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Alrighty. The latest UFC on FOX card is under way, and the preliminary card will feature several, well established vets, including Jim Miller, Takeya Mizugaki, and Ovince Saint Preux, among others.

Below are the Fight Pass prelim results, and the play-by-play for the rest of the card follows.

Tim Means def. George Sullivan via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R3, 3:41

Diego Brando def. Jimmy Hettes via TKO (doctor stoppage due to cut ear) R1, 5:00

Chris Dempsey def. Eddie Gordian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Aljamain Sterling  vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Both men come out aggressively. Sterling looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Mizugaki briefly takes Sterling’s back. Sterling breaks away and is looking for another takedown. Sterling lands a few knees to the body. Follows up with knees to the leg. Ref breaks them up. Sterling fires a kick but nearly gets hit with right hands from Mizugaki. Sterling shoots in and briefly takes Mizugaki down. The latter gets swept to the mat, but once again, he gets back up. Sterling attempts a spinning backfist. Round ends.

Round 2: Sterling fires a head kick that gets blocked. The bantamweight follows up with a takedown. Mizugaki gets back up though. Sterling breaks away from the cage, changes levels, but Mizugaki sprawls. Mizugaki attempts a flying knee hat misses. The rugged vet follows up with a few punches. Sterling shoots a double. Mizugaki gets up but Sterling takes him down again. The American works around to Mizugaki’s back. Round ends.

Round 3: Mizugaki is pressing forward. Sterling shoots in but Mizugaki defends at first. Sterling keeps working it and gets the vet down. Mizugaki gives up his back. As Mizugaki attempts to turn around, Sterling catches him with an arm-triangle-choke. Wow. Mizugaki taps. What a finish.

Aljamain Sterling def. Takeya Mizugaki via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R3, 211

Gian Villante vs. Corey Anderson

Anderson comes out and is keeping busy with kicks and punches. Villante plants a leg kick. And does so again. And again. Anderson changes levels but Villante defends the takedown. The latter fires off another leg kick. Anderson flurries in with punches and a kick. Anderson takes another leg kick but counters with a hard right. Anderson with a nice one-two. Villante follows up with a few more leg kicks. Villante goes high with a head kick and it grazes Anderson. Entertaining opening round. Anderson takes a couple more leg kicks. Villante fires off another. Round ends.

Round 2: Villante lands a jab and another leg kick to begin the round. Anderson is still moving forward. Anderson chucks a hard left. Villante chucks a few more leg kicks. Anderson responds with a couple hard punches. Villante eats a right. Both men are staying busy with punches. Villante follows up with three more leg kicks. Crazy. Anderson threatens with a takedown but Villante defends. Anderson checks a kick. The latter is fires off a nice combo. Round ends.

Round 3: Anderson checks another kick. Follows u with a high kick that’s blocked. Villante loads up on a right. Anderson fires a nice jab, checks another kick. Anderson fires a spinning back fist and then a spinning kick. Villante has slowed down. Anderson comes in with a flying knee that’s blocked. Anderson is keeping very busy. Villante lands a hook. Both guys are coming in with hard shots. Villante plants a right. Wow. Anderson is rocked big time and falls into the cage. Villante lands another shot and the ref jumps. What a finish.

Gian Villante def. Corey Anderson via TKO (punches) R3, 4:18

Patrick Cummins vs. Ovince Saint Preux

OSP throws a jab and a kick. Cummins attempts a right but takes a kick to the body. OSP wings a head kick but gets taken down. OSP jumps right back up. Wow. Cummins blasts in with a double leg, but OSP pops back to his feet. Cummins clinches up. OSP chucks a big knee to the body. Follows up with a jab. OSP chucks a big left, attempts a spinning kick but gets taken down. Yet again, however, OSP gets back to his feet. Cummins plants a right. OSP wings a couple hard shots. Cummins storms in but OSP moves away, lands a counter. Wow. OSP attempts a takedown attempt but Cummins defends. OSP drops Cummins with a hee-uge uppercut, swarms in, and puts the light-heavyweight with shots from above. Another highlight reel finish for OSP.

Ovince Saint Preux def. Patrick Cummins via KO (punches) R1, 4:54

Beneil Dariush vs. Jim Miller 

Miller wings a right hook that misses. Miller follows up with a leg kick. Dariush with a leg kick. Both guys are winging some hard shots. Miller lands a good left. Dariush plants a hard leg kick; follows up with a Superman Punch that misses. Miller comes in but takes a knee for his efforts. Dariush is looking for a single leg but gets swept with a Kimura attempt. Wow. Beautiful. Miller transitions into a triangle choke attempt but Dariush gets out. Dariush is on top. Miller moves into rubber guard. Dariush backs out. Round ends.

Round 2: Dariush comes in with a knee and pushes Miller to the cage. Dariush gets the takedown and is looking for the arm-triangle-choke. Miller hits a fantastic sweep and drops back for a guillotine. Dariush gets out and moves into mount. Miller gives up his back. Dariush almost locks up an arm-triangle. Miller takes an elbow and gives up his back again.  Dariush continues to hunt for a choke. Can’t get it. Round ends.

Round 3: Miller comes out aggressively and Dariush changes levels. Dariush pushes Miller to the cage and then trips him to the floor. Dariush is still looking for an arm-triangle-choke, but changes approach, moves to north-south. Dariush is back in Miller’s guard; then passes. Miller gives up his back again. Stand ups, tries to slam Dariush off his back but it doesn’t work. Dariush is looking for a RNC but Miller continues to defend. Miller attempts another slam but this time he lands face down. Round ends.

Beneil Dariush def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ufc on fox 15

Saturday’s UFC on FOX 15 card will feature a solid mix of past champions and headliners, along with a bevy of up-and-coming prospects.

Sprinkle in a little female action and you have the makings of a solid night.

Here’s a look at the media notes, courtesy the UFC, for the card:

MIDDLEWEIGHT SHOWCASE

Four of the top six ranked middleweights in the world will be on display in Newark. In the main event, No. 3 Lyoto Machida faces No. 5 Luke Rockhold while the co-main will feature top-ranked Jacare Souza taking on No. 6 Yoel Romero. With champ Chris Weidman set to defend his title against Vitor Belfort the following month, this could be considered a tournament of sorts for the next shot at the 185-pound title. One of the most intriguing aspects of the two fights is the fact all four competitors bring a drastically different style to the fight. Machida is known for his unorthodox striking and karate background while Rockhold may be one of the best pure athletes in the sport. In the co-main, Jacare is a world renowned jiu jitsu player and Romero is an Olympic wrestler. (Note: These were published before Romero was injured and removed, with Chris Camozzi taking his place.)

TOP-10 STRAWWEIGHTS

Two of the most recognizable names in the strawweight division will clash in Newark when No. 8 Felice Herrig meets No. 10 Paige VanZant. Known just as much for their beauty as they are their fighting ability, this is a true case of not judging a book by its cover. Herrig is the owner of a 23-5 professional kickboxing record and is a former Muay Thai champion and VanZant is a true mixed martial artist who stormed onto the scene with a third-round TKO in her UFC debut. Both women have the natural ability to market themselves and a win on FOX in front of a national audience could propel one woman to the next level of stardom and more importantly, one step closer to the title.

TOP PROSPECTS

Aljamain Sterling will put his perfect 10-0 record on the line while Beneil Dariush goes for his fourth straight win as they look to crack the top-15 in the bantamweight and lightweight divisions respectively. With each fighter set to take a big step up in competition facing ranked opponents, the stakes are high. Sterling is a two-time NCAA Div. III All-American wrestler and training partner of Chris Weidman. Dariush takes the bout on short notice and with a quick turn-around after defeating Daron Cruickshank at UFC 185 March 14 via second round rear naked choke.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

When the Octagon touches down in Newark, it’ll be a home game for five fighters on the card. Aljamain Sterling (Uniondale, N.Y.), Eddie Gordon (Freeport, N.Y.) and Gian Villante (Bellmore, N.Y.) are all fighting out of Long Island; while Jim Miller (Sparta, N.J.) and Corey Anderson (Robbinsville, N.J.) are Jersey guys.

ufc 186

Maveryk Allen Johnson will get to see his proud father’s first title defense, if he can stay awake long enough.

Demetrious Johnson and his wife, Destiny, welcomed the newborn on Wednesday. Maveryk weighed in at eight pounds and 13 ounces, just a few away from “Mighty Mouse,” who is the reigning UFC flyweight champion.

“Officially a father of two,” Johnson posted on Instagram, along with a picture of his wife and new son holding a glove with “UFC” on it.

Johnson returns to the Octagon next Saturday, defending his title against Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186.

arianny celeste

UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste has stayed clear of the headlines for a while, leaving her “feud” with Ronda Rousey in the past for the time being.

Now, though, Celeste is back, but this time showing off her incredible figure.

Check out the pictures she posted on Twitter recently in describing what the “best cut and style for petite bodies and bootys” are on her personal blog:

ufc rankings

Fresh off his victory over Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko Cro Cop finds himself in the Top-15 of the latest UFC rankings.

Cro Cop, a former top contender in multiple promotions, debuted at No. 15 in the heavyweight rankings.

Stefan Struve also moved up a spot to 14th at heavyweight.

A handful of fighters moved up two spots, including Patrick Cummins (13th, light heavyweight), Zach Makovsky (seventh, flyweight) and Dustin Ortiz (flyweight).

Those climbing a spot each included Thales Leites (ninth, middleweight), welterweights Tarec Saffiedine, Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Jake Ellenberger, Rick Story, Thiago Alves, Gunnar Nelson and Ryan LaFlare, while Neil Magny debuted at No. 15.

Saffiedine, Kim, Gastelum, Ellenberger, Story, Alves, Nelson and LaFlare hold down spots 7-through-14.

Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller are now ninth and 12th at lightweight, while Mitch Gagnon is 13th at bantamweight. Henry Cejudo (ninth), Chris Cariaso (10th), Wilson Reis (13th) and Chico Camus (14th) all moved up at flyweight, while Brad Pickett entered at No. 15.

Jessica Penne and Randa Markos moved up to third and sixth at strawweight, while Maryna Moroz debuted at No. 9. Liz Carmouche is now eighth at bantamweight.

Champions Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler flipped for eighth and ninth in the pound-for-pound rankings.

Those that fell a spot each included Erik Perez, Josh Thomson, Tony Ferguson, Michael Bisping, Fabio Maldonado, Dan Henderson, Rose Namajunas, Joanne Calderwood, Aisling Daly, Paige VanZant, Juliana Lima, Angela Hill, Seo-Hee Ham and Amanda Nunes.

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