It’s time for UFC on FOX 8, which is going down in Seattle, W.A. and will see a flyweight title fight, a welterweight match-up that promises fireworks, and a pair of female MMA bouts. Keep hitting refresh for live results.
Main Card (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Demetrious Johnson (124.5) def. John Moraga (124.5) via submission (armbar) at 3:43 of round 5
Moraga looked nearly a weight class above Johnson for this fight. From the onset of this fight, Johnson showcased his speed. He used feverish footwork and impressive handspeed to keep Moraga at bay. Johnson always seemed one step ahead. He would circle and counterpunch when Moraga tried to throw straight punches, and the second that Moraga would plant his feet to throw a hook, Johnson would duck under and land a double leg takedown. Once on the ground, Johnson passed straight to side control with ease every time. He appeared to be looking for an americana on the far side arm from this position numerous times, but was content to stay on top. In the third round Johnson hinted at the americana, and then suddenly dove for a kimura. Moraga managed to escape, but could not maintain top position either. In the fourth, Moraga landed a big right hand that bloodied Johnson’s nose, but Johnson took it like the champ that he is, shaking it off and landing a takedown right afterwards. In the fifth, Moraga admirably swung for the fences during the first minute, but Johnson landed a double leg takedown as soon as he had the chance. He yet again passed to side control and looked for the kimura. Moraga laid there and allowed it, looking to counter with a sweep, but when Moraga changed positions in order to get on top, Johnson expertly turned the kimura into a deep armbar. An exhausted Moraga attempted to pull out, but it was picture perfect. A verbal submission stopped this championship fight late in the fifth. An outstanding performance from Johnson, especially considering that he was well ahead on the scorecards and could have rode it out. He instead took the risk and landed the armbar, finishing the fight. Very entertaining.
Rory MacDonald (170.5) def. Jake Ellenberger (171) via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,30-27)
The Canadian utilized his crisp jab early in this fight. Ellenberger seemed to have trouble getting through the jab and timing any punches. Neither fighter active, and the crowd lets them hear it. A dud of a first round. More jabbing from MacDonald in the second. Ellenberger seemed frustrated, he even attempted a few takedowns while against the cage. The crowd showed their displeasure at the end of the second. MacDonald jabbed again in the third, and kept looking for a front kick to the face. Still, nothing landing clean. Ellenberger landed a takedown with a minute left in the fight, but could not capitalize. After the final horn, the crowd booed loudly. They continued to boo all the way through the commercial break, through the announcement of the decision, and while the fighters exited the cage. A great matchup on paper wound up disappointing.
Robbie Lawler (170.5) def. Bobby Voelker (170) via TKO (head kick and punches) at 0:24 of round 2
Lawler came out for this fight looking aggressive. He immediately unleashed combinations, backing Voelker up and breaking his nose. He mixed it up well, landing punching combos, head kicks, and even flying knees. Voelker had nothing for him in the first. Early in the second, Lawler landed a head kick clean and Voelker dropped like a sack of potatoes. A few follow up punches, and that’s the fight. Robbie Lawler looked absolutely devastating in this fight.
Liz Carmouche (136) def. Jessica Andrade (134) via TKO (elbows and punches) at 3:57 of round 2
The first UFC fight with two openly gay fighters opened with aggression. Both fighters met in the center of the octagon immediately, with Carmouche quickly establishing her dominance in the grappling department. Carmouche landed takedowns at will, and she was able to control Andrade in various positions. Andrade had her moment however, when near the end of the first round she suddenly swept Carmouche, picking her up and slamming her down with authority. Then she pulled guard for a guillotine choke. It seemed tight, However Carmouche rode out the rest of the round with it locked up without a problem. Again in the second Carmouche landed an effortless takedown, but this time she meant business. She immediately passed to mount and worked for punches and elbows. Andrade survived for a while, and even escaped a choke attempt, but eventually she was flattened out by Carmouche from back mount and was finished off with elbows.
Preliminary Card (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
Jorge Masvidal *(157.5) def Michael Chiesa (155) via submission (darce choke) 4:59 of round 2
Chiesa warmly welcomed during his intro. Chiesa pressured his opponent early in this fight, setting up a clinch with punches. They clinched on the cage, Chiesa looking for a takedown that was not there. Upon the break, Chiesa unloaded an aggressive combo that put Masvidal down. Chiesa worked for a front choke variation while Masvidal scrambled to his feet. Chiesa got the better of most of the exchanges on the feet for the rest of the first. Huge first round for Chiesa. The second round looked about the same early on, Chiesa pressured Masvidal early and landed a few takedowns. Masvidal tenaciously sprung back up afterward, and ripped the body with hooks while Chiesa stood against the cage. Chiesa in pain. Masvidal caught a kick and curiously took Chiesa down and dove right into his guard. Masvidal easily avoided all submission attempts and was able to pound on Chiesa for the majority of the round. With 15 seconds left in the round, Chiesa scrambled and Masvidal caught a darce choke. He rolled to his side to follow up, and Chiesa was forced tap a split second before the bell. Great fight.
Danny Castillo (155) def. Tim Means (160) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Castillo looked much smaller than Means for this fight. Castillo went for takedowns periodically, although did not manage to do any damage once on the ground. Means showed an active guard while on bottom, Castillo confused by the length of Means. Castillo also looked very confused while standing due to Means’ length. Means looked sharp on his feet, and appeared to be looking to time a knee. Yet another fight that was difficult to score. Castillo edges Means using takedowns.
Melvin Guillard (155) def. Mac Danzig via KO (left hook and hammerfists) 2:47 of Round 2
Guillard uncharacteristically came out early with little to no footwork. It seemed as if he was just looking for one one big shot, not expecting the fight to last very long. Danzig seemed outclassed on the feet, yet game. He was hurt on a few occasions with jabs, yet pressed forward. Midway through the second round Danzig ran right into a left hook that put him down. Guillard landed a few hammer fists that put Danzig out cold. Danzig looks to be hurt badly, rolling around on the mat in agony while coming to.
Daron Cruickshank (156) def. Yves Edwards (155) via split decision (30-27 Cruickshank, 30-27 Edwards, 30-27 Cruickshank)
This was a highly technical kickboxing match. There was not a single takedown attempt or even a clinch for this entire fight. Both fighters seemed to be looking to counter, and so the exchanges were mostly defensive. This fight was mostly blocking and parrying, with no strikes really landing clean. Another fight that could have easily gone either way.
Ed Herman (186) def. Trevor Smith (185) via split decision (30-27 Smith, 30-27 Herman, 29-28 Herman)
Herman is known for being a slow starter, and so he certainly surprised tonight. A barn burner of a first round saw both fighters get badly stung by punches while exchanging fearlessly. The crowd filled the stands quickly in between rounds during this entertaining bout. As the fight progressed, Smith was seemingly getting the better of the standup exchanges, although Herman landed a few takedowns and at one point came close to an arm triangle from on top. Very tough fight to score, and could have gone either way.
Germaine de Randamie (135) def. Julie Kedzie (135.5) via split decision (30-27 de Randamie, 29-28 Kedzie, 29-28 de Randamie)
Although Kedzie put up a valiant effort against the Muay Thai expert in de Randamie, ultimately the two takedowns she landed in the fight were not enough to get the nod. De Randamie cruised to an easy split decision victory, although I personally scored all three rounds for de Randamie 10-9.
Preliminary Card (Facebook, 4 p.m. ET)
Justin Salas (155) def. Aaron Riley (156) vs. via split decision (29-28 Salas, 29-28, Riley, 29-28 Salas)
Yaotzin Meza (136) def. John Albert (137) via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:49 of round 2