Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 20: Maia vs. Askren, emanating from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
The Octagon returns to Singapore for the third straight year bringing a welterweight main event pitting arguably the two best grapplers in the division against each other.
Former welterweight and middleweight title challenger Demian Maia looks to score his third straight win when he battles Ben Askren in the five-round headline bout. Maia is gunning to make it 3-0 in 2019 after scoring wins over Lyman Good and Anthony Rocco Martin earlier this year. Askren looks to rebound from his first career loss, the devastating five second knockout loss at the hands of Jorge Masvidal in July.
Also on the card is a pair of lightweight bouts pitting Michael Johnson against Stevie Ray, and Frank Camacho against Beneil Dariush, as well as a welterweight bout between Muslim Salikhov and Laureano Staropoli. In the preliminary card featured bout, it is a women's strawweight battle as Randa Markos takes on Ashley Yoder.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Raphael Pessoa (9-1, 0-1 UFC) vs. Jeff Hughes (10-2 1 NC, 0-1 1 NC UFC)
Slow start to the fight as nothing goes on in the first minute. Hughes then lands a leg kick and they trade punches. Pessoa misses a right hand but lands a spin kick to the body. They were trading and Pessoa with a knee to the body. Hughes lands a right hand but Pessoa counters with a right. Pessoa with an inside leg kick. Pessoa with a late punch. 10-9 Pessoa.
Pessoa with some leg kicks as he is attacking the lead leg of Hughes. Pessoa comes forward throwing punches but they mostly miss. Hughes then misses a spinning back fist attempt. Pessoa with a spin kick to the body. Pessoa then drops Hughes with a right hand but Hughes pops right back up. Hughes then pushes Pessoa against the fence and Pessoa lands some elbows. They break to the center. Hughes throws a spin kick and falls to the ground doing so but then grabs Pessoa for top position and lands some punches. 10-9 Pessoa, 20-18 Pessoa.
Hughes is having trouble seeing as his eye is bugging him. Hughes with a leg kick. Pessoa just barely lands a spin kick to the body. Hughes with a leg kick. Pessoa then knocks Hughes back with a right hand. Pessoa with a spin kick to the body. They both look pretty fresh with it being heavyweights in the third round. They trade punches. Pessoa lands some punches as he comes forward. Hughes lands a right hand. Hughes is being more active this round. They trade leg kicks. 10-9 Hughes, 29-28 Pessoa.
Official Result- Raphael Pessoa def. Jeff Hughes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Loma Lookboonmee (3-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Alexandra Albu (3-1, 2-1 UFC)
They trade early and Lookboonmee with a knee to the body. Lookboonmee lands a hard elbow. They clinch and trade knees. Albu was grabbing the shirt of Lookboonmee during the clinch to keep ahold of Lookboonmee and gets a warning by the referee. Albu with a right hand followed by a head kick. Lookboonmee with a front kick. They clinch and trade knees and Lookboonmee throws Albu out of the clinch. They clinch again and Albu grabs the single leg. Albu was grabbing the shorts clearly trying to bend the rules again. Lookboonmee with a right hand. Lookboonmee with some kicks and they clinch and Lookboonmee with a knee to the body. Albu still grabbing the clothing. Lookboonmee with a hard knee to the body. 10-9 Lookboonmee.
Lookboonmee took off her shirt after the first so Albu would stop grabbing it and is just fighting in the sports bra now. They went to the ground early and Albu went for a leg lock but Lookboonmee escaped. The striking pace has slowed a little. Lookboonmee with a leg kick. Albu with a leg kick. Lookboonmee still striking from a distance. Albu lands a right hand and Lookboonmee goes for a takedown but it is defended. Albu with some punches as Lookboonmee is looking a little tired. They break a clinch and Albu lands some punches. They trade and clinch. Albu came on strong at the end. 10-9 Albu, 19-19.
Albu's thumb had popped out of socket during the second and her coaches popped it back in. They spent the start of the third trading. Lookboonmee with a leg kick and Albu throws a counter combo into the clinch. Albu with a left hand. Lookboonmee with a front kick. Lookboonmee throws Albu off and out of a clinch. Albu lands a combo before they clinch. Lookboonmee with some knees to the body. They break and clinch again and break. Albu with a scissors sweep and gets on top but time is going to run out without here able to do anything. 10-9 Lookboonmee, 29-28 Lookboonmee.
Official Result- Loma Lookboonmee def. Alexandra Albu by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
> Maurice Greene (#13, 8-2, 3-0 UFC) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (#14, 13-1, 1-1 UFC)
Greene with a high kick to start. Pavlovich lands a right hand. Greene with a leg kick and Pavlovich lands a counter right hand and Greene stumbles but gets up. Greene with a body kick. Pavlovich rocks Greene with some punches and Greene goes to the mat and is looking for a takedown. He gets up and Pavlovich lands more punches and Greene falls back down and Herb Dean stops it. Big win for Pavlovich.
Official Result- Sergei Pavlovich def. Maurice Greene by TKO (punches) at 2:11 of Round 1
> Enrique Barzola (16-4-1, 6-2 UFC) vs. Movsar Evloev (11-0, 1-0 UFC)
Evloev with the jab. Both throwing punches but missing and then Evloev lands a right hand. Both throwing punches and landing. Evloev gets a takedown and has the back. Evloev with some knees to the body. They get to the fence. They get up and break and Evloev lands some right hands that rock Barzola. Evloev with a combo and then drops for a takedown. Barzola with a leg kick. They trade punches. Evloev with an uppercut and then follows with a hard right. Barzola with a combo. Evloev gets another takedown and has the back. Evloev with some punches from the back and throws Barzola away. 10-9 Evloev.
Evloev with an uppercut. They both trade and then Evloev gets a takedown and has the back but they scramble to their feet. They trade and Evloev goes for a takedown and gets it for a second but Barzola pops up to his feet and escapes. They trade punches. Evloev lands a nice right hand and Barzola lands a good counter left. Evloev grabs the back against the fence and drags the fight to the mat. They get up and Evloev still has the back but they break. They trade and Barzola gets a big takedown and ends the round on top as he lands a few elbows and punches. 10-9 Evloev, 20-18 Evloev.
They trade to start the third. Evloev gets a brief takedown but they scramble to the sprawl and then break. Evloev with a spin kick to the body. They trade and Barzola lands a groin strike and we have a timeout. We get back to action and they trade. Evloev shoots for a single leg but Barzola defends it. They trade punches and Barzola just misses a high kick. Barzola is landing more in the third. Evloev tries another takedown attempt but it is again blocked. Good fight. 10-9 Barzola, 29-28 Evloev.
Official Result- Movsar Evloev def. Enrique Barzola by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Alex White (13-5, 4-5 UFC) vs. Rafael Fiziev (6-1, 0-1 UFC)
Fiziev with a leg kick. They trade. Fiziev with a leg kick. Fiziev with a body kick. They trade and Fiziev lands a hard right hand that rocks White. White recovers and goes for a takedown but Fiziev defends and starts landing knees to the head. Those were hard knees and they break. Fiziev with a leg kick followed by a right hand. White with a combo and they clinch. White with a knee to the body and they break. White with a combo. White tries a takedown but Fiziev defends and grabs the neck and lands a knee and White has a minor cut open. Fiziev with a high kick. White with a right hand. 10-9 Fiziev.
They clinch early in the second against the fence and both land before breaking. Fiziev then lands a big right hand that stuns White as White has his back against the fence. White attempts a takedown but Fiziev defends. White has the single leg. Fiziev escapes and lands some punches. White tries a long shoot but Fiziev shakes him off. Fiziev with a high kick and then a body kick. White just misses a left hand. They trade late. 10-9 Fiziev, 20-18 Fiziev.
Both missing their strikes to start the third. They trade in close range and Fiziev gets a takedown. Fiziev working in the guard and landing punches. They get to their feet. Fiziev with a leg kick. White misses a left hand and Fiziev grabs the body. Fiziev with a leg kick. They clinch but break. White is pretty bloody now. Fiziev grabs the body lock and pushes White against the fence but they break. They clinch again but break. They trade. White tries a takedown but Fiziev defends. 10-9 Fiziev, 30-27 Fiziev.
Official Result- Rafael Fiziev def. Alex White by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
> Randa Markos (9-7-1, 5-6-1 UFC) vs. Ashley Yoder (7-4, 2-3 UFC)
Markos with some close range punches and they clinch against the fence. Markos already trying to turn this into a grind. Markos tries a takedown but Yoder gets the head and reverses it and is on top. Markos goes for a reverse triangle from the bottom. Yoder lands some punches from the top to the body. Markos escapes to her feet. Markos gets a takedown and is looking for an anaconda choke. Markos switches to side control. Markos now has the neck. They scramble to their feet. 10-9 Yoder.
Markos lands some punches to start the second. They clinch against the fence. They trade strikes as both look for clinch advantage. They break and Markos with a right hand. They clinch and Markos with an uppercut. They break and both land. Markos with two nice right hands. Markos lands some more nice punches and Yoder scores a takedown. Yoder in the half-guard and lands a couple of elbows. Markos is able to reverse to the top and lands some elbows. Markos with some hammerfists from the top and ends strong with punches. 10-9 Markos, 19-19.
Both land some punches to start the third. Markos with a leg kick. Markos with a leg kick and she is landing more distance strikes. Yoder with a high kick and Markos counters with a combo. Markos with another combo. Markos tries a takedown but Yoder grabs the back as they go to the mat. Yoder looking for a rear-naked choke but Markos defending well. Yoder lets go and gets to the top and looking for an arm-triangle. Markos gets out and Yoder in the half-guard. Markos able to escape to her feet. Markos lands some punches. Markos with a left hand. Markos lands some nice punches late. Strong close to the fight for Markos. This is close. 10-9 Markos, 29-28 Markos.
Official Result- Randa Markos def. Ashley Yoder by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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> Muslim Salikhov (14-2, 2-1 UFC) vs. Laureano Staropoli (9-1, 2-0 UFC)
Salikhov was looking for the knockout shots early. He landed a body kick. Salikhov with a combo. Staropoli tries a spin kick but whiffs badly. Salikhov with a high kick. Salikhov lands an overhand right and then a spinning back kick that Staropoli blocks with his arm. Staropoli with a high kick that Salikhov is able to block. Salikov with a right hand. Salikhov with a spin kick followed by a leg kick. Staropoli with his own spin kick. Salikhov with another. 10-9 Salikhov.
Salikhov with a hard spin kick. Staropoli lands a high kick. Staropoli tries a body kick but Salikhov catches it and dumps him to the ground but lets him up. Salikhov with a body kick and then a leg kick. Salikhov got a brief takedown off a kick attempt but Staropoli able to get up. Salikhov hurt Staropoli with a spinning back kick to the body. Salikhov hurts him with an uppercut and then starts landing knees and big punches. Salikhov landing big strikes against the fence and Staropoli able to circle away and survives. Salikhov with more big punches on the feet but Staropoli has seemed to recover. 10-9 Salikhov, 20-18 Salikhov.
Salikhov with some punches to start the third but Staropoli is throwing counters. Staropoli lands a right hand and shoots for a takedown but Salikhov defends. Salikhov with a hard right hand. Salikhov with a spinning back fist. Staropoli still coming forward. Salikhov gets a takedown and has the back. Staropoli scrambles to his feet and they clinch against the fence. They break. Staropoli with a body kick. Salikhov with another spin kick to the body. Staropoli has no defense for that technique. Staropoli lands a left hand. Staropoli misses a spin kick but he is doing better this round. They trade late. 10-9 Salikhov, 30-27 Salikhov.
Official Result- Muslim Salikhov def. Laureano Staropoli by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
> Ciryl Gane (4-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Don'Tale Mayes (7-2, 0-0 UFC)
Both looking to land big shots and just missing those shots. Mayes lands a couple of punches. They trade kicks. Gane lands a left as he comes in but they break. Gane with a high kick. Mayes with a right hand. They clinch and break and Mayes just misses a left hand. Gane with a body kick. Gane lands some big punches and Mayes tries to spin away from trouble and almost gets caught. Gane with a hard body kick. Gane with a front kick to the face. Gane with another body kick and follows it with a right hand. Gane with a flurry of big punches as he has Mayes in trouble. Gane with a right hand followed by a flying knee and then drops Mayes with a punch and is teeing off on the ground and going for a finish but the round ends. It really could have been stopped there. 10-8 Gane.
Mayes comes out throwing but Gane counters with a left hand. Gane with a left hand and then with a groin strike and we have a brief timeout. Back to action and Gane is still landing kicks. Mayes does land a punch. Gane with a left hook and then an uppercut. Gane with a body kick. The pace has slowed a bit but Mayes is still in this. They trade in close range. Gane gets a takedown and is in the full guard of Mayes. They're able to get to their feet and clinch until the end. 10-9 Gane, 20-17 Gane.
They are trading in the third as the pace and power of the shots have toned down. Gane landing the jab and is constantly switching stances. Gane with an uppercut. Mayes lands a few jabs but is otherwise getting eaten alive on the feet. Gane with a body kick. Gane with some standing knees and elbows as Mayes had his back against the fence. Gane with another body kick and Mayes is hurt. Gane with a knee to the body. Gane with punches and knees to the body. Gane then drags Mayes to the ground and is on top. Gane then grabs the leg and locks in a heel hook and gets Mayes to tap out late in the fight. Great finish by Gane. He looked extremely impressive in this fight.
Official Result- Ciryl Gane def. Don'Tale Mayes by submission (heel hook) at 4:46 of Round 3
> Frank Camacho (22-7, 2-3 UFC) vs. Beneil Dariush (15-4-1, 9-4-1 UFC)
Dariush landing some leg kicks early and then a Superman punch lands. Dariush with some left hands that land clean. Dariush with a body kick and they clinch and Dariush lands and then with a body kick as they break. Dariush gets a takedown but they get up and go to the fence and Dariush gets a big takedown and has the back and looking for a rear-naked choke. He has it in tight and is squeezing hard. Camacho taps! That was an excellent showing from Dariush as he just ran right through Camacho.
Official Result- Beneil Dariush def. Frank Camacho by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:02 of Round 1
> Michael Johnson (19-14, 11-10 UFC) vs. Stevie Ray (22-9, 6-4 UFC)
Ray right away with a low kick and Johnson lands the jab. They trade low kicks. Ray with a leg kick. They trade left hands. Ray lands a good right hook. Ray just barely connects with a leg kick. Ray with a combo. Johnson blocks a high kick attempt from Ray. Johnson with an inside leg kick. Johnson with a calf kick. Ray lands a left hand. Ray with another and Johnson counters with a body kick and a snap jab. Johnson with some late leg kicks. 10-9 Johnson.
Johnson with the jab landing. Ray with a leg kick and Johnson counters with a left hand. Johnson with the double jab. Ray has a head kick blocked. Ray lands a left hand and then a combo ending with a leg kick and then lands another leg kick. Johnson with a leg kick. Ray lands a hard left hand. Ray with a leg kick and Johnson counters with a left hand. Johnson with a leg kick. Ray shoots for a takedown and misses it but lands a leg kick as he got reset. They trade punches. Johnson lands two hard left hands and Ray fires back with a left hand. They trade punches in close range and Johnson gets the better of it. Johnson with a good combo. Ray is cut on his forehead. 10-9 Johnson, 20-18 Johnson.
Johnson lands a good combo to start the third. Johnson with a left hand. Ray tries to change levels for a takedown but Johnson snuffs it out. Ray lands a left and Johnson counters with a harder left. They trade punches in the pocket. Ray gets a takedown and is on top landing punches. Ray landing more punches looking to finish. Ray has the hooks in and looks to start working for the choke. Ray landing punches as he has full back control. Johnson not trying to fight out of the position and is getting warned to defend. Ray landing lots of punches. Ray with some hammerfists as he still has body control. Ray with some nasty elbows. Johnson survives this but a big round for Ray. This will be interesting on the scorecards. 10-8 Ray, 28-28 DRAW.
Official Result- Stevie Ray def. Michael Johnson by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
> Demian Maia (#10, 27-9, 21-9 UFC) vs. Ben Askren (#11, 19-1 1 NC, 1-1 UFC)
Maia with some straight left hands. Askren with a leg kick. Askren is trying to set up a takedown and misses a spinning back fist. They clinch and trade knees. They break and Maia with a left hand. Askren with a leg kick and uppercut. They clinch but break. Maia with a left hand. Askren with an uppercut and grabs the neck and lands a knee and Maia pops out. Maia with the jab. Askren with a right hand. Maia with a left hand. Maia landing punches and Askren is hurt just a little as he clinches but they break. Askren with short uppercuts. Maia with a body kick. Askren with a right hand. Askren gets a takedown and is on top. Maia tried an armbar but Askren escaped. Askren lands some body punches from the top. 10-9 Maia.
They trade to start the second and Maia is landing the left hands. They clinch but break. Maia with a left hand and Askren lands a short uppercut counter. Maia is cut open. Maia with a left hand. Askren with an uppercut and a leg kick. Askren lands a series of punches. They trade in close range. Askren lands short punches and scores a takedown. Maia looks for an omaplata and uses it to sweep to the top. Maia landing from the top and has the full mount. Askren trying to reverse to the top and Maia has the arm but Askren scrambles out and lands some late punches. 10-9 Askren, 19-19.
Askren gets a big takedown in the third and was on top but Maia able to get to his feet. Maia with the jab and Askren with a body kick. They clinch but break. They clinch and Maia with a knee. They break and Maia with a left hand. Askren lands a short right before they clinch. Askren gets a takedown but Maia able to sweep to the top and passes to the mount. Maia gets the back as Askren turns. Maia has the hooks in and is looking for a rear-naked choke. He has it locked in and Askren goes out! Maia with an incredible submission as Askren went out cold. This was a fun fight.
Official Result- Demian Maia def. Ben Askren by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:54 of Round 3