UFC Sao Paulo results: Gadelha dominates Casey, Jotko upsets Leites

UFC Fight Night 100 took place live from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday evening. Its preliminary card featured six consecutive finishes, but things slightly…

By: Nick Baldwin | 6 years ago
UFC Sao Paulo results: Gadelha dominates Casey, Jotko upsets Leites
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UFC Fight Night 100 took place live from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday evening. Its preliminary card featured six consecutive finishes, but things slightly slowed down on the main card. The first four fights of the six-fight main card resulted in a decision — three of the bouts were dominant performances, and the other was a back-and-forth battle.

On the main card, former women’s strawweight title challenger Claudia Gadelha picked up an easy win over Cortney Casey, and Krzysztof Jotko picked up the biggest win of his career against Thales Leites. Check out the main card results below:

Claudia Gadelha def. Cortney Casey via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Claudia Gadelha rebounded from a July loss to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk successfully in a pivotal bout opposite Cortney Casey. Gadelha shut down nearly all of Casey’s offense throughout three rounds with several takedowns and hard shots on the feet. It wasn’t pretty — and Gadelha said in her post-fight interview that she wasn’t happy with her performance — but she did what she had to do to get the job done.

Casey is one of the largest fighters in the women’s strawweight division, but that didn’t play a role in the bout. In fact, it was the other way around. Gadelha dominated her in nearly every single exchange in the bout — in the clinch, Gadelha physically out-muscled her opponent, and on the feet, the former title challenger technically outmatched Casey.

Controversy surfaced in the third round, as Gadelha landed an illegal kick to the top of Casey’s head. An instant replay showed that it perhaps only grazed Casey, who appeared to be in lots of pain as a result of the illegal kick. All of that said, no point was taken away from Gadelha, who later won a lopsided decision.

Krzysztof Jotko def. Thales Leites via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Reversals were key early on for Krzysztof Jotko in his pivotal middleweight matchup against Thales Leites. Leites clinched almost instantly after the opening bell sounded, but Jotko reversed the position and separated, staying out of trouble. A couple minutes later, Leites scored a slick takedown in the middle of the cage, but Jotko changed the position and finished the round on top, landing ground-and-pound.

Jotko started to pull away in the second and third rounds, and, surprisingly, excelled on the mat. He dominated the No. 11 middleweight contender with grappling, and mixed it up on the feet, as well, en route to the biggest win of his career.

Kamaru Usman def. Warlley Alves via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-28)

Kamaru Usman picked up the most impressive win of his career — a decision win over Warlley Alves — on Saturday night. The TUF 21 winner showed off a new part of his skill-set — his striking — and looked good doing so.

It became clear that Usman would try to stand with Alves early on. Three minutes into the first round, Usman had yet to attempt a takedown. Instead, both fighters traded a few shots, but there wasn’t a ton of offense from either side.

Usman turned things up in the second round. He attempted his first takedown of the fight, but was content with just clinching with the Brazilian. Usman was the fresher fighter mid-way through the fight — Alves’ cardio started to become an issue — which somewhat led to the beginning of the domination. Alves was moving lots, avoiding some of Usman’s shots, but “The Nigerian Nightmare” still connected often.

The third round was the confident Usman’s biggest round. He hurt Alves badly, and landed a very easy takedown. Usman controlled on the mat for a little while, but momentarily got caught in an out-of-nowhere guillotine attempt. Alves wasn’t able to secure the win, however, and Usman immediately began to rain down vicious ground-and-pound that nearly forced the referee to intervene. He didn’t though, and the fight went the distance. Usman was deservedly rewarded the decision victory.

Sergio Moraes def. Zak Ottow via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Sergio Moraes got back into the winning column in the opening fight of the six-fight main card against Zak Ottow. It took a couple minutes for “The Panther” to get going, as Ottow kept the fight standing — where he wanted it — in the first half of the opening round. Moraes landed a takedown mid-way through the round, but did not offer much offense for most of the time spent on top.

Ottow looked better in the second round, where he was able to keep the bout on the feet for the full five minutes. He pressured the Brazilian, who started to slow down, and landed quite a number of shots — including several solid combinations — over the course of the second round.

Early in the final round, Moraes hurt Ottow with a strike and scored another takedown. Moraes was in top position for a minute or two, but “The Barbarian” made his way back to his feet, where he was able to wobble his opponent himself. Both fighters traded punches in the last minute or so of the fight, and Ottow ended strong.

But it wasn’t enough. Moraes was rewarded a split decision victory.

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