Team Lesnar's Tony Ferguson (10-2) vs. Team Dos Santos' Justin Edwards (6-0)
UFC president Dana White does the intros, referee Josh Rosenthal gets us started, and we're underway.
Justin comes out swinging with wild punches and kicks. Tony tries to match him, but Justin gets the early edge. Tony clinches, and though most miss, Justin continues winging power shots. Justin delivers a knee from the clinch and puts his opponent against the cage, but Tony stays calm and breaks off. Justin initiates the action again, but Tony's finding success with his jab. Tony now has trouble getting in range as he eats the jab. Tony lands a couple nice hooks, and Justin takes him to the mat. Tony is pack up, and they trade more shots. Justin is slowing a bit, and Tony gets through a big left. Justin answers with dirty boxing but eats a heavy body shot. Neither fighter is gaining the edge, and both are connecting. Justin fires off a nice three-punch combo and scores the takedown. Justin works from full guard but takes elbows from an active Tony. He then postures up to deliver a punch, but Tony knocks him silly with an upkick, and the bout is quickly waved off.
It's a stunning knockout and win for Team Lesnar.
In a post-fight confessional, Tony admits he simply had to stay calm during the initial flurry. It worked, and when Justin got careless in his top position, he took a heel to the face.
"Justin was winning the fight, but this is MMA, and that happens," a disappointed Junior says.
Dana congratulates both guys for putting on an entertaining bout.
Justin is disappointed but holds onto hope he may get one of the wild-card slots. Junior offers words of encouragement.
After a commercial break, the focus then turns to the next bout and pre-fight preparations. Chuck, the team jokester, has the respect of Brock, who thinks his unorthodox style could work to his advantage.
Team Dos Santos, meanwhile, rallies around Zach, the team's resident nice guy. But once in the cage, he dials up the intensity and says fighting brings out his competitive spirit. Junior knows he's simply a guy who likes being a fighter and testing himself.
Soon, the teams return to the UFC Training Center, where final fight preparations are underway. Soon, it's fight time, and we have:
Team Lesnar's Chuck O'Neil (8-3) vs. Team Dos Santos' Zach Davis (4-1)
Dana again does intros, and the ref is the same. Zach immediately shoots and gets the takedown, and he lands in side control. He isolates the arm, but it allows Chuck to get back to his feet. Zach swarms and puts him against the cage while delivering knees to the body and legs. Chuck reverses the position, but Zach again takes the power position from the clinch and delivers knees before getting the drag-takedown. Zach works from full guard. Chuck looks for elbows from below and nearly secures a triangle choke. Zach stands over him and then delivers leg kicks before tagging Chuck with a punch as he gets back to his feet. Chuck grabs an arm but hits the mat and gives it up. But he moves into top position and unloads a quick barrage of punches. Zach looks to isolate an arm and eats more punches. Zach, though, then wraps his legs for a triangle choke and gets the quick tap-out.
It's a quick end to another competitive and entertaining bout.
Dana's again blown away. Team Dos Santos celebrates the victory. Zach, who's said he's tried to get on the show before, is pleased with his win and thinks he put the other team on notice.
Chuck, though, is steamed and stomps to the dressing room. Brock knows Chuck is extra mad because he got caught with a submission he often uses himself.