This is the UFC 166 undercard live blog for the UFC 166 event at the Toyota Center in Houston.
There will be eight fights on the UFC 166 undercard. Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway, Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard, Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye, George Sotiropoulos vs. KJ Noons, TJ Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov, Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio, Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre Fili, and Dustin Pague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi will be featured on the prelims.
Check out the UFC 166 undercard below.
Dustin Pague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Round 1: Alright folks, Herb Dean is our referee. Let's start this card off right. Horiguchi circles, feints then connects on a leg kick. Pague ties up and takes Horiguchi's back during a scramble. Horiguchi stands. Pague like a backpack, slithers in an arm hunting for a rear-naked. Horiguchi pries Pague's arm away from his neck. Pague is relentless. Horiguchi unlocks Pague's legs and twists free. Horiguchi dives low for a single against the fence. Pague defends and releases to the center of the cage. Pague nearly connects on a big knee. Pague secures a trip takedown and pounds away. Horiguchi wrestles free and ends the round on top. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Horiguchi.
Round 2: Horiguchi connects on a huge shot right out of the gate! Pague is floored. Horiguchi pounces and unloads a flurry. Somehow Pague survives, and after a brief scramble, climbs back to his feet. Wow, what a start. Horiguchi closes the distance and muscles Pague back to the mat, landing in half guard. Horiguchi staying busy with short elbows and punches. Pague recovers his guard. Horiguchi stands then dives back inside with a big shot. Horiguchi unleashes another salvo. Dean is taking a close look. Horiguchi stands and blitzes Pague. This one is over.
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (punches) at 3:51 of round 2.
Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre Fili
Round 1: Fili missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday. We're off. Big exchange early. Fili catches Larsen's chin with a huge three-punch combination. Larsen drops for a double. Fili defends, but winds up pressed against the fence. Fili unloads a few knees then tosses Larsen to the mat. Larsen stands but he's eating a slew of punches. Larsen changes levels and clasps his hands for a double. Fili defends and releases. Larsen is a bloodied mess. huge cut across his forehead. The referee stops the fight to have the doctor check on it. We're back. Fili goes right back to work. Huge uppercut cracks Larsen. Larsen catches a kick and throws Fili to the canvas, landing in top position. Larsen working from full guard. Fili throws his legs up for a triangle. Nothing going. Fili scrambles out and stands. Larsen's face is coated in blood. Fili lands a low kick. Right hand stumbles Larsen. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Fili.
Round 2: Larsen is cleaned up but that's an ax wound on his face. It's only a matter of time. Fili catches him with a big right. Head kick misses from Fili. Larsen eats a left. Fili cracks Larsen with another right. Whoa, that one put him on wobbly legs. Fili sees it and swarms. Follow up shot drops Larsen, and one more seals the deal. Impressive UFC debut for Fili.
Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (punches) at 0:53 of round 2.
Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio
Round 1: Rio tags Ferguson with an early straight left. Rio closes the distance, tags Ferguson again, then fights off a takedown. Ferguson stands and starts going to work. Rio changes levels for a double, but Ferguson sprawls. Ferguson smashes a knee into Rio's shoulder. Ferguson releases and stands, then staggers Rio with a left hook. Rio dives inside for a takedown, but Ferguson catches it and slithers in d'arce. Rio tries to fight it off, but Ferguson adjusts and tightens, coaxing an immediate tapout.
Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via submission (d'arce choke) at 1:52 of round 1.
TJ Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov
Round 1: Texas crowd rallying around their boy. Waldburger and Amagov trade leg kicks. Amagov throws out a front kick. Spinning back kick crushes Waldburger's midsection. Waldburger closes the distance and muscles Amagov against the fence. Waldburger changes levels for a single. Amagov pummels under and unloads on Waldburger's side. Brutal shots. Huge left staggers Waldburger back. Amagov swarms and blasts a downed Waldburger with follow-up shots. He's out cold. Wow. That was violent. Waldburger leaves the cage on a stretcher.
Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via KO (strikes) at 3:25 of round 1.
George Sotiropoulos vs. KJ Noons
Round 1: Herb Dean is our referee. Lots of circling and waiting early. This Texas crowd is getting impatient. More boos. Sotiropoulos circles right and feints. Noons pawing out straight punches but nothing connecting. No action so far. Noons lunges inside and gets tagged. Huge swirl of boos here. Both men starting to exchange a little now, but still nothing landing. Sotiropoulos paws out his jab. Noons gets poked in the eye. This crowd is super unhappy. Whoa, that eyepoke was pretty bad. Dean giving Noons time to recover. We're back. Noons rushes inside and connects. Noons catches Sotiropoulos just before the end of the round! Sotiropoulos drops to one knee. Noons swarms, but there's the horn. That last shot saved what could've been a 10-10 round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Noons.
Round 2: Sotiropoulos catches Noons with a hard counter. Sotiropoulos stalking forward. Noons blocks a high kick. Noons goes low to the body. Sotiropoulos misses a left. Sotiropoulos cracks Noons with a jab, then looks to change levels unsuccessfully. More boos from this Texas crowd. Sotiropoulos back to circling. Noons counters a body kick with a hard right. Sotiropoulos grabs a single and drags Noons to the mat. Noons sits up against the fence, then stands and releases. Noons eats a left. Sotiropoulos goes low then high. Lazy left connects for Noons. Sotiropoulos tosses out a high kick. And another. Sloppy exchange to end the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Sotiropoulos. (19-19 overall.)
Round 3: After four quick finishes, this crowd is not enjoying themselves right now. Sotiropoulos misses a spinning back kick. Noons cracks Sotiropoulos with a hard counter left. Sotiropoulos is cut above his left eye. Big one-two lands for Noons. Noons opens up Sotiropoulos with a huge left. Sotiropoulos' head is pouring blood. Sotiropoulos ties up and hunts for a single, but can't get it. And another. Sotiropoulos blocks a right then stalks forward. High kick whiffs for Sotiropoulos. Sotiropoulos changes levels for a double. Noons defends and fires off a counter. Sotiropoulos connects on a high kick. Noons ducks under a follow-up high kick and cracks Sotiropoulos with a counter. This fight could still be up for grabs. Sotiropoulos misses a wild spinning kick. Noons goes to the body. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Noons. (29-28 Noons.)
K.J. Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye
Round 1: Referee Jacob Montalvo is the third man in the cage. High pace early. Eye winging looping punches. Kaufman fires back with a flurry. Eye catches Kaufman into the clinch and muscles her against the fence. Kaufman escapes with some thai knee. Kaufman pumps his jab. Low kick connects for Eye. Kaufman blasts her with a right. Another exchanges ends with Kaufman against the fence. Kaufman reverses position and unloads. Another clinch with heavy shots from both women. Eye powers Kaufman against the cage. Eye cracks Kaufman with a hard elbow then releases. Kaufman lunges inside and lands a knee. Eye sidesteps a right. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Eye.
Round 2: Eye pacing back and forth ready to go. Kaufman rushes inside winging looping punches. Eye blocks a right hook. Kaufman wades inside against and unloads. Eye presses forward and misses. Eye kicks to the body. Big exchange inside. Kaufman shakes off a knee and fires back. Eye with a series of footstomps against the fence. Eye releases, and winds up with her back against the opposite fence. Kaufman is cut under her left eye. Kaufman misses a low kick, then wades forward with a salvo. Another exchange closes out the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Kaufman. (19-19 overall.)
Round 3: Huge swell of applause greets both women as we begin the final round. Kaufman ties up and muscles Eye against the fence. Kaufman creates space with the crossface and goes with the right hook. Kaufman releases. Eye cracks Kaufman with a hard right. Another big exchange out of the clinch. Kaufman blocks a kick to the midsection. Eye misses a with flurry. This fight is up for grabs. Kaufman rushes inside and works the body with left hooks. Big elbow from Kaufman. Eye releases and fires off a jab. Huge one-two rocks Eye. Kaufman stalks forward and follows up. Eye is hurt. Eye ties up and leans her weight on Kaufman against the cage. Kaufman with a series of short rights. More rights from Kaufman, big ones. Wild exchange closes this one out. Great fight. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Kaufman. (29-28 Kaufman.)
Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard
Round 1: Jason Stafin is our referee. Lombard stalking early, blocks a pair of high kicks. Marquardt goes low. Marquardt ties up and eats a flurry of shots for his troubles. Big straight left from Lombard. Lombard storms forward and unloads a right that grazes the back of Marquardt's head. Marquardt is hurt! Lombard swarms and Marquardt topples over. Lombard cracks Marquardt with a few follow-up shots and this one is over.
Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via TKO (punches) at 1:48 of round one.
Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway
Round 1: Referee Kerry Hatley oversees our final prelim. Both men collide on simultaneous leg kicks and Dollaway gets the worst of it. Boetsch lets him up then stalks forward. Dollaway generates some distance with a leg kick. Boetsch continues to stalk and Dollaway just throws up his hands, baiting Boetsch to come inside. Boetsch shoots for a double but can't get it. Dollaway paws out his jab then circles right. Dollaway whiffs on a looping right. Dollaway continues to throw up his hands. Dollaway showing complete disdain for Boetsch right now. Dollaway ties up then unloads inside the clinch. Left hand cracks Boetsch. Dollaway is dominating this fight. Right hand connects for Dollaway. Boetsch unable to generate any significant offense. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Dollaway.
Round 2: Dollaway finds his mark with a series of jabs. Dollaway drops for a single, turns the corner and muscles Boetsch to the mat, moving right into half guard. Boetsch defends a choke and powers to his feet. Dollaway drops for another double but can't get it. Boetsch hunts for a standing guillotine against the fence. After a scramble, Boetsch winds up with Dollaway's back. Dollaway squirms out but Boetsch is relentless. Dollaway connects on a short elbow and circles out. Boetsch cracks Dollaway with a right hand, but Dollaway smiles and shakes his head. Dollaway trips Boetsch to the mat. Boetsch has Dollaway's right arm and is working towards a kimura. Dollaway unloads a few short elbows to Boetsch's back. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Dollaway. (20-18 overall.)
Round 3: Dollaway throws up his hands and calls for Boetsch to engage. Big eyepoke on a straight left. Boetsch screams in pain. Oh dang, that one is bad. We're back, but that one had to effect Boetsch. Boetsch stalks forward and defends a double. Boetsch muscles Dollaway against the cage. Another eyepoke draws huge boos from the crowd. Boetsch isn't happy. Hatley takes away a point after watching the replay. We're back, and Dollaway changes levels for a takedown. Dollaway advances into full mount. Boetsch powers to his feet and the crowd explodes. They're clearly on Boetsch's side after those eyepokes. Dollaway cracks Boetsch with a left. Dollaway connects inside. Boetsch fires back with a hard right hand. Dollaway grimaces and counters. Boetsch closes the distance against the fence, then reverses a takedown and grasps for a d'arce. He almost had it. Dollaway squirms out but Boetsch locks up another attempt. Too late though, as there's the horn. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 Boetsch. (28-28 draw.)
Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway via split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)