UFC Fight Night 38 was the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most entertaining card ever on free TV, as fighters from the prelims to main card provided MMA fans with lots of spectacular finishes.
As impossible as it seemed, the main event featuring Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua exceeded all expectations, as both men put on a memorable show that might — once again — earn them Fight of the Year honors.
Here are the results of the UFC Fight Night 38 card held on March 22 at the Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
Dan Henderson def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
These two picked up where they left things at UFC Fight Night 38, throwing hard shots early and often. Henderson hurt Rua first, but the Brazilian quickly recovered and hurt Hendo with a hard shot of his own. He followed up with some vicious ground-n-pound, but old-man Henderson’s heart carried him to the end of the round.
Rua continued to dominate the fight from that point on, hurting Henderson once again with a vicious uppercut during the second round. Just when it seemed like Rua was getting ready to put Henderson away during the third, one of the latter’s infamous H-Bombs landed right on Rua’s chin, sending him to the canvas.
Some hard shots on the ground, and referee Herb Dean stepped in to save Rua – who was clearly incapable of intelligently defending himself at that point.
If you missed this fight, slap yourself. Now go watch a replay!
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira
Both men came out swinging at UFC Fight Night 38 with Ferreira landing the first major shot of the fight. However, C.B.’s chin proved to be granite once again, and the Ultimate Fighter alumni fired back with a hard shot of his own moments latter off a sweet shoulder roll.
Dollaway followed up with some hard shots on the ground, and that was all she wrote.
Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke
Santos got off to a decent start at UFC Fight Night 38, getting the better of the striking exchanges during the opening round. Parke had more success grinding the Brazilian down with his wrestling during the second round, winning some position points in the clinch, but he was penalized for grabbing Santos’ shorts by referee Cardoso, costing him a point.
Parke had more success grinding Santos down with his wrestling during the final round, edging out that round as well. Unfortunately for Norman, the point Cardoso took away ended up what leading to a draw even though he edged out two rounds on two of the three Octagon-side judges’ scorecards.
Tough break for the Brit, especially considering the fact Cardoso failed to penalize Santos when he clearly grabbed the fence – and successfully used it to stuff a takedown – during the fight.
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante
As he’s prone to doing, Maldonado got off to a slow start at UFC Fight Night 38. Villante was right there to make him pay, opening a nasty cut on the Brazilian’s forehead with a series of vicious knees early in round one. Gian was also able to get some work done on the ground during the opening round.
Maldonado survived Villante’s onslaught, and he took over the fight during the latter rounds, handing the latter a free boxing clinic, stuffing a few takedown attempts as well.
It was beautiful performance by Fabio, pulling off the come-from-behind victory, defeating a badly beaten Villante by unanimous decision.
You certainly want to catch a replay of the UFC Fight Night 38 bouts if you missed this one.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 38 results:
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov (unanimous decision)
Rony Jason def. Steven Siler (TKO, round one)
Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes (TKO, round one)
Jussier Formigadef. Scott Jorgensen (rear-naked choke, round one)
Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpétuo (rear-naked choke, round one)
Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso (split decision)
Godofredo Castro def. Noad Lahat (KO, round one)
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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