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ufc 183

Now that the Fight Pass prelims for UFC 183 are over, we’ll move to the rest of the preliminary card, which will feature several pivotal fights.

Case in point, John Lineker is set to battle flyweight Ian McCall in the prelims, and Miesha Tate will throw down with fellow bantamweight contender, Sarah McMann.

Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson

Natal is keeping busy with jabs and kicks. Watson responds. Watson attempts a body kick but gets swept to the floor.  Fight is back on its feet. Natal continues to fire off more strikes than Watson, who seems to be having trouble finding his range. Watson is starting to wear Natal’s strikes. Natal lands a solid right hand that sends Watson stumbling into the cage. The British fighter waves him on. Watson attempts a knee but gets taken down briefly. Natal takes Watson back to the floor. Watson works his way back up, but once again, he gets taken down. Round ends.

Round 2: Natal plants a hard right not long into the round. Watson shrugs it off. The middleweights exchange leg kicks. Natal shoots in as Watson throws a kick, and takes him down. Watson crawls back to the cage and is trying to get back up. Natal lands a thumping punch as Watson gets back to his feet. The two exchange strikes and then Natal shoots in. Watson defends and fires a hard leg kick. Natal charges in and clinches up, but can’t get Watson down. Briefly Natal sweeps him to the floor. Watson is landing more often than the first round, but isn’t doing much damage. Natal blasts in with a nicely timed takedown before the round ends.

Round 3: Natal lands a couple of stinging jabs. The Brazilian chucks a head kick that Watson blocks. Wow. Natal fires a spinning backfist that just misses. Natal changes levels, shoots in, but is thwarted. Watson continues to move forward but is taking jabs in response. Natal plants a hard right hand. Watson is cranking up the offense but is having trouble breaking through Natal’s defense. Natal stuns Watson with a series of shots and then briefly takes him down. Watson looks for a choke along the fence but is thrown to the mat. Wow. Natal picks Watson up again and slams him to the floor. Fight ends.

Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

John Lineker vs. Ian McCall

McCall throws a few kicks to begin the fight. McCall follows up with a beautifully timed, double leg not long after. McCall lands an elbow from above and is trying to pass Lineker’s half guard. McCall throws a couple more shots and Lineker is attempting to work his way out. McCall is still maintaing top position as he promised he could do heading into the fight. McCall fires another elbow but Lineker is looking for a heel hook. McCall defends and round ends.

Round 2: Lineker wings a couple of hard punches to begin the round. McCall shots in for a takedown but gets caught in a guillotine. Wow. McCall defends. That was close. Lineker is on top but McCall scrambles to his feet. Lineker fires a hard left. The flyweights clash heads and the bout is temporarily halted. Lineker chucks another hard punch to the body. McCall tries another shot but gets shut down. Lineker storms in and threatens with some heavy punches. Lineker counters with a hard left. McCall shoots in again and gets countered with a choke attempt. McCall works his way out but takes some ground-and-pound punches. Round ends. Good frame for Lineker.

Round 3: Fight is likely at one round per fighter. McCall throws a switch kick but it doesn’t land flush. Lineker wings a right hand but misses. McCall storms in and fires a kick. Lineker takes another kick to the body. McCall shoots in again but can’t get it. Lineker lands a left as he chases McCall. Lineker clips McCall but the latter fires back. McCall is bloodied up. Lineker continues to hunt McCall with winging hooks. Once again, Lineker stuffs McCall’s takedown attempt. Wow. Both men are firing off punches. Fight ends. Great round. Lineker likely is the winner here.

John Lineker def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman

Herman fires a few shots to begin the fight and then gets blasted by a Brunson hook and jab. Herman crashes back into the cage, and after Brunson swarms in with shots, the fight’s called. Now that was fast. Crazy. Big win for Brunson.

Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman via TKO (punches) R1, 0:36

Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate 

Both women fires hard right hands to begin the fight. Tate eats a massive, overhand right and crumples to the floor. McMann is on top, but it looks like Tate’s recovered. McMann is trying to pass Tate’s guard. McMann fires an elbow. Tate is throwing punches from the bottom but McMann passes. The decorated wrestler is working from side mount. McMann isn hunting for a keylock but Tate defends. McMann lands several more shots from below but Tate threatens with a triangle. Round ends.

Round 2: McMann flurries in. Tate responds not long after with her own barrage of punches.  Tate comes in but eats a right hand. McMann lands several more shots. Tate takes yet another right hand and McMann clinches up. Tate blasts in and lands a couple hard shots. Wow. Tate slaps on a guillotine choke and McMann is trying to defend. Tate is on top and is looking for a one arm choke now. Round ends. What a turn around for Tate.

Round 3: Tate charges in but gets thrown. In the scramble, however, Tate gets on top. Tate is working from half guard and then passes into side control. Tate lands several elbows from the top. McMann takes several more punches. Tate traps McMann’s elbow with her leg and slams down a couple more elbows. McMann can’t get out from the bottom. Tate threatens with a Kimura but gives it up. Fight ends. What a comeback for Tate.

Miesha Tate def. Sarah McMann via majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)

UFC 183 Fight Pass Prelim Results and Play-by-Play

Alrighty. UFC 183’s Fight Pass prelims will be underway shortly in lovely Las Vegas, so let’s get to the action…

Before the prelims got underway, the UFC announced that a featherweight bout between Diego Brandao and Jim Hettes has been cancelled. The promotion said the fight was called off because Hettes experienced medical issues. No specific details were provided.

Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos

Both middleweights come out firing a lot of punches and kicks. Santos chucks a hard kick to the body of Enz, which the latter partially blocks. Enz plants a solid, counter right hand not long after. Wow. Another hard kick lands to the body of Enz. The American appears to be hurt. Santos swarms in and puts Enz down. Ref comes in to end the flurry of Santos. Impressive win for Santos.

Thiago Santos def. Andy Enz via TKO (kicks and punches) R1, 1:56

Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira 

Moreira throws a couple of kicks but there’s not much going on in the opening minute. Alcantara tries a head kick but slips to the mat. Moreira storms in and is winging hard punches. The middleweights clinch up. Moreira changes levels, and tries rolling Alcantara, but the latter winds up on top. Moreira does a nice job of sweeping Alcantara. Moreira’s working within the guard of Alcantara and then dives for a leg. Round ends.

Round 2: Alcantara fires a head kick that’s blocked. Once again, both guys start the round out slow. Alcantara starts getting busier with strikes. Alcantara chucks another head kick which appears to land somewhat well, but Moreira keeps coming. Alcantara fires another head kick that just misses. Moreira shoots in for a takedown but can’t get it. Fans are a booin….

Round 3: Alcantara continues to be the busier of the two. Moreira blasts in with an overhand right but misses. Alcantara is throwing a nice jab from the southpaw stance. Some fans are definitely not thrilled with this bout… Moreira clinches up but isn’t doing much. Then, Moreira tries throwing Alcantara down but the latter grabs the fence, and gets a warning from the ref. Both guys are throwing the occasional shot. Moreira shoots in for a single but Alcantara defends. Moreira blasts in with some heavy shots but misses. Fight ends and some fans in attendance offer another round of boos.

Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ufc 183

In a few hours, UFC 183 will go down on pay-per-view.

Before that, though, check out fight replays featuring all four main and co-main event fighters in the videos below.

Anderson Silva faces Nick Diaz in the headline bout, while Kelvin Gastelum battles Tyron Woodley.

ufc 183

Joe Lauzon is known as the “Bonus King” in the UFC, having picked up 13 performance of the night honors.

However, his biggest victory pales in comparison to that won by his son, Joey.

Check out the video below to see Joey’s win over cancer:

ufc rankings

Fresh off his convincing victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson was voted to the No. 1 spot in the UFC light heavyweight division rankings.

Johnson is expected to face Jon Jones for the title later this year after winning all three of his Octagon bouts upon his return. Gustafsson, who lost for the first time since falling to Jones in 2013, is now second.

The 205-pound division saw plenty of movement, as Ryan Bader vaulted two spots to No. 5, while Jimi Manuwa, Shogun Rua and Rafael Cavalcante all moved up a spot over Dan Henderson. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also climbed up to No. 13 ahead of Fabio Maldonado.

Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and Phil Davis each fell one spot.

At middleweight, Gegard Mousasi and Tim Boetsch passed Tim Kennedy and Mark Munoz for seventh and 13th; Conor McGregor is now third at featherweight and Dennis Siver 11th; and Brad Pickett is 13th, one spot ahead of Wilson Reis.

Fabricio Werdum, the interim UFC heavyweight champion, moved into the overall Top-15, while Ronda Rousey flipped with T.J. Dillashaw for seventh and Vitor Belfort did the same with Dominick Cruz for 14th.

Two small movements went down in the women’s divisions, as Tecia Torres passed Joanne Calderwood for fifth at strawweight and Holly Holm did the same at bantamweight with Germaine de Randamie for 13th.

The rankings will be updated once again next week after UFC 183, which features Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley and Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon.

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