The leather will surely fly later tonight (Sat., May 13, 2017) at UFC 211 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, when UFC heavyweight king Stipe Miocic meets former champion Junior dos Santos in a rematch from there 2014 meeting. On top of that, Joanna Jedrzejczyk will put her women’s strawweight title on the line opposite knockout artist Jessica Andrade, Jorge Masvidal will try to derail Demian Maia’s welterweight ascension, rising featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez will try to earn his biggest career win opposite veteran Frankie Edgar, and former WSOF champion David Branch will look to return to the Octagon in fashion opposite middleweight Krzysztof Jotko.
But before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET, UFC 211's preliminary action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and FX starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 211 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
In the preliminary headliner, former UFC lightweight champion Alvarez (28-5) aimed to rebound after a UFC 205 loss to Conor McGregor when he took on former featherweight star Poirier (21-5). Through a first round featuring technicality and precision, Poirier was able to find some success with straight rights that swelled Alvarez’s left eye. Alvarez responded with timely combinations that kept “The Diamond” at distance, but he presumably lost the frame. In Round 2, Alvarez came out aggressive and hurt Poirier with a hard right hand. Poirier backed up into the cage and tied Alvarez up with a choke attempt. From there, all chaos broke loose. Poirier blasted Alvarez with a huge left hand and head kick that nearly put him out. “The Diamond” landed even more combinations along the cage before Alvarez somehow recovered and slammed combinations into Poirier to open a cut. Once Alvarez had Poirier hurt against the cage, he landed two illegal knees that crippled Poirier to the canvas and forced referee Herb Dean to step in. Much time was taken to see if the knees were actually illegal. They were. With a nasty cut below his left eye, Poirier was unable to continue. Dean ruled the bout a no contest.
Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight
Aiming to extend his current featherweight win streak to four, Knight (17-2) looked to put his scrappy offense to use when he took on ground specialist Skelly (17-3). This matchup was a barn burner from the beginning. Knight immediately landed a nasty combination in the center of the stage. Skelly responded with a nasty counter left hook before taking Knight down along the cage. Knight’s offensive guard played a major role, as he tied Skelly up from the bottom and threatened with submissions. The transitions transpired from there. Both men scrambled and escaped danger on the canvas, before Knight nearly locked in a gogoplata. In Round 2, Knight found a home for his striking and landed a crisp right that temporarily shook Skelly. Knight seemed to land more in every exchange, even landing long counters on the exit. Skelly tied the action up and bloodied Knight with a nasty elbow. The final frame didn’t last all that long, as Knight caught Skelly with a combination that sent the Texan to the canvas. Knight followed up with vicious ground-and-pound before the referee stepped in a little too late to stop the fight and award Knight the third-round TKO.
Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter
Octagon newcomer Coulter (8-2) made his UFC debut on short notice in a heavyweight clash opposite knockout specialist Sherman (10-1). While Sherman commanded the pace early, Coulter remained very confident in his first UFC appearance. Sherman peppered Coulter’s lead left leg from the outside and forced the rookie to extend on a few overhands. Coulter would come back with a powerful right, but Sherman continued to land harsh kicks to the lead leg, which began to hobble Coulter and force him to switch up his stance. In Round 2, Sherman landed a devastating knee that sent Coulter back into the cage. Sherman followed that up with another leg kick before scoring massive points in top control. But Coulter continued to press forward, landing powerful overhand rights and a titanic uppercut. Both men slung heavy leather as they stumbled around the Octagon nearly toppling over. After regaining some sort of composure, Sherman landed a sharp elbow inside that finally sent Coulter to the canvas for good for the TKO win.
Marco Polo Reyes vs. James Vick
UFC lightweight veteran Vick (11-1) took center stage in front of a home crowd when he battled Mexican knockout artist Polo Reyes (7-4) in the opening bout of the FX “Prelims.” Polo Reyes advanced early and set the tone, but Vick was able to use his range and stick his counterpart from the outside. Once Polo Reyes started to open up and present windows for Vick, “The Texecutioner” landed a devastating left counter followed by a right hand that dropped the Mexican. From there, Vick landed ground-and-pound en route to earning the first-round knockout.
Jessica Aguilar vs. Cortney Casey
The Fight Pass headliner saw women’s strawweight veteran Aguilar (19-6) attempt to notch her first UFC win in an exciting matchup with Casey (7-4). Both women were coming off a loss to former title challenger Claudia Gadelha. It was Casey who offered long combinations early, but Aguilar was able to land a devastating low leg kick that put Casey on her back. From there, Aguilar would land hard ground-and-pound. Casey would return to her feet and rocked Aguilar along the cage to regain momentum. Aguilar worked to throw Casey back to the canvas, but the younger strawweight landed a legit kick off her back that seemingly hyper-extended Aguilar’s knee. Again, Casey got back to her feet and landed hard combinations and knees. In Round 2, Casey continued to land upkicks off her back that bothered Aguilar and forced the referee to stand the action up. Aguilar would again do work to get Casey to the canvas, but Casey remained offensive off her back and was actually winning the exchanges. The final frame saw Casey land great shots on the feet and bloody Aguilar up. A wobbled Aguilar remained aggressive, but Casey’s strength and clinch work stopped the veteran from gaining control. In the end, Casey’s activity on the feet and off her back was more than enough to score points each round and walk away with the unanimous decision win.
Gabriel Benítez vs. Enrique Barzola
In the first of three featherweights tilts of the night, Mexican scrapper Benitez (19-6) looked to capture his fourth win in five UFC appearances when he took on hard-nosed wrestler Barzola (13-3-1). It was all Benitez in the early going, as he slammed hard body kicks into Barzola before stunning the Brazilian with a crisp left hand. Barzola kept trying to drag the action to the canvas, but Benitez would pop back up at every turn. Barzola kept pressuring Benitez in Round 2, as he moved his feet, circled around, offered combinations on the inside and found a home for more short-lived takedowns. Benitez looked visibly tired after the 10-minute mark. In the final frame, Benitez came out aggressive and looked to land his high kick early. But it didn’t take long for Barzola to land his seventh takedown and control the action for even longer. Barzola tried to sink in a rear-naked choke, but Benitez showed spectacular defense by wiggling his chin out of harm’s way and getting back to his feet. Unfortunately for the Mexican featherweight, he couldn’t do much damage in the final few minutes outside of a last-second left hook, as Barzola closed out an impressive performance to earn the unanimous decision win.
Joachim Christensen vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
In the opening bout of the evening, Russian light heavyweight prospect Antigulov (20-4) took on Danish finisher Christensen (14-5), who had captured his last three victories by way of knockout or submission. It was early pressure from Antigulov, who rushed Christensen and earned a nice takedown along the cage. Antigulov worked quickly to take Christensen’s back and get both of his hooks in. From there, the streaking Russian sunk in the rear-naked choke finish and forced Christensen to tap, giving American Top Team its first victory of the night.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 211 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.