UFC Fight Night on ESPN is back at the promotion’s Apex facility in Las Vegas tonight, Saturday, July 18th. The card is headlined by #1 flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez for the vacant flyweight title. In the co-main event, Jack Hermansson takes on Kelvin Gastelum at middleweight in a battle of Top 10 fighters.
There are five fights on the main card and seven on the preliminary card. We’ll be tracking all the results tonight, providing the winner and how they secured their victory, and adding gifs and video of exciting moments or stoppages where we can. Follow along throughout the evening!
Deiveson Figueiredo (C) vs. Joseph Benavidez (Flyweight Championship)
Winner: Deiveson Figueiredo
Winning Method: Deiveson Figueiredo wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:48 of the first round.
It was never close. Credit to Benavidez for surviving a series of choke attempts earlier in the round, but Figueiredo wins in an overwhelming performance. It possibly would have been a 10-7 round if it didn’t end 12 seconds from the bell.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jack Hermansson (Middleweight)
Winner: Jack Hermansson
Winning Method: Jack Hermansson wins by submission (heel hook) at 1:18 of the first round.
As soon as they got on the mat, it was massively impressive how quickly Hermansson ended it. He called out the winner of next week’s main event of Robert Whittaker and Darren Till immediately afterwards.
Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev (Lightweight)
Winner: Rafael Fiziev
Winning Method: Rafael Fiziev wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
The kicks from Fiziev were absolutely brutal, and this was the fight of the night so far. The +135 underdog won on significant strikes 72-52, and held on ground control 2:49-0:22. Now 7-1, Fiziev should feel good about his chances to have a shot at the title soon.
Ariane Lipski vs. Luana Carolina (Women’s Flyweight)
Winner: Ariane Lipski
Winning Method: Ariane Lipski wins by submission (kneebar) at 1:28 of the first round.
Well that was fast. And it looks like Carolina might have a broken leg, as she was unable to even stand for the official announcement of the winner after the fight. Once it got on the mat, some flawless execution.
An impressive win for Lipski that should get her in the mix for the rankings at 125 lbs.
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov (Flyweight)
Winner: Askar Askarov
Winning Method: Askar Askarov wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Askarov won on significant strikes 38-31, but where he won this match was on the mat: He had the only two takedowns of the fight, and won on ground control 5:11-2:17. A close fight but for sure the right decision. Askarov will be wanting the winner or loser of tonight’s main event for sure. The +165 underdog comes through.
Khadis Ibragimov vs. Roman Dolidze (Light Heavyweight)
Winner: Roman Dolidze
Winning Method: Roman Dolidze wins by TKO at 4:15 in the first round.
Welcome to the UFC, “Caucasian Wolf.” What a knee from the man from Georgia. And a little smack talk to his felled opponent at end as well.
Grant Dawson vs. Nad Narimani (Catchweight 150 lbs.)
Winner: Grant Dawson
Winning Method: Grant Dawson wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27).
At no point was this close. Outstruck his opponent 53-31, and had a ground control advantage of 8:11-0:09, meaning he was in complete command for well more than half the fight. Dawson appears to have a bright future.
Joseph Duffy vs. Joel Alvarez (Lightweight)
Winner: Joel Alvarez
Winning Method: Joseph Duffy wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:25 of the first round.
A big upset, and the 15th submission wins in 17 victories for the Spaniard. Alvarez was a +250 underdog, but his height and length advantage made it look easy in converting a takedown to a flawless choke. We might have a rising start at 145 lbs.
Update: Joe Duffy decided to retire after an injury-plagued career after the fight.
Brett Johns vs. Montel Jackson (Bantamweight)
Winner: Brett Johns
Winning Method: Brett Johns wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jackson had far more strikes at 28-10, but Johns in the second and third round dominated on the mat. It was 8:42 to 2:41 in ground control for the winner. Johns pulls the first upset of the night at +170.
Malcolm Gordon vs. Amir Albazi (Bantamweight)
Winner: Amir Albazi
Winning Method: Amir Albazi wins by submission (triangle choke) at 4:42 of the first round.
A very impressive piece of grappling from the newcomer Albazi, who executes the first triangle choke of 2020 in the UFC in the center of the octagon. He had 2:21 of ground control and outstruck his opponent 10-5 with a takedown. It will score well for DFS players as well.
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Davi Ramos (Lightweight)
Winner: Arman Tsarukyan
Winning Method: Arman Tsarukyan wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
The -200 favorite wins very comfortably and in impressive fasion. He outstruck his opponent 88-41, executed a takedown early, and was able to do what he wanted in the standup with both his hands and his feet. Really not sure what the third judge could have seen in giving a round to Ramos.
Carlos Felipe vs. Serghei Spivac (Heavyweight)
Winner: Serghei Spivac
Winning Method: Serghei Spivac wins by majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27).
Spivac controlled the last round easily, and outstruck his opponent 113-35, but Felipe was clearly distressed by the decision. He didn’t shake hands and looked like he wanted to keep fighting after he was announced the loser. One judge gave the first two rounds to Felipe, but a 10-8 third was a pretty clear call.
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