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UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - Live results and play-by-play of main card

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Live results and play-by-play for the UFC 173 main card. In the main event, Renan Barao defends his bantamweight title against T.J. Dillashaw.

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The UFC bantamweight title is on the line tonight as Renan Barao defends his belt against T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173. Bloody Elbow will have live results for the entire event which begins today with three prelim fights on Fight Pass (aprox 6:30 p.m. ET) and then a two-hour Fox Sports 1 prelim broadcast (8 p.m. ET) before the main card kicks off on pay-per-view (10 p.m. ET).

This post will cover the action for the five fights on PPV.

The co-main event will feature an important light heavyweight battle between top contenders Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson.

Also scheduled for the PPV portion of the card is a welterweight slugfest between Jake Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler, a bantamweight bout between Takeya Mizugaki and Francisco Rivera, and a lightweight matchup between Jamie Varner and James Krause.

Make sure to come back and share your thoughts in the comments as the action goes down.

Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

Round 1 - Krause lit up Varner early and it looked like Varner injured his foot or leg. He managed to stay in it but got taken down by Krause. He worked a guillotine, then landed some elbows. Varner reversed position and landed an elbow that cut Krause. Back on the feet, Varner knocked his mouthpiece out with a punch. Varner's foot gave out on him and he went down to his hands and knees. Krause landed knees to the body. Krause let him back up. Krause kicked the injured leg. Varner tried to plant and went down again. After the round was over, Varner told everyone that his ankle was broken and the fight was stopped. Valiant effort from a guy that was seriously injured.

James Krause defeats Jamie Varner by TKO (ankle injury), 5:00 of round 1

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera

Round 1 - Rivera tagged Mizugaki with a left hook right away. Rivera stuffed a shot. Uppercut from Rivera, but Mizugaki dracked him with a right hook that hurt him. A straight right put him down and Mizugaki jumped in for the finish. Rivera grabbed onto him and stayed in the fight though. After a minute or so Rivera got back up. Rivera landed a knee to the body and scored a brief takedown. Big leg kick and left hook by Rivera. Rivera with a takedown and they scrambled before the horn. 10-9 Mizugaki.

Round 2 - They brawled on the inside and Mizugaki got the best of it. Rivera with a weird head kick that partially connected. It opened a cut. Left hook from Rivera. Rivera dropped for a guillotine but didn't have the proper position. He let go and Mizugaki worked from top position against the cage. The action stalled out there for a while. Mizugaki eventually landed a hard right and took Rivera's back looking for a choke. They stalled out again there and the round ended. 10-9 Mizugaki.

Round 3 - Body kick from Rivera. Two straight rights from Mizu, and a left hook. Mizugaki ate a kick and landed a straight right that put Rivera on his back. Mizugaki blanketed him for a while. A long while. Finally the referee stood them up with a minute to go. They both threw down in the pocket and each man landed some hard shots. They did it again just before the horn and Rivera landed a couple of left hooks, but it wasn't enough. 10-9 and 30-27 Mizkugaki.

Takeya Mizugaki defeated Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler

Round 1 - Lawler scored with two head kicks, the second being harder than the first. Then a body kick. A lot of feinting and moving from both men, with Ellenberger not doing much of anything offensively. Both men missed with big shots. They exchanged body shots and left hooks. Good body punch from Ellenberger, and a left hook. Not much of a round though overall. 10-9 Lawler.

Round 2 - Ellenberger with a right.Lawler with a left and a knee to the body. Hard knee to the body in the clinch from Lawler. Ellenberger with a body lock from behind and a head kick upon release. They exchanged two lefts each. Combo from Lawler, and he turned it up a bit. Ellenberger with the body lock and he dragged Lawler to the ground, which actually made Lawler laugh. Lawler spun back to his feet and used a front headlock to control Ellenberger while landing some shots. Big right from Ellenberger as he came up. Takedown from Ellenberger. Lawler got up after 20 seconds or so.  They clinched up against the fence. 10-9 Lawler.

Round 3 - Nice knee from Lawler. Two huge rights from Ellenberger seemed to daze Lawler a bit. Lawler returned fire with a left. And another. Ellenberger might have hurt his right hand. The pace slowed considerably after that. Straight left from Lawler, and another. Hard straight right. Huge knee and a left sent Ellenberger down, and a few more punches made referee Herb Dean step in a stop the fight. Ellenberger seemed to take either an eyepoke and a punch to the eye and that was the beginning of the end.

Robbie Lawler defeats Jake Ellenberger by TKO (punches), 3:06 of round 3

Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson

Round 1 - Outside leg kick from Hendo. Body kick from Hendo. They clinched up and Cormier just ragdolled Henderson to the ground. Henderson had Cormier's arms tied up in a pseudo-crucifix from the bottom but he escaped and worked from side. Cormier almost moved to mount but Henderson defended. Henderson rolled over and Cormier landed a few punches to the side of the head. The strength and size difference is readily apparent here. Hendo used a leg lock attempt to get back up with 45 seconds to go. They clinched up to end the round. 10-9 Cormier.

Round 2 - Hendo scored with a glancing right, and a left. Henderson looked for a takedown but ended up on his back. Cormier bullied Hendo on the ground and landed a few punches when Dan tried to escape. Short elbows and hammering lefts. Cormier moved to mount but Hendo deftly got back to half guard. Cormier continued to not do a ton, but controlled position and battered Hendo a bit. 10-9 Cormier.

Round 3 - Cormier with a friend kick and a head kick. Cormier just picked Henderson up and legit WWE-style bodyslammed him. Henderson got up and got ragdolled again. Cormier worked from the top. He moved to mount. Henderson doesn't even look like he wants to be there anymore. Henderson was just turtled up on his h ands and knees while Cormer spun around him and punched him in the head. Cormier attacked for a choke with just brute strength and actually got it. Henderson held on for a while but the referee jumped in and stopped it. Hendo went out.

Daniel Cormier defeats Dan Henderson by submission (rear naked choke), 3:53 of round 3

Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Round 1 - Dillashaw with a leg kick. And another, after he missed with an uppercut. He missed with a variety of other things but scored with an uppercut the second time. Body kick from Barao, and a leg kick. Straight left and uppercut from Dillashaw. Counter straight right scored for Barao. Straight right from Dillashaw. The Team Alpha Male fighter looked very good over the first four minutes. Two leg kicks from Barao. Overhand right drops Barao! Dillashaw pounding away! Barao recovered and went for a leg lock. Dillashaw got out and pounded away! He took Barao's back and tried to sink a choke. No hooks though and Barao got back to his feet. The horn saved Barao. He looks pretty alert as he gets up though. 10-9 Dillashaw.

Round 2 - Knee to the body from Dillashaw. Dillashaw just missed with a winging right, but landed a left. Barao was looking to work kicks to the body and legs. Barao landed a couple of straight punches. A small cut has been opened beside Dillashaw's right eye. Left hook from Barao. Dillashaw went for a takedown, then worked a front headlock for a few seconds. Low kick to the cup from Barao stopped the action briefly. Dillashaw landed with a stinging right, and another. Barao took them and landed a body kick. Both landed punches at the same time. Uppercut from Barao, kick to the body and a left hook to the body from Dillashaw. Straight left and right hook from Dillashaw. 10-9 Dillashaw.

Round 3 - Both men land left hooks. Dillashaw with some Dominick Cruz-like movement in the cage. Lots of kicks from both men. Nice left from Dillashaw. Straight left and a head kick for Dillashaw. Right hook! Combination! All Dillashaw. Step-in jab from Dillashaw, and a hard body kick. Super-fast right hook. Big head kick. Low kick from Barao. Straight left from Dillashaw, and Bara o is missing. Barao thought he got eye-poked but Herb Dean wasn't having it and Dillashaw took advantage. 10-9 Dillashaw again.

Round 4 - Dillashaw looked for a takedown right away but couldn't get it. More kicks from both men, but Dillashaw's were harder. Hard straight left from Dillashaw, and again. Dillashaw landed three hard shots, but Barao came back with a hard left hook.  They clinched up for a while. Barao missed with a spinning back kick and went down. Dillashaw worked from the top. Barao looked for a leg lock but Dillashaw deftly avoided it. Couple of big elbows from TJ in Barao's guard. 10-9 Dillashaw.

Round 5 - Barao obviously needs a finish. Leg kicks from Dillashaw. Left hook to the chest from Barao. Right hook and left head kick from Dillashaw. Step-in jab and head kick! Straight left and Barao is down! Dillashaw pounded out!  We have a new champion!

T.J. Dillashaw defeats Renan Barao by TKO (punches), 2:26 of round 5