The FX portion of the prelims kicked off with former Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Champion Ian McCall looking to end his two fight skid against Iliarde Santos. Despite losing his UFC debut against Iuri Alcantara in a fight which he took on short notice, Santos is a veteran of the sport that found success of his own in Brazil’s Jungle Fights promotion. McCall set a fast pace early and used his feints and footwork to outland Santos on the feet. His ability to move in and out of the pocket and deliver precise striking combinations gave him the edge throughout the fight. Santos found some success in the second by coaxing McCall into a brawl, but it was not enough to grant him the judge’s decision. McCall picked up his first win in the UFC, and can now count himself among the few non-Brazilian fighters to find success in Brazil.
Winner: Ian McCall,3rd Round Unanimous Decision