The UFC Dublin card kicked off with six preliminary fights. Ireland's own Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly were looking to excite the home crowd while others were looking to jockey for positions in their respective divisions.
Steven Ray def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
After a couple of minor exchanges, Ray hits Lebout with a solid straight left on Lebout. Ray continued to get the better of the stand up exchanges while Lebout controlled the center of the octagon. In the second round, Ray did a good job of mixing up his strikes to the body and the head. Lebout pressured for a takedown against the cage midway through the round, with Ray circling away. Lebout turned up the pace in the 2nd but Ray continued to land the better shots. Ray came out confident in the 3rd, landing a body and head kicks. Ray ended the fight with a giant takedown where he lifted Lebout off of his feat before throwing him in the air.
Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
The Irish crowd went insane for their own Aisling Daly. Right away she ran across the octagon and came out swinging, but was quickly pinned to the cage by Almeida. Both fighters turned positions in the clinch against the fence. Daly eventually gets the takedown against the cage with a minute in the first round. Daly landed some ground and pound as the horn sounded. The second starts the same way as the first as Daly rushes over to Almeida to exchange. Daly begins to land shots from the top, but Almeida reverses position and ends up on top. Almeida takes the back and looks for a choke as the round ends. The third round saw Daly get an early trip that was followed by three minutes of punches to the calf of Almeida. The round finishes with Daley landing ground and pound with postured up in guard.
Krzysztof Jotko def. Scott Askham via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
After some punches and low kicks were exchanged, Jotko gets the trip takedown. A good battle for position occurs with both grapplers working for sweeps. Askham threatened with a tight armbar with one minute left in the round but Jotko was able to keep his composure and escape. Askham had trouble getting his offence working in the second round while Jotko consistently landed. With a minute left in the second round, Askham landed a front kick to Jotko's face that sparked him and the crowd. A nice throw by Askham in the 3rd was quickly reversed to top position for Jotko, with Askham quickly getting back to his feet. The last seconds of the round see quick flurries from each fighter, with neither fighter landing enough to seal the round.
Tom Breese def. Cathal Pendred via TKO (punches) at 4:37 of Round 1
Breese landed a hard shot on Pendred early that dropped him to a knee before bouncing back up. Breese continued to pressure, landing a punch that busted Pendred's nose. Pendred looked hesitant to engage as every landed punch from Breese would send Pendred backwards. Breese landed a beautiful body kick and followed it up with a left cross that sent Pendred to the canvas. A couple of follow up punches later and the referee stepped in.
OMG!!!! @BreeseMMA silences the Irish crowd! #UFCDublin https://t.co/QUgBaGVaC8— #UFCDublin (@ufc) October 24, 2015
Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
The fight started on the feet with each fighter getting a good shot or two off. Whiteford started to land some hard shots, with Elkins responding with constant takedowns against the cage. Whiteford continued to land the right hook on the feet while Elkins controlled while on the ground, leading to a split first round. In the second Elkins got the early takedown, switching from back control to side control against the cage. Any offence that Whiteford was able to mount was quickly stifled by Elkins' wrestling. More of the same for Elkins in the 3rd round, pressuring Whiteford until he got the takedown. Elkins finished the fight on the back of Whiteford, sealing the win.
Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (punches) at 4:58 of Round 3
Both fighters looked very ready to go when they stepped into the octagon. The fight was touted to be a quick one, but Bush decided to display his wrestling early on. McLellan threatened with a guillotine choke several times in the first round, with Bush taking the round with the takedowns and top control. In the second round McLellan was able to mount Bush after a failed trip (from a possible fence grab from McLellan). McLellan was able to posture up and land some big ground and pound. Bush seemed to have gassed in the 3rd round, getting taken down while taking punishment on the bottom. With 10 seconds left, McLellan began to unload all that he had left, getting the TKO stoppage with two seconds left in the fight.
South Africa takes it with 1 second to go!! @SoldierboyInc kicks us off at #UFCDublin with a TKO! https://t.co/cfFUhEfvq0— #UFCDublin (@UFCEurope) October 24, 2015