UFC Fight Night 29 went off with a solid start by the supporting cast of the card at the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo Brazil.
Despite the final preliminary bout, the action kept the fans in Sao Paulo on the edge of their seats.
Igor Araujo def. Ildemar Alcantara by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
It wasn’t pretty but Igor Araujo was able to pull out the win over Ildemar Alcantara in an ugly fight. After losing the first round Araujo got the better of Alcantra once he countered the takedown and had Alcantara on his back. From there Araujo kept just busy enough to not be stood up.
The last round saw Araujo secure a trip takedown and control Alcantara for much of the round. Towards the end of the round Alcantara worked for a leg lock, but couldn’t get it and Araujo finished the round landing punches in the mount.
Yan Cabral def. David Mitchell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Despite coming off a a two-year layoff, it was mostly smooth sailing for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Yan Cabral in his UFC debut. Cabral showed a dominant display of grappling on Mitchell in all three rounds, but Mitchell managed to use his Jiu-Jitsu well enough to survive.
Cabral set up the duck under early and had Mitchell’s back on two separate occasions. In the second round, Cabral landed a hard right hand and passed Mitchell’s guard but couldn’t finish as Mitchell showed some signs of life and worked for a leglock but to no avail. The final round saw much of the same as Cabral continued to out grapple Mitchell, and towards the end of the round Cabral worked for an arm triangle choke but Mitchell was able to escape.
Chris Cariaso def. Iliarde Santos by TKO (punches) at 4:34, R2
After a slow start in round 1, Chris Cariaso was able to find his range and put away Iliarde Santos in the second round. The right hand changed it all for Cariaso in round two as blood poured from Santos, and Cariaso finished him with two hard overhand rights that caused Santos to see stars against the cage.
Alan Patrick def. Garett Whiteley by TKO (punches) at 3:54, R1
UFC lightweight newcomer Alan Patrick kicked off his UFC debut with a bang. Whiteley went to the well once to often with throwing a lead right uppercut and Patrick countered with a beautifully timed straight left that put Whiteley on the canvas. From there Patrick followed up with punches until the ref had to step in and stop the fight.