It wasn’t the most exciting of contests, but Michel Prazeres (25-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) was victorious in his move to welterweight, taking a split decision over Zak Cummings(21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC). The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 129 event at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. It aired on FS2 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1. Cummings looked to stay at range early against his much shorter foe, but Prazeres didn’t hesitate to launch big counter punches in reply. Prazeres looked for an early takedown that missed, but a second effort shortly effort saw him get the action to the floor. While Cummings looked immediately to get back to his feet, Prazeres was heavy on top and kept the action pinned to the canvas. However, he didn’t show enough offense to keep it there, and the two were brought back to the feet by referee Leon Roberts. On the restart, a clash of heads opened up a cut over Cummings’ left eye. Prazeres seemed apologetic for the blow, but the damage was done. Still, the fight carried on. The two traded strikes until the bell, though the pace was a bit moderate. Prazeres wasted little time getting inside for a takedown to start the second. Cummings did his best to defend but found himself struggling to pull free from his opponent’s grinding approach. A quick Cummings flurry did draw blood under Prazeres’ right eye, and he finally pulled free late in the frame. Both men landed shots on the feet, and the blood surrounding Cummings’ left eye worsened. Prazeres’ overhand right kept him in the striking game despite the huge discrepancy in reach. Cummings looked to push the pace to start the third, but Prazeres kept him at bay with the overhand right and the threat of the takedown. Both men appeared to tire a bit over the course of the round, and neither was able to really take control. A late takedown from Prazeres saw him end the fight on top, though Cummings did have a kimura grip locked in underneath. In the end, Prazeres earned the nod on two of three judges’ cards, taking home a split-decision win. Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 129 results include:
Michel Prazeres def. Zak Cummings via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alexandre Pantoja def. Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)Poliana Botelho def. Syuri Kondo via TKO (liver kick, punches) Round 1, 0:33Gabriel Benitez def. Humberto Bandenay via knockout (slam, punches) Round 1, 0:39Enrique Barzola def. Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)Frankie Saenz def. Henry Briones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)Claudio Puelles def. Felipe Silva via submission (kneebar) Round 3, 2:23
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