Check out the results of the five Fight Pass preliminary card bouts at UFC on FOX 24: Johnson vs. Reis in Kansas City, Missouri.
The UFC Fight Pass portion of UFC on FOX 24 preliminary card is complete. Highlighting the early action was Zak Cummings getting a quick finish in front of his home fans in Kansas City, as well as Anthony Smith rallying to put away Andrew Sanchez. Aljamain Sterling also turned in a fine performance to get back in the win column. Here’s how the fights played out.
Aljamain Sterling def Augusto Mendes by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – Bantamweights
Sterling showcased his hands before taking Tanquinho down against the fence. Mendes attacked with a leglock, which Sterling illegally defended by holding the fence. After Sterling escaped, referee Mario Yamasaki stood Mendes up. Sterling got caught with a big right hand and Mendes pounced by going for a guillotine, which Sterling popped out of, then the Brazilian switched to an armbar. Exciting scrambling ensued, with both men jockeying for superior position on the ground. Sterling wound up on top and connected with good ground-and-pound, all while Mendes maintained an active guard.
Aljamain popped Mendes with a right hand to start round 2, showing off improved boxing in this contest. Sterling worked his offense in the clinch against Mendes, but Mendes reversed position and managed double underhooks. Sterling showed excellent takedown defense just as it looked like he’d have Sterling down. Sterling kept a quick pace with his striking and was able to take Mendes down late in the round. He battered Mendes with hard hammerfists.
Mendes was noticeably fading and Sterling was ripping him to the body with kicks. A left hook had Mendes hurt and Aljamain was demonstrating complete control of his opponent. Mendes tried to sneak in a choke after Sterling had dipped his head in an exchange, but Aljamain got out of that potential trouble spot. Mendes was engaged in an ineffective clinch battle and not initiating nearly enough offense. Sterling rotated Mendes against the fence and kneed him to the body. Sterling closed the round strongly with his striking, with Mendes unable to land a fight-changing blow. Aljamain snaps his two-fight losing streak, while Tanquinho drops to 1-2.
Devin Clark def. Jake Collier by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) – Light Heavyweights
Collier attacked Clark with a strong combination, including a right hand and a head kick, followed by knees to the body. Clark was able to use his striking to transition to his wrestling and he took Collier down. It looked as if Collier was hit with a hard knee while downed and that momentarily stunned him. Definitely looked as if it was to the head, but nothing was called. When they went back to their feet, Clark was getting the better of Collier with his striking in this fast-paced round.
Clark was in control of the early part of the second round. Collier was hit with an extremely illegal shot to the groin, which paused the fight for a moment. Collier was insistent on spinning attacks to his own detriment. Clark took Collier down twice in the round and then concluded the closing seconds with leg kicks.
It was Clark once again taking the initiative and putting Collier on his back. Jake went for a kimura attempt but Clark escaped rather easily. Clark took Collier down again later in the final round, this time getting to mount and then back mount. Collier was able to get the fight back to an open guard, but he continued to eat shots while Clark searched for a submission. Clark almost had the arm under the chin for a rear-naked choke (with no hooks) but Collier escaped. An exhausted Collier was thoroughly beaten down in the final round, and one judge even scored it a 10-8 in favor of Clark. Collier is now 2-3 in the UFC, while Clark improves to 2-1.
Anthony Smith def. Andrew Sanchez by KO (knee and punches) at 3:52 of round 3- Middleweights
It only took one minute for the TUF 23 winner to take Smith down and advanced himself into side control. Smith was able to regain half-guard and then swept Sanchez to the bottom in an impressive moment of scrambling. Rather curiously, referee Keith Peterson stood them up even with Smith trying to advance to a better position. Sanchez cracked Smith with a hard right hand, but Smith answered back with a left. All things considered, a tight first round with good action from both men.
Smith was able to stop a telegraphed takedown in round 2, but not Sanchez’s next takedown, which came following a flurry of punches against the fence. Sanchez took Smith’s back but didn’t have any hooks in. Smith tried to explode his way back to his feet, which failed, and he hate a bunch of left hands for his troubles. Sanchez scooped Smith back to the mat and delivered some more punishment to put a stamp on a dominant second round.
Smith was able to back Sanchez away with good strikes landed in the clinch to start the third. Sanchez was clipped by a hard right hand and failed to complete a takedown on Smith. Both men looked more labored in their movement. Sanchez’s takedowns were slower and easier to defend. Smith was feeling confident and pressuring Sanchez, landing quality punches and knees. “Lionheart” drilled Sanchez with a big right off a combination, then dropped him with a head kick (which replays showed landed with a knee to the head). Follow-up shots on a downed Sanchez put him away. A great comeback by Smith to pick up another finish. Sanchez suffers his first UFC loss.
OHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! @LionHeartSmith w/ the finish!! OH MY!! #UFCKansasCity ➡️ https://t.co/1aykmzQlub pic.twitter.com/rlI2vqraa2
— UFC (@ufc) April 15, 2017
Zak Cummings def. Nathan Coy by technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of round 1 – Welterweights
Cummings was landing at will on Coy in the early stages, both with powerful leg kicks and sharp boxing. A big left hand stunned Coy midway through the first. Cummings floored Coy with a stiff jab from southpaw position, but Coy sprung back up. Coy timed a Cummings punch well and was deep on a single, but that proved to be his undoing. Cummings maneuvered his way into a guillotine choke, then tried rolling into mount. He lost position but still kept control of the neck, readjusted, advanced to mount, and it was locked in. Coy went to sleep almost instantly but it took referee Mike England an ungodly amount of time to stop it. Poor refereeing but no denying the tightness of that guillotine by Cummings, who gets a win in front of his home fans.
What a scramble! Coy goes for the takedown, but @ZakCummings reverses and gets the submission win! What a performance! #UFCKansasCity pic.twitter.com/C0LD7Hr8v4
— UFC (@ufc) April 15, 2017
Ketlen Vieira def. Ashlee Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) – Women’s Bantamweights
Vieira got off to a solid start in the opening round. She frequently pressured Evans-Smith and teed off with sharp punches against the fence. Her counterpunching was also on point. Evans-Smith was able to find some success late in the first with clinch strikes. The Brazilian used an outside trip to take Evans-Smith down in the second round, briefly taking her back but only securing one hook before Evans-Smith broke free. While Evans-Smith had a little more offense in the second than the first (especially the leg kicks), Vieira’s countering skills and powerful right uppercut posed all kinds of problems for her opponent. The speed differential was prevalent, and so was the power.
A hard right hand cracked Vieira and she was pushed down momentarily. Evans-Smith attacked with knees in the clinch before Vieira tried for a takedown. Referee Keith Peterson separated them just before the midway point of the final round. Evans-Smith got a little bit creative with a spinning backfist. She flashed her jab while Vieira was not as effective offensively as she was in the previous two rounds. She closed out the fight well with a stiff combination, as Evans-Smith fired away body and leg kicks. Vieira improves to 2-0 in the UFC, and she might find herself ranked, as Evans-Smith came into this one at #13.