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Live Coverage Of UFN 87’s Prelims

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of the UFC Fight Night 87 preliminary card.

Today’s special Sunday offering comes to us from the Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with fights airing live on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1.

In the featured prelim bout on FS1, Rustam Khabilov takes on Chris Wade in a lightweight contest. Khabilov (19-3) got back on track in February with a decision over Norman Parke, improving to 4-2 inside the Octagon.

Wade (11-1) has won all four of his UFC appearances, including finishes of Mehdi Baghdad and Cain Carrizosa. He is on a six-fight win streak overall.

Other planned bouts include Magnus Cedenblad vs. Garreth McLellan, Jon Tuck welcoming Josh Emmett to the promotion, Yan Cabral taking on Reza Madadi, Kyoji Horiguchi facing Neil Seery, Leon Edwards meeting Dominic Waters and Yuta Sasaki going one-on-one with Willie Gates.

Our live coverage will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Note: A separate post will provide live coverage of the FS1 main card that includes Alistair Overeem vs. Andrei Arlovski.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Ulka Sasaki vs. Willie Gates

Round 1: Early takedown for Sasaki scores against Gates, who is working for a potential triangle while on his back. Sasaki in side control, Gates tries to do something special and get out but winds up with Sasaki on his back. Gates, though, remains poised and they are in a more neutral position. The flyweight newcomer doesn’t relent and scores with another takedown on Gates. Quick movement allows Gates to get to his feet, gain a body-lock and work for his own position. Off a scramble, Gates lands with a huge uppercut that stuns Sasaki, who shoots for another takedown in an attempt to re-gain his composure. Big-time knee in the clinch finds a home for Gates, who has found his range with under 30 seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gates

Round 2: Moments into the round and Sasaki scores with a takedown. Gates using a lot of energy once again just to get up from the bottom, but he avoids any punishment. Sasaki gains the back and has his hooks in, softening Gates up with lefts and rights. He slips the left arm under the chin, but Gates is defending well for the moment, though he remains in a real bad position. All Sasaki this round, as he remains locked up with a crank and tightens the grip, forcing Gates to tap.

Ulka Sasaki def. Willie Gates via submission (neck crank) at 3:30 of Round 2

Leon Edwards vs. Dominic Waters

Round 1: Edwards cuts off the cage and goes into attack-mode, but Waters scores with a quick takedown. Edwards reverses and gets his own takedown, moving into top position. Waters in deep on an arm, but Edwards stands and slips free. Huge shot finds a home for Edwards and somehow Waters survives, but he’s in trouble now. Hammer-fist lands for Wards and he has control of the fight as he looks to transition. He flattens Waters out and gives up the mount, which Edwards gladly takes. Elbows and lefts getting through to the face of Waters with over a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edwards

Round 2: Edwards with a quick takedown to start the round, moving directly into side control and completely dominating Waters. Edwards was staying active on the ground, but the ref decides to stand them up. They exchange and Edwards just misses on a huge knee to the head. Quick jab stuns Waters for a brief moment, but he comes back with a nice level change in an attempt to take Edwards to the ground. He’s still in deep, switches to a body-lock on the back, but they are stuck against the fence. Waters switches to a modified suplex, but thanks to the use of a guillotine choke attempt, Edwards stands up. Waters powers up and scores again with a suplex takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edwards

Round 3: Edwards might be tiring a bit, as he pulls guard early in the round, allowing Waters to score with a takedown. Not much doing on the ground, though, and they stand back up. Edwards again shows his striking advantage, nearly taking Waters out yet again. He lands with a flying knee, scores on an uppercut and hits another jab. Waters shoots for a takedown, likely in an attempt just to survive. Edwards tries to flip the script, getting back to a more neutral position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edwards

Leon Edwards def. Dominic Waters via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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