The prelims of UFC 258 featured an action flyweight fight between Maycee Barber and Alexa Grasso, and a middleweight fight with Kelvin Gastelum getting his hand raised.
Alexa Grasso def Maycee Barber via Unanimous Decision - (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexa Grasso came out and fought disciplined and technically especially in the first two rounds where she got off to an early lead, and held on to get the win against Maycee Barber who was returning from an extended injury layoff. Barber did come out like a house afire in the third round knowing she was down, but Grasso was able to stay safe and survive until the final bell.
Kelvin Gastelum def Ian Heinisch via Unanimous Decision - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
In a crossroads fight, Kelvin Gastelum closed the gate on the momentum of Ian Heinisch by outclassing him in all phases of the fight. Gastelum used a wrestle heavy approach, and also managed to eat multiple flying knees from Heinisch like they were nothing enroute to the decision victory.
Ricky Simon def Brian Kelleher via Unanimous Decision - (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricky Simon utilized a varied attack and constant pressure to overwhelm Brian Kelleher to win their bout via one-sided unanimous victory. Kelleher put up a decent fight, but Simon's pace was enough to secure his third consecutive victory.
Julian Marquez def Maki Pitolo via Submission (Anaconda Choke) - Rd 3 4:17
Julian Marquez scored a massive come from behind submission victory despite losing the first two rounds vs. Maki Pitolo. Marquez dropped the first two roudns based on Pitolo putting a hefty amount of pace and pressure both on the feet, but especially in the wrestling department. However, in the 3rd, knowing he needed a finish Marquez came out swinging, and after a wild round Marquez got Pitolo to the ground and secured the submission.
UFC 258 takes place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Gilbert Burns. Stay tuned to Fightful for all the action from the card.