Super Bowl weekend is here, and to kick off the festivities the UFC has put together a stellar pay per view event. UFC 169 features two title bouts in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions respectively. Before the pay per view card starts, however, MMA fans will be treated to a stacked preliminary card.
First up on the docket is the UFC Fight Pass prelims. The Fight Pass prelims will showcase three fights, and four fighters making their UFC debuts. In the main event of the Fight Pass prelims, TUF 17 veteran, Clint Hester, will look for his third straight victory inside the Octagon. He will be taking on UFC newcomer, Andy Enz. Enz’s name my sound familiar if you watched TUF 17. In the fight to get into the house, Enz was defeated by Uriah Hall by decision. Although he did not make it into the house, he has finally made it to the big stage.
Clint Hester vs Andy Enz
Hester hurt Enz with a big left hook twice in the early going, but Enz survived. Hester was throwing some big haymakers, but was not landing. Enz clipped Hester late in the round with a head kick, but could not follow it up. Hester got a big takedown early on in the second round. Hester landed some ground and pound before Enz got to his feet. Hester’s pace slowed significantly in this round. After some solid exchanges on the feet, Hester got another takedown. As Enz got to his feet, Hester landed a head kick and a right hand to the body. The third round was mostly contested on the feet. Both men put together solid combinations, but nothing of real worth. This was a solid fight.
Official Decision: Clint Hester defeats Andy Enz by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Rashid Magomedov vs Tony Martin
Martin looked for the takedown early and ultimately got it directly into side control. Martin attacked with a kimura, but transitioned into an armbar. The armbar was very deep, but Magomedov scrambled out and refused to tap. The armbar would have tapped most fighters, but Rashid fought out of it. In the beginning of the second round, Martin attempted a lateral drop, but was reversed by Magomedov. Magomedov then landed some ferocious ground and pound before Martin was able to escape using a butterfly sweep. The rest of the round was closely contested on the feet. Early on in the third round Magomedov nailed Martin with a hard right. Martin went for the takedown immediately after, but Magomedov’s defense was solid. Magomedov countered Martin’s aggressiveness with a deep guillotine choke. Martin used the butterfly guard to defend the choke, but Magomedov landed on top. Magomedov let Martin get to his feet and hurt him with a head kick. Martin went right back to attempting a takedown, but could not finish it. The ref broke them out of the clinch with a minute to go. The ref stopped the bout momentarily for the doctor to check on Martin’s cuts. When the fight resumed, Magomedov attacked with leg kicks to the body. They clinched momentarily, but broke away as the final bell rang.
Official Decision: Rashid Magomedov defeats Tony Martin by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny vs Gasan Umalatov
Magny came out in the first round very aggressively. Magny was putting together nice combinations on the feet, but was taken down. Moments later, Magny got to his feet and landed a nice upkick. Umalatov could not really put anything together on the feet as Magny picked him apart from the outside. At the end of the round, Magny got the takedown and Umalatov’s back, but could not finish the choke before the round ended. The second round was more of the same, with Umalatov basically fighting defensively for the majority of the round. At the end of the round, Magny once again had full back mount on Umalatov, but the final bell rang before any significant blows could be landed. This fight was all Magny. In the third round, Magny once again controlled the distance and picked Umalatov apart. Umalatov finally showed some urgency, but really could not put any offense together. With a minute left, Umalatov took Magny down, but got up after Magny threatened with an omoplata.
Official Decision: Neil Magny defeats Gasan Umalatov by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)