Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ABC 3: Ortega vs. Rodriguez, emanating from the UBS Arena on Long Island, New York.
The Octagon is back on network television this week as it debuts in the new UBS Arena in Long Island for an afternoon slate of fights, featured a stacked main card with some exciting match-ups.
In the main event, former two-time featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega looks to start a run at another title shot as he takes on Yair Rodriguez, who is also looking to start a run at a title shot. Ortega is looking to rebound from a title fight loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 266 in September, while Rodriguez is looking to rebound from a loss to Max Holloway in November. The winner of this fight could be in line for a potential title shot.
In the co-main event, it is a battle of women's strawweights as Michelle Waterson returns from a long layoff to take on Amanda Lemos. Also on the main card is a welterweight bout between Li Jingliang and Muslim Salikhov, a featherweight battle between exciting fighters Shane Burgos and Charles Jourdain, and a re-scheduled battle in the women's flyweight division between Lauren Murphy and Miesha Tate.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Women's Strawweights- #14 Jessica Penne (14-5, 3-3 UFC) vs. Emily Ducote (11-6, 0-0 UFC)
Ducote is making her UFC debut. Penne trying to work the jab early. Ducote with a leg kick. Ducote with a leg kick and they trade combos. Both are still feeling each other out. Penne looks for a takedown and pushes it against the fence. They break and Ducote with a leg kick. They clinch and Penne with some knees to the body and lands a right hand on the break. They trade punches and Ducote with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Ducote with a leg kick and they exchange punches. Penne shoots for a takedown but Ducote evades. They trade punches. Ducote with a nice right hand and lands late. 10-9 Ducote.
Penne looking for the jab early in the second. Ducote lands a nice right hand and a leg kick. Penne tries an ugly takedown but can't get it. Ducote landing in close range. Penne lands a jab and Ducote with an inside leg kick. Penne lands the jab and is circling but eats a left hand from Ducote then a leg kick. Penne lands a right hand. Ducote with a leg kick. Penne with a right hand to the body and tries a takedown but Ducote defends. Ducote with some punches in close range. Ducote lands some big right hands. Penne grabs the Thai clinch and lands some knees before letting go. Ducote with a right hand. 10-9 Ducote, 20-18 Ducote.
Ducote with a leg kick and Penne is having trouble standing. Penne tries for a takedown but not even close. Ducote with a thigh kick. Ducote with more leg kicks and Penne is barely standing. Ducote stumbles Penne with a right hand. Penne lands a right hand. Ducote with more leg kicks and Penne lands a right hand. Ducote with another calf kick. Penne lands a right hand. Ducote with another leg kick and they trade punches. Ducote with another leg kick. She keeps landing the leg kick as we're getting near the end. They trade punches. Ducote with a big left hand late. Impressive showing for Ducote. 10-9 Ducote, 30-27 Ducote.
Official Result- Emily Ducote def. Jessica Penne by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Middleweights- Dwight Grant (11-5, 3-4 UFC) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (13-4, 0-3 UFC)
They both land leg kicks and Grant lands a head kick. Grant lands a right hand. Stoltzfus lands a right hand. Stoltzfus shoots for a takedown but Grant defends against the fence. They break and Stoltzfus with a high kick. Grant with a right hand as Stoltzfus lands a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Grant with a right hand as Stoltzfus lands a leg kick. Stoltzfus with another leg kick. Stoltzfus with a flurry of shots late. 10-9 Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus lands a right hand. Stoltzfus with a high kick. Grant with a unique body kick. Grant with a right hand. Stoltzfus with a leg kick. They trade right hands. Stoltzfus is trying for a takedown against the fence and has a grasp of Grant. Grant defending well against the fence. Stoltzfus gets the takedown and is trying to get the back as he lands punches and gets the hooks in. Stoltzfus has the back and is looking for a choke. Stoltzfus with some right hands from the back. Stoltzfus with some big punches as he has the mount at the end. 10-9 Stoltzfus, 20-18 Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus landing leg kicks as Grant lands a couple of right hands. Grant with a leg kick. Stoltzfus with the jab and Grant lands a leg kick. Grant lands a left hook. Grant lands another. Stoltzfus lands a right hand. Stoltzfus gets a big slam takedown in the center of the Octagon and looks to get the mount. Stoltzfus with some body shots from the top. Stoltzfus with more body shots as Grant is trying to control posture. Stoltzfus with some lefts to the head now. Stoltzfus gets the full mount and lands an elbow late. 10-9 Stoltzfus, 30-27 Stoltzfus.
Official Result- Dustin Stoltzfus def. Dwight Grant by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Light Heavyweights- #15 Dustin Jacoby (17-5-1, 5-2-1 UFC) vs. Da Un Jung (15-2-1, 4-0-1 UFC)
Jacoby with a leg kick. Jung with a body kick. Jung with a leg kick. Jacoby with leg kicks as Jung is pawing with the left hook. They were trading and Jacoby drops Jung with a right hand and starts walking off like it was over and then the referee just decided to stop it. That was a big finish for Jacoby but also a weird one.
Official Result- Dustin Jacoby def. Da Un Jung by knockout (punch) at 3:13 of Round 1
> Featherweights- Bill Algeo (15-6, 2-2 UFC) vs. Herbert Burns (11-3, 2-1 UFC)
They clinch right away against the fence. Burns gets it down to the mat and gets the back and then switches for the triangle choke. Algeo is trying to scramble out but he's squeezing and landing punches as well. Burns is also looking for the arm. Algeo lands some punches as he's trying to escape. Algeo pops out of the triangle choke but Burns still has the arm. Algeo steps across and is out and in the half-guard of Burns. Algeo landing big punches from the top. Algeo with some right hands from the top as Burns is trying to throw his legs up. They try to scramble but Burns is hurt from the punches of Algeo and Algeo is teeing off from the top. Algeo stands and Burns is ordered up and he slowly gets up. Algeo gets a takedown and has the crucifix and lands some elbows at the end. 10-9 Algeo.
Algeo with a body kick and Burns grabs the leg and gets a takedown but Algeo ends up on top. Algeo is trying to get out from the top and Burns grabs the leg and looks for a leg lock but Algeo escapes and he stands. Algeo lands a big right hand and then lands a leg kick and Burns is ordered up and can't get to his feet and the fight is stopped. What a showing from Algeo.
Official Result- Bill Algeo def. Herbert Burns by TKO (retirement) at 1:50 of Round 2
> Bantamweights- #13 Ricky Simon (19-3, 7-2 UFC) vs. #14 Jack Shore (16-0, 5-0 UFC)
Simon lands some leg kicks. Shore lands a nice combo and Simon looks for the takedown and briefly got it until Shore got right up against the fence. They break. Simon with a leg kick. Shore throws a right hand and Simon ducks under looking for the takedown but Shore defends. Simon with an inside leg kick. Shore with a high kick. Simon with a right hand. Simon lands to the body and tries a takedown against the fence. Simon landing some short knees as he has Shore pinned against the fence but they break as Shore lands an elbow. Simon with a left hook as Shore lands a right hand. They tie up against the fence. They break and Shore with a knee. Shore lands the jab twice. Shore with a left hook. Shore with a body kick. He lands another jab. Close round. 10-9 Simon.
Shore lands to the body and goes for a takedown but Simon defends and gets the body lock. Shore with a right hand as they break. Shore with a right hand as Simon lands the jab. Simon with an inside leg kick. Shore goes for a takedown against the fence but Simon reverses. Simon has the back but switches to the front in the clinch. Simon gets a big takedown as he slams Shore down. They get to their feet. They break and trade leg kicks. Simon drops Shore with a big shot and then gets the back and is looking for an arm-triangle choke and Shore taps! Big win for Simon!
Official Result- Ricky Simon def. Jack Shore by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:28 of Round 2
> Middleweights- Punahele Soriano (8-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (11-4, 2-3 UFC)
Soriano with a body kick. Lungiambula lands a right hand. Soriano shoots for the takedown but Lungiambula defends. Lungiambula with a body kick. Lungiambula lands a right hand that backs Soriano up. They trade in close range. Lungiambula lands a leg kick and Soriano slips to the ground. Soriano looks for a takedown but Lungiambula has the neck and they get to their feet. They break. Lungiambula with a high kick. Lungiambula with an uppercut to the body. Soriano lands a left hand against the fence. They trade punches and Lungiambula gets a takedown. He works from the top and they stand and Lungiambula with a big takedown but they get back up near the end. 10-9 Lungiambula.
Lungiambula lands a body kick. Soriano lands a big left hand and a right hook and Lungiambula goes down and it is all over following some more punches. Big finish early in the second for Soriano.
Official Result- Punahele Soriano def. Dalcha Lungiambula by knockout (punches) at :28 of Round 2
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> Women's Flyweights- #3 Lauren Murphy (15-5, 7-5 UFC) vs. #10 (WBW) Miesha Tate (19-8, 6-5 UFC)
They clinch early and Murphy lands an elbow as they break. Murphy lands some punches and Tate gets a brief takedown but Murphy lands some knees as they get up. Tate with a leg kick. Tate lands a right hand. Tate with the jab. Murphy with a right hand. Tate lands a jab and Murphy looks for a takedown and briefly gets it but they got right to their feet. Tate lands a right hand in the clinch. Tate pressuring against the fence and lands a knee. Tate gets a brief takedown but they get right up. Tate lands some knees and lands a right hand. They trade knees. Tate lands another knee and is trying hard for the takedown as they remain clinched. They break. Murphy with the jab. Close round. 10-9 Murphy.
Tate lands the jab. Tate lands a right hand. They trade punches and both land right hands. Tate's nose is busted up. Murphy gets the takedown. They get to their feet against the fence and Murphy lands a big elbow as they break. Tate lands a combination. Murphy is landing the jab as Tate keeps running into it. They trade punches. Tate lands a right hand. Murphy tries for another takedown but Tate defends. Tate lands then they clinch against the fence. Tate with some knees. Tate with a big elbow. 10-9 Murphy, 20-18 Murphy.
They trade to start the third and both are finding homes for their punches. Tate tries for the takedown and gets it down and Murphy almost reverses it but they get to their feet. Tate was landing to the body as Murphy was landing some knees. Tate still trying for the takedown but Murphy is defending. Murphy with an elbow and lands another as they break. Both are landing in close range and Tate lands a nice right hand. Murphy tries for the takedown but Tate is defending. They continue to trade and Murphy with a nice jab and knees late. 10-9 Murphy, 30-27 Murphy.
Official Result- Lauren Murphy def. Miesha Tate by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Featherweights- #14 Shane Burgos (14-3, 7-3 UFC) vs. Charles Jourdain (13-4-1, 4-3-1 UFC)
Burgos with a high kick. Jourdain with a high kick then Burgos lands a leg kick. They trade and Burgos clinches against the fence. Burgos gets it down but Jourdain has the neck but not a tight guillotine in. Burgos gets the back as Jourdain gets to his feet and is looking for the rear-naked choke. He's cranking as he doesn't have it under the chin. Burgos still has the back and is landing but Jourdain dumps him off and they get to their feet. Jourdain with a leg kick. Jourdain lands some big flurries after tripping Burgos up. They're both landing against the fence. Jourdain with a head kick. Jourdain with a knee. They're clinched up but break. Jourdain just misses a flying knee. They trade late. 10-9 Burgos.
They trade to start the second and both land combos. Jourdain with a body kick and they exchange punches. Burgos grabs the back and pushes it against the fence and then jumps on the back. Burgos working from the back trying to find the choke as Jourdain is fighting it off. Burgos keeps the body triangle as they go down for a moment. They go to the mat and Burgos keeps position. Burgos still looking for the choke. Burgos has the arm around the chin of Jourdain and is squeezing for the choke. Jourdain fights it off. Burgos with punches from the back at the end of the round. 10-9 Burgos, 20-18 Burgos.
They trade to start the third and Burgos lands slightly more but Jourdain landing the jab. Burgos with an inside leg kick. Burgos with some leg kicks. Jourdain lands a right hand. Jourdain landing the left hand. Burgos landing the leg kick. Both are landing inside the pocket. Jourdain lands a nice right hand that looked to hurt Burgos. Burgos tries a takedown and Jourdain was grabbing the fence. They're clinched up and both are landing and Jourdain with a jumping knee then a big uppercut. They're trading in the clinch and Jourdain with another big knee. Jourdain with short punches and then lands a left hand as they break. Jourdain tries a jumping knee and Burgos ducks and grabs the back against the fence. Burgos lands some big right hands late then Jourdain lands a massive head kick that Burgos eats. Great fight. 10-9 Jourdain, 29-28 Burgos.
Official Result- Shane Burgos def. Charles Jourdain by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
> Flyweights- #8 Matt Schnell (15-6 1 NC, 5-4 1 NC UFC) vs. #12 Su Mudaerji (16-4, 3-1 UFC)
They trade punches and leg kicks to start. Schnell with a right hand. They continue to both throw and Schnell gets a takedown. Schnell gets the back and looks to set something up but Mudaerji spins into the guard of Schnell and starts to land to the body. Mudaerji stands and lands a right hand and goes back into the guard of Schnell. Schnell looking for the triangle choke and has the arm trapped. Mudaerji picks Schnell up and slams him down then Schnell sweeps to the top and lands. Schnell with some right hands from the top. Schnell lands a couple of elbows. He lands another right hand then a few more. 10-9 Schnell.
They trade to start the second and Mudaerji lands a groin kick and we have a timeout. They get back to action and both land punches and Mudaerji rocks Schnell with punches a couple of times. Mudaerji lands a big left hand and Schnell goes down for a moment but gets up and they trade. Mudaerji rocks Schnell with a big elbow but Schnell stays on his feet. They trade then Mudaerji lands the big elbow again and Schnell looks out on his feet but they trade and break. Schnell lands a right hand. Mudaerji with a big left hand. Schnell returns fire with a combo. Schnell with a big right hand then gets a takedown. Schnell gets mount and is landing big punches and elbows from the top. Schnell with big elbows from the top. Schnell reigning down with the punches then Mudaerji sweeps to the top. Schnell looking for the triangle choke. Mudaerji is bleeding badly and Schnell with some elbows. Schnell has the triangle choke in and Mudaerji goes out cold! Wow. What an amazing round and fight. Incredible.
Official Result- Matt Schnell def. Su Mudaerji by submission (triangle choke) at 4:24 of Round 2
> Welterweights- #14 Li Jingliang (18-7, 10-5 UFC) vs. Muslim Salikhov (18-2, 5-1 UFC)
Jingliang with a leg kick. He lands some more as they're both looking to find openings for their punches. Jingliang lands a kick as Salikhov was grabbing him and scored a takedown. Salikhov lands from the top then they get to their feet. Neither really landing. Salikhov with a spin kick which hits the arm of Jingliang. They trade leg kicks. 10-9 Salikhov.
Salikhov lands a big right hand that momentarily floors Jingliang but he gets up. Salikhov with the jab after he misses a big spin attack. Jingliang lands a right hand. Jingliang with an inside leg kick. Salikhov with a front kick to the body. Jingliang gets the takedown. They get to their feet and trade punches. Salikhov with a spin kick to the body. Jingliang rocks Salikhov with a left hand and has Salikhov in trouble. Jingliang lands a right hand and Salikhov shoots for a takedown but Jingliang defends. Jingliang then drops Salikhov with a massive right hand and some follow-up shots end it. Big finish and win for Jingliang!
Official Result- Li Jingliang def. Muslim Salikhov by TKO (punches) at 4:38 of Round 2
> Women's Strawweights- #10 Michelle Waterson-Gomez (18-9, 6-5 UFC) vs. #11 Amanda Lemos (11-2-1, 5-2 UFC)
They're feeling each other out to start and neither has landed until over a minute in when they trade leg kicks. They then trade body kicks and Lemos with a jab. Lemos with a body kick. Waterson with a leg kick. Lemos with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Lemos with a combo and just misses what would've been a big left hook. Waterson gets a takedown and is working in the guard of Lemos and lands some body punches. Waterson steps over and lands and Lemos sweeps to the top at the end. 10-9 Waterson-Gomez.
They trade to start the second round. Lemos with a body kick. Waterson lands a leg kick. Waterson with some side kicks. They both land right hands as Lemos lands to the body. Lemos throws a right hand and Waterson ducks under and almost got a takedown and Lemos grabs the neck and locks in a guillotine choke and Waterson apparently taps in a moment that gets missed by the referee. Lemos gets the win by submission.
Official Result- Amanda Lemos def. Michelle Waterson-Gomez by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:48 of Round 2
> Featherweights- #2 Brian Ortega (15-2 1 NC, 7-2 1 NC UFC) vs. #3 Yair Rodriguez (13-3 1 NC, 8-2 1 NC UFC)
Rodriguez lands a couple of leg kicks and right hands to start. They're both trading punches in close range. Rodriguez lands some big punches then a knee. They clinch against the fence. Ortega with a knee. Ortega trying hard for the takedown against the fence. Ortega still has the body lock as he's trying hard for the takedown. They break to the center. Rodriguez with a nice right hand. Rodriguez with a front kick followed by a right hand and Ortega shoots for the takedown and pushes it against the fence. Ortega gets the takedown. Ortega's shoulder suddenly pops out of socket and the fight is stopped. Ortega was escaping an armbar attempt from Rodriguez and his shoulder popped out and this is an unfortunate end to the fight.
Official Result- Yair Rodriguez def. Brian Ortega by TKO (injury) at 4:11 of Round 1