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UFC 226 results: Live stream updates for Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 - ‘Prelims’

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It all goes down later tonight (Sat., July 7, 2018) at UFC 226 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic puts his title on the line against current UFC light heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier.

In addition to the main event, former heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou will trade leather with knockout artist Derrick Lewis, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will try to ward off grizzled veteran Michael Chiesa, and lightweight striker Paul Felder will move up in weight to test his chin against welterweight slugger Mike Perry.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 226’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 226 undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa

The “Prelims” headliner pitted former Ultimate Fighter middleweight standout Hall (13-9) against undefeated Brazilian powerhouse Costa (12-0). Costa struck the first blows with heavy body kicks. Hall mixed in some spinning kicks and jabs while avoiding serious damage. “Prime Time” continued to find a home for his lead jab, as Costa countered with an overhand. The Brazilian inadvertently hit Hall with a low blow. The action resumed and both mean exchanged hard shots on the feat. Costa put the most work in along the cage with heavy knees, combinations, and uppercuts. Hall tried to respond but Costa poured it on with another heavy right hand. An apparent eye poke closed out the first round. In the second, Hall came out aggressive and landed a barrage of low leg kicks and right hands. Costa responded with hard shots upstairs before Hall secured a surprising takedown. Costa landed a combination when the action returned to the feet. As he went in on an hurt Hall, “Prime Time” dropped him with a right hand. The Brazilian was hurt, but continued his own onslaught. Both middleweights teed off and exchanged to the delight of the crowd. In the end, it was Costa who landed the more devastating shots en route to claiming a TKO over Hall.


Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font

In the lone bantamweight matchup of the evening, perennial contender Assuncao (26-5) aimed to knocked off divisional finisher Font (15-3) and prove his title worth. Both bantamweights exchanged leg kicks early. Font leaned on his range and length well, while Assuncao powered through to land a crucial right hand that dropped Font. In Round 2, Assuncao burst into a quick takedown. He landed some good ground-and-pound on Font before transitioning to side control. Assuncao stayed busy but Font defended well and eventually returned to his feet. Font got some blood to come out of Assuncao’s nose, but didn’t land anything too significant. The third frame saw Assuncao start to come over the top on Font. unfortunately, an inadvertent eye poke by Assuncao called a temporarily stop to the action. Assuncao landed a timely takedown after the fight resumed. From there, he would grind out Font and cruise to a unanimous decision win.


Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose

Wild striker Vannata (9-3-1) looked to hop back into the lightweight win column when he met divisional bull Klose (9-1-1) in a matchup of promising prospects. Klose landed a huge spinning elbow during an early grappling exchange along the cage. Vannata got loose with some kicks to the calf and head. Klose landed his own leg kick before nearly taking Vannata’s head off with an uppercut. Every time Vannata tried to land one of his patented specialty strikes Klose would be there for a solid counter and constant pressure. In Round 2, Klose opened up with a big body kick. Vannata returned favor with a spinning head kick. Klose kept tying “Groovy” up whenever he started to launch combinations. Half way through the frame, Klose tied the action up the cage and blasted Vannata with a huge elbow that opened up a cut. Vannata tried to catch Klose with a spinning back fist, but Klose countered with his own shot that briefly buckled “Groovy.” Vannata recovered nicely and kept slinging heavy leather despite a bruised lead left leg. The third frame saw Vannata come out with another spinning attack, but Klose walked through it. Klose then closed the gap and pushed Vannata against the cage. A bloodied Vannata was behind on the scorecards but really didn’t show a sense of urgency. Klose kept him pinned against the cage before the referee broke it up. Vannata would temporarily grab back control, but it didn’t last long. Klose got back to his feet and finished the round off strong with a takedown of his own. In the end, Klose looked really good en route to a unanimous decision win.


Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin

The opening FS1 bout showcased a welterweight meeting between surging finisher Millender (16-3) and veteran Griffin (14-5), who was coming off a unanimous decision win over Mike Perry. The significantly bigger Millender used his size early to avoid punches and counter with knees inside. Griffin responded by waiting for his opening to secure a timely takedown along the cage. Millender didn’t do much to get Griffin off of him as Griffin landed some decent ground-and-pound when he could. In Round 2, Griffin opened up with some good outside leg kicks. Millender looked hesitant to throw strikes after being taken down the round before. He tried to land a sick flying knee but it didn’t stick. Griffin came over the top with a power right before Millender responded with a stinging head kick. The rangy welterweight then followed his efforts up with more knees inside before the end of the frame. The third round saw Griffin land a hard left hand early. Millender remained patient in the middle of the Octagon and launched another flying knee attack. Griffin timed an entry inside and shot for a takedown. Millender defended nicely along the cage and eventually circled out. Griffin tried to come over the top but missed. Millender returned with a hard right uppercut before unloading along the cage with combinations and another patented knee. In the end, it was Millender who walked away with the unanimous decision win.


Dan Hooker vs. Gilbert Burns

In the Fight Pass “Prelims” headliner, rising lightweight contender Hooker (17-7) looked to finish his fourth-straight fight when he took on Brazilian submission expert Burns (14-3). Burns opened up with early leg kicks and a nasty spinning back kick to the body. The Brazilian then clipped Hooker with a huge right hand. Hooker returned favor with a few straight jabs before dropping Burns with a right. Burns recovered and then shot for a takedown, but Hooker quickly went for a choke. Burns escaped. The two lightweights exchanged some punches in the pocket once it returned to the feet before Hooker toppled Burns with a perfectly-timed left hook to the body and head. The referee immediately stepped in for the first-round TKO stoppage.


Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire

The opening bout of the evening saw former Invicta FC standout Moyle (4-3) square off against women’s strawweight prospect Whitmire (3-2). Both women opened up with hands early, but it was Moyle who did more damage with her combinations. Moyle was the more mobile attacker as Whitmire stayed in the center of the cage and waited to counter with hooks and straight punches. Neither fighter attempted a takedown in the first round. The second frame saw Whitmire press the action on the feet with jabs and combinations inside. Moyle returned favor with a few hard leg kicks that allowed her to reestablish control. She then shot for her first takedown along the cage, but Whitmire defended nicely and countered with a knee. Moyle kept up the pressure inside as Whitmire used the cage to parry out of danger. In Round 3, Whitmire came out strong and secured a takedown. From there, Whitmire moved into half guard and landed some valuable ground-and-pound. Moyle tried to escape throughout the round, but Whitmire remained heavy in top control and rode it out until the final bell. In the end, it was Whitmire who did enough on the scorecards to walk away with the unanimous decision win.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 226 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.

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