The UFC takes the show on the road tonight to the home of Jackson’s MMA – Albuquerque, New Mexico. The main event will see former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson taking on Jackson product Rustam Khabilov. Bloody Elbow will provide live results, analysis, and play-by-play.
This post will follow the preliminary card. Things will kick off with one fight on Fight Pass at 7:30pm ET, followed by four more bouts on Fox Sports 1. That broadcast kicks off at 8pm ET. The main card begins at 10pm, and will air on Fox Sports 1 as well.
The featured bout of the preliminary card comes in the bantamweight division with Sergio Pettis taking on Yaotzin Meza.
Make sure to come back and share your thoughts in the comments as the action goes down.
Patrick Cummins vs. Roger Narvaez
Round 1 – Cummins looked for a single leg takedown early but settled for some knees in the clinch. Leg kick from Cummins and another single attempt. Cummins slammed his opponent to the mat. He moved him over to the cage and landed a couple of punches before letting Narvaez up. Another single and a takedown. Not a lot happening on the ground, and the ref stood them up. Uppercut from Narvaez. 10-9 Cummins.
Round 2 – Short right and a combo land for Narvaez. Double leg takedown from Cummins. He landed a few punches and hammerfists against the cage. Narvaez gave up his back and Cummins unloaded with lefts to the head. After a little while, Narvaez turtled up and the ref stepped in to stop the fight.
Patrick Cummins defeats Roger Narvaez by TKO (strikes), 2:28 of round 2
Fox Sports 1
Jake Lindsey vs. Jon Tuck
Round 1 – Leg kicks from Tuck early. He landed a right and got a body lock but couldn’t get the takedown. Jab and leg kick from Lindsey. Solid right from Tuck, big knee up the middle from Lindsey. Tuck caught him with a looping right that sent him reeling. Tuck landed another and looked to finish on the ground but Lindsey survived. He even reversed and got back up fairly quickly. Another big knee to the body from Lindsey. A left hook scores for Tuck. Tuck with a takedown. Quick standup from the ref. They battled in the clinch against the cage. 10-9 Tuck.
Round 2 – Kicks from both men. Bevy o’ kicks from Tuck, knees to the body from Lindsey. Some clinch work from both men. Uppercut from Lindsey. The pace slowed considerably. A couple of solid body kicks from Lindsey. Hard body punch from Tuck, and a takedown. Tuck moved to side and looked to land an elbow, but over-committed and Lindsey got back up. Closer round, I’d lean Tuck 10-9.
Round 3 – Tuck scored with a big right immediately and got a takedown. He moved to side, then mount, and looked for an arm lock. Lindsey escaped that but couldn’t get out of mount. Tuck switched to back mount with a body lock with three minutes to go. Out of nowhere, the ref waved off the fight. Upon the replay, a heel strike to the rib/liver made Lindsey wince and he tapped out. Seriously. One of the oddest endings ever.
Jon Tuck defeats Jake Lindsey by verbal submission (tap to baby strikes), 2:47 round 3
Scott Jorgensen vs. Danny Martinez
Round 1 – Nice left from Martinez, then he missed with about seven more. Body shot from Martinez. Straight left scored for Martinez but he got taken down. Jorgensen took his back. Martinez got up but went right back down. He took the back again and looked for a choke. He lost a hook but slammed Martinez back to the ground and landed a right. Martinez escaped to his feet but almost got caught in a guillotine. 10-9 Jorgensen.
Round 2 – Nice combo from Martinez. Hard left hook from The Gremlin. And he dropped him with a hard left hook! Jorgensen recovered but Martinez continued his assault wit ha hard knee and power punches. Uppercut from Jorgensen. Body shots from Martinez. Big uppercut from Martinez, an elbow and a nice combo from Jorgensen. Body shot and a takedown from Jorgensen. He eventually got to Martinez’s back. Wasn’t enough to steal the round back though. 10-9 Martinez.
Round 3 – Jorgensen with an early takedown. Martinez got back up after about a minute without sustaining any damage. Flying knee from Martinez, and he got taken down again. He got back up but got taken down once again. Gripping commentary here, folks. Lots of ups and downs. Martinez scored with the left again and Jorgensen was wobbling, but he took the fight down once again. 10-9 and 29-28 Jorgensen.
Scott Jorgensen defeats Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Lance Benoist vs. Bobby Voelker
Round 1 – Body kick from Voelker. Extended clinch battle. They finally separated and Benoist landed a decent counter shot. Body kick again from Voelker. Benoist returned the favor. Hard shot from Benoist and they’re back in the clinch. Benoist got a single-leg takedown. He worked from side control with a few elbows. Voelker retained full guard. Voelker reversed position. 10-9 Benoist.
Round 2 – Nice left and a knee up the middle for Benoist. Hard kick from Benoist and he looked for a takedown. He got him down to his knees and held on with a body lock. Benoist was given a warning for grabbing the cage. Voelker came back winging heavy shots but he looked a bit tired. Uppercut from Voelker. Hard straight rights from each man. Benoist looked for a takedown but Voelker ended up on top. He didn’t do much there though. 10-9 Voelker.
Round 3 – A winging left hook from Voelker sent Benoist reeling away a bit. Benoist looked for a takedown and Voelker worked a guillotine. Benoist controlled him for a while but couldn’t put him on his back. Benoist finally got a takedown halfway through the round. Both men were pretty gassed out. Voelker tried to reverse but got mounted. Voelker ended up reversing but almost got caught in an armbar. Dull fight. 10-9 and 29-28 Benoist.
Lance Benoist defeats Bobby Voelker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Yaotzin Meza vs. Sergio Pettis
Round 1 – Meza with a kick. A whole lot of feinting and no real strikes. Meza finally came forwards with a combo and a leg kick. Pettis missed with a spinning kick. Inside leg kick. Meza with an uppercut and he whiffed on a takedown attempt. The crowd wasn’t amused with the lack of action. Cartwheel kick from Pettis. Nothing round. 10-9 Meza.
Round 2 – More feinting in between a few kicks. Pettis with a couple of jabs. Failed takedown attempt from Meza. Inside leg kick from Pettis and more booing. Meza with a left hook. Low leg kick from Pettis. Jab from Pettis. Body kick from Meza. Pettis with a head kick that wobbled Meza. He charged in with punches but Meza weathered it. 10-9 Pettis.
Round 3 – Punch/kick combo from Meza. Spinning back kick from Pettis glanced off Meza’s ribcage. There were large gaps of inactivity again. Pettis with a few jabs, Meza with a few body shots. Yawn. Meza got a tepid takedown. Pettis tried for a triangle and omoplata. He actualy got the omoplata but got slammed out of it. Pretty boring. I’ll go 10-9 Pettis and 29-28 overall, but nobody really won.
Sergio Pettis defeated Yaotzin Meza by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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