Follow along with our UFC 228 live coverage featuring Tyron Woodley against Darren Till.
Not surprisingly, this card lost another fight as Nicco Montaño was hospitalized and didn’t even make the weigh-ins. Dana White stripped her of her flyweight championship. She didn’t even defend the title she won during The Ultimate Fighter once.
Jimmie Rivera vs John Dodson was moved to the main card.
Niko Price Vs Abdul Razak Alhassan
This was a ridiculous round. Both guys came out swinging like they wanted to knock each other out. Price landed the first big shot which knocked Alhassan backward. But after that, it was all Alhassan. Price tried to fight off the cage. Alhassan dropped him a body shot. As Price was getting up, Alhassan hit him with a three punch combination that put his lights out, but he probably only needed the first shot as Price was out on his feet.
Winner: Abdul Razak Alhassan by way of 1st round TKO
John Dodson Vs Jimmie Rivera
Dodson looked too quick for Rivera early on. He caught one of Rivera’s kicks and nearly took him down. But soon thereafter, Rivera found his timing and was able to cut Dodson off. He landed the best shots of the round and won the round in the end.
This was a pretty boring round. Rivera is landing inside leg kicks that has slowed down Dodson a bit. Rivera is being patient and landing the shots that are there, but he’s not able get Dodson to exchange. Still won the round.
Dodson must’ve thought he eked out one of the rounds because he didn’t change his plan at all and fought the same way, which is a way in that Rivera was winning close rounds.
Winner: Jimmie Rivera by way of unanimous decision
The scores were 30-27, 30-37, and 29-28.
Brandon Davis Vs Zabit Magomedsharipov
Davis did well early in the round, but Magomedsharipov closed out the round well. He used a takedown and a slam to end the round. Davis did okay when it was standing, but Magomedsharipov got his shots in as well.
Magomedsharipov got creative in the clinch to control the grappling. Davis got tired. Magomedsharipov got a takedown and took his back immediately, getting his long old legs and the hooks in. He grabbed Davis’ ankle and turned it into a knee bar which Daniel Cormier called the banana split. Davis hung in there for a few seconds, but tapped.
Winner: Zabit Magomedsharipov by way of 2nd round submission
Karolina Kowalkiewicz Vs Jéssica Andrade
Andrade looked great out of the gate. Her hand speed and power was decidedly better than Kowalkiewicz’s from jump start. Kowalkiewicz was game, but her defense was to close her eyes and swing and that was bad. Andrade knocked her lights out right before the two minute mark.
Winner: Jéssica Andrade by way of 1st round TKO
Darren Till Vs Tyron Woodley
Woodley started out fast, nailing Till with a knee. He went for the takedown. They were caught in the clinch and the referee separated them. Seemed really early for that to happen. He did it again later when Till reversed position with Woodley in a clinch against the fence. Woodley kept his distance and when Till thought about closing, he closed the distance himself with a punch.
Woodley landed a right hand that put Till down. Woodley immediately followed him to the ground and landed elbows, which split Till open at the hairline. He nearly exhausted himself trying to finish him with elbows and Till was tough. Woodley was patient and worked himself from Till’s half guard to mount. Till escaped, but then Woodley put him in a D’Arce choke and Till tapped out. That was impressive.
Winner: Tyron Woodley by way of 2nd round submission