This is the UFC 207 undercard blog for the UFC 207 event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday night.
There will be five fights on the UFC 207 undercard. Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny, Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia, Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori, Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price, and Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means will be featured.
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Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means
Round 1: Alright, here we go for the first of the night. 'Cowboy' vs. 'The Dirty Bird'. The y touch gloves and the fight is on. Means immediately attacking with kicks and taking the center of the cage. Oliveira shoots for takedown but gets reversed by Means. Means in half guard. Oliveira gets back on the feet. Spinning back kick to the body by Oliveira! It drops Means. Means gets back on his feet just to get clinched against the cage by Oliveira. The Brazilian gets the takedown, but Means springs back up. Two minutes left. They're clinching against the cage. Means with a takedown. Oliveira tries to get back up and Means knees Oliveira a couple of times on the head. Referee stops the fight for illegal knees. The fight is stopped. Marc Ratner joins the commentators and explains that those were legal knees, as Oliveira only had one knee down and no hands touching the canvas. Officials are reviewing the tape to determine if the knees were illegal. Very confusing moment. Officials determine it was accidental knees to a downed opponent and call the fight a no contest. Means says it's bullshit.
Official result: Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means ruled no-contest.
Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price
Round 1: Thatch starts the fight with an inside leg kick. Price responds with a leg kick of his own. Good right hand by Thatch. Price shoots for a takedown. Thatch defending well, but Price get the fight to the ground. Three minutes left. Price moves to side control briefly and gets dragged back in the guard. Thatch locking a kimura on Price, and tries to reverse the position with it. Thatch comes close but Price gets out. Price now threatening with an arm triangle choke, Thatch defends well. Again, Price attacking with another arm triangle but fails. For a third time, Price attacks Thatch with another arm triangle and gets Thatch to tap.
Official result: Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch via submission (arm triangle) at 4:30 of R1
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori
Round 1: Mark Smith will be the referee for this middleweight bout. They touch gloves and the fight is on. Right away there is an illegal eye poke from Carlos Junior. the fight is stopped briefly while Vettori recovers. The fight resumes, Carlos Junior with a good leg kick. Solid straight left by Vettori. Vettori throws a good body kick. Carlos Junior pokes Vettori in the eye again. The fight is stopped for a few seconds. It resumes and now Carlos Junior gets poked in the eye by Vettori. Odd fight here. We're half way through the fight. Carlos Junior shoots for a single and presses Vittori against the cage. Vettori defending well, but still pressed against the cage. Carlos Junior breaks away for a second to land a good right hand and go back to pressuring Vettori. Carlos Junior snaps down Vettori and gets a front head lock. Vettori threatens with a takedown from there but nothing. The bell rings.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Carlos Junior.
Round 2: Second round starts and Carlos Junior is looking to grapple Vettori. Carlos Junior shoots for a takedown but Vettori defends well. Nice body kick by Vettori. The Italian clinches Carlos Junior against the cage. Little action here. Carlos Junior breaks the clinch and the fight resumes on the feet. Vettori takes down Carlos Junior, and lands in half guard. Heavy ground-and-pound by Vettori. Vettori now hunting for a guillotine choke. Carlos Junior gives the thumbs u signaling he's okay. Vettori abandons the choke and resumes with the ground-and-pound. Carlos Junior pushes Vettori off, but can't get back on his feet. The round ends with Vettori landing leg kicks on a downed Carlos Junior.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Vettori. Overall, 19-19.
Round 3: Final round here. It's probably tied right now, making this a one-round fight. Vettori clinches Carlos Junior against the cage, but gets reversed. Carlos Junior now with the takedown. Three minutes left. Vettori is attemping to get back on his feet but every time he comes close, Carlos Junior just drags him back down. They're now clinched up against the cage. Vettori escapes and they're now striking. Two minutes left. Carlos Junior is really turning on the pressure, stalking down Vettori. Carlos Junior clinches the Italian against the cage. Another takedown by Carlos Junior. Vettori get back up, but still controlled against the cage. Ten seconds left and Carlos Junior goes for a guillotine, but the bell rings before he can get anything going.
MMA Fighting scores the fight 10-9, Carlos Junior. Overall, 29-28 Carlos Junior
Official result: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia
Round 1: Pyle takes the outside of the octagon, while Garcia gets the center. Solid body kick by Garcia followed by a double leg takedown. Garcia now moves to side control. Three minutes left, and Garcia is still on side control. Pyle scrambles and gets back on his feet. Nice right hand by Pyle. Good combination by Garcia. BOOM! Garcia floors Pyle with a right hook, as Pyle went for a knee. Devastating knockout by the Dominican fighter.
Oficial result: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle via KO (punch) at 3:34 of R1
Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Round 1: Alright, the final fight for the UFC 207 prelims is here. Let's how Hendricks looks this time around. The referee for this one will be John McCarthy. The fight is on. Magny staying on the outside, using his range. Hendricks rushes in and throws combination but Magny covers up and avoids damage. Magny keeping busy with the jab and circling around Hendricks. Hendricks throws a left and charges Magny against the cage. Hendricks gets a hold on Magny's legs and gets a takedown. Two minutes left. Magny landing some strikes from bottom. Hendricks looking to land ground-and-pound but Magny doing a great job at tying up Hendricks. One minute left. Magny locks a triangle on Hendricks, while landing elbows to Hendricks' head. Ten seconds left. Hendricks gets somewhat out and looks to be out of danger. The bell rings.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-10
Round 2: The fight resumes. Hendricks gets behind Magny and gets a takedown. Hendricks is now on side control, but not landing many punches from top. Magny scrambles and finds himself in the front headlock position. Magny gets back up, but immediately taken down by the cage. Magny back up, but Hendricks still has him tied up and against the cage. Hendricks brings Magny back to the mat. A minute and a half left. Hendricks keeps top position, but is not doing any damage. Hendricks is now in half guard. They're back in the front headlock position with Hendricks on top. The round ends with Hendricks clinching Magny against the cage.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Hendricks. Overall 20-19, Hendricks.
Round 3: Magny comes out firing. Throws a few head kicks but nothing lands. They're both feeling each other out. Hendricks rushes Magny and puts him against the cage but Magny circles away. Magny with a nice jab. Little action here. Hendricks pressures Magny against the cage again, and this time get the takedown. Magny back up, but then taken down again. Fans are booing now. Hendricks picks up Magny and slams him on the canvas. The crowd liked that. Now in guard, Hendricks looking to keep control, while Magny shows signs of wanting to get a triangle choke. There it is, Magny locks a triangle on Hendricks and begins to unleash elbows on Hendricks. The bell rings.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-10. Overall 30-29, Hendricks.
Official result: Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)