The prelims are all done, so it’s time to move to the main card, and Glover Teixeira versus Ovince Saint Preux.
Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera
Round 1: Herrera cracks in a right but gets taken to the mat with a beautiful double leg from Borg. Herrera momentarily gets to his feet but is taken back down. Now Borg drops back looking for arm-in guillotine but Herrera gets out. Borg is still on top after scramble. Borg is looking for a Kimura but gives it up. Elbows from Borg. Latter passes into side mount. Wow. Borg transitions into an arm-triangle-choke but Herrera escapes. Herrera attempts a triangle-choke but Borg shrugs it off. Round ends.
Round 2: Borg throws up a wheel kick that misses. Borg shoots in and gets the TD again. Borg passes to sidemount and now into mount. Borg is hunting for a guillotine. Wow. Herrera works his way out but that was close. Herrera tries for the triangle again but Borg moves around it. Some fans are booing even though Borg is constantly attacking. Herrera is defending well but can’t get out from the bottom.
Round 3: Again, Borg takes Herrera to the mat. Herrera landed a elbow from the bottom and Borg is bleeding badly. Ref will have doc look at the cut which is above the left eye. Fight resumes. Herrera needs to do something fast. Borg is chucking down shots. Borg’s blood is clearly bothering Herrera as it’s getting in his eyes. Nasty. Wow. Herrera scores a nice sweep but Borg scrambles out. Borg is back on top; defends a triangle choke attempt. Borg is in half guard and passes. Herrera gives up his back and final horn sounds. Dominant win for Borg even though he looks worse for wear.
Ray Borg def. Geane Herrera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sara McMann vs. Amanda Nunes
Round 1: Nunes flashes some fast hands. McMann storms in but takes a counter. McMann shoots in but can’t get the TD. Nunes goes for a wheel kick but McMann scrambles to her back. Nunes breaks away. Nunes plants a left hook. Wow. Big right hand and follow up punches puts McMann on the mat. Nunes has her back and is firing down shots. Now Nunes is looking for a choke and gets the tap. What an impressive win.
Amanda Nunes def. Sara McMann via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:53
Timothy Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt
Round 1: Rosholt misses with a right. They test each other’s range–Rosholt clinches up. Johnson moves Rosholt to the fence and the latter reverses. Johnson sweeps Rosholt to the mat briefly. They’re still clinched up; nothing’s going on. Ref breaks them up. Johnson lands a right but Rosholt scores the TD. Rosholt is working on a Von Flue choke but Johnson gets his arm out. Rosholt with some shots from above. Round ends.
Round 2: Johnson lands a jab. Johnson flurries in. Big upper cut from Rosholt misses. Rosholt pushes Johnson to the cage and fires in shots. Johnson’s nose is bleeding. Johnson gets the body lock sweep but loses position. Rosholt’s on top. Elbow from Rosholt. Johnson is also cut by his eye. Rosholt is looking for the Americana. Elbow from Rosholt. Round ends.
Round 3: Rosholt shoots in but eats some shots while doing so. Rosholt takes Johnson to the mat and Johnson is looking for a Kimura. Johnson pops back to his feet. Herb Dean breaks them up. Johnson throws a knee that misses. Rosholt looks very tired. They’re clinched up; fans are booing. Wow. Johnson tags Rosholt with a couple of big bombs. Rosholt is wobbled. Johnson takes him down and round ends.
Jared Rosholt def. Timothy Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sam Alvey vs. Derek Brunson
Round 1: Brunson charges in and almost gets blasted with a big right hook. Brunson starts hitting Alvey with some big shots along the fence. Alvey with a knee to the body but Brunson starts chucking in bombs. Crazy. Alvey is back pedalling and falls to the mat. Ref (Mario Yamasaki) jumps in and stops the fight. Alvey is protesting the stoppage immediately and seems okay. Replay shows Alvey was in trouble but certainly didn’t seem out of it.
Derek Brunson def. Sam Alvey via TKO (punches) R1, 2:19
Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Johnson
Round 1: Johnson comes out and is pressuring right away. Dariush feints a TD. Dariush with a leg kick. And another. Johnson is cutting angles, staying light on his feet but landing much. Dariush with another leg kick. Latter shoots in but Johnson sprawls. Johnson fires a hard left that’s blocked. Dariush with a knee to the body. Johnson flurries in after taking another leg kick. Johnson sprawls on another TD attempt. Wow. Johnson drops Dariush with a straight left. Dariush pops right back up. Johnson flurries in and round ends.
Round 2: Hard leg kick from Dariush. Threatens with a knee. Another shot by Dariush is defended. Dariush comes in but gets countered nicely by Johnson. Dariush throws a knee but takes a left. Body kick by Dariush. Couple nice punches by Johnson. Dariush flurries in but eats a big right. Johnson wings in a big left that misses. Nice uppercut by Dariush. Johnson sprawls on another TD attempt. Hard left hand by Johnson. Dariush almost gets the TD but is denied. Round ends.
Round 3: Dariush likely needs a finish to get this. Dariush comes in with another knee but Johnson counters. Dariush sticks a couple of jabs. Big left from Johnson misses. Dariush lands another jab. Dariush appears to be landing more often this round. Dariush plants a left. A knee from Dariush but he takes a left had in return. Nice right hand from Johnson. Dariush tries to clinch up but Johnson pushes away. Final horn goes. Solid round for Dariush but Johnson probably has this.
Wow. Dariush gets the split decision win.
Beneil Dariush def. Michael Johnson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Glover Teixeira
Round 1: Teixeira comes out and shots a single. Saint Preux gets back to his feet briefly but is taken back down. OSP pops up and out. Teixeira takes a knee to groin. Fight’s momentarily stopped. Hard body kick from OSP. He blasts in and hits Teixeira with a hard, hard left. Teixeira gets back up but takes a couple of hard shots. Another kick attempt from OSP and Teixeira takes him down. Teixeira is in mount. Elbows from Teixeira. OSP gives up his back. Wow. OSP gets back to his feet. Teixeira with another TD. Latter’s cut on the bridge of his nose. Teixeira moves into mount and OSP gives up his back. Crazy. OSP reverses and could be looking for a Von Flue choke. Doesn’t look tight enough. Teixeira’s back to his feet. Know OSP shoots in but Teixeira defends. Thrilling round ends.
Round 2: Another body kick by OSP. Teixeira briefly takes OSP down. Nice right from Teixeira. Latter digs to the body. Teixeira shoots in and easily gets the TD. Elbow from Teixeira. And another. OSP is trying to get out from under but can’t. More elbows from Teixeira. OSP gets back up but takes a left. OSP flurries to end the round.
Round 3: OSP throws a front kick, changes levels, but Teixeira defends. Big left hand from Teixeira. OSP shoots in again but Teixeira defends. Now the latter grabs a double and dumps OSP. Teixeira is in half guard and passes. Elbows from Teixeira. Now the latter sinks in a RNC and he’s out. Wow. Impressive win for Teixeira.
Glover Teixeira def. Ovince Saint Preux via technical submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 3:10