Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Darren Till and UFC Fight Night 118's other winning fighters?

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A potential star was born in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 headliner when Darren Till added a most noteworthy win to his undefeated record against fan favorite and former UFC title challenger Donald Cerrone.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) bludgeoned Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) for a first-round TKO in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight main event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, adding more credibility to those touting him as the next big thing from England.

Prior to Till’s impressive win, Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Oskar Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) all made impressions for various reasons with key victories.

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 118’s winning fighters.

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Oskar Piechota

Should fight: Trevor Smith
Why they should fight: He didn’t have a thrilling fight or decisive finish, but as far as UFC debuts go, Piechota turned in a solid performance with his unanimous-decision victory over Jonathan Wilson.

The former Cage Warriors champion admitted post-fight that he probably wasn’t as physically prepared for his first octagon appearance as he should have been. His conditioning showed, but he vowed to come back in better shape for his next fight.

Piechota is another solid European to join the UFC roster, and in a middleweight division filled with opportunity, the unbeaten fighter has some potential to flourish. Smith (15-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is a tested veteran who has a lot of experienced in the UFC, Strikeforce and various other notable organizations. “Hot Sauce” was forced out of a fight on the same card due to injury, but as soon as he recovers, a matchup with Piechota would work for his comeback.

Jan Blachowicz

Should fight: Jared Cannonier
Why they should fight: With his UFC career likely on the line, Blachowicz delivered in a key moment when he scored a slick second-round submission of Devin Clark in their light heavyweight bout.

Blachowicz entered the UFC several years ago with a lot of hype behind him. He’s struggled against top competition, but perhaps his strong effort against Clark will represent a turning point.

The Polish fighter needs to continue his rebuild process, and a matchup with Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is fitting. Cannonier just lost his UFC on FOX 26 opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira due to a potential USADA violation. and Blachowicz is in position to be a suitable replacement.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Should fight: Jessica Andrade
Why they should fight: Former strawweight title challenger Kowalkiewicz rebounded from a two-fight skid with a unanimous decision win over promotional newcomer Jodie Esquibel to get her career back on track.

Kowalkiewicz is still one of the top contenders in the 155-pound division, and now that her rough patch is a thing of the past, she can return to fighting fellow elite names in her weight class.

During her post-fight interview Kowalkiewicz mentioned a showdown with Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who is coming off a dominant win over Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 117. The Brazilian named Kowalkiewicz as someone she wants to fight, and with all sides apparently on board, the matchup makes itself.

Darren Till

Should fight: Winner of Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 26
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Till should fight the winner of the UFC on FOX 26 bout between Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz ready for Jessica Andrade after 'f*cking awesome' UFC-Gdansk win

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GDANSK, Poland – UFC women’s strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz was overcome with emotion after her dominant win against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118.

Fighting in her home country, Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) couldn’t contain her tears. After a unanimous decision over Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), she couldn’t contain her language.

“It was (expletive) awesome,” she told reporters in English backstage at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, which hosted the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event.

Although some fighters freeze with the pressure to perform in front of a hometown crowd, Kowalkiewicz said it energized her. But in any event, she doesn’t get rattled like that.

“I never feel pressure before the fight, because I love what I do,” she said via translator. “I feel pressure when I’m on a diet, and I can’t eat a cookie.”

Now, she’ll get on to the next item of business in her career. Kowalkiewicz is targeting a fight with fellow one-time title challenger Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who took aim at her prior to Saturday’s event.

“Jessica Andrade said I declined a fight, but that never happened,” Kowalkiewicz said. “I was never offered a fight with Jessica. So let’s just do it now.”

Andrade is a perfect bridge opponent if Kowalkiewicz is trying to get back into the title picture. Just this past month, Andrade put a beatdown on fellow Brazilian countrywoman Claudia Gadelha, who has twice fallen to her rival, champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Gadelha also submitted Kowalkiewicz in her previous outing, but Kowalkiewicz isn’t in to MMA match. Her goal is more short-term – to silence a critic.

“I don’t want to look that far into the future,” Kowalkiewicz said. “So far, I would like to enjoy training and living, and it would be nice if my next opponent is Jessica. Now, I need three days for vacation. After that I want to fight Jessica Andrade.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to emotional Karolina Kowalkiewicz victory over Jodie Esquibel at UFC-Gdansk

Karolina Kowalkiewicz got back on track today when she defeated newcomer Jodie Esquibel in the UFC Fight Night 118 co-main event.

Former UFC strawweight title challenger Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) snapped her two-fight losing skid when she picked up a unanimous-decision victory over Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Kowalkiewicz’s victory over Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118.

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz overwhelms in emotional win Jodie Esquibel

Karolina Kowalkiewicz used constant pressure to overwhelm Jodie Esquibel on the feet, and nearly finished the fight at one point on the mat.

In the end, Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) had to settle for a win on the scorecards, beating Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision.

The women’s strawweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Kowalkiewicz was the aggressor in the fight from the opening seconds, backing Esquibel down and putting combinations together to keep her opponent on the defensive.

After taking the first round on the feet, Kowalkiewicz really put Esquibel in trouble when the fight hit the floor. Locking up an armbar late in the round, Kowalkiewicz narrowly ran out of time before she could finish the submission, which allowed Esquibel to see the third round.

That frame, too, was all Kowalkiewicz, who never slowed her pace enough to let Esquibel back into the fight. The result was a clean sweep on the scorecards, as all three judges gave the fight to Kowalkiewicz with scores of 30-27 across the board.

Kowalkiewicz’s win, which included an emotional post-fight interview and a callout of Jessica Andrade, snaps a two-fight losing skid, resulting in the former title challenger’s first victory since July 2016. The loss in Esquibel’s UFC debut is her second defeat in her last three fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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UFC Fight Night 118 staff picks: How many are picking unbeaten Darren Till to upset 'Cowboy'?

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The UFC returns to Poland this week with a fun welterweight scdrap in the main event.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) continues his run at welterweight against unbeaten British up-and-comer Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC). Cerrone is a slight betting favorite and is trying to snap the first two-fight losing skid of his career. He’s the pick of seven of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, former women’s strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fights for her home fans in Poland against Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will be making her UFC debut. Kowalkiewicz is the biggest favorite on the card at more than 4-1, and to little surprise she’s a unanimous pick from our staff members.

Also on the main card, Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fights in front of his home fans in a light heavyweight bout against Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). But it’s Clark who has the nod from eight of our 10 pickers. And unbeaten promotional newcomer Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will try to thrill his home fans when he takes on Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at middleweight. Piechota is a 2-1 favorite and is our second unanimous pick on the card.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Cerrone, Kowalkiewicz, Blachowicz and Piechota are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz aims to rebound from skid at UFC-Gdansk – and celebrate with a cookie

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GDANSK, Poland – Karolina Kowalkiewicz returns to action at UFC Fight Night 118 as relaxed as ever, despite her recent run of poor form.

Kowalkiewicz (10-2, 3-2 UFC) unsuccessfully challenged Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC strawweight title at UFC 205 in New York last year. Then Kowalkiewicz suffered the first stoppage loss of her career when she was submitted by Claudia Gadelha at UFC 212.

The back-to-back losses are the only blemishes on Kowalkiewicz’s record, and she took a philosophical view when she chatted with MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 118 media day at Ergo Arena, site of Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed event.

“What can I say? Shit happens!” Kowalkiewicz said with a laugh. “We’ve changed a few things in my training. Now I’m really prepared for this fight, and you’ll see everything on Saturday.”

Kowalkiewicz takes on UFC debutant Jodie Esquibel (6-2, 0-0 UFC), who brings an eight-fight record into the octagon, including a win over current “The Ultimate Fighter 26” contender DeAnna Bennett in her last outing.

“She’s a newcomer in the UFC,” Kowalkiewicz said. “But we were all newcomers (once) in the UFC. Jodie is a great striker. She’s very tough. She’s a good and complete MMA fighter.”

The fight also marks Kowalkiewicz’s return to her homeland to compete in front of her own fans for the first time in her UFC career. When asked whether fighting on home soil brought more pressure or more fun, she was adamant.

“More fun,” Kowalkiewicz said. “I never feel pressure before fights. I feel pressure when I am hungry, and I can’t eat a cookie because I’m making weight. This is a great experience, I (get to) fight in the UFC in my home. This is great.”

And if Kowalkiewicz is successful on Saturday night, she already knows what post-fight treat she’ll indulge in as she celebrates victory.

“Chocolate cookie!”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Gdansk in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 118’s main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland and streams entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Donald Cerrone (32-9-1 MMA, 19-6-0 UFC)

Donald Cerrone.

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 34 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 73″
  • Last fight: Decision loss to Robbie Lawler (July 29, 2017)
  • Camp: Jackson-Wink MMA (New Mexico)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox / Muay Thai
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Multiple Muay Thai titles
^ 28-0 as a pro kickboxer
+ 8 KO victories
+ 16 submission wins
+ 13 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Intelligent strike setups
^ Feints, reads, reacts
+ Devastating head kicks
+ Accurate and intercepting knees
+ Hard leg kicks
^ Most landed in UFC history
+ Underrated wrestling ability
+ Excellent transitional grappler
+/- 4-7 against UFC southpaws

Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC)

Darren Till.

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’0″” Age: 24 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Bojan Velickovic (Sept. 2, 2017)
  • Camp: Team Kaobon (England)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw / Muay Thai
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ K-1 European title
+ Luta Livre purple belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 4 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Good feints and footwork
+ Accurate left hand
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Hard Thai kicks
^ Works well to the body
+ Strong inside the clinch
^ Dangerous elbows and knees
+ Underrated grappling ability
^ Shows good positional awareness

Summary:

The main event on UFC Fight Pass features a muay Thai maelstrom between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

A top-ranked welterweight who is looking to recover from a two-fight losing skid, Cerrone is in Gdansk to get his redemption. There, the American will find Till, an undefeated Englishman who is seeking to steal the spotlight and further state his arrival.

Starting off on the feet, we have two Thai-style strikers who ply their craft in different ways.

Till, the southpaw, will work behind subtle feints and solid footwork, creating angles that allow him to capitalize and counter on his opponent’s reactions. Favoring his heavy left cross, Till possesses a pull-counter that bears a slight resemblance to Conor McGregor, typically stunning his opposition when landing cleanly.

However, Till’s one-sided ways have often drawn criticism and questions about his game as a whole, something he will likely have to answer for in this matchup. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Till makes the adjustments and displays the proficiency of his right hand, especially considering that right hands have typically been Cerrone’s common culprit against both stances.

I will also be curious to see how Till’s kicking arsenal of playing, prodding and picking his places for power will play out with Cerrone, who never seems to shy away from trading shots.

Embracing his frame and kickboxing base, Cerrone does an excellent job of using leg kicks and teeps from a distance. Mixing in punches appropriately, Cerrone will draw out his opponent’s defenses to set up the fight-ending head kicks that comprise his highlight reel.

And though those head kicks could tax Till’s low-handed leans, I see Cerrone getting much more mileage in this matchup with his leg kicks.

Till typically utilizes a wide stance to facilitate his power shot and pull-counter agenda, something that usually makes his lead leg available, as we saw Bojan Velickovic exploit in Till’s last outing.

Still, Till has displayed the composure and craft to work through this opening, inviting opponents to kick his leg as he keeps counter crosses at the ready. But against the fighter who has landed the most leg kicks in UFC history, the Englishman will most certainly be playing with fire if he fails to make adjustments.

Cerrone will also provide much more than kicks and knees. He’s made strides in his overall striking in recent years, particularly inside the pocket or when throwing in combination. Under the care of Brandon Gibson, this most recent iteration of Cerrone has him moving his head and torso offline and at angles, unloading his punches with different mechanics than before.

Often punching his way out of exchanges with his left-hook, Cerrone will feed his newfound flow into his patent head kicks, as his arsenal is now much more symbiotic –– which in turn makes him more dangerous.

Another potential linchpin in this matchup resides inside the clinch.

Both men are unabashedly offensive in this space, but I believe Till is quietly the better defensive fighter, as Cerrone has been surprisingly hittable from here for much of his career. Furthermore, Till also appears to be technically competent and comfortable in the clinch – which coupled with being the naturally bigger man – could pay potential dividends.

Nevertheless, Cerrone is not reliant on the clinch to get off his strikes or offensive grappling. Keeping an excellent reactionary shot in his holster, Cerrone will usually use it to throw off an opponent early, or go to it when he is under heavy fire.

Should Cerrone get the Englishman to the floor, he will surely have the on-paper advantage. Whether he is attacking off of his back or plotting his next move from a topside half-guard, Cerrone is a natural, gifted transitional grappler. But on-paper advantages can often be misleading, as I do believe Till is an underrated grappler to boot.

Coming from a Luta Livre background (a style more synonymous with catch wrestling than jiu-jitsu), Till demonstrates excellent positional awareness and disciplined hand-fighting, a technique that allows him to unleash unforgiving elbows when on top.

From the bottom, Till displays craft and composure, but will smartly not stick around long to see how things play out. Instead, the Englishman will typically elect to turtle-out to his base and work to stand from there. If Till can continue this approach while protecting his back, then I do not see ground stanzas lasting for large portions of the round.

With the betting lines being closer than expected, it seems that the oddsmakers and public either have high faith in Till – or fleeting faith in Cerrone.

As for me, it is easy to see why Cerrone is favored to win. He has more experience in big fights and has a much more diverse arsenal. But on the other hand, I can also see why Till is a live dog in this spot.

From his southpaw stance, brutal body attacks and confident attitude, he carries all the intangibles that have traditionally troubled Cerrone. All of the intangibles –– minus a high pace.

Like many traditional muay Thai fighters, Till can arguably be too comfortable in outclassing his opponent on a micro-level, which can be dangerous considering that MMA judges have trouble interpreting striking from a macro-level. If Till cannot significantly change the course of this fight with his power, then I see Cerrone having a stylistic edge should this contest go to the cards.

I’m a fan of Till’s game and am rooting for him to do well, but it is ultimately hard to pick him based on the information at hand. For that reason, I suggest keeping your money in your pocket and holding onto your beer firmly –– this fight will likely be a back-and-forth affair that could go long.

Official pick: Cerrone by decision

Official outcome: To be determined

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'UFC on the Fly': Behind the scenes with UFC-Gdansk co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz is looking to get back in the win column and what better place to make that happen than in her native Poland.

On Saturday, it could happen when Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 118 co-headliner, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Kowalkiewicz, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, is coming off back-to-back losses after starting her career 10-0. She dropped a decision to champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk last year at UFC 205 and followed that up with a submission loss to Cláudia Gadelha this past June at UFC 212.

The latest edition of “UFC on the Fly” catches up with Kowalkiewicz ahead of her fight with Esquibel.

Check out the full video above.

Also see:

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event in Poland.

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 118 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 118 takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till

Records: Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC)
Past five: Cerrone 3-2, Till 4-0-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Cerrone No. 10
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Cerrone -150, Till +120

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Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Records: Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Past five: Esquibel 3-2, Kowalkiewicz 3-2
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Kowalkiewicz No. 4
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Kowalkiewicz -465, Esquibel +345

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Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark

Records: Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Blachowicz 1-4, Clark 4-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Clark -150, Blachowicz +120

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Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

Records: Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Piechota 5-0, Wilson 3-2
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Piechota -200, Wilson +160

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For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Here's the official UFC-Gdansk poster with 'Cowboy' and Darren Till

Dann StuppCheck out the official poster for UFC Fight Night 118, which marks just the second time the UFC has visited Poland.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. It’s the first event in Poland since UFC Fight Night 64 took place in Krakow in 2015.

Here’s the recently released poster for the latest card, which features welterweight headliners Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) andDarren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC):

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The full UFC Fight Night 118 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (11:45 a.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

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