Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 33: Blaydes vs. Daukaus, emanating from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Octagon is back into arenas in the United States for fight night events for the first time since before the pandemic as they return to Columbus for the first time since March 2009 with a heavyweight main event.
Heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus square off in the five-round headline bout. Blaydes is fresh under a new UFC contract as he looks for his second straight win after finishing Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 266 in September. Daukaus is looking to rebound from his first UFC loss, which came to Derrick Lewis in December.
In the co-main event, it is a battle of women's flyweight contenders as Joanne Wood looks to end a two-fight losing skid against Alexa Grasso, winner of two straight. Also on the main card is a potential title eliminator at flyweight as Askar Askarov battles Kai Kara-France, a welterweight bout between hometown hero Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena, and a welterweight clash between Neil Magny, who is looking to tie a UFC record, against Max Griffin.
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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> Featherweights- Luis Saldana (15-7, 1-1 UFC) vs. Bruno Souza (10-2, 0-1 UFC)
They trade to start. Saldana with a leg kick and then a body kick. They trade leg kicks. Saldana with more leg kicks. Souza with a right hand after Saldana lands a leg kick. Saldana continuing to land lots of leg kicks. Saldana with a leg kick and Souza lands a right hand. Saldana gets a brief takedown and has the back as they scramble to their feet. Saldana gets a takedown at the end of the round. 10-9 Saldana.
Saldana with a left hook to the body. Souza lands a left hook. Saldana lands a right hand and circles away. Saldana misses a spinning back fist but lands a head kick. He tries for it again but misses. Souza throws a right hand but Saldana ducks under and gets a takedown. They're on the feet and Saldana has the back. Saldana gets it fully down. They get to their feet. Souza lands some punches. They trade as the pace is slowing. Saldana lands a body kick as Souza lands a right hand. Souza with a body kick and right hand and Saldana lands a right hand. Close round. 10-9 Souza, 19-19.
Saldana tries a flying knee but lands a left hook instead. Saldana with a high kick. Souza with a left hand. Saldana with some leg kicks. Neither doing a whole lot. Souza throws a right hand but Saldana ducks under. Saldana with a body kick. Souza pushing the pace. Saldana with a body kick but Souza is able to get it down but they scramble right back up. Saldana lands a nice right hand. Saldana misses a spin kick but they trade right hands. Saldana is gassed out. Souza lands a right hand and they clinch. Saldana with a couple of elbows. They break. Close fight. 10-9 Saldana, 29-28 Saldana.
Official Result- Luis Saldana def. Bruno Souza by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Flyweights- #8 Matheus Nicolau (17-2-1, 5-1 UFC) vs. #10 David Dvorak (20-3, 3-0 UFC)
Nothing happening in the first minute as they're just circling around. They trade inside the pocket for a brief moment. Dvorak lands a couple of right hands. Dvorak lands a right hand. Nicolau circling around. Nicolau lands a nice left hand. They're still circling and not much happened during the round. 10-9 Dvorak.
Dvorak with a leg kick. He lands another as Nicolau is still circling around. Dvorak with another kick. Nicolau with the jab. He lands a leg kick. Dvorak with a combo in close range. They trade leg kicks. They trade inside the pocket. Nicolau with a right hand. Nicolau with a combo. Nicolau lands a big right hand. Dvorak with a body kick. Nicolau with a right hand. Nicolau lands a left hand and Dvorak falls to the mat and Nicolau jumps on top and is in the guard of Dvorak. Nicolau with some body shots. Nicolau with an elbow. 10-9 Nicolau, 19-19.
Nicolau lands a left hook and Dvorak is hurt again. Nicolau with a leg kick. Nicolau with a right hand. He lands another. Dvorak lands a right hand. Dvorak tries to grab the back but Nicolau escapes. Dvorak lands a combo. Nicolau tries for a takedown but Dvorak defends. Nicolau with an uppercut. Nicolau with a left hook. Nicolau tries for a takedown but Dvorak ends up on top but Nicolau is looking for the ankle. Nicolau looking for a kneebar. Dvorak ends up in Nicolau's guard. Dvorak with some punches from the top as Nicolau lands an elbow from the bottom. The end there. Close fight. 10-9 Dvorak, 29-28 Dvorak.
Official Result- Matheus Nicolau def. David Dvorak by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Women's Flyweights- #4 Jennifer Maia (19-8-1, 4-4 UFC) vs. #13 Manon Fiorot (8-1, 3-0 UFC)
They're trading early and Fiorot is landing more with leg kicks and punches. Maia lands a left hand that clips Fiorot. Fiorot with a side kick to the body. Fiorot with a side kick to the leg. They trade in close range and clinch against the fence. Maia lands a right hand. Fiorot lands more side kicks. Fiorot with a body kick. Maia then lands a combo ending with a head kick as Fiorot was looking for a takedown. Fiorot lands a right hand as they break. Fiorot with some body kicks and Maia lands a right hand. 10-9 Fiorot.
Fiorot with a big punch and a side kick before getting a big takedown. Fiorot is on top but Maia attacking the half-guard. Fiorot in the full guard of Maia. They scramble to their feet and clinch against the fence. Maia trying to get a takedown but Fiorot ends up on top and is back in the guard of Maia. They get to their feet. Maia lands a right hand. Fiorot gets a takedown but they get right back up and Maia lands a huge head kick. They trade late. 10-9 Fiorot, 20-18 Fiorot.
Fiorot with a side kick. They clinch against the fence. They're doing a lots of circling around. Fiorot with a right hand. They clinch against the fence and Maia gets a takedown but they roll right to their feet. Fiorot lands a left hand. Maia with a body kick. They trade kicks. Maia with a right hand. They trade kicks. Maia with a combo. Good fight. 10-9 Fiorot, 30-27 Fiorot.
Official Result- Manon Fiorot def. Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Middleweights- Aliaskhab Khizriev (13-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Denis Tiuliulin (10-5, 0-0 UFC)
Tiuliulin with a right hand after Khizriev lands some punches. Khizriev gets a takedown. Khizriev with a short left as he has Tiuliulin on the mat. Khizriev with more left hands. Khizriev with some big ground punches. Khizriev has the back. They get to their feet. Khizriev with a left hand. Tiuliulin lands a right hand. Khizriev with a left hand. They both land big shots in close range. Khizriev lands a knee and left hand. Khizriev with an uppercut. Khizriev with a left hand and some knees in the clinch and a head kick to end the first. 10-9 Khizriev.
Khizriev with a body kick. Tiuliulin with a quick combo. Khizriev with a leg kick. Khizriev with a left hand and a short uppercut. Khizriev with a body kick. Khizriev gets a takedown and takes the back and has a rear-naked choke locked in and Tiuliulin goes out cold! Wow, what a finish by Khizriev!
Official Result- Aliaskhab Khizriev def. Denis Tiuliulin by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:58 of Round 2
> Bantamweights- Chris Gutierrez (17-3-2, 5-1-1 UFC) vs. Danaa Batgerel (12-2, 3-1 UFC)
Gutierrez landing the calf kick right away. They trade kicks. Gutierrez lands a leg kick and a left hand. Gutierrez with a body kick. Gutierrez with a leg kick and Batgerel lands a right hand. Batgerel lands to the body and then a right hand. Batgerel with a right hand. They clinch against the fence. Gutierrez with a calf kick then a jab then another calf kick. Gutierrez with more leg kicks. Gutierrez tries a spinning elbow and Batgerel is able to grab him and get a takedown and is landing big left hands but Gutierrez survives the round. 10-9 Batgerel.
Gutierrez with a calf kick. Batgerel with a right hand. Gutierrez lands a nice combo. Gutierrez landing more calf kicks. Gutierrez drops Batgerel with a spinning back fist and lands some big elbows and ends it! What a finish by Gutierrez!
Official Result- Chris Gutierrez def. Danaa Batgerel by TKO (strikes) at 2:38 of Round 2
> Women's Bantamweights- #9 Sara McMann (12-6, 6-6 UFC) vs. #12 Karol Rosa (15-3, 4-0 UFC)
Rosa lands a right hand. McMann lands a right hand. McMann with a combination. McMann gets a takedown. She gets the back of Rosa. McMann with some elbows from side control. She gets back to the half-guard of Rosa. McMann with a right hand to the body. McMann with some right hands to the body. McMann with some right hands from the top. McMann is trying to find the arm but is in the wrong position. McMann landing more punches from the top. McMann ends the first on top. 10-9 McMann.
They're both throwing to start the second. McMann shoots for a takedown and gets the back and slams Rosa to the mat. McMann has the back and looks to get the hooks in. McMann working from the back and looks for an armbar but has complete control the entire round. 10-9 McMann, 20-18 McMann.
Rosa comes out throwing and they trade but McMann grabs the back and jumps up on it. McMann gets a takedown and Rosa quickly reverses to the top. Rosa stands and McMann lands some upkicks. Rosa in the guard of McMann and landing punches from the top. Rosa working from the top and has a solid end to the third. 10-9 Rosa, 29-28 McMann.
Official Result- Sara McMann def. Karol Rosa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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> Lightweights- Marc Diakiese (14-5, 5-5 UFC) vs. Viacheslav Borshchev (6-1, 1-0 UFC)
Diakiese immediately going for a takedown. They're battling in the wrestling against the fence and Diakiese gets the takedown. He's working from the top and they get up and Diakiese gets another takedown and is in side control. He's looking for the arm from the side. Diakiese gets back in the guard and ends the round on top. 10-9 Diakiese.
Diakiese landing some leg kicks and gets a takedown. He's working from the side and takes the back. Diakiese lands a right hand as Borshchev lands a back elbow. They get to their feet and Diakiese lands some knees to the thighs and gets the fight back to the mat. They get back to their feet. Diakiese now on top and looked for an arm-triangle choke but let go. Diakiese ends the round on top. 10-9 Diakiese, 20-18 Diakiese.
Diakiese with an inside leg kick. Diakiese gets a takedown. Diakiese working in the guard but not much is happening. They get to their feet and Diakiese has the back against the fence and gets another takedown. He controls from the back for the rest of the fight. Not much of a fight. 10-9 Diakiese, 30-27 Diakiese.
Official Result- Marc Diakiese def. Viacheslav Borshchev by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Welterweights- #9 Neil Magny (25-8, 18-7 UFC) vs. Max Griffin (18-8, 6-6 UFC)
Both throw leg kicks early. Griffin lands a right hand. Magny with a leg kick. Griffin drops Magny with a right hand and gets on top and lands but backs off and lets Magny back up. Griffin with a leg kick as Magny is throwing the jab and Griffin runs out of trouble. Magny lands a right hand. Griffin with an inside leg kick. Magny lands a right hand. They both throw late. 10-9 Griffin.
Magny throwing the jab and keeping Griffin out of range here in the second. We have a timeout for an eye poke on Magny. They get back to action and Magny pressing forward. Griffin with a nice combination. They're trading in close range and both are landing good shots and Magny is starting to land harder. They clinch for a moment but break. Magny with a combination and Griffin lands a right hand. Close round. 10-9 Griffin, 20-18 Griffin.
They clinch up and Magny lands a knee. Magny gets a brief takedown but Griffin gets right back up. Magny gets Griffin down and has the back and is looking for a rear-naked choke. Magny with big left hands from the back as he's in control on the back. Magny was looking for the choke but was too high and Griffin pops out and has the back of Magny but Magny grabs the arm. Griffin is gassed out. Magny with a big knee. They break and both are landing. Magny lifts Griffin up and almost power bombs him before the fight ends. 10-9 Magny, 29-28 Griffin.
Official Result- Neil Magny def. Max Griffin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Flyweights- #2 Askar Askarov (14-0-1, 3-0-1 UFC) vs. #6 Kai Kara-France (23-9 1 NC, 6-2 UFC)
Kara-France landing some leg kicks early. Askarov shoots for the single leg and tries for a takedown but Kara-France shows good balance to stay up but Askarov gets it down and is in side control. Askarov has the back and is landing punches. They get to their feet and Askarov is still on the back standing and looking for the rear-naked choke. Kara-France escapes for a moment but Askarov still has the position. Kara-France survives the round. 10-9 Askarov.
Kara-France with a leg kick. Kara-France lands a big right hand then a short left hand. Askarov shoots for a takedown against the fence. They break. Kara-France with a leg kick. Kara-France lands a left hand and then a jab. Kara-France with a right hand followed by a left hook. Askarov just backing up and not doing much. Askarov shoots for the takedown but Kara-France defending against the fence. They break and Kara-France lands some big punches against the fence. Askarov lands a left hand but Kara-France landed a lot of good shots. Kara-France with a huge left hand. Kara-France with more big shots near the end. 10-9 Kara-France, 19-19.
Kara-France with a leg kick. Askarov with a groin kick. They get back to action. Askarov throws a high kick and slips to the mat. Askarov trying for a takedown as he jumps on the back against the fence. Kara-France gets out but Askarov going for the single leg. Kara-France defending and lands an elbow and they break. Kara-France lands a right hand. They're circling around. They both land punches. Kara-France with a right hand and a leg kick. Kara-France fakes a takedown. Askarov tries for a late takedown but Kara-France defends. Close fight. 10-9 Kara-France, 29-28 Kara-France.
Official Result- Kai Kara-France def. Askar Askarov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Welterweights- Matt Brown (23-18, 16-12 UFC) vs. Bryan Barberena (16-8, 7-6 UFC)
Barberena with a leg kick. Barberena with another leg kick. Brown lands a jab. Brown with a foot sweep as he tosses Barberena to the mat but Barberena gets right back up. Brown has the body lock and gets a takedown. Brown in side control and looking for the crucifix but Barberena gives up his back. Brown with a knee to the body. They get to their feet. Brown with a body kick. Brown with a high kick. Barberena lands a combination. Brown with a foot sweep to get Barberena down again but Barberena gets up. They trade elbows and clinch. Brown with a jumping knee and an elbow. 10-9 Brown.
Brown with a body kick. Brown gets a takedown and is on top against the fence. They get to their feet and are exchanging in close range. Brown lands a counter left hook. Barberena lands an elbow that hurts Brown bad. Barberena landing against the fence and Brown is wobbly but gets a big takedown. Brown looking for an armbar as he has the arm but they're in a funky spot. Barberena gets out and is on top and lands to the body. They get to their feet. Brown with a big elbow and a body kick. Brown with a left hand to the body and a right hand to the jaw. Barberena lands a combo. Fantastic round. 10-9 Barberena, 19-19.
Brown pressing forward and lands a right hand. Brown with a body shot but eats a counter left from Barberena. Brown with a right hand. Brown with another foot sweep and gets Barberena down and grabs the neck as they get to the fence. Brown with a knee as they stand and lands a big elbow. Brown has the back against the fence. Brown with big knees to the body. They battle inside the pocket and both land. Brown with a high kick. Brown gets a big takedown. They get to their feet. Barberena with an elbow. Barberena with an uppercut and Brown is hurt. Brown then lands a right hand that hurts Barberena. This is wild. Brown with a left hand. They trade in close range and are just battering each other. Barberena gets the back and is landing right hands. They trade high kicks. They both land big right hands. They're trading inside the pocket and Barberena with big shots at the end. What an absolutely incredible fight. 10-9 Brown, 29-28 Brown.
Official Result- Bryan Barberena def. Matt Brown by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Women's Flyweights- #7 Joanne Wood (15-7, 7-7 UFC) vs. #11 Alexa Grasso (13-3, 5-3 UFC)
Wood throwing kicks and they clinch and Grasso lands a big combo before they go to the mat off a Grasso takedown. Grasso is in the guard of Wood. Grasso landing to the body from the top. Grasso remaining on top and landing until Wood is able to get to the fence and they stand. Wood with a leg kick. Wood with some right hands. They trade in close range. Grasso lands the jab. She lands another. Wood with a front kick and a spinning elbow and Grasso gets a takedown. Grasso has the back and is looking for a choke. She has it locked in and Wood taps! What a win for Grasso!
Official Result- Alexa Grasso def. Joanne Wood by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 1
> Heavyweights- #4 Curtis Blaydes (15-3 1 NC, 10-3 1 NC UFC) vs. #8 Chris Daukaus (12-4, 4-1 UFC)
Daukaus with a right hand. Daukaus with a right hand. Blaydes with a leg kick. Blaydes lands a right hand. They trade in close range and Daukaus just misses the left hand. They trade in close range. Blaydes with a leg kick and right hand. Blaydes with a leg kick. Blaydes lands the jab. Daukaus lands in close range. Daukaus comes forward with a quick flurry. Blaydes with a left and Daukaus lands a left. 10-9 Blaydes.
Blaydes drops Daukaus with a right hand and gets on top and is landing big punches and it is stopped by Herb Dean. What a finish by Blaydes!
Official Result- Curtis Blaydes def. Chris Daukaus by TKO (punches) at :17 of Round 2