The action unfolds later tonight (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) at UFC 228 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, as undefeated welterweight striker Darren Till takes his best shot against reigning 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley.
In addition to the enticing main event, former women’s strawweight title challengers Jessica Andrade and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will lock horns in the co-main event, featherweight sensation Zabit Magomedsharipov will make his return to the Octagon against striker Brandon Davis, aspiring bantamweight title contenders Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson will square off in an important divisional affair, and welterweight knockout artist Abdul Razak Alhassan will look to continue his winning ways against top-flight finisher Niko Price.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 228’s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:15 p.m. ET and FX starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 228 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez
Suarez came out with a takedown that was initially stuffed by Esparza. Suarez came back with another attempt and easily took “Cookie Monster” down. From there, Suarez landed heavy ground-and-pound as Esparza held onto an arm. Esparza quickly suffered a huge hematoma under her right eye from the elbows by Suarez. In the second round, Suarez quickly worked for another takedown. But this time, Esparza was able to get back to her feet. Once there, Suarez dragged the former champion to the canvas again, gaining side control in the process. Hard elbows and punches followed as Esparza struggled to defend. Suarez was just too strong and top heavy to let “Cookie Monster” create separation. The third round was much of the same as Suarez rag dolled Esparza to the ground yet again. Suarez was a little more tired this time around but she would not be denied control. Her top game was simply ferocious and it eventually allowed her to finish “Cookie Monster” via TKO with 30 seconds left in the fight.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann
Sterling opened up with some good punches and leg kicks before shooting in for a takedown. Stamann defended nicely and attempted his own counter shots when the two separated. “Funk Master” mixed things up with some good foot stomps in the clinch. Stamann stayed strong and eventually took Sterling down. Sterling defended off his back and nearly locked in an arm triangle choke. In the second round, Sterling pushed the pace, moved in, and secured top position along the cage. Stamann got back to his feet only to eat hard knees to the legs and head. Sterling then landed some good knees ot the body before gaining top control again after a scramble to the ground. “Funk Master” transitioned into mount and then started to land heavy ground-and-pound before locking in a full nelson. Stamann recovered only to have Sterling switch to a kneebar from back control and crank until the wrestler was forced to tap.
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho
Neal came out with a fast combination down the pipe. Camacho tried to close the pressure but ate a counter left head kick. Neal followed that up with a left hand over the top. Towards the end of the first round, Neal caught Camacho with a ridiculous two-punch combination that nearly put him out. In the second frame, Camacho went for the takedown but Neal stuffed it. Neal then started to unload huge punches on Camacho along the cage. When the two separated, Neal landed a titanic head kick that instantly put the bloodied Camacho out.
Goodnight! Geoff Neal with a brutal KO kick to end the fight! pic.twitter.com/tR8vB9hckt— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 9, 2018
Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart
Byrd opened up with a nice overhand right. He then shot in for a takedown but Stewart stuffed it. Byrd came back with a nice one-two combination along the cage. The two middleweights tied up and Byrd separated with a hard elbow in the clinch. Stewart couldn’t find his timing to counter and “Kid Dynamite” continued his onslaught with hard punches and head kicks. In Round 2, Byrd continued to press the action on the feet, which was surprising considering he usually does most of his work on the ground. Stewart didn’t offer much in return as Byrd was able to move in and land right hands at will. Out of nowhere, Stewart hurt Byrd with a counter right elbow and “Kid Dynamite” stumbled around the Octagon. Byrd tried to cover up but Stewart continued his offensive attack and finally put an end to Byrd with a right hand to the side of the head.
Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White
The smaller Sanchez rushed in quickly and threw bombs. White grabbed onto a guillotine attempt but Sanchez picked him up and slammed him. Sanchez started to land good ground-and-pound from top position, but White’s long limbs made it difficult. Sanchez kept busy and found a home for some vicious shots that finally started to bloody White. In Round 2, White came out with a huge knee in the clinch. Sanchez ate it like Sunday breakfast and secured another takedown to further batter White from top control. White mixed in a nice up kick, but was unable to get the smaller veteran off of him. Sanchez was simply relentless in his pursuit to batter the man who kissed him at weigh ins. In Round 3, White came out strong with a head kick but Sanchez landed a good counter right before gaining top control yet again. From there, the long-time UFC veteran pressured his welterweight counterpart with elbows, hammer fists, and short punches. In the end, Sanchez looked incredibly impressive en route to an easy unanimous decision win.
Jim Miller vs. Alex White
Miller opened up with hard leg kicks to start his 30th Octagon appearance. The veteran kept the pressure up and caught White with a nasty combination on the feet. White fell to the canvas and Miller jumped on his back for a rear-naked choke finish. It was that quick.
Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilova
Pudilova landed the better shots early, including a knee to the body and punches from the outside. Aldana came back with some good counter shots as she held her hands high in defense. Pudilova responded with a hard right hand. She kept throwing up a front high kick but Aldana played a good defensive game. Pudilova kept busy and backed Aldana up at almost every turn. Aldana tried to ward her off with a spinning back fist, but Pudilova blasted her with countless kicks to the body and head. In Round 2, Pudilova continued her onslaught with hard kicks from all angles. Aldana simply couldn’t gain the respect of her bantamweight counterpart. Aldana tried to get inside with head movement and hands high, but Pudilova did a tremendous job controlling range and making Aldana pay shot-by-shot. Aldana tried to shoot for a takedown, but Pudilova quickly defended and then landed a nice elbow. The third round saw Aldana throw out a few shots only to have Pudilova counter with leg kicks, combinations, and forward pressure. Aldana kept busy with leg kicks and crisp jabs that started to bloody the nose of Pudilova. Pudilova hung in the pocket tough, never stopped throwing hands, and forced Aldana to dig deep. In the end, it was Aldana who did enough over the course of three hard-fought rounds to capture the split-decision win.
Jarred Brooks vs. Roberto Sanchez
Sanchez pushed the action early along the cage and ended up in top control. Brooks defended nicely and almost took Sanchez’s back before trying to lock up a heel hook. Sanchez escaped the submission attempt and returned to his feet. The action picked up in the second round as both men exchanged combinations in close quarters. Sanchez went back to his bread and butter and tied Brooks up along the cage again. Brooks reversed a takedown attempt and had back control on the feet. Brooks eventually got Sanchez to the ground and landed some short punches and elbows from top control. In Round 3, Brooks came out and landed spinning back fist before pushing Sanchez back into the cage. From there, Brooks dragged Sanchez o the ground again and controlled the action once more. Not many big shots were landed, but Brooks did enough to pull ahead on the scorecards and force Sanchez to play a defensive game. In the end, it was Brooks who walked away with the split-decision win.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 228 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 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.