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UFC 214 results: ‘Cormier vs. Jones 2’ live updates, fight recaps - 'Prelims'

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One of the best fight cards of the year will unfold later tonight (Sat., July 29, 2017) at UFC 214 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier finally meets former divisional overlord Jon Jones in a red-hot rematch. On top of that, Tyron Woodley will put his UFC welterweight title on the line opposite proven veteran Demian Maia, while Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger battle it out for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 214's “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and FXX starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Find out what happened right here as the UFC 214 undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Ricardo Lamas vs. Jason Knight

The FXX preliminary headliner pitted former UFC featherweight title challenger Lamas (18-5) against rising contender and all-around scrapper Knight (20-3), who was looking to build on a four-fight win streak. Lamas landed a stiff left hand early. He then attempted a big takedown before being stopped mid air by a Knight guillotine threat. Lamas ended up in top control though, landing big ground-and-pound to take the early scorecard lead. Knight was able to land some solid upkicks, but Lamas remained heavy with his shots. After the action returned to the feet, Lamas absolutely unloaded on the up-and-coming contender. He landed tremendous combinations that stunned Knight and forced him to retreat. Lamas followed with relentless offense and heavy punches, but Knight’s chin stood up and absorb all of it. Not until Knight fell to the canvas did Lamas find the finish, landing ground-and-pound on a battered foe to earn the first-round TKO stoppage.


Aljamain Sterling vs. Renan Barao

Bantamweight standout Sterling (14-2) looked to build on his divisional momentum when he locked horns with former UFC bantamweight champion Barao (34-5) in a catchweight bout of 140 pounds. It was Sterling who took control early. After landing a quick head kick to start the round, Sterling grabbed a hold of a leg lock. He didn’t quite sink it up, but landed a back fist combination in the process, as well as stretching Barao’s knee to nearly its limit. After squirming free, the Brazilian ended up in top position and started to score on Sterling. In Round 2, Sterling took control again in the early going. He blasted Barao with heavy kicks to the body before securing a hold of the Brazilian’s back after a scramble to the ground. Sterling then landed heavy ground-and-pound as Barao tried to wiggle out the back. “Funk Master” followed his efforts up with multiple elbows from full guard that cut the former champion up. The third round offered similar results as Sterling landed heavy shots on the feet in the opening minutes. Whether it was kicks up the middle, combinations on the move, or the elbow he landed up the middle that stunned Barao up against cage, Sterling almost landed at will. Sterling relied on his wrestle to pin the Brazilian against the cage, scoring points along the way and letting time tick off the clock. In the end, Sterling did more than enough over the course of the final 10 minutes to walk away with the big unanimous decision win.


Brian Ortega vs. Renato Moicano

Top-flight submission specialist Ortega (12-0) stepped back inside of the cage for the first time in over a year when he met fellow undefeated featherweight Moicano (11-1-1). Ortega landed some crisp strikes early and ended up hurting Miocano. The Brazilian responded with some of his own pressure, but Ortega continued to dictate the pace. A bloodied Miocano started to show some wear and tear towards the end of the frame. In Round 2, the Brazilian started to land some crisp counters, including a four-piece melee that pummeled Ortega up high and to the body. He also landed a hook-hook-body kick combination that put Ortega on the back of his feet. Ortega responded as well, landing a come-up spinning elbow after faking a takedown attempt. He then added a hard combination to the body at the end of the frame. After 10 minutes of entertaining action, the undefeated featherweights continued suit in Round 3. Both men landed early and often, but Ortega started to open up while Miocano showed some signs of slowing down. Ortega stretched his offensive zone by landing body shots and combinations around Moicano’s defensive guard. In return, Miocano shot for the takedown and dragged Ortega to the canvas. That ended up being a mistake. Ortega immediately locked up a tight guillotine choke that forced Miocano to tap in the third.


Andre Fili vs. Calvin Kattar

Another UFC newcomer was on full display as featherweight prospect Kattar (17-2) stepped up on short notice in his debut to challenge Team Alpha Male veteran Fili (16-5). While Fili pressed the action early, Kattar kept “Touchy” at bay with reaching jabs and aggressive counters. Kattar even landed a nice body shot after Fili started to find a home for his leg kicks. Towards the end of the first, Kattar blasted Fili with a huge uppercut, but the featherweight veteran responded with a crisp knee inside. In Round 2, Kattar started to time his shots more and began to figure out Fili’s range. Kattar then landed a huge right hand that pushed “Touchy” back into the cage. The UFC newcomer started to load up a little more, but that didn’t bode all too well when Fili went back to his kicks. Fili was able to find a home for some solid combinations towards the end of the frame before Kattar wobbled him with a crisp straight right. Possibly down 0-2 on the scorecards, Fili opened up a little more aggressively in the third round, yet was unable to find much success. Kattar hung in the pocket when needed and landed every time a window presented itself. Fili pieced together a nice combination with over a minute to go, but it simply wasn’t enough. To much surprise, Kattar rose above his underdog label and walked away with the unanimous decision win.


Kailin Curran vs. Alexandra Albu

In the Fight Pass headliner, women’s strawweight prospect Curran (4-5) tried to improve on her 1-4 promotional record when she welcomed rising Russian contender Albu (7-0) back to the Octagon. It was early pressure from Albu, who landed a huge right hand along the cage followed by knees in the clinch. After finding a home for a crisp combination, Albu pulled guard and tried to sink in a leg lock. Curran escaped and scored some needed ground-and-pound. In Round 2, Curran offered a little more versatility, launching front kicks, high kicks, and continuously moving her feet. But after securing a headlock and sweeping Curran to the canvas, Albu started to land big hammer fists and elbows in top control. After the action returned to the feet, Albu found a home for crushing body kicks, too, as Curran hung in the pocket and launched combinations of her own. The third round saw a desperate Curran rush Albu and hurt the Russian with a head kick along the cage during the first exchange. Albu returned the favor by eating everything Curran threw and landing hard right hands from outside the pocket. That was until Curran found top control in a scramble to the canvas, which allowed the young Hawaiian to score points from half guard and further bloody Albu’s face. In the end, despite her last ditch efforts, Curran didn’t do enough on the scorecards as Albu walked away with the unanimous decision win.


Eric Shelton vs. Jarred Brooks

The lone flyweight matchup on the card saw former Ultimate Fighter standout Shelton (10-4) attempt to nab his first UFC victory when he took on undefeated newcomer Brooks (13-0). While Brooks started things off with a few takedowns along the cage. Even though Shelton was throwing offense from the bottom, including hard elbows to the lower back, he still out-landed Brooks in the first round. Shelton was quicker on his feet in the second, though, defending a Brooks takedown and opening up with more striking. Shelton even landed a short-lived takedown along the cage before Brooks threatened with a guillotine. With the score seemingly tied up at 1-1, Brooks came out a little more aggressive in Round 3. That was before Shelton cracked him with a huge right uppercut that temporarily dropped the UFC newcomer. Brooks would recover and stay mobile on his feet, while Shelton tried to stalk him down and land another big shot. In the end, it was Brooks who escaped with the split-decision victory.


Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober

In the opening bout of the evening, MMA journeyman Burkman (28-16) looked to end a three-fight losing streak when he took on rising lightweight prospect Dober (18-8). It didn’t take too long for Dober to strike gold. After exchanging multiple kicks with Burkman, Dober caught the veteran with a nasty left hand over the shoulder. Burkman dropped to the canvas like a sack of potatoes and the referee jumped in for the one-punch knockout stoppage.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 214 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 FXX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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