Before the PPV action kicks off, Fox Sports 1 hosted a handful of fights, here’s how they played out
Brooklyn, New York played host to the UFC 208 Preliminary Fights. There were five fights on the docket, after Ian McCall was forced off the card today via illness, and Justin Willis was ruled medically unfit to compete before the weigh-ins yesterday. Here are the UFC 208 Preliminary Results.
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro
Ryan LaFlare controlled the action throughout three rounds to win a Unanimous Decision over veteran Roan Carneiro in the first fight of the night. LaFlare dominated the second round, twice dropping Roan with big punches. It was a dominant round, and I believe all three judges scored it 10-8 for LaFlare. In the end, Carneiro was just not able to get his gameplan going, and loses a tough Unanimous Decision victory.
Phillipe Nover vs. Rick Glenn
We’re all still waiting for Nover to live up to the hype, as Dana White compared him during his season of The Ultimate Fighter, to the great Georges St. Pierre. That hyperbole aside, Phillipe was in his hometown and looking to score a big win over Rick Glenn.
Nover suffered a cut to the left eye in the first round, but still did more than Glenn did in what was a lackluster start to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast. It seemed as if Nover had done enough to win the first two rounds, pretty easily and was countering Glenn effectively and while perhaps not setting the world on fire with action, doing enough to put rounds in the bank.
After a third round that saw Glenn push the pace more, it seemed clear that Nover had done enough to win the fight two rounds to one. However, there’s a reason you don’t leave it in the hands of the judges, and they award the fight to Rick Glenn via Split Decision. One judge had it 30-27 for Nover, and the other two had it 29-28 for Glenn. Interesting to say the least.
Nik Lentz vs. Islam Makhachev
This one wasn’t close ladies and gentlemen. For three full rounds, Nik Lentz was controlled by by Islam Makhachev completely. Lentz was unable to get anything going his way in this one. The longer it went, the troublesome things were for Lentz. Islam tripped and took Lentz down at will, and when they were on the mat, completely smothered Nik on his way to a dominant Unanimous Decision victory for Makhachev.
We’re three fights in and have seen judges render their decisions each time. Hopefully we’ll get some action going in the upcoming fights.
Yuta Sasaki vs. Wilson Reis
Well guys, this is getting a bit repetitive. Another fight, another 3 round decision. Wilson Reis and Yuta Sasaki had some interesting moments, but in the end it was a pretty easy night at the office for Wilson Reis. He won the first two rounds, the second round rather convincingly. The third round could have been scored either way, but nobody did anything to really sway it. In the end, the judges got this one right, scoring a Unanimous Decision for Wilson Reis.
Randy Brown vs. Belal Muhammad
Well, it was five for five on the preliminaries going the distance, but this fight was pretty entertaining. Belal Muhammad and Randy Brown both stood and traded, not giving much quarter. Brown utilized his length well, but Muhammad was able to counter-punch well in return. Belal Muhammad utilized leg kicks very well in this fight.
After two rounds spent primarily on the feet, Belal Muhammad spent much of the third controlling Brown on the mat. Muhammad took him down and wound up taking Brown’s back. He landed some shots, but was unable to submit Brown. Brown escaped as te bell rang to end the fight.
In the end, the third round was enough to sway the judges decision in favor of Belal Muhammad. They scored the Unanimous Decision for Belal Muhammad who moves to 2-2 in his UFC career.
UFC 208 Preliminary Quick Results
Belal Muhammad defeated Randy Brown by Unanimous Decision
Wilson Reis defeated Yuta Sasaki by Unanimous Decision
Islam Makhachev defeated Nik Lentz by Unanimous Decision
Rick Glenn defeated Phillipe Nover by Split Decision
Ryan LaFlare defeated Roan Carneiro by Unanimous Decision