Demetrious Johnson will put his UFC flyweight title on the line yet again later tonight (Sat., April 15, 2017) at UFC on FOX 24 from inside Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, as he meets Brazilian submission specialist Wilson Reis, who is just about the only flyweight “Mighty Mouse” hasn’t trapped. As an appetizer for Johnson’s attempt at his record-tying 10th consecutive UFC title defense, strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson will go toe-to-toe in the co-main event, while the newly re-signed Jacare Souza meets knockout puncher Robert Whittaker in an important middleweight tilt.
But before the premier bouts get underway on FOX starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, UFC on FOX 24's preliminary action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 4:00 p.m. ET and FOX starting at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC on FOX 24 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson
Former Bellator MMA standout Volkov (28-6) met UFC heavyweight staple Nelson (22-14) in an interesting “Prelims” headlining act. The towering Volkov had trouble keeping the rounder Nelson off of him early. Nelson launched looping power shots before tying the Russian up against the cage. After a takedown, Nelson found himself in top control until the referee stood the action up and allowed Volkov back to his feet. Once there, Volkov blasted “Big Country” with a combination that sent him back. The Russian piled it on along the cage with a knee, but Nelson returned with his own counters. In Round 2, Nelson returned to the cage and pressed Volkov up against his back. After Volkov separated, he started to land his jab at will. Most likely behind on the scorecards, Nelson tried hard for takedowns in the final frame, but Volkov’s length played a vital role in preventing his advancements. The lengthy striker kept Nelson at bay and landed leg kicks and jabs from range. Nelson was too tired, too early in this bout to put enough pressure on Volkov, which is why the Russian escaped with the unanimous decision win.
Patrick Williams vs. Tom DuQuesnoy
Talented French prospect DuQuesnoy (15-1) was hoping to made good on his Octagon debut when he took on elder statesman Williams (8-5) in a clash of bantamweights. Despite significant hype surrounding DuQuesnoy, it was Williams who came out firing with early pressure and a slick takedown. DuQuesnoy started to land some solid strikes, including a knee to the body, but Williams fooled him into yet another takedown. After that, Williams dropped DuQuesnoy and stunned the youngster. The Frenchman stood strong though, offering an insanely painful elbow along the cage as the first round came to a halt. An exhausted Williams plodded forward to begin Round 2, eating countless elbows by DuQuesnoy before toppling to his knees along the cage. It was a second-round TKO finish that will have people talking about DuQuesnoy.
Bobby Green vs. Rashid Magomedov
Lightweight veteran Green (23-8) aimed to capture his first victory inside of the cage since 2014 when he met Russian sniper Magomedov (20-2) in a matchup of talented strikers. It was quick counters for Magomedov early, clipping Green as he entered into range. Green softened the Russian up with front kicks and leg kicks, but Magomedov responded in turn with combos as “King” exited. Before Round 1 came to a close, Green was able to clinch up along the cage and pressure Magomedov. In Round 2, Magomedov started to find his rhythm and land some nice shots to the body before the referee stopped the action for a punch to Green that initially looked like an eye poke. After the action resumed, Green looked to clinch up Magomedov yet again, pushing him against the cage and forcing the Russian to fight dirty. The third round didn’t offer much early outside of a Green flying knee to the body. Magomedov was struck below the belt after landing a nice counter combination and the action briefly stopped. Green was able to tie Magomedov up against the cage in the last minute of the fight, but the Russian landed a timely superman punch to regain momentum. In the end, it was Magomedov who did enough to capture the split-decision win
Tim Elliott vs. Louis Smolka
In his first Octagon appearance since losing to “Mighty Mouse” last year, Elliott (14-7-1) looked to right the UFC ship when he took on struggling flyweight youngster Smolka (11-4). Elliott came out aggressive and immediately secured a power takedown. From there, the veteran searched for an early guillotine choke finish, but Smolka defended nicely off his back. After Smolka got back to his feet, Elliott landed brutal knees to the head. Both men would then exchange takedowns and slick transitions before the first round came to a close. In Round 2, Smolka and Elliott would continue their grappling onslaught, sharing takedowns, scrambles, submission attempts and positioning, as each fighter scored points and controlled the action in bursts. A bloodied Smolka tried to reverse off his back with a hold of Elliott’s neck, but Elliott remained heavy and nearly ended the Hawaiian via, you guessed it, guillotine choke. Elliott would take over where he left off in the final frame, taking Smolka down and pressuring him on the feet whenever the youngster made it off his back. In the end, Elliott was too consistent in his wrestling and offensive output for Smolka to catch up, allowing the veteran to walk away with the unanimous decision win.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Augusto Mendes
Struggling bantamweight contender Sterling (13-2) looked to bounce back after losing two-straight split decisions when he met Brazilian submission specialist Mendes (6-2) in the Fight Pass headliner. It was all “Funk Master” in the early going, landing combinations from distance and circling out of Mendes’ range. After Mendes got in close, Sterling easily secured the double leg takedown. Mendes threatened with a tight ankle lock, but Sterling was able to use the cage and pop his leg out. After they stood up, Mendes caught Sterling and dropped him, following up his efforts with a slew of submission attempts before “Funk Master” turned the tides and ended up in top position. The second round offered more pressure by Sterling, as he pinned Mendes up along the cage and scored points with nasty foot stomps and knees to the body. Mendes tried to drag the action to the canvas with double under hooks, but Sterling impressively kept his balance and remained on his feet. Upon separation, Sterling unloaded on the tired Brazilian and started to score in bunches before throwing Mendes to the canvas. In Round 3, Sterling remained aggressive and was able to land countless strikes from range, including a huge left hook that rocked Mendes. The Brazilian tried to take control of the action late, but Sterling would not be denied en route to earning the impressive unanimous decision win.
Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier
Missouri native Collier (10-4) was aiming to win his third UFC bout when he welcomed rising light heavyweight prospect Clark (8-1) back to action. The more athletic Clark burst in for a quick takedown attempt, only to have Collier defend along the cage. Collier offered some entertaining spinning techniques before Clark secured a timely takedown to the dismay of the crowd. From there, Clark ripped countless knees to the body of Collier. In Round 2, after Clark tied up the action again along the cage, he inadvertently landed a low blow on Collier that temporarily stopped the action. After restart, Collier continued to press forward and tried to land heavy shots, but Clark remained defensive and ended up in side control after a transition to the ground. In Round 3, a trailing Collier tried to blitz Clark and land something significant, but Clark secured another takedown to gain top control. Clark would threaten with a submission attempt, but Collier was able to get back to his feet. After securing yet another takedown, Clark would score a ton of points via ground-and-pound and essentially cruise to a unanimous decision win.
Anthony Smith vs. Andrew Sanchez
Ultimate Fighter 23 light heavyweight winner Sanchez (9-3) looked to win his third-straight UFC appearance when he met ultra-talented finisher Smith (27-12) in a battle of up-and-coming middleweight prospects. It was Sanchez who pressured early along the cage, leaning on his ground-and-pound to control Smith and score points in top position. That was until Smith utilized his leverage and flipped Sanchez over to gain the edge. After the referee stood the two men up, Smith started to land hard shots and ended the first round on a high note. While Sanchez had a tougher time entering range in Round 2 without absorbing damage, he was able to dictate the pace and back Smith up against the cage. From there, Sanchez secured another takedown and threatened to take Smith’s back. In Round 3, a relatively fresh Smith tried to open up and land some big shots. After catching a significantly tired Sanchez pedaling backwards, Smith rushed in and landed a nasty head kick. From there, Smith peppered Sanchez with a few short shots before getting peeled off for the late knockout finish.
Zak Cummings vs. Nathan Coy
In a battle of Ultimate Fighter veterans, welterweight staple Cummings (21-5) looked to outpoint hard-nosed wrestler Coy (15-7) in the only 170-pound bout of the evening. Both southpaws came out aggressive, with Cummings getting the better of the exchanges with a huge reach advantage. Coy tried to get inside to land some offense, but Cummings’ boxing was on point, offering crisp 1-2 combinations and blistering left hands. Cummings hurt Coy more than once and forced the wrestler to fight fading backwards. After Coy leaped in for a takedown, Cummings grabbed his neck, spun him over and proceeded to lock in a sick guillotine choke for the first-round submission win.
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Ketlen Vieira
Undefeated Nova Uniao prospect Vieira (8-0) looked to extend her UFC win streak to two when she took on fellow women’s bantamweight Evans-Smith (5-2) in the opening bout of the evening. Both women exchanged early, but it was Vieira who landed crisp straight rights, uppercuts and counter combinations to score in bunches. Evans-Smith kept her back along the cage which allowed the Brazilian youngster to tee off with looping power shots. Vieira did much of the same in Round 2, ripping nasty shots to the body of Evans-Smith before landing a takedown along the cage. Evans-Smith tried to come inside, but plodded forward too slowly before eating a huge right hand by Vieira. The less-experienced Evans-Smith was able to block a ton of punches along the way before landing a timely punch in the beginning of Round 3 that was followed by a series of knees. But it was simply too little too late, as Vieira’s speed and consistency inside proved too much for Evans-Smith. Vieira walked away with the unanimous decision win.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 24 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.