After a solid run as a lightweight, Thiago Tavares made the decision to drop to 145lbs and made a huge statement with a dominant first round submission victory over Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night 47. Prior to the loss, Peralta held a 4-1 (1 NC) record inside the Octagon, making the win even more impressive from the Brazilian.
Tavares held a 8-5-1 record inside the Octagon as a lightweight, and earned his ninth win as a UFC fighter. With the win, the Brazilian introduces himself to his new weight class in devastating fashion, and did so with a finish. The 29 year-old will be looking to make a run at the 145lbs title, and if he can continue from that performance, that may well be accomplished.
Check out how the fight played out below.
Tavares finally makes his featherweight debut after having two fights cancelled. Peralta is coming off a win over Rony Jason, his third win in four contests.
Round 1 – A lot of feints from Peralta. Tavares shoots in, Peralta defending well so far. Short shots by Peralta as he defends but Tavares lifts him, getting him to the mat and getting side control. Peralta gives up his back but uses it to get to his feet. Tavares drags him down though whilst on the back, and has both hooks – great job from the Brazilian. This is dangerous. He has him flattened out and is landing some huge lefts and rights. Peralta is in deep trouble now. This will be a statement. Peralta somehow survives that position but Tavares still on the back, and flattens him out once again. Mount now. Peralta trying to recover half guard now. Short shots by Tavares, who regains the mount and continues to pepper the head. Big strikes there. An elbow, then big lefts and rights from Tavares. Peralta wilting now. Body shots from Thiago. 90 seconds left in the first, a dominant display so far. Peralta tries to explode but gives up his back once again, getting both hooks in and trying to flatten him out. Elbow by Tavares. He’s trying to work on the choke, but instead lands some short shots. He has it now! Great job! And he gets the tap. Holy moly, what a performance.
Result: Tavares via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 in first round.
That is one of the greatest debuts in a new weight class I have seen, and Tavares becomes a dark horse now at 145. Peralta is a tough dude, and has lost just once in six UFC fights coming into this one.
Here are the results for the event so far, you can follow the coverage of the full card here.
Thiago Tavares def. Robbie Peralta via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 in first round.
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision (29-28 x3, 28-29).
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).