Stay up to date with what’s happening today with the UFC 286 preliminary card, which is going down from the O2 Arena in London, England.
Opening up the prelims will be TUF 30 winner Juliana Miller mixing it up with the slightly more seasoned Veronica Hardy. Closing out this portion of UFC 286 will be two savvy grapplers going at it in the form of Jack Shore vs. Makwan Amirkhani. We’ve also got an undefeated flyweight prospect, Muhammad Mokaev, on the card, who will try to welcome promotional newcomer, Jafel Filho, to the Octagon in the worst way.
The early prelims begin at an extra start time of 12:30pm ET/9:30am, PT, immediately followed by the regular preliminary card. Both broadcasts can be streamed on ESPN+. The PPV main card is slated for 5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT, and can be purchased on ESPN+.
Jack Shore def. Makwan Amirkhani by submission (RNC) at 4:27 of round 2: Featherweight
It didn’t take long for Shore to close the distance here, but he struggled when he went for the takedown. Amirkhani reversed him against the cage and started to hit for a takedown of his own. The fighters broke apart and traded a couple of stiff jabs back and forth, before Amirkhani earned a takedown. Mr. Finland remained on top for nearly two-minutes, with Shore not returning to his feet until after the bell had sounded.
Shore opened the second act with some angry strikes, including a clean head kick. Amirkhani slipped when he tried to return a head kick of his own, which lead to a fun scramble. back on the feet, Shore was touching up Amirkhani, who appeared to be slowing down. Shore still seemed as fresh as a daisy, and started to push the pace. He ended up finding top position, and seamlessly transitioned into the full mount. He threatened with an arm triangle, but then switched to a rear-naked choke to find the tap. What a featherweight debut for the former bantamweight!
Jack Shore makes his featherweight debut in style #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/ACYLIa257i— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 18, 2023
Chris Duncan def. Omar Morales by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30): Lightweight
Duncan took the center of the Octagon to kick off this lightweight tilt. Morales played the outside, looking to avoid the power of Duncan. A lot of leg kicks were coming from the side of Duncan, but Morales was ready to check them. Duncan was loading up on his punches, but that was causing him to miss. Suddenly, Omar stunned Duncan with a furious flurry, but then got overzealous and rocked right back.
Duncan closed the distance to open the second stanza, picking up a takedown against the cage. Morales was forced to carry the weight of his opponent, until he finally exploded with a switch to get up to his feet. In open space Duncan returned to his leg kicks, with Morales seeming to check every other one. The boxing was pretty even, so Duncan switched gears and went back to his clinch game.
Morales was landing some thudding leg kicks in the final round, with one of them buckling Duncan to one knee. That’s when Duncan returned to his clinch work. He pressed Morales against the cage, grinding away as he rocked up a bunch of control time. Morales got up with just under 30-seconds to go and began swinging for the fences, but Duncan hit another takedown to dead the aggression and finish the round on top.
Duncan fell into the cage after those shots #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/lyqdLwBhAg— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 18, 2023
Yanal Ashmoz def. Sam Patterson by KO at 1:15 of round 1: Lightweight
A jab from Patterson knocked over Ashmoz as he was throwing a kick to get this one going. Then, Patterson landed a sweet right hand to left hook that dropped Ashmoz. A tsunami of ground and pound came flying in, and Patterson tried to move, but he was getting battered. The referee could have stepped in sooner, but eventually stepped in to stop the fight. Patterson was badly hurt, and took it some time for him to even realize what was going on. Sheesh!
WHAT A COMBO BY ASHMOUZ #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/kdYGr4nkuE— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 18, 2023
Talk about an explosive debut #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/kTjDKUVPE6— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2023
WELCOME TO THE UFC YANAL ASHMOUZ!!!!!!!!!!!!! #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/hXlfUW8hCd— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2023
Muhammad Mokaev def. Jafel Filho by submission (RNC) at 4:32 of round 3: Flyweight
The lights went down before this one could even get underway, prompting the crowd to break out in an Olé while waving their cell phone flashlights. After a few minutes, the lights came on and the fight got going.
Filho came out aggressive behind his strikes, but then jumped a guillotine for no real reason. Mokaev took top position and then worked his way to the back. Filho began to scramble, and improved his position, but Mokaev was too slick to relinquish control.
We got some tentative kickboxing to start the second round. Both fighters spent a lot of time standing too far away to be able to connect with any strike. Mokaev finally shot in with about 90-seconds to go in the round, and after a bit of a struggle he was able to plant Filho on his back until the bell.
Mokaev went right to his wrestling to open the final round. He quickly transitioned to the back and locked up the body triangle. He began working on an RNC, but Filho defended well and escaped to his feet. Mokaev went right back to the takedown, but Filho attacked with a full on kneebar. It looked like Mokaev’s knee was completely hyperextended, but he refused to tap and miraculously escaped to the back. Then, Mokaev went back to the RNC and was able to get the tap! As soon as Muhammad stood up, he began limping from that nasty kneebar he had to endure to get the win. After a bit of a mundane match, we got a wild series of events to close it out!
HE GETS THE TAP!!!!! @MuhammadMokaev overcoming a gruesome leg lock to get the win! #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/nOHIQLouxA— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2023
Lerone Murphy def. Gabriel Santos by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29,): Featherweight
Santos quickly exploded into a takedown to open the match, but Murphy out-scrambled him to get on top. Santos quickly launched up a triangle, forcing Murphy into a defensive mode. Murphy exited the sub attempt and then elected to stand up. The fighters started going blow for blow in some heated exchanges, with Santos starting to pull away the longer the round went on. After the bell, the fighters went forehead to forehead to exchange a few pleasantries.
Murphy closed the distance early in the second round, pressing Santos against the fence until he realized a takedown. Santos scrambled up, and then took a kick to the cup that resulted in a brief timeout. The match resumed and Santos buckled Murphy with a leg kick, and then Gabriel snagged a takedown, followed by a back take. Murphy started to punch, but that put himself right into an armbar. Murphy escaped, but Santos took that round.
Santos went right back to his takedown in the third round, but Murphy did a great job of moving until he got back to his feet. Murphy began to touch his target, looking to land more volume than power, and it was working. Santos wasn’t matching the output of Murphy, but he was able to score a lifting takedown to get on top.
Up in each other's grill— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2023
We're headed to round 2! #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/QbogTAgXUO
Christian Leroy Duncan def. Duško Todorović by TKO at 1:52 of round 1: Middleweight
The leg kicks were coming from both corners to get this one going. Then in a clinch exchange, Todorović stepped wrong and tweaked his knee. He immediately dropped to the canvas in agony, and the referee was on top of things to stop the fight right away. I really hope this isn’t too serious for Todorović, because knee injuries can easily be career-enders.
Christian Leroy Duncan wins via TKO after Dusko Todorovic suffers an injury during their fight #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/poEJgRSR0v— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 18, 2023
Jake Hadley def. Malcolm Gordon by TKO at 1:01 of round 1: Flyweight
This one did not last very long at all! Hadley got his hands going right away, and nuked the liver with a set of body shots. Gordon hit the deck, and Hadley went full Donkey Kong with his ground and pound to get the finish. What an electric performance!
** It should be noted that Malcolm Gordon missed weight by 3.5 pounds
BODY SHOT KO #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/p1n9xBpQFK— ESPN+ (@ESPNPlus) March 18, 2023
THAT WILL GET THE PEOPLE GOING!!!!! @JakeHadleyMMA with a first round finish at #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/AckCQbjUli— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2023
Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29): (W) Flyweight
Carolina closed the distance right away here, but Wood was not interested in being taken down. On the feet, Carolina was staying at a range, and then would blitz in with wild combos. Wood began sneaking in several slick elbows on the inside, catching Carolina off guard. The longer the round went, the less technical Carolina appeared.
The fighters clinched up to open the second act, exchanging knees to the body back and forth. The fight was highly competitive on the inside, but Wood seemed to be getting in the better shots. In open space, they took turns crashing into one another, and both were finding about the same amount of success. Wood then hit a trip at the end of the round to hover over her opponent as the bell rang.
Carolina was looking sharp to start the final round. She was staying on the outside popping shots at a slightly more stationary Wood. As the round went on, Wood began to score again with her knees and elbows on the inside, but she couldn't keep the fight in close quarters. The fighters slugged it out in the final moments, with Wood knocking over Carolina at the buzzer.
Ľudovít Klein vs. Jai Herbert result in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28): Lightweight
After some back and forth on the feet, Klein caught a kick to find top position with about four-minutes to go in the opening round. Herbert started to threaten with an armbar, but Klein was staying defensibly responsible, so Jai then started to spam strikes off of his back. The up kicks were doing damage, too, and gave him the space he needed to get up. Klein had a nasty gash open up on his left eyebrow, and the striking of Herbert began to pick up.
Klein started to walk down Herbert to begin he second round, followed by some jockeying for position in the clinch. Herbert tried to get the fight down to the ground, but Klein had other ideas. In open space, Herbert stayed on his bike, chipping away with leg kicks as he tried to keep Klein at bay.
The final frame began with an accidental cup shot to Klein. After a short break, the fight got back underway. Klein was fiery, showing some urgency and pushing the pace. Then, Jai landed another cup shot, which resulted in another time out, as well as a point deduction for Herbert. The fight restarted and Herbert then showed some urgency. He hit a takedown and began to rip away with elbows. Klein scrambled up and exploded through with a takedown of his own, with about a minute to go in the match. Herbert quickly scrambled up and recovered top position again, to close out the round in a good position.
Veronica Hardy def. Juliana Miller by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): (W) Flyweight
Miller came out aggressive, but she was getting pieced up with some crisp boxing from Hardy. The technical polish may not have been there for Miller, but there is no denying her effort. She kept wading into the pocket, eating shots in order to close the distance. Miller attempted a takedown, but Hardy was the one who ended up on top.
Miller closed the distance right away to begin the second stanza, but again Hardy came up with top position. Miller quickly threatened with an armbar, but Hardy wisely worked her way out of danger. Again Miller went to the armbar, but again Hardy was able to shut it down. A massive elbow landed to the forehead of Miller, causing some pretty bad swelling.
The final round saw Miller punch her way into the clinch, which resulted in Hardy taking top position again. Miller rolled for a kneebar, and it was pretty deep, but the submission defense of Hardy was holding up. The fight returned to the feet, and Hardy landed a sweet head kick that was only partially blocked. Hardy hit another takedown to finish up the round on top. Not bad for being away from the cage of three years!
Miller ate that shot from Hardy #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/8XWBpjdsQd— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 18, 2023
About the author: Eddie Mercado has covered combat sports since 2015. He covers everything from betting odds to live events and fighter interviews. He holds a 1-0 record in pro MMA and holds a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu. (full bio)