Although Brazilian fans saw Demian Maia bring home a quick win in the UFC 153 opening contest, the momentum for their native brethren would come to a halt in the next bout.
Phil Davis and Wagner Prado II looked very different from their UFC on Fox 4 contest earlier this year, which ended in a no contest after an accidental eye poke.
Instead, Davis would show off his wrestling pedigree by repeatedly taking Prado to the canvas in the opening frame, and using ground and pound to put the Brazilian in trouble.
The second frame opened with Davis and Prado tentatively exchanging strikes as Davis looked to bring the fight back down to the ground. He would earn his fourth takedown 80 seconds into the round and score a fifth shortly afterwards.
Although an arm-triangle choke would prove unsuccessful late in the round, only moments later Davis would sink in a deep anaconda choke that left Prado with no option but to tap out. He used the same maneuver to defeat Alexander Gustafsson early in his UFC career.
This is the first victory for Davis since March 2011. Before the no contest with Prado, he suffered the first loss of his career when he took on Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC on Fox 2.
The loss is the first for Prado in his budding career, although many would agree that he was being fed to the wolves by meeting a ranked opponent like Davis in his promotional debut.
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