The action unfolds later tonight (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017) at UFC 218 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich., as Max Holloway defends his UFC featherweight title opposite Jose Aldo. In addition to the main event, Alistair Overeem will try to put an end to surging contender Francis Ngannou, Eddie Alvarez will duke it out with undefeated brawler Justin Gaethje, Sergio Pettis will attempt to lock down a flyweight title shot with a win over Henry Cejudo, and Michelle Waterson will look to rebound from a submission loss to Rose Namajunas when she takes on the streaking Tecia Torres.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 218's “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:15 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 218 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder
The FS1 preliminary headliner pitted top-flight submission expert and former featherweight contender Oliveira (22-8) against rejuvenated lightweight Karate expert Felder (15-3). It didn’t take long for Oliveira to snake his way in for a submission attempt. Felder defended Oliveira’s anaconda choke fairly well, but “Do Bronx” took his back and looked for the choke. Surprisingly, Felder shook him off and started to land heavy ground-and-pound, which opened the Brazilian up. In Round 2, after getting top position again, “Irish Dragon” blasted Oliveira with huge elbows. Oliveira was hurt by the first one shot and certainly did not do well after the others. The referee eventually stepped in for the knockout stoppage.
Alex Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros
In the first Fight of the Night candidate, Brazilian cowboy Oliveira (18-4-1) hoped to end the welterweight hot streak of Hawaiian veteran Medeiros (15-4). Oliveira opened up with huge body kicks, but Medeiros dropped the Brazilian with a hard left hand. A bloody Oliveira eventually rebounded and launched hard knees in the clinch along the cage. Unfortunately, “Cowboy” landed an inadvertent low blow on the Hawaiian. When the action started up again, Oliveira blasted Medeiros with a huge right hand. Medeiros somehow regrouped and started to go back at Oliveira before “Cowboy” caught him with another hard right. Oliveira then poured it on with uppercuts, elbows, and knees, cutting Medeiros’s forehead open. The Brazilian staggered Medeiros multiple times with a barrage of punches and kicks along the cage before the first round came to an end. In Round 2, Oliveira remained aggressive, as Medeiros waited for “Cowboy” to plod forward in order to land his own counter shots. Medeiros started to take over a bit as a tired and bloodied Oliveira stood right in front of him. Oliveira was able to mix in some of his digging front kicks. Medeiros returned favor with crushing body punches along the cage, while Oliveira kept it going with more kicks to Medeiros’ frame. After reversing a takedown attempt Medeiros found himself in full mount. He landed devastating elbows on Oliveira as the referee watched closely. The third round saw a rejuvenated Oliveira show a little more pop in his step, helping him land a combination that forced Medeiros back on his heels. Oliveira then moved in for a quick takedown, but Medeiros eventually reversed positioning and stepped over for half guard. Oliveira somehow staggered back to his feet as Medeiros kept the pressure on. Oliveira backed up into the cage in pain and Medeiros landed a ton of strikes before the referee finally stepped in for the TKO stoppage.
David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose
The first of two lightweight bouts saw talented striker Teymur (7-1) look to extend his UFC win streak to four when he locked horns with undefeated prospect Klose (8-1-1). Klose opened up with a head kick. Teymur circled the outside and kept his distance as Klose dared him to come inside. The Swede finally caught Klose with a leaping straight left hand. Klose responded with an offensive rush that pushed Teymur against the cage before landing a timely takedown towards the end of the round. In the second frame, Teymur kept trying to line up his counter strikes. He even landed up a fake leg kick to a head kick that snapped Klose’s head back. Klose nearly secured a slamming takedown, but Teymur remained calm and muscled his way free. Teymur landed his own takedown with moments to go. The third round saw Teymur land brutal head kicks in the early going. Klose was desperate to score points and swing momentum, but he really wasn’t able to put Teymur in danger. Teymur remained on the outside and really started to frustrate Klose. After 15 minutes of action, it was Teymur who walked away with the unanimous decision victory.
Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey
Sparking off the FS1 preliminary card was a women’s strawweight tilt between streaking veteran Herrig (14-6) and lengthy contender Casey (7-5). Herrig was able to land some nice shots over the top early on. Casey came back with her own strikes as Herrig seemed to load up on her shots. Casey started to hurt Herrig, forcing the veteran to tie Casey up along the cage. Herrig fought hard and ended up in half guard, but Casey used a kimura attempt to reverse positioning. In Round 2, both women threw hard hooks early, but Casey utilized her size and range to stay out of serious danger. Herrig came back with a left hook over the top that backed Casey up. Casey started to find a home for her leg kicks, but Herrig countered well with her left hand. The third round saw Casey continue to stand directly in front of Herrig and allow the grappler to land more punches. Herrig mixed her attacks up with overhand rights and kicks, but wasn’t able to do much damage outside of busting up Casey’s eye. Both women engaged in a little trash talk towards the end of the round, with Herrig flipping the double middle finger. In the end, it was Herrig who did enough to walk away with the split-decision win.
Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
The Fight Pass preliminary headliner pitted former Ultimate Fighter standouts Cooper (3-3) and Magana (11-7) against one another in a battle of struggling women’s strawweights. Despite Magana grabbing the fence, Cooper was able to score a quick takedown. Cooper quickly moved to full mount and then took Magana’s back. Magana was able to regroup, but Cooper continued her control and started to land hard ground-and-pound. In Round 2, Cooper quickly found her way back into top position. Magana didn’t do much to control Cooper’s posture as Cooper had her way. Once Magana turned over, Cooper nearly sunk in a rear-naked choke. Cooper worked for the submission, but had to settle for strikes upon strikes to finish Magana via TKO late into the second round.
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
In an ultra-intriguing battle of explosive welterweights, Alhassan (8-1) looked to get back into the UFC win column when he took on American Top Team finisher Homasi (11-7). Homasi opened up with a hard right hand. Alhassan came back with a hard left followed by furious uppercuts along the cage. Homasi returned favor and buckled Alhassan with a nasty right hand. Both men exchanged countless blows along the cage before Homasi fell to the canvas. Homasi looked like he was still there, but referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight, awarding Alhassan the first-round TKO victory.
Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
In the lone light heavyweight matchup of the night, rising prospect Reyes (8-0) looked to keep his perfect record intact against knockout artist Kimbell (15-7). Kimball pressed the action early and tied things up along the cage. Reyes utilized his bigger frame to secure a sweeping takedown. From there, Reyes worked towards the back and landed hard hammer fists and elbows. Kimball couldn’t do much with the body lock in place, eventually giving into a Reyes rear-naked choke and tapping midway through the first round.
Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder
The opening bout of the evening saw heavyweight finisher Crowder (9-2) make his Octagon debut against heavy-handed veteran Willis (6-1). Willis wasted no time slinging heavy leather early by landing hard left hands at will. Crowder landed his own shots, but they didn’t possess the same power as Willis. After getting caught once again and stumbling back into the cage, Crowder was hit with one final left hook before slumping to the canvas for the first-round knockout stoppage.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 218 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, 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.