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UFC on ESPN 39 live results: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev

A lightweight main event between title contenders Dos Anjos and Fiziev headlines UFC action at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
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Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN 39: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev, emanating from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Octagon is back at the Apex this week after a crazy International Fight Week, and the show rolls on with a twelve-fight card featuring a lightweight fight between top-ten foes.

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos takes on Rafael Fiziev in a long-awaited five-round headline bout. These two were originally scheduled to headline a card in February, but visa issues pushed the fight back to UFC 272 in March. However, Fiziev had to pull out after contracting COVID-19, and Dos Anjos instead scored a win over Renato Moicano on that card. Dos Anjos has scored two straight wins, while Fiziev is riding a five-fight win streak.

The rest of the main card features some notable match-ups, as middleweights Caio Borralho and Armen Petrosyan battle, bantamweights Douglas Silva de Andrade and Said Nurmagomedov square off, heavyweights Jared Vanderaa and Chase Sherman battle to stay on the UFC roster, and it kicks off with a long-time UFC veteran Michael Johnson taking on Jamie Mullarkey in a lightweight fight.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

*A women's flyweight fight between Cynthia Calvillo and Nina Nunes has been scratched from the card after Nunes had to pull out due to a stomach virus she contracted following weigh-ins.

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> Bantamweights- Ronnie Lawrence (8-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov (9-2, 1-0 UFC)

Kakhramonov lands a right hand and Lawrence with a leg kick. They clinch and Lawrence tries a takedown but Kakhramonov keeps it up and has the back standing and lands some right hands. Kakhramonov gets a takedown but they get up and Kakhramonov gets another takedown and is in the half-guard. Kakhramonov stands but gets back on the top. Kakhramonov with some elbows and big punches to the body. Lawrence regains the full guard. Kakhramonov with some right hands to the body then to the head before they scramble up. Kakhramonov gets another takedown. They scramble up and Lawrence pushed it against the fence. They trade knees and Kakhramonov with another takedown. Kakhramonov in side control. Kakhramonov with some hammerfists. 10-9 Kakhramonov.

Lawrence lands a left hand. They both miss spin kicks. Lawrence lands an uppercut and a head kick. Kakhramonov gets a takedown. They get to their feet as Kakhramonov lands a right hand. Kakhramonov gets another takedown and is in the half-guard of Lawrence. He moves to the full guard of Lawrence. Kakhramonov with some right hands from the top. He lands more as he's trying to pin down an arm of Lawrence. Kakhramonov still dominating from the top as he moves to the full guard and then takes the back of Lawrence as they get up. Lawrence gets the takedown but they scramble up and tie up against the fence. They break and Kakhramonov with a head kick at the end. 10-9 Kakhramonov, 20-18 Kakhramonov.

Lawrence with a spin kick. He lands a leg kick. They trade punches. Kakhramonov gets a takedown. Kakhramonov gets inside the full guard of Lawrence. He moves to the half-guard and is just dominating from the top. Lawrence tries to get up but Kakhramonov keeps him down. They eventually work to the feet but Kakhramonov drags it back down to their knees. They stand and Kakhramonov still has the back and lands some knees. It goes back to the mat and Kakhramonov looking for the neck. Kakhramonov goes back into the full guard of Lawrence and lands some punches. 10-8 Kakhramonov, 30-26 Kakhramonov.

Official Result- Saidyokub Kakhramonov def. Ronnie Lawrence by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

> Light Heavyweights- Kennedy Nzechukwu (9-3, 3-3 UFC) vs. Karl Roberson (9-5, 4-5 UFC)

Nzechukwu with a big body kick. Nzechukwu lands a groin strike and we have a brief timeout. Back to action and Roberson goes for a takedown but Nzechukwu defending. Roberson still trying for the takedown against the fence. Nzechukwu now is the one who gets a takedown. Nzechukwu gets the back and has an arm under the chin but lets go. They continue to scramble and Nzechukwu still has his arm around the chin of Roberson. They get to their feet and Roberson with a knee but Nzechukwu gets another takedown and lands some right hands. Nzechukwu still in control on the ground but Roberson defending and staying composed. They get to their feet. Nzechukwu takes the back standing. They remain tied up to end the round. 10-9 Nzechukwu.

Roberson lands some body kicks early in the second but Nzechukwu gets it to the mat. Nzechukwu has the back and lands some punches. He lands some more punches to the head as Roberson looks gassed out. Nzechukwu gets it back down and has the back and looks to put the hooks in. Nzechukwu with big right hands to the body of Roberson. Nzechukwu lands a knee to the body. They get to their feet and Nzechukwu has the back. Nzechukwu looking for the choke again. Nzechukwu ends the round on top. 10-9 Nzechukwu, 20-18 Nzechukwu.

They trade to start the third and Nzechukwu gets the takedown and has the mount. Nzechukwu gets the back and is landing some big punches looking for the finish and it is stopped. Big finish by Nzechukwu.

Official Result- Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Karl Roberson by TKO (punches) at 2:19 of Round 3

> Featherweights- David Onama (9-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Garrett Armfield (8-2, 0-0 UFC)

Both looking to land the jab early on. They trade and tie up against the fence. Onama has the back against the fence. Onama gets it down but Armfield scrambles up and they tie up against the fence. Onama looking for the kimura standing and they go to the mat and Armfield in the guard but they get back to the feet. Onama lands a knee as they break. Armfield with a left hand. They trade in close range and Armfield connects with a left hand. They trade right hands and Onama with a left hand. Onama with a body kick. They clinch along the fence. Onama lands a left as they break and then lands a combo. Onama with some big punches late. 10-9 Onama.

They're trading in close range to start the second. Onama with a knee. Onama gets a takedown and has the back against the fence. They scramble and Onama ends up on top and locks in an arm-triangle choke. Armfield is trying to fight it off and doing a good job but he goes out and it is stopped. Nice finish by Onama!

Official Result- David Onama def. Garrett Armfield by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:13 of Round 2

> Women's Flyweights- Antonina Shevchenko (9-4, 3-4 UFC) vs. Cortney Casey (10-9, 6-8 UFC)

They trade leg kicks to start the fight. Shevchenko lands a jab. Casey with a high body kick as Shevchenko lands a jab. Shevchenko with a body kick. Shevchenko lands a combination in close. Casey lands a hard right hand as they clinch but break. Shevchenko with a side kick. Casey with a leg kick and Shevchenko lands a counter jab then lands a head kick. Casey tries to land a right hand but Shevchenko gets a takedown. Shevchenko with some right hands from the top. She lands two more. Casey with some shots from the bottom and Shevchenko stands. Close round. 10-9 Shevchenko.

Shevchenko with some side kicks. Casey with a high kick. Casey with a right hand. Shevchenko with a leg kick. Shevchenko with a high kick. They continue to both land short shots in close range. Shevchenko with an axe kick. Shevchenko just misses a wheel kick. Shevchenko with a side kick. Shevchenko keeps throwing side kicks as Casey isn't able to land much. Casey rushes in and they clinch against the fence. Shevchenko with a leg kick and Casey slips on a kick and Shevchenko kicks her as she was getting to her feet. Casey with a right hand and Shevchenko backs up. Casey with a flurry and lands a big right hand at the end. Close round again. 10-9 Shevchenko, 20-18 Shevchenko.

They trade in close range and Shevchenko with a knee as they break a clinch. Shevchenko with the jab. Casey lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Shevchenko with a spinning back fist and Casey ties up with her against the fence. Casey gets the takedown. She's in side control and lands a couple of elbows. Casey with some body punches and a few elbows from the top. Casey stands and lands as Shevchenko gets to her feet. Casey with an elbow. Casey with a right hand and Shevchenko goes for a takedown but Casey reverses and has the back then the full mount. They get to their feet. Casey with a left hand and she gets a takedown. Close fight. 10-9 Casey, 29-28 Shevchenko.

Official Result- Antonina Shevchenko def. Cortney Casey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

> Middleweights- Cody Brundage (7-2, 1-1 UFC) vs. Tresean Gore (3-1, 0-1 UFC)

Gore with a leg kick. Brundage shoots for the takedown and gets it against the fence. They get to their feet and break and Gore with a leg kick. Gore lands a jab. Brundage with a step-in elbow and body kick as Gore lands a leg kick. Brundage with a combo. Brundage throwing the jab. They trade jabs. Gore with a leg kick. Gore with a right hand. Gore with a leg kick. Gore with a leg kick but Brundage drops Gore with a counter right hand and starts landing big punches from the top and Gore goes out cold. Big finish by Brundage.

Official Result- Cody Brundage def. Tresean Gore by knockout (punches) at 3:50 of Round 1

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> Lightweights- Michael Johnson (20-17, 12-13 UFC) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (14-5, 2-3 UFC)

Mullarkey lands a leg kick and Johnson lands a left hand. Johnson lands a combo. Johnson lands a quick combo as Mullarkey landed a couple of body shots. Mullarkey with a hard leg kick. They trade punches. Johnson drops Mullarkey with a left hand and gets on top and grabs the neck. They get to their feet and Johnson lands a right hand. Mullarkey with a head kick and then he rocks Johnson with a right hand and Johnson goes down. Mullarkey gets on top and lands some elbows but they both get to their feet and land big flurries at the end. Close round. 10-9 Johnson.

Mullarkey with a leg kick. Mullarkey with the jab. Mullarkey lands a right hand. Mullarkey with a leg kick. Johnson looking for an opening. Johnson with a quick combo. Mullarkey with a right hand. Mullarkey with a head kick. They both land punches in close range. Mullarkey with a leg kick. Mullarkey with some big punches and Johnson is covering up. Mullarkey with a flying knee and he's landing knees and elbows inside the clinch. Mullarkey with a right hand. Johnson lands a left hand. Johnson goes for a takedown but Mullarkey defends and Mullarkey lands some knees as they get up. Mullarkey with a head kick. Mullarkey with some big punches and he lands another knee. Johnson with a left hand. Mullarkey with a leg kick. Wild round. 10-9 Mullarkey, 19-19.

They trade left hands to start the third. Johnson lands the jab. Johnson lands a left hand. Mullarkey with a right hand. Mullarkey lands a left hook. Mullarkey with a body kick. Johnson lands a big left hand. Johnson tries a takedown but Mullarkey sprawls away. Mullarkey tries a takedown but Johnson sprawls to defend. They were clinched but break. Mullarkey with a right hand. Johnson with the jab. Johnson with the left hand then a jab then another jab. Johnson with a combo. Mullarkey with a head kick. They trade in close range and Johnson lands a big left hand late. Close fight. 10-9 Johnson, 29-28 Johnson.

Official Result- Jamie Mullarkey def. Michael Johnson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

> Bantamweights- Aiemann Zahabi (8-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Ricky Turcios (11-2, 1-0 UFC)

Turcios with a head kick as both are feeling each other out. Turcios with more high kicks. Zahabi with a body kick. They both throw wild punches and Turcios looked for a takedown but they scrambled to their feet. They trade leg kicks. Turcios with a body kick. Zahabi shoots for a takedown but Turcios defends. Zahabi landing with more volume in the round. Zahabi lands at the end. 10-9 Zahabi.

Zahabi with a body kick. Zahabi lands a left hand as Turcios lands a leg kick. Zahabi with a high kick. They trade leg kicks. Zahabi with the jab. They trade in close range. Turcios with a right hand. They trade kicks. They both land in wild exchanges late. 10-9 Zahabi, 20-18 Zahabi.

They trade punches to start the third and Zahabi with a leg kick. Zahabi with a leg kick and he lands a couple more. Turcios with a leg kick. They trade punches and Turcios lands a leg kick. Zahabi with a couple of left hands. Turcios throwing but missing. Turcios lands a short body kick. Zahabi lands the jab. 10-9 Zahabi, 30-27 Zahabi.

Official Result- Aiemann Zahabi def. Ricky Turcios by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

> Heavyweights- Jared Vanderaa (12-8, 1-4 UFC) vs. Chase Sherman (15-10, 3-9 UFC)

They trade to start and Sherman lands a nice right hand. Vanderaa with a left hook. They trade punches. Vanderaa with a couple of jabs. Sherman with two leg kicks. Vanderaa with a leg kick and Sherman fires back with a right hand. Sherman with a left hook. Sherman with a body kick. They trade in close range and Sherman is being busier. They trade leg kicks. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Sherman with another big right hand at the end. 10-9 Sherman.

They're trading to start the third and neither is landing anything really impactful. Vanderaa landing the jab a little bit more. They exchange jabs. Vanderaa with a leg kick. They trade jabs again. Sherman with a body kick. Vanderaa with a nice combination ending with a nice right hand. They trade leg kicks and Vanderaa with a body kick. Both are landing hard shots but Vanderaa landing with more volume. Sherman then lands a combo. Vanderaa with a left hand. Sherman lands a right hand. They trade punches and Vanderaa with a leg kick. Vanderaa with a body kick and then another one at the end. 10-9 Vanderaa, 19-19.

Vanderaa with a body kick. Sherman with a combination. They trade in close range. Vanderaa with a combination. Vanderaa with a right hand. Vanderaa with another right hand. Sherman with a big combination. Vanderaa with a right hand. Vanderaa with a left hook to the body as Sherman lands a right hand. They both land big right hands in close range. Sherman landing some big punches and he has Vanderaa in trouble and Sherman continues to land big punches and lands a big right hand and Vanderaa goes down and it is all over! What a finish by Sherman!

Official Result- Chase Sherman def. Jared Vanderaa by knockout (punches) at 3:10 of Round 3

> Bantamweights- Douglas Silva de Andrade (28-4 1 NC, 6-4 UFC) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (15-2, 4-1 UFC)

Andrade with a leg kick. Nurmagomedov tries a spin kick but Andrade grabs the back. Andrade trying hard for the takedown. They trade knees. Nurmagomedov with some short knees. Andrade just pressing Nurmagomedov against the fence. Nurmagomedov almost gets a takedown and they end up breaking. They trade leg kicks. Andrade with a body kick. Andrade has a cut around his left eye. Nurmagomedov lands some nice kicks. Andrade with a leg kick. Nurmagomedov with a high kick. Andrade with a body kick. Nurmagomedov lands a nice combo as Andrade landed a right hand. They scramble to the mat late. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov with a spin kick. Nurmagomedov with a body kick. Nurmagomedov with a right hand. Andrade rushes in looking to land but misses. Nurmagomedov with a body kick. Andrade with a body kick. They trade leg kicks. Nurmagomedov with a head kick. Nurmagomedov with a body kick. Andrade with a body kick. They trade kicks and Nurmagomedov with a flying knee. Nurmagomedov shoots for a takedown but Andrade defends and Nurmagomedov lands some punches as they break. Andrade with a spinning back fist and Nurmagomedov falls to the mat. Andrade gets on top and Nurmagomedov looked for an armbar but Andrade escaped and the round ends. 10-9 Andrade, 19-19.

Andrade gets the back and scores a big takedown but they get to their feet. Andrade still has back control. They separate and trade leg kicks. We have a timeout for a groin strike but they get back to work. Nurmagomedov shoots for the single leg and finishes the takedown. They get to their feet and Nurmagomedov with a head kick. They trade big punches. Nurmagomedov tries a spin and Andrade catches it and Nurmagomedov went to the mat and Andrade gets into his guard. Andrade with a big elbow from the top. Andrade slips out to his feet. Nurmagomedov lands an upkick. They get to their feet and trade late. Close fight. 10-9 Nurmagomedov, 29-28 Nurmagomedov.

Official Result- Said Nurmagomedov def. Douglas Silva de Andrade by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

> Middleweights- Caio Borralho (11-1 1 NC, 1-0 UFC) vs. Armen Petrosyan (7-1, 1-0 UFC)

Petrosyan with a leg kick and Borralho lands two left hands in return and an open-handed slap. Borralho gets an easy takedown. Borralho gets the back and is after the arm of Petrosyan. Borralho now switching to the leg but abandons it. Borralho has the body triangle locked. Borralho is working for the choke. Borralho still working the back and landing punches from the back. 10-9 Borralho.

Both are looking to land on the feet to start the second. Borralho with a body kick. Borralho gets the takedown. Borralho working from the side and steps over to the full mount. Petrosyan turns in and Borralho looks for a guillotine but Petrosyan slips out to his feet. Petrosyan lands some leg kicks and Borralho is ordered up by Mike Beltran. Petrosyan with a combo. Borralho scores another takedown and is in side control but gets to the top. Borralho gets the back and has the hooks in. He lands some punches from the back. 10-9 Borralho, 20-18 Borralho.

Petrosyan with a big leg kick. They tie up against the fence and both are battling for underhooks. Borralho gets to the back as they remain on the feet at the fence. Borralho tries a takedown and he goes to the mat and Petrosyan lands some leg kicks. Petrosyan with more hard kicks as Borralho is on the mat. Mike Beltran orders Borralho to his feet. Borralho looks gassed out. Borralho shoots for the takedown all the way across the Octagon and gets it but they get right back to their feet. They trade knees against the fence and break late and Petrosyan with two body kicks. 10-9 Petrosyan, 29-28 Borralho.

Official Result- Caio Borralho def. Armen Petrosyan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

> Lightweights- #7 Rafael Dos Anjos (31-13, 20-11 UFC) vs. #10 Rafael Fiziev (11-1, 5-1 UFC)

Fiziev with a body kick. He lands another. Dos Anjos with a leg kick. Fiziev lands a left hook as Dos Anjos lands a left hand. Dos Anjos with another left hand as he pushes it against the fence. Dos Anjos with the pressure against the fence and he lands some knees. They break and Fiziev lands a knee then a right hand. They trade body kicks. Fiziev with a leg kick. Fiziev with another body kick. Fiziev with a body kick. Dos Anjos pushes it against the fence as he looks for the takedown. They break and Fiziev with a step-in elbow. Fiziev with a right hand and then rocks Dos Anjos with a left hand. 10-9 Fiziev.

Dos Anjos with a body kick. Dos Anjos with another body kick and Fiziev catches it and they clinch but break. Fiziev with a body kick. Dos Anjos with a left hand. Dos Anjos tries a takedown but Fiziev defends and they're tied up against the fence. They break and Dos Anjos with a high kick. Fiziev with a combo then a leg kick. Fiziev with a body kick. Dos Anjos with some jabs. Dos Anjos with a body kick and tries a takedown but Fiziev reverses into one of his own and they get up. They remain tied up and both battle for position. They break and Dos Anjos with a knee. Dos Anjos with an uppercut leading to a combo. Fiziev lands a left hand. Fiziev with a combo. Dos Anjos with a leg kick. Fiziev with a couple of body kicks. 10-9 Fiziev, 20-18 Fiziev.

They clinch against the fence to start the third as Dos Anjos is pressuring and looking for the takedown. Dos Anjos has the back. Fiziev goes to the mat for a moment but gets up and they're still tied up against the fence. They break. Fiziev with a couple of body kicks. Dos Anjos with a left hand and shoots for the takedown. They clinch against the fence and Fiziev reverses position. Dos Anjos with a knee to the body as they break. Fiziev with a body kick. They clinch against the fence. They break. Fiziev with a right hand. Fiziev with a knee. Dos Anjos lands the jab. Fiziev with a combo to the body. Fiziev with a body kick. He lands another. Fiziev with a late right hand. 10-9 Fiziev, 30-27 Fiziev.

They trade leg kicks to start and Dos Anjos shoots for the takedown and pushes it against the fence. They break after not much happens and then clinch against the fence again with Fiziev in control. They break and Dos Anjos with a flying knee followed by a left hand. They clinch once again. They break. Dos Anjos tries for a single leg but Fiziev defends the takedown attempt. Fiziev with a right hand. Dos Anjos with a body punch and gets a big takedown. Dos Anjos works from the top and Fiziev works his way to the feet and Dos Anjos lands an elbow at the end. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 39-37 Fiziev.

Dos Anjos lands a left hand and then Fiziev drops Dos Anjos with a left hand and follows it with a couple of punches and it is all over. What a finish by Fiziev!

Official Result- Rafael Fiziev def. Rafael Dos Anjos by knockout (punches) at :18 of Round 5