The UFC was in Atlantic City, New Jersey earlier tonight (Sat. April 21, 2018) for a great mixed martial arts (MMA) card from top to bottom.
In the main event former interim UFC lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee put on a wrestling clinic against Edson Barboza. Although the Brazilian stunned Lee late in the fight with a spinning kick, The Motown Phenom was able to cut Barboza bad enough for doctors to stop the fight in the fifth round. Lee made quite the statement and wants to get back to the UFC lightweight title picture as soon as possible.
The co-featured bout of the evening saw Frankie Edgar pick up a win over fellow veteran Cub Swanson in a great back-and-forth affair. Although both men were able to land some great shots, Edgar connected on the more effective ones and did enough to earn a win on the judges’ scorecards.
You can check out the full results from UFC Atlantic City here below:
UFC Fight Pass Exclusive Prelims:
- Welterweight: Tony Martin def. Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Bantamweight: Ricky Simon def. Merab Dvalishvili via R3 TKO (referee stoppage, 5:00)
- Welterweight: Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas via R2 TKO (body kick and punch, 2:40)
- Light heavyweight: Corey Anderson def. Patrick Cummins via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
UFC Atlantic City Main Card:
- Catchweight (157 pounds): Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza
Barboza open sup with a kick but Lee hits a nice jab. Barboza comes inside for a nice few strikes and Lee comes in now for a big takedown. Lee postures up a bit, stacks, and then gets full mount. Into half guard now and Lee is pouring down some ground-and-pound. Side control to mount for Lee and he’s reigning down more ground-and-pound.
Lee is unleashing some nasty elbows now and Barboza’s face is welting up. Lee is attacking a choke, but switches back to ground-and-pound. Barboza gets his back to the fence for a bit but is put back down. More big ground-and-pound from Lee here and he again gets full mount. The round comes to an end.
Lee comes in with pressure to open up the round and Barboza shoots in and fails. Lee with a trip attempt but Barboza is still standing. A hard kick to the body lands for Lee and Barboza is noticeably hurt. Lee in again for the takedown and gets it. Big ground-and-pound form Lee again. Back to full mount for Lee and he unleashes some more strikes to Barboza’s head. Elbows from Lee and again he has full mount and fails on a guillotine. Lee is dropping down some big elbows now and the referee is warning Barboza to fight back. The round comes to an end.
Lee with a couple of jabs and a high kick to open the round. Barboza is getting more offensive with his striking now, a body kick and a nice hook land. Barboza stuffs a takedown attempt and Lee gets in a nice uppercut. A spinning back kick form Barboza wobbles Lee terribly and Barboza is being taken down against the cage now. Lee gets it to the ground and is right into side control.
Full guard now and Lee attempts to posture up but can’t. Barboza gets to his feet and misses another spinning wheel kick. A right hook from Lee lands and he follows it up with a couple of jabs. A hard kick to the back lands for Lee and Barboza answers back with a leg kick. Barboza now with a hard body kick and Lee responds with a high kick and punch combo. The round ends.
Both men are striking inside the pocket now and Barboza lands a nice body kick. Some big shots are landing for Barboza but Lee is eating them. Lee gets a takedown against the cage now and is right into full guard. Lee postures up and lands a elbow. More posturing up and big shots from Lee here. Lee gets into half guard and into full mount before dropping some big elbows. Lee is doing some beautiful control work on the ground and mixing in effective strikes to stay busy. He seems to be setting up a choke but the round comes to an end.
A nice right hand lands for Barboza to open things up. Both men are landing now and a spinning heel kick from Barboza just is blocked. A hard body shot lands for Barboza and he stuffs a takedown attempt. Lee is working a takedown against the cage but Barboza breaks away. A temporary stop to the action and doctors come in and stop the fight due to a bad cut on Barboza’s eye.
Official Result: Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza via R5 TKO (doctor stoppage, 2:18)
- Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Nice footwork from both men to open up the fight. A body kick lands for Edgar and Swanson is able to just connect on a jab. Edgar misses out on a takedown and throws another body kick. Edgar presses forward with a combination and throws a leg kick as well. Edgar catches Swanson with a nice combination and it rocks him a bit. The Answer is swarming now but Swanson is fighting back and circles out. A high kick from Edgar is blocked and Swanson responds with a left hook. A right hand lands for Edgar and Swanson fires back with a leg kick and a spinning kick that is blocked. The round comes to an end.
Edgar comes inside with a right hand and teases a takedown before Swanson circles out. A leg kick from Edgar and he throws a high kick after landing a few more. Another failed takedown attempt from Edgar and he tries on again, but Swanson is able to circle away. Some nice combinations from Edgar now but Swanson lands a nice leg kick. A nice jab for Swanson and he blocks a high kick. Swanson defends a takedown and lands two nice hooks afterwards. The round comes to an end.
Nice combinations from Edgar inside and he continues to search for a takedown but fails. Edgar lands some nice uppercuts in the clinch. A right hand lands for Swanson and Edgar is getting into a nice groove inside the pocket. Another hard takedown attempt from Edgar but Swanson defends nicely yet again. Edgar is working on Swanson against the cage but they separate. Now both men are exchanging hard hooks and Swanson lands a hard combination. Edgar is firing back now and things are getting exciting. Edgar is bleeding under his eye and throws a high kick. The round comes to an end.
Official Result: Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Heavyweight: Justin Willis vs. Chase Sherman
Sherman lands some hooks but Willis is able to counter with some shots of his own. Willis catches a kick form Sherman and lands a nice hook before separating. A nice left hand lands for Willis and he follows up with another that wobbles Sherman. Sherman lands a big high kick and both men are exchanging big shots now. A counter right hand lands for Sherman and another kick to the body as well. A low blow from Willis temporarily stops the action.
Willis lands a huge shot that drops Sherman and he swarms for the ground-and-pound. Several punches and a few elbows land before the action slows down. Sherman gets to his feet and they begin to exchange heavy shots again. Willis caches a Sherman kick and lands a right hook. A knee inside the clinch lands for Willis and he follows up with some good uppercuts. The round comes to an end.
A high kick from Sherman is blocked and he fires back with a quick combination. A clean combination lands for Willis again and an eye poke from Sherman temporarily stops the action. A few more hooks land for Willis and Sherman lands a nice front kick to the body. A head kick lands for Sherman but he loses balance and falls down, and Willis falls right into his full guard. Some elbows from Sherman from the bottom. Willis postures up a bit and throws some shots down but he gets pulled back down rather quickly. The round comes to an end.
Willis lands a nice hook to open the round and follows up with a nice counter hook. A jab lands for Willis and he throws a nice combo off a Sherman leg kick. A head kick from Sherman is caught an dWillis eats an elbow in the clinch. Sherman is throwing a nice combination inside the clinch but Willis backs him off a bit. Sherman presses Willis against the cage and lands a nice knee and elbow. Willis with a nice counter combo and he clinches up with Sherman again.
Some more elbows land for Sherman and he eats a hook again. Now Sherman is coming inside looking for some big hooks himself. Willis lands a shot to the body and Sherman is able to land a head kick and hook. Some uppercuts land for Willis in the clinch and Sherman gets off a knee to teh body. Both men are relatively tired at this point and the fight comes to an end.
Official Result: Justin Willis def. Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Middleweight: David Branch vs. Thiago Santos
A left hook lands for Santos inside the pocket and he follows up with a nice leg kick. Branch eats a kick to the body and another leg kick. More leg kicks from Santos and he follows up with some big hooks that are blocked. Branch lands a huge hook that drops Santos and he follows it up with some ground-and-pound that ends things off.
Official Result: David Branch def. Thiago Santos via R1 KO (punches, 2:30)
- Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling def. Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Dan Hooker
The pair exchange leg kicks to open up the fight. Hooker is able to land a few jabs and Miller responds with a few hard hooks. Hooker again lands more jabs followed by a clean straight right hand. Miller then has his head caught by Miller and eats a massive knee and is rendered unconscious.
Official Result: Dan Hooker def Jim Miller via R1 KO (knee, 3:00)