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UFC 239 live results: Jones vs. Santos, Nunes vs. Holm

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Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It is International Fight Week for the UFC, a full week of fan events capped off by what is traditionally presented as the biggest card of the year with two titles fights headlining in the UFC's home of Las Vegas.

In the main event, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones makes his next title defense against challenger Thiago Santos. Jones is looking to continue his reign of dominance on the 205-pound division as he makes his second title defense of 2019 after defeating Anthony Smith in March. Santos has won four straight fights, including his last three since moving up to the light heavyweight division, with all three of those wins coming by stoppage.

In the co-main event, UFC Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes puts the bantamweight title on the line against former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm. Nunes is coming off of her first-round knockout win over Cris Cyborg in December to become a double champion, and makes her next 135-pound title defense against the former champion Holm, who hasn't fought in over a year.

Also on the main card is a welterweight fight with possible title eliminator implications involved as Jorge Masvidal looks to keep his momentum going against the undefeated Ben Askren. Former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold returns to action for the first time since February 2018 as he makes the move up to 205 pounds to take on Jan Blachowicz. Also, it is a battle of Ultimate Fighter winners as the original TUF champion Diego Sanchez takes on Michael Chiesa.

Among the preliminary card fights will be former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and former UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez returning from a long layoff as he fights Arnold Allen, and a women's strawweight battle between Claudia Gadelha and Randa Markos.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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ESPN+/UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT

> Julia Avila (6-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Pannie Kianzad (11-4, 0-1 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

Avila with some leg kicks early on but Kianzad fires back with a right hand. They clinch and Kianzad has the underhooks. They trade knees in the clinch. Avila with a couple of big knees. Avila has the clinc advantage. Avila lands a right hand as they break and Kianzad fires back with a right. Kianzad with a high kick and they clinch again. Kianzad with a combo as she separates. Kianzad with another right hand. Avila lands a right. Kianzad with another right hand. She lands another combo. Avila now landing big punches against the fence. Avila with a knee in the clinch. Even on the feet but Avila landing the harder punches. Avila with a knee and elbow late. 10-9 Avila.

They quickly clinch up to start the second round. Avila lands a right hand as they break. Kianzad with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Avila with a high kick and Kianzad turns it into a takedown but they scramble to their feet. Kianzad lands a hard left hand. Kianzad lands a right hand. Avila lands a combo against the fence and they clinch. Both land as they break and Kianzad with a combo and another right hand. Kianzad with a combo as she urges Avila to come on. Avila now rocks Kianzad and lands lots of punches before they clinch. Avila is cut under her eye. Avila with a front kick to the body. Kianzad just misses a spinning back fist. Kianzad goes for a takedown but Avila scrambles. 10-9 Avila, 20-18 Avila.

Both firing away to start the third. Avila lands some punches as Kianzad covers up and backs to the fence. They clinch and trade positioning. They break and Avila drops Kianzad with a left hand and goes into her guard and lands more punches. Kianzad working for an arm but gives up her back and Avila looks to get the hooks in working for a choke. Avila now gets the mount for a moment, loses it and regains it. Avila has the back again working for the choke. Avila still working for it but Kianzad is fighting it off well. Kianzad survives the round. 10-8 Avila, 30-26 Avila.

Official Result- Julia Avila def. Pannie Kianzad by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

> Ismail Naurdiev (18-2, 1-0 UFC) vs. Chance Rencountre (13-3, 1-1 UFC)
Welterweights

Rencountre with a leg kick and Naurdiev fires back with a kick that hits the arms of Rencountre. They tie up and Rencountre tries a throw but Naurdiev reverses it and they stand. Naurdiev with some body kicks and they tie up and scramble to the mat with Naurdiev in the guard of Rencountre. Naurdiev gets the back as they stand and lands a body kick on the break. Naurdiev with a right hand. Naurdiev with a knee and then some right hands. Rencountre grabs the single leg. Rencountre gets him down and they are against the fence. Rencountre in the half-guard looking to set up an arm-triangle. Rencountre with some body punches. Rencountre gets to side control as the round ends. 10-9 Rencountre.

Naurdiev with a high kick and Rencountre turns it into a takedown and has the back. Rencountre working for a choke. He flattens Naurdiev out and starts landing punches and gets his arm around the neck but lets go. Rencountre with more punches from the back. He flattens Naurdiev out again. Naurdiev spins and Rencountre is in the half-guard. Rencountre lands some elbows. Rencountre continues to land from the half-guard but not much going on. 10-9 Rencountre, 20-18 Rencountre.

They come out trading and Naurdiev lands a flying knee but Rencountre turns it into a takedown but they scramble back up. Rencountre lands a hard left hand. Rencountre rocks him again and goes for a takedown. Rencountre gets him down and takes the back and lands punches. Naurdiev spins out but Rencountre maintains top position. Rencountre remains on top but Naurdiev lands short punches. They get to their feet. Naurdiev with a late takedown. 10-9 Rencountre, 30-27 Rencountre.

Official Result- Chance Rencountre def. Ismail Naurdiev by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-27)

> Edmen Shahbazyan (9-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Jack Marshman (23-8, 3-3 UFC)
Middleweights

Shahbazyan with a leg kick. Shahbazyan lands a right hand. Shahbazyan shoots in and completes a takedown and starts landing big punches from the top. Lots of punches as Marshman is fighting to keep him off. Shahbazyan with side control and gets the back and has the rear-naked choke locked in and Marshman taps! What a performance from Shahbazyan, a real prospect.

Official Result- Edmen Shahbazyan def. Jack Marshman by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:12 of Round 1

ESPN PRELIMS | 8 PM ET/5 PM PT

> Alejandro Perez (#14, 21-7-1, 7-2-1 UFC) vs. Song Yadong (13-4 1 NC, 3-0 UFC)
Bantamweights

Yadong lands a right hand. Both men feeling each other out. Yadong lands another right. Yadong then drops Perez with a massive right hand and Perez is out cold and this is over. Wow, what a right hand by Yadong. Impressive finish.

Official Result- Song Yadong def. Alejandro Perez by knockout (punch) at 2:04 of Round 1

> Claudia Gadelha (#5, 16-4, 5-4 UFC) vs. Randa Markos (#14, 9-6-1, 5-5-1 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Gadelha with a right hand. Both women land punches. Gadelha lands a nice combo. Gadelha with another hard combo. Gadelha with more punches that land as Markos has been unable to score any offense. They both land punches inside the pocket. Gadelha with another combo. They both land late. 10-9 Gadelha.

Gadelha goes for a high kick but it doesn't connect. Markos rushes in and misses her punches and backs away. Gadelha lands a combo. Markos hasn't had much offense and Gadelha is being patient. They tie up and both landing in the clinch before breaking. Gadelha goes for a takedown against the fence but Markos defends. 10-9 Gadelha, 20-18 Gadelha.

Gadelha lands a couple of punches. Markos is doing almost nothing except circling away and throwing the occasional punch. Gadelha lands a short uppercut and then a left hook. Gadelha lands a right hand. Markos lands a left hand. Both land a punch. Markos lands a left hand. Markos with a leg kick but eats a counter combo from Gadelha. Gadelha with a right hand. 10-9 Gadelha, 30-27 Gadelha.

Official Result- Claudia Gadelha def. Randa Markos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

> Marlon Vera (13-5-1, 7-4 UFC) vs. Nohelin Hernandez (10-2, 0-0 UFC)
Bantamweights

Vera with some leg kicks early on. Vera with a body kick. They trade punches. Vera with more kicks towards the body. They trade kicks and Vera grabs the leg and gets Hernandez to the ground and has the back. Vera gets the hooks in and is working for a choke. Vera with punches from the back as he is trying to get a choke locked in. Vera now transitioning for an armbar. Hernandez escapes and starts landing hammerfists and elbows and punches from the guard of Vera. Hernandez with punches from the top and now grabs the neck of Vera. He looks for a choke but time runs out. 10-9 Vera.

Vera with a high body kick. Hernandez gets a takedown. Hernandez landing from the top and now stands and is throwing kicks to the legs of Vera on the mat. Vera finally gets up. Vera lands a knee and gets the mount as they go to the ground and lands elbows and Hernandez gives up his back and Vera gets the rear-naked choke locked in and gets Hernandez to tap. Big win for Vera.

Official Result- Marlon Vera def. Nohelin Hernandez by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:25 of Round 2

> Gilbert Melendez (22-7, 1-5 UFC) vs. Arnold Allen (14-1, 5-0 UFC)
Featherweights

Allen with a high kick. Melendez with a combo. Both swinging punches that are missing. They trade punches. Allen lands a left hand. Melendez lands a right hand. They trade punches and Melendez with a body kick and Allen trips him up but Melendez gets to his feet. Allen with a jumping body kick. Allen lands a right hand and then a left to the body. Allen lands some punches against the fence. Allen landing more punches near the fence but Melendez circles away. Allen with more left hands to the body and then a spin kick to the body. 10-9 Allen.

Melendez with a leg kick. Allen with a head kick. Melendez lands a right hand. Allen with a high kick and then a left hand to the body. Allen with a combo. They both throw wild punches and Allen gets the better of it. Allen with a left hand to the body. Allen landing with more volume here in the second. Melendez with a leg kick. 10-9 Allen, 20-18 Allen.

Melendez with a body kick. Allen tries a kick but Melendez catches the leg though Allen gets the clinch against the fence. Allen gets a takedown and is in the guard of Melendez. They get to their feet. Allen lands a high kick. Melendez circling around and landing a punch every now and then while Allen applies pressure. Allen with a head kick. Melendez lands a right hand. Allen with a body kick. Allen with a jumping switch kick. Melendez lands a right hand late. 10-9 Allen, 30-27 Allen.

Official Result- Arnold Allen def. Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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> Diego Sanchez (29-11, 18-11 UFC) vs. Michael Chiesa (15-4, 8-4 UFC)
Welterweights

Sanchez comes running out. Sanchez gets an early takedown but Chiesa calm and reverses. Chiesa now gets the back and is working for an arm but Sanchez escapes and is now in the guard. They work to their feet. Chiesa with a takedown but right back up. Chiesa with a knee to the body. They go back to the mat and Chiesa has the back. Chiesa landing punches and trying to set up a choke. Chiesa has it locked in but lets go. Chiesa landing elbows from the back. Sanchez escapes to his feet and has the back of Chiesa. They go to the mat and Chiesa back on top. Chiesa lands some punches from the top and then gets the back and lands some more. 10-9 Chiesa.

Chiesa gets a quick takedown. Chiesa working for a choke from the top. Sanchez giving up his back and eating punches. They get to their feet and Chiesa with some knees before he takes Sanchez back down and is just landing at will from the top. Chiesa landing more and more and Sanchez is in a whole lot of trouble. Sanchez tries for a kneebar but Chiesa rolls out and has the back. Chiesa flattens Sanchez out and landing lots of punches. This should be stopped. Sanchez just eating lots of shots. Chiesa tries for a choke but Sanchez somehow escapes and gets to his feet. Chiesa gets another takedown. Sanchez trying to roll out but Chiesa still has the back. Sanchez survives the round. 10-8 Chiesa, 20-17 Chiesa.

Chiesa grabs a leg of Sanchez and takes him down. Chiesa has the back and Sanchez manages to escape to his feet. They separate. Chiesa lands some punches and easily takes Sanchez back down. Chiesa gets the back of Sanchez. Sanchez is escaping every time Chiesa gets his back but Chiesa takes it right back. Chiesa with elbows. Chiesa has the hooks in but time is going to run out before he can find a finish. 10-8 Chiesa, 30-25 Chiesa.

Official Result- Michael Chiesa def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

> Jan Blachowicz (#6, 23-8, 6-5 UFC) vs. Luke Rockhold (16-4, 6-3 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Rockhold right away with a high kick. He throws more kicks to the body and then lands a left hand. Rockhold shoots for a takedown but Blachowicz defending against the fence. Rockhold working hard for the takedown but Blachowicz defending well. Rockhold with some knees against the fence. Blachowicz lands a hard elbow. They break. Rockhold with a head kick and then a body kick. Rockhold with another high kick. Blachowicz just misses some punches. Blachowicz with a leg kick. Rockhold with another high kick. Rockhold just misses another. Rockhold with a spin kick to the body. Blachowicz lands some punches late that wobbles Rockhold and a kick that trips him up. 10-9 Blachowicz.

Blachowicz wobbles Rockhold at the start of the second. They clinch up and Rockhold lands a knee. Rockhold trying a weird strategy of tie-ups. They separate and then Blachowicz knocks Rockhold out with a nasty left hook. He knocked Rockhold down and then finished it with more punches on the ground. Big win for Blachowicz.

Official Result- Jan Blachowicz def. Luke Rockhold by knockout (punches) at 1:39 of Round 2

> Jorge Masvidal (#4, 33-13, 10-6 UFC) vs. Ben Askren (#5, 19-0 1 NC, 1-0 UFC)
Welterweights

Oh my god. Masvidal knocked Askren out cold in less than 5 seconds with a flying knee. This was the absolute craziest thing I've ever seen in the UFC. Masvidal came running out with a flying knee than landed clean and Askren went out cold and he landed a couple of unneeded punches before the referee could actually stop it. That is the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Official Result- Jorge Masvidal def. Ben Askren by knockout (flying knee) in :05 of Round 1

> Amanda Nunes (C, 17-4, 10-1 UFC) vs. Holly Holm (#2, 12-4, 5-4 UFC)
UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship

Nunes with a body kick. Nunes with a kick and then stumbles over herself. Nunes with a leg kick. Nunes lands a head kick. Nunes lands a right hand. Holm with side kicks. They clinch and Nunes with a knee before they break. They trade knees in another clinch and Nunes briefly takes Holm down but they pop right back up. They trade kicks. Nunes with a right hand. Nunes with a leg kick. Nunes with a head kick that knocks Holm down and then she finishes it with more punches on the ground. What a great finish by Nunes as she remains the champion.

Official Result- Amanda Nunes def. Holly Holm by TKO (head kick, punches) at 4:10 of Round 1, Nunes remains the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion

> Jon Jones (C, 24-1 1 NC, 18-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Thiago Santos (#2, 21-6, 13-5 UFC)
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Both throwing kicks right away. Santos with a leg kick. Jones with a leg kick. Jones with a body kick. Santos just misses some high kicks but lands a leg kick. Santos with a body kick but Jones catches it and just misses a spinning elbow. Jones with a high kick. Santos just misses a left hook. Santos just misses a punch and Jones loses the mouthpiece. Jones with the oblique kick and Santos lands a counter punch. Jones with a spin kick. Jones with another spin kick. 10-9 Santos.

Santos with a leg kick. Santos landing punches that back Jones up and then lands another leg kick. Santos with a high kick that is blocked by Jones. Jones with a side kick. Jones knocks Santos down briefly with a high kick. Jones with a leg kick. Jones with a front kick. Santos backs up Jones by throwing some punches. Santos with a right hand followed by a leg kick. Jones with a body kick. Santos throws some more. Jones with a spin kick. 10-9 Jones, 19-19.

Santos might have hurt his leg in the second round. Santos with a high kick. Jones with a leg kick. Santos with a high kick. Santos throwing punches and one connects as Jones backs up. Jones with a body kick and Santos falls on his butt for a second. Jones with a flying knee. Jones with some leg kicks. Santos with a leg kick. He lands another. Santos falls landing a high kick and Jones lands an elbow on him. Jones with a spin kick. They trade close. Jones with a head kick and then a side kick. They trade kicks. Jones with a spinning elbow. 10-9 Jones, 29-28 Jones.

Santos with a leg kick and lands a right hand that backs Jones up. Jones just misses a spinning head kick. Santos has slowed down some. Santos with a leg kick followed by a left hook. Santos with a leg kick. Jones just misses an uppercut. Jones misses a spinning back fist. The pace has really slowed here. Santos with a leg kick. Jones with a side kick. Santos with a leg kick. 10-9 Jones, 39-37 Jones.

This is a close fight heading into the fifth. Santos with a body kick. Santos lands some punches as Jones covers up. Santos with a leg kick. Santos just misses a left hand after landing a jab. Santos with a left hand and then another. Santos with a body kick. Jones with a leg kick. They trade kicks. Jones with a side kick. Santos with a body kick and his knee is hurting from earlier. Santos lands a left. Jones misses a flying knee attempt. Santos with a punch. Santos catches a kick attempt by Jones. Santos with a leg kick. Crowd booing the end but this was a good fight. 10-9 Santos, 48-47 Jones.

Official Result- Jon Jones def. Thiago Santos by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47), Jones remains the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion