Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC closes out 2017 with one of the biggest women's' title fights in history as UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg makes her first title defense against former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, who looks to become the first woman to win UFC titles in two different weight classes.
Cyborg finally became a UFC champion in July when she scored a knockout win over Tonya Evinger, and she makes her first title defense against Holm, who is most famous for knocking out Ronda Rousey to end her reign as champion at 135 pounds. Holm is coming off of a head-kick knockout win over Bethe Correira in June.
In the co-main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his long-awaited return to action as he takes on Edson Barboza in a bout that could determine who is next in line at 155 pounds. Also on the main card, Cynthia Calvillo takes on former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza, and former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit returns to action as he battles Neil Magny.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT
> Tim Elliott (#11 FLW, 14-8-1, 3-6 UFC) vs. Mark De La Rosa (9-0, 0-0 UFC)
Elliott goes for an early takedown but De La Rosa has the neck and Elliott passes to side control as he pops his neck out. Elliott in the full guard. De La Rosa looking for an armbar but Elliott defending. Elliott picks him up and slams him down but De La Rosa still has the arm. He gets out of it and takes the back. They scramble and Elliott gets back into the guard. Elliott lands some punches from the top. Elliott looking for a D'arce choke and then has an arm-in guillotine and has De La Rosa mounted. He lets go but lands some elbows and then takes the back. Elliott with more shots from the top. 10-9 Elliott.
Elliott immediately grabs the neck and goes for a choke before they scramble on the mat. Elliott gets into the guard and is landing punches. De La Rosa looking for a triangle but Elliott is able to grab the neck and locks in an anaconda choke and gets De La Rosa to tap out. Big win for Elliott, who is emotional after the fight after his coach, Robert Follis, passed away two weeks ago.
Official Result- Tim Elliott def. Mark De La Rosa by submission (anaconda choke) at 1:41 of Round 2
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS | 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
> Louis Smolka (#14, 11-4, 5-4 UFC) vs. Matheus Nicolau (12-1-1, 2-0 UFC)
They come out swinging and Nicolau landed a big left hook. Nicolau landed a right hand and is showing good movement on his feet. Nicolau then dropped Smolka with a left hand and goes on top and lands some. They got back to their feet and Nicolau dropped Smolka again with a combo. Nicolau in the half-guard and looking for an arm-triangle choke. He has it in deep and Smolka is trying to fight it off and he somehow escapes. They get to their feet. Nicolau rocks Smolka on the feet with a big combo and then drops Smolka once again with another left hook. Smolka somehow survives the round. 10-8 Nicolau.
Smolka firing away some kicks as Nicolau is landing the jab that opens up Smolka. Nicolau rocks Smolka again with a combo. They trade big punches. Smolka starting to land more punches now but Nicolau is quicker on his feet. Smolka with a body kick. Nicolau tags Smolka again. Smolka with another body kick but eats more left hooks from Nicolau. Smolka with another body kick but eats more punches from Nicolau. 10-9 Nicolau, 20-17 Nicolau.
Smolka the one pressing forward to start the round. Both land. Smolka with a high kick but Nicolau grabs the leg and gets a takedown. Nicolau with some leg kicks. Smolka gets to his feet and lands a leg kick. Nicolau lands from the top but they get to their feet. Smolka lands a left hook. Nicolau gets another takedown and looks for a choke but Smolka is able to scramble and pull guard. Nicolau gets the back of Smolka and is looking for a late choke. He almost has it but Smolka escapes as the fight ends.
Official Result- Matheus Nicolau def. Louis Smolka by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
> Marvin Vettori (12-3, 2-1 UFC) vs. Omari Akhmedov (17-4, 5-3 UFC)
Akhmedov with a leg kick right away. They trade punches and Akhmedov with more kicks, to the legs and body. Akhmedov is landing big punches as Vettori is backing away. They trade big punches in the pocket. Akhmedov hurts Vettori with a left hand and Vettori is pinned against the fence. They trade punches and Vettori looking for openings. Akhmedov shoots for a takedown against the fence but it is defended. 10-9 Akhmedov.
Akhmedov with some leg kicks to start the second round and then lands a big right hand. Vettori coming forward but eating punches and kicks from Akhmedov. Akhmedov gets a takedown. Vettori goes for a triangle but Akhmedov escapes. Vettori is able to get to his feet and they separate. Akhmedov with a spinning back fist. They trade kicks. Vettori with a left hand as he presses forward. Akhmedov is beginning to slow down. They trade and Vettori pushes Akhmedov against the fence but they break the clinch. Both look gassed out as the round ends. 10-9 Akhmedov, 20-18 Akhmedov.
Vettori lands some big punches to start the third round and he has Akhmedov in trouble. Vettori with a step-in knee. They clinch and break and Akhmedov spits out his mouthpiece to induce a timeout. Back to action and Akhmedov with a spinning back fist. They start swinging and both land and Vettori with a body kick. They clinch against the fence. Vettori lands a knee on the break and then some left hands. Vettori lands a big head kick and Akhmedov stumbles back. Vettori with a knee to the body. He is landing lots of punches this round. Akhmedov goes for a takedown but falls to his back and Vettori gets on top and is landing big ground-and-pound as the fight ends. Gonna be close on the scorecards. 10-9 Vettori, 29-28 Akhmedov.
Official Result- Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov ends in a majority draw (28-28, 29-28 Vettori, 28-28)
> Myles Jury (#15, 16-2, 7-2 UFC) vs. Rick Glenn (20-4-1, 2-1 UFC)
They trade kicks before clinching against the fence. They break as Jury lands a knee. Jury with a body kick. They trade punches and Jury rocks Glenn with a left hand. Jury with a body kick. Jury with another body kick. Glenn gets a brief takedown but Jury sweeps to the top and is in the guard. They get to their feet and trade body kicks. Glenn lands a nice combo. Jury with a body kick. Jury with a flying knee and follows it with a left hand and Glenn was rocked. 10-9 Jury.
Glenn comes forward with pressure and presses Jury against the fence but they break. Jury lands a combo. Glenn goes for a takedown but Jury rolls away. Jury with a body kick. Glenn working for the takedown against the fence and they scramble for a moment. Jury gets on top and working for an arm-triangle but Glenn is able to escape. Jury still on top and is blocking any offense attempts from Glenn. Jury with some punches from the top. 10-9 Jury, 20-18 Jury.
They trade and then clinch against the fence before breaking. Jury lands a left hand and is showing good movement on the feet. They trade and Glenn is trying to apply pressure but Jury is landing kicks and knees to keep him away. Jury lands a left hand. Glenn with a high kick that is blocked. Jury with a knee in the clinch. Glenn keeps coming forward though he is losing the exchanges. Jury with more knees to the body. Jury with a late takedown and some punches from the top.
Official Result- Myles Jury def. Rick Glenn by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Khalil Rountree (6-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2, 0-0 UFC)
Rountree with a kick to the body. Oleksiejczuk lands a punch. Rountree with a high body kick and then a leg kick. Rountree with a big combo and Oleksiejczuk is cut around his right eye. Oleksiejczuk gets a takedown. Rountree grabs the neck and gets to his feet. Rountree still has the neck and Oleksiejczuk is in trouble. Rountree with a flying knee and he is now teeing off on Oleksiejczuk. Rountree taking deep breaths and lands a right hand. Oleksiejczuk lands a right hand and then lands a combo. Rountree lands some punches but Oleksiejczuk lands more in return. Rountree is slowing down. Oleksiejczuk with body punches and a body kick. Both landing in close range. Close round. 10-9 Oleksiejczuk.
Rountree comes out firing quickly. They trade punches. Rountree still gassed, though. Oleksiejczuk now landing more and he is beginning to pick Rountree apart. Rountree lands an uppercut though as there are still openings. They trade kicks. Oleksiejczuk with combos to the body. Rountree still throwing punches in return. They trade left hands. Rountree with some knees in the clinch but Oleksiejczuk lands some body punches. Oleksiejczuk with a body kick. 10-9 Oleksiejczuk, 20-18 Oleksiejczuk.
Rountree lands some punches to start the third. Oleksiejczuk grabs a single leg and scores a takedown. Oleksiejczuk landing from the top while holding Rountree on the mat. Oleksiejczuk moves to side control. Rountree trying to get out from the bottom. He starts to scramble but Oleksiejczuk grabs his back and keeps him on the mat. Oleksiejczuk in side control and is landing elbows. Oleksiejczuk grabs the back but gets back to sinde control against the fence. Oleksiejczuk landing body punches. Big round for Oleksiejczuk. 10-8 Oleksiejczuk, 30-26 Oleksiejczuk.
Official Result- Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Khalil Rountree by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PPV MAIN CARD | 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
> Carlos Condit (#8, 30-10, 7-6 UFC) vs. Neil Magny (#12, 19-6, 12-5 UFC)
Condit with a quick leg kick. Condit with a kick but Magny grabs it and pushes Condit to the mat. Magny comes in and Condit grabs the leg and is looking to get up but Magny gets into his full guard. Condit gets to his feet. Magny gets a brief takedown. They are clinched and both land before they break. They both land punches. Condit just misses a head kick. Condit with a leg kick. Condit with a combo. Magny lands a right hand. Condit lands a right hand and then a leg kick. Condit with a spin kick. 10-9 Magny.
Condit with a combo ending with a body kick. Condit with a body kick and then a heavy leg kick. Magny with a body kick and Condit follows with a leg kick and they clinch. Magny with some knees and gets a takedown. Condit looking for a leg lock. Magny gets into the guard of Condit. They get back to their feet and Condit lands an elbow on the break. Condit getting aggressive and lands some elbows. Condit with a combo and has Magny clinched against the fence. Magny with a takedown but Condit right back up. Magny gets another takedown. Condit looking for an armbar. Magny with some punches from the top. 10-9 Magny, 20-18 Magny.
They trade kicks. Condit with a body kick and then a leg kick. Condit with a combo. Magny with a leg kick. Condit misses a head kick and Magny grabs his back. Condit has the arm looking for a kimura but loses it. Magny lands a right hand. Condit with a combo. Condit with a combo against the fence and then lands a body kick followed by a leg kick. They trade in close range. Magny with a leg kick. Condit with a spinning back kick. Condit with another spin kick. Condit with a combo and another spin kick followed by an elbow. They clinch and Magny gets a takedown and is in the guard. Condit trying to scramble out from the bottom and does. 10-9 Magny, 30-27 Magny.
Official Result- Neil Magny def. Carlos Condit by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Cynthia Calvillo (#6, 6-0, 3-0 UFC) vs. Carla Esparza (#9, 12-4, 3-2 UFC)
They trade punches early. Calvillo ducks under a strike from Esparza and gets a takedown. Calvillo in the half-guard. They both look to scramble and Calvillo gets in the full guard. Esparza looking for the armbar from the bottom. She might have it but loses it and Calvillo is in side control. Esparza with elbows from the bottom. Calvillo with some short elbows from the top. Esparza tried to use the fence to spin out from the bottom but Calvillo still landing from side control. They almost get up but Calvillo takes it down and lands some big punches. Calvillo tries to take the back but Esparza ends up on top and lands some punches to end the round. 10-9 Calvillo.
Calvillo with some leg kicks to start the second round. Calvillo lands an overhand right. Esparza with a leg kick and then a combo. Esparza lands a big right hand. Calvillo coming forward but not landing anything. Calvillo lands a left hand after having a takedown attempt stuffed. Calvillo lands a right hand. Calvillo stuffs a takedown attempt from Esparza. They trade punches. Calvillo lands a right hand. Esparza gets a brief takedown and lands a leg kick as Calvillo was standing up. Esparza lands a right hand. Esparza with a body kick as Calvillo lands a right hand. Esparza with a takedown but Calvillo gets right back up. 10-9 Esparza, 19-19.
They trade punches. Esparza grabs a single leg but Calvillo defends and pushes Esparza against the fence. They break. Esparza with a leg kick and then another. Esparza with another leg kick. Neither lady landing many punches. Esparza opens up her combos with leg kicks. They trade kicks. They trade punches. Esparza is applying more pressure this round and lands a right hand. Calvillo goes for a takedown but it is defended. Esparza has the neck and uses it to break and lands a left hook as they break. Esparza lands a combo. Esparza with a takedown but Calvillo scrambles to her feet immediately. Esparza with a leg kick. They exchange wild punches at the end. 10-9 Esparza, 29-28 Esparza.
Official Result- Carla Esparza def. Cynthia Calvillo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Dan Hooker (14-7, 4-3 UFC) vs. Marc Diakiese (12-1, 3-1 UFC)
Both looking for their range early on. Diakiese just misses a spinning back kick. They trade leg kicks. Hooker with a big leg kick. Diakiese with a spinning back kick to the body though Hooker catches the leg but lets go. Hooker lands the jab. Hooker with a leg kick. Diakiese with a body kick. He just misses a wheel kick to the head. Hooker gets a late takedown, Diakiese gets to his feet just before the round ends. 10-9 Hooker.
Diakiese lands a left hand. Hooker with a body kick. Both still gauging range. Diakiese lands another left hand. They are clinched and Hooker working for a takedown against the fence. They break and Diakiese with a couple of calf kicks. Hooker with a right hand and then gets a takedown. Hooker has the back but is not doing anything. The crowd is booing and the referee warns them to work. Hooker is working for a choke. Not much happened after. Boring round. 10-9 Hooker, 20-18 Hooker.
Diakiese coming out aggressive. Diakiese with a couple of big right hands. Diakiese with a left hook followed by a right hand. Diakiese looks for a takedown but Hooker grabs the neck and locks in a guillotine choke. It is in tight and Diakiese immediately taps out. Big win for Hooker.
Official Result- Dan Hooker def. Marc Diakiese by submission (guillotine choke) at :42 of Round 3
> Khabib Nurmagomedov (#2, 24-0, 8-0 UFC) vs. Edson Barboza (#4, 19-4, 13-4 UFC)
Barboza immediately lands some leg kicks. He lands another. Both throwing big punches but neither landing. Nurmagomedov lands a right hand and then grabs the body lock. Barboza able to scramble away. Barboza with a body kick then followed with a leg kick. Khabib with a flying knee and then grabs the body and gets the takedown. Khabib with some big elbows. He lands some big left hands. Barboza pinned down. Nurmagomedov with some big punches from the top. Khabib with a big right hand. Khabib gets into the full mount but Barboza escapes position. Khabib with big right hands and left hands as he's looking to finish. Nurmagomedov just mauling Barboza on the mat. Nurmagomedov with big ground-and-pound using elbows. Khabib almost had a choke. Nurmagomedov with more big punches at the end. 10-8 Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov with some body kicks to start the second. Barboza is tired. Nurmagomedov with a big combo. Khabib with a lot of kicks landing. Nurmagomedov pushes Barboza against the fence but doesn't take him down. They break and Khabib with a lot of pressure. Barboza lands some body punches and a body kick. Nurmagomedov with two big right hands and he has the leg and gets a takedown. Nurmagomedov has the back. Nurmagomedov gets on top and is laying big punches on Barboza. Big ground-and-pound by Khabib to end the round. 10-8 Nurmagomedov, 20-16 Nurmagomedov.
Khabib landing big punches on the feet to start the third. Nurmagomedov grabs the legs against the fence and works for the takedown and gets it. Barboza is able to get up and escape and he lands a wheel kick to the body. Barboza misses another wheel kick attempt and Nurmagomedov gets a takedown. Khabib with punches but Barboza gets to his feet and throws some late offense. Big win for Khabib in an incredible performance. 10-9 Nurmagomedov, 30-25 Nurmagomedov.
Official Result- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Edson Barboza by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
> Cris Cyborg (C, 18-1 1 NC, 3-0 UFC) vs. Holly Holm (#2 WBW, 11-3, 4-3 UFC)
UFC Women's Featherweight Championship
Holm pressing forward to start the fight. Cyborg tried a head kick but Holm grabbed the leg and threw her down. Cyborg got up and they clinched against the fence but broke. Cyborg lands a left hand. Holm lands a right hand. Both ladies land punches. Holm lands a combo. Cyborg with a leg kick and lands a combo. They trade and then clinch and Cyborg lands a knee. Holm lands a left hand. Holm just misses a head kick and Cyborg lands a right hand at the horn. 10-9 Cyborg.
Both land punches inside the first thirty seconds. Cyborg lands a combo. Holm keeps coming forward but is eating counter punches. Cyborg with a body kick. Holm with a high kick. Holm lands a left hand. Both land punches. Holm lands a left and they clinch again. Holm lands an elbow on the break. Holm lands a left hand. They clinch and Holm lands on the break. Both land big punches. Cyborg with a body kick. Holm lands a left. 10-9 Holm, 19-19.
Holm just misses a head kick. Cyborg misses a body kick. They clinch and Cyborg has the underhooks. Cyborg with a knee to the body on the break. Holm lands a combo. Cyborg with a leg kick. Cyborg lands a right hand. Holm with a right hand followed by a high body kick. Holm lands a left hand. Cyborg with a high kick. Cyborg with a knee to the body. Cyborg with a body kick and Holm counters with a leg kick. Holm just misses a hook kick. They clinch but quickly break. Holm lands the left hand. Cyborg with a body kick. Cyborg lands a right hand and then a big flurry at the end. 10-9 Cyborg, 29-28 Cyborg.
Holm lands a left hand. She just misses a head kick. Cyborg with a body kick. Cyborg landing more combos and lands a high kick. Holm lands a body kick. They trade kicks. Holm lands a left hand but Cyborg counters with a right hand. Cyborg with a teet kick. Holm with a body kick. They clinch but break and Cyborg chases Holm around the Octagon. They trade high kicks. Holm just misses a high kick but lands a combo. Cyborg with the jab. Holm with a head kick that is blocked. 10-9 Cyborg, 39-37 Cyborg.
Holm with a body kick. Holm with a high kick. Cyborg with a high kick. They both land leg kicks. They clinch and Holm has the better position. They break and Cyborg with a body kick. They trade kicks. Holm with a high kick. Cyborg with a right hand. Cyborg with a body kick. Holm with a body kick. Cyborg with a leg kick and Holm lands a left hand. Holm with a body kick. Cyborg with the jab but Holm lands a left hand. Both land punches and Cyborg gets the better of it. Cyborg with a right hand. 10-9 Cyborg, 49-46 Cyborg.
Official Result- Cris Cyborg def. Holly Holm by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47), Cyborg remains UFC Women's Featherweight Champion