UFC on FX 7 prelims results: Markes, Lentz take lackluster wins, Pepey steals decision

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

The second half of the UFC on FX prelims were...well, not very good. Two of the bouts were uninspiring to say the least, and while there was a nice knockout and some good grappling in the other two bouts, it was hard to care. Basically, it was a pretty weak preliminary card overall.

Edson Barboza did look great in his bout against Lucas Martins, picking up a first-round knockout victory at the 2:38 mark. Martin walked straight into a Barboza punch that put him on his back, and Barboza pounded him out for his fifth UFC win.

Nik Lentz completely outgrappled Diego Nunes to pick up a unanimous decision win. The first two rounds were all Lentz, with him imposing his will on the Brazilian. Nunes landed a punch late in the third that stunned Lentz, but it was too late by then. The judges had it 30-26, 30-27, and a strange 30-28.

Ronny Markes did basically the same thing Lentz did in his bout with Andrew Craig. He controlled the grappling for the first two rounds, and it wasn't exciting. Craig clipped him in the third, but Markes was able to stay composed and get it to the finish line. All three judges had it 29-28 for the Brazilian.

In the featured preliminary card fight, Godofredo Castro and Milton Vieira engaged in a back-and-forth grappling match. Vieira controlled the first with his wrestling and got Pepey down in the second, but Pepey hit a beautiful sweep into mount and controlled the rest of the round with a body lock. The third seemed looked like it was Vieira's and he'd get the decision, but the judges didn't see it that way and awarded Pepey a weak split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

If you didn't see the undercard, you certainly didn't miss much. Hopefully the main card can make up for it.

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