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UFC Fight Night 80 results: 'Namajunas vs VanZant' full play-by-play recaps for Fight Pass 'Prelims'

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads back to Fight Pass with UFC Fight Night 80 TONIGHT (Thurs., Dec. 10, 2015), emanating live from "The Chelsea" at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Atop the main card sits a women's Strawweight match up between ranked contenders Rose Namajunas and Paige VanZant, while a bout between middle-of-the-road Lightweight veterans Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa occupies the co-main event spot.

Elsewhere on the card are notable tilts featuring the likes of teenage Lightweight phenom Sage Northcutt and undefeated Middleweight prospect Elias Theodorou (against separate opponents).

However, before we can get to the evening's main courses, fight fans will be treated to a set of eight "Prelims" tussles, which are scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. ET and run on through to the main card at 10 p.m. ET.

Below are the results recaps for the eight UFC Fight Night 80 "Prelims" exchanges (results will start from bottom-to-top):

Tim Means vs. John Howard

Veteran welterweights looking for an important victory battled when the striker Means engaged with the gritty wrestler Howard.

Means starts out by utilizing his straight left hand. His reach will definitely be a factor in the fight. Means mixes in good leg strikes. Howard scores with body kick. Howard pushes forward. "The Dirty Bird's" boxing prowess is on display; good jabs and left hands. Good elbow from Means. Howard connects with a leg kick, but is countered by Means. Howard lands the takedown and keeps him there, but not for long. Means works his way back to the feet. Howard gets the fight back to the mat once again. Good body punch from Means. Side kick to the face of Howard by Means to end round one.

Howard takes command of the cage, but is quickly felled by a left hook by Means at the 0:21 mark of round two.

Means bounces back from a submission loss to Matt Brown to tally his 17th career win by strikes. Howard is now a loser of four out of five.

Result: Means via second-round knockout

Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes

Two welterweights looking to climb the 170-pound ladder resorted to fisticuffs in the Octagon tonight as Akhmedov looked to turn back Moraes.

Moraes takes the center of the cage. He lands a nice spinning back fist. They're both putting power behind all their shots. Akhmedov is searching for the overhand right. The Russian presses forward and they clinch for a moment. Moraes scores with an overhand right. Akhmedov retaliates with an uppercut. He sends a body kick crashing into the body of the Brazilian. Moraes scores with a big flying knee. Akhmedov lands a huge counter right hand and drops Moraes. He lets Moraes back up to his feet with 50 seconds left in the round. Moraes shoots and Akhmedov defends. They stalemate in the middle of the Octagon to end round one.

Akhmedov lands a body kick to start off round two. Moraes scores with a nice right hand, which briefly stuns Akhmedov. A left sneaks through for Akhmedov. Moraes throws a sloppy flying knee attempt, which Akhmedov easily evades. Good body kick from Akhmedov. Moraes is backing up Akhmedov quite a bit. Now it's Akhmedov on the offensive; he lands a overhand right. Akhmedov shoots and gets the takedown. Moraes locks up a guillotine choke, but Akhmedov hangs on to close out round two.

Akhmedov implores Moraes to trade punches with him. Both men are a bit sloppy. Moraes could definitely use this round as he pursues a poor takedown attempt. Akhmedov might not be landing at a great clip, but he has the knockdown and he's doing a good job of keeping Moraes at bay. Then, out of nowhere, Moraes puts it on Akhmedov and blitzes the latter against the cage for the third-round stoppage due to strikes at the 2:18 mark.

Moraes earns his first career victory via knockout and it's his third straight overall. Akhmedov's two-fight win streak is snapped.

Result: Moraes via third-round knockout

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin Casey

Middleweight brutes aimed to slug it out on this Fight Pass-exclusive card as Carlos Junior took on Casey.

Carlos Junior takes the role of aggressor and looks to unleash his kicking game early. However, after an errant eye poke by the Brazilian, and a subsequent stoppage by the referee, Casey declares that he is unable to see out of his eye. The fight is ruled a "no contest" due to an accidental eye poke.

The unfortunate occurrence halts the momentum of both men and is also Casey's second "no contest" in three UFC fights.

Result: "No contest" (eye poke)

Aljamain Sterling vs. Johnny Eduardo

Top-10 ranked bantamweights Sterling and Eduardo went toe-to-toe, but only one emerged with their hand raised.

Sterling is switching up his stance early. Eduardo is having a hard time gauging the distance. The Long Island-based Sterling is methodical so far, taking his time. A few nice leg kicks from Sterling, before a beautiful level change. "The Funk Master" begins work in his Brazilian opponent's guard and starts to do some damage with short punches. Eduardo starts to look for a guillotine choke before round one comes to a close.

Sterling sticking to the gameplan in round two. He's keeping Eduardo guessing. Sterling attacks the leg nicely, but eats a hard leg kick from Eduardo. Sterling isn't throwing much, which prompts UFC commentator Brian Stann to describe his movement as "window dressing.": Good front kick finds the mark for Sterling. Eduardo scores with a leg kick. A body kick and shot comes from Sterling, who notches the single-leg takedown. Heavy elbows connect for the Serra-Longo Fight Team representative. Sterling is almost in side control, who ends up stepping over into full mount to cinch up the guillotine choke at 4:18 and that's all she wrote.

Sterling earns his third-consecutive finish. "Pretinho's" two-fight win streak is snapped.

Result: Sterling via second-round submission (guillotine choke)

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl

Ponzinibbio was out to add to his vast collection of career finishes by taking out Stahl in a welterweight meeting.

Ponzinibbio puts the pressure on Sweden's Stahl. He lands a solid leg kick and backs up Stahl into the fence. Stahl returns with an excellent takedown, but we're back up quickly. Then, we move right back down to the mat again off another takedown by Stahl. Ponzinibbio is teeing off. He's picking apart Stahl on the feet. It's not even close; all Stahl can do is cover up. Ponzinibbio has Stahl pinned up against the fence, content with covering up. This reminds me of B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz. Very good leg kick from Ponzinibbio. He aptly ends Stahl's night with an explosive right hand at the 4:25 mark of round one.

The Argentinian Ponzinibbio bounces back from a knockout loss to Lorenz Larkin and earns his second win of 2015. "Real Steel" loses his second straight.

Result: Ponzinibbio via first-round knockout

Danny Roberts vs. Nathan Coy

The Englishman Roberts collided with the American Coy in "Sin City" in a matchup of 170-pound prospects.

Coy pressures, while Roberts lands a good outside leg kick. Coy winging shots, but Roberts is tagged by a left. Roberts throws Coy to the canvas. Coy paws with the jab, sneaking it through. He stays pumping it. We've got two southpaws here. Coy lands the first takedown of the fight, but eats a kick on the way in. Roberts connects from the bottom. He's looking for a triangle choke, but secures the armbar instead for the tap at the 2:46 mark of the first frame.

That's Roberts fifth career win via submission. Coy loses his third-straight tilt.

Result: Roberts via first-round submission (armbar)

Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Philipe Nover

The heavy-handed Tukhugov locked horns with jiu-jitsu ace Nover in the second "Prelims" tussle of the night.

Nover starting off by throwing a couple of high kicks. He's gauging the distance. Tukhugov is searching for the boy blow. Nover is switching stances. He keeps going for the left high kick. Tukhugov grazes the New York native Nover with a blistering head kick. He's trying to catch Nover with the overhand right. Very good spinning back kick by Tukhugov. Tukhugov trips Nover down, following a body kick from the latter, but we're back to the feet quickly. Tukhugov nails Nover with a left hook. He rides out round one by meticulously putting together his combinations.

Tukhugov begins round two where he left off round one; picking apart Nover on the feet. The Russian clips his American counterpart with a good punch that makes the latter retreat. Nover finds the opening for a left hand. Tukuhogov defends a couple of takedowns, and makes Nover pay with a vicious punch to the body. Big body kick and a overhand right from Tukhugov. Nover fails to get the takedown. He scores with the left body kick and appears to have shook out the cobwebs. Nover goes back to the body kick. He coasts into round three with very little offense mustered overall.

Nover is out of his corner on a mission and immediately connects with a body kick. He's definitely fighting from behind. He catches Tukhugov with a high kick, following a level change by the latter. Tukhugov tries to nestle into Nover's guard, but the referee stands the duo up. Tukhugov lands a body kick. Tukhugov catches a Nover kick and immediately starts to throw bombs. A left hand sneaks through and now we're in the clinch. Nover slips a punch and lands a body kick. One more from "The Filipino Assassin" as the bout concludes.

Tukhugov picks up his ninth win-in-a-row, while Nover drops to 1-1 in his latest UFC stint.

Result: Tukhugov via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan

Two Strawweight up-and-comers looking to make their mark in the 125-pound division go head-to-head as Curran battles the Octagon newcomer Kagan.

Kagan starts off on the offensive. She bullies her way into the clinch. Curran is defending nicely, now we're back to the feet after a takedown attempt from Kagan. Curran returns the favor with a nice, head-and-arm throw, but Kagan pops back up. Back to the war in the clinch. Kagan looking for some knee attempts. She has Curran's back on the feet. Back to a double-leg attempt by Kagan. Kagan gets the trip and a takedown, but Curran wants none of the ground game. Curran has an underhook and defending well. After a moment of separation, Kagan tags Curran with a left hand. Curran follows it with a nice knee to the body, which allows Kagan to get the fight where she wants. Kagan lands one more takedown for good measure and closes out round one dominantly.

Curran lands a knee and a solid jab, following Kagan's attempt to bullrush the former. The pair jockey for position in the clinch and this time it's Curran showing a bit more strength. Curran scores with the front kick, but Kagan's pouring it on in terms of volume. Curran has to put more combinations together consistently. Curran scores with the left and a front kick. Kagan working the side kicks; those can do some damage. Kagan gets reversed after getting the outside trip. Curran on Kagan's back, while looking for the choke. She locks up the rear-naked choke to seal the deal at the 4:13 mark.

It's the first UFC victory of Curran's career. The ex-Invicta FC fighter Kagan drops her second-straight in ZUFFA.

Results: Curran via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)

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