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UFC 111: Ricardo Almeida wins again

NEWARK - Even a Jersey boy isn't immune to getting booed in his home state.

Ricardo Almeida, from Hamilton, N.J., fought through a chorus of boredom boos through two rounds and submitted Matt Brown via rear naked choke at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center.

It was Almeida's first bout at welterweight (170 pounds) after dropping down from middleweight (185 pounds).

"The cut was hell, but this is my house. It's my home," Almeida said. "I'm not going to let him come in and beat me."

In an uneventful first round, Almeida controlled Brown against the cage and scored a pair of takedowns. He also landed a few punches, whereas Brown hardly even threw any. The biggest action came when referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to separate the fighters with around two minutes left.

The second round started with much of the same we saw in the first round. Almeida pinned Brown against the cage en route to a leg-trip takedown to start.

Things changed when Brown attempted to get close to Almeida. As he moved in quickly, Almeida connected with a big punch that dropped Brown and cut him open midway through the round. Almeida worked a little ground and pound and eventually took Brown's back and locked in the rear naked choke at the 3:30 mark for the win.

Almeida (12-3) is now 3-1 since returning to the UFC in 2008 after six years away from fighting. Brown is 13-8.

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VIDEOUFC 111 live stream of post-fight press conference at 1:30 a.m.

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