On a prelim card lacking in star power, UFC Vegas 31 at least gave us a few standout performances, notably Amanda Lemos announcing herself . See that and the rest of the highlights after the jump.
Daniel Rodriguez def. Preston Parsons via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 1 3:47)
Daniel Rodriguez wasted little time disposing of late notice replacement in Preston Parsons. Rodriguez initially hurt Parsons with a clean punch that seemed to damage Parsons' eye and hurt him. While Parsons showed heart in staying in the fight as long as he did, but this fight was all one-way traffic.
Amanda Lemos def. Montserrat Ruiz via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 1 0:35)
Amanda Lemos continues her march towards the top of the strawweight division by absolutely running through Montserrat Ruiz. Lemos appears to be the biggest power threat in her division, and I can't wait to see her move up. Post-fight her manager and MMA legend Wallid Ismail cut an excellent promo calling out the rest of the division, and promising to win the belt.
Sergey Morozov def. Khalid Taha via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergey Morozov dominated all 15 minutes against Khalid Taha, he scored a takedown in each of the three rounds and progressed to the back rather smoothly multiple times. Not to undersell Morozov's strong performance on his feet too, this was a complete victory, and quite an impressive one.
Malcolm Gordon def. Francisco Figueiredo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Malcolm Gordon set a smothering pace, especially in the grappling realm, and managed to grind out a win over Francisco Figueiredo. It wasn't an especially thrilling win, but it was highly needed for Gordon who'd dropped his first two UFC bouts.
Rodrigo Nascimento def. Alan Baudot via TKO (Punches) (Rd 2. 1:29)
After struggling in the first round, and looking very tired, Brazil's Rodrigo Nascimento scored a comeback win over France's Alan Baudot. Despite not showing much over the first 7 minutes, Nascimento came to life and rocked Baudot with multiple heavy shots, which eventually closed the show.