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LIVE! UFC Phoenix Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is about to kickoff its UFC on ESPN 1 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place TONIGHT (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) from inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Topping the promotion’s debut on “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” is the Heavyweight showdown that pits former 265-pound champion, Cain Velasquez, against power-punching ex-title contender, Francis “The Predator” Ngannou. Elsewhere on the “Fight Night” card, Lightweight “Irish Dragon,” Paul Felder, looks to get back into the win column opposite venerable 155-pound veteran, James “The Texicutioner” Vick.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on ESPN 1 fight card below, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, before the ESPN main card start time at 9 p.m. ET.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Ngannou vs. Velasquez.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on ESPN 1 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC ON ESPN 1 LIVE RESULTS:

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
Paul Felder vs. James Vick
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque — Luque def. Barberena by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:54 of Round Three
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury — Fili def. Jury by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling — Sterling def. Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez — Bermudez def. Lopez by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:09 of Round One
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee — Lee def. Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz — Lentz def. Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jodie Esquibel vs. Jessica Penne
Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders — Sanders def. Barao by KO (punches) at 1:01 of Round Two
Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire — Whitmire def. Albu by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:01 of Round One

UFC ON ESPN 1 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

265 lbs.: Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez

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Round 5:

Final result:


155 lbs.: Paul Felder vs. James Vick

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115 lbs.: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey

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145 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie

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Final result:


170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque

Round 1: Luque steps in, walks into counters. Low kick and 1-2 land for him. Barberena low kick. Luque tries a head kick. One minute in. Low kicks from Barberena. Body kick from Luque. Huge punches suddenly land for Luque on the fence. Barberena comes back with a 2-1. Two minutes in. 1-2-1 kicks off a series of combos from Luque. He tries a jumping body kick, lands a series of punches. Right hook by Barberena. Big left hook knocks Barberena back, straight right follows. Two minutes to go.

Barberena looks for the body and they tie up. Foot sweep attempt before they separate. Booming counter right by Luque. Luque leg kick, but Barnerena suddenly drops him with a 3-2. He jumps on Luque, but Luque takes his back in the scramble. The RNC gets ridiculously tight, but Barberena escapes. Luque transitions to a d’arce. He loses it and Barberea unloads with punches and elbows. Damn. 10-9 Luque.

Round 2: Barberena landing early. Elbow and left hand. Counter hook by Luque. Barberena goes to the body. Barberena unloads with a combination, eats a pair of massive elbows without issue a minute in. Luque looking for rights upstairs. Elbows from Barberena. Body kick by Luque. Right cross. Barberena ripping the body. Two minutes in. Straight left by Barberena. Barberena just marching forward with punches and elbows. Luque blasting him with elbows and punches on the counter, but they’re having no effect. Body kick connects. Double right by Luque. Two minutes to go.

Barberena with a flurry at close range. Clean 1-2. Big left by Barberena, equally big left by Luque. Low kick from Luque. 2-3 by Luque, flurry from Parberena. One minute to go. Luque digs a right downstairs. Christ, they’re battering each other. Luque with some massive shots. Suddenly, a knee finally drops Barberena, and Luque looks for the back. 10-9 Luque on the late surge?

Round 3: Barberena low kick, Luque jab. Leg kick and 3-1 from Luque. Left hook lands. Barberena still slugging, but it’s Luque getting the better of it to start the round. Wheel kick attempt by Luque. Barberena lands a good knee downstairs. Left hands land for Barberena. He steps into the clinch. Both land hard combinations. Barberena lands combinations inside. Nice elbow and left hand. Barberena just refuses to stop attacking, but almost eats a knee. 2-1 from Luque. Barberena knees the body. Lead left. Barberena landing to the head and body, eats a hard right downstairs. Two minutes to go.

Lead left by Barberena and they trade elbows. Trading at close range in the center. Low kick from Luque, Barberena goes back to flurrying with arm punches. Neither man backing down. Flying knee attempt by Luque. Left from Luque, right from Barberena. One minute to go. Barberena tries a front kick, flurries. Trading big shots. Huge uppercut by Luque. Another. Barberena’s backing off massive right hand and suddenly a pair of knees send Barberena crashing to his knees. A few more punches and 2019’s best fight is over.

Final result: Luque def. Barberena by TKO (knees and punches)


145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

Round 1: Fili on the advance, firing the jab. Check hook from Jury. Jury tries a body kick. Hard right hand from Fili. One minute in. Jab, low kick. More good jabs. Jury lands a 1-2 and a leg kick. Two minutes in. Fili staying busy with jabs and low kicks. Jury’s nose is already bleeding. Jury leg kick. Fili answers in kind. Two minutes to go.

Fili jabs, Jury left hook. Trading leg kicks. One minute to go. Jury lands a leg kick and a left hand behind it that stumbles Fili. Jury leg kick, eats a hard cross. 10-9 Fili.

Round 2: Both firing kicks. Jab exchange. Hook from Jury. He’s starting to keep up with Fili’s leg kicks and jabs. Right hand from Fili a minute in. 1-2 from Jury met by a counter right. Jury low kick, Fili jabs. This is not terribly compelling. 1-2 from Fili. Jury left hook and right cross. Two minutes in. Another Jury hook and right cross. Fili fires a spinning back kick. More Fili jabs. Fili lands a left hook as Jury throws one. Two minutes to go.

Fili tries a body kick. Straight left by Jury. Head kick attempt. Fili leg kick. Jab upstairs. Spinning back fist hurts Fili and Jury jumps on him with nasty elbows. Jury passes form half guard to mount. Fili regains guard. 10-9 Jury.

Round 3: Fili popping out his jab. Trading kicks. Right cross connects for Fili a minute in. Head kick attempt. Jab exchange. Another right cross by Fili. Jury body kicks, Fili 1-3. Left hook connects for Jury. Two minutes in. Big right hand and left hook lands for Jury. Jab exchange. Two minutes to go.

Jabs from Fili. Leg kick exchange. Low kick and jab by Fili. One minute to go. Jab and right hand from Jury. Fili continues to outland him with the jab. Jury presses forward with a good combination. 10-9 Fili.

Final result: Fili def. Jury by split decision


135 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling

Round 1: Sterling with an immediate shot against the fence. He has double underhooks. Rivera reverses. One minute in. Right hands inside. He separates. Low kick from Sterling. More kicks high and low. Backfist. Sterling goes for a single-leg two minutes in. Sterling with some nice chain wrestling, can’t get him down. Knees to the thigh. Knee to the body. Two minutes to go.

Knees to the body. Ref wants more, separates them. Inside low kick by Rivera. Sterling low kick. One minute to go. Sterling misses a head kick and Rivera shoots. Rivera with knees to the thigh, Sterling with hammerfists and knees. 10-9 Sterling.

Round 2: Rivera looks for the body. Sterling tries a jumping something and gets taken down into guard. Rivera separates and stands. Sterling shoots in for a single-leg. Knees from Sterling. One minute in. Rivera reverses and separates. Low kick from Sterling. Rivera’s mouthpiece falls out for the second time. Rivera looks for a body shot off a Sterling head kick. Two minutes in. Spinning back fist briefly drops Rivera. Sterling wades after him, opens up with his hands and feet. Body shot from Sterling on the fence. STraight left, combinations. Good body shot. Rivera’s mouthpiece falls out a third time and the ref says he’ll take a point next time. Two minutes to go.

Sterling shoots, sprawled on. Rivera lands to the body from the front headlock. Sterling stands and separates. Low kick lands. One minute to go. Right hook connects. Up-elbow connects for Sterling. Rivera comes back with a leg kick. Body kick and right hand land for Sterling. Spinning back fist. Rivera comes back to the body. 10-9 Sterling.

Round 3: Sterling landing kicks and punches early. Rivera catches a kick, can’t use it. Rivera struggling to close the distance. Rivera tries a head kick, lands counter rights. One minute in. Light back fist from Sterling. He shoots, can’t complete the single-leg. Body kick connects and a right hand behind it. Sterling’s range management has totally neutralized Rivera. Two minutes in. Now he lands a right hand off a Sterling combo. Sterling potshotting on the fence. Sterling slips on a head kick, lands an upkick, surrenders side control. Two minutes to go.

Sterling stays active, works his way to his feet. Rivera digs a body shot and takes a right upstairs. One minute to go. Sterling tries to spin, lands a side kick. Hook kick and backfist connect. Leg kick from Sterling. Sterling shoots in the waning seconds and Rivera tries to clamp down on a guillotine. 10-9 Sterling.

Final result: Sterling def. Rivera by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez

Round 1: Hard low kick from Lopez in the early going. Right cross. Bermudez gets underhooks, moves to the back, and slams Lopez to the mat. He looks for the choke, can’t get it. Lopez regains guard a minute in. Lopez gets a bit of space and stands. Bermudez still attached on the cage. Lopez looks for a knee, reverses. Two minutes in. Trading knees inside. Bermudez briefly threatens a guillotine. Another one and he snaps Lopez down. Lopez rolls to escape, but Bermudez adjusts and forces the tap.

Final result: Bermudez def. Lopez by submission (guillotine choke)


125 lbs.: Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee

Round 1: Trading jabs in the center to start. Now both women land kicks. Evans-Smith on the front foot, switching stance as Lee lands low kicks and lefts. More leg kicks. One minute in. Evans-Smith continues to advance, eats a body kick. Body shot from Lee. Three-piece combo upstairs. Another leg kick. Jab exchange. Smith low kicks and a head kick. Two minutes in. Evans-Smith tries a spinning back kick. Leg kick and head kick attempt form Lee. Low-high counters. Lee body kick connects, dumped down off a failed axe kick. She pops up. Evans-Smith lands an illegal knee after a brief takedown, not called. Two minutes to go.

Evans-Smith head kick, Lee right hands. Evans-Smith lands well as they trade. Long right from Lee. Body kick lands. Inside low kick and left hook. Overhand right. Straigh right, left hook. Quality counters from Lee. One minute to go. Snap body kick from Smith and a 1-2 upstairs. Lee jabs and they trade leg kicks. More jabs. Evans-Smith answers body shots with a knee. Lee shoots in, denied. 10-9 Lee.

Round 2: Evans-Smith back on the advance, eats combinations. Low kick and jab from Smith. Evans-Smith catches a leg kick and looks for a takedown. She loses her grip on the leg and takes a hard body kick on the fence. One minute in. Evans-Smith with a lazy spin. Leg kick, right hand, body kick from Lee. Lee banging the body on the fence. Evans-Smith hits a takedown into side control. Two minutes in. Lee unsuccessfully looking to bridge. Now she spins to her knees, shoots, and disengages. Two minutes to go.

Evans-Smith shoots, nearly eats a knee on the way up. Straight right lands for Lee. Counter left. Evans-Smith lands a jab. One minute to go. Low kicks from Lee, right hand to the body. Counter right upstairs. Evans-Smith shoots under a jab, stuffed and they trade in the clinch. 10-9 Lee.

Round 3: Leg kick from Lee. Counter right stings Evans-Smith. Evans-Smith tries head kicks. Lee pops her with a corkscrew uppercut and Evans-Smith shoots through a knee. No dice a minute in. Combination from Lee. More low kicks. Punches upstairs, inside low kick. Two minutes in. Lee bangs the body. Lee landing to the head, body, and legs with regularity. Smith connects with right hand. Spinning back kick attempt. Head kick by Lee. Counter uppercut. Two minutes to go.

Evans-Smith shoots, stuffed. Low kick from Lee near the fence. Evans-Smith trying a Silva-Fryklund elbow without success. Lee easily stuffs another shot. Hard left from Lee and a body kick with a minute to go. Lee lands another right downstairs and looks for an outside reap. Trading in the clinch. They separate. Evans-Smith shoots again and Lee looks to scramble. 10-9 Lee.

Final result: Lee def. Evans-Smith by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Round 1: Lentz on the front foot, fires a body kick. Counter left lands for him. Holtzman with a body kick and jab, met by a straight left. Lentz with body and low kicks. Low kick again a minute in. Lead left by Lentz, hard right hook and knee on the cage. Head kick just misses. Holtzman lands a leg kick, takes a right hand. Both whiff on hooks, Lentz fires a head kick. Heavy right cross by Holtzman, then another on the lead. Lentz ties up two minutes in and fires knees. Lentz changes levels. He lands another knee, briefly gets him down. Lentz kneeing the thigh. Two minutes to go.

Lentz trying a variety of sweeps and trips. He again gets him down, again can’t keep him there. One minute to go. Lentz still grinding. This keeps up until the bell. 10-9 Lentz.

Round 2: Body kick from Lentz, gets tripped up by an inside low kick. Another Lentz body kick and a glancing head kick. Holtzman looks for a knee, digs a right downstairs and a knee upstairs. Lentz continues to send out the head kick, gets buzzed by a 1-2 a minute in. Another right lands clean for Holtzman. Lentz shoots, stuffed. Both try 1-2s. Left from Lentz, harder right from Holtzman. Lentz left, walks into a hook. Another clean right by Holtzman. Two minutes in. They trade body kicks. Lentz straight left. Leg kick on the counter. Holtzman fires a right, takes another low kick. Lead right this time for Lentz and a combination. Lentz puts him on the fence again. Two minutes to go.

Lentz trips him up and grabs a front headlock, jumping guard on a guillotine. Holtzman escapes, but Lentz stays latched onto the rear waist lock. One minute to go. Lentz completes the takedown with 30 seconds to go. 10-9 Lentz.

Round 3: Holtzman landing his right hand, walks into a heavy hook. Holtzman fires a body shot and stuffs the reactive shot. One minute in. Lentz connects with a head kick in combination. Booming straight left by Holtzman, right hook by Lentz. Lentz catches a body kick and puts Holtzman on the fence again. Holtzman escapes two minutes in. Good combination low-high. Lentz shoots off a Holtzman knee, forces him to his knees. Holtzman gets to his feet. Two minutes to go.

Holtzman with some Browne elbows. Hard hammerfists. More elbows and he circles away. One minute to go. Holtzman marching forward, landing brutal punches. Jumping knee, but Lentz catches it and shoots. He trips Holtzman down, ends the fight pressing him against the fence. 10-9 Holtzman.

Final result: Lentz def. Holtzman by unanimous decision


115 lbs. Jodie Esquibel vs. Jessica Penne

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135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders

Round 1: Side kick lands for Barao in the early going. Inside leg kick next. Sanders missing with the left hand so far. Now it lands. One minute in. Sanders looking for his own body kicks, lands a hard straight left. Barao head kick just blocked and he follows up with body kicks, then punches. Barao continues to land body kicks. Right hook from Sanders in return. Two minutes in. Barao continuing to fire the right body kick. Sanders ties up and puts him on the fence. Barao circles off. Kick exchanges. Two minutes to go.

They trade inside, Sanders lands a cross. Sanders ties up again on the cage, eats knees before the break. He tries a head kick, lands a leg kick. Lead overhand right stings Sanders. One minute to go. Barao goes back to the body kick. Sanders catches one, absorbs a hard knee to the midsection. He catches another kick and takes another knee. 10-9 Barao.

Round 2: Sanders lands on the counter, then a right hook as they trade. Another body kick from Barao answered by a right hand. Counter left cross lands clean for Sanders, another right hook. 1-2 floors Barao and Sanders puts him to sleep with jackhammer right hands.

Final result: Sanders def. Barao by KO (punches)


115 lbs.: Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

Round 1: They open the round trading in the center. Albu lands a left, only to get dumped to the mat in half guard. Albu regains guard 30 seconds in. Albu tries to make space, but winds up giving up her back. Whitmire immediately locks up the RNC, adjusts her grip, and gets the sub.

Final result: Whitmire def. Albu by submission (rear naked choke)


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LIVE! Bellator 215 Results & Streaming Updates

Bellator 216

Bellator 215: “Mitrione vs. Kharitonov” airs TONIGHT (Fri., Feb. 15, 2019) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The big boys take the center stage in the main event as Matt Mitrione (13-6) faces Russian legend Sergei Kharitonov (29-7, 1 NC).

Bellator 215’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET with “Prelims” undercard bouts at 7 p.m. ET on DAZN (watch it). MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card below.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 215) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 215 QUICK RESULTS:

Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov —
Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu —
Eduardo Dantas vs. Toby Misech — in progress.
Michael Kimbel vs. Jonathan DoumaDouma sub (triangle choke) 2:51 R1.
Austin Vanderford vs. Cody JonesVanderford sub (arm triangle) 4:49 R1.
Pat McCrohan vs. Jason MarklandMcCrohan TKO 1:11 R1.
Pete Rogers vs. Jason RineRogers TKO 0:50 R2.
Tabatha Watkins vs. Lindsey VanZandtVanZandt TKO 3:25 R2.
Amber Leibrock vs. Amanda BellBell KO 3:52 R1.
Billy Goff vs. Ryan HardyGoff UD 29-28 X3.
Steve Mowry vs. Darion AbbeyMowry sub (kimura) 1:27 R1.
Matt Probin vs. Ali ZebianProbin SD 28-29, 29-28 X2.
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ronie AranaAdashev UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.

BELLATOR 215 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov

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Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu

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Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Eduardo Dantas vs. Toby Misech

Former Bellator champion Dantas comes into this bout 20-6, while his less experienced opponent Misech comes in 12-6.

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Michael Kimbel vs. Jonathan Douma

Kimbel is undefeated at 2-0 with the black trunks and red gloves. His opponent Douma is 3-1, sporting the black trunks and blue gloves. Kimbel is 2” taller at 5’9” and has a 74” reach versus 66.5” for Douma. Douma fights out of Narragansett, Rhode Island. Kimbel fights out of Waterbury, Connecticut. Our referee is Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Tap of gloves is followed by a high kick from Kimbel which just misses, so this fight is already longer than his last one. Douma is backpedaling to stay out of Kimbel’s range. Kimbel throws leg kicks as he tries to cut an angle on Douma. Spinning heel kick by Kimbel is ducked under as Douma clinches and goes to the fence, and Kimbel reverses it and takes Douma down. Both men get up at 2:10 before Kimbel throws him down to side control and starts to tee off. Douma wraps the leg triangle around his neck deep, Kimbel tries to power bomb his way out of it, but it doesn’t work and he’s forced to tap!

Final result: Jonathan Douma wins by submission (triangle choke) 2:51 of round one.


Austin Vanderford vs. Cody Jones

“Mr. VanZant” Vanderford is undefeated at 6-0 in the red gloves with black trunks. Jones is 6-2 in the blue gloves with bright red trunks and a four fight win streak coming into this bout. Vanderford works with Chael Sonnen and Jones trains with John Salter. Jones is taller at 6’2” to 5’10” but Vanderford has a two inch reach advantage at 76”. Jones fights out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina while Vanderford fights out of Portland, Oregon. Our referee in charge is Todd Anderson.

Round 1: Jones throws a head kick early that’s checked. Vanderford takes him to the ground at 37 seconds. In the scramble that follows Vanderford momentarily has the back, but Jones eventually winds up looking for a Peruvian necktie, and in the process he lets Vanderford back on top. Jones tries to sit up against the fence and Vanderford pushes him back down. Vanderford finally gets range to throw some good right hands. Vanderford goes to side control and takes the back with one hook in then transitions looking for an arm triangle. Jones taps out with under 15 seconds left!

Final result: Austin Vanderford improves to 7-0 via submission (arm triangle) 4:49 R1.


Pat McCrohan vs. Jason Markland

Markland makes his pro debut in the blue gloves, fighting out of New York, NY. McCrohan is in the red gloves, a record of 3-2, fighting out of Berkley, Mass. Our ref is Bryan Miner.

Round 1: A polite tap of gloves gets us started before McCrohan goes hard for a single leg and eventually gets it. He passes to full mount 35 seconds in while Markland does his best to cover up. McCrohan pins down the right arm with a knee and unloads so much punishment that Miner is forced to step in and save Markland. Fast win for McCrohan!

Final result: Pat McCrohan via technical knockout at 1:11 in round one.


Pete Rogers vs. Jason Rine

Red gloves and black trunks for the 3-4 Rogers. Blue gloves for the 1-4 Rine with neon yellow on his trunks. Rogers is a half foot taller at 6’0” and 9” longer at 73” in reach. Rogers fights out of Norwich, Connecticut. Rine fights out of Fredericktown, Ohio. Our referee in charge is Leon Roberts.

Round 1: Rogers quickly pushes Rine into the cage after the opening bell and they spin around jockeying for position. Takedown to side control at 35 seconds. Rogers is moving into position for a neck crank but Rine is momentarily able to block it. If Rogers can improve his position Rine is done for. Two minutes gone. Rogers lets it go then switches to a d’arce choke. He actually picks Rine up to apply more leverage and Rine starts stomping on his feet. Rogers lets this go too. Rogers gets another takedown with a minute left and is throwing heavy right hands that Rine is not defending. Rogers takes mount from behind and Roberts is taking a close look and warning Rine to fight back. 10-8 Rogers.

Round 2: Rogers is teeing off and Rine goes for a heel hook to try and save himself. Rogers unloads with right elbows and hammerfists and this one is mercifully over.

Final result: Pete Rogers wins via technical knockout at 0:50 in the second round.


Tabatha Watkins vs. Lindsey VanZandt

Red gloves, 3-0, Watkins – fighting out of Brighton, MI. Blue gloves, 4-1, VanZandt – fighting out of Wappinger Falls, NY. Our referee in charge of this fight is Bryan Miner.

Round 1: No glove tap to start. Watkins tries to bring the pressure and VanZandt pushes her back. Watkins throws a head kick that’s checked. Leg kick and a right hand for Watkins. Body kick for VanZandt. Right hook for Watkins. Left kick goes high again for Watkins. Leg kick follows. VanZandt pushes her into the cage to throw knees to the body and comes over the top with an elbow. VanZandt drops levels for a takedown right at the two minute mark and secures it. Watkins has her in full closed guard and unable to posture up. VanZandt keeps trying to turn to pass but Watkins has her legs crossed behind VanZandt’s back. When VanZandt briefly gets free she smashes an elbow home. VanZandt takes her back and goes for an armbar VERY late – the bell saves Watkins. 10-9 VanZandt.

Round 2: VanZandt with a left jab and Watkins with leg kicks to open the round. VanZandt gets a takedown 45 seconds into the round and passes to side control at 1:03. Watkins sweeps her way back to her feet but VanZandt dumps her again at 1:42 and postures up for right hands and elbows. Watkins finally closes guard at 2:01 but a left elbow still gets through. Watkins goes for an armbar but VanZandt scrambles to her feet, and decks Watkins before she can get back to hers, then slams her down with authority. Watkins gets back up at then gets decked with a hard left hand and quickly crumbles as Bryan Miner steps in to save her. VanZandt was throwing a right hook that missed as Watkins was already slumping to the ground.

Final result: Lindsey VanZandt wins via technical knockout at 3:25 in round two.


Amber Leibrock vs. Amanda Bell

Leibrock, 3-2, red gloves and white top, fighting out of Hayward, California. Bell, 5-5, blue gloves and top, fighting out of Hubbard, Oregon. Our referee in charge is Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Double high-five from both fighters. The tall and lanky Leibrock is circling and looking for angles. Amanda Bell throws a strike so hard she throws herself to the ground. Bell gets back up clean and manages to put a right kick on Leibrock’s head. Leibrock turns her around against the fence to throw knees and breaks at 1:28. Now Bell is moving forward and forcing Leibrock to back up. Bell is tagging her with shots and pushes her into the fence again at 2:20, and Leibrock turns her around for knees to the body. They separate at 3:01. Bell keeps walking her down and puts her against the cage at 3:30 to throw lefts, rights and uppercuts. Leibrock covers up, goes down at 3:50, and Lavigne stops it. Leibrock has a look in her eyes afterward like she’s back in California — definitely not early at all. Medical personnel are attending to Leibrock for several minutes before Bell’s win is official.

Final result: Amanda Bell via first round knockout at 3:52.


Billy Goff vs. Ryan Hardy

Blue gloves and black trunks for Hardy making his professional debut out of Gordon Heights, NY. Red gloves and trunks with pink trim for Goff, 1-0 out of Connecticut. Our referee is Todd Anderson.

Round 1: Hardy is landing early including a left to the chin and a spinning elbow. Goff ties him up. Hardy breaks a clinch at 48 seconds. Goff with a leg kick. HARDY LEVELS GOFF WITH A RIGHT HAND and pours on ground and pound. Goff tries to hang on to Hardy’s arms to recover hits wits and survive. It’s working. Hardy looks to pass guard and throws a big right hand before Goff ties him up again. Hardy backs out at 2:56. Hardy is trying to control the legs and pass but is also having to avoid upkicks. Hardy throws leg kicks as the crowd boos. Goff is stood up at 4:15 and Hardy lands another hard punch. Goff and Hardy tie up for the last 10 seconds. 10-9 Hardy.

Round 2: Hardy is hunting for the home run right and jabbing with the left. Goff seems determined to walk him down and lands a good counter left. Head kick lands for Goff and he comes forward with a flurry. Hardy is backing up. Hardy’s arms are dropping low. Goff is using leg kicks as he closes the range. Blood is streaming down the left side of Hardy’s face. Another head kick from Goff. Hardy goes for a single leg but can’t get it. He connects on the double and pins Goff against the fence with short time left. 10-9 Goff.

Round 3: Goff continues to pressure and Hardy shoots for a takedown only to eat a knee in response. Goff pushes him into the cage and gets a takedown at 1:50. Hardy is able to push Goff away with his legs and get up at 2:29. Goff with a combo. Goff is attacking to the body and the head with his hands and kicks. 90 seconds remain. Even when Hardy throws nothing but a left jab it lands flush. Right kick and left hook both find the head. Hardy is in survival mode. 10-9 Goff.

Final result: Billy Goff wins via unanimous decision of 29-28 X3.


Steve Mowry vs. Darion Abbey

Mowry has the brown trunks with red gloves and a 5-0 record fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Abbey makes his pro debut in the black trunks and blue gloves fighting out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our referee in charge is Yves, Lavigne.

Round 1: Glove tap starts it before Mowry gets decked with a clean hard right that drops him. Mowry recovers and gets a takedown but Abbey gets back up and throws a superman punch and a knee and more rights. Abbey is teeing off on him and Mowry is almost a zombie standing. Leg kick by Abbey. Mowry takes him down again and gets to side control and cinches up the kimura for a come from behind submission.

Final result: Steve Mowry wins by submission (kimura) at 1:27 in round one.


Matt Probin vs. Ali Zebian

Blue gloves, black trunks, 1-0 for Zebian out of Westfield, Massachusetts. Red gloves and trunks for Probin, 3-0, fighting out of Portland, Maine. Our referee is Kevin MacDonald.

Round 1: Glove tap to start before Probin unloads a leg kick. Zebian shoots for a takedown and gets it at 19 seconds. Probin scoots backward toward the cage and gets up at 46 seconds, breaking free with an elbow but getting decked in response. Head kick from Probin is checked. Zebian with a left jab. Probin with a body kick. Over hand right swing and a miss for Probin. Body and leg kick connect. Zebian’s takedown is stuffed. 2:30 gone. Probin keeps pressuring and connecting with the kicks. Zebian is trying to respond with inside kicks and then gets another takedown at 3:12. He’s trying to squeeze out a submission as Probin looks to sweep. Zebian is trying to convince the ref that Probin is going out. Probin is giving the ref a thumbs up and pops out to mash Zebian with some big right elbows and heavy body shots. 10-9 Probin.

Round 2: Zebian gets a takedown 15 seconds in and quickly moves to side control. Probin gets back up at 36 seconds and unloads with a body kick. Zebian’s next takedown attempt is stuffed but the one after connects at 1:08. Zebian is in side control again but Probin wall walks up at 1:40. They separate at 2:11. Both men trade leg kicks. Zebian goes hard for a single leg but Probin hops to the fence and is fighting it off. He’s free at 3:31. Jump knee and head kick from Probin. Probin falls down on a kick and gets right back up. Another takedown to side control for Zebian at 4:17. If he can’t do anything to Probin there how effective are they really? Finally he postures up to throw some right hands to finish. 10-9 round for Zebian.

Round 3: Glove tap. Zebian lands the first leg kick of this round. Question mark kick from Probin in return. Zebian drops levels once as a fake out then does it for real as Probin widens his stance against the cage. Probin breaks free at 1:17 to throw hands and drops Zebian with a big left. Probin gets on top in side control. Zebian gets back up at 2:09. Zebian goes for a single but doesn’t have it. Probin throws a knee and Zebian tries to get a takedown while he’s off balance. He drops levels with under 90 seconds left but Probin elbows him in the head and looks at the ref hoping he’ll break up the stalemate. Zebian keeps digging and digging on the legs. Probin turns him around. Zebian goes for a single leg again right away but doesn’t have it. I sense a split decision coming. I’d go with Probin.

Final result: The judges score it 29-28 Zebian, 29-28 Probin, 29-28 Probin by SD.


Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ronie Arana

Red gloves and white trunks for 1-1 Adashev fighting out of Brooklyn, NY. Blue gloves and black trunks for the 0-2 Arana fighting out of New York, NY. Our referee in charge is Kevin MacDonald.

Round 1: Glove tap to start. Adashev is hunting with hands but Arana is trying to clinch up to avoid it. A straight shot puts Arana on his butt and he gets back up at 1:01. Arana backs up and dares him to come forward. Adashev throws Arana down at 1:40, stands up, then goes back down to side control. Arana is warned not to link his toes in the fence. Adashev is taking his time and slowly moving up, driving a hard right knee into Arana’s body as he does. Adashev lets Arana stand back up at 3:20. Adashev charges forward with a big kick to the body and some fast hands. He throws Arana to the ground again at 4:01 and takes full mount to bomb away. Arana is trying like hell to hang on and not let him posture up. He survives the round. 10-8 Adashev.

Round 2: They tap gloves again to start the round. Adashev quickly throws a spin kick but it doesn’t connect. Arana tries a head kick and falls on his butt. Adashev with a leg kick and a hard body shot. Right hook. Adashev with a spin kick a combo and a left. Arana clinches up and pushes Adashev to the fence. Adashev lands a knee to the groin and we get a timeout. John McCarthy doesn’t think it really landed. Adashev gets a verbal warning all the same. Adashev lands three right hooks and Arana briefly stumbled to the ground, then clinches on the fence. Adashev throws him to the ground and gets back up. He does it again at 2:48. He lets Arana back up at 3:06 and lands an uppercut. Adashev hits another takedown after a flurry all the way across the cage. 10-9 Adashev.

Round 3: Both men swing haymakers for the first 15 seconds until Adashev throws Arana to the ground one more time. Adashev’s judo is so good in this fight that John McCarthy is comparing him to Ronda Rousey. Knees to the ribs and left elbows to the chin. Arana tries to scramble and finally gets up at 1:22. Right hook for Adashev. Superman punch. Arana gets a takedown at 1:56. Adashev goes for an armbar but isn’t able to lock it up. Adashev gets back to his knees at 3:11. Arana spins to take the back but ends up in side control and then moves to full mount at 3:48. Adashev reverses and gets up at 4:10. Adashev lands a left hand as they break. Both men swing away and Adashev takes a hard one to the chin before the final bell. 10-9 Arana.

Final result: Zarrukh Adashev wins via unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.


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Live! UFC 234 Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is ready to unleash its UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card TONIGHT (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. A middleweight title fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and top contender Kelvin Gastelum was expected to serve as UFC 234’s main event, but Whittaker was removed from the card with just hours left due to a hernia.

As a result, former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva will now square off with undefeated former kickboxer Israel Adesanya in the headliner. The bout was originally coined as the co-main event and will remain a three-round affair.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 234 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Silva vs. Adesanya.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 234 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC 234 QUICK RESULTS:

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum DETAILS!
Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
Marcos Rosa Mariano vs. Lando Vannata
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon
Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith — Smith def. Ma by KO (punches) at 3:53 of Round One
Austin Arnett vs. Shane Young — Young def. Arnett by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva — Kara-France def. Paiva by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang — Kang def. Ishihara by technical submission (rear naked choke) at 3:59 of Round One
Callan Potter vs. Jalin Turner — Turner def. Potter by KO (punches) at 0:53 of Round One
Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez — Martinez def. Buren by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)

UFC 234 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

185 lbs.: Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva

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155 lbs.: Marcos Rosa Mariano vs. Lando Vannata

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135 lbs.: Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon

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125 lbs.: Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem

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205 lbs.: Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey

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155 lbs.: Dong Hyun Ma vs. Devonte Smith

Round 1: Patient start to the fight. Low kick from Smith. Another. Ma switching stance a minute in. Left hook by Smith. Head kick attempt. Body shot connects. Two minutes in. Low kick exchange. Jab connects for Smith. Low kick again and again Ma switches stance. Head kick attempt from Smith. Two minutes to go.

Smith checks a low kick and hurts Ma with a 1-2, stalking him and pouring on the hurt until the ref steps in.

Final result: Smith def. Ma by KO (punches)


145 lbs.: Austin Arnett vs. Shane Young

Round 1: Young on the front foot early. Inside low kick and jabs. 1-2 connects. Arnett fires a head kick, eats a right cross near the fence. One minute in. Combination from Young, jab from Arnett. Young lands another right hand, then one to the body. Arnett connects with a straight left. Good exchanges so far. Hard straight left by ARnett. Young digs another right downstairs, follows up with one to the head. Two minutes in. Young ties up on the fence, separates. Arnett lands some jabs. Young throwing 2-3s, Arnett still keeping up with him. Two minutes to go.

More good jabs from Arnett. Young to the body. Arnett picking him off on the way in. Young with a combination, eats left hands. Body kick from Arnett. One minute to go. Young with a right downstairs. Young finds the mark with a heavy combo near the end of the round, including a knee. He looks for a single-leg. 10-9 Young.

Round 2: Young continues to pressure. Arnett shifting stance, jabbing well. Body kick from Young. More jabs from Arnett, who eats a straight right. Young body kick, Arnett head kick attempt. One minute in. Low kicks and a body shot from Young. Arnett landing jabs, but not following up. Young still forcing him back. Straight left by Arnett. Low kick exchange. Two minutes to go. More lefts from Arnett. Both land low kicks. Counter right by Arnett lands clean. Leg kick. Young snaps his head back with a straight right. Hard body kick and a right hand behind it for Young. Two minutes to go.

Arnett lands a series of jabs and tries a head kick. Young marching after him, throwing in combination. 1-2 from Arnett, right hand from Young. Young steps in with a jab and a straight right to the ear. Another pair of rights. Heavy combination. Arnett taking the well but continues to retreat. Young shoots, takes his head out of a guillotine. Arnett with a nice left on the break and now he’s swinging big. Young obliges with some nice shots. Big counter right by Young as they slug it out. 10-9 Young.

Round 3: Young continues to advance. A series of jabs lands for Arnett. Arnett catches a body kick and lands a hard right hand. One minute in. Young with a jab downstairs, right hand up top. Right hand and kick to the body. Two minutes in. Counter left connects for Arnett. Young looks fr the body, lands a right upstairs. Another rush from Young lands. Arnett just not doing enough off the back foot. Two minutes to go.

Young finding the mark with right hands, Arnett with his jab. Head kick from Arnett glances off. One minute to go. Young with a nice uppercut inside, then a nasty combination. Right cross by Arnett. 2-3 connects. A three-piece combo and now it’s Arnett landing. Young moves in to meet him and both land massive punches, Young scoring a last-second knockdown with a cracking right hand. 10-9 Young.

Final result: Young def. Arnett by unanimous decision


125 lbs.: Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva

Round 1: Both men tossing out kicks to start. Overhand right briefly drops Paiva, who pops right back up. One minute in. Low kick from Paiva, overhand from Kara-France and he limp-legs out of a single-leg. One minute in. Paiva popping his jab out. He flurries and shoots against the fence. Kara-France defends two minutes in. Both men jabbing. Overhand fright from Paiva, left hook from Kara-France. Paiva lands a leg kick. Two minutes to go.

Paiva avoids a 1-2-3, eats a straight right. Leg kick connects for him. He threatens a spinning back kick, lands a right but can’t complete the takedown. One minute to go. Paiva tries a flurry. 1-2. Head kick attempt. 10-9 Kara-France.

Round 2: Paiva the busier of the two. Kara-France shoots, stuffed and winds up on his back. Side control for Paiva. Kara-France scrambles to his feet and they trade on the break. Another shot from Kara-France, denied. Paiva landing knees in the clinch. Kara-France with a left hand on the break. Counter right by the Brazilian. Two minutes in. Paiva lands another leg kick. Flurry and another low kick. He easily stuffs another takedown and lands some hard body shots while standing over his man. Kara-France lands an upkick. He rolls to his feet. Two minutes to go.

Body kick lands for Paiva. 1-2 cracks Paiva and now they’re trading. Both land hard left hooks. Paiva with some good right hands, walking Kara-France down. He steps in with a knee. One minute to go. Leg kick connects. Kara-France steps in, gets teh worst of the exchange. Now he steps in with a right hand. Triple jab. Kara-France lands a good right and jumps guard on a guillotine at the bell. 10-9 Paiva.

Round 3: Kara-France lands a leg kick. Paiva with a nice combination low-high. Kara-France left hook, Paiva right hand. One minute in. 1-2 from Kara-France. Paiva eats a 1-2. He catches a leg kick, then boots the living daylights out of Kara-France’s cup. They resume with two minutes to go. Paiva continues to walk him down, landing combos. Nasty body shots and he looks for a guillotine. Kara-France drags him to the mat in response to a guillotine attempt. Paiva scrambles back to his feet, eats shots in the center with two minutes to go.

Paiva threatens to spin. He lands a body shot, takes an overhand right. One minute to go. Trading in the center. It’s still Paiva walking him down. Big left hooks by Kara-France. Paiva rips the body. Hard left from the Brazilian. Kara-France shoots in the waning seconds and completes it. 10-9 Paiva.

Final result: Kara-France def. Paiva by split decision


135 lbs.: Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Round 1: Ishihara opens with low kicks. Body kick from Kang. Another and a straight right behind it. Ishihara comes back with a leg kick and check hook. Good overhand left and a monster counter drops Kang. Kang shoots, denied. He lands a right hand and knee, then another right hand that stings Ishihara. Lead right connects. Two minutes in. Kang goes downstairs, then drops Ishihara with a knee. Another right hand and another. Uppercuts in the clinch. Ishihara slugging it out with him. Kang getting the better of it, lands some blistering knees. Now he changes levels and completes a single-leg. He tries to take the back with no hooks. Two minutes to go.

Now both hooks in and he’s got the choke locked up. Ishihara goes to sleep.

Final result: Kang def. Ishihara by technical submission (rear naked choke)


155 lbs.: Callan Potter vs. Jalin Turner

Round 1: Potter opens with a leg kick. Right hand into a takedown attempt. Turner gets an underhook and shoves him to the mat, posturing out of an omoplata and limp-legging out of a leglock. Back to the feet. Two right hands sting Potter and Turner pummels him into unconsciousness.

Final result: Turner def. Potter by KO (punches)


135 lbs.: Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez

Round 1: Martinez opening with inside low kicks. Both men firing head kicks. Buren changes levels against the fence and lands an inside trip into guard. One minute in. Buren looking for half guard, setting up a guillotine. Martinez scrambles into his own takedown attempt as Buren looks to cinch it up and dumps him to the mat. Two minutes in. Martinez moves to side control and looks for a Von Flue choke. Not there. Buren turns to his knees and is in danger of having his back taken. Two minutes to go.

One hook in for Martinez. Buren moving, can’t quite dislodge him. Martinez whacks him with a hard left as he stands and loses the hook in the process. Pressing Buren against the fence with a minute to go. Martinez exits with a knee, then slips on a high kick. Buren stands over him and looks to drop punches, gets tied up in guard. Martinez spins for an armbar, then a leg. 10-9 Martinez.

Round 2: Buren hops in with a knee and body kick after taking some low kicks. Two-piece counter from Martinez. Left cross connects. One minute in. Shift right hand by Buren, oblique kick from Martinez. Martinez with a body kick and left cross behind it. 1-2 and front kick attempt. Buren hits a reactive shot, avoiding a guillotine as he does. Half guard. Martinez trying to regain guard, instead sweeps his way into top position. Buren using butterfly guard. He hits a sweep of his own to regain half guard. Two minutes to go.

Martinez forces a scramble, nearly gives up his back, can’t wrench Buren down but forces him to a knee. Good knee to the body from Martinez. One minute to go. Elbow connects. Martinez threatening a choke. He ends the round landing knees to the thigh. 10-9 Martinez.

Round 3: Buren hits an early trip directly into mount. Martinez uses the cage to roll free, only for Buren to latch onto an arm. Martinez escapes, takes the back, and starts dropping punches a minute in. Maintaining back control. Two minutes in. Martinez transitions to mount, then the back again. Mount, left hands, back. Good punches. Two minutes to go.

Martinez appears to consider an arm triangle, which allows Buren to sweep into guard. Martinez kicks him off, can’t make enough space. Buren clamps onto an anaconda choke, can’t complete it and shoots in. One minute to go. Martinez sprawls on it and forces him to his back. Buren with two butterfly hooks in. Martinez opens up with ground-and-pound, nearly getting a finish before the bell. 10-9 Martinez.

Final result: Martinez def. Buren by unanimous decision


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Live! UFC Fortaleza Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is making its return to the ESPN+ digital network for another round of mixed martial arts (MMA) action, this time in the form of UFC Fight Night 144: “Assuncao vs. Moraes 2,” set for this Sat. night (Feb. 2, 2019) inside Northeast Olympic Training Center in Fortaleza, Brazil. As the name suggests, this weekend’s event will be topped by the bantamweight rematch pitting top-ranked contenders, Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes, against one another for the second time, with the winner moving on to fight for the 135-pound title. In the featherweight co-main event, former division champion, Jose Aldo, will try to quell the uprising of Brazilian phenom, Renato Carneiro. Don’t have ESPN+? No problem, sign up here for a seven-day free trial.

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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Assuncao vs. Moraes 2.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 144 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC FORTALEZA QUICK RESULTS:

Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Jose Aldo vs. Renato Moicano — Aldo def. Moicano by TKO (knee and punches) at 0:44 of Round Two
Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good — Maia def. Good by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:38 of Round One
Charles Oliveira vs. David Teymur — Oliveira def. Teymur by submission (anaconda choke) at 0:55 of Round Two
Justin Ledet vs. Johnny Walker — Walker def. Ledet by KO (spinning back fist and punches) at 0:15 of Round One
Livinha Souza vs. Sarah Frota — Souza def. Frota by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Anthony Hernandez vs. Markus Perez — Perez def. Hernandez by submission (anaconda choke) at 1:07 of Round One
Mara Romero Borella vs. Taila Santos — Borella def. Santos by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin — Alves def. Griffin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Junior Albini vs. Jair Rozenstruik — Rozenstruik def. Albini by TKO (head kick and punches) at 0:54 of Round Two
Felipe Dias Colares vs. Geraldo de Freitas Jr. — de Freitas def. Colares by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Ricardo Ramos — Nurmagomedov def. Ramos by TKO (spinning back kick and punches) at 2:28 of Round One
Magomed Bibulatov vs. Rogerio Bontorin — Bontorin def. Bibulatov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

UFC FORTALEZA LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:

135 lbs.: Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result:


145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Renato Moicano

Round 1: Moicano tries a front kick to start. Both men showing lots of feints early. One minute in. Aldo whiffs on a leg kick, then the ESPN+ stream dies again. Counter right from the former champ, low kick from Moicano, harder low kick from Aldo. Leg kick and left hook land for Aldo. Moicano with a low kick of his own. Aldo checks the next kick and blocks one to the head two minutes in. Aldo whiffs on a leg kick and they briefly clinch. Moicano tries a head kick. Two minutes to go.

Aldo goes to the body, eats a left hook in return. Another body blow. Moicano lands a jab. Combination upstairs. They trade, Moicano lands a good left. One minute to go. Low kick lands for Moicano. Another clean jab. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 2: Moicano busy with low kicks and jabs to start. Aldo eats a shot and the beast comes out. He charges after Moicano with punches, unloading to the head and body with hooks. A clinch knee rattles Moicano and Aldo continues his rush until the ref steps in.

Final result: Aldo def. Moicano by TKO (knee and punches)


170 lbs.: Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good

Round 1: Maia pressuring early. He shoots, drags Good to the mat. Good struggling to get back up, but Maia remains stubborn. Good gets to his feet and Maia immediately jumps on his back a minute in. Maia locking up the choke, contending with Good’s hands. Two minutes in. Full body triangle. Maia continues to adjust and draws the tap.

Final result: Maia def. Good by submission (rear naked choke)


155 lbs.: Charles Oliveira vs. David Teymur

Round 1: They trade low kicks to start. Teymur tries a head kick and pokes Oliveira in the eyes. Plural. Ref takes a point because of the severity. Then ESPN+ dies again because why the hell not. They resume and Oliveira tries to call timeout, but the ref tells them to continue. Oliveira lands a jumping front kick. Oliveira marching after him, waving him on, and he’s immediately dropped by a straight left for his trouble. Teymur follows him down into guard, then stands when Oliveira starts to threaten. Oliveira still stalking. Teymur’s right eye is damaged from that kick. Oliveira claims another eye poke, ref stays continue. Oliveira hits a takedown and a scramble ensues. Crazy transition and Oliveira looks for a leg, eating punches. Back to the feet. Oliveira tries to spin. Two minutes to go.

Body kick from Oliveira. Flying knee lands clean for him. Straight right buzzes Teymur. Teymur to the body, eats another knee. Trading hooks. One minute to go. Oliveira tries to spin, lands punches. Oliveira whiffs on a wheel kick, eats a body shot. Teymur cracks Oliveira around the guard. 9-9 with the deduction.

Round 2: Straight left from Teymur to start. They trade in the center. Olliveira rocks him with an up-elbow and unloads with punches until Teymur leaves his neck open, at which point he snaps on his signature anaconda for the finish.

Final result: Oliveira def. Teymur by submission (anaconda choke)


205 lbs.: Justin Ledet vs. Johnny Walker

Round 1: Walker drops Ledet with a spinning backfist in the opening seconds, then thankfully misses the follow-up soccer kick behind it. A few more punches and Ledet is done.

Final result: Walker def. Ledet by KO (spinning back fist and punches)


115 lbs.: Livinha Souza vs. Sarah Frota

Round 1: Frota looks gigantic next to Souza. Souza comes out kicking regardless. Frota tries a body kick, lands a straight left. Souza clinches and hits a beautiful throw. Frota scrambles up, avoids a guillotine and settles in guard a minute in. Frota unable to really posture up so far. Two minutes in. Solid elbow. Souza threatens an armbar, not there. She goes for it again a minute later and nearly gets it, but Frota escapes. Two minutes to go.

Both throwing hard on the feet. Front kick from Frota, who sprawls on a shot and ties up on the cage. Frota avoids a throw with a minute to go. Souza looks for a double-leg. Frota jumps guard and lands on the bottom. Souza connects with some hard punches before the bell. 10-9 Souza.

Round 2: Frota plodding forward, eats a straight right. Frota dings Souza, who tries to tie up. They separate. Overhand right from Souza, who hits a takedown into guard. Frota attempting rubber guard. She’s keeping Souza from doing anything. Two minutes in. Ref stands them up. Souza with another nice takedown. Frota looks for an armbar, no dice. Frota makes it to her feet, eats a right hand, sprawls on a shot with two minutes to go.

Pressing Souza against the fence. They separate. One minute to go. Souza with a nice shot and transitions directly to the back. Fighting for the choke. Both hooks in. Opening up with hard right handsm, locks up the choke but runs out of time. 10-9 Souza.

Round 3: Souza opens with a body kick, tries a shot, eats left hands. She denies a shot and gets underhooks to separates. Lead right by Souza. Frota stalking, eats a right hand. Souza fails a shot and pulls guard a minute in. Big hammerfists by Frota. Ref stands them up, which seems premature. Two minutes in. Frota tries a high kick. Body kick lands. Then ESPN+ dies for a minute. Two minutes to go.

Frota stuffs a shot and Souza tries to pull guard. Frota kicking her legs. Ref stands them up again. They trade power hands. Body kick exchange. One minute to go. Right hand by Souza. 1-2 buckles Souza and Frota is on the march. Low kick from Souza. Overhand right and body kick by Souza. 10-9 Frota.

Final result: Souza def. Frota by split decision


185 lbs.: Anthony Hernandez vs. Markus Perez

Round 1: Hernandez blitzes with punches and ties up on the fence. Perez reverses with double underhooks. Perez heaves him into the air from the rear waistlock a minute in, looking for the back. Hernandez separates with a spinning elbow and hard hook. Perez waves him on and lands a body kick. Jockeying for position on the fence. Hernandez lands a nice elbow inside and a hard blow on the break. Overhand left and uppercut hurt Hernandez and now it’s Perez charging in. Hernandez denies the takedown. Two minutes to go.

They trade right hands. Overhand left by Perez. Hernandez presses him agaisnt the fence and gets reversed again. One minute to go. They separate and Hernandez chases with punches. Low kick knocks him off-balance. Hug tornado by Hernandez, who cracks Perez with right hands on the fence. Perez looks to spin, cracked with another right. Hernandez blasting him on the fence, Perez comes back with a jumping knee. 10-9 Perez.

Round 2: Perez badly hurts Hernandez with a body kick right off the bat, then takes the back to defend the desperate takedown. Hernandez manages to shake him off and get to his feet, but Perez has an anaconda choke locked up. He pulls Hernandez down and puts on the squeeze for the finish.

Final result: Perez def. Hernandez by submission (anaconda choke)


125 lbs.: Mara Romero Borella vs. Taila Santos

Round 1: Borella takes her to the fence. Santos reverses, throws knees. She gets the outside trip and looks for mount. Now the back. Borella stands, fighting the choke. Santos loses her grip and they separate. Two minutes in. Borella shoots and puts her back on the fence. She completes the takedown into side control. Two minutes to go.

Borella lands an elbow, stands and tries to dive in with a punch. Half guard. She pins down an arm and lands elbows. One minute to go. Santos regains guard. Mission control attempt. Borella stands and looks to drop more punches. 10-9 Borella.

Round 2: Borella connects with a straight right and hauls her to the fence once again. She completes the takedown, can’t secure it. Knees to the body from Santos a minute in. She reverses. More knees. Two minutes in. Limited action on the fence. Two minutes to go.

Borella reverses in turn. They finally separate with a minute to go. 1-2 from Borella, body kicks from Santos. Borella tries to clinch, denied, tries again more successfully. Well that was terrible. 10-9 Borella?

Round 3: Some tentative exchanges at range. Borella ties up, denied. Borella low kick, Santos right hand. Borella catches a leg kick and grabs a front headlock a minute in. They separate. Jab and short cross land for Santos. Borella telegraphing her entries. Back to the slow kickboxing. Body kick from Santos, counter 3-2. Two minutes in. Borella with a counter right. Another off a Santos leg kick. Borella walks into a counter trying to tie up, eats jabs. 1s and 2s from Santos as she presses forward. Two minutes to go.

Borella circles off the fence. Shoots, stuffed. Again. Santos denies yet another takedown as the jabs pile up. One minute to go. Borella again denied on the clinch attempt and eats a right downstairs. Santos tries a spinning back fist. Counters landing, right hands upstairs. 10-9 Santos.

Final result: Borella def. Santos by split decision


170 lbs.: Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin

Round 1: Alves lands a nasty leg kick to counter a jab. Griffin pressuring, eats another shot to the leg but rocks Alves with a punching flurry. Griffin opens up to the head and body, then looks for a takedown. They separate. Griffin firing his jab, lands a right downstairs. One minute in. Low kick from Alves. Clean right by Griffin. Another Alves leg kick met by a right hand. Again, to the inside this time. Alves catches a knee, can’t get the takedown. Two minutes in. Alves continuing to pick away at the leg every time Griffin steps in, but is taking punches. Griffin bangs the body and ties up. Good elbow on the break. Calf kick from Alves this time. Left hook connects. Two minutes to go.

1-2 from Griffin, low kick from Alves. They trade near the fence. 1-2-1 from Alves, last one connects. Lead right by Griffin, left hook from Alves. Body kick by the Brazilian and a glancing right. Griffin lands with a knee that strays low. One minute to go. Cross counter by Alves, knee by Griffin. 1-2 from Griffin. Alves steps in with an elbow, eats a body shot but lands a jab. Head kick lands with the foot. They trade to end the round and Alves falls from the onslaught. Saved by the bell. 10-9 Griffin.

Round 2: Low kick from Alves and a counter left hook. Jab exchange. Alves leg kick and a right hand as he eats a knee. Low kick lands. One minute in. Left hook from Griffin around the guard. Alves steps in with a body kick. Griffin tries a lead uppercut. Alves low kick. Two minutes in. Griffin slips throwing a kick and they trade on the fence. Another hard body kick from Alves and another and now they’re trading heat. Griffin’s unsteady on the fence as he throws back. They tie up. Two minutes to go.

Griffin looks for a takedown, can’t quite get it but gets Alves to a knee. Back to the feet. Uppercut and left hook from Griffin, who ties up again. Both land on the fence. Going at it once again. One minute to go. Huge right cross catches Griffin clean but he survives it. Alves still stalking. Overhand right connects. Leg kick. Big hook by Alves, who walks through a counter for another body kick. Alves throwing on the fence. 10-9 Alves.

Round 3: Alves marches in with a 1-2. More leg kicks. Right hand from Griffin. Body kick lands, left hook over the shoulder. Lead right connects and he ties up on the fence. Knee from Griffin a minute in. Alves fires a spinning elbow, only to get taken down into guard. Alves rises, eating a knee along the way. Griffin gets the body lock and moves into mount off the takedown. Two minutes in. Alves shrimps into half guard. He gets to his knees against the fence, gets his base pulled out. Griffin still attached at the waist. Two minutes to go.

Alves makes it to his feet. Griffin still looking for another takedown. Knee to the body. Alves escapes with 80 seconds to work. Griffin tries to clinch. Alves gets the waist lock, can’t get a takedown in return. He sits for a kimura attempt, uses it to sweep. 10-9 Griffin.

Final result: Alves def. Griffin by split decision


265 lbs.: Junior Albini vs. Jair Rozenstruik

Round 1: Trading inside low kicks to start. Albini shoots within 20 seconds and muscles Rozenstruik down into half guard. Good elbow. Albini trying to lock up a kimura. One minute in. Loses it, starts dropping elbows from side control instead. Knee on belly to mount. Rozenstruik regains half guard. Good scramble from Rozenstruik to get back up. Albini looks for a trip, can’t get it, lands another one right into back control. Rozenstruik reverses into guard. He stands and lets Albini up. Albini quickly connects with a lead right, backs him to the fence again. Two minutes to go.

Knee form Albini. They pause the fight for…reasons? I don’t know. They restart at range. Body kick and leg kick from Albini. He looks for a double-leg, can’t get it. They separate with 30 seconds to go. Left hook lands for Rozenstruik, who stuffs a takedown and lands a pair of hooks inside. Counter right and head kick attempt. 10-9 Albini.

Round 2: Low kick from Albini. They trade leg kicks. Combination from Rozenstruik and a right hand and head kick drops Albini. Rozenstruik swarms him for the finish against the fence.

Final result: Rozenstruik def. Albini by TKO (head kick and punches)


145 lbs.: Felipe Dias Colares vs. Geraldo de Freitas Jr.

Round 1: de Freitas flicking out kicks, lands a jab. Colares tries a jumping kick. Low kick exchange. Low kick and 3-2 from de Freitas land clean. One minute in. Left hook by de Freitas. Colares finds the mark with a 2-1, walks into a left hand and eats knees in the clinch. de Freitas bangs the body and lands a chopping right, only for COlares to heave him into the air for a takedown. Colares looks for the back, loses position. de Freitas on top in side control two minutes in. Colares stands, uses a whizzer to take him down in return. Colares on top in guard. de Feiras scrambles up for his own takedown, lands short punches. Colares stands, still pressed against the fence with two minutes to go.

de Freitas denies a hip toss for a double-leg into half guard. Colares trying to scoot free without success. Half guard to side control. de Freitas stepping over for a kimura, loses it in transition. Colares lands a hard elbow from on top. 10-9 de Freitas.

Round 2: Right hand and head kick from de Freitas. 1-1-2-3. Brutal 3-2 and he’s on the attack. Colares ties up, takes a knee to the body. de Freitas reverses and looks for a takedown a minute in. He lands on top in half guard. Full mount now. Nice hammerfist as he moves to the back. Both hooks in. Good balance from de Freitas as Colares tries to wriggle free. Colares manages to slip out and take top position. de Freitas threatens a triangle, nothing doing. Colares with some good top control of his own. Two minutes to go.

Colares looking for the back, loses position. de Freitas going for a takedown. One minute to go. de Freitas completes a double-leg, maintains a body lock as Colares stands. They separate. Head kick from Colares. Glancing right hand lands but he succumbs to a blast double. 10-9 de Freitas.

Round 3: They open the round swinging big until de Freitas catches a kick for a takedown. Colares returns to his feet. One minute in. Colares tries the drop seoi nage but he doesn’t have enough left. de Freitas lands some heavy blows on the feet in return. Brutal punches and a blast double into half guard. He swiftly passes to full mount, then looks for the back. He maintains a body lock as Colares stands. Two minutes to go.

Left hook, uppercut, left hook, blast double from de Freitas. Side control. Colares gets to his feet and grabs the rear waist lock. One minute to go. de Freitas looks for the switch. Sneaky knee from Colares and they slug it out until the bell. 10-9 de Freitas.

Final result: de Freitas def. Colares by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Said Nurmagomedov vs. Ricardo Ramos

Round 1: Low kicks from Nurmagomedov to start. Head kick attempt. Another heavy low kick. Ramos tries a spinning back kick, eats a spinning back fist. Spinning back kick connects for Nurmagomedov a minute in. Ramos tries a spinning elbow, falls short, eats a body kick. Nurmagomedov looks for a wheel kick. Another leg kick spins Ramos around. Spinning back fist glances off. Two minutes in. He whiffs on a punching combo, then lands a spinning back kick that folds Ramos. Ramos staggers back and wilts to his knees under the resulting onslaught.

Final result: Nurmagomedov def. Ramos by TKO (spinning back kick and punches)


125 lbs.: Magomed Bibulatov vs. Rogerio Bontorin

Round 1: Bibulatov advancing early. Bontorin counters a low kick. Body kick and spinning back fist attempt from Bibulatov. Another body kick prompts Bontorin to tie up. Lovely throw from Bibulatov into guard. Bontorin setting up an omoplata, gets clocked with a right but gets to his feet. Bibulatov tries a wheel kick. 1-2 counters a Bontorin leg kick. Bontorin buzzes him with a right hand in combination. Two minutes in. Bibulatov catches a body kick for a throw, but Bontorin immediately sweeps to the back. Looking for the choke. Bibulatov fighting off the hands, taking some short blows. Two minutes to go.

Bontorin worms his forearm under the chin, but Bibulatov manages to spin, landing on the bottom in guard. Quick scramble and Bibulatov tries a spinning back kick. One minute to go. Bontorin whiffs on an overhand left, eats a punch and kick to the body. Left hand from Bontorin in response. Bibulatov continues to rip the body. Bontorin with a knee inside, fights off a foot sweep. They fight in the clinch. 10-9 Bontorin.

Round 2: Bibulatov keeping up the pressure, looks to spin again. Back to the clinch. Bibulatov tries to change levels. Bontorin gets him against the fence, loses hold of him. One minute in. Bibulatov slings a lead right and they trade knees in the clinch. Bibulatov looking for a takedown on the cage, can’t get it and is warned for grabbing the shorts. Bibulatov with a spinning back fist and front kick. Lead left lands for Bontorin. Two minutes in. Bibulatov tries a hook kick, eats a straight left. Another hard right and side kick downstairs. Lead right. Bontorin whiffs on a pair of hooks. Clean overhand left by Bontorin. 1-2. Two minutes to go.

Spinning back kick to the midsection and a straight right from Bibulatov, then a jumping knee attempt as Bontorin looked for the body. Pressing Bontorin on the fence and takes him down into guard. Bontorin scrambles up with a minute to go. Bibulatov lands a hook kick, gets clocked with a 3-2. Bibulatov to the body, avoids a flying kick. Bontorin shoots from too far out, eats a clean uppercut. Bibulatov tries a spinning kick to the face. 10-9 Bibulatov.

Round 3: Bibulatov looks the fresher of the two, still slinging heat. Bontorin looks for a straight left. Bibulatov to the body. One minute in. Bibulatov tries to spin, lands a side kick and counters a body shot with a left hook. Step-in knee. Bontorin blasts him with a 3-2. Bibulatov comes back with a body shot. Two more big punches from Bontorin, who takes a right to the gut again. Two minutes in. Head kick from Bibulatov. Straight right and body shot, then a spinning back kick downstairs. Bontorin is slugging with him but it’s the Russian getting the better of it. He pressures with punches and looks for a takedown on the fence. Bontorin defending so far. Two minutes to go.

Trading knees inside. Bontorin lands one to the head. Chopping right connects for him. They separate and both land clean crosses. Bibulatov shoots, denied, pressed against the fence. He separates with a minute to go. Bontorin rips a counter right downstairs and counters a takedown with a throw from the whizzer, putting in a hook and looking for the back. Bibulatov survives the choke attempt. 10-9 Bibulatov on superior striking.

Final result: Bontorin def. Bibulatov by split decision


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LIVE! Bellator 214 Results, Streaming Play-By-Play Updates

Fedor vs Bader

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” airs TONIGHT (Jan. 26, 2019) from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main event will conclude the Heavyweight Grand Prix as finalists Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) and Ryan Bader (26-5) meet to crown a Heavyweight champion!

Bellator 214’s Paramount Network-televised main card will (also on DAZN) start at 9 p.m. ET with “Prelims” undercard bouts at 7 p.m. ET on DAZN (watch it). MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

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BELLATOR 214 QUICK RESULTS:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader —
Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales —
Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser —
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky BandejasArchuleta 29-28 X3.
Brandon McMahan vs. Adel AltamimiAltamimi sub (armbar) 1:16 R1.
A.J. Agazarm vs. Jesse RobertsRoberts SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Weber Almeida vs. Odan ChinchillaAlmeida TKO 3:04 R1.
Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Tyler BenekeWilson sub (RNC) 1:31 R1.
Sean Johnson vs. Arturo RivasRivas TKO 4:30 R1.
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco — unaired on DAZN.
Jesse Merritt vs. Thor SkanckeSkancke sub (Monson choke) 4:26 R1.
Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes — unaired on DAZN.
James Barnes vs. Ryan LilleyLilley KO 1:03 R1.
Ian Butler vs. Craig PlaskettPlaskett UD 30-27 X3.
Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond TorresTorres sub (arm triangle) 4:21 R1.

BELLATOR 214 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result: To be determined.


Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas

Archuleta comes in 21-1 on a 16 fight win streak, and Bandejas comes in 11-1 having just knocked off the previously undefeated James Gallagher. Bandejas has the blue gloves and black/green trunks tonight, fighting out of Brick, New Jersey. Archuleta has the red gloves and white trunks, fighting out of Venice Beach, California. Our referee is Frank Trigg.

Round 1: Both men walk to the center and tap gloves. Archuleta immediately begins to circle on the outside then comes forward and surprises Bandejas with a punch that sends him rolling backward, picking him up and taking him high in the air and throwing him down, then throwing knees at him from behind. Bandejas fights to break the grip around his waist but eats hooks from both sides as he does. Bandejas comes forward as Archuleta circles side to side and then surprises Bandejas with a jab again. Archuleta lands some kicks and a hard left hook. Bandejas is having a hard time reading the shifting stance of Archuleta or dealing with his speed. Body kick by Bandejas. Archuleta misses to the head then lands a left hook to the body. Bandejas puts a nice kick on the jaw and Archuleta shoots for a takedown he doesn’t get. Archuleta lands a hard right hook counter as Bandejas was coming forward. Clash of leg kicks before Archuleta clinches up. Bandejas lands a couple of knees before Archuleta gets him down and has the back standing to end R1. 10-9 Archuleta.

Round 2: Bandejas tries a spinning heel kick. Archuleta shoots but Bandejas stays upright. Bandejas catches Archuleta with a kick on the chin again. Bandejas trips Archuleta to the ground but lets him back up clean. Bandejas lands a right hook before Archuleta clinches up. Archuleta doesn’t land a jumping knee on the break — but he was thinking about it. Bandejas kicks him in the shoulder. Archuleta misses with a lunging uppercut. Bandejas teases a jump knee of his own. Archuleta with a jab. Bandejas with a body kick. Archuleta with a right hook. Bandejas catches the kick again. Archuleta misses with a lunging right. He misses with a superman punch too. He’s missing a lot this round. Archuleta goes for a takedown again and has his hands around Bandejas’ waist. Foot stomps. Archuleta tries and fails to trip him and goes for a right hook at the bell. 10-9 Bandejas.

Round 3: Bro hug to open the final round. Archuleta is really chasing the big shots. Bandejas shaves his head with a kick. Archuleta pushes him into the fence. He breaks at 0:57. Bandejas cracks Archuleta with a knee and follows with a good right hook. Archuleta is hurt and trying not to show it. He shoots for a takedown and gets it but Bandejas pops right back up. Archuleta goes for a leg trip and can’t get it. Bandejas can’t get free until 2:42. Archuleta misses on a single leg. Leg kick by Archuleta. Bandejas stuffs a takedown and kicks the chin again. Head kick is checked by Archuleta. Bandejas lands another knee, Archuleta gets a single leg but he’s getting hurt by Bandejas with elbows when he stands back up. Bandejas creams him with a right on the break. Body kick by Bandejas. Archuleta misses a cartwheel kick and takes a kick. 10-9 Bandejas. Whoever wins this fight was the winner of R2 — that’s the only one that could go either way.

Final result: Juan Archuleta wins a unanimous decision 29-28 X3.


Brandon McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi

Altamimi comes in 7-5 with the blue gloves on. He’s an Iraqi born fighter who lost both his brothers before being saved by the U.S. Marines. Chris Pratt walks him to the cage. His opponent McMahan is 5-6 in the red gloves described as “a natural Bantamweight who took this fight on short notice.” Altamimi fights out of Torrance, California and McMahan out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Our referee in charge is Milan Ayers.

Round 1: Glove tap to start. The size advantage Altamimi has is hard to ignore as is the left kick he nails McMahan in the head with. McMahan responds by driving Altamimi into the fence looking for a takedown. Altamimi uses heel kicks to the thigh to break free, sweeps and then rolls for an armbar and gets the tap a little over a minute in.

Final result: Adel Altamimi wins via submission (armbar) at 1:16 of round one.


A.J. Agazarm vs. Jesse Roberts

Roberts has blue gloves, making his pro debut out of Alexandria, Louisiana. Agazarm has red gloves for his pro debut out “Parts Unknown” but he’s from Hollywood, California and he’s a jiu-jitsu prodigy of the Diaz brothers. This is a 160 pound catchweight fight. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Agazarm pulled guard to get to the ground then got hurt by a left hand when the fight went back to the feet. Roberts has been lighting him up standing throughout the round. Agazarm was doing better with his jiu-jitsu late in the round but considering how much he got out struck it’s hard to say he won. 10-9 Roberts.

Round 2: Agazarm is looking for a double leg against the fence after riding a trapped single leg all the way there. Roberts has an extremely wide stance and is trying to elbow Agazarm in the head but he’s still taken down at 2:11. Agazarm drives knees home as Roberts gets back up. A takedown with short time left leads to a rear naked choke attempt that doesn’t work, and a second attempt that Herzog has to break up. 10-9 Agazarm.

Round 3: Agazarm sticks his neck all the way forward with his hands down daring Roberts to hit him. He looks like a rooster doing a cock strut, particularly with that tuft of hair hanging all the way over his eyes. Clearly he learned from the Diaz family. The crowd is booing the lack of strikes landed by either man. Agazarm gets back up from his failed takedown at 2:42. Agazarm is having to wipe his hair out of his own eyes. He shoots and Roberts sprawls to block it again. The crowd is restless again with a minute left. Another takedown is stuffed. Roberts unloads with his hands for the last ten seconds. 10-9 Roberts.

Final result: 29-28 Roberts, 29-28 Agazarm, 29-28 Roberts by split decision.


Weber Almeida vs. Odan Chinchilla

Almeida is a Brazilian fighter with a 1-0 record. Chinchilla is a Californian who has a 1-0 record as well. Almeida was the only fighter to miss weight yesterday. Almeida sports the red gloves and black trunks, while Chinchilla the blue gloves with green trunks. Our referee in charge is Frank “Twinkletoes” Trigg.

Round 1: Chinchilla seems to stun Almeida early but he recovers quickly. Goldie and McCarthy inform us that Almeida trains with Lyoto Machida and you can see it in his stance. Leg kick from Almeida. Almeida lands a knee and a nice right hook. Body kick from Almeida. Another body kick. Chinchilla comes forward with a jab. Almeida throws Chinchilla to the ground at 2:13. Trigg makes Chinchilla let go of the shorts as they stand back up. Left punch right kick for Almeida both to the dome. Almeida hurts Chinchilla with an left and an over the top right, a left head kick and a big leg hand, and Almeida pounds on his chest like a gorilla after Trigg mercifully steps in. Chinchilla is still wobbly after it’s waved off.

Final result: Weber Almeida wins via technical knockout at 3:04 in round one.


Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Tyler Beneke

Red gloves and white trunks for the 1-0 Wilson hailing from New Zealand but fighting out of San Diego, blue gloves for Beneke in his pro debut with silver trunks, fighting out of Bowmont, California. The referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Tap of hands to start. Beneke quickly tries to back Wilson up but Wilson clinches up, whiffs on a kick, lands the left hook, and clinches again. Herzog warns them to not grab the cage as they spin around. Wilson gets a leg trip and jumps on Beneke’s back unloading damage from behind and looking for a rear naked choke. Beneke taps out.

Final result: Jay Jay Wilson wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:31 of round one.


Sean Johnson vs. Arturo Rivas

Red gloves for the 4-1 Johnson. Blue gloves for the 5-2 Rivas. Both men are over 250 pounds for this fight. Rivas sports neon green trunks and fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson has black trunks and fights out of Lancaster, California. Our ref is Milan Ayers.

Round 1: Glove tap. Johnson immediately pumps the left jab. Johnson unloads a flurry and lands a couple of right hooks but Rivas lands a counter shot over the top and gets a headlock against the fence to throw some hard knees. Johnson finally pops back up at 49 seconds and is throwing some wild right hands. Rivas pushes back and gets a takedown. Johnson tries to get up but Rivas gets his hands locked around Johnson from behind forcing Johnson to drag him across the cage. Ayers warns Johnson multiple times to keep his hands out of the cage as Rivas takes him down again at 2:08 and takes the back throwing left hands. Johnson tries and tails to get up and Rivas takes the back mount looking for a rear naked choke. Johnson spins out and gets on top but Rivas gets up and takes his back again against the fence throwing left hands. Johnson stands up and blatantly grabs the fence. Rivas drags him down and delivers clubbering shots to the left and right of Johnson’s head. Johnson is warned to fight back with a minute left. Johnson grabs the cage for about the tenth time. Rivas keeps kneeing him in the body and finally the referee steps in to stop it with about 30 seconds left.

Final result: Rivas wins via technical knockout at 4:30 of round one.


Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco

Round 1: Unaired on DAZN.

Final result: To be determined.


Jesse Merritt vs. Thor Skancke

Black trunks and blue gloves for Skancke, 10-8-1, fighting out of Woodland Hills, California. Black trunks and red gloves for Merritt, 5-4, fighting out of Long Beach, California. Our referee is Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Skancke tries to push forward to throw looping punches 90 seconds into the first round. He’s also tagging Merritt with leg kicks. Skancke gets a takedown at 2:02 into full guard. It’s hard to ignore the bright yellow open toe socks Skancke has on in this position. Merritt gives up side control with 1:50 left. Skancke is looking for a mounted crucifix and driving hard knees to the body. If he gets high up enough he could also wrap his arm around Merritt’s head — sure enough he goes for a North-South choke and gets it with about a half minute left in the round.

Final result: Thor Skancke wins via submission (Monson choke) 4:26 R1.


Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes

Round 1: Unaired on DAZN.

Final result: To be determined.


James Barnes vs. Ryan Lilley

Red gloves and black trunks for 11-3 Barnes, blue gloves and white trunks for 9-4 Lilley. Lilley fights out of Thousand Oaks, California. Barnes fights out of Los Angeles, CA. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Both men circle and feint early. Lilley has a low squat forward leaning striking stance. His knees always seem to be bent. Barnes gets destroyed by a right head kick for a walk off home run at 1:03 and Lilley jumps up to the top of the cage to celebrate.

Final result: Ryan Lilley via EMPHATIC KNOCKOUT (head kick) at 1:03.


Ian Butler vs. Craig Plaskett

Butler has the red gloves and a 4-5 record fighting out of Costa Mesa, California. Plaskett is 3-3 in the blue gloves and fighting out of Los Angeles, California. The referee is Frank Trigg.

Round 1: The fight goes immediately to the fence for a takedown attempt with Butler widening his stance as Plaskett digs and digs. He finally gets the fight down at 54 seconds. Butler tries twice to get back up and finally does at 1:24. Plaskett eats a knee to the groin and Trigg calls time. After we resume it’s right back to the fence again for the takedown at 2:17. We’re up and he’s right back down at 3:05. Short punches to the body. Both men are up at 3:40 and we’re right back down again. Plaskett finishes the round on top in half doing damage to earn the 10-9.

Round 2: Butler comes forward pumping the left jab and throwing a left kick. He pushes Plaskett into the fence but Plaskett reverses it gets a takedown into guard while Butler is off balance. He’s quickly looking to pass to a full mount. Butler manages to trap the right leg to keep him from moving up. Trigg calls for more action. Butler scoots backward to the cage. He’s eating left hands from Plaskett on top. Butler gets up at 2:14 and lands a knee but Plaskett gets him back down again. Plaskett gets a full mount but Butler pushes off the fence with his feet to get free. Plaskett takes him right back down again. Butler gets off a couple nice elbows sitting up against the fence. Plaskett stands up with a minute left. Butler is elbowing him in the head as he goes for another takedown, which he gets at 4:17. Hard left hands land for Plaskett. 10-9 Plaskett.

Round 3: Butler charges forward looking to throw hands. Plaskett throws a kick straight up the middle at his face. Butler keeps bobbing and weaving. Plaskett circles off and unloads with the right hook and leg kicks. Plaskett loses his cup and Frank Trigg calls time to make him put it back in. Both men trade kicks and suddenly Plaskett comes forward tagging Butler with hard lefts. He throws a knee to the body and shoots the double, completing it at 1:51 even as Butler grabbed the fence. Butler tries to get up but time is leaking away and he’s taken down again at 2:57. He’s up again at 3:18 but Plaskett tags him with shots. Butler tries a takedown of his own and gets it at 3:41. Plaskett reverses it almost immediately. Butler keeps him pressed into the cage with his head and shoulders and Butler gives up his back trying to get back up — but he can’t. 10-9 Plaskett.

Final result: Craig Plaskett wins a unanimous decision of 30-27 X3.


Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond Torres

Ramirez is in the red gloves with a record of 6-3 fighting out of Orange, California, Torres the blue gloves with a record of 5-1 and fighting out of Irvine, California. Milan Ayers is the referee for this bout.

Round 1: Tap of gloves. Torres uses a a lot of leg kicks to open. Ramirez keeps his distance trying to avoid a right hook. Torres is working him back to the fence and finally clinches with him at 1:19. Leg trip to the ground at 1:48 as Ramirez closes his guard. Ayers calls for work. Ramirez tries to lock up a guillotine off his back. He’s using his legs to push up and try to create enough pressure for it to work — it does not. Torres gets half guard with an arm trapped and is landing right hands and a big elbow that’s caused a cut. He passes to side with an arm triangle choke and squeezing the life out Ramirez. The fight ends at 4:21.

Final result: Desmond Torres wins via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:21 of R1.


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LIVE! Bellator 214 Early Weigh In Results, Streaming Video

The place is here, The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and the time is now. The weigh ins for Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” tomorrow night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) on Paramount Network (and DAZN) officially go down today (Fri., Jan. 15, 2019) before the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix as Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) faces Light Heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (26-5).

The official weigh-in results will be updated for everyone below courtesy of a live stream from MMAFighting.com starting at 12 p.m. ET.

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” Weigh-In Results:

Fedor Emelianenko (236.2) vs. Ryan Bader (227.8)
Aaron Pico (145.5) vs. Henry Corrales (145.7)
Jake Hager (238) vs. J.W. Kiser (224.3)
Juan Archuleta (135.8) vs. Ricky Bandejas (135.9)
Brandon McMahan (144.7) vs. Adel Altamimi (144.9)
A.J. Agazarm (159.6) vs. Jesse Roberts (159.8)
Chris Gonzalez () vs. Henry Mendez ()
Weber Almeida () vs. Odan Chinchilla (135)
Jay-Jay Wilson (146) vs. Tyler Beneke (144)
Sean Johnson (252) vs. Arturo Rivas ()
Jorge Juarez (154.2) vs. David Pacheco (155.8)
Jesse Merritt (169.4) vs. Thor Skancke (168.4)
Osman Diaz (188.3) vs. Christopher Reyes (187.9)
James Barnes (135.7) vs. Ryan Lilley (135.8)
Ian Butler (169.3) vs. Craig Plaskett (170.9)
Steve Ramirez (134.9) vs. Desmond Torres (135.1)

MMAmania.com will deliver coverage of Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” tomorrow night, with the main card on Paramount Network (and DAZN) at 9 p.m. ET.

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LIVE! Pacquiao-Broner Results, Play-By-Play Updates

Later this evening (Sat., Jan. 19, 2019), Manny Pacquiao looks to build off of his first knockout in ages against the ever-dangerous Adrien Broner inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of the Showtime Boxing pay-per-view (PPV) main event below, which begins at 9 p.m. ET (Pacquiao vs. Broner will start closer to midnight).

The show will also feature a clash between top Light Heavyweights Badou Jack and Marcus Browne, as well as a pair of title fights. Three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren faces former Olympic foe Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight title and Jhack Tepora and unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora defends his interim WBA Featherweight belt against former champ Hugo Ruiz.

Pacquiao Vs. Broner Quick Results:

Manny Pacquiao def. Adrien Broner via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112)
Marcus Browne def. Badou Jack via unanimous decision (117-110, 116-111, 119-108)
Nordine Oubaali def. Rau’shee Warren via unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112, 117-111)
Hugo Ruiz def. Alberto Guevara via unanimous decision (100-89, 99-90, 99-90)

Pacquiao Vs. Broner Round-By-Round Updates:

Welterweight Championship: Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner

Round one: We are underway! Pacquiao gauges the distance with a jab. A lot of feints from both men. Pacquiao rushes in and the two parties clinch. The referee separates things and we’re back to the center. Broner slips by a combination and hugs Pacquiao again. A lightning quick jab from Broner. Pacquiao lunges forward again and another clinch. Broner thus far the more patient boxer. Broner throws a two bunch combo as Pacquiao lunges and partially lands. Pacquiao fires off and lands on Broner. A zapping straight left catches Broner. A slick right uppercut lands for Broner. Pacquiao threw more than 40 punches in that first round. 10-9 Pacquiao, 10-9 overall for Pacquiao.

Round two: Broner probing with the jab. A lot of feints from Pacquiao. Broner just misses with a sweeping left hook. Broner frames off Pacquiao’s chin in the clinch, drawing “ooohs” from the crowd. A stinging right hand lands for Broner. Pacquiao returns fire with the right hand. Broner slips his way out of the corner after being backed up by the Filipino legend. Broner lands a terrific counter right hand as Pacquiao moves in. 10-9 Pacquiao, 20-18 overall for Pacquiao.

Round three: Broner works to establish the Pacquiao aims for the body. Pacquiao lands a crunching left hand and Broner clinches up. Some feints by Pacquiao. A shot to the body by Pacquiao. Broner gets clipped by a left. Pacquiao’s jab is really working for him. Broner clinches up. Broner swings a little wild. Shout out to Pacquiao’s long socks. Pacquiao marches Broner down. Pacquiao lands a sharp jab. Broner is having trouble dealing with all this pressure. 10-9 Pacquiao, 30-27 overall for Pacquiao.

Round four: Broner feinting with that jab. Broner lands a thudding counter right hand as Pacquiao goes to the body. A check left hook lands clean for Broner. Another left hook connects. Pacquiao presses forward and Broner rolls with the punches. Pacquiao partially lands with a left uppercut. A nice jab for Pacquiao. Broner slips by as Pacquiao rushes in and the legendary boxer barrels into the ropes. That gave the commentators a good chuckle. A long counter right hook lands for Pacquiao. It seem Broner is starting to figure out his opponent’s timing a little bit. 10-9 Broner, 39-37 overall for Pacquiao.

Round five: Broner keeps the shift in momentum going, starting off the round with a crisp right hand. He ducks past a lunging punch from Pacquiao. A counter right hand lands for Broner. Pacquiao is having more trouble landing clean. Broner seems to have found the distance on his jab. Pacquiao throws a looping left hand and it’s partially blocked. Broner fires back with a jab that lands flush. Pacquiao just misses with a left cross. Broner blocks a blitzing combination from his opponent. 10-9 Broner, 48-47 overall for Pacquiao.

Round six: Pacquiao rushes in with a combination. It is punctuated with a flush left to the head. Pacquiao backs Broner up to the ropes. A thudding strike to the body lands for Pacquiao. 23-1 lead in bodyshots for Pacquiao. Another crunching shot to Broner’s body. Another one to the body. Broner just misses with the lead right. Another lead right skims Pacquiao. A blocked left straight to the head opens up Broder’s body for a massive right to the body. Broder lands a big hook to end the round, but it might not have been enough. 10-9 Pacquiao, 58-56 overall for Pacquiao.

Round seven: Pacquiao keeps pushing the pace. He barrels forward with a multi-punch combination and lands a couple on Broner. They trade jabs. Pacquiao has thrown more than double Broner’s punches. Pacquiao has Broner against the rope and launches strikes to the head and body. It is nonstop and Broner can do nothing but cover up! Broner gets the head clinch after being staggered. Right back to it. Pacquiao is looking to get Broner out of there! The round ends with Broner trying to survive. By far Pacquiao’s biggest round. 10-9 Pacquiao, 68-65 overall for Pacquiao.

Round eight: A nice counter uppercut from Broner. Another counter right hand lands for Broner. Pacquiao just slips past a big left hook. A great right hand lands over Broner’s guard. Broner with a counter right bounces off Pacquiao’s dome. Pacquiao has Broder against the ropes and tags him with a jab. One to the body for good measure. 10-9 Pacquiao, 78-74 overall for Pacquiao.

Round nine: A nice jab for Broner. A looping right grazes Broner. A right hand followed by a short left to the body for Pacquiao. A shot to the body for Pacquiao. A big left lands for Pacquiao. Broner shoots for a single leg takedown on Pacquiao. Who turned the channel to UFC Brooklyn? An audible boo from the crowd. Pacquiao keeps Broner guessing with the jab. Broner with a great right cross as Pacquiao looks for the body shot. A thunderous left hand from Pacquiao staggers Broner. Pacquiao has Broner against the ropes and is throwings HANDS! Broner fires a jab and just slips by a baseball bat-like right cross. 10-9 Pacquiao, 88-83 overall for Pacquiao.

Round ten: We have hit double digits. Round 10 underway. Broner’s power punching accuracy in this fight is half of what it normally is. A lot of feints from both boxers. Broner sticks the jab but doesn’t follow up. A lot of single punches by Broner. Pacquiao presses forwards and digs a left to Broner’s body. A little more offensive output from Broner as he sticks a jab to the body. Pacquiao has 42 body shots landed to Broner’s 2. Broder is 11 years the junior but that is doing nothing for him. Broner tries for a one-two but Pacquiao gets the shield up. A counter left lands for Broner. A great right hand catches Broner on the chin. 10-9 Pacquiao, 98-82 overall for Pacquiao.

Round eleven: A great one-two partially lands for Broner off the counter. You can sense a little more urgency in Broner. Pacquiao fires the right back-to-back. Broner feeds Pacquiao a jab. Pacquiao is making the most of that open body from the southpaw stance. A lot less activity this round from Pacquiao. Another shot to the body for Pacquiao. Broner is having trouble pulling the trigger when Pacquiao initiates and is also falling for Pacquiao’s feints. A jab partially lands for Pacquiao to close out the round. 10-9 Pacquiao, 108-91 overall for Pacquiao.

Round twelve: The final round is upon us. Broner should be looking for a knockout. Broner still comfortable letting Pacquiao lead the dance. A right cross to the body for Pacquiao. 109-49 lead in punches landed for Pacquiao. There is a mouse underneath the left eye of Pacquiao but it does not seem to be bothering him. A right hook partially lands for Pacquiao and Broner avoids the followup left. Snapping jabs from Broner but nothing sticks. A nice jab from Pacquiao followed by a two-punch combination. Pacquiao must know he is ahead but still presses the action. 20 seconds left for Broder to shock the world. Another jab for Pacquiao. 10 seconds left. The crowd is on their feet. Pacquiao with the Ali Shuffle just to make a statement. An emotional Pacquiao sits on his knees and bows against the corner. 10-9 Pacquiao, 118-100 overall for Pacquiao.

Final result: Manny Pacquiao def. Adrien Broner via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112)

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LIVE! UFC On ESPN+ 1 ‘Prelims’ Recaps

The action will unfold later tonight (Sat., Jan. 19, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 1 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as Henry Cejudo puts his newly-acquired flyweight title on the line against reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who will be dropping down to 125 pounds for the first time in his career.

In addition to the flyweight main event, former NFL star Greg Hardy will make his long-awaited Octagon debut against heavyweight prospect Allen Crowder, Paige VanZant will return to action after a one year absence to take on women’s flyweight contender Rachael Ostovich, and New York native Gregor Gillespie will put his 12-0 unbeaten MMA record on the line against veteran brawler Yancy Medeiros.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Brooklyn’s “Prelims” action will go down on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and ESPN starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Find out what happened right here as the UFC Brooklyn undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez

Hernandez bull rushed Cerrone and landed a big uppercut down the pipe. “Cowboy” shook it off, changed levels, and secured a crucial takedown. Hernandez got back to his feet and landed big knees in the clinch. Cerrone came back with a big right hand. He then followed that up with a slick head kick. More punches by “Cowboy” busted Hernandez up. Hernandez ate another left hand as he struggled to score any offense. In Round 2, Cerrone took over where he left off and started to land two piece combos at will. Hernandez did little to avoid the damage and Cerrone followed up with a brutal elbow. More knees in the clinch and another elbow over the top stunned Hernandez. Cerrone then leveled Hernandez with a nasty head kick that put the youngster down. More punches eventually forced the referee to step in for the second-round TKO stoppage.

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski

Lipski came out firing with furious combinations and knees in the clinch. Calderwood grabbed a hold of the Brazilian and put her back to the cage where she landed short-lived offense in the clinch. Calderwood then launched in for a takedown and dragged Lipski to the canvas. Lipski tried to defend but Calderwood worked to back control and nearly sunk in a rear-naked choke. Calderwood then switched to an arm triangle choke but Lipski defended nicely and wiggled free. Lipski was given no time to catch her breath as Calderwood went right back into back control. In Round 2, Lipski landed some good shots to Calderwood’s body and legs. Calderwood countered with a nice knee in the clinch followed by a right hand. Lipski really started to work the body with hard kicks for distance. Both flyweights had their moments in the round but Lipski seemed to tire more. In the third frame, Calderwood stayed ahead of Lipski with kicks to the body, spinning elbows, and hard knees inside. That was until Lipski secured a sweep and ended up in top control. The Brazilian wasn’t able to do much from that position as Calderwood fought her hands and covered her mouth. Calderwood then threw up another arm bar attempt from the bottom but Lipski fought hard to get away. In then end, it was Calderwood who did more than enough over the course of three rounds to walk away with the unanimous decision win.

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Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira

Menifield came out firing and absolutely clocked Moreira in the middle of the cage. Moreira quickly reverted to his grappling skills when he went to his back but Menifield wanted no part of it. Moreira kept busy on the feet with flying knee attempts and pawing combinations as Menifield tried to load up on power punches. Moreira pushed Menifield into the cage and started to sap his energy in the clinch. Out of nowhere Menifield blasted Moreira with a huge right hand that knocked the Brazilian down. A few follow up punches on the ground forced the referee to step in for the first-round TKO stoppage.

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Mario Bautista vs. Cory Sandhagen

Sandhagen opened up early with leg kicks in bunches before Bautista grabbed a hold of a leg and nearly secured a takedown. Out of nowhere Sandhagen landed a brutal flying knee that put Bautista on his back. Bautista somehow recovered and slammed Sandhagen onto his back, although Sandhagen secured a tight reverse triangle on the way down. Bautista popped his head free for a moment before Sandhagen locked up an arm bar and forced Bautista to tap.

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Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards

Bermudez came out firing and pressured Edwards with hard leg kicks before putting his back to the cage. Edwards regrouped and scored a knockdown with a quick uppercut, but “Menace” popped right back up. Bermudez would stay busy with takedown attempts and eventually end up in top control with one minute left. From there, Bermudez would land a few hard elbows before the end of the frame. In Round 2, Bermudez quickly shot in for another takedown and found success as Edwards tried for a guillotine. Bermudez would attempt a kimura but Edwards powered through and eventually got back to his feet. That was until Bermudez scored another takedown and landed more elbows as the round expired. Bermudez came out again in the third round and secured another takedown. From there, he tried to sink in a tight guillotine choke but Edwards did well to turn over and release pressure. Still, Bermudez was able to score big points with ground-and-pound and top control. In the end, Bermudez’s wrestling and pressure were simply too much and earned him the unanimous decision win.

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Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal

Muhammad waited patiently for his window of opportunity as Neal started to rush in and land short punches in the clinch. Neal followed his efforts up with kicks to the body and lead leg of Muhammad. A nasty two-punch combination then landed for Neal as Muhammad’s head snapped back. In Round 2, Muhammad kept backing into the cage and allowing Neal to lead the dance. Neal landed vicious combinations along the cage as Muhammad tried to counter with his own offense. Another straight left landed for Neal. Muhammad came back and started to find a home for looping body shots. Neal kept responding but seemed to slow a bit from the damage. The third round saw Neal get back into the driver’s seat and land first. Muhammad countered with head kicks, body punches, and combinations down the pipe, but Neal remained in control and scored a huge knockdown with a lead left midway through the frame. Muhammad would somehow recover before eating another left on the feet. Neal would land a head kick that put Muhammad back on the canvas. Muhammad would again return to his feet and started to incite a brawl with Neal. Neal remained patient and rode out the final moments to capture the unanimous decision win.

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Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart

Both welterweights threw bombs early before Stewart accidentally landed a low blow. Rencountre recovered and secured a quick double leg takedown. Stewart got back to his feet before Rencountre took him down again and worked to back control. From there, Rencountre fought the hands and sunk his arms under Stewart’s neck en route to the rear-naked choke finish.

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Live! UFC Brooklyn Press Conference Video

Here is news that will shock you:

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Greg Hardy, despite his placement in the UFC on ESPN+ 1 co-main event, will not be a part of today’s pre-fight press conference, which gets underway at 2 p.m. ET in the embedded video above. It’s almost like they don’t want the media to ask him any tough questions.

Weird.

Anyway, the flyweight headliners, Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw, will take the stage to rap with nosy reporters and talk about Saturday night’s (Jan. 19, 2018) title fight, taking place inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Joining them will be “Prelims” standouts Donald Cerrone and Alex Hernandez. “Cowboy” and “The Great” will be the final fight on ESPN before the telecast switches over to the ESPN+ streaming service and I’m sure they’ll be good for a quote or two.

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LIVE! RIZIN 14 Results, Streaming Updates Tonight

RIZIN returns yet again for Japanese MMA’s traditional New Year’s Eve spectacular on FITE.TV. Unfortunately, the main attraction — a boxing exhibition between Floyd Mayweather and kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa — will not air in North America or Japan. We will still endeavor to give you all live updates, though.

MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of RIZIN 14, starting with the FITE.TV broadcast (watch it) at 1 a.m. ET later this evening (technically Dec. 31, 2018).

Even without Mayweather vs. Tenshin, though, the card remains fairly stacked. Fans willing to get up/stay up in time will get to see Kyoji Horiguchi — the best fighter outside of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) — take on Bellator Bantamweight king Darrion Caldwell in a cool cross-promotional gimmick. Other attractions include a clash between top Atomweight fighters Kanna Asakura and Ayaka Hamasaki, the return of blue-chip Light Heavyweight Jiri Prochazka, the latest freakshow from Gabi Garcia, and what should be an absolute banger between UFC vets Daron Cruickshank and Damien Brown.

RIZIN 14 QUICK RESULTS

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Darrion Caldwell
Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki
Jiri Prochazka vs Brandon Halsey — Prochazka def. Halsey by submission (punches) in Round One
Gabi Garcia vs Barbara Nepomuceno — Garcia def. Nepomuceno by submission (americana) at 2:39 of Round One
Daron Cruickshank vs Damien Brown — Cruickshank def. Brown by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:19 of Round One
Mika Nagano vs Miyuu Yamamoto — Yamamoto def. Nagano by unanimous decision
Kazuyuki Miyata vs Erson Yamamoto — Miyata def. Yamamoto by submission (hammerlock) at 3:23 Round Two
Yusuke Yachi vs Johnny Case — Case def. Yachi by TKO (eye injury) at 4:47 Round Two
Yuki Motoya vs Justin Scoggins — Motoya def. Scoggins by submission (teepee choke) at 3:28 of Round One
Ulka Sasaki vs Manel Kape — Sasaki def. Kape by unanimous decision
Shinju Auclair vs Justyna Haba — Haba def. Auclair by technical submission (rear naked choke) at 3:41 of Round Two
Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musayev — Musayev def. Tyson by TKO (punches) at 1:19 of Round Two
RENA vs Samantha Jean Francois

RIZIN 14 ROUND-BY-ROUND COVERAGE

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

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Round three:

Final result:

Kyoji Horiguchi vs Darrion Caldwell

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Final result:

Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki

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Jiri Prochazka vs Brandon Halsey

Round one: Halsey shoots, moves directly to the back. One hook in. One minute in. They spin to half guard. Short elbows from Halsey, who takes side control. Prochazka gets to his knees, only for Halsey to latch onto a guillotine in half guard. Prochazka trying to grit it out. Full mount now. Halsey tries to convert to a one-handed version, but loses it. He takes the back, but Prochazka scrambles out and cracks him on the way up. Flying knee attempt. Halsey gets tangled up in the ropes, prompting a pause. Lead right from Prochazka. Halsey shoots through a flying knee. Prochazka defends with an underhook, lands a knee. Halsey falls through the ropes again, apparently of his own volition, and appears to hurt his back. He takes his time getting back in the ring and gets a yellow card for the delay. Halsey shoots, cracked with a knee, falls through the ropes again. Not all the way out this time. He looks desperate. Takes an eye poke. Five minutes in.

Halsey lands an overhand right and shoots in the corner. Prochazka with an anaconda, can’t get it and surrenders the takedown. Halsey moves to the back, nearly gets the choke, loses top position. Prochazka dropping heavy punches. Halsey covers up and taps to strikes

Final result: Prochazka def. Halsey by submission (punches)

Gabi Garcia vs Barbara Nepomuceno

Round one: 3-2 lands for Garcia. Nepomuceno whiffs on an overhand right. Garcia spamming punches as she advances. Right hands connect and she gets over-unders briefly. Nepomuceno with double unders now a minute in. They separate, then Garcia ties up again. She drags Nepomuceno to the mat and takes side control. Short punches from Garcia two minutes in. She threatens an americana for a second, then gets it on her second try.

Final result: Garcia def. Nepomuceno by submission (americana)

Daron Cruickshank vs Damien Brown

Round one: They open the fight trading in the center. Brown changes levels, denied, avoids a head kick on the way up. Lead right from Brown a minute in. Cruickshank connects with a spinning back fist and tries to follow up with a flying knee. He ties up in the corner. Cruickshank tries a spinning elbow, lands body kicks. Cruickshank with a right downstairs. Brown trips him up with a low kick. Straight right connects as Cruickshank kicks his legs, then lands a soccer kick. Cruickshank in the front headlock, landing knees. Brown lands a right on the break. Two minutes to go.

Cruickshank prodding with his jab, fires a spinning back fist, head kick, and spinning back kick. They trade on the ropes. Brown misses a head kick, lands a spinning back fist to follow up. Cruickshank looks for an elbow, hits a takedown into guard but lands in a guillotine. Brown locks up his legs and squeezes his way to a finish.

Final result: Brown def. Cruickshank by submission (guillotine choke)

Mika Nagano vs Miyuu Yamamoto

Round one: Yamamoto on the advance. Straight left lands and she opens up in the corner. Good 1-2. Nagano shoots, sprawled on. Yamamoto landing punches as she defends. Knees to the head, more punches. Two minutes in. Yamamoto continues to land. Hard right hands in the corner. Two minutes to go.

More hammerfists and punches. One minute to go. Yamamoto keeps it up until the bell. She’s got a sizable lead.

Round two: Very slow start to the round. Nagano shoots, eats knees from the sprawling Yamamoto. Nagano regaining guard. She gets it. Looking for rubber guard. Two minutes in. Mostly just control so far. Ref stands them up with two minutes to go.

Lead left from Yamamoto. They mostly just stand at range until that lase few seconds, which see Yamamoto hit an inside strip. Yamamoto still well ahead.

Round three: Yamamoto opens with a body kick. Jab upstairs. Straight left by Nagano. Counter right hook from Yamamoto a minute in. Again. Nagano shoots, stuffed, eats more knees. Body punches. Elbows to the body as Nagano regains guard two minutes in. Half guard now. Two minutes to go.

Yamamoto landing short ground-and-pound. Nagano regains guard and looks for moission control with a minute to go. Ref stands them up with twenty seconds left. Nagano lands a right. Clear win for Yamamoto.

Final result: Yamamoto def. Nagano by unanimous decision

Kazuyuki Miyata vs Erson Yamamoto

Round one: They collide in the center with flying knees to start the fight. Yamamoto pressing him against the ropes. He gets double underhooks and takes Miyata down into guard. Miyata threatens a triangle, so Yamamoto stands up straight to wriggle out. Miyata transitions to an armbar, then back to the triangle. Yamamoto slams his way out two minutes in. Good right hand from Yamamoto. Miyata threatens a sweep, then goes back to the triangle with two minutes to go.

Yamamoto again slams his way out and moves to half guard. Miyata snatches a kimura and sweeps into side control. Yamamoto using his legs to hold his hand steady, lands knees to the head and scrambles to his feet. Leg kick lands for Yamamoto. Miyata in the lead thanks to submission attempt.

Round two: Leg kick and straight right from Yamamoto. Miyata lands a left. Counter rights from Yamamoto. He tries a head kick. One minute in. Yamamoto hops in with a knee and drops Miyata with a right hand behind it. He follows Miyata down into side control, then half guard. Full guard. Good elbows from Yamamoto. A scramble ensues. Yamamoto misses a knee, lands punches and goes back into guard. Two minutes to go.

Miyata grabs a vicious-looking hammerlock, sweeping into mount and forcin ghte tap.

Final result: Miyata def. Yamamoto by submission (hammerlock)

Yusuke Yachi vs Johnny Case

Round one: Low kick from Yachi, head kick attempt from Case. 1-2 catches Yachi on one leg and Case follows up with a takedown into side control. Things slow way down. Yachi regains guard and scrambles to his feet tow minutes in. Case looking for a single-leg in the corner. They separate. Low kick from Yachi, then a body kick. Case lands a 1-2-1. Two minutes to go.

Check hook rattles Case, who shoots in response. Yachi lands a knee on the break. Case lands a body kick. Yachi tries a head kick, knocked back by a right hand. One minute to go. Both try 1-2s. Yachi lands a right hook to kick off a heavy exchange. Both try head kicks. Straight right from Case, right hook from Yachi. Close first round, maybe favoring Case a bit.

Round two: Yachi’s right eye is badly swollen, but he comes out for the next round. Counter hook lands for Yachi. Head kick attempt. Low kick from Case. 3-2 lands on the counter. One minute in. Case ducks a left hand for a takedown into butterfly guard. Yachi holding him close with an overhook. He briefly looks for a triangle/armbar. Two minutes to go.

Yachi tries an upkick and scrambles up. Low kick exchange. One minute to go. Yachi tries a head kick and they trade hooks. Both land hard near the corner. Hard left hand and Yachi’s eye is pouring blood. Ref steps in. There’s just too much damage to the eye and the ref calls it.

Final result: Case def. Yachi by TKO (eye injury)

Yuki Motoya vs Justin Scoggins

Round one: Motoya targeting the lead leg early. Head kick from Scoggins. 2-1 lands. Switching stance. Side kick and hook kick attempts. Motoya ties up a minute in, gets pressed against the ropes for a moment. 1-2-head kick attempt, then a body kick from Scoggins. Motoya buzzes him with a straight right, eats a left on the ropes. Scoggins hits a takedown into guard. Motoya tries a triangle, stymied by Scoggins’ hand. Two minutes in. The hand’s out and the triangle is locked in. This is deep. Two minutes to go.

Trading hammerfists. Motoya transitions to a teepee choke and gets the finish.

Final result: Motoya def. Scoggins by submission (teepee choke)

Ulka Sasaki vs Manel Kape

Round one: Sasaki pressuring early. Kape catches a pair of kicks, lands a body shot. Trading punches in the center. Kape taunts, digs a right to the body. Sasaki with a body kick. Short right from Kape. Hard right hand and left hook. Step-back right connects a minute in. Sasaki goes for a low single in the corner. He completes it after a long struggle. Kape scrambles up and sprawls on the next shot, but Sasaki continues to drive. Again Kape scrambles up and puts him on the ropes. Trading knees. They separate. Two minutes to go.

Head kick and lefts from Sasaki. Low kick lands. Body kick, low kick, head kick attempt. Straight left, counter knee. Knee upstairs with a minute to go. They trade power hands. Sasaki hits another low takedown on the ropes. He quickly transitions to the back, but loses it and lands elbows. Kape sweeps into side control. Sasaki ahead.

Round two: Kape lands a jab and head kick, then stuffs a takedown. Check hook from Sasaki, Kape comes back with a combo that drops Sasaki. Sasaki shoots, eats a knee on the way up. Well-timed level change from Sasaki puts him in half guard. Lovely transition to the back. Looking for the choke with one hook in. Dropping left hands. Kape spins into half guard two minutes in. Kape gets to his knees, separates, gets taken down again on the ropes. Sasaki pulls his head out of a guillotine with two minutes to go.

Sasaki passes to side control, then starts dropping punches and elbows from the crucifix. He goes to mount and the back in quick succession. One minute to go. He worms his forearm under Kape’s chin, can’t complete it. Looking to soften him up with punches. Kape saved by the bell as the ground-and-pound continue. Kape will need something massive to win this.

Round three: Kape stuffs an early takedown. 2-1 from Sasaki. One minute in. Kape with a straight right. Sasaki lands a straight left, can’t complete a shot. Overhand left from Kape. Straight from Sasaki. He shoots again, sprawled on. Two minutes in. Head kick attempt from Sasaki. Body kicks. Kape lands a lead left, eats jabs. Two minutes to go.

Sasaki with another low takedown, eats hammerfists from Kape but completes it. Half guard. Sasaki maintaining position well. Kape tries to scramble free from his knees, can’t do so. Sasaki should certainly get the decision.

Final result: Sasaki def. Kape by unanimous decision

Shinju Auclair vs Justyna Haba

Round one: Both women looking to find their range in the early going. Right hand lands for Haba. Both connect with rights in the corner. Another overhand by Haba. One minute in. Right cross from Auclair and she ties up. Can’t get the trip. They trade rights near the corner. Haba lands a low kick, eats a right hand and slugs her with her own in the clinch. Two minutes in. Auclair drops her with a right hand on the ropes and follows her down into guard. Haba clears her head and quickly transitions from a triangle to an armbar. Auclair working her elbow free. Two minutes to go.

Haba transitions to a toe hold, eats heel kicks to the face. Auclair escapes and transitions to the back. Auclair with some knees on the turtling Haba, then puts in a hook. She goes for an armbar, runs out of time. Auclair ahead.

Round two: Auclair wades in with a series of right hands and attempts a clinch. Haba with a left on the break. Haba lands her own rights inside. Auclair looks for a head-and-arm throw and puts in both hooks on the way down. Haba spins into her guard. Auclair goes for an armbar, but surrenders mount. Haba dropping punches two minutes in. Elbows as well. She continues to land. Two minutes to go.

Auclair surrendering her back. Haba pins an arm down with her leg and locks up the RNC, putting Auclair to sleep.

Final result: Haba def. Auclair by technical submission (rear naked choke)

Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musayev

Round one: Musayev switching stance constantly. Low kick from Tyson. Leg kick exchange. Musayev tries a head kick. One minute in. Tyson leg kick. Musayev tries a spinning back kick. Two minutes in. Both whiff on overhand rights. They exchange on the ropes. Good punching flurry from Musayev. Two minutes to go.

Tyson leg kick, Musayev straight right. Wheel kick falls short. Tyson blasts him with a 2-3 inside. Low kick exchange. One minute to go. Counter right lands for Musayev. Spinning back fist to body kick. Musayev lands a left hook and hits a takedown before dropping heavy ground-and-pound at the bell. He’s moderately ahead so far.

Round two: Trading kicks to start the round. Musayev lands an overhand right and takes him down in the corner. Punches from Musayev. One minute in. Musayev ramps up the hammerfists to prompt the stoppage.

Final result: Musayev def. Tyson by TKO (punches)

RENA vs Samantha Jean Francois

Round one:

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Round three:

Final result:

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