UFC 230 results and highlights: Eubanks defeats Modafferi, Moraes beats Arce in bloody battle

The UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis preliminary card has wrapped up with the four televised bouts on FS1, starting with a ferocious knockout win…

By: Mookie Alexander | 5 years ago
UFC 230 results and highlights: Eubanks defeats Modafferi, Moraes beats Arce in bloody battle
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The UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis preliminary card has wrapped up with the four televised bouts on FS1, starting with a ferocious knockout win by Lyman Good against Ben Saunders. Following that up was an absolutely bloody brawl between Sheymon Moraes and Julio Arce, with Moraes picking up the split decision nod. Sijara Eubanks heard the boos from the crowd but nevertheless picked up a unanimous decision victory vs. a tough-as-ever Roxanne Modafferi, and Jordan Rinaldi easily outgrappled and outwrested Jason Knight for a unanimous decision win. Here’s how the fights played out at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Jordan Rinaldi def. Jason Knight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26) – Featherweights

Knight went on attack mode almost from the opening second, cracking Rinaldi with multiple kicks and knees. Rinaldi fired back with a clean left hook and a head kick before taking Knight down. Jordan had Jason in side control, but Knight did well to regain guard and throw elbows from his back. On the next takedown, Knight again was aggressive from his back and went for an omoplata, but to no avail. Rinaldi had more effective offense, although the elbows from Knight didn’t make it a total blowout in round one.

Rinaldi picked up a leg and dumped Knight down again, this time taking his back and locking in a body triangle. Jordan dominated the round and wanted a fight-ending rear-naked choke, but Knight wagged his finger and was safe.

Knight thought he had a window of opportunity to take Rinaldi’s back, except he was instantly reversed. Rinaldi went palm-to-palm on another choke, and again Knight would not tap. Knight tried to shade Rinaldi up while standing and Rinaldi hung onto back mount even when slammed back to the ground. That’s a fourth straight loss for Knight, and a much-needed win for Rinaldi in his return to featherweight.

Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) – Women’s Flyweights

Eubanks caught Modafferi with several right hands before shooting in for a takedown and completing it. Modafferi looked to throw some elbows from her back and be active with her legs, but she never controlled Eubanks’ posture. A second takedown led to some more meaningful ground-and-pound from Eubanks and a clear-cut first-round in her favor.

Modafferi exchanged strikes with Eubanks to start off round 2, but Eubanks’ shots appeared to be both cleaner and more powerful. A head kick rocked Modafferi and she was knocked down by the subsequent punches. Eubanks defended the armbar and leglock before Modafferi returned to her feet. Roxanne initiated the clinch and was able to secure a takedown with less than two minutes remaining in the round. A kimura sweep attempt by Eubanks didn’t come to fruition, so Modafferi closed the round fairly well after getting hurt and nearly finished.

Modafferi upped the volume and landed several good head shots on Eubanks, but ate a few in the process and was more or less shoved to the mat, but was nearly reversed after connecting on a few ground strikes. Eubanks nearly took Modafferi’s back but couldn’t do so, and Modafferi failed on a weird-looking trip attempt, but she avoided being put in a worse position during the scrambles. The crowd still booed Eubanks despite getting the win, as she missed weight for the second time in her UFC career. It’ll certainly complicate her flyweight title hopes.

Sheymon Moraes def. Julio Arce by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-26) – Bantamweights

Moraes drew first blood with a counter right hand knockdown of Arce, and Moraes teed off with ground-and-pound but Arce did well to stem the tide and even briefly threaten with an inverted triangle choke before they were back to their feet. Moraes fended off a takedown but Arce jumped on his back, momentarily going for a standing rear-naked choke before bailing on it. He had a tighter looking one with seconds remaining, but ran out of time.

A counter right hand again hurt Arce to start round 2, and he was unable to hold Moraes down on the ensuing takedown attempt. Moraes split Arce’s head open with a vicious elbow in the clinch that led to blood pouring out of Julio’s face. The whole right side of his face was red. Arce dealt with the cut but was otherwise losing round two due to Moraes’ more effective striking. Another straight right hand knocked Arce down, although Moraes wasn’t as aggressive in pursuing the finish as Arce kept throwing his legs up hoping for a submission.

The pace slowed in the final round, but Arce was able to get in a few good body kicks. Moraes’ output had waned, and Arce had Moraes a tad shaken with a clean right hand. In fact, Arce had the majority of the success on the feet, but it wasn’t enough, as Moraes notched a second straight win inside the Octagon. Arce’s winning streak ends at seven, and it’s his first defeat in the UFC.

Lyman Good def. Ben Saunders by KO (punches) at 1:32 of round 1 – Welterweights

Saunders got off to a decent start by moving around effectively and throwing body kicks and accurate punches from range. When Good engaged in the clinch, however, the fight changed in Good’s favor. They traded knees to the body, but Good had the space to fire off several uppercuts to knock Saunders down, while the hammerfists put “Killa B” out cold. A savage finishing sequence by Good, who returns to the win column after more than a year of inactivity, while Saunders has lost four of his last five.

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Mookie is a former Associate Editor for Bloody Elbow, leaving in August 2022 after ten years as a member of the staff. He's still lurking behind the scenes.

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