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UFC on ESPN+ 46 live results: Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt

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Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 46: Font vs. Garbrandt, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Octagon is back in Las Vegas this weekend for the UFC's final show in the month of May, with a bantamweight bout guaranteed to bring some fireworks headlining the card.

Third-ranked Rob Font looks to score the biggest win of his career and extend his three-fight win streak when he takes on former UFC Bantamweight Champion and fourth-ranked Cody Garbrandt in the main event. Font is coming off a first-round finish of Marlon Moraes in December, while Garbrandt fights for the first time since June, when he scored one of the best knockouts of 2020 in finishing Raphael Assuncaco.

In the co-main event, it is a strawweight bout that could determine who is next to challenge new UFC Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas, as Yan Xiaonan battles former UFC Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza. Also on the main card is a women's featherweight bout between former title challenger Felicia Spencer and Norma Dumont, and a middleweight bout between ranked fighters as Jack Hermansson takes on Edmen Shahabazyan.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 4 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.

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> Rafael Alves (19-9, 0-0 UFC) vs. Damir Ismagulov (19-1, 3-0 UFC)
Lightweights

Alves with a body kick and some left hands and Ismagulov goes to the mat for a second and Alves grabs the neck and looks for the guillotine choke. Ismagulov escapes and sweeps to the top and is landing hard body shots from side control. Ismagulov with lots of shots from the top and Alves being warned about grabbing the cage. Ismagulov now landing elbows and moves back to body punches. Alves not even threatening from the bottom and is literally doing nothing. Strong close to the round for Ismagulov. 10-9 Ismagulov.

Alves lands a combo at the start to back up Ismagulov. Alves with the teet kick. Ismagulov looking to land the jab and getting warned about his fingers. Ismagulov with a leg kick. Alves with a body kick. Ismagulov stuns Alves with a left hand. Ismagulov with a leg kick and landing the jab. Ismagulov drops Alves for a second with a left hand and Alves pops right up. Ismagulov with a right hand and follows it with an uppercut. Ismagulov with a jab and a leg kick and Alves fires back with a leg kick. Alves lands a left hand. Ismagulov gets a takedown and into the guard of Alves. Ismagulov landing body shots from the top to end the round. 10-9 Ismagulov, 20-18 Ismagulov.

Ismagulov with the jab as Alves lands a leg kick. They were trading and Ismagulov gets a takedown and is working from the top. Alves tries an upkick but Ismagulov avoids and gets the back of Alves and lands some knees to the thigh. Alves is able to scramble out to his feet. Ismagulov with a right hand. Ismagulov with a nice body kick. Alves was landing to the body against the fence and Ismagulov is having an issue with his eye but is still landing. Ismagulov goes for a takedown against the fence and Alves has the neck. They break. Alves with a wheel kick right to the head and Ismagulov eats it. They clinch against the fence and Alves lands a knee to the head. They stay tied up for the rest of the fight. 10-9 Alves, 29-28 Ismagulov.

Official Result- Damir Ismagulov def. Rafael Alves by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

> David Dvorak (#11, 19-3, 2-0 UFC) vs. Juancamilo Ronderos (4-0, 0-0 UFC)
Flyweights* (Ronderos missed weight by 2.5 pounds)

Ronderos is making his UFC debut, taking this fight on about 12 hours' notice. They are trading to start. Dvorak lands a right hand. Dvorak with a body kick. Dvorak with a right hand. Ronderos misses a punch and Dvorak lands a body kick. Dvorak wobbles Ronderos with a right hand. Dvorak rushes in and tried for a takedown but Dvorak gets the back and locks in a rear-naked choke. Ronderos is fighting it but ends up tapping. Dvorak with the quick win in dominant fashion.

Official Result- David Dvorak def. Juancamilo Ronderos by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:18 of Round 1

> Josh Culibao (8-1-1, 0-1-1 UFC) vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (17-6, 0-0 UFC)
Featherweights

Culibao with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence. Nuerdanbieke trying hard for the takedown against the fence. Nuerdanbieke gets Culiabo down by the fence and has the back. Culibao spins out and they get to their feet but Nuerdanbieke still has the clinch. They trade in the clinch and Nuerdanbieke spins to the back and is working for a takedown and gets it but they get to their feet and Culibao lands a back elbow. They break and Nuerdanbieke lands on the break while Culibao lands a right hand. They trade and Culibao lands an elbow. Nuerdanbieke with a right hand. Nuerdanbieke with a right hand. Culibao with a leg kick. 10-9 Nuerdanbieke.

Culibao landing early in the second as he lands a leg kick and then a right hand. Nuerdanbieke just misses a right hand. Culibao landing some more right hands. Nuerdanbieke with a right hand. Culibao with a leg kick and Nuerdanbieke backs him up throwing punches and then drops down for a takedown attempt against the fence, but Culibao defending. Culibao landing short punches. Nuerdanbieke with an elbow before they break. They trade and Culibao landing some right hands as he's landing the cleaner shots. Culibao with a combo. Culibao with a right hand. Culibao with a leg kick as his volume is picking up. 10-9 Culibao, 19-19.

Culibao landing the calf kicks and following them with punches. Nuerdanbieke with a right hand. Culibao with a calf kick. Culibao with a right hand. Nuerdanbieke throwing punches and missing. Culibao with a right hand. Culibao landing and Nuerdanbieke trying for a takedown but Culibao defending. Culibao lands a punch and has the neck but Nuerdanbieke pops out and they scramble up and separate. Nuerdanbieke tries a late takedown but they trade at the end. 10-9 Culibao, 29-28 Culibao.

Official Result- Josh Culibao def. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

> Bruno Silva (11-5-2 1 NC, 1-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Victor Rodriguez (7-3, 0-1 UFC)
Flyweights

They both miss their first punches thrown. Silva with a leg kick. Silva lands a couple of right hands. Silva then lands a massive right hand that drops Rodriguez and he finishes it off with some follow-up punches. Impressive finish by Silva.

Official Result- Bruno Silva def. Victor Rodriguez by knockout (punches) at 1:00 of Round 1

> Court McGee (19-10, 8-9 UFC) vs. Claudio Silva (14-2, 5-1 UFC)
Welterweights

McGee with a high kick and Silva lands a head kick. They trade and Silva tried to set up a punch but McGee took him down and is on top. They get to their feet and Silva grabs the single leg and trying for a takedown but McGee keeps his balance and breaks away. McGee lands a right hand. McGee with a body shot. McGee with another body punch. Silva trying for a takedown against the fence but McGee is defending and they break away. Silva lands a nice left hand at the end of the first. 10-9 McGee.

Silva with a body kick. McGee circling away. Silva pressing forward and gets a takedown against the fence and has the back as they stand and they break. McGee gets a takedown and is working in the guard of Silva and lands an elbow. McGee with some elbows and punches from the top as he's keeping Silva down on the mat. Silva trying to get out but McGee is staying on top as Silva is using a lot of energy. McGee with some elbows as Silva is trying to attack the leg. McGee defending the heel hook by landing big right hands. McGee has the back and then gets the full mount and lands and looks for the arm-triangle choke. He has it locked in a little. McGee has it in deep but Silva survives. 10-9 McGee, 20-18 McGee.

Silva with a body kick and is throwing trying to finish. Silva with another body kick and then a left hand. McGee with a right hand. Silva with a leg kick that trips up McGee. They clinch against the fence and Silva tries a takedown but McGee easily escapes. McGee then scores an easy takedown against the fence. Silva trying to escape but McGee is landing punches as he's maintaining control and position. They get up and Silva lands an elbow as they break. Silva then swings but McGee ducks under and gets a takedown and works in the guard of Silva. McGee still on the top and landing as the fight ends. Should be a solid win for McGee. 10-9 McGee, 30-27 McGee.

Official Result- Court McGee def. Claudio Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

> Ben Rothwell (38-13, 8-7 UFC) vs. Chris Barnett (21-6, 0-0 UFC)
Heavyweights

Barnett with some leg kicks. Barnett landing leg kicks as Rothwell lands a right hand. Barnett then lands a combo and then a punch off the fence. Rothwell with a combo. Rothwell lands a right hand after Barnett lands. Barnett with a combo and just misses a spin kick. Rothwell with a right hand. Rothwell with a leg kick. Rothwell with a takedown. Rothwell landing from the top as he moves to the full mount. Rothwell gets the back and locks in a rear-naked choke but Barnett escapes and they scramble to their feet. Barnett with a right hand. Rothwell with a right hand and lands a knee. Rothwell with some uppercuts in the clinch. 10-9 Rothwell.

Barnett with a leg kick. Rothwell lands a right hand. They trade leg kicks. Barnett with a combo. Rothwell lands a right hand. Rothwell with an uppercut. Barnett swinging and Rothwell landing as well. Barnett tries a takedown but Rothwell gets a front choke locked in and Barnett taps! Rothwell with the submission win.

Official Result- Ben Rothwell def. Chris Barnett by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:07 of Round 2

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> Jack Hermansson (#7, 21-6, 8-4 UFC) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (#10, 11-1, 4-1 UFC)
Middleweights

Shahbazyan lands a combo early. Hermansson with a leg kick as Shahbazyan lands a left hook. They trade jabs. Hermansson with the jab and Shahbazyan lands a counter left then a jab. Shahbazyan with a right hand. Hermansson with a body kick and then a leg kick. Shahbazyan lands the jab. Hermansson shoots for a takedown and Shahbazyan lands a right hand. Shahbazyan with the jab. Hermansson with a leg kick and Shahbazyan with a combo and then another right hand. Shahbazyan with the jab and then a right hand. Hermansson with the leg kick. They trade jabs and Shahbazyan with a combo. Hermansson looks for a takedown but Shahbazyan circles away and then lands a combo. Shahbazyan with a right hand to the body. Shahbazyan with the jab and Hermansson with a heavy calf kick and then another. Shahbazyan with a right hand and then a stiff jab. They trade in close range. 10-9 Shahbazyan.

Hermansson goes for a takedown against the fence right away and Shahbazyan lands some elbows. Hermansson able to complete the takedown and is working from the top landing punches. Hermansson with some body punches. Shahbazyan able to scramble out from the bottom and Hermansson has neck control as they stand. Shahbazyan has a cut open over his left eye. Shahbazyan now has the neck as Hermansson takes him down and is in the half-guard working. Hermansson with some body shots from the top and now lands left hands to the head of Shahbazyan. Hermansson with some work from the top. Shahbazyan able to reverse from the top. Shahbazyan has the neck and lets go. Hermansson with an elbow from the bottom. Shahbazyan with an elbow as he grabs the neck, but lets go and keeps his top position. Shahbazyan stands and lands some big shots at the end. 10-9 Hermansson, 19-19.

They trade the jab to start the third. Shahbazyan lands a nice uppercut. Hermansson trying for a takedown against the fence and gets it. Hermansson landing from the top in the half-guard. Hermansson landing from the top. Hermansson in control and dominating from the top. Hermansson landing more and more and Shahbazyan can't get out from the bottom. Hermansson with some more big punches and elbows. Hermansson with more and more punches as he's dominating the third round. Hermansson in side control and has the crucifix position and finishes the fight there. 10-8 Hermansson, 29-27 Hermansson.

Official Result- Jack Hermansson def. Edmen Shahbazyan by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

> Ricardo Ramos (14-3, 5-2 UFC) vs. Bill Algeo (14-5, 1-1 UFC)
Featherweights

Algeo lands a body kick and Ramos gets him to the mat for a second and then jumps on the back as they stand. Ramos has the body lock and gets a big slam takedown and jumps on the back again standing. Algeo escapes and they're tied up against the fence. They break. Algeo backs Ramos up with some lefts. Ramos with a right hand and Algeo counters with a jab. Algeo with a right hand to the body. Ramos lands a jab. Algeo with a right hand and then a spin kick to the body. Ramos lands a big left hand. Ramos with another left hand. Ramos lands a left and gets a takedown and has the back as they stand. Ramos gets a trip takedown but they scramble up against the fence. Ramos is on the back with one hook in. They get up and Algeo lands some and they clinch at the end and almost go to the mat. 10-9 Ramos.

Algeo coming forward to start the second and Ramos lands a body kick. They trade in close range. Ramos with a high kick that Algeo partially blocks. Algeo lands a knee but Ramos grabs him and scores a takedown. Ramos in the guard of Algeo. They get to their feet and Ramos with a leg kick. Algeo now landing lots of punches and lands a nice right hand. Ramos with the jab. They trade and Ramos takes the back standing. Algeo with a spinning back elbow after they break. Algeo with more volume standing but Ramos gets a late takedown. 10-9 Algeo, 19-19.

Algeo lands a combo to start the third. They clinch and Ramos tries a takedown but it gets mostly stuffed. Ramos with a right hand. Algeo with a leg kick and then lands a jab. Algeo with a nice body shot. Ramos with a leg kick and Algeo barely lands a spinning back fist. Algeo with a left hand and lands a spin kick. Ramos lands a right hand. Ramos throws a right hand but Algeo lands a counter left. Ramos comes forward with punches and they clinch but break. Algeo with a combo to the body. Algeo lands a left hand. Ramos tries for a takedown but Algeo defends. Algeo with a body shot and Ramos scores a takedown but they get up. Ramos tries to jump to the back. They break. Algeo with a body kick and then an elbow. Close fight. 10-9 Ramos, 29-28 Ramos.

Official Result- Ricardo Ramos def. Bill Algeo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

> Felicia Spencer (8-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Norma Dumont (5-1, 1-1 UFC)
Women's Featherweights

They're feeling each other out early. Spencer lands a side kick. Spencer lands a left hook. They trade in close range. Dumont with a leg kick. Dumont with another leg kick. Dumont with another and Spencer fires back with a left hand. They trade in close range. Spencer with a right hand. They trade in close range and Dumont with a combo. Dumont backs Spencer up with some punches and then Spencer clinches with her against the fence. Dumont with a knee and Spencer lands an elbow on the break. Spencer with a body kick and then Dumont with a front kick. Dumont with a leg kick. Close round. 10-9 Dumont.

Dumont with a leg kick. Spencer lands a right hand and then a hook kick and another high kick. They trade and Dumont lands a right hand that hurts Spencer. Spencer with a left hand coming forward and then Dumont lands another overhand right. Spencer with a high kick and then a combo. Dumont with a leg kick. They trade in close range and then Dumont lands a right hand. Dumont with a left hand to the body and then a left hook to the face. Spencer is coming forward but Dumont using her footwork to slip away. They clinch against the fence. Dumont lands a knee before they break. Spencer with a side kick to the face after they break. Spencer with a high kick. 10-9 Dumont, 20-18 Dumont.

They trade to start the third. Dumont lands a right hand and Spencer lands a body kick. Dumont gets a takedown. Dumont in the half-guard. Spencer has Dumont in her full guard now and lands some elbows from the bottom. Dumont with some left hands. Dumont decides to stand and they get up. Spencer with a right hand. Dumont lands a left hand after Spencer misses a takedown. Spencer gets a takedown and is in the guard of Dumont. She ends the fight on top. 10-9 Spencer, 29-28 Dumont.

Official Result- Norma Dumont def. Felicia Spencer by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

> Justin Tafa (4-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jared Vanderaa (11-5, 0-1 UFC)
Heavyweights

Vanderaa with a leg kick. Vanderaa with another leg kick and then they trade leg kicks. They trade punches. Tafa lands some left hands. Tafa with a left hand to the body. Vanderaa lands a nice right hand. Vaderaa with a leg kick. Tafa lands some left hands and Vanderaa catches Tafa with a punch as they break. They trade near the fence. Tafa with a left hand. They trade in close range. Vanderaa lands a right hand. Vanderaa lands some kicks. Vanderaa with a body kick. Tafa with a left hand and Vanderaa counters with a body kick and right hand. They trade punches. 10-9 Vanderaa.

Vanderaa with a right hand as Tafa lands a body kick. Vanderaa with a hard body kick. Vanderaa with a head kick that Tafa eats. Vanderaa with a right hand and then a leg kick. They trade and Vanderaa with a body kick. Vanderaa hurts Tafa with a combo. Tafa then hurts Vanderaa with some punches and they clinch against the fence and both men are cut open from the looks of it. Both are landing and Vanderaa with a high kick. They trade leg kicks. Tafa with a leg kick and a right hand. Vanderaa with a head kick. Vanderaa with a body kick. Tafa with the jab. Tafa lands a combo and Vanderaa stumbles backwards. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Tafa with an elbow and two big left hands at the end. 10-9 Vanderaa, 20-18 Vanderaa.

They trade to start the third and both men landing some good punches. Vanderaa with a body kick after Tafa lands some body punches. Tafa with a left hand. They continue to trade and Vanderaa landing with more volume but Tafa landing harder. Vanderaa with a combo. Tafa with a left hand. They clinch up and we have a low blow. Tafa with a combo. Vanderaa with a body kick. Vanderaa with a combo and lands a couple of knees and Tafa lands a big left hand and they swing at the end. 10-9 Vanderaa, 30-27 Vanderaa.

Official Result- Jared Vanderaa def. Justin Tafa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

> Yan Xiaonan (#3, 13-1 1 NC, 6-0 UFC) vs. Carla Esparza (#4, 17-6, 8-4 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Esparza gets an early takedown but they get up, and Esparza gets her down again. Esparza working in the guard of Xiaonan. Esparza moves to side control. Esparza landing punches from the top. Esparza continuing with the top pressure as she works towards north-south position. Esparza looking for a kimura late but keeps landing punches. She's absolutely in control of this round. Esparza with some short elbows at the end of the first. 10-8 Esparza.

They trade to start the second and Esparza gets a takedown and landing from the top in the guard. Esparza moves to side control and looks for openings. Xiaonan is trying hard to get out from the bottom but Esparza is getting into better positions. Esparza back in the guard. Esparza with some big elbows and Xiaonan is bleeding badly. Esparza in the crucifix position and landing lots of elbows and punches and it is stopped. Absolute dominant performance by Esparza, and that should set her up for a title shot.

Official Result- Carla Esparza def. Yan Xiaonan by TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of Round 2

> Rob Font (#3, 18-4, 8-3 UFC) vs. Cody Garbrandt (#4, 12-3, 7-3 UFC)
Bantamweights

Garbrandt with a leg kick. Garbrandt with a high kick. Garbrandt with a leg kick. Font with a leg kick. They trade jabs. Font lands a right hand that wobbles Garbrandt. Garbrandt with a calf kick. They both swing and scramble down and Garbrandt lands a head kick as they get up. Garbrandt lands a combo. Font with a leg kick. Garbrandt gets a takedown as Font tried to land a knee. They get up. Font lands a right hand. Font lands another combo and Garbrandt gets a takedown. Garbrandt lands some nice right hands as they get up. They trade and Font with a nice jab. 10-9 Font.

Garbrandt gets a big takedown to start round two. Garbrandt with a right hand from the top. Font trying to scramble but Garbrandt transitions to stay on top. Font trying to attack an arm for a kimura. They continue to trade and Font is finding his rhythm. Font pumping the jab and Garbrandt landing counter shots. Font landing the right hand. Garbrandt with a spin kick and tries a takedown but Font defends. 10-9 Font, 20-18 Font.

Garbrandt with a leg kick as Font is applying pressure and lands a right hand. Font with a leg kick and Garbrandt with a right hand. Font with some right hands. They trade punches and Font lands a big right hand. Font gets the back standing. Font is landing with more volume. Font with left hands from the body lock. Garbrandt tried to roll out and was on the ground and Font landed some punches before Garbrandt got up. Font with the double jab and a right hand. Garbrandt shoots for a takedown but Font defends. They get up and trade jabs. Garbrandt lands a combo. Font with the jab. 10-9 Font, 30-27 Font.

Garbrandt with a leg kick. Font landing punches and connects with a right hand. Font with some punches and Garbrandt lands some. Garbrandt with a leg kick and Font lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Font with a jab. Garbrandt lands a jab. Font landing with more volume and really controlling every aspect of the fight. Font with a right hand. They trade jabs. Font with a head kick and Garbrandt tries a takedown but lets go. Font lands the jab. Font with a right hand. Garbrandt with the jab. 10-9 Font, 40-36 Font.

Font with the jab and he keeps landing it. Garbrandt lands a right hand and a combo. Garbrandt throwing with the intent to finish. Font throwing the jab. Garbrandt lands a left hand and then a right hand. Garbrandt with some body shots and Font with a knee. Garbrandt lands an overhand right. Font with the jab. Garbrandt lands a jab. Font with a big right hand that backs Garbrandt up. Font with the jab. Garbrandt lands a right hand. Garbrandt with a leg kick and gets off balance and goes to the mat but gets up. Font with a right hand. Font with the jab and a right hand. Garbrandt with a head kick that gets blocked. Font with a right hand. Garbrandt tries a spin attack and Font grabs the body and pulls guard and Garbrandt lands from the top at the end. 10-9 Font, 50-45 Font.

Official Result- Rob Font def. Cody Garbrandt by unanimous decision (48-47, 50-45, 50-45)