Round 1 - Referee Leon Roberts in the cage for the night's first fight, a featherweight feature. Arantes takes the center and just misses on a big right. Carvalho fires in a kick that sends Arantes to the floor, and jumps quickly on top, settling into half-mount. Carvalho fires in a few short right hands, and Arantes tries and work to his knees. As he does, Carvalho takes a front headlock. Carvalho briefly takes the back on a slick roll, but Arantes turns in to escape. Arantes works to his feet, but Carvalho refuses to let go of the headlock and throws a few knees to the body. Arantes tries to drive in, but Carvalho falls on top and moves immediately into mount. Arantes bucks him off and escapes to his feet, and we reset. Arantes again takes the center and jabs. Carvalho keeps his defense tight and answers with a few shots of his own. Both mix in a few high kicks that are largely blocked. Arantes continues to press forward on the feet, but he hasn't landed anything flush. Final minute of the round. Carvalho content to counter on the feet. Arantes works the legs with a few slapping kicks. Leaping knee lands clean for Arantes, but Carvalho grabs the leg and tries for a takedown. Won't come. Better finish for Arantes, but MMAjunkie.com awards the round to Carvalho for the early work, 10-9.
Round 2 - Touch of gloves to open. Arantes works kicks early, and Carvalho again goes into a defensive shell. Arantes lands a slick knee-punch combination. Carvalho looking to counter, but he is losing this fight on the feet. Carvalho lands to the body and scores a high kick up top. Still, Arantes moves forward. Arantes is the busier fighter, the faster fighter and perhaps the more powerful fighter on the feet, but Carvalho looks willing to trade with him early. Carvalho finally gets close enough to clinch and grabs underhooks, circling and pressing his opponent into the cage. Arantes defends well and circles off, eventually breaking free. Arantes walks into a a stiff jab, but he immediately rushes forward with a combination. Carvalho threatens a takedown, but Arantes capable in defense. Flurry from both, but Arantes ends it with a headkick. Arantes looks to be tiring a bit as he takes a deep breath. Still, he pushes forward with strikes and lands a crisp jab before returning to the knees. Inside leg kick for Arantes. Carvalho firing back in the pocket, but it's Arantes who takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 - Arantes takes the center again, but it's Carvalho who lands an early right. Carvalho first to the punch as round three opens, but Arantes moves quickly back to the kicking strategy. Carvalho ducks in for a takedown, but Arantes sees it a mile away and sprawls out, eventually settling on top in Carvalho's guard. Carvalho pulls his left leg up on the shoulder, but nothing is there, and he lets it go. Arantes punches away from the top. Most are blocked, but the crowd still punctuates every strikes. Halfway into the round, and Carvalho is cut under his left eye. Arantes picks up the pace with punching as Carvalho looks for options underneath. There aren't many as Arantes picks his spots to throw punches and elbows. Time running out for Carvalho. He's on his back, rolling from side to side, but there's nothing there. With one minute remaining, Carvalho does scramble up to his feet. The gash on his cheek is big, but it's not bothering his vision. Carvalho fires off a spinning heel kick, looking for a homerun blow. Instead, Arantes presses in and knees him to the body. Carvalho pushes forward but eats a big right hand. FLying knee from Carvalho misses, and the round ends. Arantes scales the wall to celebrate what he thinks is a win. MMAjunkie.com agrees, giving him the final round, 10-9, and the fight 29-28. Felipe Arantes def. Antonio Carvalho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).