It all goes down later tonight (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) at UFC 229 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as combat megastar Conor McGregor returns to the cage against undefeated Russian sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But, before McGregor vs. Khabib leads a massive PPV card starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 229’s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 229 Fight Pass undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Lansberg moved in quickly to tie up a clinch and limit the range of Kunitskaya. Kunitskaya nicely delivered a Judo throw and ended up on top in half guard. Lansberg did well to defend off her back, but Kunitskaya dragged her back to the canvas whenever she tried to return to her feet. In Round 2, Lansberg finally started to unload her hands, but the longer Kunitskaya was able to stay at a good distance. Kunitskaya closed the distance for clinch control along the cage, adding some knees to the body and legs. Lansberg separated and landed a crisp right hand inside before another blow to the body. Kunitskaya absorbed the shots before working inside again and controlling the smaller Lansberg against the cage. Lansberg nearly locked in a bulldog choke with her back along the cage, but Kunitskaya took her down to end the round. The third frame saw Lansberg push the pace with forward combinations. Kunitskaya countered with front kicks and movement around the pocket before tying up Lansberg and working for another takedown. Lansberg would return to her feet but it was too late. Kunitskaya remained busy in the clinch en route to easily capturing a unanimous decision win.
Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
Lentz got his offense going early with right hands and leg kicks. Lentz backed Maynard up into the cage, secured body control, and landed some solid punches in the clinch. Maynard got free but Lentz connected again with hard right hands and combinations inside. Lentz dragged Maynard to the ground and nearly locked in a guillotine choke. In Round 2, Lentz accidentally poked Maynard in the eye, giving the veteran some extra time to regroup. Once the action resumed, Maynard landed a good right hand that backed Lentz up. Lentz countered with a solid left. The two lightweights traded on the go before Lentz caught Maynard with a right head kick and dropped “Bully.” The referee quickly jumped in for the knockout stoppage, which may have been a little premature.
Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
LaFlare did some early work with kicks to the body. Martin came back with some good counter rights. More kicks from LaFlare dictated the pace and distance of this fight, but Martin’s right hand once again made LaFlare pay, briefly knocking him down towards the end of the first. In Round 2, Martin caught LaFlare with another right hand. LaFlare fell to the canvas and Martin followed suit with heavy ground-and-pound. LaFlare survived, but Martin was able to move to back control and eventually transitioned into a D’Arce choke attempt. LaFlare exploded out and returned to his feet. LaFlare opened Round 3 up with more leg kicks and punches to the body. Martin kept his composure, timed his shot, and launched a brutal right head kick that put LaFlare out. A few extra punches followed before the referee stepped in for the stoppage.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 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.