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UFC 213 live results: Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The UFC's biggest weekend of the year caps off with their annual early July pay-per-view event, generally one of the biggest cards of the year. After Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko was confirmed as off of the show earlier today, the Interim UFC Middleweight Championship will be up for grabs in the main event as Yoel Romero faces Robert Whittaker.

The fight is one of the best to be put together this year. Both are on long win streaks, with Romero having won eight straight and Whittaker seven straight, and they are a combined 15-0 at 185 pounds.

The main card also sees former heavyweight king Fabricio Werdum take on former title challenger Alistair Overeem in a trilogy bout that could determine the next top contender, as well as former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis returning to 155 pounds to take on Jim Miller.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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> Trevin Giles (9-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. James Bochnovic (8-1, 0-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Both men were making their UFC debuts on short notice. They were trading a little early on. Bochnovic scored with a big body kick. Giles then scored a takedown and was working from the top landing some big elbows in the guard. Bochnovic got to his feet before Giles grabbed his back and suplexed him to the mat. Giles with more punches from the top to end the round. 10-9 Giles.

Giles landed some punches to the body and then got a takedown and was working in side control. Bochnovic was giving up his back and Giles was taking advantage. Bochnovic scrambled up and Giles took him back down and moved to mount. Giles started landing big punches from the back and then the mount and Bochnovic went out cold. Dominant win for Giles as he finishes Giles.

Official Result- Trevin Giles def. James Bochnovic by knockout (punches) at 2:54 of Round 2

> Cody Stamann (14-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Terrion Ware (17-5, 0-0 UFC)

They were trading early inside the pocket with both landing punches and knees. Stamann got a takedown and was inside the guard. Ware was able to push off to the feet. Ware landed a low blow and we have a timeout. Stamann got a takedown as they got back to action. Stamann landed some solid punches from the top. Stamann got into the half-guard and finished the round with some punches from the top. 10-9 Stamann.

They traded leg kicks. Stamann landed a knee to the body, Ware fired back with a right hand as they talked trash, and then Stamann scored a big takedown. Stamann landed from the top before they got to their feet. Stamann landed a head kick. Ware landed some knees. Stamann started firing back with leg kicks and scored a huge takedown. They scrambled up and Stamann landed a hard punch. Ware was able to get Stamann's back against the fence but Stamann pushed off with a front kick and then got a takedown with about 30 seconds to go. 10-9 Stamann, 20-18 Stamann.

They were trading in the first minute. Stamann landed a body kick and Ware landed a counter right hand. Stamann started to land more solid crisp combinations. Stamann scored a big takedown and Ware was stuck on the bottom for a moment but was able to get up, but he gave up his back and was taken back down in the process. Stamann got full mount against the fence and was landing punches. Ware got to his feet but Stamann got his back. They traded punches at the end. 10-9 Stamann, 30-27 Stamann.

Official Result- Cody Stamann def. Terrion Ware by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)


> Jordan Mein (29-11, 3-3 UFC) vs. Belal Muhammad (11-2, 2-2 UFC)

They were trading punches and leg kicks throughout the first two minutes. Muhammad went for a takedown but Mein defended it. Mein landed a couple of left hands but Muhammad fired back with punches and kicks to the body. Mein with a leg kick. Mein with a front kick to the body. They are pretty even on the feet but Mein is taking advantage of the leg kicks. Muhammad went for a late takedown but Mein defended it. Muhammad with some knees and elbows in the clinch. Close round. 10-9 Mein.

They were trading kicks and Mein went back to work of the lead leg with kicks. Mein has a cut over his left eye. Muhammad clinched Mein against the fence. Muhammand got a split second takedown. Muhammad pressing the action. Mein landing more leg kicks but Muhammad is opening up with his hands. Mein went for a takedown but it was stuffed and Muhammad pushed Mein against the fence and was landing short knees. Muhammad got a takedown in the last minute. 10-9 Muhammad, 19-19.

They traded kicks and Muhammad went for a takedown but Mein stuffed it. Muhammad pushed Mein against the fence. Mein grabbed the arm and dropped down for a kimura but lost it and Muhammad was able to scramble to the top. Muhammad took the back and was working to find the choke. Muhammad was punching from the back and they got to their feet and Muhammad had Mein pinned against the fence and was landing knees. Mein went for a kimura again but had no body control and lost it, though he got Muhammad down briefly. They got back to their feet. 10-9 Muhammad, 29-28 Muhammad.

Official Result- Belal Muhammad def. Jordan Mein by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

> Thiago Santos (14-5, 6-4 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (26-8, 2-0 UFC)

Santos with a leg kick. Meerschaert scored a takedown but they got back to their feet. They clinched and Meerschaert got another takedown and was landing punches as they got back to their feet. Santos started throwing big punches and scored a knockdown and Meerschaert was in survival mode. Santos was landing big punches and let Meerschaert get to his feet. Santos poked him right in the eye. They got back to action and Santos was landing more big punches. Santos with a jumping head kick followed by a huge left hand. Santos is bleeding heavily but won the round. 10-9 Santos.

Meerschaert went for a desperation takedown but Santos sprawled and was landing a lot of punches and it was close to being stopped. Santos was laying in more punches and hammerfists. Meerschaert able to get to his feet but was taken down. Santos with more big punches and he finally finishes Meerschaert off. Big stoppage win by Santos, and he looked impressive.

Official Result- Thiago Santos def. Gerald Meerschaert by TKO (punches) at 2:04 of Round 2

> Chad Laprise (11-2, 4-2 UFC) vs. Brian Camozzi (7-3, 0-1 UFC)

Camozzi landed some leg kicks and then Laprise landed a straight right hand to the jaw. Camozzi with a body kick. Camozzi with a leg kick but Laprise counters with a nice combination. They were trading but Laprise was landing crisp punches. Laprise landed another big overhand right. Camozzi is coming forward and finding range but still eating punches from Laprise. Camozzi landed a high kick and then a leg kick but Laprise countered that with a takedown and finished the round in the guard. 10-9 Laprise.

Laprise landed a combo and was doing a good job of circling around the Octagon. Camozzi with a body kick and Laprise countered with a right hand. Laprise with another combo. Camozzi landed a right hand and then another. Camozzi landing more straight right hands. Camozzi with a body kick. Camozzi with a leg kick. Laprise just misses a right hand but lands a leg kick. Close round. 10-9 Camozzi, 19-19.

Laprise hurt Camozzi with a right hand to the body and then dropped Camozzi and was landing lots of punches as Camozzi was cradled up. Herb Dean finally stopped the fight after lots of punches landed by Laprise. Laprise gets the big stoppage win he needed.

Official Result- Chad Laprise def. Brian Camozzi by TKO (punches) at 1:27 of Round 3

> Travis Browne (#9, 18-6-1, 9-6-1 UFC) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (#14, 51-10-1, 3-1 UFC)

Browne came out firing kicks. Oleinik landed a right hand. Browne was throwing a lot of kicks and landed a knee to the body. Browne landed a knee to the head and Browne rocked Oleinik with a left hand and then dropped him with a left hook. Oleinik survived but is still in trouble. Oleinik then dropped Browne with a right hand. Browne got up but still in trouble. Oleinik landed a right hand and then punches to the body. Browne with front kicks to the body. Oleinik got a takedown and went to side control. Browne gives up his back and Oleinik is landing punches from the back. He has Browne flattened out. Oleinik looking for a choke but time runs out. 10-9 Oleinik.

Oleinik is chasing Browne around the Octagon. Both men are landing punches. Oleinik landing punches to the body. Browne with a series of knees. Browne got a big takedown and Oleinik let out a deep breath afterwards. Browne working inside the guard before moving to side control. He didn't do much and Oleinik got up and drug him to the mat and had the back of Browne. Oleinik landing punches from the back. Oleinik has the choke and Browne taps! Huge win for Oleinik as it looks like Browne just got tired and gave up.

Official Result- Aleksei Oleinik def. Travis Browne by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:44 of Round 2


> Rob Font (#15, 13-2, 3-1 UFC) vs. Douglas Silva de Anrade (24-1 1 NC, 2-1 UFC)

They traded kicks to start. Font got a takedown but Silva popped right back up then he dropped back down. They scrambled to their feet and Font landed a punch on the break. Font landed a good combo ending with a knee to the face. Font poked Silva in the eye and we have a break. Silva with a big body kick. They traded jabs and Silva landed a left hand. Font pressured Silva back with some punches that didn't quite land. Silva landed a left hook but Font got in a counter knee. Font with a right hand to the face and then one to the body. Font locked in a late guillotine choke but time ran out. 10-9 Font.

They were trading and Font was landing a lot of clean punches. He was really mixing his combos well and controlling the action inside the cage. Silva was throwing body kicks and did land a right hand. Font is landing step-in knees followed by right hands and has Silva in trouble. Font knocks Silva down briefly with a right hand and is going for the finish as he lands knees and elbows in the clinch. Font gets a takedown. Font has the neck and is being careful not to land knees. Silva picks Font up and slams him but Font still has the guillotine locked in and Silva taps! Great performance by Rob Font, he looked really good tonight.

Official Result- Rob Font def. Douglas Silva de Andrade by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:36 of Round 2

> Anthony Pettis (#6 FW, 19-6, 6-5 UFC) vs. Jim Miller (28-9 1 NC, 17-8 1 NC UFC)

Miller landed some left hands early. Pettis scored with a jumping knee. Pettis landed a clean right hand while Miller fired back a left. Miller with some inside leg kicks. Pettis lands a left hand and Miller goes to the body with kicks. Pettis with a body kick and then a flying knee and he unloads a combo against the fence. Pettis with a right hand. Pettis lands a clean combo and Miller circles away. Pettis with a high kick and then a front kick to the body. Pettis with a spinning back fist. Pettis with a switch kick to the body. Miller lands a right hand and then a body kick. Pettis with a right hand followed by a head kick. 10-9 Pettis.

Miller with a body kick. Pettis with a head kick and then went high with a kick but Miller grabbed the leg and got a takedown. Pettis was working for a triangle choke from the bottom but Miller escaped. Miller is bleeding heavily as he's in the guard of Pettis. Pettis working to get up but Miller remaining on top. Pettis rolls out and Miller grabs the back and is working with the body triangle. Pettis is able to escape and he gets to the top and lands some punches. Pettis stands up and lands a kick to Miller's legs on the ground and Pettis goes back into the guard. Pettis moves to side control. Pettis working for a kimura and then he takes the back and Miller is trying to escape. They get to their feet and Pettis gets a takedown with ten seconds to go. Fun fight so far. 10-9 Pettis, 20-18 Pettis.

Miller with some leg kicks early in the third. Pettis went up top with some high kicks. Miller looking to land the left hand. They've slowed down a little. They were trading and Miller went for a takedown but Pettis was able stay upright and switched and put Miller's back against the cage. Pettis is controlling but Miller lands a knee and an elbow. Pettis fires back with his own elbow. Pettis landed a cartwheel kick and Miller tried a roll to grab the legof Pettis but was off. Miller with a cartwheel kick and Pettis with a jumping kick to end the fight. 10-9 Pettis, 30-27 Pettis.

Official Result- Anthony Pettis def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

> Daniel Omielanczuk (#15, 19-7-1 1 NC, 4-4 UFC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (6-1 1 NC, 1-1 1 NC UFC)

Blaydes clinched early and landed some low knees and then landed one to the groin. They are broken up by Marc Goddard. Blaydes clinches back up and lands more knees and an elbow. Blaydes has had Omielanczuk pushed against the fence, and whenever there are breaks, Blaydes goes right back to pressure against the fence. Very boring round. 10-9 Blaydes.

Blaydes landed a knee to the body followed by a right hand and then he went right back to the takedown attempt against the fence. They break and both land punches. Blaydes with a leg kick and Omielanczuk misses as he swings his left hand. They went back to the clinch and the crowd is not happy. They were trading punches and Blaydes landed a kick to the groin. Marc Goddard gives him a talking to. Nothing happened after. 10-9 Blaydes, 20-18 Blaydes.

They traded punches and Blaydes back for the takedown attempt position against the fence. They broke. Omielanczuk landed a left hand. Blaydes with the jab and Omielanczuk is bleeding a little from under the eye. Omielanczuk with a body kick. Blaydes stuffed a takedown attempt and is landing elbows to the body of Omielanczuk. They got to their feet. Blaydes with an uppercut. Boring fight, very boring. 10-9 Blaydes, 30-27 Blaydes.

Official Result- Curtis Blaydes def. Daniel Omielanczuk by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

> Fabricio Werdum (#1, 21-6-1, 9-3 UFC) vs. Alistair Overeem (#3, 42-15 1 NC, 7-4 UFC)

Werdum tried a running flying knee to start. Overeem rocks Werdum with a head kick. Werdum tried a combo but Overeem ducked under all of the punches. Werdum landed a knee. Overeem clipped Werdum with a right hand and then another. Werdum with a body kick and then misses a takedown attempt. Overeem lands a right hand and is being very patient. Werdum misses a rolling kick. 10-9 Overeem,

Overeem with a body kick. Werdum pulls guard and Overeem goes to the top but nothing happens and they get up. Overeem lands a left hand and a knee that rocked Werdum. Overeem doesn't capitalize. Overeem with a kick to the body followed by a right hand. Werdum lands a jab. Overeem really controlling this round but not much is being landed as both being patient. Overeem lands a left hand that hurts Werdum. Werdum is cut on his nose. 10-9 Overeem, 20-18 Overeem.

They were trading a little early. Werdum with a knee but eats an uppercut. Werdum with another knee. Werdum rocks Overeem with a knee and Overeem went down. Werdum tried to grab Overeem but slipped and Overeem went on top. They went to their feet. Werdum still has Overeem in trouble and is landing. Werdum with a big takedown. Werdum with some punches from the top. Werdum with short punches and Overeem is being warned to not grab the fence. Overeem hanging on as Werdum is now doing nothing on the mat. Werdum with a late punch. Close fight, depends on the first round. 10-9 Werdum, 29-28 Overeem.

Official Result- Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

> Yoel Romero (#1, 13-1, 8-0 UFC) vs. Robert Whittaker (#3, 18-4, 9-2 UFC)
Interim UFC Middleweight Championship

Romero with a side kick to the leg to start out. Whittaker lands a right hand. Romero with a side kick. They trade body kicks. Romero missed a hook kick and gets a takedown and takes the back but Whittaker gets right back to his feet. Romero with a flying knee. Whittaker stuffs a takedown attempt from Romero. Whittaker with a front kick to the body. Romero gets a brief takedown but Whittaker right back up. Romero with a leg kick. Whittaker just misses a head kick. Close round. 10-9 Romero.

Whittaker may have injured his left leg in the first round. Romero with a knee to the body. Romero gets a takedown and is in the guard of Whittaker. Romero worked from top but Whittaker used butterfly guard to get to his feet. Romero still has the body locked and gets a brief takedown and isn't letting go of the body lock. They are separated by John McCarthy with lack of action. Whittaker with a leg kick and a left hand. They start wildly swinging and Romero lands a right hand. Romero with a late takedown. 10-9 Romero, 20-18 Romero.

Whittaker landed a jab. Whittaker with a front kick and they traded punches. Whittaker rocks Romero with a left hand. Romero with a body kick. Whittaker with a push kick that hurt Romero. Romero fakes the jab looking to set something else up. Both threw left hands. Whittaker with a knee to the body followed by a right hand. Romero lands a left hand. Whittaker with a side kick. Not much from Romero in this round and Whittaker clipped him with a left at the end. 10-9 Whittaker, 29-28 Romero.

Whittaker with a high body kick. Romero grabbed the back and they scrambled around on the mat. Romero has the back against the fence. They broke and Whittaker landed a knee. Whittaker stuffed a takedown from Romero. Romero lands a flying knee. Whittaker lands a left hand and a front kick to the body. Whittaker just misses an uppercut. Whittaker with a right hand. Romero is definitely tired. Whittaker stuffs a takedown and lands a right hand and then a left hand. Romero is in trouble. Romero with a failed takedown attempt. Whittaker with a high kick. 10-9 Whittaker, 38-38.

This round likely decides it. They trade punches early. Romero with a left hand. Whittaker lands a left hand. Whittaker lands a knee. Both men land hurting punches and Romero with a big left hand. Romero is definitely gassed out but he lands a high kick. Whittaker slowing as well. Romero lands a left hand. Whittaker with a front kick. Both men are landing. Romero lands a left hand. Romero with a high kick and Whittaker with a combo. Romero lands a left hand. Whittaker circling away. Romero slips to the mat and Whittaker goes into the guard. Romero landing from the bottom. Whittaker now landing elbows from the top. Whittaker goes to the half-guard and lands some big elbows and Romero is cut open. This goes the distance, very good fight. 10-9 Whittaker, 48-47 Whittaker.

Official Result- Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to become Interim UFC Middleweight Champion