The UFC 168 card begins right here on Fansided, with the early prelims. In the first two fights of the night we have a Welterweight and Featherweight clash.
In the first fight of the evening, Featherweights Estevan Payan and Robbie Peralta will throw down. Payan (14-4, 0-1 UFC), is looking to rebound from his bloody loss to Jeremy Stephens back in May. Peralta (16-4, 2-1-0-1 UFC) is returning to the Octagon after losing to Akira Corassani back in April.
Bobby Voelker (24-10, 0-2 UFC) is looking to get his first UFC win over TUF Brazil competitor, William Macario. Macario (6-1, 0-1 UFC) is also searching for his first win inside the Octagon after losing to Leonardo Santos back in June. Could this be either man’s last chance to impress the UFC brass and keep their job?
William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker
Macario started very hot on the feet. He was landing at will, tagging Voelker over and over. Macario was completely picking Voelker apart at range with a strong right jab. A strong overhand right hurt Voelker badly, but Macario stayed patient. Macario got a takedown, but Voelker got right back to his feet. In the second round Voelker was much more aggressive, but could not really hit Macario. Macario got the takedown, but Voelker got right back to his feet. Macario opened up on Voelker with an incredibly efficient combination. Elbows, knees, and punches are landing at will for Macario. The referee stopped the fight momentarily to check on Voelker’s cuts. Voelker’s face is a mess at this point. The fight continued, and Voelker came out aggressively before the round ended. The third round was more of the same from Macario. Macario’s striking was incredible tonight as he utilized a bevy of strikes. Voelker really showed a lot of heart making it to the final bell. This was a dominating performance from Macario, and he is someone to look out for in the future.
Official Decision: William Macario defeats Bobby Voelker by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27. 30-27)
Estevan Payan vs. Robert Peralta
Peralta opened up with some striking, before getting the early takedown. Payan was able to get up a few moments later, but was taken down again. A nice sweep by Payan landed him in side control on top of Peralta. After some ground and pound, Peralta got to his feet as the round ended. The first half of the second round was fought on the feet with Peralta winging wide punches. Payan got a takedown with about 2 minutes to go. After some ground and pound, Peralta got to his feet, and worked Payan in the clinch on the fence. In between rounds, Peralta’s corner told him that he has to get the KO to win. Peralta comes out swinging and gets the KO his coaches just asked for. Fun fight to start the night.
Official Decision: Robbie Peralta defeats Estevan Payan by KO Round 3 (0:12)
The fights now move onto Fox Sports 1 for the UFC 168 prelims. Here is what is scheduled:
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Uriah Hall vs. Chris Leben
- Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Dennis Siver
- Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Howard