Here are the results and Play-by-Play for the UFC 170 preliminary card.
The UFC Fight Pass prelims begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m PT with two lightweight bouts including former number one featherweight contender, Erik Koch who makes his 155-pound debut.
The FOX Sports 1 card begins an hour later at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT with four more fights and two more hours of action before the main card begins on PPV.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1) 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye
Round 1: Jessica Eye controlled Davis nicely in the first round after a nice scrap on the feet. Both women did well to counter the other with stiff shots. Davis finished up the round with the fight’s first takedown and smothered Eye until the first round ended.
Round 2: Davis used her jig-jitsu and top control to keep Eye on the mat for a majority of the round. She hit her when she could and ended another round strong and was likely ahead on the judges scorecards heading in to the last round.
Round 3: Eye’s boxing was turned on in the third round and she countered Davis with nice hooks. Davis kept her at bay until Eye came in and, while being held in the clinch of Davis, hit her with four big punches, all of which connected cleanly. They swung to the finish to cap off a prelim card with exciting decisions.
Official Decision: Alexis Davis defeats Jessica Eye via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz
Round 1: It was a product of Joe Silva’s great matchmaking in the opening round between these two bantamweights. Strong punches were landed from both and thudding leg kicks from Munhoz bruised up Assuncao’s lead leg. Assuncao’s accuracy went through the roof at the end of the round and would land combo after combo on Munhoz, all with varied strikes in each.
Round 2: Munhoz rolled to grand an heel hook on Assuncao but Assuncao escaped and stood above him dropped hard, wound up punches. Munhoz scrambled after catching a few and got back up. Assuncao ducked under a spinning heel kick to trip Munhoz back down. Assuncao finished round 2 strong with hard punches to head in to round 3 with added momentum.
Round 3: Munhoz kept walking forward even if he didn’t land significant shots while inside. It gave the appearance of him controlling the fight. Assuncao was landing counters but again, he was backing up the whole time which could weigh heavy in the minds of the judges. Assuncao shot in for a takedown at the 10-second mark and could have sealed the fight for him.
Official Decision: Raphael Assuncao defeats Pedro Munhoz (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Gibson
Round 1: Sterling fought with his hands down and with an unrelenting pace. His striking was fluid and he found his range early on. Gibson initiated the ground game with a takedown of Sterling but he soon paid for it as Sterling brought Gibson down hard soon after.
Sterling sat on top of Gibson in his guard. Sterling’s speed on his feet helped him grab ahold of Gibson whenever he pleased.
Round 2: Gibson told his corner after round 1 that he thought he had won the stand-up game. Despite that, he grabbed Sterling and put him a clinch against the cage for almost two minutes and then slammed Sterling for big points in round 2. Sterling walked back to his feet and freed himself. Gibson got back control for a moment on Sterling but again was overpowered and Gibson to get on top. Gibson locked in a guillotine attempt while Sterling lifted him until Gibson’s arms couldn’t hold him there any longer.
Round 3: Another takedown for Sterling, who made it look like a light training session, got him in control once more. Sterling was put in a tight d’arce choke but outlasted the arms of Sterling who had to let go. Sterling isolated the far arm of Gibson while in his half-guard and used his right hand to tenderize Gibson’s ribs. In escaping tha he grabbed the back and sunk a face crank in on Gibson. Sterling ended the fight in back control of a postured up Gibson.
Official Decision: Aljamain Sterling defeats Cody Gibson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo
Round 1: Makovsky’s foot work early combined with slick feints made easy work of Sampo in round 1. He also got the first takedown as he lifted Sampo up and slammed him to the mat. He stood above Sampo and avoided an up kick to drop back in the guard of Sampo. Makovsky was threatened with a submission but escaped and ended up back on top.
Makovsky was his on the by Sampo with a flurry of shots. Sampo’s confidence grew with the landed strikes.
Round 2: Makovsky opened with a knee to the face of Sampo. He went on to briefly drag Sampo to the mat but couldn’t hold him down. It didn’t take Mavosky long for another shot at it though and on his next successful takedown he held Sampo on his back while he worked for dominant positions.
Round 3: Sampo was able to get Makovsky on his back when both men attempted body kicks as Sampo pushed an off-balance Makovsky. Sampo used the cage to cram Makovsky in to the mat for a good amount of time. Makovsky used his wrestling to get his hands and feet planted and sprung up and out of the control of Sampo. The score was evened up with takedowns in round 3 with Makovsky tripping Sampo to he ground with just over a minute left.
Official Decision: Zach Makovsky defeats Josh Sampo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Online Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT
Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Round 1: Koch was immaculate form in his return to lightweight as he dominated Rafaello Oliveira with a first round finish. Koch was a laser in his counter strikes and dropped Oliveira with a straight left counter. He stood above Oliveira and landed nearly 10 unanswered punches to the head before Yves Lavigne stopped the fight.
Official Decision: Erik Koch defeated Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (punches) at 1:24 of Round 1.
Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Ernest Chavez
Round 1: Chavez put his undefeated record on the line in this bout. He looked good on the feet early and threw several head kicks that just narrowly missed. Chavez was able to get on top after Cedeno rolled for a leg of Chavez, whose grappling shine as he took control quickly. He kept control and finished round one strong.
Round 2: Chavez again took control in the second round and slammed Cedeno to the mat. He again asserted is grappling dominance and never let up.
Round 3: Cedeno was tired. He waded in violently to try and finish the fight and swing favor from the judges in his direction. He kept his hands down and surged late in the round, running toward Chavez and finishing a close fight in the clinch.
Official Decision: Ernest Chavez defeats Yosdenis Cedeno via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
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