Earlier tonight, SFT MMA hosted SFT 23, the company’s first card outside of Brazil. It aired live on FITE.tv.
Perez is the guy who dressed up like Joker at the weigh-ins for UFC Sao Paulo. Buscape is a mat vet who fought for UFC, PRIDE and PFL, and top-tier other top-tier groups in the past.
Submission rules matches here are one round and last ten minutes. In this, both Buscape and Maluko impressed with their jiu-jitsu technique.
They fought for grip control through most of this. Maluko was very charismatic and did the Nick Diaz tranquilo pose at one point. Buscape was more aggressive with takedowns, which ultimately won him the bout via referee decision.
Joshua DaSilveira d. Cody Rollings via TKO (high kick) in round one
DaSilveria, who is actually Conan Silveria’s son, looked deadly tonight. It took him only two tries before knocking out Cody Rollings early in round one with a brutal high kick to the head.The cut on Rollings’ head afterwards was nasty.
James Hay d. Orlando Santana via submission (RNC) in round two
Santana came out aggressive but Hay maintained his composure and never lost control of his leverage. The match was pretty even until midway through the second round, when the fight went to the ground. Hay was the superior grappler here, and before the end of round two, he was able to sink in a deep rear naked choke for the win via submission.
SFT MMA president Dave Hudson came into the octagon to address fans at home. He explained that he’d only been in charge of the promotion for two years, and that they had huge plans for 2020 but COVID forced them to change plans. Hudson said their original plan was to hold the US debut at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, a 5,000-person capacity venue, and that it would have had a Brazil vs. USA theme to it. Hudson mentioned they’d planned shows for Mexico, as well, but COVID derailed everything.
Really good fight. Neither men touched gloves before the bell. Romious burst out of his corner and immediately threw a low kick at Lugo. Romious is freaky athletic and very explosive, and we saw it all throughout this match.
Lugo absorbed most of Romious’ strikes and shut down most takedown attempts in each round and dominated midway through until Romious exploded from the mount. This was his Hail Mary, but good technique won over athleticism here; Lugos counter-swept Romious and unloaded a flurry of his own before the bell. Lugos was ruled the winner in a split decision.
Aaron Jeffery d. Bruno Assis via TKO (punches)
Canadian fighter and recent UFC Contender Series contestant Jeffery resembled the Trailer Park Boys version of PM Justin Trudeau. Assis pushed the tempo hard once the match started, keeping Jeffery against the cage for much of round one.
Assis was dominant for half of the second round, right up until Jeffery landed a few clean jabs that threw Assis off his game. Jeffrey was clearly weathering the storm, and successfully, to boot.
By the middle of round three, Jeffery was in control, out-boxing Assis until he landed two jabs and a beautiful clean right hand to put Assis out for an almost-immediate TKO.
— MMA Empire (@mmaempirecanada) August 14, 2020