The action returns to the Octagon later tonight (Sat., Jan. 20, 2018) at UFC 220 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside TD Garden in Boston, Mass., as heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic aims to lock down his third-straight title defense when he takes on heavyweight destroyer Francis Ngannou. Prior to that, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will put his strap on the line against knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 220's “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 7:00 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 220 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
The “Prelims” headliner pitted Massachusetts native Bochniak (8-2) against UFC newcomer and “DWTNCS” standout Davis (8-3). Bochniak pushed the action up against the cage in the first round, as Davis struggled to keep the veteran off of him. Davis was able to land some good punches and inside leg kicks, but Bochniak was persistent and scored brief takedowns. In Round 2, Davis was able to land some good kicks from the outside. Bochniak kept moving and blasted Davis with a hard right hand and knee inside. Bochniak then leaped in for a takedown, but was only able to grab clinch. Not many punches were landed in the round. The final frame saw Bochniak circle around the outer edge as Davis stood in the middle of the cage and threw his jab. Bochniak still managed to put the pressure on along the cage, but wasn’t able to land much offense. Davis invited Bochniak to exchange towards the end of the round and both men swung leather until the final bell.
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
In a rematch from UFC 218, welterweight knockout artist Alhassan (9-1) aimed to put a stop to American Top Team prospect Homasi (11-8) yet again. Early body kick was landed by Homasi. Both men then opened up wit heavy uppercuts inside. Alhassan caught Homasi leaping in, but Homasi changed levels and secured a takedown. After the action was stood up, Alhassan connected with an overhand right before blasting Homasi with a titanic uppercut. Homasi instantly went out and remained on the canvas for an extended period of time.
UPPERCUT SZN! BACKFLIP SZN! Abdul Razak Alhassan with the insane KO of Sabah Homasi at #UFC220! https://t.co/n8TRDnRQP0— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 21, 2018
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Rising flyweight contender Pantoja (18-3) looked to win his third-straight UFC appearance when he challenged 125-pound staple Ortiz (18-7), who was coming off a big 15-second knockout of Hector Sandoval. Ortiz struck early with a leg kick followed by a takedown to secure Pantoja’s back. The Brazilian then reversed positioning a took Ortiz’s back. Pantoja landed short punches before locking up the body triangle. Ortiz narrowly defended a nasty neck crank before spinning out. In Round 2, Ortiz started to find some success on the feet, as Pantoja ate lead jabs and hard combinations from distance. Ortiz added some short knees to the legs in a clinch along the cage before briefly dragging Pantoja to the canvas. Pantoja looked visibly tired, but still managed to land two huge counter shots that put Ortiz back on his feet. That was until Ortiz landed another short takedown. The third and final round saw Pantoja gain top control early. Ortiz was able to get back to his feet before Pantoja secured another takedown and took the back. Not much damage was done, but the Brazilian kept scoring and threatening to improve position. Ortiz was able to wiggle free, but couldn’t score much as the round came to an end. After the dust settled, it was Ortiz who walked away with the unanimous decision win.
Dustin Ortiz gets his seventh UFC win by unanimous decision over Alexandre Pantoja at #UFC220! https://t.co/1ILi3FA6Cg— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 21, 2018
Dan Ige vs. Julio Arce
Sparking off the FS1 preliminary card was a featherweight tilt between Hawaiian prospect Ige (8-2) and New York finisher Arce (14-2). Arce landed a slick knee inside early before Ige threatened with a takedown. Ige put more pressure on Arce against the cage, but Arce shook him off to create space before landing a hard right hand that buckled his opponent. Arce turned the heat up and blasted Ige with hooks, body shots, jabs, and combinations before the end of the frame. In Round 2, Ige opened up a little more with his hands, but Arce got the bets of the exchanges, especially when he was able to attack from range with jabs and front kicks. Ige would try to shoot for more takedowns, but he didn’t have enough juice left in the tank to drag Arce to the canvas. In the third round, Arce did even more damage inside as Ige consistently looked to cover up. Ige would score some good points with knees inside the clinch, but Arce pushed through and responded with more heavy shots. In the end, Arce did more than enough over the course of three rounds to capture the unanimous decision.
Julio Arce put on a striking clinic in his win over Dan Ige at #UFC220 https://t.co/ckBdkQZKhI— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 21, 2018
Enrique Barzola vs. Matt Bessette
In the first of four featherweight matchups on the card, “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” standout Bessette (22-8) made his Octagon debut against Peruvian wrestler Barzola (14-3-1). Barzola looked to unload early, but Bessette remained light on his feet and circled away from danger. Bessette started to land with kicks to the body before landing a head kick over Barzola’s shoulder. Barzola came back with a nasty body shot before eventually landing a slamming takedown. In Round 2, Bessette pressed forward with an aggressive combination before Barzola landed a flying knee. Barzola followed his efforts up with a low kick that buckled Bessette and then a takedown that put the UFC newcomer on his back. Bessette kept looking for an ankle lock, but Barzola remained patient and scored good ground-and-pound. The third round saw Barzola go back to his lead leg kick and crash Bessette up against the cage. Barzola then found some spacing to land heavy shots on a tired Bessette. Bessette tried to fire back in his debut, but Barzola did enough damage to hamper the newcomer’s efforts. Barzola then pushed Bessette up against the cage, secured another takedown, and scored more top control before the final bell. In the end, it was Barzola’s takedowns that did enough to earn him the unanimous decision nod.
COMING DOWN. ⤵️@ElFuerteBarzola #UFC220 pic.twitter.com/YUbeQIuosX— UFC (@ufc) January 21, 2018
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
The opening bout of the evening saw UFC lightweight veteran Tibau (33-13) return from a two-year absence against Russian prospect Makhachev (15-1). Tibau looked to pressure early and began his attacks inside. Out of nowhere, after little strikes were thrown, Makhachev blasted the returning veteran with a blistering left hand. Tibau instantly dropped to the canvas and the referee jumped in for the knockout stoppage.
OUT OF NOWHERE!@MakhachevMMA opens up #UFC220 with a BANG! pic.twitter.com/gz3bS2lY6a— UFC (@ufc) January 21, 2018
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 220 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.