UFC on FOX 22 is underway in Sacramento, California, and in the main event, Paige VanZant will take on fellow strawweight contender, Michelle Waterson.
Recaps of the main card bouts follow below.
Paul Craig def. Luis Henrique da Silva via submission (armbar) R2, 1:59
Mizuto Hirota def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Colby Covington def. Bryan Barberena via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30)
Alex Morono def. James Moontasri via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Josh Emmett def.. Scott Holtzman via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Leslie Smith def. Irene Aldana via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27
Eddie Wineland def. Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (punches) R1, 3:04
Hector Sandoval def. Fredy Serrano via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Sultan Aliev def. Bojan Velickovic via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry
Jouban came out with a steady diet of kicks, and also landed some hard punches on Perry. The latter, however, kept pressing forward, and continued to threaten with his big right. Round two saw more of the same, but late in the frame, Jouban dropped Perry with a nice left. Perry got back to his feet, but the knockdown likely cinched the round for Jouban. In round three, Jouban picked up the pace, and outscored Perry with punches and kicks.
Alan Jouban def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
Neither man was able to land any telling shots during the opening minutes of the bout, but then Faber sent Pickett crashing to the deck with a huge left hook. Faber proceeded to land several more punches and elbows from above, but Pickett managed to survive. Faber landed a hard left shortly into round two, but Pickett started to pick away at his opponent’s calf with kicks. Faber controlled more of the action, particularly since he scored several takedowns. In round three, Faber took Pickett down a couple more times, and worked his way to a UD win.
Urijah Faber def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall
Gall took Northcutt down not too long into the fight, and although he threatened with a guillotine attempt, the latter worked his way out. After doing so, it looked like Northcutt tossed out some trash talk….Gall, however, quickly took the fight back down with a single leg, before the opening round ended. Northcutt landed a couple of hard shots early in round two, but Gall sent “Super” to the deck with a counter. From there, a bloodied Gall quickly moved to Northcutt’s back and sunk in a fight ending, rear-naked-choke.
Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson
Waterson came out firing a steady stream of sidekicks, and then took VanZant to the floor with a beautiful throw. Waterson worked her way to VanZant’s back, and sunk in a rear-naked-choke. VanZant defended the choke valiantly for several moments, but eventually, she appeared to go out. Huge win for Waterson.
Michelle Waterson def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 3:21