Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this Saturday (April 21, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 128 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a lightweight main event between Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee, who battle for a spot in the 155-pound title chase.
And we’re now down to 11 fights after Magomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki was scratched when Bibulatov was felled by injury, shortly before Leslie Smith refused to fight the overweight Aspen Ladd.
Elsewhere on the card, held inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Frankie Edgar tries to get back into the win column against Cub Swanson, who looks to avenge his loss to “The Answer” back in late 2014.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 128 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Barboza vs. Lee.”
Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 128 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 QUICK RESULTS:
Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee — Lee def. Barboza by TKO (cut) at 2:18 of Round Five
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson — Edgar def. Swanson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis — Willis def. Sherman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
David Branch vs. Thiago Santos — Branch def. Santos by KO (punches) at 2:30 of Round One
Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling — Sterling def. Johns by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller — Hooker def. Miller by KO (knee) at 3:00 of Round One
Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare — LaFlare def. Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon — Simon def. Dvalishvili by TKO (guillotine choke) at 5:00 of Round Three
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas — Bahadurzada def. Chagas by KO (front kick and punch) at 2:40 of Round Two
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins — Anderson def. Cummins by by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura — Martin def. Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee
Round 1: Good jabs from Lee early on. Low kick from Barboza. Good punch exchanges early. Another inside low kick from Barboza catches cup. Lee shoots, gets Barboza to the mat. Barboza grabs the fence a minute in, fires an upkick. Lee passes to half guard, then mount. Barboza regains half guard after taking some shots. Now full guard. Two minutes in. Barboza tries to kick Lee away unsuccessfully. Full mount for Lee and here come the right hands. More big shots with two minutes to work.
Elbows now from Lee. Lee landing some nasty shots. Barboza gets to the fence, regains half guard. Big hammerfists. One minute to go. Full guard. Lee posturing up to land big shots, gets back to mount not long after. Barboza playing full defense. More big punches. 10-8 Lee.
Round 2: Lee marching after Barboza, who tries a shot of his own. Lee shoots, denied, eats a knee to the body. Barboza looking for uppercuts, gets blasted with a body kick. One minute in. Lee shoots in and slams Barboza to the mat. Barboza holding his guard so far. Two minutes in. Nasty shots from Lee. He passes to half guard, then mount. More punches, back to half guard. Two minutes to go.
Lee still chipping away. Lee moves right back to mount. He threatens a guillotine, goes back to smacking Barboza. One minute to go. Lee gets the giftwrap and lands more shots. 10-8 Lee.
Round 3: Barboza bangs the body, fires a switch kick. Lee backs him to the cage and shoots, denied. Barboza wheel kick takes Lee’s legs out and Lee shoots. He completes the takedown into half guard. Two minutes in. Barboza kicks his way to his feet. He threatens another wheel kick. Right hook from Lee. Two minutes to go.
Low kick from Barboza, combo from Lee. Jumping knee from Barboza falls just short. Body kick by the Brazilian answered by a right hook. One minute to go. Barboza looks to hit the body as Lee fires a kick. Body kick by Barboza. Lee fires a head kick and a sharp right jab. 10-9 Barboza.
Round 4: Nasty body kick from Barboza and a left hook upstairs. Lee landing more good shots. Lee gets him to the cage and shoots through a knee for another takedown. Full guard. One minute in. Closed guard. Hard elbow from Lee. Lee takes an upkick as he looks to pass, then lands a right hand two minutes in. More good right hands. Two minutes to go.
Barboza continues to grab the fence as Lee looks to pass to mount. He makes it and hammers at Barboza. One minute to go. Barboza regains half guard, surrenders mount again. Lee looking to set up a d’arce, is going to run out of time. 10-9 Lee.
Round 5: Overhand right lands for Barboza early. Lee trading punches with him, landing well. Spinning back kick upstairs from Barboza, who eats a left hook. 1-2 from Lee. Barboza to the body. Good hook upstairs. One minute in. Body kick and low kick by Barboza. Body kick met by a 1-2. Lee shoots, sprawled on, keeps driving. Two minutes in. Lee locks his hands, but Barboza fights it off. Barboza loses his mouthpiece in the process and the referee calls the doctors in to look at his cut. The doctors say no mas.
Final result: Lee def. Barboza by TKO (cut)
145 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Round 1: Both men looking for early jabs. No clean connections yet. Jab lands for Edgar. One minute in. Left hook lands for him as Swanson ducks. Edgar firing kicks, lands a combo. Two minutes in. Low kick lands. I’m not sure Swanson has landed a punch yet. Jab to the body from him. Edgar lands a right hand. Right hand dings Swanson and Edgar looks for a takedown. No luck. Two minutes to go.
Jab from Swanson. Low kick from Edgar. One minute to go. Edgar fires a head kickk, clips. Swanson showing zero urgency. Swanson jab answered by a right cross. Low kick and wheel kick attempt. 10-9 Edgar.
Round 2: Check hook from Swanson, now showing a bit more life. Edgar pops him with a jab. Swanson firing more jabs, right hand comes back at him. One minute in. Edgar threatens a knee tap. Leg kick connects for him. Another one spins Swanson around. Two minutes in. Edgar shoots, bails on it. Lots of side-to-side movement by Swanson, who eats an overhand right and a leg kick. Edgar shoots, denied, lands an uppercut. Two minutes to go.
Leg kick from Edgar. Left hook upstairs. Inside this time. Edgar lands a 2-1. Low kick. Sanson lands a leg kick of his own. Edgar to the body. One minute to go. Jab exchange. Swanson left hook lands, Edgar comes back with an overhand. Slip from swanson as Edgar fires. Swanson stuffs a knee tap and a pair of heavy hooks, his best shots of the fight. 10-9 Edgar.
Round 3: Edgar fakes a shot and lands an uppercut, than an inside leg kick. Edgar jabs, head kick attempt. Uppercut inside. One minute in. Lead right lands for Swanson. Double right hand near the fence. Edgar lands another low kick. Two minutes in. Good right from the former champ, another leg kick. Edgar lands a body shot, takes a left hook upstairs. Another Edgar low kick. He shoots in on the cage. Two minutes to go.
Sneaky knee lands for Swanson. Swanson gets an underhook and separates. Edgar tries a head kick. Good punches from both. One minute to go. Right hand and left hook from Swanson, but Edgar knocks him off-balance with an overhand right. 10-9 Edgar.
Final result: Edgar def. Swanson by unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis
Round 1: Willis lands an early uppercut and they trade fast shots. Sherman lands a body kick, eats an uppercut in the clinch. Counter 3-2 by Willis. Big counter left rocks Sherman a minute in. Sherman shakes it off and looks for a high kick. Low kick and right hand land for Sherman. Two minutes in. Right hook connects for Wilis inside. then Sherman takes one to the nards. He takes a break to recover, only to walk right into a savage left hand that drops him. Willis buries him in left hands, but Sherman somehow manages to survive. Willis on top in half guard. Sherman scrambles back to his feet. Two minutes to go.
Overhand left and right hook land for Willis, but Sherman’s still going for it. Willis catches a kick, can’t use it. Another right hook from Willis. 2-3 from Willis. Knee to the head. One minute to go. Nice uppercuts from Willis. Sherman pressing him against the cage. Knee from Sherman. 10-8 Willis.
Round 2: Counter left by Willis after a Sherman low kick. Sherman tries a head kick. Oblique kick. 2-3 from Willis draws a smile. One minute in. 1-2 knocks Sherman back. Willis takes a finger in the eye and Sherman offers a mea culpa. Willis finds the mark with another left hand. Again. Sherman with a snap kick to the body. Willis lands a short right hook. Two minutes in. Another right hand finds the mark. 1-2. Sherman lands another body kick. Two minutes to go.
Sherman fires a head kick and falls to his back. Willis sets up in guard. Willis staying tight. One minute to go. Sherman brings up his legs to no avail. Short punches from Willis. 10-9 Sillis.
Round 3: Sherman throwing early kicks. Willis catches a body kick, can’t use it. Knee from Sherman, then a hard elbow inside. One minute in. Hard right hand and body kicks from Sherman. Sherman takes him to the fence. Two minutes in. Elbow from Sherman. Again on the break, Willis comes back with a right hand. Counter 3-2 by Willis, counter left soon after. Back to the clinch, back to the cage. Two minutes to go.
Back to the center. Sherman tries a knee, eats a left. He tries a combo. Willis digs a left downstairs. Sherman fires a head kick to straight right. Willis takes him to the fence with a minute to go. They separate. 3-2 by Willis, straight right by Sherman. Back to the clinch. 10-9 Sherman.
Final result: Willis def. Sherman by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: David Branch vs. Thiago Santos
Round 1: Santos sends out early kicks. Hard leg kick. One minute in. Left hook lands for the Brazilian. Another leg kick. Knee to the body. Branch has yet to land a serious shot. Low kick from Santos. Again to the calf two minutes in. More leg kicks. Branch tries to shoot, then lamps Santos with a vicious overhand right. Branch drills him with more right hands until the ref steps in.
Final result: Branch def. Santos by KO (punches)
135 lbs.: Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling
Round 1: Combination lands for Johns. Sterling sending out early kicks. Johns catches one, can’t keep it. Counters by Johns. Low kick lands for Sterling a minute in. Sterling tries a body kick. Straight left, body kick. Leg kick by Sterling, who grabs a body lock. Johns nearly lands on Sterling’s back, but ultimately surrenders guard two minutes in. Johns works his way back to his feet, Sterling still attached. Two minutes to go.
Double underhooks for Sterling. Knee from Sterling on the exit. Johns looking to make up for lost time, eats a knee. One minute to go. Body kick again by Sterling. Again a body kick. Johns looks for a single-leg, gets him down. 10-9 Sterling.
Round 2: Both sending out kicks early. Sterling lands a combo, eats a 1-2. Jumping knee catches Sterling coming in. Johns looks for a single-leg, sprawled on. One minute in. Still driving against the cage. Knees from Sterling. More knees. Sterling lands a nice combination on the break and keeps it going, landing multiple clean shots. 2-3 from Johns in return, drawing a nod. Cracking body shot from Johns. Sterling shoots, can’t complete the single-leg. Counter right by Johns, takedown from Sterling into half guard . Two minutes to go.
Hard punches landing for “The Funkmaster” as Johns works his way to his feet. Double underhooks for Sterling. Referee breaks them up. They go back to trading at range, both men landing clean. Front kick from Sterling. Side kick from Sterling, Johns tries to spin. 10-9 Sterling.
Round 3: Right hand from Johns, body kick from Sterling. Johns going for it. Low kicks from Sterling, who looks for a single-leg. Sterling tries to counter with a Judo throw, but dragged down to a knee. One minute in. One hook in for Sterling. Johns turns to face im. Good knee and he changes levels again. Again he looks for the back. Two minutes in. Sterling keeping Johns against the fence, winning the underhook battle. Two minutes to go.
Ref separates them. Johns trying to go for it, ducks a spinning elbow. Sterling ducks in for a single-leg and puts Johns right back on the fence. Johns separates with a minute to go. Back to the clinch, Johns tries a throw and gets thrown by Sterling in retaliation. Sterling looking for the back once more. Both hooks in and on come the punches. 10-9 Sterling.
Final result: Sterling def. Johns by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller
Round 1: Hooker just towering over Miller, sending out kicks. Miller with a low leg kick. Miller tries a takedown, eats a knee to the body that backs him off. One minute in. Hooker on the front foot, takes a short right hook. Counter hook by Miller, Hooker tries a knee. Miller catches a body kick, great defense from Hooker until Miller gets him to the cage. Two minutes in. Hooker scrambles to his feet. Knee and elbow from Hooker, body kick. They trade punches near the fence and, as Miller ducks in, Hooker meets him with a show-stopping knee. Miller is out on impact.
Final result: Hooker def. Miller by KO (knee)
170 lbs.: Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare
Round 1: Body kick from the southpaw LaFlare. Leg kick. One minute in. Garcia shoots off a LaFlare kick and gets majorly sprawled on. They stand. Garcia tries a lazy spin. Two minutes in. Body shot from Garcia as he ties up, then LaFlare takes him to the fence. LaFlare drags him down for a moment. Good knees to the body. Two minutes to go.
Garcia tries a throw, gets underhooks and separates. LaFlare body kick. Garcia shoots, LaFlare turns him and puts him back on the fence. Back to the center. LaFlare trips Garcia up with an inside low kick. 10-9 LaFlare.
Round 2: Garcia doubles up the right hand, eats a body kick. LaFlare shoots, goes to the rear waist lock, and looks to secure the back. Garcia works his way into top position, but LaFlare uses butterfly hooks to scramble up. LaFlare lands a knee as Garcia takes him down a minute in. Garcia keeping him down against the fence. Now looking for the back. Two minutes in. One hook in, but LaFlare initiates a scramble and gets back to his feet. Garcia tries to take the back again, but winds up on the bottom. LaFlare on top in half guard. Two minutes to go.
Garcia keeping him stuck in half guard. LaFlare looking for an arm triangle, no dice. One minute to go. Garcia playing pure defense. 10-9 LaFlare.
Round 3: LaFlare threatens a level change. Body kick lands, but Garcia takes him down for it. One minute in. LaFlare holding on, trying to set up another butterfly sweep. Ref stands them up. Body kick from LaFlare, who sprawls on a shot two minutes in. Front kick to the midsection, head kick attempt. Garcia lands a takedown on the fence. LaFlare looking for a rear crucifix. Two minutes to go.
LaFlare holding onto that crucifix. Not enough action for Marc Goddard’s liking and they’re back up with a minute to go. Body kick lands again. LaFlare grabs the rear waistlock. Garcia wolls through and they stand. They exchange until the bell. 10-9 LaFlare.
Final result: LaFlare def. Garcia by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon
Round 1: Dvalishvili tries to spin early. Low kick lands. BIG right hand connects. He tries to spin again and Simon looks for a takedown. They separate. One minute in. Tries an elbow this time, then hits a takedown and looks for the back. Big slam. Again. Simon gets back to his feet and they go to the cage. Outside trip, tries to take the back and gets too high before they scramble up. They trade in the center. Two minutes in. Another hard right hand by the Georgian, who eats one in return. Leg kick from Dvalishvili. Simon lands a straight right. Right hand slips through Simon’s guard and sends him to the mat. Simon tries a takedown, staggers around the cage as Dvalishvili chases him down. Simon shoots with two minutes to go.
Dvalishvili still charging after him, hits a lovely takedown. Simon pops up. Another takedown. One minute to go. SImon on his feet, Dvalishvili still attached. They separate. Right hand from Simon draws a smile. Simon lands a body shot, eats another right hand. 10-9 Dvalishvili, borderline 10-8.
Round 2: Leg kick from Simon. Good right hand lands for him. Simon goes low-high with left hooks, then a straight right. Spinning back fist attempt. Simon doing well at range this round a minute in. Dvalishvili still chasing him, falling short with shots. Merab hits a single-leg, gets too excited looking for the back and eats a knee. Two minutes in. 2-1 from Dvalishvili. Cuffing left hook upstairs two minutes in. Simon hits a nice takedown into guard. Elbows. Dvalishvili works his way to his knees, then the feet and they separate. Another hard right by the Georgian. Two minutes to go.
Good knee to the body from Simon, but it lets Dvalishvili drag him down. Simon works his way up, hauled to the cage. He tries granby rolls to escape, cannot dislodge the Georgian. Dvalishvili again goes too high on the back and eats knees. Tight elbow from Simon, who gets stuffed on a shot. Dvalishvili cracks him with a right cross. Simon lands teh low-high left hooks, gets taken down but pops up. Closer round. 10-9 Dvalishvili.
Round 3: Body kick from Dvalishvili. 1-2 by Simon as he takes a groin shot. They exchange in center cage. Well-timed level change by Dvalishvili. Simon works his way up a minute in. He hits the switch and grab the rear waist lock. They separate. Simon to the body. Dvalishvili hits a brief takedown. 1-2 by the Georgian. Two minutes in. Simon hits a takedown into side control. Dvalishvili regains half guard and looks for a kimura. Nothing doing. Simon looking to set up an arm triangle, Dvalishvili bridges out of it when he tries to pass and stands. Two minutes to go.
Dvalishvili pressing forward, lands a knee and looks to open up on the cage. He tries a single-leg, not there. Good right hook upstairs. Head kick attempt. Dvalishvili hits another takedown, but Simon locks up a guillotine and sweeps into mount. Dvalishvili bicycling his legs as Simon desperately cranks. Somehow, the Georgian survives to the bell. 10-9 Simon.
They’re calling this a TKO? What the hell.
Final result: Simon def. Dvalishvili by TKO (guillotine choke)
170 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas
Round 1: Bahadurzada opens with leg kicks, eats a flying knee. Straight rights land for Bahadurzada, than an overhand right. Bahadurzada catches a kick and lands a right before taking him down into guard. One minute in. Closed guard. Good right hand from Bahadurzada. Two minutes in. Another series of good rights. Chagas hits a beautiful sit-out and takes the back, locking up the body triangle. Right hands from the Brazilian as he looks for the choke. Two minutes to go.
More right hands from Chagas to the head and body. Good control from Chagas, doog defense from Bahadurzada. One minute to go. Bahadurzada gets to his feet, dragged right back down. Round ends there. 10-9 Chagas.
Round 2: Overhand right from Bahadurzada. Chagas advancing, Bahadurzada throwing heat off the back foot. One minute in. Uppercut catches Chagas leaning. They trade in the center. Knee from Bahadurzada as he denies a level change, then a body shot. Both switching stance. Two minutes in. Bahadurzada fires a two-piece and stuffs a shot. Bahadurzada goes low-high. 2-1 by Chagas. Suddenly, Bahadurzada fires a front kick that petrifies Chagas, then an uppercut as the Brazilian keels over that puts him to sleep.
Final result: Bahadurzada def. Chagas by KO (front kick and punch)
205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
Round 1: Cummins already threatening level changes as Anderson fires his jab. Cummins shoots in off an Anderson uppercut and takes him to the fence. Anderson breaks his grip a minute in, eats a knee and comes back with a straight right. Both land right hands. Anderson opening up with punches, lands a good knee. Cummins reeling as Anderson marches on. Hard body shots. Cummins’ right eye is already a mess as he nearly shoots into a knee. Elbow from Anderson. Uppercut, left hook. Uppercut again. Cummins throwing back but he’s eating a boatload of shots. Cummins presses forward with a combo, eats a left hook. Anderson catches a body kick and shoots, taking Cummins down on the fence with two minutes to go.
Knee by Anderson. He continues to land. One minute to go. Anderson hits a double-leg into half guard. He takes the back and starts dropping punches. Cummins works his way to his feet, forced back down. Cummins tries to spin. 10-8 Anderson.
Round 2: Anderson rips the body. Anderson tries a knee, lands a two-piece. One minute in. Dirty boxing from both as Anderson takes him to the fence. They separate in the center. Jab from Cummins. Lead right comes back. Two minutes in. Anderson blasts through for another takedown and he looks for the back on the cage. Cummins works his way up, dragged back down to his knees. Back up, knee from Anderson, back down. Two minutes togo.
Both hooks in for Anderson. Cummins slips out the back door and they return to the center. Right hand by Cummins off an Anderson kick. One minute to go. Anderson lands a right hand and uppercut before hitting another takedown. Anderson just riding his back, slams him again. 10-9 Anderson.
Round 3: They look to trade in the center. Anderson hits another easy takedown on the cage. One minute in. Anderson looking for the back. Cummins stands, dragged back down. Cummins removes a hook, dragged back down. One hook in for Anderson two minutes in. Cummins gets back up, taken down again. One hook in with two minutes to go.
Anderson just all over him. Cummins gets to his feet and they fight for underhooks until Anderson ducks in for yet another takedown. One minute to go. Anderson tries to flatten him out, lands left hands. Cummins stands, avoids a slam, eats a left hook at the bell. 10-9 Anderson.
Final result: Anderson def. Cummins by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura
Round 1: Martin orthodox, Nakamura southpaw. Martin opens with a head kick attempt. Nakamura fires a straight left, 1-2 comes back at him. Nakamura counters a leg kick with a straight left. One minute in. Both pop the body. Nakamura throwing lefts, Martin with a right downstairs. Martin head kick appears to glance off, straight rights buckle Nakamura. Nakamura gets back to his range two minutes in. 1-2 from Nakamura, sharp right hand catches him. Lots of feints. Two minutes to go.
Left hook from Martin, straight right lands.Nakamura left hand falls short. Leg kick by Martin, another big right hand upstairs. Nakamura hits a takedown with a minute to go. Martin cinches up a guillotine on the way down. Nakamura waits it out as Martin tries some heel strikes. 10-9 Martin.
Round 2: Both land their lead hands early. Martin tries a front kick. Leg kick from Nakamura. Jab lands upstairs. One minute in. Martin fires an inside low kick. 1-2 from Nakamura. 1-2 by Martin, who avoids a knee. Two minutes in. Left hand lands for Nakamura. Martin with a harder 1-2. Nakamura to the body, caught clean with a right hand. Two minutes to go.
Martin to the body, Nakamura looks for a counter. No takedown attempts for Nakamura this round. Good 1-2 by Martin, stiff jab afterwards. One minute to go. Nakamura lands a body kick. Nakamura counters a knee, eats a heavy right hand and a head kick. Nakamura shoots into a guillotine. 10-9 Martin.
Round 3: Martin lands some good right hands inside. Hard body kick from Martin. Nakamura shoots and Martin locks up a kimura. Nakamura rolls through and grabs a front headlock a minute in. Martin works his way free and stands. Both throw hard in center cage. Two minutes in. Nakamura loses his mouthpiece, pausing the action. Martin lands a nice step-back right with two minutes to go.
Nakamura tries a high kick and an ugly-looking level change. Martin lands a counter right. Straight left from Nakamura, right hand from Martin soon after. One minute to go. Nakamura hits a takedown and a scramble ensues from a Martin kimura attempt. Martin sweeps into top position and transitions to a straight armbar from half guard. 10-9 Martin.
Final result: Martin def. Nakamura by unanimous decision