UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee is set to go down in San Diego tonight, and is in the middle of a stretch where there are four UFC events in eight days. This one has flown under the radar to a degree, but features a pretty good card overall.
This post will cover the preliminary card. The event kicks off at 7pm ET/4pm PT with two fights that will air on UFC Fight Pass. The event then moves over to Fox Sports 1 at 8pm ET/5pm PT with four more prelims fights. The featured preliminary bout sees Sam Sicilia taking on Yaotzin Meza in featherweight action.
Mookie Alexander here subbing in for Tim for a few of these prelims.
Round 1: Jason Herzog is the referee to kick things off. Not much going on in the opening 45 seconds but Good works his jab and lands it twice. And then a leg kick. Craig throws a leg kick that is checked. Craig has his jab parried away. Then a left hook is blocked. Good left hand by Good (heh heh). Craig goes for the high kick. Lyman finding measurable success with his jab. Counter-right hand over the top by Good. Hits Craig with the leg kick. Good with a combination but practically nothing landed. One minute left in this round. Craig throws some short left hooks. Stiff jabs by Good. Another heavy leg kick. Big head kick by Good and a right hand shakes Craig up a bit. They both exchange. Round ends and it's 10-9 Good.
Round 2: Good continues to find a home for that leg kick. Solid right hand by Craig. Kick to the chest is blocked by Good. Lyman with a few punches that back Craig up and now they fight in the clinch. Very good elbow by Craig. A knee from Good and now they're away from the cage. An elbow and a knee from Craig but then he slips throwing the knee and Good tries to capitalize and go for the back. Craig is back to his feet. Huge right hand by Good and Craig is down. Lyman Good looking for the finish and is reigning down blows. Full mount by Good and now a series of punches and Craig is out. It was a counter-right thrown by Good that landed as Craig was going for an elbow.
Official result: Lyman Good def. Andrew Craig via TKO (punches) at 3:37 of round 2
Round 1: Herb Dean is in charge. Alcantara throws a straight right. Casey attacks with two punches and clips Ildemar with a left hand. Tags Ildemar again with a left in this battle of southpaws. Takedown by Casey ... oh man he went for a takedown and got mounted. Alcantara has Casey's back and then the BJJ black belt escapes and winds up on top. Casey working his ground-and-pound and is in half-guard. The Brazilian eats several right hands and now has Casey in closed guard. Attacks with a triangle, and is in danger of giving up his back. Casey has one hook in, looking to take the back. In the meantime, he's battering Alcantara with right hands. Herb Dean warns for shots to the back of the head. Casey keeps throwing and now goes for the 2nd hook but can't get it. Punches continue and now Casey abandons going for the back and puts Alcantara on his back. Big elbow to end the round. 10-9 Casey.
Round 2: Alcantara's corner, in between rounds, told him "jiu-jitsu, no!" so I guess that means they don't want any more of that grappling stuff with Casey. Knee to the body by Alcantara in the clinch in a slow start to the 2nd. Nobody is throwing with any conviction. The 43 fans or so are booing. Alcantara with a right hand and Casey misses with the counter. Casey whiffs on a high kick. Lots of nothing happening. Casey with an inside leg kick. Alcantara moves in and throws a step-in knee and then circles away. One minute left. Kevin swings at air with that right hand. Quality counter-right by Casey and a left hand that hurts Alcantara and Casey drives him to the mat. Well that probably just won him the round as Casey winds up on top raining down some blows. 10-9 Casey and 20-18 Casey overall.
Round 3: Chopping leg kick by Casey. And again. Kevin throws something and I think he lost his balance as the two men collided. Alcantara is hardly pressing the action and he's arguably down two rounds. Counter-knee lands about at the shoulder of Casey. Two jabs by Alcantara come up short. Casey cracks Alcantara with a right hand. Casey throws a push kick to the knee. Casey with a decent right hook. Hard knee by Alcantara gets Casey's attention and then he counters with a shot of his own. Half-hearted takedown attempt is dodged by the Brazilian. Body kick by Ildemar, who is showing no sense of urgency. One-two doesn't trouble Casey at all and now Casey has the body lock and goes for a takedown. Alcantara gets double underhooks, throws a knee, and is out of it. Beautiful body shot by Casey with 25 seconds to go. Late takedown by Casey and that is the end of the fight. 10-9 Casey and a 30-27 clean sweep.
Official result: Kevin Casey def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Tim B is back in charge. Let's roll.
Round 1 - Araujo with some kicks early, to the legs and head. Strickland with a jab. Strickland closed the distance and scored with a nice combo. Araujo slipped and Strickland jumped into his guard. Araujo almost swept him right away. He took jis back and landed some hard punches to the side of the head. Araujo quickly got up. Strickland is all over him with strikes, kicking it off with a heavy elbow.. Araujo went down but covered up long enough to tie Strickland up when he tried to finish him. More GnP now. Araujo just basically defending but it's enough to stay in the fight. For now. Araujo got up and landed a nice body kick. Strickland tied him up. Araujo winging wild punches that are all missing while Strickland sits back and potshots him. 10-9 Strickland.
Round 2 - Araujo ran in for a takedown immediately but couldn't get it. Nice head kick from Araujo. Jabs from Strickland. Body kick from Araujo but Strickland caught the leg and put him on the ground. Araujo looked for an armbar from the bottom but couldn't secure anything. Strickland backed out of the guard, then jumped back in with punches. 10-9 Strickland.
Round 3 - It's Strickland with the early pressure this time, getting the takedown about 20 seconds in. Araujo got up fairly quickly and they went back to the center. Araujo with a decent left hook. Strickland connects with a hard right that backs Araujo up. Araujo with a head kick. Inside leg kick from Strickland, and a straight left. Body kick from Araujo. A Strickland combo backs Araujo up again. Araujo is winging right hooks over the top but they're just glancing off Strickland's shoulder. Araujo showing some urgency late but just ate a couple of counters. 10-9 and 30-27 Strickland.
Sean Strickland defeated Igor Araujo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Round 1 - Yahya faked a flying knee and dove in for a takedown. Kanehara tried to reverse but couldn't get him over. Yahya trapped a leg and tried to get Kanehara right down onto his back, but he stayed in a sitting position against the cage. Kanehara finally got back to his feet but Yahya stayed on him. After some squirming he got Kanehara back down to his butt. Yahya quickly took his back and sunk a choke, but Kanehara escaped just as quickly and they returned to their feet. Yahya scored with two rights before going back to the takedown. 10-9 Yahya.
Round 2 - Kanehara walked him down for a while but could only score with a couple of body shots. Yahya dropped down with an arm-in guillotine but Kanehara doesn't seem like he's in any trouble. And he's not. He changed up his grip and tried again, to no avail. Kanehara couldn't get anything going on top, so the ref stood them up with a minute to go. A groin kick to Kanehara led yo a short delay. Yahya looks a bit tired. Yahya went for a takedown again. He got a hold of a leg but ate some elbows to the head. Tough to score. 10-9 Yahya.
Round 3 - They exchanged leg kicks. Left hook connects for Kanehara. Body kick from Kanehara. Yahya basically dove in for a single leg. Yahya hung on but was peppered with small punches. Kanehara had Yahya's arm trapped but he rolled away and took top position. The ref stood them up again due to inactivity. Yahya in on a single again. He can't do anything with it so they just stalled out. Finally he turned the corner and briefly got a double leg, but Kanehara stayed up. Yahya comically stayed attached to his calf, eating some strikes to the side of his head. The ref stood them up yet again. Kanehara with a hard body shot, and another. 10-9 Kanehara. I have it 29-28 Yahya, but Kanehara wouldn't surprise me.
Rani Yahya defeated Masanori Kanehara by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1 - Moras ducked a shot and looked for a takedown, but Andrade fought it off. She rebuffed Moras again, then hip-tossed her to the mat. She let her up though. Andrade with a right. Moras connected and had a takedown stuffed again. Andrade wit ha three-punch combo and she moved away to avoid the clinch. Andrade ended up on top in a mini-scramble. Moras closed her guard and wouldn't let her back out. She looked for an armbar but Andrade escaped danger. They went to the ground again and Andrade landed a few punches. Same deal again, but Andrade landing a lot harder this time. Elbows and forearms now. Andrade with a jumping knee and a right. 10-9 Andrade.
Round 2 - Inside leg kick from the Brazilian. And another. Once again Moras basically just pulls guard as soon as Andrade gets near her. Big hammerfists from Andrade. Moras with a sneaky upkick. Andrade worked in half guard. Moraes able to get full guard back, so Andrade returned to the feet. She picked Moras up and slammed her to the mat. More hammerfists. 10-9 Andrade.
Round 3 - Moraes flops to the ground right away. She's ordered back to her feet. Andrade clips her with a punch. Moras pulled her down into her guard again. Andrade worked in side control with ground and pound. More and more. Moras' face is really busted up. Back on the feet, Andrade cracks her with four shots and Moras ends up on her back again. Andrade backs out of her guard again. Rinse. Repeat. Andrade with a body shot. Moras with a standing guillotine attempt. Moras got Andrade down and took her back. Andrade stood up with the human backpack. Moras tried to sink a choke but couldn't get it. It looked deep but Andrade just kept wagging her finger until the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 Andrade.
Jessica Andrade defeated Sarah Moras by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 1 - Sicilia with a leg kick. Meza with one of his own. Sicilia with a trip takedown. Sicilia looked for a guillotine and Meza hit a nice reversal, looking for one of his own. He didn't stay there though, as Sicilia ended up on top again. He looked for another guillotine but couldn't secure it. Yet another guillotine attempt. They return to the feet and Meza went for the guillotine, then a D'Arce. 10-9 Sicilia.
Round 2 - Leg kick from Meza. Nice combo from him as well. Sicilia misses with a home run shot. Meza looked to get it to the floor but got pushed against the cage by Sicilia. Sicilia caught a kick and connected with a right hook. Meza looked for a takedown but Sicilia pushed him back and worked in his guard. Meza got back up with two minutes left in the round. Sicilia stuffed two takedown attempts and connected with an uppercut. Body kick from Meza. Sicilia ducked a head kick. Meza finally got a takedown with 20 seconds to go. He couldn't do anything with it though. 10-9 Sicilia.
Round 3 - Sicilia pressing forward early. He connected with a left hook. He then stuffed a shit and looked for another guillotine. Meza went to his back to defend. Guillotine attempt. Escape. Guillotine attempt. Escape. They return to the feet and...guess what? Yeah, he escaped again. But they're back on the ground again. Meza back to his feet with 90 seconds left. Leg kick from Meza. Sicilia looked for a takedown but fell right into a guillotine. It looked deep but Sicilia got out. Meza then looked for an armbar. He couldn't secure it. 10-9 and 30-27 Sicilia.
Sam Sicilia defeated Yaotzin Meza by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)