Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada, for what is sure to be an action-packed UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) later tonight (Sat. Sept. 5, 2015).
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson 22-2-(1) aims to defend his belt one more time against familiar foe and No. 1 contender John Dodson (17-6) in the night's headliner. Both men are no strangers to each other, having fought initially at UFC on FOX 6 in Jan. 2013 (full fight here), and have shared unkind words as of late.
Preceding the main event mayhem is a nostalgic tussle between two longtime Heavyweight contenders as Andrei Arlovski (24-10) attempts to wrangle two-time UFC champion Frank Mir (18-9). "The Pit Bull" and Mir have seen their fortunes change after horrendous losing streaks and now find themselves square in the hunt for a title shot ... if they win.
However, before the big boys get to throwing down, fight fans can immerse themselves in a set of six "Prelims" bouts, which start at 7 p.m. ET on Fight Pass, before transferring over to FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET for the remaining four.
Below are the live results recaps for tonight's two Fight Pass "Prelims" tilts:
Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings
Mixed martial arts veteran Joe Riggs looked to stop the bleeding of a two-fight losing streak against the Strikeforce veteran Stallings.
Stalling begins round one with a leg kick. He's looking to implement his muay-thai style. Fighting at range could be a game plan of Stallings, who is going against the strong grappler in Riggs. A left hand connects for Stallings, followed by a jab. The 32-year-old is beginning to tee off on "Diesel," who is having trouble seeing out of his right eye. Knees and body shots connect for Stallings. He continues to pour it on as Riggs weathers the storm with 2:30 left. Riggs completes a single-leg just as Stallings locks up a triangle-choke/armbar attempt. He switches to an omoplata, while Riggs scrambles and defends intelligently. A fun fight so far is headed back to the feet with 90 seconds left. The MMA Lab product Riggs notches a single-leg once more and begins working in full guard. He lands a few good elbows. A huge upkick causes Riggs to rethink his strategy, but he bypasses the guard of Stallings and lands in side control. He scores with a huge knee to the body as round one comes to a close.
A left hand drops Stallings out of the gate. Riggs climbs into full mount, but Stallings gets it back to full guard. Riggs lands very hard ground and pound on Stallings, who is cut open. Huge, huge elbows finding the mark for the Albuquerque-based fighter. Ground and pound 101 for the last two minutes. Referee Jason Herzog calls for the ringside doctor to check on the eye of Riggs after he incurred an illegal kick from Stallings. The doctor examines the eye and declares the fight to be over. Riggs says he cannot see out of it.
Winner: Joe Riggs via disqualification
Riggs snapped his losing streak and runs his record up to 41-16. Stallings drops his second UFC fight and is now 1-2 in the Octagon. His overall record falls to 13-8.
Nazareno Malegarie vs. Joaquim Silva
The Argentinian grappling ace Malegarie tangled with the undefeated Silva in what was a fun and competitive PPV opener.
Both fighters tentative to begin. Right hand connects for Silva, followed by a left from Malegarie. "Netto BJJ" with the one-two combination. "El Tigre" sneaks in another left hook behind the defense of the Brazilian. A left finds Silva's face once again for the 29-year-old. Silva scores with an uppercut. Some good striking skills on display from the ground specialist Malegarie. Silva attempts a flying knee and get countered with a left. They both land consecutive hooks. Huge left and right hand score for Malegarie. He shoots in for the takedown with just under two minutes left in round one. They separate with 1:15 left. Blood on the head of Malegarie. Silva rocks the Judo black belt with a series of lefts and rights. He's getting his timing down. He scores with a flying knee to end round one.
Malegarie starts round two off with a left hand. He changes levels about a minute in and nails two consecutive takedowns. Malegarie is working on keeping him grounded and away from the fence. They get back to their feet with 3:45 left. The pair land consecutive right hands. Silva scores with a stinging body shot. He connects with a right high kick. Left hand by Malegarie, followed by a left to the body. A flying knee attempt by Silva is countered with a left from Malegarie. The Team Tavares representative continues to land left hands, while Silva wades through the shots and scores with right hands. They each land at a pretty good clip, making it a very difficult round two to score.
They are throwing extreme power into each and every shot to start the final round. Knee to the body scores for Silva. He needs to incorporate more high kicks. Malegarie connects with an uppercut. Knee scores for Silva right after a left tags him. Silva is continuously threatening with the knee and going to the body. These guys are standing in the pocket and trading. Malegarie clinging to his tried and true left counter, while Silva continues ripping hooks. Malegarie is having more success when he puts together combos. Huge body kick grazes Malegarie's arm, but you hear it. Huge takedown landed by Malegarie, but Silva is up in a hurry. He scores once more with the left hook. Silva connects with another huge knee to the face as the fight comes to an end.
Winner: Silva via split decision
Silva improves to 8-0, while Malegarie drops to 23-4 and sees his six-fight win streak snapped.
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