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After another week off, the action inside the Octagon is back at their home base inside the UFC Apex, which should have people in there this week, with yet another women's main event that could have title shot implications on the line.
Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo both make their first UFC main event appearance when they square off in a women's flyweight bout in the five-round headliner. Grasso is looking to remain perfect since moving to the 125-pound division as she looks to go 4-0 following a win over Joanne Wood in March. Araujo is looking to score her second straight win following a decision over Andrea Lee in May.
Also on the main card is Cub Swanson, in his bantamweight debut, taking on Jonathan Martinez in the co-main event. Plus, long-time bantamweight veteran Raphael Assuncao looks to get back into the win column against Victor Henry, and light heavyweights Misha Cirkunov and Alonzo Menifield battle to move closer towards the rankings.
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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> Welterweights- Mike Jackson (1-1 1 NC, 1-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Pete Rodriguez (4-1, 0-1 UFC)
Rodriguez lands a leg kick. Jackson with a left hook. Rodriguez with a body shot and Jackson falls down and Rodriguez lands from the top but they get up. Rodriguez with some big elbows but Jackson is able to circle away. Rodriguez with a combo. Jackson lands a left. Rodriguez with a combo then drops Jackson with a knee to the head and finishes it off as Jackson was out cold. Big finish from Rodriguez.
Official Result- Pete Rodriguez def. Mike Jackson by knockout (strikes) at 1:33 of Round 1
> Flyweights*- Tatsuro Taira (11-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. CJ Vergara (10-3-1, 1-1 UFC)
*Vergara missed weight by 3 pounds
Vergara lands a jab then a right hand to start. Taira with a high kick and Vergara lands a right hand. Taira looks for the takedown as he grabs the back and gets it down. Taira in side control. Taira moves to look to grab the neck. They're in north-south position. Taira gets back to the half-guard of Vergara. Vergara sweeps and they get to their feet. They trade kicks and Taira landed a head kick and shoots for the takedown. He completes it right into the mount. Taira moves to side control and is landing body shots. Taira with some elbows from the top. Vergara is able to reverse and now has the top and is looking for an arm-triangle choke but is too high to lock it in. Vergara with a couple of knees to the body as they get to their feet. Taira with a big late combo. 10-9 Taira.
Taira with a heavy leg kick and Vergara stumbles back. Vergara lands a left hook. Taira with a high kick and shoots for the takedown but misses. They trade punches. Taira shoots for the takedown but Vergara defends. Taira pushes it against the fence and takes the back and gets it down and has the back with the body triangle locked in. Taira looking for the rear-naked choke and almost has it under the chin. Vergara is fighting the hands. Taira switches to attacking the arm and is able to lock in an armbar and Vergara taps. Great showing from Taira.
Official Result- Tatsuro Taira def. CJ Vergara by submission (armbar) at 4:19 of Round 2
> Women's Strawweights- Piera Rodriguez (8-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Sam Hughes (7-4, 2-3 UFC)
They're feeling each other out early as Rodriguez lands a couple of leg kicks but looks to work the jab. They both land inside the pocket as Rodriguez lands a combo to the body and Hughes lands a left hook. Hughes with a body kick. Hughes with a combo. They clinch and Rodriguez with a knee to the body as Hughes lands punches to the body before they break. Rodriguez gets a takedown and Hughes looked for a triangle choke but they scrambled up. Rodriguez attempts a takedown but Hughes stuffs it. Hughes with a combo. They trade punches. They both land late. Close round. 10-9 Rodriguez.
Hughes lands a couple of kicks to start the second and Rodriguez gets a takedown. Rodriguez with some right hands as they get to their feet. Rodriguez lands a knee as they break. Hughes is pressing forward but both are landing. Rodriguez grabs the single leg and pushes it against the fence. Rodriguez gets the takedown but they quickly get up. Hughes barely misses a head kick. They trade and Rodriguez gets a takedown. Rodriguez gets the back as they stand. Rodriguez pushes it against the fence and lands a knee before they break. They trade in close range. Hughes lands a right hand and Rodriguez lands a couple of knees in the Thai clinch. They trade jabs and Rodriguez lands a left hand. Another close round. 10-9 Rodriguez, 20-18 Rodriguez.
They clinch and Rodriguez lands a few knees to the body before they break. Hughes rushes forward looking to land and they clinch against the fence. Rodriguez gets a takedown and Hughes looks for a triangle. They quickly get up. Rodriguez lands some knees in the clinch before they break. They trade and Rodriguez lands a solid left hook. They trade and Rodriguez lands a solid uppercut. Rodriguez tried a single leg but Hughes defends and they trade on the break. Hughes is pressuring any time they're separated. Hughes lands a couple of nice right hands. Hughes with a flurry late. Close fight. 10-9 Hughes, 29-28 Rodriguez.
Official Result- Piera Rodriguez def. Sam Hughes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Featherweights- Joanderson Brito (13-3-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Lucas Alexander (7-2, 0-0 UFC)
They're both looking for an opening. Alexander throws a head kick that misses and he slips to the mat and Brito takes the back. Brito gets a brief slam takedown but they're on the feet. Brito with another big slam takedown but they get up. Brito gets it back down and has the back and locks in a rear-naked choke and Alexander taps. Big finish from Brito.
Official Result- Joanderson Brito def. Lucas Alexander by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:02 of Round 1
> Middleweights- Nick Maximov (8-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Jacob Malkoun (6-2, 2-2 UFC)
They trade jabs to start. Both still working the jab and Maximov lands a front kick. Malkoun really landing the jab well. Maximov with a right hand. Maximov lands a hook that rocks Malkoun as he drops to his knees looking for the takedown and is able to get it down, but Maximov quickly works to his feet. They continue to trade the jab and Maximov lands an overhand right. Malkoun gets a takedown but they quickly get up. Malkoun gets it back down and Maximov is grabbing the cage but they stand. Malkoun lands some big punches. Malkoun with a nice right hand. Maximov looks like he hurt something. Malkoun with a right hand. Malkoun gets a takedown but they get up and Malkoun lands a right hand. Malkoun with some big punches. He lands a right hand. Malkoun with some big punches at the end. 10-9 Malkoun.
Malkoun landing some quick jabs. Malkoun grabs the single leg and gets the takedown. Malkoun gets into the full guard of Maximov. Malkoun still working from the top but not a ton is happening. They get to their feet. Malkoun landing lots of punches as Maximov is backing up and still wincing in pain. Malkoun landing big shots and mixing to the head and body. Malkoun with a combo. They trade late. 10-9 Malkoun, 20-18 Malkoun.
Malkoun gets an immediate takedown to start the third. Maximov lands some heels to the spine. They get to their feet and Malkoun lands as they separate. Malkoun landing with more volume and he gets the takedown. Malkoun landing shots from the top and dominant on the mat but they work to the feet. Maximov with a right hand followed by a left hook. Malkoun grabs the single leg and gets the takedown. Malkoun with lots of punches from the top as they work to the end. 10-9 Malkoun, 30-27 Malkoun.
Official Result- Jacob Malkoun def. Nick Maximov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Bantamweights- Mana Martinez (9-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. Brandon Davis (14-9, 2-6 UFC)
Martinez with an inside leg kick. Davis then lands a kick to the groin and we have a timeout. They get back to action and trade leg kicks. Martinez with a few inside leg kicks. They're trading and we have an eye poke by Martinez and another timeout. They get back to action and both are looking for openings. Davis with a hard leg kick. Martinez landing with more volume. Martinez clips Davis with a left hand. Davis shoots for a late takedown. 10-9 Martinez.
Martinez landing kicks to start the second. Martinez lands a left hook that stuns Davis and lands a hard body kick. Martinez with some follow-up shots and Davis attempts a takedown but Martinez is defending. They break. Martinez continuing to land more as he's landing a solid amount of leg kicks. Davis starts to land some good punches. Davis lands a nice right hand. Davis with a solid combination. Martinez lands some big punches late and gets dropped twice but Davis is able to make it to the end of the round. 10-9 Martinez, 20-18 Martinez.
They're trading to start the third as Davis looks to have recovered. Davis with a right hand and then lands a right hand that hurts Martinez. They trade and Martinez gets a takedown against the fence. They quickly get up but Martinez is still on Davis applying pressure. Martinez has the back standing and they separate. Davis with a combo. Davis with a right hand. They continue to trade and Davis gets a takedown and is in the guard of Martinez. Martinez attempts an armbar from the bottom but Davis gets out and slams Martinez down. Good fight. 10-9 Davis, 29-28 Martinez.
Official Result- Mana Martinez def. Brandon Davis by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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> Light Heavyweights- Misha Cirkunov (15-8, 6-6 UFC) vs. Alonzo Menifield (12-3, 5-3 UFC)
They get right after it and trade and Cirkunov almost got a takedown but they broke. They trade punches. They trade. Cirkunov has a cut open around his left eye. Menifield with a right hand and then drops Cirkunov with a big punch and Cirkunov is out cold! What a finish from Menifield. It was a left hook followed by a right hand that finished it off.
Official Result- Alonzo Menifield def. Misha Cirkunov by knockout (punches) at 1:28 of Round 1
> Bantamweights- Raphael Assuncao (27-9, 11-6 UFC) vs. Victor Henry (22-5, 1-0 UFC)
They're feeling each other out early and Henry lands a body kick. Assuncao lands a left hand. They trade leg kicks. Henry with a couple of body kicks. Assuncao with a combo. They clinch for a moment and Assuncao with a punch as they break. Henry with a body kick. Henry lands a high kick. He lands another that Assuncao blocks and Assuncao lands a counter right hand. Henry with a body kick. Assuncao lands a right hand. Henry with two right hands. 10-9 Henry.
Henry pressing forward and lands a spin kick to the body. Henry with some low kicks. Henry tries a high kick but Assuncao is able to turn it into a takedown and lands some shots from the top. They get to their feet and Assuncao lands a high kick. They trade knees in a brief clinch. Assuncao lands a right hand. He lands several big right hands after having the leg of Henry then scores the takedown. Assuncao with lots of punches from the top and lands a left hook as they stand at the end. 10-9 Assuncao, 19-19.
Assuncao wobbles Henry with a left hand. Assuncao lands a right hand. Henry lands a right hand and they tie up but break. Assuncao gets it to the mat for a moment but they get to their knees then to their feet. Assuncao with a right hand. Henry tries a kick but Assuncao grabs the leg and pushes it against the fence. Henry with a right hand and Assuncao counters with an elbow. Henry with a leg kick and Assuncao lands a right hand. Assuncao with the jab. Assuncao with a combo. Assuncao shoots for the takedown but Henry defends. Assuncao has the single leg as he has it pushed against the fence. They break and Assuncao lands a big left hook. Good fight. 10-9 Assuncao, 29-28 Assuncao.
Official Result- Raphael Assuncao def. Victor Henry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Middleweights- Jordan Wright (12-3 1 NC, 2-3 UFC) vs. Dusko Todorovic (11-3, 2-3 UFC)
They clinch right away as Todorovic looks for the takedown. Wright reverses position. Wright gets the takedown. Wright with some body punches from the top but not a ton of action is going on. Todorovic tries for the leg and they scramble and it allows Wright to land big punches. Wright with more big shots as they get to their feet but Wright takes it right back down. They get up and Wright with a knee to the body. Wright gets it back down. They scramble up and Wright is pressuring against the fence. Todorovic drops for a guillotine but Wright pops his head right out. 10-9 Wright.
Wright lands a knee to the body as he ducks under a Todorovic right hand. They're both throwing wild punches and not much is connecting. Todorovic now lands lots of body shots. Todorovic with a knee then a combo and an elbow as Wright is trying hard for a takedown. Todorovic landing big punches as Wright is sitting on the mat. Wright stands and is trying for the takedown. Todorovic with some body shots. Todorovic with a flurry of shots and Wright is having trouble standing. They get to the mat and Todorovic is on top landing big punches from the full mount. Lots of big shots from the top and it is stopped. Big finish from Todorovic as he gets the comeback win.
Official Result- Dusko Todorovic def. Jordan Wright by TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 2
> Bantamweights- Cub Swanson (28-12, 12-8 UFC) vs. Jonathan Martinez (16-4, 7-3 UFC)
Swanson with some leg kicks to start off. Martinez with a body kick. Martinez slips and Swanson grabs the neck as they're on the feet. They break. Swanson with some leg kicks. Martinez with a hard body kick. Martinez lands a left hand. Swanson with a right hand and Martinez with a body kick. Swanson gets the takedown. Martinez reverses and lands an elbow. They get to their feet and separate. Martinez with a leg kick. Swanson with a right hand. He lands another. He lands another and Martinez lands a high kick. Swanson with a leg kick. Martinez with a left hand. Swanson with a leg kick. Swanson with a right hand to the body. They trade in close range. Martinez lands a knee that drops Swanson and he jumps on top trying to finish and lands some big punches but the round ends. 10-9 Martinez.
They trade low kicks to start the second. Martinez with some big elbows against the fence. Swanson goes down to the mat and Martinez has the back and lands some punches. Martinez looking for an arm-triangle choke. He lets go but is able to get the mount. He gets to his feet and still has Swanson pinned against the fence. They both stand and break. Swanson lands some big right hands. Martinez with a big leg kick and then another and Swanson squats down. Martinez with a left hand. Martinez lands a big leg kick and Swanson goes down in pain and Martinez lands some punches from the top before Herb Dean stops it. Big finish from Martinez.
Official Result- Jonathan Martinez def. Cub Swanson by TKO (leg kicks) at 4:19 of Round 2
> Women's Flyweights- #5 Alexa Grasso (14-3, 6-3 UFC) vs. #6 Viviane Araujo (11-3, 5-2 UFC)
Both looking to land the jab at the start. Grasso with a combo. Grasso with the jab. Grasso with a left hand to the body. Araujo with a leg kick then a right hand. They trade in close range. Grasso with the jab. Araujo lands a left hand. Grasso with a leg kick. Araujo with a jab. They trade and Araujo shoots for the takedown but Grasso defends and they break. They exchange jabs. Araujo with the jab. Grasso with a leg kick and follows it with a combo. Araujo with a leg kick. Grasso with the jab. Araujo gets a takedown but Grasso reverses right away and they get up. Grasso with some knees. 10-9 Grasso.
They trade and Araujo lands a high kick. They trade in close range. They trade jabs and Araujo lands a right hand. Grasso with a leg kick. Araujo lands a combo and scores a takedown. Araujo working from the top as she's in the half-guard and both are landing punches on the mat. Grasso explodes to her feet and they separate. Grasso with a right hand. Grasso with a big combination. Araujo gets a late takedown. Close round. 10-9 Grasso, 20-18 Grasso.
They're both looking for openings to start the third as they trade punches. Grasso with a right hand to the body. Araujo lands a right hand to the body and Grasso with a left hook. Araujo lands a combo. Grasso lands a right hand. Grasso with a leg kick. Grasso with a left hook to the body then a high kick. Grasso with an inside leg kick. Grasso with a right hand. Araujo with a right hand and Grasso with a leg kick. Grasso lands a nice combo. Araujo lands a right hand and then another. 10-9 Grasso, 30-27 Grasso.
They trade inside the pocket and Araujo with a high kick. Araujo with the jab. Grasso with a body kick and follows it with a combo. Araujo with a body kick. They both land right hands inside the pocket. Grasso lands a jab. Grasso with a left hook. Araujo lands a right hand. Araujo with a combo. Grasso with a right hand. Grasso with a right hand. Araujo lands a right and Grasso counters with a right hand that snaps Araujo's head back. Grasso with a right hand. Grasso with a combo. Araujo shoots for a takedown but Grasso is defending against the fence. They trade knees before breaking near the end of the round. 10-9 Araujo, 39-37 Grasso.
They're both looking for openings in the first minute. They're trading at a distance. Both are landing and they tie up against the fence as Araujo went for a takedown. They break. Grasso with a right hand. They trade in close range as Araujo is pressuring. Grasso landing slightly more. Grasso with the jab. They trade kicks. Grasso with a right hand as she defends a takedown attempt from Araujo. Grasso with a big combination. They tie up at the end and trade short strikes. 10-9 Grasso, 49-46 Grasso.
Official Result- Alexa Grasso def. Viviane Araujo by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)