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Ultimate Fight Night 22: Nate Marquadt vs Rousimar Palhares Report
By Daniel Galvan

Quick Results
Cole Miller def. Ross Pearson via 2nd Round Submission
Jim Miller def. Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, and 29-28)
Charles Oliveira def. Efrain Escudero via 3rd Round Submission
Nate Marquadt def. Rousimar Palhares via 1st Round TKO

The latest edition of Fight Night, was a fun one as it had some good fights and established some new contenders and made the lightweight division that much more interesting. But first, the main event featured the many times King of Pancrase Nate Marquadt in Middleweight action against Rousimar Palhares in a bout that has middleweight championship contender implications. Marquadt and the powerful Brazilian started off almost shadow-boxing until the middle of the round when both men connect with big shots, Palhares got the take-down and Nate went for a reverse triangle, but doesn’t get it and Rousimar goes for his signature heel hook on Marquadt but Marquadt was able to escape. At that moment Rousimar told the referee that Nate’s heel was greased, and at that moment of hesitation Nate got Palhares and ended the fight with a TKO victory in the first round. After the fight the doctor’s checked the heel of Marquadt and there was no illegal substance on it. Nate solidified himself back up in the ranks of the middleweight title picture with this win. He will probably get a fight with Okami if he were to beat Belfort or the winner of Akiyama/Bisping.

The co-main event featured TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero vs 20 year-old prodigy Charles Oliveira. This fight showcased the greatness of Oliveira. Going into this fight a lot of people thought that Charles was only a BJJ fighter, but he proved that he had exceptional striking. He has good striking defense and very versatile with kicks and knees. First round did end with Escudero hitting some elbows on Oliveira at the end of the first, possibly giving him the first round. Oliveira took the second round all on his feet, and the third saw some exciting exchanges between the two men and then out of nowhere with about a split second opportunity to lock in the submission the Brazilian locked on a standing rear-naked choke on Escudero and gets the tap at the end of the third. Oliveira looked great, and I can’t wait to see him fight again. He definitely is the lightweight Jon Jones or Rory MacDonald which is basically the young kid that is extremely talented and will eventually be a champion someday.

Also in lightweight action Jim Miller etched out a close decision over Gleison Tibau. The rounds were scored 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 by the judges. Miller won the striking battle which was where the fight predominately was. Tibau did score some take-downs in the early rounds but Miller was able to nullify the take-downs and be the aggressor once the fight hit the ground. I believe this was Miller’s fifth straight win.

Finally, the opening fight was The Ultimate Fighter Alumn Cole “Magrinho” Miller vs Ross Pearson who was the winner on the UK vs US TUF Season being coached by Michael Bisping on that season. Ross was able to win the first round as he controlled the striking and hit the bigger shots. Miller then came out in the second a bit more aggressive and hit Pearson with knee and then a big right hook which rocked Pearson and immediately after he locked on the RNC for the submission victory.

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