A welterweight scrap between Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Max Griffin kicked off tonight’s UFC Fight Night 119 prelims on FS1.
Round one begins and Griffin is able to land a pair of right hands over the top. Both men throw jumping knees at the same time. Neither man connects. Zaleski dos Santos with a nice high kick. Griffin replies with a right hand. He follows that up with a jab. Zaleski dos Santos shoots in but cannot secure a takedown. He presses Griffin against the cage but Max breaks free and circles out. Zaleski dos Santos with a good leg kick. Griffin replies with jab. Max follows that up with a right hand but loses his balance after throwing the hard strike. The fighters take the center of the octagon and Griffin drops his opponent with a right hand. He follows him to the ground initially but then opts to stand up. Max with a nice inside low kick. Zaleski dos Santos fires back with a left hand. He huts Max. Big shots now from the Brazilian. Max is staggering now. Zaleski dos Santos is all over him. The fight hits the floor. Max is back up but eats a huge knee. He staggers back against the cage. A flurry of shots now from Zaleski dos Santos. The horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and Max is able to land a couple of right hands early. Zaleski dos Santos fires back some power shots of his own. This is getting food. Another right hand from Griffin. He hurts dos Santos. Another big right from Max and Zaleski goes down. He scrambles back up to his feet and then fires off a left hand. Zaleski dos Santos with a high kick attempt that misses. Both men seem to have slowed down here. Griffin presses forward with a flurry of punches. Zaleski dos Santos is able to avoid any serious damage and circles off the fence. Zaleski dos Santos with a side kick. He presses Max against the cage and fires off an uppercut. The Brazilian lands a knee and then the horn sounds to end round two.
Round three begins and Zaleski dos Santos fires off a kick. He switches things up by throwing a spinning back kick. Max avoids and then leaps in with a left hook. Zaleski dos Santos responds with a hard right hand. Max comes back with a right of his own and now a left. He just misses with a head kick. Zaleski dos Santos lands a low kick and then another. Max is pawing with his jab but eats a huge counter. Zaleski dos Santos pushes him against the cage and works a knee. Max is trying to get off the cage and finally does after eating a pair of knees. Another nice combo lands for Zaleski dos Santos. He has Max presses against the fence. More knees from the Brazilian and then some uppercuts. Under a minute remains but dos Sanots lands a big right hand. Griffin is still hanging in there. He misses with a spinning back fist. The horn sounds to end the fight.