Early Look at the FS1 Prelims for UFC 202

randa-markosThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV on August 20, 2016 with UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor II. Main card action will be kicking off on Pay Per View at 10pm ET, with preliminary bouts preceding it on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET and on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30pm ET. If interested in wagering on any of the match-ups for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakerss. Getting the action going for the FOX Sports 1 prelims will be a barn burner in the UFC’s women’s strawweight division between Randa Markos and Cortney Casey. This scrap is expected to get the televised prelims rolling on a high note. Markos is coming off a unanimous decision victory over The MMA Lab product Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC Fight Night 89 just two months ago and makes a quick return to action with this contest. She will be aiming to make it two in a row for herself inside the Octagon following a unanimous decision loss to current number one challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz. This bout makes an even more quick return to action for Casey, who scored a first round TKO of Cristina Stanciu at UFC Fight Night 91 less than a month ago. The highlight reel finished earned her an Octagon victory for the very first time, and it was a much needed one. She had her back against the wall heading into the match-up, as she was coming off back to back defeats. Artem Lobov is the luckiest fighter on the UFC’s roster, as he is receiving a third shot inside the Octagon following two one-sided defeats. Owning a record of 11-12 currently, it surely has to be do or die time for the Russian-Irishman in this match-up against Diaz Bros training partner Chris Avila. The Californian brings with him a three fight winning streak into the Octagon, with all three victories coming by way of finish. Women’s bantamweights will take center stage for the next preliminary card bout on FOX Sports 1, with Colorado’s Raquel Pennington getting set to square off against Washington’s Elizabeth Phillips. This stylistic match-up is likely to produce an entertaining battle, so this could definitely be a sleeper for the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus. Pennington currently enjoys a two fight winning streak with a second round rear naked choke submission of Jessica Andrade and a split decision win over former UFC Women’s 135-pound title challenger Bethe “Pitbull” Correia. She aims to make it three in a row with an impressive victory over the Spokane, WA native. Phillips is coming off an extended layoff, as she last saw action over a year ago, where she snapped her two fight losing skid by picking up a unanimous decision against Jessamyn Duke, ultimately sending her packing from the promotion following the “loser goes home” match-up. The featured bout for the UFC 202 prelims on FOX Sports 1 will be a bantamweight affair between undefeated Team Alpha Male product Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and Japanese veteran Takeya Mizugaki. This is expected to be a fun scrap and should wrap up the prelims nicely, leaving people excited for the Pay Per View match-ups ahead. Garbrandt is making a quick return to action following a first round knockout of highly touted prospect Thomas Almeida just a couple of months ago. He currently enjoys a four fight winning streak in the UFC, with three of those wins coming by way of T/KO. Mizugaki returns to the Octagon following a near year-long layoff, last seeing action at UFC Fight Night 75, where he picked up a unanimous decision victory over fellow veteran George Roop. Now back in the win column following a pair of losses to current UFC 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz and Aljamain Sterling, the 32 year old hopes to make it two in a row by giving “No Love” his first taste of professional mixed martial arts defeat.

Written by Gabe Killian

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