Four of the five preliminary fights from UFC 142 aired on FX: Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ednaldo Oliveira, Yuri Alcantara vs. Michhiro Omigawa. The opening preliminary fight Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho was streamed live on Facebook.
Following are quick recaps of each of the preliminary fights.
- Thiago Tavares Survives Sam Stout
Brazilian lightweight Tavares (17-4-1, 7-4-1 UFC) forced a grappling match to dominate Sam Stout (17-6-1, 7-6 UFC) in the first round. In the second he surprised almost everyone, especially Stout by outstriking the Canadian on the feet. In the third, Stout began to get the edge and poured it on after a late stand up to nearly finish Tavares. Tavares was happy to survive and get the decision.
UFC 142 Results Thiago Tavares defeats Sam Sout by unanimous decision (scores not read).
"Sam Stout was the toughest opponent I've ever faced and this is the biggest win of my career. I thought about this fight for a long time. I have to be honest: of all the ways I saw this fight going, I never expected to beat him striking. I tried to take the fight to the ground, but he has great takedown defense. The fight stayed on the feet and I was able to win there. I want another big name next," Tavares said after the fight.
For his part, Stout spoke about his late coach Shawn Tompkins, who passed away suddeninly in 2011.
"This was my first fight without Shawn (Tompkins). It was definitely an adjustment not having him in my corner. I hope Shawn would be proud.
"I thought I took rounds two and three, but I just struggled to find my rhythm. My head wasn't in it in the first round. I had a slow start and I have no one to blame but myself for that," said Stout.
- Gabriel Gonzaga snuffs Ednaldo Oliveira
Heavyweight Gonzaga (13-6, 8-5 UFC) quickly overwhelmed the Oliveira (13-1-1, 1 NC, 0-1 UFC ) the undersized late replacement. Gonzaga dodged a couple of stiff shots from the UFC debutante before taking him down and choking him out. Gonzaga was cut from the UFC in 2010 and should be happily ensconced in the UFC's heavyweight division.
Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Ednaldo Oliveira by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:22 of round 1.
"It felt great to be back in the Octagon. I showed that I still have my BJJ skills in there tonight. My time away from the UFC was good for me. I dealt with some personal business in my life and came back refocused. Before, I was training well, but my mind just wasn't in it. Now, I'm back, I feel great. I'm focused and I showed that by beating a 13-0 fighter," said Gonzaga after the fight.
"Part of me is sad and part of me is angry. I left an opening and Gabriel capitalized. I wanted to win badly and this is not a good feeling," said Oliveira.
Gonzaga had been a late replacement for British heavyweight Rob Broughton who had to bow out of the fight due to injury.
- Yuri Alcantara Batters a Game Michihiro Omigawa
Alcantara (27-3, 3-0 UFC/WEC), a long-time veteran of the regional Brazilian fighting scene notched his first ever major international win with a dominant three round drubbing of the long-ranked Omigawa (13-11-1, 1-5 UFC). Omigawa fought hard and survived multiple stunning blows that would have finished a less gritty opponent.
Yuri Alcantara defeats Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
"This was like the World Cup for me tonight. To fight against a veteran like him was a true honor. I hope this win proved to the UFC that I'm ready for the main card. I felt like a complete fighter in there tonight," said Alcantara.
- Ricardo Funch vs. Mike Pyle
The veteran Pyle (22-8-1, 5-3 UFC) made short work of Funch (8-3, 0-3 UFC), a late replacement for Paulo Thiago. Pyle blasted Funch with a straight right hand, followed up with a knee to the face that dropped Funch and finished him with some brutal ground and pound.
Mike Pyle defeats Ricardo Funch by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:22 of round 1.
"After my last fight, I took a step back and readjusted some things in my training. I knew that I had to really take a look at my whole MMA game and I think you saw some of the adjustments and improvements tonight. My striking and my overall game have evolved. This was an important fight for me in my career and I appreciate Ricardo taking this fight on short notice," said Pyle.
"I'm disappointed. I don't have any excuses. He caught me with a good shot and it was over," said Funch.
- Felipe Arantes decisions Antonio Carvalho
Arantes (14-4, 1-1 UFC) managed to come back and defeat Carvalho (13-5, 0-1 UFC) after losing the first round. Arantes was taken down and dominated on the ground by the Canadian Carvalho in the opening frame but came back to outstrike his foe in the remaining two rounds.
Felipe Arantes defeats Antonio Carvalho by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
"I'm very happy with this win because I went out there and proved to the people of Brazil that I belong in the Octagon. He was a very tough opponent. I had a tough camp and battled some injuries, but I was able to get in there tonight and control the striking and win," said Arantes
"I expected the crowd to be against me, but I'm not sure it played a big factor. They were definitely loud. In the end, Felipe listened to his corner very well. I wish I would have had more efficient shots (for takedowns) because they worked in the first round. I went for a few too many submissions and tired myself out," said Carvalho after the fight.