Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 250 goes down at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event will be an women’s featherweight title fight, with Amanda Nunes defending her 145-pound title for the first time against Felicia Spencer. The co-main comes in the bantamweight division, with former champ Cody Garbrandt trying to halt a losing streak when he meets veteran contender Raphael Assuncao.
This post will cover the main card.
We’ll start on Fight Pass and ESPN+ at approximately 6:30pm ET with three fights. The card then moves to ESPN and stays on 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 will be covered in a separate post.
Round 1 - Front kick from Nunes. Spencer jumps in and tries to tie Nunes up, but gets clipped by a right. Hard overhand right from Nunes. Uppercut lands as well. Low kicks from Nunes. Spencer catches a kick and puts Nunes on the fence. Nunes hits a fireman’s carry though, and put Spencer on her back. Nunes is in side, and lands a knee to the body. Spencer spins to her knees but Nunes stays on her. She’s in half against the fence. Elbows from Nunes. More elbows. Spencer is cut. Back to full guard. Spencer looks to attack an arm but Nunes keeps clubbing her with elbows. 10-9 Nunes.
Round 2 - Nunes with a right as Spencer throws a leg kick. Slow pace. Spencer lands a jab. She’s bobbing up and down. Nunes with a leg kick. Overhand right scores for Nunes. Another one. Spencer shoots but Nunes spins her around and puts Spencer on her back again. Big elbows. Nunes pops out of guard and lets Spencer up. Front kick from Nunes. Low kick. Thigh punch. Spinning elbow attempt from Nunes. Not much going on. Head kick from Spencer. Big right from Nunes. 10-9 Nunes.
Round 3 - Nunes with a counter right as Spencer threw a knee. Spencer trying to exchange now but eats an elbow and a right. Side kick from Spencer. Left hook from Nunes. Nune lands a hard shot that knocks Spencer’s mouthpiece out. Spencer points at it right away as Nunes attacked, and Herb Dean was forced to stop and put it back in. Inside leg kick from Spencer. Jab from Spencer. Nunes grabs a kick and THROWS Spencer to the mat. Then just lets her up. Wow. Nunes rips the body. Another overhand right from Nunes. And again. Inside leg kick. Head kick. Spencer is tough but this is a blowout. Spencer tries to shoot but gets nowhere. Overhand right and a hard uppercut. Front kick to the body. Another low kick. Spencer’s leg is hurt. Jab and a right. Massive uppercut. Spinning elbow at the horn. 10-8 Nunes.
Round 4 - Spencer comes forward. Leg kick from Nunes. Straight right rocks Spencer. Another right and an inside leg kick. Leg kick from Spencer. Nunes scoops a single leg and puts Spencer on the mat. They just let her up. Another leg kick from Nunes. Weak spinning kick attempt from Spencer. Nunes with an elbow. Spinning back kick to the body from Nunes. Right hook. Nunes lands to the body. She catches a leg and just throws Spencer down again. She stands over her and throws a few light kicks. Spencer gets up. Jabs to the head and body from Nunes. Spencer tries to weakly shoot but it is easily rebuffed by the champ. Hard outside leg kick from Nunes. Spencer lands a left, but Nunes fires back with three big shots. Counter right. Another. Uppercut. Another! Spencer shoots but Nunes just pushes her away, jumps on her back, and secures a choke! Spencer survives to the horn! 10-8 Nunes again.
Round 5 - Jab from Nunes. Spencer presses forward but Nunes clubs her. Right from Nunes. Low leg kick. Spencer shoots but is it’s more just falling forward. Nunes takes the back again. Now back in half guard. Spencer is trying to attack an arm. She throws some elbows to the shoulder from the bottom. Elbow from Nunes. Action has stalled out. Elbow. Lots more blood now. Nunes backs out with 90 seconds to go. She throws some kicks to Spencer’s legs as Spencer butt scoots across the cage. She’s up with a minute to go. Herb Dean stops the action to check Spencer’s cuts. They are letting her continue. Spencer misses with a head kick. Nunes with a big right and another takedown. Spencer gets up and is thrown back down. 10-9 and 50-43 Nunes.
Amanda Nunes defeated Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45)
Cody Garbrandt vs. Raphael Assuncao
Round 1 - Low kick from Garbrandt. Another. Assuncao lands one, but Garbrandt cracks him with a right. Another low kick and Assuncao changes stances. Spinning wheel kick from Garbrandt. Body kick from Garbrandt. Assuncao slips on a head kick. No harm done though. Nice straight right from Garbrandt. Hard inside leg kick from the former champ. Another trips Assuncao up briefly. Garbrandt flurries and Assuncao lands a nice counter. Garbrandt lands a left. 10-9 Garbrandt.
Round 2 - Assuncao tried to spin right as Cody jumped in on him. They scrambled back to their feet. Body kick from Assuncao. Body kick from Assuncao. Body kick from Garbrandt. Capoeira kick from Assuncao is nowhere near Garbrandt. Right lands for Assuncao. They both throw kicks at the same time. They trade in the pocket. Assuncao stuffs a shot. Garbrandt misses with an uppercut. Inside leg kick from Assuncao. Garbrandt with an overhand right that knocks down Assuncao! Assuncao said he just slipped. Sweeping low leg kick from Garbrandt. Assuncao with a jumping body kick. GARBRANDT KNOCKS ASSUNCAO OUT WITH A CRAZY RIGHT HOOK RIGHT AT THE HORN! HOLY HELL!
Cody Garbrandt defeated Raphael Assuncao via KO (right hook), 4:59 of round 2
Round 1 - Sterling bringing pressure immediately and lands a leg kick. He gets Sandhagen against fence. He jumps on his back, then pulls him to the floor. He’s got a body triangle and he’s looking for the choke. They roll around a bit and Sterling gets the arm under the chin. TAP! ALJAMAIN STERLING JUST SMOKED CORY SANDHAGEN!
Aljamain Sterling defeated Cory Sandhagen via submission (rear naked choke), 1:28 of round 1
Round 1 - Slow start. It took 35 seconds for either man to throw anything, and they clinch briefly. Counter right for Martin. Martin gets on Magny’s back. He’s trying to drag him down but Magny is fighting him off well. Magny with a few body shots and they finally separate with two minutes to go. Right scores for Martin. Magny with some low kicks. Jab from Magny. They clinch up again. Back to the center. Low kicks again from Magny. Martin wades in with a punch and they battle on the fence. Martin gets back to range and whiffs on a right. 10-9 Magny.
Round 2 - Jab and low kick from Magny. Martin pops the jab. Wide left connects for Martin. Front kick from Magny. Martin lands a hard right that stuns Magny a bit. Low kicks from Magny, but they’re getting checked by Martin. Martin scoops a double leg and dumps Magny to the mat. Magny tries to turn away but Martin looks for a choke. Magny gets up and they battle on the fence. Back in the center. And right back to the fence. Magny looks for a takedown but Martin deftly spins away. More leg kicks from Magny, but Martin is continuing to check them. Nice right from Magny. Back in the clinch. They reset. Both land low kicks. 10-9 Martin.
Round 3 - Martin misses with a big right. Leg kick and jabs from Magny. Jab from Martin. Leg kick from Magny. Marton gets a bodylock and tries to trip Magny, without success. Jab from Magny. Another. Low kick. Overhand right scores for Magny. He gets his own bodylock and looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Elbow and a jab from Magny. Martin is slowing down. Hard knee from Magny in the clinch. Front headlock and knees. Martin pulls away but he’s tired. Magny keeps bringing pressure. Hard left, and another from Magny. Magny is really trying but just can’t get a takedown. Jabs from Magny. Martin just trying to hold onto Magny. Counter right from Magny. Martin does land one hard shot back. But Magny opens up and tags him. 10-9 and 29-28 Magny.
Neil Magny defeated Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Round 1 - O’Malley whiffs on a head kick. Body kick from O’Malley. Lead right from O’Malley. Not much going on so far. Wineland lands a hard counter right. Spinning back kick to the chest. O’MALLEY PUTS WINELAND TO SLEEP WITH A STRAIGHT RIGHT! WALK OFF KO!
Sean O’Malley defeated Eddie Wineland via KO (punch), 1:54 of round 1