The world's pre-eminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion comes back to Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, this Saturday night (Nov. 22, 2014) with another FOX Sports 1-televised extravaganza.
UFC Fight Night 57 features a meaningful main event between top-ranked 145-pound contenders, Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, the winner of which could earn a crack at reigning featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo. Unless, of course, Conor McGregor cuts the front of the line.
Elsewhere on the "Edgar vs. Swanson" card, top lightweight strikers Bobby Green and Edson Barboza will bang it out for a spot in the crowded 155-pound title chase. Green is the winner of eight straight, including last summer's upset over former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson. Barboza, meanwhile, is fresh off a technical knockout victory over Evan Dunham back in July.
All that and much, much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 57 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 57 QUICK RESULTS:
Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson by Submission (rear-naked choke) at (4:56) of Round Five
Edson Barboza def. Bobby Green by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chico Camus def. Brad Pickett by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30)
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Jared Rosholt by KO (punches) at 3:21 of Round One
Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matt Wiman def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Josh Copeland by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Roger Narvaez def. Luke Barnatt by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
James Vick def. Nick Hein by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Akbarh Arreola def. Yves Edwards by submission (armbar) at 1:52 of Round One
Paige VanZant def. Kailin Curran by TKO (punches) at 2:54 of Round Three
Doo Ho Choi def. Juan Puig by TKO (punches) at 0:18 of Round One
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 57 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
145 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Round 1: Leg kick misses for Edgar. Swanson feinting with a jab, but misses an overhand right. Edgar misses a combination of his own. Left jab from Swanson. Right hook from Swanson is blocked. Big jab from Swanson. Left hook from Swanson and Edgar lands too. Swanson stuffs a takedown and avoids a knee. 1-2 lands for Swanson. Jab from Swanson, and another. Leg kick from Swanson. Edgar with a deep single leg attempt, but Swanson defends. Nice combination from Edgar. Head kick from Edgar is blocked. Big overhand right lands for Swanson, and he follows up with a kick. Big uppercut misses from Swanson, and Edgar catches his leg and takes Swanson down. Swanson gets butterfly guard, and gets to his feet quickly. Right from Swanson, but Edgar returns with a three punch combination. 1-2 from Edgar, and Swanson answers right back. Very high pace in this first round. Right hand from Edgar, and he looks for another takedown and finishes right as the round ends. 10-9 Edgar
Round 2: Uppercut lands for Swanson. Edgar short on his combinations. Edgar moving a lot and Swanson is more stationary. Right hook lands for Swanson and a body shot. Overhand lands for Edgar, but Swanson answers with a shot of his own. Edgar working hard for a takedown, and gets right into half guard after. Edgar landing elbows and Swanson is cut. Swanson tries to get to his feet, but Edgar is indomitable. Swanson gets butterfly guard, but Edgar stacks him and begins landing more ground and pound. Swanson is bleeding badly now. Edgar is relentless on top. Swanson is just eating elbows here. Swanson attempts to buck him off, but Edgar won't budge. 10-9 Edgar
Round 3: Edgar has a head kick blocked to start the round. Jab from Swanson. Edgar misses a head kick. Edgar again rushes in for the takedown, and this time he gets Swanson's back standing. Edgar is just relentless as he drags Swanson back to the mat once more even as Swanson desperately tries to defend it. Edgar passes into half guard and once again begins to bring down the ground and pound. Edgar really pouring it on Swanson here. Swanson just can not get Edgar off of him as Edgar just continues to land hard shots. Swanson is out of his element on his back here, and Edgar is simply dominating him at this point. The round ends with Swanson on his back. 10-8 Edgar
Round 4: Swanson coming out with big shots early on, and lands a big body kick. Edgar lands an uppercut and then tackles Swanson to the mat once more. Swanson fights to his feet, but Edgar drags him right back to the mat. Edgar is not content to just ride this victory out as he is raining down huge ground and pound. Edgar gets into full mount and he is looking for the finish here. Edgar is near 150 shots on the mat. Swanson almost gets up again, but he can't escape Edgar. Swanson gives up his back as Edgar continues to punish him. The finish has yet to materialize for Edgar, but he is absolutely destroying Swanson at this point. Edgar gets full mount again and just lands a bevy of hammerfists. Swanson finally gets to his feet with 15 seconds, but he eats a right hand for his troubles. 10-9 Edgar
Round 5: Swanson needs to get the finish here, but Edgar gets the takedown in under a minute once again. Ground and pound from Edgar as Swanson squirms to get to his feet. Edgar punishing Swanson on the mat, desperately looking to take him out. This is one of the best performances of Edgar's career. Edgar looking for submissions, but Swanson fights out of them. Edgar landing powerful elbows now and sinks in a deep rear-naked choke that forced Swanson to tap with just 4 seconds left in the round. Anik says it is the latest finish in UFC history. Incredible finish from Edgar to cap off an unbelievable performance.
Final result: Edgar def. Swanson by Submission (rear-naked choke)
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Bobby Green
Round 1: They touch gloves to start and Barboza lands an inside leg kick. Teep kick from Barboza, but Green lands a right hand and front kick. Body kick from Barboza, but Green catches it and trips him. Barboza gets right back to his feet and misses a wheel kick. Two jabs from Green. Front kick from Green misses. Left hand from Green, body shot from Barboza. Big time combination from Barboza to the body and head. Barboza with a body kick and Green shrugs it off. Green with a right hand. Both men exchange body kicks. Hard leg kick from Barboza, and Green brushes his shoulder off. Another hard leg kick and Barboza presses forward with a combination. 1-2 from Green lands. Big left hook lands for Barboza and a leg kick as well. Inside leg kick from Barboza, but Green answers. Big miss from Green. Another hard leg kick from Barboza. Body kick from Green. Jab and left hook from Green. Both men exchange kicks. Green moves out of the way of a 1-2, but eats a body kick. Barboza avoids the clinch and the round ends with a futile flying knee attempt from Green. 10-9 Barboza
Round 2: Teep from Green answered by a leg kick from Barboza. Head kick lands for Barboza, but Green shrugs it off again. Barboza is unfazed by Green's antics and continues to land hard kicks. Right hand hurts Green, and Barboza lands a spinning wheel kick that drops Green! Incredibly, Green survives and comes back with a stinging jab of his own. Barboza lands another hard right hook and leg kick. Flying knee lands for Green. Left hand and a missed spinning back fist for Green. Jab from Barboza. Hard kick from Green now, but Barboza answers. Big exchange in the center of the cage. 1-2 from Barboza lands flush, but Green comes back with a three punch combination of his own. Hard leg kick buckles Green momentarily. Barboza shrugs off a weak takedown attempt from Green. Another flying knee lands for Green, and he follows up with a leg kick. Green once again looking for the flying knee, but this time it is not there. Not much happening in the final twenty seconds of the round. 10-9 Barboza
Round 3: Barboza opens up with another leg kick. Barboza lands a beautiful right hand that stuns Green, but his chin holds tough. Head kick lands for Barboza, and then a big right hand. Green is getting tagged, but continues to move forward. Barboza still light on his feet, and cracks Green again with a right hook. Green has nothing for Barboza on the feet this round. Barboza refuses to allow Green to clinch. They exchange, but nothing lands of worth. Head kick blocked by Green. 1-2 lands for Green, but Barboza slips away. Another left lands or Green, and he misses a head kick. They exchange again, both man landing. Left hook from Green. Right hook from Green. Barboza is coasting here, and Green is looking to capitalize. Brutal kick from Barboza to Green's body hurts him. Barboza celebrating with 10 seconds left in the round instead of fighting. 10-9 Barboza
Final result: Barboza def. Green by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Chico Camus vs. Brad Pickett
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. They exchange soon after and Pickett lands a big right hand. Camus moving a lot early here. Flying knee lands for Camus, but Pickett moves forward. Camus clips Pickett, nearly gets slammed, but Camus reverses it. Camus landing, but Pickett lands a hard left hand and takes Camus down. Elbow for Pickett. And another. Pickett now unloading on Camus. Pickett passes to half guard, but Camus gets to his feet. 1-2 lands for Camus. Both men are bleeding now. Two big left hooks buckle Pickett. Flying knee again from Camus, but Pickett answers with haymakers of his own. Left hook for Camus lands. Push kick from Camus backs Pickett up. Camus with a single leg, and gets it momentarily. Big left hand cracks Pickett on a counter. Leg kick from Pickett ends the round. Very close round to score. 10-9 Pickett
Round 2: Camus really light on his feet to start the round. Pickett misses two hooks, but lands a leg kick. Uppercut lands for Camus and Pickett whiffs on a left hook. Camus stumbles after a Pickett leg kick. 1-2 from Camus. Pickett ducks under, but fails on the slam once again. Leg kick from Pickett, but Camus answers. High output from both men here in round two. Both men land right hooks. Flying knee misses from Pickett. Camus with a front kick again. Jab from Camus and he is styling on Pickett now. Pickett is whiffing and Camus is landing, but Pickett changes the complexion of the round with a big takedown with just under two minutes to go. Camus works back to his feet and he has a deep guillotine. Pickett escapes and eats a 1-2 from Camus. Left hook lands for Pickett and he clinches Camus up on the fence. Not much action as the round ends. 10-9 Camus
Round 3: Big left from Camus to start. Camus thwarts a takedown from Pickett. Body shot misses for Pickett, but he lands a counter right. Camus misses and Pickett lands to the body. Uppercut from Camus. Straight left from Pickett and a leg kick. They exchange in the middle, but nothing really lands. Right hand lands for Pickett and he follows up with a takedown attempt. Camus avoids the takedown, but can not land on Pickett just yet. Inside leg kick from Pickett. Overhand right lands for Pickett on the counter. Flush right hand from Camus, but Pickett answers with a right and leg kick. Big combination from Camus, but he eats a right hook on the exit. Front kick to the body stuns Pickett, and Camus follows up with a nice combination. Pickett is stalking Camus, but is countering him when he rushes in. Level change from Pickett, but Camus defends the takedown again. Push kick from Camus. Front kick lands for Pickett. Two left hooks land for Camus and Pickett lands a right as the fight comes to a close. 10-9 Pickett
Final result: Camus def. Pickett by split decision
265 lbs.: Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Jared Rosholt
Round 1: Rosholt lands a leg kick, but eats a big right hand from Oliynyk. The same thing happens about 10 seconds later. Oliynyk and Rosholt throwing bombs and exchanging, but Rosholt lands a big knee and is looking for the finish. Oliynyk is game and fires back after covering up. Oliynyk attempts a takedown, but he has no chance against Rosholt. Rosholt is controlling Oliynyk's head and landing big knees. They clinch on the fence and the pace has slowed significantly. Oliynyk with a right hand inside, but eats another knee. Rosholt opening up with big uppercuts and elbows. Rosholt is looking to take out Oliynyk early, but Oliynyk is clearly a tough out. They break off and meet in the middle and Oliynyk lands a right and uppercut. Huge right hook-left hook combination takes out Rosholt and it is all over. Oliynyk follows up with a brutal hammerfist, but it was absolutely not necessary as Rosholt was already out. Huge win for Oliynyk in Austin.
Final result: Oliynyk def. Rosholt by KO (punches)
125 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Round 1: Benavidez and Ortiz exchange early on, and Benavidez lands a right hook. Two leg kicks from Benavidez. Body kick from Benavidez, and Ortiz whiffs. Benavidez misses a head kick, but lands a right hook. They exchange body kicks. More work to the body from Benavidez. Ortiz is missing on nearly everything. Benavidez lands a crisp combination and a head kick. Big left hand stuns Ortiz. Benavidez looks uber comfortable in there lighting Ortiz up on the feet. Body shot from Benavidez. Right hand cracks Ortiz at the end of a Benavidez combination. Benavidez is pressuring Ortiz, but eats a big body kick. Knee lands from Benavidez and an elbow to follow up. Ortiz is really struggling to find his footing here. Benavidez with a leg kick. Benavidez misses with a big left hook, but lands a jab. Ortiz stalking, but Benavidez barrels through him as he takes him down with twenty seconds left. Benavidez passes to side control to end the round. 10-9 Benavidez
Round 2: Leg kick from Benavidez and he moves forward with a wild combination. Huge head kick cracks Ortiz. Benavidez clinches Ortiz and lands a big knee. Left hook from Benavidez. Head kick hurts Ortiz and Benavidez is looking for the finish. Ortiz cracks Benavidez with a left counter, and is now looking for the takedown. Benavidez is taken down, but gets right back to his feet. Benavidez is cut under his right eye. Looping left wobbles Ortiz and then a big overhand right moments later. Ortiz catches a Benavidez kick and they exchange in a wild scramble on the mat. As they fight to the feet Ortiz is cracked again, but he continues to pressure Benavidez. Ortiz is now bloodied up and this is a fight. Haymakers being thrown by both men. Big right hand from Benavidez. Ortiz body kick lands. Combination from Benavidez once again. Ortiz lands a front kick and thwarts a takedown. Benavidez lands with a right hand. Benavidez stuffs a takedown and hits a switch to close out the round. 10-9 Benavidez
Round 3: Superman punch misses for Benavidez. Ortiz attempts a takedown, but is stuffed and has his back taken while standing. Elbows from Ortiz land. Ortiz spins out, and eats a big right hand. Uppercut and head kick land for Benavidez as Ortiz goes for a takedown. Benavidez thwarts Ortiz again, and looks for a guillotine. Ortiz shrugs him off and lands a knee as Benavidez gets to his feet. Beautiful 1-2 lands for Benavidez. Ortiz misses badly on a combination and then goes for a ride as Benavidez takes his back. Ortiz scrambles and almost hits the switch. As they get to the feet, Ortiz lands an uppercut. Ortiz clinches Benavidez on the fence and gets his back standing. Elbows from Benavidez and he reverses the position. They get back to the feet and exchange momentarily before Ortiz attempts another futile takedown. Benavidez with a slapping right hook and body kick. Ortiz lands to the body. Benavidez still throwing haymakers, but Ortiz's chin has held tough. The exchange wildly to end the fight. Excellent bout. 10-9 Benavidez
Final result: Benavidez def. Ortiz by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. Matt Wiman
Round 1: Inside leg kick to start from Wiman, and they immediately exchange. Vallie-Flagg clinches up with Wiman on the fence and lands a knee. Elbow from Vallie-Flagg. Vallie-Flagg with some dirty boxing, but Wiman breaks out and they exchange body shots. Vallie-Flagg pushes Wiman back to the fence, and they exchange inside elbows. Wiman landing short shots on Vallie-Flagg. Wiman looks for a trip, but Vallie-Flagg counters and retains the clinch. More dirty boxing from both men. Knee and body shot from Vallie-Flagg. Vallie-Flagg steps away, lands a combination, and then pushes Wiman right back to the cage. Wiman breaks out with a knee, but Vallie-Flagg gets him right back in the clinch on the fence. Big shots landing from both men inside the clinch. They break off, and Wiman lands an uppercut. They clinch in the center of the cage, and Wiman lands a big knee. Vallie-Flagg pushes Wiman right back to the fence, but fails badly on a takedown. Wiman capitalizes and quickly gets back mount. Vallie-Flagg fights off the rear-naked choke, but Wiman beautifully transitions into and armbar, then triangle, then back to armbar to end the round. 10-9 Vallie-Flagg
Round 2: Big inside leg kick from Wiman, but he misses on two hooks. Vallie-Flagg misses on two shots of his own, and then defends a takedown from Wiman. More dirty boxing from Vallie-Flagg in the clinch, and Wiman is pushed to the fence once again. Vallie-Flagg drops down for a single, but Wiman hits the switch. Vallie-Flagg to his feet and they exchange elbows in the clinch. Big uppercut from Wiman and they are exchanging on the feet. Both men mounting serious offense here, eating shot after shot. Vallie-Flagg gets the clinch again on the fence, but Wiman reverses and lands some elbows. Vallie-Flagg is absolutely relentless as he pressures Wiman to the fence again. On the break they exchange wildly and both men land. This is a war right now. Uppercut from Vallie-Flagg. Wiman is finally taken down, but he hits the switch and takes the back again. Wiman looking for the rear-naked choke, but Vallie-Flagg is fighting it off. Vallie-Flagg gets to his feet and once again gets back in the clinch. Knee from Wiman, but Vallie-Flagg answers with a body shot. Huge elbow from Vallie-Flagg, but Wiman pushes him to the fence now. Wiman lands a big right hand to end the round. 10-9 Wiman
Round 3: Teep kick from Vallie-Flagg and they exchange with big shots again. Wiman clinches Vallie-Flagg to the fence, and the dirty boxing ensues once more. Shoulder strikes, elbows, knees, and more landing for both men. Wiman drops down for a double leg takedown, but gives it up soon after. Mario Yamasaki breaks them off the fence, and Wiman lands a big knee. More inside striking from both men and Vallie-Flagg lands a nice combination. Wiman bullies Vallie-Flagg to the fence, but eats an uppercut for his troubles. Head kick from Wiman is blocked and a left hook lands clean on Wiman's chin. Vallie-Flagg gets the clinch and pushes Wiman back to the fence. Single leg attempt from Vallie-Flagg is foiled again as Wiman takes his back for the third time in the fight. With a minute and a half left in the fight, Wiman is looking for the rear-naked choke. Wiman asks how much time is left and feverishly looks for the finish, but can not get it as the round ends. 10-9 Wiman
Final result: Wiman def. Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Josh Copeland vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Magomedov has his first head kick blocked. Leg kick from Magomedov. Knee from Magomedov, but Copeland lands a left hook. Magomedov clips Copeland with a left as he rushes in. Big overhand right stuns Copeland momentarily, but he recovers quickly. Crowd chanting for Copeland, but he is very tentative. Another high kick from Magomedov is blocked. Leaping left hook misses from Copeland. Body kick lands for Magomedov. Copeland with a body shot to answer. Copeland lands a big 1-2 and his best combination of the fight. Magomedov misses with a jab and head kick. Magomedov clips Copeland again rushing in, and then lands a big left head kick that Copeland eats on the fence. Another high kick from Magomedov, but this one is blocked. Copeland lands a right hook, but Magomedov answers with another head kick. Magomedov misses on a 1-2, but lands a leg kick. Copeland continues to leap in and miss, and Magomedov counters with an uppercut. More head kicks from Magomedov end the round. 10-9 Magomedov.
Round 2: Lots of feints here to start round two. Copeland misses again on a leaping left hook and Magomedov once again goes high with the kick. 1-2 from Magomedov. Teep kick from Magomedov misses. Big counter right lands from Copeland, and follows up with a left hook. They exchange inside, but nothing of worth lands. Another leaping right hook from Copeland lands, but Magomedov is not fazed. Copeland goes for it again, but Magomedov opens up with a big combination to answer. Flush body kick from Magomedov. Copeland misses on a 1-2. Question mark kick from Magomedov misses. Front kick from Magomedov. Big left hand lands for Copeland, but Magomedov answers with a huge head kick that hurts him. Magomedov looking for the finish as Copeland covers up, but he answers with a big shot of his own that stuns Magomedov and forces him to retreat. Copeland eats yet another head kick from Magomedov. More kicks from Magomedov to end the round. 10-9 Magomedov.
Round 3: Jab from Magomedov to start. Big body kick from Magomedov. Copeland misses a huge overhand right, and eats a leg kick. Inside leg kick from Magomedov and then an outside leg kick. Another head kick from Magomedov. Superman punch from Magomedov lands, but Copeland is not fazed. Left hook from Magomedov. Out of nowhere Copeland rushes in and lands a big left hook that stuns Magomedov. Copeland clinches Magomedov on the fence, but gets reversed quickly. Foot stomp and knee from Magomedov. Copeland working hard to get off the fence, but Magomedov's double underhooks are making his attempts futile. More foot stomps from Magomedov. The referee separates them, and Copeland looks to fire away, but misses. Magomedov the fresher fighter at this point and landing more kicks. 1-2 lands from Magomedov. Beautifully timed double leg takedown from Magomedov caps off a wonderful performance. 10-9 Magomedov
Final result: Magomedov def. Copeland by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez
Round 1: Narvaez with a low kick, body kick blocked and he slips. Back up quickly. Barnatt tries a knee to the body, but his shin hits groin and he eats a right hand in the process. Brief pause in the action. Back to the action. Counter straight by Narvaez connects. Leg kick, too. Body kick by Barnatt. One minute in. Narvaez on the advance, comes up short with a head kick. Body kick from him and leg kick by Barnatt connect at the same time. Barnatt tries a wheel kick. Body kick from Barnatt lands. Front kick blocked. Narvaez with a low kick. Barnatt again to the body. Two minutes in. Good right hand by Narvaez. Counter straight soon after. Low kick from Luke. Narvaez low kick checked, he eats a body kick. Two minutes to go.
Both come up short with punches. Narvaez blocks a head kick, has one blocked himself. Barnatt right falls short. Good left by Narvaez, Barnatt whiffs on an uppercut. High kick blocked. One minute to go. Barnatt low kick, right cross lands as he takes a left straight. Narvaez whiffs on a head kick. Barnatt misses on a spinning backfist, hits a trip. Narvaez back to his feet quickly. Round ends, 10-9 Narvaez.
Round 2: Transitioning staff.
Round 3: They touch gloves to start. Weak body kick from Narvaez that is answered by Barnatt. Left hand lands for Narvaez. He follows up with a 1-2 combination. Head kick misses for Barnatt, but a body kick lands. Big straight left from Narvaez followed up by a head kick that stumbles Barnatt. A follow up shot drops Barnatt, and Narvaez pounces looking for the finish. Elbows and punches landing for Narvaez. Barnatt gets control of Narvaez's posture, but Narvaez is still landing. Narvaez takes the back and locks in a rear-naked choke. It is deep, but Barnatt escapes. Narvaez transitions and locks it in again, but Barnatt will not tap. Narvaez gives up the choke, and Barnatt gets half guard. Barnatt lands two shots from the bottom. Elbow lands for Narvaez. Barnatt gets to his feet with twenty seconds to go and lands a head kick to end the fight.
Final result: Narvaez def. Barnatt by split decision
155 lbs.: Nick Hein vs. James Vick
Round 1: Vick flicks out a front kick. High kick blocked. Side kick comes up short. He tries another high kick, eats a counter left from Hein. Body kick connects for Vick. One minute in. Front kick to the body and jab. High kick blocked. Hein still struggling to get inside. Big counter overhand left drops Vick. Hein takes side control. Two minutes in. Hein attempts to get a leg over Vick's head, cannot. Vick manages to sweep, taking top position. Hein quickly uses a technical standup to get to his feet. Vick tossing out kicks, coming up short. Two minutes to go.
Vick head kick comes up short. Another two blocked, jab lands. Head kick blocked. One minute to go. Jab by Vick. Low kick lands. High knee connects, but Hein drops him again with a counter left. Hein on top in half guard. Vick quickly gains full guard. Hein stands, Vick uses the chance to rise as well, eating punches as he does. Left hand by Vick. Wheel kick comes up short. Bell, 10-9 Hein.
Round 2: Vick flicking out front kicks, high kick whiffs as well. Side kick attempt. Punch combination falls short, Hein responds with an overhand left. Vick head kick blocked. Hein tries to rush. Another head kick blocked, Hein tries to press again. Vick head kick blocked once again. One minute in. Vick circles away from a combination. Vick tries a head kick, lands a right hand to kick off a combination. Low kick lands. Counter straight by Vick hits home. Body shot soon after. They trade low kicks. Head kick blocked. Two minutes in. Hein blocks another head kick, eats a jab. Vick avoids a punching combination. High kick falls short for him. Hein bleeding, cut appears to be beside his eye. Vick low kick after circling away. Two minutes to go.
Hein blitz again falls short. Left hand connects for him, Vick tries another head kick. Lots of feinting in the center. Vick tries a heel kick, misses but lands a pair of punches. One minute to go. Hein moves into the clinch after blocking a head kick, Vick exits quickly. Hein flurry falls short. Hein tries a spinning backfist as Vick fires a head kick before the bell. 10-9 Vick.
Round 3: Vick avoids a flurry and fires a cross in response. Hein leg kick. Once again. Vick checks the third one. High kick blocked. Feint from Hein trips Vick up. One minute in. Good straight left by Hein. Counter flurry as Vick lands a right to the body. 1-1-2 from Vick, counter left by Hein prompts Vick to stick out his tongue. Hein with an overhand left, Vick with a right after faking a knee. Two minutes in. Hein blitzes, can't get into the clinch. Vick pops him with a right straight after an ill-advised spinning backfist by Hein. Hein in pursuit, Vick circling near the fence. Hein leg kick. Vick lands a double jab. Two minutes to go.
1-2 by Vick lands and he avoids an attempt to clinch. Hein lands a few wide punches as he rushes. Leg kick lands for him. He leans away from a high kick. Leg kick from Hein, Vick checks another and lands a straight. Vick buzzes him with a counter straight as Hein approaches, knocking out his mouthpiece. Hein remains on the attack, Vick now playing counter-striker. The ref pauses the fight to give Hein his mouthpiece back. Vick 1-2. Hein with a right to the body. Hein rushing after Vick, Vick in full retreat. Hein shrugs and the crowd boos as the fight comes to an end. 10-9 Vick.
Final result: Vick def. Hein by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Akbarh Arreola vs. Yves Edwards
Round 1: Edwards opens with a leg kick, leading to a punching exchange. Arreola lands a counter uppercut and a glancing head kick. Both men pursuing the leg kick. Good body kick from Akbarh. One minute in. HUGE right corkscrew uppercut drops Edwards hard. Arrelona steps right into mount and tries to finish him off. Edwards manages to get back to his feet against the cage. Both men land head kicks. Arreola catches Yves' kick and tosses him down, quickly taking mount. Arreola attacks with an armbar and soon earns the tap.
Final result: Arreola def. Edwards by submission (armbar)
115 lbs.: Kailin Curran vs. Paige VanZant
Round 1: VanZant opens with a low kick and the two start trading leather inside. The battle moves towards the fence, with VanZant pressing Curran. Dirty boxing from both, Curran with a powerful elbow before they separate. VanZant shoots after taking a body kick, gets rebuffed. VanZant stays aggressive, moving into the clinch as she takes shots and moving her back to the fence. One minute in. Curran hits a head-and-arm throw into side control. Paige attempts to roll through, can't, but manages to stand with the bodylock. VanZant with some knees and a good right hand. Curran knees the body. Two minutes in. VanZant landing hard right hands and elbows. Curran reverses position, gets reversed again but hits an inside trip into guard. Curran on top. VanZant tosses up her legs forn armbar, nothing there. Curran looking to posture up. VanZant tries another armbar, Curran slams her way out into side control. Two minutes to go.
VanZant attacks the arm once again. Curran drags her arm free and stands over Paige. Good right hand. Curran drops an elbow, then postures up again. Paige very active with her legs. One minute to go. Diving right hand by Curran hits home. Good ground-and-pound by Kailin Curran. VanZant hits a sweep and erupts with ground-and-pound. Curran latches onto a leg, but a big right hand forces her to cover up. Curran completes a single-leg X-guard sweep and they slug it out from 50/50 until the bell. 10-9 VanZant.
Round 2: Paige takes the center, lands a hook and wades into the clinch. Curran tries to trip her down, Paige rolls through and takes dominant position against the cage. Both women very active in the clinch with strikes. Good knees by VanZant. They jockey for position. One minute in. Things slowing down a bit. Good knee upstairs from Paige. Another pair of good knees. Curran manages to make distance. VanZant moves into the body lock, but gets thrown into side control. VanZant rolls and gets in on a leg. Two minutes in. Curran threatens with a knee as she rises, but Paige manages to put her back on the fence. Curran tries another head-and-arm throw and manages to drag Paige down. Paige threatens the back and they stand, VanZant pressing her against the fence. VanZant bowls her over and puts in a few right hands before Curran stands. Two minutes to go.
Curran tries another head-and-arm throw, no success. An attempt to make space does not succeed. VanZant with a knee to the head. They move towards the center, VanZant stays latched onto her and moves her to another fence. One minute to go. VanZant grinding away. Curran unable to reverse the clinch. Curran separates a bit, lands a pair of right hands and takes her down into guard. VanZant immediately threatens an armbar and drops hammerfists from that position until the bell. 10-9 VanZant.
Round 3: VanZant tosses out a high kick, takes punches and moves into the clinch. VanZant gets her down against the cage and drops an elbow. Good knees as Curran tries to stand. Curran makes space and lands an elbow, then another right hand as VanZant retakes the clinch. Back against the cage. One minute in. They trade right hands as the clinch moves along the fence. Knee from VanZant. Curran reverses the clinch. VanZant quickly regains position. Tired right hands by Curran. VanZant answering. VanZant attempts a takedown, can't get it but retains the clinch. Two minutes in. Foot stomps and knees by VanZant. Nice knee upstairs, then she tosses Curran to the mat and starts dropping punches. Curran covers up and the referee steps in. Impressive debut for VanZant
Final result: VanZant def. Curran by TKO (punches)
145 lbs.: Doo Ho Choi vs. Juan Puig
Round 1: Choi opens with a quick left hook. 2-3, then a big cross counter drops Puig. A few more punches and Choi has the stoppage in under twenty seconds.
Final result: Choi def. Puig by TKO (punches)