Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 34: Luque vs. Muhammad 2, emanating from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Octagon is back at the home base inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas after a few events away, for the first of three straight events to be held there, with this one headlined by a welterweight rematch that has title shot implications on the line.
Vicente Luque puts his four-fight win streak on the line against the seven-fight unbeaten streak of Belal Muhammad in the five-round headline bout. This is a rematch from when the two fought at UFC 205 in November 2016. That fight was won via a first-round knockout by Luque. Since then, Luque has gone 10-2, while Muhammad has gone 10-1 with one no contest.
Also on the main card is a middleweight battle of debuting fighters as Caio Borralho takes on Gadzhi Omargadzhiev, a welterweight clash between Miguel Baeza and Andre Fialho, a featherweight fight pitting Pat Sabatini against TJ Laramie, and a welterweight slugfest that sees Mounir Lazzez taking on Ange Loosa.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5:30 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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> Bantamweights- Alateng Heili (14-8-2, 2-1-1 UFC) vs. Kevin Croom (21-14 1 NC, 0-2 1 NC UFC)
Croom throwing the jab early and they both land inside the pocket. Croom lands a couple of leg kicks. Heili rocks Croom with some shots and Croom is stumbling around and we have a quick finish!
Official Result- Alateng Heili def. Kevin Croom by TKO (punches) at :47 of Round 1
> Women's Strawweights- Istela Nunes (6-2 1 NC, 0-1 UFC) vs. Sam Hughes (5-4, 0-3 UFC)
Nunes throwing strikes early and connects with a kick. Nunes with a front kick to the body. Nunes with a combo. Nunes with a body kick then a leg kick. Nunes with a high kick then a body combo. Hughes lands a jab. We have a timeout for an eye poke. They get back to action and Nunes lands a right hand. Nunes lands a combo in close range. Hughes lands a jab. Nunes with a body kick and combo in close range. Hughes pressing forward and lands some punches but Nunes lands a right hand. Nunes with a left hook. Nunes continues to land the front teet kick. Nunes continues to land with more volume though Hughes lands a double jab and right hand near the end. 10-9 Nunes.
They trade in close range to start the second and Nunes causes separation with some front kicks. Nunes with a right hand and then a combination. Hughes with a right hand. Hughes lands a jab. Nunes with a combo. Hughes with a left hand. Nunes lands a short elbow as Hughes rushes in. Nunes with a right hand. Hughes looks for a takedown but Nunes defends. Hughes with the jab. Hughes' face is bleeding from a cut on the nose. Nunes is slowing a little but still landing. They trade in close range. Hughes shoots for a takedown and has the body lock against the fence. They separate and Nunes with a right hand. Nunes still landing more as she's backing up. Hughes with the jab. Hughes starting to land more and goes for a takedown but Nunes grabs the fence. Hughes gets the takedown and in side control landing a lot of punches as the round ends. 10-9 Hughes, 19-19.
Hughes landing to start the third as she's finding a home for the jab. Both landing as Nunes is backing up. Nunes with a right hand as Hughes is landing the jabs and a right hand. There's a timeout for another eye poke by Nunes. Nunes is deducted a point for the second eye poke. They get back to action and Hughes goes for the takedown as she has the body lock against the fence. Hughes gets a takedown right into the mount. Hughes with some elbows as she moves to the half-guard. Hughes still working from the half-guard and mixing punches and elbows to the head and body. Hughes with a flurry from the top at the end. 10-8 Hughes with the point deduction, 29-27 Hughes.
Official Result- Sam Hughes def. Istela Nunes by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
> Lightweights- Jordan Leavitt (9-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Trey Ogden (15-4, 0-0 UFC)
Leavitt with a body kick. Ogden landing a lot of leg kicks early on and Leavitt landing some in return. Ogden lands a left hook. Leavitt with a body kick. Ogden pressing forward and lands a right hand and a combo against the fence. Ogden slips on a kick and Leavitt gets on top and is in the guard of Ogden. Leavitt with some body punches from the guard. Ogden being very active from the bottom. Ogden goes for a guillotine from the bottom and moves to the mounted guillotine and it is in tight. Leavitt trying to fight it off as the round ends. 10-9 Ogden.
They both come forward and we have a timeout due to a clash of heads. They get back to action and Leavitt landing leg kicks as Ogden is looking to land punches. Ogden with a right hand to the body. They're trading in the center with Leavitt landing kicks. Leavitt shoots for the takedown but Ogden defends. Leavitt with a body kick. They tie up against the fence. They break. Ogden with a right hand to the body. Leavitt back with the leg kicks. Ogden with a combo to the body. Ogden pressing forward. Leavitt shoots for a takedown but Ogden easily defends. Leavitt with a combo and a leg kick. 10-9 Leavitt, 19-19.
Leavitt shoots for a takedown and Ogden ends up on top in the guard but they get up. Ogden gets a takedown and tried to get the back but they got to their feet. They're clinched against the fence. Leavitt lands a right hand as they break and then another. Ogden shoots for a takedown but Leavitt defends and gets in the guard of Ogden. Leavitt landing some body punches from the top. Ogden trying to work his way up but Leavitt keeping him pinned down. Ogden landing some punches from the bottom. Leavitt doing a good job of staying on top as the fight ends. 10-9 Leavitt, 29-28 Leavitt.
Official Result- Jordan Leavitt def. Trey Ogden by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
> Heavyweights- Chris Barnett (22-7, 1-1 UFC) vs. Martin Buday (9-1, 0-0 UFC)
Barnett with a leg kick. Both landing some big punches as they clinch against the fence. Buday has the advantage against the fence and lands some shots as they break. Both miss on some shots they throw as they clinch again. They break and both throw punches. They clinch again. Buday pressuring Barnett against the fence. Buday with some left hands and lands a knee to the body. Buday with a few more knees. 10-9 Buday.
Barnett with a body kick. Barnett with another body kick. They clinch against the fence. They don't do much and break. They trade punches and Barnett throws big punches. They clinch again with Barnett having the advantage. They switch positions and Buday with a knee to the body then another. Buday with more knees and they break. Barnett lands a left hand. They clinch with body landing punches and Buday lands some knees. Barnett lands some punches and then Buday clinches against the fence and lands another knee. 10-9 Buday, 20-18 Buday.
Barnett with a leg kick. Buday lands some punches before they clinch. Buday got Barnett down to the mat and was landing punches and they stood and Buday landed some shots and landed an elbow behind the head and we have a timeout for the illegal strike. They stopped the fight and now it goes to the scorecards as it was ruled an accidental strike. 10-9 Buday since the round will be scored. 30-27 Buday.
Official Result- Martin Buday def. Chris Barnett by technical unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Lightweights- Rafa Garcia (13-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jesse Ronson (21-10 1 NC, 0-3 1 NC UFC)
Ronson with a leg kick and they trade punches. Ronson with an uppercut to the body and Garcia lands and pushes him off. Garcia with a right hand. They trade kicks. Ronson with the jab. Garcia with a right hand. They trade in close range. They trade with Garcia landing a combination. Ronson with a body kick. Garcia gets a takedown but they quickly get back to their feet. Garcia gets another brief takedown but they get right back up. They trade and Garcia lands a right hand. Garcia with a combination. 10-9 Garcia.
They trade and Ronson tries a takedown but Garcia shakes him off. Garcia gets a takedown. They get to their feet and Garcia lands a knee that looked to be illegal on the way up. Replays showed it was and Garcia gets a point deducted before they go back to action. Ronson lands a leg kick and Garcia gets a takedown. Garcia in the half-guard as they move to the fence. Garcia takes the back and is trying to find a choke as he moves back to the guard of Ronson. Garcia dominating from the top as he's landing. He then takes the back. Garcia gets a rear-naked choke locked in and Ronson taps! Big win for Garcia.
Official Result- Rafa Garcia def. Jesse Ronson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:50 of Round 2
> Lightweights- Drakkar Klose (11-2-1, 5-2 UFC) vs. Brandon Jenkins (15-8, 0-1 UFC)
Klose with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Jenkins with a snapping leg kick and Klose lands a big body kick. Klose tries a takedown and Jenkins grabs the fence but Klose is able to get the takedown and lands some punches from the back. They get to their feet and Klose has the back. Klose drags it down for a moment but they get right back up. They break. They trade leg kicks. Jenkins lands an elbow as they clinch. Klose with big uppercuts as he lands a lot and then lands some knees and is landing big shots in the clinch. They break and Klose with some big punches. Klose lands a couple of big right hands and Jenkins is in trouble. Jenkins does land a knee. They break. Jenkins with a leg kick and Klose lands an uppercut. Klose drops Jenkins with a right hand and jumps on top looking for a finish. Jenkins gets up and eats big punches from Klose. They clinch until the end of the round. 10-8 Klose.
Klose landing big shots to start the second and some big uppercuts and right hands and Jenkins falls down and it is all over. Big win for Klose.
Official Result- Drakkar Klose def. Brandon Jenkins by TKO (punches) at :33 of Round 2
> Women's Bantamweights- #11 Lina Lansberg (10-5, 4-4 UFC) vs. #12 Pannie Kianzad (15-6, 4-3 UFC)
They trade and clinch and Kianzad lands a knee. They break and neither land before they clinch again. They break and then clinch again and Kianzad has the back against the fence trying to get the hooks in. Kianzad landing punches from the back and Lansberg isn't doing much to escape. 10-9 Kianzad.
They clinch to start the second and Lansberg lands an elbow as they break but they clinch right back up. They break and both land punches as Lansberg initiates a clinch against the fence. They battle in the clinch and break and we have a timeout to check the cut on Lansberg. Kianzad lands a left hook and they clinch and Kianzad lands to the body as Lansberg lands a knee. Kianzad gets the back and then goes to the front and lands a knee as they break. They break and are trading. Lansberg drops Kianzad with a right hand near the end of the second. 10-9 Lansberg, 19-19.
They trade to start the third with both landing. Kianzad landing with more volume as she landing with combinations throughout. Both women are bloody. Kianzad landing with more volume still and lands some knees in the clinch. Kianzad with a combination. 10-9 Kianzad, 29-28 Kianzad.
Official Result- Pannie Kianzad def. Lina Lansberg by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Heavyweights- Devin Clark (12-6, 6-6 UFC) vs. William Knight (11-3, 3-2 UFC)
Clark with a body kick. Clark tries for a takedown but Knight defends against the fence and has the neck. Knight has a guillotine locked in. He lets go. They get up and Knight still has the neck against the fence. Knight lands a jumping knee as they break. Knight with a kick and lands some big punches and Clark is covering up. Clark tries for a takedown but Knight sprawls. They clinch and both land short knees. They break and Clark with a right hand. 10-9 Knight.
They're throwing short punches to start the second. Clark lands a left hook. They trade inside leg kicks. Clark lands a right hand and gets a takedown. Clark with some elbows to the body and lands one to the head. Clark gets the full mount and is landing from the top. Clark with punches to the body from the top. Knight gives up his back but Clark slips out and Knight grabs Clark and gives him a German suplex. 10-9 Clark, 19-19.
Knight with a leg kick and Clark is throwing leg kicks as well. Clark with a body kick. They clinch and are trading. Clark then lands a big elbow and left hook as they break and Knight is rocked. Clark then starts to unload with punches and Knight goes down and it is all over. What a finish by Clark!
Official Result- Devin Clark def. William Knight by knockout (punches) at 3:21 of Round 3
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> Welterweights- Mounir Lazzez (10-2, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ange Loosa (8-2, 0-0 UFC)
Lazzez with a leg kick. Loosa with an inside leg kick. Lazzez with a left to the body and a leg kick. Loosa with a right hand to the body. Lazzez with two leg kicks. Lazzez with a combo to the body and a right hand. Loosa with a left hook. Lazzez with a leg kick. They trade in close range. They trade leg kicks. Lazzez shoots for a takedown against the fence. They break after Loosa defends. Lazzez with a body kick. 10-9 Lazzez.
They trade to start the second and Loosa shoots for the takedown but Lazzez defends. Lazzez with a left hook to the body. They trade punches. Loosa with a leg kick. They trade punches and Lazzez with some front kicks to the leg. They trade and Lazzez looks for a late takedown against the fence but backs off and lands some leg kicks late. 10-9 Lazzez, 20-18 Lazzez.
They trade and Lazzez lands a left hand to the body. Loosa with a body kick. They continue to trade and Lazzez landing with slightly more volume. Both land leg kicks. Lazzez with a right hand. Lazzez landing the jab. Loosa with a right hand and a body kick then Lazzez counters with a combination. Loosa lands a left hook then Lazzez rocks Loosa with a right hand. Lazzez with a combination inside the pocket. Lazzez with some big punches and Loosa is in trouble but runs out of trouble. Lazzez with the jab and a body kick. Lazzez with a combo late. Good fight. 10-9 Lazzez, 30-27 Lazzez.
Official Result- Mounir Lazzez def. Ange Loosa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Featherweights- Pat Sabatini (16-3, 3-0 UFC) vs. TJ Laramie (12-4, 0-1 UFC)
They trade leg kicks to start before Laramie clinches up and pushes Sabatini against the fence. Laramie gets a takedown. Sabatini is trying to get up a triangle choke from the bottom and now looks for an omaplata. They scramble to their feet and break. Laramie with a body kick and Sabatini grabs the leg and gets a big takedown. They scramble up near the fence and are clinched. They break to the center. Sabatini lands an uppercut. Laramie with a leg kick and they trade punches. They clinch against the fence. Sabatini lands a teet kick that hurts Laramie and then lands a head kick and Sabatini goes for a guillotine choke as they go to the mat. Laramie recovers and is on top and in the guard of Sabatini. Laramie ends the first on top. 10-9 Sabatini.
They clinch up against the fence. Sabatini gets a trip takedown and looks to take the back of Laramie. Sabatini lands punches from the back and is still looking for full back control. Sabatini gets the mount for a moment but Laramie looks to give up his back. Sabatini with some right hands from the top. Sabatini with big punches as Laramie is stuck in position. Sabatini landing a lot of punches. Sabatini looking for a choke as he continues to land punches. Sabatini with the hooks in as he lands more and more punches. 10-8 Sabatini, 20-17 Sabatini.
Sabatini lands a spinning back fist and Laramie with a combination. Laramie looks for a takedown but Sabatini defends. Sabatini gets a takedown. Sabatini gets to the half-guard of Laramie and is looking to set up a choke. They get to their feet but Sabatini drags it back down. Sabatini has the back and is looking for something but Laramie explodes to the top and they scramble at the end. 10-9 Sabatini, 30-26 Sabatini.
Official Result- Pat Sabatini def. TJ Laramie by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
> Women's Bantamweights- Mayra Bueno Silva (7-2-1, 2-2-1 UFC) vs. Wu Yanan (12-4, 1-3 UFC)
Silva with some leg kicks to start. Yanan lands some combinations. Silva with a leg kick. Yanan with a combination. They trade in close range and Silva drops Yanan with a right hand. Silva lands from the top but they get to their feet. They trade leg kicks. Yanan landing combinations. Silva with a body kick. Silva with a combination and a knee and ends it with a high kick. Silva with a combo. Silva with some big punches at the end. 10-9 Silva.
Silva landing some leg kicks early as both are landing punches. Both land some punches. Silva with some more leg kicks. Yanan gets a takedown and is in the guard of Silva looking to pass the guard. Yanan stands and lands a leg kick. Yanan gets back into Silva' guard. Silva looking for a kimura from the bottom and almost has it locked it but Yanan somehow escapes. They get to their feet and Silva looking for a takedown against the fence but Yanan defending with punches. Silva with an elbow as they break. 10-9 Silva, 20-18 Silva.
Yanan with a front kick and Silva trips up after it. They trade punches. Yanan throwing combos but not landing much. Silva with a leg kick. Yanan with a combination. Silva lands a right hand. Silva connects with a right hand and then lands a combination. Yanan with a body kick. She lands another. Yanan with a right hand. Silva with a left hook. They both land in close range. Yanan with a check kick. Yanan with a combination. 10-9 Silva, 30-27 Silva.
Official Result- Mayra Bueno Silva def. Wu Yanan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Welterweights- Miguel Baeza (10-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Andre Fialho (14-4 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Fialho with some leg kicks. Baeza with a heavy leg kick. Fialho with some body shots. Baeza with a quick combo that snaps Fialho's head back. Fialho with a leg kick. Baeza with a combination. Fialho with a leg kick. Baeza with a right hand. Fialho with a couple of leg kicks. Baeza with a big combination against the fence and he unloads with a flurry. Fialho with a quick combo. They trade punches. Baeza lands a big right hand. Baeza is bleeding from his nose. Fialho then lands some uppercuts and has Baeza hurt and then drops Baeza with a left hand and punches on the mat end it. What a finish by Fialho!
Official Result- Andre Fialho def. Miguel Baeza by TKO (punches) at 4:39 of Round 1
> Middleweights- Caio Borralho (10-1 1 NC, 0-0 UFC) vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (13-0, 0-0 UFC)
Both landing to start the fight. Borralho with a leg kick. He lands another and Omargadzhiev grabs it and gets the takedown and is in the guard. Borralho sweeps to the top. Borralho stands and Omargadzhiev lands an upkick as Borralho was getting back into his guard. Borralho working from the top and grabs the neck as Omargadzhiev gives up his back. Borralho trying to get the hooks in. He has both hooks in. Borralho landing from the back and lands some right hands. Borralho lands a couple of elbows. Borralho with more strikes from the back. 10-9 Borralho.
They trade to start the second and Borralho lands a flying knee and a right hand and Omargadzhiev does to the mat. Borralho lands but Omargadzhiev gets to his feet. Omargadzhiev falls after swinging for a big right hand and Borralho jumps on his back. Borralho has the body lock on. They're both landing on the mat as Borralho is being more active from the back landing and attacking with chokes. 10-9 Borralho, 20-18 Borralho.
Omargadzhiev lands a high kick. Borralho lands a body kick but Omargadzhiev grabs it and they clinch against the fence. We have a timeout as Omargadzhiev lands a groin strike. They get back to action. Both are swinging and Borralho gets a takedown. Omargadzhiev is attacking the leg looking for a heel hook but Borralho being patient from the top. They get to their feet and Borralho has the back and gets another takedown. They get up and Omargadzhiev has his hand on the ground and Borralho lands an illegal knee as the hand is down and we have a timeout. Borralho gets a point taken away. They've stopped the fight and Dan Miragliotta says it's going to the scorecards with the third round being scored. 9-9, 29-27 Borralho.
Official Result- Caio Borralho def. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev by technical unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
> Welterweights- #5 Vicente Luque (21-7-1, 14-3 UFC) vs. #6 Belal Muhammad (20-3 1 NC, 11-3 1 NC UFC)
Luque with a body kick. Both land some short punches. Muhammad with a body kick. He lands another hard body kick. He lands another as both are circling. Muhammad with a quick combo. Muhammad with a body kick. Muhammad gets a takedown. Muhammad is in the full guard of Luque and lands some punches. Muhammad works to the back of Luque as they stand. Luque escapes and they remain clinched against the fence. They break away. 10-9 Muhammad.
Luque lands some leg kicks early. Muhammad lands a combination. Luque is the one pressuring. Muhammad lands a combo. Luque with a leg kick and Muhammad responds with a body kick. Luque with a right hook. Luque lands some leg kicks. Muhammad gets a takedown. They work their way back up. Muhammad with a body kick. 10-9 Muhammad, 20-18 Muhammad.
Luque landing the jab as he switches stances. Luque rocks Muhammad with a left hook and they clinch but break. Luque lands another left hook. They clinch and Luque lands an elbow as they break. Muhammad attempts a takedown but Luque defends. Muhammad got the takedown but they got up and Luque lands some knees as they break. Muhammad with a spinning elbow. They trade in close range. Luque lands a left cross. Muhammad with a body kick. Luque with a flying attack late. Close round. 10-9 Luque, 29-28 Muhammad.
Luque with a leg kick. Luque lands the double jab. Luque lands a left hand. Muhammad with a right hand. Muhammad gets a takedown. Muhammad pressuring from the top but not much is happening. Muhammad takes the back of Luque but Luque scrambles out and they get to their feet. Luque with a left hand. Luque with the double jab and Muhammad lands a right hand. Muhammad with a body kick and a jab. Luque with a left hand. Luque with an inside leg kick as Muhammad lands a short combo. Luque lands a right hand and Muhammad fires back with a left hand. Close round. 10-9 Muhammad, 39-37 Muhammad.
Muhammad with a right hand. Muhammad with a high kick. Luque with a leg kick. Muhammad lands a right hand. Luque with a leg kick. Muhammad shoots for a takedown but Luque defends and has the neck as they sprawl. They get up and Muhammad lands a right hand on the break. Muhammad gets a takedown and has the back and lands some left hands. Muhammad looking for the neck and the choke. He's threatening with the choke but doesn't have it in as they get to their feet. Muhammad is trying hard for the takedown. They break. Muhammad with a right hand. He lands the jab. Luque with a leg kick. Muhammad with a combination. 10-9 Muhammad, 49-46 Muhammad.
Official Result- Belal Muhammad def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)