to deliver a flurry of punches, highlighted by a pair of vicious uppercuts, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.

Aldo is now back on a win streak and moves one step closer towards challenging for the UFC featherweight title, hoping to become a world champion once again.

Also on the card was longtime UFC veteran and former title challenger Demian Maia snapping his career-high three fight losing streak by locking in a rear naked choke while on top of Lyman Good’s back in the first round of their fight. Maia got his first win in the octagon since May 2017 when he defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211. After subsequent losses to Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman, Maia is back in the winner’s circle.

Charles Oliveira defeated David Teymur in the second round with a choke after landing a flurry of punches that almost stopped the fight once Teymur turned his back to Oliveira. The referee was on his way to end the fight, but Oliveira got the submission in and forced the tap. The win not only extended Oliveira’s win streak to four but also extended his UFC record for most submission wins with 13.

But before all those stoppages occurred, Johnny Walker showcased his talents to a Brazil crowd that had yet to see him perform in person in the octagon. Walker landed a high kick to Justin Ledet to start the fight and then connected with a spinning back fist to drop Ledet. Walker would go on to throw several single shots to Ledet and the referee stopped the bout, giving Walker another win in the octagon since winning on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series.

UFC Fight Night Fortaleza Results

Marlon Moraes defeated Raphael Assuncao by submission (guillotine) in round 1, 3:17

Jose Aldo defeated Renato Moicano by TKO (strikes) in round 2, 0:44

Demian Maia defeated Lyman Good by submission (rear naked choke) in round 1, 2:38

Charles Oliveira defeated David Teymur by submission (D’arce choke) in round 2, 0:55

Johnny Walker defeated Justin Ledet by TKO (strikes) in round 1, 0:15

Livia Renata Souza defeated Sarah Frota by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Markus Perez defeated Anthony Hernandez by submission (D’arce choke) in round 2, 1:07

Mara Romero Borella defeated Taila Santos by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Thiago Alves defeated Max Griffin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Junior Albini by TKO (strikes) in round 2, 0:54

Rogerio Bontorin defeated Magomed Bibulatov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Said Nurmagomedov defeated Ricardo Ramos by TKO (strikes) in round 1, 2:28

Geraldo De Freitas defeated Felipe Cabocao by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

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