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UFC on ESPN 30 live results: Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze

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Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 30: Barboza vs. Chikadze, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Octagon closes out the month of August back in the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with an exciting featherweight main event and the conclusion of season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter with two new TUF winners being crowned.

In the main event, exciting featherweight strikers Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze will square off in a highly-anticipated bout. Barboza enters the fight riding a two-fight win streak following a third-round knockout of Shane Burgos in May, while Chikadze has won eight straight and is coming off a first-round TKO finish of Cub Swanson in May.

In the two TUF 29 finale bouts, Bryan Battle will take on Gilbert Urbina in the middleweight finals. Urbina replaces original finalist Tresean Gore, who was forced out due to a knee injury. In the bantamweight finals, Ricky Turcious will battle Brady Hiestand. The two winners will earn the standard six-figure contracts with the UFC.

Also on the main card is the return of Kevin Lee, as he moves up to the welterweight division to take on short-notice replacement Daniel Rodriguez, and a middleweight bout between Makhmud Muradov and Gerald Meerschaert.

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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> Mana Martinez (8-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Guido Cannetti (8-5, 2-4 UFC)
Bantamweights* (Martinez missed weight by 4 pounds)

Cannetti with a high kick. Cannetti with a leg kick. He lands a body kick then another leg kick. Cannetti lands some more leg kicks. Martinez lands some shots to the head and body. Martinez with a flurry against the fence and is teeing off and Cannetti fires back. Martinez lands a nice left hand against the fence and drops down and gets a takedown. Cannetti reverses to the top and is in the guard of Martinez. Cannetti passes to his feet and lands a couple of hammerfists then Martinez stands and eats a left hand from Cannetti. Cannetti with a leg kick. Martinez has a cut opened up. They trade leg kicks. Cannetti with more leg kicks. Cannetti with a body kick then a leg kick. Cannetti with a hard leg kick late. 10-9 Cannetti.

Cannetti throws a leg kick and Martinez lands a counter left hand. Cannetti with another leg kick. They trade kicks. Martinez with a high body kick. Cannetti lands a left hand but eats a counter combination from Martinez. Cannetti with a leg kick. Martinez with a body kick. Martinez with a leg kick. Cannetti with a hard leg kick. Martinez with a right hook to the body. Martinez lands a left hand and then follows it with a combo to the body and head. Cannetti with some leg kicks and Martinez lands a left hand that makes Cannetti slip up. Martinez with a nice combo but Cannetti slips under a punch attempt. Cannetti with a leg kick. They trade late. 10-9 Martinez, 19-19.

Cannetti with a kick but Martinez catches it though he lets go. Cannetti with a leg kick. Martinez with a combo against the fence. Cannetti with a high kick. Martinez with a leg kick. Martinez with a combo to the body. Martinez lands a right hand. Cannetti lands the jab. Martinez lands a left hand. Cannetti lands a left hand. Martinez with a body kick. Martinez with an uppercut to the the elbow and lands a combo against the fence. Cannetti lands a left hand. Martinez gets a takedown next to the fence and is in side control. Martinez gets on top and is landing some nice left hands. Cannetti gets Martinez in his guard. Martinez stands and lands a combo late. 10-9 Martinez, 29-28 Martinez.

Official Result- Mana Martinez def. Guido Cannetti by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

> Jamall Emmers (18-5, 1-1 UFC) vs. Pat Sabatini (14-3, 1-0 UFC)
Featherweights

Emmers with a leg kick. We have a groin strike and a timeout but get back to action. Emmers lands a left hook as Sabatini's legs buckled and they go to the mat and Emmers gets on top and then takes the back but moves back to mount. Sabatini looking for the leg from the bottom and almost has a heel hook in. Emmers looking for a toehold. Sabatini has a heel hook locked in and Emmers taps and screams out in pain. Wow, what a finish by Sabatini.

Official Result- Pat Sabatini def. Jamall Emmers by submission (heel hook) at 1:53 of Round 1

> JJ Aldrich (9-4, 5-3 UFC) vs. Vanessa Demopoulos (6-3, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Demopoulos with a leg kick and eats a left hand from Aldrich. Aldrich gets a big takedown after ducking under a Demopoulos punch and is in the guard. Aldrich staying on top but neither doing a lot of work on the ground. Aldrich now landing punches from the top and some good ones got through. They get to their feet. Aldrich lands a left hand. Demopoulos chases a takedown but Aldrich slips away. They tie up and Demopoulos with some knees late. 10-9 Aldrich.

Demopoulos throws some punches and tries for a takedown but Aldrich defends. Demopoulos with a combo. She lands a knee then an elbow. Demopoulos with a leg kick and Aldrich lands a left hand. Demopoulos with a combo. Demopoulos with a leg kick. Aldrich lands the jab. Aldrich lands a nice left hand. They both miss in close and Aldrich lands a right hook. They clinch for a moment but break and Aldrich lands a couple of left hands. They clinch again and Aldrich lands on the break again. Demopoulos lands a couple of body kicks. Aldrich hurts Demopoulos with a punch and rushes in trying to land. Aldrich with a body kick then a combo. 10-9 Aldrich, 20-18 Aldrich.

Aldrich lands a left hand. Demopoulos tries for a takedown against the fence. Aldrich with short slaps against the fence. They break. Demopoulos goes for a leg looking for a takedown but Aldrich lands some hammerfists and then more punches from the top. Aldrich with left hands from the top. Aldrich with some more left hands and they get to their feet. Aldrich lands a left hand. Aldrich lands another left hand. Demopoulos lands a right hand and goes for a takedown. Demopoulos with a knee. They break and Aldrich with a high kick. Demopoulos lands a combo but eats a counter right hook from Aldrich. Aldrich with a head kick. Demopoulos tries a takedown and pushes it against the fence. They trade knees before breaking and both land at the end. 10-9 Aldrich, 30-27 Aldrich.

Official Result- JJ Aldrich def. Vanessa Demopoulos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

> Dustin Jacoby (14-5-1, 2-2-1 UFC) vs. Darren Stewart (12-7 2 NC, 5-6 2 NC UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Jacoby with a head kick and Stewart grabs him and takes him down but they get up. Stewart with a knee and they remain tied up. Jacoby lands a knee and Stewart gets another takedown. They get up and Stewart with a knee. They tie up and Jacoby pushes Stewart to the fence but they break and Jacoby with a combo. They trade jabs. Jacoby working the jab. Stewart lands a right hand. They trade right hands and Jacoby lands some big punches. Jacoby teeing off against the fence as he lands a knee and some punches. Both are swinging and Jacoby landing big punches and Stewart starts to stumble and the fight is stopped. What a finish by Jacoby.

Official Result- Dustin Jacoby def. Darren Stewart by TKO (punches) at 3:04 of Round 1

> Sam Alvey (33-15-1 1 NC, 10-10-1 UFC) vs. Wellington Turman (16-5, 1-3 UFC)
Middleweights

Turman with a soft leg kick. Turman lands a left hook and goes for a takedown. Alvey defends and Turman has the back standing. Alvey defending the hard takedown attempt from Turman. Alvey lands some right hands as they break. Turman with a leg kick then a spin kick. Alvey lands a combo. Turman with a leg kick. Alvey with a left hand and we have a timeout for an eye poke by Turman. They get back to action and Turman with a right hand. Turman tries a takedown but Alvey defends and they clinch against the fence. Turman lands a knee. They break. Turman tries a spinning elbow and they tie up and Alvey has a cut below the eye. Alvey lands some punches and Turman gets a brief takedown. He gets another brief one at the end. 10-9 Turman.

Turman lands a right hand. He lands a body kick. Turman lands a spinning back fist. We have a groin strike and a timeout. They get back to action and Turman goes for a takedown. Alvey lands some elbows to the side of the head and Turman takes the back standing. They break and Alvey with a combo. Alvey lands an uppercut. Alvey lands as Turman throws a spin kick. They trade punches. They trade again. They tie up again but break. Alvey lands as Turman comes forward. They trade late and Alvey with a flurry late. Weird round to score. 10-9 Turman, 20-18 Turman.

Alvey with a left hand. Turman with a leg kick. They trade in close. Alvey with a right hand. Alvey landing more early in the third. Turman with a right hand to the body. Alvey lands a couple of jabs. Alvey with a right hand. They clinch up and Alvey lands a knee in better position. We have a timeout for another eye poke on Alvey by Turman. Turman has a point taken away. They get back to action. Turman with a right hand. Turman pokes Alvey in the eye again and has another point taken away. They get back to action and both are throwing. Turman lands and Alvey is hurt. Turman pushing forward and now Alvey lands a right hand. They clinch trade knees. They break and both land at the end. This will be a mess on the scorecards. 9-8 Alvey with the two points taken away, 28-27 Turman.

Official Result- Wellington Turman def. Sam Alvey by split decision (27-28, 28-27, 28-27)

> Alessio Di Chirico (13-5, 4-5 UFC) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-4, 4-4 UFC)
Middleweights

Alhassan backing Di Chirico up to the fence. Alhassan then throws a head kick that connects flush and Di Chirico goes down and is out. What a finish by Alhassan.

Official Result- Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Alessio Di Chircio by knockout (head kick) at :17 of Round 1

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> Makhmud Muradov (25-6, 3-0 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (31-14, 7-6 UFC)
Middleweights

Meerschaert comes forward and Muradov lands a couple of punches. We have a timeout for an eye poke on Muradov. They get back to action. Meerschaert lands a left and Muradov lands a hard right hand. Meerschaert tries a takedown and Muradov defends and they stand. Muradov with a flurry and a head kick. Muradov lands a right hand as Meerschaert shoots. Meerschaert with a leg kick. Muradov with a clipping head kick and then lands some punches. Muradov lands another right hand. Meerschaert goes for a shot from a mile away and Muradov slips away. Meerschaert with a leg kick. Meerschaert lands a left hand. He lands a left hand. They trade body kicks. We have a groin strike and a timeout. They get back to action. Meerschaert with a left hand. They trade punches and Meerschaert with a head kick. Muradov lands a right hand that wobbles Meerschaert. Meerschaert then lands a big left hand. Meerschaert gets Muradov down and lands some punches from the back. Meerschaert ends the round there. 10-9 Muradov.

Muradov looking to land to start the second but misses. Meerschaert tries a head kick but Muradov blocks. Meerschaert shoots for a takedown but Muradov defends. They trade punches. They both land left hands. Meerschaert with a left hand and then another that has Muradov backing up. Meerschaert with a left hook and then gets a takedown and has the back. He's looking for a rear-naked choke. He has it locked in and Muradov taps! What an upset by Meerschaert! He was the biggest underdog on the card tonight.

Official Result- Gerald Meerschaert def. Makhmud Muradov by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2

> Andre Petroski (5-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michael Gillmore (6-3, 0-0 UFC)
Middleweights

Petroski comes forward and Gillmore lands a right hand. Petroski with a body kick. Gillmore with a leg kick. Petroski lands a right hook and then goes for a takedown against the fence. He picks Gillmore up and carries him and slams him down in the middle and is in side control. Petroski trying to improve position and has corner mount. He lands a nice elbow. Petroski is landing big punches from the top. Gillmore giving up his back as they stand and Petroski takes him right back down. Petroski has back control and a hook in. He is looking for a rear-naked choke and has it across the chin but lets go. Gillmore tries to sneak out and lands an elbow. 10-9 Petroski.

Petroski lands a left hand. Gillmore with a leg kick. He throws high but misses. Petroski with another left hand. Gillmore lands a jab. Gillmore with a leg kick. Petroski with a body kick then a left hand. Gillmore lands a right hand as Petroski shoots for a takedown and Gillmore defends. Gillmore with an uppercut. Petroski with a high body kick. Gillmore with a leg kick. They trade punches. They trade punches that stun each other. Petroski gets a takedown. Petroski working from side control. He gets the mount at the end and lands punches. 10-9 Petroski, 20-18 Petroski.

Gillmore with a leg kick and Petroski gets a takedown. Petroski gets to the mount and is landing big punches. Petroski with big punches from the top and starts mixing in elbows and he gets the finish. Impressive performance from Petroski.

Official Result- Andre Petroski def. Michael Gillmore by TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 3

> Kevin Lee (#11 LW, 18-6, 11-6 UFC) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (15-2, 5-1 UFC)
Welterweights

They trade kicks to start the fight. They trade kicks again. They trade punches. Rodriguez with a leg kick and Lee counters with a right hand. Lee with a high kick. They trade leg kicks. Lee lands an overhand right. Lee with a body kick and then goes for a takedown but Rodriguez defends. Rodriguez with an inside leg kick. Lee gets a takedown. Lee in the half-guard and landing punches. He ends the round on top. 10-9 Lee.

Lee with a right hand to the body and Rodriguez with a combo in return. Rodriguez with a high kick. Lee with a high kick. Rodriguez with a combo. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Lee gets a takedown and is in side control. Lee gets the back for a moment but Rodriguez reverses to the top. They get to their feet. They trade punches. Rodriguez with a leg kick. They trade and Rodriguez landing some leg kicks. Lee lands a few jabs. Rodriguez with a big leg kick and then rocks Lee with a left hand. Lee tries a desperation takedown and Rodriguez landing big punches to end the round. 10-9 Rodriguez, 19-19.

Rodriguez landing some leg kicks and the jab early in the third. They trade punches and Lee with a high kick. Rodriguez with more leg kicks. Lee tries a takedown but Rodriguez defends and lands a big left hand as they get to their feet. Lee with a body kick. Lee lands a couple of heavy low kicks and Rodriguez falls for a moment. Lee shoots for the takedown against the fence and gets it. Rodriguez with an elbow from the bottom. They get up and Lee grabs the back. They break. Rodriguez with a combo. They exchange in close range and Lee shoots for a takedown. Lee with a body kick. They trade punches. Rodriguez with a leg kick and they trade punches. They trade kicks and punches. They trade kicks. 10-9 Rodriguez, 29-28 Rodriguez.

Official Result- Daniel Rodriguez def. Kevin Lee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

> Ricky Turcios (10-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Brady Hiestand (5-1, 0-0 UFC)
TUF 29 Bantamweight Finals

Turcois with a leg kick and they clinch up against the fence. They break and Hiestand being the aggressor. Hiestand gets a takedown right as Turcios tried to grab the fence to block. Hiestand gets on top and lands and then moves to side control. Turcios with a hammerfist from the bottom and they scramble up. Hiestand gets another takedown. Turcios tries for an armbar from the bottom but Hiestand escapes and they get to their feet. Hiestand tries a takedown but Turcios defends and has the back and lands some punches and is looking for a choke. Hiestand escapes and gets into the guard of Turcios. Turcios looking for an armbar but landing hammerfists from the bottom. They get to their feet and break. Turcios with a combo. They trade and Turcios with a leg kick. Turcios lands a nice right hand. Turcios with some knees as he has the Thai clinch. Turcios lands late. 10-9 Turcios.

They clinch up early on as Hiestand looks for a takedown. They break and Hiestand lands a couple of left hooks. Hiestand trying hard for a takedown and gets Turcios down but Turcios lands some elbows. They get to their feet and break. Hiestand lands a nice left hand. Turcios gets a takedown and gets the back and has both hooks in but is in high. Hiestand escapes and takes the back standing and gets a big takedown. They get to their feet and Turcios grabs the neck and jumps for a guillotine but Hiestand escapes to side control. They get to their feet and Hiestand lands more late. 10-9 Hiestand, 19-19.

Hiestand comes forward and Turcios lands a body kick. They trade and both are landing good. Turcios rocks Hiestand with a right hand and then drops him with another right hand but Hiestand gets up and gets a takedown. They get to their feet and Turcios lands some punches and then a knee that was just barely legal. Turcios pushes Hiestand to the fence. Turcios lands an elbow and they break. Hiestand with a head kick. Turcios landing as Hiestand tries for takedowns, but Turcios defending well. Turcios with a body kick. They trade late. 10-9 Turcious, 29-28 Turcios.

Official Result- Ricky Turcios def. Brady Hiestand by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) to win TUF 29 Bantamweight tournament

> Bryan Battle (5-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Gilbert Urbina (6-1, 0-0 UFC)
TUF 29 Middleweight Finals

They were trading early and Urbina hurts Battle with a punch and gets a takedown and lands from the top. Urbina looks for a choke but Battle escapes and they get to their feet. They trade and both land body kicks. They are both landing punches on the feet and clinch up. Battle did a lot of work to the body in the round. Urbina got the takedowns and had more control. Close round. 10-9 Urbina.

They trade to start the second and Battle with some body kicks. Urbina gets the back of Battle standing and looking for a takedown. He lands some elbows as they break. Battle lands a left hand. Urbina shoots for a takedown but Battle defends. Battle then scores a takedown. He gets the back of Battle and lands some hammerfists. Battle gets the rear-naked choke locked in and Urbina taps! Battle gets the submission win to win the TUF 29 middleweight finals.

Official Result- Bryan Battle def. Gilbert Urbina by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of Round 2 to win the TUF 29 Middleweight tournament

> Edson Barboza (#9, 22-9, 16-9 UFC) vs. Giga Chikadze (#10, 13-2, 6-0 UFC)
Featherweights

Chikadze with a leg kick. Chikadze with another leg kick. Chikadze with a body kick then a leg kick. Barboza still looking for an opening and lands a leg kick. Chikadze has a head kick blocked but then lands a right hand. Chikadze with a jumping knee and then a left hand. Barboza with a leg kick. He lands another. Chikadze lands more kicks but Barboza is checking them. Chikadze with a spin kick. Chikadze lands a right hand. Chikadze rushes in but Barboza lands a right hand that backs him up. Barboza with a leg kick. Chikadze lands a leg kick and rushes forward as Barboza is retreating. Chikadze lands a left hand. He lands a hard body kick. 10-9 Chikadze.

Barboza with a body kick. Chikadze with a leg kick and Barboza with a right hand. Chikadze lands a left hand. They trade leg kicks. Chikadze lands to the body. Barboza with a hook to the body. Barboza with a head kick. Barboza doing more work to the body in the second. Chikadze slowing down a little. Barboza with a calf kick. They trade jabs. Chikadze lands a left hand. Barboza with a body kick. Barboza with a body kick. Barboza with a leg kick. Close round. 10-9 Barboza, 19-19.

Barboza lands the double jab. Barboza with a jab as Chikadze lands a leg kick. Chikadze with a knee to the body and then rocks Barboza with a punch. Chikadze chasing Barboza around the cage. Chikadze lands a right hand. He lands another and Barboza is wobbly. Barboza goes to the ground and Chikadze rushes and gets on top. Chikadze landing big punches from the top. Chikadze grabs the neck and looks for a guillotine and turns it into a D'Arce choke. Barboza gets out and they stand and Chikadze lands a right hand and Barboza falls down again and it is over. Chikadze with the big finish.

Official Result- Giga Chikadze def. Edson Barboza by TKO (punches) at 1:44 of Round 3