Before Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweights Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson duke it out in the main event of UFC Fight Night 89 live on FOX Sports 1 from the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada, a portion of the event's "Prelims" undercard will take place on Fight Pass starting at 6:45 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the Fight Pass preliminary recaps roll in live:
Theodorou (12-1) not only had to wipe the smile off of Alvey's face in order to get back on track in the Middleweight division, but he had to deal with the veteran's crushing punching power. With great movement and an in-and-out approach that slowed Alvey (26-8 1NC) down from the beginning, Theodorou's strict gameplan seemed to work just fine against the heavy-handed veteran. The Canadian's approach could have been considered too safe to impress, but it helped earn him the unanimous decision win. Unable to exchange throughout the majority of the contest, Alvey needs to work on his ability to close distance and trap along the cage. This victory will once again set Theodorou up to challenge a top 15 opponent next time out.
Randa Markos vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
After losing her promotional debut to Tecia Torres via unanimous decision back at UFC 194, Jones-Lybarger (6-3) needed to impress opposite Markos (6-3) if she was going to make any noise in the women's Strawweight division. In a fight featuring uppercuts in the clinch from Markos and rangy combinations from Jones-Lybarger, it was the experienced Markos who captured the unanimous decision win. While Jones-Lybarger looked good in spots, she was unable to contend with the Canadian's physicality and overall pressure. With a dedicated fan base and a mainstream name from her stint on TUF, Markos may slowly creep into the top 10 by the end of the year.
Canada's own, Meunier (7-1), attempted to make a successful Octagon debut opposite talented Welterweight prospect Covington (9-1). In a classic striker vs grinder matchup, Meunier was unable to stifle the aggression, chest-to-chest pressure, and powerful takedowns of Covington. As a result, Meunier's high-level striking was simply muted. Covington continued to pressure, landing a spinning back fist in the third round, and finished the fight via rear naked choke. The 28-year-old's performance certainly helps alleviate the aftermath of suffering his first professional loss to Warlley Alves back at UFC 194.
Since losing to UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Joseph Benavidez in succession, veteran Bagautinov (14-4) needed to impress against rising prospect Herrera (9-2). The Russian rained powerful rights from top position after softening Herrera up on the feet, although the 26-year-old continuously threatened off his back. Bagautinov nearly finished the fight at the end of the second round with a barrages of right hands against the cage. In the end, it was Bagautinov's aggression, power, range, and kicks that reigned supreme. Not to mention the near fight-ending kimura he escaped at the end of the third (UFC color commentator Kenny Florian said Bagautinov could have combed his hair). With this unanimous decision victory over Herrera, Bagautinov moves back into position to fight for a title shot entering 2017.
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