UFC 228 was held tonight from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and was headlined by UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defending against rising star and challenger Darren Till. Did Woodley make a statement tonight as the defending champion or what? Woodley submits his challenger in the second round and proclaims himself as one of the best ever.
Yesterday, the co-main event of the scheduled bout between Nicco Montano, who won the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title last year, and former bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko, was scrapped from the fight card after Montano was rushed to the hospital. UFC President Dana White later said that Montano will be stripped of the title and that Shevchenko will fight an opponent to be named later at a later date. That fight will be for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title.
UFC lightweight and longtime veteran Jim Miller made organizational history tonight when he became the first man to compete 30 times inside the octagon. He surpassed Michael Bisping and Jeremy Stephens to become the record holder. WHAT A FANTASTIC FIGHT WIN FOR MILLER. The New Jersey native rocks Alex White early, continues the ground and pound, bloodies him up, and finishes the fight in less than a minute and a half by way of rear-naked choke.
The 14-fight event kicks off with five bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary-card bouts follow on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Roberto Sanchez and Jarred Brooks kicked off the fight card on UFC Fight Pass. Brooks worked for a submission on the leg of his opponent but after the attempt did not work, the story of the first round was Sanchez keeping his opponent’s back up against the cage. In the second frame just the opposite, Sanchez pulls guard and Brooks gets on top and controls the round without really landing any significant damage. One round a piece thus far. ‘The Monkey God’ Brooks gets the fight down to the ground in the third and begins the ground and pound. Sanchez is cut late in the round and Brooks should win a decision. Brooks took this fight on just five days notice and performed well.
A bantamweight bout between Irene Aldana and Lucie Pudilova immediately followed Brooks’ victory. What a fantastic first round between these two ladies. The redness on the face of Pudilova is apparent but she is relentless in pushing Aldana back. In the final 20 seconds the women exchange strikes in a strong end to the round with Pudilova landing a kick and Aldana hitting a spinning backfist. Pudilova continues to take punishment in the second round while continuing to push the pace. Aldana attempts a takedown to close out the second round but Pudilova’s defense is solid and she thwarts the attempt. Aldana wins a split decision in a bout where both women are bloodied. Amazing fight.
Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego Sanchez said earlier this week that his time for a UFC title run is now…. and he may very well be right. Sanchez dominated Craig White for three full rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.
The hard-hitting Darren Stewart did not look himself in the opening bout on FS1 as he took on Charles Byrd. Byrd was finding success in the stand up against Stewart, taking the first round in the process. In round two, Byrd came on strong early on and then all of a sudden out of nowhere comes Stewart, lighting Byrd up on his feet and knocking him out with an elbow behind the year. Come from behind victory for Stewart.
Geoff Neal gets a huge knockout by way of head kick over Frank Camacho in the second round of their scheduled three round affair.
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Serra-Longo standout Aljamain Sterling made it a point to put away Cody Stamann. Stamann said that he was confident he would knock Sterling out. Sterling used submission attempt after submission attempt before finishing the fight with a kneebar in the second round to get the victory.
How impressive was Tatiana Suarez? Coming in to UFC 228 against former strawweight champ Carla Esparza and dominating her for three rounds, finishing her in the final frame by way of technical knockout. Who can handle this pressure at 115 pounds?
The first fight on pay-per-view saw Abdul Razak Alhassan defeating Nike Price in under 45 seconds by knockout. WOW!
Jimmie Rivera picks up yet another win as he defeats John Dodson via unanimous decision. His only UFC loss comes in his last fight against Marlon Moraes.
How about Zabit Magomedsharipov? Coming up with the second kneebar of the night. Magomedsharipov submits Brandon Davis in the second.
Jessica Andrade made a statement at strawweight with a first round knockout over Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the co-main event. WOW!!!
Complete UFC 228 results below:
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Tyron Woodley defeated Darren Till via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2, 4:19 – for welterweight title
Jessica Andrade defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via KO – Round 1, 1:58
Zabit Magomedsharipov defeated Brandon Davis via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 3:46
Jimmie Rivera defeated John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Abdul Razak Alhassan defeated Niko Price via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:43
FS1 Preliminary Card
Tatiana Suarez defeated Carla Esparza via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:33
Aljamain Sterling defeated Cody Stamann via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 3:42
Geoff Neal defeated Frank Camacho via KO – Round 2, 1:23
Darren Stewart defeated Charles Byrd via TKO – Round 2, 2:17
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Diego Sanchez defeated Craig White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jim Miller defeated Alex White via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:29
Irene Aldana defeated Lucie Pudilova via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jarred Brooks defeated Roberto Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)