Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN+ 42: Overeem vs. Volkov, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Octagon returns to Las Vegas for the first time in 2021 for the first of four events in the month of February with a heavyweight main event featuring two men with a combined 106 professional fights between them.
Alistair Overeem will be looking to make it three consecutive wins when he battles Alexander Volkov in the night's five-round headline bout. Overeem is coming off back-to-back wins over Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai in 2020 and is eager to get another UFC title shot. Volkov is looking to win for the second straight time after defeating Harris in October, and is also looking to get himself a long-awaited title shot.
In the co-main event, it is an important bantamweight contest as Cory Sandhagen takes on former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. The winner could be in line to challenge the winner of the UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling, which takes place at UFC 259 on March 6. Also on the main card is a lightweight bout as long-time UFC veterans Michael Johnson and Clay Guida square off, flyweight bout between Alexander Pantoja and the debuting Manel Kape, and a lightweight rematch between Diego Ferreira and Beneil Dariush. Dariush defeated Ferreira at UFC 179 in October 2014, and both men are on solid win streaks, as Ferreira has won six straight and Dariush five straight.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Ode Osbourne (8-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-4, 0-2 UFC)
Rivera took this fight early in the week. Rivera throws a high kick and Osbourne counters with a left hand that drops Rivera and then lands some punches from the top and this is quickly stopped. It lasted maybe thirty seconds. Big win for Osbourne here.
Official Result- Ode Osbourne def. Jerome Rivera by knockout (punches) at :26 of Round 1
> Timur Valiev (14-2 1 NC, 0-0 1 NC UFC) vs. Martin Day (8-5, 0-3 UFC)
Day throws a high kick early. Valiev with a leg kick. Valiev with another calf kick. Valiev still throwing leg kicks. He's still throwing leg kicks but mixing in feints. Valiev lands a leg kick and Day counters with a combo. Valiev tries a takedown and gets the back of Day standing as they work to the fence. Valiev gets a brief takedown but right back to their feet. Valiev landing punches from the back. Valiev gets Day back to the ground and Valiev now working in the half-guard but moves to the full guard of Day. Day keeping Valiev from doing a ton of damage but Valiev lands a couple of elbows. Day with a couple of elbows from the bottom. 10-9 Valiev.
Valiev starting with some leg kicks in the second. Valiev with an overhand right followed by a leg kick. Valiev grabs the single leg and gets the takedown. Valiev in the half-guard and has top underhook and landing some punches. Valiev moves to side control. Valiev trying to find the neck but lets go. Valiev with some right hands from the guard and then lands a nice elbow. Valiev landing from the top. Day not able to do much from the bottom. Valiev working from the top but Day sweeps and ends the round on top as Valiev was chasing a submission. 10-9 Valiev, 20-18 Valiev.
Valiev lands some leg kicks to start. Day trying to land but having trouble defending the kicks. Valiev gets a takedown and is in the half-guard. Valiev moves to the side and Day almost gives up his back but gets Valiev back in his full guard. Valiev landing from the top. They get to their feet and Valiev has the back and drags Day to the mat but they stand again. Valiev with some knees to the body. They go back to the mat but stand again and Valiev still has the body lock. Day trying to switch but can't escape. Valiev gets back to the half-guard. Valiev with some right hands. Dominant showing from Valiev. 10-9 Valiev, 30-27 Valiev.
Official Result- Timur Valiev def. Martin Day by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
> Seungwoo Choi (8-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Youssef Zalal (10-3, 3-1 UFC)
Choi lands a high kick. Choi with a right hand. Both men are warned about their fingers being extended. Zalal with a stiff jab. Choi was a high kick. Zalal with the jab. They trade left hands. Zalal tries for a takedown and they clinch against the fence. Choi pushing Zalal's head down and Zalal landing hammerfists to the thighs of Choi. Choi landing elbows as he defends the takedown from Zalal. Choi with a couple of shoulder strikes and they are broken up by the referee. Choi comes forward with some punches. They break. They trade body kicks and Choi lands a combo. Choi gets a late takedown. 10-9 Choi.
Zalal with a leg kick and Choi counters with a right hand. Choi lands a right hand. Zalal jumping up in the clinch looking for a choke but uses it to reverse position. Zalal looking for the single leg trying to get the fight to the mat but Choi showing good defense. They are broken up from the clinch. Choi lands a combo. Choi with a right hand and just misses a head kick attempt. Choi with the jab and is controlling the center. Choi runs in with a combo and pushes Zalal against the fence. Choi gets a takedown along the fence and stands. Choi with some kicks to the downed Zalal, but lets him up. Choi with a leg kick. Choi landing late and they trade late. 10-9 Choi, 20-18 Choi.
They trade to start the third and both looking for openings. They clinch against the fence and Zalal gets a takedown and is looking for a guillotine choke. He had it locked in tight but Choi escapes and gets on top. Zalal looks for a triangle choke but Choi escapes. Choi lands from the top and they stand. They clinch and Zalal gets a brief takedown. They stand and Zalal pushes Choi against the fence. Choi reverses position and is looking for a takedown. Good fight here. 10-9 Zalal, 29-28 Choi.
Official Result- Seungwoo Choi def. Youssef Zalal by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Molly McCann (10-3, 3-2 UFC) vs. Lara Procopio (6-1, 0-1 UFC)
McCann comes forward right away. Both landing right away. McCann with some punches and Procopio with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence. McCann lands a knee to the body and Procopio looking for a takedown against the fence. McCann landing punches as she defends. They battle for underhooks against the fence and McCann with a couple of foot stomps. Procopio gets a takedown and is in the half-guard of McCann. Procopio gets to side control and McCann is looking to explode up from the bottom. Procopio landing from the top and moves to the mount as she lands. McCann is trying to scramble but having no luck. Procopio lands from the mount and McCann gives up her back. Procopio looks to set up an armbar but lands instead and has a choke locked in as the round ends. 10-9 Procopio.
They are trading to start the second and McCann landing better but Procopio now landing better and they clinch. Procopio looking for a takedown but pushes McCann against the fence. Procopio has the body lock and gets the takedown. McCann gets an armbar from the bottom and has it locked in deep but Procopio defends for a moment. McCann still working for it but Procopio defending it well. Procopio able to escape and now in the half-guard of McCann. They get to their feet and McCann is breathing heavy. Procopio has McCann pinned against the fence. Procopio gets the takedown. McCann lands some elbows from the bottom. Procopio stands and lands a right hand as she goes back to the half-guard. 10-9 Procopio, 20-18 Procopio.
They trade to start the third and clinch. McCann lands an elbow and Procopio with a knee. They clinch against the fence. Procopio reverses position. Procopio gets a takedown and is working in the guard of McCann. Procopio sits back looking for a heel hook. McCann trying to roll out. They stand and Procopio has the body lock. She now has the back of McCann standing. McCann with a back elbow but Procopio gets the takedown. They are scrambling on the mat but not much is happening. Procopio still has the back and the body lock. She gets McCann back down and has the back and lands some punches. She lands more as the fight ends. 10-9 Procopio, 30-27 Procopio.
Official Result- Lara Procopio def. Molly McCann by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-27)
> Karol Rosa (13-3, 2-0 UFC) vs. Joselyne Edwards (10-2, 1-0 UFC)
Rosa gets Edwards down within the first 15 seconds. Rosa working from the top as she flattens Edwards out away from the fence. Rosa landing short punches from the top but neither doing much of anything. Rosa lands an elbow from the top. Rosa with some punches from the top. Rosa gets to the mount and lands some punches. Edwards is able to escape and they stand and Edwards lands a right hand. They are trading and Edwards landing better. Rosa lands a leg kick and they clinch to end the round. 10-9 Rosa.
They trade leg kicks and both miss huge left hooks. Rosa with a heavy leg kick that hurts Edwards. Rosa with more leg kicks and Rosa clinches and lands a knee. Rosa with some more knees to the body. Rosa lands some punches as they break. They trade leg kicks. Edwards lands a combo. They are trading near the fence. Rosa with a combo ending with a leg kick and then Edwards comes forward with a combo. They clinch and Rosa gets a takedown. Rosa landing from the top but she has a cut somewhere and blood is pouring out all over Edwards. Rosa still landing from the half-guard and Edwards not able to do much from the bottom. Rosa looking to set up a kimura but goes back to punching. Rosa finishes the round on top. 10-9 Rosa, 20-18 Rosa.
Blood is pouring from Rosa's mouth as the third starts. They trade and Rosa changes levels and gets a takedown. Edwards lands a few strikes from the bottom as Rosa is just holding on from the top. Rosa stands and Edwards gets to her feet. Rosa with a leg kick. Edwards with a leg kick and they clinch against the fence. They battle for underhooks as Rosa has Edwards pinned against the fence. Rosa gets Edwards back to the mat and is working from the top. Rosa remains on top as the fight ends with her landing some ground and pound. 10-9 Rosa, 30-27 Rosa.
Official Result- Karol Rosa def. Joselyne Edwards by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Devonte Smith (10-2, 2-1 UFC) vs. Justin Jaynes (16-6, 1-2 UFC)
Smith is returning from a long layoff, and Jaynes took this fight on Tuesday. Smtih with some leg kicks. Smith lands a jab that stuns Jaynes. Jaynes lands an overhand right. Smith with a high kick. Smith with a body kick. Smith with a combo. Jaynes lands a punch that hurts Smith. Smith with a high body kick. Smith with a left hook and then a combo. Smith comes forward and lands. Jaynes grabs the leg and Smith lands some punches that seem to hurt Jaynes. They break and Smith lands late. 10-9 Smith.
Jaynes lands a combo and then tries a body lock takedown but Smith lands some punches to defend. Smith is able to reverse and get a takedown into side control. Smith with pressure from the top and lands a short elbow. Smith slides into the mount against the fence. Smith landing punches as Jaynes is giving up his back. Smith landing big punches from the back and is looking for a choke and he almost had it but Jaynes escapes and Smith explodes to his feet. Jaynes is ordered up by Keith Peterson and they call a timeout to check on Jaynes' eye. It looks horrible. They call the fight off as the bruising under Jaynes' left eye is really bad. This is the right call. Great showing by Smith.
Official Result- Devonte Smith def. Justin Jaynes by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 3:38 of Round 2
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> Mike Rodriguez (11-5 1 NC, 2-3 1 NC UFC) vs. Danilo Marques (10-2, 1-0 UFC)
Marques going right for the takedownand completes it. Rodriguez gets to his feet but Marques has the body lock as they battle against the fence. Marques gets another takedown but isn't doing much with it. Marques gets to side control and lands a few elbows. Rodriguez works to his feet but Marques still has the body lock and takes him back down but is still doing nothing. Marques lands a couple of left hands as they stand. Rodriguez lands an elbow before they break. 10-9 Marques.
Rodriguez looking to land to start the second. Rodriguez with a leg kick. He lands another as Marques is looking for a takedown, and Rodriguez lands an uppercut. Rodriguez with another leg kick. Marques gets a takedown. Marques lands some short punches. Marques gets the mount and lands some short punches. Marques with more right hands. He lands more as Rodriguez has shown no way to get out from the bottom here. Marques gets the back. Marques with the body triangle and is now looking for a rear-naked choke and Rodriguez is out! Marques gets the submission win with seconds left in the second round.
Official Result- Danilo Marques def. Mike Rodriguez by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:52 of Round 2
> Diego Ferreira (#10, 17-2, 8-2 UFC) vs. Beneil Dariush (#13, 18-4-1, 12-4-1 UFC)
They trade kicks to start. Dariush lands some left hands. Dariush shoots for a takedown against the fence. Ferreira defending well and he drops down looking for an omaplata and looks for an armbar before they scramble up. Dariush gets a takedown but they get up and trade punches in a wild exchange. They were trading and Dariush lands a knee to the body that hurts Ferreira bad. Ferreira tries to bait Dariush to the mat and Dariush gets on top. Dariush landing but Ferreira looking for a leg lock but Dariush escapes and moves to the guard of Ferreira. Dariush with big punches from the top. Dariush looks for the back. They get to their feet. Ferreira lands a combo that cracks Dariush. Ferreira with a body kick. They trade at the end and Ferreira lands a front kick to the face that stuns Dariush. 10-9 Dariush.
They are trading big punches to start the second. Dariush with a kick. Ferreira with a front kick to the body of Dariush. Dariush with a leg kick and Ferreira lands a right hand. Dariush shoots for a takedown and completes it. Dariush in the guard of Ferreira. Dariush stands and Ferreira nearly lands an upkick as Dariush goes back into his guard. They scramble up and Dariush is on the back. Dariush lands a knee and Ferreira tries to roll for a leg lock but Dariush escapes. Dariush jumps on the back of Ferreira standing but they separate. Dariush gets a takedown. They get to their feet. Dariush with a leg kick and Ferreira lands a punch then Dariush gets a takedown. Dariush in the guard of Ferreira and both landing punches. Dariush moves to the half-guard. Ferreira with elbows from the bottom and Dariush landing punches from the top. Dariush ends the round on top. 10-9 Dariush, 20-18 Dariush.
Dariush with a leg kick. Ferreira lands a left hand and Dariush counters with a leg kick. Dariush with a left hand. They trade punches. Ferreira lands a counter right hand. Dariush chasing a takedown but Ferreira escapes. Dariush lands a kick to the groin of Ferreira and we have a timeout. We get back to action and they trade body kicks. They trade left hands. Dariush tries a takedown but Ferreira slips away and Dariush lands a left hand as he gets up. Dariush with a left hand. Dariush with another left hand. Dariush lands a kick and Ferreira dumps him to the mat and Ferreira looks to get on top but they end up getting to their feet. They're trading in close range. Dariush gets a takedown. Dariush has the back of Ferreira and is looking to get the hooks locked in. Ferreira escapes and Dariush looks for a leg lock as time runs out. Really good fight here. 10-9 Dariush, 30-27 Dariush.
Official Result- Beneil Dariush def. Diego Ferreira by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
> Alexandre Pantoja (#5, 22-5, 6-3 UFC) vs. Manel Kape (15-4, 0-0 UFC)
Pantoja lands a right hand. Kape looking for an opening. Pantoja with a body kick. Kape with a left hand. Pantoja with a leg kick. They trade punches. Pantoja looks for a takedown opening but Kape defends. Pantoja with a right hand and then a body kick followed by a leg kick. Pantoja lands some right hands. Pantoja being more active. Kape lands a right hand. Pantoja with a leg kick. Pantoja with a body kick. Kape tries a cartwheel kick but misses and Pantoja gets on top and lands some ground-and-pound. 10-9 Pantoja.
Kape lands a couple of punches to start the second. Pantoja with a kick and then a right hand. They trade kicks and both land punches. Pantoja with a leg kick and eats a counter combo from Kape. Pantoja with a body kick. Pantoja with a right hand. Kape with a leg kick. Pantoja with a right hand and Kape counters with a combo. Pantoja with a body kick. They trade kicks. Kape with a high kick and Pantoja counters with a right hand. Kape gets a takedown and has the back of Pantoja as they stand and they break. They trade late and Kape with a late takedown. 10-9 Pantoja, 20-18 Pantoja.
They trade quick punches to start the third. Kape with a left cross and Pantoja lands a right hand. Kape looking to get more active in this round. They trade and Kape is just so much faster but his volume is lower than Pantoja's. They are trading and Pantoja lands a body kick. Kape still looks fresh. Kape with a quick combo. Kape landing more as he hurts Pantoja. Pantoja with a body kick. Kape lands a jab. Kape with a body kick and gets a takedown but they get right back up and Pantoja lands a knee. They exchange late and Kape has the back as the fight ends. Good fight. 10-9 Kape, 29-28 Pantoja.
Official Result- Alexandre Pantoja def. Manel Kape by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Michael Johnson (19-16, 11-12 UFC) vs. Clay Guida (35-20, 15-14 UFC)
Johnson lands a combo. Guida lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Guida lands a hard right hand. Guida lands some hard right hands. Guida with a head kick. Guida is throwing hard punches. Johnson tries to land a knee as Guida rushes in for a takedown. Guida gets a takedown. Guida works from the top but they stand and Johnson lands a knee as they break. Johnson with a combo and lands a knee to the chin. They clinch and Johnson controlling the underhook against the fence. They trade knees and separate. Guida lands a hard right hand. Johnson with a combo. Guida lands a right hand and Johnson counters with a left. Guida lands two late right hands. Fun round. 10-9 Guida.
They trade to start the second. Johnson lands a combo. Guida shoots in and gets a takedown against the fence. They work to their feet but Guida with relentless pressure against the fence. Johnson landing some hammerfists as Guida was working for the takedown and they break as Johnson lands a knee. Guida shoots for another takedown. Guida trying hard for it but Johnson defending well. They break and Guida still trying for the takedown but Johnson defends and has Guida pressed against the fence. They break. They trade punches. Guida trying for a takedown again but Johnson defending as time runs out. 10-9 Johnson, 19-19.
They both rush to the center and are throwing. Both throwing wild punches and neither landing. Johnson lands a jab and Guida with a knee. Johnson rocks Guida with a punch. Guida chases a takedown and gets it against the fence. They get to their feet and Guida has Pantoja pressed against the fence. Guida gets Johnson down and has the back and is looking for a rear-naked choke. He has it locked in but not super tight and Johnson is defending. Johnson is able to escape but Guida still has the body triangle. Guida finishes the fight in that position. Fun fight. 10-9 Guida, 29-28 Guida.
Official Result- Clay Guida def. Michael Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Cory Sandhagen (#2, 13-2, 6-1 UFC) vs. Frankie Edgar (#4, 24-8-1, 18-8-1 UFC)
Edgar with a leg kick as he is coming forward. Sandhagen with a leg kick. Edgar comes forward and Sandhagen lands a flying knee and Edgar is out cold! What a knockout by Sandhagen, holy cow.
Official Result- Cory Sandhagen def. Frankie Edgar by knockout (flying knee) at :28 of Round 1
> Alistair Overeem (#5, 47-18 1 NC, 12-7 UFC) vs. Alexander Volkov (#6, 32-8, 6-2 UFC)
Volkov comes forward and lands a leg kick. Volkov lands a right hand. Overeem looking for an opening. Volkov with a leg kick and follows it with a right hand. Overeem with a left hand. He lands another. Overeem with a left hand. Volkov with a high body kick. Volkov lands a punch and Overeem slipped and Volkov got on top and was landing but Overeem was able to get to his feet. Volkov lands two right hands and follows it with a knee. Volkov lands a few jabs and then lands punches as Overeem was covering up. Great round for Volkov. 10-9 Volkov.
Volkov landing to start the second. Overeem looking to clinch. Overeem covering up as Volkov looks to land. Volkov stuns Overeem with a combo. Volkov lands some punches that hurt Overeem. Volkov landing against the fence as Overeem covers up. Overeem is cut open. Volkov landing again. Volkov lands a combo and Overeem falls to the mat and Jason Herzog stops the fight. Volkov with the win and he looked outstanding in this fight.
Official Result- Alexander Volkov def. Alistair Overeem by TKO (punches) at 2:06 of Round 2