Tonight’s UFC 134 Rio lightweight throw down between two of the sport’s toughest fighters was one-sided to say the least, as Brazilian fighter Thiago Tavares defeated Spencer Fisher by way of TKO due to a serious case of ground-n-pound at 2:51 in Round 2.
Round 1 opens and Tavares wastes little time and takes Fisher to the canvas with relative ease and strategically positions him against the cage, where he unleashes the GnP from half guard while controlling Fisher with superior positioning.
The ref—looking for action tonight in Rio—stops the fight and resets the fighters on their feet.
Tavares again presses Fisher to the cage, eventually securing another takedown and peppers Fisher with punches in an attempt to stay active while looking for openings or forcing him to expose himself.
Tavares eventually gets through with some power shots, creating openings for the deliverance of some nasty elbows to the face and head of Fisher before transitioning to mount and then taking his back momentarily as Fisher scrambles back to his feet at the end of the round for 10-9 score in favor of Tavares.
Round 2 opens, and Tavares immediately throws two powerful kicks head kicks that were blocked Fisher.
When he sees an opening, he shoots again and takes Fisher to the mat for a third time while continuing his game plan of vicious ground-n-pound from inside Fisher’s closed guard.
Tavares swiftly moves to Fisher’s half-mount and continues pounding away with punches intended to get Fisher to roll to his stomach, which he does, allowing Tavares to open up with heavy shots to the head.
Trapped and unable to defend himself intelligently from the onslaught, the referee steps and calls a halt to the bout.
This fight was all Tavares’ as he took the win for his fellow Brazilians.