On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the UFC touched down in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to bring fight fans UFC Fight Night 78, Magny vs. Gastelum.

In the night’s main event, fans witnessed a fight between two of the top rising stars in the welterweight division as Neil Magny took on Kelvin Gastelum.

Following his stint on the Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson, Magny (16-4), got off to a slow start, going 1-2 in his first three fights. However, following a tough loss to Seth Baczynski at UFC Fight For The Troops 3, Magny turned his fighting career around, reeling off seven straight victories before losing to Damian Maia at UFC 190.

Gastelum (12-1), was also a veteran of the Ultimate Fighter winning his season Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen with a decision victory over highly touted Uriah Hall. From there, Gastelum has improved in every performance, dominating all of his competition except for Tyrone Woodley, where Gastelum showed up badly out of shape and missed weight before losing a split decision. Gastelum rebounded nicely with a beat down of Nate Marquardt at UFC 188. Tonight, however, Gastelum looked to prove to the UFC and fight fans that he is a force at welterweight.

In the co-main event, Diego Sanchez became only the second fighter in UFC history to fight in four different weight classes as he made his debut in the featherweight division against former title contender Ricardo Lamas.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Neil Magny vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Magny immediately comes out and tries to establish his reach throwing a few front kicks and a couple jabs. Gastelum shrugs it off and looks to get inside and land strikes of his own. Gastelum looks to land his lead leg kick as well. Magny continues to use his around and stay on the outside. Gastelum presses forward and lands some hard shots and clinches up. Magny gets a takedown and hops into mount. Gastelum rolls to his back and then scrambles to his feet before taking Magny down. Magny quickly works a sweep and takes Gastelums back. Gastelum scrambles and Magny claims mount and Gastelum quickly gives up his back again. Magny continues to dominate top position as Gastelum constantly looks to scramble. Every time Gastelums scrambles Magny transitions right with him. Again takes the back but Gastelum is able to pop out and back to his feet as the round comes to an end.

Gastelum comes out firing to start round two but Magny is game and fires right back. Magny continues to cirlce the cage forcing Gastelum to chase him. Both fighters clinch against the fence and look to land shots and establish position. Gastelum drops for a tekdown but Magny stuffs it and reverses position, lands some shots and pushes away. Magny continues to use his foot work circle the octagon forcing Gastelum to chase him. Magny is starting to find his range and land quick combinations and moves out before he gets hit. Gastelum is breathing heavy as Magny continues to land strikes. Magny clinches up and again is able to get Gastelum to the mat and take his back. Gastelum continues to scramble but Magny again is one step ahead of him. Gastelum works to his feet but Magny is all over him like a wet blanket. Magny again drags Gastelum down to the mat and takes his back as the round comes to an end.

Gastelum comes out throwing for the fences to start round three but Magny continues to circle away and land his own strikes. Magny again gets the clinch and works some dirty boxing before getting the fight to the mat. Gastelum looks slow and confused but works back to his feet and Magny stays on him landing shots before he pushes away. Magny continues to circle the cage forcing Gastelum to chase him and landing punches at will. Magny once again gets the clinch, man handles Gastelum to the cage and punishes him with shots in the clinch before pushing away. Gastelum again pushes forward and Magny continues to land shots as he does. Gastelum attmepts a takedonw that is agin stuffed by Magny. Magny shoots for the takedown as the fighters separate and gets it but Gastelum is right back to his feet. Magny continues to land shots and Gastelum clinches and tries to take Magny’s back. Magny spins into reveres position takes Gastelum down, and takes his back before Gasteulum reverses the position as the round ends.

Round four starts with more of the same Gastelum chasing Magny around the cage. Magny continues to land strikes on the way. Magny is starting to get a little cocky and Gastelum catches him, sending Magny to the canvas. Gastelum jumps on him looking for the finish as Magny tries to defend. Magny looks to estabilsh guard as Gastelum punishes him with elbows. Magny transitions out the back door but Gastelum is all over him. Magny bakc to his feet and Gastelum drops him again and immediately jumps on him looking for a finish. Magny continues to defend as he tries to recover. Gastelum stays on him trying to get the finish as the round comes to an end.

Magny appears to have recovered as round five starts. Magny comes out firing landing some good shots. Gastelum shoots in for a takedown and gets one. Gasstelium falls into side control but Magny immediately gets guard. You can feel the momentum changing to Gastelum as he lands strike after strike. Magny is not done though as he battles back to his feet and breaks away from Gastelum. Magny gets back on his bike and lands some punches on his way out. Gasetelum continues to chase but not it is Gastelum that is landing the shots. Magny continues to fire back not wanting to see this fight slip through his fingers. Magny initiates the clinch and takes Gastelums back and drags the fight to the ground. Gastelum gets back to his feet but Magny drags him back down. Gastelum scrambles though and winds up in top and the fight finishes with Gastelum landing some more ground and pound.

Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) Round 5, 5:00

Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez

Both fighters touch gloves to start the fight. Lamas immediately begins throwing punches and kicks and Sanchez blocks them with his face. Sanchez continues to press forward but has yuet to throw any strikes. Lamas continues to land strikes while Sanchez shadow boxes. Finally Sanchez starts to throw some punches but Lams immediately counters. Sanchez continues to push froward and the action heats up as both fighters stand toe to toe trading shots. Lamas appears to get the better of the exchanges. Sanchez continues to push forward though looking for his range. Lamas shoots in for the takedown and gets Sanchez’s back against the cage. Sanchez works to his feet but Lamas continues to ride his back and looks to bring the fight back to the mat. Sanchez looks to defend but Lams pulls the fight to the ground. Sanchez initiates a scramble and works back to his feet. The round comes to an end with both fighters throwing punches in the clinch.

Sanchez stomrs out to start round two but again does not throw any strikes. Lamas lands some strikes before Sanchez lands a beautiful one two combination. Lamas immediately shoots a double and pushes Sanchez against the fence. Sanchez looks to defend as Lamas continues to work for the takedown. Sanchez stuffs the takedown and Lamas works some strikes in the clionch before both fighters separate. Lamas lands a beautiful kick that rocks Sanchez. Lamas follows it up with more shots and Sanchez is hurt. Sanchez tries to fire back and calls Lamas in for a brawl. Lamas does not oblige instead shooting for another takedown pushing Sanchez back against the fence. Sanchez looks for a switch but Lamas is ready for it and the scramble continues. Again Sanchez goes for a switch and these time he reverse position and winds up on top. Lamas initiates a scramble and is able to work back to his feet. Both fighters trade punches before Lamas lands another big kick to end the round.

Round three starts with Sanchez and his bloodied running out to start a fight and Lamas meets him with strikes. Sanchez is looking to brawl and Lamas is picking him apart with well-timed strikes. Lamas is starting to pull away and land shots at will. Lamas pushes Sanchez against the cage and beats Sanchez up in the clinch. Sanchez’s faces is now a bloody mess. Sanchez is not done as he continues to land strikes, but Lamas is just too much. Lamas is landing at will and just punishing Sanchez. Sanchez won’t quit as he continues to press the action. Lamas continues to land combinations and Sanchez continues to do what he can but as the fight comes to an end it is Lamas who is landing the punches.

Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga by Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00

Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga

Both fighters come out and look to establish their distance. Both fighters fire a few strikes to feel out the range. Cejudo is very light on his feet bouncing all over the cage.  Formiga rufeses to chase though planting his feet in the center of the cage looking to counter strike. Two minutes in and neither fighter has landed anything significant. Cejudo looks to clinch and lands a few nice knees to the body before the fighters break. Both fighters continue to look for their range and impose their will. Again the fighters clinch and trade strikes before breaking away. Cejudo still light on his feet while Formiga continues to stay planted trying to counter strike. Cejudo lands some nice strikes that looks to have hurt Formiga before they clinch up again and dirty box. As the round comes to an end Cejudo scores a trip from the clinch securing him the round.

Round two starts with Cejudo swinging for the fences. Formiga is able to elude but Cejudo continues to throw combinations. Formiga continues to look for counters but Cejudo is one step ahead. Cejudo imitates the clinch lands a few knees and pushes away. Cejudo certainly has the speed advantage and he is definitely capitalizing on it. They continue to stand in the center of the cage and trade punches with both guys landing solid shots. Cejudo continues to be one step ahead of Formiga and is starting to get the better of the exchanges.  Formiga continues to throw his strikes but while he is throwing two punch combinations Cejudo is throwing four and five punch combinations. Again the fighters clinch and again Cejudo lands some solid knees to the body. As the round comes to a close both fighters try to sneak in a combination.

The bell for round three sounds and Formiga comes out firing, knowing that he is down two rounds. The fighters clinch and both fighters land some shots as they look to establish clinch control. Both fighters land solid shots as they break and then immediately clinch again. Formiga lands a knee of his own this time and this pushes Cejudo away. Cejudo moves back in for the  clinch, gets the body lock and pushes Formiga to the cage. Cejudeo drops for a single leg, picks Formiga and drops him to the mat but Formiga immediately stands up and pushes Cejudo away. Cejudo again moves forward and clinches up and again Formiga pushes him away. Both fighter trade punches and Cejudo clinches again and pushes Formiga back to the fence. Cejudo grabs a single and lands some strikes before Formiga is able to break away.  Again Cejudo clinches up and Formiga looks to defend.  Cejudo again pushes Formiga against the fence with 10 seconds left in the round and that is how the fight will end.

Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga by Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00  

Enrique Marin vs. Erick Montano – “TUF Latin America 2″ Welter Weight Finale 

Both fighters meet in the center of the cage touch gloves and embrace before resetting. Montano immediately fires off a stiff jab that lands clean  Montano immediately clinches up and pushes the fight to the fence. Marin works free and attempts to land punches as they break.  Both fighters work to find their range and distance with neither fighter landing anything significant.  Montano again clinches and pushes the fight to the fence but Marin reverses position and tries to get under hooks. Both fighters break and Montano shoots in for a takedown and gets but Marin immediately sweeps him and winds up in Montano’s guard. Marin lands some shots before pulling out and popping back to his feet. Both fighters again fire shots with Marin landing the better shots in the exchange. Both fighters look to find their shots as the round comes to an end.

Round two starts with both fighters landing combinations. Montano wobbles Marin and Marin is forced to shoot for a takedown. Montano tries to stuff but Marin gets the takedown. Unfortunately it is right in front of Montano’s corner and talk him through a switch. Marin immediately scrambles and gets back to top position. The fight continues to take place in front of Montano’s corner and they continue to shout instructions as Montano works back to his feet. Both fighters seperate and reset. Montano already looks gassed and Marin begins to take advantage of it. Marin is starting to land his shots but Montano fires back with leg kicks. Montano has landed more strikes to this point but his pace has significantly slowed and Marin is able to work him up against the fence. Marin controls position with the clinch and lands some dirty boxing. Montano continues to fire back with kicks as Marin presses forwarded. The round ends with both fighters landing strikes.

Round three starts with another touch of gloves and embrace before the fighters separate. Montano lands a solid body kick but Marin presses forward and lands a nice upper cut. Marin continues to back Montano up and landing some pitter pat shots that are scoring points. Marin clinches up and Montano reverse position and drops for a double leg. Marin fights the hands and stuffs the takedown as both fighters work for position in the clinch against the fence. Both fighters break and look to land strikes. As they reset both fighters trade shots as Marin shoots in for a takedown pushing Montano back up against the fence and landing strikes in the clinch. Again both fighters break firing shots. Both fighters are gassed and the paced has slowed but they continue to throw punches. Montano continues to land kicks as Marin presses forward with punches. As the round comes to an end Montano gets the takedown and ends the fight on top.

Enrique Marin Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Round 3, 5:00

Enrique Barzola vs. Horacio Gutierrez – “TUF Latin America 2″ Lightweight Finale

Both fighters come out looking to establish their range and let their shots before Barzola is able to get the takedown and land in Gutierrez’s guard. Both fighters scramble with Barzola getting another takedown and landing solid ground and pound. Barzola is brutalizing Gutierrez;s body with shots. Gutierrez again scrambles back to his feet but Barzola is relentless and gets the takedown and continues to land shots from ground. The first round comes to a close with more ground and pound from Barzola.

Round two again starts with both fighters trying to establish their range and as Gutierrez tries to land a leg kick, Barzola catches the foot and slams Gutierrez to the ground. Barzola immediately jumps in Gutierrez’s guard and continues to punish him with ground and pound. Gutierrez offers little defense as Barzola continues to land shots at will.  Gutierrez is just holding on hoping that the ref will stand them up but Barzola continues to land punches and now Gutierrez has been cut. Gutierrez continues to offer no defense off his back just hoping for a stand up as Barzola lands punch after punch. Again the round comes to an end with Barzola blasting Gutierrez.

The third round starts with Gutierrez showing some urgency landing strikes of his own and stuffing Barzola’s first takedown attempt. Gutierrez is starting to feel comfortable with his strikes, but Barzola is able to shoot in and get the takedown. Gutierrez again tries to hold on and looks for the ref to stand them up but does nothing to improve his position. Barzola continues to land strikes at will. Gutierrez’s coaches are screaming for him to do anything, but he is just laying on the mat like a deer in headlights taking shot after shot after shot from Barzola. Finally out of desperation Gutierrez attempts to create some space and get to his feet but Barzola slams him back to the mat and that is how the fight will end.

Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00

Efrain Escudero vs Leandro Silva 

Both fighters meet in the center of the cage and began to look for their range. Escudero backs Silva towards the cage and fires a combination. Both fighters continue to look for their range pawing at each other. Silva lands a combination to the body and Escudero immediately fires back. Escudero keeps the pressure on Silva and keeps him backing towards the cage. Neither fighter has landing anything significant as they still are feeling each other out. Silva lands a body kick, but Escodero is un-phased.As we reach the halfway point in the round Silva is starting to loosen up and find his range and as he does Escudero shoots for a takedown. Silva shows good defense and stuffs it. Escudero shoots in for another takedown but again Silva shows good defense. Escudero continues to press Silva against the cage but Silva continues to show good defense and that is how the round will end.

Round two starts with both fighters trying to take the center of the cage. Both fighters trade shots and Escudero shoots in for a double-leg and finally gets this fight to the mat. Silva immediately moves into butterfly guard while Escudero looks to land some strikes. Silva use his butterfly guard to create some space and hops back to his feet. Both fighters trade punches again and again Escudero scores the takedown and lands in Silva’s guard. Escudero looks to score with punches while Silva tries to control Escudero’s wrists. Silva tries to scramble, but Escudero smothers him and lands some more ground and pound. Silva continues to try and scramble, but Escudero continues to control position. Escudero’s ground and pound opens up a cut over the left eye of Silva. Silva attempts to control Escudero but Escudero stays patient and continues to land some ground and pound as the round comes to an end.

Round three starts with Silva firing punches immediately. Silva is definitely more aggressive to start the round, but Escudero is game landing shots of his own. Silva pushes Escudero up against the fence and lands some punches on the break. Escudero shoots for another takedown, but Silva stuffs it and makes Escudero pay with shots on the way out.  Silva presses forward and pushed Escudero up against the fence. Escudero pushes away and tries for another takedown, but Silva stuffs it again and this time Silva quickly transitions and takes Escudero’s back. Escudero tries to defend, but Silva is able to get his hooks in and establish position. Escudero continues to try and escape, but Silva continues to dominate position. Silva is not landing any significant punches, but he completely controlling the position in this round. As the  round comes to an end Silva opens up and unloads on Escudero with punches.

Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Round 3, 5:00

FULL RESULTS

MAIN CARD

Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) Round 5, 5:00
Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00                                       Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga by Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00                                                 Enrique Marin Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Round 3, 5:00 Wins “TUF Latin America 2″ Welter Weight Finale                                                                                                                                 Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00 Wins “TUF Latin America 2″ Lightweight Finale                                                                                                                                     Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Round 3, 5:00

PRELIMINARY CARD

Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Round 3 5:00
Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3, 5:00
Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen by TKO (Strikes, leg injury) Round 2, 4:26
Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez by KO (Head Kick, Strikes) Round 1, 3:13

PRELIMINARY CARD

Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos by Knock Out (Strikes) Round 1, .30
Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia by Knock Out (Overhand left) Round 1, 3:43
Michael Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Round 3, 5:00