The Octagon heads to Boston tonight for UFC Fight Night 59 from the TD Garden.
In the main event, Conor McGregor takes on Dennis Siver in a featherweight collision. With a win, “Notorious” will earn himself a shot at UFC champion Jose Aldo later this year.
Also, Donald Cerrone returns on two weeks notice to meet former champion Benson Henderson. Previously, Henderson has won both meetings with “Cowboy.”
Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results.
Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez
Flyweights hit the Octagon for our first fight of the night, as Tateki Matsuda (10-6) takes on Joby Sanchez (6-1).
Round 1: Matsuda takes the center of the Octagon, tagging Sanchez right away. Sanchez firing off with big-time kicks and punches. He drops Matsuda with a right hand and pounces with just over two minutes to go. Matsuda now in the guard and he appears to have survived for the moment. Sanchez attempting to mount, instead switches to a rear-naked choke as they stand. Sanchez bouncing around, picking his openings and striking.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez
Round 2: Matsuda again trying to work from the center and control the offense, but eats a straight right. Here comes Matsuda back, landing a 1-2 combo. Takedown for Sanchez, working for mount early in the round. Matsuda gets to his feet, but eats a left for his effort. Excellent striking from both men through this round, keeping it standing for the most part.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Matsuda
Round 3: Sanchez comes out much quicker this time, not letting Matsuda take the center. Matsuda the more effective striker this round, busting open the nose of Sanchez. Big time power out of Sanchez again, rocking him with shots. He gains the clinch and tries to land a knee, but misses. Sanchez literally pushes him to the ground and pounces, landing shots all over the place. Credit Matsuda for being able to survive all of these shots from Sanchez, but he’s been dominated this round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez
Joby Sanchez def. Tateki Matsuda via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Matt Van Buren vs. Sean O’Connell
We finish up the Fight Pass prelims with light heavyweights, as Matt Van Buren (6-3) faces Sean O’Connell (15-6).
Round 1: Van Buren peppering him with some nasty kicks, ties up after a knee to the body and they do some dirty boxing. O’Connell denied on a takedown attempt and is eating some nasty knees. Another knee connects, as the size advantage is coming into play. O’Connell back to the body and gets hit with a hook. Van Buren doing a lot of damage off the cage with knees to the body.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for O’Connell
Round 2: O’Connell going for the kill here early, swinging with everything with his left hook. Van Buren currently has landed 27 knees, all to the body. Van Buren connects after several shots, but O’Connell catches him coming in. He’s hurt, and O’Connell lands another left. Van Buren ties things up and they land on the fence.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Van Buren
Round 3: Fatigue coming into play now, as both fighters are moving slower. Big knee to the body, again, by Van Buren lands. O’Connell lands a left hook that rocks Van Buren and he is walking him down now. Another shot. O’Connell wobbles him and pounces, firing off with lefts. Van Buren is up but wobbled, and hit with a huge uppercut. More from O’Connell and this one is all over.
Sean O’Connell def. Matt Van Buren via TKO (strikes) at 2:11 of Round 3
Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano
The FS1 prelims kickoff with featherweight action, as Charles Rosa (9-1) battles Sean Soriano (8-2).
Round 1: These two could be foreshadowing the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, as it pits the Blackzilians vs. American Top Team. Rosa with a takedown, but Soriano is looking for a triangle off his back. He’s got plenty of time to continue working for the submission. Rolls free and we are back to the feet and under three minutes. Good movement, footwork from Soriano, and Rosa answers with a kick. Rosa putting pressure on, but eats a shot for his effort. Good grappling from Soriano, and he adds a left-counter, a knee and another shot to the body.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soriano
Round 2: Rosa switches stances, and he’s limping now, so he has some damage to his leg. Another nasty kick that he tries to check. Takedown for Soriano, who stands up and proceeds to come flying back down with a right. Rosa gets up, only to get taken back down with a trip. Again up, this time they roll and Rosa attempts a toe hold but pulls guard. Armbar attempt as we approach the two-minute mark for Rosa, but Soriano defends and survives. Rosa on top and in side control, working for the mount and gaining it. He’s on the back now with both hooks in, but Soriano survives and scrambles to his feet. Rosa goes for another choke after a takedown at the end of the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rosa
Round 3: Soriano was instructed to keep the fight on the feet, so let’s see if he does it. Shot to the body by Soriano, who tries for a takedown but is denied. Another right, followed by a kick to the left leg. Rosa, wobbling, continues to press forward. Soriano pulls guard and is on the ground, exactly where his corner told him not to be. Mount for Rosa, takes the back and is looking to get his hooks in with three minutes to go. Soriano gets free and folds up Rosa, getting himself caught in an armbar. Soriano slams him down in an attempt to break the hold, which he does, but winds up on his back again. Rosa transitioning from submission to submission. He’s got him tied up and this one is all over.
Charles Rosa def. Sean Soriano via submission (D’arce choke) at 4:43 of Round 3
Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez