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Tonight's main event will see full UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo attempt to take out interim champion Max Holloway. The co-main comes in the women’s strawweight division, with Claudia Gadelha taking on Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
This post will cover the main card.
The prelims kick off at approximately 6;30pm ET/3:30pm PT with three bouts on UFC Fight Pass. They then move over to FS1 at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the other four prelims bouts. Those are covered in a separate post. The five-fight PPV kicks off at the normal starting time of 10pm ET/7pm PT, . The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week's MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
Round 1 - Feel-out stage to start. No strikes through a minute. Holoway with a jab to the body. Aldo jabs the body. Aldo rips a straighr right. Holloway misses with a jab. Aldo goes to the body. Holloway connects with a left hook. Aldo connects with two big lefts and a huge knee against the cage! Holloway eats it and circles out! Holloway to the body. Leg kick from Aldo as Holloway lands a right. Aldo with a jab. Jab to the body. Holloway to the body. Holloway coming up short with his punches. Aldo with a nice uppercut. Left hook from Aldo. Holloway with a spinning kick to the belly. 10-9 Aldo.
Round 2 - Aldo rips a left hook to the body. Holloway with a combo. Aldo with a jab. Holloway with a jab and a straight right to the body. Aldo lands a glancing right hook. Holloway fires back. Aldo with a big combo that’s finished with a straight right. Nice left left hook from Aldo. Holloway lands a nice combo. Holloway with a left and a right as Aldo circles out. Aldo goes to the body. Jab from Aldo. Holloway with a big right and catches him with a left. They both land in the pocket. Holloway with a jab. Aldo with his own counter right hook, and a lead right hook Holloway with a right head kick. Holloway with another combo. Hard jab from Aldo. Body kick from Holloway, Aldo returns fire with the right. Another jab. Big combo from Aldo. Holloway is taunting him! He slaps him and lands a right. Aldo gets mad, misses with a spin kick, and lands a hard right hook as the round ends. Holloway gives him the thumbs up. 10-9 Holloway.
Round 3 - Holloway with a body shot. Aldo threw a knee to dissuade him from that. Holloway to the body again. Holloway with a right over the top. Holloway is bringing pressure. Aldo with a huge left hook. Holloway with a left, Aldo with a knee. Aldo jab. Holloway with a right hook to the ear. Holloway drops Aldo with a straight right! Aldo squirms and tries to maintain guard! Holloway landing shots on top! Aldo is barely surviving! Holloway to mount. He takes the back and looks for a choke. He decides to stand up and back out. Huge punches. Back to mount. He’s pounding away. This is gonna get stopped. Holloway looks for the choke. Aldo turtling. Referee John McCarthy steps in finally and Max Holloway has defeated Jose Aldo.
Max Holloway defeated Jose Aldo by TKO (strikes), 4:13 of round 3
Round 1 - They trade rights. They both plant and throw again. Gadelha clinches and smashes Karolina with two elbows. They both throw in the pocket again, and Kowalkiewicz gets the best of it. Gadelha gets a takedown. She takes the back and sinks hooks. The choke is there and Kowalkiewicz taps. That was fast.
Claudia Gadelha defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz by submission (rear naked choke), 3:03 of round 1
Round 1 - Leg kick from Marquardt. Belfort hasn’t thrown anything in a minute. Nate lands a right, clinches, and gets a takedown. Shoulder strikes from Marquardt. Vitor has his arms locked down and the ref stands them up with three minutes to go. Belfort fakes a body kick. Vitor lands a right, and goes to the body. Nate with a side kick to the thigh. Lots of staring. Jumping front kick from Marquardt. Marquardt with a straight right. Outside leg kick from Marquardt, and then inside. Marquardt feinting. High kick from Vitor blocked. 10-9 Marquardt.
Round 2 - Outside leg kick from Marquardt. Vitor still holding back. Nate with a left hook and a head kick. Belfort landed a counter left. Head kick from Belfort. He’s swarming! Finally some action! Marquardt fires back. Belfort with a body kick. He’s finally loose. Double jab from Marquardt. Right from Marquardt, Belfort lands a counter. Inside low kick from Belfort. A shot from Nate opened up a small cut above Vitor’s eye. Marquardt with a hard bodt kick. Belfort landed a counter inside. Head kick blocked by Marquardt. Nate charges forward with a combo. Hard right from Marquardt. 10-9 Marquardt.
Round 3 - Belfort with a hard straight left. Marquardt with some light kicks to keep range. Lots more feinting. Belfort is very inactive. Straight right from Marquardt. Body kick from Belfort, Nate returns one of his own. Two uppercuts from Vitor as Marquardt misses a punch. Head kick from Marquardt. Marquardt with a left hook. Belfort with a combo that backed Nate off. Belfort closes the distance but missed with two punches. Head kick from belfort. Jab from Marquardt. Hard right hook from Belfort and Nate’s bleeded. Belfort stuffed a shot. Head kick blocked. Left hook and Marquardt is backing off. Glancing head kick again from Belfort. Right hook from Belfort. Neither really do anything to the horn. 10-9 Belfort but 29-28 Marquardt.
Vitor Belfort defeated Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Round 1 - Bamgbose with a big shot inside early. Bamgbose grabbed a leg and looked for a takedown. He mixed in some big right hooks with takedowns, that was interesting. Borrachinha is walking him down now. Bamgbose with some body work. Borrachinha with a big body kick. Another right hook from Bamgbose. Ripping body kick from Borrachinha. And again. They’re both swinging wildly. Borrachinha all over a tired Bamgbose now. Head kick. Big knee up the middle. Bamgbose with three body shots. Borrachina whizzers away from a takedown. Bamgbose did get him down eventually though, and basically is just laying on him. 10-9 Borrachinha.
Round 2 - Bamgbose on the outside circling due to his tank being empty. Borrachinha not forcing it. He bamgbose just threw a double axehandle, Macho Man style. Borrachinha floors him with a leg kick as Bamgbose was throwing a high kick! He’s all over him with punches and it’s over!
Paulo Borrachina defeated Oluwale Bamgbose by TKO (strikes), 1:06 of round 2
Round 1 - Assuncao with a body kick. Head kick from Silva. They’re feinting a lot. Medeiros seemed to hurt Silva, but it may have been a headbutt. Silva circles for a nit to recover. Silva with a leg kick. Nice jab from Medeiros. Silva with a reaching r ight. Body shot and left hook may have wobbled Medeiros. Hard body shots from Silva. Nice right hook from Medeiros. Another. Silva with a hard outside leg kick. Another one. Silva with a left hook and a knee that stuns Medeiros! Close. I’ll o 10-9 Medeiros.
Round 2 - Silva lands a leg kick. He pushes Medeiros to the cage and both miss with big shots. Body kick from Silva. Hard inside leg kick. Hard straight right from Medeiros after stetting it up with a jab. Silva popped him with a counter right. Silva with two left hooks and a hard leg kick. Huge left hook dropped Silva! Medeiros is all over him and gets the finish! Silva is mad and he seems fine, but the Hawaiian gets the win.
Yancy Medeiros defeated Erick Silva by TKO (strikes), 2:01 of round 2