We'll cover all the preliminary card action in this post. Tonight's entire card will air on UFC Fight Pass, with the prelims kicking off at roughly 7:45 ET/4:45 PT. There will be eight fights on the preliminary card.
The featured preliminary card bout takes place in the featherweight division, with Japanese veteran Hatsu Hioki taking on New Zealand's Daniel Hooker. The rest of the prelims will feature a bevy of local talent.
Ben Nguyen vs. Alptekin Ozkilic
Round 1 - Nguyen was the one firing first, landing with a few right leg kicks. Solid right followed by a combo from Ozkilic. Ozkilic looked for a takedown but he got stuffed, then ate a right that had him retreating. Nguyen chased him down and dropped him with a punch. Ozkilic got to his feet and immediately scored a takedown. A couple of elbows from Ozkilic, and a solid knee to the body. Nguyen got up after about a minute. Body/head combo from Ozkilic. Straight left from Nguyen. Both men connect. Ozklic can't get a takedown. Nguyen dropped Ozkilic again with a left hook and goes in for the kill. He beat Ozkilic down with GnP until the ref stepped in with one second left in the round.
Ben Nguyen defeats Alptekin Ozkilic by TKO (strikes), 4:59 of round one
Round 1 - They tied up and O'Reilly looked for a trip takedown without success. They tied up against the fence for a while. A long while. O'Reilly finally got a takedown but it only lasted about four seconds. Finally they opened up a bit and Grujic landed some big shots, but O'Reilly tied him up and took him down. O'Reilly looked for a kimura against the cage. He abandoned that and landed an elbow. Grujic got up with 15 seconds to go. 10-9 O'Reilly.
Round 2 - Both men came out chucking knuckles right away, but then went back to clinching against the cage. Grujic scored with about six lefts to the grill inside the clinch. Grujic really turned it on and O'Reilly looked a bit gassed. Elbows from Grujic. Big front kick from O'Reilly, and a takedown. Now Grujiic looks gassed. He's back up and they sloppily brawled a bit more. They grinded it out against the cage once again. Finally they separated with 20 seconds to go. Both men are brawling. Grujic got a takedown and quickly looked for a choke when the horn went. 10-9 Grujic.
Round 3 - A spilled bag of ice delayed the start of the third round. Grujic connects with a left and they clinch up. Both men had takedowns stuffed. The fight has alternated between a wild brawl and inactivity against the cage. Grujic missed with a comically telegraphed left. O'Reilly got a takedown. Grujic got up with a minute to go. O'Reilly got one more late takedown. 10-9 and 29-28 O'Reilly.
Brendan O'Reilly defeats Vik Grujic by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 - Hard right from Curran after a front kick. Both land knees in the clinch. Chambers with a takedown. Curran got up and ended up with her own takedown. She scored a little bit with GnP. Chambers returned to her feet. Curran with a nice combo and a knee up the middle. Chambers responds with a straight left. Curran pressed forward and both ladies were landing. Chambers with a brief takedown. Curran with some combos. 10-9 Curran.
Round 2 - Curran continued with punching combos, then switched to a bevy of leg kicks. Body shot from Curran. Chambers with a check high kick that connects. Curran stuffed a takedown attempt. Chambers was backing off and letting Curran press the action. Curran caught a kick and tripped Chambers. Curran really started to beat her up against the cage. Curran got a takedown and Chambers tied up an arm. Nothing came of it though. 10-9 Curran.
Round 3 - Curran pressed forward right away. Curran scored a takedown. Chambers immediately looked for a kimura. Curran tried to slam her way out but that didn't work. Chambers was really working on the arm for a long time, but she couldn't get it. Curran actually was almost out, but rolled the wrong way and Chambers was able to re-adjust and secure an armbar, and got the tap! Wow. Huge comeback victory.
Alex Chambers defeats Kailin Curran by submission (armbar), 3:15 of round 3
Round 1 - Andrews with a nice counter right. They clinched up and Andrews dropped Scott with a big uppercut. Scott popped up though, and looked to get Andrews down. They spent an extended amount of time in the clinch against the cage, with Scott scoring the majority of the damage. Andrews with another uppercut, then a right hook behind the ear that dropped Scott again. He popped right back up again though. Andrews fought off a takedown attempt and looked for a guillotine. Scott eventually escaped. Scott landed a few knees but ate yet another uppercut. 10-9 Andrews.
Round 2 - Andrews had success to the body early, and scored with another looping punch behind the ear. Scott was connecting with some jabs. Andrews pressed forward with a combination. Right to the body from Scott. Andrews asked for time because of what he thought was an eyepoke. The ref obliged him, but it was pretty clear that a punch caught him, not an eyepoke. They continued and Scott got it to the floor. Scott with a solid elbow, and rolled over with a guillotine. He rolled to mount and Andrews was forced to tap.
Brad Scott defeats Dylan Andrews by submission (guillotine choke), 4:54 of round 2
Round 1 - Rawlings came charging out of the get but got taken down immediately. Ellis jumped over an armbar but it was a bit sloppy and she gave up top position. Ellis with an upkick, but Rawlings is being very aggressive on top. She moved to side. Ellis got up but Rawlings looked for a guillotine. They exchange knees. Rawlings with more pressure. Big rights and an uppercut from Rawlings. A knee sent Ellis to the floor, and Rawlings secured a choke. Ellis was forced to tap.
Bec Rawlings defeats Lisa Ellis by submission (rear naked choke), 4:09 of round one
Round 1 - Alvey connects with a left hook, and was finding a place for his right hook. He dropped Kelly with the right hook and a left, and pushed him back against the cage when he tried to pop up. When he came up again, a thunderous right to the jaw put Kelly back down for good.
Sam Alvey defeats Daniel Kelly by TKO (strikes), :49 of round one
Kyle Noke vs. Jonavin Webb
Round 1 - Tentative start. Noke stuffed a takedown. Inside leg kick from Webb. Noke with a karate kid style jumping front kick. Webb with a counter right. Webb with a single. He couldn't get the takedown but dropped for a leg lock. Nothing there and they're back on the feet. Webb scores with a combo. Stiff jab from Noke but he got taken down. Webb took his back. 10-9 Webb.
Round 2 - Webb with an immediate combo that dropped Noke. Webb worked the top and immediately passed to half. He was able to slide to mount but Noke reversed. Hammerfists from Noke. He got back to his feet and kicked Webb in the butt a few times. He jumped back into guard with more GnP. Webb looked for a heel hook and was able to get back to his feet. Webb got his own takedown. He couldn't do anything with it and Noke got back to his feet with a minute to go. Webb looks a little tired. Webb with a counter right that nearly put Noke down again. 10-9 Webb.
Round 3 - Webb worked the body a little bit. Noke with a couple of rights that connect. Webb with a counter right of his own. Much slower pace than the first two rounds. Another counter right from Webb. Jab from Noke, but he's not throwing enough. Another right for Webb. A hard leg kick chopped Webb down. They mostly missed with punches over the final minute. 10-9 and 30-27 Webb. And...wow.
Kyle Noke defeats Jonavin Webb by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 - Slow pace to start. Hooker with a nice right, but neither man is engaging. Left hook from Hioki. Hioki with the right this time.Eye poke from Hooker, and Hioki needs time. Not much though, and they're going again. Hioki with a combo. Hioki gets a takedown with 90 seconds to go. It didn't take long for him to move to mount. Hooker was able to reverse and get back to his feet. Hioki latched onto Hooker's back, and ate an elbow. 10-9 Hioki.
Round 2 - Hioki scored a takedown and worked from the top against the cage. Hooker's back to his feet and holy moly Canelo Alvarez just scored an amazing knockout over James Kirkland in a fight I probably should have been spending less time concentrating on because I'm supposed to be liveblogging this. Hioki with a body kick and he's turning up the pressure with his kickboxing. Headkick from Hooker and he just knocked out Hatsu Hioki! WOW!
Daniel Hooker defeats Hatsu Hioki by knockout (head kick and punches), 4:13 of round 2