The UFC’s very, very busy July schedule is coming to a close today in Atlanta, as UFC 201 is underway at Philips Arena. Tonight’s event will see welterweight champ Robbie Lawler take on Tyron Woodley in the headliner.
Let’s jump to the FOX Sports 2 prelim action.
Fight Pass Prelims
Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (punches) R1, 2:27
Michael Graves vs.. Bojan Velickovic declared majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval
Round 1: Sandoval opens up with some kicks. Wow. Sandoval is just winging punches. Reis counters with a TD. Sandoval gets back to his feet but Reis takes him down. Sandoval scrambles out. Reis takes him down again and has his back. Reis is hunting for the choke. He sinks the rear-naked-choke and that’s it.
Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 1:49
Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton
Round 1: Grabowski comes out and misses with a big right. Hamilton flurries in with some huge shots. Grabowski goes down in a heap. That’s a wrap. Wow. Replay shows it was a couple of huge uppercuts that put Grabowski out.
14 second KO! Crazy.
Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via KO (punches) R1, 0:14
Jorge Masvidal vs. Ross Pearson
Round 1: Pearson misses with a head kick. Nice inside leg kick from Pearson. They trade leg kicks. Masvidal goes high with a kick but it’s blocked. Masvidal plants a right. Pearson sticks the jab. Masvidal threatens with a knee. Masvidal attempts a flying knee but winds up on his back. Masvidal scrambles to his feet. Knees from the clinch by Masvidal. Good head movement from both welterweights. Masvidal likely has landed more shots. Round ends.
Round 2: Pearson with a leg kick. Masvidal is flashing a nice jab. Wow. Masvidal cracks Pearson with a huge hook and he hits the deck. Pearson is trying to defend the swarm from above. Pearson gets to his feet. Wow. This is nuts. Masvidal starts to taunt. Pearson seems okay. Latter lands a hook. Body kick by Masvidal. Front kick from Masvidal sends Pearson to the floor momentarily. Pearson catches a body kick and takes Masvidal down. Latter gets back up. Pearson is pressing forward but Masvida is countering well. Round ends.
Round 3: Weird. During the break, Pearson went to the wrong corner and was acting like fight was done. So, Pearson may be out of it. Pearson chucks a big hook but misses. Pearson plants a hook. Action has slowed somewhat. Pearson is still moving forward and is looking to land the big hook. Nice leg kick from Pearson. Latter needs to do something big, fast. Hard knee to the body by Masvidal. Pearson misses with a hook. Nice body kick by Masvidal. Final horn goes.
Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Round 1: Krylov with a quick kick to the body. Krylov comes with another hard kick and Herman counters with a left. Spinning body kick by Krylov. Krylov lands a right and they clinch up against the fence. They break. Krylov continues to fire in kicks. Nice left by Herman. Leg kick by Krylov is countered by Herman and they hit the floor. Wow. Krylov explodes back to his feet and starts firing in kicks and punches. The kicks of Krylov are a serious problem for Herman. Krylov sticks a hard jab. Herman changes levels but can’t get the TD. Another hard kick from Krylov is blocked by Herman. Latter wings a big hook but misses. Round ends. All Krylov.
Round 2: Herman needs to change things up. Hard leg kick by Krylov. Wow. Krylov cracks Herman with a head kick and the latter is out cold. Krylov continues to impress.
Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via KO (head kick) R2, 0:40