Stay up to date with what’s happening today with the UFC 282 preliminary card, which is going down from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We are in store for eight preliminary bouts tonight, including the UFC debut of 18-year-old bantamweight prospect, Raul Rosas Jr. He will be facing Jay Perrin, who made his professional debut in 2014 when Raul was just nine-years-old. We’re also getting a clash of top-15 heavyweights when the #9 rated, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, collides with the #11 rated, Chris Daukaus.
The early prelims begin at 6:00pm ET/3:00pm, PT, immediately followed by the regular preliminary card. Both broadcasts can be streamed on ESPN+. The PPV main card is slated for 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT, and can be purchased on ESPN+.
Raul Rosas Jr. def. Jay Perrin by submission (RNC) at 2:44 of round 1: Bantamweight
Rosas Jr. shot in within the first-thirty seconds of the match. He lifted up Perrin over his head and slammed him down. Perrin exposed his back and Rosas Jr. hopped right on. Rosas Jr. was chasing after the RNC, but wasn’t forcing anything. He kept going to the choke, and finally found a way to sink it. Perrin was dead to rights and respectfully tapped out. He’s 18-years-old!
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Chris Daukaus by KO at :23 of round 1: Heavyweight
Rozenstruik did not waste any time here! Daukaus landed a big punch to open the match, but Rozenstruik returned fire with a left hand that wobbled Chris. Rozenstruik went in for the kill, unloading his gas tank and blasting Daukaus with knees and punches. Daukaus tried to cover up and weather the storm, but as he tried to run away, Rozenstruik caught him with an explosive left hand that put him down. WOW!
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Dalcha Lungiambula at 4:41 of round 2: Middleweight
Shahbazyan took the center of the Octagon right away, and started to unload his range strikes. He was throwing a lot of front kicks and straight punches, which was keeping Lungiambula on the outside. Lungiambula then shot in for the takedown, but after a slight struggle Shahbazyan was able to remain vertical. Towards the end of the round, Lungiambula unloaded a big punch that looked like it briefly dropped Shahbazyan, but it could have been a slip.
Lungiambula was really launching his heavy left hand out there early in the second round. One of his punches actually slid down to the cup of Shahbazyan, which caused a brief timeout. Upon the restart, Lungiambula took the center and Shahbazyan played the outside. Shahbazyan then blasted a knee up the middle that rocked Lungiambula. Smelling blood in the water, Shahbazyan went after his dazed opponent with a flurry of punches, prompting a desperation takedown from Lungiambula. Shahbazyan got on top and started to pound away until the referee stopped the contest.
Chris Curtis def. Joaquin Buckley by KO at 2:49 of round 2: Middleweight
Buckley was more active than Buckley to get this one going. Curtis kind of just hung out in the center of the Octagon with his jab, while Buckley exploded in and out with strikes. Curtis did unload a massive haymaker that landed flush, but Buckley ate it like a champ. Buckley then endured a cup kick that brought a pause to the match, but not much recovery time was taken. The fight resumed and Buckley went back to throwing volume. He wasn’t really landing that often, and Curtis started to pressure forward.
Curtis was bringing more forward pressure in the second round, but Buckley was still the fighter throwing all the volume. Buckley then started to pressure, and even ripped a few punches to the body. Then as Buckley threw a head kick, Curtis stepped in with a piston of a left hand that flattened Joaquin. Curtis got on top and started dropping hammers that put Buckley completely out for a second. EEK!
Daniel da Silva vs. Vinicius Salvador : Flyweight
Billy Quarantillo def. Alexander Hernandez by TKO at 4:30 of round 2: Featherweight
The fighters got after it right away, swapping combinations back and forth. Hernandez changed levels and landed a takedown up against the fence, and then started to tee off as Quarantillo stood to his feet. In open space, Hernandez was connecting with the heavier punchers, while Quarantillo was more volume based. Hernandez went back to the takedown and sliced open Quarantillo with some wicked elbows from the full guard. Quarantillo was staying active with strikes from his back, but Hernandez had gravity on his side.
Hernandez closed the distance in the second stanza, and started grinding on Quarantillo against the cage. In open space, Quarantillo kicked the leg out from under Hernandez, which lead to the fight drifting back into the grappling realm. It seemed like Hernandez was slowing down, just as Quarantillo started to pick it up. Quarantillo backed up Hernandez behind his punches, and then hit a takedown to get on top. Quarantillo started to unload a storm of ground punches, with Hernandez having to eat a lot of shots to get up. Quarantillo then unloaded the gas tank with his punches, letting them go nonstop until the referee intervened and he was awarded the standing TKO. What a rally!
TJ Brown def. Erik Silva by submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:41 of round 3: Featherweight
Brown rocked Silva right away with a big right hand, and then quickly started wrestling. He got Silva down to his back, and was able to control for quite some time. Silva then worked his way back to his feet to snag a takedown of his own, but didn’t do anything with it before Brown wrestled up. This round was mostly grappling, but it did start with that haymaker, and it ended with a flurry from both men.
Brown pressured to begin the second act, but Silva met him with some stinging counter punches. Silva then changed levels and earned himself a takedown, but Brown ultimately out-scrambled Erik to reach top position. Brown methodically transitioned to the back, and threatened with a rear-naked choke until the bell.
Brown scored a few punches and a knee to open the final round, while Silva shot for the takedown. It was Brown who ended up finding the takedown, and locked down top control in the middle off the cage. He kept hunting for an arm triangle, and it was only a matter of time before he had it locked up. Silva tried to defend by grabbing his own leg, but the squeeze was on so Erik tapped out.
Cameron Saaiman def. Steven Koslow by TKO at 4:13 of round 3: Bantamweight
Koslow found himself on top early in the opening round, and was able to pin Saaiman’s back to the ground. After a bit of time passed by, Saaiman was able to sweep into top position. From his back, Koslow started to threaten with an active rubber guard that tied up Saaiman, and eventually scrambled his way on top. Koslow started to throw some strikes, but Saaiman swept him again to end the round on top.
Koslow went to the takedown in the second round, which initiated some more exciting scrambles. Saaiman started to tin the scrambles, and eventually found his way to the back. Koslow then escaped out of the back door, and went to shoot in. As Saaiman was defending, he landed an illegal knee to the face while Koslow was on both of his knees. A timeout was called, and the doctor came in to check on the fouled fighter. After taking some time to recover, Koslow elected to continue, and Saaiman was deducted a point. The fight resumed, and Koslow landed a blow that badly cut Saaiman around his left eye.
Koslow went back to the grappling in the final round, and although he took the back, he lost the position and Saaiman got on top. It was then Saaiman’s turn to take the back and lose the position, followed by Koslow getting the dominant position and then losing that, too. Saaiman ended up on the back again, and was able to dish out a little bit of punishment. Koslow found a way to stand to his feet, but was too fatigued to handle the barrage of punches coming his way. Saaiman then started teeing off with nasty knees from the Thai clinch, to which the referee decided enough was enough.