UFC St. Petersburg preliminary card results are underway as the Las Vegas-based promotion holds this latest event on ESPN+ for fight fans around the world.
It’s once again fight day here at LowKickMMA, and the talent on display today (Saturday, April 20, 2019) will come from in the form of UFC St. Petersburg. Headlining the card are Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik, but there’s a whole bunch of great fights also taking place on the preliminary section of the card.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi in a bantamweight bout closes the preliminary card in what should be an interesting fight. In round 1, Choi lands a few kicks to the body before dishing out a knee to the head on the inside. Evloev shakes them off and then shoots in for a takedown. Evloev lands some solid punches from inside Choi’s guard before exploding up to his feet. In round 2, Choi is able to pop right back up to his feet, but Evloev has him pinned against the cage. Evloev dives right back into Choi and presses him into the cage. Choi is fending off the takedown for now. In round 3, Choi scrambles to his feet. From within the clinch, Choi misses a judo throw and allows Evloev to dive right back onto him against the cage. Choi powers to his feet and regroups, but he misses a spinning kick. That mistake allows Evloev to easily tie him up and take him down against the cage. Evloev got the win.
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura is next in a welterweight bout.
In round 1, after an exchange and wild scramble, Aliev has Nakamura pressed into the cage. Finally, Alive scores a takedown. Aliev lands two sharp punches son the inside and forces Nakamura back. In round 2, Aliev lands a decent right hook, but Nakamura answers with a right to the head of his own. Aliev shoots in. Aliev scores a single and slams Nakamura down hard. Nakamura scoots to the cage to wall walk back up but the Russian is all over him In round 3, Aliev scores a takedown two minutes in, Nakamura threatens with a kimura off his back. liev looks winded but Nakamura is not going for the finish. The judges gave the win to Aliev.
Alex Da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev is next in a lightweight bout.
In the second round, Yakovlev secured a front anaconda choke for the win.
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura is next in a heavyweight bout. In round 1, Tybura is light on his feet and bouncing early. Abdura lands a nice left to the head but Tybura shakes it off. Tybura takes a left hook to the body and then a right to the head. He shakes it off. In round 2, Tybura is rocked badly by a left hook. Abrek chases him down and unloads punches until referee Herb Dean stops it.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk is next in a light heavyweight bout. In round 1, Oleksiejczuk drops Antigulov with a right hook, then blasts him with an uppercut. He tees off on him and drops him again with another uppercut and that’s a wrap.
Opening the preliminary card is Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev in a lightweight bout. In round 1, Mustafaev lands a spinning back kick to the head then finished up with strikes on the ground.
Here are the results:
Prelims Card (10am ET/ESPN 2)
Bantamweight bout: Movsar Evloev def. Seung Woo Choi via UD (29-27 x2, 29-26)
Welterweight bout: Sultan Aliev defeated Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision
Lightweight bout: Alexander Yakovlev def. Alex da Silva via sub (guillotine) R2, 3:10
Heavyweight bout: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Marcin Tybura via TKO R1, 3:15
Light heavyweight bout: Michel Oleksievczuk def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via KO (Punches) R1, 0:44
Lightweight bout: Magomed Mustafaev def Rafael Fiziev via TKO R1, 1:26