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Strawweight Luana Pinheiro picks up a disqualification win after absorbing an illegal upkick from Randa Markos.
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Luana Pinheiro def. Randa Markos via DQ (Illegal Upkick)

Luana Pinheiro – Jinh Yu Frey

In what would be the first fight to not reach the scorecards, Luana Pinheiro earned a DQ win over Randa Markos late in the first round. It was a dominant display from the Brazilian who also eye poked Markos several times in the round. Despite the commentators and fans feeling like she took a dive, Pinheiro earned her first victory. The illegal kick did land, and she seemed to be in discomfort afterward. A bout with Jinh Yu Frey would be a fun fight between the two strawweights who both earned their first UFC wins.

Randa Markos – Mallory Martin

Randa Markos is as tough as they come. After getting poked in the eye multiple times, she battled through the round and had successful moments. Unfortunately, she caught her opponent with an illegal upkick toward the end of the round ending the contest. Given the nature of the fight and the result, Markos will get another fight in the promotion. A fight with Mallory Martin will be a tough test to keep her spot in the UFC.

TJ Brown def. Kai Kamaka via Split Decision

TJ Brown – Austin Lingo

TJ Brown entered the arena on Saturday in need of a victory against Kai Kamaka. It came down to the wire, and Brown emerged victorious. Regardless of how you scored it, Brown left everything on the line and proved he deserves to be in the UFC. Austin Lingo earned his first UFC victory by defeating Jacob Kilburn back in January. A bout between the two could go down in the late summer.

Kai Kamaka – Matt Sayles

Kai Kamaka and his team will and should be appealing the decision from the fight. Just about everyone had him winning the bout. If the result doesn’t get overturned, he will find himself losing back-to-back fights. A fight with Matt Sayles will give him an opportunity to return to the win column.

Luana Carolina def. Poliana Botelho via Split Decision

Luana Carolina – Gillian Robertson

Luana Carolina was one of the biggest underdogs on the night and went out with something to prove. She got her hand raised after a grueling 15 minutes and emerged with a split decision victory. Gillian Robertson has reached a point in her career where she only gets the toughest opponents available. Despite the losing streak, Robertson is a tough out for anyone in the division.

Poliana Botelho – Victoria Leonardo

Anytime a fighter loses a split decision, it is heart breaking for a fighter. Botelho was one judge’s perception away from doubling her earnings and advancing her career. Instead, she will find herself fighting for her career in her next performance. Victoria Leonardo made her debut back in January in a losing effort. A win for either girl would be pivitol at this stage in the UFC careers.

Loma Lookboonmee def. Sam Hughes via Unanimous Decision

Loma Lookboonmee – Felice Herrig

The 6-2 record of Loma is very deceiving. Her only loss in the organization was at the hands of Angela Hill via decision. She now finds herself on a two-fight win streak and on the verge of the Top 15. Felice Herrig occupies the last spot in the UFC rankings and needs a win after suffering her third straight loss.

Sam Hughes – Gloria de Paula

Sam Hughes hasn’t had the easiest time in the UFC. Matched with Tecia Torres and Loma Lookboonmee in her first two fights, she is due for a favorable match up. Gloria de Paula lost her UFC debut and finds herself in the same position as Hughes. A fight between the two would give one their first UFC victory.

Andreas Michailidis def. KB Bhullar via Unanimous Decision

Andreas Michailidis – Marc-Andre Barriault

Andreas Michailidis looked like the signing we thought he would be in his sophomore UFC appearance. The move to 185lbs was the right move for the only Greek fighter. Marc-Andre Barriault is the only other Canadian in the UFC’s middleweight division. Back-to-back wins over Canadian fighters would be a pretty cool feat for Michailidis.

KB Bhullar – Abdul Razak Alhassan

For Canadian MMA fans, we know what Bhullar is capable of. Despite opening up his career 0-2, he has a the ability of being a mainstay in the 185lb division. One of the fighters who has also not performed up to his potential recently is Abdul Razak Alhassan. A fight between the two will give one of the two an opportunity to show their potential.

Felipe Colares def. Luke Sanders via Unanimous Decision

Felipe Colares – Aiemann Zahabi

In the first bout of the evening, Felipe Colares and Luke Sanders put on a spectacular fight in an empty arena. In a back and forth affair, Colares emerged victorious and likely saved his UFC career. Aiemann Zahabi just earned a much need win with his back against the wall. A fight between the two would make for a nice addition to the prelims of a fight night card.

Luke Sanders – Kevin Natividad

Luke Sanders had yet another fight of the night worthy performance against Colares. Unfortunately, he still came up short in the bout. After going 3-5 in the promotion, it may be the end of the road for Sanders in the UFC. Given his exciting style, hopefully the UFC grants him another fight against Kevin Natividad. Both men will need in a win in that clash of bantamweights

Sergio Pineiro

Sergio Pineiro is the Founder of FighterPath.com and host of the Quarantinecast podcast. Based in Canada he is both a sports journalist and MMA enthusiast. He practices the sport but has a passion for the individual stories of training, fighting and living the fighting lifestyle.

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