Mexico City got one hell of a show at UFC Fight Night 98. The lightweight division has a clear #1 contender in Tony Ferguson, we know Diego Sanchez isn't done yet, and a host of up and comers are impossible to deny (Alexa Grasso we're looking at you).
Here are the full results.
–Lightweight Tony Ferguson def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.
Even with the the 7,000-foot Mexico City elevation, former champion Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson never let up in a "rock 'em, sock 'em" classic. This was extremely impressive, and Ferguson's bid at a lightweight title shot can't be denied. Conor McGregor/Eddie Alvarez beware.
Read the full recap here.
–Lightweight Diego Sanchez def. Marcin Held via unanimous decision. The real highlight here was Diego's SHOWTIME GUILLOTINE DEFENSE WTF?!
–Catchweight (155 lbs) Ricardo Lamas def. Charles Oliveira via guillotine choke submission (round 2). After being in trouble with Oliveira on his back through most of the first round, Lamas muscled a nasty guillotine to take home the win. This is worth taking a look at here.
–Lightweight Martín Bravo def. Claudio Puelles via TKO (round 2). This brilliant liver shot led to Bravo being lifted up in the crowd by his coach, Forrest Griffin. Check out the replay here.
–Lightweight Beneil Dariush def. Rashid Magomedov via unanimous decision.
–Women's Strawweight Alexa Grasso def. Heather Jo Clark via unanimous decision.
The ladies absolutely brought it with reckless abandon, going all out with a seemingly non-stop flurry over the last few minutes of round 1. This led to Grasso telling her corner that she couldn't see when she looked down out of her left eye. Not good. That didn't mean too much in the end, because her combinations and tenacity led to an impressive win.
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
–Catchweight (138 lbs) Érik Pérez def. Felipe Arantes via split-decision.
It looked like Pérez may have hurt his knee midway through the fight, which hindered his stand up offense, but didn't cost him the fight. Hopefully, it's nothing serious. He's now 7-2 in the UFC, and is knocking on the door of bantamweight contention.
–Catchweight (140 lbs) Joe Soto def. Marco Beltrán via heel hook submission (round 1).
The unicorn of submissions! This was absolutely gorgeous. After starting his UFC career 0-3, Soto has 2 submission wins.
–Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Henry Briones vis TKO (round 3).
This was a wild brawl and it could've only ended with a finish. A counter elbow led to a spinning backfist that finished Briones, despite his complaining of an early stoppage.
–Welterweight Max Griffin def. Erick Montaño via TKO (round 1)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
–Middleweight: Sam Alvey def. Alex Nicholson via unaimous decision (29-28 x3)
The highlight of the fight, though, was Alvey enjoying a baby fan during his walkout:
–Lightweight: Marco Polo Reyes def. Jason Novelli via split-decision.
Answer: his mouthpiece.
–Featherweight: Enrique Barzola def. Chris Avila via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).