Tonight, at UFC on FOX 9, Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will battle once again for the Flyweight championship. Before the main card begins, however, a stacked undercard will set the tone for the show.
Multiple intriguing matchups include Scott Jorgensen vs Zach Makovsky, Bobby Green vs Pat Healy, Danny Castillo vs Edson Barboza, and more. The main event of the prelims is a Welterweight battle between Ryan LaFlare and Court McGee. LaFlare, the late replacement for Kelvin Gastelum, will fight for the second time in as many months.
Prelim Card Official Results:
Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare
Court McGee and Ryan LaFlare slugged it out early in round 1. Nothing to note other than some fun grappling exchanges. The round was incredibly close and could go either way. LaFlare picked up the pace in round 2, landing some nice counters. He took Court down and landed some ground and pound before Court got back to his feet. LaFlare controlled the entire round, and bloodied up Court badly. The third round was more of the same. Both men had nice exchanges, but LaFlare looked to get the better of Court on the feet. Court could never really establish the takedowns as LaFlare’s reversals and defense was fantastic. Court finished the fight on top, but it should be 29-28 LaFlare.
Official Decision: Ryan LaFlare defeats Court McGee by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza
After being stuffed on a few of his initial takedowns, Castillo nailed Barboza with a hard right hand that completely staggered Barboza. Castillo went in for the kill, and the ref looked close to stopping the fight multiple times. Castillo got on top of Barboza and was raining down elbows before almost locking up the rear naked choke. Barboza got out, but could not get to his feet as Castillo continued the ground and pound. In the second round, Barboza opened up with his striking as Castillo slowed significantly. Hard leg kicks and body kicks continued to land for Barboza. Barboza hurt Castillo with a left hook, and Barboza locked in a D’arce choke, but could not finish it. In the third round, Castillo got hurt from a beautiful spinning back kick. Barboza continued battering Castillo’s legs and body while stuffing Castillo’s takedowns. Both men showed a lot of heart in that fight. Great job by both men.
Official Decision: Edson Barboza defeats Danny Castillo by Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy
This fight was a barn burner. Healy and Green slugged it out for three gritty rounds. The first round was a display of Bobby Green’s speed and striking. Green was picking Healy apart with stinging jabs and counter hooks. Green seemed to slow in the middle of round two as Healy put on relentless pressure. The third round saw a few exchanges from both men, but Green had slowed significantly. Green was able to get a late takedown, but was reversed. Healy rained down ground and pound for a strong finish in the last 15 seconds.
Official Decision: Bobby Green defeats Pat Healy by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky
The first round was fought at a frenetic pace. Makovsky was landing some nice combinations, and hurt Jorgensen badly. Jorgensen was completely staggered, but survived. The second round was much closer with Jorgensen stringing striking and takedowns together. In the third round, Zach hit a nice single leg, but was reversed. They exchanged in some fantastic scrambles before ultimately getting back to the feet. Makovsky got mount about a minute later after another scramble. Jorgensen flipped over and Makovsky got back mount. Makovsky was fishing for the rear naked choke, but could not get it as the fight ended. This was a fun fight to watch.
Official Decision: Zach Makovsky defeats Scott Jorgensen by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sam Stout vs. Cody McKenzie
This fight was all Sam Stout from round 1. McKenzie got an early takedown, but could not get another for the entirety of the fight. Stout picked McKenzie apart, nailing McKenzie with hard body shots. Stout never really went hard for the finish, but he gets the unanimous decision victory.
Official Decision: Sam Stout defeats Cody McKenzie by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling
The first round was all Trujillo as he mixed it up on the feet. He staggered Bowling multiple times with powerful hooks and perfectly placed knees. Trujillo was also able to land a nice takedown as well. In the second round, Trujillo continued dominating on the feet before taking Bowling down. After hurting Bowling with a hard left on the mat, Trujillo poured it on. As Bowling got to his feet, he was blasted with a hard knee and another 1-2, forcing the ref to call it.
Official Decision: Abel Trujillo defeats Roger Bowling by TKO (strikes), Round 2 (1:35)
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Alptekin Ozkilic
This fight was nothing to write home about. The first round was Uyenoyama being relentless with takedowns. Ultimately, Ozkilic reversed him, but let Uyenoyama up. A few exchanges on the feet, and a trip takedown for Ozkilic marked the end of the round. The second round was more of the same, but this time Ozkilic was able to maintain some top pressure, before being stood up from the refs. The third round was Ozkilic landing some powerful shots that stunned Uyenoyama. He mixed in a few takedowns and ground and pound to take the fight on my card.
Official Decision: Alptekin Ozkilic defeats Darren Uyenoyama by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)