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Real-time, blow-by-blow updates for both of tonight's UFC 195 preliminary cards, which will lead into the pay-per-view headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit.

Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results and play-by-play as the UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit preliminary cards transpire from The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Atop the Fox Sports prelims, 24-year-old bantamweight Michael "Mayday" McDonald returns after a two-year hiatus to face former Sengoku champ Masanori Kanehara. Also making preliminary-card appearances: Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman (welterweight), Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish (women's strawweight), Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier (lightweight) and Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka (bantamweight).

Live updates will commence with the Fight Pass prelims at 6:30 p.m. ET. The preliminary card lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week's MMA Vivisection for detailed picks, analysis and betting odds on each match up.

Fox Prelims
(Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)

Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald

R1: McDonald holds his ground and plasters Kanehara with a counter right. The Japanese fighter shrugs it off and shoots a takedown. McDonald goes from the front headlock to defend into a sacrifice guillotine. Kanehara tripods to defend and McDonald readjusts his angle and switches to the body triangle. Kanehara hand-fights to break the choke and starts landing short rights to the body. McDonald gets his head off the cage and gets back into guillotine position.

Kanehara goes two-on-one to defend and then cleverly passes to full mount when McDonald goes back to the guillotine. Despite being mounted, McDonald buys some time by squeezing the guillotine. Kanehara patiently slips his head out and lands a short right. McDonald regains full guard when Kanehara readjusts his base. Kanehara gift-wraps McDonald's left arm behind his back but only musters a few glancing punches. 10-9 Kanehara.

R2: McDonald keeps Kanehara at bay with front kicks but Kanehara ducks under the first punch and hits a takedown. Kanehara methodically passes to full mount, then snakes into an arm-triangle. It looks deep but McDonald virtually teleports into back control, somehow. An unreal transition, and McDonald sinks in the rear-naked choke. Kanehara taps.

  • Michael McDonald defeats Masanori Kanehara by submission (rear-naked choke) R2 2:09

Alex Morono vs. Kyle Noke

R1: Noke opens up with an inside/switch low kick. No dice on Morono's spinning kick nor the spinning back fist that follows. Noke lands a long front kick to the body. Noke gets a glove in front of Morono's next spinning kick but it lands with a thud. Noke ducks a looping overhand and clips Morono with a short counter left. Jumping switch kick to the body from Noke and he follows it with a right hand. Morono, still hurling meatballs, follows a looping right hand into the clinch.

Morono keeps Noke on the fence in the over-under, landing a few foot stomps. Noke circles off and separates. Snapping jab from Noke followed by a right cross. Glancing front kick to the body from Morono; Noke answers in kind. Morono bobs Noke's head back with a rangy right cross. Neither find the mark with kicks from distance. 10-9 Noke.

R2: Noke deflects a spinning kick to the body. No dice on Morono's superman punch. Left roundhouse kick lands to the body for Morono. Noke, whose nose is bloodied up, answers with a left kick. Noke half-checks a low kick, then glances with a check hook. Noke loses his balance on a kick and Morono dings him with a left hand. Noke clinches up and slips into the rear waist lock as Morono fires right hands, then hops on his back but slides off when he can't sink both hooks. Morono quickly passes to north-south, then goes to the front headlock when Noke turtles.

Morono tries to take the back but Noke slips out the back door, landing in half guard. Noke steps over into side mount, then passes to full mount. Morono slickly grabs a leg and falls back for an ankle lock. Noke maintains his posture and slips his leg out of danger. After stabilizing on top, Noke lands a rugged knee to the body from half guard. 10-9 Noke.

R3: Noke lands a front kick to the gut. Noke with an inside low kick to counter Morono's combo, then a check hook on his way out. Noke lands a step-in elbow to the chest, just missing Morono's chin. They duel with boxing combinations, both landing at a fairly even clip. Noke with a left. Morono counters.

Noke throws a spinning back elbow that digs into the body of Morono. Chopping inside low kick from Noke as Morono continues to trudge forward behind looping rights and front kicks. Noke with a kick to the body, then a takedown that Morono doesn't fight. Morono flurries to Noke's nose and then pivots into a tight armbar. Morono has it locked and Noke somehow escapes despite being deep in the submission. 10-10 for the late Morono surge. I have it 30-28 Noke.

  • Alex Morono defeats Kyle Noke by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish

R1: Kish puts her head down and barrels into range swinging but Ansaroff, swinging off her back foot, lands the cleaner shots. We pause due to an accidental thumb into the eye of Ansaroff. Ansaroff sits down on a counter flurry and lands a pair of rear-leg front kicks to the body. Ansaroff clinches up and puts Kish on the fence but can't complete the takedown. Kish rattles of two rights on the clinch break, then glances with a spinning back elbow. They trade front kicks to the body, then mid-range kicks.

Kish continues to waltz forward throwing reckless heaters. Ansaroff steps off-center and lands a check hook. Kish catches a kick and off-balances Ansaroff, then chops her leg out when she stands back up. Ansaroff rises back up for a second time and lands a front kick downstairs. They both land with mutual flurries but Ansaroff closes her combo with a plunging front kick to the body. Glancing knee upstairs from Kish. 10-9 Ansaroff.

R2: Kish maintains her frenetic pace, landing two short knees to the head after they collide with combos. Counter left from Ansaroff, then a push kick to the hip. Kish glances with a low kick then lands the second attempt. Ansaroff dings Kish with a fast right/left flurry and it looks to wobble Kish. Ansaroff pounces but Kish counter-clinches and separates.

Ansaroff dictating range with her busy front kick, then she plugs Kish with a right hand. Kish whiffs on consecutive lead-leg hook kicks but reverses Ansaroff's takedown attempt, landing in side control. Ansaroff creates a scramble but can't shake Kish, who maintains control in Ansaroff's closed half guard. Ansaroff tries to get back up but Kish secures the front headlock to prevent the escape. 10-9 Ansaroff in a close round.

R3: Kish fails on a takedown attempt but glances with two knees to the body. Kish chases Ansaroff down but over-commits, allowing for an easy Ansaroff takedown. Busy elbows from Kish in full guard. Kish gets double wrist control and angles for an armbar but Ansaroff defends. A right hand from Ansaroff, then a transition into side control. Kish rolls her over and they separate after the scramble.

Ansaroff forces a clinch but Kish sidesteps it and lands a right hand before they tie up again. Kish steps back again and lands a left/right combo, then she follows behind it for a takedown from the clinch. Smothering control from Kish in half guard, who steps over into full mount. Ansaroff gives up her back and Kish puts both hooks in. Ansaroff slowly spins into Kish, landing on top in half guard. 10-9 Kish. I have it 29-28 Ansaroff.

  • Justine Kish defeats Nina Ansaroff by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman

R1: Dober tags him with a clean left straight. Holtzman answers with a glancing right and they both exchange kicks. A Dober punch whizzes by Holtzman's head as he enters the clinch, landing a knee downstairs. Dober circles off the cage and Holtzman follows suit. They continue to jockey for position against the fence in the over-under clinch. Hard horizontal right elbow from Holtzman on the clinch break, then he re-clinches and nearly finishes a body-lock trip.

Dober circles off the fence and hits an inside trip. Holtzman quickly takes a knee and stands back up as Dober moves to the rear waist lock. They separate and reset in the center with Dober missing a left high kick. They clinch up and Dober hits a takedown from body lock but he's greeted by three short elbows from Holtzman in guard. Holtzman gets back to his feet and Dober gets the rear waist cinch, but decides to separate. Holtzman with a push kick to the body. Two counter rights land for Dober. Holtzman catches him with a left. 10-9 Dober.

R2: Dober shoots a double from way outside and Holtzman stuffs it before putting him on the cage. Dober circles off and separates with a right/left combo, then he drills Holtzman with a right hook. Dober ducks under a jab and labors for a takedown, settling for the rear waist lock. Dober separates with a right elbow to the head. Holtzman glances with a right cross, then plasters Dober clean with a right kick to the face.

They clinch up and Holtzman gets the takedown. Dober in full guard. He creates space and tries to somersault out but can't. Dober goes onto his right hip but can't push away, then gets in switch position as Holtzman counter wrestles. Dober back to his feet now but stuck on the cage. Holtzman lands another horizontal elbow on the clinch break. Dober glances with a step-in elbow. They clinch up and Holtzman again ends up on top after Dober loses his balance on a throw attempt. Two heavy shots from Holtzman on top. 10-9 Holtzman.

R3: They collide in the center with a mutual exchange. Dober slips in a left hand and completes a takedown. Holtzman is back up quickly, circling off the cage and glancing with a nasty spinning back-elbow. Dober dives on a double leg and works hard to finish it. Dober on top in Holtzman's half guard. Holtzman tries to isolate Dober's left arm to no avail.

Holtzman gets full guard but eats a pair of sharp elbows in the process. Dober with a step-over pass into half guard. Holtzman takes a knee and stands back up, then manages to separate. Referee Herb Dean stops the action to have the doc check on Holtzman, whose face is a crimson mask. He gets the nod and we continue. Holtzman glances with a high kick. Dober with a sharp angle-left. Dober gets in on a double leg but takes a pair of spiked elbows to the temple. Holtzman tries to hit a switch but Dober slips into the rear waist cinch and takes him down. 10-9 Dober. I have it 29-28 Dober.

  • Drew Dober defeats Scott Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Fight Pass Prelims
(UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier

R1: Duffy closes the distance aggressively but eats a counter right. Duffy, keeping his hands dangerously low, flings a pair of jabs in Poirier's face. Poirier tags him with two short rights, then glances with a few from the single collar tie. Low kick and jab land for Duffy. Poirier catches him with a jab but Duffy answers with a heavy right counter, then flurries when Poirier covers up and leans on the cage, possibly dazed.

Poirier recovers and steps in with two jabs but then walks into a short right from Duffy. Poirier clips him with a right and then lands two more short-range rights from the clinch to set up a takedown. Duffy sits up on the cage and Poirier pinches the knees together to prevent the escape. Poirier tries to peel him off the cage and can't, but hammers Duffy in the face with a nasty elbow. Poirier looks for the front headlock as Duffy stands up but can't keep control. They both land shots to the head on the clinch break. Poirier keeps leather in his face and Duffy lands a right to close the frame. They're both bloodied up. Damn. 10-10 for (a lot of) even offense.

R2: Poirier tries to step under a flurry for a takedown and ends up putting Duffy on the fence in the clinch. Poirier off-balances him and hits a takedown, again pinching his knees together and trying to peel Duffy off the cage. Duffy takes a knee and Poirier grapevines a leg, threatening to take his back. Poirier's nose is leaking blood like a faucet.

Duffy rolls into him to get full guard but takes two shots to the face. Two elbows from Poirier on top. Another pair of elbows from Poirier. Now he switches to left elbows and cracks Duffy with three or four. More bludgeoning elbows from Poirier and Duffy's face is a disaster. It's all Poirier to close the round. 10-8 Poirier.

R3: Inside low kick lands for Poirier. Duffy head-hunting with left hooks and high kicks. Duffy lands a long right shovel punch to the gut. Poirier flings a fast straight left and transitions fluidly into a successful double leg. Duffy sits up on the cage as Poirier pinches his knees together for control. Poirier switches to a body lock, then to a double leg as Duffy regains his footing. Duffy takes his corner's advice and applies leverage with the whizzer, creating a scramble.

Duffy rolls into a heel hook that Poirier is curiously lethargic to defend, but he does eventually. Poirier back in Duffy's closed guard though they're finally in the center of the cage. Duffy with strong wrist control on Poirier's right arm but the ref steps in and separates them with just over a minute left. Snapping jab for Poirier. Heavy left hook downstairs from Duffy; Poirier responds with a thumbs up, a left straight and another clean double-leg. Elbow from Poirier on top. Duffy cinches on a deep triangle but time expires. Amazing fight. 10-9 Poirier. I have it 30-27 Poirier.

  • Dustin Poirier defeats Joseph Duffy by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)

Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka

R1: Both fighters feel out the range early. Tanaka sits down on a heavy one-two to back Soto off, then glances with two rights while circling left. Soto lands an inside low kick and dodges Tanaka's counter flurry. Tanaka defends a Soto takedown calmly and whirs fast leather to counter. Tanaka stepping in and cutting a sharp angle before letting his hands go but neither fighter has established himself yet.

Tanaka pumps a jab and lands an outside low kick, then catches Soto by surprise with a takedown. Soto gets in omoplata position on Tanaka's right arm, then switches to a gogoplata and pulls on the head. Two short elbows to the head from Soto and they allow Tanaka room to escape. 10-9 Soto.

R2: Tanaka stinging with counter left hooks from range, then he has a high kick blocked. They trade low kicks. Tanaka pesters with a right/left hook combo, then lands a knee to the body and another right/left medley. Soto digs into the calf with a hard outside low kick. Tanaka keeping his hands dangerously low betwixt wide-sailing counters with both hands.

Soto shoots a takedown and Tanaka hits a nice counter whizzer throw. Soto laces up a guillotine and closes his guard though he doesn't have a lot of room to work against the fence. Tanaka pulls his head free and lands a short right forearm. Two more glancing elbows for Tanaka. Soto elevates the hips and rolls into a leg lock but Tanaka is too slippery, spinning out of danger and going back to work in Soto's guard. Glancing ground-and-pound from Tanaka and it's answered by elbows and hammer-fists from Soto. 10-9 Soto for a threatening guard.

R3: Soto is more active with his jab to start the final frame. Outside low kick lands for Soto. Two glancing check hooks from Tanaka. Soto waves him in and snaps his head back with a sharp jab. They land three simultaneous jabs and smile at each other. Tanaka blocks Soto's high kick. Soto dings him with a clean one-two but he's taken down by Tanaka.

Soto again immediately ties on a guillotine and closes his guard, then increases the torque by applying a body triangle. Tanaka patiently defends and pulls his head out, then postures up with a few punches; it allows Soto enough space to escape back to his feet. Soto lands a left and then a right in following exchange. Crisp jab gets through for Soto, then another. Tanaka still dropping his hands at range and Soto's putting leather on his chin. Tanaka answers. Soto responds with another jab, then a straight right. Soto takes him down and mounts him, then takes his back in the scramble. 10-9 Soto. I have it 30-27 Soto.

  • Michinori Tanaka defeats Joe Soto by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott

R1: Westcott prods with a jab from southpaw. Garcia holds his ground and fires chest-level counters with his right hand. Westcott ducks under a right and finishes a takedown, landing in half guard. Westcott pinches Garcia's knees together and looks for a pass to mount. Garcia rolls onto his left hip and takes a short flurry of lefts to the noggin. Westcott flattens him out and drills him with a good 20-30 short and consecutive right hands. Garcia just wing blocks, taking the beating and lying motionless. The ref gives him somewhere from plenty to too much time to recover before finally showing mercy.

  • Sheldon Westcott defeats Edgar Garcia by TKO (punches) R1 3:12