Join us today on Bloody Elbow for the final UFC PPV of the year, as we provide live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 219 kicks off from Las Vegas, Nevada.
The top of the UFC 219 billing will witness Cris Cyborg look to defend her featherweight belt against the UFC’s former bantamweight queen Holly Holm. The co-main event on the evening will involve Top-5 lightweights as the #2 Khabib Nurmagomedov squares off with the #4 Edson barboza.
This post will cover the UFC 219 preliminary card. The featured prelim bout involves light heavyweights Khalil Rountree and Michal Oleksiejczuk going to war, with Tim Elliot and Mark De La Rosa opening up the card in the bantamweight division.
Live results and play-by-play will commence with the Fight Pass broadcast at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT for one fight. Then, things move to FS1 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The full lineup and schedule follows, and the main card will be covered in a separate post.
FS1 Prelims: 8:00pm ET
Rountree comes out hot, cracking to the body with a kick before going upstairs with the hands. Rountree throws a flurry in the pocket, connecting with a few before eating one himself. Rountree jumps a Guillotine off of a takedown attempt, but Oleksiejczuk escapes and stands to his feet. Rountree sticks with the Guillotine, then releases it to throw a flying knee. Rountree explodes with another violent flurry leaving his opponent bloodied in the face. Rountree backs off and takes a huge deep breath. Oleksiejczuk presses forward and Rountree lands a jab cross. Rountree drops his hands due to exhaustion and Oleksiejczuk pours it on. Oleksiejczuk lands a strong kick to the body and follows up with a set of clean punches. Rountree throws an extremely labored 2-piece as the round closes.
10-9 Rountree (Damage)
Oleksiejczuk opens up with a left hand and Rountree responds with a head kick that’s blocked. Rountree throws a big overhand left but Oleksiejczuk blocks it well. Oleksiejczuk strikes with a jab cross and then returns to the body kick. A stiff cross lands for Oleksiejczuk as Rountree is basically stationary. Rountree connects with a set of right hooks, but his punches are lacking steam. Oleksiejczuk lands a body punch followed by a thudding leg kick. Oleksiejczuk returns to the leg kick, and again. Oleksiejczuk continues to touch his target with his hands, punching high and low. Oleksiejczuk lands another popping straight but this time while moving backwards. A stinging body kick scores for Oleksiejczuk and the round is over.
Oleksiejczuk opens the final frame with a big leg kick. Rountree responds with a mean flurry, appearing to have caught his breath a bit. Oleksiejczuk picks up a takedown into the full guard of his opponent, and proceeds to rough up Rountree with short shots. Rountree resorts to punching from his back and Oleksiejczuk passes into side control. Rountree continues to throw useless strikes from the bottom, and Oleksiejczuk continues to rack up control time. Oleksiejczuk punches away with softening blows as the time expires.
- Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Khalil Rountree by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Jury opens the bout with a whipping body kick. Glenn closes the distance and they jock for position up against the fence. Glenn throws an inside leg kick but Jury checks it. Glenn rushes in and Jury side steps and cracks Glenn in the mouth. Jury presses forward, backing up his opponent with kicks to the body. Glenn shoots in but Jury manages to end up on top and in the guard of his foe. The featherweights stand and they exchange high kicks with both being blocked by the other. Jury returns to the body kick, pressing his opponent backwards. Glenn shoots in but Jury quickly moved out of the way and lands a beautiful punching combo.
Glenn starts out with a wild overhand right but eats a left hook for his efforts. Glenn closes the distance momentarily, but Jury returns to open space. Glenn rushes in again but eats an uppercut as he dipped down. The execution of Jury seems surgical at this point, as Glenn is mostly defensive. Glenn fails another takedown attempt but lands a knee to the body in the clinch. Jury presses Glenn up against the cage and secures a body lock takedown, right into an Arm Triangle. Glenn gives up his back to escape the choke, but Jury continues to control on top. Glenn attacks from his back with upkicks and hammerfists, but nothing really significant or damaging.
Jury opens the final frame with a cracking right hand, but Glenn presses forward with a sense of urgency. Jury lands a smooth uppercut as Glenn moves forward, followed by a stiff left hand that sent his opponent off balance. Glenn again shoves his foe up against the fence, but Jury quickly escapes into the center of the cage. Glenn presses forward behind his straight punches, but Jury is just on another level, dismissing all of Glenn’s attacks. Jury lands a hard cross to the face as Glenn throws a high kick. Jury shoots in but Glenn stuffs it. Jury returns to the takedown but gets it this time, keeping Glenn on his back for the remaining moments of the match.
10-9 Jury (30-26 Jury)
- Myles Jury def. Rick Glenn by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Vettori takes the center pumping his jab wit Akhmedov launching strikes from the outside. Akhmedov cracks to the body with a well placed kick. Akhmedov scores with a right hand over the top and presses forward behind his power. Vettori clips his opponent with a stiff left hand. Akhmedov returns fire with a blitzing combo, landing a left right hooking combo. The hooks continue to fly as Akhmedov pushes the pace. Vettori telegraphs a takedown that gets him punched cleanly in the mouth, but he eats it rather well. Vettori comes up the middle with a knee that backs off Akhmedov. Vettori lands with a body kick, but eats a right hand for his trouble. Akhmedov shoots in but Vettori is having none of it and returns to open space. Akhmedov misses wth a set of hooks as the round expires.
Akhmedov comes out attacking the legs, and then lands over the top with heavy hooks. The athletes clinch up and Vettori attacks a Kimora, and transitions into a Triangle from his back. Akhmedov remains cool and shucks off the sub attempt. Vettori scrambles back up to his feet and Akhmedov returns to his wild hooking approach. Akhmedov lands a spinning backfist but Vettori mostly blocks it. Vettori presses forward, shoving Akhmedov up against the fence. Akhmedov is throwing labored hooks, but his timing is allowing him to land nonetheless. Vettori blasts his way on the inside and shoves his foe up against the cage again, but Akhmedov frees himself into open space as the round ends.
Both men come out looking to brawl to start the final frame, with Vettori seeming to press the action a bit more. A short left hand lands for Vettori before a brief exchange in the clinch. Akhmedov lands an inside leg kick and the middleweights lock up once again. They separate, and Vettori begins finding his range, landing straight punches before spitting out his mouthpiece, disrupting rhythm. Both men flurry with each landing. A set of straights land for Vettori, followed by a strong cross that sent Akhmedov stumbling backwards. A labored cross lands for Akhmedov, and another before looking up at the clock. Vettori lands a knee to the body prompting an ill-advised takedown from Akhmedov. Vettori takes top position and rushes to improve his position as time ticks away. The round ends before Vettori can do anything with the dominant position.
10-9 Vettori (29-28 Akhmedov)
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori ended in a Majority Draw (28-28 x2, 29-28 Vettori)
The flyweights went right at each other with Nicolau landing a heavy left hook early that got his opponent’s attention. Nicolau again stuns Smolka with a hard right hand. Smolka presses forward but eats a huge left hook that sits him down. Nicolau follows his foe to the ground looking to finish, but seemed to only allow Smolka to recover. Nicolau allows Smolka back to his feet, just to sit him back down with a left right combo. Nicolau again follows his foe to the ground to finish, locking up an Arm triangle. Smolka hangs tough and escapes the hold to return to his feet. Nicolau continues to land in the pocket with another left hook sending Smolka stumbling across the cage. Another left hook floors Smolka but the round comes to a close.
Smolka lands a solid leg kick to start the second stanza. Nicolau returns to his left hook that seems to stagger Smolka whenever it touches him. Smolka continues to press forward but continues to eat punches in the pocket. Smolka returns to the leg kick in an attempt to slow down his opponent. Nicolau rips a left hook to the body and then comes over the top with a hook to the face. Smolka returns the favor and lands a body hook of his own. A cut has been opened up in the middle of Smolka’s eyes but it doesn’t appear to be affecting his vision. Nicolau returns to the body head hook combo, and Smolka returns with a body kick to right cross. Smolka steps in with a side kick but eats a final combo before the bell sounds.
Smolka appears to be the fresher of the two athletes to start the final round. Nicolau catches a kick and scores a takedown, but allows Smolka to return to his feet. A strong jab to the midsection lands for Nicolau, and as Smolka looks to return the favor, Nicolau blasts a double leg takedown. Nicolau allows his opponent back to his feet and lands a cross hook combo. Nicolau times another takedown and lands a few short shots to the ribs before scrambling to the back. Nicolau rolls for a last second Armbar but Smolka quickly escapes and that’s the fight.
10-9 Nicolau (30-26 Nicolau)
- Matheus Nicolau def. Louis Smolka by Unanimous Decision (30-26 x2, 30-25)
Fight Pass prelim: 7:30pm ET
Tim Elliott vs. Mark De La Rosa: Bantamweight
Elliot opens up with a side kick to the gut followed by a takedown attempt. De La Rosa jumps a Guillotine but Eliiot is quick to escape and take top control. De La Rosa rolls for an Armbar and Elliot remains before picking up his foe and slamming him. De La Rosa maintains the hold, until Elliot again slams his opponent, but this time getting free. Elliot lands a clean elbow from the top and De La Rosa closes up the full guard. A short left elbow scores for Elliot, as De La Rosa looks for another Armbar. The short left elbow of Elliot again finds a home, and the UFC veteran continues to control. Elliot rolls for a Guillotine into the full mount, before taking the back. De La Rosa turns over inside the guard of his enemy but Elliot regains top control before the round expires.
De La Rosa starts the round with a takedown attempt with Elliot using an Anaconda attempt to find top position. In a scramble, it appears as if Elliot motions to the referee about De La Rosa biting him, but the official does nothing. De La Rosa throws up a Triangle attempt, but Elliot spins out and locks up a super tight Anaconda Choke.
- Tim Elliot def. Mark De La Rosa by Submission (Anaconda) at 1:41 of round 2