UFC Fight Night 77 || Preliminary Card Play-by-Play

Written by @NickRiznerMMA

Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

Oh no. Awful stoppage to what should have been a great fight. Disappointing result for Trujilo, who was in a bad position but MOST CERTAINLY did not tap out. Unfortunate.

Official Result: Gleison Tibau def. Abel Trujillo via rear-naked choke (Rd.1, 1:45)

Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

Case starts by working the jabs and establishing his range. Cabral quickly goes for the takedown, but Case stuffs it and we stay standing. Cabral sells out for another takedown and succeeds. He’s now in side control. Now north south. Now side control on the opposite side. Cabral threatens with a kimura but Case defends well and stands things up again. I still give the first round to Cabral for the takedown and top control, but this has been a smart fight from Case so far.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Cabral.

Round 2:

A nice spinning elbow lands for Cabral, but Case is the better striker and it’s a clear advantage. And just like that, Case drops Cabral with a hard left. Case is staying patient so far, but clearly winning this round. I have it all even heading into the third and final round.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Case (19-19 overall)

Round 3:

A smothering ground game through the first couple minutes of round three. Cabral takes control of the back and locks in both hooks. He spends much of the third round with back control and likely steals the round, although he doesn’t do much with it. Case turns it up late, but it’s not enough in my opinion.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Cabral (29-28 Cabral)

Official Result: Johnny Case def. Yan Cabral via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

Well that didn’t take long. I hadn’t even typed anything out yet. Guida starts with a couple short shots and shoots for a huge double leg slam. But it’s Tavares who grabs a hold of the neck and secures the guillotine in the opening minute of the fight. Really fast work from Tavares, as he puts away an accomplished veteran.

Thiago Tavares wins by submission.

Official Result: Thiago Tavares def. Clay Guida via guillotine choke (Rd.1, 0:39)

Kevin Souza vs. Chas Skelly

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

Chas Skelly doesn’t take long before leaning on his wrestling prowess. He commits to a high single leg and ultimately gets things to the ground with a sweep of the leg. Souza is dangerous off his back, but Skelly is showing some great transitions, quickly getting to half guard and sinking in a darce attempt. Souza survives, allows things to get back to the feet, and promptly drops Skelly with a hard right and left. The round ends with another hard shot from Souza, who steals the round away from Skelly.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Souza.

Round 2:

This round starts with Souza on top. Skelly ties up the leg to thwart the ground and pound and get back to the feet. As things move to the fence, Skelly takes the back and takes Souza to the ground. He only had one hook in, his arm wasn’t under the chin, but it didn’t matter. Skelly squeezed until he tapped, winning by rear naked choke.

Chas Skelly wins by submission.

Official Result: Chas Skelly def. Kevin Souza via rear-naked choke (Rd.1, 1:56)

Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

As expected, this crowd is nuts. Not much from either guy through the first half of the round. But the one jab that landed from Andrade was met with a huge burst of applause from the crowd. As was the body kick around the two minute mark. Andrade looks to be getting looser as the fight progresses. He takes the first round and looks to have all the momentum heading into round two.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Andrade

Round 2:

Umalatov is landing well at the beginning of the second, seemingly catching him clean with every hook he throws. Andrade lands a few counters around the halfway point, but both guys remain tentative in this one. With a minute left, it’s still anybody’s round. Recognizing this, Andrade turns things up with some late combinations and seals the round.

Umalatov is going to need a finish in this one, and I’m not sure he has enough left in the tank to pull it off.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Andrade (20-18)

Round 3:

Umalatov is going for it! He begins with a huge wheel kick and is trying to turn it up. It’s Umalatov who is stalking forward, but Andrade seems to be getting the best of the exchanges. That being said, both guys are taking pretty deep breaths with two and a half minutes left in the fight.

With twenty seconds left, Umalatov lands a big shot that rocks Andrade, but there isn’t enough time left for him to finish it. The fight ends with a cartwheel transition, but not much in the way of securing a victory.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Umalatov (29-28 Andrade

Official Result: Viscardi Andrade def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

Very reminiscent of the first fight of the night. Two bantamweights stringing together high level combinations and landing with a furious pace. Rivera is the one with the advantage in the stand-up so far. Impressive, as Munhoz is a dangerous opponent with a hometown crowd in his favor. A little slip from Rivera gets a roar from the crowd with under a minute left in the round, and abig knee from Munhoz gets another pop from the crowd, but Rivera is clearly the winner of the first.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Rivera

Round 2:

Rivera is really mixing up his combos well. Going high and low. Finishing combinations with powerful body kicks. He looks great. Rivera lands heavy and wobbles Munhoz! He senses the finish and begins pouring it on with haymaker after haymaker. But he gets sloppy and eats a hard counter that wobbles Rivera! Both guys have been rocked in this round, and there’s still three minutes to go.

Munhoz lands another hard shot that drops him! He goes for the guillotine, but Rivera manages to scramble back to his feet. What a fight so far! Both guys look pretty fresh considering the war this has been. Big comeback round for Munhoz, especially after nearly getting finished.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Munhoz (19-19 overall)

Round 3:

Sharp wheel kick misses for Munhoz, and Rivera returns with one of his own. Both picture perfect, but neither landing. This looks like one of those Sage Northcutt videos. Both guys continue to throw with tremendous volume. It’s a really impressive performance from both fighters so far, as the future of the bantamweight division looks promising tonight.

Rivera is turning it up with a minute and a half left. How is Munhoz eating these shots so well? Both guys could steal the round and Rivera is doing more at the moment. Thirty seconds left and I’m still not convinced one way or the other. Munhoz stuffs a takedown but eats a hard right in the process. I’ve got to give that third round – and thus, the fight – to Rivera, but it was close. It’ll be interesting to see how the judges score this one. No controversy either way, in my opinion.

But you know… Brazilians in Brazil.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Rivera (29-28 Rivera)

Official Result: Jimmie Rivera def. Pedro Munhoz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Bruno Rodrigues vs. Matheus Nicolau Pereira

Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC
Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC

Round 1:

Exciting to kick things off in Brazil. Lots of speed and precision from both fighters, but Matheus is the one landing more effectively through the opening minutes. And right at the end halfway mark, Matheus lands clean and drops Bruno to the mat. Pretty exciting round, but a lopsided one for Matheus.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Matheus

Round 2:

Lighting fast axe kick misses – but looks cool – for Bruno. Then, as things go to the ground, Matheus grounds himself by kneeling, but eats a hard illegal upkick. The ref gives Matheus time to recover, then positions the fighters in the same position. A slick push off from Bruno gets things back to the feet, and Matheus continues dominating the stand up exchanges.

Bruno looks to be having some success with the spinning attacks, however, and finally lands one to the body that drops Matheus to the mat with two minutes to go. Matheus begins working for an armbar. It looks tight, but Bruno survives and maintains top position. Tougher round to score, but I’ve got to give the nod to Bruno for the knockdown.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Bruno (19-19 overall)

Round 3:

This is anyone’s fight in my opinion. Wow! Bruno goes for a flying knee and Matheus catches him with an overhand right and drops him to the mat. Great counter from Matheus! Bruno uses a leg lock from the bottom to try to escape off his back, but to no avail. Wow! Matheus sneaks the submission out of no where, pinning Bruno’s neck to his chest and choking him out. Not even sure what you call that one. Great performance from Matheus Nicolau!

Matheus wins by submission.

Official Result: Matheus Nicolau def. Bruno Rodrigues via submission (Rd.3, 3:27)

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