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LIVE! UFC Saint Petersburg Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its return to Russia this weekend (Sat., April 20, 2019) with the UFC Fight Night 149 on ESPN+, which will take place inside Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg. At the top of the card, former Heavyweight title contender, Alistair Overeem, tries to get back into the 265-pound title chase at the expense of Ukrainian submission specialist, Aleksei Oleinik. In the UFC Saint Petersburg co-main event, Russian sambo stylist, Islam Makhachev, takes on fellow countryman, Arman Tsarukyan, in Lightweight action. In addition, Brazilian Heavyweight, Marcelo Golm, takes on another local favorite, Sergei Pavlovich, in main card action.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 149 fight card below, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” undercard bouts at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 1 p.m. ET.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Overeem vs. Oleinik.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 149 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC SAINT PETERSBURG QUICK RESULTS:

Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich — Pavlovich def. Golm by KO (punches) at 1:06 of Round One
Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko — Modafferi def. Shevchenko by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko — Jotko def. Amedovski by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 x2)
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi — Evloev def. Choi by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-26)
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura — Aliev def. Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alex da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev — Yakovlev def. da Silva by submission (Schultz headlock) at 3:10 of Round Two
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura — Abdurakhimov def. Tybura by TKO (punches) at 3:15 of Round Two
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk — Oleksiejczuk def. Antigulov by KO (punches) at 0:44 of Round One
Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev — Mustafaev def. Fiziev by TKO (spinning back kick and punches) at 1:26 of Round One

UFC SAINT PETERSBURG PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:

265 lbs.: Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik

Round one:
Round two:
Round three:
Round four:
Round five:

Final result:


155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan

Round one: Both men looking to kick early. Tsarukyan slips and Makhachev uses the opportunity to shoot. Tsarukyan defends, looks for a single-leg. Good balance from Makhachev a minute in. He puts Tsarukyan on the fence. Knee from Tsarukyan. Lovely foot sweep from Makhachev into mount. Tsarukyan uses butterfly hooks to gets to his feet, Makhachev attached to the front headlock. He pulls guard on a guillotine, loses it and now it’s Tsarukyan looking for his own guillotine. Loses it two minutes in.

Tsarukyan looks for an elbow. Makhachev fires a knee that Tsarukyan catches. Tsarukyan going hard for the takedown, Makhachev defending well. Tsarukyan is relentless. One minute to go. They’re face-to-face in the clinch again. Separation. Tsarukyan ducks a big left hand and looks for a single-leg. Close round. 10-9 Makhachev?

Round two: Makhachev tries a head kick. Tsarukyan shoots, sprawled on. One minute in. Makhachev tries to snap him down and eats a right on the break. Tsarukyan looks for his own head kick. He shoots again, denied with an underhook. Knee and body punches from Makhachev. Trading knees in the clinch. Another foot sweep into a single-leg attempt, can’t quite run the pipe. Tsarukyan looking for a kimura as Makhachev puts him on the fence. Two minutes to go.

Makhachev gets him to his back, still fighting off the kimura. Tsarukyan loses it. Makhachev looking to pass to side control. Tsarukyan pops up into his own takedown attempt. One minute to go. Elbow from Makhachev on the sprawl. Now he’s looking for a single-leg again. 10-9 Makhachev.

Round three: Tasrukyan looking aggressive, eats a counter left. Combination from Tsarukyan, who ducks into a head kick. One minute in.

Final result:


265 lbs.: Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich

Round one: They’re trading early, both men connecting well. Hard 3-2 by Pavlovich. Overhand right hurts Golm a minute in and Pavlovich chases him to the fence, pouring it on for the finish.

Final result: Pavlovich def Golm by KO (punches)


205 lbs.: Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov

Round one:
Round two:
Round three:

Final result:


125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko

Round one: Low kick from Shevchenko. Modafferi falling short with her shots. One minute in. Nice counters by Shevchenko. Good straight left. Counter jabs by Shevchenko as Modafferi works her way in. Two minutes in. Shevchenko leg kick, circles away from punches. Another straight left. Modafferi with a couple right hands as she chases. Another right hand. Two minutes to go.

Modafferi muscles her way into the clinch. She gets Shevchenko to her seat. One minute to go. Full takedown, nearly into mount. Short shots from Modafferi. 10-9 Modafferi.

Round two: Shevchenko spends the first minute picking Modafferi apart at range. Constant left hands. Modafferi again powers her way into the clinch, looking for takedowns. She gets Shevchenko down despite the latter having a whizzer. Modafferi on top in half guard. Two minutes to go.

Shevchenko looks to kick her away. Modafferi comes back down into half guard. Shevchenko with some hammerfists off her back. Modafferi working her way to mount, Shevchenko regains half guard. Punches by Modafferi. 10-9 Modafferi.

Round three: My feed dies early as Shevchenko is piecing her up, then comes back with Modafferi looking for the back. One minute in. One hook in, but Shevchenko sweeps into guard. Modafferi threatens an armbar, then hits her own sweep into mount two minutes in. Elbow from Modafferi. More punches. Two minutes to go.

Shevchenko sweeps again. Modafferi makes it to her feet.Good knees by Shevchenko. Modafferi takes her to the fence. One minute to go. Shevchenko with a knee, gets taken down via high crotch. 10-9 Modafferi.

Final result: Modafferi def. Shevchenko by split decision


185 lbs.: Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Round one: Jotko flicking out kicks to start. Counter hook from Amedovski. One minute in. Check hook by Jotko. Body kick and takedown attempt, which starts ugly but ends up with Jotko on top in half guard. Amedovski tries to muscle his way to his feet, gives up his back, then rolls into guard. He drops some good shots bsfore separating. Jotko steps in a with a spinning elbow that briefly wobbles Amedovski. He follows up with a hard right hook and a takedown into side control with two minutes to go.

Jotko looks for the back, Amedovski regains half guard. Jotko postures up for some heavier blows. 10-9 Jotko.

Round two: Jotko pressuring, tries a straight left. One minute in. Left hand lands for Amedovski. Jotko hits a nice outside reap into side control. Two minutes in. Jotko with some short elbows. He briefly gets the crucifix. Two minutes to go.

More short blows. One minute to go. Crucifix again. Right hands piling up for Jotko as Amedovski tries desperately to bridge. Elbows too. 10-8 Jotko.

Round three: Jotko circling on the outside. Head kick attempt. Lead left a minute in. Jotko shoots, completes another takedown into guard. Good elbow. Two minutes in. More ground-and-pound piling up. Two minutes to go.

Jotko eventually works his way back to side control. More elbows. Amedovski gets back to his feet and Jotko raises his hands.10-9 Jotko.

Final result: Jotko def. Amedovski by unanimous decision


145 lbs.: Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi

Round one: Choi throwing heat early, lands a teep and leg kick. Evloev fires a lead uppercut and gets clipped by a counter right a minute in. Knee from Choi. Evloev overhand right in return. Choi pops him with a jab. Evloev shoots, drags Choi to the mat and quickly moves to side control. Two minutes in. Knees to the body. Choi regains guard. Two minutes to go.

Short right hands by Evloev. Choi tries to roll free, early gives up his back but manages to maintain guard. One minute to go. Choi rolls again, eats a knee on the way up. Right hands from Evloev, more knees. He takes Choi down, eats a knee, drags him down for more punches. 10-9 Evloev.

Round two: Choi bounces punches off Evloev’s guard. Both whiff on punches, but Evloev gets Choi off-balance enough to shoot. Right hands from Evloev and some chain wrestling. One minute in. Good knee from Choi, but he gets taken down for it. Evloev looking for the back, kicks off the cage to look for a hook. Two minutes in. Choi unloads some elbows to the back of the head but gets taken down into guard before he can be penalized for it. Two minutes to go.

Choi looks for a triangle, Evloev looks for the back. Evloev winds up losing a point for illegal knees and they restart on the feet. Choi firing head kicks. Evloev tries to spin, nearly gets head kicked. One minute to go. Evloev gets in on a takedown. Legal knee this time. Choi looking to counter the takedown with his own knees. 9-9 with the point deduction.

Round three: Evloev hits another takedown into guard right off the bat. Choi gets to his knees and gets to the fence, but can’t dislodge the Russian. He gets a moment of separation off a failed throw, can’t maintain it. Two minutes in. Short right from Evloev. Choi lands a knee downstairs. Evloev still chipping away with right hands against the cage. Two minutes to go.

Choi manages to limp-leg out. Evloev looks to spin, then gets in on a takedown when Choi tries to do the same. One minute to go. Choi doing a good job of staying on his knees or feet, but gets slammed. He pops up, takes more short punches. 10-9 Evloev.

Final result: Evloev def. Choi by unanimous decision


170 lbs.: Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura

Round one: Nakamura tries a head kick. Aliev knocks his mouthpiece out with a jab. They trade lefts. One minute in. Nakamura with a counter knee. Aliev wobbles him with a 2-3. Nakamura body kick blocked, then both land hard right hands. Two minutes in. Nakamura tries another body kick and Aliev suddenly starts blasting him with right hands and a slam. Nakamura hits a trip, can’t maintain top position. Two minutes to go.

Aliev brings him down with a double-leg, lands right hands on the way up. Nakamura gets double underhooks and reverses. One minute to go. Big uppercuts on the break from Aliev, who shoots again. 10-9 Aliev.

Round two: Low kick from Nakamura. Lead rights from Aliev. Nakamura low kick. One minute in. Overhand right by Aliev. Nakamura low kick. They trade body shots. Two minutes in. Aliev pops him with a jab and overhand right, takes a couple from Nakamura and ties up. He tries to spin on the break. Two minutes to go.

Straight left and leg kick by Nakamura. Aliev looks for a single-leg, slams him down form the rear waist lock. One minute to go. Good right hand by Aliev. Elbows by Nakamura in return. Nakamura gets to his feet, still tied up. 10-9 Aliev.

Round three: Back to picking at each other at range. One minute in. Right hook lands for Nakamura. Jab exchange. Aliev shoots, gets Nakamura to his seat. Two minutes in. Aliev staying heavy, looking for the back. No-hooks RNC attempt, can’t get it. Nakamura escapes and looks for a takedown, can’t get it and has to defend another. Two minutes to go.

Nakamura separates with an underhook. Aliev body shot. Nakmura stuffs a takedown, eats a jab and glancing overhand. Right hook from Nakamura with a minute to go. Head kick by Nakamura nearly catches Aliev leaning. Straight right knocks Nakamura back. 10-9 Aliev.

Final result: Aliev def. Nakamura by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Alex da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Round one: Yakovlev lands a body kick, avoids the follow-up punches. da Silva aggressive early, cracks him with a 1-2. Yakovlev ties up and puts him on the fence. One minute in. He lands a knee before da Silva separates. Left straight to uppercut, neither lands clean. Nicely timed takdeown from Yakovlev, but da Silva stuffs it with a whizzer and slams Yakovlev to the mat. Two minutes in. da Silva on top in side control. Yakovlev rolls to his knees, rolls into guard and looks for a takedown when da Silva takes the back. Two minutes to go.

Elbows from da Silva as he defends the single-leg. He looks for his own takedown once again. One minute to go. Browne elbows by Yakovlev. He reverses position. da Silva looks for a double-leg, can’t get it. 10-9 da Silva.

Round two: Yakovlev slips on a high kick and eats a punch as da Silva takes top position. Yakovlev looking to kick him off, nearly gives up mount. Yakovlev rolls to his knees and looks for a takedown. One minute in. da Silva gets the front headlock and sprawls, but gets slammed for his guillotine attempt. da Silva scrambles through for a double-leg attempt. Yakovlev still defending. Two minutes in. Browne elbows by Yakovlev. Still sprawling. Two minutes to go.

Yakovlev continues sprawling and puts on a squeeze that draws a tap. Looks like a Schultz headlock.

Final result: Yakovlev def. da Silva by submission (Schultz headlock)


265 lbs.: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura

Round one: Lead right from Abdurakhimov to start. Body shot. 2-3. Uppercut in the center, gets clipped by a counter right. One minute in. Abdurakhimov low kick and body jab. Quick exchange in the center. Tybura pops him with a jab. Heavy counter right by Abdurakhimov. Up-jab comes back at him and Tybura trips him up with a low kick. Two minutes in. Abdurakhimov landing most of the clean punches so far, continues to find the mark with the lead right. Hard clinch uppercuts. Two minutes to go.

1-2 lands for Abdurakhimov. Two more rights. Tybura lands a body kick that may have strayed low. One minute to go. Counter right by Abdurakhimov. Spinning back fist attempt. Short right by Tybura, lead right by Abdurakhimov. 10-9 Abdurakhimov.

Round two: Abdurakhimov lands a spinning back kick early. Brief clinch attempt. Tybura body kick met by some right hands. One minute in. Tybura nearly catches him with a head kick, then stuffs a takedown. Abdurakhimov with a right to the body. Good clinch uppercuts. Tybura stuffs a takedown two minutes in. Abdurakhimov with a glancing spinning back fist, claims a low blow but ref doesn’t see it. Tybura fires a head kick and denies another takedown. Abdurakhimov lands a right downstairs. Two minutes to go.

Lead hook takes out Tybura’s legs and Abdurakhimov clobbers him against the fence until the ref comes in.

Final result: Abdurakhimov def. Tybura by TKO (punches)


205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Round one: Antigulov clips him with a series of right hands, fails on a low single. Another right hand and another, but Oleksiejczuk levels him with a counter left. Antigulov still charging after him. Another uppercut drops him, then a third and Oleksiejczuk pounds him out.

Final result: Oleksiejczuk def. Antigulov by KO (punches)


155 lbs.: Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Round one: Fiziev switching stance. Wheel kick clips him, he survives. Low kick by Mustafaev. Another. One minute in. He checks a leg kick from Fiziev, then wipes him out with a spinning back kick to the face. A few more punches and the ref steps in.

Final result: Mustafaev def. Fiziev by TKO (spinning back kick and punches)


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LIVE! UFC Saint Petersburg Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its return to Russia this weekend (Sat., April 20, 2019) with the UFC Fight Night 149 on ESPN+, which will take place inside Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg. At the top of the card, former Heavyweight title contender, Alistair Overeem, tries to get back into the 265-pound title chase at the expense of Ukrainian submission specialist, Aleksei Oleinik. In the UFC Saint Petersburg co-main event, Russian sambo stylist, Islam Makhachev, takes on fellow countryman, Arman Tsarukyan, in Lightweight action. In addition, Brazilian Heavyweight, Marcelo Golm, takes on another local favorite, Sergei Pavlovich, in main card action.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 149 fight card below, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” undercard bouts at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 1 p.m. ET.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Overeem vs. Oleinik.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 149 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC SAINT PETERSBURG QUICK RESULTS:

Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich — Pavlovich def. Golm by KO (punches) at 1:06 of Round One
Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko — Modafferi def. Shevchenko by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko — Jotko def. Amedovski by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 x2)
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi — Evloev def. Choi by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-26)
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura — Aliev def. Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alex da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev — Yakovlev def. da Silva by submission (Schultz headlock) at 3:10 of Round Two
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura — Abdurakhimov def. Tybura by TKO (punches) at 3:15 of Round Two
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk — Oleksiejczuk def. Antigulov by KO (punches) at 0:44 of Round One
Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev — Mustafaev def. Fiziev by TKO (spinning back kick and punches) at 1:26 of Round One

UFC SAINT PETERSBURG PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:

265 lbs.: Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik

Round one:
Round two:
Round three:
Round four:
Round five:

Final result:


155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan

Round one: Both men looking to kick early. Tsarukyan slips and Makhachev uses the opportunity to shoot. Tsarukyan defends, looks for a single-leg. Good balance from Makhachev a minute in. He puts Tsarukyan on the fence. Knee from Tsarukyan. Lovely foot sweep from Makhachev into mount. Tsarukyan uses butterfly hooks to gets to his feet, Makhachev attached to the front headlock. He pulls guard on a guillotine, loses it and now it’s Tsarukyan looking for his own guillotine. Loses it two minutes in.

Tsarukyan looks for an elbow. Makhachev fires a knee that Tsarukyan catches. Tsarukyan going hard for the takedown, Makhachev defending well. Tsarukyan is relentless. One minute to go. They’re face-to-face in the clinch again. Separation. Tsarukyan ducks a big left hand and looks for a single-leg. Close round. 10-9 Makhachev?

Round two: Makhachev tries a head kick. Tsarukyan shoots, sprawled on. One minute in. Makhachev tries to snap him down and eats a right on the break. Tsarukyan looks for his own head kick. He shoots again, denied with an underhook. Knee and body punches from Makhachev. Trading knees in the clinch. Another foot sweep into a single-leg attempt, can’t quite run the pipe. Tsarukyan looking for a kimura as Makhachev puts him on the fence. Two minutes to go.

Makhachev gets him to his back, still fighting off the kimura. Tsarukyan loses it. Makhachev looking to pass to side control. Tsarukyan pops up into his own takedown attempt. One minute to go. Elbow from Makhachev on the sprawl. Now he’s looking for a single-leg again. 10-9 Makhachev.

Round three: Tasrukyan looking aggressive, eats a counter left. Combination from Tsarukyan, who ducks into a head kick. One minute in.

Final result:


265 lbs.: Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich

Round one: They’re trading early, both men connecting well. Hard 3-2 by Pavlovich. Overhand right hurts Golm a minute in and Pavlovich chases him to the fence, pouring it on for the finish.

Final result: Pavlovich def Golm by KO (punches)


205 lbs.: Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov

Round one:
Round two:
Round three:

Final result:


125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko

Round one: Low kick from Shevchenko. Modafferi falling short with her shots. One minute in. Nice counters by Shevchenko. Good straight left. Counter jabs by Shevchenko as Modafferi works her way in. Two minutes in. Shevchenko leg kick, circles away from punches. Another straight left. Modafferi with a couple right hands as she chases. Another right hand. Two minutes to go.

Modafferi muscles her way into the clinch. She gets Shevchenko to her seat. One minute to go. Full takedown, nearly into mount. Short shots from Modafferi. 10-9 Modafferi.

Round two: Shevchenko spends the first minute picking Modafferi apart at range. Constant left hands. Modafferi again powers her way into the clinch, looking for takedowns. She gets Shevchenko down despite the latter having a whizzer. Modafferi on top in half guard. Two minutes to go.

Shevchenko looks to kick her away. Modafferi comes back down into half guard. Shevchenko with some hammerfists off her back. Modafferi working her way to mount, Shevchenko regains half guard. Punches by Modafferi. 10-9 Modafferi.

Round three: My feed dies early as Shevchenko is piecing her up, then comes back with Modafferi looking for the back. One minute in. One hook in, but Shevchenko sweeps into guard. Modafferi threatens an armbar, then hits her own sweep into mount two minutes in. Elbow from Modafferi. More punches. Two minutes to go.

Shevchenko sweeps again. Modafferi makes it to her feet.Good knees by Shevchenko. Modafferi takes her to the fence. One minute to go. Shevchenko with a knee, gets taken down via high crotch. 10-9 Modafferi.

Final result: Modafferi def. Shevchenko by split decision


185 lbs.: Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Round one: Jotko flicking out kicks to start. Counter hook from Amedovski. One minute in. Check hook by Jotko. Body kick and takedown attempt, which starts ugly but ends up with Jotko on top in half guard. Amedovski tries to muscle his way to his feet, gives up his back, then rolls into guard. He drops some good shots bsfore separating. Jotko steps in a with a spinning elbow that briefly wobbles Amedovski. He follows up with a hard right hook and a takedown into side control with two minutes to go.

Jotko looks for the back, Amedovski regains half guard. Jotko postures up for some heavier blows. 10-9 Jotko.

Round two: Jotko pressuring, tries a straight left. One minute in. Left hand lands for Amedovski. Jotko hits a nice outside reap into side control. Two minutes in. Jotko with some short elbows. He briefly gets the crucifix. Two minutes to go.

More short blows. One minute to go. Crucifix again. Right hands piling up for Jotko as Amedovski tries desperately to bridge. Elbows too. 10-8 Jotko.

Round three: Jotko circling on the outside. Head kick attempt. Lead left a minute in. Jotko shoots, completes another takedown into guard. Good elbow. Two minutes in. More ground-and-pound piling up. Two minutes to go.

Jotko eventually works his way back to side control. More elbows. Amedovski gets back to his feet and Jotko raises his hands.10-9 Jotko.

Final result: Jotko def. Amedovski by unanimous decision


145 lbs.: Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi

Round one: Choi throwing heat early, lands a teep and leg kick. Evloev fires a lead uppercut and gets clipped by a counter right a minute in. Knee from Choi. Evloev overhand right in return. Choi pops him with a jab. Evloev shoots, drags Choi to the mat and quickly moves to side control. Two minutes in. Knees to the body. Choi regains guard. Two minutes to go.

Short right hands by Evloev. Choi tries to roll free, early gives up his back but manages to maintain guard. One minute to go. Choi rolls again, eats a knee on the way up. Right hands from Evloev, more knees. He takes Choi down, eats a knee, drags him down for more punches. 10-9 Evloev.

Round two: Choi bounces punches off Evloev’s guard. Both whiff on punches, but Evloev gets Choi off-balance enough to shoot. Right hands from Evloev and some chain wrestling. One minute in. Good knee from Choi, but he gets taken down for it. Evloev looking for the back, kicks off the cage to look for a hook. Two minutes in. Choi unloads some elbows to the back of the head but gets taken down into guard before he can be penalized for it. Two minutes to go.

Choi looks for a triangle, Evloev looks for the back. Evloev winds up losing a point for illegal knees and they restart on the feet. Choi firing head kicks. Evloev tries to spin, nearly gets head kicked. One minute to go. Evloev gets in on a takedown. Legal knee this time. Choi looking to counter the takedown with his own knees. 9-9 with the point deduction.

Round three: Evloev hits another takedown into guard right off the bat. Choi gets to his knees and gets to the fence, but can’t dislodge the Russian. He gets a moment of separation off a failed throw, can’t maintain it. Two minutes in. Short right from Evloev. Choi lands a knee downstairs. Evloev still chipping away with right hands against the cage. Two minutes to go.

Choi manages to limp-leg out. Evloev looks to spin, then gets in on a takedown when Choi tries to do the same. One minute to go. Choi doing a good job of staying on his knees or feet, but gets slammed. He pops up, takes more short punches. 10-9 Evloev.

Final result: Evloev def. Choi by unanimous decision


170 lbs.: Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura

Round one: Nakamura tries a head kick. Aliev knocks his mouthpiece out with a jab. They trade lefts. One minute in. Nakamura with a counter knee. Aliev wobbles him with a 2-3. Nakamura body kick blocked, then both land hard right hands. Two minutes in. Nakamura tries another body kick and Aliev suddenly starts blasting him with right hands and a slam. Nakamura hits a trip, can’t maintain top position. Two minutes to go.

Aliev brings him down with a double-leg, lands right hands on the way up. Nakamura gets double underhooks and reverses. One minute to go. Big uppercuts on the break from Aliev, who shoots again. 10-9 Aliev.

Round two: Low kick from Nakamura. Lead rights from Aliev. Nakamura low kick. One minute in. Overhand right by Aliev. Nakamura low kick. They trade body shots. Two minutes in. Aliev pops him with a jab and overhand right, takes a couple from Nakamura and ties up. He tries to spin on the break. Two minutes to go.

Straight left and leg kick by Nakamura. Aliev looks for a single-leg, slams him down form the rear waist lock. One minute to go. Good right hand by Aliev. Elbows by Nakamura in return. Nakamura gets to his feet, still tied up. 10-9 Aliev.

Round three: Back to picking at each other at range. One minute in. Right hook lands for Nakamura. Jab exchange. Aliev shoots, gets Nakamura to his seat. Two minutes in. Aliev staying heavy, looking for the back. No-hooks RNC attempt, can’t get it. Nakamura escapes and looks for a takedown, can’t get it and has to defend another. Two minutes to go.

Nakamura separates with an underhook. Aliev body shot. Nakmura stuffs a takedown, eats a jab and glancing overhand. Right hook from Nakamura with a minute to go. Head kick by Nakamura nearly catches Aliev leaning. Straight right knocks Nakamura back. 10-9 Aliev.

Final result: Aliev def. Nakamura by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Alex da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Round one: Yakovlev lands a body kick, avoids the follow-up punches. da Silva aggressive early, cracks him with a 1-2. Yakovlev ties up and puts him on the fence. One minute in. He lands a knee before da Silva separates. Left straight to uppercut, neither lands clean. Nicely timed takdeown from Yakovlev, but da Silva stuffs it with a whizzer and slams Yakovlev to the mat. Two minutes in. da Silva on top in side control. Yakovlev rolls to his knees, rolls into guard and looks for a takedown when da Silva takes the back. Two minutes to go.

Elbows from da Silva as he defends the single-leg. He looks for his own takedown once again. One minute to go. Browne elbows by Yakovlev. He reverses position. da Silva looks for a double-leg, can’t get it. 10-9 da Silva.

Round two: Yakovlev slips on a high kick and eats a punch as da Silva takes top position. Yakovlev looking to kick him off, nearly gives up mount. Yakovlev rolls to his knees and looks for a takedown. One minute in. da Silva gets the front headlock and sprawls, but gets slammed for his guillotine attempt. da Silva scrambles through for a double-leg attempt. Yakovlev still defending. Two minutes in. Browne elbows by Yakovlev. Still sprawling. Two minutes to go.

Yakovlev continues sprawling and puts on a squeeze that draws a tap. Looks like a Schultz headlock.

Final result: Yakovlev def. da Silva by submission (Schultz headlock)


265 lbs.: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura

Round one: Lead right from Abdurakhimov to start. Body shot. 2-3. Uppercut in the center, gets clipped by a counter right. One minute in. Abdurakhimov low kick and body jab. Quick exchange in the center. Tybura pops him with a jab. Heavy counter right by Abdurakhimov. Up-jab comes back at him and Tybura trips him up with a low kick. Two minutes in. Abdurakhimov landing most of the clean punches so far, continues to find the mark with the lead right. Hard clinch uppercuts. Two minutes to go.

1-2 lands for Abdurakhimov. Two more rights. Tybura lands a body kick that may have strayed low. One minute to go. Counter right by Abdurakhimov. Spinning back fist attempt. Short right by Tybura, lead right by Abdurakhimov. 10-9 Abdurakhimov.

Round two: Abdurakhimov lands a spinning back kick early. Brief clinch attempt. Tybura body kick met by some right hands. One minute in. Tybura nearly catches him with a head kick, then stuffs a takedown. Abdurakhimov with a right to the body. Good clinch uppercuts. Tybura stuffs a takedown two minutes in. Abdurakhimov with a glancing spinning back fist, claims a low blow but ref doesn’t see it. Tybura fires a head kick and denies another takedown. Abdurakhimov lands a right downstairs. Two minutes to go.

Lead hook takes out Tybura’s legs and Abdurakhimov clobbers him against the fence until the ref comes in.

Final result: Abdurakhimov def. Tybura by TKO (punches)


205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Round one: Antigulov clips him with a series of right hands, fails on a low single. Another right hand and another, but Oleksiejczuk levels him with a counter left. Antigulov still charging after him. Another uppercut drops him, then a third and Oleksiejczuk pounds him out.

Final result: Oleksiejczuk def. Antigulov by KO (punches)


155 lbs.: Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Round one: Fiziev switching stance. Wheel kick clips him, he survives. Low kick by Mustafaev. Another. One minute in. He checks a leg kick from Fiziev, then wipes him out with a spinning back kick to the face. A few more punches and the ref steps in.

Final result: Mustafaev def. Fiziev by TKO (spinning back kick and punches)


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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in “The Peach State” this weekend for UFC 236: “Holloway vs. Poirier 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to go down TONIGHT (Sat., April 13, 2019) inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga., featuring a lightweight interim title fight main event between featherweight kingpin Max Holloway and top 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier. “Blessed” was submitted by “The Diamond” back in 2012 and a victory this weekend not only avenges that loss, it also puts Holloway (or Poirier) into a Khabib Nurmagomedov title unification bout this fall. In the UFC 236 interim championship co-headliner, middleweight bruiser Kelvin Gastelum collides with 185-pound striking sensation Israel Adesanya for the substitute strap. The winner moves on to battle reigning division champion, Robert Whittaker, just as soon as “The Reaper” heals up from surgery later this year. Remember, you MUST have a subscription to ESPN+ to order the UFC 236 PPV, so use THIS LINK to sign up for your seven-day free trial!

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 236 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the ESPN+ PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 236 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC 236 LIVE RESULTS:

Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya
Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree
Dwight Grant vs. Alan Jouban — Grant def. Jouban by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince Saint Preux — Krylov def. Saint Preux by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:30 of Round Two
Matt Frevola vs. Jalin Turner — Frevola def. Turner by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Wilson Reis — Pantoja def. Reis by TKO (punches) at 2:58 of Round One
Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev — Griffin def. Imadaev by majority decision (29-27 x2, 28-28)
Boston Salmon vs. Khalid Taha — Taha def. Salmon by TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round One
Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad — Muhammad def. Millender by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 30-26)
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath — Jackson def. Soukhamthath by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller — Botelho def. Mueller by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Randy Costa vs. Brandon Davis — Davis def. Costa by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:12 of Round Two

UFC 236 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

155 lbs.: Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier for interim lightweight championship

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185 lbs.: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya for interim middleweight championship

Round 1:

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Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

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205 lbs.: Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree

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170 lbs.: Dwight Grant vs. Alan Jouban

Round 1: Jouban gets double underhooks, can’t get him all the way down. Tries a head kick on the break. Grant swings big on the fence. eats an elbow on the break. Things slow down in the center. Grant overextends on a left hook. Body kick from Jouban. Grant low kick. Two minutes in. Overhand right falls short. Huge counter 3-2 from Grant. Two minutes to go.

Low kick lands for Jouban. Grant whiffs on a right hook. Good lead hook. Jouban eats a low kick, tries a head kick. One minute to go. 1-2-3 from Jouban, who’s now pressing the issue. 10-9 Grant in a slower round than expected.

Round 2: Low kick from Grant, who tries some manner of kick. Clubbing shots land for him. Low kick exchange. Lead left from Jouban. Leg kick exchange a minute in. Jouban lands a jab. Two low kicks from Grant two minutes in. Jouban tries a head kick. More low kicks from both men. Counter right by Grant. Two minutes to go.

Grant leg kick. Jouban whiffs on a right hook. He catches a kick and ties up on the fence. They separate with a minute to go. They trade low kicks. 10-9 Grant.

Round 3: Uppercut and straight right from Grant after some prolonged staring. Jouban whiffs on a three-piece. One minute in. Grant fires a trio of counters capped by an uppercut. Head kick attempt. Grant tries a high kick, lands an uppercut two minutes in. Grant takes a shot to the nards. Low kicks from Grant when they resume. Jouban hasn’t landed a clean punch in ages. Two minutes to go.

Right hook finally connects for Jouban. Leg kick. Grant lands one of his own. One minute to go. Jouban tries a wheel kick. Grant digs a left downstairs, Jouban jumps directly onto his back from a takedown and ends the round punching. 10-9 Jouban, I guess.

Final result: Grant def. Jouban by split decision


205 lbs.: Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Round 1: Krylov lands an early body kick and straight right. Low kick and right hand knock OSP back. OSP ties up and scores a takedown on the fence. Krylov gets to his feet and looks for a guillotine. One minute in. Krylov still looking for it. 10-finger, looks like. He loses it but lands a knee. Outside trip lands for OSP two minutes in. Krylov pops back up. Krylov gets a body lock, tries a takedown but OSP’s whizzer lets him counter into guard. Two minutes to go.

OSP works his way to mount and lands a hard elbow. Krylov escapes out the back door and lands well on the fence. One minute to go. Body kicks from Krylov. They tie up. Krylov puts him on the fence. He looks for a head kick on the break. 10-9 Saint Preux.

Round 2: Low kick and body kick from Krylov, eats a pair of counters. Head kick attempt. Hard 1-2 prompts OSP to shoot. Looks for a single-leg, eats a few elbows. One minute in. Krylov defends a takedown, looks for his own and dumps him to the mat. He hops right into mount and takes the back. Elbows from Krylov. Two minutes in. He wraps up the RNC, can’t get it under the chin. Now he gets it and there’s the tap.

Final result: Krylov def. Saint Preux by submission (rear naked choke)


155 lbs.: Matt Frevola vs. Jalin Turner

Round 1: Frevola pops him with a right hand, but walks into a knee that dings him. Frevola powers through for a takedown into side control. Frevola spins to the back. Good control as Turner tries to scramble. One minute in. Both hooks in. Left hands from Frevola, but Turner escapes and lands some hard left hands inside before limp-legging out two minutes in. Big right hook hurts Frevola, who shoots and gets stuffed. Counter 1-2 off a Frevola low kick. Again and it buzzes Frevola. Frevola shoots, avoids a guillotine. Two minutes to go.

A failed sweep allows Frevola to get to side control. Frevola cranks on a guillotine, sweeping into mount. Frevola loses it and Turner uses the cage to roll free. Good punches from the front headlock by Turned. Back to their feet with a minute to go. Turner lands a 1-2 and sprawls. Frevola connects before the bell. 10-9 Turner.

Round 2: 1-2 from Turner. Frevola shoots on the cage, denied via underhook. Frevola body kick. Frevola gets in deep on a takedown, but Turner limp-legs out a minute in. Frevola leg kick. 1-2, left hook. Two minutes in. Frevola leg kick met by a jab. Jabs from Frevola. Frevola shoots, stuffed. Right hook inside from Turner. Two minutes to go.

Doubel right from Turner. Wheeel kick attempt. Counter knee by Turner and he snaps up a guillotine as Turner shoots. Loses it, still in the front headlock. One minute to go. Frevola still driving, lands on top in half guard. Frevola looks for a guillotine, loses top position. Frevola lands an illegal upkick that puts a heel in Turner’s eye. No loss of point. 10-9 Frevola.

Round 3: Turner looks for a combo. Body kick and straight left. They trade near the center. One minute in. Turner blasts him with a hard four-piece. Left upper on the fence. Two minutes in. Frevola completes a takedown into guard. Turner looks for a triangle, loes it and gives up half guard. Side control. Two minutes to go.

Turner doing nothing to stand. Now he gets an underhook, stands, and blasts Frevola with a knee. Frevola shoots, shoved away. Body kicks from Turner. One minute to go. Spinning back kick from Turner. Counter overhand by Frevola. Good right hand. Turner rips the body in return. Right cross on the fence. Another. Frevola with a last-second takedown. 10-9 Turner.

Final result: Frevola def. Turner by unanimous decision


125 lbs.: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Wilson Reis

Round 1: Pantoja counters a low kick with a right hand. Reis tries a body kick, blocks a head kick. One minute in. Pantoja tries a knee. Reis shoots on the fence. Trip nearly gets Pantoja down, but does not. Good takedown, spinning him off the fence two minutes in. Pantoja makes it to his feet and separates. 1-2 floors Reis in the center. Pantoja looking to pound him out, does so.

Final result: Pantoja def. Reis by TKO (punches)


170 lbs.: Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev

Round 1: 2-3 from Griffin right off the bat. Griffin drags him down into side control and looks for the back. Imadaev grabbing the fence relentlessly, loses a point for it. They restart on the feet for some reason. Imadaev lands a knee to the body and denies a takedown for a moment, but Griffin perseveres. One minute in. Griffin looking for a no-hook RNC. He goes palm-to-palm and looks to crank. Loses it. Two minutes in. Imadaev stuck on one knee as Griffin continues to look for the choke. Imadaev grabs the fence to escape a crank. Low kick from Imadaev when they restart, checked. Two minutes to go.

Spinning elbow from Imadaev and he tries a wheel kick, but eats a pair of stiff jabs. Another one. Griffin ducks another spinning elbow. Imadaev reverses position on the fence. One minute to go. Knees from Imadaev. Griffin gets underhooks and they trade knees. hard left hook on the break from Imadaev. 10-8 Griffin with the point deduction.

Round 2: Griffin with an early takedown when Imadaev tries to spin. Imadaev gets up, Griffin still attached. Imadaev puts him on the fence. They trade on teh break. One minute in. Nice granby roll by Imadaev. Jab exchange. Uppercut by Imadaev. Griffin lands a lead right and Imadaev taunts him. Low kick by Imadaev. Griffin landing his jab. Both whiff on rights but Griffin lands a takedown two minutes in. Imadaev pops up and puts him on the fence. He tries to spin and Griffin reverses position. Another reversal. Two minutes to go.

Imadaev tries a head kick, appears to want a tornado kick and gets taken down for it. Knee lands for him as he stands. Knees from Griffin and they separate. Trading jabs. Big straight right hurts Griffin. Left hook lands. Griffin ducks a spin, eats an uppercut. One minute to go. They separate. Griffin tries another takedown, Imadaev looks for a flying knee. Right hand, clinch knee. Body kick, left hook, knee to the head. Spinning elbow. 10-9 Imadaev.

Round 3: Both look fatigued. Griffin moreso. Imadaev on the advance, eats a right hand. Body kick from Griffin. Lead right. Big uppercut from Imadaev, who walks into a right hand. One minute in. Sweeping hook by Imadaev and a jumping knee after a clinch. Griffin leg kick. Straight right by Imadaev. Imadaev lands a nasty series of right hands and ties up. two minutes in. Griffin with a right hand on teh break. Jab exchange. Brutal left hook from Imadaev, Griffin lands a right cross in return. Griffin with a pair of rights, hits a takedown on a couple tries but Imadaev stands. Two minutes to go.

Imadaev looks for his own takedown. Griffin denies with an underhook and drills the body with a pair of knees. Griffin pressing him against the fence. Imadaev reverses. Knees from Griffin. Big right hand from Griffin as they trade. Griffin tries to spin, gets rocked, and they slug it out. 10-9 Imadaev.

Final result: Griffin def. Imadaev by majority decision


135 lbs.: Boston Salmon vs. Khalid Taha

Round 1: Taha floors Salmon with a 2-3 in the opening seconds and proceeds to pound him out. Salmon protesting but he was in bad shape.

Final result: Taha def. Salmon by TKO (punches)


170 lbs.: Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad

Round 1: Millender tries to open with a flying knee and head kick. Low kick lands. Left hook from Muhammad. One minute in. Leg kick from Millender answered by a left hook. Jab counter this time. 1-3 and a body shot from Muhammad. Millender pops him with a jab in return. Two minutes in. Millender lands a body shot. Jab exchange. Lead hook by Muhammad. Oblique kick from Millender and Muhammad shoots. Two minutes to go.

Short knees from Muhammad. He changes levels, transitions to a single-leg, can’t get him down. One minute to go. Muhammad takes an eye poke on the break. Good jab from Millender. More landing. 2-3 lands clean. Millender threatens a takedown, lands a body kick. 10-9 Millender.

Round 2: Muhammad marches into the clinch; he apparently lost a contact after that eye poke, which may explain why Millender had so much success at the end of the round. Muhammad looks for a single-leg. Elbow lands on the break a minute in. 1-2 and lead hook by Muhammad. Millender oblique kick and right hand met by a jab. They trade lefts, then rights. Two minutes in. counter right from Millender. Muhammad with another lead hook. Muhammad shoots, dumps Millender into half guard. Two minutes to go.

Muhammad landing elbows and short punches. One minute to go. Millender regains guard. Muhammad staying busy. Nice elbows. 10-9 Muhammad.

Round 3: Good leg kicks from Millender. Muhammad shoots, stuffed, eats a knee. Millender leg kick, Muhammad jab. Left hook from Muhammad. Overhand right. Heavy left hook and another overhand right into a double leg a minute in. Muhammad on top in half guard. Chipping away with punches. Two minutes in. More patient ground-and-pound. Full mount with two minutes to go.

Millender regains half guard. Muhammad works his way back to side control. Full mount again with a nasty elbow. Two more and Millender gives up his back. Muhammad loses a hook, keeps punching and denies an attempt to stand. Millender makes it to his feet in the final seconds. 10-9 Muhammad.

Final result: Muhammad def. Millender by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Round 1: They trade low kicks to start. 1-2 from Jackson, tries a head kick. Soukhamthath low kick met by a straight left. One minute in. Body kick from Jackson. 1-2. Soukhamthath answers a jab with a 1-2. Soukhamthath catches a body kick, kicks the other leg. Two minutes in. Jackson jabs. Soukhamthath tries to rush. Low kick. Two minutes to go.

Both try body kicks and low kicks immediately after. Soukhamthath lands a lead right and knee downstairs. 1-2-1 from Jackson and he shoots, hitting a lovely high crotch into half guard. One minute to go. Soukhamthath gets to his feet, Jackson still attached. Another takedown into side control. 10-9 Jackson.

Round 2: Picking at each other at range in the center. Superman punch from Soukhamthath. Soukhamthath with a right hand downstairs answered by a knee from Jackson. one minute in. Body kick exchange. Jackson catches a low kick, lands one of his own. Jabs from Jackson still landing. Both land leg kicks. Jackson ties up, lands a knee and puts him on the fence. Hard left hand on the break. Straight left in the center. Jackson tries a foot sweep, then unloads on Soukhamthath against the fence. Two minutes to go.

More combinations from Jackson. Huge right hand. Soukhamthath throwing back. Jackson ties up, lands a knee to the body. Outside trip into full guard. Jackson lands some short punches until the bell. 10-9 Jackson.

Round 3: Straight left early from Jackson alongside the jabs. Soukhamthath takes a kick to the nuts/gooch area when both throw at the same time. Soukhamthath takes some time to recover and hits a takedown of his own, only to get swept nearly into mount. Jackson landing hard punches from quarter guard. One minute in. Soukhamthath regains half guard. Sneaky right hands from Jackson. Two minutes in. Jackson looks to pin Soukhamthath’s hand behind him, then looks for a kimura. Loses it, but lands some body punches. Soukhamthath regains guard. Two minutes to go.

Jackson focused on keeping a hand pinned, landing short shots. One minute to go. Soukhamthath tosses up an armbar, then a triangle, and gets slammed for his trouble. Jackson passes to side control. and lands some elbows. 10-9 Jackson.

Final result: Jackson def. Soukhamthath by unanimous decision


125 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller

Round 1: Mueller on the advance, pumping 1-2s as Botelho fires low kicks. Botelho leg kick and spinning back kick attempt. Counter right by Mueller a minute in. Heavy body kick from Botelho and she looks to press the advantage. Puts Mueller on the fence, takes her down into half guard. Two minutes in. Short shots from Botelho, not posturing at all. Mueller regains guard. Sweep attempt denied. Botelho lands as Mueller looks for a deep half guard sweep. Two minutes to go.

Botelho lands a knee as Mueller stands. Mueller puts her on the fence in return. Botelho reverses. One minute to go. Foot stomps from Botelho. Elbow exchange. 10-9 Botelho.

Round 2: Mueller back on the advance with punches. Low kick from Botelho. Spinning back kick misses. Combinations from Mueller, puts Botelho on the fence. Trading knees. One minute in. Botelho reverses, lands knees, gets reversed in turn. Mueller tries a throw, denied. Nasty elbow by Mueller met by one from Botelho. Botelho hits a double-leg into guard two minutes in. Mueller trying to use a butterfly hook. Two minutes to go.

Mueller works her way to her feet. Puts Botelho on the fence. Botelho reverses. One minute to go. Ref separates them. Botelho throws another spinning kick, eats a right hand. Mueller body kick. Leg kick, denies a takedown. Good late surge from Mueller. 10-9 Botelho.

Round 3: Botelho opens with low kicks. Punch exchange. Teep from Mueller. Botelho tries a wheel kick, eats punches and puts her on the fence. One minute in. Mueller reverses. Not much from either woman. Knees from Botelho and she reverses. Two minutes in. Ref separates them. Right hand from Mueller counters a knee. Jab exchange. Botelho shoots, denied. Botelho gets her against the fence. Two minutes to go.

Ref splits them up quick. Low kick by Botelho, who looks really tired. Knee from Mueller. Botelho left hook, gets blasted by a 1-2-3 and a knee. Mueller on the attack. Front kick, denied takedown. Botelho slips with a minute to go and Mueller follows her into guard. Mueller passes to half guard and looks for elbows. 10-9 Mueller.

Final result: Botelho def. Mueller by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Randy Costa vs. Brandon Davis

Round 1: Costa clips Davis with a right hand and tries to pursue. Davis waving him on. Hard right hand sends Costa into retreat and Davis ties up on the cage. One minute in. They separate. Low kick from Costa, who blasts Davis with an overhand right and head kick. Davis again waves him on, lands a 2-1. Check hook by Costa and he puts Davis on the cage. Davis denies a takedown and reverses. Costa lands a knee and a jab after separating. Uppercut downstairs. Davis counters a low kick with a straight right. Three-piece from Davis. Huge 3-2 by Costa. Davis leg kick, eats an overhand right. Jab exchange. Two minutes to go.

Davis lands some leg kicks. Costa lands a series of jabs and an overhand right on the cage. Clean left head kick that Davis shrugs off. One minute to go. Costa body kick, Davis low kick. Jab wobbles Costa and they clinch up. Jockeying for position. Knee from Davis, looks for an elbow on the break. Davis on the advance, lands a combination. 10-9 Costa.

Round 2: Right hand stuns Davis and Costa is on the attack. Davis ties up, pressed against the fence. As soon as they break, Davis unloads a long string of combinations until Costa shoots. One minute in. Davis sprawls on him, transitions to the back, and locks up a no-hooks RNC for the tap.

Final result: Davis def. Costa by submission (rear naked choke)


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LIVE! BareKnuckle FC 5 Results & Streaming Updates TONIGHT

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship chugs along tonight (Sat., April 6, 2019) inside Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., with a pair of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight brawlers at the helm. In the main event, Artem Lobov looks to secure a grudge match with Paulie Malignaggi at the expense of local favorite Jason Knight. Other UFC veterans include co-main event competitor Chris Leben, Chase Sherman, Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Johnny Bedford.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of “Lobov vs. Knight” below, starting with the free Prelims on Facebook.com at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view (PPV) main card begins one hour later and can be purchased on FITE.tv.

Bareknuckle FC 5: “Lobov vs. Knight” Quick Results:

Artem Lobov vs. Jason Knight
Justin Baesman vs. Chris Leben — Leben def. Baesman by knockout at 0:25 of Round One
Britain Hart vs. Christine Ferea — Ferea def. Hart by TKO (cut) at 1:09 of Round Two
Sam Shewmaker vs. Chase Sherman — Split draw (45-50, 48-47, 48-48)
Lightweight semifinal: Rusty Crowder vs. Reggie Barnett — Barnett def. Crowder by unanimous decision (50-44 x3)
Randy Hedderick vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg — Vallie-Flagg def. Hedderick by TKO (broken hand) at 1:22 of Round Three
Lightweight semifinal: Abdiel Velazquez vs. Johnny Bedford — Bedford def. Velazquez by TKO at 0:58 of Round Four
Khalib Harris vs. Harris Stephens
Sheena Starr vs. Ivana Coleman — Starr def. Coleman by TKO (eye injury) at 0:37 of Round Two
Troy Beets vs. Bobo O’Bannen — O’Bannen def. Beets by TKO in Round Four

Bareknuckle FC 5: “Lobov vs. Knight” Play-By-Play Updates:

145 lbs.: Artem Lobov vs. Jason Knight

Round one:

Round two:

Round three:

Round four:

Round five:

Final result:


205 lbs.: Justin Baesman vs. Chris Leben

Round one: Leben comes out slugging, clubs Baesman with an overhand left and drills him with clinch uppercuts until he goes down and takes the count.

Final result: Leben def. Baesman by knockout


126 lbs.: Britain Hart vs. Christine Ferea

Round one: Tentative start. Ferea with a glancing hook. Both jabbing, neither landing. Halfway through. They trade in the center. Ferea left hook. Hart tries a 1-2-3. 10-9 Ferea.

Round two: They slug it out in the clinch to start. Ferea jabs the body. Jab upstairs, clean right cross stings Hart. Ferea on the attack, pummeling her with crosses and uppercuts. Ref pauses things to check out Hart’s eye, which is busted up something nasty. The cut’s in a terrible place and the ref calls it.

Final result: Ferea def. Hart by TKO (cut)


Heavyweight: Sam Shewmaker vs. Chase Sherman

Round one: Sherman looking to jab. No big power shots from either man yet. Counter right from Sherman answered by a snappy jab. Halfway in. Sherman lands a right downstairs and looks for a left hook up top. Combination by Sherman, no real clean contact. Both land right hands. 10-9 Sherman.

Round two: Sherman with a quick right cross. They trade in the center, right hand and jab connect for Shewmaker. Sherman tries an overhand, eats counters. Halfway through. Sherman jabs the body. Double jab by Shewmaker. Sherman with a low-high combo. They slug in the center. Sherman digs a right downstairs. 10-9 Shewmaker.

Round three: Good exchange in the center. Another one, kicked off by a Shewmaker overhand right answered by a Sherman combination. Halfway through. Trading jabs. Left hook by Sherman. Short right hand as Shewmaker ducks. Counter two-piece. Sherman looks for a combo near the ropes. 10-9 Sherman.

Round four: Trading jabs to start the round. Sherman instinctively almost throws a low kick and they laugh about it. Close round halfway through. Stiff jab by Sherman and both try overhand rights. Shewmaker lands a right downstairs, Sherman digs to the body. 10-9 Sherman.

Round five: Shewmaker lands a jab, avoids a wild overhand. Sherman lands a jab and an angled right behind it. Halfway through. They trade on the ropes, both men connecting. Sherman with a left hook and double right. Both swing big in the center. Shewmaker tries a leaping hook, lands an overhand right. 10-9 Sherman.

Final result: Split draw


135 lbs.: Rusty Crowder vs. Reggie Barnett Jr.

Round one: Barnett in pursuit early. Left hand to the body. Counter rights from Crowder. Clinch. Right from Crowder halfway through. Ref warns Crowder for timidity. Crowder lands a right and clinches. Barnett chases him, Crowder slips. 10-9 Crowder since he actually landed some punches.

Round two: Barnett charges out with punches, clinched. Counter hook by Barnett. Hard hooks and he rips the body against the ropes. Barnett marches in, clinched again halfway through. Crowder clinches again. Crowder throws a right and clinches. Barnett lands a low-high combo. 10-9 Barnett.

Round three: Barnett unloads a series of hooks on the ropes. Barnett staying on him, gets clinched. Lead left by Barnett. Shifting right hand, clinched. Halfway through. Barnett still chasing him. Right hand from Crowder. They trade rights in the center. Big right hook by Barnett. 10-9 Barnett.

Round four: Barnett rushing after him, yelling for Crowder to engage. Crowder nearly throws him through the ropes and loses a point for it. They trade in the center. Barnett to the body, then an uppercut behind him. Barnett blasts him to the body once more halfway through. He keeps pursuing until the bell. 10-9 Barnett.

Round five: Barnett throwing heat. Hooks in the clinch. Clinch again. Barnett taunting him, lands an overhand left. Halfway in. Barnett lands a 1-1-2. Short rights from Crowder. Clinch. Clinch. 10-9 Barnett.

Final result: Barnett def. Crowder by unanimous decision


165 lbs.: Randy Hedderick vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Round one: Hedderick jumps in immediately, throwing heat. Clinch. Right hand downstairs for Vallie-Flagg, who eats a series of shots in the clinch. They separate. Vallie-Flagg with an uppercut and jab. Clinch. Halfway in. Trading at point blank. Two sharp rights by Hedderick. Clinch. Vallie-Flagg with some good dirty boxing. 10-9 Hedderick.

Round two: Jab from Hedderick. 1-1-2 by Vallie-Flagg, clinch. Hedderick exits with a right hand, left hook afterwards. Vallie-Flagg lead right answered by a body shot. Uppercut from Vallie-Flagg, who absorbs an uppercut. Hedderick lands inside, eats a three-piece. Hedderick lands a nice right hook. Halfway in. Clinch. Left hook by Hedderick met by dirty boxing from Vallie-Flagg. Hedderick takes a low blow and they pause. Vallie-Flagg lands a hard 1-2 and some right hands inside. 10-9 Vallie-Flagg.

Round three: Hedderick opens the round with a nasty combination. Clinch. PPV stream dies for a bit, and when it comes back, Vallie-Flagg cracks him in the clinch until he goes down. Vallie-Flagg staying on him, cracking him with right hands. Hedderick takes a knee, claiming a broken hand, and it’s over. Hedderick looks like he’s in serious pain.

Final result: Vallie-Flagg def. Hedderick by TKO (broken hand)


135 lbs.: Abdiel Velazquez vs. Johnny Bedford

Round one: Bedford advancing early and they trade in side. Velasquez’s counters looking sharp. Bedford invites him to trade in the center, then cracks him with a right hook. Halfway through. Left hook from Bedford. 2-3, but he gets clipped by Velasquez’s counters. More counters on the ropes. Velasquez landing his combinations. 10-9 Velasquez.

Round two: Bedford looking to pressure, lands a combo after Velasquez slips and lands a left hook that prompts another slip. More pressure and it’s a knockdown this time, at least in the ref’s eyes. He makes the count easily. Halfway through. 2-3 from Bedford. Right hand downstairs and a pair of left hooks to the head drop Velasquez legitimately. Clinch when he gets up. 10-7 Bedford.

Round three: Bedford continues to pressure. Velasquez throwing off his back foot, takes hooks to the body and head. Left hook slips through for Bedford, counter combo by Velasquez. Bedford waves him in again, then unloads on him on the ropes halfway through. Clinch. Big right hook on the break floors Velasquez once again. He makes it up, lands a good counter left. 10-8 Bedford.

Round four: Bedford continues to taunt, lands a right hand inside. Heavy hook from Velasquez as they trade soon after. Bedford backs him to the ropes and cracks him with clinch uppercuts until Velasquez goes down. Velasquez pulls out his mouthpiece and shakes his head.

Final result: Bedford def. Velasquez by TKO


165 lbs. Khalib Harris vs. Harris Stephens

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125 lbs.: Sheena Starr vs. Ivana Coleman

Round one: Coleman wading in, firing overhand rights. Sloppy stuff so far, as expected. Star looking to keep her at range. Halfway through. Neither landing clean, but throwing a lot. Starr throws a combo and slips. Coleman lands a left in the clinch. Starr connects with hooks and left straights inside. Coleman overhand, Starr right hook. Hard hook by Coleman on the break. 10-9 Starr I guess.

Round two: Starr pushing forward behind combinations. Starr connects with a 2-3 that buries a knuckle in Coleman’s eye, sending the latter to her knees and prompting the ref to call it.

Final result: Starr def. Coleman by TKO (eye injury)


Heavyweight: Troy Beets vs. Bobo O’Bannen

Round one: Beets opens with a left downstairs. Straight left; the older man is the busier so far. They tie up and O’Bannen looks to punch. Combiantions now landing for O’Bannen. Heavy right cross hurts Beets and O’Bannon looks to pile up the punches. Beets survives, connects with a straight left. Halfway through. Beets with a left downstairs, continues landing that shot. O’Bannon takes a finger in the eye. Beets lands the left downstairs once again when they resume. Combination upstairs, but O’Bannen smacks him with a series of heavy right hands to reclaim momentum. 10-9 O’Bannen.

Round two: Beets wades in to start it off. Once again, O’Bannen finds the mark with repeated right hands, ultimately sending Beets to his knees. He beats the count with ease. O’Bannen looking for more straight rights. Beets ties up, takes a body shot. 1-2 from Beets. Halfway through. Overhand lefts by Beets, back to the clinch. HUGE straight left from Beets and O’Bannon’s down and nearly out! He makes it to his feet with some issues and ties up. 10-9 Beets.

Round three: Clinch to start. Booming pair of lefts from Beets, clipped by a right cross in return but Beets on the attack. More counter rights slow his roll. 2-3 from O’Bannen. Good hook in the clinch, Beets slips. Halfway through. O’Bannen cracks him with an uppercut and left hook for another knockdown. Beets again beats the count. Lead left by Beets, eats a left hook. O’Bannen pops him with a close-range combo. 10-8 O’Bannen.

Round four: They come out trading before tying up on the ropes. Beets goes back into the clinch, takes some head shots. Nice uppercut by Beets met by a two-piece from O’Bannen. Clinch break. O’Bannon goes low-high with left hooks and Beets turns his back, prompting a stoppage.

Final result: O’Bannon def. Beets by TKO


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

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is headed across the pond with its latest and greatest ESPN+ fight card. UFC Fight Night 147 will feature welterweight “Gorilla,” Darren Till, going head-to-head with longtime 170-pound veteran Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal in the five-round main event, which takes place this Sat. (March 16, 2019) inside O2 Arena in London, England. Before those two sluggers get underway, Leon “Rocky” Edwards will try to please the hometown crowd by turning away Icelandic superstar Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson. In addition, Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir and Dominick “Devastator” Reyes collide for a spot in the crowded 205-pound title chase. Should be a pretty fun card, assuming you like to stay home on Saturday to stream cage fights on your computer or mobile device.

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UFC LONDON QUICK RESULTS:

170 lbs.: Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal
170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson
205 lbs.: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes
135 lbs.: Jose Quinonez vs. Nathaniel Wood
170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Claudio Silva
185 lbs.: Jack Marshman vs. John Phillips
145 lbs.: Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi
155 lbs.: Marc Diakiese vs. Joseph Duffy
205 lbs.: Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Saparbeg Safarov
185 lbs.: Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch
145 lbs.: Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige
125 lbs.: Priscila Cachoeira vs. Molly McCann
145 lbs.: Mike Grundy vs. Nad Narimani

UFC LONDON PLAY-BY-PLAY:

170 lbs.: Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal

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170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson

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205 lbs.: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes

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135 lbs.: Jose Quinonez vs. Nathaniel Wood

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170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Claudio Silva

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185 lbs.: Jack Marshman vs. John Phillips

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145 lbs.: Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi

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155 lbs.: Marc Diakiese vs. Joseph Duffy

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205 lbs.: Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Saparbeg Safarov

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185 lbs.: Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch

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145 lbs.: Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige

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125 lbs.: Priscila Cachoeira vs. Molly McCann

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145 lbs.: Mike Grundy vs. Nad Narimani

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The first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) event that is worth paying for in 2019 is a phenomenal card from top to bottom. The headliner is a light heavyweight title fight between division champion, Jon Jones, and perennially underestimated challenger, Anthony Smith. UFC 235’s co-main event is a Welterweight title tilt between 170-pound kingpin, Tyron Woodley, and Kamaru Usman. There are a total of four champions or former champions on the PPV main card portion and all but two of the fighters who are set to compete on the other side of a paywall have an official ranking next to their names.

Although I would say watching this fight card is more valuable than walking around with $ 65 in your pocket, I understand that giving money to UFC might not be an option right now.

I gave my money to Dana White and the gang for the chance to put my peepers on this event awhile back with the hopes that the card stayed intact. Thankfully for me, all of the important bouts are still ready to go. With my purchase I aim to provide you with a radio-style play-by-play broadcast of each groin strike, ripping body-shot, inverted triangle, or lopsided decision that is beyond the monetary blockade. I might be uglier than Jon Jones drug test, but during the entirety of UFC 235’s PPV main card I will be doing my best to keep fight fans informed on the, hopefully, intoxicating displays of mixed martial arts (MMA) violence starting at 10 p.m. ET in the video player above.

Here’s what’s in store tonight with UFC 235’s PPV main card:

205 lbs.: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman
170 lbs.: Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
115lbs.: Tecia Torres vs Weili Zhang
135 lbs.: Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz

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Predictions! Long Live The King…

I haven’t been excited for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event in awhile, and of course I mean no disrespect to all the guys and gals who threw hands at UFC Prague, but most fight cards don’t really feel that “big” to me anymore.

UFC 235 is proving to be the exception.

The promotion’s next big pay-per-view (PPV) event will feature a quick turnaround for light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as he puts his 205-pound strap on the line against top division contender, Anthony Smith. Before they handle their business, welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley gets back into action against 170-pound wrestling powerhouse, Kamaru Usman.

And let’s not forget Ben Askren’s Octagon debut against ex-champion, Robbie Lawler.

Before we take a closer look at the five-fight main card, check out what Patrick Stumberg had to say about the UFC 235 “Prelims” bouts on ESPN and Fight Pass by clicking here and here. Odds and betting lines for all of tomorrow’s action can be located here.

Let’s get to work.

205 lbs.: Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones (23-1, 1 NC) vs. Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (31-13)

Any light heavyweight hoping that Jon Jones would be suffering from his extended layoff following his UFC 214 drug-test suspension was undoubtedly crushed to see “Bones” picking up right where he left off at UFC 232. No amount of pre-fight distractions, location changes, or “Mauler” improvements could make a dent in the armor of “Bones.” When you consider what he did to Daniel Cormier prior to his latest mishap, trying to make a case for his deterioration is a fool’s errand. Simply put, Jones is as good — or better — than he’s ever been, and he’s competing in his prime, to boot. You can make the case that Gustafsson laid an egg in their Inglewood do-over, but I doubt it would have mattered. Jones was locked in from the get-go and not the half-baked sloth who tried to mail it in at UFC 165.

That’s bad news for Anthony Smith, a formidable striker who earned his spot by knocking around shopworn ex-champions like Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua. His win over Volkan Oezdemir was perhaps his most impressive, though it comes with an asterisk. What I liked about that performance was his grit and perseverance. “Lionheart” is clearly as strong mentally as he is physically, but let’s be honest, his technique in the “No Time” fight was simply dreadful. Those sorts of technical errors are forgivable when Jones decides to coast to a five-round decision, like he did in cruise control wins over Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint-Preux, among others. But if the same Jones who destroyed Gustafsson comes out to play tomorrow night in “Sin City,” this is going to be a slaughter.

Smith has 13 professional losses and he’s been finished in 12 of them. That’s an alarming statistic against any fighter, let alone Jones. The counter to that, of course, is that “Lionheart” is currently on a 14-2 run and at age 30, is also performing at his peak and in his athletic prime. His clinch game is not to be taken lightly and some of his work inside the phone booth has been devastating, to say the least. 28 finishes in 31 wins is pretty fucking impressive. That said, can he handle the wrestling of Jones? Cezar Ferreira took Smith to the floor six times. Andrew Sanchez was able to do it four times. That tells me Smith was able to get back to his feet in those fights … though shucking off “Bones” won’t be as easy as muscling through the top game of “Mutante.”

I like Smith’s attitude going into this fight. He isn’t going to be psyched out by the champion and he truly has nothing to lose. Is that enough for the upset? Confidence can’t compensate for a staggering eight-inch reach disadvantage. Will does not repel the teep kick. Determination alone won’t stop the takedown. There is no area of the fight game where Smith is a better fighter and he’s not coming into this fight with Yoel Romero’s knockout power. Where does that leave him? On top of a pile of bodies that were better and more accomplished than him, but ended up in the scrap heap anyway.

Anything less than a violent finish would shock me.

Prediction: Jones def. Smith by submission

170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (19-3-1) vs. Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman (14-1)

It’s hard to be critical of Kamaru Usman when he’s done everything right in his UFC career. Originally a warm body for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21, “The Nigerian Nightmare” went on to capture the glass trophy, then won his next eight fights. Unfortunately for fight fans, seven of them were decisions and let’s be honest, his fighting style — while effective — is boring and difficult to watch. To be fair, Usman’s job isn’t to please us, it’s to win, and he’s done his job admirably. It also helps that Colby Covington is a total putz, paving the way for an early title shot.

There is a sharp contrast between “doing well” and winning a championship title. At the risk of nitpicking, we need to see how well Usman measures up against Tyron Woodley, who’s had a hot-and-lukewarm run as 170-pound kingpin. The challenger captured decision wins over accomplished veterans Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos to earn his place. The former turns 42 years old this November and the latter is a natural lightweight. I would have felt more optimistic had he turned away someone like Darren Till, or even Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Regardless, here we are, and all Usman has to beat Woodley with is his wrestling, which is not on the same level of the champion. “The Chosen One” was a Division I All American and Big 12 Champion, whereas Usman was Division II All American and captured a national title. Anyone familiar with collegiate wrestling understands there is a marked difference between divisions, and now is probably a good time to mention that Woodley trains every day with Ben Askren, so there is nothing Usman can bring to the cage on fight night that Woodley hasn’t already prepared for.

That’s really the story of this fight. Woodley is without question the superior striker, both in speed and power, and has faced — and beaten — some legitimate killers at 170 pounds. Usman has a slight height and reach advantage, but not enough to make it a factor. I do believe Usman will have his moments, thanks to his physicality and endless cardio, but much like their collegiate wrestling resumes, this is akin to the captain of the JV squad trying to prove his mettle against a varsity player.

Prediction: Woodley def. Usman by unanimous decision

170 lbs.: “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (28-12, 1 NC) vs. “Funky” Ben Askren (18-0, 1 NC)

This bout was designed to be a showcase fight for Ben Askren, the former Bellator MMA champion who got the cold shoulder from Dana White and Co. back in 2013 before settling into his transitional home at ONE Championship. That’s where “Funky” padded his resume by recycling Asian cans who were ill-prepared to deal with the kind of wrestling that took Askren to the 2008 Olympics. Now 34 and at the tail end of his prime, UFC fans will finally get to see what all the fuss was about against an ex-champion who is known for putting on electrifying performances.

I called it a showcase fight because Lawler has been taken down 20 times since rejoining the promotion at UFC 157. If Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone, and Matt Brown can get “Ruthless” to the floor, Askren is going to have a field day. I guess now is a good time to mention that Lawler turns 37 in less than a month and has been in more wars than John Rambo. I don’t think it’s outrageous to suggest that Lawler is on the downside of his career and outside of the knockout punch — still as potent as ever — there isn’t much here to look forward to.

Askren’s collegiate wrestling accomplishments are so impressive, I would need a separate column to list them all. Lawler is getting taken down because that’s what “Funky” does. He can’t strike and would be a complete fool to spend any real time on the feet. On the bright side, this is only a three-round fight, so we only have to endure 15 minutes of WrestleMania. And for all the boo birds out there, winning ugly is still winning, so if you really want to fuck Askren, root for Tyron Woodley to beat Kamaru Usman to keep Askren from getting a title shot.

Prediction: Askren def. Lawler by unanimous decision

115 lbs.: Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Torres (10-3) vs. Weili “Magnum” Zhang (18-1)

I know all the cool kids can’t stop raving about Weili Zhang, who is hyped as the next big female fighter and one of the more formidable prospects out of Asia, but let’s not toe-tag Tecia Torres just yet. Despite an underwhelming showing as part of TUF 20, Torres went on to prove her mettle with a respectable 6-3 record in the years that followed. Let’s also keep in mind her three UFC losses — all decisions — came to current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, former 115-pound titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and two-time title contender Jessica Andrade. Those are the top three fighters in her weight class and she held her own in each contest.

Zhang is clearly the more experienced combatant and a savage finisher, racking up 16 stoppages in 18 wins. That kind of finishing rate is uncommon among female fighters and practically unheard of at strawweight. I’m sure it helped that “Magnum” was kicking cans on the international circuit, torching the likes of the 0-2 Shuxia Wu and the 1-1 Mei Huang. That’s a nice way of pointing out how all that glitters is not gold and Zhang has only faced real competition over the last year. So far, so good, turning away Danielle Taylor at UFC 227 before tapping out Jessica Aguilar in Beijing. “Jag” is 36 and dropped three of her last four, so take that for what it’s worth.

A Taekwondo blackbelt and former amateur kickboxing champion, Torres will always work to keep the fight standing, despite her impressive clinch work and ability to mug-and-slug. Where that factors into Zhang’s offense remains to be seen, as “Magnum” has shown the diversity to fight like a rabid dog, as well as a patient technician. How she adapts to the “Tiny Tornado” and her opponent’s punches in bunches may ultimate tell the tale. Working against Zhang is the fact that we’re dealing with a 15-minute fight, and I believe the busier Torres will stay off the ground and win a close, and perhaps uninspired decision from range.

Prediction: Torres def. Zhang by spilt decision

135 lbs.: Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (11-2) vs. Pedro “The Young Punisher” Munhoz (17-3, 1 NC)

Cody Garbrandt has a formidable skill set inside the cage, but his mental game is equally impressive. Coming off back-to-back knockout losses in championship title fights — to a fighter who is despised on a personal level — would be enough to break most combatants, but “No Love” wisely took some time off to reevaluate his life and career, found the hunger and desire to compete, and came back ready for more. Garbrandt fans are hoping that TJ Dillashaw simply had his number, but I don’t think losing to Pedro Munhoz would mean the ex-champ is on the decline or was overrated at 135 pounds, because the “Young Punisher” is pretty damn talented himself.

If you look at his three losses in UFC, two of them were split decisions to John Dodson and Jimmie Rivera, while the other was a unanimous decision defeat to Raphael Assuncao in early 2014. It’s not like he’s getting starched by a bunch of TUF rejects or coming up lame against Octagon rookies. Munoz is a durable bantamweight with great cardio and has one of the nastiest guillotines in the game, responsible for six of his nine submission finishes. I was particularly impressed with the way he dismantled Bryan Caraway, who despite his reputation as the ex- “Mr. Tate,” is a venerable 135-pounder with underrated grappling.

You never know how a fighter is going to look coming off a knockout loss. I think it’s premature to be pessimistic about Garbrandt’s place among the bantamweight elite. Losing to Dillashaw hasn’t made him less of a wrestler, nor has it taken away the power in his hands. Remember, this is the same fighter who outstruck Dominick Cruz for five rounds back in late 2016. That said, Munhoz presents a threat just about everywhere the fight goes, but more so on the ground, so Garbrandt will likely abandon his wrestling and instead work his hands from a distance. Expect a smart, measured pace that will bring about the win, just without any of the fireworks we’ve become accustomed to.

Prediction: Garbrandt def. Munhoz by unanimous decision

There you have it.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu

Round 1:

Round 2:

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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