Thiago Tavares vs. Justin Salas
Dan Miragliotta is the referee for this lightweight bout. Tavares throws a high kick. Tavares goes for a takedown, Salas sprawls it and grabs a headlock. Tavares tries to goad him to the ground. We're standing again. Tavares again tries for a takedown. Tavares connects on a solid combo. Salas throws a big right, but Tavares changes levels and scores a takedown. Tavares picks him up off the mat and takes him for a ride and a slam. Salas turns over. Tavares tries to get his back, but Salas throws a pair of crisp elbows. Tavares gets his back anyway. He gets a rear-naked choke and a quick tap, as the crowd in Brazil goes wild.
Thiago Tavares def. Justin Salas vis submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of round one.
Kudos to all the Americans willing to go to Brazil to fight in front of such hostile crowds.