Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ABC 2: Vettori vs. Holland, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC returns to ABC for their second showing on the network as action in the Octagon returns after a week off for the first of three events in the month of April, with a middleweight main event put together on short notice headlining this event.
Middleweight contenders Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland square off in the five-round headliner. Vettori was originally scheduled to fight Darren Till in this fight, which could've decided the next title challenger, but Till was forced out due to a collarbone injury, and Holland steps in on just nine days' notice. Holland is looking to erase the sting of a disappointing loss to Derek Brunson just 21 days ago, while Vettori is looking to score his fifth straight win.
In the co-main event, it is a battle of featherweight prospects who haven't fought in over a year as Sodiq Yusuff puts his six-fight win streak on the line against Arnold Allen and his nine-fight win streak. Also on the main card is a middleweight battle between Sam Alvey and Julian Marquez, a women's strawweight bout between mothers as Nina Nunes takes on Mackenzie Dern, and a welterweight bout between Mike Perry and Daniel Rodriguez kicks off the main card.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Impa Kasanganay (8-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Sasha Palatnikov (6-2, 1-0 UFC)
Both throwing early but neither landing. Kasanganay with a leg kick and then lands a right hand. Palatnikov lands a kick but Kasanganay lands a counter right hand as they clinch and Kasanganay gets the takedown. Kasanganay looking to set up an arm-triangle but the fence is in the way. Kasanganay with some left hands and then Palatnikov gets him in his guard. Kasanganay with some body punches from the top as they get to their feet. They separate. Kasanganay shoots for another takedown but Palatnikov defends as he's getting warned about not grabbing the cage. Palatnikov defending with some short punches. They break and Palatnikov lands some punches before they tie up again. They trade in the clinch as they remain tied up. Palatnkiov with a knee before they break. Kasanganay lands a left hand. They trade late. 10-9 Kasanganay.
Kasanganay lands a right hand and Palatnikov slips to the mat and then Kasanganay keeps him down but they scramble. Kasanganay gets a takedown but they scramble up and Kasanganay grabs the neck and has a choke locked in and Palatnikov taps. Crazy sequence to end the fight.
Official Result- Impa Kasanganay def. Sasha Palatnikov by submission (rear-naked choke) at :26 of Round 2
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> Da Un Jung (13-2-1, 2-0-1 UFC) vs. William Knight (9-1, 1-0 UFC)
Knight with some leg kicks early. They trade leg kicks. Knight tries for a takedown but Jung defends as they get to the fence. They scramble but remain locked up and Jung gets a takedown. Jung with some punches from the top. Knight trying to work his way up and eventually does and they separate. They trade leg kicks and then tie up and Jung gets another takedown. Jung on top and lands a couple of elbows. Jung lands a punch but Knight having good defense as they scramble up. Knight is bleeding pretty good at the end of the round. 10-9 Jung.
Knight with an inside leg kick as Jung lands a right hand. Knight with a couple of leg kicks. They trade kicks. Knight lands a nice leg kick. Knight lands a couple of jabs and then a body kick and a leg kick. They trade right hands. They tie up and Jung gets a takedown. Knight gives up his back but Jung not able to get hooks in but is landing punches. They get to their feet for a second and Jung drags Knight to his knees. They get back to their feet and Jung drags him back down. Jung gets the hooks in and lands some left hands. Jung lands a couple of elbows. Jung lands more. Jung with more left hands. Knight bleeding pretty heavily now. Jung still landing has he has complete control. A dominant round for Jung. 10-8 Jung, 20-17 Jung.
Jung gets a takedown early on. They scramble up and Jung gets another takedown. Jung in side control and move to north-south position and is just trying to wear Knight out. Jung lands some elbows but gets warned to not land to the back of the head. Jung gets the crucifix position for a moment but Knight powers out of it. Jung with some body punches. Jung ends the fight in side control. Complete domination by Jung. 10-8 Jung, 30-25 Jung.
Official Result- Da Un Jung def. William Knight by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
> Luis Saldana (14-6, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jordan Griffin (18-8, 1-3 UFC)
Saldana lands a right hand that pushes Griffin back. Saldana with a leg kick and Griffin is hurt momentarily. Griffin gets a brief takedown but they get up. Saldana with a calf kick. Saldana with a combo. Griffin lands a punch. Saldana with a leg kick. Griffin lands a left hand and Saldana with a spinning back fist. Griffin lands a combo as they tie up against the fence. Griffin working hard for a takedown against the fence. They both land as they break. Griffin landing some good punches. Both are swinging wildly and Griffin gets a takedown. They get up and Griffin has some back control and is looking for a bulldog choke. They break and Griffin lands a combo but just misses a head kick. Griffin with a left hand and then another. Griffin gets a late takedown. Wild, close round. 10-9 Griffin.
They trade to start the second. Saldana with a right hand and a teet kick to the body. Saldana tries a head kick and slips to the mat and Griffin rushes to get on top. Saldana working for an armbar from the bottom. Griffin postures up and scrambles to the half-guard. Saldana goes for a heel hook and they scramble and now Saldana looking for a guillotine. They get to their feet and Saldana still trying for the choke. Griffin is defending well. Saldana with a knee and they break. Griffin with an inside leg kick and gets a takedown. Griffin now gets the back and is looking for the bulldog choke again. They get to their feet and Saldana with a knee to the body. Griffin gets Saldana back to the mat and takes the back. Griffin with some body punches and trying for a choke but Saldana is scrambling around. Griffin has the neck late and has the choke in deep but Saldana survives the round. 10-9 Griffin, 20-18 Griffin.
They trade to start the third. Saldana with a high kick. Griffin tries for a takedown but Saldana defends and lands a knee to the body. Both landing as the pace has slowed down. Saldana with a body kick and Griffin trying for the takedown against the fence. Griffin grabs the choke but doesn't quite have the hooks in so Saldana escapes and is on top. Saldana gets the back of Griffin and is working but Griffin spins to the top and lands some punches. Griffin gets the back at the end of the fight. 10-9 Saldana, 29-28 Griffin.
Official Result- Luis Saldana def. Jordan Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Hunter Azure (9-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Jack Shore (13-0, 2-0 UFC)
They trade leg kicks. Azure with a leg kick. They clinch and Shore has underhooks against the fence and lands a knee. Shore has the back of Azure standing now and has control against the fence. Shore gets Azure to the ground but they get right back up. Shore with a knee. They scramble back to the mat and get back up as Shore still has control of Azure's back. Azure is on top and lands some back punches and they scramble. Azure gets into Shore's guard. They get to their feet and exchange leg kicks. Shore with a right hand. They trade leg kicks at the same time. Shore with a high kick. They clinch late but break. They trade leg kicks at the end. 10-9 Shore.
Azure with a leg kick. Shore lands a right hand and is going for a takedown but they clinch against the fence. They break. Shore lands a right hand and Azure slips back to the mat but gets up and they clinch against the fence. Shore picks Azure up and gets him to the ground but they get up. Azure has the neck and looks for the guillotine and Shore drops back to the mat and escapes. Azure in the half-guard and landing some left hands. They scramble to the feet and Shore has Azure pressed against the fence. Azure with a knee to the groin of Shore and we have a timeout. They get back to action and Shore with a knee in the clinch. They break. Shore with a combo. Azure with a leg kick. Shore with a leg kick. Azure lands a right hand. Shore lands a hard right hand. Shore with a combo. Azure lands a nice right hand. Shore lands a combo. Close round. 10-9 Azure, 19-19.
Shore lands the jab. Azure with an inside leg kick. Azure tries a takedown but Shore defends and they push against the fence. They break to the center. Shore with a leg kick. Shore lands a left hook. Shore lands a right hand. Azure tries a takedown but Shore defends easily. Shore lands a left hand and then defends a takedown attempt from Azure. Shore has the back standing. Shore gets Azure to the mat and has the back and then moves to the mount for a moment while he is landing punches. They stand and Shore has the back and they continue to scramble and Shore gets Azure back down. They scramble and Azure ends up on top and lands a left hand. Shore trying to throw his legs up and lands an elbow from the bottom. Shore looks for a triangle but Azure gets his back and Shore spins to the top at the end. Fun fight. 10-9 Shore, 29-28 Shore.
Official Result- Jack Shore def. Hunter Azure by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
> Yorgan De Castro (6-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jarjis Danho (5-1-1 1 NC, 0-1-1 UFC)
Danho with a leg kick. Danho with another leg kick. He lands another. De Castro just walking Danho down but not throwing, looking for a counter instead. Danho with another leg kick. De Castro lands a right hand and they clinch. They break and De Castro lands a left hook and they clinch. Danho gets a brief takedown and they get to their feet. Danho with a knee to the body and they break. Danho then lands a right hand that knocks De Castro out cold. Wow, what a knockout by Danho.
Official Result- Jarjis Danho def. Yorgan De Castro by knockout (punch) at 3:02 of Round 1
> John Makdessi (17-7, 10-7 UFC) vs. Ignacio Bahamondes (11-3, 0-0 UFC)
Lightweights* (Bahamondes missed weight by .75 pounds)
They trade kicks and Bahamondes lands some punches. Bahamondes with a leg kick and then a left hand. Bahamondes lands a right hand and then a left hand and a leg kick. Bahamondes lands some punches. Makdessi with a leg kick. Bahamondes with a leg kick. They trade body kicks. Bahamondes with a left hand. Bahamondes with a nice leg kick. Makdessi lands a left hand that hurts Bahamondes. Makdessi landing big punches against the fence and Bahamondes has Makdessi pinned against the fence but they break. Makdessi lands some jabs and then lands a right hand that stuns Bahamondes. They clinch and Makdessi lands some short punches and Bahamondes with a knee. They clinch against the fence and Makdessi with some body punches. Bahamondes tries for a takedown against the fence and Makdessi lands some punches as he defends. They trade in the clinch as Bahamondes lands some elbows and they break. Makdessi with a body kick and then lands a big right hand. 10-9 Makdessi.
They trade to start the second. They trade leg kicks. Makdessi pressing forward. Makdessi with a side kick. Bahamondes with a side kick. Bahamondes lands a left hand. Bahamondes with a leg kick followed by a jab. They are trading jabs. Bahamondes with a combo. Makdessi lands a right hand. They are trading in close range and both land good punches. They clinch against the fence but break before much happens. They trade left hands. Bahamondes with a high kick. Both landing good punches. Bahamondes with the jab. Bahamondes with a spin kick. They trade and Makdessi with a combo to the body and ends with a left to the head of Bahamondes. Bahamondes with a body kick and Makdessi counters with a combo. Makdessi with a side kick. Makdessi with a late combo. 10-9 Makdessi, 20-18 Makdessi.
Bahamondes with a body kick. Makdessi pressing forward. They continue to trade and Makdessi lands a counter after Bahamondes lands. They continue to trade and Makdessi with some body shots. Bahamondes with some punches. Bahamondes coming forward and throwing and Makdessi lands some counter punches. Bahamondes is a bloody mess. Both landing some good shots in the third. Bahamondes with a right hand. Makdessi with a side kick. This was a fantastic fight. 10-9 Makdessi, 30-27 Makdessi.
Official Result- John Makdessi def. Ignacio Bahamondes by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
> Scott Holtzman (14-4, 7-4 UFC) vs. Mateusz Gamrot (17-1 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Gamrot lands a body kick. Holtzman lands a right hand. They trade right hands. Gamrot with a high body kick. Gamrot goes low and grabs a low leg and gets a takedown and tried for a heel hook but Holtzman escapes. Holtzman lands a right hand that hurts Gamrot but Gamrot lands a counter right hand. Holtzman lands an uppercut. Gamrot gets a takedown. They get to their feet and they trade at the end. 10-9 Gamrot.
They trade to start the second and Gamrot gets a takedown but they scramble up and Gamrot has the back but they break. Gamrot lands a combo that drops Holtzman to a knee and then jumps on top and lands some punches and the fight is stopped. Big win for Gamrot as he picks up his first UFC win.
Official Result- Mateusz Gamrot def. Scott Holtzman by knockout (punches) at 1:22 of Round 2
> Jim Miller (32-15 1 NC, 21-14 1 NC UFC) vs. Joe Solecki (10-2, 2-0 UFC)
They trade punches to start. Solecki with a leg kick. Miller lands a left hand. Solecki with a combo. Solecki lands some punches after Miller lands a calf kick. Miller with a leg kick as Solecki continues to land more punches. Solecki drops down for a takedown but Miller defends and gets on top in the guard of Solecki. Miller pushes Solecki up against the fence. Miller working from the top and trying to find an opening and Solecki lands an elbow from the bottom. Miller with some body punches from the top. 10-9 Miller.
Miller lands a left hand and Solecki lands and they clinch against the fence. Miller lands a knee to the body as Solecki gets a takedown. Solecki working from the top. Solecki staying on top and landing and Miller trying to hunt for submissions from his back. Solecki with some body punches. There isn't much going on though. They trade elbows and Solecki with more punches from the top. Miller with some elbows from the bottom. 10-9 Solecki, 19-19.
They quickly clinch against the fence after an exchange. Solecki gets Miller to the ground and is in the half-guard and steps over to the mount. Solecki landing punches from the top as Herb Dean is telling them to work. Solecki landing short left hands and keeping hand control. Miller throwing body punches from the bottom but can't find an opening for a submission. Solecki with more punches from the top. Solecki with more punches from the top as he ends the fight there. 10-9 Solecki, 29-28 Solecki.
Official Result- Joe Solecki def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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> Mike Perry (14-7, 7-7 UFC) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (13-2, 3-1 UFC)
Perry with a leg kick. Perry tries a Superman punch. Rodriguez with a high kick followed by a left hand. They trade leg kicks. Rodriguez with a hard leg kick. Rodriguez with a right hook. Rodriguez with an inside leg kick. Perry with a leg kick. Rodriguez with a body kick. Perry lands a right hand. They trade punches. Rodriguez with a leg kick and then lands a combo that backs Perry up. Rodriguez with a series of pinches. Perry with a right hand and then a body kick. Rodriguez with a leg kick then a left hand. Rodriguez mixing his punches and kicks well. Rodriguez with a left hand and then lands a leg kick. Perry missing on his punches. Rodriguez lands a jab. Perry gets a big slam takedown but Rodriguez has the neck. Perry escapes and gets in the guard and both are landing. Perry ends the round on top. 10-9 Rodriguez.
Rodriguez with an inside leg kick. Rodriguez with a body kick. Perry counters with a body kick. Rodriguez with some more leg kicks after he lands a left hand. Rodriguez with a combo. Rodriguez lands and Perry gets a takedown. Rodriguez grabs the fence to try and improve his position. Perry switches to the back and has a hook in as they stand and break. They trade and Rodriguez lands a big left hand. Rodriguez lands another left hand. Rodriguez landing kicks and punches. They trade hard punches. Rodriguez landing a good amount of punches right now and mixing in the leg kicks. Rodriguez with a left hand. Perry tries for a takedown but Rodriguez defends against the fence. 10-9 Rodriguez, 20-18 Rodriguez.
Rodriguez landing to start the third. Perry fakes a takedown and tries to land a right hand but misses. Perry with a leg kick. Rodriguez with a leg kick then a punch combo. Perry tries a takedown but Rodriguez defends. Rodriguez lands a left hand. Rodriguez lands a combo against the fence. They trade leg kicks. Rodriguez with a combo. Perry lands a right hand. Rodriguez with a left hand then a leg kick and then a right hook. Rodriguez with a combo. Rodriguez with a left then a right. Perry with a body kick but Rodriguez counters with a left hand. Rodriguez with a combo. Perry's face is an absolute mess. Rodriguez with another left hand. Rodriguez shoots for a takedown but Perry defends. 10-9 Rodriguez, 30-27 Rodriguez.
Official Result- Daniel Rodriguez def. Mike Perry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
> Nina Nunes (#5, 10-6, 4-3 UFC) vs. Mackenzie Dern (#11, 10-1, 5-1 UFC)
Dern firing away but eats a right hand from Nunes. Dern with a leg kick. They are throwing wild punches before clinching against the fence. They break. They trade right hands. Dern with a leg kick then a right hand. Dern shoots for the single-leg and gets the takedown. Dern working in the guard of Nunes. Dern trying to drop back to grab the leg of Nunes but Nunes defending. Dern passes to the half-guard. Dern with some body punches. Dern moves to the mount and lands some left hands. Dern with some big punches from the mount. Dern looking for the armbar. Nunes defending the position well. Dern working hard for it. Dern gets it locked in and Nunes quickly taps! This is a huge win for Dern.
Official Result- Mackenzie Dern def. Nina Nunes by submission (armbar) at 4:48 of Round 1
> Sam Alvey (33-14-1 1 NC, 10-9-1 UFC) vs. Julian Marquez (8-2, 2-1 UFC)
Alvey with a leg kick. Marquez with a body punch. Alvey lands a left hand. Marquez with a right hand. Marquez lands a nice right hand. They trade in a wild exchange. Marquez lands a right hand that rocks Alvey, who dropped to a knee. Marquez lands a couple more punches that seemed to get Alvey going again. Marquez lands a combo. They trade then clinch and then throw hard punches on the break. Alvey with a left hand. They trade right hands. Alvey with a right hook. Alvey hurt Marquez with a punch late. They exchange at the end. 10-9 Marquez.
They exchange punches and Alvey lands a right hand. Both are throwing wild punches but mostly missing. Alvey doing his usual fighting against the fence. Marquez lands some punches that drop Alvey and Marquez is landing lots of hammerfists as Alvey is fighting on instinct. Marquez then locks in a rear-naked choke and Alvey goes out cold! Wow, what a finish by Marquez.
Official Result- Julian Marquez def. Sam Alvey by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:07 of Round 2
> Arnold Allen (#10, 16-1, 7-0 UFC) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (#11, 11-1, 4-0 UFC)
Yusuff lands a leg kick. Allen gets a takedown but they quickly work their way up and they are exchanging hard shots. Allen throwing big punches but Yusuff landing leg kicks. Allen lands a nice left hand and Yusuff falls to the mat but gets up. They clinch against the fence. Yusuff with some short knees. Allen in control of the clinch and lands an elbow as they break. They exchange at the end. Allen lands a right hand before the horn. 10-9 Allen.
Yusuff tries a high kick but Allen blocks it and Yusuff lands some punches. Yusuff pressing forward as Allen is circling away. Yusuff lands a right hand. Yusuff with a leg kick. Allen with a high kick and he slips. Allen then lands a punch that rocks Yusuff as Yusuff falls to the ground and Allen tries to finish it but Yusuff gets to his feet. Yusuff with a body kick. They clinch against the fence and Yusuff lands some short knees. 10-9 Allen, 20-18 Allen.
Allen trying for a takedown against the fence right away. They break and Yusuff lands a high kick. Allen gets a takedown but Yusuff quickly sprawls to his knees and has the neck of Allen as they stand. Allen still trying for a takedown. Yusuff now has the body lock and looking for a takedown and lands a knee and they break. They trade punches. Yusuff lands a right hand. Yusuff lands some punches. Allen still trying for a takedown but Yusuff defending. Allen looking more tired right now. Yusuff has Allen pressed against the fence. Yusuff with some foot stomps. Yusuff with a knee to the body. They trade knees to the body. Allen presses Yusuff against the fence and Yusuff landing elbows. Allen misses a spinning back fist late. 10-9 Yusuff, 29-28 Allen.
Official Result- Arnold Allen def. Sodiq Yusuff by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Marvin Vettori (#6, 16-4-1, 6-2-1 UFC) vs. Kevin Holland (#10, 21-6, 8-3 UFC)
Holland with some leg kicks to start. Holland with more leg kicks and a head kick. Holland lands a kick right to the groin and we have a timeout. They get back to action and Holland with a right hand. They clinch and Holland with a knee. They break and trade kicks. Vettori with a left hand and they clinch again. Vettori has the body lock and is looking for the takedown. They break. Holland with a leg kick. Vettori lands a left and Holland showing good head movement. They clinch again. Vettori gets a takedown. Holland just barely misses an upkick as Vettori moves to the full guard. Holland sweeps to his feet and they trade late. Close round. 10-9 Vettori.
Holland lands some punches and Vettori scores a takedown. Vettori working from the top as Holland is trying to sweep up. Vettori continues to work from the top. Holland throwing short strikes from the bottom but Vettori keeping firmly on top. Vettori with more punches from the top. Vettori with body punches. Big left hands from Vettori on top. Holland gives up his back but they get to their feet. 10-9 Vettori, 20-18 Vettori.
Vettori gets a brief takedown but Hollland works his way back up. Vettori gets him back down against the fence and is working to set up an arm-triangle choke. He has it locked in and it is tight. Holland trying to fight it off. Vettori lets it go and is in side control. They get to their feet and Vettori gets Holland back down and has the back. They get to their feet. They break. Holland with a high body kick. Holland lands an uppercut. They break and Holland lands some punches. 10-9 Vettori, 30-27 Vettori.
Holland lands some punches early and Vettori is retreating a little. Vettori then comes forward and looks for the takedown against the fence and gets it. Vettori pressuring from the top. Vettori gets his back and they get to their feet but Vettori drags him back down. Vettori gets on top and is working in the half-guard. Holland trying to land the upkicks but Vettori ends the round on top. 10-9 Vettori, 40-36 Vettori.
Holland hurts Vettori with a right hand and Vettori drops down and gets a takedown. Vettori in the full guard of Holland. They get up and Vettori gets another takedown. Holland throwing elbows from the bottom but not landing with them. Vettori gets the mount and lands some short punches. They get to their feet and Vettori still has the body lock and gets another takedown. That's eleven takedowns now. They get to their feet and trade at the end. 10-9 Vettori, 50-45 Vettori.
Official Result- Marvin Vettori def. Kevin Holland by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)