UFC made its return to Brazil last night for UFC Brasilia, a 12-bout fight card headlined by lightweight contenders Kevin Lee vs. Charles Oliveira.
The main event fight was scheduled to be at lightweight, but was changed to a catchweight bout, after Lee failed to make the 156lbs weight limit at the official weigh ins on Friday.
Kevin Lee (18-5 MMA) entered last nights event at UFC Brasilia with some momentum behind him, after his 1st-round knockout victory over Gregor Gillespie in his last fight at UFC 244. That win ended a 2-fight losing streak for the “Motown Phenom”, who had lost to Al Iaquinta and Rafael dos Anjos prior.
Meanwhile, Charles Oliveira (28-8 MMA) entered the fight on an impressive a 6-fight winning streak. He beat Jared Gordon via knockout in his last fight in November.
In the co-main event, welterweight fighters Demian Maia and Gilbert Burns were looking to put on a show for fans watching at home, after the event was converted to a closed-door event, meaning that there were no fans in attendance.
Maia (28-9 MMA) entered last nights co-main event on a 3-fight winning streak, with his latest being a submission win over Ben Askren last October.
Meanwhile, Gilbert Burns (17-3 MMA), also known as “Durinho”, was on a 4-fight winning streak, with a decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his last outing in September. He planned to finish Maia and call out Colby Covington afterwards.
Recap on last nights action with the official results and highlights below:
UFC Brasilia Main Card
Kevin Lee vs. Charles Oliveira – Oliveira def. Lee via submission (guillotine) in Round 3
Demian Maia vs. Gilbert Burns – Burns def. Maia via TKO in Round 1
Renato Moicano vs. Damir Hadzovic – Moicano def. Hadzovic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:44 of Round 1
Johnny Walker vs. Nikita Krylov – Krylov def. Walker by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Francisco Trinaldo vs. John Makdessi – Trinaldo defeated Makdessi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC Brasilia Prelims
Jussier Formiga vs. Brandon Moreno – Moreno def. Formiga by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Amanda Ribas vs. Randa Markos – Ribas def. Markos by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25 x2)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Alexei Kunchenko – Dos Santos def. Kunchenko by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Enrique Barzola vs. Rani Yahya – Ruled a majority draw (29-28 for Barzola, 28-28 x2)
UFC Brasilia Early Prelims
Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Maryna Moroz – Moroz def. Silva by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Bruno Silva vs. David Dvorak – Dvorak def. Silva by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Veronica Macedo vs. Bea Malecki — Malecki def. Macedo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 15th March, 2020.