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UFC on ESPN+ 55 live results: Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez

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Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN+ 55: Holloway vs. Rodriguez, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Action is back inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas after two weeks away, and is back with a featherweight main event that has 'Fight Of The Year' potential, featuring arguably the greatest featherweight of all-time.

Former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway takes on Yair Rodriguez in an exciting main event that has potential title shot implications on the line. Holloway is looking to score his second straight win after putting on an all-time classic performance in a win over Calvin Kattar in January. Rodriguez is returning from a two-year layoff as he looks for his second straight win after defeating Jeremy Stephens in his last fight. The winner could be next in line to challenge current UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski.

Also on the main card is a heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Marcos Rogerio de Lima, a women's featherweight bout pitting Felicia Spencer against Leah Letson, a welterweight slugfest between Miguel Baeza and Khaos Williams, and a bantamweight bout as 15th-ranked Song Yadong battles Julio Arce.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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> Kennedy Nzechukwu (9-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Da Un Jung (14-2-1, 3-0-1 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

They're hand fighting in the early stages here at the start. Both land a couple of punches. Jung lands a right hand. They trade singular shots right in close to each other. Jung with a right hand. Jung with another right hand. Jung with more right hands and Nzechukwu is wobbled. Jung lands some elbows against the fence and Nzechukwu goes down and is out. What a finish with the elbows from Jung.

Official Result- Da Un Jung def. Kennedy Nzechukwu by knockout (elbows) at 3:04 of Round 1

> Marc Diakiese (14-4, 5-4 UFC) vs. Rafael Alves (19-10, 0-1 UFC)
Lightweights

Alves with a groin kick with the very first strike thrown and we have a timeout. They get back to action and Alves throws but misses. Alves with a high kick. Diakiese with a body kick. Alves lands a right hand. Diakiese with a leg kick. Alves lands a jab and then a jumping kick and locks in a guillotine quickly and Diakiese taps. Nice sequence to the finish of Alves.

Official Result- Rafael Alves def. Marc Diakiese by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:48 of Round 1

> Cortney Casey (9-9, 5-8 UFC) vs. Liana Jojua (8-4, 1-2 UFC)
Women's Flyweights* (Jojua missed weight by 2.5 pounds)

They trade in close range and Casey lands a front kick to the body. Casey with a right hand. Jojua throws a double jab but misses. Casey with a body kick. Casey with a combo and then lands another. Casey with a right hand. Casey lands a solid right hand. They trade and Casey is landing with way more volume. Casey with another combo. Casey with a leg kick. Casey with a body kick. Casey with a combo and a head kick and then lands a flurry. Jojua's nose is leaking. Jojua gets the takedown and Casey quickly works from the bottom. Casey with some big elbows from the bottom. Jojua with some left hands from the top. 10-9 Casey.

Casey with a leg kick followed by a right hand. Casey lands a nice right hand. They trade and Jojua lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Casey with a right hand and Jojua lands a combo. Casey still landing with more volume but Jojua lands some punches. Casey with a body kick. Casey lands a right hand. Casey lands and slips to the mat. Jojua rushes in and Casey lands an upkick. Jojua gets on top and Casey lands some elbows from the bottom. They both land to end the round. 10-9 Casey, 20-18 Casey.

They trade to start the third. Casey with a leg kick as Jojua lands a left hand. Casey with a combo. Casey with a leg kick and right hand. Casey doing more in this round so far. Jojua lands a right hand and looks for a takedown but doesn't come close. Casey with a leg kick. Casey with a right hand. Casey with a combo and Jojua sneaks in a nice right hand. Casey lands a combo with a head kick. Casey with a combo ending with a head kick. Jojua lands some punches as she rushes in and they clinch. They trade knees as they break. Jojua gets a late takedown. 10-9 Casey, 30-27 Casey.

Official Result- Cortney Casey def. Liana Jojua by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

> Sean Woodson (8-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Collin Anglin (8-2, 0-1 UFC)
Featherweights

Both throwing early and Anglin with a body kick. Woodson with a body kick. They both land right hands. Woodson with a high kick. They trade and Woodson throwing the jab. Woodson with a combo and a leg kick. Woodson with a leg kick. Anglin with a strong calf kick. Woodson lands some kicks. Anglin is pushing the pace and gets it against the fence. They break and Woodson with a stiff jab. Woodson with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Woodson with a high kick that connects. Woodson with a combo. Woodson lands a right hand and Anglin is hurt. Woodson with some body shots as Anglin is covering up. Woodson lands a knee. They break and Woodson with a head kick and then lands a combo to the body. Woodson then lands a left to the body and Anglin drops to the mat and it is stopped. Beautiful finish by Sean Woodson.

Official Result- Sean Woodson def. Collin Anglin by TKO (punches) at 4:30 of Round 1

> Cynthia Calvillo (#5, 9-3-1, 6-3-1 UFC) vs. Andrea Lee (#12, 12-5, 4-3 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Both are swinging and landing right away. Lee landing more punches as Calvillo mixes in a leg kick. Lee lands a short uppercut as they clinch. They break after Lee lands a knee. Calvillo with a right hand. Calvillo lands a right hand and Lee lands an uppercut. Both are landing in close range. Calvillo with a couple of right hands. Lee with an uppercut. Lee lands a leg kick. Lee with a stiff jab. Lee with a body kick. They trade punches. Calvillo with a right hand. Calvillo with a solid right hand. Lee with a combo and a body kick. Lee with a combo and throws a kick and Calvillo grabs it and gets a takedown but they get up. Calvillo has the back standing and is trying to get it down. They break. Lee with a body kick late. 10-9 Lee.

Lee throwing right away. Calvillo with a leg kick. Lee with a combo and a body kick. Lee with a body kick. Lee lands a body kick that hurts Calvillo. Lee then rushes in with a combo and a knee. They trade and Lee with a left hook then a right hand. Lee with a combo and throwing to the body. Lee with an uppercut. Calvillo with a leg kick. They trade left hands. They trade and Lee with a body kick and then an uppercut. Calvillo with a right hand. Lee with a right hand then a body kick. Lee with a body kick. Lee lands a head kick. Lee with a combo and leg kick. They trade in close range. Lee with a right hand and tries a knee but lands a right hand at the end. 10-9 Lee, 20-18 Lee.

Calvillo can't continue after the end of the second and the fight is called off in between rounds. Lee gets the big win here.

Official Result- Andrea Lee def. Cynthia Calvillo by TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2

> Thiago Moises (15-5, 4-3 UFC) vs. Joel Alvarez (18-2, 3-1 UFC)
Lightweights* (Alvarez missed weight by 1.5 pounds)

Moises with a leg kick and just misses a right hand. Alvarez with a leg kick. Moises lands a big right hand and follows it with a leg kick. Alvarez with a leg kick and then a body kick. Alvarez lands a combo. He lands a knee to the body and follows it with a right hand. Alvarez with a leg kick. Alvarez with a right hand and Moises lands a left hand. Alvarez stuns Moises with a punch and lands a knee and then tees off with some elbows. Moises gets out and runs off and Alvarez chases him down. Alvarez with a leg kick. Alvarez with a right hand and then some big elbows and then tees off with a flurry and it gets stopped. What a finish by Alvarez.

Official Result- Joel Alvarez def. Thiago Moises by TKO (strikes) at 3:01 of Round 1

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> Song Yadong (#15, 17-5-1 1 NC, 6-1-1 UFC) vs. Julio Arce (17-4, 4-2 UFC)
Bantamweights

Yadong swings and misses as they feel each other out early. Yadong with a right hand. Yadong with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Arce lands a left hand and a high kick. Yadong lands a right hand. Arce lands a left hand. Yadong with a leg kick. Yadong lands a right hand. Yadong with a high kick. Arce with a leg kick. Yadong with a quick combo. They trade high kicks. 10-9 Yadong.

They trade punches to start the second. Arce with a leg kick. Yadong with a body kick. Arce with a leg kick. Yadong  hurts Arce with a head kick and then starts landing a flurry with a right hand that drops Arce and some more shots end it all. Great finish by Yadong.

Official Result- Song Yadong def. Julio Arce by TKO (punches) at 1:35 of Round 2

> Miguel Baeza (10-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Khaos Williams (12-2, 3-1 UFC)
Welterweights

Baeza circling around early on. Williams just misses a left hook. Not much going on as both looking for openings. Williams with a leg kick. Baeza lands a nice left hook. They trade right hands and both are landing now. Baeza with a body kick. Williams with a leg kick and Baeza slips to the mat and Williams gets on top. Baeza looking for the kneebar as he has the leg. He now goes for a heel hook. Williams landing punches to defend. Williams with some big punches. Baeza still working for the heel hook. Williams with some big right hands. Williams with more big right hands as he defends the submission. 10-9 Williams.

Baeza with the leg kick. Williams with the jab as Baeza lands a leg kick. They trade calf kicks. Both look for openings and Williams lands a groin strike. Baeza lands a couple of nice right hands. Williams with a leg kick and Baeza landing some good calf kicks. Baeza with more leg kicks and Williams' leg is hurt. Williams lands a right hand as Baeza lands. Baeza with another leg kick. Baeza with another leg kick. Baeza with another leg kick and Williams lands some big punches in return. Baeza with a right hand. Williams ducks under some Baeza punches and they clinch and Williams with another groin strike and we have another timeout. They get back to action and Williams with a hard right hand. 10-9 Baeza, 19-19.

Baeza with a leg kick. Williams lands some hard shots as Baeza was covering up. Williams with a spin kick to the body. Baeza with a leg kick and Williams catches him with a big right had that drops Baeza and more punches ends it. Big finish by Williams.

Official Result- Khaos Williams def. Miguel Baeza by TKO (punches) at 1:02 of Round 3

> Felicia Spencer (8-3, 2-3 UFC) vs. Leah Letson (5-1, 1-0 UFC)
Women's Featherweights

Spencer comes forward right away with the pressure. They throw sloppy punches. They clinch against the fence and Spencer with some knees. They trade knees against the fence. Spencer with an elbow as she's pressuring Letson against the fence. Spencer keeping the pressure on against the fence and landing short shots but not much is happening. Letson with a knee after Spencer lands a big elbow. They get to the center but stay clinched as Letson lands some knees. Spencer pushes it back against the fence and lands some big elbows. Spencer lands some knees and elbows. Letson with a knee after Spencer lands some big elbows. Spencer with more elbows. 10-9 Spencer.

Spencer pressing forward and they trade punches until Spencer closes the distance and they clinch against the fence. Spencer with some left hands and gets the takedown. Spencer takes the back as they get to their feet. They go to the mat for a moment but work up and Spencer back in control in the clinch along the fence. Spencer with some elbows and knees. Letson lands a couple of knees but Spencer still with pressure as she gets the takedown. They get up and Spencer still in control. They break for a moment and Letson with a body kick and Spencer gets a takedown off it. Spencer takes the back and lands some left hands, then some big knees as they stand as the round ends. 10-9 Spencer, 20-18 Spencer.

Letson lands a body kick and scores a takedown. They get up and Spencer gets the clinch against the fence and is landing punches and knees to the legs and body. Spencer with more punches and knees and Letson is taking a lot of damage. Spencer with some elbows and Letson is cut open. Spencer with more left hands again. Spencer gets a takedown and is working in the guard. Spencer moves to the half-guard and is landing big punches. Spencer with big punches and elbows and the fight is stopped. Absolute dominance from Spencer.

Official Result- Felicia Spencer def. Leah Letson by TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 3

> Ben Rothwell (39-13, 9-7 UFC) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (18-7-1, 7-5 UFC)
Heavyweights

de Lima with a big leg kick and then rocks Rothwell with a big right hand and is teeing off against the fence and lands some big punches and Rothwell was stumbling around as de Lima is landing lots of big shots and it is finally stopped by Herb Dean. What an explosive finish by de Lima.

Official Result- Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Ben Rothwell by TKO (punches) at :32 of Round 1

> Max Holloway (#1, 22-6, 18-6 UFC) vs. Yair Rodriguez (#3, 12-2 1 NC, 8-1 1 NC UFC)
Featherweights

Rodriguez with a leg kick. Holloway with a right hand and Rodriguez with more kicks. They trade left hands. Holloway with a right hand. Rodriguez lands a right hand. Holloway with a leg kick and a right hand. Holloway works to the body. Holloway with some left hands to the head and body. Holloway with a leg kick. Rodriguez with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. They trade punches. Rodriguez with a leg kick and then another and another. Holloway with a leg kick. Rodriguez lands a hard right hand. Holloway then rocks Rodriguez with a right hand. They trade leg kicks. Both land some hard punches. Rodriguez has a cut under his eye. Holloway tries a spin kick and Rodriguez grabs his back and looks for the takedown. They break and Holloway with a head kick. Rodriguez goes down and tries upkicks and Holloway ends the round on top. Close round. 10-9 Rodriguez.

They trade leg kicks and Rodriguez with a front kick to the body. Rodriguez with an inside leg kick. Rodriguez with the double jab. Holloway with a right hand. Holloway with a combo. Rodriguez with a leg kick and Holloway lands a punch. Rodriguez with two leg kicks and Holloway lands a right to the body and then to the head. They trade in close range. Rodriguez with more leg kicks. Rodriguez landing kicks to the legs and body. Holloway with a right hand to the body and then lands a left to the head. Rodriguez still landing the leg kicks. They trade against the fence and Rodriguez with an up elbow. Holloway with a combo to the body. Holloway with a flurry and lands a jumping knee to the body and they clinch. Holloway with an elbow as they break. 10-9 Holloway, 19-19.

Holloway with a right hand and a body kick. Holloway with a combo. Holloway with a big flying knee. Rodriguez with a body kick and they trade punches. They trade and Holloway with a solid right hand. Holloway lands a jab and Rodriguez falls to the mat and Holloway gets on top and is landing and looks for an arm-triangle choke. Holloway gets in the mount and lands and then Rodriguez gives up his back. Holloway lands from the top and then a slicing elbow. Holloway gets the back. He keeps landing and Rodriguez escapes but Holloway has the neck. They get to their feet. Rodriguez lands a flurry. Rodriguez gets a takedown but Holloway quickly works up. Rodriguez with a knee as they break. Holloway with a big right hand. They trade punches. Holloway gets a big takedown. Holloway lands from the top and they stand at the end. 10-9 Holloway, 29-28 Holloway.

They trade to start the fourth. Holloway with a big combination. Holloway with a right hand to the body. They trade in close range. Holloway with a knee to the body and is looking for a standing guillotine choke and they go to the mat. Holloway on top as Rodriguez escapes. Holloway still on top and landing. Holloway in the mount and lands some shots. Rodriguez gives up his back. They get to their feet. We have an eye poke and a timeout. They get back to action. Rodriguez with a leg kick. They trade some punches late. 10-9 Holloway, 39-37 Holloway.

They trade lots of punches to start the fifth. Rodriguez with a body kick then a combo. Holloway with a flurry and lands a knee against the fence. Rodriguez with an elbow then a backfist. They trade in close and Holloway with a knee. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Rodriguez with a series of leg kicks. Rodriguez tries a spin kick and then Holloway lands a right hand and Rodriguez is on the ground and Holloway gets on top. Rodriguez reverses to the top and looks for the neck but Holloway scrambles up. Holloway with a knee to the body. They both land against the fence and we have another eye poke, this time by Rodriguez. They get back to action and both are landing. Rodriguez tries a spin kick and they clinch at the end. Awesome fight. 10-9 Rodriguez, 48-47 Holloway.

Official Result- Max Holloway def. Yair Rodriguez by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)