Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira started out in the first round with some tentative striking that still showed how absolutely stoked the Brazilian crowd was for this event.
While the MMA press had been heavily criticizing the event's depleted main card, which both lost the original Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva headline and then had the Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva coaches' fight get scrapped, it was somewhat overlooked that this was still huge in South America.
About two minutes in, Vieira took down Arantes, applied some light ground and pound, and shifted to side control.
Arantes squeaked out, but Vieira kept on him and managed to keep Arantes on his back in guard position. Vieira postured and applied some heavier ground and pound, shifted to the side again and began working on a choke.
Arantes worked back to guard position and kept him in that position until the end of the round.
Round 2 started much like the first, with Arantes showing a bit more aggression standing and successfully shedding takedowns.
Arantes kept the fight standing, peppered Vieira with jabs and leg kicks, and threw in a big knee.
Late in the round, Vieira landed a spinning kick that staggered Arantes. Arantes recovered very quickly and took down Vieira, but any offense got cut short by the bell.
Round 3 started with both fighters showing more urgency than before.
Arantes had a clear advantage with his hands, showing better footwork and quicker jabs while Vieira threw punches short or dashed in with haymakers.
Arantes grazed him with a head kick. Vieira threw out a desperation takedown attempt, but Arantes shook it off and got Vieira into an awkward ground position, although the latter successfully pulled him into his guard.
The fight was, somewhat quickly, stood up, and the two got back to their unremarkable striking, which lasted until the end of the third round.
The fight was relatively close, shown quite well by the fact that it ended in a draw.
The decision will likely irk some, given the fact that Arantes landed a good number of strikes and won the second and third rounds in most fans' minds.