Though Joe Rogan and Mike Golberg repeatedly emphasise what a great fight it was, the bout between Tiago Trator and Akbarh Arreola was hardly an instant classic. While Trator did enough to win a unanimous decision, he didn’t do so in the manner expected of a former champion on the regional circuit, and hands Arreola a loss in his UFC debut.
Trator, who trains with Vitor Belfort, was able to land multiple kicks and mixed up his combinations well, but never came close to finishing his opponent. Arreola did have little glimpses of success, particular with a nice trip at the end of the first round, but didn’t look spectacular in his Octagon debut.
Here is how the fight went down.
Trator is a -220 favourite, and a former Jungle Fights lightweight champion.
Round 1 – Trator with a leg kick. And another. Left by Trator lands. Arreola’s high kick just misses. Head kick by Trator but Arreola hits a leg kick at the same time and sweeps the leg. Right by Trator. Arreola slipped there. Big inside leg kick by Trator. Arreola trying the hook but having little success. Half of the round left and not too much to report. Nice leg kick before ducking under Trator’s shot. Body kick by Arreola but big overhand right by Trator. High kick from Trator. Body kick by Arreola but a counter lands. Big shot by Trator there, he backed Arreola down. Overhand right lands from Trator. Left by Arreola, but a big left by Trator. High kick by Arreola. Side kick. Good combination by Trator, who seems a lot more confident. Big looping right attempted by Trator, but well ducked under by Arreola. Big trip by Arreola right at the end of the round, and he ends it in side control. I think Trator did enough to win the round regardless.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Trator.
Round 2 – Leg kick by Arreola. High kick again attempted. Body kick caught by Trator but unable to capitalise. Huge leg kick by Trator drops Arreola. That was incredible, he leaped into that and Arreola went flying. Short leg kicks while Arreola is trying to entise Trator the the ground. Elbows to the leg – strange technique. They’re back up. Arreola with the body kick. More leg kicks by Trator, then a kick to the body lands big. Trator slips while attempting a front kick. High kick by Arreola. Right hand from Trator. Overhand right by Trator, then he gets the clinch and lands a low kick on the break. Spinning kick misses by some margin. Arreola with a spinning back kick then head kick, neither landing. Trator with another leg kick. Good right hand then left kick from Trator. Body kick from Arreola. Big right by Trator, and he now has the back in the clinch of Arreola. He lets go though. Trator slips and Arreola capitalises, but they get straight back up. Nice combination by Trator. Body kick lands big by Arreola at the end of the round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Trator (20-18 Trator).
Round 3 – Leg kicks by Arreola. Returned by Trator. Hard body kick from Arreola. They’re swinging away, and both landing big kicks. High kick by Arreola, then a stiff left. Big combination from Trator before getting the muay-thai clinch. Body knees. Uppercut. Kick once again caught by Trator but Arreola shoves him away. Clinch again from the Brazilian. Short shots from Trator, that short elbow was particularly good. 3 minutes left in the third. Big left by Arreola, and Trator unable to counter. Arreola’s head movement is doing well, and Trator expending a lot of energy on the feet. Trator has him in the clinch and lands some short knees. Body kicks from Arreola. Nice 1-2 by Arreola. Trator gets the clinch and lands some big short shots. He has him hurt. Knees to the body now. Body punch. Great muay-thai clinch, knees to the body. He has the back now in the clinch. They end the fight with Trator controlling the clinch and landing short shots.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Trator (30-27 Trator).
Result: Trator via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Rogan and Goldberg kept saying how great the fight was – I’m wondering if I’m on the wrong prelim card? I really didn’t like that fight at all. Neither fighter looked UFC calibre, but the Brazilian wins his Octagon debut.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).