On Saturday, Aug. 3, the UFC returned to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie from the HSBC Arena.

The pay-per-view event was headlined by a featherweight title tilt between current champion Jose Aldo and surging contender Chan Sung Jung, better know as “The Korean Zombie.” The Brazilian Aldo entered the contest riding an eight-year undefeated streak, having yet to taste defeat inside the Octagon. Meanwhile, Jung bounced back from back-to-back losses in his final WEC appearances to string together three straight wins in the UFC.

Also on the main card, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida looked to earn another crack at the belt as he took on wrestling stalwart Phil Davis, Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira welcomed countryman Thiago Santos to the promotion, former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites returned to the Octagon to face the U.K.’s Tom Watson, and Brazilian flyweights John Lineker and Jose Maria Tome went to battle.

The 12-fight event kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET with three bouts streaming on the promotion’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Four additional bouts followed on FX at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight pay-per-view main card starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Aldo finishes the ‘Zombie,’ retains featherweight title

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo earned his 16th straight victory, stopping “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung by fourth-round TKO.

The first round was slow, as both fighters felt one another out and searched for an opening. Aldo connected with an overhand right early and the pair exchanged leg kicks, but neither did significant damage. Aldo took Jung to the mat late in the frame and then finished with a wheel kick that just missed.

Jung marched forward to open round two and ate multiple jabs from the champion. Aldo’s ability to counter prevented Jung from mounting offense. A stiff jab from Aldo buckled the legs of Jung and he followed it with a trip takedown. Aldo finished the round from the top position.

In round three, Jung attempted a flying knee which Aldo caught mid-air and planted the Korean on his back. Aldo pressed the fight against the fence for the majority of the frame, even prompting Herb Dean to separate the fighters for inactivity. Jung flurried late, but it was not enough to take the round.

The fighters exchanged early in round four, with both fighters finding their mark. A wild right hand from Jung was countered by a left hook from Aldo and Jung’s right shoulder was dislocated in the process. From there, the champion smelled blood and attacked the injured arm. Jung fell to the canvas as Aldo delivered shot after shot, prompting Herb Dean to call an end to the title fight.

Davis ekes past Machida

In a pivotal fight in the light heavyweight division, Phil Davis moved one step closer to a title shot with a questionable decision win over former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.

There was a lengthy feeling out process to start the fight. The pair traded kicks, but both looked for an opening. Machida scored with a big flurry late in the round, finishing with a flying knee. Davis responded with a takedown in the waning seconds.

Round two was eerily similar to the first round. Machida continued to score with kicks from the outside and shrugging off Davis’ takedown attempts. Machida scored with a stiff left hand and then a big right hand, but Davis landed a trip takedown in the final thirty seconds of the frame.

Davis opened round three much more aggressively, but Machida easily shrugged off his takedown attempts. Machida countered all of Davis’ advances with strikes, blooding the mouth of Davis.

When the judges’ scores were revealed, Davis earned two rounds on each of their scorecards, much to the dismay of the crowd and Machida.

Ferreira chokes Santos

Middleweight Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira picked up his second straight win inside the Octagon with a first-round submission over fellow TUF Brazil alum Thiago Santos.

Ferreira immediately opened with an overhand left that rocked Santos. Ferreira  followed with a head kick and flurry along the fence before locking up the neck of Santos. Pulling guard, Ferreira squeezed hard on the arm-in guillotine choke and Santos was forced to tap at just the 47-second mark.

Leites dominates Watson

Former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites returned to the UFC and took home a lopsided, unanimous decision win over UK fighter Tom Watson.

It was all Leites from the opening bell in round one. Leites barreled forward with strikes, closing the distance and latching onto Watson. The Brazilian dragged the fight to the mat and quickly took Watson’s back with both hooks. Leites rained big shots from the position, allowing him to trap Watson’s right arm. Despite the advantageous position, he was unable to secure the rear-naked choke. Watson managed to power back to his feet in the final minute of the frame.

The second stanza was nearly a repeat of the first. Leites again opened aggressively and latched onto Watson. He brought the fight to the ground and again took Watson’s back. Leites transitioned to an armbar on Watson’s right arm, but the cage helped Watson escape. Watson again got back to his feet late in the frame, scoring with short shots from the clinch.

A left hook from Leites landed early in round three, opening up a huge cut over Watson’s right eye. The pair traded shots from the clinch along the cage. Watson overcommitted to a strike which allowed Leites to score with a double-leg takedown. The Brazilian quickly moved to mount and again took the Brit’s back. In the waning moments of the fight, Leites attacked with an arm-triangle choke. Watson survived to the final bell, but was left beaten and bloody.

All three judges at cageside gave Leites all three rounds for his performance.

Lineker stops Maria

In a battle of Brazilian flyweights, John Lineker spoiled the debut of his countryman Jose Maria by second-round TKO.

Lineker stalked early, looking for his right hand. Maria circled away to avoid Lineker’s advance until he unleashed a spinning back fist that rocked Lineker. Maria could not capitalize, despite Lineker appearing to be wobbled for a lengthy period of time. Maria scored a takedown and passed to half guard, but Lineker powered back to his feet and began to fire strikes once again.

The second round kicked off Lineker again marching forward. He stuffed multiple takedown attempts from Maria, who may have injured a knee on a kick. Lineker delivered a hook to the body that sent Maria to the mat. Smelling blood, Lineker flurried with hammerfists, forcing the stoppage.

Preliminary Card Summary

At 41 years old, many were writing off Australian light heavyweight Anthony Perosh in his clash with grappling ace Vinny Magalhaes. However, the Aussie needed just 14 seconds to score a knockout win as Magalhaes walked into a big right hand.

Brazilian Amanda Nunes worked quickly in her UFC debut, scoring a first-round TKO over Sheila Gaff in their bantamweight affair. Nunes looked for a takedown early but was reversed. She quickly recovered and gained the mount on Gaff. Gaff was able to escape, but only briefly as Nunes planted her on her back again and rained elbows and punches. The onslaught forced referee Herb Dean to stop the bout.

Grappling ace Sergio Moraes showcased his slick submission game with a first-round triangle choke finish of fellow TUF alum Neil Magny. Moraes was forced to overcome Magny’s massive 81-inch reach, but once the welterweight closed the distance, he quickly took the fight to the ground. Moraes quickly moved to mount and locked on a triangle choke. He rolled to his back and then back to the mount, forcing Magny to submit.

Flyweight Ian McCall picked up his first UFC win after taking home a unanimous decision over Brazilian Iliarde Santos. The two engaged in a spirited affair from the start, with McCall using his speed and footwork to land with combinations. Santos countered with powerful, overhand rights, but he could not answer the volume of the American. In the end, McCall was announced the victor.

Brazilian featherweight Rani Yahya earned his third straight Octagon win, cruising to a unanimous decision win over Josh Clopton. Yahya gained the top position in the first two frames, dominating Clopton with his ground prowess. Clearly up on the scorecards heading the third, Yahya relaxed, allowing Clopton to claim the final round. However, Yahya’s efforts were too much, as the judges awarded him the decision.

Debuting light heavyweight Francimar Barroso outworked the much taller Ednaldo Oliveira to claim a unanimous decision win. Barroso used his speed to overcome a reach disadvantage on the feet, scoring with leg kicks and right hands. In the later rounds, the Nova Uniao product mixed in takedowns to seal the win on the scorecards.

Ultimate Fighter: Brazil welterweight Viscardi Andrade wasted little time in earning his first UFC win over fellow TUF alum Bristol Marunde. Andrade scored with a big right hand that rocked Murande and followed up with a barrage of strikes that forced the referee to waive off the contest.

FULL RESULTS
Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung by TKO (strikes). Round 4, 2:00 – for featherweight title
Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago Santos by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:47
Thales Leites def. Tom Watson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
John Lineker def. Jose Maria Tome by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:03
Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:14
Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:08
Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny by submission (mounted triangle choke). Round 1, 3:13
Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:36

Photo: Jose Aldo (Sherdog)