UFC Fight Night 86 is underway in Zagreb, Croatia, and the main card is about to begin. In the main event, Junior dos Santos will throw down with fellow heavyweight contender, Ben Rothwell.
Let’s move to the action.
Preliminary Card Results
Zak Cummings def. Nicolas Dalby via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alejandro Perez def. Ian Entwistle via submission (punches) R1, 4:04
Mairbek Taisumov def. Damir Hadzovic via TKO (punches) R1, 3:44
Damian Stasiak def. Filip Pejic via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:16
Bojan Velickovic def. Alessio Di Chirico via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jared Cannonier def. Cyril Asker via KO (strikes) R1, 2:44
Lucas Martins def. Robert Whiteford via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Maryna Moroz vs. Cristina Stanciu
Round 1: Stanciu comes with a flying front kick moments in and pushes Moroz to the cage. Moroz starts looking for a guillotine and Stanciu drops back for a guillotine. Moroz is out and is throwing punches from above. Stanciu fires an upkick and gets to her feet. Moroz with a nice combo. Stanciu eats a left hook and Moroz takes her down. Moroz moves to the back of Stanciu. Round ends.
Round 2: Stanciu looks tired. Moroz fires a kick. Not much going on. Stanciu misses with a head kick. Stanciu plants a nice right hand. Moroz fires in a left and Stanciu drops guard. Stanciu rolls for a kneebar but Moroz defends, and moves to her back. Moroz chucks in some strikes from above. Stanciu works her out and up. Round ends.
Round 3: Moroz flicks in a nice jab. Moroz wings a big hook that misses. Stanciu fires in a body kick, and another front kick to the midsection. Heavy leg kick from Stanciu. They exchange punches and Stanciu sweeps Moroz to the mat. Moroz is working an armbar. Moroz is still going for it but Stanciu is defending. Final horn goes.
Maryna Moroz def. Cristina Stanciu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Round 1: Both light-heavyweights are winging hard shots. Pokrajac’s aggression is countered nicely with a takedown from Blachowicz. Latter is working from above. Pokrjaca gives up his back. Wow. Pokrajac shakes Blachowicz off and is on top. Blachowicz is looking for an armbar but Pokrajac defends. Shots from the latter. Pokrajac is looking to pass out of half guard. Pokrajac is in mount and begins working a choke. Round ends.
Round 2: Pokrajac comes out aggressively once again, pushes Blachowicz to the cage. Blachowicz works his way out. Nice hook from Blachowicz. They clinch up against the cage. Big punches from Blachowicz but Pokrajac fires back. Wow. Both men land huge shots. Pokrajac stumbles back into the cage. More big shots from each man. Blachowicz takes Pokrajac down briefly. Big left hand from Pokrajac lands but he gets taken down. Outstanding action. Blachowicz lands some punches from above. Pokrajac gets to his feet and takes a head kick that glances off. He shrugs it off. Pokrajac lands a hard uppercut. Round ends.
Round 3: Pokrajac charges in but takes a counter. Another check hook from Blachowicz. They clinch up against the cage. Wow. Both men chuck big shots. Blachowicz with a nicely timed double leg. Blachowicz is working from half guard, picking away with punches. Pokrajac needs to do something fast. More punches from Blachowicz. Final horn goes.
Jan Blachowicz def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
Round 1: Tybura with a kick to the body. Nice check hook from Johnson. Tybura misses with a big hook. Tybura lands a right. Johnson pushes Tybura to the cage. Johnson is working from the clinch with knees to the legs. Ref splits them up. Tybura fires in a right. Johnson plants a left. Latter misses with a huge hook. Round ends.
Round 2: Johnson with a couple of left straights. Then a bright hook that cuts Tybura. They clinch up. Tybura looks for a TD but Johnson shrugs it off. Tybura fires in a jab. Johnson lands a left. Latter with a 1 – 2. Action has slowed considerably. Tybura lands a front kick to the body. Wow. Series of big jabs from Johnson that snap Tybura’s head back. Round ends.
Round 3: Tybura with a beautifully timed takedown moments into the round. Wow. Johnson works his way out and up. Tybura shoots again but Johnson defends. Latter pushes Tybura to the cage. Stann reports that in between rounds Johnson was telling his corner that he has some sort of issue with his left arm. Tybura wings a headkick and rushes in. Johnson reverses and has Tybura against the cage. Tybura is throwing kicks much more this round. Johnson’s left eye is swelling up fast. Final horn goes.
Timothy Johnson def. Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou
Round 1: Blaydes lands a stiff jab to kick things off. Ngannou fires back with a right. Blaydes shoots in but Ngannou defends. They clinch up. Ngannou with an elbow on the break. Ngannou checks a leg kick. Ngannou wings a big left. Ngannou plants a hard left straight that makes Blaydes stumble. Ngannou sends Blaydes momentarily to the deck with a left hand and latter looks for the TD. They clinch up against the cage. Blaydes shoots in again and this time he gets the TD. Ngannou gets to his feet. Latter fires in a couple of punches. Round ends.
Round 2: Blaydes sticks a jab. Another hard jab from Blaydes. Ngannou fires back with a right. Wow. They trade big shots in the pocket. Right eye of Blaydes is badly swollen. Blaydes wings a big right that misses. Ngannou counters, but Blaydes gets the TD. Wow. Ngannou gets right back to his feet. Blaydes right eye appears to be completely shut now. Nasty. Ngannou plants another right. Round ends.
Round 3: The doctor is stopping the fight since Blaydes’ right eye is completely shut.
Francis Ngannou def. Curtis Blaydes via TKO (doctor stoppage) R2, 5:00
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Derrick Lewis
Round 1: Lewis fires a headkick that Gonzaga blocks, but it wobbles him nonetheless. Gonzaga changes levels, looks for a TD, and gets it. Looks like Gonzaga’s bleeding out of the nose. Gonzaga mounts and Lewis gives up his back. Wow Lewis gets to his feet. Hard elbow from Lewis to the head as Gonzaga pushes him against the cage. Gonzaga’s not doing much and the ref splits them up. Lewis fires in a big right and Gonzaga ducks under, clinches up. Gonzaga looks for the trip but can’t get it. Ref breaks them up again.Lewis charges with some huge bombs and Gonzaga goes crashing to the mat. Wow. That’s a wrap. Replay shows it was a right hand that ended Gonzaga’s night.
Derrick Lewis def. Gabriel Gonzaga via KO (punches) R1, 4:48
Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos
Round 1: Rothwell comes out, as per usual, with his arms out straight. They exchange jabs. Right hand to the body from JDS. Latter fires a big right that misses. Rothwell comes in with some punches of his own. JDS misses with an over hand right. Dos Santos goes to the body with a left. Right hand from Rothwell and a counter left from JDS. Leg kick from Rothwell. Latter fires in a hard right. Right hand from JDS but Rothwell eats it. Rothwell charges in with a couple of big shots. JDS digs to the body with a right. Round ends.
Round 2: Rothwell plants an over hand right. Hard leg kick from Rothwell. JDS fires in a right. Body kick from Rothwell. Another right from “Cigano”. Rothwell lands another leg kick. Dos Santos with a Superman punch. JDS jabs to the body again. Latter takes an eye poke and the fight’s temporarily stopped. Rothwell’s right eye is closing up. Front kick from JDS. Rothwell charges in but doesn’t connect. Wow. JDS cracks Rothwell with a huge right hand that wobbles him. A follow up front kick from JDS to the body momentarily puts Rothwell on the mat. Round ends.
Round 3: Dos Santos digs to the body again. Rothwell misses with a headkick. JDS goes to the body once more. Rothwell is still moving forward and JDS is looking to counter. Rothwell charges in but doesn’t land. Again he comes in but JDS moves away. Dos Santos with a couple of hard jabs. Rothwell’s right eye is looking really rough. JDS spins with a kick to the body, lands a follow up 1-2. Another kick to the body from the latter. JDS is really finding his groove now. Round ends.
Round 4: Rothwell comes and lefts a left. They both fire side kicks. Right from JDS lands again. Dos Santos tags Rothwell with another hard punch. Fight is really slipping away from Rothwell. Dos Santos just gets out of the way of a Rothwell high kick after eating a right. Rothwell’s bloodied up and JDS looks very fresh. The boxing clinic continues to JDS. Round ends after Rothwell lands a leg kick.
Round 5: Rothwell needs a stoppage to get the win. Rothwell plants a right hand. JDS continues to jab to the body, is still light on his feet. Another nice jab from dos Santos. Rothwell misses with a high kick and dos Santos fires a counter knee. Rothwell plants a leg kick but needs to do something fast. Rothwell rushes and fires a big left but JDS moves out. Nice check hook from JDS. Rothwell eats another right. Final horn goes. Impressive performance for JDS.
Junior Dos Santos def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)