UFC on ESPN 9 play-by-play and live results

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LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on site and reporting live from UFC on Saturday on ESPN 9, and you can join us for live matches and official results.

The event takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card is broadcast on ESPN and broadcasts on ESPN +.

In the main event, former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) faces Gilbert Burns (18-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC). In the heavyweight co-functionality, Blagoy Ivanov (18-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) meets Augusto Sakai (14-1-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

Follow our turn-by-turn updates and official results for ESPN / ESPN + preliminaries and the main map.

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Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Current fight

Round 1 – The two participants in the most intense face-off at yesterday’s weigh-in, Roberts and Weaver don’t seem to like each other. Weaver comes out with a lot of pressure. He shoots for a teardown, but Roberts denies it. Once separated, Roberts takes down a combination. Weaver tries to withdraw again, but is refused again after a brief fight against the fence. There is a lot of chatter going on. The crowd-free location makes it more visible. Roberts wins a combination. Weaver connects with a punch. They tie up and break. Roberts gets a kick, then a punch. He admired his work. As soon as that punch landed, Roberts laughed. Weaver runs to Roberts and pushes him against the fence. Roberts escapes. A leg kick lands for Roberts. Diving again, Weaver starts pushing the cage again. He doesn’t do much, but he controls. Roberts quickly spins Weaver and launches a haying combination, which is missing. Once again, Weaver flies away to lock up Roberts. Weaver leaves his neck outside and Robert tears it off. As he tries to adjust his standing sash, Roberts loses control of Weaver who leans over the carpet. The tour ends with Roberts over Weaver on the ground. 10-9 Roberts.

Result:
to summarize:
Records: Roosevelt Roberts (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Brok Weaver (15-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Herb Dean
Judge:

Results

Round 1 – Let’s go. From the start, Gutierrez strikes Morales’ lead leg. It’s clear that kicking his legs is his game plan here early, when he peppers a few kicks down. Gutierrez connects in a suit. Morales resets and blinks. This one hit the nail on the head. A high turning kick turns for Gutierrez. It looks clean here. Morales hasn’t thrown it yet. He has a hard time understanding Gutierrez and seems a bit overwhelmed. Another kicking leg kick for Gutierrez, who changes position. A body kick launches Morales, which Gutierrez continues with a sweeping kick. A combination of three punches lands for Gutierrez. A few moments later, Gutierrez revisits the low kick. Morals change position. These people don’t feel good. Cleverly, Gutierrez knew he had Morales thinking of low shots – so he picked up consecutive high shots. Another low kick lands for Gutierrez. Morals falters. The reaction to this latest kick was extreme. Over and over again, Gutierrez lands the kick. Rushing to Gutierrez is struck with the first significant punch from Morales. After a brief trip back, Gutierrez is back in front. Morales’ face is swollen. Morales wins a one-two combination. A flying knee of Gutierrez is blocked. Gutierrez knocks Morales down with – you guessed it – a kick in the leg. The tour ends. So far, there is only domination. 10-8 Gutierrez.

Round 2 – The doctor examines Morales’ eye between rounds, but gives his blessing. Gutierrez exits putting pressure on Morales – where he left off in the first round. The volume has slowed for Gutierrez, but he is still in charge. A hard kick hits Morales. He’s really, really hurt this time. Another one lands. Morales has problems. Gutierrez attempts a jumping switch kick. He is missing, but Morales is largely a sitting duck. A reverse right connects for Gutierrez. Another leg kick lands – and another. Ouch. Morales’ left calf is all kinds of red, swollen and nasty. Another leg kick hits Morales on the mat. Gutierrez dives, but Morales grabs a leg. Gutierrez lands land and pounds. Morales gets up but eats two more kicks. It’s brutal. Morales crouches down after his leg is beaten again. Gutierrez connects again on a leg kick and Morales is down. Referee Jason Herzog has seen enough. Death by a thousand paper cuts. Gutierrez’s impressive performance – a clinic, really.

Result: Chris Gutierrez beats. Vince Morales via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 2, 4:27
to summarize: Chris Gutierrez kills Vince Morales
Records: Chris Gutierrez (15-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Vince Morales (9-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Jason Herzog

Round 1 – A touch of gloves and off you go. Sensational. A kick in the leg. I haven’t seen one in a while. Kenney lands it. Smolka dodges very low in trade at the start. I don’t know if he’s thinking of a withdrawal or if he’s trying to get Kenney to think. Smolka punches the body. Kenney returns the favor with a pair of leg kicks. Smolka catches a high kick from Kenney, but Kenney stumbles out of the Hawaiian claws. Kenney kicked Smolka in the leg. Smolka gets up and encounters another stream of kicks in the legs. The two fighters show their boxing, but Smolka loses these exchanges early. However, I will give credit to Smolka. His main attack was the shot. Those could wear Kenney. Kenney connects on a right hand and Smolka is injured. In desperation, Smolka dives for a dismantling. Kenney grabs Smolka’s neck. Smolka tries to escape, but Kenney adjusts his grip on the guillotine. There is the Smolka tap. It was quick. Casey Kenney, ladies and gentlemen.

ResultCasey Kenney beats. Louis Smolka via submission (guillotine throttle) – Tour 1, 3:03
to summarize: Casey Kenney snatches a guillotine with arms on Louis Smolka
Records: Casey Kenney (14-2-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Louis Smolka (16-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC)
Division: Rooster weight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Chris Tognoni

Round 1 – Brandon Royval introduced with the nickname “raw dog”. It’s interesting. Anyway, there is no contact with gloves. Royval kicks and Elliott shoots down. Elliott brings Royval to the mat. Royval tries to roll, but Elliott has lateral control from the back. Elliott beats at Royval, who turns around. Elliott is still in charge, but it’s an awkward place (Tim Elliott-esque, huh?). Anyway, the legs of the two fighters are tangled. Royval untangles his legs and stands up. Elliott still holds his neck, but ends up losing his grip. The fighters are standing and Elliott pushes Royval against the fence. Royval uses a kimura to roll Elliott. They separate and jostle. Back in the center, Elliott shoots again. More Elliott pushes the cage, unlike the first closing session, Elliott puts the fight on the ground. Royval gets up but is still depressed. The fighters separate and Royval takes a whirling punch as Elliott attempts another dismantling. Elliott hits the carpet on a simple low, but Royval threads his foot. Moments later, Elliott obtains another withdrawal. Royval gets up immediately. Tied against the fence, Elliott slides his leg over Royval’s head and drops Royval. Elliott is in lateral control, but Royval returns to his stomach. Elliott drives and Royval backs up. Royval is at the top. Elliott tries to get one leg, but uses it to get on his feet. Elliott slides onto the mat when he tries to kick. Royval takes advantage of him, goes to get an armband. If he can separate Elliott’s hands, it will be over. The horn sounds, however. It was a quick ride! 10-9 Elliott.

Round 2 – Here we go again. The pace continues in the second round. Elliott comes out straight with a kick. Moments later, he shoots for disassembly. Royval denies the attempt and lands in Elliott’s custody. Royval quickly worked on guard and sought lateral control. Elliot wraps his arm around Royval’s head. Threaten a Von Flue starter (or a Von Preux starter, depending on your preferences). Elliott withdraws his arm and overturns Royval. Now Elliott goes to get a Von Flue, but Royval escapes. They get up on their feet. Elliott fires again after a bad missive from Royval. In a few seconds, Royval begins to work to climb. Elliott grabs Royval’s neck. Royval rolls Elliott, lands on top and heads out. Now Royval is in the back. They roll and roll. Elliott catches an arm triangle throttle. It’s deep. Elliott strives. That’s it. Here’s the tap. What a fight. What a start from Brandon Royval. Elliott won most of this fight, but it’s a game of thumbs. A mistake was made and Royval took advantage of it.

Result: Brandon Royval beats. Tim Elliott via submission (arm triangle) – Round 2, 3:18
to summarize: Brandon Royval is not satisfied with his performance, but his first submission to the UFC could say the opposite
Records: Tim Elliott (15-11-1 MMA, 4-9 UFC), Brandon Royval (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Mark Smith

Round 1 – Three finishes so far, let’s see if they make four for four. Just as the letters of that last sentence came out of my finger, Hill shakes Abreu. It didn’t take long. The American seated the Brazilian with a jumpsuit. Hill is teeming. Abreu eats a handful of shots on the way up, but survives. Abreu begins to find his rhythm – but he will never find it completely! He was just struck down by a Hill knee to the body. Hill is teeming. That’s it. Another fight. Another finish. Hill by TKO.

Result: Jamahal Hill def. Klidson Abreu via TKO (hits) – Round 1, 1:51
to summarize: Jamahal Hill crushes Klidson Abreu – and draws Halle Berry’s attention to the process
Records: Klidson Abreu (15-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Jamahal Hill (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Herb Dean

Round 1 – A touch of gloves and off you go. Green, who took up the fight on four days’ notice, goes out pumping up a suit. Nothing lands, but it moves forward. Rodriguez walks away. Green kicks his leg. Rodriguez sniffs a square of jab in Green’s face. It was quick, but Rodriguez has already changed the fighting movement. The fighters exchange and Green tears a kick. Rodriguez wins a combination. Green definitely has a more chiseled physique, but Rodriguez definitely has a big advantage. The two fighters swing wildly in an exchange. The two men open a little. Green likes to mix his kicks, so he probably has more weapons than Rodriguez. That said, the quality advantage of Rodriguez is obvious. It is much tighter, technically speaking. Rodriguez misses a punch but gets a leg kick. The tour ends. 10-9 Rodriguez.

Round 2 – Rodriguez comes out with a clean combination of two punches. Rodriguez gets a kick from the body. Green kicks high, which seems to be blocked. Green moves with a combination. Rodriguez dodges and cons with a smooth combination. Green kicks, which Rodriguez catches. Green turns around the perimeter of the cage. Rodriguez takes down his largest combat suit and opens up. Green catches up with Rodriguez in an exchange, but Rodriguez continues to throw. After eating Green’s best punch in the fight, Rodriguez finds success again. Green tries a flying knee, but it is blocked. The two fighters tie up briefly, then separate. Green tried a lot of kicks in this fight but didn’t find much luck. They drop out again, but like the first time, they separate a few moments later. The green rushes and lands on the belly. They bond and separate. Jabs connect simultaneously. Rodriguez cracks Green with a one-two combination. It was strong. The green is hard, advancing and launching an enormous volume. Rodriguez responds with missing powerful punches. 20-18 Rodriguez.

Round 3 – Green comes out with a lot of pressure, again. What he has abandoned in size, he catches up quickly. He comes straight to Rodriguez – he basically runs over him. Green lands on the left. Green’s body kick tears Rodriguez apart. Green’s kick rate was high throughout this fight, but it is increasing. Green hits hard, which pushes Rodriguez’s head away. It’s a much better round for Green. He wins this round and fights with a real sense of urgency. He takes to give. A big one-two combination lands for Rodriguez. Green throws another flying knee. Again, his attempt is blocked. There is one minute left in the round. Green, who is bleeding, tries a dismantling, but Rodriguez escapes. A few moments later, Rodriguez obtained a withdrawal. In the north-south, Rodriguez stays until the end of the tour. Nice effort on the part of Green, especially given the circumstances. MMA Junkie scores 30-27 Rodriguez.

Result: Daniel Rodriguez beats. Gabe Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Records: Gabe Green (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Daniel Rodriguez (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Mark Smith
Judge:

Round 1 – Did I mention that Joe Martinez is making the pre-fight announcements tonight? Well, it is. Even Bruce Buffer needs a night’s rest every now and then, I guess. Anyway, let’s go back to the fighting. Shevchenko comes out with a hard kick. Moments later, she tries another but Chookagian takes her down. In a few seconds, Chookagian has Shevchenko’s back. She works for a rear strangulation. It’s a bad place considering the time left on the clock and the lack of sweat. Shevchenko avoided the strangulation in the back, but Chookagian did not give up. Now Chookagian has the back support. She looks for choking again. Shevchenko escapes, but Chookagian returns immediately. This time it seems tighter. Shevchenko is flattened, but somehow escapes. Shevchenko now eats dozens of Chookagian’s right hands. Shevchenko attracts Chookagian, but Chookagian gets up. Chookagian has gift wrapping. She holds Shevchenko’s hand behind her head with one hand while hitting her with the other. Shevchenko rolls and gives up again. There is one minute left in the round. With each kick and book, Chookagian lets out a “Huh” noise. “Huh, huh, huh, huh,” Chookagian lands back to back. After 10 seconds, Shevchenko gets back on his feet. The tour ends. 10-8 Chookagian.

Round 2 – The round begins and the two fighters face off. Chookagian wins an advantageous melee position and battles Shevchenko on the canvas. It moves directly in full frame. Shevchenko clings to Chookagian, who lands small swings. The punches are not that hard (relatively), but are boring and do their job by making Shevchenko let go of his defensive grip. Shevchenko looks lost. She squirms in an attempt to distract Chookagian from her. No dice. Chookagian positions himself and strikes hard, followed by a massive elbow. The tour ends with Chookagian at the top. 20-16 Chookagian.

Round 3 – Shevchenko comes out in the third – passes over his face. Oddly, Chookagian chooses to strike against the world champion of muay thai. We’re 90 seconds away from the lap and Chookagian didn’t seem to even think about dragging the fight to the mat. Chookagian lands on the right. Shevchenko tries an ax. It doesn’t land. Shevchenko takes a left hand, followed by a kick. A left hand connects for Chookagian. There are two minutes left in the fight. Shevchenko steps forward and Chookagian grabs the hooks. Chookagian pushes Shevchenko against the fence. They are separating. Shevchenko takes a punch. A kick to the body lands for Chookagian. Moments later, Chookagian marks a withdrawal. She is back in the mount. The 10-second snap rang and Chookagian delivered serious blows to Shevchenko. Sensational. The horn sounds. Impressive and one-sided performance. Nice rebound. 30-25 Chookagian.

Result: Katlyn Chookagian beats. Antonina Shevchenko by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
to summarize: Katlyn Chookagian dominates Antonina Shevchenko in an unbalanced decision
Records: Katlyn Chookagian (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), Antonina Shevchenko (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Chris Tognoni
Judge:

Round 1 – Cifers comes out aggressive early, although most of his punches only hit the air. The two fighters seize one another and Cifers shows an imbalanced force advantage. She pushes Derna against the cage and places a hard knee on Dern’s head. After two knees against the body, Cifers pushes Dern back. It was a surprising sequence. Dern enters the pocket with a hard uppercut. A few moments later, another combination connects. Cifers responds with a kick in the leg. Dern sends a series of punches to Cifers, who are missing. Dern tries to tie Cifers on a trip, but Cifers rolls on top. Cifers, standing over his opponent, leaves his leg in Dern’s guard. Dern catches it and has a leg lock. Dern rolls and throws a knee pad. Cifers hesitates and types. The fight is over. This is the world of Dern and she took advantage of the opening.

Result: Mackenzie Latest def. Hannah Cifers via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 2:36
to summarize:
Records: Hannah Cifers (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Mackenzie Dern (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s straw weight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Jason Herzog

Round 1 –

Result:
to summarize:
Records: Spike Carlyle (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Billy Quarantillo (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: 150 pound catch weight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Mark Smith
Judge:

Round 1 –

Result:
to summarize:
Records: Blagoy Ivanov (18-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Augusto Sakai (14-1-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Jason Herzog
Judge:

Round 1 –

Result:
to summarize:
Records: Tyron Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC), Gilbert Burns (18-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN / ESPN +
Arbitrator: Herb Dean
Judge:



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