UFC Fight Night 135 took place Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The card was headlined by the lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and James Vick.
Closing odds are courtesy of BetDSI. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
In a welterweight bout, Bryan Barberena landed some swift short punches to make quick work of Nebraska-native Jake Ellenberger via first round TKO. Barberena was a -430 betting favorite while Ellenberger was +340.
In a flyweight contest, Deiveson Figueiredo connected with a series of beautiful elbows and a hook to drop John Moraga, then finished him with a body shot and follow-up ground strikes to earn the biggest victory of his career. Figueiredo was a -170 favorite while Moraga was a +140 dog.
In a middleweight fight, Eryk Anders looked like he was about to battle to a close decision against Tim Williams. That was, until Anders blasted Williams with a perfectly-timed head kick as Williams was getting back to his feet, knocking him unconscious. Anders won as the biggest favorite of the night at -1200 while Williams was +775.
In a bantamweight battle, Cory Sandhagen survived an early armbar scare from Iuri Alcantara and proceeded to blast the Brazilian with ground and pound en route to earning a second round TKO victory. Sandhagen closed as a -210 favorite while Alcantara was a +175 underdog.
In a middleweight fight, Andrew Sanchez remained composed despites Markus Perez’s attempts to force a brawl. Sanchez won two out of three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards to earn a unanimous decision. Sanchez was -135 while Perez was +115.
In a welterweight bout, Mickey Gall utilized his superior submission skills to tap out veteran George Sullivan via rear naked choke at 1:09 in the first round after securing a quick single leg takedown. Gall was a -340 betting favorite while Sullivan lost as a +270 dog.
In a women’s flyweight contest, Kalindra Faria took Joanne Calderwood down and was in top position for over four minutes in the first round, but Calderwood responded with a triangle choke in the final minute of the round, eventually transitioning to a combination armbar that forced a tap in the closing seconds of the frame. Calderwood earned her first career submission as a -175 favorite while Faria lost as a +155 underdog.
In a lightweight fight, Drew Dober pushed too high of a pace for Jon Tuck both with his impressive kickboxing skills and top control on the ground, outworking Tuck for a one-sided unanimous decision victory. Dober closed as a -240 favorite while Tuck was +195.
Underdogs that Won
In the main event of the evening, lightweight Justin Gaethje bounced back with a ferocious first round knockout of James Vick, landing a devastating right hand along the fence that put Vick out cold. Gaethje closed as a +125 underdog while Vick was a -145 favorite.
In a featherweight scrap, Michael Johnson earned his first win at 145 pounds by earning a close split decision against a very game Andre Fili. Johnson was a slight +100 underdog while Fili was a -120 betting favorite.
In a women’s strawweight contest, Cortney Casey had a competitive fight against Angela Hill, but eeked out a split decision victory over the former Invicta champion. Casey was victorious as a +110 dog while Hill was -130.
In the preliminary card headlining bout, James Krause caught Warlley Alves with a lunging knee and then followed up with a barrage of punches to earn a second round TKO victory at 170 pounds. Krause was a +270 underdog while Alves lost despite being a -330 favorite.
In a bantamweight contest to open the fight card, Rani Yahya pulled guard against Luke Sanders and immediately began attacking the legs with heel hooks and knee bars, eventually forcing Sanders to tap out verbally in the first round. Both fighters closed at pick’em -110 odds.
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