Forget about college football -- it's C.M. Punk time! The former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar will make his long-awaited -- and highly-scrutinized -- mixed martial arts (MMA) debut later tonight (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) opposite Mickey Gall at UFC 203 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Welterweight scrap with be followed by a co-main event collision between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) king Fabricio Werdum and knockout artist Travis Browne, and a headlining title fight between current UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and top-ranked contender Alistair Overeem.
But, before the UFC 203 PPV sets your cable box ablaze, a portion of the event's "Prelims" undercard will take place on FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET. Find out what happened right here as the UFC 203 FS1 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Jessica Eye vs. Bethe Correia
In one of the more intriguing matchups of the evening, hard-nosed women's bantamweight contender Eye (11-6) looked to get back into the divisional win column opposite former 135-pound title challenger Correia (10-2), who has lost her last two Octagon appearances. Eye came out with the pressure and kept forcing Correia's back to the cage. The Brazilian demonstrated some solid head movement and defense, but "Evil" was the one changing levels and pushing the pace. In Round 2, Correia came out a little more aggressive and began to strike first, utilizing a lead jab and looping right hooks. Eye suffered a laceration below her right eye and a bloody mouth in the process. Correia landed a vicious right hand mid-way through the third round to gain a little momentum in a fairly tentative frame. In a bout that both women desperately needed to win in order to stay afloat at 135 pounds, Correia walks away with the split-decision victory.
Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares
Promising Brazilian middleweight Magalhaes (9-3) looked to hand hard-hitting veteran Tavares (14-4) his second-straight UFC loss in the only 185-pound matchup of the night. In order to take Tavares' power away, Magalhaes closed the gap on the feet, pressed the Hawaiian against the cage and scored some early points. The Brazilian tried to do much of the same in Round 2, but Tavares put up a little more of a fight, landing a powerful right hand to end the frame. Tavares significantly closed the gap in Round 3 to score major points with powerful strikes and eek out a split-decision victory. This puts him back on track in the middleweight division.
Nik Lentz vs. Michael McBride
Filling in for Mairbek Taisumov opposite gritty veteran Lentz (27-7-2), UFC newcomer McBride (8-2) looked to capture a victory in his first Octagon appearance. Lentz came out firing, closed the distance, landed some strikes and inflicted perfect ground-and-pound for the majority of the first round. In Round 2, McBride gained top control before Lentz reversed, took McBride's back and nearly sunk in a submission. After another Lentz takedown, the former featherweight began to smash McBride with powerful strikes on the ground, eventually earning the TKO stoppage. This is Lentz's second win at 155 pounds (although McBride weighed in at 158), but one that doesn't possess a whole lot of pizzazz considering McBride was competing on such short notice.
Nik Lentz welcomes @UFC newcomer Michael McBride to the Octagon with a vicious 2nd round TKO #UFC203 https://t.co/Lur0eQmZ5q— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 11, 2016
Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez
In the first broadcast preliminary bout of the night, 26-year-old lightweight prospect Gonzalez (10-3), who has finished all of his career victories, looked to impress in his Octagon debut against the powerful Dober (17-7). The two big 155-pound combatants went toe-to-toe to begin the first round, with Dober landing better shots inside until Gonzalez sustained a crushing low blow. After Gonzalez opened up and threw a high head kick, Dober blitzed the former TUF standout and landed devastating combinations along the cage. Gonzalez hung in tough, but Dober was relentless en route to slumping the young lightweight and capturing the first-round TKO finish.
Down goes Gonzalez! B-B-BRUTAL 1st round knockout by Drew Dober! #UFC203 https://t.co/fbpcB9n07C— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 11, 2016
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 203 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.