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 preliminary 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 main card will be covered in a separate post.
Round 1 - Spann with an inside leg kick. They trade in close. Nogueira basically pulls guard. Spann goes straight to mount and has an arm triangle. Nog defends and Spann gives it up. They get back up. Spann with a hard right. Spann has a takedown attempt stuffed and he eats a left. Spann with a huge left uppercut and Nog goes down. One more hammerfist and it’s over.
Ryan Spann defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via KO (strikes), 2:07 of round 1
Round 1 - They’re getting at it immediately. Moises was touching him up from range, so Holobaugh closes the distance. Holobaugh looks for a takedown. Moises fought it off. Hoobaugh with a combo but Moises covers up. Moises with a nice right. Holobaugh goes to the body. Moises with an elbow on a clinch break. Moises chains some wrestling together and gets a takedown. Moises working well from half. Holobaugh regains full guard. Elbow from Moises. 10-9 Moises.
Round 2 - Moises with a hard right. Another. Holobaugh fires back. Holobaugh clinches. They jockey for position. Moises with a beautiful double-leg takedown. Holobaugh fights his way back to his feet halfway through the round. Holobaugh wants some grappling of his own but he’s not being very successful so far. Body work from Holobaugh. Moises with an elbow. The crowd isn’t digging it. Knees from Holobaugh. Moises shoots but Holobaugh defends. They exchanges combinations. Low kick from Moises. Body work from Holobaugh again. They brawl to the horn. 10-9 Moises.
Round 3 - Hard shot from Moises. He lands behind the ear. The next shot put Holobaugh down! Moises is trying to pass his guarnd but isn’t getting much of anywhere. Holobaugh rolls over, gets up, and almost powers Moises to the mat. Moises gets another takedown halfway through the round. Holobaugh back up again. Moises steps over and sinks a choke but he doesn’t have body control. Holobaugh escapes. Elbows from Moises but Holobaugh is holding onto his body. Moises reverses, scoops Holobaugh up, and slams him. Elbows and punches from Moises. He’s closeing hard. 10-9 and 30-27 Moises.
Thiago Moises defeated Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Round 1 - Alves with a few low kicks. Moraes isn’t liking them, but he checked one finally. Alves with a left. Uppercut. Another hard leg kick. Moraes with his patented winging right hook. He charges in with some punches. Alves with a combo and another kick. Moraes misses with the right hook but got eye poked. Quick restart. Jump knee misses but a long right follow-up lands for Alves. 10-9 Alves.
Round 2 - Alves with an immediate leg kick. Alves lands a looping right hook. Mores with his own. Alves scores up the middle. Oblique kick from Alves. Another leg kick. Alves lands to the body. Another chopping leg kick. Moraes checks a kick again. Not enough, apparently. Guess what? Another leg kick. Body kick now. Body punch. Short uppercut from Moraes. 10-9 Alves.
Round 3 - Moraes’ leg is jacked up. He’s trying to pressure early. They both land big punches. Alves with a low kick. Body shot. Jump knee and a right from Alves. Chopping kick to the other leg. Nice right hook from Alves, and an uppercut. Alves walking him down with punches. Moraess just standing there now. Yet another leg kick. Big combo. Moraes looks like he’s done. Brutal leg kick! Jab from Alves. Spinning back kick. Leg kick. Straight right from Alves. Jump knee and huge uppercut and Moraes is down. It’s over. Mercifully. DC said it right after I typed it.
Warlley Alves defeated Sergio Moraes via KO (strikes), 4:13 of round 3
Round 1 - Guida jabs to the body and lands an uppercut. Penn with a left hook. They trade shots. Penn with another left hook. Penn lands again and Guide acknowledges it. Guida with his own left hook and ah ead kick. Penn with a right. Another leg kick from Guida. Penn avoiding a lot of what Guida is throwing. Guida does score with a left hook though. Penn with a step-in left hook. Jab. Guida with a slipping left hook. Penn with a short right. Uppercut from The Prodigy. Penn with a right. 10-9 Penn.
Round 2 - Penn firing the jab early. Guida with his own in return. Penn misses with a lead left hook. Low kick from Guida. He scores with a left. Penn sticks a straight right. A lead left hook scores for BJ. Guida chewing up the front leg. Penn with a jab. Penn with a shovel hook. The crowd is a bit restless. Penn back to the jab. Head kick from Guida is partially blocked. Guida in on a takedown attempt. Guida backs out, lands three punches, and goes back to the takedown attempt. Guida with a left in the clinch. Body work. Penn spins out and lands a right. Leg kick from Guida. Penn goes body-head. Guida with another head kick that may have hurt Penn. Guida throws Penn to the ground. 10-9 Guida.
Round 3 - Guida with an immediate left. He lands a right and Penn is backing off. Uppercut from Guida. Short right. Low kick. Penn really backing up. Guida clinches. Left from Guida, and some body work Elbow over the top. Penn just trying to tie him up. Shoulder check from Guida. The crowd is restless at the age work. A right hook knocks BJ down, but he’s up right away. Looked more off balance than a legit knockdown. Back in the clinch. Penn looking at the clock. Two minutes to go. Guida with a right. Penn with a right of his own. Guida goes back to the takedown attempt, despite his corner screaming at him to get back to range. Guida steps back and lands a combo and a knee. Penn with a combo. Guida walks through it. Penn with an uppercut and two rights. Penn still there, landing shots. Guida with a right hook. Penn with a counter left. Head kick from Guida blocked. 10-9 and 29-28 Guida.
Clay Guida defeated B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Round 1 - Cachoeira with a big right to start. Another lands. Carolina clinches and wants to stay inside. Cachoeira ain’t havin’ it. They trade big shots in the pocket. Carolina circling. Carolina with a big knee from the Thai clinch. Body kick. They trade low kicks. Big right from Cachoeira and Carolina literally runs away. They brawl in the center. Cachoeira opens a cut under Carolina’s eye, and clinches. Not for long. Nice combo from Carolina. Head kick. Cachoeira trips her with a leg kick but it doesn’t go to the ground. Counter left from Carolina. Cachoeira ducks and lands a right hook. Kind of sloppy. 10-9 Cachoeira.
Round 2 - Cachoeira gets caught with a right. Carolina looks for a jump knee but gets clubbed with a punch. Left hook from Cachoeira. They brawl some more inside. Head kick from Carolina. Knees from Carolina. Big head kick from Carolina and Cachoeira goes down! Carolina looks for a key lock, now a triangle armbar. She flips her over in a straight armbar but Cachoeira escapes. Illegal knee from Carolina as Cachoeira comes back up to her feet. She seems okay, but Carolina should lose a point for that. She doesn’t though. Carolina jumps right back in with knees in the clinch. They trade shots in the pocket. Long kicks and some punches from Carolina. Standing guillotine from Carolina and she falls back. She doesn’t have it. Mount though. 45 seconds to go. She’s up high with a triangle and landing punches. Cachoeira powers out. Both ladies land big shots. 10-8 Carolina.
Round 3 - Carolina with a straight left. Body kick. Head kick from Carolina. Elbow. Cachoeira is walking her down but not throwing. Spinning back fist cracks Cachoeira. Another spinning back fist. Cachoeira ands a big right hook and scores to the body. Big knee from Carolina. More kicks. Carolina is getting tired. Cachoeira misses with a home run right hook. Big combo from Carolina. The kicks just keep coming, but Cachoeira keeps pressing. Left hook from Cachoeira. Another. She has no quit. 10-9 and 30-26 Carolina.
Luana Carolina defeated Priscila Cachoeira via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Raoni Barcelos vs. Carlos Huachin
Round 1 - Slow start. Barcelos with a right. Really long feeling out process. Huachin looking to counter. But it’s hard when your opponent isn’t firing himself. They wade inside but don’t connect. Straight left from Huachin. Another. Left hook now. They trade in close. Leg kick from Barcelos. Huachin with a combo. Barcelos steps in with a nice right. Body kick too. They both miss with big hooks. Lead right hook from Huachin. Barcelos with a right and a body kick. Step-in knee from Barcelos as Huachin was advancing. Barcelos steps in again but gets countered. Low kick from Barcelos. Huachin with one of his own. 10-9 Huachin.
Round 2 - Leg kick from Barcelos. Barcelos closes the distance and they both connect inside. Huachin with a nice counter. Barcelos shoots but gets nowhere. Huachin with a nice three-punch combo from different angles. Barcelos steps in with a right that drops Huachin! Huachin is hurt. Barcelos swarms on the ground. Barcelos stacks him up. Mount. Big punches. Huachin gives up his back. Barcelos looks for a version of a front choke. Huachin defends but he’s still trapped. He tries to sink a no-hook choke. Nothing doing. He steps back into mount. Still 90 seconds left. Huachin surviving though. Big elbows now. The ref steps in. I don’t really like that stoppage.
Raoni Barcelos defeated Carlos Huachin via TKO (strikes), 4:49 of round 2
Talita Bernardo vs. Viviane Araujo
Round 1 - Couple of slapping kicks to start. Araujo catches a kick and lands a right that backs Bernardo off. Bernardo with a strong leg kick. Araujo very light on her feet, and lands a couple of quick kicks. They trade a bit inside. Araujo backs off, then sticks Bernardo with a right hook. Two more leg and body kicks from Araujo. More kicks from both ladies. Araujo trips Bernardo up with a kick, but doesn’t jump on her and lets her up. Two good counters from Araujo. Bernardo with a right. Bernardo shoots but ends up on her back. Aruajo passes to side and traps an arm, but it’s too late. 10-9 Araujo.
Round 2 - Bernardo with a kick, but she gets clubbed by a counter right. Big overhand right from Araujo! Another. Bernardo gets a kick caught and flops to her back. Araujo didn’t engage. They both land nice right hooks. Inside leg kick from Araujo. They trade kicks, then both land nice punches to the grill. Bernardo shoots but Araujo defends. Bernardo perseveres but Araujo slips onto her back. Bernardo spins and they reset. Nice left hook from Bernardo now. Bernardo with a long combo but now she gets taken down with a minute to go. She postures up with some punches and backs out. Back on the feet, Araujo lands a leg kick. Big combo from Bernardo at the horn. 10-9 Araujo.
Round 3 - Front kick from Araujo. Bernardo presses but eats a counter. Another right stuns Bernardo. Another! Another drops her and knocks her out! WALK OFF! WOW!
Viviane Araujo defeated Talita Bernardo via KO (punch), :48 of round 3