UFC 227 takes place Saturday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a card highlighted by two championship rematches at the top of the bill.
The main event has bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw battling former titleholder Cody Garbrandt. The co-main event is Demetrious Johnson looking to defend the flyweight championship for a 12th time, when he takes on 2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.
In their first fight at UFC 217 in November, Dillashaw was nearly knocked out in the first round against Garbrandt but was saved by the bell. Everything changed in the second round when a Dillashaw head kick was the beginning of the end for Garbrandt, who ate a counter right hand and was stopped.
It appeared Dillashaw would be moving down to 125 pounds and challenging Johnson for his belt. Johnson, though, went on to have shoulder surgery and the Garbrandt rematch was the best available option for him. The trash talk between the former teammates has only intensified leading into the rematch with neither guy taking a back seat.
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In their first outing at UFC 197 in April 2016, Johnson steamrolled Cejudo in the first round where a sequence of knees to the torso spelled demise for the former Olympic gold medalist in just under three minutes. Since then, Johnson has successfully defended his title vs. Tim Elliot, Wilson Reis and most recently, Ray Borg at UFC 215.
UFC 227 is a top-heavy event. It is rare to see title rematches take place on the same card. Can Garbrandt and Cejudo reverse their fortunes or do Dillashaw and Johnson continue to rule and inch closer to a superfight?
Live coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, but follow along throughout the day as Sporting News will be providing updates.
(All times Eastern.)
UFC 227 live results
9:58 p.m.: Pedro Munhoz def. Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27). The scorecards don’t reflect it, but that was the best fight of the night so far. You had 15 minutes of non-stop action with neither Munhoz or Johns taking a back seat. Munhoz’s vicious leg kicks were the key to setting up everything else to earn his fifth win in six fights. Give Johns credit. When most would have quit and just accepted defeat, he kept competing. That’s what you want to see from all fighters. Great way to end the preliminary card.
9:49 p.m.: What a second round! Munhoz and Johns are throwing everything including the kitchen sink. The crowd has awoken at the Staples Center from seeing six decisions in seven fights. And we still get to see a third round.
9:46 p.m.: A flush liver kick by Munhoz nearly finishes Johns. But give credit to Johns, he kept his legs up so Munhoz couldn’t reel off a series of ground and pound punches.
9:37 p.m.: Time for the featured preliminary bout at UFC 226, a bantamweight contest between No. 9-ranked Pedro Munhoz and No. 14-ranked Brett Johns. Munhoz’s won four of his last five fights, but most recently suffered a close split-decision loss i to John Dodson at UFC 222. In his last outing, Johns lost the first fight of his career to Aljamain Sterling at UFC Fight Night 128. An even fight with two guys trying to break through in a deep division.
9:27 p.m.: Ricky Simon def. Montel Jackson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Really enjoyed Simon’s performance. He gets it. He’s not spectacular at one thing, but maximizes his striking and ground ability to its fullest. Simon runs his winning streak to seven. Definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future.
9:17 p.m.: Wish more fighters would employ the strategy that Simon is implementing. While he’s at a reach disadvantage, Simon keeps going right at Jackson with strikes and getting him to the mat.
9:05 p.m.: Up next at UFC 227, a bantamweight fight between Ricky Simon and Montel Jackson. Simon comes in winning 13 of 14 career fights including a current six-fight winning streak. Jackson is undefeated in six fights. He got into the UFC by stopping Rico DiSciullo on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.
8:56 p.m.: Ricardo Ramos def. Kyung Ho Kang by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Fight could have gone either way. All depends on how you view the first round. Ramos clearly won the second and Kang easily captured the third. Ramos’ now reeled off three consecutive victories.
8:46 p.m.: Fun grappling exchange. Ramos snuck in a deep kneebar and Kang somehow slid his way out. Moments later, Kang jumped right up for a guillotine choke attempt, but Ramos slipped out. Entertaining fight after two rounds. Have it scored a round apiece.
8:41 p.m.: Ramos and Kang are really big for the 135-pound weight class. They appear to be in the 150-pound range on fight night.
8:33 p.m.: Next at UFC 227, Ricardo Ramos fights Kyung Ho Kang in bantamweight action. Ramos has won both of his UFC contests, mostly recently a spectacular third round KO of Aiemann Zahabi at UFC 217. Kang is also undefeated in the UFC, winning all three of his bouts inside the Octagon with two of those coming via submission. Like Kang’s nickname of “Mr. Perfect”, off of the former WWE star Curt Henning.
8:27 p.m.: Shaymon Moraes def. Matt Sayles by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Great standup affair. Moraes’ kickboxing experience proved to be too much for the gritty Sayles. Only one finish so far in four fights. Hopefully, that isn’t a sign of things to come.
8:20 p.m.: Another eye poke from Moraes. How do you not deduct a point? Absolutely ridiculous.
8:16 p.m.: A nasty eye poke by Moraes. I don’t know how the referee could miss that. He was right there. Bad call to let the fight continue even though Sayles made it abundantly clear something was wrong with his eye.
8:14 p.m.: Halfway through the fight and we are at a stalemate. It’s been a standup battle that neither Sayles or Moraes have been able to establish dominance.
8:04 p.m.: Right now at UFC 227, a featherweight contest featuring Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes. Sayles earned a spot in the UFC by beating Yazan Hajeh by first round TKO on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June. Moraes lost in his UFC debut via third round submission to Zabit Magomedsharipov.
7:52 p.m.: Really like heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on commentary. Gives everything an extra added sense of importance in the view of the fighter. A seamless transition from fighting to being on the microphone.
7:45 p.m.: Alex Perez def. Jose Torres by knockout at 3:36 of the first round. An unbelievable performance for Perez. He came right at Torres guns blazing and never let him get started. It was one constant barrage after another until Torres finally went out for the count. Perez connected on 104 total strikes out of 170 punches. Perez put himself on the map with this showing. We have a new contender at 125 pounds.
The finishing combination.@AlexPerezMMA #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/tOKlHF2Dkw
— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
7:34 p.m.: Coming up at UFC 227, a flyweight battle between Jose Torres and Alex Perez. Torres is undefeated in eight fights including a successful UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 131 when he scored a first-round knockout against Jarred Brooks. Perez has won first two UFC contests and reeled off seven consecutive victories. This is my pick for the best fight on the prelims because it features two prospects looking to make a name for themselves.
7:27 p.m.: Weili Zhang def. Danielle Taylor by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Good performance for Zhang. She had more tools in her toolbox than Taylor did. The only thing Taylor could do was throw her right hand, but for some reason she didn’t pull the trigger enough. When she threw the shot, it connected.
Zhang runs her winning streak to 17, while her stoppage streak ends at 16.
7:18 p.m.: Beautiful right hand by Taylor just caught Zhang’s attention. Halfway through the fight and Zhang is breathing out of her mouth. Not a good sign. Zhang is going to have to dig deep here and gut the rest of the fight out.
7:13 p.m.: Highly entertaining first round. Zhang showed great striking and good ground work by getting a takedown. Taylor showed good submission skills in securing a deep heel hook that Zhang in trouble for a moment.
7:03 p.m.: Up next at UFC 227, a women’s strawweight fight between Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang. Taylor’s won four of her last six fights, but an uneven 2-2 record in the UFC. Zhang is considered the best prospect to come out of China. She rolls into her Octagon debut by winning 16 consecutive fights, all via stoppage. We’ll see how good Zhang is against someone with UFC experience.
6:54 p.m.: Marlon Vera def. Wuliji Buren via TKO at 4:53 of the second round. What a comeback by Vera. Buren won the first round and was on his way to winning the second until Vera secured a takedown. The fight got back to its feet and Vera went to work. He got Buren against the cage and attempted a body shot, but it got blocked by Buren. Vera, not detered, followed up with another body shot right in the middle of the stomach. Buren crumbled to the ground and Vera followed up with a hammerfist. The referee had seen enough and stopped the fight.
The win snaps a two-fight losing streak for Vera. Great way to start UFC 227.
LIVER SHOT!@ChitoVeraUFC cripples Buren with a NASTY body shot and finishes it in round 2! #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/eAxygIL7XL
— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
6:45 p.m.: Buren has an unusual cut on the top of his head. His team can’t do much with it and has to hope it stops on its own.
6:38 p.m.: Our opening bout at UFC 227: Marlon Vera takes on Wuliji Buren in bantamweight action. Vera comes in having lost back-to-back fights. Buren also comes into UFC 227 on a defeat; losing to Rolando Dy in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 122. Lot on the line to begin the evening.
6:28 p.m.: We are moments away from he beginning of UFC 227. Grab your refreshmens and stay locked into SN’s coverage all night long.
Time to go to war. #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/rZsAWMQfMB
— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
5:00 p.m.: TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt will step into the Octagon in a few hours. Here’s a snippet of the main-event combatants weighing in Friday.
It all has led up to this.
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— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 4, 2018
10:30 a.m.: Welcome to SN’s live coverage of UFC 227 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Stay locked in for updates as we inch closer to the 6:30 p.m. opening bell.
WE RUN IT BACK.@TJDillashaw vs. @Cody_NoLove 2️⃣
Tomorrow night | @StaplesCenter | LIVE on PPV pic.twitter.com/STtJEDNLcU
— #UFC227 (@ufc) August 3, 2018
UFC 227 fight card
- T.J. Dillashaw (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt II for Dillashaw’s Bantamweight title
- Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo II for Johnson’s Flyweight title
- Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland; Middleweight
- Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich; Women’s Strawweight
- Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano; Featherweight
- Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns; Bantamweight
- Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson; Bantamweight
- Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes; Featherweight
- Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez; Flyweight
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang; Bantamweight
- Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang; Women’s Strawweight
- Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren; Bantamweight
UFC 227 latest news
— We discuss the unfortunate truth about Demetrious Johnson.
— Looking to win a few bucks? Here’s who you should bet on.
— TJ Dillashaw tells SN the entertainment business is why Cody Garbrand was granted a rematch.
— Johnson explains to SN on why video games brings out a different side of him.
— Henry Cejudo tells SN how science will help him dethrone Johnson.
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