is set to go down in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida tonight with an important middleweight bout on top. Lyoto Machida will look to get back in the win column against the dangerous Yoel Romero.
We’ll cover all the preliminary card action in this post. There are just four bouts on the prelims card, which airs on Fox Sports 2. This portion of the card kicks off at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
The featured preliminary bout sees exciting Brazilian Alex Oliveira taking on undefeated newcomer Joe Merritt. Visa issues have murdered the card, resulting in just nine fights total for the entire event. So things should move along quickly at least.
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Joe Merritt vs. Alex Oliveira
Round 1 – Oliveira clinched up right away. They stayed against the cage for a while with neither getting an advantage. Oliveira almost had a takedown but Cowboy stayed upright. This is all that has happened and we’re halfway through the round. Finally Oliveira got a takedown and took the back, looking for the choke. Body triangle. Merritt finally turned into guard. Elbow for Merritt. Oliveira got up at the horn and ate a knee. 10-9 Oliveira.
Round 2 – Oliveira with a wild kick that made him slip. Nice counter left and short right hook from Cowboy. Merritt looked for a takedown but Oliveira fell on top right into mount. He looked for something but Merritt reversed! Very nice. Two elbows and a knee from Merritt. Oliveira up. Oliveira has a small cut over his right eye. Oliveira worked for a takedown and took the back. He jumped and looked for the choke. Oliveira had it secured but he was slipping and Merritt got him off. They went to the ground and Oliveira continued to look for it. Merritt reversed again but ended up in a triangle. He slammed his way out of it. Good round. 10-9 Oliveira.
Round 3 – Oliveira looked for a takedown straight off the bat. Merritt fought it off for a while. This looks like the first round. A couple of knees to the leg for Silva. Finally after two minutes, Oliveira went around to the back. He looked for the takedown but Merritt fell right into mount. Carbon copy of the second, but in the other direction. Oliveira popped up quickly but Merritt scored with a knee. Oliveira throws Merritt to the mat. Merritt up but Oliveira is stuck to his back. Back down. Back up. Back down. Oliveira secured the back and tied him up with the body triangle. 10-9 and 30-27 Oliveira.
Alex Oliveira defeats Joe Merritt by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lewis Gonzalez vs. Leandro Silva
Round 1 – Leg kick from Silva. He barely touched him with a head kick. Silva with a takedown. Gonzalez managed to reverse and briefly looked for a choke. Hard body kick from Silva. Silva with a knee but Lewis got a takedown. Silva looked for a heel hook, but Gonzalez spun out. Silva pushed off and got up with about a minute to go. Same sequence as before – Silva with a knee but Gonzalez eats it and takes him down. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Round 2 – Body kick from Silva. They clinched up in the middle and moved to the cage. Two punches connect for Gonzalez as they break. Right from Silva. Silva can’t get a takedown. Big slam takedown from Silva. Silva rolled for an armbar but couldn’t get it. He immediately tried to secure a triangle but couldn’t get that either, so Gonzalez briefly worked from the top. Silva bucked him off quickly and got up though. Gonzalez went for a takedown but Silva took his back. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3 – Gonzalez with a right hook and a glancing knee. Straight left for Silva. Gonzalez looked for a takedown. Another straight left. Counter right from Silva. Again. Now a right hook. Gonzalez looking tired. He’s getting sloppy now. Silva with a big knee that hurt Gonzalez. He took the back and looked for the chke but he’s too high. Gonzalez slipped out. Gonzalez was on top but had his back taken again. But Gonzalez regained the advantage. Couple of big punches. Silva went for a heel hook. Silva back to his feet late, and ate a punch. Silva took the back again with a few seconds to go. 10-9 and 29-28 Silva on my card.
Leandro Silva defeats Lewis Gonzalez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
Sirwan Kakai vs. Danny Martinez
Round 1 – Martinez coming forward and lands a body kick. He’s winging the left but finding a home with his right more often. Kakai got a takedown. Martinez got up after a few seconds and prevented another takedown. Kakai with a combo. Kakai dropped Martinez with a big knee to the chin. Martinez got up right away but ate two big knees. Three more connect. Standing elbow. Martinez with a guillotine attempt. Body kick from Kakai. Counter left hook from him. Martinez with a combo and connects with a knee to the chin. Two left hooks from Martinez. Good round. 10-9 Kakai.
Round 2 – Nice counter by Martinez. Left to the body for Martinez. And again. Big left hook. Kakai with a big takedown. Martinez is up but Kakai started with the knees again against the cage. Kakai with another takedown and trying to get the back. Martinez briefly fought off a hook but got dragged down again. Martinez managed to get up again with 25 seconds to go. Left hook for Martinez connects. He wants to brawl. 10-9 Kakai.
Round 3 – Jab for Kakai, Martinez lands to the body. Both connect with right hooks. Martinez working well at range. More body work from Martinez. Scored with a reaching right hook too. He stuffed a takedown attempt. He got it to the floor with a bout two minutes to go though. Transitioned around to the back against the cage with one hook. Martinez got up with 45 seconds to go but ate a knee in the grill. Martinez pinned Kakai against the cage and opened up but couldn’t score. In fact, he got countered. 10-9 and 30-27 Kakai.
Sirwan Kakai defeats Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Steve Montgomery vs. Tony Sims
Round 1 – Sims with a combo. He had a takedown attempt stuffed. They struggled in teh clinch for a while. Montgomery with a knee to the belly. Two counter lefts from Sims. Montgomery rocked him with a well-disguised knee. Head kick. Sims with a straight left that dropped Montgomery! Another shot put him down face-first. Damn smokey.
Tony Sims defeats Steve Montgomery by KO (punches), round 1
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