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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 237 main card from Rio, which features a strawweight title fight on top.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 237 goes down in Rio.

The main event will see Rose Namajunas attempting to defend her women’s strawweight title for the second time when she meets rugged Brazilian challenger Jessica Andrade. The main card will also feature Brazilian stars like Anderson Silva, who meets Jared Cannonier; and Jose Aldo, who faces off with Alexander Volkanovski.

This post will cover the main PPV card.

The show kicks off on Fight Pass at approximately 6:30pm ET with three fights. The card then moves to ESPN at 8pm ET for four more bouts, then onto the main PPV card. Remember that you can only order UFC PPVs now through ESPN+, so you have to sign up for that service beforehand if you haven’t already.

The full lineup and schedule follows. The preliminary card will be covered in a separate post.

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

Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade

Round 1 - Namajunas jabbing and moving. Nice right from Namajunas. Again. Andrade charges in but eats a counter left. Her eye is already damaged. Leg kick from Andrade. Hard 1-2 from Rose! She follows it up with two more shots. Andrade gets clipped with a counter left. Andrade grabs an arm, scoops her up and slams her but Namajunas immediately locks up an armbar! Andrade backs out. Namajunas looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Andrade’s face is a bloody mess. Namajunas with nice jabs. Low kick from Andrade. Left from Namajunas. Namajunas with a big knee in the clinch that drops Andrade! She jumps on her with hammerfists and looks for a front choke as Andrade gets up. Great action to start. Leg kick from Andrade. Counter left hook from Namajunas. Andrade with a leg kick and and right. Side kick from Namajunas. 10-8 Namajunas.

Round 2 - Leg kick from Andrade. Jab from Rose. They trade shots. Andrade with a combo and she’s chasing. Namajunas is running backwards with her hands down, looking to counter. Dangerous. Two lefts from Namajunas. Straight left. Andrade misses twice. Namajunas can’t get a takedown. Leg kick from Andrade. Andrade with a leg kick. Two counter lefts from Thug Rose. Andrade presses and lands a knee. Andrade picks Rose up and slams her on the mat. She is out cold! Andrade is the new champ!

Jessica Andrade defeated Rose Namajunas via KO (slam), 2:58 of round 2

Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva

Round 1 - Slow start, which is par for the course for Anderson. Leg kick from Cannonier. Another. He misses with two right hooks. Another leg kick. Silva hadn’t thrown a thing until two minutes in when he lands a body kick. Cannonier walks Anderson down and lands a eg kick. Silva responds with his own, then his a jumping switch kick. Right hook from Cannonier, and again. Silva with an elbow but he can’t lock up the Thai clinch. Silva with a front kick to the body. Cannonier with an inside leg kick. Cannonier with a slapping right hook. He goes to the body. Jab. Silva whiffs on a head kick and spins thatrically. Cannonier lands a hard kick to the knee and Silva goes down injured. It’s over just like that.

Jared Cannonier defeated Anderson Silva via TKO (leg kick), 4:47 of round 1

Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Round 1 - Inside leg kick from Volkanovski. Aldo taking his time. Body kick from Volkanovski, and a low kick. A steady stream of light kicks from the Australian. Aldo is walking him down. Left hook counter from Aldo. Two inside leg kicks from Volkanovski. Aldo clubs the body. Leg kick from Aldo. Jab from Volkanovski. Aldo fires back. Aldo steps to the side with a hard right hook. Low kick as well. Volkanovski goes to the body and ties Aldo up against the fence. Aldo with a left. Knee and a right from Aldo. Counter left. 10-9 Volkanovski.

Round 2 - Steady stream of kicks from Volkanovski again to start. Big overhand right scores for Volkanovski. Aldo with a straight right. Jab from Volkanovski. Aldo with a solid left jab. Volkanovski nodded at that. Knee from Aldo in close. Lead left hook from Aldo. Volkanovski with a long jab. Elbow from Volkanovski. Apparently Aldo got poked in the eye during it. He gets a hard warning from Marc Goddard. Aldo starts back up with a leg kick. Volkanovski with a lead left hook but eats a counter. Volkanovski ties Aldo up against th efence. He lands a bevy of knees to Aldo’s leg. Aldo gets a body lock reverses position. Volkanovski reverses right back. Aldo spins away. Volkanovski with a lead left. 10-9 Volkanovski.

Round 3 - Volkanovski with a leg kick. Aldo fights out of a clinch. Volkanovski with a counter left. They trade rights. Volkanovski bulies Aldo over to the fence. Volkanovski just leaning on him and throwing knees. Aldo’s running out of time. He gets separation. Body kick from Volkanovski. Knee up the middle from Aldo. Volkanovski with a combo. Volkanovski gets him against the fence again. Killing some time there. He steps back and lands a couple of punches. Aldo didn’t even really show up. 10-9 and 30-27 Volkanovski.

Alexander Volkanovski defeated Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Thiago Alves vs. Laureano Staropoli

Round 1 - Tepid start. Alves hasn’t thrown anything a minute in. Staropoli has thrown a couple of body kicks. That’s it. Alves finally wades in with a combo that comes up short. Staropoli kicks the legs. Leg kick from Alves but he eats a right. Nice combo from Staropoli. Staropoli spins but misses. Alves with a left. Staropoli goes to the body. Leg kick from Alves but he takes a right in the grill again. Alves with a right. Spinning back kick from Staropoli. Inside leg kick from Alves. Now to the outside. Staropoli misses with a flying knee. Body kick from Alves. Alves with a big right over the top. 10-9 Staropoli.

Round 2 - Alves immediately pressing. Staropoli not nearly as flashy as he was in round one. He caught Alves off balance though and jumps on his back. Alves up quickly. Spinning elbow from Staropoli. Body kick from Alves. They trade right hooks. Alves with the low kick. Staropoli jabbing. Big combo from Staropoli. Alves back to the low kick. Big flurry from Alves. Staropoli digs to the body. Left hook from Staropoli. Counter right from Alves. Good combo from Alves. 10-9 Staropoli.

Round 3 - They brawl to start. Staropoli with a combo. Alves with a knee and a takedown. Staropoli up quick though. Big body shot from Staropoli. Alves with an outside leg kick. Staropoli lands to the body, but Alves cracks him with a right hook. They trade. Alves ducks under for a takedown. Staropoli fights him off. Body shot from Staropoli. Halfway through the final stanza. Leg kick from Alves. Body kick from Staropoli. Spinning back fist from Staropoli. Side elbow. Body-head. Alves with a nice left shovel hook. Staropoli responds. Body kick from Alves. Knees from Alves and Staropoli retreats. Alves pressing with a body kick. Staropoli with a left hook. Good action late! Big combo from Alves! 10-9 Alves, but 29-28 Staropoli.

Laureano Staropoli defeated Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia

Round 1 - Slow start. Low kick from Aldana gets caught. She’s jabbing from the outside. Correia hasn’t been able to find her range so far. Left from Aldana. Aldana with a counter right. Le kick from Correia, but Aldana counters. Aldana with a left. Body shot from Correia. Not a lot happening here. Correira wit ha right and she finally presses. Leg kick from Irene. Nice, hard right from Aldana. Correia with a right. Three rights over the top in a row from Aldana. 10-9 Aldana.

Round 2 - Leg kick from Correia, as her corner asked for. Jab from Aldana. Body shot from Aldana. Correia connects with a right, her best punch of the fight. Another leg kick. Aldana with a counter right and a leg kick. Correia with another leg kick and an overhand right. Aldana responds with a right cross. Correia with a lead right hook, and a left. She’s found her range now for sure. Another one. Correia with a straight left. Left hook from Aldana. Correia tries to clinch and they battle in close. They trade again. Correia with a right that stuns Aldana. Another right over the top for Correia, and a leg kick.. Correia shoots late but gets nowhere. Aldana with a combo and a big uppercut. 10-9 Correia.

Round 3 - Leg kicks from Correia. Aldana kicks back. Aldana with a ride that stuns Correia a bit. A second one lands. Correia counters. Left over the top for Correia. Correia with a counter right. Correia presses. Big combo! Aldana jabbing as Correia presses. Aldana with a body-head combo. Correia shoots but Aldana defends. Correia gives up her back and Aldana armbars her just like that! Whoa!

Irene Aldana defeated Bethe Correia via submission (armbar), 3:24 of round 3