Despite the late elimination of the Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall fight from its main event, UFC 198 was still, all-in-all, another electric event in Brazil with a sellout crowd of 45,000 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. With the exception of just three instances, Brazilians on the card reigned supreme and took home wins for and in their home country.
The exceptions included: a loss for Warlley Alves, who lost via unanimous decision to Bryan Barberena of the U.S.; a loss for Vitor Belfort, who lost to Jacare Souza (both Brazilians); a draw for Brazilians Sergio Moraes and Luan Chagas; and the main event.
In the card’s top fight, Stipe Miocic, knocked out Brazilian Fabrico Werdum in the first round with a perfectly-placed right hand to the chin, while backing away from his opponent, no less, to became the UFC heavyweight champion.
The event also saw an impressive TKO win for Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza over fellow-Brazilian Vitor Belfort, which may now securely place Souza in line for a middleweight title shot.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino made her UFC debut with an 81-second TKO victory over a game Leslie Smith at a catchweight of 140 lbs. Some saw the stoppage as premature, including Smith. Things are up in the air with the UFC’s future plans for Cyborg.
Performances of the night bonuses: Stipe Miocic and Cristiane Justino ($50,000 each)
Fight of the night bonuses: Francisco Trinaldo and Yancy Medeiros ($50,000 each)
Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum, KO, Rd. 1 (2:47) * for UFC Heavyweight Championship title
Ronaldo Souza def. Vitor Belfort, TKO (punches), Rd. 1 (4:38)
Cristiane Justino def. Leslie Smith, TKO (punches), Rd. 1 (1:21)
Mauricio Rua def. Corey Anderson, Split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), Rd. 3.
Bryan Barberena def. Warlley Alves, Unanimous decision, Rd. 3.
Demian Maia def. Matt Brown, Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd. 3 (4:31).
Thiago Santos def. Nate Marquardt, KO (punches), Rd. 1 (3:39).
Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros, Unanimous decision, Rd. 3.
John Lineker def. Rob Font, Unanimous decision, Rd. 3.
Early Preliminary Card:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins, TKO (punches), Rd. 1 (4:52).
Sergio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas, Draw (split), (29-28, 28-29, 28-28), Rd. 3.
Renato Moicano def. Zubaira Tukhogov, Split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), Rd. 3.
The next UFC event, UFC Fight Night 88, will take place May 29, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center is Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature two undefeated bantamweight fighters in its main event. Brazilian fighter Thomas Almeida (21-0) will face off against promising American knockout artist Cody Garbrandt (8-0) and someone’s winning streak will be snapped.