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UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos prelims live results, discussion, play by play

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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 239 main card from Vegas, which has a featherweight attraction as the featured preliminary fight.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 239 goes down in Vegas.

The main event will see light heavyweight champ Jon Jones defending his title against Thiago Santos. The co-main is a women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and former champ Holly Holm.

The featured preliminary bout comes at featherweight, with former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez fighting Arnold Allen

This post will cover the preliminary card.

The show kicks off on Fight Pass at approximately 6:15pm 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 PPV card will be covered in a separate post.

Gilbert Melendez vs. Arnold Allen

Round 1 - Allen with a body kick. Melendez with that vaunted jab, and a combo off an Allen miss. Leg kick from Allen. Melendez is coming forward. They trade jabs. Outside leg kick from Allen. Melendez with two counter rights and he dives on a leg. No dice. Alen digs to the body and lands two nice lefts over the top. Now he has Octagon control. Melendez shoots again but is rebuffed. Head kick from Allen and they get into it. Allen clinches. Melendez breaks with an elbow. Allen with body work again. Allen with two left hooks on an advancing Melendez. 10-9 Allen.

Round 2 - Allen walks him down and throws a head kick. Lead left from Allen. Allen is circling right. Melendez lands to the body. Allen flurries and lands. Gil eats a leg kick. Allen lands to the head and nody. He’s landing a bunch now. Melendez throws a looping left and gets countered. Body shot from Allen. Again. Gil is just playing defense now. Not engaging. Allen is pressing again. Melendez has nothing for him. 10-9 Allen.

Arnold Allen defeated Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Round 3 - Gil is pressuring early but eats two shots and tries for a takedown. He gets approximately nowhere. Allen takes Melendez down. That encapsulates this fight. Gil’s up quick, but it doesn’t matter. Melendez with a lead left Finally he’s putting stuff together but it seems too late. Allen fires back with pwoer. Low kick. He’s coming forward. Gil is throwing lead lefts, without success. Allen with a left that scores. Body kick from Allen. Melendez finally decides to throw caution to the wind and throw down...with 10 seconds left. 10-9 and 30-27 Allen.

Round 1 - Slow start. Body shot from Hernandez. He steps in with a lead right but eats a leg kick counter. Vera pressures and jumps on Hernandez’s back. They go to the ground. He’s got a body triangle and hunting for a choke. Vera softens him up with punches. Hernandez places defense. Vera rolls for an armbar! Hernandez defends, and Vera switches to an omoplata. Hernandez bucks that off too and lands some hammerfists. Good submission defense in a dangerous situation. Still 10-9 Vera though.

Round 2 - Another slow start. Vera with a body kick. Right over the top from Hernandez is blocked. He gets a takedown. He’s working over Vera from the top but not getting much of anywhere. Big shots. And then he steps out. They get back up and Chito lands a big knee! Hernandez is down! He’s clearly hurt and gives up his back. Vera cinches up a choke and it’s over. He tapped immediately. Wow

Marlon Vera defeated Nohelin Hernandez via submission (rear naked choke),3:25 of round 2

Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos

Round 1 - Slow start. Right hook from Gadelha. Jab. She’s backing Markos down against the cage but not popping off. Markos fires with a right hook that doesn’t land. They reset in the middle. Leg kick from Markos here. Inside leg kick from Gadelha, but she eats a counter. They trade in the center. They battle in a brief clinch, with both women landing hard. Gadelha with a nice 1-2. Markos sticks and moves. Gadelha tags her back. 10-9 Gadelha.

Round 2 - Gadelha takes the center. Head kick is blocked. They clinch briefly and Gadelha lands a right on the break. Jab from Markos. Again. Gadelha with some pressure and a right against the fence. Effective jabs from Markos. Left hook from Gadelha. Gadelha lands to the body while Markos is increasingly wiffing on her bigger shots. She brings pressure though. Clinch work and a knee from Markos. Another battle inside and Markos lands. Spinning back fist from Markos is blocked and Gadelha cracks her back with a right. Gadelha shoots but can’t get a late taketown. Still, 10-9 Gadelha.

Round 3 - Gadelha with a right cross. Markos misses with a leg kick. Not much happening. Leg kick from Gadelha. Nice jab from Markos, but she eats a right hook counter. Nice straighr right from Gadelha. They trade inside. Back to the jab. Gadelha is landing a lot more in this round. Mrkos jumps in with a right but misses. A combo connects from the Canadian. Outside leg kick but she takes two punchesis return. Nice lead right from Gadelha. Markos lets fly but it’s too late. 10-9 and 30-27 Gadelha.

Claudia Gadelha defeated Randa Markos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alejandro Perez vs. Yadong Song

Round 1 - Slow start. Song wades in with a combo. Perez wades in with a left in a combo. Song lands to the body. Song lands a quick right cross that sleeps Perez! Just like that! Wow!

Yadong Song defeated Alejando Perez via KO (punches), 1:04 of round 1

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Jack Marshman

Round 1 - High leg kick from Shahbazyan. They trade in the pocket. Shahbazyan ducks under with a single leg and gets Marshman to the ground. He lands some huge shots! Marshman spins and gives up his back. Choke. Nighty night! Impressive.

Edmen Shahbazyan defeated Jack Marshman via submission (rear naked choke), 1:12 of round 1

Ismail Naurdiev vs. Chance Rencountre

Round 1 - Naurdiev with the takedown and some punches from the top. They’re back up. Nice knee up the middle from Naurdiev, and a couple of big body kicks. Rencountre spins him around and takes him down against the fence. Naurdiev is in a seated position, but can’t counter to his feet. Rencountre turns the corner but still can’t flatten Naurdiev out. He grabs a front headlock, but it doesn’t work and he’s finally laid out. Slow pace now. He’s not doing much on top. He’s in half and trying to posture up but there’s not much happening. 10-9 Naurdiev.

Round 2 - Rencountre immediately gets a takedown and takes the back. He flattens him out and looks for the choke. He settles for strikes with wrist control from the back and the ref as warning Naurdiev. He spins over into half guard. Not much happening now. Naurdiev tries to hip escape but can’t. Elbow from Rencountre. Again. This is really stalled out, but he’s doing enough to maintain top position. 10-8 Rencountre.

Round 3 - Rencountre shoots but Naurdiev defends. Again. Body shot from Rencountre and they scramble in a takedown attempt. It ends up neutral. Naurdiev with a flying knee but Rencoutre goes right back to the takedown. He has a single but Naurdiev pulls it away and defends. He’s right back on it. Naurdiev is warned for grabbing the fence but Rencountre jumps on his back at the same time. He gets him him down and flattens him out, just like that. Naurdiev rolls back to half. Two minutes left. Relentless grappling. Not a lot happening, but it’s effective. Naurdiev gets up with 35 seconds to go, but Rencountre is still tying him up. The ref separates them. Naurdiev gets a late takedown but it shouldn’t matter. 10-9 and 29-27 Rencounture.

Chance Rencountre defeated Ismail Naurdiev via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Pannie Kianzad vs. Julia Avila

Round 1 - Low kick from Avila. They clinch. Kianzad is pressing but not getting anywhere. Three good knees from Avila in close. She reverses, but Kianzad gets right back and looks for the takedown. Knees from Avila. Good clinch work. Body shots and a right cross on the break. Kianzad responds with a sot. They both land again. Kianzad tries to clinch again but it seems ill-advised. She looks for a takedown again. Nice left from Kianzad on the break. Avila cracks her back with a right hook though. They trade low kicks. Kianzad with a looping right hook and a combo that scores. Avila comes right back with pressure. Clinch again. Knee up the middle from Avila. 10-9 Avila.

Round 2 - Avila clinches this time and is looking for the takedown. Kianzad fights it off though. Right over the top from Avila and Kianzad wants no more of that. Low kick from Penny. Again. Body kick from avila and Kianzad takes her down. Avila is up right away though. They trade jabs. Avila with a low kick that wobbles Zianzad. She fires back with a right hook. Avila presses with a combo and a right hook. Knee to the body and an elbow. A big Zianzad elbow over the top opens up Avila’s eyebrow! Good place though, no blood in the face. Avila catches Zianzad with another right and she’s hurt! Back to the clinch. That wasn’t wise. Zianzad reverses and recovers while looking for a takedown. Avila brawls out with 30 seconds to go. Front kick. Kianzad shoots but she’s wrapped up on the ground. 10-9 Avila.

Round 3 - Low kick from Avila. Kianzad presses. That gets nowhere, and Avila presses right back. Clinch work. Nothing happening, and they separate. Right over the top from Avila. Avila drops Kianzad with a right hook! She jumps in but gets wrapped up. Obviously Zianzad is good because she frames an armbar. Avila evades and steps over into a high mount. She’s looking for a choke now, with full back control. Back to mount. Kianzad is deftly defending. 90 seconds to go. Avila has back contro and she’s still hunting. She steps over to a high mount again but, Zianzad again defends. She almost reverses but can’t. Kianzad survives but loses. 10-8 and 30-26 Avila.

Julia Avila defeated Pannie Kianzad via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)