Kicking off the preliminary card was a heavyweight clash between the undefeated Rodrigo Nascimento and the returning Don’Tale Mayes. Here’s how it went down.
Bout 1: Don’Tale Mayes (7-3) vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (7-0) (Heavyweight)
Nascimento was walking forward and advancing more at the start. Both fighters were landed loud leg kicks. Nascimento put Mayes against the cage after charging forward with punches. Mayes flipped the position, putting Nascimento against the cage in a clinch. They separated with three minutes to go in the round. Nascimento connected with a few god punches. A right hook connected for Nascimento with two minutes to go. He clinched up after, getting a takedown this time. Nascimento went from half guard to full. They got up with 20 seconds left in the round.
Nascimen to opened the second round with a leg and head kick which both landed. They went against the cage for a moment, with Nascimento getting a takedown eventually. He was quick to get on the back of Mayes, trying for a rear naked choke. Mayes flattened out and eventually tapped out.
RESULT: Rodrigo Nascimento def. Dontale Mayes via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 2:05)
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