The Octagon action unfolds later tonight (Sat., Aug. 25, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 135 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, as lightweight brawler Justin Gaethje tries to snap a two-fight losing streak when he takes on rising contender James Vick.
Adding to the main card mix is a featherweight clash between former lightweight contender Michael Johnson and Team Alpha Male standout Andre Fili, a welterweight bout pitting struggling veteran Jake Ellenberger against tough youngster Bryan Barberena, a women’s strawweight contest between contenders Cortney Casey and Angela Hill, a middleweight bout involving knockout artist Eryk Anders and submission specialist Tim Williams, and a flyweight scrap showcasing undefeated prospect Deiveson Figueiredo against former title challenger John Moraga.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on FS1 starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Night 135’s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and then FOX Sports 2 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC Fight Night 135 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
James Krause vs. Warlley Alves
Krause quickly worked inside and tried to drag Alves to the canvas. The Brazilian powered through most of the shots and made it difficult to control him. Krause landed a few good body shot from distance. Alves kept loading up for a right hand counter. Krause returned favor with stiff jabs before finding a home for a snapping front kick down the pipe. In Round 2, Alves blasted Krause with some hard right hands. Krause went back to his clinch control along the cage to slow things down. The action broke up and Krause found some success to the body again. The Brazilian looked tired as he struggled to land consistent offense. Krause then leveled Alves with a huge right knee inside and put the bigger welterweight back on his feet. Alves tried to cover up the damage with some counter punches but Krause poured it on and the referee eventually waved the fight off for a TKO stoppage.
Iuri Alcantara vs. Cory Sandhagen
Alcantara caught Sandhagen early before trapping the young bantamweight in a tight arm bar attempt. Sandhagen tried to defend as his arm was completely extended, but the Brazilian followed his efforts up with hard hammer fists. Sandhagen somehow outlasted the pressure, sneaked out, and then battered Alcantara with heavy ground-and-pound. Alcantara barely survived as Sandhagen kept busy with punches from top position. In Round 2, Sandhagen came out firing and really put the pressure on the Brazilian veteran. Alcantara rolled over and covered up as Sandhagen battered him with punches to the side of the head. The referee eventually had enough and stepped in for the TKO stoppage.
Cory Sandhagen just put on a show! pic.twitter.com/m0v2Fk1NI2— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 26, 2018
Andrew Sanchez vs. Markus Perez
Perez landed hard kick in the early going. Sanchez held his hands high and tried to move inside. He finally got there and pinned Perez along the cage. Sanchez looked to trip, but Perez held onto his arm and defended nicely. In Round 2, Perez landed some good shots from range, including a straight left that rocked Sanchez. Perez found a home for another left hand inside as Sanchez tried to find his own window of opportunity. Sanchez finally grabbed a hold of Perez and stuck him along the cage. Sanchez was able to briefly stun Perez with a combination of his own. Perez returned favor with hard shots to the body. The third round saw a tired Perez dig deep and connect with a power left over the top. Sanchez came back with a stiff jab down the pipe. Perez then caught Sanchez with a spinning back elbow followed by a body kick. Sanchez stayed alive and found his way back inside for some cage control. In the end, it was Sanchez who did enough for the unanimous decision win.
Mickey Gall vs. George Sullivan
Gall wasted no time gaining traction inside and transitioning to Sullivan’s back. Sullivan defended for a few brief seconds before Gall locked in a rear naked choke and began to crank. The veteran fighter didn’t last long and eventually tapped.
Joanne Calderwood vs. Kalindra Faria
Faria closed the distance quickly with punches inside and worked to take Calderwood down. The Brazilian scored good control from the top with heavy punches mixed in. Calderwood didn’t too much to explode off her back and escape, keeping her glued to the canvas as a result. Out of nowhere, Calderwood threw up an arm triangle choke that seriously threatened Faria. The Brazilian hung on and eventually pulled her head free, leaving her arm in dangerous territory. Calderwood took advantage, grabbed a hold of Faria’s wrist, locked in the triangle arm bar, and cranked until Faria tapped.
Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck
Dober landed the more meaning shots early as he backed Tuck up on the feet. Tuck finally responded with some kicks to the inside leg and body. A combination by Dober briefly stunned Tuck. Dober landed another big punch after a separation along the cage. Dober kept the pressure up in Round 2, but Tuck blocked a kick that badly hurt Dober’s foot. During a scramble along the cage Tuck nearly sunk in a tight guillotine attempt. Dober squeezed his head free, ended up in top position, and scored solid ground-and-pound to end the frame. The third round saw Dober land big combinations along the cage as Tuck’s eye began to swell. Dober easily took top control and battered his fellow lightweight with short ground-and-pound. Tuck looked gassed, offering little defense off his back. Dober wasn’t able to put Tuck away, but was dominant in an eventual unanimous decision win.
Rani Yahya vs. Luke Sanders
Yahya quickly tried to pull guard. Sanders avoided it once, but he couldn’t avoid danger the second time around. Off his back, Yahya grabbed a hold of Sander’s leg and quickly worked for a heel hook. Sanders defended the first attempt, but the Brazilian kept going until finding the finish and forcing Sanders to tap in the first round.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 135 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 2 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.