Vagner Rocha. Photo by Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC on FUEL live blog for all the preliminary bouts on Facebook in support of tonight's FUEL-televised card from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha.
In the three undercard bouts, Jonathan Brookins def. Vagner Rocha, Justin Salas def. Anton Kuivanen and Tim Means def. Bernardo Magalhaes. The Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts middleweight bout was canceled due to Loeffler suffering an ankle injury.
The live blog begins below.
Round 1: Means taking the center of the cage early. After some slow action in the opening moments, Means lands a hard knee to the face. Magalhaes counters with an overhand right. Means with another knee to the face, this one knocks Magalhaes down. Means attacks with a D'arce but Magalhaes defends it and they go back to their feet. Means takes round 1 on damage, 10-9.
Round 2: Means walks out confidently to start the second. Magalhaes dances around the outside but Means finds his target with long jabs and power punches. Magalhaes has some blood leaking from his nose now. Magalhaes shoots but Means stuffs him easily. Means stalking Magalhaes around and pressing forward. He lands a hard body shot with :20 left. Magalhaes goes down and Means lands hard strikes from the top. Another 10-9 round for Means.
Round 3: Magalhaes fires off an overhand right that misses, then lands a left hook. Magalhaes shoots in for a single leg takedown, but he's rebuffed by a nice sprawl. Magalhaes' strategy of taking the fight to the ground has come up empty thus far, and he's getting tagged in the process. Means with another body shot. Magalhaes goes down, but he might be trying to lure Means down, and Means doesn't go for it, inviting him back to his feet. Means with another hard right and this time he follows Magalhaes down and punishes him with elbows. Magalhaes is in trouble but Means lets him up again. He controls the standup to the horn, 10-9.
Winner: Tim Means via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Round 1: Both fighters are UFC newcomers. Salas walks out southpaw while Kuivanen is orthodox. Salas tries an early takedown that fails. Kuivanen landing some early kicks to the body. He backs up Salas with a right hand to the body. Kuivanen stops another takedown. Salas lands a nice lead right hook. Salas scores his first takedown with two minutes left. Salas lands one overhand right but Kuivanen sweeps and gets free and back to his feet. Kuivanen with another kick to the body. He's the one moving forward. Salas completes another takedown at the final horn. A very close round that MMA Fighting scores for Kuivanen 10-9.
Round 2: Salas closes the distance and pushes Kuivanen against the cage, landing a knee. They reset in the center. Salas lands a straight left. Salas is looking to take advantage of his grappling while Kuivanen likes distance. Salas looks a bit more comfortable now trading, and it's anyone's round with one minute left. Salas tries a takedown with :20 left. Kuivanen's balance is too good. Salas exits with a left. Another very tight round. Salas 10-9.
Round 3: Salas gets an early takedown, scoring some ground and pound. Kuivanen looks for a leg lock but Salas pulls free. Salas still on top with more strikes. This is the most dominant stretch of the fight. Kuivanen gets back to his feet midway through the round. There's some blood from Kuivanen's face. Kuivanen begins stalking Salas, perhaps realizing he may be behind. Salas takes advantage of it, ducking low for an emphatic slam takedown. Salas lands strikes from the top. Kuivanen gets to his feet as Salas lands a knee. It's Salas' round 10-9.
Winner: Justin Salas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
In a bizarre and unfortunate accident, Loeffler hurt his ankle in pre-fight warmups and suffered an injury that left him unable to compete. As a result, the Loeffler-Roberts fight was canceled.
Round 1: Brookins catches a kick and lands a left hand. Rocha shoots in with a body lock but Brookins ends up on top. Rocha hunts a leg lock but leaves his face undefended and Brookins smashes him with strikes from the top. A series of right hands puts Rocha's lights out for the quick finish.
Winner: Jonathan Brookins via first-round KO, Rd. 1 (1:32)
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