Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play (headliner and co-main) as UFC 258 goes down live at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Today’s show will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between former teammates, when champion Kamaru Usman meets top contender Gilbert Burns. The co-main will come in the women’s flyweight division, with Maycee Barber making her return from injury to face Alexa Grasso.
This post will cover the preliminary and main card right up to the main event. The headliner will have a standalone play-by-play post.
Today’s show is a standard PPV. There are two Fight Pass fights, which should kick off around 7pm ET/4pm PT. Things will move to ESPN and ESPN+ for four more fights at 8pm ET, and then we’ll go over to PPV at 10pm ET as per the norm. Bobby Green vs. Jim Miller is off the card now due to Green’s backstage collapse after the weigh-ins.
EDIT - Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick was just removed from the card as well. So we’ll probably start things a half hour later than expected.
Maycee Barber vs. Alexa Grasso
Round 1 - They are pretty far from each other to start. Grasso lands a couple of low kicks. They clinch up. Grasso has underhooks. Right hook on the break from Grasso. Side kick from Barber but she’s way out of range. Nice combo from Grasso. Barber tries to bully her way inside. Shoulder check and some good body work from Grasso. Nice elbow from Barber, but she eats a left. Grasso with a right. They exchange inside. Best moment for Barber so far. Another decent shot. 10-9 Grasso.
Round 2 - They are at range, but not landing much. Grasso with a nice right hook. She lands big! They clinch up. Barber actually gets the best of it. They get some range and Barner lands hard. Grasso with a kick, but Barber catches it and takes Grasso down. Grasso immediately digs for an armbar, and then uses is to to reverse position right into side and trap an arm! That was pretty! Grasso looks for a choke, and takes the back. Her grappling looks amazing. 10-9 Grasso.
Round 3 - Barber misses with a kick. Again she’s very far out of range with her shots. She finally wades in and lands a couple of decent punches. Grasso clinches and works over the body. Inside trip from Barber. Couple of big punches. Barber with a knee, and she’s stepping it up. They both land big shots! Grasso tries to drag her down but Barber is brawling and getting the better of it. Nice knee to the body from Grasso. Another knee and a foream shiver from Barber. Grasso reverses in the clinch. Barber with a nice left on the break. She gets a late takedown. 10-9 Barber, but 29-28 Grasso.
Alexa Grasso defeated Maycee Barber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Ian Heinisch by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ricky Simon def. Brian Kelleher by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Julian Marquez def. Maki Pitolo by submission (anaconda choke) at 4:17 of round 3
Preliminary Card (8pm ET)
Anthony Hernandez def. Rodolfo Vieira by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:52 of round 2 (No this is not a misprint)
Belal Muhammad def. Dhiego Lima by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Polyana Viana def. Mallory Martin by submission (armbar) at 3:18 of round 1
Chris Gutierrez def. Andre Ewell by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
Fight Pass Card (6:30pm ET)
Gabriel Green def. Phillip Rowe by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)