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The prelims are set to get underway at aprox 4pm ET (9pm UK) with the main card starting at 8pm ET (1am UK).
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Nate Diaz defeats Jim Miller by submission (guillotine choke) at 4.09mins of Rd2
Johny Hendricks defeats Josh Koscheck by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Alan Belcher defeats Rousimar Palhares by TKO at 4.18mins of Rd1
Lavar Johnson defeats Pat Barry by TKO at 4.38mins of Rd1
Michael Johnson defeats Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Going into this bout the two fighters previous bouts had suggested that Ferguson was the better striker, but Johnson’s clearly been working hard on his own stand-up and it showed here. He looked very comfortable on his feet and was putting together some solid hands and going downstairs with leg kicks well too, while Ferguson seemed uncharacteristically gun-shy – perhaps wary of takedown attempts from the wrestler which were in fact few and far between in the fight. Over the course of the three rounds Johnson was the one landing the harder shots, snapping Ferguson’s head back several times, including a nice spell of pressure in the closing moments of the bout, to seal the round and the fight in his favor.
John Dodson defeats Tim Elliott by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
This was a close fight between two acrobatic flyweights. Dodson’s known for his unorthadox striking, but it was Elliott who was throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him in the first half of the fight, including flying, spinning and even cartweight kicks! It seemed to be a strategy to keep Dodson on the back foot, and to an extent it worked, but Dodson used his speed and footwork to keep out of the way of most of his offensive output, and was still able to land some of his own. Two unfortunate injuries somewhat tempered the fight as it progressed, the first being an unintentional eyepoke which left Elliot with one eye completely shut. Later on it became apparent that Dodson had also badly hurt his left hand and so he was throwing only jabs in the final round which allowed Elliott to get the better of the action, but overall Dodson did just enough in the previous rounds to earn the victory.
John Hathaway defeats Pascal Krauss by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Hathaway got the better of three relatively close rounds with Krauss fought almost entirely on the feet. The brit’s best moment came in the opening round when he landed a knee flush to the face of Krauss that sent him toppling back onto the canvas. Hathaway couldn’t find the finish though and Krauss would go on to remain competitive in the fight, though never really getting his opponent in anything like a similar amount of danger. The German fighter then tired towards the end of the third round giving Hathaway a chance to land some big shots including another knee which damaged his nose, but didn’t put him away and so he had to settle for the decision win.
Louis Gaudinot defeats John Lineker by submission (guillotine choke) at 4.54mins of Rd2
Gaudinot and Lineker came out fast and furious here, putting together more action in the opening minute than the previous fight had in three rounds. The two men seemed happy to engage toe-to-toe and both were connecting repeatedly. The fight continued at this frantic pace for much of the round until Lineker, who was working well to the body as well as the head, started to get the better of it and that forced Gaudinot to drop for a takedown and play it safer for the rest of the round. In the second round they continued to exchange blows and Lineker was again edging it and throwing more strikes overall, but it was still very close. Again Gaudinot looked to change things up in the second half of the round and secures another takedown before landing some heavy ground and pound to Lineker’s head. Eventually Lineker manages to work his way to his feet up against the fence, but Gaudinot grabs a hold of his neck with a guillotine choke. Lineker tries to slam his way out of it but Gaudinot doesn’t let go and Lineker goes to sleep before the referee leaps in to call and end to the fight.
Danny Castillo defeats John Cholish by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Not the most exciting fight here as both men attempted to exchange leather for most of the three rounds, but rarely landed anything meaningful along the way. In the later rounds Castillo notched up a few takedowns and that helped him seal the fight in his favor. The New Jersey crowd were less than impressed and boo’d throughout most of this one. Hopefully they don’t carry that level of impatience with the fighters into the main card live on FOX.
Dennis Bermudez defeats Pablo Garza by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Bermudez dominated Garza on the ground for long portions of this fight, keeping his opponent’s submission attempts at bay while feeding him a steady diet of ground and pound. Garza did have one significant moment in the fight from his back, landing five upkicks in a row which briefly buckled Bermudez knees, but that aside he was consistently outworked and outfought by Bermudez.
Roland Delorme defeats Nick Denis by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4.59mins of Rd1
Terrific fight here. Denis poured on the pressure in the early stages of the round and had Delorme in all sorts of trouble in the striking department, first hurting him with an uppercut and then landing some huge knees to the face that would have finished a lesser man. Somehow Delorme survived though and after absorbing more punishment he smartly pulled guard to give himself some time to recover. When they eventually got back to their feet Denis continued to press forward, but Delome showed real determination to start swinging back, and he caught him with a few punches that took the wind out of Denis sails. Another strike left Denis on shaky legs, hitting reverse gear as he attempted to clear the cobwebs. Delorme continued to pressure him though and got the fight to the mat. With only seconds remaining he then took Denis back and slipped in a rear-naked choke, forcing the tap with just 1 second to go.
Karlos Vemola defeats Mike Massenzio by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1.07mins of Rd2
Vemola produced a come-from-behind victory after coming off worse in the first round. Stepping up the pace in the second Vemola got the fight to the mat, softened up Massenzio with ground and pound and then sunk in the rear-naked choke to seal a win in his debut at 185lbs.