UFC 177 goes down this Saturday night (8/30) on PPV, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. MMA Convert will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass. The main event will be TJ Dillashaw Vs. Joe Soto, the co-main event will see Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson. The event airs from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Cain Carrizosa (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Wade (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
1st RD: Carrizosa presses forward, gets a side headlock takedown. Carrizosa falls into side control, he holds on as Wade tries to scramble out. Carrizosa get’s the back of Wade as Wade tries to get up, Carrizosa presses him down and goes for a guillotine and his one is over as Wade passes out.
Result: Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:12
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Anthony Hamilton (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Ruan Potts (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
1st RD: Potts with a few strikes, but nothing major and Hamilton takes him right down. Potts scrambled up to his feet. Hamilton charges in to clinch and get’s another hip toss sending Potts to the ground. Hamilton let’s Potts up, and we are standing again. Potts throws a leg kick, but does not do any damage. They exchange with Potts finishing with an uppercut. Hamilton hits a head kick, and it wobbles Potts. Hamilton with another takedown, Potts fires away with elbows off his back. Hamilton lands a series of strikes to the ribs of Potts and then let’s Potts up once again. Hamilton shoots in, and get’s another takedown. Hamilton stands directly up and wants Potts to stand up. This is odd.. Potts pressed forward, but Hamilton survived the wave of strikes to go to the next round.
2nd RD: Hamilton shoots in on a double leg, but instead clinches with Potts on the fence where he throws Potts down to the ground. Yes you guessed it, Hamilton let Potts up. Potts is throwing leg kicks which makes Rogan suspicious if Potts is injured his neck. Hamilton takes him down as Potts holds on. Hamilton fires away on the ribs and body of Potts. Hamilton made a big bruise on the ribs of Potts. Ouch, the referee warns Potts that he is going to stop this. Thankfully the referee stops this.
Result: Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:17
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Derek Brunson (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Lorenz Larkin (14-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
1st RD: Brunson clinches right out of the gat and puts Larkin on the fence. Larkin slides out and we are standing once more. Larkin mixes up his strikes with punches and kicks, Brunson presses forward. He looks for a takedown as Larkin back peddles his way into the fence. Brunson clinches with Larkin where he controls the action. Brunson lands a big left hand and locks in a guillotine choke. Larkin drops to the mat and Brunson let’s it go. Brunson get’s Larkin back and ground and pounds him. Brunson looks for a rear naked choke, but Larkin stays in this one. Brunson into side control where he continues the onslaught. We are going to the second round.
2nd RD: Larkin with a wild swing and a miss. Brunson shoots in, but Larkin stuffs him. Larkin lands a big time kick to the body of Brunson. Brunson get’s a takedown leading into guard. Larkin makes his way back up to his feet by using the cage. Larkin with a series of strikes, but Brunson get’s a trip takedown. Brunson into guard, but Larkin get’s saved by the bell.
3rd RD: Brunson looks for the takedown and after Larkin attempts to defend it, Brunson get’s it. Brunson into side control where he looks for a choke, but just leaves it alone. Brunson does a good job of mixing up his strikes to wear down Larkin. Brunson stays in control from top position as the minutes continue to tick down. Kenny Florian joins the commentary team as Rogan heads to the back for an interview. Yes that was the highlight in the three round. Brunson continues his dominate control from top position, but Larkin attempts a last second comeback as he makes his way to his feet, but we are going to the bell.
Result: Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Damon Jackson (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (9-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
1st RD: Jackson comes out pressing forward, Yancy lands a right hand and this is one is on! They exchange in the pocket, with Jackson getting the better out of the two. Jackson lands an overhand right that leading into a waist clinch driving Yancy into the fence. Yancy accidentally kneed Jackson in the junk. We break, but back to action. Yancy with a left uppercut, but it leaves the door wide open for Jackson to clinch with him and put him on the fence. Yancy slides out and just Tees off on Jackson. Yancy get’s a bit too confident and eats a knee to the ribs by Jackson. They go to the next round.
2nd RD: These two come right out swinging, Jackson with a head kick and then another. Yancy fires away with a nice mix of body/head strikes that keeps Jackson at bay. Yancy with a 1-2 jab followed by a hook is just outstanding and cut open Jackson just below his eye. Jackson clinches with Yancy and puts him on the fence, but out of nowhere, Yancy locks in a guillotine choke and Jackson goes to sleep. That was sick! Find a replay of that one folks.
Result: Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:54
Carlos Diego Ferreira (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Ramsey Nijem (9-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
1st RD: Ramsey comes out very aggressive. They exchange in the pocket, Ferreira throws a kick, but caught and Ramsey throws him down to the ground. Ferreira back up and Ramsey is like a shark just circling. Ferreira lands a clean right hook, Ramsey throws a straight right, but Ferreira ducks and presses forward. Ramsey with a flurry of strikes followed by a shove takedown. Ferreira get’s right back up and stands in front of Ramsey. Moments later Ramsey tags Ferreira, which stumbles him. Ferreira regroups and continues to look for a leg kick. Ferreira is starting to get in his groove and presses forward. However, Ramsey takes him down. Ferreira scrambles out and right back to their feet. Ferreira shoots in, but Ramsey stuffs him and goes for an arm lock. Ferreira scrambles, Ramsey on top and fires away with strikes.
2nd RD: Ramsey throws a strike, but Ferreira lands a head kick and it drops Ramsey. Ferreira locks in a guillotine choke, but Ramsey get’s out of it. Ramsey is hurt, but recovering. Ramsey on top and trying to mount some kind of offense. However, he decides not to and we are standing once more. Ramsey presses forward and Ferreira drops him with a right hook. Ferreira ground and pounds him until the Herb Dean stops it.
Result: Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:53
Shayna Baszler (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Bethe Correia (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
1st RD: Bethe presses forward and clinches with Baszler right away. Bethe get’s a takedown that leads her into top position. Baszler attempts an arm bar off her back, Bethe tries to stay calm as Baszler goes for it. Bethe slides out and Baszler get’s to her feet. Baszler clinches and is the now looking for a takedown. Bethe slides out, but Baszler is on her heels and looking for a takedown. Bethe does a good job of stuffing it and lands a series of hammer fist. In the process, Baszler get’s a takedown with 40 or so seconds left in the round. They scramble on the ground to end the round.
2nd RD: Baszler shoots in, but Bethe does a good job of stuffing it. She just fires away on Baszler and then this turns into a rock’em sock’em fight. Bethe with a flurry of body and face strikes. Baszler is staying in this one, but Bethe stays determined. Baszler is getting lit up and the referee steps in for the stoppage.
Result: Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:56
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Danny Castillo (17-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) vs. Tony Ferguson (15-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC)
1st RD: Tony with a flurry of strikes that leaves the door open for Castillo to look for a takedown, but Tony scrambles out. Tony works the leg kicks, a left jab. Castillo with some of his own strikes, but Tony covers up well. Castillo is looking for a counter right, but Tony is doing a good job of dodging it. Tony goes for a darce choke, he locks it in, Castillo is trying to stay calm. Castillo survives and slides out. Castillo stands up, shoots in and starts throwing hammer fist leading to the sound of the bell.
2nd RD: Both guys looking to land shots, Castillo with a flurry of strikes as the fans start a chant of Danny. Tony throws Castillo down, but Castillo get’s right back up where he answers with a right jab. Castillo looks for a takedown, but Tony doing a nice job of keeping himself squared and continuing to strike. Both guys miss a head kick, Castillo shoots in on a double leg and rolls into a leg lock. Castillo ends up in top position, with Castillo on his back. Tony tries to scramble off his back, but Castillo stays control leading to bell.
3rd RD: Final round, Tony presses forward with Castillo answering. Tony rolls and attempts something, but Castillo lands a big shot and we go to the ground. Tony looks for a kimura, but Castillo slips out of it. Castillo on top, but Tony wall walks and get’s to his feet. Castillo picks him up and slams him down. Castillo stays on top of him and with seconds left in the round looks for an arm triangle, but the bell saves Tony Ferguson.
Result: Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight Title Fight: T.J. Dillashaw (c) (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Joe Soto (15-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
1st RD: Dillashaw stalking Soto early on, and Soto looks to be relaxed. Dillashaw kicks the leg from under Soto making him fall, but Soto right back up. Dillashaw throws a kick, but Soto catches it and takes him down. However, Dillashaw scrambles, get’s Soto’s back and has over, under hooks. Soto scrambles his way to this feet, Soto lands a right hook. Dillashaw tags Soto with a overhand right that he continually is throwing. Dillashaw lands a head kick and Soto answered with a leg kick. Soto kicks the leg from under Dillashaw, they exchange in the pocket to the bell.
2nd RD: Dillashaw is throwing shots, but Soto is growing confidence and is making some serious headway in his boxing. Dillashaw is working leg kicks, while Soto just keeps coming forward. Dillashaw is starting to open up his strikes, more combos. Neither fighter does much damage in this round, but is a very close fight.
3rd RD: Dillashaw just lights up Soto with a flurry of strikes. Dillashaw is just going after Soto and now Soto is starting to slow down as Dillashaw just fires away. Soto works the body and legs of the champion, just trying to find a way in. Soto tries to shoot in, but Dillashaw easily stuffs it. Dillashaw gets a takedown that leads to him trying to get the back of Soto, but Soto slips out and back to his feet.
4th RD: Dillashaw tries to throw a high kick, but just barely misses. While Soto is still in this fight, Dillashaw is slowly starting to pull away and it is showing. Soto works the body of the champion. The championship rounds appear to be getting to Soto as he starts to breathe through his mouth. While the two fighters are standing and exchanging, there is not a ton of damaging being delivered due to smooth striking and tight defense. Dillashaw shoots in on a double leg, get’s into guard while on top and tries to land some strikes. Soto get’s to his feet and we are going to the fifth round.
5th RD: Final round, Soto get’s an early takedown to kick off the fight. However, Dillashaw pops right back up and we go back to striking. Dillashaw lands a head kick that stuns Soto and then hits a big overhand right to drop Soto. This one is over. The crowd goes nuts and a nice ending to this one.
Result: TJ Dillashaw def. Joe Soto by KO at 2:20, R5
Rankings: Dillashaw, No. 1 (No. 10 pound-for-pound)