UFC Fight Night 123 results: Alejandro Perez takes decision from Iuri Alcantara in ho-hummer

In a fight that could’ve been a barnburner, Alejandro Perez and Iuri Alcantara turned in 15 minutes that most fans would’ve considered a great opportunity to hit the bathroom or concession stand.

In the end, though, it was Perez (19-6-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) who took a unanimous decision from Alcantara (35-9 MMA, 9-6 UFC) with a 30-27 score and a pair of 29-28s.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 123 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

It took a minute for things to open up, but then both fighters traded heavy leather. After that, Alcantara tried to come forward, but put himself in danger from Perez’s heavy hands. He backed out and stayed patient looking for openings. Perez threw a big right that just missed. Three minutes in, Alcantara landed a heavy left kick to the body. In the final seconds of the frame, Alcantara went airborn for a flying knee that was just off the mark. It was the flashiest move of an otherwise uneventful first round.

Forty seconds into the second round, Perez caught an Alcantara kick and tripped him to the canvas, but let him right back up. Midway through, Perez caught another kick and used it to fire off a pair of solid punches. Moments later, though, Alcantara landed a good head kick, and a straight right hand followed. Perez failed on a takedown with a minute left, then had to dip and dive away from Alcantara’s counters with 30 seconds left.

Alcantara slipped midway through the third for arguably the most action in the round thus far. Perez went after a takedown with two minutes left, but Alcantara fought it off. With 25 seconds left, Perez knocked Alcantara down, then got a takedown just at the horn. There may have been more action in the final 30 seconds than there was the whole fight before it.

Perez ran his unbeaten streak to five fights with a 4-0-1 mark in the past two and a half years. Alcantara lost for the second straight time, giving him the first losing skid of a career that stretches back more than 14 years.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 123 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Fresno.)

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UFC Fight Night 123 breakdown: Betting advice, possible prop bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night’s main-card bouts. Today, we look at the first four fights on the main card.

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Saturday at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.


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Disclaimer: The following section is designed for entertainment purposes only. The unit sizes serve as a rough representation of the percentage of bankroll risked, as well as my confidence in said plays. If you intend on gambling, I suggest that you do so responsibly and legally, as it is at your own risk. All lines are drawn from 5Dimes.eu on the day this article was published (Dec. 8, 2017).

Dan’s plays

Playable parlay pieces (my most confident favorites):

  • Eryk Anders -310
  • Iuri Alcantara-210
  • Trevin Giles -270

Summary: My recommended parlay pieces are typically my most confident picks that could serve as potential legs for whatever play you’re trying to put together.

First up is Eryk Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who is facing Markus Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Essentially, we have a battle between a process-driven fighter and a flamboyant opportunist.

For reasons that I elaborate on in my in-depth breakdown, I believe that Anders should be the better fighter with a clear path to victory here.

Next, I elected to with Iuri Alcantara (35-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC), who comes in at a reasonable -210 should you still have faith in the veteran. Alcantara is facing Alejandro Perez (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC), a scrappy Mexican fighter who is coming off of two close and controversial fights.

Although Perez’s style of engagement can be frustrating for his opposition (and sometimes even his coaches), Alcantara is an experienced fighter who has shown he can work through much worse weather than what Perez will likely offer. Furthermore, Alcantara’s patented counter left-hand should serve him well considering the success we saw Andre Soukhamthath have against Perez in their last outing.

Lastly, I feel that Trevin Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) could be worth a gander for your potential plays. Giles – an undefeated fighter with promise – reminds me of a young Rashad Evans given his skill-set. Giles appears to have some savvy in his striking, whether it be by the way that he moves his feet or throws his hands.

Carrying a natural feel for takedowns, Giles seems more than capable of taking a fight to the floor when he chooses to. And it is in grappling exchanges where Giles’ intelligence and potential shine through. From his positional choices, rides and overall awareness, there a lot there to tell me that he won’t be a fish out of the water if he finds himself swimming with Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), a fighter who is coming off of a three-year layoff from competition).

Straight plays:

  • Aljamain Sterling +115 (0.5 unit)
  • Merab Dvalishvili -160 (1 unit)

Summary: For straight plays, I typically look for fighters who I not only feel confident about (whether it be by their sample size or the matchup at hand), but also have a low asking price. And though it is admittedly hard to feel too confident on either side of Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), there could be value in playing the underdog in this spot.

As stated in my main-card breakdown, Moraes is making a quick four-week turnaround into what could be one of the tougher stylistic matchups for him in the division. And with Sterling being one of my few official underdog picks, I am willing to put my money (at least a small portion of it) where my mouth is to find out.

I also elected to take a shot on Merab Dvalishvili (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has an asking price of -160 as of this writing. Although Dvalishvili is a debuting fighter (which can always be a potential flag for plays), there is a lot to like about the Georgian’s game.

Hailing from a region that is rich in Sambo, Dvalishvili carries some skills that will likely serve him well against Frankie Saenz (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC). Saenz, a former collegiate wrestler who found success in MMA, tends to do some of his best work (as well as takes needed/brief breaks) from the clinch. The problem, however, is that this is also where Dvalishvili – an accoladed sambo player and judo black belt – makes his money.

Coupled with the fact that Saenz is coming off a long layoff, and I could see a successful debut for the Georgian fighter who is over a decade younger than his counterpart.

Props worth looking at:

  • Iuri Alcantara/Alejandro Perez over 2.5: -120 (1 unit)
  • Eryk Anders “inside the distance”: -125 (1.5 units)

Summary: My first prop is a total, as I elected to go with the over 2.5 in the Alcantara-Perez matchup. With the pecking prodding nature of Perez’s game, he tends to find himself in close contests.

For that reason, it can be tricky in betting for or against Perez, as a play on the over could serve as a hedge for taking a side on the fight (e.g. Alcantara as my parlay piece).

My second prop is also chalk, as I have Anders inside the distance. Insanely heavy-hands aside, I believe that Anders – as stated in my breakdown – has a tangible path to put his opponent away both on the ground and in transition.

Fights to avoid (live dogs, high intangibles, etc.):

  • Albert Morales vs. Benito Lopez
  • Luke Sanders vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche

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UFC makes debut in Belem, Brazil, with UFC Fight Night event on Feb. 3


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Just as Lyoto Machida was set to headline a UFC card in Brazil, the organization has announced a future fight card in “The Dragon’s” hometown of Belem.

A UFC Fight Night event will takes place Feb. 3 in at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card is likely to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC officials announced the event, which is the first to be officially announced for the 2018 schedule, during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 broadcast.

Although former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is the most notable fighter on the roster from Belem, other names such as lightweight Michel Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and bantamweight Iuri Alcantara (34-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) also come from the area.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Belem, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for June: A hyped debut ends in just 24 seconds

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from June. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for June.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The nominees

Brian Kelleher def. Iuri Alcantara at UFC 212

There were big punches and kicks coming at Brian Kelleher (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on hostile ground. But by the time he got done squeezing Iuri Alcantara’s (34-8 MMA, 9-3 UFC) neck, the Brazilian crowd was silent.

A guillotine choke brought Kelleher a quick win over Alcantara, starting his UFC career off with a bang.

Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212

In a battle between two recent women’s strawweight title contenders, Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) nabbed an early takedown, and it proved to be the beginning of the end for Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Moments after the fight hit the mat, Kowalkiewicz found Gadelha on her back. She made a chain of crucial mistakes, which allowed Gadelha to start squeezing for the rear-naked choke that would ultimately force the submission finish just a little over 3 minutes into the fight.

Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night 110

No one will be underrating Ben Nguyen’s (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) ground game after his fight with former flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC).

There wasn’t much to the fight. Nguyen used Elliott’s frenetic grappling against him, taking the back and sinking in a rear-naked choke early in the first round to earn an upset win.

James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180

The next big thing to come out of Ireland continued to live up to the hype in his toughest test so far when James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) quickly submitted Chinzo Machida (5-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in their featherweight bout.

Gallagher, a teammates of UFC champ Conor McGregor, delivered a clean performance against Machida. He got the fight to the ground early and wasted no time taking Machida’s back and sinking in the rear-naked choke (http://mmajunkie.com/2017/06/bellator-nyc-bellator-180-official-results-ppv-live-video-stream) to end the fight just over two minutes after it began.

Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico at Bellator NYC

The long-awaited debut of MMA super-prospect Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) went horribly awry when he was hurt with a huge punch and then submitted by Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) all within the span of 24 stunning seconds.

Pico, who was making his pro debut against a more experience foe in Freeman, ate an uppercut from Freeman just moments after the featherweight fight began. Pico closed the distance out of instinct, but Freeman took advantage and locked up a D’Arce choke, which put Pico to sleep just as he tapped out.


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The Winner: Zach Freeman

The heavily hyped Pico is still a work in progress.

Freeman brought that fact into stark relief with an uppercut and guillotine choke that had Pico tapping quickly.

It was just over 24 seconds into the fight when Pico tapped and briefly went unconscious as Freeman modified his choke and squeezed with a D’Arce.

Pico handed him the opportunity. Perhaps eager to put a knockout on the board after promising one at the event’s weigh-ins, Pico immediately closed the distance and fired off an overhand right. Unfortunately for him, Freeman beat him to the punch with an uppercut.

Pico’s knees buckled, and Freeman grabbed the neck. Pico tried to get free but was quickly forced to tap.

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