UFC Fight Night on ESPN returns tonight, August 8th, to the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. The headliner is two Top 10 heavyweights in Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik. In the co-main event a pair of middleweights in #11 Omari Akhmedov and former champion Chris Weidman do battle.
There are five fights on the main card and seven on the preliminary card that starts at 6:00 p.m. Also at middleweight Maki Pitolo takes on Darren Stewart, and in the biggest women’s bout on the card batnamweights Yana Kunitskaya and Julija Stoliarenko do battle.
We’ll be tracking all the results tonight. Below you’ll find the winner, how they secured a victory, and adding gifs and video of exciting moments or stoppages where we can. Follow along throughout the evening!
Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik: Heavyweight
Winner: Derrick Lewis
Winning Method: Derrick Lewis wins by TKO at :21 of the second round.
“The Black Beast” does it big as a -210 favorite, and picks up the stoppage win. He survived the ground game of Oleinik in the first round, but once he landed this initial knee followed by a right, it was over.
Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman: Middleweight
Winner: Chris Weidman
Winning Method: Chris Weidman wins by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28).
Weidman landed less strikes 31-23, but his ground control was dominating at 7:53-1:34, and made up a huge portion of the third round. The former champion picks up only his second win in the octagon since May of 2015.
Maki Pitolo vs. Darren Stewart: Middleweight
Winner: Darren Stewart
Winning Method: Darren Stewart wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:41 of the first round.
As soon as it got to the mat, it was over. Though he was a favorite at around -170 Stewart was 20-1 to win by submission. A nice payday for finish bettors.
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Julija Stoliarenko: Women’s Bantamweight
Winner: Yana Kunitskaya
Winning Method: Yana Kunitskaya wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).
A dominating performance by the favorite. Kunitskaya led 46-8 on strikes and had a whopping 13:16 of ground control in a 15 minute fight. She should look to move up from #8 in the rankings on Monday.
Beneil Dariush vs. Scott Holtzman: Lightweight
Winner: Beneil Dariush
Winning Method: Beneil Dariush wins by TKO at 4:38 of the first round.
Wow. Dariush wins landing 36 significant strikes to just nine for Holtzman, but none more important than the last one via spinning backfist. What a shot.
Tim Means vs. Laureano Staropoli: Welterweight
Winner: Tim Means
Winning Method: Tim Means wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Means led on significant strikes 89-63, and his 5:16 of ground control from his two takedowns were also a big factor. A nice win for Means in his 22nd appearance in a UFC octagon.
Kevin Holland vs. Joaquin Buckley: Middleweight
Winner: Kevin Holland
Winning Method: Kevin Holland wins by TKO at :32 of the third round.
Holland was ahead for both rounds anyway, but caught his last-minute opponent on the button with this right hand, and a tremendous job by the ref to stop it instantly.
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Alex Munoz: Lightweight
Winner: Nasrat Haqparast
Winning Method: Nasrat Haqparast wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
In a mostly standup fight, Haqparast was ahead 79-40 in significant strikes and looked pretty comfortable against a fighter that entered undefeated 6-0.
Andrew Sanchez vs. Wellington Turman: Middleweight
Winner: Andrew Sanchez
Winning Method: Andrew Sanchez wins by KO at 4:14 of the first round.
Right on the button. Turman never had a chance as soon as it landed. A huge win for the +130 underdog.
Gavin Tucker vs. Justin Jaynes: Featherweight
Winner: Gavin Tucker
Winning Method: Gavin Tucker wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 of the third round.
Jaynes likely won the first round and almost ended it with a flurry, but Tucker used his grappling skills to switch a tough position. After that Tucker dominated the second round from the standup, and a shot turned into a submission pretty quickly in the third round.
Youssef Zalal vs. Peter Barrett: Featherweight
Winner: Youssef Zalal
Winning Method: Youssef Zalal wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27).
A total beating, and it wasn’t that close. Zalal lands 66 strikes, three takedowns, and 6:27 in ground control. He didn’t get the finish he was looking for, but still finds his second win in six weeks in the octagon, and now 3-0 in the UFC overall. He’s also the first fighter on the roster to win three times in the calendar year 2020.
Irwin Rivera vs. Ali Alqaisi: Bantamweight
Winner: Irwin Rivera wins by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Winning Method: About as close a fight as you’ll see in MMA, and the winner just depends on what you value more. Both fighters had two takedowns, Rivera landed one less significant strike (36 to 35) and was behind on ground control time 1:51-1:01, but also showed a bit more pop and octagon generalship. It was a real coinflip, and unfortunate for Alqaisi both it didn’t work out as a draw.
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