Last night (Sat. September 8, 2018) the UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) went down live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The card was main evented by a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Darren Till.
Woodley was able to drop Till with a big shot. After battering the Englishmen on the ground for several minutes, he was able to lock in a D’arce choke for the submission win.
Initially, Nicco Montano was scheduled to defend her flyweight title against Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event. Unfortunately, Montano was hospitalized during her weight cut and was forced off the card. She was subsequently stripped of the championship.
Instead, Jessica Andrade and Karolina Kowalkiewicz served as the new co-main event. Andrade put on one of the greatest knockouts in women’s MMA history with a single punch against Kowalkiewicz. Check out MMA News’ UFC 228 results below:
- Welterweight: (C) Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till
Woodley presses forward with a knee to the face and is going for a takedown immediately. Referee controversially breaks things up. Woodley again blasts forward but doesn’t land. A high-kick from Woodley is blocked. Woodley goes for a single leg takedown and transitions into the clinch.
Till turns Woodley around and gets dominant position against the cage. The referee again separates them for inactivity. The round comes to an end.
A big shot from Woodley drops Till. Woodley swarming now from the top position and has Till cut open badly. A big elbow lands for Woodley but Till is still fighting back. Woodley steps into half guard but Till is keeping his posture close down. Woodley mounted but Till hip escapes out quickly and is back into half guard.
Some short elbows landing from Woodley in half guard. Woodley locks in a D’arce choke and Till is forced to tap out. That’s it.
Official Result: Tyron Woodley def. Darren Till via R2 submission (D’arce choke, 4:19)
- Women’s strawweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Andrade has Karolina stunned early on with hooks to the chin. Karolina is giving it back to her as best she can and is landing knees in the clinch. Again Karolina lands in the clinch but Andrade is still connecting with bombs. More huge shots from Andrade here.
The toughness of Karolina is outstanding. One huge shot from Karolina knocks Karolina out and that is it. That was probably the best knockout in UFC strawweight history. Amazing.
Official Result: Jessica Andrade def. Karolina Karolina Kowalkiewicz via R1 KO (punch, 1:58)
- Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis
Davis lands a leg kick and just misses on a high-kick. A spinning back fist from Zabit is blocked. Zabit catches a leg kick and lands a straight right. Zabit lands a nice left hook. Davis landed an uppercut and Zabit lands a jumping switch kick. Zabit gets a big takedown from the back clinch but Davis is back to his feet. The round comes to an end.
Davis has a body kick caught and Zabit swarms on him against the cage. Zabit gets the takedown into half guard. Davis gets to his feet but eats elbows to the side of the head against the cage. Zabit gets another takedown but Davis is again back up.
Zabit gets him down to the ground and lands some nice shots to the face, but Davis stands up against the cage and separates. Zabit lands a nice shot and gets a trip. He’s able to take the back and get back mount.
He continues to transition from back mount positions but finally locks in an awkward kneebar that forces Davis to tap out.
Official Result: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Brandon Davis via R2 submission (kneebar, 3:46)
- Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson
Dodson blitzes in with strikes but Rivera moves away. Dodson catches a kick from Rivera and works for the takedown. He gets it but Rivera shoots back up to his feet quickly and they begin to strike again.
A big head-kick from Dodson is blocked. Rivera catches Dodson with a quick jab as he comes inside. Dodson gets a hook inside but Rivera responds with one of his own. Rivera lands an uppercut as Dodson ducks down.
Rivera gets another hook and Dodson lands a body kick as the round ends.
Both men are throwing shots inside the pocket. Dodson catches a kick but can’t do anything with it. These two are pretty much stalemating each other and the crowd is growing restless. A low blow from Rivera stops the action.
A head-kick lands for Rivera but Dodson keeps moving. A body kick lands for Dodson and Rivera fails to catch it and get the takedown. The round comes to an end.
A leg kick lands for Dodson and Rivera responds with a hook that knocks Dodson backward. A right hand to the body lands for Rivera. He follows up with kicks to Dodson’s front leg. More missed or blocked strikes from both men as they stand in front of each other. Rivera is maintaining Octagon control.
Rivera lands a few uppercuts inside the pocket but they seem to be blocked. Both men catch each other with some shots inside the pocket to close the round.
Official Result: Jimmie Rivera def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Niko Price
Price lands a big hook coming inside. They’re both swinging big early on. Alhassan lands some big hooks in return and he has Price backed against the cage. He’s unloading on Price and the referee has to step in. Amazing.
Official Result: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Niko Price via R1 KO (punches, 0:43)
- Women’s strawweight: Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza via R3 TKO (punches, 4:33)
- Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Stamann via R2 submission (kneebar, 3:42)
- Welterweight: Geoff Neal def. Frank Camacho via R2 KO (head-kick, 1:23)
- Middleweight: Darren Stewart def. Charles Byrd via R1 TKO (punches, 2:17)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims:
- Welterweight: Diego Sanchez def. Craig White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Alex White via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 1:29)
- Women’s bantamweight: Irene Aldana def. Lucie Pudilova via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Flyweight: Jarred Brooks def. Roberto Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)