UFC 252 is live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. The headliner is the final match of a trilogy between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. In the co-main event, a pair of bantamweights in undefeated and rising star Sean O’Malley takes on Marlon Vera
There are five fights on the main card and six on the preliminary card that starts at 7:00 p.m. Also at featherweight Herbert Burns takes on Daniel Pineda, and in the biggest women’s bout on the card strawweights Felice Herrig and Virna Jandiroba do battle.
We’ll be tracking all the results tonight. Below you’ll find the winner, how they secured a victory, and adding gifs and video of exciting moments or stoppages where we can. Follow along throughout the evening!
Stipe Miocic (C) vs. #1 Daniel Cormier: Heavyweight Championship
Winner: Stipe Miocic
Winning Method: Stipe Miocic wins by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).
He did just enough to win the trilogy, but he led on significant strikes 123-84 and on ground control 5:48-0:55. It was the right call, and It’s likely the end of the road for Cormier, who says in the interview afterwards he doesn’t think he’ll fight again.
#14 Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera: Bantamweight
Winner: Marlon Vera
Winning Method: Marlon Vera wins by TKO at 4:40 of the first round.
O’Malley hurt his leg earlier in the fight, and it looks like he broke his foot or ankle. He was clearly injured, and he ended up on the back and caught an elbow that ended it. O’Malley couldn’t even get on his feet to have Vera get his hand raised, and the injury changed the fight.
#5 Junior Dos Santos vs. #6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Heavyweight
Winner: Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Winning Method: Jairzinho Rozenstruik wins by TKO at 3:47 of the second round.
It was going to be whomever connected first, and it was the Suriname native that got a left hook in and a right hand stunned Dos Santos enough where he was done.
Herbert Burns vs. Daniel Pineda: Featherweight
Winner: Daniel Pineda
Winning Method: Daniel Pineda wins by TKO (elbows) at 4:37 of the second round.
The +225 underdog did it and did it big. He dominated a slower and rather flat-looking Burns in both rounds, and won it via elbows from a crucifix position. Full credit to Pineda for a great performance after six years away from the UFC, but Burns missed weight by 3.5 pounds, and didn’t look as prepared as is necessary to win at the highest level.
#12 John Dodson vs. #15 Merab Dvalishvili: Bantamweight
Winner: Merab Dvalishvili
Winning Method: Merab Dvalishvili wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Another dominating decision performance for the man from the Republic of Georgia. He led on signifcant strikes 58-26 (with 37 in the first round alone), and on body control 3:45-0:04. His limitless gas tank and quickness are great weapons. Dvalishvili looks to be a contender for the championship sometime soon.
Jim Miller vs. Vinc Pichel: Lightweight
Winner: Vinc Pichel
Winning Method: Vinc Pichel wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27).
A terrific job by Pichel to to bounce back after being controlled for most of the first round. A late shot from Miller almost got the submission before the horn, but “From Hell” Pichel found a way to stay at a distance and get the victory. The winner led on ground control 6:18 to 5:07.
#15 Felice Herrig vs. Virna Jandiroba: Women’s strawweight
Winner: Virna Jandiroba
Winning Method: Virna Jandiroba wins by submission (armbar) at 1:44.
One takedown, one shift of position, one perfect armbar. An outstanding performance for her second UFC win and 13th career submission in 16 victories.
TJ Brown vs. Daniel Chavez: Featherweight
Winner: Daniel Chavez
Winning Method: Daniel Chavez wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
The right decision by the judges, as though he actually landed one less significant strike (56-57), Chavez was more powerful and had all four takedowns in the bout. A really nice win for the 33-year-old in his UFC debut.
Ashley Yoder vs. Livinha Souza: Women’s strawweight
Winner: Livinha Souza
Winning Method: Livinha Souza wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
And we have our first UFC judging controversy of the evening! How any judge could give all three rounds to Souza is just not aware of how this sport works. Yoder landed more significant strikes 47-41, way more punches overall, and led in ground control 3:45-3:00. The Nevada State Athletic Commission just has to do better, as it continues to make a mockery of the “sport.”
Chris Daukaus vs. Parker Porter: Heavyweight
Winner: Chris Daukaus
Winning Method: Chris Daukaus wins by TKO at 4:28 of the first round.
The speed and accuracy of Daukaus’s hands was enough to make sure we’ll see the rookie in the UFC again. Really impressive performance for the member of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Kai Kamaka vs. Tony Kelley: Featherweight
Winner: Kai Kamaka
Winning Method: Kai Kamaka wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
It was close, but Kamaka did enough in the first two rounds to seal it. The significant strikes were 114-97 in the Hawaiian’s favor, and he also executed five takedowns with no misses. It’s the first win in the UFC and the sixth in a row for the -230 favorite.
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