Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns stateside TONIGHT (Sat., July 25, 2015) for a stellar UFC on FOX 16 mixed martial arts (MMA) card inside United Center in Chicago, Illi, featuring a title headliner between 135-pound king T.J. Dillashaw and former pound-for-pound great Renan Barao.
The two Bantamweight juggernauts are eager to prove dominance over the other and come into tonight's meeting off of finishes in their last Octagon jaunts.
Women's 135-pound contenders throw down with a shot at champion Ronda Rousey potentially on the line when former No. 1 contender Miesha Tate collides with No. 5-ranked Jessica Eye. Tate rolls into her meeting with "Evil" in "Windy City" on a three-fight win streak, while the latter is still searching for her first Top 10 win.
However, before we can get to the main course, combat sports fans around the globe will be treated to eight fascinating "Prelims" undercard bouts that are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass before the remaining four are shown live on FOX starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Below are the results for the four FOX "Prelims" bouts:
Gian Villante vs. Tom Lawlor
The light heavyweight slugger Villante aimed to send "Filthy" home with a loss in what was the latter's first Octagon venture in over two years.
Lawlor throws a straight left hand early. Villante trying to find his timing, sends a counter uppercut Lawlor's way. The 30-year-old scores with a wicked inside leg kick. His trademark power is beginning to fester. Villante doubles up on the uppercuts. He's mixing up the occasional leg kick as well. Villante goes high with a kick, but misses. Lawlor is getting beat up with the counter uppercut. A straight right hand sneaks through for Villante. The New York native is chopping Lawlor down with inside leg kicks, who is beginning to show visible damage.
Villante starts round two off with a body kick as Lawlor returns fire with a left hand. WOW. Lawlor hits the flash knockout off of an incredible right hand on an incoming Villante. Referee Herb Dean needs to see no further punches from the 35-year-old Lawlor and calls the fight 47 seconds into round two. Lawlor notches his second-straight win and first victory at light heavyweight. Villante has his two-fight win streak snapped and falls to 13-6.
Jim Miller vs. Danny Castillo
Two veteran lightweights in desperate need of a win went toe-to-toe in a close contest.
Miller stalks Castillo early as the latter starts to switch stances. Castillo slips on a high kick and Miller slides into half guard. The 35-year-old nearly made it back to his feet, but Miller keeps the pressure on and obtains full mount. The 31-year-old Miller could be going for an armbar, or a triangle choke from top position. "Last Call" sneaks out and is in full guard. Miller lands an elbow from the bottom. Castillo not doing much and is being neutralized by the great guard of Miller. Both men are back to their feet with a minute left. Castillo is a bit hesitant. He attempts a flying knee that may, or may not, have been low as round one comes to an end.
Castillo is moving better in round two. He is looking for the high kick. Miller scores with a right hand. Miller is working the leg kick. Castillo connects with one of his own. He lands a counter knee as Miller comes in with a punch. Miller continues landing outside/inside leg kicks. A hard kick to the body lands for Castillo. He goes high again and narrowly misses. The New Jersey native Miller finds the mark with an outside leg kick and then a left hand. Body shot and kicks are plentiful for Miller. Castillo connects with the high kick. A good body kick gets through the defense of Miller. Minimal action over the last 15 seconds before round two ends.
Castillo goes high with a kick 15 seconds into the final frame. Miller returns with a leg kick and then eats a body kick. Miller stuffs the takedown of the Team Alpha Male fighter. Castillo counters a charging Miller with a right hand. Hard body kick scores for Castillo. Miller continues assaulting the legs both inside and out. Castillo initiates the clinch on a takedown attempt. They go back to trading punches with 2:30 left in the round. An uppercut finds the mark for Miller. Castillo goes back to the body with a kick. A straight right hand lands for Castillo. He is beginning to find his groove and may steal this pivotal round. Miller returns with an outside leg kick. Castillo reverses a takedown attempt from Miller and ends up in side control to close out the fight. Miller ends a two-fight losing skid and vaults his record to 24-6-(1). Castillo tallies his third-straight loss and is 17-9 in his career.
Ben Saunders vs. Kenny Robertson
American Top Team's Saunders aimed to keep his hot streak alive against his fellow surging 170-pounder Robertson.
Body kick early from Saunders, who sees Robertson counter him with a right hand. The 31-year-old Robertson walking Saunders down; eats a body kick. Robertson drags this fight to the mat and begins teeing off. The wrestler is looking to tie Saunders up. Saunders looks for an omoplata, which he has used to end a fight before, and gets back to his feet. Saunders scores with the jab as Robertson connects with the leg kick. The 32-year-old Saunders continues his kicking assault, landing several of them to the body. Robertson is standing in the pocket and connecting. He backs Saunders up into the cage. He defends a takedown from Robertson and scores with a knee. More body kicks from Saunders, who is then dropped by a huge right hand. "Killa B" holds on to escape round one.
Robertson counters a body kick of Saunders with the overhand right, but it misses. Inside leg kick finds the mark by Robertson, who then punishes the body of Saunders with a kick. Inside leg kick and an overhand right combination connect for the Illinois native Robertson. An unintentional low blow causes a one-minute break in the action. Saunders starts off again with a body kick. A cut is developing on the bridge of the nose of Saunders. Two heavy right missiles are eaten by Saunders after he lands a body kick. Robertson has a Tim Boetsch-kind of style. Both men are depleted; they barely have energy behind their shots. Robertson drills a punch to the body of Saunders, who is backed up against the fence. Robertson drops for the double-leg takedown as Saunders lands a nice knee. Round two concludes.
The pair of bruising welterweights are trading leg kicks and hooks early. Saunders is getting after it, landing knees, body kicks and straight punches. Robertson scores with a takedown, but is in mission control. Saunders is looking for the triangle choke. He's landing powerful shots from the bottom, which have opened up a cut on Robertson. Saunders spends the last three minutes of the fight raining punches and elbows up at the face and body of Robertson as round three ends. Saunders captures the split-decision victory and improves to 18-6-2. Robertson falls to 15-4 and has his three-fight win streak snapped.
Eddie Wineland vs. Bryan Caraway
In a mildly-entertaining bantamweight bonanza, jiu-jitsu ace Caraway turned the tables on the former WEC champion Wineland by winning the striking battle.
Wineland has a spring in his step as Caraway scores with a left hand. The 30-year-old Caraway dives in for the double-leg takedown and secures it, but Wineland is back up. "Kid Lightning" grinding him against the cage. The 32-year-old Wineland is able to separate and starts to open up. Caraway connects with another left hand. Wineland counters him with a right seconds later. Caraway lands a good knee to the body of Wineland after the latter stuffs his takedown. The Washington native keeps sending the looping left Wineland's way. Caraway narrowly avoids Wineland's bomb and hits him with a counter right. Wineland scores with a knee as round one comes to an end.
The jab is being pumped by Wineland early in round two. A huge overhand right from Caraway finds the mark. Caraway connects on an inside leg kick. He scores again with the jab. Caraway drops for the takedown two minutes in, but Wineland denies him. The jiu-jitsu ace fails once again on a takedown, but scores with a series of uppercuts in the clinch with 90 seconds left in the second round. Caraway shows some emotion and continues to wave Wineland in to attack.
Caraway comes out in the final frame like a bat out of hell, looking to put the hurt on his opponent. Another takedown by the ground expert is thwarted by Wineland. Caraway continues his surprising dominance in the striking battle. Wineland tries ripping one to the body. Caraway goes for a couple of head kicks, but misses. Wineland dots up Caraway's body with punches with about 60 seconds left in the fight. Caraway lands a knee on the break of the clinch and the tilt is over. Caraway is your winner via unanimous decision. He improves his overall record to 20-7. Wineland drops to 21-11-(1).
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