Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer, eminating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC continues their behind-closed-doors run at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas with their first pay-per-view offering from there featuring the greatest female fighter of all-time making a title defense.
UFC Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes defends the 145-pound title against Felicia Spencer in the main event of the show. It is the first time Nunes will defend the featherweight title since defeating Cris Cyborg for it in December 2018 as she looks to extend her ten-fight win streak and hold onto to her female GOAT status. Spencer is looking to score the big upset and win UFC gold after a dominant win in her last fight in February.
The rest of the main card is filled with big fights in the bantamweight division. Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt returns for the first time since March 2019 to take on Raphael Assuncao in the co-main event. A major bantamweight bout that is being hailed as a number one contender fight also takes place as Aljamain Sterling battles Cory Sandhagen. The Suga Show is back as Sean O'Malley looks to remain undefeated as he takes on Eddie Wineland. Also on the main card is a welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Anthony Rocco Martin.
The prelims feature a lot of quality fights capped off with a featherweight bout between Alex Caceres and undefeated 20-year-old Chase Hooper. Also on the prelims is a middleweight battle seeing Ian Heinisch battle Gerald Meerschaert, a featherweight bout between Cody Stamann and Brian Kelleher and a pivotal flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Alex Perez.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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> Evan Dunham (18-8-1, 11-8-1 UFC) vs. Herbert Burns (10-2, 1-0 UFC)
Dunham ended a brief retirement to come back for this fight. Burns lands a hard body kick to start. Dunham lands a left hand and Burns briefly falls to the mat. Burns lands a right hand and grabs the back and drags Dunham to the mat. Burns looking to lock in a choke. Burns lands some punches as he looks for the choke. He has it locked in and Dunham taps! Burns with the quick submission win.
Official Result- Herbert Burns def. Evan Dunham by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 1
> Alonzo Menifield (9-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Devin Clark (11-4, 5-4 UFC)
Clark immediately goes for a takedown but Menifield defends against the fence. Clark was throwing low kicks from the clinch. Menifield breaks and starts landing some big punches that hurt Clark including a hard right hand. Clark tries for another takedown but doesn't get it and they break. They trade and Menifield hurts Clark. They continue to trade and Menifield lands some hard shots. They break and Clark lands a nice jab. Clark lands a combo that hurts Menifield. Clark's left eye has taken some damage. They clinch against the fence as the round ends. Crazy round. 10-9 Menifield.
Clark lands a right hand and they clinch a moment but break. They trade and Menifield looks for a takedown but they break. They trade and Clark lands a high kick and Menifield lands a hard right hand. They clinch and they trade knees and break. Clark lands a big right hand as they break. Menifield with an uppercut and then an overhand right. They clinch and both are breathing hard. They break. Menifield slowing down as they clinch again. They break and then clinch again and Menifield is leaning on Clark. Clark with some knees in the clinch. Clark with some short punches to the ear. They break and Clark with a big combo as they break. 10-9 Clark, 19-19.
Menifield lands a right hand as Clark rushes in for a clinch and they are tied up against the fence. They trade and Menifield lands a right hand as they break and clinch again and Menifield with a big knee. Clark tries a takedown but Menifield sprawls away. Clark with a combo. Menifield is looking for a takedown but Clark got warned about grabbing the fence and Menifield lets go. Clark pushes Menifield against the fence and lands some body punches. Clark gets a takedown and has the back and is landing some punches. Clark looking for a choke but Menifield defending. They get to their feet. Clark still working for the takedown as both look for underhooks against the fence. Menifield with some left hands to the body. They both land good at the end. This was a good brawl. 10-9 Clark, 29-28 Clark.
Official Result- Devin Clark def. Alonzo Menifield by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Jussier Formiga (#4, 23-7, 9-6 UFC) vs. Alex Perez (#9, 23-5, 5-1 UFC)
Perez with some leg kicks. They are trading big punches as Perez keeps landing leg kicks. Perez with a nice body punch. Perez with a quick uppercut. Formiga with a combo. They continue to trade and both are landing good punches. Perez a little more active with leg kicks. Formiga now lands some leg kicks. Perez with a hard leg kick and Formiga is hurt bad and falls to the mat but gets up. Formiga having trouble standing. He gets up. Perez with another hard leg kick and Formiga falls to the mat and the fight is stopped. Big leg kick finish by Perez and an impressive stoppage.
Official Result- Alex Perez def. Jussier Formiga by TKO (leg kick) at 4:06 of Round 1
> Charles Byrd (10-6, 1-2 UFC) vs. Maki Pitolo (12-5, 0-1 UFC)
Pitolo with a combo to start. Byrd landed a left and Pitolo stunned him with a punch before they clinched against the fence. They fall to the mat and Pitolo on the top. They scrambled up and Byrd was looking to take the back and Pitolo landed a big takedown and is in the half-guard. Byrd was able to reverse to the top and stood and landed some big punches before the end of the round. 10-9 Byrd.
They are trading big punches to start the second. Byrd was loading up and landing good punches and then Pitolo starts landing some good punches in return. Pitolo lands a left hand that stuns Byrd. Pitolo then lands some body punches. Pitolo trips Byrd to the ground and starts landing lots of punches until Herb Dean steps in and stops it. Impressive first win in the UFC for Pitolo.
Official Result- Maki Pitolo def. Charles Byrd by TKO (punches) at 1:10 of Round 2
> Cody Stamann (#12 BW, 18-2-1, 4-1-1 UFC) vs. Brian Kelleher (21-10, 5-3 UFC)
Kelleher fought 24 days ago. Stamann with a nice combo to start. Kelleher landed some but Stamann was landing good counters. Kelleher with a leg kick and Stamann lands a combo counter. Stamann lands another good combo. Stamann pressuring Kelleher back and lands a high kick. They trade body kicks. Stamann trips Kelleher to the ground and lands some hammerfists as Kelleher gets up. Kelleher lands a combo to the body as he pushes Stamann against the fence. Stamann lands a kick. Kelleher lands a right hand. Stamann with some jabs and Kelleher lands some good leg kicks. 10-9 Stamann.
Stamann with a high kick and follows it with a right hand. Kelleher lands a right hand and shoots for a takedown. Stamann with some short punches as he has his back against the fence. They break and Stamann just misses an elbow on the break. Stamann with a right hand. Kelleher with a leg kick but eats a counter combo from Stamann. Stamann with a jab but Kelleher coming forward with a body kick and right hand. Stamann just misses some punches. Kelleher with a left hand. Stamann with a right hand. Stamann with a hard jab and Kelleher lands a hard overhand right counter. Kelleher lands a combo against the fence. Stamann lands a hard left hook. Stamann with a combo. Kelleher lands an uppercut as Stamann gets a takedown and is working in Kelleher's guard. Stamann with a big elbow from the top. Kelleher is able to scramble to his feet and Stamann pushes him against the fence. 10-9 Stamann, 20-18 Stamann.
Stamann gets a takedown to start the third and both were looking to land from the position but Kelleher gets to his feet. Stamann landing punches and Kelleher landing some leg kicks. They are trading and Kelleher coming forward with a combo. Kelleher with a body kick. Kelleher lands a right hand and he is coming forward with pressure. Kelleher lands a left hand and a body kick. Stamann grabs the leg and they clinch. Stamann with a knee to the body. Kelleher lands a knee and they break. Kelleher with a combo to the body and lands an uppercut. Stamann with the double jab. Kelleher coming forward with a body kick and then a left hook. Stamann with the double jab. Kelleher with a combo and goes for a late takedown but Stamann defends against the fence. Kelleher gets a late takedown. 10-9 Kelleher, 29-28 Stamann.
Official Result- Cody Stamann def. Brian Kelleher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Ian Heinisch (#13, 13-3, 2-2 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (30-12, 6-4 UFC)
Heinisch with an inside leg kick to start. Heinisch with a right hand followed by a front kick and then another leg kick. Meerschaert with a body kick. Heinisch with a big right hand that drops Meerschaert. Heinisch pounces on top of Meerschaert and starts landing lots of punches and finally it is stopped. A big finish by Heinisch as he ends his losing skid.
Official Result- Ian Heinisch def. Gerald Meerschaert by TKO (punches) at 1:14 of Round 1
> Alex Caceres (15-12 1 NC, 10-10 1 NC UFC) vs. Chase Hooper (9-0-1, 1-0 UFC)
Caceres with an early right hand. He lands another. Caceres with the jab. Hooper tries to tie-up but Caceres slips away. Caceres with a big right hand and Hooper drops to a knee but Caceres backs away and Hooper stands back up. Hooper coming forward. Caceres with a left hand. They clinch and Caceres lands a knee as they break. Hooper lands and grabs the back of Caceres. Hooper trying to get Caceres to the ground. Hooper has the back standing but they break. Caceres with a short uppercut. Caceres tagging Hooper as he comes forward. Caceres tags Hooper with a left hand. Caceres lands a few more left hands. Caceres gets a takedown and has the back. Hooper rolls for a kneebar but the round ends. 10-9 Caceres.
Hooper applying pressure as they clinch against the fence. Caceres lands an elbow. They break. Caceres with a combo. Caceres with a left hand. Hooper grabs the back standing and is looking for the takedown. Caceres using good hand fighting and is able to shake Hooper off. Hooper lands a left hand as he initiates a clinch. They break and Caceres starts landing. They clinch and Hooper pulls guard. Hooper tries for a triangle but Caceres pulls out and gets up. Caceres with a calf kick. Hooper lands a left hand. Hooper tries to pull guard but Caceres lands a hammerfist. Hooper stays on his back as Caceres stands and lands a leg kick and then an axe kick. Caceres tries to go into his guard and Hooper sweeps to the top. Hooper with some body shots and they stand. They trade late. 10-9 Caceres, 20-18 Caceres.
Hooper coming forward but Caceres is landing as he is retreating. Caceres lands a combo. Hooper lands a left and goes for a takedown. He gets the back of Caceres. Caceres with a knee to the body as they break. Hooper lands a groin strike and we have a timeout. Caceres with a left hand. Hooper lands a left hand and they clinch. Hooper is on the mat and Caceres lands some leg kicks before Hooper stands. Caceres with a left hand. Caceres with a jab. They go to the mat and Caceres is in the guard of Hooper landing punches. Caceres stands as the fight ends. 10-9 Caceres, 30-27 Caceres.
Official Result- Alex Caceres def. Chase Hooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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> Eddie Wineland (24-13-1, 6-7 UFC) vs. Sean O'Malley (11-0, 3-0 UFC)
O'Malley just misses a head kick. He's trying to land it. Wineland coming forward but neither really landing. They both land at the same time. Wineland with a right hand. O'Malley with a spin kick to the body and then lands a quick right hand. O'Malley then lands a right hand that sends Wineland out cold to the mat. What an incredible knockout by O'Malley. Holy cow he is legit.
Official Result- Sean O'Malley def. Eddie Wineland by knockout (punch) at 1:54 of Round 1
> Neil Magny (22-7, 15-6 UFC) vs. Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5, 9-5 UFC)
Martin coming forward and they clinch. They break and Magny lands a left hand. Magny comes forward and Martin grabs the back. They are tied up against the fence and both are battling for position. They break and Magny with a leg kick. Martin lands a right hand. Magny with a leg kick and then another. Magny with the jab and they tie up. They break and then Martin rushes forward and they clinch again. They break and Magny with a front kick. 10-9 Martin.
They trade jabs and Magny with a leg kick. Martin comes forward but misses with his punches. Magny with a body kick. Martin lands a right hand as Magny comes forward. Martin with a leg kick. Magny with a leg kick but Martin is checking them. Martin gets a takedown right into side control. Magny able to get to his feet but Martin keeps him clinched against the fence. Magny reverses position and looks for a takedown while Martin looks for a kimura but they break. Magny with a leg kick. Martin with an overhand right. They clinch but break before much happens. They trade leg kicks at the end. 10-9 Martin, 20-18 Martin.
Magny coming forward to start the third. Martin with a leg kick but Magny lands a left hand. Magny with a leg kick. Martin tries for a takedown but Magny keeps it standing. They break. Magny with a knee to the body and a leg kick. Martin breathing heavy. Magny with a right hand and clinches and lands some left hands. Magny not able to get him down but they break and Magny lands some big punches as he pushes Martin against the fence and looks for a takedown. Magny has the body locked but Martin is defending. They break and Martin is totally gassed out. Magny coming forward and is landing. Magny with a knee to the body followed by an elbow. Martin grabs him but doing it to rest. Magny with some big punches and lands them good. Martin lands a hard right and Magny lands an even harder right hand. Big round for Magny and this is a close fight. 10-9 Magny, 29-28 Martin.
Official Result- Neil Magny def. Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Aljamain Sterling (#2, 18-3, 10-3 UFC) vs. Cory Sandhagen (#4, 12-1, 5-0 UFC)
Sterling with early pressure as they trade kicks. Sandhagen throws a kick and Sterling catches it and they clinch. Sterling gets the back standing and jumps up and is looking for a rear-naked choke as they go to the mat. Sterling had it across the jaw and Sandhagen got out but Sterling still has the body triangle. Sterling now has it locked in deep and Sandhagen taps! That was a statement win by Sterling, what a performance.
Official Result- Aljamain Sterling def. Cory Sandhagen by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:28 of Round 1
> Raphael Assuncao (#5, 27-7, 11-4 UFC) vs. Cody Garbrandt (#9, 11-3, 6-3 UFC)
Garbrandt with a leg kick. They both land leg kicks. Assuncao with a leg kick. Garbrandt chopping the leg of Assuncao with kicks. They trade high kicks. Garbrandt just misses a wheel kick. Garbrandt with a body kick. Garbrandt with a right hand. Assuncao with a high kick. Garbrandt with an inside leg kick. Garbrandt with another leg kick. Assuncao not doing much offense and looking slow compared to Garbrandt. Garbrandt with a combo but Assuncao lands a counter right. Close round. 10-9 Garbrandt.
They scramble to start the second and Garbrandt lands a head kick as Assuncao got up. Assuncao misses a spin kick. Assuncao with a body kick. Assuncao keeps switching stances. Assuncao lands a right hand. They trade kicks. Assuncao with a low kick. Assuncao barely connects with a high kick. They trade in close range. Assuncao is showing good defense and is landing a little more. Garbrandt moving around but not throwing much offense. Assuncao with a leg kick. Garbrandt lands an overhand right and Assuncao goes down for a second. Garbrandt with a left hook. Assuncao with a leg kick. Garbrandt with a leg kick. Garbrandt then lands a right hand at the end of the round and Assuncao goes out cold. What a finish. Holy cow.
Official Result- Cody Garbrandt def. Raphael Assuncao by knockout (punch) at 4:59 of Round 2
> Amanda Nunes (C, 19-4, 12-1 UFC) vs. Felicia Spencer (8-1, 2-1 UFC)
UFC Women's Featherweight Championship
Nunes lands a left jab. Nunes lands a hard overhand right. Nunes with a quick combo. Nunes lands another right hand. Spencer grabs a leg and pushes Nunes against the fence. Nunes with a judo takedown and is in side control. Nunes with a knee to the body. Nunes takes the back but Spencer circles back and now Nunes looking for the mount. Nunes with a heavy elbow. Nunes with more elbows from the top. Spencer has a cut open. Nunes with more elbows from the top. Nunes with another big elbow at the end of the round. 10-9 Nunes.
Nunes with a leg kick and then a right hand. Spencer looking to circle away from trouble but Nunes catches her with a hard right hand. Nunes with another right. Spencer shoots for a takedown but Nunes turns it into her own takedown and has the top. Nunes with some big elbows and she stands. Spencer staying on the mat and Nunes lets her up. Nunes with a leg kick. Nunes with more kicks and an overhand right. 10-9 Nunes, 20-18 Nunes.
Nunes with a right hand as Spencer rushes in but Spencer lands a knee there. Nunes lands some more punches as she controls the action. Nunes with a right hand and knocks Spencer's mouthpiece out. Nunes with the jab. Spencer lands a left jab as she came forward. Nunes grabs a leg and just throws Spencer down to the ground. Nunes with a right hand to the body. Nunes with a combo. Nunes with a head kick. Spencer starting to fight recklessly. Nunes with another overhand right and then an uppercut and a front kick. Nunes with another low kick and Spencer having trouble standing. Nunes with a jab then a right hand. 10-8 Nunes, 30-26 Nunes.
Nunes with more hard leg kicks to start the fourth and follows with an overhand right. Nunes with a right hand. Spencer tries a takedown but misses badly. Nunes with a leg kick. Spencer did land a right hand. Nunes with more punches and kicks and gets Spencer to the ground and lets her up. Nunes with a hard leg kick. Nunes with a big overhand right and then lands another. Spencer still fighting back but Nunes is teeing off on her. Big flurry from Nunes and Spencer goes to the mat. Nunes with a rear-naked choke locked in but the round ends. 10-8 Nunes, 40-34 Nunes.
Nunes with a right hand. Spencer keeps fighting but her corner needs to stop it. Spencer shoots for a takedown but Nunes defends. Nunes spins to the back and lands some hammerfists. Nunes in the half-guard of Spencer now. Nunes moves into the guard of Spencer and seems to be letting up on the offense. Nunes now with some elbows. Nunes stands and Spencer remains crawling on the mat and then stands. Herb Dean calls timeout to have the blood and cut checked on Spencer. The fight goes on. Nunes gets another takedown and they stand and Nunes lands some punches and then takes her back down. 10-8 Nunes, 50-42 Nunes.
Official Result- Amanda Nunes def. Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45), retains the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship