UFC Fight Night 98 is underway in Mexico City, and the card will feature a pivotal lightweight fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson.
Preliminary Card Results
Erik Perez def. Felipe Arantes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joe Soto def. Marco Beltran via submission (heel hook) R1, 1:37
Max Griffin def. Erick Montano via TKO (punches) R1, 0:54
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Henry Briones via TKO (spinning back-fist) R3, 2:33
Sam Alvey def. Alex Nicholson (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Polo Reyes def. Jason Novelli via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Enrique Barzola def. Chris Avila via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Alexa Grasso vs Heather Jo Clark
Grasso started to tag Clark with heavy strikes midway of the opening round. For a couple of moments, it looked like the bout might be stopped as Grasso poured on punches, but Clark survived. In round two, a seemingly recovered Clark had a much more competitive round. Clark pressed forward for much of round three, but Grasso repeatedly landed a stinging jab and her right hand. Late in the round she also scored a takedown.
Alexa Grasso def. Heather Jo Clark (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Beneil Dariush vs Rashid Magomedov
Dariush stayed busy with body kicks throughout the fight, and also punished Magomedov with knees from the clinch. The latter, however, continued to fire back at the lightweight contender throughout. After the competitive fight, which saw neither man in trouble at any point, Dariush was awarded the UD win.
Beneil Dariush def. Rashid Magomedov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Martin Bravo vs Claudio Puelles
Bravo and Puelles came out aggressively, and the latter looked to take the bout down on several occasions with single leg takedowns. Puelles was able to take Bravo down a couple of times, but he was unable to keep the action there. In round two, Bravo landed two, crunching punches to the liver which dropped Puelles to the mat, and ended the fight. With the win, Bravo won the latest TUF Latin America competition.
Martin Bravo def. Claudio Puelles via TKO (punches) R2, 1:55
Ricardo Lamas vs Charles Oliveira
Lamas planted some shots early on, but Oliveira was able to take the fight down, where he had the featherweight on the defensive. As the opening round came to a close, Oliveira was working on a rear-naked-choke. Oliveira took Lamas down not long into round two, but soon after, he found himself ensnared in a guillotine choke. Oliveira attempted to defend, but after a couple of moments, he tapped out.
Ricardo Lamas def. Charles Oliveira via submission (guillotine choke) R2, 2:13
Diego Sanchez vs Marcin Held
Held got the better of the early striking exchanges, and after Sanchez shot in, the latter was forced to defend a nasty, looking choke. To do so, Sanchez actually walked up the cage and spun out. In round two, Held rolled for a leglock, and after Sanchez defended, he spent the remainder of the round on his back. Held went looking for a takedown in round three, but once again, he wound up on the bottom. Sanchez controlled the top position for the remainder of the bout and landed several hard elbows from above.
Diego Sanchez def. Marcin Held via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Rafael dos Anjos vs Tony Ferguson
Dos Anjos came out as the aggressor, as per usual, and appeared to be getting the better of the exchanges early on. But, Ferguson began to find his range and cracked the former 155 champ with some telling shots. In round three, dos Anjos ate some punches early on and was cut by his right eye, but as the round proceeded he tagged Ferguson with several solid shots. Round four saw both men plants some hard shots, but Ferguson’s fluidity and dynamic movement continued to give RDA problems. As round five came to a close, RDA was a bloody mess, and there was little doubt Ferguson would receive the decision win.
Tony Ferguson def. Rafael Dos Anjos via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)