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UFC 237 ESPN prelims results & highlights: Spann ices Nogueira, Guida decisions Penn

Check out the results and highlights from the UFC 237 ESPN prelims, including Ryan Spann knocking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

MMA: UFC 237-Penn vs Guida Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The televised portion of the UFC 237 prelims just concluded on ESPN with Ryan Spann knocking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the first round. Spann has now won six in a row and continues to climb up the UFC’s 205-pound ladder. Before that, Thiago Moises took all three rounds on each of the scorecards against Kurt Holobaugh. He was able to find top position several times, dropping strikes and racking up control time.

Warlley Alves tenderized the lead leg of Sergio Moraes before ultimately knocking him out with an uppercut in the third round. Alves has won three of his last four and seemed to be firing on all cylinders tonight. Opening up the ESPN prelims, Clay Guida poured it on BJ Penn for two of three rounds, even rocking the legend in the third on his way to a unanimous decision. Guida has now won three out of his last four. Penn has now competed in eight-straight UFC bouts without seeing a win.

**See the complete results below.

ESPN prelims:

Ryan Spann def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by KO at 2:07 of round 1: Light Heavyweight

Spann found top control within the first minute of the fight, and quickly attacked an arm triangle. Nogueira escaped up to his feet where they began trading. Spann landed an uppercut that dropped Nogueira and the followup ground strikes put him out.

Thiago Moises def. Kurt Holobaugh by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27): Lightweight

The fighters exchanged some hard punches right out of the gate. Holobaugh quickly closed the distance and started to hunt for the takedown against the fence. Moises did a great job of remaining on his feet, and then pulled out a takedown of his own. Holobaugh was unable to make it back to his feet until the bell sounded.

The lightweights decided to begin the second act by rocking one another with clean strikes. Moises realized another takedown, but this time Holobaugh was able to get back up. Several cracking punches scored for Holobaugh, and despite him busting up his opponent, he reengaged into the clinch. Moises landed a buckling leg kick that gave him top position early in the third frame. Holobaugh scrambled back up just to get taken back down. Back on the feet, Moises pulled out a lifting takedown to take top position to finish out the round dropping strikes.

Warlley Alves def. Sergio Moraes by knockout at 4:13 of round 3: Welterweight

Alves came out attacking the lead leg of his opponent. Moraes responded with a clean overhand right, but Alves wore it rather well and returned to kicking the leg. An eye poke to Moraes briefly paused the bout but it didn’t seem to be too bad. The welterweights started the second round by winging punches at one another. Moraes stayed one dimensional while Alves went back to lighting up the lead leg. Moraes had very few answers for it and the welts began to pile up.

Moraes upped his aggression in the final round, throwing his hands with a bit more urgency, until a sinister body shot from Alves slowed down that aggression. Again, Alves blasted the lead leg of Moraes, backing him up to the fence. A flurry was unleashed, and an uppercut connected clean to the chin of Moraes. The referee was on top of the action to prevent any unnecessary damage.

Clay Guida def. BJ Penn by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27): Lightweight

Both men came out looking to box, with each fighter landing some clean strikes. Neither man really took over in the opening round. The punching battle continued into the second act, with Guida having moments of clinch control. Guida started to take over and throw kicks, attacking the leg of Penn and even stunning him with a head kick. Guida came out aggressive in the final round looking to put Penn away. Guida wobbled his opponent around the midpoint of the round, but Penn was able to somehow recover and make it to the bell.