Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 44: Rozenstruik vs. Gane, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC closes out a busy month of February with its third heavyweight headliner in the four events this month, which could clear up the title picture even further in the division.
Knockout artists Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane square off in the five-round main event. Both men are coming off knockout wins over Junior Dos Santos, as Rozenstruik defeated him at UFC 252 in August, and Gane got his win over him at UFC 256 in December. Rozenstruik has been impressive in the UFC, with his lone loss coming to Francis Ngannou, but Gane has yet to taste defeat in his young seven-fight career.
In the co-main event, Nikita Krylov looks for his second straight win against Magomed Ankalaev, winner of five straight, in an exciting light heavyweight match-up. Also on the main card is a women's flyweight bout between Montana De La Rosa and Mayra Bueno Silva, bantamweights Pedro Munhoz and Jimmie Rivera square off in a rematch of a November 2015 bout won by Rivera, and a featherweight bout between Alex Caceres and Kevin Croom.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Dustin Jacoby (13-5, 1-2 UFC) vs. Maxim Grishin (31-8-2, 1-1 UFC)
Light Heavyweights* (Grishin missed weight by 4.5 pounds)
Jacoby lands a calf kick to start. Jacoby lands a nice leg kick. Grishin goes for a takedown but Jacoby defends as Grishin pins him against the fence. Grishin lands a right hand and Jacoby stumbles back and falls to the mat and Grishin jumps on his back and is looking for a choke. Jacoby worked his way out and they get to their feet against the fence. They break and Jacoby with a body kick. Grishin with an inside leg kick. Grishin with another leg kick. Grishin landing more and then he knocks Jacoby down at the end of the round and was landing as the round ended. Big finish to the round for Grishin. 10-9 Grishin.
Jacoby with a leg kick to start the second but he's moving backwards. Grishin with some low kicks as he is coming forward. Grishin with a body kick. Jacoby being busier in the second. He lands a couple of jabs and lands a body kick. Grishin breathing deeper now. Jacoby with a leg kick. Grishin trying to clinch but Jacoby slipping away. Jacoby rocks Grishin with a right hand and then lands a couple of leg kicks. Jacoby with another leg kick and Grishin counters with a calf kick. Jacoby with a nice recovery round in the second. 10-9 Jacoby, 19-19.
They are both looking to land to start the third and Jacoby working the jab. Jacoby lands a left hand. Grishin with a left hook. Jacoby working the jab some more. Grishin with a leg kick and Jacoby counters with his own leg kick. Grishin with a leg kick and hurt his own leg as Jacoby checked. Jacoby went for a flying knee but missed and they clinch against the fence. They break and Jacoby with some leg kicks. Grishin with a body kick. Grishin with a combo and ends it with a body kick late. Very close third round to decide it. 10-9 Jacoby, 29-28 Jacoby.
Official Result- Dustin Jacoby def. Maxim Grishin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Vince Cachero (7-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (6-1, 0-0 UFC)
Lawrence circling around and lands a couple of leg kicks and then a jumping knee. Cachero with a body kick. Lawrence gets a takedown in the center of the Octagon. Cachero was looking for a submission from the bottom but Lawrence scrambles out and keeps Cachero on the mat. They scramble up and Lawrence looked for the neck but they broke. Lawrence lands a leg kick and Cachero crumbles to the mat but gets right back up. Lawrence gets another takedown but Cachero pops right back up. Cachero lands a nice right hand and Lawrence decides to take him back down. Cachero trying to work for a triangle. Lawrence with some elbows from the top. He ends the round almost from the mount position. 10-9 Lawrence.
They trade to start the second and Lawrence coming out aggressive and lands a leg kick, then a body kick and then a head kick. Lawrence with a left hand and Cachero counters with a leg kick. Lawrence gets a takedown and working from the side. They scramble but Lawrence able to keep Cachero down. Cachero works his way to the feet but Lawrence takes him right back down. Cachero gets the neck and tries for a guillotine but Lawrence rolls out to escape. Cachero now looking for a D'Arce choke. Lawrence escapes and has the back of Cachero and gets another takedown. Lawrence ends the round on top. 10-9 Lawrence, 20-18 Lawrence.
Lawrence lands a spinning back kick, then a leg kick that trips Cachero up and gets a takedown right away to start the third and is working from the top. Lawrence landing lots of shots from the top as Cachero gives up his back. Lawrence landing tons of punches and this fight could be stopped. The referee letting it go on too long and he finally stops it as Lawrence gets the finish. What a performance by Lawrence!
Official Result- Ronnie Lawrence def. Vince Cachero by TKO (punches) at 2:38 of Round 3
> Alexis Davis (#11 WFLY, 19-10, 6-5 UFC) vs. Sabina Mazo (9-1, 3-1 UFC)
Davis with an early leg kick. Mazo working the jab and lands a straight right. Mazo lands a combo. Mazo with a leg kick and then a body kick and Davis gets a takedown off a kick. Davis is in side control and Mazo trying to defend from the bottom. Davis with some body punches. Davis gets the back of Mazo and is looking to dig the hooks in. Mazo rolls but Davis still has the back. Davis still trying to look for the choke from the back. Mazo tries to spin in and Davis ends up in the mount but Mazo gives her back up. Davis landing from the back as the round ends. 10-9 Davis.
Davis with some leg kicks to start the second. Mazo landing with the right hand and some leg kicks. Davis throws some punches and lands a leg kick. Mazo landing the jab and landing more punches. Davis with a leg kick. Mazo with a combo but Davis lands a high kick. Davis with a combo and then two leg kicks. Mazo with a right hand. Davis with a couple of calf kicks. Davis lands another and Mazo lands a leg kick and then a body kick. Davis with another. They clinch and both landing with some dirty boxing. Davis with a leg kick. Davis with a combo then a leg kick. Mazo with a right hand. Mazo with a combo and Davis gets a late takedown. Davis with an elbow from the top at the end. 10-9 Davis, 20-18 Davis.
They trade punches to start the third. Mazo lands a body kick and Davis grabs the leg and takes Mazo down. Mazo looking for a leg lock. Davis escapes and lands a body kick before getting into the guard of Mazo. Davis gets the back of Mazo. Davis tries to spin to the mount but ends up in the guard of Mazo and they both land elbows. Mazo looking for an armbar from the bottom but Davis escapes. Davis gets the back and looks to get the hooks in. Davis lands from the back. Both landing on the mat. Davis ends the fight having the back of Mazo. 10-9 Davis, 30-27 Davis.
Official Result- Alexis Davis def. Sabina Mazo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
> Alexander Hernandez (12-3, 4-2 UFC) vs. Thiago Moises (14-4, 3-2 UFC)
Moises with a body kick. Hernandez lands a left hand. Moises with a leg kick. Hernandez with a leg kick. Moises with a leg kick. They trade punches. Moises with a calf kick. Hernandez with a right hand. Moises lands a counter. Hernandez with a body kick and then a right hand. Moises with a right hand. Hernandez with a high body kick. Hernandez with a left hand. Moises with a leg kick. He lands another and Hernandez with a right hand and then a body kick. Hernandez with a leg kick. We have a timeout for a low kick by Hernandez. Moises lands a nice left hand. Moises coming forward and both land as the round ends. Close round. 10-9 Moises.
Hernandez with a high kick to start the second. Moises lands a right hand. Hernandez with a leg kick. Moises with a body kick. Hernandez lands a left hand. Moises with a high body kick. Hernandez with a combo. Moises lands a right hand. Hernandez lands a right hand. Hernandez with a leg kick. Moises with a spin kick. Hernandez with a combo. Moises with a leg kick. Hernandez with a leg kick and then a combo. They trade in close range. Moises with a right hand. Hernandez lands a right hand late and Moises lands a head kick late and they exchange at the end. 10-9 Moises, 20-18 Moises.
Hernandez with a body kick. Moises lands a right hand and then a head kick. They exchange. Hernandez with a body kick as Moises was dropping down for a takedown. Moises with a right hand. Moises with a high kick. They trade and Moises with an inside leg kick. Hernandez with a left hand. Moises lands a right hand. Moises with a head kick. They trade and Moises with a leg kick and then a right hand. Moises with a body kick. Moises with a calf kick then a high kick. Moises with a high kick. Strong showing from Moises. 10-9 Moises, 30-27 Moises.
Official Result- Thiago Moises def. Alexander Hernandez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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> Alex Caceres (17-12 1 NC, 12-10 1 NC UFC) vs. Kevin Croom (21-12 1 NC, 0-0 1 NC UFC)
Caceres with a side kick to the body. Croom swinging wildly and comes in for a takedown but Caceres defends and they separate. They trade punches. Croom with a right hand to the body as he comes in looking for a takedown. Caceres defending well against the fence. Croom still working for the takedown against the fence and Caceres still defending. Caceres lands a knee and then slips and Croom grabs his back and drags him down to the mat. Caceres spins to the guard of Croom and lands a right hand. They stand and break. Croom with a leg kick and shoots for a takedown but Caceres defends and has the back. They continue to battle for underhooks. 10-9 Caceres.
Croom lands a right hand and shoots for a takedown but Caceres defends. Croom gets Caceres down for a brief second but they stand and Croom has the back standing. Croom gets Caceres down and is in his guard. Caceres playing good defense on the mat as he keeps Croom from doing any offense. Caceres locks in a triangle from the bottom. Croom is fighting it but Caceres works on getting it in tighter. Caceres lets it go. Wow, that was unexpected. They scramble to the feet and Croom has the back of Caceres. Croom going in deep for a takedown. They stay tied up for the rest of the second. 10-9 Caceres, 20-18 Caceres.
Both throwing wild shots and Croom tries a takedown. Caceres lands some punches as Croom walked into them and Croom was wobbly from it. Croom tries a takedown but Caceres defends and lands a right hook. Croom tries another takedown but Caceres defends. Croom trying hard for the takedown but Caceres defending and he lands an elbow. Croom gets Caceres down to the mat. Caceres gets to his feet and lands a combo. Caceres gets the fight to the mat and has the back of Croom and has the body lock on. 10-9 Caceres, 30-27 Caceres.
Official Result- Alex Caceres def. Kevin Croom by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
> Pedro Munhoz (#8, 18-5 1 NC, 8-5 1 NC) vs. Jimmie Rivera (#9, 23-4, 7-3 UFC)
They trade punches right away and Munhoz went to the mat for a second. Munhoz with a leg kick. Munhoz with another. He lands another and then slips to the mat again. Munhoz lands a left hook. Rivera with a right hand and Munhoz with a leg kick. Rivera with a combo. Munhoz with a leg kick and Rivera with a right hand. Rivera goes for a takedown but Munhoz gets away. Both land. They trade leg kicks. They trade hard punches. Rivera with a couple of leg kicks. Munhoz with a high kick. Rivera lands to the body and then a left hook. Munhoz with some more leg kicks. Rivera with a right hand. Rivera with a right hand. Munhoz with a high kick. Fun round. 10-9 Munhoz.
They trade punches and Rivera gets a takedown and Munhoz is looking for a heel hook but Rivera escapes to his feet. Munhoz grabs the back and lands a knee and they break. Rivera lands a combo and Munhoz leg kicks the crap out of him. Rivera lands a punch. Munhoz with another calf kick. Munhoz lands a jab and then a leg kick. Rivera lands some hard punches but his leg gets eaten up by some hard kicks from Munhoz. Rivera tries a takedown but Munhoz defends. Rivera showing that his lead leg is hurt badly. Munhoz with another calf kick to the lead leg. Rivera swinging for the fences. Munhoz with a left hook. Rivera throws a right hand but can't plant on his lead leg. Munhoz with a left hand. 10-9 Munhoz, 20-18 Munhoz.
Munhoz with a body kick. Rivera is circling around but noticeably limping. Munhoz with a high kick. They are both landing punches after we have a timeout for an eye poke. Munhoz with a calf kick. Munhoz with a combo and then lands a groin strike. We get back to action and Rivera goes for a takedown but Munhoz defends and Rivera's knee is now messed up. Rivera's leg is purple. Munhoz with another leg kick. Munhoz with a body kick. Rivera lands a right hand. Rivera lands a huge left hook. Rivera lands to the body. They trade punches. Rivera with an uppercut. Rivera lands a combo. Rivera with a right hand and lands at the end. Great fight. 10-9 Munhoz, 30-27 Munhoz.
Official Result- Pedro Munhoz def. Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Montana De La Rosa (11-6, 4-2 UFC) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (7-1, 2-1 UFC)
Silva with a leg kick and De La Rosa lands a couple of good right hands. De La Rosa with another right hand. Silva lands a knee and then a left hand. They trade high kicks and clinch up. Silva with a knee. De La Rosa trying to get Silva down as she has the body lock. Silva with a short knee. De La Rosa trying hard for a takedown and Silva grabs the fence to block it. Referee Jerin Valel takes a point away. We get back to action and De La Rosa with some front teet kicks. De La Rosa lands a right hand and then goes for a takedown against the fence. Silva with an elbow and lands a big knee. De La Rosa with a body punch and they break. De La Rosa shoots for a takedown against the fence but Silva defends and grabbed the fence for a quick second again. Good round from both. 10-8 De La Rosa due to the point deduction on Silva.
Silva with a head kick and then a jab. Silva gets a takedown and lands a right hand as she stands. De La Rosa lands an upkick and Silva goes back into her guard with a big right hand. They get to their feet. De La Rosa with a side kick. De La Rosa lands a jab and Silva with a right hand. De La Rosa with a left hand. They clinch and Silva lands as they break. They clinch and Silva with some knees. De La Rosa lands a couple of knees but after eating some elbows. De La Rosa gets a takedown. De La Rosa lands some right hands from the top. De La Rosa still throwing and landing from the top. De La Rosa looking for an arm-triangle choke but Silva gets out. De La Rosa gets the mount at the end and lands from the top. 10-9 De La Rosa, 20-17 De La Rosa.
Silva lands some knees in a clinch to start the third. De La Rosa looking for a takedown as she has a leg against the fence. Silva escapes and cracks De La Rosa with some punches and a head kick. De La Rosa still trying to get the takedown as they remain clinched against the fence. Silva lands some elbows. De La Rosa with some knees. Silva lands some more elbows. They break. De La Rosa gets a late takedown and is in the guard of Silva. De La Rosa lands a couple of punches from the top. This is going to be a mess on the scorecards. 10-9 Silva, 29-27 De La Rosa.
Official Result- Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva ends in a majority draw (27-28, 28-28, 28-28)
> Nikita Krylov (#8, 26-7, 8-5 UFC) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (#11, 15-1, 5-1 UFC)
Both looking to land early. Krylov lands a right hand and gets the body lock. Krylov trips Ankalaev to the mat and they get up and he trips him down again as Ankalaev gets warned for grabbing the fence. They get to their feet and break. Krylov lands a kick and Ankalaev lands a counter right hand. Krylov with a body kick. Krylov lands a head kick. Krylov with a body kick and Ankalaev lands a combo. Krylov lands a right hand. Krylov with a body kick and Ankalaev lands a left hand. Ankalaev tries for a takedown but Krylov defends as the round ends. 10-9 Krylov.
Krylov with a leg kick and right hand. Ankalaev lands a high kick. Krylov with a body kick. Ankalaev with a right hook and Krylov counters with his own right hand. Krylov with a leg kick. Krylov mixing his kicks and punches. Ankalaev with a head kick that Krylov partially blocks. They clinch and Krylov with some dirty boxing but Ankalaev lands a nice knee and then a liver punch. Krylov with a combo and a high kick. Krylov tries some spin attack and Ankalaev gets a takedown off of it. Ankalaev with some elbows from the top as he's done a great job of keeping Krylov down though Krylov had good ground defense. 10-9 Ankalaev, 19-19.
They trade to start the third. Ankalaev lands a right hand as Krylov was attempting a kick. Krylov shoots for a takedown and Ankalaev just throws him away. They tie up against the fence. Ankalaev gets Krylov down to the mat. They get to their feet and Ankalaev lands a couple of knees. Ankalaev gets Krylov back down to the mat but isn't doing much with them. He lands a couple of left hands. Ankalaev lands some more left hands. Ankalaev ends the fight on top. 10-9 Ankalaev, 29-28 Ankalaev.
Official Result- Magomed Ankalaev def. Nikita Krylov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Jairzinho Rozenstruik (#4, 11-1, 5-1 UFC) vs. Ciryl Gane (#7, 7-0, 4-0 UFC)
Gane lands first with a snapping jab. Rozenstruik being patient in the first minute. Gane with a leg kick. Not a lot of action inside the first two minutes as Rozenstruik hasn't even landed anything. Rozenstruik misses a big right hand. Rozenstruik lands a flurry. Gane lands a kick to the body and then a right hand before they clinch against the fence. Herb Dean trying to get them to work. Gane gets a late takedown. 10-9 Gane.
They feel each other out to start the second before Gane lands the jab. Gane lands another jab then a leg kick. Rozenstruik isn't doing much other than looking for an opening. Gane continues to land the jab and then the leg kick. Gane with a leg kick and Rozenstruik counters with a right hand and then a leg kick. They clinch against the fence and Gane has the edge but not much is going on. Gane gets a takedown and almost had a choke locked in. They scramble and clinch and both land knees before they break. 10-9 Gane, 20-18 Gane.
Gane lands early with a leg kick. Gane lands a snap jab that sends Rozenstruik's head back. Rozenstruik swings for the fences and misses. Both land punches. Rozenstruik lands a right hand. Gane with a front kick. Gane with the snapping jab. Gane with a calf kick. Gane lands a left hand. Gane lands a combo. They trade late. 10-9 Gane, 30-27 Gane.
Gane with a couple of leg kicks to start the fourth. Gane with a calf kick and then a left hand. Gane with the jab. Gane with an inside leg kick. Rozenstruik misses a right hand. Rozenstruik lands a leg kick. Gane with a knee to the cup and we have a timeout. They get back to action but there is no action happening. Gane with the jab. Rozenstruik with a short leg kick. 10-9 Gane, 40-36 Gane.
Gane with a jab then a head kick. Rozenstruik with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence. Rozenstruik tries to land some elbows. Gane with some short knees. Gane with a short calf kick. Gane with the jab as Rozenstruik just keeps his back against the fence. Gane with an inside leg kick. They clinch against the fence after Rozenstruik lands a punch. Gane with some knees and they break. Gane gets the back of Rozenstruik against the fence. This wasn't a good fight. 10-9 Gane, 50-45 Gane.
Official Result- Ciryl Gane def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)