The action unfolds later this evening (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) at UFC 227 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., as T.J. Dillashaw puts his UFC bantamweight title on the line against former champion Cody Garbrandt.
In addition to the main event, reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will aim to defend his title for the 12th consecutive time in a rematch with Henry Cejudo, featherweight contender Cub Swanson will clash with Brazilian submission specialist Renato Moicano, women’s strawweights Polyana Viana and JJ Aldrich will collide in a crucial 115-pound matchup, and promising middleweight prospect Kevin Holland will make his Octagon debut opposite Brazilian finisher Thiago Santos.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 227’s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and FX starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 227 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns
Munhoz opened up with hard kicks to Johns’ lead leg. Johns walked forward with his hands up looking for a boxing match. Munhoz kept busy with a kick to the body. Johns tagged Munhoz, but Munhoz responded with a counter combo. Johns continued his offense with more hard right hands. Both bantamweights exchanges in close quarters as the round came to a close. In Round 2, Munhoz came out with knees in the clinch and a left hand on the exit. Munhoz then followed that up with more kicks to the lead leg of Johns, which forced the Welsh fighter to buckle. Munhoz kept it going with a hard kick to the body which forced Johns to topple over. Johns survived as Munhoz jumped on top and started to ground-and-pound. A lost submission attempt by Munhoz allowed Johns to return to his feet and regain control. A Munhoz kick left Johns shaking his leg out and limping backwards. Munhoz launched another kick and Johns fell to the canvas. He’d return to his feet before landing huge combinations that ensued an all-out war of punches and kicks. Munhoz would go on to knock Johns down but he somehow survived. The third round saw Johns land more shots on the feet after absorbing kicks from Munhoz. Munhoz launched a body kick-punch combo that stunned Johns, but Munhoz decided to try a guillotine attempt instead of finishing on the feet. Johns defended off his back as Munhoz struggled to land much offense from the top. In the end, after a crazy 15 minutes of action, Munhoz walked away with the unanimous decision win.
PHONE BOOTH FIGHTING!!#UFC227 pic.twitter.com/zo2Pg7lvhc— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 5, 2018
Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson
Simon secured an early takedown, but Jackson was quick to his feet. The taller Jackson kept his distance and utilized his length to hit Simon from range. Simon did well to work inside and eventually picked Jackson up and slammed him on the canvas. Jackson simply couldn’t keep Simon off of him. In Round 2, Simon went back to his ground game but Jackson was able to reverse, pick Simon up, and slam him down. Jackson started to back Simon up on the feet with long combinations. Simon kept busy, got inside yet again, and eventually worked for back control. That’s where he ended the round. Simon attacked the legs and body early into the third round. He then shot in for another takedown and almost locked in a rear-naked choke, but Jackson shook him off. Jackson started to land some big shots along the cage, but Simon again brought the action to the canvas. Simon had full mount until Jackson turned over and gave up his back. Simon worked for the choke but Jackson defended nicely and got back to his feet. That didn’t last long after Simon landed another takedown. At the end of three, it was Simon who secured the unanimous decision win on the back of relentless pressure and wrestling.
Simon with the BIG take down and then gets to mount! #UFC227 @RickySimonUFC pic.twitter.com/lVfg97uu20— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 5, 2018
Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Ramos landed the bigger shots in the first round, but Kang was able to respond in kind with long punches from the outside. Ramos softened Kang up with leg kicks, too, but that didn’t stop the South Korean from pushing forward and eventually landed a brief takedown. Kang went right back to it and secured another takedown, but Ramos quickly stood up. In Round 2, Kang opened up with some inside leg kicks. Ramos stung him on the long end of a right hand. The Brazilian started to tag Kang long the cage before Kang changed levels and scored a takedown. Ramos was able to land hard elbows off his back and almost scored a leg lock, but Kang defended nicely. Ramos was able to end up on top, though. The third and final frame saw Ramos come out aggressive and lead the dance, landing a clean right hand from distance followed by a body shot. Kang kept firing in volume but Ramos proved too precise with his hands and continued to press for a big power shot. In the end, Ramos was able to do enough on the scorecards to walk away with a split decision.
Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes
Sayles opened up early with good leg kicks and quick footwork, reminiscent of his mentor Dominick Cruz. Moraes tied the action up and landed a good head kick off the break. The Brazilian followed that up with a big right hand. Sayles got a body lock to slow the action. Moraes kept to the body first and then went up top. Sayles showed trouble getting inside and landing flush. Sayles was able to change levels and pin Moraes along the cage for some control time. In Round 2, Moraes came out swinging heavy leather and kicks. A temporary eye poke by Moraes stopped the action. Sayles returned with some good leg kicks. He also worked well to roll with the punches Moraes landed, especially from the right side. Sayles kept coming forward and worked the body of Moraes. The Brazilian responded with a hard body kick of his own. Sayles found a home for a spinning back first before the end of the round. The third and final frame saw Sayles score a beautiful kick that nearly knocked Moraes over. Another eye poke by Moraes put a stop to the action. Luckily, Sayles was able to continue and landed a short combination on an inside exchange. The cardio of Sayles really started to play a factor as the UFC newcomer pressed forward and forced Moraes to empty his tank. Sayles continued his attack to the body of Moraes before pinning the featherweight along the cage and launching knees. Moraes finally returned favor and landed a gorgeous left hand. In the end, it was Moraes who walked away with the unanimous decision win.
Sayles pressing the action towards the end of round 3!— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 5, 2018
Will it be enough? #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/B5M5cfThiE
Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez
Torres landed a good right hand early but Perez returned favor with a big combination. Perez followed that up with countless punches and knees in the clinch. Torres did well to cover up with his hands held high. Torres came back with a big right hand. Perez’s work started to show on the bloody face of Torres. The former bantamweight then clobbered Torres with another right hand that put Torres against the face. From there, Perez unloaded countless combinations, knees, elbows, and power punches until Torres fell to the canvas and referee Frank Trigg stepped in for the knockout stoppage. In the end, Perez landed a total of 104 strikes in the very first round.
ALEX PEREZ!!!@AlexPerezMMA takes the '0' from Torres with a first round KO! #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/cGCZbtUWCN— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang
Zhang started her UFC debut with a good combination that backed Taylor up. The Chinese fighter continued the pressure and landed good leg kicks on the smaller strawweight. Taylor landed a good uppercut inside before eating a huge elbow. Zhang finally tripped Taylor and was able to land in half guard. The highly-touted strawweight landed blistering elbows from top position before Taylor sneaked through the back and nearly secured a ankle lock. Taylor ended up catching Zhang with a power right that stunned the debuting strawweight as the bell rang. In Round 2, Zhang blasted Taylor with a combination straight out of the gate. Taylor remained mobile and did what she could to avoid big damage, but Zhang put the pressure on and walked her down with punches. Taylor responded by winging lopping rights and lefts trying to catch Zhang sleeping. Zhang remained patient and kept Taylor at bay with a plethora of leg kicks and front kicks. Taylor connected with another big right hand before the end of the round. The third and finale frame saw both fighters come out with caution. Zhang started the action with a few hard leg kicks. She followed that up with a crisp counter left. Zhang went back to the leg and briefly spun Taylor around before catching her with a lightning fast combination. Taylor attacked the body but Zhang stood tall and absorbed it all. Zhang came back with more strikes moving forward, but Taylor found a home for a counter right hand. In the end, it was Zhang who did enough over the course of three rounds to walk away with a unanimous decision win in her UFC debut.
Zhang is throwing HEAT!#UFC227 pic.twitter.com/6qyFT9vU1m— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren
Both men exchanged early leg kicks. Buren backed Vera into the cage after some good combinations inside. Vera did most of his damage with counter left hands. Buren was able to sweep Vera along the cage before the end of the frame. In Round 2, Vera came out more aggressive and pressed the action with punches on the go. He started to connect hard on a combination before Buren landed a slick takedown. Vera landed a few upkicks off his back but Buren was able to stack him up and land some short ground-and-pound before a standup by referee Frank Trigg. Vera started to connect again in close quarters before Buren worked another clinch. Buren landed a flush right hand when the action returned to the middle of Octagon. Vera responded with a wild combination along the cage before securing his own takedown. After a few hard elbows in side control Vera landed a beautiful liver punch as Buren was returning to his feet. With seconds left on the clock, Trigg jumped in and stopped the action after Buren covered up in agony.
LIVER SHOT!@ChitoVeraUFC cripples Buren with a NASTY body shot and finishes it in round 2! #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/eAxygIL7XL— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 227 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 FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.