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UFC 212 live results: Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway, emanating from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The event is headlined by a unification bout to find out who the undisputed UFC featherweight champion of the world is as division champ Jose Aldo takes on interim title-holder Max Holloway.

Aldo is now a two-time champion at 145 pounds. After losing the title originally to Conor McGregor in December 2015, he defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July 2016 to become interim champion. He became full champion after McGregor was stripped of his title. Holloway became interim champion when he defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 in December, while also becoming the winner of 10 straight fights.

In the co-main event, it will be a battle of top contenders in the strawweight division as Claudia Gadelha takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Also, in what could be his final Octagon appearance, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort takes on Nate Marquardt. In a featured preliminary bout, Marlon Moraes makes his much-anticipated UFC debut when he faces Raphael Assuncao.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

We are looking for your thoughts on tonight's event, so send a thumbs up, a thumbs down or a thumbs in the middle along with a best fight and worst fight to Dave at dave@wrestlingobserver.com.


> Marco Beltran (8-4, 3-1 UFC) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (11-0, 0-0 UFC)

This will be the UFC debut for Figueiredo. Beltran is dealing with the loss of his mother, who passed away earlier this week. 

Figueiredo took him down just over a minute in and basically held him there. He secured a guillotine from the top and Beltran managed to flip him over onto his back and ended up on top with about a minute to go. Beltran did some damage. Close round, 10-9 Figueiredo

Figueirido took him down about a minute into the second and was working for all kinds of submissions. Beltran got up a couple of times and right before the buzzer, Figueiredo stunned him with an uppercut and he was on wobbly legs. He went in for some ground and pound and the ref stopped it right as the round was ending.

RESULT - DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO (12-0) by TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of the 2nd round

With that record and this performance, Figueiredo will probably enter the top 15 of the flyweight rankings after this performance and will likely get a title shot with another win or two. 

> Luan Chagas (14-2-1, 0-1-1 UFC) vs. Jim Wallhead (29-10, 0-1 UFC)

Both fighters are looking for their first UFC wins. Wallhead, in particular, has had some big wins outside of UFC though. 

Round 1 was entirely on the feet. Wallhead missed a couple of takedowns and was the more active fighter but Chagas was far more accurate and did more damage and should easily take the round 10-9.

2nd round was very similar in that Wallhead was more active and Chagas doing more damage. Wallhead did connect with more. Wallhead got nailed with a poke to the eye that the ref seemed to miss but stopped the fight anyway. After that stoppage, Chagas was even more precise and with about 30 seconds left he floored Wallhead with a punch and went to the ground with him and secured a rear naked choke for the submission

RESULT - LUAN CHAGAS (15-2-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48 of round 2

Chagas looked really good here and we may have seen the last of "Judo Jim" in UFC. He was probably signed about 5 years too late. 

> Viviane Pereira (12-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Jamie Moyle (4-1, 1-0 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Very even first round, fought entirely on the feet. Pereira was the aggressor and was in control of a couple of clinch battles on the cage. Moyle did land some knees from the clinch but not enough to take the round. 10-9 Pereira

Pereira looked much better this round and did a lot of damage on the feet. Moyle was tentative and didn't land much. Pereira got a late takedown after catching a kick but stayed on her feet, kicking Moyle in the legs while she stayed on her back as the round ended. 20-18 Pereira after 2.

Another round fought completely on the feet and Pereira was in control the whole way. She was precise and didn't get hit much at all and should easily take the round and the fight. 10-9 Pereira, 30-27

RESULT - VIVIANE PEREIRA (13-0) by unanimous decision (29-28; 30-27 x 2)

Pereira is short but has massive arms and is obviously a very good striker. I'd like to see her against Danielle Taylor next. Moyle will get another shot but she's got a lot of work to do on her striking defence. 


> Iuri Alcantara (#13, 35-7 1 NC, 9-4 1 NC UFC) vs. Brian Kelleher (16-7, 0-0 UFC)

Stunning upset here. Alcantara was dominating on the feet early and got a takedown. Kelleher sunk in a guillotine and Alcantara immediately tapped. Huge upset.

WINNER - BRIAN KELLEHER (17-7) by submission (guillotine) at 1:48

This is a great story. Kelleher has been on the regional scene for years and finally hot his UFC shot and made the most of it. Crowd hated him, booing him before, during and after the fight and he played up to it in his post-fight interview. 

Kelleher got nuclear heat in his promo. He said something in Brazilian that got the crowd riled up. He asked Dana White for a top 10 fighter next time out and wants on the Long Island card in July. 

> Johnny Eduardo (#10, 28-10, 3-2 UFC) vs. Matthew Lopez (9-1, 1-1 UFC)

Eduardo was doing real well on his feet early but Lopez scored a takedown. Eduardo was actively working for submissions but taking a lot of damage from punches and elbows. He finally gave up on the subs and took a ton of damage, maybe 40 unanswered strikes to the head, before the ref finally stopped it.

RESULT - MATTHEW LOPEZ (10-1) by TKO (strikes) at 2:57

Crowd didn't hate Lopez nearly as much as Kelleher. Both of his UFC wins have come against Brazilians yet the crowd was very respectful to him as was he to the crowd in his post-fight interview. He said he's had 3 top 15 opponents in his first 3 fights and he wants a top 10 guy next. 

> Antonio Carlos Junior (7-2 1 NC, 4-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Eric Spicely (10-1, 2-1 UFC)

Spicely got an early takedown and very quickly they were in 50/50 guard. Both guys were doing a lot of striking while also working for and defending submission and it was fascinating to watch. They finally broke it up at 4:00 and then Junior got a takedown and quickly took the back. It wasn't much but it was enough to take the round, 10-9 Junior

Junior got an early takedown and immediately took the back and was working for a choke. Spicely got it to 50/50 again but only briefly. Spicely attempted to get to his feet but gave up his back and that was the beginning of the end. Spicely defended for a bit but as soon as Junior secured the rear naked choke, Spicely tapped quickly.

WINNER - ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR (8-2) by submission (ear naked choke) at 3:49 of the 2nd round 

Junior, in English, asked UFC for the winner of next weekend's Derek Brunson/Daniel Kelly fight. 

> Raphael Assuncao (#3, 24-5, 8-2 UFC) vs. Marlon Moraes (18-4-1, 0-0 UFC)

Very close round, entirely on the feet. Moraes seemed to have the speed advantage and may have connected more but Assuncao landed a hard shot with about 15 seconds left and in a close round that may have been enough to take it. 10-9 Assuncao

Another very close round of standup fighting. The difference may have been the body kicks of Moraes, which were starting to show the effects on Assuncao, as well as a flurry of punches with about 30 seconds left. 19-19 after 2 but both rounds could've gone either way and neither guy can be comfortable. 

Moraes almost certainly took the third round as he picked up his output, particulary with his kicks, while Assuncao was content to lay back and counter strike whenever he could. Morales very nearly got a takedown with 1:00 left but Assuncao stayed on his feet. Moraes closed with a nice flurry to seal it. 10-9 Moraes and 29-28 overall

RESULT - RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO (25-5) by split decison (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

It was a close fight and 29-28 Assuncao would be okay but 30-27 was a terrible scorecard for Assuncao as he clearly lost the third round. Media scores  were 94% for Moraes. 


> Erick Silva (19-7 1 NC, 7-6 UFC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (13-4 1 NC, 4-4 1 NC UFC)

Fun first round. Medeiros dropped Silva early with a punch and he looked like he was in trouble but Silva got up quickly. Rest of the round was fairly even until about 30 seconds left when Silva connected with a punch combo following by a knee to the head that rocked Medeiros. I have Silva up very slightly but it could go either way. 

Second was starting out much the same with Silva also starting to score with hard leg kicks. Out of nowhere, Medeiros dropped Silva flat on his back with a punch and Silva seemed to recover but Medeiros was landing hard shots that Silva wasn't blocking and the ref stopped it.

WINNER - YANCY MEDEIROS (14-4) by TKO (unanswered strikes) at 2:01 of the 2nd round

> Paulo Borrachinha (9-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2, 1-2 UFC)

Crazy round. Bamgbose emptied his tank in the first two minutes, going all-out and putting everything into every strike. He even managed a couple of flash takedowns. Borrachinha took over midway through the round and had Bamgbose in trouble. By the end of the round, Bamgbose was sucking win. 10-9 Borrachinha

Bamgbose came out strong again but Borrachinha dropped him with a punch and was all over him with ground and pound before John McCarthy stepped in to stop it.

WINNER - PAULO BORRACHINHA (10-0) by TKO (punches) at 1:06 of Round 2

> Vitor Belfort (#11, 25-13 1 NC, 14-9 1 NC UFC) vs. Nate Marquardt (35-17-2, 13-10 UFC)

Marquardt got a takedown a minute in and scored with some shoulder strikes but the ref stood them up a minute later, maybe a little quick. Vitor looked to have rocked Marquardt with a shot around 3:00 in. Marquardt got off a nice combo right before the bell. 10-9 Marquardt but close

Belfort had Marquardt in trouble about 2:00 in after a punch combo but aside from that they basically just danced around the cage with neither guy getting any momentum. Crowd entertaining themselves with singing and exploding whenever Belfort lands anything. 19-19 after 2

Belfort did almost nothing for the first three minutes with Marquardt landing occasional kicks and punches. Then he woke up and took over and hurt Marquardt pretty badly in the last two minutes. He was never close to finishing but did enough to win the round and the fight. 

RESULT - VITOR BELFORT (26-13) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

This was Belfort's first decision win in UFC. He apologized to the fans for not getting a knockout and said that he's got five more fights and won't be retiring any time soon. 

Sakuraba was announced for the UFC Hall of Fame, joining Urijah Faber, Maurice Smith and Joe Silva as 2017 inductees. Mauro Ranallo and our own Dave Meltzer were included in the video package. 

> Claudia Gadelha (#1, 14-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (#2, 10-1, 3-1 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Gadelha got a takedown a couple minutes in. Kowalkiewiciz gave up her back while trying to get to her feet and Gadelha quickly slapped on a rear naked choke and got the quick tap. 

RESULT - CLAUDIA GADELHA (15-2) by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:03

That was the first time that Kowalkiewicz has been finished in her career and the first stoppage win in the UFC for Gadelha. She said that she is a new fighter and it's going to be f***ing hard to stop here from now on. 

> Jose Aldo (C, 26-2, 8-1 UFC) vs. Max Holloway (IC, 17-3, 13-3 UFC)
UFC Featherweight Championship

Tentative first round from both guys. Aldo got off a nice combo about halfway through the round, finishing it with a knee to the head. He got another nice combo at 4:00 to seal the round. 

Holloway was more desparate and the more active fighter for most of the second. He seemed to connect with more of his punches although Aldo had his moments including a nice flurry to end the round. Clsoe round but I scored it for Holloway and have it tied up after 2. 

Holloway really picked up the pace to start the round and hurt Aldo bad with a combo that knocked him down about 2 minutes in. Holloway was relentless with punches and elbows, moving into mount before taking the back of Aldo. Aldo tried to defend and the ref game him all the time in the world but eventually had to step in as Aldo was not defending himself at all. 

RESULT - UNDISPUTED FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION MAX HOLLOWAY (18-3) by TKO (strikes) at 4:13 of the 3rd round 

Holloway told Brian Stann to let Jose Aldo talk first since it's his home town but Aldo didn't address the crowd.

Holloway thanked Jesus, put over his camp and then asked for a 50K bonus and a fight in Hawaii. Holloway-Edgar in Hawaii would be insane and they really should find a way to do that. 

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