Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.
In the main event, Robbie Lawler looks to defend his welterweight title against former interim champion Carlos Condit.
Lawler (26-10) earned a fifth round stoppage victory over Rory MacDonald earlier this year to remain champion. Condit (30-8) is 2-1 over his last three.
In the co-featured attraction, heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski hit the Octagon, while the rest of the PPV main card includes Albert Tumenov-Lorenz Larkin, Diego Brandao-Brian Ortega and Abel Trujillo-Tony Sims.
Scheduled for the FS1 prelims are Michael McDonald-Masanori Kanehara, Kyle Noke-Alex Morono, Justine Kish-Nina Ansaroff and Drew Dober-Scott Holtzman.
All the action begins online with Dustin Poirier-Joseph Duffy, Joe Soto-Michinori Tanaka and Edgar Garcia-Sheldon Westcott.
Of note, this event was scheduled to be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for the female bantamweight title. An injury to Lawler, though, pushed this main event back and bumped that one up.
FightLine will be bringing you live play-by-play beginning at6:30 p.m. ET.
Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia
We’ll begin the night in the welterweight division with Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1) meeting Edgar Garcia (14-4) on UFC Fight Pass.
Round 1: Garcia really loading up the right hand, looking to land a power shot. Westcott ducks under a right and scores with an easy takedown. He’s got the legs of Garcia wrapped and is looking to secure the mount, peppering him with good shots in the process. Westcott takes the back and flattens him out, pounding away with heavy, heavy right hands. Westcott’s just teeing off, but he’s also hitting the back of the head quite a bit which is keeping the ref from stopping it. More shots getting through with two minutes left in the round. And after warning him to improve, this one is all over.
Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 1
Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
Former Bellator champion Joe Soto (15-4) tries to get a victory inside the Octagon against Michinori Tanaka (10-1) in a bantamweight battle.
Round 1: Tanaka with that typical wide-stance like other Japanese MMA fighters. Soto takes the center and peppers him with solid kicks. Soto tries to get in close and eats a right for his effort, but continues to follow up with inside leg kicks. Tanaka fends off a deep single-leg from the former NJCAA wrestling standout. Good 1-2 from Soto connects, but Tanaka just has more power with each strike. With about 90 seconds left, Tanaka gets in a groove and scores with a takedown. Soto throws up a nasty Gogoplata with time to work. He’s got it in very tight as we head under 30 seconds in the round. Nasty elbows landing now from Soto.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto
Round 2: Tanaka really coming out the aggressor here despite his corner telling him to not load up. Soto continues to work the leg, as there is heavy bruising becoming visible. Blood coming from the nose of Soto, who continues to push forward with leg kicks. Another takedown for Tanaka, but Soto immediately throws up a guillotine with full-guard. The hands are clasped and Soto is cranking the neck, but Tanaka puts out a hand saying he is fine. Tanaka slips free and is now on top looking to pass.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka
Round 3: Soto appeared to be saying something to Tanaka after the second round ended. Not sure what that might have been about. Huge shots coming from Tanaka but they are missing for the most part. Soto talking to him now and coming forward, really trying to engage the fight – just as his corner instructed. Tanaka just letting him punch him in the face, laughing at the same time. Lots of words from Soto, who is fired up and now they are throwing. Huge left, but Tanaka with a takedown. Soto grabs the guillotine once more with two-plus minutes left, pulling down and tight on the neck. He’s got it in very deep and very tight. Soto releases the submission, but is on his back. Soto lands and has busted open the mouth of Tanaka, really taking over in the final moments of this fight.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto
Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-29, 28-29, 29-28)