Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to TD Garden in Boston, Mass., TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 19, 2023) with a blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event, featuring the potential debut of “The Suga Show Era” when colorful top-ranked Bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley, attempts to topple the “best 135-pound champion ever,” Aljamain Sterling. In UFC 292’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, women’s Strawweight roost-ruler, Zhang Weili, takes on No. 4-seeded power-punching Brazilian, Amanda Lemos. We’ve got Ian Machado Garry, Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz, too!
Before that action begins at 10 p.m. ET later this evening, though, MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 292 “Prelims” undercard below, beginning with the first fight at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ (then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET). We will then cover UFC 292’s PPV main card in a separate thread right here, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Bet on UFC 292 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Sterling vs. O’Malley.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 292 “Prelims” undercard results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 292 ESPN+ PPV MAIN CARD QUICK RESULTS:
Sean O’Malley def. Aljamain Sterling — TKO (punches) Rd. 2, 0:51 — HIGHLIGHTS!
Zhang Weili def. Amanda Lemos — Decision (unanimous) 50-43, 50-44, 49-45
Ian Machado Garry def. Neil Magny — Decision (unanimous) 30-26 x2, 30-24 — CALLOUT ALERT!
Mario Bautista def. Da’Mon Blackshear — Decision (unanimous) 30-27, 29-28 x2
Marlon Vera def. Pedro Munhoz — Decision (unanimous) 30-27 x2, 29-28
UFC 292 ESPN/ESPN+ ‘PRELIMS’ QUICK RESULTS:
185 lbs.: Brad Tavares def. Chris Weidman — Decision (unanimous) 30-27 x3
185 lbs.: Gregory Rodrigues def. Denis Tiuliulin — KO (elbows) Rd. 1, 1:43 — HIGHLIGHTS!
155 lbs.: Kurt Holobaugh def. Austin Hubbard — Submission (triangle) Rd. 2, 2:39 — HIGHLIGHTS!
135 lbs.: Brad Katona def. Cody Gibson — Decision (unanimous) 30-27, 29-28 x2 — HIGHLIGHTS!
185 lbs.: Andre Petroski def. Gerald Meerschaert — Decision (split) 29-28 x3, 28-29
125 lbs.: Natalia Silva def. Andrea Lee — Decision (unanimous) 30-27 x2
125 lbs.: Karine Silva def. Maryna Moroz — Submission (guillotine) Rd. 1, 4:59 — HIGHLIGHTS!
UFC 292 ‘PRELIMS’ PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
185 lbs.: Chris Weidman vs. Brad Tavares
Round one: Tavares in gray, Weidman in black. Weidman takes center cage, but isn’t throwing anything. Tavares finally with a 1-2. Weidman with a bad shot that gets stuffed. 1-1-2 and the 2 lands again for Brad. Weidman jabs to the body, Tavares gets a low kick. Again a shot by Weidman to no avail. Low blow to the baby Chris’ and we’re in a timeout. Weidman is back and ready to go and half the round is over. Tavares with a strong low kick. Another. Lefts by both men and followed by another pair of low kicks by the Hawaiian. Weidman lands a left and a body kick. Weidman tries an ankle pick, doesn’t get it. Tavares closes the round with a short flurry, looks like he landed an uppercut in it.
Round two: Tavares keeps landing his low kick and Weidman isn’t handling it well. Hard jabs by both men. Now Chris’ front leg is giving out on him after another low kick. Tavares goes high, blocked. Now a right hand. Weidman has switched stances and now it’s his reconstructed leg in the front. Weidman lands a good right hand and he’s got Tavares in a bit of trouble. Weidman advancing, trying to tough through it. He punts Tavares and it hits the cup. Weidman completes a takedown, but the ref had already started to intervene.
We’re back with half the round to go. Weidman hits an off-balance Tavares, and Brad is on the canvas, but he’s up before Weidman can take advantage. Leg kick again. Weidman punches in and tries a takedown, but can’t get it, again. Weidman stubborn and re-enters, but again, Tavares’ takedown defense is perfect. Weidman with a nice punch. Another stuffed takedown. Weidman lands a left at the bell.
Round three: Tavares continues his leg-kicking clinic. Weidman switches stances as they both throw kicks and eats another one into the pills. Short break this time. Tavares really bashing that leg. Weidman throwing punches back whenever Tavares gets close to keep him off. Weidman getting absolutely hammered in the leg. Weidman comes forward a bit, hits a right and tries for yet another takedown. Still can’t get it. Another one. A third. Weidman lands a big overhand left. Leg kick to jab by Tavares. Tavares circling, kicking. Tavares pot-shotting. Weidman with a right. More leg kicks by Brad.
Final result: Brad Tavares def. Chris Weidman via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Gregory Rodrigues vs. Denis Tiuliulin
Round one: Tiuliulin in black, Rodrigues in yellow. Tiuliulin throws a combo, misses. Rodrigues misses one of his own. Rodrigues with a takedown about a minute in. Tiuliulin in full guard. Rodrigues postures and uses it to pass to the side. He mounts. Tiuliulin rolls to his side a bit and gets blasted by a huge elbow. A punch that looks like it might have hit the back of the head, but then another elbow and a third and the ref steps in to end it.
Booth thinks that elbow was to the back of the head, but that sure looked on the side to me, even in slo-mo replay.
Final result: Gregory Rodrigues def. Denis Tiuliulin via knockout, elbows, Rd. 1
155 lbs.: Kurt Holobaugh vs. Austin Hubbard
Round one: Hubbard in red, Holobaugh in gray. Hubbard with a low kick. Holobaugh lands a cross, but gets taken down. Hubbard gets hit with an elbow, responds with one of his own. Holobaugh tries to scramble, nearly gives up his neck. He does stand, but eats some knees for his trouble. Holobaugh goes for a single-leg to force Hubbard to let go of the neck. Hubbard to the body, tries an elbow. Hubbard cracks home a right hand to the jaw. Holobaugh gets in one of his own. Flurries into Hubbard. Austin lands a knee, Kurt replies with a right. Hubbard counters a low kick with a popping jab. Another takedown by Hubbard. Gets in some left hands. Hubbard’s ear is bleeding a bit. More choppy left hands. Holobaugh up on his feet. There’s a nice right hand, too. Hubbard tries a hip toss, eats a right, lands a knee.
Round two: Holobaugh lands a nice right hand to the body. Hubbard gets it back. Holobaugh stuffs a takedown and eats a big right hand. Holobaugh gets hit by a left now. Holobaugh lands big ol’ hooks. Hubbard tries for a knee and is off-balance for the right hand that sits him on the canvas. Holobaugh on the back now, looking for the neck. Can’t get it, but uses it to get mount. Hubbard scrambles out, but into an armbar. He rolls out of it, but this time it’s into a very tight triangle. Holobaugh adjusts a bit... there’s the tap!
Final result: Kurt Holobaugh defeats Austin Hubbard via submission, triangle, Rd. 2
135 lbs.: Brad Katona vs. Cody Gibson
Round one: Katona in blue, Gibson in pink. Katona with a good leg kick. Gibson fires back to the body. Low kick, too. Katona with a counter left hand. Gibson cracks in a big right. Katona lands a jab, Gibson responds with a right. Right hands by both men. Gibson with a left and an uppercut. Now a right and an uppercut. Katona pops a nice jab and a right. Gibson with a right, whiffs big on a left. Both men thud punches to the body.
Round two: Katona with a step-in elbow. Katona eats a punch, responds with two. Tries a takedown, but gets nothing out of it. Mean right hand by Gibson. Nice lead left by Katona. Gibson still pushing forward and throwing hard. Katona has a nice mouse on his left cheek. Gibson lands an elbow directly on it. Both men land low kicks. Katona wobbles Gibson with a nice right hand. Katona pressuring now. Gets in a couple, but Gibson seems to recover and lands a nice left. Left hand by Katona. Right hand lands clean, but he shakes his hand afterwards.
Round three: Katona lands a hook. Gibson 1-1-2, but Katona responds with a solid left. Jab by Gibson. Another. Katona 3-2 down to the ribs. Nice right by Gibson and Katona is backing up a bit now. Great 1-2 by Katona after he blinks out the damage. Another nice right by Gibson. Katona sends back a left hand. Gibson with a knee, Katona sends some traffic back with a right. Katona uppercut. Gibson is holding his eye and backing off. Finally Gibson regains his wits and lands an uppercut. Big right hands by both men. If this isn’t fight of the night, then something batshit has to go down later. Uppercuts in the clinch by Katona. Gibson looks like he’s tired as hell and tries for a takedown. Last minute for Katona might have won him the round on some of the judges scorecards.
Final result: Brad Katona def. Cody Gibson via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Andre Petroski
Round one: Meerschaert in black, Petroski in gray. Petro misses a big left, throws into the arms and shoulders of “GM3” as they get into a clinch. Meerschaert gets in a counter-left. Petroski misses with a few big misses. Andre with a left and a right that gets in. They trade low kicks. Petroski complains of an eye poke and we’re in time-out. Petro with a takedown on a single, Meerschaert counters with a reverse triangle attempt to end the round.
Round two: Leg kick by Petro. Also a takedown attempt, but he started that from way too far and GM3 got his legs out of harm’s way. Petroski repeats that sequence, but with a bit better takedown attempt, even though it wasn’t successful, either. Meerschaert catches a kick and nearly dumps Petroski, but he’s saved by the cage and he’s back on both feet. Overhand right by Petroski and there’s a hook, too. Meerschaert lands in a left, glances in a head kick. Petroski with a very good level change, but Meerschaert shows off great defense to stay on his feet. Petro goes left to the body and then upstairs. Petroski finally checks a kick. Big hook by Petroski drops Meerschaert. Petro is trying to swarm, but Meerschaert’s defense is good and he scrambles out of danger.
Round three: My stream blinked for the first 30 seconds of the round, but we come back and Meerschaert is looming over Petroski, before flowing down into the guard of Petro, who immediately tries for a triangle, before abandoning it. Meerschaert on top in full guard, not doing much. Now he gets in some elbows. Petroski tries to kick him away, scrambles, rolls... he’s up. Petro with a good sized cut under his eye. Meerschaert lands a pair of left hands. Petroski swings big, gets one of them in. Petroski misses a big left, Meerschaert lands a short one. Petroski gets a takedown and assumes top control after a brief guillotine attempt by GM3. He’s in half guard. Petro goes for the neck from up top, uses it to pass to mount, but bails on it and Meerschaert is up. They’re swinging and landing here. Both men just standing and banging to the bell.
Final result: Andrei Petroski def. Gerald Meerschaert via split decision
125 lbs.: Andrea Lee vs. Natalia Silva
Round one: Lee in blue, Silva in black (not a repeat from last fight). Silva whiffs on a front kick. Lee lands a low one. Silva with a left and a right that wobbles Lee. Lee’s nose is bloody now. Lee with a counter right hand. The commentary notes that Lee’s right hand seems to be bothering her. Lee eats a left head kick. Straight rights by both fighters. Lee also looks like she’s got a cut on her cheek or maybe from her hand as she keeps her hand up high. Silva punctuates a combo with a body kick.
Round two: Booth correctly notes that Lee is losing this technical striking battle, but she’s not really changing the dynamic. Lee finally gets in a decent front kick. 1-2-head kick by Silva, but only the 1 looked like it connected. There’s a 1-1-2 and the 2 definitely landed clean. Lee with a body kick. Silva with a counter-jab. Low kick, and Lee responds with one of her own. Silva goes to the body on a counter.
Round three: Silva taps in a head kick at half power. Low kick. Side kick. She gets on her bike as Lee finally takes a step forward. Lee gets in a nice low kick. Good push kick puts an off-balance Lee on her butt, however she’s back up instantly. Both women get in left hands. Silva 2-3. One minute to go. Lee’s inability to deal with the constant popping strikes and feints has made this a fairly easy night for Silva.
Final result: Natalia Silva def. Andrea Lee via unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Maryna Moroz vs. Karine Silva
Round one: Silva in black, Moroz in white. Silva missing some leg kicks to start. Both women finally get into range and land a couple. Silva goes hook, front kick, low kick, but the only one that lands is the low. Left hand from Silva puts Moroz on her butt. She’s up and manages to clinch Silva up against the fence. Good short elbow from Silva. Both fighters get in a pair of knees. Silva with another elbow and reverses the position. They’re out of the clinch now. Head kick by Silva almost lands clean, but still does some damage. Right hand and a takedown by Silva. Armbar attempt from Moroz goes nowhere. Silva tries a guillotine, but can’t get it and now Moroz is on top. Silva readjusts and gets the guillotine at the buzzer!
Final result: Karine Silva def. Maryna Moroz via submission, guillotine, Rd. 1
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