Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 135: Gaethje vs. Vick, emanating from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Octagon debuts in Lincoln with a headliner that should produce fireworks featuring one of the most exciting fighters in the sport taking on a rising contender.
Lightweight slugger Justin Gaethje headlines his third UFC event in his fourth UFC fight looking to end a two-fight losing skid as he takes on James Vick, in his first UFC main event, who comes in having won his last four fights. Gaethje remains in the title picture, but is in desperate to score a win after back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Vick's win streak has come against unranked competition and Gaethje represents his biggest opponent to date.
Also on the card, Michael Johnson looks to avoid his fourth straight loss as he takes on Andre Fili in the co-main event, women's strawweights Cortney Casey and Angela Hill do battle, and welterweight Jake Ellenberger looks to end a three-fight losing skid and keep retirement away just a bit longer as he goes against Bryan Barberena.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT
> Rani Yahya (25-9 1 NC, 10-3 1 NC UFC) vs. Luke Sanders (12-2, 2-2 UFC)
Yahya goes right for a takedown but pulls guard though Sanders avoids the trap. Yahya lands a right hand that stuns Sanders. Yahya gets a heel hook but Sanders escapes. Yahya still looking for it and gets it locked in and Sanders taps! Solid finish by Yahya as he makes quick work of Sanders.
Official Result- Rani Yahya def. Luke Sanders by submission (heel hook) at 1:31 of Round 1
> Drew Dober (19-8 1 NC, 5-4 1 NC UFC) vs. Jon Tuck (10-4, 4-4 UFC)
Tuck starts with a leg kick but eats a left hand from Dober. They trade kicks. Dober with a body kick. Another body kick from Dober. Tuck lands a right hand. Tuck with a front kick to the body. Dober with a head kick but Tuck barely blocks it. They trade punches and Tuck lands a body kick. Dober fires back with a leg kick. Dober stumbles Tuck with a combo. They tie up and Dober has position against the fence. They break. They trade in close range. Dober with a solid combo. Dober with a body kick. He's in control right now. Dober with a leg kick. Dober lands another good combination. Dober with more combos. 10-9 Dober.
Dober with a leg kick but Tuck fires back with a body kick. Dober with a kick to Tuck's knee and Dober's foot was hurt after. He is switching his stances and now Tuck is landing some punches. Dober with a counter right hook. Tuck shoots for a takedown but Dober defends it. Dober may have a broken foot. Dober gets a takedown but Tuck has the neck and is looking for a guillotine choke. Dober escapes and gets into the full guard of Tuck. Dober with some punches from the top and he's keeping busy. Dober looking to set up an arm-triangle but insteads continues to land from the top. Dober with more big punches from the top. 10-9 Dober, 20-18 Dober.
They trade to start the third round. Dober lands some big left hands against the fence as Tuck is unable to get his back off the cage. Dober gets a big takedown. Tuck briefly has the neck but lets go. Tuck is bleeding and his eye is swelling shut. Dober with an elbow from the top. Dober with some more ground-and-pound from the top. Dober with more punches from the top and Tuck looks like he is conceding this fight. Dober gets the mount from a second but continues to land to the body and head. Dober should cruise to the win. 10-9 Dober, 30-27 Dober.
Official Result- Drew Dober def. Jon Tuck by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
> Joanne Calderwood (#15 WSW, 11-3, 3-3 UFC) vs. Kalindra Faria (18-7-1, 0-2 UFC)
Faria gets an immediate takedown and is in side control of Calderwood. Calderwood scrambles out for a moment but Faria gets right back on top in the half-guard. Faria gets back into full guard. Calderwood is landing to the body from the bottom. Faria with some punches and elbows from the top. Calderwood lands an elbow from the bottom but Faria remains on top in controlling position. Calderwood has no answer from getting off of the ground. Calderwood throws up the legs looking for a triangle and she has it locked in. It is in tight. Faria fighting it. Calderwood pulling the head trying to get the finish. She lands some elbows. Calderwood has the armbar and Faria taps! Wow. What a finish by Calderwood.
Official Result- Joanne Calderwood def. Kalindra Faria by submission (armbar) at 4:57 of Round 1
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> Mickey Gall (4-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. George Sullivan (17-6 1 NC, 3-3 UFC)
Gall starts with a high kick. Gall gets a takedown and grabs the back of Sullivan and is looking for a choke as he locks the body triangle in. Sullivan landing back punches. Gall has the arm under Sullivan's neck and has the choke locked in. It is deep and Gall gets Sullivan to tap out. Wow. That was absolute domination by Mickey Gall in winning in just around 90 seconds into the fight.
Official Result- Mickey Gall def. George Sullivan by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of Round 1
> Andrew Sanchez (9-4, 2-2 UFC) vs. Markus Perez (10-1, 1-1 UFC)
Perez with a high kick to start. Sanchez with a body kick. Sanchez lands a right hand. Perez with a big body kick and then another. Perez lands another. Perez with a high kick. Sanchez lands a left as he initiates a clinch. Sanchez gets the back and is trying for a takedown. Perez defends well and reverses but Sanchez reverses back and has Perez against the fence. Sanchez lands a combo as they break the clinch and move to the center. They clinch for a moment again. Perez with a late spin kick. 10-9 Sanchez.
Perez lands a left hand. Sanchez with a leg kick. Perez with a big body kick followed by a left hand. Sanchez is backing up. Perez with some more body kicks and then a right hand to the body. Sanchez is now coming forward and looking to land. Perez with a left hand. Sanchez lands a right hand and then grabs the back against the fence. He turns and lands a knee and they break. Perez with a knee to the body followed by a left elbow. Sanchez lands a good combo before starting a clinch. Perez drops down trying to pull guard but the round ends. 10-9 Perez, 19-19.
They trade to start the round. Perez lands a left hand. They trade punches and Perez lands a big left hand. Sanchez lands a solid combination. Sanchez with a stiff jab. Perez with a series of punches and kicks. Perez with a spinning back elbow and then a left hand and a body kick. Perez misses a left hand and they clinch for a moment before breaking. Sanchez now lands some punches. They clinch for a moment but break. They clinch again and Sanchez looking for a takedown but it is defended. Sanchez with a right hand. Perez with a spinning elbow but Sanchez counters with an uppercut. Close fight. 10-9 Sanchez, 29-28 Sanchez.
Official Result- Andrew Sanchez def. Markus Perez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Cory Sandhagen (8-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Iuri Alcantara (36-9 1 NC, 10-6 1 NC UFC)
Alcantara has Sandhagen in trouble early as he has him back against the fence after some punches. Alcantara gets a takedown and has a deep armbar locked in and somehow Sandhagen is holding on. Alcantara is landing punches and that elbow is bent all weird directions. It is in deep but somehow Sandhagen escapes. Sandhagen lands punches from the top and has Alcantara in trouble now. Big elbows from the top by Sandhagen. Sandhagen with more punches from the top and he is looking for a finish. Alcantara looks done here and he loses his mouth piece. More big punches from Sandhagen and this fight somehow makes it to the end of the round. This could have been stopped several times. 10-8 Sandhagen.
Sandhagen rocks Alcantara early. Alcantara tries an elbow but falls to the ground and is covering up as Sandhagen is landing lots of punches. The fight should be stopped but we have bad officiating going on here. Sandhagen landing punches with no response. This fight should be stopped. Super late stoppage as the referee finally stops it. Sandhagen gets the win in a crazy fight.
Official Result- Cory Sandhagen def. Iuri Alcantara by TKO (punches) at 1:01 of Round 2
> James Krause (25-7, 6-3 UFC) vs. Warlley Alves (12-2, 6-2 UFC)
Krause tries a head kick but Alves gets him on the mat and on top for a moment. They get to their feet and Alves has Krause against the fence in the clinch. They battle for underhooks as each reverse position. They break. Krause with a right hand to the body. Krause goes for a jumping kick but Alves catches him and throws him to the mat. Krause gets up. Krause lands some punches in close and they clinch for a moment but break. Alves with a body kick. Alves with a body kick. They trade punches. Krause landing the jab well. Close round. 10-9 Krause.
They come out swinging especially Alves. Alves clips Krause with a right hand but Krause quickly recovers. Alves swinging for the fences. Krause then lands a big knee that rocks Alves. Alves is in trouble. Krause landing lots of punches against the fence and Alves is out on his feet as the referee stops it! Big win for James Krause after he lands the huge knee and he finishes Alves.
Official Result- James Krause def. Warlley Alves by knockout (knee, punches) at 2:28 of Round 2
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> Eryk Anders (10-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Tim Williams (15-4, 0-1 UFC)
WIlliams with a body kick. Anders with a left hand. Williams with a head kick followed by a combination. They clinch and Anders with a knee to the body. Williams pushes Anders against the fence and lands some knees before they break. They trade in another clinch before breaking again. Williams with a high kick and Anders counters with a left hand. Williams with an inside leg kick. Williams lands a right hand. Anders continues to press forward and lands a body kick. Williams gets a takedown against the fence. Williams gets the back and has a hook in but the round ends. 10-9 Williams.
Anders lands a left hand to start the second round. Williams with a high kick. Anders rushes in and Williams gets a clinch. Williams drops down and gets a big takedown. Anders gets to his feet but Williams grabs the back against the cage. They break and Anders lands a left hand. Anders lands a combination and a knee in the clinch. Williams is cut open under his left eye. Anders starting to land more. Anders with a left hand and Williams counters with a takedown attempt but Anders stuffs it. Anders with a brief mount but they get to their feet. Anders lands big in an exchange and they clinch. They break. Anders with an uppercut followed by a left hand and elbow. Anders lands a couple of left hands late. 10-9 Anders, 19-19.
Anders drops Williams with a left hand as Williams was attempting a leg kick. Williams is let back up by Anders. Williams with a couple of leg kicks. Williams lands a right hand. Williams with a body kick but Anders counters with a straight left hand. They trade. Williams shoots for a takedown but Anders stuffs it and lands a kick as Williams gets to his feet. Anders lands some more left hands. Williams lands a spinning back fist. Anders with a head kick and then knocks Williams out cold as he lands a head kick as Williams was getting back to his feet. Vicious knockout by Anders and it was clean.
Official Result- Eryk Anders def. Tim Williams by knockout (head kick) at 4:42 of Round 3
> John Moraga (#6, 19-6, 8-5 UFC) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (#14, 14-0, 3-0 UFC)
Moraga with a leg kick. He lands another. Figueiredo with a right hand and he chases Moraga around the Octagon. Moraga lands a right hand and they clinch and Moraga gets a brief takedown. Figueiredo gets a trip takedown against the fence. Figueiredo with some punches from the top. Moraga gets two warnings for his toes being in the fence. Moraga trying to spin out from the bottom but Figueiredo keeps him on the mat. Figueiredo with more punches from the top to end the round. 10-9 Figueiredo.
Moraga with a body kick but Figueiredo counters with his own body kick. They trade punches. Figueiredo with a takedown and in the half-guard. Figueiredo with a short elbow from the top. Figueiredo opens up a big cut on Moraga. Figueiredo with big punches from the top as he's looking to get into mount position. Figueiredo drops Moraga with a right hand but Moraga is able to get to his feet and lands a big right hand. They clinch and Figueiredo drops Moraga with a body punch and then lands some punches on top and the referee rushes in and stops the fight. Big finish by Figueiredo as he remains undefeated.
Official Result- Deiveson Figueiredo def. John Moraga by TKO (punches) at of 3:08 Round 2
> Jake Ellenberger (31-14, 10-10 UFC) vs. Bryan Barberena (13-5, 4-3 UFC)
Ellenberger lands a combo to start things off. They clinch and Ellenberger lands a right hand on the break. Ellenberger with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. They trade punches. Ellenberger with a leg kick and then a body kick. Barberena rocks Ellenberger with a right hand. Ellenberger slips to the mat and is in trouble. Ellenberger throws a right hand but eats a right hand and goes back to the mat and Barberena finishes him off with a few more punches on the mat. Ellenberger has to be done as that is four straight losses by knockout.
Official Result- Bryan Barberena def. Jake Ellenberger by TKO (punches) at 2:26 of Round 1
BREAKING: Ellenberger announces his retirement inside the Octagon following the bout. He ends his career with a 31-15 record, and a 10-11 UFC record. He had a rough end to his career, going 2-9 in his final eleven fights, but there was a time where Ellenberger was among the top six welterweights in the world.
> Cortney Casey (#11, 7-6, 3-5 UFC) vs. Angela Hill (#14, 8-4, 3-4 UFC)
Hill with a leg kick after Casey misses some punches. Casey goes to the mat for a brief second but gets right back up. Hill with a leg kick. They trade right hands and leg kicks. Casey with a couple of punches and a step-in knee. They clinch and Hill with a knee to the body as they break. Casey lands a left hand and an uppercut. Hill with a right hand. Hill with another. They clinch and Casey gets a takedown and works in full guard. Hill grabs an arm and is working for an armbar. Casey slams her way out of danger and is on top. They get to their feet and Hill lands a knee followed by an elbow on the break. They trade kicks and Hill lands some punches. Hill with a big right hand at the end. Close round. 10-9 Hill.
Hill lands some jabs. Casey with a couple of right hands that rock Hill. Casey goes in for a takedown and they clinch. They break. Casey with a combo. They trade kicks. They exchange combos and Casey lands a big right hand. Hill with a body kick. Hill with an inside leg kick. They trade and Casey with an uppercut. Casey with a combination. Hill with a left hook. They trade and Hill stuns Casey with a left hook. Hill starting to land more as we wind the round down. Casey lands a combo. Casey with a body kick. Hill with a body kick after a left hand. They exchange late. 10-9 Casey, 19-19.
They trade punches and Casey lands a nice right hand. Casey with a body kick. They trade some more. This is a close fight. Casey with a right hand followed by a body kick. Hill with a body kick. Casey attempts a takedown but Hill defends it. Hill lands some punches. They trade punches. Hill with a body punch. Neither woman is doing something to ensure they win the round. Hill with a body kick. They are pretty even on the stries here. They trade jabs. Hill with a combo. Hill lands an overhand right. Casey with a knee to the body. Hill with a combo and a knee and uppercut. Super close fight. 10-9 Hill, 29-28 Hill.
Official Result- Cortney Casey def. Angela Hill by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
> Michael Johnson (17-13, 9-9 UFC) vs. Andre Fili (18-5, 6-4 UFC)
Johnson lands the left hand. Fili just misses a head kick. Johnson with another left hand. Johnson with some leg kicks. Fili being aggressive. Fili lands a kick but Johnson counters with a left hand. Johnson with a body kick. Fili with a head kick. Johnson lands a right hand then follows with a left hand and then another. Fili's head snapped back on that last one. Johnson with a combo followed by a body kick. Fili with a body kick but Johnson counters with a left hand. Fili lands a right hand. Johnson with a straight left and then another. They trade kicks. Close round. 10-9 Johnson.
They come out trading. Johnson lands a low kick right to the groin of Fili and we have a timeout. We get back to action and Johnson starting to apply pressure. They trade and Fili scores a takedown and takes the back of Johnson. Johnson stands with Fili on his back. Fili trying to find an opening for a rear-naked choke. Fili gets it locked in and they go to the mat and it is in deep. Johnson trying to survive and fights it off. Wow. Johnson gets out of danger but Fili still has the back. Johnson is stalling the fight on the mat as he recovers. Johnson spins out of trouble and gets into the guard of Fili. Johnson with some elbows from the top. Fili looks for a triangle choke. Johnson gets out and finishes with some more elbows on top. 10-9 Fili, 19-19.
Fili with a head kick to start the third round. They trade punches. Johnson lands a left hand. Fili misses a spin kick. Fili gets the back and scores a takedown and Fili has the back against the fence. They get to their feet and break. Fili with a head kick. He lands a body kick afterwards. Johnson with a leg kick and a left hand to the body. Fili goes for a takedown but it is defended easily by Johnson. Fili with another head kick but it is blocked by Johnson. Johnson goes for a takedown against the fence but Fili defends it. Fili sprawls a takedown and they break. Johnson with a left hand at the end. Close fight. 10-9 Fili, 29-28 Fili.
Official Result- Michael Johnson def. Andre Fili by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
> Justin Gaethje (#7, 18-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. James Vick (#10, 13-1, 9-1 UFC)
Vick with a side kick. Vick with a front kick. He lands a leg kick. Gaethje with a leg kick. Gaethje closes the distance with a combo and then they break. Vick with a couple of body kicks. Gaethje then lands a massive overhand right that puts Vick out to sleep cold. Wow. A vicious knockout by Justin Gaethje as he halts Vick's win streak.
Official Result- Justin Gaethje def. James Vick by knockout (punch) at 1:27 of Round 1