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UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araujo Final Results

Results, Winner Interviews And More From UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo From The UFC Apex In Las Vegas

After a weekend off and before the Octagon shifts to Abu Dhabi for UFC 280, action resumed at the UFC APEX, as 11 pairs of athletes made the walk into the eight-sided proving ground in hopes of kicking off the fall season with a victory.

It was an action-packed night that ended with a competitive, back-and-forth battle in the flyweight division.

Here’s a look at how things played out on Saturday night in Las Vegas. 

UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo Results

  • Pete Rodriguez defeats Mike Jackson by KO (knee and punches) at 1:33
  • Tatsuro Taira defeats CJ Vergara by submission (armbar) at 4:19 of Round 2
  • Piera Rodriguez defeats Sam Hughes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Joanderson Brito defeats Lucas Alexander by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:02 of Round 1
  • Jacob Malkoun defeats Nick Maximov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Mana Martinez defeats Brandon Davis by split decision (29-82, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Alonzo Menifield defeats Misha Cirkunov by KO (strikes) at 1:28 of Round 1 
  • Raphael Assunção defeats Victor Henry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Dusko Todorvic defeats Jordan Wright by TKO (elbows) at 3:12 of Round 2
  • Jonathan Martinez defeats Cub Swanson by TKO (leg kicks) at 4:19 of Round 2
  • Alexa Grasso defeats Vivane Araujo by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Opponents Alexa Grasso of Mexico and Viviane Araujo of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 14, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Opponents Alexa Grasso of Mexico and Viviane Araujo of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 14, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo Prelims

Pete Rodriguez defeats Mike Jackson by KO (knee and punches) at 1:33 

Pete Rodriguez Lands Vicious Knee To Finish Jackson In Round 1 | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Pete Rodriguez Lands Vicious Knee To Finish Jackson In Round 1 | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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This one didn’t last long at all.

After landing on the business end of a first-round finish in his short-notice promotional debut earlier in the year, Rodriguez gave a better showing of himself in Saturday’s opener, running through Jackson in just over 90 seconds. The heavy-handed newcomer backed Jackson into the fence, and when “The Truth” dipped his head to avoid a shot, Rodriguez blasted him with a big knee, shutting out his lights.

“Dead Game” collects his first UFC victory with the first-round finish, moving his record to 5-1 in the process.

Pete Rodriguez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Pete Rodriguez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Tatsuro Taira defeats CJ Vergara by submission (armbar) at 4:19 of Round 2

Tatsuro Taira Stays Undefeated With Second Round Armbar | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Tatsuro Taira Stays Undefeated With Second Round Armbar | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Make it a dozen straight for Tatsuro Taira.

The Japanese prospect collected his second consecutive UFC win on Saturday, showcasing his considerable grappling skills and forcing Vergara to tap to an armbar late in the second round. He controlled the action on the canvas through the majority of the opening stanza and again in the second, dragging the DWCS alum to the deck with relative ease before shifting from hunting for a choke to trapping the arm in the final minute of the middle frame.

Tatsuro Taira Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Tatsuro Taira Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Just 22 years old, Taira is now 12-0 overall and clearly one of the top young fighters on the UFC roster. The flyweight division continues to deepen, and he’s definitely one to keep tabs on going forward.

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Piera Rodriguez defeats Sam Hughes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Piera Rodriguez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Piera Rodriguez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Well-timed takedowns and quality work in the clinch carried Piera Rodriguez to her second consecutive UFC victory on Saturday.

The Dana White’s Contender Series alum was able to out-work a game Sam Hughes over the course of their 15-minute engagement, hitting several sharp level changes and landing the more impactful blows in the majority of the striking exchanges. While Hughes never stopped coming forward and had some success of her own, it wasn’t quite enough to earn the victory.

Rodriguez, 29, moves to 2-0 in the UFC and 9-0 with the victory, while Hughes sees her two-fight winning streak snapped and falls to 7-5 overall with the loss.

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Joanderson Brito defeats Lucas Alexander by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:02 of Round 1

Joanderson Brito Sinks In Rear Naked Choke In Round 1 | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Joanderson Brito Sinks In Rear Naked Choke In Round 1 | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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For the second consecutive fight, Joanderson Brito had a quick day at the office.

Saturday afternoon, the Contender Series graduate ran through late replacement Lucas Alexander to collect his second straight first-round stoppage win. After rag-dolling his fellow Brazilian to the canvas twice early, Brito climbed on Alexander’s back and began searching for a choke, fishing the arm under the neck and drawing the tap as the two fell backwards to the canvas.

After dropping his promotional debut at the start of the year, Brito has now gone back-to-back in the opening stanza against Andre Fili and Alexander. It’s time for a significant step up in competition for the promising 27-year-old Brazilian.

Joanderson Brito Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Joanderson Brito Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Jacob Malkoun defeats Nick Maximov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

It was a workmanlike effort from Jacob Malkoun towards the end of Saturday’s prelims, as the Australian out-wrestled and out-worked an injured Nick Maximov, earning a clean sweep of the scorecards.

Malkoun got staggered by a clean shot early in the contest, but recovered quickly and went on the offensive, twisting Maximov to the canvas. At some point, the Nick Diaz Academy representative suffered an injury to his right knee, and from there, it was one-way traffic.

While Maximov refused to quit, Malkoun dominated, getting himself back into the win column and advancing to 3-1 over his last four trips into the Octagon. As for Maximov, he’s now dropped two straight after starting his career with eight straight victories.

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Mana Martinez defeats Brandon Davis by split decision (29-82, 28-29, 29-28)

The prelims wrapped with an entertaining back-and-forth between Mana Martinez and Brandon Davis, with the former landing on the happy side of the split decision when the tens and nines were tallied.

For much of the contest, the two men ran close to level, but the deciding factor was Martinez’ power, as the Texas native landed the more impactful shots throughout and had Davis on the brink of being finished when the horn sounded to bring the second round to a close.

Mana Martinez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Mana Martinez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Still just 26 years old, Martinez advances to 2-1 in the Octagon and 10-3 for his career with the victory, while the ever-game Davis falls to 2-7 in two tours of duty with the UFC.

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UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo Main Card 

Alonzo Menifield defeats Misha Cirkunov by KO (strikes) at 1:28 of Round 1 

The way Alonzo Menifield and Misha Cirkunov came out swinging, you knew it was only a matter of time before the main card opener ended. Less than 90 seconds into the first round, Menifield made sure that was the case.

The explosive athlete came out swinging for the fences, and when he finally landed, the fight was over. A left hand to the temple put Cirkunov on shaky footing, a right hand behind it put him on the ground, and the follow-up blows were academic.

Alonzo Menifield Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Alonzo Menifield Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Just a punishing effort from the powerful light heavyweight to kick off Saturday’s main card.

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Raphael Assunção defeats Victor Henry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Raphael Assuncao showed that the old dog still has plenty of fight left in him, out-hustling an unrelenting Victor Henry over three rounds to secure a unanimous decision win.

Entering on a four-fight skid and coming off back-to-back knockout losses, Assuncao was able to effectively counter the aggressive Henry throughout, mixing in grappling and clinch interactions at timely moments. While Henry never stopped coming forward and was never in real peril, Assuncao didn’t allow him to establish a rhythm at any point, doing well to get back into the win column.

Raphael Assunção Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Raphael Assunção Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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A former Top 15 fixture, Assuncao picks up his first win since defeating Rob Font in the summer of 2018, advancing his record to 28-9 with the victory. As for Henry, the 35-year-old falls to 22-6 with the loss.

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Dusko Todorvic defeats Jordan Wright by TKO (elbows) at 3:12 of Round 2

It was a tale of two rounds for Dusk Todorovic on Saturday, as the Serbian middleweight rallied from a rough start to collect a second-round stoppage win over Jordan Wright.

Todorovic came out looking to wrestle in the first, but Wright was able to defend well and pile up the offensive output. It was a complete reversal in the second, as Todorovic was primarily interested in throwing hands, and after getting Wright hurt, he cranked up the output and pressure.

Duško Todorović Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Duško Todorović Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Climbing into mount, he unleashed a string of elbows that forced referee Chris Tognoni to step in and stop the contest.

This was a hard-earned win for the Dana White’s Contender Series grad, who gets back into the win column and back to .500 inside the Octagon with the victory.

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Co-Main Event: Jonathan Martinez defeats Cub Swanson by TKO (leg kicks) at 4:19 of Round 2

Jonathan Martinez collected the biggest win of his career on Saturday night, chopping down Cub Swanson with a series of devastating low kicks in the second round.

The underrated Martinez looked good throughout, creeping ahead through the first four minutes of the opening stanza before stinging Swanson and nearly getting the finish before the horn sounded. In the second, the Factory X man came out with the same aggressive approach, taking the fight to Swanson and hurting him multiple times, including drawing big reactions with his inside low kicks.

Jonathan Martinez Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Late in the frame, Martinez slammed home another kick and Swanson collapsed, bringing the fight to a halt. The 28-year-old has now won four straight and six of his last seven, establishing himself as someone to keep close tabs on just outside of the Top 15 in the talent-rich 135-pound weight class.

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Main Event: Alexa Grasso defeats Vivane Araujo by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

The flyweight main event was every bit as entertaining as anticipated, with Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo going toe-to-toe for the full 25 minutes, slinging leather through to the very end. When the scores were tallied, Grasso came out ahead, earning a unanimous decision win to maintain her undefeated record in the 125-pound weight class.

Grasso’s speed and technical precision ruled the day, as the Mexican standout was able to beat Araujo to the punch throughout. Araujo stayed with her every step of the way, but more often than naught, it was Grasso landing the more telling blows and having more success.

Alexa Grasso Octagon Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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Alexa Grasso Octagon Interview | UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo
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The 29-year-old has been incredibly sharp since relocating to the flyweight division, and continues looking better each time out. This was her toughest challenge to date, and she passed with flying colors, establishing herself as a legitimate title threat in the process.

With the win, Grasso moves to 15-3 for her career and 7-3 under the UFC banner, while Araujo falls to 11-4 overall and 5-3 inside the Octagon.

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UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araujo took place live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 15, 2022. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass

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