Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 224 goes down in Rio de Janeiro.
The main event will see UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defend her title on home soil for the first time when she faces off with Raquel Pennington. The co-main is an important middleweight contender fight between Ronaldo Souza and Kelvin Gastelum.
This post will cover the preliminary card. The show will kick off with four bouts that will air on UFC Fight Pass. That begins at approximately 6pm ET/3pm PT. Then it moves over to FS1 for four fights starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The main card will be covered in a separate post.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
Round 1 - Roberson almost catches a kick. Ferreira gets a takedown and is working from side control. Back to half. Ferreira isn’t throwing strikes, and isn’t really setting up a submission. He’s just controlling. Back to full guard. Halfway through the round. Roberson gets back to his feet, but is immediately slammed back down. Mutante moves to mount. Roberson powers his way out, but Ferreira secures an arm-triangle and pops out to the side. Roberson goes to sleep.
Cezar Ferreira defeated Karl Roberson via submission (arm-triangle choke), round 1
Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Junior Albini
Round 1 - Oliynyk ties Albini up against the fence. Albini lands a shot inside that opens up a cut already. They separate. Albini with a leg kick and he fights off Oliynyk’s clinch attempts. They both land overhand rights. Albini gets a takedown. Oliynyk goes for the Ezekiel choke from the bottom. And he gets it! How does this man do this?!?
Oleksiy Oliynyk defeated Junior Albini via submission (Ezekiel choke - what else), 1:45 of round 1
Round 1 - Hein with a good shot and Ramos flops to his back. Hein won’t engage him there. Ramos with a head kick. Ramos with a beautiful fake into a double leg takedown. He takes Hein’s back with a beautiful transition. Hooks. Hunt. Choke. Tap. That was slick as all hell.
Davi Ramos defeated Nick Hein via submission (rear naked choke), round 1
Round 1 - They both throw a few kicks that don’t connect. Strickland with a jab. Head kick from Dos Santos connects. Pressing combo from Dos Santos. Strickland stuffs a Dos Santos shot and caught him with a quick right. Another head kick from Dos Santos. Low kick now. Jab from Strickland. Spinning capoeira from Dos Santos drops Strickland! He jumps on him and pounds him out! WOW that was amazing!
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos defeated Sean Strickland via KO (strikes), 3:12 of round 1
Round 1 - Slow start. Alves with a strong right and a body kick. He throws two head kicks but neither fully connect. Aliev clinches up. Alves reverses and lands a bunch of knees. They spend an extended period of the time against the fence. Alves with an elbow over the top. Another. They finally separate with 1:20 to go. Aliev with a left hook. Alves with a big right that knocked Aliev off balance. He fires back though. Outside leg kick from Alves. Aliev clinches. Aliev throws Alves down right at the horn. 10-9 Alves.
Round 2 - Slow start again. Alves jumps in with a flying...something attempt and they clinch a minute in. Once again they engage against the cage for a long while. Alves is landing a few strikes here and there. Aliev isn’t doing much to try to escape. His eye is also swollen. Aliev finally reverses position. The ref quickly separates them then though, with 1:15 to go. Body kick from Alves. Aliev with a baby jab. Aliev ducks under a big Alves right hook. Alves with a knee to the body. 10-9 Alves.
Aliev’s eye is ridiculously bad. He can’t see out of it, and the fight is waved off.
Warlley Alves defeated Sultan Aliev via TKO (doctor stoppage), 5:00 of round 2
Round 1 - Hermansson with two quick body kicks. Another. Leites with one. Stiff jab from Hermansson. Leites scoops a single but can’t get a takedown. He perseveres though, getting around to the back and dragging Hermansson down. Hermansson got up though, and hip tossed Leites to the mat. Leites is up quick. Leites looks for another takedown but is thrown down instead by his opponent. Back up. They clinch for a bit, and Leites ends up on his back again. He looks for an omoplata but can’t secure it. 10-9 Hermansson.
Round 2 - Leites with an immediate double leg takedown. Hermansson is wincing in pain. He clearly hurt something on the takedown. Leites went straight to mount. Leites looking to set up an arm triangle. Hermansson holds on. Leites letes go and works from side control. He’s mostly just maintaining position, not really doing anything. Back to mount. 10-8 Leites.
Round 3 - Hermansson charges out with a flying knee attempt. Leites takes him down, but Hermansson looks for a guillotine. He’s squeezing hard but doesn’t have control of Leites’ body. Leites scoots away and gets a front headlock. He then looks for an anaconda choke. He switches to a guillotine but lets it go. Hermansson is on top. Hermansson gets to mount, and opens up with big punches! Leites is in big trouble and it’s over! Wow, Hermansson looked like he was badly injured and still won. Tough guy.
Jack Hermansson defeated Thales Leites via TKO (strikes), 2:10 of round 3
Round 1 - Emeev cracks Mina with a lead right. He lands an outside leg kick. Then a body kick. Mina lands his own body kick and tries for an awkward takedown attempt that goes nowhere. Mina with a left, Emeev lands the counter. Emeev with a brief takedown. Mina looks for a kimura but gets slammed to the mat. Mina back up. He lands a left on the break. He scores with a jab. Body kick from Mina. Mina catches a kick and dumps Emeev on his back. He looks for a knee bar but can’t get anything. Emeev ends up on top. Mina looks for a leg lock again. 10-9 Emeev.
Round 2 - Mina with a leg kick. Emeev ties him up and takes his back standing. Mina can’t break his grip. Emeev looks for a nice foot sweep takedown but Mina stays on his feet. They’re stalling out against the cage and the crowd offers a smattering of boos. They break. Emeev with a straight right. Mina scoops an ankle, then throws a spinning back elbow. Emeev evades and charges forward, taking Mina to the mat. Emeev in full guard, not doing much. Mina rolls over to attack a leg but eats five rights to the grill for his efforts. 10-9 Emeev.
Round 3 - Slow pace. Emeev lands a right hook. Body kick from Mina. Mina with a right over the top. Emeev ties him up against the fence. They break after a while, with nothing really happening. Mina with a body kick. He misses with a right. Emeev scores with the lead right and a jab. Mina with a leg kick. He looked for rolling thunder but Emeev just cracked him with a right. Another as Mina presses forward. 10-9 and 30-27 Emeev.
Ramazan Emeev defeated Alberto Mina via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 1 - They clinch up quickly and stall out against the fence. Perez gets a body lock and slams Bochnovic to the floor. He works from half guard with some punches. Bochnovic with an up elbow. He gets full guard back. Perez scrambles to the back and sinks hooks. Perez goes for the choke but can’t secure it with a minute to go. He goes for it again, and Bochnovic isn’t able to peel his arms off. He taps out.
Markus Perez defeated James Bochnovic via submission (rear naked choke), 4:28 of round 1