LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s TUF 28 Finale event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).
The event takes place at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (28-10 MMA, 17-8 UFC) takes on Kamaru Usman (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) at welterweight. In addition, two “Ultimate Fighter” winners will be crowned when Juan Espino (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Justin Frazier (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the heavyweight tournament final and Macy Chiasson (2-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fights Pannie Kianzad (9-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for the women’s featherweight tournament title.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on FS1, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on FS1.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our TUF 28 Finale discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamaru Usman
Round 1 – The ex-champ gets popped with a jab affter pawing with his own. Usman plant s front kick and wings a hook. He grabs a leg in the open and presses dos Anjos to the cage. They trade knees, and dos Anjos peels off with an elbow. Usman back on his jab. Dos Anjos with a nice combo in side. Usman chases him back, and then comes in for a takedown. Big raise, and dos Anjos is slammed to the mat. They’re obviously in a different natural weight class. Dos Anjos is up, but he seems to be struggling with Usman’s bulk. Knees from both, and short punches from Usman, who ducks under again. Short elbows traded, and dos Anjos gets free. Usman’s high kick blocked. Dos Anjos goes low wit his kick, and he leaps with a knee as Usman closes in near the fence. In on a takedown, Usman waits as dos Anjos wraps the head. Dos Anjos threatens with a guillotine, and Usman adjusts. Knee to the head opens takedown from Usman, and dos Anjos shrimps to the fence, taking punches overhead. Ground and pound from Usman, who takes an upkick and keeps coming. Dos Anjos elbows the head, and time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Usman.
Round 2 – Usman closes in and works the jab. Dos Anjos tries a combo and kick inside, and Usman back with his own-two piece before driving back to the fence. Back where we were, and Usman drops for a takedown. Dos Anjos resists and tries to escape, but Usman grabs him before he can go. Short shots from both in close. Dos Anjos going nowhere so far. Usman drops for a leg and gets his man to the mat. Dos Anjos elbows the head and tries to keep an active guard. More punches and elbows to the head for dos Anjos, and Usman on his feet, winging punches and elbows. He pushes dos Anjos to the fence, and dos Anjos wraps a kimura. A brief crank gets the crowd going, but Usman knows what to do. Dos Anjos uses hold to get the sweep and get back to his feet, and he’s back in the game. Calf kick for the ex-champ, and Usman replies with an elbow in close before smothering again. Foot stomps, and dos Anjos attacks the calf and head. Usman comes back with his own kicks, but dos Anjos has more steam on his. They trade a few times until time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for dos Anjos, and it’s even at 19-19.
Round 3 – Usman presses in early and they trade hooks. Dos Anjos goes low with a kick, and Usman powers into the clinch beating the body. Dos Anjos back with another body kick, and they trade heavy shots until Usman presses in for the takedown. Dos Anjos tripped to the mat, and Usman grabs the body as he sits up. Tripped back again, dos Anjos takes a knee on the way up, and he’s bleeding. Still in this, dos Anjos is firing back, but the power of Usman is too much to trade. Usman eventually goes back to his strength and gets an easy takedown. Another kimura attempt from the bottom, and Usman beats the body as he grabs his shorts. Usman wraps the head when dos Anjos loses the hold, and now it’s dos Anjos going for the takedown. He ain’t gonna make it happen. Usman wraps the head and hangs out. Dos Anjos gets to his feet and tries a plumb, but he doesn’t have the space. Knees from both and dos Anjos finally breaks off. dos Anjos works combos and Usman cracks him in return. When dos Anjos misses on a right, Usman charges into a takedown and misses the finish. Time runs out as he rights himself, and MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Usman, putting him up 29-28.
Round 4 – Dos Anjos light on his feet as Usman stalks him. He’s using all his tools to keep Usman at bay. Usman’s punches simply have more weight. The low kick is dos Anjos’ best weapon so far. But it angers Usman who traps him against the fence and lets his hands go. A few shots tag him, and then he powers dos Anjos to the mat. Elbows from the top. Dos Anjos gets to his feet, and he’s tripped back to his hands and knees, and then his back. Usman big-brothering him. Midway point of the round, and Usman works ground and pound. Dos Anjos gets to his feet and gets kneed in the legs before getting tripped back down. He moves to his back, and Usman mauls him with punches and elbows. Dos Anjos pitches forward, and Usman wraps the head and hgrabs a leg to put his man flat on his back. There’s nowhere to go. Because dos Anjos is a master technician, he can avoid a lot of the shots. But not all of them, by far. He’s just at just a disadvantage positionally. Round ends, and MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-8 for Usman, and it’s 39-36.
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Records: Rafael dos Anjos (28-10 MMA, 17-8 UFC), Kamaru Usman (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC)
Rankings: Dos Anjos No. 6, Usman No. 8
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Juan Espino vs. Justin Frazier
Round 1 – Frazier closees into the clinch and immediately draws a huge takedown from Espino, who elevates him and slams him to the mat. Heavy ground and pound as Frazier tries to work to his feet. Espino at the back as Frazier tries to right himself, then he turns to face Frazier to go back to the takedown attempt. Back to the back, riding Frazier. He fires his free left hand and nails Frazier, who tries to turn to his stomach. Espino mauling Frazier early. Frazier gives up his back and Espino works to flatten him out, pounding with hammerfists in the meantime. Here comes the choke, and Frazier manages to survive. But the punches keep coming. Frazier gets out the back end and fires off a knee as Espino drives him to the cage. Knees to the body, and Smith warns Espino not to grab the fence. Pummel time, and Espino peels off with a punch before driving for another takedown. Now in side control, Espino is again in the drivers seat. Crucifix position, and he grabs an arm for the straight armbar. Frazier grimaces and is forced to tap.
Result: Juan Espino def. Justin Frazier via submission (straight armbar) – Round 1, 3:36
Records: Juan Espino (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Justin Frazier (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Referee: Mark Smith
Pannie Kianzad vs. Macy Chiasson
Round 1 – Chiasson punches her way in and grabs for the clinch. Kianzad matadors her and resets. Same approach, and the same result. Kianzad popping and moving as Chiasson charges in. Kianzad switches it up and tries her own shot. Chiasson intercepts and grabs a leg against the fence. Kianzad’s turn is good, but Chiasson uses momentum to put her foe against the fence. She tries to work knees and set up a trip. They trade more knees, and Chiasson ducks for a single. No good, and they pummel against the cage. Kianzad struggling with Chiasson’s size. More knees traded and Kianzad nails her with a punch. But Chiasson charges back in and grabs a leg. More of Chiasson working for the takedown, and she can’t get it done. But Kianzad can’t seem to escape. When she punches, she takes knees from the clinch. Kianzad gets chased across the cage and winds up in the same position on the opposite side of the octagon. More knees for Chiasson. Nice knee up high. Kianzad pops with a few shots and finally gets free. Her hands are noticeably better, but a takedown from the open backfires spectacularly as Chiasson sprawls and takes the back. Kianzad fights the hands and tries to get free. Chiasson has the choke, but Kianzad peels off a hand. A bar-arm is almost there, and time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Chiasson.
Round 2 – Chiasson right in Kianzad’s face and eats a few right hands to get the leg against the fence. Kianzad tries to turn out and misses on an elbow. Chiasson uses knees and gets turned on the cage. Kianzad breaks off and gets chased across the cage. Chiasson nails her with a right that drops her to the mat. Chiasson now on top with Kianziad setting up for an armbar. She goes belly down for an armbar and Chiasson steps over to the back. Back in choke position with plenty of time to work. Kianzad works to fight the hands. Chiasson uses her leg to trap the arm that’s keeping her from sinking the choke, and she’s finally got the position. A hard crank, and Kianzad is forced to tap. Chiasson is “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Result: Macy Chiasson def. Pannie Kianzad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:11
Recap: Macy Chiasson submits Pannie Kianzad to claim ‘TUF 28’ crown
Photos: Macy Chiasson vs. Pannie Kianzad
Records: Macy Chiasson (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Pannie Kianzad (9-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s featherweight
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Pedro Munhoz vs. Bryan Caraway
Round 1 – Caraway sits down on punches early as Munhoz attacks his legs with kicks. Caraway on his jab as Munhoz continues to attack his legs. Caraway grabs the body for a takedown and then uses a jab to try a takedown. Munhoz fights it against the cage and turns out to escape. Munhoz slaps Caraway with punches and leg kicks, and it looks like the leg kicks are doing serious damage. Caraway is still in the fight, firing back and trying to land with his low and loose punching style. But Munhoz’s straight shots are beating him almost every time. A subsequent pair of takedown attempts fail, and Munhoz presses forward. Caraway already raising his leg to avoid more damage. Munhoz instead goes up stairs with combos of punches. Caraway wilting. He shoots in the open for a takedown, and a kick drops Caraway. He flurries away with punches, and Tognoni steps in. It’s not clear if the kick was low or good, but replay appears to show a legal blow.
Result: Pedro Munhoz def. Bryan Caraway via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:39
Recap: Pedro Munhoz outstrikes Bryan Caraway, scores first-round TKO
Photos: Pedro Munhoz vs. Bryan Caraway
Records: Bryan Caraway (21-9 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Pedro Munhoz (17-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
Rankings: Caraway No. 11, Munhoz No. 14
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Darren Stewart vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Round 1 – Stewart paws with a jab and a low kick and draws a combo from Shahbazyan. Fast hands from Stewart, and he gets taken down quickly. Shahbazyan hanging on his back as he tries to get up. And they hit the mat. Shahbazyan trying to take the back, and he knees the head. Taking Stewart for a ride. Another swinging knee sets up a takedown, and Shahbazyan nearly has the back. One hook in as they both stand. Gravity not his friend, so he gets back to his feet and punches and knees from Stewart’s back. Stewart gets dragged to the mat and pops back up. Shahbazyan scoops the legs, and Stewart posts an arm. He gets back up and can’t shake Shahbazyan. Backpack time for Shahbazyan, who peels off suddenly with a head kick. Stewart is cut, but appears no worse for the wear. He commits to a right hand and instantly winds up in the clinch. Shahbazyan pushes him back to the fence and fires an elbow. Stewart with an elbow in close. In open range for a few seconds before Shahbazyan back in to smothering against the fence. Stewart grabs the body lock over-under. Stewart with another elbow in close, and they break off. Shahbazyan goes high with a kick and tags Stewart. Stewart chases Shahbazyan around the cage punching with fury. Shahbazyan tries desperately to tie up his foe, then ducks under for a takedown. There, they stall, catching their breath after a frenzied first round. Shahbazyan is climbing up on Stewart as time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the first round for Shahbazyan.
Round 2 – Stewart counters in close, and it’s clear he’s got less steam on his shots. To be fair, so does Shahbazyan. Crazy first round, and Stewart lines up for a big punch. Shahbazyan counters a lazy leg kick and ducks under for a takedown. Fast shot, but cage catches him. Shahbazyan scoops the legs and takes a hook as Stewart gets up. Back to hanging on his opponent. Choke setup as Stewart turns into his opponent. knee in close and Stewart fires to the head with an elbow. as they get to their feet. Shahbazyan ducks again and goes for a leg. He can’t get it and adjusts to try again. Stewart bides his time, taking knees to the body. He turns to face his foe and tries to get free. Shahbazyan goes back to the leg, prompting another sprawl. Shahbazyan just hanging on, and Smith warns for action. Stewart won’t allow himself to be bullied to the mat. He hits a switch, but Shahbazyan gets to the back and trips him to the mat. Two hooks in for Shahbazyan, and a face crank setup. Stewart waits out the crank and stands. Shahbazyan hangs on, but lets go of the choke position. He knees the head and smothers Stewart, who looks miserable stuffed against the cage. Time runs out, and it’s another one in Shahbazyan’s corner, 10-9 for the 20-18 lead.
Round 3 – Both fighters eye each other cautiously. Stweart looks to get his hands going. He’s a little tentative given the takedown threat. Shahbazyan evades a right and ducks under for an easy takedown. Stewart scoots to the mat and stands. Shahbazyan hangs on and gets turned. Big elbow cracks Shahbazyan, who shoots in and takes another elbow and knees. Shahbazyan now bleeding and on the retreat. Stewart with a right hand and left hook, but Shahbazyan ties him up to stop the onslaught. Down for the takedown, and Stewart fights the trip to the mat. Switch fails, and Shahbazyan gets his man to the mat for a second. Stewart back up, and Shahbazyan hangs on. Another level change, and Stewart escapes briefly before Shahbazyan moves him back to the fence. Two minutes left, and Smith breaks them. Shahbazyan on the retreat. Stewart sits down on a right hand, and lands with a right hand. Takedown fails, and Stewardt is pounding at his foe’s back. Finally, he settles into guard and pounds away with punches from top position. He stands overhead as Shahbazyan turtles up. Finish seems within reach, as Shahbazyan is exhausted. But then Shahbazyan ducks under as Stewart tries on last time to corner him and land the killing blow. Stewart on his knees and tries to stand up. Shahbazyan gets to his back and hangs on. Stewart turns away and gets taken down. Shahbazyan on his back, and here the fight will end with Stewart standing against the fence. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Stewart, and Shahbazyan takes the 29-28 call.
Result: Edmen Shahbazyan def. Darren Stewart via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Recap: Edmen Shahbazyan uses wrestling-heavy approach to edge past Darren
Photos: Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Darren Stewart
Records: Edmen Shahbazyan (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Darren Stewart (9-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC)
Referee: Mark Smith
Ji Yeon Kim vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Round 1 – Kim tries a straight right early. She’s looking to counter over the top with a low stance. Shevchenko’s kicks are fast. One loops over Kim’s head. Shevchenko comes back over a punch with a straight one-two and lands clean. Kick meets Kim’s punch. Shevchenko attacks the legs as her opponent punches in. Straight left into clinch and knees for Shevchenko. Kim still moving forward, looking to engage. She staggers Shevchenko with a body shot, but it looks more a slip, and Shevchenko quickly recovers. Kim still pursuing, and Shevchenko counters with her left hook, landing. Kim eats a pair of front kicks to the face and continues to press, prompting Shevchenko to tie up and press to the cage. Kim working around to Shevchenko’s back against the cage. Trip attempt not taken, but Kim now has Shevchenko pressed against the fence. They trade knees, and Shevchenko turns her. More jockeying for position. Kim working knees. One minute to go, and Lavigne breaks them. Kim lunges in with heavy punches, and Shevchenko counters the next approach with a straight left. Shevchenko again with the left, and she puts Kim on the mat with a head and arm. In judo side control, Shevchenko holds on to the head as time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Shevchenko.
Round 2 – Shevchenko tries a side kick high, then goes to the leg. Shevchenko stings with a low kick, then comes back with four punches to Kim’s one. The next approach gets the same. Shevchenko’s straight punches are doing more damage. Kim drives in and puts Shevchenko against the fence, working knees. Lavigne warms for action. Shevchenko turns Kim against the fence, and they trade more knees. Kim has a leg wrapped, then gives it up. They’re broken up, and Shevchenko goes back to work with straight attacks. Kim gets popped several times charging in with her head low. Another straight left good. Kim getting sloppy in approaches, and Shevchenko is taking advantage beautifully. Kim is aggressive, but she’s not precise. Lands in the clinch as she charges in, and Shevchenko fires off knees to the body and head. Kim stuck and taking knees to the body, and an elbow to the head on the break. Heavy jab pops her at range. Spinning backfists sets up three-punch combo as Kim approaches. Front kick to the face. Kim getting worked here. She’s got a lot of heart, but she’s being outclassed. Shevchenko grabs the clinch after firing off a combo to the approaching Kim. She ties up the head and pulls as time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Shevchenko, who’s up 20-18.
Round 3 – Kim jabs in, and they trade leg kicks. Another Kim leg kick is converted into a takedown for Shevchenko, who sits up and works to pass as Kim tries to isolate an arm. Punches overhead from Shevchenko, who sits up briefly. Kim controlling the wrists as Shevchenko pushes her to the cage. Kim puts a leg on the fence and then opens the guard. Not surprisingly, Shevchenko looks less confortable here. Finally, she stands overhead and kicks the legs. She punches as Kim stands up and fires off a knee to the head that appears to be illegal. Lavigne steps in and stops the bout. Replay shows a blatantly illegal blow, but Lavigne doesn’t take a point. Instead, Kim gets back to her feet, and they trade straight shots before Shevchenko wraps up the clinch and presses to the fence. Trading of knees, and there’s less than two minutes to go. Shevchenko back to work with straighht punches. She misses on the spinning backfists and locks the plumb as they hit the cage. Kim not giving up quite yet. Shevchenko making her pay with straight punches yet again. She’s got the angle on a counter, but Kim pushes her against the fence and works short punches. They trade knees with short time. Shevchenko turns against the cage and throws more knees from the clinch until time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Shevchenko, who gets the 30-27 shutout.
Result: Antonina Shevchenko def. Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Antonina Shevchenko picks apart Ji Yeon Kim in UFC debut
Photos: Antonina Shevchenko vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Records: Ji Yeon Kim (8-2-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Antonina Shevchenko (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Rick Glenn vs. Kevin Aguilar
Round 1 – Glenn circles in and attacks the legs. He goes high when Aguilar ducks low, and they reset. Heavy kick attack early from Glenn. Aguilar fires off a left and then angles for a body kick. When Glenn comes back, he counters with a punch. But it’s Glenn who cracks him to the chin in the next exchange, and they reset. Glenn misses with a step in elbow. But he’s the one leading the dance so far. Higher work rate early on. Aguilar lunges forward and connects with a body shot. Glenn grabs a leg and tries to convert to takedown, but Aguilar gets free. Glenn cut over his left eye. Aguilar connects with a huge punch as he closes in next. The shot wobbles him and he bakcs off. Aguilar isn’t in a rush to finish, because he’s letting Glenn clear his head. Glenn’s right eye, though, is swelling shut. Another Aguilar left hand finds its way through. Glenn jumps with a double kick and takes a shot to the body. He goes high with a kick and punches into the clinch. Aguilar beats his body and forces him to get out. Another high kick blocked from Glenn, who takes a body shot in counter. Glenn nails a right hook, but takes a hard body kick. He shoots for a takedown and misses against the cage. Aguilar comes charging back with a combination and runs out of time. MMAjunkie scores the round 10-9 for Aguilar.
Round 2 – It looks like Glenn has an orbital injury. Aguilar winds up and slaps him with a left hand. Glenn pawing with his jab and front kick. Aguilar swinging with power shots. Glenn goes high with a kick that’s blocked, and he tries to jab his way in. They collide as Glenn closes. Glenn shoots in again and ties up against the fence. He misses on an elbow as they disengage. They trade kicks. More of a tentative round this frame. Aguilar follows a combo with a kick. Glenn slaps him with a left. Aguilar straight to the body and he lands a rigth uppercut as Glenn closes. Glenn punches in again, and they both wear it. Aguilar with a kick to the body. Glenn doing his usual thing, jabbing and pawing his way in before firing off a kick or wrapping up for the clinch. Aguilar makes his life tough with heavy punches to keep him away. They’ve both tasted each other’s power, so they’re a little more cautious. But Aguilar tags him again in close as they get in clinch range, and Glenn is forced to reset. Heavy body shots to Glenn and he takes a right hook. He keeps coming and delivers a knee. Now a firefight in close. Glenn lands a straight left and right elbow. Finally, his length is starting to pay diviends. Aguilar ties up and hangs on as time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 Aguilar, and he’s up 20-18.
Round 3 – Aguilar leads with a body kick and this time counters Glenn right off the bat as he approaches. A duck under clinch on the next approach, and Glenn has to reset. Aguilar knows he has to give Glenn an incentive not to swarm, and he’s doing his best to use kicks and heavy punches to keep distance. Glenn relentless and catches him with a punch before going upstairs with a kick. Heavy right elbows hit Aguilar, who’s looking worse for the wear against the cage. Glenn slaps him to the head with a kick. Glenn’s tank approach is wearing him down. The more Aguilar stands there and trades, the more it seems to favor Glenn, who’s work rate is higher. Aguilar lands in close and takes a body kick. Glenn still coming. A right hook from Aguilar drops Glenn cold. Aguilar flurries away with punches and elbows as Glenn tries to get space. Aguilar runs out of steam and settles into half-guard. Elbows from the top. Glenn gets to his hands and knees and can’t take mount as Glenn scrambles. Back to his hands and knees, Glenn moving well to avoid the worst of Aguilar’s punishment. But he’s still on bottom and getting tagged with one minute left. His left eye is almost completely shut. He manages to get back up, and Tognoni pauses them to replace his mouthpiece. He comes back in and gets swept by a kick. No quit as Aguilar fires back with combos. Right elbow staggers Aguilar with short time. Aguilar shoots for a takedown and gets hip tossed. Aguilar scrambling back as time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Aguilar in a 30-27 score that doesn’t indicate the closeness of the action.
Result: Kevin Aguilar def. Rick Glenn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Kevin Aguilar batters a gutsy Rick Glenn in bloody battle
Photos: Kevin Aguilar vs. Rick Glenn
Records: Kevin Aguilar (16-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Rick Glenn (21-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Roosevelt Roberts vs. Darrell Horcher
Round 1 – Roberts works a jab and fires a front kick, drawing a heavy pair of hooks from Horcher. A heavy leg kick almost sweeps Horcher, who tries to counter as Roberts explodes in with a combination. Roberts closes in and fires off a good knee before resetting. Horcher with a front kick, and he takes a low kick. Roberts winds up for a right that’s blocked and takes a body shot. Horcher nearly times a right hook; so far, he’s been trying to time a counter of Roberts, who’s winding up big. Roberts with a knee into the clinch, and they break after a brief struggle. Heavy punches from both, but neither has really connected yeet. Horcher takes a right lead hook and looks a little wobbled. He chases Roberts around the cage, firing heavy hooks, and can’t get it done. They tap gloves after the reset, and again, Roberts sneaks in a shot. He connect with another right, and they clinch up. Horcher turns him on the fence, and Roberts pummels for an underhook. Ear punches from Roberts, and foot stomps from Horcher. Roberts can’t seem to get free. Short elbow sets up a power guillotine from Roberts, who nearly takes Horcher horizontal cranking on the modified grip choke. Horcher has nowhere left to go after fighting for his life, and he taps. Impressive turnaround.
Result: Roosevelt Roberts def. Darrell Horcher via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:50
Recap: Roosevelt Roberts uses nasty guillotine to finish Darrell Horcher in first
Photos: Roosevelt Roberts vs. Darrell Horcher
Records: Darrell Horcher (13-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Roosevelt Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Alex Perez
Round 1 – Feints early from both fighters. Perez draws a flurry of punches off a kick. He covers up and resets. Benavidez draws a stiff counter off his own kick, and Perez catches a follow up kick. Benavidez exploding in with punches and getting out. He kicks to the leg and Perez grabs him and tries an arm triangle. It’s not there, so he has to give it up. Benavidez continues to attack the leg before exploding in with big right hands. He goes to the body when Perez attacks with kicks. Another right hand is good and he tries his first takedown. Not there, so he punches his way in, landing clean before tying up against the fence. Knees in close, and Perez gets free. Perez goes with his straight right and is blocked. He’s waging a straight forward attack while Benavidez is playing hit and run. Quick attacks and then retreat. They trade leg kicks and then hooks, and Benavidez bowls over Perez. Huge punches overhead, and Benavidez pounds away until it appears Perez is out. Lavigne steps in and touches them, but doesn’t stop it. Benavidez stands overhead, walking away. But the fight is still going on. Perez comes back to life and begins to drive for a takedown. Benavidez gets to his back and pounds away with punches. This time, it’s clear that Perez is out, and Lavigne does his job.
Result: Joseph Benavidez def. Alex Perez via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:19
Recap: Joseph Benavidez scores two TKO finishes of Alex Perez
Photos: Joseph Benavidez vs. Alex Perez
Records: Joseph Benavidez (26-5 MMA, 13-3 UFC), Alex Perez (21-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Maurice Green vs. Michel Batista
Round 1 – Smith paws with his lead hand and kicks the lead leg of Batista, who’s got his hands extended. Smith warns for extended fingers. Smith nails the body with a straight punch and follows with a front kick. The first time Smith sits down on a cross, Batista ducks under and goes for the doiuble-leg. Smith elbows the side of the head, aided by the cage, but eventually, he goes for a ride. In guard, Batista gets to work with his right hand. Smith throws his leg up and goes for a triangle. There’s too much space initially, but he adjusts his legs and pulls the head. Instantly, Batista’s hand goes out to tap. He briefly holds off, but eventually is forced to tap.
Result: Maurice Green def. Michel Batista via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:14
Recap: Maurice Greene scores slick submission of Michel Batista
Photos: Maurice Green vs. Michel Batista
Records: Michel Batista (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Maurice Green (6-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Mark Smith
Julia Stoliarenko vs. Leah Letson
Round 1 – Letson puts a right hand on her foe early on and then doubles with a side kick. Stoliarenko spins into a backfist, and the two reset after an early exchange. Letson’s left eye red. They’re slinging heavy leather early on, and Letson cracks with a straight left. An exchange of front kicks, and Letson side kicks Stoliarenko off her feet briefly. She looks to have a speed advantage early on. After firing back early, Stoliarenko’s pace has slowed. A spin kick goes nowhere, and Letson closes to put hands on target in two separate exchanges. Stoliarenko tries to set up a cross with a low kick and she’s short. Letson catches a pair of hooks when she gets a little lazy with her defense. Stoliarenko catching her a little bit more on the counter. Letson with a pair of straight lefts, and she closes for the clinch against the fence. Stoliarenko fights the trip takedown, and the two trade against the fence when Letson gives up. Letson’s kicks draw a charge from Stoliarenko, who’s having trouble gauging distance at range. She connects when Letson gives her a forward-moving target, but Letson is controlling at distance. Round ends, and MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Letson.
Round 2 – Letson comes in with a side kick to the body and then attacks with punches to the same target. Stoliarenko working the counter, and she spins out of nowhere. Swing and a miss. Letson attacks the legs and then comes in firing. Stoliarenko misses on the counter, but she catches a leg. Can’t covert to a takedown, and the two resume their kickboxing fight. Another side kick for Letson. Stoliarenko dives in the open and whiffs on the takedown. She closes again and draws a few straight shots from Letson. Stoliarenko almost there with a head kick, but still no dice. She’s a step behind in exchanges. Midway through the round, and Letson sinks a body kick. Stoliarenko ducks under and grabs a leg for a takedown. She can’t transition and winds up on her back, and Letson doesn’t want to follow her down. Letson back to chipping away with straight punches to the midsection and head, setting up with low kicks and her jab. Stoliarenko connects with a right hand, which prompts Letson to charge forward and fire back in an effort to get back. She lands two stiff shots and withdraws. She grabs the clinch and drives in for a takedown. Stoliarenko counters with a right hand. They exchange with short time, and Letson connects with a left. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Letson, putting her up 20-18.
Round 3 – Stoliarenko misses a head kick and doubles with a low kick that initiates a trade of punches. Slightly more aggressive this round, Stoliarenko is trying to find a way in. Letson’s left straight is there for her when she gets close. Then the lead leg gets tagged. Stoliarenko puts a pair of right crosses on target, and she gets repaid with a left. For every attack, Letson seems to answer double. Another duck under leads to a takedown attempt, and Letson sprawls out. Stoliarenko jumps for the guillotine and drops back to the mat. She cranks with all her might, and Letson hangs on. A couple of tense seconds, but Letson gives the thumbs up. Stoliarenko can’t hang on, and Letson gets free with two minutes to go. Time to coast, and she draws a warning for action as a cut bleeds on Stoliarenko. She moves Stoliarenko to the fence and attempts some feeble ground and pound. She gets up, and Stoliarenko angles for an armbar. Letson stis back into guard and bides her time. Tognoni hasn’t seen enough and stands them up. Last dash for Stoliarenko, and Letson spins with a flair. That misses, and she takes a pair of punches fro Stoliarenko. A spirited exchange in the final seconds, with neither fighter doing a whole lot of actual damage. Round ends, and MMAjunkie scores the final frame 10-9 for Letson, giving her the 30-27 shutout.
Result: Leah Letson def. Julia Stoliarenko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Recap: Leah Letson outworks Julia Stoliarenko, takes home split decision
Photos: Leah Letson vs. Julia Stoliarenko
Records: Leah Letson (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Julia Stoliarenko (4-3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s featherweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Tim Means vs. Ricky Rainey
Round 1 – Means lets his left hand go early and clips Rainey in the second exchange. He’s walking Rainey down and gets poked in the eye, prompting a stop from Smith. Replay shows a finger straight in Means’ eye. Means gets right back to it on the restart. Rainey paws out a jab, but Means closes and gets a body lock to elevate for a takedown. Rainey blatantly grabs the fence and gets warned. Means trips Rainey back to the mat after Rainey manages to get up using the fence. Means all over Rainey with strike after strike. Rainey wearing all of it, and Smith closes to issue a warning to move. Seeing no intelligent defense, Smith steps in, and it’s clear Rainey is out.
Result: Tim Means def. Ricky Rainey via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:18
Recap: Tim Means steamrolls Ricky Rainey, calls out Diego Sanchez
Photos: Tim Means vs. Ricky Rainey
Records: Tim Means (28-10-1 MMA, 10-7 UFC), Ricky Rainey (13-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Referee: Mark Smith
Raoni Barcelos vs. Chris Gutierrez
Round 1 – Barcelos fires a few exploratory punches after getting his hands slapped with a high kick. Gutierrez stays on his kicks with both men fairly flat-footed. Feints from Gutierrez. Barcelos smacks Gutierrez for the first time with his hands, and he’s just waiting for a reason to follow up. Finally he comes in hot, and Gutierrez manages to avoid the majority of it before circling off. Nice jabs from Gutierrez, who’s doing his best to distract Barcelos. Slow advance from the Brazilian, who again exploades and lands a punch. But Gutierrez resets and potshots before circling off again. Clearly, Gutierrez has watched Barcelos’ highlights, and he’s not standing in front of his foe. Low kicks to frustrate the Brazilian. Barcelos takes a leg kick coming in and puts a punch on target before tripping Gutierrez to the canvas. He hesitates to jump in before finally setting into guard. Gutierrez trying to hike his legs up and stop the shots coming from overhead. Barcelos stands and kicks the legs. Gutierrez slaps him with an upkick and gives up side control as his opponent jumps on top. Barcelos misses an advance to mount and stands overhead. Gutierrez crab walks forward before deciding to stand. Barcelos closes back in and fires off a right hand before the two end in a staring contest. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Gutierrez.
Round 2 – Gutierrez goes back to oblique kicks, and instantly he’s on defense as Barcelos closes. Knees and feints to keep Barcelos guessing, then low kicks. Barcelos charges and initiates the clinch. Easy takedown, and he’s on top with plenty of time to work. Ground and pound draws a warning from Tognoni, but follow up elbows good. Gutierrez covering up and trying to hang on. Looks like Barcelos is cut; blood all over Gutierrez. More ground and pound from Barcelos, who stands and tries to pass. In a scramble, Gutierrez gives up his back trying to scoot away and winds up seated against the cage with Barcelos setting up for the choke. Gutierrez turns and goes to his back in half-guard, and Barcelos works shoulder strikes. But elbows from overhead. Still plenty of time left. More punches from the Brazilian. Big elbows now, and Gutierrez is really wearing it with nowhere to go against the cage. Barcelos stands up and pounds down. Not looking good for Gutierrez. As Gutierrez sits up and tries to stand, Barcelos jumps on his back and sinks the rear-naked choke in a flash. Very quick tap from Gutierrez, and it’s all over.
Result: Raoni Barcelos def. Chris Gutierrez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:12
Recap: Raoni Barcelos sliced open but submits Chris Gutierrez
Photos: Raoni Barcelos vs. Chris Gutierrez
Records: Raoni Barcelos (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Chris Gutierrez (12-4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Chris Tognoni