UFC on ESPN 18: Nate Maness vs. Luke Sanders Play-by-Play

The four-fight preliminary card started with a catchweight bout between Nate Maness and Luke Sanders. Here’s how their fight went.

Bout 1: Nate Maness (12-1) vs. Luke Sanders (13-3) (Catchweight 140 lbs)

The fighters traded hard punches in the first minute of a slow-paced fight. Sanders clinched with Maness for a moment in the second minute after connecting with a combination of punches. They clinched again for a moment halfway through the round. Maness was able to score a takedown from a clinch in the fourth minute. Maness was on the back of Sanders as they got back to the feet, although Sanders was able to escape the position and return to striking. Sanders connected with a series of punches to Maness late in the round that hurt Sanders.

Sanders continued to connect with hard punches early in the second round. Maness dropped Sanders in the third minute with a right cross. Anders was able to get back to the feet and land a takedown from the clinch. Getting on the back of Sanders, Maness put in a rear naked choke for the win.

RESULT: Nate Maness def. Luke Sanders via Submission Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 2:29)

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Maness 10
Sanders 9

Live coverage of the entire card can be viewed here.

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