Ricardo Almeida takes on Matt Brown in the welterweight division to kick things off.
Brown is on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC, and he finished all three opponents. Almeida's looking for his third straight win here.
Round 1: Almeida forces Brown to the cage wall with a takedown attempt. Brown fights it, but eventually gets tripped down. Brown's on his backside and Almeida is trying to move him away from the cage. Brown uses the fence for leverage to get back to his feet. Brown throws a couple knees to the thigh. Almeida answers with a close-range left hook. More clinchwork before referee Dan Miragliotta separates them.
Almeida shoots for a single leg takedown. Almeida is fighting for it, but Brown's defense is solid. Almeida with a left elbow and a right fist, trying to soften Brown up to complete the takedown. Another short elbow to the jaw by Almeida. And another. Almeida with a three-punch combo before the buzzer. 10-9 Almeida by my scorecard.
Round 2: Almeida completes a double-leg takedown right away. Brown scoots back to the cage wall and uses it to get upright again. Brown reverses Almeida's back to the fence. These guys are technically sound, but Almeida's strategy doesn't make for an entertaining fight. A smattering of boos from the Jersey crowd before Miragliotta separates the clinch again.
Brown with an outside leg kick and gets tagged with a countering elbow. Almeida goes to the mat with him and takes mount, looking to finish. Brown scrambles to his knees as Almeida puts the hooks in and secures his back. Body triangle, rear naked choke, and it's all over. Brown taps out. Excellent technique by Almeida.
Winner: Ricardo Almeida defeats Matt Brown via submission to a rear naked choke at 3:30 of Round 2.