What could very well be the biggest UFC card in the promotion’s history is underway at the iconic, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Below are the results and recaps for the UFC 205, preliminary card, which will feature several pivotal bouts, including Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson.
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Carmouche moved ahead in rounds one and two by using her takedowns and grappling to control the fight. In round three, however, Chookagian rocked Carmouche with a headkick and had the latter in all sorts of trouble. It was too little, too late, however, and Carmouche earned the split decision win.
Liz Carmouche def. Katlyn Chookagian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
Alves pressured Miller throughout much of the bout in search of landing a fight ending strike, but Miller kept him on the defensive with body kicks and takedowns. Alves defended well when he was on his back, but the overall game of Miller ruled the day.
Jim Miller def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad
Luque cracked Muhammad with a counter left hook not long into the fight, and then finished him off with a couple of more punches from above. Impressive win for Luque.
Vicente Luque def. Belal Muhammad via KO (punches) R1 1:19
Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch
Boetsch came out looking extremely comfortable on his feet and was looking to land a big right. Natal ate a couple of right hands and tried taking the bout down, but Boetsch defended. As the opening round neared it’s end, Boetsch dropped Natal with a big right, and finished the fight with follow up punches. Big win for “The Barbarian”.
Tim Boetsch def. Rafael Natal via TKO (punches) R1, 3:22
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
Johnson came out firing big punches and proceeded to stun Nurmagomedov early on with a hard, left hand. The vaunted grappler recovered, however, and took Johnson to the mat. From there, Nurmagomedov maintained top position for the remainder of the opening round and punished him with punches. Nurmagomedov took Johnson to the ground once again in round two, and once again, he battered the lightweight with punches from above. In round three, “The Eagle” took Johnson down once more, and after punishing him with more punches, he finished the fight with a kimura. Very impressive win for the undefeated fighter.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Michael Johnson via submission (kimura) R3, 2:31
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Edgar came out in his usual form, staying light on his feet, while Stephens looked to land his heavy hands. Edgar put his wrestling game in play,a and was able to take Stephens down a couple of time. But, in round two, Stephens caught the former lightweight champ with a headkick that had Edgar in all sorts of trouble. Edgar rebounded, however, took Stephens down, and threatened with submission attempts before the second frame ended. Edgar scored another takedown in round three, but Stephens returned to his feet, and as the final seconds ticked off, he fired off heavy, heavy punches at the Jersey fighter’s way.
Frankie Edgar def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)