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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 248 preliminary card from Vegas.

Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 248 goes down in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The main event will be a middleweight title fight between champ Israel Adesanya and challenger Yoel Romero. The co-main is for a belt too, with Weili Zhang putting up her women’s strawweight belt against former champ Joanna Jedrrejczyk.

This post will cover the preliminary portion of the card. The featured bout on the prelims will see Sean O’Malley making his return against Jose Alberto Quinonez in a bantamweight scrap.

We’ll start on Fight Pass and ESPN+ at approximately 7pm ET with two 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 main card and main event will be covered in separate posts.

Sean O’Malley vs. Jose Quinonez

Round 1 - O’Malley with side kicks and a front kick to the body. More front kicks. Spinning back kick to the body. Super fast. Low kick from Quinonez. Body kick from O’Malley. Straight left from O’Malley. A right scores and Quinonez goes down. He pops up right into a head kick! Back down again! He lands a few HUGE hammerfists and it’s over! Wow.

Sean O’Malley defeated Jose Quinonez via TKO (strikes), 2:02 of round 1

Mark Madsen vs. Austin Hubbard

Round 1 - Hubbard with leg kicks. Madsen presses and looks for a takedown. HUGE SLAM! Wow. Hubbard gets up but is dragged back down. Madsen just grinding against the cage. Hubbard finally spins away about halfway through the round. Madsen gets a body kock again and puts Hubbard on his back. He’s working from side against the fence. He looks for a D’Arce choke. He can’t secure it. Japanese necktie now. Hubbard gets out. He’s back up. 10-9 Madsen.

Round 2 - Hubbard with a quick knee. Madsen with a right. Another. Takedown. Hubbard pushes him off but can’t get up. Madsen lets him up and drags him back down. Head kick from Hubbard. Madsen ties up him again and drags him to the mat. Madsen with some big hammerfists. Madsen with a front head lock. He looks for an anaconda, but lets it go. Hubbard is back up again with a minute left. Leg kick from Hubbard. Hubbard with a knee. 10-9 Madsen.

Round 3 - Hubbard comes out on fire. He lands a couple of shots but gets taken down again. He’s back up quickly though. Huge knee from Hubbard! Madsen holding on to recover. Madsen with a hard right. Hubbard with another knee. Big uppercut! Another sneaky uppercut. He digs to the body. Leg kick. Madsen looking to wrestle again. He gets Hubbard down. He’s back up and spins free with a minute to go. Inside leg from Hubbard. He lands that knee again. Short elbow from Hubbard, and a knee. Madsen makes it to the horn. 10-9 Hubbard but 29-28 Madsen.

Mark Madsen defeated Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Rodolfo Vieira vs. Saparbek Safarov

Round 1 - Vieira pumps the jab. Slow start. Leg kick from Safarov. Safarov with a big shot that stuns Vieira. Vieira looks for the takedown but can’t get it. He tries again and gets him down. He takes the back immediately. Safarov is warned for grabbing Vieira’s glove. Vieira looks for the choke. Vieira tries to soften him up with strikes. Mount. Arm triangle. Sarfarov taps quick!

Rodolfo Vieira defeated Saparbek Safarov via submission (arm-triangle choke), 2:58 of round 1

Gerald Meerschaert vs. Deron Winn

Round 1 - Meerschaert with a body kick. He lands the next kick to the cup. Winn takes about a minute before the restart. Meerschaert with three straight lefts. Winn with a hard right. Meerschaert with a combo. Winn gets a takedown right into side. He stands up immediately. Okay. Meerschaert gets back to his feet. Winn with a knee to the body and an uppercut. Body kick from Meerschaert. Nice left from Meerschaert. Winn lands a slapping head kick. Meerschaert with a straight left again. Another. Knee. Another left. Meerschaert with an uppercut. Winn with a hard right against the cage. They trade leather. Right scores for Winn. 10-9 Meerschaert.

Round 2 - Meerschaert with a left. They both land at the same time. Winn goes body-head. Winn misses with a home run shot. Meerschaert with a leg kick. Another left from Meerschaert. Inside leg kick from Winn. Head kick now. Another nice left from Meerschaert. Body kick. Jab from Meerschaert. Another left. Winn with a glancin left. Meerschaert goes to the body. Winn is circling away. Body kick from Meerschaert. Jump knee to the body. Jabs and a left. 10-9 Meerschaert.

Round 3 - What else? A left from Meerschaert. He goes back to the body. Big right from Winn and Meerschaert is hurt! Winn doesn’t press and Meerschaert recovers. Another right. Meerschaert lands a shot and Winn is hurt now! He spins around and runs away. Meerschaert drags Winn to the floor and takes the back. He secures a choke and Winn taps!

Gerald Meerschaert defeated Deron Winn via submission (rear naked choke), 2:13 of round 3

Jamall Emmers vs. Giga Chikadze

Round 1 - Chikadze throws a spinning back kick immediately, which misses. Low kick from Chikadze. Chikadze tags Emmers coming in with a left and drops him to a knee! He’s back up and circling. Not a lot going on. Low kick from Emmers. Slapping body kick from Chikadze. Chikadze puts his hands up basically asking Emmers to fight. Emmers with a long right. Chikadze presses and lands a couple of shots. Straight left from Chikadze. Leg kick. Emmers fires back with his own. They both throw spinning back fists at the horn. 10-9 Chikadze.

Round 2 - Emmers with a nice right. Knee to the body. Front kick from Chikadze. Emmers with a huge takedown. He moves to half, but Chikadze. Eye poke from Chikadze. They only stop for a few seconds. Body kick from Chikadze. Short left from Chikadze staggers Emmers. He clinches and lands to the body. Chikadze spins away. They trade low kicks. Emmers with a hard right. Body kick from Chikadze. 10-9 Emmers.

Round 3 - They trade shots early. Chikadze with a counter. He stuffs a shot. Chikadze with a long left. Emmers with a quick jab. Overhand right from Chikadze. Short right from Emmers. They trade hard shots again. Two lefts from Chikadze. He’s pressing. Emmers back to the jab. Nice right from Emmers. A left as well. Emmers with the jab again. Chikadze with a looping right. Emmers responds. Emmers with two counters and gets a takedown. Chikadze looks for a triangle but there’s nothing there. Emmers lands a couple of big shots. 10-9 and 29-28 Emmers.

Giga Chikadze defeated Jamall Emmers via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Danaa Batgerel vs. Guido Cannetti

Round 1 - Batgerel gets chopped down quick with a leg kick. He pops right back up. They both throw leather but don’t connect. Batgerel with a nice right. Two leg kicks and a body kick from Cannetti but he eats a right. Big shot from Cannetti but he eats a counter. He again chops him down briefly with a leg kick. Batgerel back up with a nice combo. Huge left hook from Batgerel and Cannetti eyess roll back as he collapes to the mat! He jumps on Cannetti with GnP and it’s over!

Danaa Batgerel defeated Guido Cannetti via KO (strikes), 3:01 of round 1