Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 50: Smith vs. Spann, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC action returns after a week off with a busy fight card that has fifteen fights on it, headlined by a light heavyweight battle between a former title challenger and a rising contender.
Former light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith looks to continue his push back towards a title shot as he puts his two-fight win streak on the line against rising contender Ryan Spann, who is 9-1 over his last ten fights. Smith is coming off a win over Jimmy Crute at UFC 261 in April, while Spann was last seen knocking out Misha Cirkunov in March.
Also on the main card is a light heavyweight slugfest between Ion Cutelaba and Devin Clark, rising lightweight prospect Arman Tsarukyan battles Christos Giagos, and viral sensation Joaquin Buckley kicks off the main card against Antonio Arroyo in middleweight action.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Emily Whitmire (4-4, 2-3 UFC) vs. Hannah Goldy (5-2, 0-2 UFC)
Goldy landing leg kicks to start the fight. Whitmire lands the jab. Goldy with a combo. They clinch against the fence and Whitmire gets a trip takedown and is on top by the fence. She backs off and lands a kick then lands a punch as she goes back into the guard of Goldy. Goldy gets an upkick in as they get up and clinch back against the fence. Whitmire gets another takedown and lands from the top as she passes to half-guard. Whitmire gets back into the guard for a moment but Goldy creates space to scramble but Whitmire grabs the back and looks for a rear-naked choke but Goldy escapes and Whitmire is back in her guard. Whitmire stands and Goldy with another upkick. Whitmire gets back into Goldy's guard. Goldy going for an armbar. She has it locked in and Whitmire verbally taps and it is over! Goldy gets the submission out of nowhere.
Official Result- Hannah Goldy def. Emily Whitmire by submission (armbar) at 4:17 of Round 1
> Gustavo Lopez (12-6, 1-2 UFC) vs. Alateng Heili (14-8-1, 2-1 UFC)
Both throw early but neither able to connect. Heili lands a right hand and they clinch against the fence. Heili with a knee before they break. Both still looking for openings. Heili lands a right hand. They trade and Lopez lands a big flurry and goes for a takedown but Heili defends and they break. Heili landed some nice shots as well. Lopez lands a hard calf kick. They trade in close range and Lopez with a left hook. Heili lands a right hand. Heili lands a combo. They trade. Lopez has a cut opened near his left eye. They trade late. Close round. 10-9 Heili.
Lopez starts the second off with a calf kick. He lands another. Lopez back up constantly but lands another leg kick. Heili with a leg kick. Lopez with another calf kick. They trade jabs. Heili lands a right hand. Heili lands another right hand as they're both looking for openings. Lopez lands the jab. Lopez briefly gets the fight to the mat but Heili sprawls to the feet. Lopez with a leg kick. Another close round. 10-9 Heili, 20-18 Heili.
Heili with a combo to the body to start off the third. Heili lands a right hand. Heili lands a big right hand. Both are being tentative and not taking a lot of chances. Lopez lands a right hand and Heili lands a counter left hook. Lopez with a leg kick. They trade and both are landing and Lopez is landing some good punches as he has Heili on the retreat. They both stumble to the mat and Lopez gets the back as they get up. Heili grabbed the fence for a moment. Lopez trying for the takedown and Heili obviously grabs the fence multiple times and we have a timeout and a point deduction for Heili. They get back to action with Lopez on the back and he is looking for a choke. Lopez then starts landing punches and then they scramble up and break. Heili shoots for the takedown but Lopez defends and grabs the neck looking for a guillotine. Heili trying to fight out and does. Lopez lands an upkick as they get up. Heili lands a right hand and Lopez stumbles but the fight goes the distance. 10-8 Lopez with the point deduction, 28-28 DRAW.
Official Result- Gustavo Lopez vs. Alateng Heili ends in a unanimous draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
> Impa Kasanganay (9-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Carlston Harris (16-4, 1-0 UFC)
Kasanganay lands a head kick and a combo early as Harris was throwing. They both swing and miss and Harris is able to get the clinch against the fence. They break. Harris lands some leg kicks. They trade some good punches. Harris lands a right hand. Harris with a body kick. They trade punches. They trade and Harris rocks Kasanganay. Harris then lands again and Kasanganay and Harris is landing punches from the back and it is stopped! What a finish by Harris.
Official Result- Carlston Harris def. Impa Kasanganay by TKO (punches) at 2:38 of Round 1
> Erin Blanchfield (6-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Sarah Alpar (9-5, 0-1 UFC)
Blanchfield is making her UFC debut. Alpar throwing first and lands a left hand. Alpar lands a low kick. They trade in close range. Both landing punches near the fence. Blanchfield with a body kick. Blanchfield lands a flurry and Alpar was in brief trouble. They clinch and Blanchfield with an elbow. They break and Blanchfield with a left hand before they clinch back up. They break and Blanchfield with a combo. Blanchfield landing. Alpar lands a left hand. Both landing in close range by the fence. Blanchfield with a combo. Blanchfield has showed non-stop pressure. Blanchfield gets a takedown and is on top and just swarming with punches. Alpar giving up her back and Blanchfield landing punches and elbows. Blanchfield with a lot more punches, then she stands and lands leg kicks at the end of the round. 10-8 Blanchfield.
Blanchfield comes out aggressive and is landing to start the second. Alpar lands some punches. Blanchfield lands a nice jab. Blanchfield lands a combo. Blanchfield with a high kick. She lands a combo. Blanchfield teeing off with combos and then lands some knees as they clinch. Blanchfield gets the fight down and has the back at the fence. Blanchfield with some knees. Blanchfield looking to lock in a choke. She lets go but is still landing punches. Blanchfield with lots of left hands from the back. Blanchfield gets the top and is in the half-guard and is working for an arm-triangle choke. She gets the mount and starts reigning down punches. Blanchfield with big punches to end the second. 10-8 Blanchfield, 20-16 Blanchfield.
Blanchfield landing to start the third. Alpar lands a leg kick. Blanchfield continuing to land at will as she lands a body kick and a combo. Alpar lands an elbow that did hurt Blanchfield for a second. Blanchfield gets a takedown and is landing and is looking to take the back. Blanchfield landing some hard punches from the top. Blanchfield moves to side control and then gets the mount at the end and is landing big punches to end the fight. Dominant showing from Blanchfield over the full fifteen minutes. 10-9 Blanchfield, 30-25 Blanchfield.
Official Result- Erin Blanchfield def. Sarah Alpar by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
> Montel Jackson (10-2, 4-2 UFC) vs. JP Buys (9-3, 0-1 UFC)
Buys goes for a takedown but Jackson easily defends. Buys shoots again and is able to complete it. Buys moves to the mount. Buys gets the back and is looking for a choke. He has an arm under the chin. Buys lets go. Jackson gets to his feet and shakes Buys off and Jackson gets on top. They stand and Jackson has a standing guillotine locked in. He lets go and pushes Buys to the mat and lands some punches. They get up and scramble back down as Jackson has body control. Buys lands some left hands. Jackson landing punches from the back as they stand. Both guys land punches and then Buys goes for a guillotine but Jackson defending. Jackson gets out and they get to their feet and Jackson has the back as the round ends. Close, interesting round. 10-9 Jackson.
Jackson lands a combo and then a left hand and Buys goes down and Jackson hops on top. Jackson lands some punches as he gets up and Buys went for the leg. They clinch up and Buys grabs the neck and jumps up and Jackson carries him to his corner. They go to the mat and Buys looking for the guillotine. He lets go and now is looking for an arm. He lets go and Jackson has control. They get to their feet and Jackson has back control and lands a couple of knees. They separate. Jackson lands a right hand and Buys goes down again and Jackson lets him up. Buys goes for a takedown but Jackson defends. Jackson lands a left hand. Jackson gets a takedown. He has the back as the round ends. 10-9 Jackson, 20-18 Jackson.
Jackson lands a nice combo. Jackson drops Buys again with a left hand and then gets on top looking for the finish. He gets up and lets Buys up. They clinch and Jackson lands a knee to the groin and we have a timeout. They get back to action. Jackson then lands another left hand and Buys falls to the butt and Jackson lets him up. Jackson gets a takedown and is in the guard. Neither doing much on the ground. Buys looking for the arm. Jackson just landing short body punches. Jackson ends on top. 10-8 Jackson, 30-26 Jackson.
Official Result- Montel Jackson def. JP Buys by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Rong Zhu (17-4, 0-1 UFC) vs. Brandon Jenkins (15-7, 0-0 UFC)
Lightweights* (Zhu missed weight by 2.5 pounds)
Jenkins took this fight on Wednesday. Jenkins lands some leg kicks early. Jenkins with another leg kick. Zhu lands a leg kick. We have a groin strike and a timeout but they quickly get back to action. They trade punches. Zhu with a leg kick. They continue to trade and Jenkins landing the leg kicks while Zhu landing better punches. Zhu lands a hard right hand. Jenkins with a leg kick. They trade jabs and Jenkins with a leg kick. Zhu lands a combo. Zhu lands a right hand as Jenkins was throwing a spin kick and Jenkins falls to the mat. Zhu gets in the guard and lands and then gets the back. Zhu almost had a choke locked in but Jenkins moved out and Zhu had full mount for a moment. Zhu then gets the back again. Zhu with a big elbow late. 10-9 Zhu.
Zhu landing a combo early and Jenkins is on the run. Zhu lands a high kick and they clinch and Zhu gets Jenkins down for a second. They stand and Zhu has the back. Zhu has the back as he's dragging Jenkins around trying to complete the takedown. He finally gets it and is in the guard of Jenkins. Zhu with some elbows from the top. Zhu in complete control on the mat. Zhu lands some punches as he's trying to get the back. Zhu got the mount for a second but they scrambled and Zhu gets it back down and gets the mount next to the fence. Jenkins reverses and they stand and Jenkins lands a knee. Zhu landing some big punches on the feet. Zhu with more punches at the end. 10-9 Zhu, 20-18 Zhu.
They trade to start the third as both land punches and leg kicks. Jenkins throws a head kick but Zhu blocks it. Jenkins throws a spinning back fist but is off-balance and Zhu gets a takedown. They get up and Zhu gets another takedown and has the back. Zhu still has the back on the mat and now has control. Zhu still has back control and is landing punches. Zhu moves to the guard and lands some shots from the top. Zhu landing big punches and Jenkins is in lots of trouble. Zhu has the back and lands a big punch and it is stopped. Zhu with an impressive win.
Official Result- Rong Zhu def. Brandon Jenkins by TKO (punches) at 4:35 of Round 3
> Pannie Kianzad (#12, 15-5, 4-2 UFC) vs. Raquel Pennington (11-8, 8-5 UFC)
Pennington is fighting for the first time in over a year. They quickly clinch against the fence as Pennington has the advantage. Kianzad reverses and lands a knee to the body. Pennington reverses and Kianzad reverses back. Kianzad gets Pennington down for a brief second. They remain tied up and Kianzad has the body. Pennington with a back elbow. Kianzad staying busy and lands a knee. Pennington with a knee. They trade elbows. Kianzad with some nice knees. Kianzad lands a combo against the fence. Pennington reverses and lands some body shots. They break but Pennington goes straight back into the clinch. They battle in the clinch until the end. 10-9 Kianzad.
They clinch right away and Pennington lands a knee. They trade punches in the clinch. Pennington lands a combo and then they clinch right back up. Pennington lands an elbow. Pennington with some body shots. Pennington with a leg kick. She lands some punches before they clinch again. Pennington gets Kianzad to the mat. Kianzad throws some hammerfists from the bottom as Pennington has guard control. Pennington gets the back. Pennington active from the back and they has clinch control as they stand late. Kianzad with some knees late as Pennington lands a right hand. 10-9 Pennington, 19-19.
They clinch right away again. Both landing to the body against the fence before they break. Pennington lands a combo before they clinch right back up. They switch positions. They break and Pennington lands some punches before clinching back up and Kianzad looked for a standing guillotine but Pennington gets out. Kianzad lands some knees then an elbow and then lands a combo as they break. Pennington shoots for the takedown but they just clinch. They break. Pennington with a front kick. Pennington lands a leg kick and Kianzad lands some right hands. They clinch and Kianzad lands some knees. Pennington lands a flurry of punches at the end. Very close fight. 10-9 Pennington, 29-28 Pennington.
Official Result- Raquel Pennington def. Pannie Kianzad by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Mike Rodriguez (11-6 1 NC, 2-4 1 NC UFC) vs. Tafon Nchukwi (5-1, 1-1 UFC)
Both are throwing punches. Nchukwi with some leg kicks and lands a left hand to the body. Rodriguez with a leg kick. They clinch and both landing. Nchukwi with a couple big punches. They break and Nchukwi lands some punches. Rodriguez landing the jab. Nchukwi with a leg kick. Nchukwi with a combo and lands an elbow as they clinch and Nchukwi gets a takedown. Nchukwi landing some big shots as he takes the back of Rodriguez. They get up and Nchukwi gets a takedown. They get up and are clinched. Nchukwi with a knee. Nchukwi with an elbow and then lands some punches as they break. They trade. 10-9 Nchukwi.
They trade to start the second as Rodriguez looking to land the jab. Nchukwi pushing forward. Rodriguez with a leg kick. They trade. Nchukwi with a combo. Rodriguez lands a knee to the body. They clinch and Nchukwi lands some knees. Nchukwi with a big flurry as they break and Rodriguez circles away. Nchukwi lands some punches. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Rodriguez lands a short uppercut. Nchukwi lands a big combination and a spinning elbow. Nchukwi with some more big punches. They continue to trade but Nchukwi landing with more volume and lands a couple of big left hands. 10-9 Nchukwi, 20-18 Nchukwi.
Rodriguez lands some to start the third. Nchukwi with a jumping knee to the body in the clinch. Nchukwi lands a right hand. Nchukwi still landing punches. Nchukwi with a right hand. They work against the fence and Nchukwi lands some big shots. They circle away and Nchukwi still landing. Nchukwi with a left hand and then another. Nchukwi with a big leg kick and Rodriguez lands one but eats a right hook from Nchukwi. Nchukwi with a right hand. They clinch. Nchukwi works to the body as Rodriguez lands a knee. Nchukwi with an uppercut and they break. Nchukwi still landing. Nchukwi gets a late takedown and lands some punches as the fight ends. Dominant showing from Nchukwi. 10-9 Nchukwi, 30-27 Nchukwi.
Official Result- Tafon Nchukwi def. Mike Rodriguez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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> Joaquin Buckley (12-4, 2-2 UFC) vs. Antonio Arroyo (9-4, 0-2 UFC)
Buckley with a leg kick. Arroyo with a body kick. Arroyo lands a punch that backs Buckley up. Buckley lands a switch kick and Arroyo falls down but gets right back up. Buckley lands a kick right to the groin and we have a timeout. They get back to action and Arroyo lands a head kick. Buckley with a right hand to the body. Buckley with a leg kick. Arroyo with a body kick. Arroyo just misses a flying knee. Both still looking for openings and Buckley slips on a kick. Buckley tries for a late takedown but Arroyo defends. 10-9 Buckley.
Buckley lands a leg kick. Arroyo with a leg kick. Buckley lands a leg kick. They trade kicks. Buckley with a leg kick. Arroyo with a hard leg kick. Buckley with a leg kick. He shoots for a takedown and they clinch against the fence. They break. Buckley landing some kicks. Arroyo lands a jumping knee and they clinch. They break at the end. 10-9 Arroyo, 19-19.
Arroyo with some leg kicks. Buckley is backing up. Buckley shoots for a takedown but Arroyo sprawls. They get to their feet. Buckley lands a right hand. Buckley with a nice combo. They both land in close range. Buckley with a high kick. Buckley then drops Arroyo with an uppercut and jumps on top and lands punches until it was stopped. A big finish by Buckley there.
Official Result- Joaquin Buckley def. Antonio Arroyo by TKO (punches) at 2:26 of Round 3
> Nate Maness (13-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. Tony Gravely (21-6, 2-1 UFC)
Gravely with a body kick. They trade punches. Gravely with a leg kick. Gravely lands another leg kick. Maness with a combo. Gravely with an inside leg kick. They trade and Gravely lands a nice combo. Gravely gets a takedown but Maness scrambling up. Gravely has the neck. They break and Maness gets a takedown and lands some punches as they stand and break. They clinch against the fence. Both landing some body shots before they break. Maness lands a right hand. Gravely shoots for a takedown but Maness defends against the fence. They break. Gravely drops Maness late with a right hand and was landing punches as the round ends. 10-9 Gravely.
Gravely landing some punches to start the second. They clinch against the fence and Gravely lands an elbow. They break. Maness lands a right hand and Gravely slips to a knee for a second. Maness lands a right hand. Gravely shoots for a takedown but Maness defends. Gravely with a leg kick. Gravely with a right hand. Maness then lands a right hand that drops Gravely and finishes it off with some more shots on the ground. What a finish by Maness! That was a great comeback because he was done at the end of the first.
Official Result- Nate Maness def. Tony Gravely by TKO (punches) at 2:10 of Round 2
> Arman Tsarukyan (#14, 16-2, 3-1 UFC) vs. Christos Giagos (19-8, 5-4 UFC)
Giagos lands early as Tsarukyan throws a combo. They scramble to the mat and Giagos ends up on top and lands a short left. Giagos lands a knee to the body as they work to their feet. They break. Tsarukyan then drops Giagos with a left hook and swarms on top and lands tons of punches until Herb Dean finally stops it. What a finish by Tsarukyan.
Official Result- Arman Tsarukyan def. Christos Giagos by TKO (punches) at 2:09 of Round 1
> Ariane Lipski (13-7, 2-4 UFC) vs. Mandy Bohm (7-0 1 NC, 0-0 UFC)
Bohm is making her UFC debut. Bohm lands a leg kick. Lipski lands a combo. They trade and Bohm went for a takedown but Lipski ends up on top. Lipski in the full guard of Bohm. Lipski staying on top but not much happening. Lipski with an elbow before they scramble up. Bohm with a body kick. Lipski with a head kick then follows it with a right hand and a combo against the fence. They clinch. They break. Lipski lands a right hand. They trade late. 10-9 Lipski.
Neither landing to start out the second. Lipski lands a right hand. Lipski with a high kick and then lands an overhand right. Lipski with a leg kick. Bohm with a leg kick and a left hand. Both still looking to land butneither able to. Bohm lands a kick but looks to have possibly hurt her foot in doing so. They clinch and trade knees to the body. Lipski lands a nice right hand. Lipski drops Bohm with a right hand and rushes in to get on top and ends in side control. 10-9 Lipski, 20-18 Lipski.
Lipski landing to start the third and lands a head kick. Both landing punches as Lipski is landing with more volume and pressing forward more. Lipski rocks Bohm with a punch and Bohm falls to the mat and Lipski gets on top and is looking to finish. Lipski gets in the guard and Bohm is holding on. They get back to their feet. Bohm tries a weak takedown attempt but Lipski grabs the neck and ends up in the half-guard of Bohm. Bohm is just hanging on to the bell. They get up and Lipski with a combo. They both swing late. 10-9 Lipski, 30-27 Lipski.
Official Result- Ariane Lipski def. Mandy Bohm by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Ion Cutelaba (15-6-1 1 NC, 4-5-1 UFC) vs. Devin Clark (12-5, 6-5 UFC)
Clark gets a takedown right away but they get up. They break. Cutelaba lands some punches. Clark with a leg kick. He lands another. Clark lands a left hand. Cutelaba with a knee to the body. Clark with a leg kick. Cutelaba then drops Clark with a right hand right behind the ear and Cutelaba gets on top and is landing. Cutelaba with an elbow but Clark gets up. Cutelaba has his back. Cutelaba gets a takedown and is landing left hands. Clark gets to his feet as Cutelaba retains back control. Cutelaba gets the fight back down and is landing right hands. Cutelaba landing big punches anc Clark gets up. Cutelaba lands big shots and gets a takedown into full mount. Both landing as Cutelaba lands big elbows. Crazy round. 10-8 Cutelaba.
Cutelaba just misses a massive right hand. Clark with a high kick. Cutelaba with a left hand. Cutelaba gets a takedown and right into the full mount. Cutelaba with big elbows from the top and Clark is covering up. Clark is able to escape from the bottom as Cutelaba was trying to find a submission. They clinch and Cutelaba with a knee to the head. Cutelaba lands another knee. Cutelaba gets a brief takedown. Cutelaba has the body lock at the end. 10-9 Cutelaba, 20-17 Cutelaba.
Clark goes for a takedown to start the third but Cutelaba defends. Cutelaba then gets a takedown. Cutelaba gets the mount for a moment but Clark scrambles out and they stand. They work in the clinch. Cutelaba gets a takedown. Cutelaba with some right hands from the top. Cutelaba gets to the full mount. Cutelaba with some elbows. Clark is able to escape to his feet and lands a right hand. Cutelaba tries a takedown but Clark defends and ends up on top in the guard of Cutelaba. Clark lands some big punches as they stand and Cutelaba gets a takedown at the last second. 10-9 Cutelaba, 30-26 Cutelaba.
Official Result- Ion Cutelaba def. Devin Clark by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-26, 29-27)
> Anthony Smith (#6, 34-16, 10-6 UFC) vs. Ryan Spann (#11, 19-6, 5-1 UFC)
Smith with a leg kick early on. Smith with another leg kick. Spann working the jab. Smith with a left hand. Spann gets the back and carries Smith to his corner but they break. Smith lands a right hand and then drops Spann with a counter shot and gets on top. He has the neck and is trying to find a choke. Smith then moves for an armbar but Spann escapes and lands a knee to the chest on the ground. They get up and Spann grabbed the fence. They break and both land. Spann with the jab. Smith lands a left hook and Spann is still on wobbly legs. Smith then drops Spann again with a right hand. Spann tries to grab the leg. Smith working to the back. Smith trying to flatten Spann out. He does and is now working for a choke and has it locked in and Spann taps! What a fun round as Smith picks up his third straight win.
Official Result- Anthony Smith def. Ryan Spann by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:47 of Round 1