Tonight will see a middleweight battle between Dan Henderson and Tim Boetsch occupy the main event slot, while ranked heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione collide in the co-main.
Both Henderson (30-13) and Boetsch (18-8) are coming off losses, as Henderson was stopped by Gegard Mousasi in January and Boetsch suffered a submission defeat to Thales Leites that same month. Overall, the two are just 3-7 in their last 10 combined fights.
Rothwell (34-9) and Mitrione (9-3) are on the opposite end of that spectrum, having combined to go 7-3 in their last 10. Rothwell finished Alistair Overeem in the first round of their September meeting last year, while Mitrione – who has made all of his pro fights inside of the Octagon – downed Gabriel Gonzaga in December.
Other main card bouts include Dustin Poirier vs. Yancy Medeiros, Thiago Tavares vs. Brian Ortega, Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak and Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Caceres.
The early FS1 prelims are headlined by heavyweights Shawn Jordan and Derrick Lewis, as Jordan returns home to compete. Also, Brian Ebersole takes on Omari Akhmedov, Chris Wade meets Christos Giagos and Joe Proctor battles Justin Edwards. On Fight Pass, Ricardo Abreu squares off with Jake Collier and Jose Quinonez meets Leonardo Morales to kickoff the night.
Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader were scheduled as the original headline bout before Cormier was removed and inserted into a recent championship match.
Let’s get to the action!
Jose Quinonez vs. Leonardo Morales
We begin the night with a catchweight contest after Leonardo Morales (4-1) came in heavy for his planned bantamweight affair with Jose Quinonez (3-2).
Round 1: Stiff kick from Morales is caught and Quinonez unloads. He’s backing Morales down and attacking, tying him up in the clinch. Excellent job by Morales to defend the takedown, using his hand to stay upright. Quinonez, though, uses the trip and scores, moving directly into side control. He passes and advances, taking the back and getting both his hooks in. Very quick, very smooth transitions for Quinonez. He’s got the back and the rear-naked locked in, but Morales survives for now. He’s got it back again and it’s tight around the chin, and Morales is forced to tap.
Jose Quinonez def. Leonardo Morales via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:34 of Round 1
Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu
We’ll conclude the Fight Pass prelims with middleweights Jake Collier (8-2) and Ricardo Abreu (5-0). Collier is stepping in for Daniel Sarafian.
Round 1: Collier working off the jab and Abreu just eats them and comes in, only to eat some heavy shots by Collier. More power punches land by Abreu, who is forced to fight from a distance due to a six-inch reach advantage for Collier. Despite being the better wrestler, Collier is content with standing and trading vs. Abreu. Here comes Collier with leg kicks, landing several to the body.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Collier
Round 2: Abreu comes right out and starts landing, but Collier connects with a flying knee. Several strikes from Abreu, but Collier is able to get his guard up and cover. Each time Collier connects to the body, he eats a right-hook right to the side of the head. Abreu’s face is starting to show some wear and tear, as he’s bleeding from the nose area. Inside the clinch and Abreu’s doing work to the body. He gets double-underhooks in and Collier fights to defend, staying upright. Spinning back-fist for Collier lands after a combo of strikes, followed by a nice 1-2 to the chin. Takedown for Abreu as we go under a minute left in the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Collier
Round 3: Collier really showing a diverse striking game, starting out the right with a counter-hook and a front-kick even throwing a spinning back-kick. Power takedown for Abreu, and he immediately goes to the back. Collier gets up without taking any punishment and is free. He goes right back to walking forward. Abreu lands and he has him rattled for a brief moment, throwing up a head-kick. Here comes Collier, going to the body and trying to finish. Collier now bleeding from the face, as these two have been putting in a solid battle. Another takedown for Abreu, but he’s again unable to do any damage.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Abreu
Jake Collier def. Ricardo Abreu via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)