It all goes down later tonight (Sat., Mar. 4, 2017) at UFC 209 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight king Tyron Woodley puts his belt on the line in a highly-anticipated rematch opposite Stephen Thompson. In addition to the 170-pound reboot, rising lightweight prospects Lando Vannata and David Teymur will square off in the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will make his middleweight debut, and heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt will collide in an important divisional scrap.
But before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET, UFC 209's preliminary action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 7:00 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 209 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Marcin Tybura vs. Luis Henrique da Silva
In the preliminary headliner, rising heavyweight contender Tybura (15-2) looked to cash in on a prime opportunity when he met Henrique da Silva (10-2). Both fighters opted to grapple early on, but it was Henrique da Silva who did more damage inside with crisp knees. Upon separation, Tybura landed a big shot in the middle of the cage that wobbled the Brazilian, but Henrique da Silva pushed him back against the cage to wear him down. It was much of the same in Round 3, as Henrique da Silva avoided exchanges on the feet by holding Tybura up against the cage. However, Tybura was able to land some short elbows inside and bust up Henrique da Silva along the way. Henrique da Silva nearly sunk in a standing guillotine choke, but Tybura escaped and ended up in top control. From there, the heavyweight launched serious hammer fists and elbows to cut up the Brazilian and earn the third-round TKO stoppage.
Mirsad Bektic vs. Darren Elkins
Rising undefeated featherweight contender Bektic (11-1) aimed to knock off divisional staple Elkins (22-5) in the lone 145-pound tilt of the evening. Both fighters came out firing, but Bektic landed the heavier shots inside before securing a huge takedown. It wasn’t long before Bektic cut Elkins with a sharp elbow and jumped over into side control. From there, Bektic locked in a crucifix and unloaded punishing ground-and-pound on a bloodied Elkins, who suffered a nasty gash above his right eye. After Bektic secured a quick takedown to begin Round 2, Elkins got back to his feet, nearly locked in a guillotine choke and landed good shots inside. Elkins continued to pressure off his back with another submission attempt, but Bektic was too heavy from top control. In the final frame, Elkins pulled off one of the best comebacks you’ll ever see. After controlling Bektic along the cage and nearly sinking in an ankle lock, the veteran slammed a right hand and kick into the youngster’s head and planted him on the canvas to earn the third-round TKO win.
Iuri Alcantara vs. Luke Sanders
UFC veteran Alcantara (34-7) attempted to continue his winning ways when he met undefeated bantamweight Sanders (11-1), who was coming off a submission finish over Maximo Blanco in his debut one year ago. Alcantara quickly grabbed an arm and dropped to the ground, but Sanders exploded out for the quick escape. Sanders cracked Alcantara from distance as the Brazilian retaliated with wild power shots. After an exchange sent both fighters to the ground, Sanders ended up in top control and landed vicious ground-and-pound to score major points. Unfortunately, Sanders landed an illegal knee to Alcantara that prompted a one-point deduction for the youngster. In Round 2, Sanders continued the punishment on Alcantara, landing hard shots inside at will before dropping him with a body shot. However, Alcantara was able to grab a hold of Sanders’ leg during a transition on the ground and quickly locked it up for the unexpected come-from-behind knee bar finish.
BIG shots landed by @CoolHandMMA!! #UFC209 pic.twitter.com/tenqPzV6x2— #UFC209 (@ufc) March 5, 2017
Mark Godbeer vs. Daniel Spitz
In the first heavyweight clash of the night, UFC newcomer Spitz (5-1) stepped in on short notice to take on Godbeer (12-3) in the opening FS1 bout. Godbeer came out firing hard shots of all shapes and sizes, but Spitz was able to land knees inside and some solid counters from range. The kicks of Godbeer helped to chop Spitz down and close the distance gap on the feet. In Round 2, Godbeer showed visible signs of fatigue and Spitz took advantage by pushing forward and opening up with combinations before securing a takedown. Godbeer would return to his feet and unload on Spitz with heavy body shots along the cage. Spitz was clearly wobbled and out of sorts, but Godbeer was too tired to go for the finish. It was much of the same in Round 3 as the tired heavyweights plodded forward and landed exhausted shots. With little offense landed in the final frame, Godbeer had to rely on his early efforts to earn the unanimous decision nod on the judges’ scorecards.
Big right lands for @MarkGodbeerUK but the newcomer @Spitz214 lands a big takedown! #UFC209 pic.twitter.com/Lb7kIeVxqT— #UFC209 (@ufc) March 5, 2017
Tyson Pedro vs. Paul Craig
Undefeated light heavyweight submission artists Pedro (6-0) and Craig (9-1) went to battle in the Fight Pass headliner. This one didn’t look like it was going to last long and it didn’t. Despite Craig’s efforts to gauge his distance and land countless head kicks in the early going, it was Pedro who controlled the action from the opening bell. Pedro held “Bearjew” against the cage with his foreman and slammed knees into his body before dropping him with a right hand in the middle of the Octagon. After securing a timely takedown on a wobbly Craig, Pedro landed vicious ground-and-pound en route to yet another first-round TKO finish (check it out here).
HARD right hand from Pedro drops Craig! #UFC209 pic.twitter.com/9RRGxMHqOv— #UFC209 (@ufc) March 5, 2017
Albert Morales vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Bantamweight prospect Morales (7-1) looked to rebound after a knockout loss to Thomas Almeida when he took on Octagon newcomer Soukhamthath (11-4) in the opening bout of the evening. Morales came out more aggressive, landing forward leg kicks and jabs over the top by utilizing a longer reach and sound distance control. Soukhamthath found a home for a huge uppercut inside, but Morales continued to push the action and force the UFC newcomer into uncomfortable positions. In Round 2, Soukhamthath began to find success on the feet before Morales changed up the pace and pressured in the clinch along the cage. But it was Soukhamthath who was able to end up in top position after a sloppy transition by Morales and score points in bunches. It was all Soukhamthath in the final frame, landing punishing left hooks to the body followed by knees from the outside. Soukhamthath attempted a takedown along the cage, but a winded Morales was able to reverse and end up in back control. Morales worked hard to secure a rear-naked choke finish, but Soukhamthath hung in tough and defended nicely with his hands. In the end, Morales walked away with the split-decision win.
Big shots from @AndreSoukMMA! How do you have it scored through two? #UFC209 pic.twitter.com/65Yp2argZS— #UFC209 (@ufc) March 5, 2017
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 209 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7:00 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.