88.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These guys bounced around for 45 seconds or so, and then Moraes dropped Arce 45 seconds into the opening round. Arce sort of rolled for a leg lock or something, but Moraes just squashed him, and continued to punch him on the ground. They reset back on their feet 90 seconds into the round. Arce jumped up and took the back of Moraes with 2 minutes left in the round, and basically did the backpack thing against the fence for a while, as Moraes continued to just stand there, carrying Arce's weight. Round one goes to Arce based on all of that back control.
     Arce started the second round with a quick takedown, but he couldn't hold Moraes down at all. Moraes controlled the clinch, and he opened up a bad cut on the forehead of Arce, which caused a red waterfall to pour down both of their faces as they clinched, but it was all coming from Arce's head. They split up 90 seconds into the round, and started boxing with each other. Moraes dropped Arce with a hard straight right hand with a minute left, and he tried to finish him, but Arce did a good job flopping around to show he was still awake. You could argue that was a 10-8 round for Moraes, based partially on the amount of blood pouring from Arce.
     Arce spent most of the final round beating up Moraes while chasing him around the cage. The first round goes to Arce, the second round CLEARLY goes to Moraes, and the third round should go to Arce, so... Arce should probably win this fight? Unless you score the second round 10-8 for Moraes, in which case, this would be a draw? The judges were split, with two judges giving the split-decision victory to Sheymon Moraes, and one judge scored it 30-26 for Moraes, which was a horrible scorecard.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few hard strikes to start the first round, with Sayles moving forward the entire time, but Moraes blasted him with some heavy kicks, including several to the body, and one to the head. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, and Sayles was showing way too many openings. I'm giving that first round to Moraes.
     The second round was another round of kickboxing, with Sayles showing a lot of holes, and Moraes looking ok, but not that impressive. Moraes continued to beat up Sayles for most of the round, but neither fighter was really doing any noticeable damage. I have Moraes ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based on being the better fighter, but neither of these guys are going to be ranked any time soon.
     Sayles was coming forward in the third round, looking like he had some solid cardio, but Moraes was still sort of landing the better strikes. Moraes was also warned for multiple eye pokes. Sayles was really picking up the pace in the third round, and Moraes was slowing down, but I think it might be too little too late for Sayles, unless he can get a point taken away from Moraes for another eye poke. That third round definitely goes to Sayles, and I'd kind of like to see him win the fight, but I have to score it 29-28 for Moraes. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Sheymon Moraes.
91.3
Submission (Anaconda Choke)
14:30
      The first round started with some hard striking, with Magomedsharipov showing off his range, and then he took down Moraes, and absolutely dominated him on the ground, slamming him a few times, throwing suplexes, transitioning between a wide variety of dominant positions, while pounding on Moraes for the duration of the round. Round one clearly goes to Zabit Magomedsharipov.
     The second round started with some wild striking, and then Magomedsharipov threw Moraes to the ground, Moraes swept him and landed in full mount, and then Magomedsharipov got back on top, Moraes went for a triangle choke, and Magomedsharipov continued to show off an extremely high level of wrestling, as he continued to dominate Moraes, eventually taking his back 90 seconds into the second round. Magomedsharipov opened up with some big punches & elbows from back control, while Moraes looked lost on the bottom, but he was able to spin into Magomedsharipov's mount, which just allowed Magomedsharipov to continue dropping elbows on his face. Magomedsharipov is clearly winning this fight, and both of those rounds could potentially be 10-8 rounds in his favor. He is a beast!
     The final round started with Magomedsharipov dropping Moraes with a hard leg kick, and then he let him stand back up. Magomedsharipov continued to pick apart Moraes with some crisp punches, a hard spinning back fist, and then he grabbed his back and tried to drag him to the ground again. Magomedsharipov pinned Moraes against the fence 2 minutes into the round, working for back control again. Magomedsharipov continued to dominate Moraes on the ground, until he eventually locked on a tight Anaconda choke with 40 seconds left in the round, he started to walk into him to tighten the choke, and Moraes was forced to submit. Zabit Magomedsharipov is quickly becoming one of my favorite fighters, as he's skyrocketing up the Featherweight rankings.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight should have been fight of the night, but they started really slowly, with both guys hopping around a lot, Moraes holding the center of the cage, while Palomino circled around him. With 2 minutes left in the opening round, they finally started to open up, with both guys basically just brawling with each other. I really have no idea who won the first round. Hopefully someone pulls ahead more significantly in the last two rounds.
     The second round mostly had Moraes picking apart Palomino with his kicks, dancing around a lot, and landing a lot of solid kicks, while avoiding most of the damage that Palomino threw his way. The final round had Palomino looking a little more aggressive, as he threw some decent punches, and took Moraes down for a few seconds. In the end, I can't help but feel like this fight was a little disappointing, but it was at least relatively competitive. You could maybe make an argument for either fighter here, but all 3 judges gave the fight to Moraes, for the unanimous decision victory.
88.6
TKO (Punches)
8:21
      Peralta spent the first couple of minutes dancing around Moraes, and hitting him with kicks at a variety of levels. Moraes started to make a comeback in the last half of the round, so it ended up being a close round, but I still scored it for Peralta, based on more consistent attacks throughout the first round. Moraes came out for the second round, applying a little more pressure in the form of kicks, and just forward movement in general. Eventually, Moraes landed a nice combination of punches, which knocked Peralta on his ass, where Moraes sort of slowly hit him with a few more punches, while the referee slowly stopped the fight. Solid win for Sheymon Moraes. Not a great event overall so far though.
92.6
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
13:46
      Marlon showed some fantastic footwork in the first round, along with some terrific boxing skills. They clinched for a little while, and Marlon was going to go for a takedown, but he gave up on it in favor of standing & striking. Sheymon landed a really hard body kick at the end of the round, and then Marlon took him to the ground. Nice round for Marlon. The second round had some BRUTAL combinations being thrown both ways, with Marlon almost knocking out Sheymon, clearly rocking him. Sheymon landed some pretty hard shots as well, but they didn't seem to have an effect on the rock solid chin of Marlon. The third round had some wild strikes, with Marlon getting a cut on his head, and then he nearly knocked out Sheymon, knocking him to the ground, where he got the full mount, and then finished him off with a rear-naked choke. Awesome submission victory for Marlon Moraes, over the previously undefeated Sheymon Moraes.
87.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, and it probably could have gone either way. I thought the first round was close, with Moraes showing slightly better Muay Thai skills, so I gave him the round, but just barely. The second round I gave to Solorio, mostly because of the armbar attempt near the end, and the awesome sweep he transitioned into from there. The third round was kind of close, but Solorio was stalking Moraes, and constantly moving forward, so I gave the second & third rounds to Solorio, but two of the judges disagreed, giving Moraes the fight, 29-28, and one even gave him all 3 rounds, which is ridiculous.