UFC on FOX 18 is under way in Newark, New Jersey, and the card will be headlined by a light-heavyweight scrap between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader.
Let’s jump to the preliminary action
Fight Pass Prelim Results
Randy Brown def. Matt Dwyer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Levan Makashvili via Damon Jackson is declared a majority draw (27-29, 28-28-, 28-28)
Tony Martin def. Felipe Olivieri via technical submission (rear-naked choke) R3, 3:02
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Round 1: Caceres flicks a few kicks. Hard kick to the body by Caceres. Fullen plants a nice right. Hard left from Fullen lands. Caceres wings a kick but Fullen blocks it. Fullen throws a spinning kick to the body. Caceres with a 360 roundhouse. It misses but it was nice to look at. Caceres clinches up and trips Fullen to the mat. Latter pops back up. Round ends.
Round 2: Caceres comes out aggressively once again. Fullen throws a spinning kick to the body. Fullen plants a solid right. Caceres throws a high kick but misses. Latter fires in a hard left. Caceres flurries along the cage. Fullen with a nice counter right. Caceres comes with a hard knee to the body. They clinch up briefly. Caceres charges in with a flurry. Round ends.
Round 3: Fullen comes in with a right. Caceres fires a left. Latter throws a side kick and misses with a high kick. Both guys chuck punches that miss. Caceres with a hard kick to the body. Fullen wings a big right. Fullen needs to do something big, fast. Caceres fires a knee to the body and a high kick. Big left from Caceres. Fullen with a hard hook. Caceres tags Fullen with a punch and clinches up. Cacares is looking for the finish. Round ends.
Alex Caceres def. Masio Fullen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Round 1: Sullivan throws a few kicks to get things rolling. Another leg kick from Sullivan. Yakovlev catches a kick and takes Sullivan to the mat. Latter is back to his feet. Sullivan charges in off a leg kick and is taken down again. Yakovlev moves into full mount and Sullivan turns, gives up his back. Sullivan works his way back to his feet. Leg kicks from both men. Wow. Yakovlev floors Sullivan with a huge hook. That’s a wrap.
Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan via KO (punch) R1, 3:59
Dustin Ortiz vs. Wilson Reis
Round 1: Reis fires in a big counter hook. Ortiz plants a right. Reis wings a headkick but misses. Both flyweights are keeping busy. Ortiz fires a headkick that’s blocked. They clinch up briefly. Both men throw kicks. Reis flurries and is looking for a TD. Reise trips Ortiz to the floor but the latter gets right back to his feet. Ortiz lands a left but Reis counters. Reis is looking for another TD. Ortiz defends. Now latter shoots in but can’t get the TD. Reis score a double leg to finish the round.
Round 2: Reis wings a big left to start the round. Ortiz lands a nice kick to the body, goes for a TD, but Reis defends. Reis clinches up but Ortiz breaks free. Both men chuck in some big punches. Ortiz clinches up but gets pushed to the cage. Another shot from Ortiz but Reis sprawls. After some striking exchanges Reis explodes in with a double. Reis is on back of Ortiz. Reis rolls for an armbar but the round ends.
Round 3: Ortiz fires a head kick that’s blocked. Some nice jabs from Ortiz. Reis clinches up trips Ortiz to the mat. Ortiz gets back to his feet but is tripped back to the floor. Once again Ortiz gets back to his feet. Some combos from both men. Reis pushes Ortiz to the cage. The grappling of Reis is the deciding factor in this fight. Another TD from Reis. Latter with punches from above. Ortiz manages to work his way out. Round ends.
Wilson Reis def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal
Round 1: A couple of world glass jiu-jitsu players here. Casey is chucking some big punches. Casey lands a left and Natal shoots in. Casey defends. After some clinch work on the cage they break. Natal took a finger to the eye but they continue. Casey comes in but Natal counters with a TD. Casey gets back to his feet. Wow, now Casey reverses Natal and gets the TD. Natal pops back up. Casey cracks Natal with a hard shot, and wow, Natal floors Casey with a counter right at the bell.
Round 2: Natal goes low with a kick to begin the round. Casey is ready to go. Natal fires in a big right that misses. Casey gets wobbled by a check hook and Natal takes him down. Casey gets back to his feet but is taken right back down. Natal with hammer fists from above. Casey looks for the sweep but can’t get it. Round ends.
Round 3: Casey needs to score a finish in order to pull this out. Natal lands a hard leg kick. Casey wings a big uppercut that misses by a ton. Natal plants a jab. Another TD from Natal. Latter moves into full mount and punishing Casey with big punches. This could be it, and it is. Impressive win for Natal.
Rafael Natal def. Kevin Casey via TKO (punches) R3, 3:37
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
Round 1: Aubin-Mercier flicks out some jabs. Ferreira with a leg kick. OAM fires a straight left that misses. OAM with a hard kick to the body. Ferreira comes with a spinning backfist that misses. They exchange straights. OAM with another nice kick. Ferreira tags OAM with a counter. OAM catches a kick and flurries back. Yet another kick to the body by OAM. Ferreira counters body kick with a left. OAM comes high with the kick but misses. Ferreira knees OAM to the body and clinches up. Both guys wing some hard punches. Round ends.
Round 2: Ferreira fires a leg kick. Both men chuck big punches. OAM comes with a high kick and nearly gets taken down. OAM is looking for the TD now but Ferreira breaks free. Ferreira with a nice counter right. OAM charges in looking for the single. OAM gets the TD but Ferreira is back up. Ferreira with a nice combo. Hard counter from Ferreira but OAM plants a jab. OAM sticks another jab. Ferreira fires in an uppercut. Wow. Nice uppercut from OAM and that staggers Ferreira. Latter is firing back. Ferreira plants a jab. Round ends.
Round 3: Close fight. They trade kicks. OAM fires in a nice jab. Latter goes high with a kick and then gets the TD. Ferreira gets back up. Another TD from OAM but Ferreira reverses. Wow. Now Ferreira is on the back of OAM. Ferreira is looking for the RNC but OAM defends. Ferreira is on top. Nasty elbows from Ferreira. OAM tries getting up but Ferreira has his back again. OAM can’t get Ferreira off his back and is taking shots. Final horn goes.
Diego Ferreira def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Round 1: Ellenberger wings some big hooks. Saffiedine comes with one of his renowned kicks. Saffiedine clinches up but gets pushed to the cage. Elbow from Ellenberger. Saffiedine with a kick. Ellenberger lands a left. Another kick attempt from Saffiedine. Latter lands a left. Another hard kick from Saffiedine is blocked. Front kick from Saffiedine. Leg kick from Saffiedine. Ellenberger flurries in but misses. Big right hook from Ellenberger wobbles Saffiedine. Wow. Saffiedine seems okay. Saffiedine lands a right. Hard jab from Saffiedine. Horn goes.
Round 2: Saffiedine fires in another kick that Ellenberger blocks. Saffiedine sticks him with a hard right. They clinch up briefly. Hard body kick from Saffiedine. Another nice jab from Saffiedine. Latter is winning the striking exchanges but Ellenberger landed the best shot of the fight so far. Nice left from Ellenberger. Hard leg kick from Saffiedine. Latter changes levels but Ellenberger defends the TD. Ellenberger takes a knee low. Two kicks from Saffiedine that Ellenberger blocks. Jake’s forearms have taken a lot of punishment. Ellenberger charges in with a big hook that misses. Very nice TD from Ellenberger but Saffiedine gets up. Round ends.
Round 3: Saffiedine flurries but misses. Jab from Tarec lands. Ellenberger pushes him to the cage. Saffiedine breaks free. Leg kick from Saffiedine. Another kick from Saffiedine. Ellenberger charges in and clinches up. Ellenberger goes for a TD but Tarec spins and takes his back. Latter is hunting for a choke. Ellenberger gets back to his feet and wings in a big shot that stuns Saffiedine. Final horn goes. Not sure why fans are booing?
Tarec Saffiedine def. Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)