The action spills over into the Octagon later tonight (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, as former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos goes for three in a row at 170 pounds when he takes on former UFC welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler.
In addition to the scintillating 170-pound main event, Ricardo Lamas will meet rising featherweight prospect Josh Emmett, Mike Perry will test his knockout power against a streaking Santiago Ponzinibbio, and Glover Teixeira will try to punch his way back into the title mix when he meets Canadian contender Misha Cirkunov.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on FOX starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, UFC on FOX 26's “Prelims” action will go down on FOX Sports 1 starting at 5:00 p.m. ET and Fight Pass starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC on FOX 26 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Jan Błachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
The FS1 preliminary headliner saw former heavyweight Cannonier (10-3) attempt to win his third fight at 205 pounds when he took on light heavyweight staple Blachowicz (21-7). Blachowicz opened up with the early leg kick. Cannonier pressed the action up against the cage and landed short shots inside. A tentative Cannonier allowed Blachowicz to land a hard head kick followed by a short punch. In Round 2, Cannonier’s leg kicks started to pay off as Blachowicz’s lead leg slowed him down. The Polish light heavyweight was forced to consistently switch stances. To remedy his ailment, Blachowicz quickly shot in for a timely takedown, but Cannonier found the cage and returned to his feet. Blachowicz scored there as well, though, landing a two-piece combination that dropped “Killa Gorilla” in the middle of the Octagon. The third round saw an aggressive Cannonier plod forward with attacks and land countless right hands at will. Blachowicz responded with some short counters before taking Cannonier down and securing back control. Blachowicz would ride out his position before the final bell sounded and he walked away with the unanimous decision win.
Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
Fresh off a knockout win on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” middleweight prospect Marquez (7-1) looked to make good on his UFC debut opposite English striker Stewart (7-3, 1 NC). Both men exchanged early before Stewart temporarily landed a takedown. Marquez returned to his feet and landed vicious elbows inside the clinch. Stewart immediately went back to his ground game, but Marquez defended nicely and landed hard strikes to the Englishman’s head and body. Stewart secured yet another takedown and transitioned to a standing rear-naked choke. The two separated and Stewart landed flush right hands that backed Marquez up. In Round 2, Marquez quickly stepped in and grabbed Stewart’s neck for a guillotine. He followed that up with hard knees inside before Stewart turned the tides and backed Marquez up against the cage with a combination. After both middleweights threw absolute bombs along the cage, a tired Stewart shot in for a takedown. Marquez played off it well and quickly locked up a guillotine choke. Stewart was forced to tap and was slow to come back to reality.
Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bofando
Former Ultimate Fighter winner and Canadian veteran Laprise (13-2) tried to lock down his third-straight Octagon victory when he stood toe-to-toe with English striker Bofando (5-3). Bofando started out in an awkward bouncing stance that allowed him to unexpectedly leap in and tag Laprise with a nasty combination that put the Canadian on his butt. Laprise regained his composure and was able to secure a takedown. He then battered Bofando with hard ground-and-pound from side control before moving into full mount. Bofando tried to cover up, but “The Disciple” was relentless in his attack and eventually scored the TKO stoppage.
Nordine Taleb vs. Danny Roberts
The second of five welterweight bouts on the card saw gritty striker Taleb (14-4) test his luck against English knockout artist Roberts (14-3), who was coming off a second-round finish over Bobby Nash. Roberts opened up with a nasty inside leg kick before nearly ending the fight with a head kick. Taleb quickly returned with his own head kick that put Roberts on skates. Taleb followed his efforts up with a filthy right hand that slumped the Englishman and forced the referee to step in for the knockout stoppage.
John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
In one of the more entertaining matchups on the card, lightweight knockout artist Makdessi (15-6) returned to the Octagon for the first time in over a year to take on proven divisional mainstay Trujillo (15-8, 1 NC). Trujillo came out early with some hard right hands. Makdessi responded with leg kicks. The action temporarily stopped after an inadvertent eye poke by Makdessi. Trujillo landed a crisp left hook when the fight resumed. Makdessi was then able to drop Trujillo with a short right hand counter in the middle of the cage. In Round 2, Makdessi came out with more kicks to the leg and head. Trujillo changed levels and shot for a takedown, but the Canadian defended nicely along the cage. Both men landed nice jabs, but Makdessi squared up a blistering body kick that backed “Killa” up. Trujillo’s lead leg seemed to wobble which could have been a result of Makdessi’s persistent leg kicks. Makdessi was able to briefly stun Trujillo with a counter left hand to begin the third round. The Canadian kept moving around the pocket and really didn’t allow Trujillo a window of opportunity. Trujillo was able to land a nice counter combination after Makdessi missed a spinning head kick, but nothing that put Makdessi in serious danger. In the end, it was Makdessi who escaped with the unanimous decision win.
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Sparking off the FS1 preliminary card was a middleweight tilt between Italian prospect Di Chirico (11-2) and wild striker Bamgbose (6-4). Both men gauged distance in the early going. Bamgbose lunged in for a straight left and circled away from a counter. Di Chirico responded with a huge knee down the pipe. The inactivity continued early into the second round. Bamgbose was simply too patient and rarely offered the swirling attacks we’re used to seeing. Out of nowhere, after grabbing a hold of Bamgbose in the clinch, Di Chirico landed a knee from hell that instantly put “Holy War Angel” out and forced him to faceplant into the canvas for the knockout stoppage.
Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
The opening bout of the evening saw Canadian veteran Mein (30-12) look to end a three-fight losing streak when he took on Brazilian finisher Silva (19-9, 1 NC). Mein offered hard leg kicks early before landing a Judo throw that put Silva on his back. The Canadian followed that up with a nasty combination inside. Silva came back with a right hand followed by a left hook. Mein then started to tag the Brazilian to the body along the cage. In Round 2, Silva landed an overhand right early. Mein returned favor with a combination capped by an elbow before grabbing a hold of Silva and dragging him to the canvas. From there, Mein landed hard elbows and punches from top position. Silva tried to sweep, but the Canadian remained heavy and kept control. The third frame saw Silva briefly stun Mein with a right hand over the top, but Mein recovered quickly and secured another timely takedown. Heavy punches from top control followed and Mein was able to ride out the position before the final bell sounded. In the end, Mein did more than enough to earn the one-sided unanimous decision win.
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