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How To Watch ‘Overeem Vs. Oleinik’ On ESPN+

It all goes down tomorrow afternoon (Sat., April 20, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 7 live on ESPN+ from inside Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as heavyweight legend Alistair Overeem attempts to knock off submission guru and hometown favorite Aleksei Oleinik.

In addition to the heavyweight main event, there will be a slew of rising contenders on display, including lightweight finisher Islam Makhachev, surging light heavyweight Polish prospect Michal Oleksiejczuk, middleweight knockout artist Alen Amendovski, and women’s flyweight prospect Antonina Shevchenko, sister of UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Take a look below at UFC Saint Petersburg’s complete fight card line up and start times:

Main Card (ESPN+)
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Alistair Overeem vs. Alexey Oleinik
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski

‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN+)
10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT

Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho
Marcin Tybura vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Rafael Fiziev

Here are all the ways to catch the action:

Online

Television

Tablet/Mobile

Bars

  • Check out a list of sports bars and pubs near you that will most likely be showing tonight’s fights CLICK HERE.

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UFC On ESPN 2 Medical Suspensions

UFC on ESPN 2 injuries and medical suspensions for the athletes who competed at the “Barboza vs Gaethje” event on Saturday (March 30, 2019) in Philadelphia, PA have been released by The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission earlier today (April 1. 2019).

Paul Craig was suspended indefinitely and will have to get a doctor’s clearance before he returns to action following his win over Kennedy Nzechukwu (highlights). Jessica Aguilar was also handed the same suspension after she lost to Marina Rodriguez.

Furthermore, despite getting knocked out rather violently, Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson were handed 90 and 60 days mandatory sits, respectively. Take a look at the rest of the medical suspensions below (via MMA Fighting).

Paul Craig: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor’s clearance

Jessica Aguilar: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor’s clearance

Edson Barboza: Suspended 90 days

Michael Johnson: Suspended 60 days

Josh Emmett: Suspended 45 days

Marina Rodriguez: Suspended 45 days

Ross Pearson: Suspended 45 days

Sabina Mazo: Suspended 45 days

Justin Gaethje: Suspended 30 days

Kennedy Nzechukwu: Suspended 30 days

Sodiq Yusuff: Suspended 30 days

Sheymon Moraes: Suspended 30 days

Enrique Barzola: Suspended 30 days

Ray Borg: Suspended 30 days

Alex Perez: Suspended 30 days

Just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases. In addition, not all injuries are recorded during the post-fight examination and often times surface in follow-up tests.

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How To Watch ‘Ngannou Vs. Velasquez’ Tonight On ESPN!

The heavyweight action spills into the Octagon later tonight (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 1 from inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, as former champion Cain Velasquez makes his long-awaited return against knockout artist and former title challenger Francis Ngannou.

In addition to the heavyweight main event, lightweight contenders James Vick and Paul Felder will square off in the co-headliner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prodigy Kron Gracie will make his anticipated Octagon debut against veteran Alex Caceres, Cortney Casey will lock horns with Cynthia Calvillo in an important women’s strawweight affair, Aljamain Sterling will test his skill against bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, and talented women’s flyweight contender Andrea Lee will make her return to the cage against battle-tested veteran Ashlee Evans-Smith.

Take a look below at UFC Phoenix’s complete fight card lineup and start times:

Main Card (ESPN)
9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN)
7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT

Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling
Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Early ‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN+)
5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT

Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders
Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

Here are all the ways to catch the action:

Online

Television

Tablet/Mobile

Bars

  • Check out a list of sports bars and pubs near you that will most likely be showing tonight’s fights CLICK HERE.

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UFC On ESPN 1 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on ESPN 1, which is set to hit Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., this weekend (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez gets an unfriendly welcome back to the Octagon this Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) when he takes on Francis Ngannou inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., headlining the promotion’s first-ever ESPN Fight Night. Down at Lightweight, James Vick and Paul Felder attempt to rebound from recent defeats at each others’ expense, while Cynthia Calvillo looks to continue her resurgence against Cortney Casey and Kron Gracie makes his Octagon debut against Alex Caceres.

We’re juggling way too many subscriptions these days; therefore, let’s see if we can’t pay for them all in one fell swoop.

What went wrong at UFC 234?

Well, the main event imploded, but we came out unscathed. Devonte Smith, Ricky Simon and Jalin Turner all performed up to expectations.

UFC On ESPN 1 Odds For The Undercard (ESPN+, ESPN):

Jimmie Rivera (-145) vs. Aljamain Sterling (+125)
Manny Bermudez (-200) vs. Benito Lopez (+170)
Andrea Lee (-190) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (+165)
Scott Holtzman (-175) vs. Nik Lentz (+155)
Jessica Penne (-160) vs. Jodie Esquibel (+140)
Luke Sanders (-185) vs. Renan Barao (+160)
Aleksandra Albu (-155) vs. Emily Whitmire (+135)

Thoughts: See, UFC 234 organizers? This is what competitive matchmaking is supposed to look like. Practically every line here is reasonable and accurate.

Which is, unfortunately, not ideal for my line of work.

Emily Whitmire seems like a solid underdog investment, though. Albu’s had just one fight in almost four years and looked mediocre against Kailin Curran in that bout. Whitmire’s the more technical striker and Albu’s combination of poor fight IQ and overuse of brute force with her takedowns opens up Whitmire’s ground game.

In addition, a bit on Andrea Lee could work, too. Ashlee Evans-Smith’s wrestling has been sorely underwhelming in the Octagon and Lee should be able to tear her up on the feet.

UFC On ESPN 1 Odds For The Main Card:

Cain Velasquez (-165) vs. Francis Ngannou (+145)
James Vick (-115) vs. Paul Felder (-105)
Cynthia Calvillo (-300) vs. Cortney Casey (+250)
Kron Gracie (-350) vs. Alex Caceres (+290)
Vicente Luque (-360) vs. Bryan Barberena (+300)
Myles Jury (-150) vs. Andre Fili (+130)

Thoughts: This sounds dumb even to me, but I’m sorely tempted to lay down a pittance on Alex Caceres.

Kron Gracie is a monster on the mat, but has been out of action for two years, is still developing his striking, and largely relies on pulling guard to get to his world. It’s a lot harder to trap someone against the edge of the Octagon than the Rizin’ ring, too, so his tendency to just wade in until his opponent runs out of room to retreat isn’t going to be effective. Caceres can win this by staying at range and just picking him off all night, and seeing as we’ve got a bit of a buffer set up after those early successes, I’d say it’s a possibility worth investing in.

UFC on ESPN 1 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Emily Whitmire: $ 40 to make $ 54
  • Single bet — Andrea Lee: $ 38 to make $ 20
  • Single bet — Alex Caceres: $ 20 to make $ 58

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez is the sort of compelling match up the Heavyweight division is short on these days; therefore, you better not miss it. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC on ESPN 1 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

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Predictions! UFC On ESPN 1 ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both ESPN and ESPN+ this weekend (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) when UFC on ESPN 1: “Velasquez vs. Ngannou” storms Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC on ESPN 1 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

Cain Velasquez finally makes his return to the Octagon this Sunday evening (Feb. 17, 2019), just in time for the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) foray into the ESPN Fight Night era. Standing in the way of his triumphant comeback is Francis Ngannou, freshly removed from a knockout victory over highly ranked Curtis Blaydes in Beijing, China. UFC on ESPN 1 will also feature a fight between top Lightweight talents James Vick and Paul Felder, as well as Cynthia Calvillo against Cortney Casey in one of the most alliterative match ups in UFC history.

There are seven “Prelims” undercard bouts split between ESPN and ESPN+. Let’s look at the first batch:

115 lbs.: Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel

Jessica Penne (12-5) — the former Invicta Atomweight champion — reached the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 before falling to top seed and eventual winner Carla Esparza. She edged Randa Markos in a “Fight of the Night” to open her Octagon career, then went on to lose three straight.

This will be her first fight in nearly two years.

Jodie Esquibel (6-4) fell short against Ashley Yoder in her TUF 23 bid, but joined UFC one year later, debuting against Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Gdansk, Poland. She lost a unanimous decision, then returned to action the following year with a loss to Jessica Aguilar.

She will give up five inches of height and three inches of reach to Penne.

I genuinely feel bad for Penne. Even though she’s undersized for the division, she’s a lot better than her 1-3 Octagon record would suggest — she deserved the win against Taylor and the other losses came against a pair of monsters in Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade. She’s still a dangerous grappler with solid-if-unspectacular stand up, which should be enough to carry her past Esquibel.

Esquibel’s striking has been found wanting in the Octagon and she looks out-gunned on the ground. Penne wrangles her to the mat and chokes her out midway through.

Prediction: Penne via second-round submission

135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders

It is now more than 28 months since Renan Barao (34-7) won a fight, and more than five years since he won more than one in a row. He is just 1-5 in his last six and was last seen losing a split decision to newcomer Andre Ewell in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He has submitted 15 opponents and knocked out eight others.

Luke Sanders (12-3) hit the ground running in UFC with a “Performance of the Night” submission of Maximo Blanco, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Iuri Alcantara and Andre Soukhamthath, he rebounded with a decision over Patrick Williams, only to tap to a Rani Yahya heel hook four months later.

Six of his eight stoppage wins have come by form of knockout.

This is a “loser goes home” fight if I’ve ever seen one. Barao hasn’t even looked good in victory since thrashing Urijah Faber in 2014 and Sanders, though clearly talented, just can’t stop shooting himself in the foot. The difference is that Sanders is still a strong fighter when he’s at his best, while Barao doesn’t seem capable of reaching even a fraction of the heights he once cruised at.

Weird part? Sanders is actually the older of the two.

Barao’s ironclad takedown defense and “meh” offense wrestling means we’re in for a striking battle, one which favors the more powerful and far less weathered Sanders. Volume and a good sprawl carry “Cool Hand Luke” to a decision victory.

Prediction: Sanders via unanimous decision

115 lbs.: Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire (3-2)

Aleksandra Albu (3-0) signed with UFC in 2013, only to pull out from her debut against Julie Kedzie with an injury. “Stitch” ultimately made her first Octagon appearance two years later, submitting Izabela Badurek, then took a 27-month layoff before winning a decision over Kailin Curran.

This will be her first fight in 1.5 years.

Emily Whitmire (3-2) tapped Christina Marks in the opening round of TUF 26, only to succumb to Roxanne Modafferi’s ground-and-pound in the quarterfinals. TUF teammate Gillian Robertson caught her in an armbar at the finale, but Whitmire successfully upset Jamie Moyle in her next appearance.

“Spitfire” stands three inches taller than Albu at 5’5.”

There are only two types of information my brain retains: pointless pop culture minutiae and fights. Even then, I can barely remember anything about Albu’s UFC efforts. I had to look up tape on someone with two fights in the Octagon and I am, frankly, disappointed in myself.

Albu’s strength is impressive, but her rock-bottom fight IQ is worrying. Worse, she compensates for technical deficiencies with athleticism, which does a number on her gas tank. Whitmire’s superior technique and cardio should allow her to control things on the feet, and if Albu pulls guard or tries to force a throw, Whitmire’s submissions are a real threat. Whitmire turns away an early surge to tap an exhausted Albu late.

Prediction: Whitmire via third-round submission

Four more UFC on ESPN 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts to preview and predict tomorrow, including a clash of unbeaten Bantamweight prospects and a featured fight between two Top 10-ranked fighters in the division. See you then, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on ESPN 1 fight card on fight night, starting with the ESPN+ (7-day free trial here) “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, before the ESPN main card start time at 9 p.m. ET.

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Predictions! UFC 234 ESPN ‘Prelims’ Preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both UFC Fight Pass and ESPN this weekend (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) when UFC 234: “Whittaker vs. Gastelum” storms Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC 234 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

Two of the Middleweight division’s most entertaining strikers slug it out in Melbourne this Saturday when champion Robert Whittaker settles his Ultimate Fighter rivalry with Kelvin Gastelum. Also at 185 is the clash between rising star Israel Adesanya and division GOAT Anderson Silva, while local boy Jim Crute takes on late replacement Sam Alvey 20 pounds north.

We’ve got four more UFC 234 “Prelims” undercard bouts to preview and predict (check out the first batch here), all on ESPN. Let’s have a look:

155 lbs.: Devonte Smith vs. Dong Hyun Ma

Devonte Smith (9-1) dispatched Joseph Lowry with elbows on “Contender Series” for his fourth consecutive win and a shot in the Octagon itself. Three months later, he took on fellow alumnus Julian Erosa and knocked him flat in just 46 seconds.

“King Kage” has knocked out eight opponents and submitted one other.

Dong Hyun Ma (16-8-3) — formerly known as “no, the other Dong Hyun Kim” — suffered a highlight-reel knockout loss to Dominique Steele in his Octagon debut, then unsuccessfully slugged it out with Polo Reyes in one of 2016’s fights of the year. He has since won three straight, most recently edging Damien Brown in hostile territory.

This will be his first fight in almost exactly a year.

I’m fond of Ma, as I’d imagine anyone would be after seeing the battle with Reyes, but I’m also realistic about his chances. He’s a decent grappler with a knack for brawling, and barely beating Brown isn’t enough to convince me that he can hold his own against the upper half of the division.

Even if you do give Ma more credit for his current streak than I do, Smith seems like a terrible match up for him. Smith hits way too hard for Ma to slug it out with him and I’m not sure the Korean’s takedowns are enough to stifle those bombs. Smith lands something massive midway through a fun battle

Prediction: Smith via second-round knockout

145 lbs.: Austin Arnett vs. Shane Young

Austin Arnett (15-5) came up short against Brandon Davis on “Contender Series,” snapping a 13-fight win streak, but impressed enough in defeat to get the Octagon call five months later. After opening his Octagon career with consecutive losses to Cory Sandhagen and Hakeen Dawodu, Arnett finally re-entered the win column in Nov. 2018 with a decision over Humberto Bandenay.

He stands four inches taller than Young at 6’0,” but will give up a half-inch of reach.

Shane Young (12-4) stepped up on extremely short notice to fight Alexander Volkanovski in his UFC debut, surviving to the bell but losing the decision. “Sugar” returned the following June against Rolando Dy, polishing off his fellow striker with an elbow and punches in the second round.

Six of his 10 stoppages have come via (technical) knockout.

Neither of these two will ever sniff the Featherweight elite, but they’re both plenty fun to watch and come to bang. We should get 15 minutes of quality striking action, both men being extremely durable and capable of pushing a solid pace.

I honestly can’t come up with a good breakdown for their respective striking games and why you should favor one or the other — it’s just good matchmaking of mid-tier 145 pounders. Young seems a mite bit sharper, though, and has home field advantage on his side. He edges out Arnett over three competitive rounds.

Prediction: Young via unanimous decision

125 lbs.: Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva

Kai Kara-France (18-7) scored one of the nastier finishes on TUF 24, knocking out Terrence Mitchell in 30 seconds, but wasn’t called back for the Finale after losing to Alexandre Pantoja. He proceeded to win five of his next six bouts, then entered UFC with a “Fight of the Night” war against Elias Garcia in Dec. 2018.

Nine of his professional wins have come by form of knockout.

Raulian Paiva (18-1) — ranked among Brazil’s top Flyweights — put together an 11-fight win streak on his way to “Contender Series.” There, he took home a hard-fought split decision over Chute Boxe product Allan Nascimento, and even getting hit by a car afterward wasn’t enough to stop him from making his debut this Saturday.

He will have three inches of height and 2.5 inches of reach on “Don’t Blink.”

Watching Paiva in action on the Contender Series, I saw an aggressive, willing striker with top-notch scrambling and takedown defense. Unfortunately, he showed some real defensive issues, and his two professional knockouts suggest that he doesn’t have the firepower to make up for them in exchanges.

Kara-France, on the other hand, most certainly does.

Paiva’s rushes open him up to counter-fire and Kara-France, who welcomes wild exchanges, just hits too damn hard for that to work. Kara-France levels him after most of a crazy first round.

Prediction: Kara-France via first-round knockout

135 lbs.: Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang

The charisma and show-stopping power of Teruto Ishihara (10-6-2) made him a fan-favorite as he went unbeaten in his first three UFC bouts. “Yashabo” is just 1-4 since, however, most recently suffering the first knockout loss of his career at the hands of Petr Yan.

All but one of his eight knockout victories have come in the first round.

Kyung Ho Kang (14-8) took home “Fight of the Night” for his 2014 split decision over Michinori Tanaka, then left the sport for his mandatory military service. “Mr. Perfect” returned in Jan. 2018 with a triangle finish of Guido Cannetti, then lost a narrow decision to top prospect Ricardo Ramos seven months later.

He is two inches taller than Ishihara and will have a four-inch reach advantage.

I was really hoping that Ishihara could become something more than just a mouth and a big left hand, but even not even the Team Alpha Male coaching staff was enough to get him to knuckle down. I’ve given up hope of him being anything other than an action fighter; one would imagine that the wake-up call would have come by now.

Ishihara’s subpar wrestling and lack of setup for his left hand play right into Kang’s hands. “Mr. Perfect” is a terrific grappler with some impressive size and strength for the division; he may not need more than one takedown to end Ishihara’s night. “Yashabo” comes out slugging, but Kang swiftly drags him to the mat, moves to mount, and secures the finish.

Prediction: Kang via first-round submission

Whittaker is violent poetry in motion and Gastelum is as dangerous as he is relentless. Don’t miss it! See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 234 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2019: 8-5

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UFC Brooklyn Leads To ‘Record-Setting Night’ On ESPN+

ESPN was able to bring 568,000 new subscribers to its ESPN+ digital streaming service over the weekend, thanks to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its “Cejudo vs. Dillashaw” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place on Jan. 19 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

I would be interested in knowing what the number becomes after the seven-day free trial expires later this week, but for now, we’ll let the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” have its moment in the spotlight.

The UFC Brooklyn “Prelims” on ESPN (recap here) averaged a 1.4 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated UFC Fight Night preliminary card on cable since at least 2013, according to today’s press release.

“Our first UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ was a thrilling evening of action and a great success, with a record-setting night that continued the momentum for ESPN+, delivered strong ratings on ESPN and marks a great start to our new agreement with the UFC,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company. “It was a milestone evening, with the success driven by outstanding joint efforts from the teams at DTCI and ESPN.”

UFC left the FOX network at the beginning of the year and hooked up with ESPN for the next several years, where fans can expect 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night cards on ESPN+ each year, as well as 10 exclusive UFC on ESPN Fight Night events and UFC pay-per-view “Prelims.”

For complete results from UFC Brooklyn click here.

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LIVE! UFC On ESPN+ 1 ‘Prelims’ Recaps

The action will unfold later tonight (Sat., Jan. 19, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 1 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as Henry Cejudo puts his newly-acquired flyweight title on the line against reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who will be dropping down to 125 pounds for the first time in his career.

In addition to the flyweight main event, former NFL star Greg Hardy will make his long-awaited Octagon debut against heavyweight prospect Allen Crowder, Paige VanZant will return to action after a one year absence to take on women’s flyweight contender Rachael Ostovich, and New York native Gregor Gillespie will put his 12-0 unbeaten MMA record on the line against veteran brawler Yancy Medeiros.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Brooklyn’s “Prelims” action will go down on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and ESPN starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Find out what happened right here as the UFC Brooklyn undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez

Hernandez bull rushed Cerrone and landed a big uppercut down the pipe. “Cowboy” shook it off, changed levels, and secured a crucial takedown. Hernandez got back to his feet and landed big knees in the clinch. Cerrone came back with a big right hand. He then followed that up with a slick head kick. More punches by “Cowboy” busted Hernandez up. Hernandez ate another left hand as he struggled to score any offense. In Round 2, Cerrone took over where he left off and started to land two piece combos at will. Hernandez did little to avoid the damage and Cerrone followed up with a brutal elbow. More knees in the clinch and another elbow over the top stunned Hernandez. Cerrone then leveled Hernandez with a nasty head kick that put the youngster down. More punches eventually forced the referee to step in for the second-round TKO stoppage.

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski

Lipski came out firing with furious combinations and knees in the clinch. Calderwood grabbed a hold of the Brazilian and put her back to the cage where she landed short-lived offense in the clinch. Calderwood then launched in for a takedown and dragged Lipski to the canvas. Lipski tried to defend but Calderwood worked to back control and nearly sunk in a rear-naked choke. Calderwood then switched to an arm triangle choke but Lipski defended nicely and wiggled free. Lipski was given no time to catch her breath as Calderwood went right back into back control. In Round 2, Lipski landed some good shots to Calderwood’s body and legs. Calderwood countered with a nice knee in the clinch followed by a right hand. Lipski really started to work the body with hard kicks for distance. Both flyweights had their moments in the round but Lipski seemed to tire more. In the third frame, Calderwood stayed ahead of Lipski with kicks to the body, spinning elbows, and hard knees inside. That was until Lipski secured a sweep and ended up in top control. The Brazilian wasn’t able to do much from that position as Calderwood fought her hands and covered her mouth. Calderwood then threw up another arm bar attempt from the bottom but Lipski fought hard to get away. In then end, it was Calderwood who did more than enough over the course of three rounds to walk away with the unanimous decision win.

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Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira

Menifield came out firing and absolutely clocked Moreira in the middle of the cage. Moreira quickly reverted to his grappling skills when he went to his back but Menifield wanted no part of it. Moreira kept busy on the feet with flying knee attempts and pawing combinations as Menifield tried to load up on power punches. Moreira pushed Menifield into the cage and started to sap his energy in the clinch. Out of nowhere Menifield blasted Moreira with a huge right hand that knocked the Brazilian down. A few follow up punches on the ground forced the referee to step in for the first-round TKO stoppage.

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Mario Bautista vs. Cory Sandhagen

Sandhagen opened up early with leg kicks in bunches before Bautista grabbed a hold of a leg and nearly secured a takedown. Out of nowhere Sandhagen landed a brutal flying knee that put Bautista on his back. Bautista somehow recovered and slammed Sandhagen onto his back, although Sandhagen secured a tight reverse triangle on the way down. Bautista popped his head free for a moment before Sandhagen locked up an arm bar and forced Bautista to tap.

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Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards

Bermudez came out firing and pressured Edwards with hard leg kicks before putting his back to the cage. Edwards regrouped and scored a knockdown with a quick uppercut, but “Menace” popped right back up. Bermudez would stay busy with takedown attempts and eventually end up in top control with one minute left. From there, Bermudez would land a few hard elbows before the end of the frame. In Round 2, Bermudez quickly shot in for another takedown and found success as Edwards tried for a guillotine. Bermudez would attempt a kimura but Edwards powered through and eventually got back to his feet. That was until Bermudez scored another takedown and landed more elbows as the round expired. Bermudez came out again in the third round and secured another takedown. From there, he tried to sink in a tight guillotine choke but Edwards did well to turn over and release pressure. Still, Bermudez was able to score big points with ground-and-pound and top control. In the end, Bermudez’s wrestling and pressure were simply too much and earned him the unanimous decision win.

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Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal

Muhammad waited patiently for his window of opportunity as Neal started to rush in and land short punches in the clinch. Neal followed his efforts up with kicks to the body and lead leg of Muhammad. A nasty two-punch combination then landed for Neal as Muhammad’s head snapped back. In Round 2, Muhammad kept backing into the cage and allowing Neal to lead the dance. Neal landed vicious combinations along the cage as Muhammad tried to counter with his own offense. Another straight left landed for Neal. Muhammad came back and started to find a home for looping body shots. Neal kept responding but seemed to slow a bit from the damage. The third round saw Neal get back into the driver’s seat and land first. Muhammad countered with head kicks, body punches, and combinations down the pipe, but Neal remained in control and scored a huge knockdown with a lead left midway through the frame. Muhammad would somehow recover before eating another left on the feet. Neal would land a head kick that put Muhammad back on the canvas. Muhammad would again return to his feet and started to incite a brawl with Neal. Neal remained patient and rode out the final moments to capture the unanimous decision win.

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Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart

Both welterweights threw bombs early before Stewart accidentally landed a low blow. Rencountre recovered and secured a quick double leg takedown. Stewart got back to his feet before Rencountre took him down again and worked to back control. From there, Rencountre fought the hands and sunk his arms under Stewart’s neck en route to the rear-naked choke finish.

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Midnight Mania! ‘Baby K’ Steps In to Face Teixeira on UFC’s 1st ESPN Event

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The UFC’s depth of talent is never more evident when they can replace a fight without seeming to lose quality in so doing. Ion Cutelaba and John Lineker were forced out of their bouts next weekend with Glover Teixeira and Cory Sandhagen, respectively. While the UFC are still searching for an opponent for Sandhagen, they have found one for Glover: middleweight prospect Karl Roberson.

Anytime a fighter carries a nickname like ‘Baby K’, you know he’s gotta be a pretty tough dude. Roberson has been a professional MMA fighter since 2015, and he’s 7-1, with a win on the Tuesday Night Contender series and two UFC wins under his belt. He faces a big opportunity in the form of Glover Teixeira, a ranked light heavyweight on the downswing of his career. Roberson has two fights at light heavyweight, including a win over current UFC light heavyweight Ryan Spann.

Roberson’s most recent performance was a unanimous decision win over Jack Marshman at UFC 230. Teixeira, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Corey Anderson. UFC on ESPN 1 is headlined by bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who is dropping to flyweight to face champion Henry Cejudo.


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Are we really going to see McGregor box Paulie Malignaggi next? Please, no, thank you.

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Tony Ferguson deserves a title shot more than anyone has ever deserved a title shot.

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Lineker, Cutelaba Out Of UFC on ESPN+ 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) multi-million dollar venture with ESPN has hit its first speed bump.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, both John Lineker and Ion Cutelaba have both been forced out of their fights against Cory Sandhagen and Glover Teixeira, respectively, which were set to go down at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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It truly is a tough blow for the event seeing as how it’s a little over a week away from fight night. Glover and Ion were set to kick off the main card on ESPN+ 1.

Now, the promotion will have to scramble to find two suitable foes for both Glover and Corey. Thankfully, nine days should be sufficient enough time to find a couple of combatants willing to take the opportunity to step up to the plate.

The event is set to be headlined by a Flyweight title fight as division champion Henry Cejudo takes on current Bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw. In the co-main event, Greg Hardy will make his official UFC debut against Allen Crowder in Heavyweight action.

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