UFC 211 results: Cortney Casey scores impressive win over Jessica Aguilar

Simply getting into the Octagon was a victory of sorts for Jessica Aguilar.

The former World Series of Fighting strawweight champion was once regarded as the world’s best fighter at 115 pounds. But injuries have meant the 35-year-old American Top Team Fighter has only been able to compete once in the past 2-1/2 years.

So Aguilar finally got back into action at UFC 211. But it wasn’t an ideal return. Cortney Casey looked like the sharper fighter from bell-to-bell as she won a unanimous decision in the featured Fight Pass bout on Saturday night.

The judges’ scores were 30-27 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

Aguilar dropped Casey early in the first, but Casey foreshadowed the rest of the fight by being active from the bottom, working for submissions and throwing kicks. Casey also landed solid and crisp combos in the standup. Aguilar responded to a late flurry by throwing a punch after the horn.

In the second, Casey landed an early knee. And while she ended up on the mat again, she put on an upkick clinic, landing kicks high and low, including one to the head which clearly stunned Aguilar.

“That was a little bit a part of the game plan, we knew she was going to wrestle a little bit, we just really wanted to stay active on our back,” Casey said.

It was all but academic over the final round, which was mainly conducted in the standup. The Arizona native threw with volume and precision and left Aguilar’s face busted open.

“She wanted a tuneup fight, I’m not much of a tuneup for anyone, so I hope she got what she wanted, Casey said.

Aguilar (19-6) dropped to 0-2 in the UFC, while Casey (7-4) won for the third time in her past four bouts.

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UFC 211 results: Casey, Barzola, and Antigulov win on Fight Pass prelims

Check out the results of the three Fight Pass preliminary card bouts at UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2. The UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC 211 preliminary card is complete. Gadzhimurad Antigulov kicked things off with a swift submission win, Enrique Barzola and Gabriel Benitez engaged in a very entertaining scrap, while Cortney Casey thoroughly dominated Jessica Aguilar for a big victory. Here’s how the trio of fights played out.
Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) – Women’s Strawweights
Casey came out throwing powerful shots straight off the bat, trying to make the most of her size advantage. A hard leg kick felled Casey, and Aguilar threw big ground-and-pound in response. Casey attempted a submission off of her back, and eventually they went back to striking after a frantic opening minute or so. Aguilar was tagged by a Casey uppercut prior to taking Cortney down, but Casey was aggressive with her legs while on the bottom. Referee Kerry Hatley made a curious decision to stand the fighters up after he deemed there wasn’t enough action on the ground. Casey scored with an uppercut and a hard knee towards the end of the first round, looking every bit the part of the faster, superior athlete. Aguilar cracked Casey just after the horn sounded, which definitely hurt her opponent.
Casey kneed Aguilar yet again as she ducked for a takedown in round 2, but Jessica put her on her back. Aguilar was struggling to get past Casey’s legs and mount any meaningful offense. Casey was winning the overwhelming majority of the striking exchanges, putting her combination work to great use. Aguilar caught a kick and put Casey down but was later stunned by an upkick. At the end of the round, Aguilar got past Casey’s leglock and finally had some top control time in Casey’s guard, but the offense was minimal.
Casey continued to fluster into the third and final round with her handspeed and timing. Aguilar cracked Casey with a singular right hand but the former WSOF champ was bleeding out of her nose and mouth. Uppercuts and elbows furthere bashed Aguilar’s face in. Aguilar couldn’t get the takedowns and Casey was showing no signs of slowing down. Whether it was in the clinch or at range, Casey was damaging Aguilar with a brutal array of strikes. Aguilar tried fighting back but she just didn’t have it in her to mount a serious comeback. A tremendous win for Casey to get herself back to .500 in the UFC (record of 3-3), while Aguilar’s first bout since 2015 ends in another defeat, and she’s yet to win inside the Octagon.
Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – Featherweights
Benitez got off to a good start with a straight left to that momentarily stunned Barzola. A hard body kick by Benitez was countered by a Barzola takedown. Benitez was able to reverse and get back to his feet. Barzola had success going upstairs with his kicks, but he also kept absorbing Benitez’s left hands. Benitez struggled to defend the takedown but didn’t take much damage. Barzola closed the first round strongly with strikes against the fence, another takedown, and some ground-and-pound after a failed triangle-armbar attempt.
Barzola continued to press forward for the takedown, but he continued to struggle to hold Benitez down. A brief guillotine by Benitez didn’t trouble the Mexican. Unlike in round 1, Benitez wasn’t able to generate as much offense while on the feet.
The relentlessness of the Peruvian appeared to be wearing on Benitez as the fight progressed. He was even able to get some sustained time on top, maneuvering his way to the back early in the third round. Barzola had the rear-naked choke but Benitez was able to get out of a really bad spot and return to his feet, where he fired off a sharp left hand from southpaw position. Barzola had two shots stuffed but not a third one, which was needed after it looked like he was drained. Both men emptied the tank and exchanged labored punches and kicks, and a big left hand dropped Barzola at the buzzer, but not out cold. In the end, Barzola got the nod despite the late knockdown, with the early part of the round essentially getting him the W. Barzola improves to 3-1 in the UFC, while Benitez drops to 3-2.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:21 of round 1 – Light Heavyweights
Antigulov nearly had his back taken on the opening takedown of the fight, but he was able to turn the tables and get the Danish fighter’s back. He sunk in both hooks and searched for the rear-naked choke. After rolling him over a second time in the scramble, the Russian was able to get the forearm underneath the chin and get the tap. Antigulov is now 2-0 in the UFC, with both wins coming by first-round submission, while Christensen drops to 1-2.

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UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 main card live results, discussion, play by play

Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 211 main card, which features two title fights on top. Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play as UFC 211 goes down in Dallas, TX.
Tonight’s double main event will see Stipe Miocic defend his UFC heavyweight title against Junior dos Santos in a rematch, while Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade.
This post will cover the main PPV card.
The prelims kick off at approximately 6;30pm ET/3:30pm PT with three bouts on UFC Fight Pass. They then move over to FX (not FS1) at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the other four prelims bouts. Those are covered in a separate post. The five-fight PPV kicks off at the normal starting time of 10pm ET/7pm PT. The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
Main Card (10pm ET)
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
David Branch vs. Krzysztof Jotko
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UFC 211 fight card primer: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos

UFC 211 is headlined by Stipe Miocic’s world title defense against former champ Junior dos Santos. All the details are here in our Bloody Elbow primer. The main event of UFC 211 is a big Heavyweight title rematch as champion Stipe Miocic (16-2 MMA; 10-2 UFC) defends against former champion Junior dos Santos (18-4 MMA; 12-3 UFC). The UFC rankings have dos Santos as the division’s #4 contender with champion Miocic on the pound for pound list at #6. UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos II airs live from Dallas, TX this Saturday night, May 13. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on FX and 6:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
For Miocic, this is the second defense of the belt he won one year ago. And it comes against the man who handed him his last loss. These two met in December 2014, with dos Santos taking the unanimous decision win. Miocic has gone 4-0 since, dos Santos 1-1.
How do these two stack up?
Miocic: 34 years old | 6’4″ | 80″ reachdos Santos: 33 years old | 6’4″ | 77″ reach
What have these two done recently?
Miocic: W – Alistair Overeem (KO) | W – Fabricio Werdum (KO) | W – Andrei Arlovski (TKO)dos Santos: W – Ben Rothwell (UD) | L – Alistair Overeem (TKO) | W – Stipe Miocic (UD)
How did these two get here?
Stipe Miocic won the title from Fabricio Werdum in a great KO one year ago, and followed that up with a successful defense against Alistair Overeem. A win here would tie him for most successful Heavyweight title defenses in UFC history. Miocic is a very good wrestler who has also acquired an ever improving striking game. He’s used that striking to consistently put his opponents away lately with his last 5 wins coming via stoppage. That includes 4 first round KOs with only the famously tough Mark Hunt lasting past the opening round.
Junior dos Santos famously won the UFC Heavyweight title in the company’s first ever Fox event back in 2011. He went on to defend it once before losing it Cain Velasquez. Somewhat amazingly, in the 5+ years since that title win, dos Santos has fought a scant 7 times, going 4-3. Once the division’s most feared striker, he has at times looked more tentative and gunshy recently, most notably in his loss to Overeem. He comes in off a good win over Rothwell where he looked back in good condition, but has been out of action for 13 months since that fight.
Why should you care?
Title fight! Plus the potential for sudden, fight stopping KO from either man. Violence!
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Penne full fight video

At UFC Fight Night 69, on June 20, 2015, UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her title for the first time, defeating Jessica Penne via third-round technical knockout. Jedrzejczyk had previously gained the 115-pound title by stopping former champ Carla Esparza two months prior her fight with Penne.

Now, almost two years later, Jedrzejczyk is set to defend her belt for a fifth time against No. 1 contender Jessica Andrade in the co-main event of UFC 211. This event, headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos, is scheduled to take place on May 13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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UFC 211 fight card primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade

Bloody Elbow presents its fight coverage for UFC 211. Here, we take a look at the co-main event, a women’s strawweight title fight between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade. UFC 211 is finally upon us with arguably the promotion’s best effort so far in 2017. From bottom to top, the card features some of the best fighters on the roster, and it only gets better with each fight.
The co-main event of the evening features a women’s strawweight title fight between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) and challenger Jessica Andrade (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC). Jedrzejczyk has been dominating the women’s 115-pound division since winning the title in March of 2015, while Andrade has put on stunning performances since joining the division in June of last year.
UFC 211 takes place tonight, May 13, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The prelims begin at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT and stream on UFC Fight Pass. The fights then turn to the television broadcast with the prelims continuing at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on FX. Finally, the pay-per-view portion of the card begins at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Jedrzejczyk: 29 years old | 5 foot 6 inches | 65.5-inch reachAndrade: 25 years old | 5 foot 2 inches | 62-inch reach
What have these two done recently?
Jedrzejczyk: W — Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UD) | W — Claudia Gadelha (UD) | W — Valerie Letourneau (UD)Andrade: W — Angela Hill (UD) | W — Joanne Calderwood (Sub) | W — Jessica Penne (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Since beating Carla Esparza for the division title at UFC 185, Jedrzejczyk has been one of the most exciting UFC champions to watch. Her undefeated record has been largely unthreatened during her run in the UFC, as she has beaten the snot out of every one of her opponents, winning almost every round in that time. Although Karolina Kowalkiewicz showed a lot of heart and toughness in her last fight, Jedrzejczyk still came away being the better fighter and solidified herself as must-watch television for MMA fans.
Speaking of must-watch, Andrade is quickly shooting into that category, if she isn’t there already. She came down to 115 pounds after spending much of her career way above her weight at 135 pounds. After the drop in weight class, Andrade has been on a roll, winning three straight in performances that showed she is one of the hardest-hitting fighters in the division. Against Jedrzejczyk, Andrade will look to test the champion’s chin and gain the championship belt through sheer power.
Why should you care?
If you really have to ask yourself this question, check your pulse. Jedrzejczyk is a killer in the Octagon and her striking technique is some of the best in all of MMA. Andrade, meanwhile, will seek to utilize her power in hunting for gold and putting an emphatic stop the J-train. Strikes will be thrown a plenty in the UFC 211 co-main event.

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UFC 211 live stream online

Watch UFC 211 live stream online on MMA Fighting for the pay-per-view card at 10 p.m. ET.

The fight card for this portion of the event is as follows:

Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Dave Branch

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Moicic will rematch former UFC champion Junior dos Santos in the UFC 211 main event. UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will clash with Jessica Andrade in the co-main event. The UFC is allowing fans to watch the event live online above on YouTube for $59.99.

More Coverage: UFC 211 Results | UFC news

As far as the undercard action, the TV schedule for that…

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UFC 211 video: Embedded, part 6 – ‘It’s just me myself and I’

Check out episode six of Embedded for UFC 211. UFC 211 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the sixth and final episode for this weekend’s big show in Dallas, and it continues to be a brief introduction to the four title contestants that make up the top of the card.
This episode starts with Junior dos Santos, who clowns around during a cryotherapy session and seems to be in very good spirits. Next up is heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, who throws out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers baseball game with Chas Skelly. He’s gutted that they make him take off his Cleveland Indians hat.
Things switch back to the hotel, where Jessica Andrade is sparring and Joanna Jedrzejczyk is cutting weight in the bath. Yair Rodriguez is doing the same in the sauna.
Then we’re onto the weigh-ins. Everyone makes weight, as expected. Then the ceremonial weigh-ins, where everyone squares off. Joanna gives Andrade a paper belt, which she graciously accepts, then throws away. Joanna talks some smack, as expected. Mental warfare. Then it’s Miocic and Dos Santos, and we’re set for tonight!
UFC 211 goes down today, May 13th, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
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UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 prelims live results, discussion, play by play

Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 211 preliminary card, which features a lightweight bout between a former champion and a contender as the featured bout. Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play as UFC 211 goes down in Dallas, TX.
Tonight’s double main event will see Stipe Miocic defend his UFC heavyweight title against Junior dos Santos in a rematch, while Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade.
This post will cover the preliminary card. The featured bout of the prelims features former lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, who takes on Dustin Poirier.
The prelims kick off at approximately 6;30pm ET/3:30pm PT with three bouts on UFC Fight Pass. They then move over to FX (not FS1) at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the other four prelims bouts. The five-fight PPV kicks off at the normal starting time of 10pm ET/7pm PT, and are covered in a separate post. The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
FX Card (8pm ET)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Jason Knight vs. Chas Skelly
Rashad Coulter vs. Chase Sherman
Marco Polo Reyes vs. James Vick
Fight Pass Card (6:30pm ET)
Jessica Aguilar vs. Cortney Casey
Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Joachim Christensen
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Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos full fight video

Watch Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos full fight video to see the first encounter between the two heavyweights. At UFC on FOX 13, on Dec. 13, 2014, heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic battled in the main event of the card. That night the veteran dos Santos outpointed Miocic in an unanimous decision.

Now, over two years later, Miocic is now champion and is scheduled to battle the man who last defeated him – dos Santos. These two heavyweights will headline UFC 211, which is set to take place on May 13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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