Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 49: Brunson vs. Till, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC kicks off the month of September, which has three events, with an afternoon show in Las Vegas, one that was originally planned to be the return to London before COVID restrictions kept it from happening. It features a lot of fighters from England, including one in the main event looking to get close to securing a title shot.
Middleweights Derek Brunson and Darren Till square off in the main event in a bout that could have title shot implications on it. The winner will likely be put it a title eliminator bout, though a win by Till could put him at the front of the line. Brunson comes in riding a four-fight win streak as he's firmly established himself as a big-time measuring stick at 185 pounds. Till hasn't fought since last July in Abu Dhabi, when he dropped a decision to Robert Whittaker.
Also on the main card is a heavyweight battle between young prospects Tom Aspinall and Serghei Spivac, a welterweight battle between Alex Morono and David Zawada, a light heavyweight bout that could bring fireworks as Modestas Bukauskas takes on Khaili Rountree, and popular British fighter Paddy Pimblett makes his long-awaited UFC debut, and it will be Luigi Vendramini welcoming him to the promotion in a lightweight fight.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Dalcha Lungiambula (11-2, 2-1 UFC) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (12-4 1 NC, 1-3 1 NC UFC)
Lungiambula with a leg kick and Barriault lands a right hand. Lungiambula with a right hand. Barriault lands some kicks. Barriault lands a combo and blocks a takedown attempt. Lungiambula with a right hand. Barriault lands a couple of right hands near the fence. They trade punches inside the pocket. Lungiambula gets a takedown but they quickly scramble up and Lungiambula has the neck. They trade and Lungiambula gets another brief takedown. They get up and Barriault with a right hand and a body kick. 10-9 Lungiambula.
They trade in close range and both men land some good punches. Barriault with a leg kick. He lands a body kick. They trade punches. Barriault lands a right hand that slips Lungiambula up. Barriault with a body kick. They trade in close range. Both men landing heavy blows against the fence. They trade solid punches against the fence and Barriault getting the better of it as he lands a nice right hand and a body kick. We have a groin strike but they get back to action and trade late. 10-9 Barriault, 19-19.
Lungiambula with a hook to the body and Barriault lands a leg kick. They trade punches. Barriault lands a right hand. They continue to throw and Barriault lands some nice right hands. Barriault lands a combo against the fence. We have a timeout for an eye poke on Barriault. They get back to action and both are throwing and Barriault lands a right hand and a body kick. They both land nice right hands. Lungiambula shoots for a takedown and Barriault sprawls away. Barriault lands a right hand. Lungiambula lands a nice punch. Lungiambula slowing down and looking a little more tired. They are throwing big shots against the fence. Both continue to land big punches and they clinch up and do some dirty boxing before breaking. Barriault walking Lungiambula down and both landing. Lungiambula lands a right hand. Barriault lands some right hands and some short uppercuts. They trade at the end. Fun fight. 10-9 Barriault, 29-28 Barriault.
Official Result- Marc-Andre Barriault def. Dalcha Lungiambula by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Julian Erosa (25-9, 3-5 UFC) vs. Charles Jourdain (11-3-1, 2-2-1 UFC)
They trade and Jourdain lands. They trade and Erosa lands a kick and they clinch but break. They trade and Erosa landing kicks. They continue to trade and both landing punches and kicks. They continue to land punches and Jourdain lands a nice left hand. Erosa with a leg kick and shoots for a takedown but Jourdain defends against the fence. Erosa with a knee to the body and they both land body shots before breaking. Jourdain with a left hand. Erosa lands a combo. They trade at the end. 10-9 Erosa.
They trade kicks and punches to start the second. Jourdain with a flurry and lands. Erosa with the jab and Jourdain lands a jab. Erosa with a combo inside the pocket. Erosa with a combo and Erosa lands a groin strike. They have a timeout and get back to action and both landing punches. Erosa lands a body kick and Jourdain lands a left hand. Erosa with a body shot. They both land punches and then Jourdain lands a left hand that knocks Erosa down for a second but they get to their feet. They both land. Jourdain with a leg kick and a left hand. Jourdain with a combo. Erosa with a late knee. 10-9 Jourdain, 19-19.
They trade in close range and both men trying to tee off. Jourdain landing some shots and Erosa gets a takedown. They get to their feet and remain clinched up and Erosa lands some knees but they break. Jourdain lands and Erosa lands a knee as they clinch up. Erosa tries a takedown but Jourdain keeping it up though Erosa completes it. They start to scramble up and Erosa grabs the neck and locks in a D'Arce choke as they roll to the ground and Jourdain taps. Big win for Erosa on short-notice.
Official Result- Julian Erosa def. Charles Jourdain by submission (D'Arce choke) at 2:56 of Round 3
> Jack Shore (14-0, 3-0 UFC) vs. Liudvik Sholinian (9-1-1, 0-0 UFC)
Sholinian is making his UFC debut. Shore with a leg kick. Shore landing punches and kicks as Sholinian missing most of his shots. Sholinian throws a kick and Shore catches it and gets a takedown. Sholinian throwing from the bottom as Shore lands a couple of elbows and then some right hands. Shore working from the top and looking to pass to side control. Shore looking for the arm-triangle choke and he has it locked in. Sholinian trying to fight it off. Shore lets go and is in the mount and then takes the back as they stand. Shore with some knees. Sholinian warned several times to not grab the cage. Shore with a late elbow. 10-9 Shore.
Shore with a leg kick and Sholinian is warned about his fingers. Shore with a right hand. Shore lands a combo and then gets a takedown. He moves to the back as they get to their feet. They break and Shore with the jab. Shore lands a right hand. Shore with the jab. Shore landing and they clinch. Both look for position but they break. Sholinian lands a nice right hand but Shore still landing the leg kicks. He lands a hard leg kick. Shore with a leg kick then a body kick. 10-9 Shore, 20-18 Shore.
Shore continuing to attack the lead leg with kicks to start the third. Shore with a combo ending with a calf kick. Shore landing the jab and a leg kick and goes for a takedown and Sholinian defends against the fence. Shore landing against the fence and then they break and then Shore lands a big combo. Sholinian pushes Shore against the fence looking for a takedown. They break and Shore lands the jab and slips away from Sholinian throwing. Shore lands a right hand. Shore with a front kick to the body. Shore with a combo that wobbles Sholinian. Shore with a short uppercut. Shore with a leg kick then the jab and a jab at the end. 10-9 Shore, 30-27 Shore.
Official Result- Jack Shore def. Liudvik Sholinian by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Molly McCann (10-4, 3-3 UFC) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (9-3-2, 3-3 UFC)
They're both swinging early and both land sme hard punches. McCann lands a hard left hand. They trade left hands. They clinch for a moment but break. McCann goes for a takedown and they clinch against the fence. They break and McCann chasing Kim down trying to land. Kim then lands a right hand that drops McCann and McCann looks for a takedown. A replay shows it was actually a clash of heads that dropped McCann. Kim still landing as they get to their feet. Both looking for position against the fence. They continue to work and Kim is looking to take the back and they break. McCann lands a combo and continues to land and now Kim landing. McCann tries a takedown but Kim defends. McCann with a late flurry. Close round. 10-9 McCann.
McCann lands a short elbow and then a combo. Kim lands a right hand. Kim with a leg kick and McCann lands a counter right. Kim lands a combo. McCann still coming forward and Kim lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Kim with a combo. They trade in close range. They continue to trade. McCann lands a combo and continues to land. Kim with a leg kick. McCann with some body shots. McCann continue to land more as Kim is backing up. They both land right hands. McCann with a flurry against the fence and Kim is firing back. McCann goes for a late takedown and gets it. 10-9 McCann, 20-18 McCann.
McCann coming forward and both landing to start the third. McCann with a left hook. Kim lands a right hand. McCann landing as she's coming forward and Kim is landing counter shots as she's backing up. Kim with a right hand and McCann counters with a left. Both are landing and McCann's pressuring more. Kim lands. McCann with a combo against the fence. Kim throws a spinning back fist but McCann saw it coming and ducked. McCann lands a right hand. McCann still coming forward and lands a right hand. McCann with a late flurry of shots as she lands a body kick and is landing big punches at the end of the fight. Kim lands at the end as McCann is screaming at her. Good fight. 10-9 McCann, 30-27 McCann.
Official Result- Molly McCann def. Ji Yeon Kim by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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> Paddy Pimblett (16-3, 0-0 UFC) vs. Luigi Vendramini (8-2, 1-2 UFC)
Pimblett with some leg kicks. He tried a switch kick but missed. Vendramini just misses a right hand. They both miss right hands. Vendramini with a leg kick. They both land left hands in the pocket. Vendramini lands a huge left hand and has Pimblett backing up and Vendramini gets a takedown and is on top. Vendramini with some right hands from the top. They get to their feet and break. Pimblett with a leg kick. Pimblett with a quick combo. They trade leg kicks. Vendramini lands a left hand. Vendramini with a flurry against the fence. Vendramini lands another left hand that forces Pimblett to retreat. They trade and Pimblett shoots for a takedown but Vendramini defends. Pimblett with a high kick. They trade in close range. Pimblett rocks Vendramini with a right hand. Pimblett is teeing off and then lands a massive right hand that sends Vendramini down and it is stopped. What a comeback and finish by Pimblett to get the win in his UFC debut.
Official Result- Paddy Pimblett def. Luigi Vendramini by TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 1
> Modestas Bukauskus (11-4, 1-2 UFC) vs. Khalil Rountree (8-5 1 NC, 4-5 1 NC UFC)
Rountree landing and lands a nice left hand. He lands another. Bukauskas running away as he's in trouble. Rountree with some big left hands and Bukauskas is in trouble. Bukauskas seems to have recovered and Rountree still landing the jab. Rountree with another left hand. Bukauskas lands a right hand. Bukauskas' nose is a mess. Bukauskas lands a body kick and Rountree lands a counter left hand. Rountree lands a hard leg kick. Rountree lands a left hand. Rountree with a combo and a leg kick. Rountree with a hard left hand after Bukauskas misses a spinning attack. 10-9 Rountree.
Rountree with a leg kick. He lands a left hand. Bukauskas keeping his back against the fence. Bukauskas lands a left hand. Both are looking for openings. Bukauskas throws a punch that misses. Rountree then lands a kick right to the knee of Bukauskas and Bukauskas goes down to the mat and it is over. Bukauskas' knee looks destroyed. Rountree gets the win.
Official Result- Khalil Rountree def. Modestas Bukauskas by TKO (leg kick) at 2:30 of Round 2
> Alex Morono (19-7 1 NC, 8-4 1 NC UFC) vs. David Zawada (17-6, 1-3 UFC)
Both land some punches to start the fight. Zawada lands a right hand and a combo as he rushes in. Morono lands a hard right hand. They clinch and Zawada lands a hard knee. They trade knees before breaking and Morono lands a right hand on the break. Morono lands a combo. They trade and Zawada lands a nice left hand. Morono lands a right hand. They trade some left hands. Zawada lands a right hand. Morono lands a right hand. They both land late. 10-9 Morono.
They come out swinging to start the second and Zawada lands some solid shots. Zawada with a body kick. Zawada attacking the body and Morono lands a right hand. They trade right hands and Morono stunned Zawada with his. Morono lands a hard jab. They continue to trade and both landing punches. Zawada with a leg kick and Morono lands a hard right hand late. 10-9 Morono, 20-18 Morono.
They both land to start the third and Morono gets a takedown. Morono grabs the neck and then looks for the back and they start to scramble and Morono has back control. They break and Zawada starting to land more as Morono is throwing off-balanced. They're both throwing. Zawada lands a left hand. Morono is backing up. Zawada gets Morono down late. Morono has a hold of the neck. They scramble up and Morono has the back and Zawada with some back elbows. 10-9 Zawada, 29-28 Morono.
Official Result- Alex Morono def. David Zawada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Tom Aspinall (#13, 10-2, 3-0 UFC) vs. Serghei Spivac (#14, 13-2, 4-2 UFC)
Aspinall coming forward to start the fight. Aspinall lands a right hand. Aspinall lands another right hand. Spivac not doing a lot of offense. Aspinall lands a jab. They clinch and Spivac with a knee. Aspinall drops Spivac with an elbow from the clinch and gets on top and pours it on and gets the finish! What a showing by Aspinall.
Official Result- Tom Aspinall def. Serghei Spivac by TKO (strikes) at 2:30 of Round 1
> Derek Brunson (#5, 22-7, 13-5 UFC) vs. Darren Till (#7, 18-3-1, 6-3-1 UFC)
Till lands a left hand. They both land. Till lands a left hand. They both land and Brunson gets a takedown. Brunson pressuring from the top and lands some right hands. Brunson with some big shots from the top. Brunson with more heavy shots. Brunson with a big elbow. Brunson with some big shots from the top. Till scrambles to his feet. Brunson lands an elbow as they break. Nothing much happens at the end. 10-9 Brunson.
Till lands a left hand and Brunson tries hard for a takedown. Till defends and Brunson still working hard for it. They break. Brunson goes for a takedown but eats a knee from Till, though he finishes the takedown. Brunson staying on top and being barely active but not doing a whole lot from the top. Brunson stands and lands and now takes the back of Till and lands some punches before they stand. Brunson has the back at the end. 10-9 Brunson, 20-18 Brunson.
They trade and both land some leg kicks. Till with a leg kick. Till rocks Brunson with some left hands. Brunson is in trouble and goes for a takedown and Till had the neck but slipped out and Brunson ends up on top in the mount. He gets the back of Till and locks in a rear-naked choke and Till taps. What a showing by Brunson.
Official Result- Derek Brunson def. Darren Till by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of Round 3