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411’s UFC on FOX 22 Report 12.17.16

December 17, 2016 | Posted by Robert Winfree

Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC on FOX 22. I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the duration of this event. This event features a lot of up and coming talent as well as the farewell to one of the most important fighters in the history of the sport. The main event has some title implications, mostly because Joanna Jedrzejczyk has run roughshod over the top of the division, as Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson both fight to be entered into title contention. The co-main event reminds anyone about my age of a clash between Zach and Slater from Saved By the Bell when Sage Northcutt takes on Mickey Gall. Also Urijah Faber will make his final walk to the cage to take on Brad Pickett. This event is the UFC’s first in the newly built Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California with Mike Goldberg and Brian Stann on commentary.

Sultan Aliev just had a four fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut but he could rebound from that loss here and get the all important first UFC win under his belt. Aliev hasn’t fought since January of 2015 and is trying to essentially reintroduce himself to the audience with a win here. Bojan Velickovic is 1-0-1 in the UFC but is coming off of a draw with Michael Graves, he’s trying to remain perfect in the UFC and move up in the ranks at the expense of Aliev. The odds are with Velickovic at -175 to the +145 on Aliev.

Welterweight Bout: Sultan Aliev (13-2, 171 lbs.) vs. Bojan Velickovic (14-3-1, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Velickovic has an inch of height and an inch and a half of reach on Aliev. Brief shake of hands to get things going, Velickovic fighting southpaw. Both men pawing with the lead hand, Velickovic has a high kick blocked. Velickovic lands an inside leg kick. Aliev just misses a right, Velickovic lands an inside leg kick. Both men still trying to find the range, especially with punches while Velickovic seems to have a feel for the kicking distance. Aliev lands a bit of a right, Velickovic counters with a body kick. Velickovic lands the inside leg kick again. A body kick from Velickovic then an inside leg kick. Aliev fakes a right and tries a double leg then gets Velickovic down against the fence. Velickovic working his guard up and tries for an armbar, he’s got the legs in position but doesn’t quite have a grip on the wrist and Aliev is stacking on top of him. Velickovic switches towards a triangle with the legs, Aliev pressures into him and gets Velickovic to bail on that then lands an elbow. Aliev lands another elbow. Aliev lands a couple of rights, Velickovic back up but eats a couple of rights and Aliev has him clinched again on the fence. They trade some smaller blows as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Velickovic but could be 10-10 or go either way

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves again. Velickovic lands an inside leg kick. Velickovic lands a body kick then an inside leg kick. Straigh left lands for Velickovic. Velickovic lands another body kick. Aliev pushes into the clinch and gets an inside trip into the guard of Velickovic. Aliev is bleeding from the nose I think, can’t see much yet. Aliev lands an elbow. Velickovic tries for a triangle position, scrambles to his knees and tries to scramble into Aliev but Aliev has the back with one hook in. That cut is actually on the forehead not the nose. Velickovic lands an elbow to the body, he grabs the fence to regain his feet and Aliev is after another double leg on the cage. Velickovic grabs a guillotine as he’s taken down but Aliev is able to get his head free pretty quickly. Velickovic is too content to fight off of his back. Aliev lands an elbow and a couple of punches. Velickovic again after the triangle position, Aliev postures through it and resumes landing rights to the body and head. Velickovic tries the triangle one more time, has the leg position but the round ends before it gets close to being a threat.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Aliev, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Replay between rounds shows the cut just above the left eye of Aliev was caused by an accidental clash of heads during that first takedown from Aliev, the cut isn’t bad though. They touch gloves again. Velickovic lands an inside leg kick. Velickovic slips a right and lands another inside leg kick. Aliev blocks a high kick. Velickovic pushes for a double leg that stalls out on the fence. Aliev fights for the body lock and spins Velickovic into the fence. They break and Aliev misses an elbow strike. Velickovic tries some punches, Aliev tries a double leg but Velickovic stuffs and counters to get the back but he’s too high on the back and Aliev shakes him off and lands in half guard. Velickovic had a double wrist lock when they slipped but loses it on the mat. Velickovic tries another triangle but Aliev avoids it and passes to side control, lands a couple of rights before Velickovic gets half guard back. Aliev lands a couple of elbows. Aliev smothing Velickovic from top position while landing punches to the body. Velickovic trying for another kimura, he can’t keep the wrist lock though and bails on it. Velickovic has full guard and tries another triangle that Aliev blocks and passes to side control to land more rights as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Aliev, 29-28 Aliev overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sultan Aliev via split decision (28-29, 30-27 x2)

I can see Velickovic taking the first but neither of the other two should have gone to him, Clucky is apparently in California tonight. Aliev on the mic after that. He notes the long layoff, almost two years, and felt that the first round was basically a warm up and he found his rhythm for the remainder of the fight. Asked about training with Velickovic in the past he says he knew he was a better wrestler but that Velickovic was the better striker so he had to take him down and work from there.

Fredy Serrano is coming off of the first loss of his professional career when he dropped a split decision to Ryan Benoit. Serrano is trying to get back on the winning side of things here and continue carrying the torch for Colombian MMA. Hector Sandoval took on top contender Wilson Reis on short notice earlier this year and while he lost that fight he earned a second chance here and will be looking to get his first UFC win. Serrano closed as a -130 favorite, must have been some late money on him, to the +100 even money on Sandoval.

Flyweight Bout: Hector Sandoval (12-3, 125.5 lbs.) vs. Fredy Serrano (3-1, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Serrano has an inch of height and an inch and a half of reach on Sandoval. Sandoval fighting southpaw, bouncing and switching his stance while Serrano is looking to stay more fundamental. Serrano misses a couple of kicks, he’s just letting Sandoval waste his energy moving around without accomplishing much. Serrano misses a couple of more kicks. Sandoval misses a right and gets a double leg but Serrano is right back up and they trade punches. Sandoval lands a right and is starting to get his offense going. Serrano lands a knee and avoids the first effort on a double leg. Sandoval lands a knee to the body. Serrano trips him down and they disengage. Sandoval lands a counter right and they clinch again. They break without incident but Sandoval is back to stalking him. Sandoval lands a counter right and gets in on a single leg. Sandoval can’t complete the takedown and avoids a left as they break. Serrano misses a wheel kick. Serrano misses a kick then a left. Serrano lands a heavy inside leg kick. Sandoval lands a right, Serrano lands a leg kick. Serrano into the clinch and gets a brief takedown, Sandoval back up and lands a left hook. Sandoval misses a flying knee and eats a bit of a right as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Sandoval, borderline 10-8 in a couple of ways

ROUND TWO: Sandoval avoids a low ankle pick attempt, Serrano lands a leg kick but eats a counter right. Sandoval pushes forward, he’s got a guillotine attempt and drops for it but Serrano pulls his head out and regains his feet but Sandoval has him on the fence. Sandoval lands an elbow as they break. Sandoval pressuring Serrano, they clinch again and Sandoval has Serrano on the fence. They break and Sandoval lands a body kick. Serrano lands a leg kick. Serrano lands a body kick but eats a counter right hook. They clinch up again then break as they trade a few punches. Sandoval blocks a right and lands a counter right. Sandoval lands a couple of body shots and they clinch again. Serrano trips him down and holds himself up from landing an illegal knee. Serrano misses a wheel kick then lands a hard leg kick. Sandoval lands a counter right. Serrano misses a left kick, Sandoval misses a kick and the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Sandoval, 20-18 Sandoval overall

ROUND THREE: Sandoval hits a quick double leg and lands in the guard of Serrano. Serrano trying to wall walk, Sandoval has a bit of a front head lock but Serrano gets to his feet still in the clinch. They break as Sandoval misses a left. Serrano lands a body kick. Leg kick from Serrano, those are heavy when they land. Serrano lands a bit of an overhand right. Serrano misses a couple of punches. Serrano misses a wheel kick but lands a spinning back fist after a brief clinch. Sandoval lands a leg kick but eats a hard counter right. Serrano lands a leg kick. Serrano starting to go forward, lands another leg kick. They each land rights, Sandoval landed better though. Serrano lands a body kick. Serrano lands a leg kick then a body kick. Sandoval just avoids a head kick. Serrano misses a right, Sandoval lands a right and then Serrano misses a left hook to close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Sandoval, 30-27 Sandoval overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Hector Sandoval via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Serrano could have taken the third without much controversy, and Sandoval is on the mic now. He says it feels great to get his first UFC win and he’s happy he got the job done. He says he just had to watch the big looping punches and got it done.

Eddie Wineland is a longtime veteran of the sport, a former WEC bantamweight champion and has fought for the UFC bantamweight title but has hit a bit of a rough patch lately as he’s just 2-3 in his last five fights though he’s coming off of a win. Wineland needs a win here to prove he’s got one more run towards the top in him. Takeya Mizugaki is another veteran of the sport who’s hit a rough patch as the years and miles have started adding up also going 2-3 in his last five but he’s coming off of a loss to top contender Cody Garbrandt. Mizugaki is trying to stave off talk of retirement with a win as well. Wineland is the -175 favorite while Mizugaki’s comeback stands at +185.

Bantamweight Bout: #14 Takeya Mizugaki (21-10-2, 136 lbs.) vs. #13 Eddie Wineland (22-11-1, 135 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Wineland has half an inch of height and reach on Mizugaki. Touch of gloves to get things going. Mizugaki lands a counter left hook, they’re both not shy about throwing early. Wineland moving a log and pressuring forward. Mizugaki lands an inside leg kick. Mizugaki misses a one two combination but lands a counter left. Mizugaki lands a bit of a right then a leg kick. Mizugaki lands a jab. Mizugaki lands a short one two counter as Wineland was trying to angle on him. They trade jabs and Wineland avoids a left. Wineland really struggling to find his range consistently. Mizugaki lands a left, Wineland lands a right. Stiff right from Wineland drops Mizugaki, Mizugaki back up but Wineland drops him with another right and the ref stops this. Might have been a touch early there but Mizugaki was clearly rocked.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Eddie Wineland via TKO, punches, at 3:04 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Wineland for his effort this evening. Wineland on the mic now and says he loves being a dad and this fight is for his sons and his wife and that he loves fighting. He says his right is always there for him and puts over Mizugaki as being good but says he landed that right hand, mentions he has no hand wraps, and that was it. He says he feels good about fighting for his family and wants to keep that going moving forward. That wraps up Fight Pass action, we’ll be on Fox Sports 1 for the remainder of the prelims at the top of the hour.

Leslie Smith has been in a rough patch lately, going just 2-3 in the UFC and coming off of a loss to Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Smith needs a win to avoid what would be the first losing streak of her stint in the UFC and keep her record above .500. Irene Aldana has been doing well in Invicta only losing a title fight with Tonya Evinger and brings a two fight winning streak into her UFC debut tonight. Aldana has been regarded as a legitimate prospect and is trying to prove that correct tonight at the expense of the veteran Smith. The odds favor Aldana at -310 while a Smith win pays out at +240.

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Irene Aldana (7-2, 136 lbs.) vs. Leslie Smith (8-7-1, 135.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Aldana has two and a half inches of reach on Smith. They touch gloves to get things going. Aldana circling early, lands a jab. Smith ducks under a left hook. They trade jabs, Aldana doing a great job of slipping and countering early. Another couple of jabs from Aldana. Hard right from Aldana lands. Smith bulling forward with wide punches, Aldana backing up landing some counters. Counter right lands for Aldana then a left. Smith lands a head kick but Aldana doesn’t care. Smith lands a counter one two combination that drops Aldana. Aldana survives and regains her feet then throws back and gets Smith to back off. They trade rights, Smith still pressuring Aldana. They trade in close again. Smith lands a right. Smith lands a looping right. Aldana lands a couple of body shots. Aldana lands a spinning back fist. They trade again in close, this is getting wild. Smith lands a leg kick and continues pushing forward. Aldana lands a right then a left. Jab from Aldana lands, Smith lands a counter right. Aldana lands a left hook. Smith lands a body kick. Hard left right left from Aldana lands. Aldana lands a leg kick and they split jabs. More punches go back and forth and they trade wildly in close until the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Smith

ROUND TWO: They touch glovs again for the second round. Aldana lands a jab. They trade rights again and Aldana lands an inside leg kick. Smith still walking her down and throwing looping punches. Aldana lands a right then a left. Smith lands a right. Aldana lands a bit of a left hook. Aldana lands a spinning elbow. Smith working low kicks while closing distance. They clinch up and trade rights then Smith lands a body kick as they break. Aldana lands a body kick then a jab. Smith returns the body kick. They trade rights and clinch, they trade in close and disengage. Smith pushes forward and lands a couple of punches but Aldana angles out and lands a right. Aldana lands a couple of jabs while circling. Smith pushes forward and lands a couple of lefts. Aldana lands a couple of hard rights, she stuns Smith with a left. Aldana is swarming, Smith firing back. Smith misses a couple of rights but is back to moving forward. Aldana lands an inside leg kick. They trade rights. Aldana lands a right. They get close and trade again to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Aldana, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the final round. Aldana lands a left hook thena left to the body. Aldana lands a jab. Smith lands a bit of a one two combination. Aldana lands an inside leg kick. Smith still moving forward and we get more blows traded. Smith’s relentless pressure is working here. Smith misses a high kick but lands a back kick. Aldana lands a left. Smith lands a right and pushes forward with body shots. Aldana lands a one two combination. Smith lands another combination but eats a hard counter couple of punches from Aldana. Smith’s pressure and output are winning this round so far. Smith lands a leg kick. Aldana lands a couple of lefts. They trade rights and Smith lands a body kick. Smith pushes forward and lands a right then an elbow. Aldana lands a right but she’s clearly a little out of sorts because of the pressure. Aldana lands a jab to the body then one to the head. They get close and trade hooks. Smith eats a head kick but pushes forward and lands a couple of good punches. Smith blocks a head kick. Aldana lands a right. Aldana tries a takedown, lands a right as Smith is down, Smith back up and Aldana lands a counter right as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Smith, 29-28 Smith overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Leslie Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)

Smith on the mic now. She says she’s happy with her performance and puts over her coaches and feels she executed the game plan very well. She puts over Aldana as tough then says she wants to keep climbing the ladder and looks forward to more wins regardless of her opponent.

Scott Holtzman is 2-1 in the UFC and coming off of a win over Cody Pfister, he’s looking to build his first UFC winning streak tonight and begin proving himself a possible contender in the division. Josh Emmett is undefeated as a professional and scored a win in his UFC debut, a win here would prove that he could remain consistent at the UFC level and potentially move up in competition in the near future. Emmet is a slight -185 favorite to the +150 of Holtzman.

Lightweight Bout: Josh Emmett (10-0, 156 lbs.) vs. Scott Holtzman (9-1, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Holtzman is two and a half inches taller but Emmett has an inch of reach on him. Touch of gloves to get things going. Holtzman moving forward, lands a glancing right. Emmett has a high kick blocked. Holtzman pushing Emmett backwards, lands a right uppercut then a left. Emmett is missing, tries a single leg and gets Holtzman on the fence. Holtzman lands a knee to the body. They trade again and break as Holtzman misses an elbow. Holtzman lands a body kick. Emmett lands a bit of a right. Holtzman slips a couple of hooks. Holtzman lands an overhand right, then a couple of leg kicks but one of them goes into the groin and Emmett gets time to recover. Emmett walks it off quickly and we’re back to fighting. We get an eyepoke now to Holtzman, Holtzman walks it off quickly as well. Emmett misses a couple of wild rights. Holtzman blocks a double leg attempt, Emmett swtiches and gets the clinch after a scramble but misses a flying knee. Holtzman lands a combination, Emmett lands a knee to the body and they break. Holtzman lands a couple of knees to the body from a Thai clinch, Emmett landing rights to the body but eats more knees then he spins Emmett into the cage. Emmett gets an elevated double leg but Holtzman back up immediately and is back to pressuring Emmett. Holtzman lands a right uppercut then a right and a knee to the body. Holtzman hits an inside trip from the clinch and gets on top of Emmett. Holtzman lands a couple of lefts, Emmett trying to elevate him but Holtzman is riding him and landing lefts. Holtzman lands a right. Lefts from Holtzman as he passes to half guard. Holtzman lands a hard right but Emmett is able to escape to his feet and they’re clinched. Holtzman with knees to the body and misses a spinning elbow as Emmett escapes the clinch as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Holtzman

ROUND TWO: Holtzman jabbing while moving forward. Emmett misses a couple of hooks and Holtzman lands a couple of counters. Emmett catches a kick and pushes Holtzman over but Holtzman is back up and working to break a rear waist lock from Emmett. Holtzman breaks the grip and we get a wild exchange in close. Both men land hard punches before breaking apart. Emmett tries a double leg against the fence and gets Holtzman down. Holtzman back to his knees, Emmett has the back with one hook in but Holtzman bucks him off and they’re back up. Holtzman spins Emmett into the fence. Holtzman trips Emmett down, Emmett back up but in a front head lock and Holtzman pushes him into the fence. Holtzman lands an elbow as they break. Emmett looks tired, misses a left high kick. Holtzman in on a double leg and gets Emmett down. Holtzman tries to pass but Emmett rolls for a heel hook, uses it to escape and gets a low double leg, Holtzman to his knees and Emmett has one hook in on the back. Holtzman to a wide base and slings Emmett off and now has the rear waist lock on Emmett. Holtzman landing hard knees to the thigh. Emmett turns into Holtzman but Holtzman has him on the fence and is working knees to the body. Holtzman lands a knee to the head and Emmett breaks free. Holtzman still walking forward, they trade rights. Jabs traded then Holtzman lands a short combination. Emmett misses a couple of punches then a high kick. Emmett lands a jumping knee that off balances Holtzman as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Emmett, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. Emmett lands a bit of a leg kick. Holtzman misses an uppercut. Emmett misses a right. Holtzman lands a right and a left. Emmett lands a glancing right. Holtzman lands a body kick. Emmett has a single leg and gets Holtzman on the fence. Holtzman spins him and they trade knees and uppercuts. Emmett lands a right as they break but Holtzman returns it. Holtzman walking forward lands a couple of punches. Emmett lands a counter right that wobbles Holtzman, Emmett all over him but Holtzman fires back and Emmett gets a takedown but Holtzman is back up. Wild punches going back and forth, Holtzman lands a hard uppercut. Holtzman goes for a single leg, Emmett grabs the fence and only goes to his seat and is back up in the clinch. They trade clinch blows, Emmett after a single leg and gets Holtzman down but Holtzman is back up immediately again. Emmett holding a rear waist lock, Holtzman breaks his grip and lands some elbows while Emmett tries for a double leg. Holtzman lands an elbow as they break. Holtzman lands a left then a bit of a high kick. Emmett lands a jab. Emmett lands another jab. Holtzman lands a knee to the body but they’re clinched up again. Emmett gets a single leg and sits on the legs against the fence. Holtzman back to his feet and lands a knee. They trade lefts. Holtzman lands a body kick. Holtzman lands another body kick that Emmett catches. Emmett gets a weak takedown that just winds up in the clinch and they trade there as the fight ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Emmett, 29-28 Emmett overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Josh Emmett via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Yet another sloppy brawl, kind of surprised Holtzman didn’t get the second round on at least one scorecard. Emmett on the mic, thanks the crowd for their support and says he might have broken something but nothing’s sticking out so he’s good. He puts over his after party and says that Team Alpha Male will go 4-0 tonight. He puts over his coaches again and thanks them for their work.

James Moontasri is 2-3 in the UFC and coming off of a loss in his welterweight debut, despite some of his impressive moments he needs a win here to get his UFC record to .500 and find some footing in his new division. Alex Morono is on a six fight winning streak including a successful UFC debut, if he can extend that here he’ll continue proving his consistency in the UFC and enter his name as a possible prospect going forward. The odds here have Morono at +100 to the -130 favorite that is Moontasri.

Welterweight Bout: James Moontasri (9-4, 171 lbs.) vs. Alex Morono (12-3, 170.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Morono has an inch of height and reach on Moontasri. Moontasri fighting southpaw but will likely switch back and forth. Morono lands a leg kick. Moontasri avoids a middle kick. Moontasri lands a left body kick and a right. Morono lands a leg kick. Leg kicks traded, Moontasri has a left high kick blocked. Morono lands a leg kick. Morono misses a wheel kick and Moontasri lands a couple of body kicks. Oblique kick to the thigh from Moontasri lands. Moontasri misses an uppercut. Morono walking forward. Moontasri lands a straight left then a couple of left body kicks. Hard spinning back kick from Moontasri lands. Moontasri catches a body kick and lands a better one. Morono misses a right. Moontasri with another left body kick, that one more of a straight kick. Moontasri lands another couple of low kicks then a left hand. Morono misses a spinning back fist. Morono lands a couple of leg kicks then Moontasri lands a body kick. Moontasri slips a high kick as the last blow of the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Moontasri

ROUND TWO: Morono lands a bit of a leg kick. Moontasri lands a front kick to the body and slips a high kick. Left body kick from Moontasri lands. They trade rights and Moontasri turns Morono into the fence at distance. Moontasri lands a couple of left body kicks. Morono misses a spinning back fist. Moontasri again with the left body kick, then another one. Moontasri slips a couple of punches. Moontasri lands a straight right but Morono lands a leg kick. Moontasri again with the left body kick. Morono misses a right but does get the clinch and has Moontasri on the fence. Moontasri spins free but eats a bit of a right. Morono lands a right, more of a clothesline than a punch. They clinch, Morono lands a couple of punches as they break. Morono lands a knee, Moontasri just stood on the fence and Monorno is on a single leg now. Moontasri avoids it but Morono is winging rights as they clinch again. Moontasri lands a bit of an elbow as they break. They both miss in close again and Moontasri has Monorno on the fence. Morono lands an elbow in the clinch and another one as they break. Moontasri is bleeding from the corner of the left eyebrow from those elbows. Moontasri lands a couple of body kicks but Morono lands a spinning back fist and they both have punches blocked to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Morono, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. Moontasri lands a leg kick. Inside leg kick from Moontasri. Morono trying to back him into the fence. They trade jabs then Morono misses some wide hooks. They trade leg kicks. Moontasri lands a couple of lefts then a leg kick. Left body kick lands for Moontasri but Morono pushes in close and lands an elbow before Moontasri slips free. Moontasri lands a left body kick. Morono lands a right that wobbles Moontasri and he starts teeing off on him. Moontasri is wobbled but throwing back, we’ve got a fire fight and Morono lands an uppercut. Morono lands a couple of overhand rights and Moontasri lands a spinning back kick as they disengage. Another body kick from Moontasri but Morono lands a glancing spinning back fist. Morono lands a jumping elbow and gets the clinch. Morono lands a knee to the body and a couple of rights as they break. They trade wide hooks and disengage. Both guys are gassed, Moontasri lands a couple of left body kicks. Morono pushes forward and they trade elbows. Morono moving now and lands a jab then a right. Morono lands a left body kick. They trade a bit in close again, Moontasri lands another left body kick. They trade lefts. Moontasri lands a right to the body and a left, Morono lands a left forearm that off balances Moontasri for a moment. Moontasri lands a couple of spinning back kicks, the last drops Morono for a moment, Moontasri tries a knee but time runs out.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Morono, 29-28 Morono overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Alex Morono via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

No interview for Morono but yet another sloppy slug fest.

Bryan Barberena is 3-1 in the UFC and on a two fight winning streak yet despite submitting half of tonight’s co-main event is still struggling to raise his stock within the company, getting to a three fight winning streak at the expense of yet another prospect would certainly move him towards contender status. Colby Covington is 4-1 in the UFC and on a four fight winning streak, if he can get to three in a row in the UFC here he could finally break through from talented rank and file fighter to legitimate prospect and get a higher profile fight next. The odds heavily favor Covington at -350 while Barberena’s +290 payout will surely attract some value bets.

Welterweight Bout: Bryan Barberena (12-3, 171 lbs.) vs. Colby Covington (10-1, 170.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Barberena has an inch of height and half an inch of reach on Covington. Both of these guys are southpaws. Covington lands a body kick. Covington pushing forward, Barberena just misses a couple of punches. Barberena lands an inside leg kick, Covington misses a tornado kick. Covington misses a left and tries a double leg but Barberena defends so far. Covington gets Barberena to the mat but Barberena wall walks immediately while Covington holds a rear waist lock. Covington trying to drag him down but can’t do it. Covington still after the takedown but Barberena stays upright. Covington spins him down away from the fence but Barberena uses an empty half guard to get to the fence and is up to a knee. Covington leans on Barberena as he gets up, Barberena down again but back up to a knee. Covington can’t secure any kind of position on the mat. Barberena spins into Covington in the clinch. They trade lefts, Covington hits a knee tap takedown but Barberena is back up again though Covington is keeping a tight rear waist lock. Barberena spins into him again. Covington lands a knee to the body. Barberena lands a couple of elbows as they break. Barberena pushing forward and lands a left. Covington is cut under the right eye. Covington gets the clinch again and has the rear waist lock but Barberena is holding a double wrist lock to try and break that grip. They separate off of that grip and trade at distance. Covington lands a left. They trade in close to close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Covington

ROUND TWO: Barberena lands an inside leg kick then an outside one. Covington lands a right. Covington misses a couple of punches and gets a double leg this time is able to get into the guard of Barberena. Barberena quickly sitting on the fence looking to wall walk. Barberena back up and Covington holding the rear waist lock. They break after a blow from Covington to the back of Barberena’s head. Barberena pushing forward and they body land some blows. Barberena lands a left, Covington lands a jab. Covington punches into the clinch and has Barberena on the fence. They trade elbows and break apart. They trade lefts but Covington lands another left then a right that lands flush. Covington in and hits a double leg against the fence. Barberena rolls to a hip but Covington gets the ride position as Barberena gets to a knee. Covington trying to get the back with one hook in. Barberena back to his feet and Covington lands a knee to the body as they break. Covington punches into another double leg. Covington lands a left as Barberena moves to a hip against the fence. Covington lands some lefts while Barberena gets to his feet. They disengage without incident. They trade lefts, Barberena landed the better punch. Covington tries another takedown, Barberena blocks this one and spins free. They trade rights and Barberena pushes forward as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Covington, 20-18 Covington overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves to get things going. Barberena lands a couple of lefts. Covington lands a left then a body kick. Covington ducks a punch and gets a double leg. Barberena back to a knee and working to wall walk. Barberena back up but Covington has the rear waist lock agian. They wind up chest to chest and trade some knees to the body. Barberena lands an elbow as they break. Barberena lands a left but Covington hits a double leg against the fence. Barberena back up and still in the clinch. Covington drops for a double leg again but he can’t finish it. They each land a punch as they break from the clinch. Barberena lands a jab. Covington lands a combination. They trade lefts but Covintgon lands a follow up right. Covington ducks under a left and has the rear waist lock against the fence. Covington can’t keep the clinch though. They trade head kicks that are mostly blocked. Barberena lands a left and we get an exchange. Barberena lands a left then another one. Barberena lands a leg kick. Covington backing up, Barberena lands a body kick. Covington tries another double leg, Barberena blocks the initial attempt but Covington pulls him away from the fence and finishes to land in his guard. Barberena throws elbows from his back but Covington is throwing as well, Barberena hips up and grabs a guillotine then tries to roll with it to mount but time runs out before anything can come of it.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Covington, 30-27 Covington overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Colby Covington via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

No interview for Covington but a really good offensive output from him from start to finish.

Cole Miller has been with the UFC since 2007 but is in the midst of a bad run as he hasn’t won a fight since 2014 and yet another loss here could signal the end of his time with the UFC making a win critical. Mizuto Hirota is in his second stint with the UFC here but hasn’t fought since going to a draw with Teruto Ishihara in September of 2015, tonight he’s after his first UFC win and trying to establish himself as a fighter of note at featherweight. The odds are -115 for each man.

Featherweight Bout: Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2, 146 lbs.) vs. Cole Miller (21-10 1 NC, 146 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Miller has six inches of height and six and a half of reach on Hirota. They touch gloves to get things going. Miller circling early. Miller lands a leg kick. They clinch up, Hirota tries a trip but Miller keeps him from getting top position, Hirota lands a couple of rights as they disengage. Miller lands a couple of jabs then a one two combination that wobbles Hirota. Hirota tries a takedown, Miller briefly threatens with a front choke but bails on that and Hirota gets on top in his butterfly guard. Hirota lands a couple of rights and lefts. Miller kicks him off and regains his feet. Hirota lands a bit of a right. Miller lands a left body kick but slips as he does so. Hirota lands a left to the body then a leg kick. They trade some rights at distance, Hirota gets the clinch and throws Miller down and lands in his guard. Hirota lands a couple of rights. Hirota stacks Miller and lands three hard punches before standing and letting Miller regain his feet. They clinch up again and Hirota gets a takedown into the full mount. Hirota lands some rights to the body. Miller has his shoulders on the fence, Hirota lands some punches and elbows. Miller gets to half guard, Hirota lands another series of punches. Hirota stands and lands some punches. Miller back to half guard, Hirota misses an elbow. Miller sits on the fence and Hirota lands some lefts as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Hirota

ROUND TWO: Miller comes out with some lefts and a right. Hirota lands a right to the body then a left to the head. Hirota ducks under a right. Hirota gets to the clinch and takes Miller down again. Miller is holding a straight ankle lock but Hirota doesn’t care much. Miller uses that to sweep to top position though as Hirota sits on the fence. Hirota to a knee looking to wall walk. Miller just holding on, trying to secure a leg to keep Hirota from standing. Hirota able to fall into top position as Miller tired to pull him down. Hirota in half guard, lands a left as Miller gets to full guard. Hirota lands a couple of rights then lefts. Another right from Hirota as he passes to half guard. Hirota working short blows, mostly elbows, from top position. Hirota lands a solid quick flurry. Miller tries to roll for an armbar, Hirota avoids it and is standing in the guard now. Hirota lands a right. Hirota lands a couple of punches and settles back into the guard. Miller to rubber guard, now a full blown high guard but time runs out as Hirota lands a couple more punches.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Hirota, 20-18 Hirota overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the final round and Miller lands a leg kick. Hirota lands a leg kick. Miller lands a jab but Hirota pushes into the clinch and gets Miller on the fence. Hirota can’t keep a hold of Miller though and they break. Hirota lands a bit of a one two then a left to the body. Hirota lands a couple of body shots. Hirota lands a right, ducks into a knee but gets the clinch and has a body lock takedown into half guard. Hirota lands a couple of rights. Hirota lands a couple of short elbows. Hirota lands a couple of rights and some short left elbows. Hirota still throwing blows, Miller finally gets to full guard. Hirota postures up and lands some punches. Hirota passes to half guard and lands more punches. Hirota’s control is impressive. Hirota steps through and lands more punches from half guard on the other side. Miller tries to slide to the back but can’t finish the move and eats some more short lefts as time expires.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Hirota, 30-27 Hirota overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26 x2)

Not sure which round could be 10-8, no interview for Hirota.

Luis Henrique da Silva is undefeated as a professional including being 2-0 in the UFC. Da Silva has a chance here to improve that record and enter his name as a legitimate prospect at light heavyweight, a division sorely in need of talent going forward. Paul Craig is also undefeated coming into his UFC debut here, in a similar position to da Silva he could enter his name into the ranks of prospects to watch going forward at light heavyweight. The odds are with da Silva at -235 while Craig’s comeback pays at +185.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Paul Craig (8-0, 204 lbs.) vs. Luis Henrique da Silva (12-0, 206 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Craig has half an inch of height advantage while da Silva has half an inch of reach on him. Craig has no interest in touch gloves. Da Silva lands a leg kick, Craig lands a couple of body kicks and they’re clinched. They trade body punches and Craig lands a knee to the body. Knees traded back and forth again. Craig lands a hard series of uppercuts then an elbow. Da Silva keeps Craig on the fence and lands some knees to the body. Craig lands an uppercut then eats a left as they break. Craig lands a body kick and gets a double leg takedown. Da Silva is cut over the left eye, Craig passes to half guard while da Silva holds a double wrist lock. Da Silva bails on that grip. Craig is in side control now, da Silva gets him back to half guard. Craig lands a couple of short elbows. Da Silva tries to belly down, he gets up and is holding a single leg but can’t turn the corner and Craig lands back on top. Craig lands a short elbow. More elbows from Craig, he tries to mount but da Silva is back up going for a double leg but Craig has a guillotine attempt. Da Silva is fighting through this, Craig adjusts and continues going for the squeeze, da Silva finally gets his head free and is in the guard of Craig. Craig threatens with a triangle, da Silva stands out and makes Craig stand up as well. Da Silva is also bleeding around the other eye now. Da Silva lands a right, they clinch and Craig gets top position in side control to close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Craig, there’s probably a 10-8 argument to be had in there

ROUND TWO: Da Silva’s right eye is swollen and he’s bleeding from the lower part of his orbital bone. Da Silva misses a leg kick. Craig lands a couple of punches then tries a double leg against the fence. Da Silva defending so far and Craig settles for the clinch. Craig lands some body shots before da Silva spins him into the cage. They both land body shots. Craig spins free and lands a bit of a high kick then a front kick to the body. Craig lands a couple of jabs then eats a counter right and they clinch. Craig pulls guard and gets a triangle attempt, switches to an armbar, loses the grip but regains it and forces da Silva to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Paul Craig via Submission, triangle armbar, at 1:59 of Round 2

Impressive debut there, surprised that da Silva broke mentally that quickly as he was looking for a way out. Craig on the mic now. He says his high school students will be happy with the win, the man still teaches school, then says winning in Sacramento was sweet and apologizes for sweating on Stann’s suit. He puts over his coaches and says that anyone who takes him down will get tapped, walks us through the finish to close out his mic time. That’s it for prelims, to big FOX for the remainder of the night.

We actually close out the prelims with a tremendous video package highlighting the career of Urijah Faber, really nicely done as a tribute to one of the most successful and important figures in MMA history.

Alan Jouban has an impressive 5-2 record in the UFC and is on his second two fight winning streak with the promotion. Jouban is trying to take that most difficult step from talented prospect to legitimate contender here and earn a crack at the top fifteen of the division. Mike Perry is perfect as a professional fighter including being 2-0 in the UFC, if he can extend that winning streak here at the expense of Jouban he’ll have earned a step up in competition for his next opponent and continue marching towards a top ranking himself. Perry is a -140 favorite to the +110 of Jouban.

Welterweight Bout: Alan Jouban (14-4, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Mike Perry (9-0, 171 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Jouban has two inches of height and two and a half of reach on Perry, he’s also ten years older. Jouban fighting southpaw. Perry moving forward early working lead leg kicks. Jouban circling, lands a counter right hook that drops Perry to a knee. Jouban lands an inside leg kick then a body kick. Jouban lands a leg kick. Perry misses a right, Jouban lands a body kick then an inside leg kick. Jouban circling, Perry trying to walk him down. Jouban again with the body kick. Jouban blocks a high kick. Leg kicks go back and forth. Perry lands a bit of a right. Jouban eats a knee to the head and they clinch up, Jouban has the rear waist lock. Perry is able to turn into Jouban but Jouban gets a takedown. Perry scrambles to his feet and they disengage. Perry eats a straight left and Jouban lands a body kick but eats a counter right. Perry lands a head kick then a left that wobbles Jouban. They clinch up again and break without issue. Perry lands a bit of a right, Jouban lands a body kick. Perry lands a right, Jouban lands a leg kick but Jouban is a little wobbled still. Perry lands an uppercut. Jouban lands an inside leg kick to end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Jouban but a close round

ROUND TWO: Perry back to forward pressure, Jouban circling. Jouban lands a body kick. Perry getting Jouban towards the fence, Jouban lands another body kick. Perry lands a bit of a body kick. Perry lands an outside leg kick that off balances Jouban then lands a right. Perry lands a right to the body. Jouban lands a left then a combination, Perry ate most of those. Jouban tries a double leg against the fence, Perry defending. Perry lands some elbows then spins free. Jouban lands a straight left. Perry lands a bit of a right. Jouban lands a leg kick. Jouban just ducks under a head kick. Perry lands a body kick. Perry lands a knee to the body, Jouban lands a body kick. Jouban again kicks the body. Perry struggling to find the target this round. Perry lands a right to the body then a left. Perry lands a bit of a right, Jouban lands a body kick. Jouban lands a straight left that drops Perry. Perry back up and looks to have recovered but he got dropped there. They stare away the final seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Jouban, 20-18 Jouban overall

ROUND THREE: Perry lands a side kick to the body. Perry stalking forward. Perry lands a straight right. Perry lands a bit of a left then misses a left hook. Jouban lands another body kick. Jouban lands a head kick but Perry just eats it. Jouban lands a straight left. Jouban lands a leg kick then a body kick. Perry ducks under a high kick. Jouban lands an inside leg kick. Jouban has done a great job of technically breaking Perry down, he lands a combination of punches. Jouban lands a head kick. Perry backing up now, Jouban lands an inside leg kick. Jouban lands a body kick. Jouban lands a straight left then another one. Perry’s just not pulling the trigger this round or getting into range. Jouban tries a single leg, Perry defends but he lost time. Jouban again to the body with a kick. Jouban lands another body kick then a left. Jouban misses a cartwheel kick as time expires.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Jouban, 30-27 Jouban overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Alan Jouban via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Very impressive technical fight from Jouban, he resisted the urge to brawl and should get another crack at a top fifteen guy next. No interview for Jouban. Instead we get an interview with Paige VanZant highlighting her time on Dancing with the Stars. In lieu of that here’s a few highlights from the Jouban vs. Perry fight.

Urijah Faber has made it known that this will be his final professional fight. Faber has been a critical figure in the history of the sport, especially the weight classes below lightweight. Despite being on the first fight losing streak of his professional career Faber will be after the perfect ending to his career tonight, a win in his hometown. Brad Pickett is another veteran near the end of his career, he’s just 1-4 in his last five fights but a win here over a first ballot Hall of Fame fighter like Faber would be the biggest of his career. It would also be a substantial upset as Faber is a massive -325 favorite to the hefty +250 payout for a Pickett victory.

Bantamweight Bout: #7 Urijah Faber (33-10, 136 lbs.) vs. Brad Pickett (25-12, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Pickett has an inch of reach advantage. They touch gloves for the first round. Pickett misses a leg kick. Faber lands a jab, Pickett lands a leg kick. Faber lands a bit of a left. Faber stalking forward, he’s doing a good job of staying out of Pickett’s range. Pickett lands a leg kick. They clinch up briefly and Faber lands a knee as they break. Rights traded then Pickett misses a leg kick. Faber lands a short left hook. Faber lands a right. Faber grabs a single leg, can’t finish but does get into a clinch and Pickett is after a double leg. Faber down to a knee defending the takedown, Pickett gets him down and spins on top but Faber regains his feet and lands a left that FLOORS Pickett, Faber lands a right, Pickett rolls to his knees and Faber gets the back, goes for the choke but Pickett breaks the grip. Faber starts punching him, lands a series of rights and Pickett is just trying to survive. Faber switches to the mount and lands an elbow. Faber lands a couple of elbows and a right. Pickett to his knees again and Faber has the back. Pickett is cut around the corner of the left eyebrow. Faber after the choke one more time as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Faber

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Faber lands a jab. Faber lands a right then a bit of a knee. Pickett lands a low leg kick, Faber lands a leg kick. Pickett again lands the low leg kick. Faber lands a right, Pickett again lands that low leg kick. Faber is limping a bit on that lead leg. Faber lands a right then a bit of a left hook. Pickett lands a knee but Faber has a single leg and trips Pickett down and goes into his guard. Faber landing some lefts and a left elbow. Pickett scrambles to his knees, Faber holding the front head lock. Faber tries to spin to the back but the fence is in his way. Faber moves to the ride position, Pickett back up and they disengage. They trade lefts in close. Pickett lands a bit of a right then a leg kick. Faber pushes Pickett over, grabs the guillotine in transition, Pickett scrambles free and regains his feet. Faber lands a jab. Faber moving forward, lands a short right. Pickett’s face is a mess, he lands a bit of a left hook though. Faber gets the back and pulls Pickett down as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Faber, 20-17 Faber overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the final round. Faber misses a couple of high kicks but lands a right and then gets a double leg and lands in the guard of Pickett. Pickett eats an elbow. More elbows from Faber then a right. Pickett kicks him off and gets to his knees but Faber lands a left as they break after a scramble. Pickett misses an uppercut. Faber hits a double leg and quickly mounts the legs of Pickett. Faber moves to side control, Pickett scrambles to his knees and Faber is holding the front head lock. Faber fakes the guillotine and gets to side control again. Faber still holding the head lock from this position, Pickett gets to half guard. Faber lands an elbow. More short elbows from Faber. Faber lands a couple of rights, Pickett elevates him and regains his feet. Pickett ducks a high kick and lands a left hook that drops Faber for a moment, more off balance than hurt. Faber lands an uppercut. Pickett again lands the low leg kick, then another one. Faber goes for a single leg against the fence, can’t finish it but lands a knee to the body as they break. They both just miss left hooks. Pickett misses a right then lands a low leg kick. Faber gets the back and drags Pickett down one more time. Pickett spins into his guard as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Faber, 30-26 Faber overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)

About as good a way to go out as any for Faber, who’s on the mic now. He says he loves Sacramento and California as well as his family. He says the experience has been amazing and he’s ready to go forward with his life. He thanks Brad Pickett, thanks the Fertitta brothers and wishes luck to his team mates going forward and again expresses his love for Sacramento. He says this was a lot to deal with, the whole retiring thing, and says this is a surreal experience as there’s nothing like fighting but he’s ready to move forward and keep doing big things.

Here’s that left hook that dropped Pickett from the first.

We get an interview between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt, who will fight for the belt in two weeks at UFC 207. Garbrandt says he’s just 13 days away from becoming champion. Cruz says Garbrandt hasn’t fought a top five guy yet and brings up Garbrandt’s history of concussion issues, the two start swearing and audio cuts out for a bit. We get just overlapping trash talk, I think Garbrandt insulted Cruz’s legs while Cruz says he’ll crack the weak chin of Garbrandt. More basic insults going back and forth, Anik brings up the lack of Alpha Male success against Cruz and Garbrandt says he’s got fate on his side. Cruz says he let Garbrandt speak like a gentleman then says he bought a house based on beating Alpha Male guys and will add to that. Garbrandt says he can swim in deep waters, Garbrandt questions the resume of Cruz and Cruz laughingly counters with his list of victims and they close by insulting each others ties. Well that was a thing I guess.

Sage Northcutt is coming off of a win at UFC 200 and despite his young age has been touted as a future player in the division because of his incredible athletic ability, he’s looking to continue to prove that accurate here and take out another young prospect. Mickey Gall gained some notoriety when he defeated former professional wrestler Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and while beating Northcutt here wouldn’t be bigger in terms of name value it would almost certainly be more meaningful to his career going forward and prove that he can compete at the UFC level. Gall actually has a slight edge at -155 to the +125 comeback on Northcutt.

Welterweight Bout: Mickey Gall (3-0, 171 lbs.) vs. Sage Northcutt (8-1, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Gall has two inches of height and two and a half of reach on Northcutt. They touch gloves to get things going. Gall circling early, both probing with the lead hand. They trade jabs and clinch up, Northcutt lands a knee but Gall is in on a double leg and sweeps the outside leg to land in the guard of Northcutt. Northcutt has rubber guard but Gall passes to half guard. Gall lands an elbow and some right punches. Northcutt trying to scramble, Gall keeping him flat and passes to side control. Gall looking to mount, Northcutt tries to bridge out but Gall grabs a guillotine choke. Gall holding without guard but Northcutt is on the wrong side. Gall keeps adjusting, Northcutt breaks the grip and lands an elbow. Northcutt on top in half guard, Gall spins under for a knee bar but Northcutt stands and lands a right. Northcutt standing, the ref makes them stand up. Northcutt lands a left hook. Gall grabs a single leg and spins Northcutt down landing in his guard. Gall lands a left. Gall trying to pass, he lands a couple of punches. Northcutt tries for an armbar but Gall gets full mount and lands punches until the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Gall

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Gall lands a jab. They trade rights, Northcutt landed better though. Northcutt lands a right, Gall went down for a moment but was more balance than damage. Northcutt lands a left hook in close. They clinch up, Gall drops Northcutt with a right as they break and Gall has the back with a body triangle. Northcutt fighting the hands, Gall lands some lefts while looking for the choke. Gall after the choke, he’s under the chin and Northcutt has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Mickey Gall via Submission, rear naked choke, at 1:40 of Round 2

Gall has a cut above his right eyebrow but doesn’t care much and gets an interview. He says he does Gracie jiu-jitsu and puts over the jiu-jitsu gym he trains at in New Jersey, he says he plans on dropping to lightweight in the near future but is willing to fight Dan Hardy if Hardy is coming back. In case you missed it, here’s the finish to that one.

Paige VanZant is 4-1 in the UFC and coming off of a highlight reel knockout win over Bec Rawlings, she’s being positioned as a future title challenger if not champion in the years going forward and is trying to stay on that course tonight. A win would get her possibly into title contention as Joanna Jedrzejczyk has taken out most of the top five and will need challengers while a loss could be a significant setback. Michelle Waterson is a former Invicta FC atomweight champion and is 1-0 in the UFC but hasn’t fought since July of 2015. This is easily the biggest fight of Waterson’s career and a win would not only be the most important of her career to date, it would almost certainly get her into the title discussion going forward. The odds are even here at -115 for VanZant and -115 for Waterson.

Women’s Strawweight Bout:#7 Paige VanZant (7-2, 116 lbs.) vs. #11 Michelle Waterson (13-4, 115 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: VanZant has an inch of height and three of reach on Waterson. Waterson fighting southpaw. VanZant circling early, Waterson lands a side kick to the body. Waterson standing very side on, lands another side kick to the thigh. Waterson lands a right in close. VanZant lands a side kick to the body. Waterson kicks the leg again. Waterson lands another side kick to the body then a right. Waterson lands another right then another as VanZant tried to rush forward. Jabs traded. They clinch, VanZant tries the ill advised head and arm throw but Waterson gets the back, they wind up clinched on the fence. VanZant working knees to the body, Waterson returns them then hits her own head and arm throw then transitions to the back after VanZant tried to scramble. Waterson has a body triangle going. Waterson after the choke, she’s under the chin and VanZant is trying to hand fight and as her face turns red she does break the grip. Waterson back on the choke, she’s under the chin and really after this. VanZant still trying to fight and goes out rather than tap. Goldberg immediately calls Waterson “Waterman” indicating who the UFC wanted to win yet again.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Michelle Waterson via Technical Submission, rear naked choke, at 3:21 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mrs. Waterson for her work this evening. Waterson on the mic now, she thanks the fans for accepting her. She says VanZant is going places and thanks her for the fight then notes that her daughter said she’d be her favorite fighter if she won tonight. She talks about the layoff and just working all the time and wanting to show the UFC what she could offer them here. She says the takedown was inspired by VanZant’s constant use of that throw and she worked on chaining submissions together instead of just one. Asked who she’d like next she doesn’t care and says she’s not dreaming anymore, she’s wide awake.

Here’s the finish to that one, I’m honestly impressed that VanZant fought that off for as long as she did, the woman has guts.

Alright everyone, that wraps up UFC on FOX 22. Thanks for reading, be it live or after the fact. We’ll be reviewing this event Sunday at 8pm eastern standard time on the 411 Ground and Pound Radio Show which takes live callers at (323) 657-0901 if you’ve got a question or comment you’d like addressed on air. There’s no show next week because of the holidays, I’ll be back on Friday the 30th for UFC 207 and the return of Ronda Rousey. I hope you’ll all come back for that one, until then thanks again for being here and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.

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