Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 52: Dern vs. Rodriguez, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It's the second of five events in the month of October for the UFC, with a card that starts early in their home of Las Vegas, but an afternoon show for those on all US coasts, with a strawweight main event that has potential title shot implications on the line in the main event.
Fourth-ranked Mackenzie Dern looks to score her fifth straight win when she takes on sixth-ranked Marina Rodriguez, winner of two straight, in the five-round headline bout. It is the first main event for Dern, and the second for Rodriguez, and a win could put either right into the talk of who is next in line for a title shot in the 115-pound division. Dern is coming in off a submission win over Nina Nunes in April, while Rodriguez comes into this fight off a decision over Michelle Waterson in May.
Also on the main card is a welterweight bout that could provide fireworks as Randy Brown battles Jared Gooden, a flyweight bout between veterans Tim Elliott and Matheus Nicolau, and a battle of bantamweights as Chris Gutierrez takes on Felipe Colares.
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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> Steve Garcia (11-4, 0-1 UFC) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (11-7, 0-1 UFC)
They trade punches and Ontiveros lands an axe kick that hurts Garcia and Garcia falls to the mat for a moment but gets up. They're going after each other and landing and Ontiveros hurts Garcia again with a punch but Garcia gets it down to the mat and is in side control. Ontiveros is trying to use the cage to find an armbar but Garcia gets into his full guard. They get to their feet and Garcia gets it back down. Garcia with some nasty elbows and Ontiveros is a bloody mess. Garcia lands a big left hand from the top. Nice comeback in the round for Garcia. 10-9 Garcia.
Garcia is landing some good shots as he's coming forward. Ontiveros lands some shots that put Garcia on the mat again but Garcia ends up getting him down. Garcia gets the mount and is landing some big shots from the top and Ontiveros is a bloody mess. Garcia with big shots and it is over. Garcia with the huge finish!
Official Result- Steve Garcia def. Charlie Ontiveros by TKO (strikes) at 1:51 of Round 2
> Lupita Godinez (5-1, 0-1 UFC) vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (10-2, 0-0 UFC)
Godinez lands a right hand and then a combo. They were both throwing and Godinez landed and got a takedown. They quickly scramble and Godinez has the back as Juarez has wrist control. They get to their feet and Godinez still has the back. She trips it back to the mat. Godinez is trying to get both hooks in from the back. Godinez with some knees to the legs. Godinez gets it back down and traps the arm. They get up and break. Godinez with a push kick then a combo. Godinez gets another takedown. Godinez has the back and is working for a choke as Juarez fights the hands. Godinez then gets an armbar locked in and Juarez taps. Nice finish by Godinez in a dominant performance.
Official Result- Lupita Godinez def. Silvana Gomez Juarez by submission (armbar) at 4:14 of Round 1
> Charles Rosa (14-5, 5-5 UFC) vs. Damon Jackson (18-4-1 1 NC, 1-2-1 1 NC UFC)
Both were looking to land early before clinching up. They battle for position against the fence. Rosa lands as they break and we have a groin strike and a timeout. They get back to action and Rosa with a leg kick and Jackson lands a head kick. Rosa with a leg kick and Jackson lands a right hand. Rosa with another leg kick. Jackson goes for a takedown against the fence but Rosa defending. They break and Jackson with a combo. Jackson lands a right hand. Jackson gets a takedown and is working for a choke from the top but ends the round on top with some punches. 10-9 Jackson.
Jackson lands to start the second with the leg kick. Rosa with some leg kicks. Jackson landed and tried to grab a leg but Rosa rolled away. Rosa then gets a takedown and they scramble and Rosa looks for the leg but Jackson takes the back. Jackson still grinding from the back as he's landing and they work to the feet but Jackson still has the back. Jackson gets it back down and is trying to get the hooks in. They get to their feet and Jackson gets it back down and gets the body triangle in from the back. Jackson landing and working for a choke. Jackson landing some big punches and trying to find a finish. Jackson with some elbows and Rosa able to spin to the half-guard. Jackson works for a choke late. 10-9 Jackson, 20-18 Jackson.
Jackson grabs a standing choke after eating a spinning elbow from Rosa and has the back on the ground. Jackson is bleeding very, very badly. Jackson spins to the top and they stand. We have a time-out to check the cut. They get back to action and Jackson has the body lock. The cut on Jackson is a 10 on the Muta scale. Jackson has the back and is trying to work for the choke. Rosa now gets the back briefly and is looking for wrist control. Jackson gets back on top and Rosa is looking for a triangle choke. Jackson gets out and is in side control and has the back. They end there. What a bloody mess. 10-9 Jackson, 30-27 Jackson.
Official Result- Damon Jackson def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
> Alexandr Romanov (14-0, 3-0 UFC) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-5, 1-1 UFC)
Romanov with a body kick. Romanov with a leg kick. Vanderaa with a leg kick. He lands another. Romanov lands a right hand and they clinched and Romanov gets warned for grabbing the fence. Romanov gets a couple of takedowns and has the back. Romanov has the back as they stand and gets a huge slam and almost had a choke but lost it and has wrist control. They get to their feet and separate. Romanov with a high kick. Vanderaa with an uppercut and Romanov with a counter combo and they trade at the end. 10-9 Romanov.
Romanov gets a quick takedown and is in the half-guard. Vanderaa trying to fight out but almost gave up his back. Romanov gets the mount. Romanov working for something as he starts landing elbows. Romanov with a knee to the body and is looking for an arm from side control. Romanov with some body punches. Romanov mixing elbows around. Romanov landing big punches as he has the back of Vanderaa while they're on their knees. Vanderaa is doing a good job of defending himself but Romanov is dominating. Romanov with big punches. He's landing and it is stopped. What a dominant showing from Romanov.
Official Result- Alexandr Romanov def. Jared Vanderaa by TKO (punches) at 4:43 of Round 2
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> Chris Gutierrez (16-3-2, 4-1-1 UFC) vs. Felipe Colares (10-2, 2-2 UFC)
Colares throwing some high kicks and Gutierrez chopping away with leg kicks. Gutierrez with some more kicks. Colares with a body kick. Gutierrez lands a left hand. Colares with a combo and he drops for a takedown but Gutierrez defending. Colares has the back against the fence. They break after not much happens. Colares with a leg kick. Gutierrez lands an uppercut and goes for a takedown but Colares defends. They remain tied up against the fence. They break and Gutierrez with an elbow. Colares throwing kicks. Gutierrez with a combo then a leg kick. Close round. 10-9 Gutierrez.
They trade kicks to start the second and Gutierrez with a right hand. Colares with a combo. Both landing in close range. Gutierrez with the jab. Gutierrez lands a right hand as Colares rushes in. Gutierrez landing more. Gutierrez with a clinch but lands a double jab as they break. Colares throwing high kicks but Gutierrez blocking them. Gutierrez landing the jab. Gutierrez with a combo then a head kick. Colares with a body kick. Gutierrez continually finding a home for the jab. Colares tries for a takedown against the fence but Gutierrez defends. They break and Gutierrez with the jab. Gutierrez with a combo. Gutierrez with a nice uppercut. 10-9 Gutierrez, 20-18 Gutierrez.
They're both throwing and Gutierrez landing leg kicks. Colares throws a combo as he rushes in for a takedown attempt but Gutierrez defending. Gutierrez has the double underhooks and breaks away and lands. Colares with a body kick. Gutierrez with the jab. Colares with a body kick but still eating lots of punches from Gutierrez. Colares gets a takedown and is in the full guard of Gutierrez. Not much is happening and Gutierrez is able to get to his feet and lands a combo, then a spinning elbow and then another combo. Gutierrez landing some big right hands and has Colares in trouble. Gutierrez landing big shots and looking for a late finish. Gutierrez gets a takedown but Colares reverses at the end. Fun fight. 10-9 Gutierrez, 30-27 Gutierrez.
Official Result- Chris Gutierrez def. Felipe Colares by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
> Sabina Mazo (9-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Maria Agapova (9-2, 1-1 UFC)
Agapova landing some leg kicks to start. Mazo with a body kick. Both throwing but neither really landing. Agapova with a right hook. Agapova with some body kicks. Agapova with a nice combo. Agapova with a nice combo again to the body. Agapova with a left hand. They trade against the fence. Agapova with a combo ending with a nice right hand. Agapova with a liver kick. Agapova with a left hand and then a head kick. Mazo with a body kick. Agapova with a body kick. Agapova with a combo. 10-9 Agapova.
They trade leg kicks and Agapova landing some good punches. Both continuing to land. They trade leg kicks. They continue to trade and Agapova landing with more volume but neither doing much to definitively win the round. They both connect late in the round. 10-9 Agapova, 20-18 Agapova.
Agapova landing as Mazo is pressing forward and looking to clinch. Agapova shakes her off. Agapova with a combo. Agapova lands a right hand and Mazo falls to the mat on her hands and knees and Agapova jumps on the back and locks in a rear-naked choke and Mazo immediately taps. What a finish by Agapova.
Official Result- Mariya Agapova def. Sabina Mazo by submission (rear-naked choke) at :53 of Round 3
> Tim Elliott (#9, 17-11-1, 6-9 UFC) vs. Matheus Nicolau (#11, 16-2-1, 4-1 UFC)
Nicolau with a leg kick. Elliott coming forward and swinging but missing. Elliott with a leg kick and Nicolau with a jab to the body. Nicolau with a right hand. Elliott with a flurry and Nicolau slipped to the mat and Elliott landed a body kick on the ground as Nicolau stood up. Nicolau doing a lot of circling and not throwing. Elliott lands a couple of kicks. They trade and Elliott goes after a leg and scores a takedown. They get up and Elliott still has body control against the fence. They break. Nicolau lands a combo. Nicolau connects late. 10-9 Elliott.
Elliott goes for an immediate takedown and has the back as they go against the fence. They break. They trade leg kicks. Nicolau lands a nice combo. Elliott throwing and landing a little. Nicolau landing as Elliott moves in. Nicolau with a hard leg kick and then lands a right hand as Elliott rushes in. Elliott shoots for a takedown but Nicolau defends and they break. Elliott throwing a lot but missing. Nicolau lands a right hand. They both continue to throw and Nicolau landing more. Elliott now starting to land. Nicolau with a combo. Elliott tries a takedown but Nicolau defends and they break. 10-9 Nicolau, 19-19.
Elliott pressing forward to start the third and doing his thing of holding up his lead leg. Elliott lands a left hand. Nicolau with a right hand. They trade against the fence and Elliott lands some good shots. Elliott lands a front kick and Nicolau with a right hand. Elliott tries for a takedown as they clinch against the cage. They break. Nicolau gets a takedown and is in the guard of Elliott. Elliott holding on from the bottom and Nicolau tries slamming him to break the grip. Nicolau with some body punches. They get up late. Neither lands late. Close fight. 10-9 Nicolau, 29-28 Nicolau.
Official Result- Matheus Nicolau def. Tim Elliott by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Randy Brown (13-4, 7-4 UFC) vs. Jared Gooden (18-6, 1-2 UFC)
Welterweights* (Gooden missed weight by 3 pounds)
Gooden missed weight by three pounds. Brown landing more to start the fight and lands a nasty high kick that backs Gooden up. Gooden recovers and lands some leg kicks. Gooden with another leg kick. Brown lands a couple of jabs. Brown lands another stinging jab. Gooden with a nice leg kick. Gooden with another leg kick. Brown with a body kick. Brown with another body kick. Gooden with a leg kick. Brown partially lands a spinning back fist. Brown with a leg kick. Gooden with a leg kick. 10-9 Brown.
Both throwing wildly to start the second and leg kicks hurt each other and both chase around the cage. Gooden lands a leg kick. Brown with a body kick. Gooden with a leg kick. Brown with an uppercut. Brown lands a right hand and then a left hand and another right hand. Brown continuing to land and has Gooden hurt. Gooden with a leg kick. Brown with a left hand. Gooden with a leg kick. Brown with some punches and then lands a head kick. Both landing punches. Brown with a leg kick. Gooden lands one. Brown with a right hand and lands a big flurry late. 10-9 Brown, 20-18 Brown.
Brown with a side kick and lands a left hand. Brown with a nice body kick. Brown with a combo. Gooden coming forward and throwing and Brown lands a flying knee. Brown landing kicks as Gooden is trying to find the right hand. Brown lands a jumping knee and then a body kick and lands some knees and elbows in the clinch. Gooden with a leg kick. Gooden with a right hand to the body. Gooden with a combo and lands a knee. They scramble to the mat late. 10-9 Brown, 30-27 Brown.
Official Result- Randy Brown def. Jared Gooden by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Mackenzie Dern (#4, 11-1, 6-1 UFC) vs. Marina Rodriguez (#6, 15-1-2, 4-1-2 UFC)
Rodriguez with a leg and body kick. Dern not landing with her strikes through the first minute. Both wildly throw and miss. Rodriguez lands a nice jab. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Dern rushes in with some right hands and they end up clinching against the fence. They are in a weird position as Dern is looking to get this to the ground. Rodriguez with an elbow. Rodriguez with some knees and they break. Rodriguez with a right hand. Rodriguez with a body kick. They trade jabs. They trade late and Rodriguez with a knee. 10-9 Rodriguez.
They both throw to start the second before clinching and breaking. Dern lands two right hands and looks for a throw as they scramble to the mat. Dern is on the leg and then moves to side control with a knee on the belly. Rodriguez is looking for a choke from the bottom. Dern with some punches from the top to the body. Dern goes to the back and lands some punches. She has both arms of Rodriguez tied up. She's trying to get an armbar locked in with her legs. Dern is now in the mount. Dern lands some punches. She's landing and looking for the finish but Rodriguez survives. 10-9 Dern, 19-19.
Rodriguez with some leg kicks to start the third. Rodriguez landing and lands a head kick. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Dern swinging wildly and missing. Rodriguez with a right hand. Rodriguez landing kicks at will. Dern is missing all of her punches. Dern lands a right hand. Rodriguez with a body kick. Rodriguez landing kicks. Dern with a leg kick. Dern shoots for a takedown and pushes it against the fence. Rodriguez landing right hands at the end. 10-9 Rodriguez, 29-28 Rodriguez.
Dern lands a right hand. We have a timeout for a groin strike. They trade punches. Rodriguez with a right hand and then a step-in knee to the body. Rodriguez lands a nice combo, and then lands another nice one. Dern can't match her on the feet. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Rodriguez with a right hand to the body. Dern misses some wild punches and Rodriguez lands a body kick. Rodriguez with a knee then an elbow. Rodriguez with a knee and Dern gets a weird takedown and ends up in the mount. Dern lands some punches from the top. Dern with more shots and Rodriguez survives. 10-9 Rodriguez, 39-37 Rodriguez.
Dern coming forward and trying to land but missing and Rodriguez circling away. Rodriguez landing leg kicks as both looking to land punches. Rodriguez with some leg kicks and a right hand. Dern lands and almost had a takedown. Rodriguez lands a combo. Rodriguez with another combo. She lands a big overhand right. They clinch against the fence. Dern trying hard for the takedown but they break. Rodriguez with some body kicks and a huge knee late. Fun fight. 10-9 Rodriguez, 49-46 Rodriguez.
Official Result- Marina Rodriguez def. Mackenzie Dern by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)