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UFC 189 results: Pfister, Smolka win in early preliminary card action

Check out the results from the first two preliminary card bouts at UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor got underway with a pair of preliminary card bouts streamed on Fight Pass. The night began with a must-win lightweight battle and a flyweight clash with an Irishman hoping to give the raucous fans something to cheer for. Here's how they both ended:

Cody Pfister (12-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) def. Yosdenis Cedeno (10-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) - Lightweights

It looked like Pfister would have a rough night ahead of him after getting peppered with leg kicks in the opening round. Cedeno's kicks were so powerful that it forced Pfister to change stances. Things turned around for Pfister when he worked in his wrestling and twice was able to take Cedeno's back in the 2nd round. He finished the round in full mount throwing ground-and-pound. It was more of the same in the 3rd as Cedeno only threatened with half-hearted guillotine attempts and was otherwise largely dominated on the mat. Even when he got out of bad positions and reversed to top or back to his feet, Pfister would take him down again. Pfister gets his first UFC win while Cedeno loses his 2nd straight and 3rd in his last 4.

Louis Smolka (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) def. Neil Seery (15-11 MMA, 2-2 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - Flyweights

A crazy back-and-forth fight saw Smolka get the win based on his superior grappling skills. After an early headbutt bloodied the Irishman, Seery was able to put Smolka on the floor early by catching a kick and landing a right hand, but he got over-aggressive looking for the finish and wound up losing top position and Smolka was able to work him over on the ground. Seery was in bad spots on multiple occasions but fought his way out of it. They both exchanged guillotine chokes but neither man could tap the other.

The physical domination of Smolka really troubled Seery but the exchanges and wild transitions on the ground were delightful for the fans to witness. A series of submission attempts by both men defined the 3rd round, with Seery desperately going for guillotine chokes by pulling guard, while Smolka had Seery's back on multiple occasions and had an arm-triangle. It was a grueling, fun grappling exhibition but Smolka was on top and had more dominant positions throughout the contest, and Seery just couldn't keep it standing long enough and was unable to outgrapple his opponent.

Play-by-play coverage of the UFC 189 preliminary card can be found here.