Paulo Thiago vs. Michel Prazeres
Referee Mario Yamasaki oversees this welterweight bout. Thiago blocks a high kick, and another. Prazeres catches a leg then hunts for a single against the cage. Thiago fights it off. Prazeres nearly trips Thiago to the canvas. Thiago reverses the position into mount, but only briefly. Prazeres still looking for a trip against the fence. Boos start to rain down and Yamasaki quickly separates the action. Prazeres is really working on that high kick. Thiago connects with a big combination, starting with a shot to the ribs. More boos. The Brazilian crowd isn't too pleased with this fight. Thiago backs away from a looping left hook. Prazeres ducks under a right and clinches against the fence. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Prazeres.
Another high kick from Prazeres is blocked. Thiago storms forward and drops from Prazeres with a short right hand. Thiago pounces, raining down shots from half guard. Thiago on top, looking to pass, but Prazeres escapes. Thiago trips Prazeres to the canvas but can't do anything with it. Prazeres stands, then returns the favor to Thiago. Thiago trying to climb to his feet, and he does. Thiago with double underhooks, briefly drags down Prazeres. We're back standing and Thiago eats a huge straight right. Prazeres changes levels for a double. Thiago sweeps into top position. Thiago working short elbows from half guard. Thiago traps an arm and unloads.
Both fighters touch gloves. Thiago stalking forward, unloading looping hooks from range. Thiago ties up, and the boos rain down once more. Prazeres finds a home for a big combination, but Thiago just eats it. Prazeres drops down for a double. He can't get it. Yamasaki splits the action. Strong counter right connects for Thiago. Right hook from Thiago. Thiago clearly willing to push the pace. Prazeres defends a trip then pressures Thiago against the fence. Thiago finally trips Prazeres, landing in full mount. That might've just won him the fight. Thiago transitions to Prazeres' back and works short punches.
Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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