UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira Results and Highlights

Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira was the main attraction in the UFC APEX on Saturday night. The light heavyweight Brazilians were scheduled for five rounds, both have eyes on Jan Blachowicz and a shot at the Polish champions title. Heavyweight legend Andrei Arlovski went up against Canadian Tanner Boser in the co-main event.

Let’s take a look at some of highlights from the card which had plenty of action and talking points.

Gustavo Lopez picked up a Rear Naked Choke victory in the opening bout of the evening. Lopez earned his first UFC win with the first round submission over Anthony Birchak in the bantamweight division.

Max Griffin and Ramiz Brahimaj fought at 170 pounds. Griffin utilised his boxing and went on to take a TKO victory after Brahimaj’s ear almost fell off (yes, you read that correctly) in the third round of the fight.

Darren Elkins took home the win in the featherweight division. He secured a Rear Naked Choke in round 3 of his fight with Eduardo Garagorri.

Undefeated Alexander Romanov got the first ever Forearm Choke in UFC history. The Moldovan took on Brazil’s Marcos Rogério de Lima in the heavyweight division.

Trevon Giles finished his middleweight encounter with Bevon Lewis by TKO in round three.

Cláudia Gadelha took on Xiaonan Yan in the strawweight division. Yan took home the win on all the judges scorecards in a one sided fight. Yan moves to 6-0 in her UFC career.

Giga Chikadze made short work Jamey Simmons in their featherweight battle, Chikadze knocked out Simmons with a beautiful head kick in round one.

Raoni Barcelos defeated Khalid Taha via unanimous decision in what was an exciting, gruelling scrap. Barcelos will have eyes on the top 15 in the stacked bantamweight division.

In the co-main event UFC legend and former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski got a unanimous decision with over Tanner Boser. Both fighters played a counter striking game which didn’t make the fight an exciting contest at all.

The main event was such an exciting fight between two light heavyweight warriors. Glover Teixeira put on a vintage performance to get a submission victory over Thiago Santos. Teixeira moved to the top of the 205 pound rankings and may have set himself up for a title fight against Jan Blachowicz. Massively impressive performance from the 41 year old veteran.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Arlovski def. Boser via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Barcelos def. Taha vis unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chikadze def. Simmons via TKO (head kick and punches) at 3:51 of Round One
Yan def. Gadelha by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Giles def. Lewis by TKO (punches) at 1:26 of Round Three
Romanov def. Rogerio by technical submission (forearm choke) at 4:48 of Round One
Elkins def. Garagorri by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:22 of Round Three
Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Max Griffin —at 2:03 of Round Three
Lopez def. Birchak by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:43 of Round One

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