Tonight the UFC heads to Atlantic City, New Jersey with UFC Fight Night 128. In the main event, Kevin Lee will enter enemy territory as he takes on Edson Barboza in a lightweight bout. Lee missed weight yesterday, coming in at 157 pounds.
Despite Lee missing weight, the fight will go on, however two other fights were lost. Magomed Bibulatov withdrew from his fight with Ulka Sasaki citing a back injury. Then Leslie Smith refused to fight Aspen Ladd who came in 1.8 pounds over the bantamweight limit.
Lee and Barboza put on a back and forth brawl. Lee was using his grappling to get the better of Barboza. Then Barboza seriously hurt and clipped Lee with a kick. Lee managed to survive and later finished Barboza in the main event.
Frankie Edgar will make a quick turnaround from his recent fight with Brian Ortega and will meet Cub Swanson in a rematch from a fight that took place several years ago. What a horrible week for Edgar. His father passed away last week and was laid to rest on Thursday. Also, his grandfather passed away this week. Two family tragedies while trying to make weight and prepare for a fight.
Tony Martin defeated Keita Nakamura in the opening sole bout on UFC Fight Pass with a unanimous decision. The card then moved to FS1 with Corey Anderson taking on Patrick Cummins. Under the tutelage of Ricardo Almeida, Mark Henry, and Nick Catone, Anderson dominated the striking, wrestling and grappling over Cummins en route to to a unanimous decision win.
Siyar Bahadurzada hit Luan Chagas with a beautiful front kick to the stomach area. The kick forced Chagas to turn and begin to drop and that is when Bahadurzada connected with a well timed uppercut and finished the fight by way of knockout.
What a great start to the UFC career for Ricky Simon as defeated Merab Dvalishvili in what was a controversial ending to the fight. Simon applied a guillotine to Dvalishvili and the buzzer rang to end the fight. It appears as if Dvalishvili went out after the bell. The referee and athletic commission declared Simon the winner via TKO at the end of the round and the fight.
Ryan LaFlare and Alex Garcia headlined the preliminary bouts on FS1 with a welterweight matchup. LaFlare wins the fight unanimously although the combatants were stood up several times by referee Marc Goddard for not advancing.
Sparta, New Jersey’s Jim Miller had an opportunity to become the winningest lightweight in UFC history as he entered the octagon for his 29th UFC appearance. Unfortunately things did not go his way and Miller was knocked out by a knee which was followed by an unnecessary big right hand. Hooker wins by first round knockout.
Following the fight it was announced that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July. After the announcement Serra headed to the octagon to corner Aljamain Stering who defeated Brett Johnson unanimously.
Former two-division World Series of Fighting champion David Branch bounced back from the Luke Rockhold loss to make quick work of rising Brazilian middleweight Thiago Santos.
COMPLETE UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 RESULTS BELOW:
Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET)
Kevin Lee defeated Edson Barboza – via TKO – Round 5, 2:18
Frankie Edgar defeated Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Justin Willis defeated Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
David Branch defeated Thiago Santos via knockout – Round 1, 2:30
Aljamain Sterling defeated Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dan Hooker defeated Jim Miller via knockout – Round 1, 3:00
Preliminary Bouts (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Ryan LaFlare defeated Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricky Simon defeated Merab Dvalishvili via TKO – Round 3, 5:00
Siyar Bahadurzada defeated Luan Chagas via knockout – Round 2, 2:40
Corey Anderson defeated Patrick Cummins via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Preliminary Bouts (UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Tony Martin defeated Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)