Before UFC 166: "Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3" main card kicked off on pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat., Oct. 19, 2013) from Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, an entire eight-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast on Facebook and FOX Sports 1, respectively.
This installment of the "Prelims" had multiple household names taking part, and did not disappoint with the exception of very few fights.
Boetsch landed a right hand first, while Dollaway landed a right to the body. Dollaway connected with a jab followed by a right hand, who looked sharp with his movement. Dollaway continued to throw legkicks and was moving out of the way of Boetsch's shots. Boetsch landed a nice left hand, as Dollaway taunted his opponent by putting his hands up in "Diaz brothers" fashion. Dollaway then clinched with Boetsch and landed some big knees before throwing some more shots at his opponent. Boetsch then stung Dollaway with a shot that opened up a cut under his right eye.
Both exchanged some dirty boxing before "The Doberman" took Boetsch down and worked in side control. Dollaway was looking for the Peruvian-necktie but Boetsch was having none of it and ended up on his feet. Boetsch surprised Dollaway with a guillotine although he could not secure the choke. He was able to get his foe's back, and eventually found himself in the clinch, then broke free. Boetsch tagged Dollaway, who smiled and immediately took Boetsch down. Boetsch tried to work a kimura, but Dollaway was doing well with elbows to the body.
Dollaway poked Boetsch in the eye at the beginning of the third round, and that stopped the action with Boetsch bleeding out of his eye. The cageside doctor entered the Octagon and let him fight on.
Both middleweights came out guns blazing, with Dollaway getting a takedown though he could not keep the gritty Boetsch down. Dollaway caught Boetsch again with an eye poke, unintentionally. The referee took a point away from Dollaway.
Dollaway then took Boetsch down and tried to finish him on the ground with Boetsch trying to break free. The two fighters clinched up against the fence as Boetsch worked his way back up, and clocked Dollaway with a massive right hand. Dollaway took Boetsch down again, and in a mad scramble, Boetsch tried to work the guilltoine and an arm-triangle choke -- but Dollaway was saved by the bell.
If it were not for the eye pokes, Dollaway could have walked away with the victory.
In a battle of former middleweight standouts trying to regain their form, Hector Lombard returned to winning ways in a performance where he resembled the force he was as a champion -- knocking out Nate Marquardt in the first round.
Lombard commenced the round by stalking Marquardt, who was doing a good job of avoiding the power of the Cuban. Both men found themselves in the clinch, and Marquardt landed two good shots on the former Bellator champion. Lombard then staggered Marquardt, who started to drift away from the punches however Lombard chased him and decked him with a left hand -- knocking him out with some ground-and-pound shortly afterwards.
Lombard gets a much-needed win in his welterweight debut, while Marquardt loses three straight and faces a possible release.
Both competitors have incredibly fast hands, with Kaufman looking for combinations early. Kaufman tagged Eye with a shot before they both clinched against the fence, with Eye pressing with uppercuts. Both bantamweights found themselves in the center again, with Kaufman throwing some impressive power shots. A big knee landed for Kaufman, as she swarmed Eye with a combination but the underdog was able to steer away from trouble. Eye brought Kaufman into the clinch and then nailed her with two big combinations yet Kaufman remained on her feet. Another clinch followed by both athletes circling closed out the first round.
Both fighters were a little more cautious in the second round, with their hands up in tight stances. The exchanges were not wild but more so carefully constructed, as Eye was landing her jab throughout the round. Kaufman clocked Eye with a big right hand, and then followed up with another before Eye tied her up against the fence and stomped on her feet. Kaufman's eye left eye started to swell, as Eye kept on drift away from the punches and continued to establish her jab.
In the third round, Kaufman stunned Eye with a huge right hand, and forced her opponent into the clinch and did some damage from there before Eye was able to break free. After a series of exchanges, Kaufman rocked Eye with a solid right that wobbled Eye, and tried to pounce on her though Eye tied up Kaufman in another clinch against the fence to regain her composure. Kaufman ended the round with more right hands, and stole the fight based on how she finished the last round.
Kaufman, who is still ranked as the number two fighter in her division, may have been unlucky with that call.
FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" commenced with two lightweights in dire need of a victory to stay in the promotion, with KJ Noons edging out George Sotiropoulos, and earning his first win in the Octagon.
Both fighters circled around each other for a while, drawing boos from the crowd early on. Sotiropoulos was hesitant to engage, constantly moving with his hands up high. As Noons went to the body, Sotiropoulos tagged him with a right hand. Noons was going to the body often, and ate a good shot from Sotiropoulos on one occasion. The most significant strike of the round thus far was an eye poke courtesy of Sotiropoulos. Both lightweights capped off the round nicely with a flurry of strikes, with Noons dropping Sotiropoulos twice.
Sotiropoulos tagged Noons at the beginning of the second round with a big right hand and looked to connect again. Sotiropoulos then missed with a headkick, and an uppercut as well. Noons hit the Aussie with an uppercut and shortly after, Sotiropoulos scored the first takedown of the fight. Noons found his way up thanks to having his back against the fence, and the dullness continued on the feet.
In the third round, a cut opened up over the left eye of Sotiropoulos, who kept on circling away. Another cut opened up over the opposite eye of Sotiropoulos and he ate a huge right hand from Noons, forcing him to back up and regain his composure. Noons stuffed two takedowns from Sotiropoulos, and was getting the best of him on the feet until Sotiropoulos hit Noons with a big headkick. In the final moments if the round, both men looked for the knockout blow but could not find it.
Waldburger threw the first strike, being a legkick while Amagov looked to setup his jab. Amagov threw a wild headkick and barely missed. The feeling out process lasted a while, with Amagov unable to score a takedown after he shot for the Texan's legs. Amagov landed a spinning-heel kick to Waldburger's gut but the homestate favorite ate it like a warrior. After a grappling exchange, Amagov started to land punches in the clinch and dropped Waldburger, following up with unnecessary shots that knocked out Waldburger in the first round.
Amagov has now won three straight, and his second fight in the Octagon.
"El Cucuy" made his UFC return after nearly one year and a half, and it did not take long for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 winner to submit Mike Rio in the first round.
Rio opened up the first round with a good jab and looked to setup the takedown immediately. Ferguson sprawled until Rio secured double-underhooks with Ferguson against the fence. Rio shot for the takedown again but "El Cucuy" sprawled again and with both men on their feet, Ferguson hurt Rio badly with a left hook and slapped on a D'Arce choke from his back.
Ferguson now moves to 14-3 in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Taking a fight on 10 days notice, Team Alpha Male's Andre Fili literally beat Jeremy Larsen into a bloody pulp.
These two Featherweight fighters started to stand and bang, with Fili clocking Larsen with a big punch. After both competitors clinched, Fili decked Larsen with a few knees and busted him open, with Larsen trying to score a takedown to calm things down. A cageside doctor came in to examine the cut on Larsen, and deemed him fine to continue,
Fili tried to land another kick and Larsen caught it and brought his opponent down to the mat. Larsen hung out in Fili's guard while the newcomer got the sweep and forced the two back on their feet. Fili staggered Larsen with a good left hand, and the two traded some more before the horn sounded.
Before the second round, the doctor returned and even the referee said he would keep a close eye on him, because Larsen now had two open cuts.
Fili and Larsen got into a bit of a slugfest before Fili rocked Larsen with a right hand to the temple, with Fili wobbly and backing up. Larsen crouched down near the cage and Fili landed one more body shot for good measure before the referee stepped in.
"Touchy" Fili gets his first Octagon win, after cutting a whopping 78 pounds to take the fight on short notice.
Kicking off the Facebook portion was a bantamweight fight between Shooto standout Kyoji Horiguchi and alum Dustin Pague, who needed a win to secure his job. Horiguchi came out on top, however, stopping Pague via technical knockout.
Both bantamweights circled for a while, with Horiguchi landing a few legkicks and moving around relentlessly. Pague then took him down and tried to lock in a body triangle but instead took his back and locked in a rear-naked choke while Horiguchi was standing. The former Shooto champion turned his body and faced Pague, pushing him against the fence and forcing him off him with both men finding themselves back in the center of the Octagon. They both exchanged right hands and after Pague hit his opponent with a knee to the body, he tossed him to the ground and found himself on the bottom when the horn sounded.
Horiguchi commenced the second round with a big left hook that staggered Pague, and then hit him with another devastating left hook that dropped his foe, who survived the ground-and-pound onslaught. With both athletes back on their feet, Horiguchi took Pague down and worked out of half guard with elbows and body shots. Horiguchi postured up onto his feet and landed blow after blow, with Pague on the bottom and in big trouble. With Horiguchi pressing, Pague was unable to break free and Herb Dean stepped in to save Pague from any more damage.
Horiguchi gets his first win in the Octagon, while Pague has now lost four straight.
Here are the complete results for UFC 166 "Prelims" card:
Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway -- Boetsch wins by split decision (30-26 x2, 27-29)
Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard -- Lombard wins by knockout (strikes) at 1:48 of round 1.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye -- Jessica Eye wins by split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
George Sotiropoulos vs. KJ Noons -- Noons wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
TJ Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov -- Amagov wins by knockout (strikes), at 3:54 of round 1.
Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio -- Ferguson wins by submission (d'Arce choke) at 1:52 of round one.
Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre Fili -- Fili wins by TKO (strikes) at 0:53 of round two.
Dustin Pague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi -- Horiguchi wins by TKO (strikes) at 3:51 of round two.
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of UFC 166 fight card.
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