The action unfolds later tonight (Sat., Nov. 3, 2018) at UFC 230 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, as Daniel Cormier defends his heavyweight strap against the “Black Beast” Derrick Lewis.
In addition to the heavyweight title fight, four middleweight bouts will grace UFC 230’s PPV main card. This includes former UFC champion Chris Weidman against Brazilian veteran Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and undefeated contender Israel Adesanya against knockout artist Derek Brunson.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 230’s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 230 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Rinaldi caught Knight early with a flurry of punches inside. Knight tried to walk through it but Rinaldi secured a nice takedown off a head kick to secure control. Knight defended nicely off his back with mission control, but Rinaldi’s strength allowed him to work through it and score some good points. In Round 2, Knight tried to let his hands go from range and back Rinaldi up, but Rinaldi leaped in for another takedown. Rinaldi would eventually work to Knight’s back and land some short punches to the head. Knight did well to control the hands and keep Rinaldi away from his neck. The third round saw Knight gain back control on Rinaldi, but Rinaldi reversed positioning and ended up in side control threatening with a kimura. Knight shook him loose before Rinaldi worked to back control again. Knight was able to briefly get back to his feet before flipping over and trying to slam Rinaldi on his head. Rinaldi held on and rode out position until the final bell. In the end, it was Rinaldi who walked away with the unanimous decision win.
Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Modafferi tried to find her range early but Eubanks was way more fluent on her feet. Eubanks secured a nice takedown with three minutes left in the first. Not much damage was done from top position, but Eubanks maintained control and scored some decent points with persistent ground-and-pound. In Round 2, Eubanks caught Modafferi with a head kick and right hand that put the veteran down. Modafferi would return to her feet but she seemed extremely wobbly. Modafferi would get more time to recover and secured a timely takedown with a few minutes left in the round. The third and final frame saw Modafferi land a few good punches in the early going to catch Eubanks off guard. Eubanks responded with her own offense before dragging Modafferi back to the ground. Not much offense was landed from either flyweight in the closing minutes, but it was back-and-forth grappling nonetheless. In the end, Eubanks did more than enough over the course of 15 minutes to earn the unanimous decision.
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Arce scored some really good combinations to start things off. That was until Moraes leveled the New York native with a filthy right hand. Moraes poured on heavy ground-and-pound as Arce struggled to regain his composure. Arce eventually used an arm triangle attempt to get back to his feet. From there, Arce worked in the clinch to end up on Moraes’ back for a rear-naked choke attempt. In Round 2, Moraes landed a hard right hand counter that seemed to buckle Arce. But Arce responded again, this time with a brief takedown. Moraes got back to his feet and ended up cutting Arce on the head, which started to gush all over both featherweights. Moraes smelled blood (literally) and started to pour the offense on. Another right hand by Moraes crumbled Arce to the ground yet again. Arce used his legs to defend and survived. The third round saw a bloodied Arce use some front kicks to keep his distance. Even though he should have tried to take Moraes down and choke him out Arce decided to stay standing and exchange more blows. In the end, it was Moraes who did enough on the scorecards to get the split-decision nod.
Ben Saunders vs. Lyman Good
Saunders landed a good body kick early followed by a left hand. Good waited patiently before landing devastating body shots and upper cuts in the clinch. Saunders tried to respond with knees up the middle, but Good’s power was too mention and eventually slumped “Killer B” in the middle of the Octagon with one final uppercut and ground-and-pound.
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Frevola came out firing with leg kicks and combinations. During a quick exchange along the cage Vannata blasted Frevola with a huge right head kick, dropping the New York native where it stood. Frevola shoot it off, got back to his feet, and went responded with hard kicks and counter right hands. Vannata seemed to walk through all of it as he held his chin high and welcomed contact. In Round 2, Frevola didn’t slow, throwing spinning body kicks in bunches. Vannata responded with a nasty front kick to the face of Frevola. “Groovy” came back with a huge right hand that dropped Frevola on his butt. Frevola stumbled around the cage as Vannata unloaded and somehow survived. Frevola inched back into the fight with some solid lead leg kicks. The third round saw a recovered Frevola start to lead the dance again. Vannata caught a leg kick from Frevola, but Frevola blasted him with three or four hard punches as “Groovy” held onto his leg. Vannata shook it off and started to pressure with offense. Frevola scored a brief takedown before Vannata quickly got back to his feet. In the end, this early Fight of the Night candidate went to the judges scorecards for a majority draw. Rematch anyone?
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Holobaugh opened up early with whipping leg kicks. Burgos responded with a crisp jab down the pipe. Out of nowhere Holobaugh dropped Burgos with a nasty counter left. Burgos quickly recovered and threw up a nasty armbar attempt off his back. Holobaugh had nothing left to do but tap.
Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
De Lima was trying to time some power shots early, but Wieczorek scored first with an easy takedown. Wieczorek tried to work out of half guard, but de Lima got back to his feet and secured his own takedown. The Brazilian didn’t do much in top control except a few short punches. The second round saw de Lima land a big left hook behind the ear, but Wieczorek tied things up along the cage. Wieczorek would land a few good shots on the inside for his first damaging shots of the fights. In the third frame, de Lima came out with another takedown, eventually ending up in side control. Wieczorek showed good defense of his back, but did little to threaten with submissions or strikes from the bottom. Another takedown late into the round cemented de Lima’s efforts and allowed him to skate off with a unanimous decision win.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 230 fight card on fight night (click here), 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 FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.