UFC FIGHT NIGHT 114 LIVE REPORT
AUGUST 5, 2017
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO AT THE MEXICO CITY ARENA
ON UFC FIGHT PASS AND FOX SPORTS 1
UFC Fight Night 114 airs live from the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. Robert Vallejos has you covered for the prelims and Michael Grocke will keep you updated throughout the main card.
The main event takes place in the flyweight division where Mexico’s own Brandon Moreno takes on Sergio Pettis. The co-main event features another native of Mexico in Alexa Grasso as he goes up against Randa Markos in the women’s strawweight division.
The six-fight main card rounds out with Alan Jouban taking on Niko Price in the welterweight division, Martin Bravo vs. Humberto Bandenay in a battle of featherweights, in the middleweight division Rashad Evans takes on Sam Alvey and finally Alejandro Perez faces off against Andre Soukhamthath.
(1) Alvaro Herrera (9-4) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (12-5) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Inside leg kicks by Rinaldi. Herrera lands a left. Rinaldi shoots, but Herrera wraps up Rinaldi. Rinaldi is bleeding from the head. As they are locked up in the corner of the cage, Herrera taps.
Result: Rinaldi by submission at 2:01 of the first round.
(2) Joseph Morales (8-0) vs. Roberto Sanchez – Flyweight 125 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Sanchez shoots, Morales grabs a front headlock. Sanchez gets on top, but Morales has him wrapped up. Sanchez lands a punch from the mount. They stand up. Morales drops Sanchez with a right hand. Sanchez stands up, but Morales rushes with a flurry of punches. Morales on top landing punches, gets behind Sanchez. Morales finds a rear naked choke, Sanchez taps.
Result: Morales by submission at 3:56 of the first round.
(3) Jose Quinones (6-2) vs. Diego Rivas (7-0) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Head kick attempt by Quiñónez. Rivas attempts body kicks, but they are blocked. Quiñónez with some boxing. Rivas engages in a standing clinch. They break up. They trade head kick attempts. Rivas lands a solid roundhouse to the body. Quiñónez with multiple jabs.
ROUND TWO: Rivas swings hard but misses. They trade leg kicks. Quiñónez gets aggressive with his hands but he is caught with a right hand. This happens again, but this time Quiñónez is momentarily grounded. Quiñónez grabs a Rivas kick attempt into a takedown. Quiñónez ends up in side control. Quiñónez with elbows from the side.
ROUND THREE: Both fighters hug. Both men use head movement to avoid haymakers. Quiñónez with a standing clinch, Rivas lands a trip. They stand, but Quiñónez immediately ends up on top. Rivas gives up his back, but rolls his way on top. They stand. Quiñónez lands a straight jab.
Result: Quiñónez by unanimous decision.
(4) Henry Briones (19-6-1) vs. Rani Yahya (23-9, 1 NC) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Yahya with two low leg kicks before he shoots. Yahya ends up in side control. Briones maneuvering lands him in a north-south choke attempt. Yahya rolls back into side control. Yahya goes for a kimura on Briones’s left arm. Briones taps.
Result: Yahya by submission at 2:01 of the first round.
(5) Dustin Ortiz (16-7) vs. Hector Sandoval (14-3) – Flyweight 125 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Sandoval with a solid left, but Ortiz counter-punches with a massive left of his own. Sandoval drops, Ortiz pursues, it is over.
Brian Stann notes that this is the fastest finish in flyweight history.
Result: Ortiz by KO at :15 of round 1.
(6) Bradley Scott (12-4) vs. Jack Hermansson (15-3) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Hermansson with a head kick. Scott goes for a takedown, but Hermansson ends up on top against the cage. Scott goes for a triangle choke, but Hermanson breaks free. Hermansson lands punches from the mount. Hermansson takes Scott’s back and lands shots to the side of Scott’s head. Hermansson establishes the mount, lands elbows intermittent with punches. The ref warns Scott that he is going to stop it. Hermansson continues, the ref steps in, it is over.
Result: Hermansson by TKO at 3:50 of round 1
That is all for me tonight Michael Grocke will take you through the main card. Thanks for reading, as always follow me on Twitter @RobMVallejos
Thanks to Robert Vallejos for the prelim coverage. Michael Grocke here to keep you updated throughout the main card.
(7) Alejandro Perez (18-6-1) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Perez really working the legs of Soukhamthath early on. A straight left hand drops Perez at the 3:02 mark but Perez bounces back up quickly. More leg kicks for Perez half way through the round. Soukhamthath stuffs a takedown attempt with 2:02 left in the round. Perez just misses with an overhand right and Soukhamthath smiles. Soukhamthath drops Perez with a jab with 1:04 left in the round but again Perez is up quickly. Soukhamthath stuffs another takedown attempt with under a minute to go. They both miss wildly with punches as the round ends.
ROUND TWO: Perez land two nice shots inside the first minute of the round. Soukhamthath continues to stalk Perez down and puts him down with another jab. Soukhamthath lets Perez back, he obviously wants to keep the fight standing. Perez bloody from the nose as Soukhamthath taunts Perez. Nice low kick lands for Perez and he lands a big overhand right that puts Soukhamthath down. Perez pounces and lands in Soukhamthath’s guard. I don’t think Soukhamthath is as hurt as Perez thinks. Soukhamthath works his way back to his feet with 36 seconds left and he lands a spinning back elbow flush on Perez.
ROUND THREE: Perez goes for a single but Soukhamthath stuffs it as the round opens. Soukhamthath has done a great job cutting the cage off and keeping Perez at range. Perez is looking to load up on his punches and misses badly with 3:08 to go in the round. Soukhamthath lands a stiff right hand at the 2:25 mark. Perez scores with a takedown with just under two minutes left in the fight. That was big for Perez. Soukhamthath gets back to his feet with 1:16 to go. Back to center cage. Perez goes back to the low kick and lands. Soukhamthath stuffs another takedown. They trade punches and Soukhamthath goes down and the fight ends with Soukhamthath on his back and Perez kicking his legs.
Result: Alejandro Perez over Andre Soukhamthath by Split Decision (28-29, 29-29, 29-28)
(8) Sam Alvey (30-9, 1 NC) vs. Rashad Evans (24-6-1) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Both fighters come out tentative in the early going. Evans shoots in at the 3:53 mark but Alvey fights him off with the help of the cage. Evans works Alvey over in the clinch against the cage, he goes for another takedown but Alvey again defends it well. More clinching half way through the round and Big John urges them to work. Evans gets Alvey to one knee with just under two minutes to go but Alvey gets back to his feet and they are back to center cage. Alvey rushes in and misses and connects with a right hand with under a minute to go. After a scramble they each land punches as the round ends.
10-9 Evans, but a difficult round to score.
ROUND TWO: Alvey continues to be patient while looking to counter. Evans lands hard to the body with a punch. Alvey returns the favor with a right hand to the head of Evans. Alvey blocks a head kick at the 3:08 mark. Alvey lands a left and follows with a nice right hand. Not much action here with two minutes left in the round. Evans finally lands a takedown with under two minutes left but Alvey is up quickly. Evans continues to pin Alvey against the fence but he isn’t doing any damage. Alvey goes to the body with a knee with under a minute left. Back to center cage with 26 seconds left. Evans goes for one more takedown attempt but is stuffed as the round ends.
10-9 Alvey, but another tough round to score.
ROUND THREE: Evans lands a leg kick to start the round. Straight right lands for Alvey a minute into the round. The crowd is quiet and sitting on their hands for this fight, and I don’t blame them. Evans pins Alvey against the fence with 3:10 to go but Alvey pushes him off and they stand opposite each other at center cage with 2:40 left. Evans lands a nice right hand but can’t finish the takedown. Alvey lands a nice combination with 1:40 to go. Big right hand from Evans but Alvey eats it and continues forward. Evans goes for another takedown with 40 seconds left but Alvey stuffs it agains. Alvey lands a few sharp knees with his back to the fence. The crowd boos as the fight ends.
10-9 Evans, this was a horrible fight.
Result: Sam Alvey over Rashad Evans by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
(9) Martin Bravo (12-0) vs. Humberto Bandenay (13-4, 1 NC) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Both fighters come out aggressively landing kicks and punches. Bandenay lands a hard kick to the body of Bravo 23 seconds in. He follows up with a knee to the head that drops Bravo and he’s out. Bandenay follows up with two more unnecessary hammer fists before the ref can cover the knocked out Bravo.
Result: Humberto Bandenay over Martin Bravo by Knockout (0:26 of Round 1)
(10) Alan Jouban (15-5) vs. Niko Price (10-0) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Both fighters come out throwing. Price landed some punches and a really nice low kick in the first minute of the fight. Jouban follows with a few strikes of his own that find a home. Price lands a huge straight hand as Jouban throws a low kick and Jouban is down at the 3:23 mark. Price pounces and rides Jouban’s back and lands big strikes to the head of a downed Jouban. The ref steps in and pushes Price away and this one is over folks.
Result: Niko Price over Alan Jouban by Knockout (1:44 of Round 1)
(11) Randa Markos (7-5) vs. Alexa Grasso (9-1) – Strawweight 115 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Grasso eats a stiff right hand 40 seconds into the fight. Grasso is owning the center of the octagon to start. Markos lands two big punches but Grasso keeps the pressure on. Grasso with a low kick and she follows up with a stiff right hand. At 2:16 the strikes are all even between the two women. Grasso lands a kick to the body followed by a big right hand at the 1:44 mark. Grasso takes Marko’s back with a minute left but Markos turns into Grasso and works back to her feet with 38 seconds left. Grasso is working well in the clinch and is much more aggressive than in her fight against Herrig.
ROUND TWO: Grasso lands a head kick as the round opens. She follows up with a takedown but Markos is up a minute in. Markos gets Grasso down at 3:46 but Grasso pops right back up. Back to center at the 3:15 mark. Big right hand from Grasso with three minutes to go in the round. Markos shoots in and gets a takedown and works from top position. With two minutes to go Grasso works back to her feet and they fight from center actagon with under two minutes to go. Markos catches a kick from Grasso and get another takedown. Grasso reverses position, but Markos reverses back. Markos with big elbows from on top. With 30 seconds left Markos continues to work from on top. Markos rides out the round in top position.
ROUND THREE: Big right hand lands for Markos 30 seconds into the final round. Markos continues to land punches as Grasso retreats a minute in. They fight from center with 3:20 to go. Markos shoots and lands a takedown at the 3:02 mark. Grasso kicks Markos off after Markos postures up too high. They fight from center with just under two minutes left in the round. Markos rushes in, lands a right hand and Grasso pushes her away. Markos goes for a takedown but Grasso has a standing guillotime. She loses it quickly but she starts opening up and landing strikes as Markos retreats. The fight ends with Grasso the aggressor and landing strikes.
Result: Alexa Grasso over Randa Markos by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
(12) Sergio Pettis (15-2) vs. Brandon Moreno (14-3) – Flyweight 125 lbs.
ROUND ONE: Moreno comes out throwing a lot of kicks. Pettis tries a kick of his own but Moreno catches it and takes him down. Moreno works from top position a minute into the fight. At 3:19 Moreno take Pettis’ back. He has a body lock on Pettis with three minutes to go. Moreno continues to try to soften Pettis up with short strikes to the head of Pettis. He looks for a rear naked choke with 1:37 left but doesn’t have it. Pettis spends the remainder of the round in the body lock while fending off Moreno’s punches and submission attempts.
ROUND TWO: The fight takes place on the feet with neither fighter landing anything 1:30 into the round. Pettis lands a high kick at the 3:03 mark, but Moreno comes back and scores with a takedown. Pettis is back up with 2:30 left in the round. Moreno is spending most of this round backing up. Pettis lands another high kick. Pettis lands a side kick with 1:04 left. This isn’t the most exciting round. Neither fighter is opening up at all here. The round ends as the fighters circle each other.
ROUND THREE: Head kick lands for Pettis to open the round. Pettis is much more active to start this round. Moreno goes down after a kick but Pettis waits for him to get back up. Pettis refuses to go to the ground with Moreno. Another head kick lands for Pettis and he follows with a big right hand. Pettis is finding his range and timing here in the third round. Moreno goes for a takedown but is stuffed. Pettis continues to land punches with two minutes to go in the round. Moreno with another level change but nothing doing as Pettis pushes him off. Big right hand from Pettis with 50 seconds left. Pettis blocks a head kick and lands one of his own. Moreno is cut over the right eye as the round ends.
ROUND FOUR: Pettis opens with a high kick that is partially blocked by Moreno. Moreno is just throwing one punch at a time, he needs to close distance. Moreno takes an eye poke at the 3:52 mark. Pettis continues to apply the pressure when the resumes. They trade punches and kicks with neither fighter landing anything of significance. Moreno lands a nice right hand at the 1:34 mark. Under a minute to go and Pettis is eating Moreno to the punch. Pettis tries for an ill-advised cartwheel kick and almost gets taken down but the round ends.
ROUND FIVE: Pettis lands a nice counter right as the round starts. Moreno gets a takedown a minute in and works from top position. Big John tells them to work with 3:19 left. Pettis lands two upkicks as Moreno goes back to top position. Pettis is doing a great job landing from bottom. Pettis tries working his way back up but Moreno keeps him down. Finally Pettis gets Moreno off of him with 1:20 to go. Under a minute to go Pettis starts landing on the feet. Pettis with a big combination with 23 seconds left. They start throwing wildly with ten seconds to go but neither fighter lands anything flush as the fight ends.
Result: Sergio Pettis over Brandon Moreno by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)
Well if finishes are your thing, you probably loved this show with seven first round finishes. A couple of takeaways, Sergio Pettis is the real deal and a real threat in the flyweight division. Rashad Evans needs to retire. I do not want to see him in Bellator either. Niko Price was very impressive and I really like watching him fight.
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