UFC Fight Night 118 Results: Live Updates, Highlights, and Reaction
Darren Till upset Donald Cerrone in their main event contest at UFC Fight Night 118. With the win, the Englishman moves from prospect to contender, establishing himself as a threatening presence in the welterweight division. In the co-main event of the evening, Karolina Kowalkiewicz held serve against Jodie Esquibel, outpointing the promotional newcomer on all three scorecards. For a thorough recap of the day's action, scroll down to read Bleacher Report's play-by-play coverage from UFC Fight Night 118.
- October 21, 2017
UFC Fight Night 118 Quick Results
Main Card on UFC Fight Pass
Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone, TKO (Round 1, 4:20) Karolina Kowalkiewicz Def. Jodie Esquibel, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark, submission (Round 2, 3:02) Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass
Marcin Held def. Nasrat Haqparast, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak, TKO (Round 3, 3:39) Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Aspen Ladd def. Lina Lansberg, TKO (Round 2, 2:33) Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes, unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Here's the Finish from Till
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- October 21, 2017
Till Just Grabbed Himself a Signature Victory
Darren Till Def. Donald Cerrone, TKO (Round 1, 4:20)
Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till: Round 1
Till pumps his left hand then step forward with a one-two. Cerrone takes him down, but Till pops quickly back to his feet and lands another left. Cerrone strings together a couple leg-kicks as he works to avoid the persistent attacks of Till. The Englishman clips Cerrone with a big left hand, wobbling Cerrone. He follows up with an elbow and blasts away at his wounded prey. Cerrone covers up, but is unable to escape the assault without the intervention of the referee.
Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
Kowalkiewicz Onces Again Proves She's a Top Strawweight
Kowalkiewicz Fights Back Tears After Her Win
Karolina Kowalkiewicz Def. Jodie Esquibel, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel: Round 3
Kowalkiewicz is moving forward in Round 3. Esquibel retreates, makes a stand and repeats the process, leading to consistent, brief exchanges. Kowalkiewicz hits with a hard knee to the face. Esquibel hits with a right hand 30 seconds later. Kowalkiewicz continues to put her hands in and knees into Esquibel's face, finishing up the third round with a big lead in total strikes.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Kowalkiewicz Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel: Round 2
The second frame picks up where the first left off, with Esquibel rushing in and out, Kowalkiewicz standing her ground to counter. The Polish fighter lands a hard knee to the face, then goes back to it moments later. She racks Esquibel with punches until the American ties up and pushes back into space. Kowalkiewicz launches a head-kick then follows with a blitz of punches. Esquibel ties up again to break the chain of connections, but succumbs to a takedown soon after. Kowalkiewicz tries for an armbar, but Esquibel survives to the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel: Round 1
Both women land leg-kicks early on, Esquibel keeping busy by darting in and out. Kowalkiewicz is content to hold the center of the Octagon and counter with straight punches. The Pole lands a clean right cross and is beginning to punish Esqiubel whenever she closes the distance. The American strings together a couple of connections, but Kowalkiewicz retakes the momentum with a flurry of her own.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel
Jan Blachowicz Def. Devin Clark, Submission (Round 2, 3:02)
Jan Błachowicz vs. Devin Clark: Round 2
Blachowicz opens aggressively, blasting Clark with slapping bodykicks that draw a pained expression from the victimized combatant. He then prevents a takedown, and follows up with a successful one of his own. After battling for position, Blachowicz climbs into half-guard. He's there for 30 seconds before Clark stands back up, then quickly looks for a takedown of his own. Instead, Blachowicz wraps him up in a choke while standing to the side of his foe, squeezing until he earns the tap.
Jan Błachowicz vs. Devin Clark: Round 1
Clark rushes Blachowicz at the outset of the fight, pressuring him to the fence in pursuit of the takedown. Blachowicz is quick to reverse position, but the struggle results in a stalemate when the referee resets the fighters. Clark continues to charge forward, bull-rushing his opponent while winging punches. Blachowicz stays calm, playing the matador. He lands a hard right hand before pushing Clark to the fence. When Brown pushes off he lands a hard right hand. Clark lands again moments later. Blachowicz answers with a heavy kick to the ribs.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Blachowicz
Jan Błachowicz vs. Devin Clark
All in All, an Impressive Performance for the UFC Newcomer
And Here He Is Getting His Hand Raised.
Highlights from the Fight:
Piechota nearly finishes at the end of Round 2.
Oskar Piechota Def. Jonathan Wilson, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson: Round 3
Piechota works the body with punches and the legs with kicks. He's able to complete a takedown a minute later, taking the back of his opponent, then sliding into the mount when Wilson turns. Wilson is able to scramble for a better position, but exposes his back allowing Piechota to remain on the offensive. Piechota rolls, looking for a triangle, then transitions to an armbar. Time expires before he can get the finish.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Piechota Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Piechota
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson: Round 2
Once again, it's kicks the fighters look to utilize as we move to the second frame. Both fighters exhibit caution, Wilson the one moving forward but not aggressively. The American lands a bodykick before Piechota comes back with a right hand. The trade sets off a quick exchange that sees Piechota add another straight right. As time trickles off the clock, Piechota scores a knockdown, but Piechota is given no chance to pursue the finish.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Piechota
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson: Round 1
Wilson hits with a hard leg-kick to open the main card action, and Piechota comes back with a couple kicks of his own. The men continue to bandy kicks until Piechota gets a takedown and hops onto Wilson's back when he stands. Piechota, being worn like a backpack, looks for a choke while mixing in some over-the-shoulder punches. The weight forces Wilson to the mat, but he survives until the round closes out.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Piechota
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
Held Earns the Decision Victory
Marcin Held Def. Nasrat Haqparast, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast: Round 3
Held immediately pounces on a takedown to open the final round. He unsuccessfully looks for a takedown, but manages to recover top-position afterwards. Held is confident enough to try for another leg-lock, but Haqparast once again defends. When Haqparast looks to escape, Held tries to trap his arm, but the younger fighter pulls out to freedom. In the following exchange, Held pulls guard, but Haqparast manages to back out and tries to change the story of the round by swinging for the fences in the final minute. He lands a hard left hand, but not the fight-ending connection he seeks.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Held Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Held
Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast: Round 2
The fighters fall into an exchange early on, which leads to a knockdown for Haqparast. Held recovers quickly so Haqparast allows him to stand. Held fails on a takedown, but hits with a spinning backfist. Again Held shoot and fails, then once again. Haqparast reverses one, completing a throw, but Held quickly uses a leg-lock to get into top-position. There, Held is able to maintain his position, but unable to do much in the way of damage through the final 90 seconds of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Held
Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast: Round 1
Haqparast opens aggressively, landing a straight right hand. As he looks to follow up, Held pop him back with a right hand of his own. Held scores another solid counter when Haqparast tries for a superman punch. After Haqparast connects with a combination of punches, Held charges for a takedown, which fizzles out against the fence. Held refuses to abandon the effort and eventually manages to complete the takedown. He lands some short punches through the final minute of the frame.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Haqparast
Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Kelleher Emerges Victorious from the Back-and-forth Affair
Brian Kelleher Def. Damian Stasiak, TKO (Round 3, 3:39)
Damian Stasiak vs Brian Kelleher: Round 3
A quick jab from Kelleher persuades Stasiak to shoot, but his effort is once again unsuccessful. Kelleher blasts him with a knee, then scrambles away from a takedown. A trio of connections allow Stasiak to rally, but Kelleher answers with some punishing shots of his own. A right hand from Kelleher send Stasiak stumbling to the canvas. When the Pole attempts to climb up, Kelleher smashes him with punches until the referee jumps in to call the match.
Damian Stasiak vs Brian Kelleher: Round 2
Kelleher connects with a couple of straight punches early on. Stasiak is game, firing back with a right hand and leg-kick. He then takes Kelleher down to a sitting position against the fence. Kelleher works up and lands a big uppercut before Stasiak answers with another spinning attack. When Stasiak tries for a takedown he winds up eating a knee before Kelleher's sprawl enables him to scramble away. The American tees off with punches and knees, then drops for a guillotine when Stasiak tries to stem the tide. Kelleher loses the choke, but gets his opponent's back. Stasiak is able to escape and land a couple shots before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Kelleher
Damian Stasiak vs Brian Kelleher: Round 1
Stasiak lands a hard leg-kick right off the bat, delighting the Polish crowd. He then spins for a bodykick that hurts Kelleher. Stasiak looks to capitalize with a takedown, but fails to complete the maneuver. Kelleher takes a shot at the takedown, but he too is rebuffed. Stasiak makes him pay for the failure with another spinning kick, but Kelleher immediately counters with a trio of hard connections. Stasiak shoots and finds himself defending a guillotine. Kelleher loses it, but retains top-position in the aftermath. He remains there for the remainder of the first round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Kelleher
Damian Stasiak vs Brian Kelleher
Emeev Wins His UFC Debut
It wasn't pretty, but Emeev earns the win.
Ramazan Emeev Def. Sam Alvey, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev: Round 3
Emeev quickly pushes Alvey over to the cage and clinches up, works in some short punches. The crowd, which has demonstrated impressive patience thus far, begin to let their displeasure be heard. When the fighters separate they give an optimistic cheer, but the output remains low on both ends. A leg-kick from Eleev lands before he falters on another takedown.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Emeev Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Emeev
Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev: Round 2
Emeev chases Alvey down and traps him against the fence. He looks for a takedown, but comes up empty. Alvey offers some rare offense, but his flurry yields only a glancing connection. The pace slows - or more accurately, continues to be slow - prompting the referee to call a timeout and encourage the fighters to fight. Emeev tries for a takedown, Alvey a guillotine. The efforts lead to a stalemate, the fighters moving back to open space.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Emeev
Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev: Round 1
Emeev lands a right hand then clinches for a bodylock. He works to get Alvey to the mat, but can't fully get him down. Emeev tries to repeat the process, but he's unable to get a grip of Alvey after landing another right hand. He does manage to clinch up a few moments later, then works him to a sitting position. When Alvey stands, Emeev blasts him with a combination that leaves Alvey on wobbly legs for the remainder of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Emeev
Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
Fili's Takedowns Clinched the Fight for Him
Fili Gets the Victory
Andre Fili Def. Artem Lobov, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili: Round 3
A takedown from Fili enables him to establish top-position with plenty of time to work. He advances to half-guard, but the threat of a leg-lock forces him to abandon ship and stand up. Lobov lands a hard cross before Fili plants him back on the canvas. Again, Lobov is able to get up, but again Fili is able to take him back down. The sequence repeats a fourth time, permitting Fili to maintain control for the remainder of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Fili Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-27 Fili
Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili: Round 2
Lobov, evidently undeterred by the head-kick that nearly turned his lights off at the end of the first round, comes out aggressively in the second, forcing Fili to engage from the outset. Fili is up to the task, scoring with a hard right hand in the midst of an exchange that sees both men connect. A takedown attempt from Fili fails, so the high tempo exchanges keep on, allowing Lobov to land a heavy right hand, then a short left. Fili overcomes the connections and succeeds on his second takedown attempt. Lobov is able to fight his way up and press Fili against the fence.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Lobov
Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili: Round 1
The fighters engage quickly, both landing solid punches to the jaw. Fili tallies a few low-kicks as Lobov hunts the big shot. The men remain crowded closely together, Lobov making sure Fili can't settle in at distance and utilize his reach advantage. Both guys land hard kicks prompting Lobov to call Fili on, moving forward with his hands down. Lobov pays for his recklessness near the end of the round, when Fili hits him clean with a kick to the head. Lobov recovers and climbs up before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-8 Fili
Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili
Alves Earns the Decision
Warlley Alves Def. Salim Touahri, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Salim Touahri vs. Warlley Alves: Round 3
The fighters embrace at the opening of the final round, before settling back into striking range. A lowblow from Alves causes a break in the action, but we resume a couple minutes later. Alves comes back aggressively, reinvigorated by the break in action. Touahri appears more energetic as well, but he's having difficulty getting much past his foe's defense. Touahri manages to score with a clean left, Alves firing back with a head-kick. The Brazilian then transitions to a takedown, working Touahri down to his knees. The Pole is able to stand before the horn, but remains trapped against the fence.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Alves Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Alves
Salim Touahri vs. Warlley Alves: Round 2
Alves tallies a couple of kicks through the opening minute of the middle round. The Polish fans attempt to rouse their fighter, but it's Alves who attacks, winging right hands that stagger Touahri. The Brazilian adds a bodykick in the next exchange, before Touahri retaliates with a stiff jab. Alves ups the aggression in the final 30 seconds of the round, but his attack concludes in the clinch, fizzling out ineffectively.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Alves
Salim Touahri vs. Warlley Alves: Round 1
Alves quickly looks for a takedown, but Touahri is able to escapes his clutches during a scramble. The fighters disengage, firing parting knees at one another, before settling into striking range. Alves lands a pair of kicks, adding an uppercut at the end of his combination. The Brazilian then scores a trip, but Touahri manages to stand almost immediately.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Alves
Salim Touahri vs. Warlley Alves