The action will unfold later tonight (Sat., Jan. 19, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 1 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as Henry Cejudo puts his newly-acquired flyweight title on the line against reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who will be dropping down to 125 pounds for the first time in his career.
In addition to the flyweight main event, former NFL star Greg Hardy will make his long-awaited Octagon debut against heavyweight prospect Allen Crowder, Paige VanZant will return to action after a one year absence to take on women’s flyweight contender Rachael Ostovich, and New York native Gregor Gillespie will put his 12-0 unbeaten MMA record on the line against veteran brawler Yancy Medeiros.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Brooklyn’s “Prelims” action will go down on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and ESPN starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC Brooklyn undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Hernandez bull rushed Cerrone and landed a big uppercut down the pipe. “Cowboy” shook it off, changed levels, and secured a crucial takedown. Hernandez got back to his feet and landed big knees in the clinch. Cerrone came back with a big right hand. He then followed that up with a slick head kick. More punches by “Cowboy” busted Hernandez up. Hernandez ate another left hand as he struggled to score any offense. In Round 2, Cerrone took over where he left off and started to land two piece combos at will. Hernandez did little to avoid the damage and Cerrone followed up with a brutal elbow. More knees in the clinch and another elbow over the top stunned Hernandez. Cerrone then leveled Hernandez with a nasty head kick that put the youngster down. More punches eventually forced the referee to step in for the second-round TKO stoppage.
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
Lipski came out firing with furious combinations and knees in the clinch. Calderwood grabbed a hold of the Brazilian and put her back to the cage where she landed short-lived offense in the clinch. Calderwood then launched in for a takedown and dragged Lipski to the canvas. Lipski tried to defend but Calderwood worked to back control and nearly sunk in a rear-naked choke. Calderwood then switched to an arm triangle choke but Lipski defended nicely and wiggled free. Lipski was given no time to catch her breath as Calderwood went right back into back control. In Round 2, Lipski landed some good shots to Calderwood’s body and legs. Calderwood countered with a nice knee in the clinch followed by a right hand. Lipski really started to work the body with hard kicks for distance. Both flyweights had their moments in the round but Lipski seemed to tire more. In the third frame, Calderwood stayed ahead of Lipski with kicks to the body, spinning elbows, and hard knees inside. That was until Lipski secured a sweep and ended up in top control. The Brazilian wasn’t able to do much from that position as Calderwood fought her hands and covered her mouth. Calderwood then threw up another arm bar attempt from the bottom but Lipski fought hard to get away. In then end, it was Calderwood who did more than enough over the course of three rounds to walk away with the unanimous decision win.
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
Menifield came out firing and absolutely clocked Moreira in the middle of the cage. Moreira quickly reverted to his grappling skills when he went to his back but Menifield wanted no part of it. Moreira kept busy on the feet with flying knee attempts and pawing combinations as Menifield tried to load up on power punches. Moreira pushed Menifield into the cage and started to sap his energy in the clinch. Out of nowhere Menifield blasted Moreira with a huge right hand that knocked the Brazilian down. A few follow up punches on the ground forced the referee to step in for the first-round TKO stoppage.
Mario Bautista vs. Cory Sandhagen
Sandhagen opened up early with leg kicks in bunches before Bautista grabbed a hold of a leg and nearly secured a takedown. Out of nowhere Sandhagen landed a brutal flying knee that put Bautista on his back. Bautista somehow recovered and slammed Sandhagen onto his back, although Sandhagen secured a tight reverse triangle on the way down. Bautista popped his head free for a moment before Sandhagen locked up an arm bar and forced Bautista to tap.
3-0 in the UFC with THREE finishes! @Cors_Life gets it done to open up the @ESPN prelims! #UFCBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/pfQR5goun6— UFC (@ufc) January 20, 2019
OHHHH huge flying knee from @Cors_Life! #UFCBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/a7sZNcBBOd— UFC (@ufc) January 20, 2019
Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards
Bermudez came out firing and pressured Edwards with hard leg kicks before putting his back to the cage. Edwards regrouped and scored a knockdown with a quick uppercut, but “Menace” popped right back up. Bermudez would stay busy with takedown attempts and eventually end up in top control with one minute left. From there, Bermudez would land a few hard elbows before the end of the frame. In Round 2, Bermudez quickly shot in for another takedown and found success as Edwards tried for a guillotine. Bermudez would attempt a kimura but Edwards powered through and eventually got back to his feet. That was until Bermudez scored another takedown and landed more elbows as the round expired. Bermudez came out again in the third round and secured another takedown. From there, he tried to sink in a tight guillotine choke but Edwards did well to turn over and release pressure. Still, Bermudez was able to score big points with ground-and-pound and top control. In the end, Bermudez’s wrestling and pressure were simply too much and earned him the unanimous decision win.
Nasty elbows landed from top position by @MenaceBermudez to close the round! #UFCBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/kld7c1Ba32— UFC (@ufc) January 20, 2019
Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
Muhammad waited patiently for his window of opportunity as Neal started to rush in and land short punches in the clinch. Neal followed his efforts up with kicks to the body and lead leg of Muhammad. A nasty two-punch combination then landed for Neal as Muhammad’s head snapped back. In Round 2, Muhammad kept backing into the cage and allowing Neal to lead the dance. Neal landed vicious combinations along the cage as Muhammad tried to counter with his own offense. Another straight left landed for Neal. Muhammad came back and started to find a home for looping body shots. Neal kept responding but seemed to slow a bit from the damage. The third round saw Neal get back into the driver’s seat and land first. Muhammad countered with head kicks, body punches, and combinations down the pipe, but Neal remained in control and scored a huge knockdown with a lead left midway through the frame. Muhammad would somehow recover before eating another left on the feet. Neal would land a head kick that put Muhammad back on the canvas. Muhammad would again return to his feet and started to incite a brawl with Neal. Neal remained patient and rode out the final moments to capture the unanimous decision win.
Straight left lands flush for @HandzOfSteelMMA!#UFCBrooklyn https://t.co/eokxjaRtpJ pic.twitter.com/5zsH66c1Iw— UFC (@ufc) January 20, 2019
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart
Both welterweights threw bombs early before Stewart accidentally landed a low blow. Rencountre recovered and secured a quick double leg takedown. Stewart got back to his feet before Rencountre took him down again and worked to back control. From there, Rencountre fought the hands and sunk his arms under Stewart’s neck en route to the rear-naked choke finish.
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