It all goes down later tonight (Sat., Sept. 9, 2017) at UFC 215 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes looks to defend her divisional title against top contender and budding rival Valentina Shevchenko. In addition, Neil Magny will try to ward off Rafael dos Anjos’ welterweight rise, while fan favorites Jeremy Stephens and Gilbert Melendez tangle in an exciting featherweight matchup.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 215's “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 7 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 215 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
The preliminary attraction centered around former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger and Olympic medalist McMann (11-4) put her three-fight win streak on the line against young Brazilian striker Vieira (9-0). It was all McMann in the early going, as the veteran wrestler pinned Vieira up against the cage before scoring a takedown. From there, McMann landed heavy elbows from the top that snapped the Brazilian’s head to the canvas. Vieira did score some offense from the bottom, but McMann’s training alongside Team Alpha Male truly showed in her ability to take full mount. Surprisingly, Vieira grabbed a hold of McMann’s ankle and nearly locked in a submission. In Round 2, McMann went back to the clinch game along the cage, but Vieira hurt her with dirty boxing inside. McMann responded with hard knees up the gut before changing levels and landing short elbows. Vieira reversed positioning and impressively took the Olympian down. From there, Vieira took the fight over. She worked her way into half guard and grabbed a hold of a nasty arm-triangle choke. McMann tried to defend but the Brazilian’s squeeze was too much. Vieira walks away with the second-round submission win.
There is a new contender at 135 pounds, and her name is Ketlen Vieira! That makes her pro record now 9-0! https://t.co/VKIhbOOBau— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 10, 2017
Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
In the first of three women’s bantamweight fights on the card, former Ultimate Fighter standout Moras (5-2) made her first appearance in over two years when she met capable veteran Evans-Smith (5-3). It didn’t take long for Evans-Smith to land a takedown and score some points in top position. Moras defended nicely before sneakily tying Evans-Smith up in an arm bar attempt. Evans-Smith did everything she could before Moras transitioned onto her back and cranked the arm for a slick submission finish.
Sarah Moras with the impressive submission win, but she clearly has no chill! https://t.co/pFzZc1vpbA— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 10, 2017
Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn
The first featherweight bout of the evening saw former WSOF champion Glenn (20-4-1) try to win his first fight on Canadian soil since 2012 when he took on rising prospect Tucker (10-1). The much longer Glenn took his time out of the gate, as Tucker circled around the pocket and utilized his speed and versatility to score points in bursts. When Glenn decided to throw he ended up dropping Tucker with a hard left hand behind the ear, possibly winning the round in the process. Glenn scored early in the second round, too, landing a short left hand, head kick, and short elbow before dragging Tucker to the canvas. From there, Glenn started to score at will with punches as Tucker visibly struggled to maintain energy. In Round 3, the veteran took over where he left off, slamming hard knees into Tucker’s body and making the youngster carry his weight. Glenn ended up on top after a scramble in the middle of the Octagon and proceeded to land punishing ground-and-pound and crippling shots to the body. In the end, Glenn’s offensive output was simply too much for Tucker to handle. He walks away with the unanimous decision victory.
Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White
Sparking off the FS1 preliminary card was a meeting of UFC veterans, as Canadian Clarke (11-5) attempted to end a two-fight losing streak opposite wily lightweight White (12-3). Clarke opened up early with kicks from distance and hard knees inside. The scrappy White remained patient and tactically picked his shots, landing a hard combination after a tie-up along the cage. White really started to open up in the second round, landing hard counter shots that seemed to temporarily stun Clarke. During another clinch, White unloaded a barrage of straight elbows that battered the Canadian’s face. Clarke somehow survived before White turned the pressure up, chasing Clarke around the cage and landing head-snapping punches at will. After a straight right dropped Clarke the referee had seen enough, stepping in for the second-round TKO stoppage in favor of White. After the bout, Clarke announced his retirement from MMA after suffering his third-straight loss.
Luis Henrique vs. Arjan Bhullar
In the only heavyweight matchup on the card, Brazilian submission specialist Henrique (10-4) looked to get back into the UFC win column when he welcomed undefeated Canadian prospect Bhullar (7-0) to the Octagon. Both heavyweights landed heavy leather early, but Bhullar got the better of the exchanges by slamming a punishing right hand over the top to the side of Henrique’s head. In Round 2, Bhullar sent Henrique to the canvas after catching him with a lopping right hand. Henrique got back to his feet before Bhullar picked the heavyweight up and slammed him on his side. From there, Bhullar would land heavy elbows and ground-and-pound before the frame came to an end. Henrique pressed the action early in Round 3. He blasted Bhullar with heavy leg kicks, crisp jabs, and a mean combination inside to gain back some much needed momentum. Bhullar was visibly tired and quickly reverted to tie-ups along the cage to slow down the desperate Brazilian. Henrique tried to throw everything he had at Bhullar, but the UFC newcomer hung in tough. In the end, Bhullar’s big second round helped him earn the unanimous decision win.
Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins
The opening bout of the evening saw Canadian veteran Johnson (22-12-1) make his first trip to the Octagon in nearly two years against lightweight knockout artist Martins (28-9). Outside of a few side kicks from Johnson and a monstrous counter left by Martins, the first round offered limited offense. In Round 2, Johnson continued to circle away from the Brazilian’s power and utilize kicks to the body to keep his distance. Martins seemed to be loading up on his punches and found small windows of opportunity, including stiff jabs, leg kicks, and a long left hook. The final frame ended as soon as it started. During a quick exchange along the cage, Johnson caught Martins with a slick counter right hand to the temple on the exit. The Brazilian dropped to the canvas and Johnson blasted him with another hard shot before the referee jumped in for the knockout stoppage.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 215 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 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.