UFC Vegas 8 took no time at all to heat up as the first four fights on the preliminary card ended by submission.
The two fights that went the distance had plenty of intrigue as well. Zak Cummings thumped with a head kick at 4:59 of round three that looked like a stoppage, and two bright prospects brawled for 15 minutes straight. Review all of the best highlights from the UFC Vegas 7 prelims below.
Impa Kasanganay def. Maki Pitolo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kasangany and Pitolo exhibited power that could have ended the fight at any moment but it was ultimately the newcomer whose hand was raised in a 15-minute brawl.
Zak Cummings def. Alessio Di Chirico by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Cummings just barely avoided getting a finish after dropping Di Chirico with a thumping head kick at 4:59 of round three. Di Chricio stumbled all over the Octagon after the fact and ultimately lost a decision.
Alex Caceres def. Austin Springer by submission via rear-naked choke (3:38, R1)
Caceres made use of superior counter-striking and lead foot position before sinking in a rear-naked choke on the mat.
Sean Brady def. Christian Aguilera by technical submission via guillotine choke (1:47, R2)
Brady put in on Aguilera in the first before choking him out cold in round two.
Polyana Viana vs. Emily Whitmire
Viana made quick work of Whitmire after being taken down, snatching a tricky armbar from mount.
Mallory Martin def. Hannah Cifers by submission via rear-naked choke (1:33, R2)
Martin survived a rough first-round in which she was nearly finished by Cifers. It was likely a 10-8 round but Martin had judges ripping up their scorecards after taking Cifers down in round two and snagging a rear-naked choke.
UFC Vegas 8 takes place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, August 29. Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic will headline the card in a clash of ranked light heavyweights. Keep up with Fightful for all your fight night coverage.