The preliminary card is underway for UFC 202, which is going down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In tonight’s main event, Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will battle for a second time.
A compelling bantamweight bout between Cody Garbrandt and Takeya Mizugaki will close out the prelims.
Let’s jump to the action.
Fight Pass Prelims
Colby Covington def. Max Griffin via TKO (punches) R3, 2:18
Marvin Vettori def. Alberto Uda via submission (head-and-arm-guillotine) R1, 4:30
Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny
Round 1: Larkin comes with a leg kick and follows up with a right. Wow. Larkin fires in another kick. Front kick to the body from Larkin briefly puts Magny on the mat. Impressive. Larkin wings in a big overhand right. Now Magny looks for the TD but can’t get it. More kicks from Larkin to the calf of Magny and he’s feeling it. Larkin is picking Magny apart. Latter appears to be compromised from all the kicks to his calf. They clinch up briefly. Another kick to Magny’s calf and he’s in trouble. Action spills to the mat but Larkin gets back up. Magny shoots but eats some massive elbows. Wow. That’s it. Ref stops the fight. What an impressive win for Larkin.
Lorenz Larkin def. Neil Magny via TKO (elbows) R1, 4:08
Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos
Round 1: They trade jabs and leg kicks. Right hand from Casey lands. Nice leg kick by Casey. Markos flurries in and they clinch up. Markos scores a nice throw and is in sidemount. Casey is trying to move to the back of Markos. Wow. Casey gets to the back of Markos and is chucking down shots. Markos takes a big elbow. Casey is almost in full mount. Latter loses position and wins up on the bottom. Wow. Casey rolls into an armbar and that’s a wrap. Fantastic performance.
Cortney Casey def. Randa Markos via submission (armbar) R1, 4:34
Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov
Round 1: Interesting match-up here between McGregor’s teammate in Lobov, versus Diaz’s training partner in Avila. Lobov misses with a big uppercut and hook. Avila fires a kick to the body. Leg kick by Lobov. Hard body kick by Lobov. Avila isn’t doing much so far. Latter fires an overhand that misses. Another legkick by Lobov. More legkicks by Lobov. And another one. Lobov plants a left. Avila misses with a right. Lobov continues to offer much more volume. Round ends.
Round 2: Lobov starts it off with a legkick. More legkicks from Lobov. Avila has to start checking those. Avila checks a legkick after landing a jab to the body. Hard right by Lobov lands. Avila fires in a right. Wow. Lobov with some taunting. Avila digs a right to the body. They clinch up. Round ends. Avila’s leg is all bruised up.
Round 3: Avila needs to stop Lobov in order to pull this out. Lobov has a cut on his forehead. Ref says it was due to a headbutt. Doc is in to look at it. Another leg kick by Lobov. Latter fires a headkick but slips to the mat. Avila gets on top but Lobov works his way back up. Lobov continues to outstrike Avila. Final horn goes.
Artem Lobov def. Chris Avila via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Round 1: Pennington is moving forward and Phillips is looking to counter. Hard leg kick by the latter. Pennington sticks a jab. They clinch up. More work from the clinch. They break briefly but Pennington gets the TD. Phillips starting working her way up and threatens with a guillotine. Pennington defends. Round ends.
Round 2: They clinch up along the cage not long into the round. Phillips gets the TD but is battling a guillotine attempt. Phillips defends and Pennington gets back to her feet. More clinch work. Pennington fires in a hard knee to the body. Wow. Pennington tosses Phillips to the ground with authority. Round ends.
Round 3: Pennington fires in a jab. Pennington charges in and pushes Phillips to the cage. Pennington gets the TD. Phillips gives up her back. Wow. Pennington rolled for an arm-triangle-choke and Phillips defends. Latter is on top. Pennington gets back to her feet. Final horn goes.
Raquel Pennington def. Elizabeth Phillips via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Round 1: Garbrandt plants a legkick. Mizugaki eats a counter but lands a legkick of his own. Wow. They’re winging big hooks. Mizugaki goes down. Garbrandt swarms in and “Big” John McCarthy stops it. Mizugaki was still scrambling as McCarthy jumped in but replay shows Mizugaki had gone temporarily limp shortly before.
Cody Garbrandt def. Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (punches) R1, 0:48