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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today's UFC 206 preliminary card, which will have an in intriguing light heavyweight scrap as the featured bout.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play as UFC 206 goes down in Toronto.

After the loss of the original headliner, a UFC light heavyweight title fight, the promotion promoted the co-main event fight to the main event and gave it some more relevance by attaching an interim title to it. So Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis were scheduled to compete for a featherweight belt. Unfortunately, Pettis didn't make weight so Holloway is the only one that can win a title tonight.

The card does have some other great fights though. This post will cover the preliminary card, which will see light heavyweights throwing down in the featured bout with popular Nikita Krylov taking on Canadian Misha Cirkunov.

The prelims kick off at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT with three bouts on UFC Fight Pass. They then move over to Fox Sports 1 at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the other four prelims bouts. The five-fight PPV kicks off at the normal starting time of 10pm ET/7pm PT, which we'll cover in a separate post. The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week's MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.

Zach Makovsky vs. Dustin Ortiz

Round 1 - Makovsky with a side kick to the knee, and a head kick. Ortiz clinches up. They exchange knees and Makovsky connects with an elbow. Another elbow by Ortiz and they separate. Straight left from Makovsky. Knee to the body from Makovsky but he gets a takedown, then the back. Ortiz sinks one hook. Makovsky spins and reverses. Scramble for position. Makovsky holding an arm and not giving Ortiz room to move. They return to the feet and they're still all tied up. Ortiz with some body work. They exchange elbows. Makovsky finally spins away with 50 seconds to go. Makovsky catches a kick and takes Ortiz down. Went straight to his back, sunk hooks, and looked for an arm. Ortiz reverses quickly though and worked from the top. 10-9 Ortiz, but close.

Round 2 - Makovsky with a spin kick. Now a nice takedown, but Ortiz is up immediately. Nice knee by Makovsky on the way up though. Two lefts from Fun Size. They clinch and Dustin digs a knee in to Zach's gut. Ortiz with a nice takedown but Makovsky popped up right away. Very fast pace. Makovsky looked for an arm and dragged Ortiz to the mat, but was immediately reversed. Makovsky goes for a leg lock but lets go when he gets punched in the grill. Now Ortiz takes his back, secures a body triangle, and starts punching.  Ortiz softening him up with body and head shots. Makovsky squirms and gets back to his feet with 1:20 to go. Jab from Ortiz. Head kick from Makovsky. He gets a takedown and the back briefly, but Ortiz reverses again and digs two knees into the body. 10-9 Ortiz.

Round 3 - Nice right by Makovsky. He lands a knee to the body in the clinch. Makovsky with a beautiful single leg takedown, but Ortiz looked for a guillotine. Makovsky got loose of that, but Ortiz used his butterfly guard to get up. Makovsky with another takedown and looks for his back. He looked for an arm but wasn't in position. Back on the feet, they clinched up briefly. Ortiz shoots for a low single. Makovsky punches him and looked for his own takedown. More position changes. Ortiz with a takedown now, and he moved to pseudo-mount. Makovsky elevates him and gets up. So much scrambling. They trade knees. Ortiz with a bodylock and drags Makovsky down. Back up. I can barely keep track. Ortiz with a high kick, but gets dumped to the ground. Ortiz reverses yet again. 10-9 and 30-27 Ortiz.

Dustin Ortiz defeated Zach Makovsky by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Jason Saggo vs. Rustam Khabilov

Round 1 - Front kick and winging right from Khabilov. Leg kick from Saggo, as the crowd chants his name. Khabilov comes up short on a right hook. Saggo with a couple of jabs and a body kick. Inside leg kick and a combo from Khabilov. Saggo has a kick caught and eats a combo. Head kick scores for Saggo. Two wide right hooks in a row for Khabilov, and a huge takedown. Saggo with some elbows from the bottom. Khabilov can't get anything going on top. Saggo's control is great, but he's still losing the round on his back. 10-9 Khabilov.

Round 2 - Khabilov with two left hooks and an inside leg kick. Saggo with a body kick and a body punch. Saggo with a straight left, and just misses with a right hook. Not a lot happening on the feet over the first two minutes. Side kick from Saggo. Khabilov returns it. Few more kicks from Saggo. Jab to the body and a nice 1-2 from Khabilov. Right hook from Khabilov. Single leg takedown from Khabilov. Saggo gets up after 45 seconds, but gets lit up by Khabilov as soon as he got to his feet. Jumping knee, two right hooks, and a combination. Saggo looked for a takedown but ended up on his back. 10-9 Khabilov.

Round 3 - Saggo is coming out more aggressively, but Khabilov is blocking a lot of his offense. Kicks aplenty. Khabilov tries to use the cage to push off into a superman punch. Khabilov with a big takedown with 2:45 to go. Khabilov is doing enough to stay on top without a standup. It's not much, but it's something. A few punches here and there. Saggo gets up with 55 seconds to go. Khabilov looked for another takedown and almost got stuck in an armbar briefly, but Khabilov spins away and works from the top. Saggo back up with 30 seconds to go. Aaaand back down with 20 seconds to go. Khabilov's wrestling is just too much. 10-9 and 30-27 Khabilov.

Rustam Khabilov defeated Jason Saggo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata

Round 1 - They trade kicks. Vannata pumps out a front kick. Nice double jab from Makdessi. Vannata moving aound a lot. Vannata with a side kick to the thigh, and a spinning wheel kick that catches Makdessi on the chin and he's out! Amazing finish! That was seriously incredible!

Lanto Vannata defeated John Makdessi by KO (spinning wheel kick), 1:40 of round 1

Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez

Round 1 - Gagnon catches a kick and ties him up against the cage. Doesn't last long though. Low kick from Lopez. They clinch up. Lopez with a brief takedown. Hard body kick from Lopez and he's pressuring. Gagnon caught him with a huge counter left though and Lopez is down! Gagnon is all over him with punches and Lopez is just turtling. Gagnon took his back instead and looked to secure a choke. Lopez spun out and reversed though. Wow, that was quite a sequence. The action slowed considerably from there as Lopez used the time to recover. Gagnon looked for a guillotine, then an armbar from the bottom. Gagnon back up with a minute to go. He landed a left hook, then caught a kick and dropped for a leg lock. Heel hook position now. Round ends though. 10-9 Gagnon.

Round 2 - Lopez with a low kick as Gagnon shot in for a takedown. They end up in the clinch. Gagnon with an inside leg kick and went for a takedown, but was reversed by Lopez. He worked from the top. Lopez stands up out of guard but can't drop any damaging shots. Gagnon keeping him wrapped up. Now has his back in a scramble, and he landed some big rights. He secured a hook and tried to sink a choke, but Gagnon defended well. Lopez moved to mount. Gagnon scooted out with 20 seconds to go and got to his feet, but was scooped up and deposited back on the mat. Dominant round for Lopez. 10-9 Lopez.

Round 3 - Gagnon opens the third round with a huge ball shot that has Lopez screaming. The Cornuts Cam shows that yes, it was a nasty low shot. Yikes. Lopez up remarkably quick considering his initial reaction. He takes less than a minute before fighting again. Lopez with a takedown and immediately gets back mount. Gagnon rolls over and recovers half guard. Gets around to the back again and tries to flatten Gagnon out. Gagnon stands up. Scores with a knee. Nice 1-2 from Lopez. Lopez throws a kick and Gagnon wants the takedown. Lopez separates, and scores a power double takedown. Huge strength there. GnP from Lopez against the cage. Gets Gagnon's back again. Gagnon to his feet, trying to shake Lopez off, but it's not happening. Gagnon is just stuck. The crowd isn't happy but Lopez is in complete control. 10-9 and 29-28 Lopez.

Matthew Lopez defeated Mitch Gagnon by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Valerie Letourneau vs. Viviane Pereira

Round 1 - Letourneau with a long body kick. The size difference between the two is really apparent. Slow pace to start. Pereira with a body shot. Letourneau looking to establish the jab. Letourneau with a takedown and she moved straight to mount. She trapped an arm and landed some big shots. Back to half guard. They spent an extended period of time there before Valerie finally moved to side. Pereira got back up though. They clinch up. Some knees from Letourneau. 10-9 Letourneau.

Round 2 - Letourneau throwing a lot but not connecting with much. Pereira not throwing anything at all. Finally she throws a right hook but it's easily blocked but the longer fighter. Nice kick from Letrourneau. Body shot from Pereira. This looks like a sparring session right now. Low inside leg kicks from Letourneau. Right hooks from both ladies. Nice 1-2 from Pereira. Body kick from Letourneau and Pereira tries to clinch. Two knees from the Canadian. Pereira with a nice trip takedown with 1:25 to go. Pereira scores with a couple of short shots. Letourneau kicks her off with 30 seconds to go. Combo from Letourneau. 10-9 Letourneau I guess.

Round 3 - Letourneau wades in with a combo. Pereira responds with a counter. Letourneau working the jab again. Straight left from Letourneau. Leg kick from Pereira. Jab and a left hook from Pereira. She's finally loosening up a bit. Both land to the body. Right hook from Pereira, Letourneau kicks the body. another leg kick from Letourneau while Pereira tries to jab. Pereira ties her up and lands two knees to the body. Jab from Valerie. Nice left hook from Pereira. Jab from Pereira. Pereira backs her up against the cage. A few knees to the thigh from both ladies. Letourneau separates with 20 seconds to go. Pereira with a low kick and a right hook. Another leg kick. 10-9 Pereira. The second round will decide it.

Viviane Pereira defeated Valerie Letourneau by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober

Round 1 - Aubin-Mercier with a nice jab. Dober moving a lot, but coming up short with his strikes early. Low leg kick from OAM. Dober threw a left but OAM staggered him with the counter left. Dober is bleeding. Nice combo in response from Dober, and a body kick. Jab from Aubin-Mercier. Straight left straight to the nose from OAM. Lots of blood coming out off the nose, and his mouth is open. Two jabs from Aubin-Mercier. Nice right hook. Another left. OAM is pretty much dominating the striking. Low leg kick. Jab and low leg kick from OAM. Body kick by Dober. Left hook from Dober, and again. Both landed hard. 10-9 Aubin-Mercier.

Round 2 - Dober with an immediate left that puts OAM down! Dober throwing big punches from the top, but OAM is able to rope him in and control him. OAM grabbed a leg and used a leg lock attempt to take top position. Dober tried to scramble away but couldn't. OAM on his back now. Full back mount on the bottom, with a body triangle. He slips the arm under the chin, and gets the tap! Very nice.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier defeated Drew Dober by submission (rear naked choke), 2:57 of round 2

Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov

Round 1 - Krylov with two body kicks. Short right from Krylov, and back to the body with a kick. Head kick blocked. Cirkunov with his own head kick, but it's blocked. Straight left for Cirkunov. Krylov kicking the legs. Krylov misses with a head kick and got taken down. Krylov used a front headlock to get up. They worked against the cage. Krylov with some knees. Krylov wit ha nice low kick/straight right combo after the break. Hard body kick from Krylov but Cirkunov caught it and got a takedown. Krylov up quick, and gets  his own takedown. Beautiful sweep by Cirkunov. Scramble, and they're back up. Hard overhand left from Cirkunov. He looks for another takedown but can't get it. Straight left rocked Krylov! He grabbed a guillotine and Krylov taps! Great finish!

Misha Cirkunov defeated Nikita Krylov by submission (guillotine choke), 4:38 of round 1