Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 247 goes down in the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The main event will be a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jon Jones and challenger Dominick Reyes. The co-main is for a belt too, with Valentina Shevchenko putting up her UFC women’s flyweight title against challenger Katlyn Chookagian.
This post will cover the main card up to the headliner.
We’ll start on Fight Pass and ESPN+ 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 at 10pm ET. The full lineup and schedule follows. The preliminary card and main event will be covered in separate posts.
Round 1 - Outside leg kick from Shevchenko. Chookagian replies with one of her own. Inside leg kick from Shevchenko. Spinning back fist from the champ. Question mark kick just misses. Leg kick from Chookagian. Shevchenko with the takedown. Shevchenko lands a fews strikes, and a big elbow! Chookagian is busted open! The cut is in a good place though. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Round 2 - Shevchenko with a hard body kick. She puts together a nice combo. Chookagian can’t get her hands going at all. Counter inside leg kick from Shevchenko. Hard shot from the champ. She’s dominating. Takedown again. Steady stream of strikes, but not a ton happening. Enough to keep it in place and not get stood up. Shevchenko is in cruise control. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Round 3 - Chookagain tries to jump guard but Shevchenko isn’t having any of it. But she just took Chookagian down anyway. Crucifix. She starts opening up with huge shots and the ref steps in pretty much immediately. That seemed like a quick stop, but Chookagian was stuck with a ton of time left in the round.
Valentina Shevchenko defeated Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (strikes), round 3
Round 1 - Leg kick from Adams. Tafa with his own. Again. Short right from Tafa and he lands two short lefts. Tafa backs Adams into the cage and lands two more short shots. Adams looks a bit stunned. Uppercut! Adams collapses to the mat! He tries to grab a leg but he’s not there, and Tafa finishes him off. That was nice.
Justin Tafa defeated Juan Adams via TKO (strikes), :59 of round 1
Round 1 - Ige lands a nice hook. He presses Bektic to the cage and lands a knee. Bektic, as he does, swings wildly and misses. Left uppercut from Ige and he gets a takedown. Bektic gets up but is clubbed with two big shots. Bektic is giving up some hand speed and it shows. Ige lands two more nice shots. Ige rips the body. Ige with a right over the top. Bektic can’t get anything goi ng. 10-9 Ige.
Round 2 - Bektic with an uppercut. Bektic with a takedown. Ige almost sweeps but Bektic stays heavy on top. Ige gives up his back and gets to a seated position. Bektic looks for a choke but Ige is up. Bektic gets him back down and sets up an arm triangle. He doesn’t pop out to side though, instead choosing the mount. He releases, and Ige almost immediately gets half guard back. 10-9 Bektic.
Round 3 - Body shot from Ige. They clinch up. Not much happens for 90 seconds or so and the ref separates them. Nice right from Ige. Left from Bektic, right from Ige. They both connect, and then they both smile. Ige with a body kick. Right hook from Bektic, and a takedown. Ige reverses but he’s up too high and Bektic dumps him off. He’s working in half. Ige sweeps, then gets to his feet. Bektic is giving him no space though. Ige rolls back but Bektic snatches up a front headlock. Now he’s on his back, but it’s more 50/50. Bektic looks for a suloev stretch late. Very close, this could go either way. I’ll go 10-9 and 29-28 Ige.
Dan Ige defeated Mirsad Bektic via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1 - Slow start. The crowd is restless already. Lewis finally winds up and misses, so Latifi clinches. Jump knee! From Derrick Lewis! Latifi took it. Latifi scoops a single, but Lewis stays on his feet. They battle in the clinch. They stay there for a while until the ref separates them. Head kick from Lewis. Another one, and a right hook. Back in the clinch. Again he scoops a single, and again Lewis defends deftly. Lewis breaks and lands another knee. 10-9 Lewis.
Round 2 - Lewis looks for the high kick again. Latifi with a low leg kick. Latifi clinches again. Lewis spins him around and lands an elbow. Latifi trips Lewis to the mat. He’s working from half. Latifi lands some light ground and pound but doesn’t get much going. The ref stands them up with 45 seconds to go. Head kick from Lewis is blocked. Latfi with another takedown. Some good rights on the ground. 10-9 Latifi.
Round 3 - Lewis is coming forward early. He steps in with a hard right. Another, but Latifi clinches. He’s working hard for a takedown and he gets it. He’s staying just busy enough on top to maintain position, but this isn’t exciting. Lewis finally gives up his back and gets up with two minutes to go. Jump knee from Lewis misses. Lewis creates a bit of distance and lands a knee. Latifi trips him, but Lewis is up immediately. One minute to go. Head kick wobbles Latifi. He clinches again. Elbows from Lewis. He separates and and a big right! Latifi is running! Lewis chases but can’t land hard again. Wild action though. 10-9 Lewis and 29-28.
Derrick Lewis defeated Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)