Stay up to date with what’s happening today at UFC Vegas 67, which is going down at an earlier than usual start time from the APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The original main event for this card was supposed to be Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov, however, Kelvin had to pull out of the match. The ever-ready Sean Strickland has stepped in for Gastelum, but the short-notice nature of this situation has Strickland vs. Imavov taking lace at light heavyweight instead of middleweight.
For the co-main event of the evening, we have an unranked fighter on a four-fight winning streak going up against a ranked fighter trying to avoid a four-fight losing skid. The surging Damon Jackson wants to tangle with the UFC’s #13 ranked featherweight, Dan Ige.
The main card is slated for 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT, and the preliminary bouts begin at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm, PT — all of which can be streamed on ESPN+.
- Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov: Light Heavyweight
- Dan Ige vs. Damon Jackson: Featherweight
- Punahele Soriano vs. Roman Kopylov: Middleweight
- Ketlen Vieira vs Raquel Pennington: (W) Bantamweight
Umar Nurmagomedov def. Raoni Barcelos by KO at 4:40 of round 1: Bantamweight
Nurmagomedov was looking to fight from range early in the first round, while Barcelos took the center and looked to close the distance. The jab of Nurmagomedov was finding a home, and was the most landed strike of the round. Nurmagomedov was also throwing a lot of teep kicks to try and keep Barcelos on the outside. Behind that teep, Nurmagomedov connected with a clean left hand that briefly stunned Barcelos. Then KABOOM! Nurmagomedov landed an explosive left hook that flattened Barcelos, and then followed up with a wicked hammerfist on an already out opponent. Yikes! In his post-fight interview, Umar apologized for the extra blow, stating that he didn’t realize that Barcelos was already out.
Javid Basharat def. Mateus Mendonça by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Bantamweight
Mendonça pressured from the word go, and was making Basharat look uncomfortable. A low calf kick from Mendonça briefly dropped Basharat, but then Javid started to land leg kicks of his own. Around the mid-point of the round, Basharat landed a piston of a right cross that got the attention of Mendonça. They started to grapple from there, with Mendonça working for the takedown and Basharat refusing to be on his back. After some back and forth on the feet, Basharat hit a takedown of his, but it didn’t last very long.
Mendonça went back to pressing in the second round. He snagged a short-lived takedown, and then went to pressing Basharat against the cage. Basharat returned to open space, and Mendonça kept looking for the takedown. He ended up jumping a guillotine, but that would prove costly as it gave Basharat top position. Plenty of ground and pound was dished out from Basharat, with Mendonça attacking a leg lock at the end of the round.
Basharat got an early lead in the final round with his striking picking off Mendonça from range. Mendonça was still coming forward, but his output was rather low. He started to shoot his takedowns from far out, and Basharat was able to easily avoid them. Mendonça got his opponent against the cage, and after botching a takedown he tried to jump a triangle. Basharat quickly escaped and began controlling from the top. Mendonça had one last guillotine attempt in him before Basharat rode out the rest of the fight on top.
Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Claudio Ribeiro at :28 of round 2: Middleweight
Ribeiro started to crack with calf kicks right away, with Alhassan just eating them. Alhassan then shot in for a takedown, but settled for pressing Ribeiro against the cage. Ribeiro escaped back into open space and went back to his calf kicks. Alhassan went back to clinching up against the fence, chipping away with knees to the legs. In the closing moments of the round, Alhassan unleashed a couple of big standing elbows, and then launched a flurry of fists just before the bell.
Ribeiro went right back to the calf kick to start the round, but went to the well too many times. Alhassan countered him with a hefty overhand right that rocked Ribeiro, and then followed up with a trio of blistering right hands that ultimately caused him to drop and the ref to step in. This was a solid win for Alhassan, showing off that he can mix things up, instead of just brawling.
Mateusz Rebecki def. Nick Fiore by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2): Lightweight
Rębecki applied the pressure right away, and Fiore seemed ready to return fire. Both men were connecting with their respective combos, with Rębecki seeming have a little more sting on his strikes. As the round grew on, the bulk of the activity was on the side of Rębecki. Fiore spent a lot of time on his back foot, finding it difficult to find the time to fire back. With about 90-seconds left in the round, Rębecki blasted a takedown. He was then able to land some solid ground and pound before the round ended.
Rębecki came out launching more heat in the second round. He then went in for the clinch, but Fiore seemed to easily escape into open space. It looked like Rębecki was starting to fatigue, which isn’t surprising considering the pace he pushed in the opening act. Fiore then hit a takedown of his own, but wasn’t able to keep Rębecki on the ground. It was then Rębecki’s turn to score a takedown. That’s where the fighters stayed for the rest of the round.
Fiore went for his own takedown to kick off the final round, but ultimately it was Rębecki who realized top position. Much like the end of the second act, Rębecki hung out int the full guard of Fiore
Allan Nascimento def. Carlos Hernandez by submission (RNC) at 3:16 of round 1: Flyweight
Hernandez was first to land with his punches, but Nascimento then quickly closed the distance and hit a takedown. From there, Nascimento went to the back and began working for an RNC. Hernandez was defending well for a while, but as soon as he stood up, Nascimento was able to fully lock in the RNC to get the tap.
Daniel Argueta def. Nick Aguirre by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): Featherweight
It didn’t take very long for Argueta to close the distance and snag a takedown. Aguirre was active off of his back, inverting and creating a unique scramble. Argueta came out on top of that exchange, but Aguirre wiggled his way out and took the back. After being controlled for a bit, Argueta spun around on top, causing Aguirre to scramble again. It was then Argueta’s turn to take the back, and although he went for an RNC, he wasn’t able to land it.
Argueta started to let his hands go to start the second round. He wasn’t landing a ton, but he had Aguirre mostly defensive. Argueta then clinched up against the cage, but Aguirre was doing a good job of remaining vertical… at first. Argueta stayed after it and eventually was able to put Aguirre on his back. He worked the way to the back and threatened with a rear-naked choke, but Aguirre hung tough and found a way out. Argueta also landed a big elbow before the bell.
Aguirre got some punching going in the final round, mostly right hooks, but they didn’t seem to have much of an effect on Argueta. The fighters clinched up again and Argueta realized top position yet again. There was a brief Kimura attempt from Aguirre, but other than that Argueta was in control.
Charles Johnson def. Jimmy Flick by TKO at 4:33 of round 1: Flyweight
Flick shot in for an early takedown, but Johnson quickly reversed the situation. Flick worked back to his feet, where Johnson slowly pressed forward. Johnson was getting through with heavy hands, both to the body and the head. Flick responded with a double leg takedown, but Johnson was the one that ended up on top. Johnson started to rain down a series of elbows, with one of them cutting open the forehead of Flick. The ground and pound continued, and although Flick was still defending, the referee stopped the match.