UFC Fight Night 78 || Preliminary Card Play-By-Play

Written by @NickRiznerMMA



Erik Perez vs. Taylor Lapilus


Round 1:

High energy from both guys through the first minute. This atmosphere is wild, with the crowd in full support of Perez. But it’s Lapilus who looks to be landing more effectively so far.

Lapilus is coming from some really unorthodox angles and putting on a striking clinic through the first half of the round. Seemingly every exchange is coming out in favor of the Frenchman, landing with a lot of high level combinations. With a minute left, Perez finally catches a leg, but can’t do much with it. He does land a powerful combination on Lapilus, however. And another. Now a hard body kick.

Strong finish from the hometown guy, but Lapilus takes this one.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Lapilus

Round 2:

Great exchanges from both guys to kick off the second. Great pacing, both guys landing effectively and consistently. What a war!

A spinning attack from Perez leads to a tight guillotine attempt from Lapilus. Perez pulls his head out and winds up in top position with three minutes to go. Lapilus keeps him tangled to avoid damage, but Perez breaks free with a minute and a half left and starts working some ground-and-pound. Good round from Perez. I’ve got this thing all tied up heading into the third.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Perez (19-19 overall)

Round 3:

This is fight of the night so far. How will it finish? Really great head kick from Perez, who disguises it and lands clean. Lapilus goes for a takedown attempt, but it’s stuffed. Now, he goes for a kimura, but if he doesn’t get it, he’ll end up on bottom.

Great grappling exchange there, and we’re back on the feet at the midway point of the round. It’s still pretty even in my mind. A big takedown for Perez scores at a key moment, with two minutes left. Perez is on the move now, moving to half guard and working elbows to the body and thigh. I’m giving the third round to Perez, and thus, the fight. Very emotional finish for the hometown fighter.

MMA Mad scores the round 10-9 Perez (29-28 Perez)

Official Results – Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Héctor Urbina vs. Bartosz Fabinski


Round 1:

Aggressive start from Fabinski, who quickly sprints across the cage and scores a takedown. The active guard is making things tough for Fabinski, who is still managing to land a flurry of short elbows.

Apparently, it wasn’t enough action, as the ref decided to stand things up with two and a half minutes left in the round. Fabinski immediately attempts and succeeds with another takedown, and we’re back to where we started. The crowd doesn’t like it, as their guy is on the bottom, but Fabinski is doing a good job at controlling Urbina and landing some hard elbows on the ground.

Complete dominance through one. Big start for Fabinski.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Fabinski

Round 2:

Fabinski goes for a takedown immediately and again succeeds. Urbina attempts a kimura from the bottom and nearly has some success with the fence in the way, but Fabinski scrambles and avoids danger.

Back to the feet now. Urbina lands a hard knee. But it’s caught by Fabinski, who turns it into… you guessed it… another takedown. More ground-and-pound and another stand up from the ref. To no effect… Fabinski scores yet another takedown and we’re back in guard. Now side control. Now north-south.

Suddenly, with a minute left, Urbina lands a huge reversal and gets things standing. We finally see some stand-up exchanges and a huge cut is opened up above Urbina’s left eye. It’s in a terrible spot, and the doctor’s are coming to look at it. We continue on.

Another takedown and another round for Fabinski.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Fabinski (20-18 overall)

Round 3:

Round three starts with a brief flurry in the center of the cage, but Fabinski goes for the takedown as Urbina grabs onto the neck. Strange position for a moment there, as Fabinski attempts to roll forward but is stopped by a trinagle around his right leg. It ultimately ends up in the same position as before, with Fabinski in full guard and walking the ground-and-pound.

Urbina begins working a kimura from the bottom again but to no effect. This was a pretty consistent storyline throughout the fight. It was all Fabinski in this one.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Fabinski (30-27 overall)

Official Results – Bartosz Fabinski def. Héctor Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Pérez


Round 1:

Jorgensen is not the same threat that he was once thought to be, but make no mistake, he’s still extremely dangerous. Perez lands a hard left, but Jorgensen counters with a takedown. It lands, but doesn’t stick. A hard elbow from Jorgensen on the break and we’re back to the stand up.

Two minutes left in the round and it’s Jorgensen pressing forward. Perez is playing the counter game, but doesn’t seem to be landing too often.The round ends with a huge leg kick from Perez that seems to have Jorgensen injured. I give Jorgensen the round, but I don’t know if he’ll be able to continue…

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Jorgensen

Round 2:

And I guess we’re moving on. Not sure what happened to Jorgensen. He’s testing his leg but can’t put weight on it. This one is going to be over soon. I have no clue what’s wrong with his leg, but he can’t put any weight on it.

They need to stop this…

Scott is starting to loosen up a bit now, but he’s in deep trouble. A ton of heart from Scott Jorgensen but it may cause some long term damage. I wonder what’s wrong. Jorgensen needs a win here and he’s fighting with everything he’s got. But he’s not being effective.

And it’s over. I feel like it’s a fractured leg. A spinning technique leads to the TKO due to injury.

Official Results – Alejandro Pérez def. Scott Jorgensen via TKO (Rd.2, 4:26)

Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili


Round 1:

This should be a fun one to kick off the television prelims. Benitez is the one landing early, but Fili is stalking forward. And it’s Fili who turns up the pace with combinations. Benitez fires back but Fili counters with a successful takedown attempt.

Wow! Huge head kick – the second of the fight – and Benitez is rocked. Fili hits him with a flurry of punches and the ref steps in to stop this one. As Brian Stann mentioned, this was all set up with the body shots. Beautiful performance by Fili who gets back into the win column with this one.

Official Results – Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via knockout (Rd.1, 3:13)

Vernon Ramos vs. Alvaro Herrera


Round 1:

Welp… what do you say about this one? A right hand drops Ramos and Big Dan puts a top to things. Good stoppage and huge win for Herrera. That was a quick one.

Official Results – Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via knockout (Rd.1, 0:30)

Cesar Arzamendia vs. Marco Polo Reyes


Round 1:

Wow, what a start to this one. These guys are swinging for the fences. As long as they don’t gas, I don’t see how this could go three rounds. So far, it appears to be Reyes who is landing more cleanly. Arzamendia begins landing with knees from the clinch, but the action is temporarily stopped due to a low blow.

And we’re back. After a brief scramble in the clinch, Arzamendia gets things to the ground, but only for a moment. A double leg gets them there again. Reyes is back to the feet and AGAIN Arzamendia scores another double leg. That’s three takedowns with a minute and a half to go.

AND my computer froze. I reloaded the page. And Arzamendia is on the ground. Big knockout win for Polo Reyes!

Official Results – Marco Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia via knockout (Rd.1, 3:42)

Valmir Lázaro vs. Michel Prazeres


Round 1:

And we’re off. Lazaro kicks things off with a few leg kicks, but Prazeres checks a couple and lands with a solid hook. After nearly two and a half minutes of feeling each other out, both guys start to get loose and pick up the pace. That jab is there all day for Lazaro, but Prazeres is landing hard with counters.

And with one minute left, a huge right hand lands clean for Prazeres. Lazaro looks to be stunned, but not wobbled. Prazeres follows it up with a takedown, but doesn’t keep it on the ground for long. This was a close round. I’ll give it to Prazeres who appears to be landing with more power, but Lazaro is really wearing him down with those jabs and leg kicks.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Prazeres.

Round 2:

It’ll be interesting to see how Prazeres’ conditioning holds up in the second round. Lazaro avoids a few haymakers and gets things to the ground. Lazaro advances to half guard and looks to be more focused on positioning than damage here. Back to half guard, but not a lot of action.

And the ref stands things up with two minutes to go. Prazeres works hard for a takedown, but never really establishes position, as Lazaro manages to scramble back to his feet. Another stall and another reset from the ref with under a minute left in the second. Really beautiful jab for Lazaro. It’s neutralizing the power of Prazeres pretty effectively.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Lazaro. (19-19 overall)

Round 3:

I’ve got it all tied up through two, so this is still anybody’s fight. Who can dig deep and steal this third round?

It’s a flurry of jabs for Lazaro vs. one-off haymakers from Prazeres. Really solid takedown defense for Lazaro, as Prazeres is really selling out for these takedowns, but not having much success. With two minutes left, I have Lazaro ahead, but just barely.

And a scramble leads to Lazaro landing in top position once again. If he can grind out the rest of this round, he’ll be in great shape to win the fight. And another stand up from the referee. Prazeres will be looking for that knockout blow in this one. And he runs out of time. Lazaro should take the third and the fight.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Lazaro (29-28 Lazaro)

Official Results – Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lázaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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