This is the UFC 200 undercard blog for the UFC 200 event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
There will be seven fights on the UFC 200 undercard. Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena, Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum, T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao, Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin, Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon, Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos, and Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi will be featured.
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Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi
Round 1: UFC 200 is here, ladies and gentlemen. It's actually here. We have a lightweight scrap between Jim Miller and Takanori Gomi to kick things off. How neat is that? Referee Mark Smith will officiate the action. We are underway. They touch gloves. Gomi looks for his signature right hand. Nothing home. Miller lands a stiff left. Miller leads with the left again. Leg kick from Gomi is caught, and Miller takes it to the ground, securing back mount instantly. Miller's high on the back and may get shaken off. Miller attacking the arm from the back, now we're in a traditional back mount on the canvas. This could be bad for "The Fireball Kid." Miller flattens Gomi out and is hammering away with punches from the back. Smith calls it. That's a first-round TKO for Miller. Quick and clean. The violence is underway, friends.
Official Result: Jim Miller def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (2:18, Round 1)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
Round 1: After a not-so-brief intermission, we're underway with Mousasi vs. Santos. Santos has won four straight—three via knockout, while Mousasi is, well, Gegard Mousasi. He's constantly in title talks, and he's incredibly well-rounded. This is a tough test for Santos. Referee Marc Goddard will moderate. Mousasi opens with a leg kick that misses. Both fighters feeling out the distance early. Mousasi with a quick jab. Left-right lands for Mousasi. Santos returns with a hard punch of his own. One minute down. High kick from Mousasi is blocked. Another jab from Mousasi, followed by an inside leg kick. Another inside leg kick to Santos' lead leg lands. Santos fires back with an outside leg kick. Left lands for Santos, followed by a right, but Mousasi counters brilliantly and clips Santos! Moose swarms along the cage, and they head to the ground, where Mousasi works from half-guard. Now looking to take his back. They stand, but Mosuasi maintains the body lock and drags it back to the canvas. He's working from side control. Big elbow. Mousasi goes knee-on-belly and attempts to pass to mount but gets trapped in half guard. Some more ground-and-pound lands for Mousasi after another failed attempt to pass to mount. Santos claims full guard. Santos tries to stand and Mousasi obliterates him with an uppercut! My goodness! This is over. What a finish for Mousasi. Heavy, heavy strikes to close that one. We're two for two on first-round finishes. Buckle up!
Official Result: Gegard Mousasi def. Thiago Santos via KO (uppercut) (4:32, Round 1)
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Round 1: Enjoying yourself so far? I thought so. UFC 200 has delivered thus far, and now we have Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon. What a matchup. Expect blood. We're underway with the UFC Fight Pass featured preliminary bout. Marc Smith is in charge of watching over these two animals. Sorry about that, Marc. They touch gloves. Sanchez with a body kick. Sanchez with a left hook, right uppercut combo that lands. Diego with a left to the body. Another kick for Sanchez lands. Lauzon crushes Sanchez with a left along the fence. He dropped him! Sanchez recovers, and Lauzon drops him with another left! Huge shots from Lauzon. Sanchez is on his feet. He's totally out of it. Lauzon keeps crushing him, and spit's flying. This is actually tough to watch, and Smith saves Sanchez from any further damage. Wow. Absolute insanity. That's the first time Sanchez has ever been stopped via strikes (besides his matchup with BJ Penn getting called due to a cut). Incredible.
Official Result: Joe Lauzon def. Diego Sanchez via TKO (1:26, Round 1)
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
Round 1: Alright, here we go. U.S. vs. Spain. Both fighters move to the center of the cage. Immediately, Marin takes the center of the cage, while Northcutt circles around. Northcutt lands nice kicks. Marin clinches Northcutt and presses him against the cage. Marin with the takedown, but Northcutt reverses the position and ends up on top. Northcutt transitions into half guard an lands solid ground and pound. Marin gets back up on his feet. Northcutt goes for the takedown and gets it. Marin scrambles to his knees to end the round.
MMA Fighting score the round 10-9, Northcutt.
Round 2: Both fighters touch gloves to begin the second round. Northcutt lands stiff jabs, as he moves in and out. Marin presses forward and both fighters exchange hard shots. Northcutt looks for the takedown and fails. In the scramble Marin end up on top on north-south position. Marin looks for the arm bar and extends it! Northcutt's arm looks like it's about to snap, but he defends well and ends up on top. Marin keeps looking for the arm bar from guard. Marin reverses the position and ends up on north south again. One minute left. Marin has now a kimura. Northcutt defends well and ends on top again. The bell rings.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Marin. 19-19 overall.
Round 3: I have it tied up, entering the third round. Marin again with the pressure, clinches Northcutt and pummels him against the cage. Marin with the takedown. Northcutt looks to get back up but Marin keeps the pressure on him. Three minutes left. Northcutt gets back on his feet, and Marin presses him against the cage. Northcutt landing elbows from the clinch. There is a lot of blood, as Northcutt opens up Marin with elbows. Despite taking heavy elbows, Marin keeps the pressure on Northcutt, looking for a takedown. Boom. Again, Marin takes Northcutt down. Northcutt reverses the position and takes down Marin. Ten seconds left. Northcutt ends on top landing ground and pound.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Marin. Overall, 29-28 Marin.
Official Result: Sage Northcutt def. Enrique Marin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
Round 1: Important fight for the bantamweight division here. Dillashaw very fluid in his movement, as he circles around Assuncao. Both fighters feeling each other out in the first minute. Dillashaw throwing big bombs, but nothing lands flush. Three minutes left. Nice leg kick by Assuncao. Dillashw fires off a hard kick to the body but gets caught by Assuncao. Assuncao follows up with punches, as he holds Dillashaw's leg. Short scramble and the striking battle resumes. Dillashaw presses Assuncao against the cage. They break off. Ten seconds left and Dillashaw lands a solid right hand. The bell rings.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Dillashaw.
Round 2: Round two is on. Dillashaw pressing forward. The American shoots for a takedown, but Assuncao defends well. Assuncao is now bleeding from his nose. Dillashaw looking more comfortable here. Dillashaw with solid straight punches, tagging Assuncao. Three minutes left. Assuncao is barely landing any strikes. Dillashaw doing a good job at getting in and out of the pocket. Assuncao ducks under Dillashaw's left hook and takes the former champion down. Dillashaw spring back up to his feet. Big right hand by Dillashaw catches Assuncao off balance and send him down to the canvas. Dillashaw ruches Assuncao, but Assuncao gets back on his feet.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Dillashaw. Overall, 20-18 Dillashaw.
Round 3: Assuncao looking a bit battered entering the final round. Assuncao swinging wild, coming off aggressively. Good kick to the body by Assuncao. The Brazilian looking good in this third round and he presses the action. Dillashaw eats a straight left. Dillashaw shoots for the takedown but fails. Both fighters move to the center of the cage. Three minutes left. Dillashaw with a nice combination. The action has slowed down significantly. Two minutes left. Assuncao shoots for a takedown and it gets stuffed by Dillashaw. Good exchanges by both fighters. Assuncao throws a leg kick and gets caught by Dillashaw. Dillashaw takes Assuncao down for a few second, and the fight is back on the feet. The fight is over.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Dillashaw. Overall, 30-27 Dillashaw.
T.J. Dillashaw def. Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Round 1: High profile welterweight here. And they touch gloves. Gastelum opens up the fight with a series of jabs. Gastelum connects with a solid one-two combination. Gastelum connects with a right hand. Hendricks presses forward, but is unable to get anything going. Good leg kicks by Gastelum. We're half way through the round. Gastelum, looking very relaxed, is landing solid punches. Hendricks eats Gastelum's attacks and presses him against the cage. One minute left. Gastelum is lighting up Hendricks. The former champion tries to fire back but nothing lands.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Gastelum.
Round 2: Hendricks opens up the second round with pressure, looking a lot more aggressive. Gastelum doing a great job at getting out of range of Hendricks' punches. Hendricks looking for a takedown, gets Gastelum on the ground and against the cage. Gatelum gets back up on his feet. They clinch and Hendricks pressures Gastelum against the cage. They break off. Good combination by Hendricks. Gastelum with a spinning back kick. Again, Hendricks looks to grapple and clinches Gastelum against the cage. One minute left and the fight goes back to the center of the cage. Both fighters trade punches. Gastelum getting the better of the striking battle. The bell rings signaling the end of the second round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Hendricks. Overall 19-19.
Round 3: Gastelum looking fresh entering the final round. Hendricks not so much. Gastelum with solid straight punches tags Hendricks. The former champ looks to fire back, but seems too slow for Gastelum. Nice leg kick by Hendricks. Hendricks shoots for a takedown and presses Gastelum against the cage. Hendricks working hard for the takedown, but Gastelum defends well. Beautiful combinations by Gastelum here in the final round. Very fluid in his striking. Ten seconds left and both fighters are swinging wild, putting a show for the fans. The bell rings and the crowd cheers.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Gastelum. Overall 29-28 Gastelum.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
Round 1: The final fight of the FS1 prelims is here. Zingano takes on Pena in a very important fight for the women's bantamweight division. And the fight is on, Pena pressures Zingano up against the cage. Zingano with a nice judo trip gets Pena on the ground. Pena scrambles up and presses Zingano against the cage, again. Zingano tries to trip Pena but ends up on the bottom. Solid control by Pena on the ground. Three minutes left, and Zingano gets a reversal. Zingano landing solid ground and from the guard. Pena looks to get back up, but Zingano doesn't let her. Final 15 seconds and Pena gets back up. She uses the remainder of the round to tee off against Zingano.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Zingano
Round 2: Zingano opens up the second round with a big body kick. Both fighters exchange strikes and Zingano takes down Pena. One minute left. Pena gets back up, but Zingano lands a beautiful takedown shortly after. Nice reversal by Pena. Pena achieves Zingano's back from the turtle position. Pena looks to get her hooks in. Pena gets one hook in and shortly after gets both to achieve back mount. One minute left. Pena squeezes Zingano body with a body triangle, as she looks to set up a rear-naked choke. Ten seconds left. The second round comes to and end with Pena controlling Zingano on the ground.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Pena 19-19 overall.
Round 3: The final round is underway and Zingano rushes in with straight punches. Pena defends the attack, clinches with Zingano, and trips her to get the takedown. Pena gets half guard and begins to land ground and pound. Pena now advances to side control and throws a few punches to Zingano's body. We're half way through the fight. Again, Pena gets Zingano's back from turtle position and achieves full back mount shortly after. Pena locks in a rear-naked choke and squeezes with all her strength. Zingano defends well and pushes Pena's elbow up to get out of the submission attack. Ten seconds left and Zingano reverses the position, ending up in Pena's guard. Unfortunately for Zingano, a little too late.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Pena. Overall, 29-28, Pena.
Julianna Pena def. Cat Zingano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)