Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 78: Magny vs. Gastelum from Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The event is headlined by a five-round welterweight bout as 13th-ranked Neil Magny takes on 15th-ranked and former "TUF" winner Kelvin Gastelum. Also on the card, in the co-main event, it is a featherweight bout as former title challenger Ricardo Lamas welcomes original "TUF" winner, Diego Sanchez, back to the Octagon in another new weight class, and flyweights Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo square off in a potential title eliminator bout. The action kicks off with preliminary card fights at 6:30 PM eastern time on UFC Fight Pass. The action moves over to FS1 at 8 PM eastern time with additional preliminary fights before the main card kicks off at 10 PM eastern time.
Coverage provided by Dave Meltzer
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT)
LIGHTWEIGHTS- VALMIR LAZARO (13-3, 1-1 UFC) VS. MICHEL PRAZERES (18-2, 2-2 UFC)
First round: Mini-Brock Gary Copeland as referee tonight. Lazaro with a low kick. Low kick back by Prezeres. Now Lazaro with a low kick. Left by Prezeres. Good low kick by Lazaro. Lazaro landing jabs. Another jab by Lazaro. Lazaro continues to jab. Right by Prezeres. Good right by Prezeres. He tried to follow with a takedown and got him down. . But Lazaro right back up. No damage was done on the ground. Prezeres went for another takedown and Lazaro easily evaded it. Prezeres with a right and left. Low kick by Lazaro. Lazaro 10-9 good round.
Second round: Body kick by Prezeres. Prezeres went for a takedown but Lazaro landed on top. Copeland ordered a standup. Prezeres landed a right. He shot for a takedown but and got him down but Lazaro was right back up. Lazaro landing jabs again. Prezeres took him down but Lazaro right back up. Close round, 20-18 Lazaro.
Third round: Lazaro’s corner told him it was 1-1, which is probably a good thing to tell him because it could be and he can’t think he’s got it won. They hugged before the round started. Low kick by Lazaro. Nice left by Prezeres. Missed on a huge right. Prezeres missing punches. Left by Prezeres. Prezers moving in for a takedown. Prezeres got him down but Lazaro right back up. Lazaro ended up blocking a takedown and landing on top. The ref ordered a standup with 37 seconds left. Prezeres missed another takedown. Lazaro’s round I’ve got 30-27.
Scores: 29-28 Prezeres 29-28 Lazaro 29-28 Prezeres. Prezeres very lucky. Bad call.
LIGHTWEIGHTS- CESAR ARZAMENDIA (7-1, 0-0 UFC) VS. POLO REYES (3-1, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Arzamendia from Paraguay, Reyes from Mexico. They are both of TUF Latin America. Both swinging. Low kick by Arzamendia. Knees by Arzamendia. Arzamendia claimed there was a low blow. Armzamendia took him down but Reyes right back up. Another takedown by Arzamendia. Another takedown by Arzamendia. Reyes back up. Spin kick to the body by Reyes. Crowd pretty hot for this with a Mexican in the match. A double leg takedown by Arzamendia. Left by Reyes knocked him out. He broke a clinch and landed a left to the jaw for the knockout. 3:42
WELTERWEIGHTS- VERNON RAMOS (3-0, 0-0 UFC) VS. ALVARO HERRERA (8-3, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Ramos from Panama, Herrera from Guadalajara. Both off TUF Latin America. Herrera landed punches right away and it was over. Left, a right uppercut and another right behind the ear and it’s over as Ramos face planted. :30
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1- 8 PM ET/5 PM PT)
FEATHERWEIGHTS- GABRIEL BENITEZ (18-4, 2-0 UFC) VS. ANDRE FILI (14-3, 2-2 UFC)
First round: Benitez the crowd favorite from Tijuana. Benitez known for ridiculous kicks. Benitez landing low kicks. Left by Benitez. Fili with a body kick. Fili with a low kick. High kick by Fili. Fili with a takedown. Head kick by Fili and he finished him with a flurry of punches to the chagrin of the crowd. It was pair of right high kicks and a series of punches before Benitez could recover, he went down and it was stopped.
BANTAMWEIGHTS- SCOTT JORGENSEN (15-11, 4-7 UFC) VS. ALEJANDRO PEREZ (15-6, 1-1 UFC)
First round: Perez with a low kick. Perez with another low kick. Jorgensen tried for a akedown but Perez threw him off. Jorgensen landed a right. Jorgensen took him down. Perez back up. Another takedown by Jorgensen. Perez back up again. Right by Jorgensen. High kick by Jorgensen missed. Jorgensen with a right. Low kick by Perez. Low kick by Jorgensen. Good low kick by Perez. Jorgensn is hurt and may not be able to continue. Perez 10-9.
Second round: Jorgensen came out but can barely walk. He fell down, this fight needs to be stopped. He got up. Low kick by Perez. Perez kicking the right leg, which is the good leg. Perez continues to kick the right leg. Jorgensen’s calf has a huge bruise. Perez with a body kick. Perez with more kicks to the right leg. Right and left by Jorgensen. Perez with a body shot. Perez swept his leg but Jorgensen got back up. Body kick by Perez. It’s kind of amazing the fight is still going. Jorgensen just collapsed, his leg gave out and he tapped.
WELTERWEIGHTS- HECTOR URBINA (17-8-1, 1-0 UFC) VS. BARTOSZ FABINSKI (12-2, 1-0 UFC)
First round: Fabinski took him right down. Fabinski with punches and elbows from the top. Mario Yamasaki stood them up. I have no idea why since Fabinski was busy from the top. Fabinski then took him right down again. Fabinski landing elbows. Urbina tred a triangle but Fabinski out of it easily. 10-9 Fabinski
Second round: Urbina with a knee and Fabinski took him down. Another takedown by Fabinski. He’s moved to side control. Urbina reversed and throwing punches but Fabinski back up. Both trading punches. Urbina missed a high kick. Urbina bleeding from the left eye. They stopped the fight for the doctor to check the cut. The cut is on the eye lid. The doctor allowed it to continue. Another takedown by Fabinski. Fabinski ‘s round 20-18.
Third round: The cut was caused by a head--butt. Urbina throwing punches and went for a guillotine. Fabinski took him down again. Urbina trying to use the guillotine to sweep. Urbina has his legs tied up as well. Fabinski escaped and on top. Fabinski with some punches. Now Urbina trying for a Kimura. Boring round. Urbina tried to sweep but Fabinski blocked it and remained on top. Fabinski has his back. Urbina landing elbows as Fabinski tried for takedown. Urbina throwing punches. Urbina’s round so 29-28 FAbinski.
Scores: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 for Fabinski
BANTAMWEIGHTS- ERIK PEREZ (14-6, 4-2 UFC) VS. TAYLOR LAPILUS (10-1, 2-0 UFC)
First round: Perez is a big favorite since he’s from Monterrey. Crowd going crazy for him. Lapilus with a body kick. Nice left by Lapilus. Knee to the body by Lapilus. Low kick by Lapilus. Body kick by Lapilus. Fans were booing. Low kick by Lapilus. Lapilus with a body kick. Low kick by Lapilus. Perez landed a right. Perez had a leg but couldn’t take him down. Perez landed a series of punches late. Perez landed another combo. Perez picked him up at the buzzer, so the slam didn’t count. Lapilus 10-9
Second round: Lapilus landed some punches and Perez back with a right. Lapilus working for a guillotine. Perez escaped and on top. Crowd popped big for that. Perez is landing shots to the body from the top. Perez with lots of body shots. Perez with body shots and elbows. Perez’s round so 19-19 after two.
Third round: Crowd real hot knowing it’s even. Loud “Mexico” chants. Head kick by Perez. Lapilus went for a takedown. Perez defending well. Perez has him against the fence. Perez took him down. Both scrambling and Perez standing . Left and knee by Lapilus. Perez in with a right. Left by Lapilus. Perez with another takedown. Perez not doing much but staying on top. Perez with body shots now. Perez elbowing the thigh. Perez is mostly holding him down. Perez with some elbows. Perez with body shots. Perez should win 29-28, really that’s the only score possible.
Scores: Perez is wearing a mask. All three have is 29-28 Perez.
MAIN CARD (FS1- 10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
LIGHTWEIGHTS- EFRAIN ESCUDERO (24-9, 5-5 UFC) VS. LEANDRO SILVA (18-2-1 1 NC, 2-2 1 NC UFC)
First round: Body kick by Silva. Escuedero with a body kick. Left by Silva. Body kick by Escudero and one back by Silva Silva land a series of punches. Head kick by Sivla. Escudero worked for a takedown but didn’t get it. Escudero in with a punch. Nice right by Escudero and moved in for a takedown attempt. Silva landed a nice left at the end of the round. 10-9 Sivla
Second round: Nice hook kick by Silva but didn’t land solid. Front kick by Silva. Body kick by Silva. Escudero got the takedown. Escudero took him down again. Silva got to his feet. Escudero’s round so 19-19 after two.
Third round: Body kick by Silva. Escudero land some punches. Left by Silva. Silva landed jabs. Escudero trying for a takedown but Silva defended well. Silva landing punches. Escuerdo tried a takedown but didn’t get it. Sivla again blocking the takedown. Right and left by Silva. Silva got his back on the ground. Silva 29-28.
Scores: All three have it 29-28 Silva. Really the only score possible. Some boos since Escudero was the crowd favorite.
TUF: LATIN AMERICA 2 LIGHTWEIGHT FINALS- HORACIO GUTIERREZ (2-1, 0-0 UFC) VS. ENRIQUE BARZOLA (10-2-1, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Gutierrez is from Guadalajara so that makes him the favorite. This is the final of the current TUF Latin America season. Low kick by Gutierrez. Another low kick by Gutierrez. Low kick by Gutierrez. Beautiful back suplex by Barzola. Barzola has his back. Another takedown by Barzola. Gutierrez up and Barzola tripped him back down. Barzola with a hard punch on the ground. 10-9 Barzola.
Second round: Takedown right away by Barzola. Gutierrez bleeding. Barzola bleeding as well. Barzola with some elbows. Some elbows to the body and head. 10-8 round, 20-17 Barzola.
Third round: Barzola with another takedown. Barzola with elbows to the head and punches to the body. More elbows by Barzola. Another 10-8 round for Barzola, 30-25.
Scores: 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 for Barzola.
TUF: LATIN AMERICA 2 WELTERWEIGHT FINALS- ERICK MONTANO (6-3, 0-0 UFC) VS. ENRIQUE MARIN (8-2, 0-0 UFC)
First round: This is the TUF Latin America finals in the welterweight division. Montano is from Mexico City, so he’s the crowd favorite. Montano with a body kick and Marin back with some punches. Nice left by Marin. Montano took him down and Marin reversed to the top. Side kick by Montano. Montano went for a takedown but blocked. Marin moved in and landed. Marin 10-9.
Second round: Both swinging. Nice takedown by Marin. Marin moved to side control. Body kick by Montano. Montano throwing kicks. Marin went for a takedown but Montano blocked it. Montano landing punches and kicks. Close round but I’ve got 20-18 Marin.
Third round: They hugged before the third round. These two were best friends on the show. Montano with a high kick. Montano landed a right and a side kick. Montano with a body kick. Marin pushed him against the fence. He’s just holding him against the cage but doing nothing. Body kick by Montano. Right by Montano. Marin with punches and body kick. Bodykick by Montano. Montano took him down. Crowd booed both guys. Montano’s round so I’ve got 29-28 Marin. Could go the other way. Pretty uneventful fight.
Scores: 29-28 Marin 29-28 Montano 29-28 Montano
FLYWEIGHTS- (#3) JUSSIER FORMIGA (18-3, 4-2 UFC) VS. (#5) HENRY CEJUDO (9-0, 3-0 UFC)
First round: Cejudo landing punches. Left and right by Cejudo. Left by Formiga. Formiga landed a right. Trading knees. Trading more knees from the clinch. Formiga landed a right. Hard right by Cejudo. Cejudo took him down late. 10-9 Cejudo
Second round: Right by Cejudo. Both traded knees from the clinch. Nice right by Cejudo. Formiga with a right. Good low kick by Formiga. Knee by Cejudo. Left by Formiga. Nice elbow and uppercut by Cejudo. They traded knees. Formiga with a jab. Body kick by Cejudo. Very close round, Cejudo 20-18.
Third round: High kick by Cejudo. High slam by Cejudo. Formiga back up. Knee and elbow by Cejudo. Low kick by Formiga. Cejudo pushed him against the fence. Elbow from the clinch by Cejudo and a right. Cejudo 30-27. Fans booed a little. Not a good fight at all, Cejudo did nothing to make you excited about a fight with Demetrious Johnson.
Scores: 30-27 Cejudo 29-28 Formiga 30-27 Cejudo. Formiga winning would have been a robbery.
FEATHERWEIGHTS- (#4) RICARDO LAMAS (15-4, 6-2 UFC) VS. DIEGO SANCHEZ (25-7, 14-7 UFC)
First round: Sanchez in with punches. Nice spin kick by Lamas. Hard body kick by Lamas. Sanchez started punching back. Hard body kick by Sanchez. Lamas missed a spin kick. Side kick by Lamas. Sanchez missed a punh. Lamas with takedown and got his back. Lamas got his back and throwing knees. Lamas has his back and Sanchez escaped and is up. Elbow by Sanchdz. 10-9 Lamas.
Second round: Nice left hook by Sanchez. Lamas took him down. Lamas hurt him with a low kick. Lamas landing big punches and low kicks. Sanchez is in trouble. Another low kick. Lamas with a punch. Lamas with a takedown. Nice switch by Sanchez. Lamas reversed and got his back. Nice reverse by Sanchez. Really good wrestling here. Sanchez bleeding for the right eye. Lamas got his back. Sanchez escaped and up. Low kick and punches by Lamas. Left by Lamas. Lamas 20-18.
Third round: Sanchez with a knee. Low kick by Lamas. Spin kick by Lamas and Lamas lost his balance. Low kick by Lamas . Sanchez is hurt. Fans chanting for Sanchez. Spinning elbow by Lamas busted Sanchez up. Lamas slipped but got up. Sanchez bleeding badly from the right eye. Left jab by Lamas. Left jab by Lamas. Lamas with a head kick but didn’t really land. Sanchez with a left hook. Spin kick by Sanchez missed. Good fight. 30-27 Lamas.
Scores: All three have it 30-27 for Lamas.
WELTERWEIGHTS- (#13) NEIL MAGNY (16-4, 9-3 UFC) VS. (#15) KELVIN GASTELUM (11-1, 6-1 UFC)
First round: Low kick by Gastelum. Low kick by Gastelum. Nice high kick and punches by Gastelum. Nice takedown by Magny and has his back. Gastelum back up. Nice throw but Magny reversed to the top. Magny has his back and working for a choke. Gastelum out of trouble. Magny with elbows to the body. Gastelum up. Right by Gastelum Magny 10-9.
Second round: Magny landing punches and a front kick. Body kick by Gastelum Front kicks by Magny. Body kick by Gastelum. Magny back with punches moving in. Low kick by Gastelum Gastelum landed several punches . Magny now back with punches. This is a good fight. Magny got him down. Gasteljum tried to reverse it but got blocked. Magny threw him down and got his back. Another takedown by Magny. Magny 20-18.
Third round: Magnyu landed a right and moved in. Magny with more punches moving in. Magny took him down. Magny tried for a takedown but it was blocked. Magny got him down again. Gastelum right back up. Gastelum got his back. Magny took him down. Gastelum rolled to the top. Magny 30-27.
Fourth round: Magny with punches. Gastelum decked him with a right, landed punches , has his back. Gastelum in side control. Gasetlum with an elbow. Gastelum back to side control. Gastelum got his back. Gastelum dropped him a second time with a left hook. Magny tried a triangle but Gastelum cleared it. Magny back up. Magny looked at the clock. Magny with a takedown. Gastelum up. Magny has his back. Gastelum 10-8, 38-37 for MAgny
Fifth round: Magny landed a right and hurt him. Big takedown by Gastelum into side control. Magny back up. Magny landing punches. Magny tried a takedown but it was blocked. Gastelum landing punches. Gastelum landing more punches. Body kick by Gastelum Another body kick by Gastelum. Magny with a right. Magny took him down and has his back Gastelum reversed to the top. Gastelum landing punches from the top. Great fight. Gastelum’s round. I have it a 47-47 draw.
Scores: 48-47 Gastelum 48-47 Magny 48-47 Magny