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UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier main card live results, discussion, play by play

Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 226 main card from Vegas, which is highlighted by a superfight for the heavyweight title.

Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 226 goes down in Las Vegas.

The main event is a superfight, with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic putting his belt on the line against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

The co-main was supposed to be a featherweight title fight, but will now feature fellow heavyweights with Francis Ngannou facing off with Derrick Lewis.

This post will cover the main card. The show will kick off with two Fight Pass fights starting at 7pm ET. Then things will move to FS1 for the televised prelims for four more fights starting at 8pm ET. Then we will cover the main card, which kicks off at 10pm ET. The prelims are covered on a separate post.

Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each matchup.

Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

Round 1 - Miocic walking DC down. Overhand right. Cormier trying to clinch but can’t. Cormier with an outside leg kick, Miocic with an inside leg kick. Cormier with a looping punch that lands. They get into a grappling situation. Miocic lands a couple of punches on a prone DC. Knee from Stipe in the clinch. Another knee as they separate. Cormier with a right. Miocic with a jab. Miocic pushes him back and lands a knee. Left jab and a leg kick from Cormier. Left lead elbow from Stipe. Cormier fires back. They’re going now! Inside leg kick and an...eyepoke from Cormier. Miocic doesn’t need much time though. Miocic with a right. They trade in the middle. Cormier drops Miocic in close with a right hook right on the chin! MIOCIC IS DOWN! DC lights him up on the ground! WE HAVE A NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

Daniel Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic via KO (punches), 4:33 of round 1

Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis

Round 1 - Long feel out stage to start. Lewis misses with a head kick. Ngannou keeps switching to southpaw but he’s not throwing anything. Lewis with a head kick again and it lands. A switch kick now! Blocked though. Ngannou hasn’t thrown a strike and we’re halfway through the round. The fans are razzing them. Body kick from Lewis and he tries to clinch. Ngannou just throws him off. Finally a weak body jab from Ngannou. He’s walking Lewis down but is not throwing a damn thing. Lewis with another switch kick. Total nothing round. 10-9 Lewis.

Round 2 - Lewis is feinting. Ngannou is reacting but not firing. This is ridiculous so far. Now Ngannou is feinting. I wish I had more to type here but there is literally nothing happening over the first three minutes. They’re staring at each other and feinting. It’s almost a spectacle in itself because it’s so strange. Herb Dean is actually warning them for timidity. That’s how bad this is. Ngannou finally lands a jab. Lewis with a body kick. Another jab from Ngannou that cuts Lewis slightly. Body kick from Lewis. This is truly awful. 10-9 Lewis.

Round 3 - Guess what’s happening? If you guessed nothing, you’d be correct. Lewis with a head kick that got blocked. Ngannou is straight not fighting, and Lewis isn’t sure what to do. Lewis with a leg kick. Lewis actually cracks Ngannou with a left. That’s the first flush punch of the fight. 13 minutes in. Seriously. Ngannou with a short left. Now Lewis is sort of begging off. He lands a body kick. Ngannou with a left. He’s actually fighting now! Sort of. Lewis with a leg kick. Another body kick from Lewis. Ngannou with a takedown and a strike after the horn. I’m sorry to those of you reading this. I’m sorrier that I had to watch that. 10-9 and 30-27 Lewis.

Derrick Lewis defeated Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Paul Felder vs. Mike Perry

Round 1 - They clashed heads right away and Felder is bleeding. Perry got cut off of it too. Never seen that before. Perry lands a hard elbow and then some body shots in the clinch. They separate. Felder with a hard overhand lead right. Perry whiffs on a big punch but lands an elbow. Perry with a counter right. They’re throwing. Perry spins. He lands hard to the body. Felder spins now. Good round. 10-9 Perry.

Round 2 - Felder clinches. Perry scoops him up - way up - and slams him to the floor. Felder gets up but eats a big elbow in the clinch. They separate. They stand and trade in the middle for a while, with neither gaining an advantage. Perry lands a big peft hook that opens a HUGE cut above Felder’s right eye. The fight is immediately stopped so the doc can check it, but he deems it good to go. Perry presses and slams Felder to the mat. There’s a looot of blood. Felder pops up and Perry clubs him with shots. Felder is game, and they trade elbows. 10-9 Perry.

Round 3 - Perry with a lead left that backs Felder off. Felder is spinning with an apparently injured arm. Perry with an uppercut. Felder with a body shot. Perry goes to the body. Nice step-in knee from Felder. Body kick from Felder. The entire right side of Felder is coated with blood. Perry with a front kick. Felder with a spinning high kick but it’s blocked. Body shots for both. Perry is in on a double. He switches to a single but can’t get it. He holds on though, and lands some knees to the butt from behind. Nasty knees to the thigh area. Felder spins out and they re-engage in the middle. They throw down till the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 Perry.

Mike Perry defeated Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis

Round 1 - Pettis with a quick left. Chiesa catches a kick and puts Pettis on his back. Chiesa looks for an arm and Pettis scrambles back to his feet. He stuffs an immediate shot. Chiesa perseveres and gets Pettis ack down though. Pettis lands a shot on the way up and Chiesa winces. Chopping leg kick from Pettis. Another. Naked straight right from Pettis lands. Chiesa ends up on his bac and Pettis lands a shot. He gets up quickly. Pettis just misses with a spin kick. Chiesa went down at the end of the round but it was just a tangling of feet. 10-9 Chiesa.

Round 2 - Pettis lands a hard right and jumps in with a knee and Chiesa goes down! I’m not sure if it caught him or what. Pettis falls back for a guillotine but Chiesa pops out. He adjusts outside to a triangle and snatches an arm! He has an armbar dead to rights and Chiesa had to tap! WOW!

Anthony Pettis defeated Michael Chiesa via submission (armbar), :52 of round 2

Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree

Round 1 - Saki lands kicks to the body leg and body. Rountee is circling away. Rountree with a straight left and Saki is down! He unloads with massive GnP and this is over. Rountree beat a world champion kickboxer on the feet!

Khalil Rountree defeated Gokhan Saki via KO (strikes), 1:36 of round 1

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