On Saturday, Feb. 15, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi from the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

In the night’s main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida clashed with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. The Brazilian Machida made a successful middleweight debut in his previous outing, stopping Mark Munoz via head kick. Mousasi, meanwhile, made his 185-pound debut for the promotion after besting Ilir Latifi in his promotional debut at 205 pounds.

The night’s co-main event featured former Strikeforce middleweight kingpin Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza who looked to make his case for a title shot when he took on Frenchman Francis Carmont.

Also on the main card, Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva welcomed Takenori Sato to the Octagon, Brazilian Viscardi Andrade battled Nicholas Musoke, also at 170 pounds, and British featherweight Andy Ogle locked horns with Charles Oliveira.

The 12-fight event kicked off at 7:30 p.m ET with seven fights streaming on the promotion’s digital network, Fight Pass. Five additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 10:30 p.m.

Machida edges Mousasi

Lyoto Machida continued to add new aspects to his unique style and earned a clear decision victory over Gegard Mousasi.

Machida threw a leg kick early on that connected as Mousasi moved forward. Machida followed that up with a strong body kick that landed. Mousasi landed a leg kick of his own and Machida looked to counter with a right hand. Mousasi just moved out of the way of that power punch. Mousasi continued to walk forward and gauge Machida’s style. The Armenian also continued to flick some leg kicks out there, but he was countered by a Machida right hand. The Brazilian went back to the well with the body kicks and landed two in the final minute of the round.

Machida went on the offensive to start the second by throwing a jumping switch kick. It didn’t get all the way to Mousasi’s head and only connected with the shoulder. Machida then threw his strongest leg kick of the night that landed solidly on the inside of Mousasi’s lead leg. Mousasi was unaffected and just kept on with his methodical style throwing leg kicks and pawing out a job. Machida landed again with a hard body kick. This time Mousasi caught the kick and tried to take Machida down, but the “Dragon” kept his balance and stayed on his feet. Mousasi landed his best combination of the fight in the final minute of the round and finished it with a leg kick.

Mousasi landed over the top with a lead left hook to get the violence going in round three. Mousasi then clinched with Machida and connected with two hard knees to the body. Machida broke the clinch with a front kick. Machida then followed up with a jab that made Mousasi go for another takedown. Machida kept going to the body. This time he landed with a spinning kick. Mousasi’s lead hand was a bit low and Machida tried to go up high with a head kick. The kick didn’t land flush, but it was very close. There was a good back-and-forth exchange in the final minute where Machida stepped in with an elbow and Mousasi countered it with a right hook.

Machida was the fighter who took the center of the cage to start the main event rounds. Machida threw a front kick to the face that Mousasi was able to turn into a takedown. Machida scrambled right away though and got back to his feet. Machida finally landed one of his signature trip takedowns and advanced to side control. Mousasi stayed crafty from the bottom and swept Machida onto his back. Mousasi couldn’t do to much damage because part of his time on top was used to defend a kimura and omoplata attempt from Machida. Mousasi tried to take Machida’s back, but he was shaken off. Mousasi was on the bottom and landed an illegal up kick in the final seconds, but Mario Yamasaki neglected to take a point in this situation.

Mousasi continued to try and work the leg kicks early in the final round, but Machida was ready and checked the kicks. Machida looked more into the unique techniques in this fight than ever before as he attempted a head kick where he braced himself with one of his hands on the ground. Machida then started adding knees as part of the onslaught that Mousasi had to defend. Mousasi didn’t fade though as he was still looking for ways to win the fight. Mousasi went for a takedown on Machida one last time, but Machida reversed and ended up on top. Machida tried advancing to mount. He didn’t get there, but he made some serious headway and took his opponent’s back after Mosasi tried to scramble. Machida couldn’t get the submission, but he did enough again to win the round and fight.

“Jacare” proves too much for Carmont

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza dominated the first and third rounds against Francis Carmont to continue his undefeated UFC record.

The two fighters were just in a feeling out stage for the first minute of the bout. Souza opened up the striking game by throwing a spinning kick that missed. Souza followed that up with a right hand. It didn’t land flush but Souza used Carmont ducking as an opportunity to take his back and drag him to the ground. Carmont remained composed for a bit as Souza looked to soften him up. Souza got the arm under the neck, but Carmont was able to survive because he didn’t let Jacare clasp his hands together. Carmont finally reversed the position, but there were less than ten seconds left in the round.

Carmont threw a leg kick at the outset of the first round. Carmont looked like he might open up with more aggressiveness than he had in recent bouts, but Souza backed him off a bit with a strong leg kick. Souza looked to take the fight to the ground again. This time the Canadian defended. Souza landed some solid punches, but Carmont just smiled and told him to bring more. Carmont went for a takedown of his own that was defended by Souza. Jacare looked to drop down and go for a takedown once again, but it was solidly defended by Carmont. Carmont started to gain confidence a bit and egg on Souza to the displeasure of the Brazilian crowd. Carmont connected with a good amount of jabs, but nothing that had Souza in any kind of danger.

Carmont threw out a body kick to start his third round offense. Souza avoided a strike from Carmont and took him to the mat. Souza immediately advanced to mount, but Carmont gave up his back instead. Carmont tried to get back to his feet, but Souza just pulled him right back into his clutches on the ground. Souza started to throw more punches to soften up Carmont for a choke. Souza looked like he might have slipped his arm under the chin a few times. Carmont defended, but he was dominated in two of the three rounds.

Silva crushes Sato

Erick Silva got back on the right track by making quick work of Takenori Sato.

The first strike of the fight was a body kick from Silva. Sato wanted no part of it and instantly dropped down for a single leg takedown attempt. Silva defended well and started pounding the side of Sato’s head with punches. Sato was just holding on and Mario Yamasaki pulled Silva off.

Musoke survives scare, bests Andrade

Nicholas Musoke overcame nearly being finished in the first round to earn a decision win over Viscardi Andrade.

Musoke came out moving forward on Andrade. Musoke loaded up and threw a big right hand. Andrade had it timed perfectly and he ducked under and scored the takedown. Andrade landed a few nice punches on the ground, but Musoke got back to his feet quickly. Musoke continued to look for that right hand, but Andrade was still able to avoid it. Instead of a takedown Andrade countered with an overhand right that landed flush. Andrade threw his arms up like he had won the fight, but Musoke wasn’t out quite yet and the hesitation might have cost Andrade the finish. Musoke even attempted to attack with a triangle off of his back before he got back to his feet. Musoke continued to move forward and landed some solid punches, but he was met by a stiff left from Andrade as well.

Musoke tried a different approach at the beginning of round two. He grabbed a body lock and looked to drag Andrade to the mat. Andrade eventually reversed the position and had Musoke against the cage before breaking free and going back to the kickboxing game. Musoke caught Andrade with a head kick and followed up with some big strikes that had the Brazilian on his heels. Musoke took advantage of the opportunity and took Andrade down. Musoke started to open up with some big punches on the ground. Andrade tried to push Musoke off, but he kept getting peppered with hammer fists. Musoke varied his ground-and-pound some more by going to the body with punches and following them up with elbows to the face.

Musoke opened up the third by really trying to establish his jab. Andrade was doing a good job of moving as his corner was screaming to not get taken down by the Swede. Musoke got a body lock again and he brought Andrade into the ground game after taking his back. Musoke oddly looked to set up an arm triangle attempt from the back position. Musoke eventually realized the difficulty in that transition and began to throw punches and look for a traditional rear-naked choke. Musoke stayed on the back and even looked for that arm triangle transition again. He didn’t get it, but he remained in the dominant position as the final bell sounded.

Oliveira submits Ogle

Charles Oliveira was tenacious with submission attempts and finally got Andy Ogle with a triangle choke in the third round.

Oliveira got a takedown and was right into mount almost instantly. Oliveira looked for an arm triangle, but Ogle was able to buck him off. Ogle gave up his back and eventually stood up with Oliveira on his back with a body triangle. Oliveira began to look for a choke with his back against the cage and was successful in dragging Ogle back to the ground. Oliveira stayed on the back, but Ogle did a good job of controlling the wrist to prevent the submission attempt. Oliveira finally flattened Ogle out a bit in the latter stages of the round and started throwing some kicks with his heel connecting with Ogle’s midsection.

Oliveira looked to take Ogle’s back early in the round again, but this time Ogle was able to shake him off and end up on top. It didn’t take long for Oliveira to get back to his feet and when he did he immediately took Ogle down. Ogle scooted back to the cage to wall walk all the way from the center of the Octagon. Oliveira went for a takedown once again. Ogle scrambled, but found himself in danger of a choke again. Ogle once again was able to defend though and ultimately slammed the Brazilian to the mat once the two returned to the standing position. Ogle was looking to open up with some punches from the top position, but he had to stay aware of Oliveira’s submission attempts from the guard. Oliveira scrambled again and ended the round on Ogle’s back.

Ogle scored a takedown early in the third to switch things up. He couldn’t keep Oliveira down very long though. Ogle was prepared for Oliveira’s takedown attempt this time and sprawled to end up on top of Oliveira. Oliveira ate a few punches, but he stayed looking for submissions. Oliveira locked up a triangle out of nowhere and Ogle tapped quickly.

Preliminary Card Summary

Joe Proctor used a better standup game over the final two rounds to get a decision win over his Ultimate Fighter roommate, Cristiano Marcello. Marcello looked to take the fight into his area of expertise in the first round. When he changed levels for his first takedown though, Proctor latched on for a submission attempt. The guillotine choke looked tight at one point, but Marcello escaped and stayed in top position. Marcello went for his own submission later in the round when he grabbed a hold of a leg lock. Proctor escaped and the two headed for the second round. Over the final two rounds Proctor was very aware of where Marcello wanted to take the fight and he adjusted his game plan accordingly. Marcello couldn’t score a takedown in the second and ate a fair share of punches for his trouble. Proctor looked like he might finish Marcello by TKO in the third, but Marcello showed great heart and gutted it out until the final bell.

Rodrigo Damm defeated Ivan Jorge in a testy lightweight battle. Jorge was the more aggressive man early and was the fighter moving forward for the majority of the first round. It took a while for Damm to gauge Jorge’s timing, but once he did he was really dialed in when it came to his counter striking. Jorge came out hot again in the first round making Damm get on his bicycle and get out of the way. But, once again Damm dialed in the counter striking. Both fighters started to get frustrated with each other after both complained of eye pokes. Damm caught a kick very early in the final frame and was able to advance into crucifix position. Jorge did a good job to escape and even came close to finishing the fight with a D’arce choke. Damm persevered and got out of the hold. Both fighters went for it in the final stages of the fights. Jorge seemed to land the best shot in the exchanges with a left hand, but the judges ultimately sided with the counter striking of Damm over the aggressiveness of Jorge.

Fransisco Trinaldo did just enough to earn a split decision nod over Jesse Ronson. Ronson came out early mixing up his strikes. The American was throwing a variety of punches, kicks, and elbows. It looked like it took Trinaldo a bit off guard, but he hit his stride around two minutes into the round. Trinaldo landed about everything he threw for a good two minute period. Trinaldo landed some crisp uppercuts that seemed to stun Ronson, but it never got to the point where he looked like he would be finished. The second round was similar to the first two minutes of round one. Ronson diversified his strikes once again, but in this round Trinaldo never seemed to get into the groove that he did in the first. Late in the round Ronson landed a wheel kick fairly flush, but it just didn’t have too much behind it. Both men came out swinging in the third with the fight still in the balance. Trinaldo landed a solid left. After that Ronson did his best to control the center of the cage. Late in the bout Trinaldo went for a takedown and after a brief struggle he got it in the final seconds in a move that likely resulted in him earning the victory.

Yuri Alcantara took a split decision in an odd fight with Wilson Reis. Both fighters certainly had their moments in this fight. One minute one would be in control on the ground and the next the other would be on their back due to a sweep. The most significant strikes of the fight took place early in round two when Alcantara dropped Reis. Alcantara didn’t cash in on that golden opportunity and Reis ultimately switched positions and advanced to the full mount. Alcantara scored another big strike with a left after the fight returned to the feet, but Reis still ended the round in top position. Reis did a bit better to stay in control longer in the final frame, but two of the three judges had already given Alcantara all three rounds and the fight.

Felipe Arantes took a unanimous, but controversial, decision over Maximo Blanco. Both fighters came out extremely aggressive in the first round. Blanco rushed Arantes and pressed him up against the cage. Blanco was able to break the clinch with a strong knee to the body. The men went back and forth for the rest of the round until Arantes rocked Blanco with a clean right hand. Arantes tried to jump on a choke, but Blanco shook it off fairly easily. The pace certainly slowed down in the second round. Blanco scored an early takedown and Arantes immediately went for a submission. Blanco slammed his foe to get out of the bad position. The third was another slower paced round, but this time it took place mostly on the feet. In an odd move referee, Mario Yamasaki, took a point away from Blanco after an accidental groin strike without even a warning. Arantes was put on his back again, but he always stayed active going for submissions. The judges seemed to like that activity and scored the fight in his favor.

Ildemar Alcantara won a split decision battle over Albert Tumenov for his third UFC victory. Alcantara had to overcome some obstacles early in the fight. Tumenov landed a right hand that stunned the Brazilian and he opened up with some big strikes on the ground. Alcantara came back and landed a takedown of his own late in the round, but he was probably behind on the scorecards heading into round two. Alcantara got his takedown much earlier in the second round. He dragged the Russian down from a body lock and opened up with elbows that made a cut over the left eyebrow of Tumenov even worse. The third round was very close and both fighters seemed exhausted. Alcantara just seemed to do a bit more and with the fans exploding every time he landed a strike, the judges sided with him and awarded him the victory.

Zubaira Tukhugov outclassed Douglas Silva de Andrade to end his 21 fight win streak. Tukhugov was the better man from the start of the fight. He started off the first round by using his technical striking to get the better of the stand-up game. Tukhugov landed a fair share of spinning strikes, including a spinning back fist that stunned de Andrade. Tukhugov opened up a cut on the Brazilian late in the round with a left hand. The second round was fairly similar with Tukhugov also mixing in a bit of grappling to keep de Andrade on his heels. The third round was the most competitive and entertaining. de Andrade got Tukhugov to engage in some brawling sequences, but he could never do enough to really hurt his opponent and end the fight.

FULL RESULTS
Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Francis Carmont by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Erick Silva def. Takenori Sato by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:52
Nicholas Musoke def. Viscardi Andrade by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Charles Oliveira def. Andy Ogle by submission (triangle choke). Round 3, 2:40
Joe Proctor def. Cristiano Marcello by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Rodrigo Damm def. Ivan Jorge by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Fransisco Trinaldo def. Jesse Ronson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Yuri Alcantara def. Wilson Reis by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Felipe Arantes def. Maximo Blanco by unanimous decision (29-27×3)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Albert Tumenov by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Zubaira Tukhugov def. Douglas Silva de Andrade by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.