Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 26: Makhachev vs. Moises, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Octagon is back inside the UFC APEX this week for the first of three straight weeks of fights held at the UFC's headquarters, this one with a lightweight main event between rising contenders.
Lightweights Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises each step into the headline position for the first time as they battle in the five-round main event. Makhachev, coming into this fight ranked ninth, looks to extend his seven-fight win streak. Moises, ranked 14th, will be looking to score his fourth straight win.
In the co-main event, former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate returns from retirement, fighting for the first time since November 2016, as she takes on Marion Reneau, who will be competing in her own retirement fight. Tate is trying to end a two-fight losing skid and quickly get back into the title picture. Also on the main card is a lightweight slugfest between Jeremy Stephens and Mateusz Gamrot, and a middleweight bout pitting Rodolfo Vieira against Dustin Stoltzfus.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Alan Baudot (8-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (8-1, 1-1 UFC)
Baudot with some leg kicks early. Both are throwing hooks. Baudot with a right hand. They trade jabs and Baudot with a right hand. He lands another. He lands another over the top. Baudot landing more punches and Nascimento clinches. Nascimento pushes Baudot against the fence and is trying to get Baudot down. Nascimento tries a takedown but Baudot ends up on top and lands a couple of big punches and lands more big punches. They get up and Nascimento is going for a takedown and Baudot lands some big elbows to the side of the head against the fence and lands a big knee. They break and Baudot lands some right hands. They clinch at the end of the round. 10-9 Baudot.
Baudot lands some punches to start the second and then we have a ground strike on Baudot and a timeout. They get back to action. They trade left hands. Nascimento pressing forward and both are landing as Nascimento is starting to work the jab. Nascimento with a flurry and he drops Baudot to a knee with some punches and starts teeing off and the fight is stopped. Big come back win for Nascimento.
Official Result- Rodrigo Nascimento def. Alan Baudot by TKO (punches) at 1:29 of Round 2
> Francisco Figueiredo (12-3-1 1 NC, 1-0 UFC) vs. Malcolm Gordon (12-5, 0-2 UFC)
Gordon going for a takedown right away as he pushes Figueiredo against the fence. They trade knees in the clinch. They break. Gordon lands a right hand as he's rushing in but Figueiredo also lands a left hand. Gordon tries again for a takedown. Gordon completes the takedown but Figueiredo reverses to the top and is in the half-guard. Figueiredo is trying to transition to the mount but Gordon defending from the bottom. Figueiredo moves to the full guard and lands an elbow. Figueiredo working from the top as Gordon is trying to find an armbar attempt. Figueiredo goes for an ankle lock but Gordon escapes and ends on top and is landing punches and elbows. Gordon with some big shots from the top at the end of the first. 10-9 Gordon.
Gordon tries a takedown but Figueiredo defends. Gordon tries again and grabs the single leg. Figueiredo gets out of it. They trade jabs. Gordon lands a right hand. Gordon tries for the takedown but Figueiredo sprawls as Gordon pushes it against the fence. They break. Both looking to land and Gordon is still trying to find a takedown. Figueiredo with a leg kick. Figueiredo pouring it on as he's landing punches and lands a knee to the body. Gordon gets a takedown. Gordon with some short punches as he ends the second on top. 10-9 Figueiredo, 19-19.
Gordon gets a takedown right away as Figueiredo tries a jumping attack. Gordon working from the top as Figueiredo is trying to use his legs to push Gordon off. Gordon with some elbows from the top. They get to the fence and Gordon is still in control and Figueiredo attempted to grab the fence to get up but got warned. They scrambled up and Figueiredo has the back and is looking to try and find a choke. Gordon trying hard to get a takedown as the scramble around the cage and Figueiredo did look to grab the fence as they clinch against the fence. Figueiredo is able to get a takedown. Gordon scrambles to the top and Figueiredo tried a triangle choke but Gordon escaped and they stood. They go back to the ground and Figueiredo has the back and lands some punches that looked to the back of head as the fight ends. 10-9 Gordon, 29-28 Gordon.
Official Result- Malcolm Gordon def. Francisco Figueiredo by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Khalid Taha (13-3 1 NC, 1-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Sergey Morozov (16-4, 0-1 UFC)
Taha lands some leg kicks as Morzov lands some punches. Taha with a right hand. Morozov gets a body lock against the fence and finishes the takedown and is working in the half-guard. Taha lands a couple of short punches from the bottom but Morozov applying pressure. Morozov trying to pass guard and tried to set up a kimura but moves back to the guard and lands an elbow and a few punches. Taha goes for a leg lock but Morozov lands some big punches. 10-9 Morozov.
Taha trying to land as he quickly closes distance. Taha lands some kicks. Morozov lands a nice left hook and then an uppercut as Taha is backing up. Taha lands a left hand and then a leg kick. They trade jabs. Taha with an inside leg kick. He lands a calf kick. Morozov shoots for a takedown against the fence and lands some punches and he drags the fight to the knees. Morozov has back control and lands some knees to the body. They get up and Morozov takes it right back down and straight to back control and he has the hooks in and is trying to find a choke. Morozov with some punches at the end. 10-9 Morozov, 20-18 Morozov.
They are trading to start the third and both men land some good shots. Taha with a leg kick. Taha with a front kick as Morozov lands a combo. Morozov gets a takedown and has the back and is landing punches as they work their way up against the fence. Morozov with back control and landing some knees. Morozov gets a brief takedown. They break and Taha lands some punches and Morozov lands a nice right hand. Taha with some punches and a leg kick. They trade late. 10-9 Morozov, 30-27 Morozov.
Official Result- Sergey Morozov def. Khalid Taha by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Amanda Lemos (#14, 9-1-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Montserrat Conejo (10-1, 1-0 UFC)
Lemos with a head kick. Lemos lands a right hand and Conejo stumbled and then a left hand plants Conejo to the mat and it is quickly stopped. That was a big finish by Lemos.
Official Result- Amanda Lemos def. Montserrat Conejo by knockout (punches) at :35 of Round 1
> Daniel Rodriguez (14-2, 4-1 UFC) vs. Preston Parsons (9-2, 0-0 UFC)
Parsons tries a head kick and tries for a takedown but they break. Parsons with a left hand and lands some more. Rodriguez with a leg kick. He lands another. Parsons shoots for a takedown but Rodriguez defends. Rodriguez with a jab and then a leg kick. Parsons with a right hand. Parsons with a couple of body kicks. Parsons with a right hand. Parsons with leg kicks but Rodriguez landing punches. Rodriguez with a left hand. Parsons lands some punches. Rodriguez with a left hand and Parsons is hurt and circling away. Rodriguez lands an uppercut and Parsons is in trouble. Parsons tries a takedown but Rodriguez defends and is teeing off. Rodriguez with a left hand and Parsons is still in trouble. They trade. Rodriguez with a combo and starts teeing off and Parsons falls to the mat and Rodriguez with punches from the top ends it. Big win for Rodriguez as he had Parsons in lots of trouble.
Official Result- Daniel Rodriguez def. Preston Parsons by TKO (punches) at 3:47 of Round 1
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> Gabriel Benitez (22-8, 6-4 UFC) vs. Billy Quarantillo (15-3, 3-1 UFC)
Quarantillo starting with some kicks. Quarantillo with a body kick and then a leg kick. Quarantillo with a right hand. Benitez lands some punches. Quarantillo drops Benitez with a right hand and gets on top and lands. Benitez goes for an armbar but Quarantillo picks him up and slams him and is landing big punches. Quarantillo gets the back and has the body triangle in and is landing punches. Quarantillo landing and looking for a choke. Quarantillo with some body shots as he continues to have back control. Quarantillo still landing punches from the back as he's in complete control and now lands a big elbow. Benitez is able to escape and spins into the guard but they get up. They are trading. Quarantillo shoots for a takedown and Benitez tried a guillotine but Quarantillo drops to his back and looks for a leg lock. Benitez looking for a heel hook. Quarantillo gets the back and lands some big punches at the end. 10-8 Quarantillo.
Quarantillo gets a takedown and works to the back and is working for the rear-naked choke. Benitez is fighting it but Quarantillo still working hard for it. They get to their feet and Quarantillo with a knee right to the jaw of Benitez. Quarantillo with a leg kick. They trade and clinch and Quarantillo with a shoulder strike. Quarantillo gets a takedown and is working in the guard but they scramble up and trade. They trade knees as they clinch for a moment. Quarantillo lands some big punches and then we have a timeout for a groin strike. The doctor then checks on Benitez' eye but he continues on. They trade in close range. Quarantillo lands a big right hand and then another. He's landing big shots against the fence at the end of the second. 10-8 Quarantillo, 20-16 Quarantillo.
They're trading and Benitez lands a punch and Quarantillo falls to his butt. Benitez lands from the top and Quarantillo looks for a triangle choke and they get up. They're trading. Quarantillo looks for a takedown and Benitez grabs the neck but lets go. Quarantillo gets a takedown and has the back and gets the hooks locked in and is working for a choke. Quarantillo landing punches from the back and the fight ends up being stopped. What a dominant win for Quarantillo.
Official Result- Billy Quarantillo def. Gabriel Benitez by TKO (punches) at 3:40 of Round 3
> Rodolfo Vieira (7-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (13-2, 0-1 UFC)
Vieira lands a right hand and Stoltzfus with a combo. Vieira with a leg kick. They trade punches. Vieira lands a nice right hand. Vieira with a leg kick. Vieira with a nice jab. Stoltzfus with a spin kick. They trade. Stoltzfus with a right hand. They trade jabs and Vieira blocks a high kick. They trade as Stoltzfus lands to the body and Vieira to the head. Vieira with the jab. Stoltzfus with a spin kick. Stoltzfus with a knee to the body late. Close round. 10-9 Stoltzfus.
Vieira gets a takedown at the start of the second and works to the back. They get to their feet. They're trading and both landing. Vieira landing the jab a lot and is landing punches as well. Stoltzfus lands a right hand and Vieria stumbles and then Vieira shoots but Stoltzfus lands a knee to defend. Vieira with some leg kicks. Stoltzfus shoots for a takedown and Vieira defends. 10-9 Vieira, 19-19.
Vieira gets a big takedown to start the third. They scramble and Stoltzfus gets up and Vieira trying to get Stoltzfus back to the ground. Vieira gets the takedown but Stoltzfus has the neck. They're standing and Vieira is on the back and the neck and has a choke locked in. They go to the mat and Vieira has the rear-naked choke in and Stoltzfus taps. Big finish by Vieira.
Official Result- Rodolfo Vieira def. Dustin Stoltzfus by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:54 of Round 3
> Jeremy Stephens (28-18 1 NC, 15-17 1 NC UFC) vs. Mateusz Gamrot (18-1 1 NC, 1-1 UFC)
Gamrot goes for the ankle and gets the takedown on Stephens. They battle for position. Stephens goes for a kimura but Gamrot escapes. Gamrot looks for an armbar, but then switches for a kimura, gets it locked in and Stephens taps. Quick finish by Gamrot as he gets the big submission win.
Official Result- Mateusz Gamrot def. Jeremy Stephens by submission (kimura) at 1:05 of Round 1
> Marion Reneau (#12, 9-7-1, 5-6-1 UFC) vs. Miesha Tate (18-7, 5-4 UFC)
Reneau with a body kick. Tate with a leg kick. Tate with a right hand. They trade punches. Tate with a right hand and then goes for a takedown against the fence. They trade knees in the clinch. They break and both land punches. Tate lands a right hand and then a combo. They trade inside the pocket and Tate gets a takedown. Reneau looking to set up a triangle choke but Tate escapes and Reneau trying to land upkicks, but Tate passes the guard. Tate ends up on top. 10-9 Tate.
Tate with a front kick as Reneau was coming forward. Tate with a right hand. They're both looking to land. Tate looks for a takedown against the fence and Reneau grabbed the fence to defend. Tate still looking for it and Reneau grabs the fence again but Tate gets the big takedown and is working in the half-guard. Tate still working from the top and Reneau gets warned for her toes in the fence. Tate with punches from the top as she ends the second there. 10-9 Tate, 20-18 Tate.
They trade to start the third and Tate landing a nice jab. Tate pressuring around the fence and landing and pushes Reneau against the fence and looks for a takedown. Tate gets the back and is landing big left hands. Reneau not defending well and is taking damage. Tate with big punches and the fight is stopped. Huge win for Tate in her return.
Official Result- Miesha Tate def. Marion Reneau by TKO (punches) at 1:53 of Round 3
> Islam Makhachev (#9, 19-1, 8-1 UFC) vs. Thiago Moises (#14, 15-4, 4-2 UFC)
Not much happening as Makhachev is pressuring but they both land kicks. Moises landed a nice body kick. They clinch and Moises has the body lock against the fence. They break and Moises with a teet kick. Makhachev with a body kick. Makhachev with a left hand and then a combo. Makhachev with a combo and lands a knee and has the thai plumb. Makhachev with some knees as Moises drops down looking for the takedown. Makhachev defends and lands some knees as they trade positions. Makhachev gets a takedown and works from the top, landing punches and elbows. Moises with some late elbows from the back. 10-9 Makhachev.
Makhachev with some punches as he is pressuring Moises against the fence. They're clinched up against the fence and Moises actually gets a takedown but Makhachev has the neck. Moises escapes and tries to get the back but Makhachev shakes him off and takes the back of Moises. Makhachev trying hard to get the hooks in and he's landing punches as well. Makhachev landing and gets full back control and works for a choke. Makhachev gets the mount late and was landing punches and looked for an armbar late but time ran out. 10-9 Makhachev, 20-18 Makhachev.
Makhachev with a short leg kick. Makhachev lands a right hook as Moises was looking for an opening. Moises with a body kick. They clinch against the fence. Makhachev gets a brief takedown but they pop up and remain clinched against the fence. Makhachev now gets the control position and lands some knees as he has body control. Makhachev gets the big takedown and has the back. Moises goes for a leg lock. Makhachev reverses before the round ends. 10-9 Makhachev, 30-27 Makhachev.
Makhachev pressuring and lands punches and then gets a big takedown but Moises goes for a triangle choke. Makhachev escapes and is in the guard and landing body punches. Makhachev now takes the back and is landing big punches. Makhachev gets the rear-naked choke locked in and Moises ends up tapping. Just an absolutely dominant peformance from Makhachev.
Official Result- Islam Makhachev def. Thiago Moises by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 4