UFC 172 is headlined by a Light Heavyweight title fight between incumbent champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. Before Jones and Teixeira throw down the UFC is broadcasting five preliminary bouts spread across Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The Fox Spors 1 portion of the preliminary card is headlined by a flyweight bout between former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez and #8 ranked Tim Elliot. Also on Fox Sports 1 are bouts between lightweights Takanori Gomi and Issac Vallie-Flag, women’s bantamweights Jessamyn Duke and Bethe Correia, and lightweights Danny Castillo and Charlie Brenneman. UFC Fight Pass features a bantamweight bout between TUF 18 Team Rousey member Chris Beal and UFC debutant Chris Williams.
You can catch all the preliminary action beginning at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on UFC Fight pass before transitioning to Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. SciFighting will also be providing live round by round coverage and results which you can take a look at below.
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1) 8 PM ET/5 PM PT:
Flyweight Bout: Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott
Round 1: Elliot runs out to start the fight and takes Benavidez down immediately. Benavidez gets to his feet but eats a knee on the way up. Frenetic pace to start the fight as Elliot takes down Elliot immediately. Elliot gets a crucifix from the back a la Jason Brillz vs. Little Nog. Benavidez escapes the position but Elliot remains in his guard. Benavidez pushes Elliot off but again eats another knee. Benavidez is landing strikes but Elliot is pushing forward and making thigns tough on the Team Alpha Male member. Another huge takedown from Elliot. A mad scramble ensues which results in Benavidez on top in Elliot’s half guard. Benavidez is searching for a guillotine choke but Elliot is using his hands a legs from keeping Benavidez from locking it up. Benavidez works to mount and locks up the choke! Elliot’s arms were locked up and he had to tap with his feet.
Official Result: Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliot via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:08 of round 1.
Lightweight Bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Round 1: Vallie-Flagg is the aggressor early and clinches with Gomi. Gomi reverses position and puts Vallie-Flagg against the cage before exiting the clinch. A straight left from Gomi briefly drops Vallie-Flagg but the American quickly recovers. Left hands from Gomi landing. Solid leg kick from Vallie-Flagg. Straight right form Vallie-Flagg lands and Gomi seems to be hurt. Vallie-Flagg pushes the pace but is unable to land anything significant. Gomi seems to have regained his witts and lands a solid jab. Vallie-Flagg tries to throw a head kick but slips and ends up on bottom. Vallie-Flagg lands a few elbows from the bottom. Gomi takes Vallie-Flagg’s back after he tries to get to his feet. Gomi is searching for a rear-naked choke but doesn’t have any hooks in which allow Vallie-Flagg to escape to his feet. Front kick from Vallie-Flag. A hard leg kick lands for Gomie then a solid right hand. The round ends with Vallie-Flagg landing a front kick to the body. Close round but SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Gomi.
Round 2: A right hand from Vallie-Flagg cracks Gomi’s skull. A brief pause in the action after some tape comes loose from Gomi’s glove. Gomi lands a huge left hand that pushes Vallie-Flagg back. Front kicks again from Vallie-Flagg. Gomi is landing the harder shots but Vallie-Flagg is bringing the volume. Straight right lands for Vallie-Flagg. Left hand then leg kick from Gomi. Jabs from Gomi landing. Vallie-Flagg is working the body kicks and they may be having an effect on Gomi. A left hook to the liver hurts Vallie-Flagg and Gomi swarms. Vallie-Flagg fires back and starts landing right hands on Gomi. A straight right lands for Vallie-Flagg. Gomi lands a three punch combination to the head and body of Vallie-Flagg. Gomi clinches and pushes Vallie-Flagg back to the cage. Kicks from Vallie Flagg landing but Gomi comes over the top with a left and slugs Vallie-Flagg. A huge left hand from Gomi rocks Vallie-Flagg with 10 seconds left. The fighters end the round in the clinch. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Gomi (20-18 Gomi).
Round 3: Gomi lands a solid left to the body to start the round. Vallie-Flagg lands a body kick but eats a looping right from Gomi. Vallie-Flagg pushes forward and lands a combo on Gomi. A right hand to the body seems to hurt Gomi as he falls to the mat. Vallie-Flagg swarms and lands a bevvy of punches before Gomi gets to his feet. The fighters clinch against the cage and jockey for position. Gomi lands a solid knee to the body of Vallie-Flagg. Gomi lands a hard uppercut and exits the clinch. The fighters engage in the center of the cage and wing punches. Vallie-Flagg clinches and pushes Gomi against the cage. The fighters exit the clinch and Gomi begins to whale on Vallie-Flagg. Vallie-Flagg’s face is a mess at this point; his left eye is completely swollen shut and his nose is gushing blood. The fighters clinch against the cage and Gomi takes Vallie-Flagg’s back. Vallie-Flagg reverses position and takes Gomi’s back. Vallie-Flagg lands a takedown, but ends up on bottom after searching for a submission. Gomi ends the round on top in Vallie-Flagg’s guard. Another close round but SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Gomi and the fight 30-27 Gomi. Don’t be surprised to see a split decision here.
Official Result: Takanori Gomi def. Issac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Jessamyn Duke vs. Bethe Correia
Round 1: Duke comes out pawing her jab early but eats a leg kick from Correia. Correia is throwing a lot of leg kicks but they are coming up short and very slow. Correia lands a lead left hook. Tentative start to the bout two mins in. Correia works her way into clinch position but gets hit with knees to the body before disengaging. A hard right lands for Duke but gets countered by a spinning back elbow form Correia. Leg kick from Duke lands but is countered by an overhand right from Correia. Correia clinches up with Duke, eats a few knees, and is nearly taken down by her taller foe. The fighters seperate and re-engage in the center of the cage. Straight right from Correia. 1-2 combo lands for Duke. Duke land a knee to the body but is unable to secure the muay thai clinch. The round ends with the fighters throwing punches. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Correia.
Round 2: Right hand from Duke is countered by a lead left from Correia. Duke is the much taller fighter here but is unable to take full advantage of her physical tools. Correia clinches with Duke and pushes her back to the cage. Duke throws Correia and goes for a guillotine choke but is unable to lock it up. Correia is now working from side control and lands a few punches to the back of Duke’s head. Duke rolls but gives her back up in the process. Duke works her way to her feet against the cage and once again throws Correia. Correia gets to her feet quickly and the fighters immediately start throwing punches in the center of the cage. A stiff left hook lands for Correia. Straight right lands for Duke. Correia is lighting Duke up with over hand right and leg kicks. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Correia (20-18 Correia).
Round 3: Correia is landing a lot of punches to open up the third a final round. Spinning back fist from Correia misses. Correia is being the aggressor in this fight. Left hooks form Correia. Great elbow from Duke. Duke grabs the muay thai clinch but eats 5 punches from Correia before she lets go of the position. Correia flurries on Duke but left herself open for a takedown. Duke briefly had Correia’s back but slipped and ended up on the bottom. Duke briefly looked to lock up a triangle choke but was unable to complete the submission. Referee Kevin Mulhall stands the women up with about 40 seconds left in the fight. The fighters throw strikes for the rest of the bout with Correia getting the better of the exchanges. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Correia and the fight 30-27 for Correia.
Official Result: Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Lightweight Bout: Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman
Round 1: Castillo fires off a hard inside leg kick to start things off. Another two hard leg kicks from Castillo. Right uppercut from Brenneman. “The Spaniard” shoots for a takedown against the cage and gets Castillo to the floor. Brenneman advancs directly into side control. Knees to the rib cage from Brenneman. Brenneman moves to mount and looks to lock up an armbar! Castillo escapes and moves directly to back control. Brenneman stands but begins to eat multiple knee to the legs. Castillo attempts to slam Brenneman but “The Spaniard” counters and escapes the attempt. The fighters disengage and move to the center of the Octagon. Castillo threw a hard straight to the body but ate a huge kick for his troubles. Body kick from Castillo. Brenneman shoots for a single leg takedown and gets Castillo down again. Castillo gets to his feet but gives up his back in the process. A reversal from Castillo results in him taking Brenneman’s back and he nearly locks up a rear naked choke to win the round. Upon further review it seems as if Brenneman was able to escape the hold and end the round in Castillo’s guard. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Brenneman.
Round 2: A huge right hand puts Brenneman to sleep 21 seconds into the round! Amazing finish from Castillo.
Official Result: Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman via knockout (punch) at 0:21 of round 2.
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass) 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT:
Bantamweight Bout: Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams via knockout (flying knee) at 1:51 of round 2.