Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set for a landmark UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza event inside the 70,000-seat Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia tonight (Sat., Nov., 14, 2015).
A women's Bantamweight championship fight between 135-pound queenpin Ronda Rousey and No. 7-ranked Holly Holm takes top billing "Down Under." The two weren't the most kind of opponents at yesterday's weigh-ins and are sure to go after each other from the opening bell.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her women's Strawweight belt on the line against Canadian striker Valerie Letourneau in the evening's co-main event. "Joanna Champion" seems ready to send "Trouble" home without the title.
We'll see if that's true later.
Elsewhere on the card are exciting match ups featuring heavy-hitters like Mark Hunt, Antonio Silva, Uriah Hall and Robert Whittaker.
However, before we can get to the night's main offerings, Maniacs everywhere will be treated to a set of eight "Prelims" bouts, which begin at 6:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass, before heading over to FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. for the remaining four.
Below are the results recaps for the four UFC 193 Fight Pass "Prelims" tilts:
Dan Kelly vs. Steve Montgomery
Both Kelly and Montgomery, who dropped their last UFC appearances via knockout, looked to get a much-needed 'W.'
Two southpaws. Kelly stalking Montgomery early. Solid knee to the body connects for the American Top Team (ATT) representative. Great straight right from Montgomery. More knees from the American. Short elbows raining down from the Aussie, right after he lands the throw. The 38-year-old is in half guard. Montgomery attempting to wall walk. Kelly lands another throw. He gets the back and has Montgomery flatten out, then full mount. Half guard now for Montgomery. They stand up and Kelly gets the trip. Full guard for Montgomery, who's paying the price for staying in the clinch earlier. Kelly is searching for the D'arce choke, possibly a guillotine, as round one ends.
Montgomery is sticking and moving now. He then lands a heavy right. Kelly initiates the clinch. A battle ensues; Montgomery defends against the single-leg and lands a good elbow. He connects with a straight left. "The Creepy Weasel" tags Kelly upon him entering the clinch. Solid knees in the clinch from Montgomery. Kelly eventually gets the throw on the 24-year-old. Montgomery is attempting to wall walk; Kelly lands a punch on the break. Kelly scores with a straight left. Right hook and left hand land score for Montgomery. A left hand rocks Kelly, who gets pummeled by some short shots in the clinch. Kelly exits and eats an inside leg kick from Montgomery as the second frame ends.
Montgomery begins round three pumping the jab. He lands a good knee upon Kelly entering the clinch. A good uppercut finds the mark for Montgomery. Kelly enters the clinch with 3:55 left. He wants the throw and gets it, but it's reversed by Montgomery, who connects with a knee when they stand up. Kelly scores with a left. Another good left for Kelly. He tries to get the fight to the ground, but it doesn't work. Kelly is tired; can't finish a takedown. A stinging left finds the mark for Kelly. He's looking for the inside trip. He lands a takedown with 1:30 left. Kelly takes Montgomery's back. Kelly looks for an armbar, then gets full mount. He rains down punches from back mount to end the fight.
The winner: Dan Kelly via unanimous decision
Kelly earns the win and improves to 10-1, while Montgomery drops his second straight and falls to 8-4.
Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy
Welterweights with a penchant for finishes went back-and-forth for 15 minutes.
Great kick from Walsh early, followed by a big flurry that backs Kennedy up against the fence. More damaging kicks to the leg of Kennedy. Walsh cracks Kennedy with a huge straight right. Walsh is in on the double leg with 2:00 left. He gets and it quickly finds Kennedy's back, who gets back to his feet. Kennedy has Walsh's back. The two begin jockeying for position; Walsh doing some hand fighting. Walsh is flattened out and then gives up full mount to Kennedy, who spins into the former's body. Kennedy searches for a kimura to end round one.
Walsh continues his assault to start round two. Kennedy counters with a body kick, who is eating several hard leg kicks. Walsh goes for the takedown, while Kennedy sprawls and tries to get into half guard. The pair stand back up. Kennedy shoots, but is denied. Then he goes for a reverse triangle from the bottom, but it's not there. They scramble. "Filthy Rich" stays with him. Walsh rains down punches from full guard. Some chopping kicks from Walsh, who stood up. Kennedy gets back up and finds the double-leg takedown. He storms back to get a good position as he did in round one. "The Steamrolla" is landing a bit, but nothing too clean. Solid guard on display by the 26-year-old Walsh.
Kennedy lands a good left early in the early parts of round three. Walsh paws with some jabs. He hurts the 32-year-old with hard shots and smothers Kennedy against the cage. Walsh is on his back. Kennedy uses the kimura attempt to stand back up. Good right hands by Walsh, who stuffs a takedown from Kennedy. Kennedy sprawls out, and then invites Walsh to slide into his guard. Walsh kicks the legs. He targets the body now as they make it back to their feet. Same position as before. Kennedy lying down; Walsh drops the hammer with a right.
The winner: Richard Walsh via unanimous decision
Walsh vaults his record to 9-3, while Kennedy drops to 22-8.
James Moontasri vs. Anton Zafir
Moontasri aimed to test the waters in the welterweight division against Zafir, who took the bout on short notice.
Snapping body kick by Moontasri to start. An overhand right tag from Zafir tags Moontasri and now the former is in on a takedown. The Aussie Zafir snags the trip takedown and is in half guard. He's pretty close to sneaking through into full mount. "Moonwalker" gets back to full guard. Some short shots coming from Zafir. Zafir looking to posture up. The Blackhouse representative Moontasri wall walks. Zafir looking to land knees in the clinch and has one underhook. He drops for the double leg. Solid knee connects for Zafir. They break with 1:15 left in round one. Moontasri switches to southpaw and throws a left high kick. Spinning back kick comes from Moontasri, who then lands a spinning back fist for the knockout.
The winner: James Mootasri via first-round knockout
Moontasri nabs his second UFC win and improves to 9-3 overall. Zafir falls in his UFC debut and sees his record drop to 7-2.
Ben Nguyen vs. Ryan Benoit
Two heavy-handed flyweights looking for back-to-back UFC wins for the first time in their careers went head-to-head when Nguyen took on Benoit.
Good kick by Nguyen to start. Benoit counters with a right. Nguyen hurts Benoit with a knee in a flurry, then gets the takedown and full mount. Melbourne's Nguyen takes his back. He's got "Baby Face" flattened out; rear-naked choke is iminent. "10" is slamming fists into the side of his face. Benoit has a hold of one of Nguyen's arm and is trying to nullify his opponent's offense, but it's to no avail. Nguyen gets one arm under the chin of Benoit and gets the tap.
The winner: Ben Nguyen via rear-naked choke in round one
Nguyen improves to 14-5, while Benoit drops to 8-4.