Well-travelled veteran Gegard Mousasi ended the four-fight winning-streak of Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos in the second bout of the Fight Pass Prelims section of UFC 200, finishing the Brazilian inside the opening round.
The former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, who currently campaigns at middleweight, dominated the brief encounter from beginning to end, hurting Santos multiple times during stand-up exchanges and controlling him on the ground.
However, the crucial moment of the fight came in a transition between floor and feet.
Mousasi was in top position, but Santos managed to create some distance and attempted to stand. Unfortunately for the The Ultimate Fighter Brazil alumnus, his crafty opponent merely took a half step back, allowing him the chance to ascend, before drilling him with a brutal uppercut. A follow-up barrage convinced referee Marc Goddard to intervene at the 4:32 mark.
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This was Mousasi’s second win since a surprising second round TKO defeat to Uriah Hall last September, his only loss in five fights.
In the evening’s first bout, Jim Miller stopped Takanori Gomi with a brutal barrage of grounded strikes a little over two minutes into a lightweight contest.