MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for August: Flyweights shine in rare non-title headliner

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from August. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for August.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Alejandro Perez def. Andre Soukhamthath at UFC Fight Night 114

Andre Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) put Alejandro Perez (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC) down three times with his left hand and somehow still came out the loser.

A late rally by Perez was enough to overcome some solid early work by Soukhamthath, resulting in a split-decision win for Perez in a closely contested fight that remained fiercely competitive until the final seconds.

Alexa Grasso def. Randa Markos at UFC Fight Night 114

Alexa Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had to dig deep to give the fans in Mexico City the win they hoped for against Randa Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC), but she got it done by the slimmest of margins in a spirited battle that went the distance.

Thanks largely to her work in the first and the third rounds, Grasso narrowly outpointed a game Markos to win a split-decision victory with scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28.

Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night 114

A new contender in the UFC flyweight division was decided when Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) defeated Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the organization’s first 125-pound headliner not to feature champion Demetrious Johnson.

Pettis earned his fourth consecutive victory at 125 pounds when he defeated Moreno by unanimous decision in an exciting five-round affair.

Fernando Gonzalez def. Brennan Ward at Bellator 182

Fernando Gonzalez (27-14 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) continued to rebound from his lone Bellator loss this past year when he rallied to submit Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) in the third round of their catchweight bout.

After having his offense largely thwarted over the first two rounds by Ward’s mixed game, Gonzalez capitalized on a error by his opponent that allowed him to lock in a guillotine choke for the come-from-behind victory.

Kali Robbins def. Sharon Jacobson at Invicta FC 25

Kali Robbins (5-0) was in all sorts of trouble against Sharon Jacobson (4-2). And then suddenly, it was all over.

Robbins took a barrage of punches from Jacobson before she was hip-tossed to the mat. Once there Robbins immediately went into jiu-jitsu mode, climbing her legs and grabbing a hold of an arm until she was belly down and submitted Jacobson with an armbar just 42 seconds into the first round.

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The Winner: Pettis vs. Moreno

After getting dominated in the first round, Pettis shut down Moreno’s takedown game and took over on his feet.

Pettis soundly outstruck Moreno from the second frame into championship rounds to take home a unanimous decision via scores of 49-46 and 48-46 twice.

“I definitely had to face some adversity,” Pettis said afterward. “He came out there and put me in a very dangerous position. I had four rounds to prove I was a better man, and I did it.”

Moreno came in hoping to get a big win in front of his native Mexico and gave the crowd high hopes early. A kick from Pettis allowed him to take the fight to the mat, and he quickly scrambled to back control, where he set up a choke. Unable to free himself, Pettis spent the opening frame fighting Moreno’s hands and biding his time.

Pettis had the opportunity to give Moreno the same treatment in the second round when he caught a kick. Instead, he stood back and settled in with striking. Moreno took him back down but was forced to retreat after Pettis used a triangle choke to initiate a scramble.

A little too loose for his own good, Moreno took several hard right hands as he channeled martial arts movies with his movement and left his head blatantly exposed. Pettis figured out he could land kicks as Moreno circled away, and head kicks started to land.

Pettis did his best work in the third frame, picking apart Moreno on the feet and opening a cut with a head kick. Gone was the smile on Moreno’s face as he bled and met diminishing returns with takedown attempts.

“His standup surprised me a lot,” Pettis said. “He gave me a different look. Kind of made me question my look, like an open style I had to adjust to.”

By the fourth round, Pettis no longer needed to fear the takedown. Moreno tried to make up some ground on the feet and instead caught more shots to the dome as sharp combinations cut off his wide attacks.

Told the fight was even by his corner, Moreno charged into a takedown in the final frame. He had his moment, yet he was unable to land any significant offense, and Pettis escaped to his feet, where he continued to control the stand-up action.

“I noticed he had his left hand down a lot, so I kept poking him with that jab,” Pettis said afterward. “He kept circling toward my left low kick, and I’ve got a funky switch-kick that I was catching him with. I just had to adjust my style, and it all worked out.”

Asked whom he’d like to take on next after taking out a fellow up-and-comer, Pettis deferred to the UFC in lieu of a title shot.

“I’ve got to wait for the higher powers to tell me what I want,” he said. “Obviously, I’d like a title shot, but there’s a lot of things I need to polish up to get there.”

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Sergio Pettis and UFC Fight Night 114's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 114’s main card, which aired Saturday on FS1 from Mexico City Arena in Mexico, featured a mix of brutal knockouts and hard-fought decisions.

Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) picked up his fourth consecutive victory in the headlining act when he delivered a superior performance to Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and was rewarded with a unanimous decision victory in the matchup of rising flyweights.

Alexa Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Humberto Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Alejandro Perez (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC) got their hands raised, as well. The wins ranged from highlight-reel material to competitive fights decided on the scorecards.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 114’s winning fighters.

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Alejandro Perez

Joe Soto

Should fight: Joe Soto
Why they should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” winner Perez put on another winning performance when he edged Andre Soukhamthath by split decision in a fight in which he made a bit of history.

Perez became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer three knockdowns in a fight and come back to win on the scorecards. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, even if some believe he shouldn’t have gotten the nod in the bantamweight affair.

With just one defeat in six UFC appearances so far, Perez is putting himself in position to be someone capable of making noise at 135 pounds. Soto (18-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is on a solid run in his own right, with three consecutive wins. The former title challenger would be a strong test for Perez, who would benefit to fighting a name like Soto.

Sam Alvey

Vitor Belfort

Should fight: Vitor Belfort
Why they should fight: Despite a lack of action, Alvey picked up the signature win of his 40-fight career when he edged former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans by split decision.

Alvey narrowly outpointed Evans in the middleweight bout, giving him his eighth victory since he joined the UFC in 2014. After the fight, Alvey called out another former UFC champion in Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-9 UFC), and his reasoning actually comes with a line of logic.

“Smile’n” said he wants to go on a “Vengeance Tour,” fighting those who have beaten his longtime friend, mentor and training partner, Dan Henderson. Evans beat Henderson in 2013, and Belfort actually has two victories over the former PRIDE and Strikeforce champ under the UFC banner.

Belfort is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in June. “The Phenom” said he’s looking to make a run at 185 pounds once again, but he needs to beat some more middling fighters in the division before he can get there. In that case, Alvey is the perfect matchup.

Humberto Bandenay

Jared Gordon

Should fight: Jared Gordon
Why they should fight: As far as UFC debuts go, Bandenay’s win was about as good as it gets. Not only did he pick up a highlight-reel knockout courtesy of a perfectly timed knee, but he got the job done in a mere 26 seconds against Martin Bravo.

Bandenay was the biggest betting underdog on the card. However, that didn’t prevent him from stealing the spotlight for himself with a “Performance of the Night” effort. The nature of his victory instantly gives him traction as one to watch in the featherweight division, where there’s a plethora of top competition.

Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is also coming off a solid UFC debut win when he stopped Michel Quinones by second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 112 in June. “The Flash” not only owns a strong record, but his trying life story proves he’s not going to quit easily. Chances are he wouldn’t go down as quickly as Bandenay’s first opponent, and that’s when the fight would get interesting.

Niko Price

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Should fight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Why they should fight: Price’s quick start to his UFC career continued when he earned what should have been his third victory in under six months (one was overturned for a positive marijuana test) with a first-round TKO over a tough UFC veteran in Alan Jouban.

Price extended his undefeated record to 10-0, but the win over Jouban easily was his most significant. It was the first time Jouban suffered a truly unexpected loss inside the octagon, and that’s proof of what Price is capable of in the welterweight division.

Zaleski dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is hoping to break through into big fights after a “Fight of the Night” win over Lyman Good at UFC on FOX 25. With both men coming off bonus-winning performances, pitting them against each other to see who can reach the next level is the right idea.

Alexa Grasso

Angela Hill

Should fight: Angela Hill
Why they should fight: Grasso rebounded from the first loss of her career when she defeated Randa Markos, one of the most durable strawweight fighters on the roster, by split decision.

The Mexican prospect suffered a setback to Felice Herrig earlier this year, but the performance against Markos proved it was just that: a setback. Although the result was debatable, Grasso showed improvement, and now the 23-year-old has momentum back on her side in the 115-pound weight class.

Grasso still has strides to make before joining the conversation of contenders who could possibly fight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. There are many names she can fight en route to getting there, though, and a foe like Hill (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) would be a rightful fit.

Hill has faced some elite names in her division, and while she’s come up short in most of those opportunities, she’s never been embarrassed. Grasso would have a tough time being the first, but a win in itself would mean a lot.

Sergio Pettis

Should fight: Winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis at UFC 215
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Pettis should fight the winner of Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at UFC 215.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 post-event facts: Overlooked card proves heavy on history

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The UFC’s lone August event delivered on Saturday when UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico.

The FS1-televised card, which followed early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, was headlined by a flyweight fight that saw Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) defeat fellow rising star Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) by unanimous decision.

Although the main event went the distance, there was plenty of action out of the gates. A record-tying seven fights ended in the first round. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s fifth event in Mexico, check below for 45 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 114.

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General

UFC Fight Night 114’s seven first-round stoppage results tied six other events (UFC 146, The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale and UFC Fight Night 14, 32, 68) for the most in history.

The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $117,500.

Debuting fighters went 2-1 at the event.

Niko Price, Humberto Bandenay, Alejandro Perez and Dustin Ortiz earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 114 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 114 drew an announced attendance of 10,172. No live gate was announced.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:39:13, the shortest of the UFC’s 23 events so far this year.

Main card

Sergio Pettis

Pettis improved to 4-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in March 2015.

Pettis’ four-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Demetrious Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (six).

Pettis has earned all seven of his UFC victories by decision.

Moreno had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since July 2012.

Moreno has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Alexa Grasso

Alexa Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Randa Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over her past 10 career bouts.

Markos has completed at least one takedown against six of her seven UFC opponents.

Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Humberto Bandenay

Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned his third victory of 2017.

Bandenay has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Bandenay’s 26-second victory was the third fastest debut of any featherweight in UFC history. Only Makwan Amirkhani (8 seconds) and Dooho Choi (18 seconds) had quicker debuts.

Martin Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first career defeat.

Sam Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Gegard Mousasi for most in the division.

Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss, extending the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2013.

Evans fell to 0-2 since he dropped to the middleweight division in March.

Evans has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision.

Andre Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all five of his career losses by decision.

Soukhamthath became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer a decision loss despite scoring three knockdowns of his opponent.

Preliminary card

Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 13 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Hermansson has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by first-round knockout.

Brad Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has earned all of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Ortiz’s 15-second knockout victory was the fastest stoppage in UFC flyweight history.

Ortiz’s three knockout victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind John Lineker (four).

Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by stoppage.

Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) has earned 18 of his 24 career victories by submission. He’s finished 12 of those wins in Round 1.

Yahya’s six submission victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the second most in combined divisional history behind Urijah Faber (seven).

Henry Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, extending the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2014.

Briones suffered his first submission loss since Feb. 23, 2008 – a span of 3,451 days (more than nine years) and 19 fights.

Jose Quinonez’s (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Cody Garbrandt (five) and Jimmie Rivera (five).

Diego Rivas (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for his first career defeat.

Joseph Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage.

Roberto Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for his first career defeat.

Jordan Rinaldi

Jordan Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) earned just the fourth Von Flue choke submission victory in UFC history. He joins Ovince Saint Preux (two) and Jason Von Flue (one) as fighters to accomplish the feat.

Alvaro Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC lightweight debut.

Herrera fell to 1-2 since he returned from a more than three-year layoff in August 2016.

Herrera has suffered all five of his career losses by stoppage.

Herrera has suffered both of his UFC losses by submission.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 114 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $14 million

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MEXICO CITY – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $117,500.

UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC), who suffered a split-decision loss to Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on the main card. “Suga” received $20,000 for his 22nd octagon appearance, the highest non-title payout possible.

The full UFC Fight Night 114 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Sergio Pettis: $5,000
def. Brandon Moreno: $2,500

Alexa Grasso: $2,500
def. Randa Markos: $5,000

Niko Price: $2,500
def. Alan Jouban: $5,000

Humberto Bandenay: $2,500
def. Martin Bravo: $2,500

Sam Alvey: $10,000
def. Rashad Evans: $20,000

Alejandro Perez: $5,000
def. Andre Soukhamthath: $2,500

Jack Hermansson: $2,500
def. Bradley Scott: $5,000

Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
def. Hector Sandoval: $2,500

Rani Yahya: $15,000
def. Henry Briones: $2,500

Jose Quinonez: $2,500
def. Diego Rivas: $2,500

Joseph Morales: $2,500
def. Roberto Sanchez: $2,500

Jordan Rinaldi: $2,500
def. Alvaro Herrera: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,775,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,098,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 114, including Johnny Cash and Macklemore

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City went with as their backing tracks.

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Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)

Sergio Pettis: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

Brandon Moreno: “Cuando tu no estas” by El Tri

Alexa Grasso def. Randa Markos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alexa Grasso: “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

Randa Markos: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons

Niko Price def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:44

Niko Price: “Coming Home, Pt. II” by Skylar Grey

Alan Jouban: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio feat. L.V.

Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 1, 0:26

Humberto Bandenay: “Feruano Luchador” by Luis Chang

Martin Bravo: “Rompiendo el Hielo” by Apache

Sam Alvey def. Rashad Evans via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Rashad Evans: “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep

Alejandro Perez def. Andre Soukhamthath via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alejandro Perez: “Originala” by Movimiento Original

Andre Soukhamthath: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Jack Hermansson def. Bradley Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50

Jack Hermansson: “The Joker” by Damien & Terje Tylden

Bradley Scott: “Blackbird” by The Wurzels”

Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15

Dustin Ortiz: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Hector Sandoval: “Los Mandados” by Vicente Fernandez

Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01

Rani Yahya: “Prayer for the Four Directions” by David & Steve Gordon

Henry Briones: “Bailar” by Deorro feat. Elvis Crespo

Jose Quinonez def. Diego Rivas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jose Quinonez: “Luz” by Lil’ Supa

Diego Rivas: “El Otro Chile” by Portavoz feat. Stalk

Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56

Joseph Morales: “Tequila” by The Champs

Roberto Sanchez: “Cancion Del Mariachi” by Los Lobos

Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01

Jordan Rinaldi: “To Live is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets

Alvaro Herrera: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Alejandro Perez rallies to beat Andre Soukhamthath by decision

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Andre Soukhamthath put Alejandro Perez down three times with his left hand and somehow still came out the loser.

A late rally by Perez (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC) was enough to overcome some solid early work by Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC), resulting in a split-decision win for Perez in a closely contested fight that remained fiercely competitive until the final seconds.

The bantamweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Soukhamthath got off to a strong start in the opening round, repeatedly stinging Perez with left hand jabs, dropping him twice in the early going as Soukhamthath fended off takedown attempts and wagged his finger at Perez in response.

But after getting dropped by the left hand again early in the second, Perez would come back to contest the round, catching Soukhamthath off balance and putting him down with a right hand that finally allowed Perez to get the fight in the mat.

With the outcome still unclear in the third, Perez may have swayed the judges with a couple key takedowns, halting Soukhamthath’s momentum and bleeding the clock as he chipped away from the top position.

Soukhamthath would try to push the pace in the final minute, but he got a little too aggressive for his own good and was planted on the mat again at the close, leaving the judges looking with a final visual impression that was perhaps not to his advantage.

Once the cards were tallied up, two of the three of those judges saw the fight for Perez, giving him the win with scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28.

The victory gets Perez back to his winning ways after a draw against Albert Morales last September. Soukhamthath has now lost two straight in the UFC.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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UFC Fight Night 114 staff picks: Brandon Moreno, Alexa Grasso big picking faves on home turf

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Dann Stupp
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Brian Garcia
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Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
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For the fifth time overall, and the fourth time in the capital city, the UFC touches down in Mexico this week.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Mexico’s own Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a fight between flyweight up-and-comers. Moreno is a slight betting favorite at the sports books, but he’s got a big edge in the picks from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts. Only one of our pickers is taking Pettis to win on Moreno’s home turf.

In the co-feature, another homegrown fan favorite, Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), takes on Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in a women’s strawweight fight. Like Moreno, Grasso is a slight betting favorite. And like him, she’s getting most of the love from our staff members at a 9-1 clip, just like Moreno.

Also on the main card, Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a welterweight bout, and he’s a big favorite from our pickers at 8-2. Featherweight newcomer Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on short notice. Bravo is the card’s biggest favorite at 3-1, and he has a 9-1 edge in our picks.

Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) meets former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout. And despite being a -160 favorite, Alvey finds himself on the outs with our pickers. Evans is getting a 9-1 nod. And to open the main card, Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) takes on Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at bantamweight. It’s a pick’em fight at the betting window, but Perez has a 7-3 nod from our pickers.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Moreno, Grasso, Jouban, Bravo, Alvey and Perez are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

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MEXICO CITY – Today’s UFC Fight Night 114 fighter face-offs proved a largely friendly and upbeat affair, and that included co-headliners Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso.

The face-offs were part of today’s media day at Hotel W in Mexico City. The nearby Mexico City Arena plays host to Saturday’s FS1-televised event.

Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who meet in a strawweight bout, have second billing on the card.

Top billing goes to flyweight headliners Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who were all business for their face-off.

Also facing off were welterweights Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), featherweights Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), middleweights Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC), and bantamweights Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event in Mexico.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 114 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 114 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

Records: Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Past five: Pettis 4-1, Moreno 5-0
Division: Flyweight
Rankings: Pettis No. 8, Moreno No. 9
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Moreno -160, Pettis +130

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Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos

Records: Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Past five: Grasso 4-1, Markos 3-2
Division: Strawweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Grasso -150, Markos +120

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Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price

Records: Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Jouban 3-2, Price 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Jouban -175, Price +145

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Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo

Records: Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Past five: Bandenay 5-0, Bravo 5-0
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Bravo -300, Bandenay +240

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Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans

Records: Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC)
Past five: Alvey 4-1, Evans 2-3
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Alvey -160, Evans +130

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Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Records: Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC), Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Past five: Perez 3-1-1, Soukhamthath 3-2
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Soukhamthath -120, Perez -110

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UFC Fight Night 114 lineup set with a dozen bouts in Mexico City, led by Brandon Moreno vs. Sergio Pettis

The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to Mexico next week.

The card features a dozen fights, including a pair of flyweight contenders in the headliner. UFC Fight Night 114 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Sergio Pettis

In the main event, Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) takes on fellow rising star Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who is perfect in his first three fights in the UFC. The winner will be in prime position in the flyweight title picture. Moreno will be fighting in front of his home fans in Mexico.

In the co-feature, women’s strawweights Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will face off. Like Moreno, Grasso is from Mexico and will fight for her home fans.

To fill out the main card, Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at welterweight; Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes place at featherweight; Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) meets former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout; and Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) fights Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at bantamweight.

The prelims will feature four fights on FS1. Jack Hermansson (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Brad Scott (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at middleweight; Dustin Ortiz (16-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) vs. Hector Sandoval (14-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is booked at flyweight; and a pair of bantamweight bouts go down with Henry Briones (16-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (23-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Jose Quinonez (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Diego Rivas (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Pass features a pair of bouts: Joseph Morales (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Roberto Sanchez (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at flyweight and Alvaro Herrera (9-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (12-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at lightweight.

The complete UFC Fight Night 114 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi

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