On Saturday, the UFC returns to Dallas, TX with a welterweight fueled event at the American Airlines Arena in UFC 171. Coming off a controversial loss to the former champ, Johny Hendricks looks to claim the vacant welterweight title in the headlining bout against the ever-violent Robbie Lawler. Bloody Elbow will keep you up-to-date with live coverage of the event starting with the Fight Pass prelims at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT), then heading to FS2 at 8 p.m. ET and ending on PPV with the main card at 10 p.m. ET.
This post will follow the results from the preliminary card on Fox Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Round 1 - Some kicks and a nice right inside from both men. Solid body kick from Pineda. Whiteford held Pineda against the cage for a while before getting a brief takedown. Pineda got up but went right back down. Pineda got up against and they clinched up until the ref separated them. Body kick from Pineda, glancing uppercut from Whiteford. Whiteford stuffed a Pineda shot. Left connects for Whiteford. 10-9 Whiteford.
Round 2 - Whiteford shot in with a double and got a takedown five seconds into the round. Damn that was quick. After laying on him for over a minute, he backed out and let Pineda up. Pineda backed him up and slammed him to the mat, but Whiteford got up right away. Inside leg kick from Whiteford. Outside leg kick from Pineda. Head kick from Whiteford hurt Pineda and cut him open. Pineda showed a little more urgency for a bit and pressed the action. Whiteford scored with another head kick to the same spot but Pineda walked right though it. Whiteford tied up his back and Pineda rolled under for a kneebar. He cranked away but Whiteford indicated to the crowd that he was fine. Whiteford took top position and slammed him with a knee to the body against the cage. Pineda got back to his feet and scored with a spinning back fist on a retreating Whiteford. 10-9 Whiteford.
Round 3 - Whiteford with another immediate takedown. Pineda landed a few elbows to the top of the head while Whiteford did nothing on top. The ref stood them up after 90 seconds of inactivity. Whiteford got a takedown but Pineda rolled for a kneebar again. It looked close but Whiteford escaped and immediately got another takedown. Pineda looked for a triangle but got shut down. The ref stood them up with a minute to go. Whiteford immediately went for another takedown but it was Pineda that ended up on top. Pineda tried for a kimura but couldn't get the arm loose. Closer round, but probably still 10-9 Whiteford and 30-27 overall.
Rob Whiteford defeats Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 Strickland caught a kick and scored with a straight right. He scored again with the right, but Bubba came right back with a left and a slam takedown. Strickland was up immediately though and got McDaniel down to his butt. He finally stepped over and put him on his back. Bubba was actively trying to get up but Strickland did a good job of controlling him. Big ground and pound from Strickland now. He stepped over to side and took his back. Strickland got his arm under the chin and earned the tap. Absolutely beautiful stuff from the undefeated prospect there.
Sean Strickland defeats Bubba McDaniel by submission (rear naked choke), 4:33, round 1
Round 1 - Leg kick from Scoggins, and he run in and got Campuzano's back. Campuzano got up after about a minute. Nice knee up the middle from Scoggins, and an inside leg kick. High kick from Scoggins. Another takedown from Scoggins. The next minute looked exactly the same - Campuzano got up, ate a few shots, and got taken back down. This time he took Campuzano's back, and landed a big elbow on the break. Clearly 10-9 Scoggins.
Round 2 - Campuzano came out more aggressive and landed a few shots. Scoggins scored with a hook kick. Takedown from Scoggins but he got stuck in a guillotine. It looked tight for a few seconds, but Campuzano let it go. Scoggins worked to pass Campuzano's guard and eventually took his back. Campuzano deftly rolled over and regained full guard. Scoggins mounted him for a second but Campuzano popped out and got back to his feet. 10-9 Scoggins.
Round 3 - Campuzano came at Scoggins and stuffed one takedown, but not the second one. Scoggins moved to mount quickly but got bucked off. Big ground and pound from Scoggins. The prospect controlled Campuzano's back for a while and put him back down when Will managed to get up. He passed to side against the cage and landed a big knee to the body. Once again Campuzano got up but was immediately slammed back down. Scoggins controlled for the rest of the fight and took the round 10-9. 30-27 overall.
Justin Scoggins defeats Will Campuzano by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 1 - A whole lot of missed strikes for the first minute. Forte finally connected with a right and got a takedown. He immediately transitions to full back control and hunted for a choke. Trevino defended and the sort of stalled out for a while. Trevino finally got up with two minutes to go, but Forte got him back down in the middle of the cage. Trevino returned to his feet with a minute to go. A few strikes connected for both men. 10-9 Forte.
Round 2 - Outside leg kick from Trevino, straight right from Forte. Forte caught a kick and got a brief takedown. Trevino started to gain some confidence and scored with some kicks and right hooks. Straight right from Trevino. Body kick from Forte. Two side kicks to the guy from Trevino. Forte got a takedown with 80 seconds to go. Trevino got back up after aabout 30 seconds and got his own takedown. Couple of knees to the head from Trevino. 10-9 Trevino.
Round 3 - Body kick from Trevino. Forte slipped on a kick but Trevino let him up. Then Trevino got a brief takedown. Nice spinning elbow from Trevino. Forte got Trevino down for about a second. Trevino grabbed Forte's back and cranked him with about eight knees to the back of the thigh. They separated and Trevino scored with a nice combo. Two rights and a kick from Trevino. Forte responds with a right and got a takedown. Forte tried to take his back but seemed too exhausted to sink both hooks. Trevino scored with an elbow in the clinch. Big knee to the body and a right from Forte. Straight right from Forte. Knee from Trevino. Close round. I'm leaning 10-9 and 29-28 Trevino, but it could easily go the other way.
Frank Trevino defeats Renee Forte by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sean Spencer vs. Alex Garcia
Round 1 - Garcia connected with a couple of nice combos early and got a takedown. Spencer got back to his feet without absorbing and damage. Chopping leg kick from Garcia. Solid right inside. Spencer was trying to establish his jab. Garcia got another brief takedown before they battled against the cage. Big uppercut from Garcia. Kick to the body from Spencer. 10-9 Garcia.
Round 2 - Inside leg kick from Spencer, and a left hook. Garcia looked for a takedown but couldn't get it. Spencer scored with a big right and a kick that hurt Garcia. Garcia's back with a huge shot that hurts Spencer! Spencer is wobbling! Huge punches! Spencer gets him right back! They're both hurt, what a sequence! Garcia got a takedown and got reversed, but they returned to the feet quickly. Garcia with a huge looping hook that sent Spencer reeling. Big uppercut, and another takedown. Spencer got up with 20 seconds to go and ate a big left. Flying knee from Spencer. What. A. Round. 10-9 Garcia.
Round 3 - Leg kick from Garcia. Two solid lefts from Garcia. Double jab from Spencer. Inside leg kicks from Spencer. Straight right from Garcia. Right hook from Spencer. Garcia with a nice takedown. Spencer got over to the cage and got up. He scored with two left hooks. Another powerful takedown from Garcia. He spun around and moved to mount. Spencer used the cage to push out though. Both men were visibly tired late but they were still going. Spencer missed with a spinning elbow. 10-9 Garcia and 30-27 overall. But that was a hell of a fun fight.
Alex Garcia defeats Sean Spencer by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Round 1 - Big looping right from Bermudez to start. Inside leg kick as well. Hettes landed a knee in the clinch but got slammed to the ground. He got up immediately and looked for his own takedown, but Bermudez fought him off. Bermudez with a trip takedown. Hettes up quick again though. Left hook and a knee from Hettes, but he got taken don again. Right back up though. Right hook from Bermudez. Bermudez just ragdolled Hettes down a couple more times. Hettes did hit a nice trip in there though. Bermudez with a right hook and a body shot. Another big takedown from Bermudez, this time into side control. Hettes got up late, but Bermudez looked for a guilotine. 10-9 Bermudez.
Round 2 - Bermudez came out aggressive and alternated between clinching and landing some nice shots from the outside. Knees in the clinch from both men. Bermudez got him down and started to beat on him pretty bad. Hettes looked pretty hurt. Bermudez stacked him up against the cage and dropped shots. Hettes finally escaped and had control against the cage, but he had lost his mouthpiece so action was stopped. Bermudez looked for another takedown but they stalled out. Hettes ended up on Bermudez's back with one hook. He switched to a body triangle but ran out of time. 10-9 Bermudez.
Round 3 - Hard kick from Bermudez. Bermudez landed a right and a knee that hurt Hettes and sent him to his back. Bermudez stacked him up again and dropped hammerfists. Hettes gamely looked for a sub from the bottom but there was nothing there. Bermudez let him up haldway through the round. Hettes weakly looked for a takedown and he's pretty gassed. Bermudez dropped him with a body shot. He got up again, and then he dropped him again with a knee. The ref finally called the fight off.
Dennis Bermudez defeats Jimy Hettes by TKO (strikes), 2:57, round 3
Round 1 - Andrade couldn't get a takedown and ate a couple of knees to the mush. Andrade pinned her against the cage while Pennington tried to secure a guillotine. Andrade hit a beautiful throw. Pennington managed to get back up but Andrade hit the exact same throw once again. Andrade landed a right but Pennington went for an armbar. Andrade pulled it out at the right time. Andrade went for a sub but it allowed Pennington get up. She almost hit the throw yet again. 10-9 Andrade.
Round 2 - The ladies exchanged fire early, then clinched up. Couple of knees from Pennington. Andrade with a takedown. Pennington got up and narrowly avoided a few Andrade strikes. Couple of nice rights from Andrade. Two knees to the body from Pennington. Body/head combo from Andrade. Leg kick and about six straight punches land for Pennington. She tried to fire back but was pretty ineffective. Big right cross from Andrade. Pennington ate some shots and fired back. Pennington looked for a standing guillotine. She cranked away but Andrade said she was fine. Andrade looked for her own guillotine before the bell. 10-9 Andrade.
Round 3 - Pennington with a nice left hook to start. Leg kick from Pennington. Andrade walked Pennington down and landed a few strikes, but ate some in return as well. They exchanged leg kicks. Both of them landed nice, hard rights. They opened up and brawled against the cage. Andrade continued to pepper Pennington with punches while Pennington looked for knees with the Thai clinch. A hard right from Andrade instigates another brawl. Penninghton got Andrade's and slammed her down. Heavy shots from Pennington just before the horn. I'd give Pennington the round 10-9, but Andrade the fight 29-28.
Jessica Andrade defeats Raquel Pennington by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1 - Story starts out with his usual body shots. Gastelum responded with a jab. Body/head from Story. Another series of jabs from Gastelum. Inside leg kick from Story, and a jab of his own. Story mixed it up and landed a few punches all over the place. Gastelum dropped him with a head kick! Story managed to grab onto Gastelum on the ground to survive. Wow. A great scramble ensued where Gastelum briefly had is back but ended with Story back on his feet. Right hook from Gastelum, and a knee to the body. Big left from Gastelum. Leg kick from Story. 10-9 Gastelum.
Round 2 - Story opened the second well with a bunch of combos that connected. Leg kick from Gastelum, and a nice jab. Three more jabs and another leg kick. Left hook wobbled Story and Gastelum just missed with a head kick. Low kick caught by Story, who fired back with a couple of body shots. Right hook from Story, and a body kick. Beautiful double jab from Gastelum. Right hook from Gastelum, and a leg kick. Story fired back with his own kicks. Big left hook wobbled Gastelum, and a right! A huge left dropped Gastelum! Story's all over him but the round ended! 10-9 Story.
Round 3 - Leg kick from Story. A followup to the body. Gastelum with his own kick. Nice jab once again from Gastelum. Story shot in for a takedown but got stuffed. They jostled for position against the cage. Triple jab and a big left wobbled Story, and Gastelum got a takedown. He took Story's back but Story shook him off and took his back. Story sunk his hooks and looked for a choke. They engaged in some hand fighting. Gastelum reversed him with 40 seconds to go and they got up. Body shots and a kick from Story, jab and a left kook from Gastelum wobbled Story! They brawled to the bell. Wow, what a great fight. I'm giving it the third to Story 10-9 and the fight to him as well with a 29-28 score. But Gastelum could definitely have claimed that.
Kelvin Gastelum defeated Rick Story by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)