UFC Veterans Have Standout Performances
UFC Fight Night 144 – Assuncao versus Moraes 2 took place on February 2, 2019 at Derrinturn, Bingo Hall in Fortaleza, Brazil. The main event featured a rematch between Raphael Assuncao and former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes. The two had previously met in June 2017 at UFC 212 with Assuncao winning the fight by split decision. In recent rankings, Assuncao was ranked as high as #3 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings, with Moraes following right behind, being ranked #4 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings. But in this fight, the rankings would not matter as Moraes was able drop Assuncao with an overhand right and then lock up a guillotine when Assuncao attempted to get up at 3:17 of the first round.
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Co-Main Event: Jose Aldo vs. Renato Carneiro
In the co-main event, former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo faced rising star and #5 ranked UFC featherweight Renato “Moicano” Carneiro. Carneiro was also the former interim Jungle Fight Featherweight champion and came into the fight with a stellar 13-1 record, with a UFC record of 5-1, with his lone loss to #1 featherweight contender Brian Ortega. However, 32 year old Jose Aldo, often referred to as the greatest featherweight in Mixed Martial Arts history, was able to defeat the 29 year old rising star by way of TKO (punches) in :44 seconds of the second round. After a competitive first round, Aldo landed an overhand left and then a body shot to hurt Carneiro in the second round. After, he rushed him with a flurry of punches against the fence, and the referee was forced to jump in and save him from any further damage.
Demian Maia versus Lyman Good
41 year old BJJ legend, former welterweight championship contender, and #8 in the official UFC welterweight rankings, Demian Maia was able to put on a dominating performance against 33 year old former Bellator Welterweight Champion, Lyman Good. Maia was relentless with his takedown as he shot in early with a single leg, and turned it into a double leg for the takedown. As Good attempted to get up, he exposed his back, and Maia was able to tap him out with a standing rear-naked cho0ke at 2:38 of the first round.
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Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira Continues Submission Record
Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira extended his submission record in the UFC with a his 14th submission- the most submissions in UFC history. After a tough first round, where he was hurt by two eye pokes, Oliveira hurt Teymur with an elbow and an uppercut, and then lockd up an anaconda choke which Teymur tapped to at :55 seconds of Round 2.
Marlon Moraes, Jose Aldo, Charles Oliveira and Johnny Walker were all awarded $50,000 bonuses for Performance of the Night. (There were no Fight of the Night bonuses awarded.)
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Marlon Moraes def. Raphael Assunção Submission (guillotine choke)
José Aldo def. Renato Moicano TKO (punches)
Demian Maia def. Lyman Good Submission (rear-naked choke)
Charles Oliveira def. David Teymur Submission (anaconda choke)
Johnny Walker def. Justin Ledet KO (spinning backfist and punches)
Lívia Renata Souza def. Sarah Frota Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Markus Perez def. Anthony Hernandez Technical Submission (anaconda choke)
Mara Romero Borella def. Taila Santos Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thiago Alves def. Max Griffin Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jairzinho Rozenstruick def. Júnior Albini TKO (head kick and punches)
Geraldo de Freitas def. Felipe Colares Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Said Nurmagomedov def. Ricardo Ramos TKO (spinning body kick and punches)
Rogério Bontorin def. Magomed Bibulatov Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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