Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN 23: Reyes vs. Prochazka, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC kicks off a busy month of May with the Octagon back at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas this weekend, with an event headlined by a pivotal light heavyweight bout.
Two-time light heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes looks to start his quest to another title shot when he meets rising prospect Jiri Prochazka in the main event. Reyes is coming off back-to-back title losses to Jon Jones and Jan Blachowicz, and another loss would be detrimental to his title hopes. Prochazka comes into this fight riding an 11-fight win streak, which includes a knockout win over Volkan Oezdemir in his UFC debut in July.
In the co-main event, Cub Swanson looks to hand Giga Chikadze his first UFC loss in a featherweight bout. Also on the main card is a light heavyweight slugfest between Ion Cutelaba and Dustin Jacoby, a middleweight bout pitting Sean Strickland against Krzysztof Jotko, and a bantamweight bout between ranked fighters Merab Dvalishvili and Cody Stamann.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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> Luke Sanders (13-4, 3-4 UFC) vs. Felipe Colares (9-2, 1-2 UFC)
Sanders with a combo after Colares lands a body kick. Sanders lands a left hand and Colares falls to the mat for a moment but gets up and they're clinched and Sanders landing elbows. Sanders lands a knee as they're going to the mat and is landing from the top. They get to their feet and Sanders landing lots of punches. They clinch against the fence. Sanders lands a knee and they separate. They trade punches and both land nice shots. Colares lands a right hand and Sanders backs up. Colares with a body kick. He lands another and Sanders counters with a body kick. They clinch late to end the round. 10-9 Sanders.
Colares with a body kick. Colares with a leg kick. Sanders lands some punches and then a body kick and a leg kick. Sanders with a combo. Sanders gets the body lock and pushes the fight against the fence but they break. Sanders landing some nice punches on Colares and then gets a takedown. Colares tries a takedown after they stand but they break. Sanders lands some left hands and then gets another takedown but they scramble up and are tied up against the fence. Colares then picks Sanders up and carries him across the Octagon and slams him to the mat and then takes the back and is looking for the choke. Colares then flattens Sanders out and is landing lots of punches as Sanders is being warned to fight back. Sanders is now covering up and somehow survives the round. 10-9 Colares, 19-19.
Colares with a body kick. They trade punches. Sanders with some body kicks. They're trading punches and the pace has slowed. Colares shoots for a long takedown but Sanders defends and lands an elbow as they break. They trade and Colares with a body kick and Sanders lands a leg kick and a left hand. Sanders gets the body lock but they break. Sanders lands a left hand and Colares lands a spinning elbow. Both are exhausted. Sanders lands a left hand. Colares with a leg kick. Sanders with a combo in close range. Colares with a body kick and Sanders turns it into a takedown but they get up and break. They scramble to the mat and Colares is on top. Colares lands from the top. Colares takes the back but they get to their feet and break and both land at the end. 10-9 Colares, 29-28 Colares.
Official Result- Felipe Colares def. Luke Sanders by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Andreas Michailidis (12-4, 0-1 UFC) vs. KB Bhullar (8-1, 0-1 UFC)
They trade leg kicks to start the fight. Michailidis lands some big punches. Michailidis with a high kick. Michailidis landing some punches. He's landing against the fence looking for the finish but they clinch and Bhullar lands some knees and they break. Bhullar with a body kick. Michailidis with some combos. Michailidis gets a takedown and has the back and is looking for the arm-triangle. Michailidis has the back at the end of the round. 10-9 Michailidis.
Michailidis landing big punches to start the second and then Bhullar lands a kick to the groin and we have a timeout. They get back to action. Bhullar with some leg kicks. He lands some more. They both look for openings but are missing on most of their attacks. Bhullar with a body kick. Michailidis lands a big right hand. He then lands a high kick. Michailidis with a combo. Michailidis landing more. Michailidis with a high spin kick. They trade late. 10-9 Michailidis, 20-18 Michailidis.
They are trading to start the third. Bhullar with some leg kicks. Michailidis landing punches and Bhullar landing leg kicks. Michailidis with a body kick. Bhullar with some leg kicks. Bhullar lands another kick to the groin. They get back to action and trade kicks. Bhullar missing his kicks. Michailidis with a spin kick and then lands at the end. 10-9 Michailidis, 30-27 Michailidis.
Official Result- Andreas Michailidis def. KB Bhullar by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Loma Lookboonmee (5-2, 2-1 UFC) vs. Sam Hughes (5-2, 0-1 UFC)
Lookboonmee with a front kick. They clinch and Lookboonmee with some knees. Lookboonmee gets a trip takedown and is in side control. They get to their feet. They clinch and Hughes has Lookboonmee pushed against the fence. Lookboonmee gets a takedown. Lookboonmee in the guard of Hughes and landing some elbows. Lookboonmee with a front kick to the body and lands another body kick. Hughes with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. They clinch late. 10-9 Lookboonmee.
Hughes gets a takedown to start the second. They work their way up and Hughes still has the body lock and they break. Lookboonmee with a leg kick. They clinch back up and both battling for underhooks. Lookboonmee with a knee. Hughes looking for a takedown against the fence but can't really lock her hands. They break and Lookboonmee lands some strikes and gets a late takedown. 10-9 Lookboonmee, 20-18 Lookboonmee.
They trade to start the third. Hughes lands a left hand. She lands a right hand as Lookboonmee tries to circle away. Lookboonmee with a right hand and clinches and tries to land a knee but misses and misses a takedown. They clinch against the fence and Lookboonmee lands a few knees. They break to the center. Lookboonmee with a combo. Lookboonmee with some more teet kicks. They exchange punches before tying up. They push against the fence. They break and Hughes lands a right hand. Hughes with a Superwoman punch. Lookboonmee with some body kicks. Lookboonmee with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence. Lookboonmee with a knee late. 10-9 Hughes, 29-28 Lookboonmee.
Official Result- Loma Lookboonmee def. Sam Hughes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Poliana Botelho (8-3, 3-2 UFC) vs. Luana Carolina (6-2, 1-1 UFC)
Women's Flyweights* (Carolina missed weight by 2.5 pounds)
Botelho with a leg kick and right hand early. Botelho with a right hand and a leg kick. Botelho with a big right hand. Botelho lands a combo against the fence and gets a takedown against the fence. Botelho in the half-guard and looking to set up a check. She gets to the mount and is landing some punches. Carolina stuck on the bottom. Botelho with some punches from the top at the end. 10-9 Botelho.
Botelho lands to start the second and they clinch against the fence and Botelho has the body lock. Boetlho gets the takedown and Carolina reverses to the top. They get to their feet and are tied up. Botelho pushes against the fence and lands some knees but not a ton happened in this round. 10-9 Carolina, 19-19.
Carolina lands a right hand to start the third. Carolina with a leg kick. Botelho with a right hand and then a left hand. Botelho with a combo and then gets a takedown from the clinch and Carolina sweeps to the top and is in the guard of Botelho. They get up but go back to the mat and Carolina has the back of Botelho and is looking to set up the choke. Botelho tries to stand but Carolina still has the back and lands some punches. Carolina landing punches from the back. They trade punches from the position and Carolina with more punches from the back and looks for the choke late. 10-9 Carolina, 29-28 Carolina.
Official Result- Luana Carolina def. Poliana Botelho by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Kai Kamaka (8-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. TJ Brown (14-8, 0-2 UFC)
Brown with some leg kicks early after he lands the jab. They trade punches. Brown with a calf kick. Brown with a left hand and lands some knees. Brown with a right hand. Brown with a body kick. Kamaka with a high kick. Kamaka lands a right hand. Kamaka with a leg kick. Brown with a combo. Brown with a leg kick and tries to go high but slips to the mat and Kamaka looks to enter his guard. Kamaka with some left hands from the top as Brown has the leg. Kamaka spins out and they scramble to their feet. They break. Brown with a combo and Kamaka lands a counter. They trade leg kicks. Brown with a right hand. Kamaka with a leg kick as Brown lands a punch. Brown with a body punch. Brown with a late leg kick. Fun first round. 10-9 Kamaka.
Brown with a leg kick to start the second. Kamaka lands a head kick as Brown was ducking and Brown eats it. Kamaka with a body kick. Brown lands a right hand that wobbles Kamaka. Brown landing more punches as Kamaka is hurt. Brown misses a flying knee but is still trying to tee off. Brown lands another right hand. Brown then lands a punch that knocks Brown to the ground and he gets on top and is landing. Kamaka landing more and Brown is looking for a kimura from the bottom. They get to their feet. They trade punches. Kamaka lands a nice punch. Brown gets a takedown and Kamaka has the neck but didn't have the guillotine as Brown escapes. 10-9 Kamaka, 20-18 Kamaka.
Brown with a leg kick to start the third. Kamaka throwing punches. Kamaka with a leg kick while Brown lands the jab. Brown looks for the takedown but Kamaka defends and reverses to the guard of Brown. Kamaka moves to side control and is still landing and gets back to the guard and they get to their feet. Both are landing. Brown with a combo. Brown throws a punch and falls to the ground and Kamaka gets on top. Kamaka looking to get to the mount. They get to their feet and both land hard shots. Kamaka with a body kick. They trade punches. Kamaka with a leg kick and Brown grabbed it and pushed him to the mat and Brown gets on top and lands. Brown looks for a heel hook and Kamaka ends up getting on top. Kamaka lands some elbows from the top as the fight ends. Good fight. 10-9 Brown, 29-28 Kamaka.
Official Result- TJ Brown def. Kai Kamaka by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
> Randa Markos (10-10-1, 6-9-1 UFC) vs. Luana Pinheiro (8-1, 0-0 UFC)
Markos rushing forward with punches and Pinheiro lands a counter left hand as she gets pressed against the fence and then Pinheiro gets a takedown. They get to their feet, though. Pinheiro gets another big takedown but they get up. Pinheiro with a big leg kick. They're trading and Pinheiro pokes Markos in the eye. The doctor comes in to take a look but Markos continues on. Markos comes forward with lots of punches and lands and Pinheiro is trying to escape. Pinheiro warned about her fingers. They're trading and Pinheiro takes Markos down. They're scrambling and Markos lands an accidental upkick and Pinheiro is down and we have a timeout for the illegal strike. The doctors come in to check on Pinheiro and call the fight off. Markos is going to be disqualified and Pinheiro will get the win.
Official Result- Luana Pinheiro def. Randa Markos by disqualification (illegal upkick) at 4:16 of Round 1
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> Merab Dvalishvili (#12, 12-4, 5-2 UFC) vs. Cody Stamann (#13, 19-3-1, 5-2-1 UFC)
Neither landing to start and Dvalishvili lands some uppercuts. Stamann lands a punch. Dvalishvili grabs the leg and gets a takedown and lands a hammerfist and is looking to improve position on top. Dvalishvili with some punches as they get to their feet. They break as Dvalishvili lands a left hand. Dvalishvili lands an uppercut as Stamann was dropping down for a shot. Stamann rushes forward and looks for a takedown against the fence. Stamann lands as they break. They trade. Dvalishvili looks for a takedown but Stamann defends and they break. They trade. Stamann lands a nice jab. Dvalishvili lands a right hand. They both throw wild punches and Dvalishvili looks for a takedown but Stamann defends well. Close, fun round. 10-9 Dvalishvili.
Stamann comes forward with some punches and gets a takedown. Dvalishvili lands some elbows and punches to the body from the bottom. Stamann landing from the top. They get to their feet and Stamann lands a left hand on the break. Dvalishvili lands some punches and gets Stamann down to the ground and has the neck. They get up and break. They trade and Dvalishvili grabs the neck and drops down for a guillotine but lets go and Stamann is on the top and both are landing on the mat. They get to their feet. Dvalishvili with a leg kick. Dvalishvili with a combo. Dvalishvili with some punches and then lands some body kicks. Dvalishvili gets a big takedown in the center. They get to their feet and trade and Dvalishvili gets another takedown. Stamann scrambles to his knees and Dvalishvili has the neck. 10-9 Dvalishvili, 20-18 Dvalishvili.
Stamann lands some punches. Dvalishvili comes forward with some punches. Dvalishvili lands a right hand. They trade and Dvalishvili is looking for the takedown but Stamann circling away. Stamann lands a right hand. They trade punches. Stamann with a body kick. Dvalishvili goes for a takedown and Stamann reverses and is in the guard of Dvalishvili. Both are landing on the mat. Stamann stands and has control of a leg. They scramble up and clinch after both land. Good fight. 10-9 Dvalishvili, 30-27 Dvalishvili.
Official Result- Merab Dvalishvili def. Cody Stamann by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Sean Strickland (#15, 22-3, 9-3 UFC) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (22-4, 9-4 UFC)
They trade kicks and punches to start out and Strickland is coming forward. Strickland landing a lot of punches as he's pressing forward. Jotko lands a left hand. They connect at the same time. They trade and Strickland lands a nice right cross and circles away. Strickland still pressing forward and Jotko trying to work on his back foot. Jotko with a leg kick and misses a spinning back fist. They trade and Strickland looks for a flying knee but lands a jab instead. 10-9 Strickland.
Strickland with a body kick as he continues to come forward. Strickland keeps coming forward and Jotko lands the jab and a left hand. Jotko with a leg kick. Strickland lands a punch and he's coming forward again. Jotko misses a spinning attack. Strickland with some leg kicks. Jotko with a combo. Strickland landing lots of calf kicks as he keeps pressing forward. Jotko keeps circling around. Jotko misses a left hand. 10-9 Strickland, 20-18 Strickland.
Jotko tries to land a left hand but Strickland moves away. They keep trading. Strickland landing more but Jotko landing some left hands. Jotko lands a left hand. Strickland still pressing forward and landing the calf kicks. Strickland lands a right hand. Strickland lands some kicks and a right hand. Strickland with a knee to the body. Strickland with a right hand and a spinning back fist and lands a right hand. They trade late. 10-9 Strickland, 30-27 Strickland.
Official Result- Sean Strickland def. Krzysztof Jotko by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Ion Cutelaba (15-6 1 NC, 4-5 UFC) vs. Dustin Jacoby (14-5, 2-2 UFC)
Jacoby lands some punches and leg kicks early. Cutelaba with the jab and gets a brief takedown but gets the back as they stand. Cutelaba looking to get Jacoby back down but they are scrambling. Cutelaba with another brief takedown. Cutelaba gets Jacoby back down again and lands punches and they keep getting up and going back down. Cutelaba drags it back down and lands right hands. They get to the fence and Cutelaba landing big elbows. Jacoby gets up and is eating elbows and Jacoby taking a lot of punishment. Cutelaba still landing elbows as they go to the mat again. They stand and Cutelaba still landing elbows. Cutelaba still landing punches and elbows. They scramble up and Jacoby grabs the cage and gets warned. They break. They trade late. Cutelaba had eight takedowns in the first. 10-8 Cutelaba.
Jacoby with a knee but Cutelaba grabs him and takes him down. They get to the fence and Cutelaba has complete control. Cutelaba landing punches and Jacoby to his feet and Cutelaba lands a knee as they break. Jacoby with a leg kick. Cutelaba shoots for a takedown but Jacoby defends and lands a knee as they break. Cutelaba lands a left hand. They clinch, and trade as they break. Jacoby with an uppercut. Cutelaba shoots for a takedown but Jacoby defends. Jacoby with a leg kick as Cutelaba lands a right hand. They trade punches. Jacoby landing the double jab. They're trading and Jacoby coming on strong. Jacoby lands a right hand and Cutelaba is stunned. Cutelaba looks gassed. 10-9 Jacoby, 19-18 Cutelaba.
Jacoby lands a body kick and is the one coming forward in this round. They trade in close range. Jacoby with a high kick. They continue to trade and Jacoby still pressing forward. Jacoby landing the jab and slipping away from Cutelaba throwing. Cutelaba lands the double jab and follows it with a right hand. Jacoby lands a flying knee and Cutelaba grabs him and they clinch against the fence. Jacoby grabs the leg and lets go and they break. Cutelaba lands a right hand and Jacoby grabs the body lock. They break and Jacoby with a combo. Jacoby gets a late takedown but ate some elbows from Cutelaba on the attempt and they end on the mat. The scores could be interesting. 10-9 Jacoby, 28-28 DRAW.
Official Result- Ion Cutelaba vs. Dustin Jacoby ends in a split draw (28-29, 29-28, 28-28)
> Giga Chikadze (#14, 12-2, 5-0 UFC) vs. Cub Swanson (#15, 26-11, 11-7 UFC)
Chikadze with a leg kick. They trade punches. Chikadze with a high kick and then lands a liver kick and Swanson goes down and Chikadze with some punches and ends it. What a finish by Chikadze.
Official Result- Giga Chikadze def. Cub Swanson by TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 1
> Dominick Reyes (#3, 12-2, 6-2 UFC) vs. Jiri Prochazka (#5, 27-3-1, 1-0 UFC)
Reyes with a body kick and then a leg kick. Reyes with another body kick. Prochazka keeping his hands low. Prochazka with a right hand. Reyes with a combo. Reyes lands a body kick as Prochazka lands a right hand and Reyes wobbles a bit. Reyes gets a takedown and is into the half-guard. Prochazka able to get up and lands a combo that has Reyes backing up. Reyes lands a counter left. Prochazka lands an uppercut. They trade against the fence. Prochazka with a knee and some body punches. Reyes lands a right hook. Reyes with a body kick. Prochazka with a combo. Prochazka lands some right hands and an uppercut. Prochazka with some right hands and Reyes lands a left hand. Prochazka with a body kick and they trade against the fence. Prochazka lands a combo and Reyes lands a high kick and a counter left hand. Prochazka with a big flurry at the end of the round. 10-9 Prochazka.
Prochazka with a body kick but Reyes trying to be more active to start the second. Reyes with a body kick. They are feeling each other out right now. Reyes with a leg kick. Reyes with a combo. Reyes with a body kick. Prochazka lands a flurry and Reyes lands in return. Prochazka with a high kick and lands a combo and Reyes lands a backward hammerfist. Prochazka with the jab and chasing Reyes around the Octagon as Reyes is retreating. Reyes' nose is a mess. Prochazka with an inside elbow. Reyes lands a left hand that wobbles Prochazka. Prochazka looks for a takedown and Reyes has a guillotine but Prochazka is fighting it off. Prochazka escapes and tries to pass guard. He gets to side control for a second and is looking for the full mount. Reyes throwing from the bottom. Prochazka looks to stand and Reyes lands an upkick and Prochazka looked hurt from it. It was legal. Prochazka gets back on top and is landing big punches. They get up and Prochazka lands a kick. Prochazka is throwing against the fence as is Reyes. Prochazka then lands an elbow and follows it with a massive spinning elbow that puts Reyes out cold! Wow, what an incredible finish by Prochazka.
Official Result- Jiri Prochazka def. Dominick Reyes by knockout (spinning elbow) at 4:29 of Round 2