Tonight (Sat., Dec. 10, 2016) will offer one of the more underrated pay-per-view (PPV) cards of 2016 as UFC 206 unfolds from inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With interim featherweight title rights on the line, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will collide in the main event, while notable Octagon names like Donald Cerrone, Matt Brown, Cub Swanson, Tim Kennedy, Kelvin Gastelum and Doo Ho Choi round out the rest of the main card action.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, a portion of UFC 206′s “Prelims” undercard action will go down exclusively on FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET. Find out what happened right here as the UFC 206 FS1 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Nikita Krylov vs. Misha Cirkunov
Rising light heavyweight prospects Krylov (21-5) and Cirkunov (13-2) met toe-to-toe in the preliminary headliner. Coming in on a five-fight win streak, Krylov came out confident and forward-moving to begin the fight, while both fighters mixed in a brief takedown. But after Krylov missed a head kick attempt, Cirkunov slammed a counter left into his chin and slumped the Ukrainian. From there, Cirkunov would move into position on the ground and quickly lock in the guillotine choke to extend his UFC win streak to four (all finishes).
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
Young lightweight prospect Aubin-Mercier (9-2) looked to capture a two-fight win streak in front of his home crowd when he locked horns with powerful veteran Dober (17-8), who was coming off his first knockout under UFC rule. Aubin-Mercier surprised the striker early by catching him with a few stiff jabs and power lefts, temporarily sending Dober to one knee and bloodying his nose. But it was Dober who landed a powerful left hand to begin Round 2 that sent the grappler to the canvas. Once there, Aubin-Mercier used a leg lock to sweep Dober and take control from top position. Aubin-Mercier would then take Dober’s back, work for the choke and sink in the submission finish to capture the win.
Valerie Letourneau vs. Viviane Pereira
Former strawweight title challenger Letourneau (8-6) welcomed undefeated 23-year-old Brazilian Pereira (12-0) to the Octagon earlier tonight. Letourneau, who possessed a five-inch reach advantage in this bout, kept her distance and began to land from the outside before taking Pereira down and scoring points in top control. The Brazilian hung in tough, launching lunging hooks to the body and landing solid counter strikes throughout Round 2. In the end, after a successful third round on the feet, Pereira was able to eke out in front on the judges’ scorecards and capture the split-decision win.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
Gagnon (12-4) looked to impress in front of his home crowd and start the FS1 “Prelims” off with a bang when he took on rising bantamweight prospect Lopez (9-1), who lost his Octagon debut earlier this year. After a timely takedown by Lopez, Gagnon caught him with a huge left hook that sent him to the canvas. The Canadian would pour it on before taking Lopez’s back, but Lopez scrambled and regained his composure. In Round 2, Lopez would begin to open up on the ground, gaining top control and launching heavy ground-and-pound. He even closed the frame out with a rear-naked choke attempt. Unfortunately for Lopez, Gagnon landed a massive low blow to begin the third round, temporarily stopping the action. When the fight resumed, Lopez pressured Gagnon against the cage, dragged the Canadian to the ground and began to score more points. He would secure another takedown late in the fight to win the third round and score the split-decision win.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 206 fight, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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