In an all-Brazilian 185lb bout, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ildemar Alcantara and former Ultimate Fighter Brazil standout Richardson Moreira went to battle.
Alcantara, 32, and Moreira, 30, started slow.
In the earliest moments, neither man grew reckless and simply eyed openings.
Richardson Moreira changed that soon enough, swinging in with wide hooks as Alcantara looked to establish some solid ground. This led to a long phase of grappling which Moreira edged as well.
Ildemar Alcantara couldn’t hold top position on the ground and was just about even with Moreira on his feet. The bout could grow doubtful if he wasn’t going to assert his dominance soon.
And he did. Alcantara made a chess match of round two, and landed some clean kicks and punches. It wasn’t pretty, but it leveled the playing field in terms of scoring. The tide was turning in this fight.
Round three saw more steadily-paced action, with Alcantara beginning to cruise, clipping Moreira and using his size to keep his compatriot at bay.
The judges rendered the bout a split decision. Fortunately, for the sake of correctness, in Alcantara’s favor. At the age of 32, he continues his gritty push into UFC contention.