UFC 228 Preliminary Card Results: Tatiana Suarez TKO’s Carla Esparza

UFC 228 Prelim

UFC 228 preliminary card results are underway as the Las Vegas-based promotions holds this latest event on television for fight fans around the world to watch the show.

It’s once again fight day here at LowKickMMA, and the talent on display tonight (Saturday, September 8, 2018) will come from in the form of UFC 228. Headlining the card are Tyron Woodley and Darren Till, but there’s a whole bunch of great fights also taking place on the preliminary section of the card.

Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez in a women’s strawweight bout closes the preliminary card on FOX Sports 1 in what should be an interesting fight. In round 1, Suarez ducks under a punch and eventually lands the takedown. Suarez is on top against the cage, landing some nasty punches and elbows. Suarez is all over Esparza, slamming down elbows from within the guard. Esparza is trying to lock in an armor, but Suarez is beating her up badly. Esparza’s face is a swollen mess already as she tries to wall walk back up top her feet. Esparza gets back up, but Suarez just ragdolls her back to the canvas and unload more elbows and punches. In round 2, Suarez lands a kick to the body, changes levels and takes Esparza down. The beating will likely begin shortly. Suarez doesn’t dish out any real damage before Carla is able to climb back to her feet. Huge takedown for Suarez, who lands in side control. In round 3, Esparza shoots in early but she’s stuffed/ The two scramble wildly on the ground before Suarez lands in side control. Suarez isn’t dishing out a lot of damage, but she’s mauling Esparza on the canvas against the cage. Suarez continues to pour on the pressure and has gone back to the elbows from full mount. Suarez finished Esparza via TKO with 28 seconds to go in the fight.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann is next in a bantamweight bout. In round 1, Stamann digs a right hook to the body. The action is fierce early, with both men throwing kick and punches non-stop. Sterling with a hard kick to the body and then one to the head. Stamann spins out and misses a head kick of his own. Sterling fails at a takedown attempt and is reversed into the cage. Sterling tags Stamann with a right to the head. They explode in a flurry and Stamann takes him down. Sterling locks in a triangle off his back. It’s deep but Stamann is fending it off. Sterling loses the triangle coke and Stamann scrambles up to his feet. In round 2, Stamann has a head blocked and then talks some trash to Sterling. Stamann is cut above his right eye as well. Sterling scores a takedown but he can’t keep him down. Stamann is back up but is being pressed into the cage. Stamann turns around and takes Aljamain down. Sterling gets back up but winds up taking Stamann down and lands in full mount. Sterling is riding high on Cody’s back but latches on a leg lock. Stamann taps out, but he’s writhing in pain on the ground.

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Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho is next in a welterweight bout. In round 1, the two trade a flurry of punches against the cage, with Neal landing the better shots. Neal cracks Camacho with a straight left to the jaw, causing him to stumble. A hard straight left to the mouth by Neal. Another. Neal is bleeding from the nose and breathing heavily. Camacho intelligently ties Neal up against the cage but he can’t keep him there. Camacho is dropped by a hook at the horn and is saved. In round 2, Neal swarms Camacho early and has him reeling. Huge left head kick and Camacho is out cold.

Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart in a middleweight bout opens the FOX Sports 1 preliminary bouts. In round 1, Byrd with a pair of rights to the head, followed by a left hook. Stewart shakes them off, though. Byrd lands a triple jab before connecting with another right to the head, but Stewart is unfazed. Byrd lands a nice elbow to the head. Another, but Stewart rolls with the strikes well. Byrd comes right at Stewart to begin the second, throwing elbows and punches. Stewart, again, rolls with them all but he’s not countering. In round 2, Stewart is finally rocked by a right to the head. He avoids the incoming attacks and clinches. Byrd is rocked badly by a right hook. He is in danger and Stewart chases him down. Stewart keeps throwing. Byrd is dropped and basically out. Stewart closes in and referee Montalvo has to pull him off.

Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White in a welterweight bout finishes off the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card. In round 1, Sanchez storms out of his corner and plows into White, who locks in a standing guillotine. Sanchez scoops him up and slams him down hard to escape. Sanchez escapes a triangle choke attempt and is looking to rain down all sorts of damage from within the guard of White. White is playing his guard well, avoiding most of Sanchez’s onslaught from on top. Sanchez crushes White with some right hands and moves to side control. Sanchez is mauling him on the ground. In round 2, Sanchez charges at White again but misses a single leg attempt. White lands a knee to the chest but Sanchez takes him down. Sanchez is raining down punches again, but he’s rocked by an up-kick to the mouth. Sanchez’s head is clear now and he returns right back to fierce ground-n-pound. In round 3, Sanchez refuses to touch gloves to begin the third. Sanchez is dropped by a punch to the head, but manages to take White down. Sanchez’s head is cleared and he’s landing some hard punches from on top. White is bloody and battered with two minutes left. He needs a miracle on his back as Sanchez continues to maul him. Sanchez got the decision win.

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Jim Miller vs. Alex White is next in a lightweight bout. In round 1, Miller lands a straight left and then a leg kick to begin the fight. A nice straight left to the head from Miller, which snaps White’s head back. Miller wrecks White with punches and then locks in the rear-naked choke. He gets the tap

Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilova is next in a women’s bantamweight bout. In round 1, Pudilova has a nice red smack spot on her forehead. Aldana is sticking and moving nicely, punching and kicking at range. Pudilova lands a nice counter right to the head, but Aldana responds with one of her own. A pair of right straights to the head from Aldana force Pudilova backward. The women trade some serious kicks to the head and body. Aldana is rocked by a head kick and stumbles into the cage. Terrific action at the horn. In round 2, Pudilova rocks Aldana with a right hand to the head and then a follow-up kick to the body. The ladies swap punches to the head in a flurry. Nice action on the feet but Pudilova is landing the harder shots. Aldana stumbles backwards from swallowing a stiff jab. Pudilova is showing no respect for the Mexican. In round 3, Aldana is very aggressive early on, looking to take over the fight. Aldana hurts Pudilova with a nasty leg kick. Pudilova is limping, but she connects with a nice left hook to the dome. Pudilova has her nose wrecked by a fist; blood is pouring everywhere. Pudilova looks like she’s gassing out as she eats a pair of jabs. A jab in return opens up Aldana’s beak. Aldana gets the nod.

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Opening the UFC Fight Pass prelims is Jarred Brooks vs. Roberto Sanchez in a flyweight bout. In round 1, Brooks goes with the underhook as he tries to take Sanchez’s back, but Sanchez thwarts him. Sanchez is unable to gain mount, which allows Brooks to try a heel hook and then a knee bar. Sanchez lands some hammerfists from on top while he defends the heel hook. Brooks misses the sub but transitions to the other leg. He misses an inside heel hook and Sanchez explodes to his feet. In round 2, Brooks lands a right hook to the head, but misses a few wild follow-up punches. Sanchez lands a left to the head. Brooks reverses position against the cage and takes Sanchez’s back whilst standing. Sanchez not able to work any submissions while on his back. Brooks lands several; punches to the head and body. In round 3, Brooks is going for a takedown against the cage and finally lands it. He is in side control while Sanchez is trying to use the cage to escape. Brooks is going for a takedown against the cage and finally lands it. He is in side control while Sanchez is trying to use the cage to escape. Brooks slowly drags Sanchez back down to the canvas. Roberto locks in a body triangle off his back, not looking for any submissions at the moment. Brooks got the decision win.

Here are the results:


Women’s Strawweight Bout: Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza by TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 3

Bantamweight Bout: Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Stamann via submission (kneebar) at 3:42 of R2

Welterweight Bout: Geoff Neal def. Frank Camacho via knockout (high kick) – Round 2, 1:23

Middleweight Bout: Darren Stewart def. Charles Byrd via TKO (Elbows and Punches) R2, 2:17

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:15 p.m. ET)

Welterweight Bout: Diego Sanchez def. Craig White via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Lightweight Bout: Jim Miller def. Alex White by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:29 of Round 1

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Irene Aldana def. Lucie Pudilova by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 

Flyweight Bout: Jarred Brooks def. Roberto Sanchez via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)