The undercard for UFC Fight Nigh 26 started out with a bang, with the each of the first two fight ended by stoppage in the very first round. Check out our live blog for full live results.
James Vick v. Ramsey Nijem
James Vick made his UFC debut nearly a year after expected, as he was originally slated to enter the octagon back in June of 2012, but was pulled from the card due to the residual effects of a knockout he suffered in the semi-final round of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The time on the shelf didn’t slow him one bit, as he took advantage of a takedown attempt by Ramsey Nijem and locked up a tight guillotine choke to force the tap.
Winner: Vick, 1st Round Submission
Cody Donovan v. Ovince St. Preux
Next up came Cody Donovan and Ovince St. Preux, each making their second octagon appearance after winning in their first bout. St. Preux used his athleticism to earn a takedown, and was able to quickly knock his opponent out cold with powerful ground and pound. The former college football player is now 7-1 under the Zuffa banner.
Winner: St. Preux, 1st Round Knockout
Manvel Gamburyan v. Cole Miller
The Facebook portion of the prelims ended with a spirited fight between TUF Season 5 alumni Manny Gamburyan and Cole Miller. Gamburyan was outstruck on the feet, but his ability to earn takedowns in each round and control the pace on the ground earned him the unanimous decision victory. His ability to continue on in the fight was in jeopardy at the end of the first round, as a potentially illegal elbow to the back of the head of Gamburyan left him stunned. The ringside doctor determined he was fit to continue, and he picked up his second straight victory in the octagon.
Winner: Gamburyan, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision
Diego Brandao v. Daniel Pineda
The action continued on Fox Sports 1, with Diego Brandao and Daniel Pineda engaging in an aggressive, back and forth battle. Brandao got the best of the standup in the first, only to be mounted and nearly finished in the second. He was able to land the more significant strikes in the final round to earn a unanimous decision across the cards.
Winner: Brandao, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision
Mike Brown v. Steven Siler
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown returned to the octagon, taking on the misleadingly tough Steven Siler. It took just one misstep by his opponent for Siler to connect with a crisp uppercut, and he followed up with hammerfists to knock his opponent out cold. Siler moves to 5-1 in his UFC career.
Winner: Siler, 1st Round Knockout
Conor McGregor v. Max Holloway
In the most anticipated preliminary fight of the evening, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor took on the young but talented Max Holloway. The Irishmen put on a striking clinic for two rounds before taking the fight to the ground in the third. He was able to take Holloway down at will, and secured mount twice to ride out the round on top. Not the stunning finish most expected, but a dominant performance nonetheless. In the post-fight interview McGregor indicated that he had injured his knee in the second round, but it didn’t prevent him from earning another UFC victory
Winner: McGregor, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision
Michael McDonald v. Brad Pickett
The final preliminary fight saw former bantamweight title contender Michael McDonald square off against the fellow top-10 ranked fighter Brad Pickett in a fast paced battle. McDonald unleashed a flurry of punches that came close to finishing Pickett in the opening minute, but he was able to survive the round. Pickett earned a takedown early in the second, but McDonald showed his slick submission skills to lock up a tight triangle choke. He rebounded from his loss to Barao with an impressive performance that keep him right at the top of the division.
Winner: McDonald, 2nd Round Submission