The time has arrived and tonight’s (Sat., November 3, 2018) UFC 230 from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The action got rolling with the UFC 230 preliminary card.
Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will face fan-favorite knockout slugger Derrick Lewis in the main event. But first, the preliminary cards are set to deliver a suitable primer for the main card.
In the featured preliminary bout, exciting featherweight Jason “Hick Diaz” Knight will take on Jordan Rinaldi. Perhaps more notoriously, controversial women’s flyweight Sijara Eubanks will take on Roxanne Modafferi. Eubanks missed weight for the second time in three UFC fights yesterday.
Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
The action began with Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima at heavyweight. Not looking to strike with kickboxing champion de Lima, Wieczorek ground the fight early. De Lima reversed position, however. The hulking Brazilian smothered Wieczorek with some ground and pound throughout the round.
In the second, de Lima came out with a hard low kick followed by a combo of punches. A clinch battle ensued. De Lima landed more strikes and leg kicks. Wieczorek was gassed as the damage to his legs was apparent.
De Lima continued the assault in the third. He ground Wieczorek and achieved the mount. Wieczorek escaped but de Lima quickly dropped him again. Wieczorek was sluggish and retreating as de Lima smothered him to win a one-sided decision.
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Shane Burgos meets Kurt Holobaugh at 145 pounds next. Like de Lima in the fight before him, Holobaugh came out firing with low kicks. Burgos checked some. Both fighters landed well, with Burgos snapping his jab. Holobaugh dropped Burgos with a quick hook. Burgos rapidly reversed with a brutal armbar, however, earning an amazing submission when he appeared badly hurt. Amazing stuff.
Lando Vannata vs. Matt Frevola
A heavily exciting lightweight fight between Lando Vannata and Matt Frevola followed Burgos’ amazing win. Frevola came out guns blazing, winging kicks and hard punches. Vannata threw some kicks of his own, of course. He dropped Frevola with a huge head kick and Frevola desperately sought a takedown. The ref stopped the action briefly to let Frevola put his mouthpiece back in. Frevola recovered and snapped some sharp counter punches. Vannata responded with some hard shots. Frevola landed a wheel kick and hurt Vannata with a straight punch. Frevola stunned Vannata with a huge punch and a knee. He looked for a guillotine as the vicious first round came to a close.
Vannata landed a strong kick to start the second. He followed with a front and wheel kick and more body kicks. Vannata was on fire and dropped Frevola with a perfect punch. He unloaded combos, scoring with body punches and kicks. A dazed Frevola went for a takedown but Vannata landed elbows to defend it. Vannata spun with a wheel kick and landed more shots, but Frevola somehow fought back with a combo. The round ended with Vannata going for a guillotine.
The final round started with Frevola somehow looking fresh. He scored with some huge shots when Vannata grabbed his kick. Vannata noticeably slowed but did score with some strikes. Frevola got a vital takedown but Vannata got back up. Some big shots from Frevola ended the fight. The back-and-forth fight ended in a draw.
Lyman Good vs. Ben Saunders
Lyman Good vs. Ben Saunders kicked off the FOX Sports 1-aired preliminary card. Good came out aggressive. Saunders landed a decent body kick, but that was about it. Good clipped him with several huge uppercuts in the clinch and finished Saunders with some hammerfists. Brutal.
Sheymon Moraes vs. Julio Arce
Sheymon Moraes met Julio Arce at 145 next. Moraes dropped Arce with a right hook early and poured on ground damage. Arce survived and looked for a submission. He took Moraes’ back standing and attempted a choke. He almost had it as the first round wound down.
Moraes landed a big right to start the second frame. Arce got a brief takedown but ate a big elbow and was bleeding badly. He became a mess as blood ran down his body and stained the Octagon. Moraes dropped him again but Arce survived the round.
Arce was a game competitor despite the blood. He fought tough in the third, pushing the action. But Moraes landed a big high kick. Arce fought back with some good shots to the crowd’s delight. He fought tough and most likely won the round, but Moraes ultimately won the fight via split decision.
Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Eubanks met Modafferi in a replacement fight for her previously scheduled title fight against Valentina Shevchenko. It was good that it got switched because Eubanks wouldn’t have made 125 pounds. ‘Sarj’ already beat Modafferi on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 26. The bout kicked off with Eubanks popping a jab. She landed several punches. Modafferi seemed to be swinging at air. Eubanks took her down and controlled the action. ‘Sarj’ slammed Modafferi back down when she got back up.
Eubanks hit Modafferi with a head kick and appeared to hurt her in the second. Modafferi survived though, and Eubanks appeared to tire. Still, she landed a decent knee. Modafferi ground the fight up against the fence. She took Eubanks down and controlled her from side control. Eubanks attempted an armbar towards the end of the round.
Modafferi came out smoking and landed some good shots on a fatigued Eubanks. She followed with a right hand. She pushed the pace, but Eubanks answered a takedown attempt with a bodylock takedown of her own. Modafferi attempted to reverse and get back up repeatedly but the grueling fight ended in a unanimous decision win for Eubanks.
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Knight came out slugging big shots and a low kick early. He was aggressive and crisp. But Rinaldi got a well-timed takedown to shift the momentum around the halfway point of the round. He used a solid top game to avoid Knight’s lethal submission game and smother him for an effective first round.
Rinaldi picked up another rushing takedown in the opening minute of the second. It appeared to easy to secure. He went to work from side control and rained down body shots on Knight. He quickly took his back and locked on a body triangle. Rinaldi sought a rear-naked choke for the second half of the round. It looked tight at some points but Knight persevered until the bell sounded.
Knight defended Rinaldi’s takedown well in the third round. But Rinaldi went for a spinning kimura attempt on the ground. Knight survived and Rinaldi took his back to go for a choke. Rinaldi was dominant as he rode Knight’s back. But Knight got back up only to see himself slammed back in the same position. The round ended. Rinaldi took home a clear unanimous decision win.
Check out full UFC 230 prelims results right here:
FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Card (8 P.M. ET):
- Featherweight: Jordan Rinaldi def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
- Catchweight (127.2 pounds): Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Featherweight: Sheymon Moraes def. Julio Arce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-26)
- Welterweight: Lyman Good def. Ben Saunders via R1 KO (punches, 1:32)
Fight Pass Preliminary Card (6:15 P.M. ET):
- Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata ends in a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
- Featherweight: Shane Burgos def. Kurt Holobaugh via R1 submission (armbar, 2:11)
- Heavyweight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Adam Wieczorek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)