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UFC 227 live results: Two titles on the line

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2, emanating from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Octagon returns to Los Angeles for the first time since February 2015 with two title fights headlining the event, which are two rematches, one featuring the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport today.

UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw defends against the man he defeated for the title, former champion Cody Garbrandt, in the main event, a rematch to their heated rivalry. Dillashaw won the championship when he scored a knockout of Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November, and the two rivals will step inside the Octagon for the first time since then to continue where they left off.

In the co-main event, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson looks to remain the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world as he defends the championship for an unprecedented 12th time as he battles Henry Cejudo. The two fought previously at UFC 197 in April 2016, where Johnson scored a first-round TKO win.

Also on the main card, Cub Swanson looks to end his two-fight losing skid when he takes on Renato Moicano in a featherweight bout, and Thiago Santos looks to get back into the win column against Kevin Holland in middleweight action.

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

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> Marlon Vera (10-5-1, 4-4 UFC) vs. Wuliji Buren (10-5, 0-1 UFC)

Slow start with Buren mostly throwing leg kicks and Vera just trying to keep his distance. Buren got off a couple of nice punch combos that seemed to wake Vera up. Vera landed a few nice combos and Buren clinched up on the cage. He scored a late takedown but didn't do a lot of damage. 10-9 Buren but close

Vera came out firing with punches and Buren clinched up and then got an early takedown. Again he didn't do anything with the position and eventually ref Frank Trigg stood them up. Both guys were landing some good shots standing but in the last minute Vera started to come on strong. He then got a takedown and immediately moved into side control. Buren got up but Vera was peppering him with shots and finished him with a vicious punch to the liver. 

Official result - Marlon Vera (11-5-1) by KO (liver punch) at 4:53 of Round 2

> Danielle Taylor (9-3, 2-2 UFC) vs. Weili Zhang (16-1, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Zhang pressed the action the entire round and used her reach advantage to land strikes from distance. It was just steady for the first part of the round, with Taylor not able to get anything going. Zhang got a takedown and did some damage but Taylor used a heel hook attempt to force Zhang to stand up to get out of it. Taylor had her best flurry of punches at the end of the round and hurt Zhang right before the buzzer. 10-9 Zhang

Boring 2nd round with both ladies keeping their distance and mostly just missing their strikes. Zhang did seem to land more, especially with kicks as by the end of the round, she had an overall advantage of 17-3 in leg kicks landed. Again, Taylor landed the best punch of the round right before the buzzer and in a close round, that could steal it. Not in my book, though. 10-9 Zhang, 20-18 overall

Round 3 was more of the same although Zhang did land more. Overall, she had a 94-36 advantage in strikes landed. Most of her effective combos were punches that would just miss but then ending them with a hard leg kick. She did that several times in the round. Taylor didn't really land much of anything and just had a really tough time with the reach disadvantage the whole fight. 10-9 Zhang, 30-27 overall

Official result - Weili Zhang (17-1) by decision (29-28 x 3)

I guess all 3 judges must have given Taylor round 2. 

> Alex Perez (20-4, 2-0 UFC) vs. Jose Torres (8-0, 1-0 UFC)

Perez came out firing with punches and just never let up. It was a pace rarely seen. For the first minute or so, Torres couldn't even get a punch off and when he finally was able to start firing back, Perez seemingly picked up the pace. They showed the strike count at the halfway point of the round and it was 47-8 for Perez. And he picked up the pace from that point. Torres did have a couple of flurries that got to Perez and rocked him a bit but at about the 3:15 mark, Torres was rocked hard with a punch combo and Perez just let loose. Torres was out on his feet and Perez just kept landing shot after shot and Torres finally went down in a head and the ref stopped it. 

Official result - Alex Perez (21-4) via TKO (punches) at 3:36


> Matt Sayles (7-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Sheymon Moraes (9-2, 0-1 UFC)

First round was entirely standup, although Sayles was attempting to get it to the ground, which did result in a couple of brief clinch battles. Otherwise, it was Sayles pressing the action for the most part but Moraes managing to evade most of his strikes and landing punches and kicks from distances as well as the occasional knee. Really, he was just a little bit bitter at pretty much everything. 10-9 Moraes

2nd round was closer as Sayles was landing more. He did have one takedown attempt that looked close but Moraes managed to stay on his feet. Both guys had accidental eye pokes which caused brief stoppages but the most blatant one that hurt Sayles was "landed" by Moraes and really affected him in the last minute of the round. Moraes did land the harder shots for the most part in the round and probably took it. 10-9 Moraes, 20-18

Moraes had another eye poke early in the third and got a hard warning. Story of this round was that Sayles just kept coming and Moraes was out of gas. Moraes was still landing shots but Sayles was landing more and they were landing hard. Moraes had a couple of really weak takedown attempts but Sayles defended well and was going forward right until the final buzzer. He had maybe his best flurry in the last 15 seconds. You got the sense that if this had gone another round, Sayles would've finished him or maybe even got a 10-8 in a theoritical 4th round.

Official result - Sheymon Moraes (10-2) by unanimous decison (29-28 x 3)

> Ricardo Ramos (11-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (14-7 1 NC, 3-1 1 NC UFC)

Entertaining first round. Both guys had effective strikes combos early and throughout the round. Ramos was landing the harder punches although Kang was mixing in a lot of leg kicks. Kang did get a couple of flash takedowns but wasn't able to hold Ramos down or do any damage. In a close round, though, the takedowns were probably the difference. 10-9 Kang

Ramos opened with a nice flurry of punches, backing up Kang to the cage. Kang got a takedown and held Ramos down for a couple of minutes. Ramos was actually landing more strikes from his back including a ton of elbows, which prompted an interesting discussing between Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier about whether or not 12-6 elbows should be legal. Cormier said they should not be. Ramos had a leg lock attempt and used it to sweep into top position. He got to his feet and was landing more on the feet for the latter part of the round and got a late takedown as well. 10-9 Ramos, 19-19 overall

The last round was close with both men landing an even amount. Ramos was able to get control on the mat with takedowns and was controlling the action on the mat. They got back to the feet and Ramos was landing more as the fight ended. 10-9 Ramos, 29-28 Ramos.

Official Result- Ricardo Ramos def. Kyung Ho Kang by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

COVERAGE UPDATE: This is Ryan Frederick filling in now as Paul had a power outage. I will fill in what is missing and take over from here.

> Ricky Simon (13-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Montel Jackson (6-0, 0-0 UFC)

Simon controlled the round with better striking and scoring some takedowns. Jackson was unable to get his range open but did late a little bit late. Simon took the opening round. 10-9 Simon.

They trade back and forth early on. Simon is attacking the legs with kicks. Simon has the better striking of the two and is attacking the body and head and getting inside the range. Jackson is landing some punches but Simon is pressing the action more and is more active. Simon with a leg kick. Simon got a takedown and took the back but Jackson was staying calm against the fence. Simon didn't get the hooks in. Round ends with Simon in control. 10-9 Simon, 20-18 Simon.

Jackson with a leg kick and then landed a combo. Jackson was controlling the action on the feet. Simon then lifted Jackson up and slammed him to the mat and took the back and was working for a choke. Jackson was able to escape and get to his feet but Simon picked him back up and took him back down and got back control again. Jackson got back to his feet but Simon took him right back down. Jackson got back to his feet and landed an elbow before the fight ended. 10-9 Simon, 30-27 Simon.

Official Result- Ricky Simon def. Montel Jackson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

> Pedro Munhoz (#9, 15-3 1 NC, 5-3 1 NC) vs. Brett Johns (#14, 15-1, 3-1 UFC)

All action first round. Both guys seemed to want to prove a point by making it a slugfest although each had a few takedown attempts as well but none were successfully completed. Munhoz seemed to land more shots and harder as well and opened a cut on John's nose late. 10-9 Munhoz

One of the best rounds of the year in the 2nd. Munhoz was hurting Johns early with leg kicks and then he dropped him with a kick to the body. Munhoz was all over him with punches on the ground but the ref didn't stop it and Johns eventually got to his feet. Johns was landing a lot of punches, not quite as many as Munhoz, but the leg kicks from Munhoz were hurting him. Later in the round, Munhoz dropped Johns with a leg kick and again went to the ground, this time with a couple of different sub attempts. Johns escaped and got to his feet. Then Munhoz just starting mixing up leg and body kicks and was also landing punches. Johns was firing back and rocked Munhoz a few times, including an uppercut that looked like it wanted to take Munhoz' head off. Munhoz dropped Johns again at the end of the round and was peppering him with punches as the round ended. Could've almost been a 10-7, but I went 10-8 Munhoz and 20-17 overall

Munhoz was landing leg kicks early and Johns went down from another shot to the liver and looked done. Munhoz went into his guard and just kind of held him down though for several minutes. Eventually Johns got to his feet and tried a takedown and when he couldn't get it, they just fought for control on the cage for the rest of the round. 10-9 Munhoz, 30-26 overall

Official result - Pedro Munhoz (16-3) by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28 and 29-27)


> Thiago Santos (#13, 17-6, 9-5 UFC) vs. Kevin Holland (13-3, 0-0 UFC)

Santos was throwing hard shots on the feet but Holland was evading most of them. Then Santos got an uncharacterstic takedown. Santos was doing a lot of damage with ground and pound. Holland had a copule of submission attempts from his back but Santos escaped and every time did a lot of damage. Santos kept posturing up and dropping hammer fists but eventually Holland followed him. Santos did more damage on the feet, landing a lot in the last 90 seconds. 10-8 Santos

Santos got an early takedown again but did do as much damage on the ground. Holland was working submissions from the bottom but was eating some punches. When they got to their feet, Santos was landing effectively but then went for a takedown and Holland swept into position on the way down. Holland landed a ton of elbows to the head and managed to keep Santos down until the end of the round. 10-9 Holland, 19-18 Santos overall

Santos again with an early takedown and this time landed some hard shots on the ground. Holland managed to get to his feet but got taken down again. Santos was working for a head and arm choke but when he couldn't get, i he moved into mount and did a lot of damage. Again Holland escapes and again Santos took him down and eventually got into side control. Santos was still landing punches on the ground when it was over. 10-8 Santos, 29-26 overall

Official Result - Thiago Santos (18-6) by unanimous decision (29-27 x 2; 29-26)

> Polyana Viana (10-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. JJ Aldrich (6-2, 2-1 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Over half the round was fought in the clinch with almost nothing happening. Ref Herb Dean didn't even warn them until they'd been stalled for almost 2 minutes and then they immediately separated on their own. On the feet, both kept their distances and landed occasional shots but no combinations from either fighter. Aldrich went back to the clinch and Viana attempted a standing guillotine but Aldrich dropped to the mat and escaped and stayed in top position for the rest of the round but didn't do anything. 10-10 in my book

Bpth ladies were throwing more and landing more in Round 2. Aldrich seemed to be connecting with the harder shots while Viana was more active and was also mixing in leg and body kicks while Aldrich was throwing almost entirely punches. Viana did get a takedown late and had a couple of submission attempts but when she went for an armbar, she lost position and when Aldrich escaped, she was in top position which she maintained until the end of the round. Another close round. 10-9 Aldrich, 20-19 overall

Round 3 saw Aldrich start to figure out the timing of Viana and land some really hard counter punches that hurt Viana. A couple minutes in, Viana pulled guard because she clearly didn't want to be on the feet. Nothing happened on the ground and eventually Aldrich just stood up and backed off. Viana tried to stay on the ground but ref Herb Dean made them stand. Aldrich just kept stalking her the rest of the round, landing occasional shots and winning the round and the fight. 10-9 Aldrich, 30-28 overall

Official result - JJ Aldrich (7-2) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 29-27)

> Cub Swanson (#5, 24-9, 9-5 UFC) vs. Renato Moicano (#10, 12-1-1, 4-1 UFC)

Swanson was landing a lot of leg kicks early. There were several really good punch exchanges with each guy landing hard shots. Carneiro then dropped Swanson with a jab and pounced on him on the ground, landing a ton of shots. Swanson got up but Carneiro chaes him to the cage and hurt him with a knee to the body. Carneiro took him down and then got mount. Swanson tried to escape and gave up his back. Carneiro secured a rear naked choke and Swanson tapped quickly. 

Official result - Renato Moicano (13-1-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:15

Immediately after the ref stopped it, Moicano dropped to his knees and bowed to Swanson, paying respect to him. 

> Demetrious Johnson (C, 27-2-1, 15-1-1 UFC) vs. Henry Cejudo (#1, 12-2, 6-2 UFC)
UFC Flyweight Championship

Johnson threw almost exclusively kicks the entire round. Mostly leg kicks but occasional high kicks and the odd body kick. Cejudo appeared to suffer an ankle injury very early and he was having a hard trouble walking briefly but he appeared to recover. Cejudo had one nice stretch where he landed a punch combo and briefly took Johnson down but he was up almost as soon as he hit the canvas. Otherwise, Johnson just evaded the strikes of Cejudo and landed a ton of kicks for the whole round. 10-9 Johnson

Johnson was doing more of the same in round 2 although he did through occasional punches. Cejudo had a few weak takedown attempts and did land a copule of punches on the feet. He finally got a takedown in the last minutes and was smothering Johnson. Johnson tried to get to his feet and Cejudo held him down for the rest of the round and was landing hard knees to the shoulders as the round ended. 10-9 Cejudo, 19-19

Third round saw Johnson still throwing a lot of kicks. Early in the round, they put up a graphic that said head strikes landed were 14-5 for Cejudo so that shows just how many kicks Johnson was landing. Cejudo did get a couple of takedowns but Johnson was up immediately each time. Johnson was definitely more active on the feet so I gave him the round. 10-9 Johnson, 29-28 overall

Johnson was still throwing almost all kicks, landing a nice head kick early and also a hard body shot but Cejudo weathered it fine. Halfway through the round, Cejudo scored a takedown and was working for a head and arm choke. He never secured it but he did hold Johnson down the rest of the round and was landing a ton of punches at the end of the round. 10-9 Cejudo, 38-38 overall

Johnson was still throwing kicks, definitely landing more on the feet than Cejudo. Cejudo got a takedown a couple minutes in but Johnson got right up. They had a couple exchanges with both guys landing good shots and Cejudo got another takedown but couldn't hold him down. Cejudo struggled for a takedown with a minute left but Johnson stayed on his feet. In the last fiften seconds, Cejudo was landing a punch of strikes but Johnson was firing back. Very close round and I went back and forth before going....10-9 Johnson, 48-47 overall

Official result - Henry Cejudo (13-2) by split decision (48-47 x 2; 47-48) - NEW UFC WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION

> TJ Dillashaw (C, 15-3, 11-3 UFC) vs. Cody Garbrandt (#1, 11-1, 6-1 UFC)
UFC Bantamweight Championship

Garbrandt threw a lot of kicks early but for the first 2 minutes they mostly kept their distance. Dillashaw was landing leg kicks. Garbrandt hurt Dillashaw in a punch exchange and when Garbrandt moved in to follow up, Dillashaw stunned him with a jab. He went to the ground and landed a ton of shots but Gabrandt recovered but was clearly affected. They had another exchange with both guys landing hard shots and again Dillashaw dropped him with a short shot. This time he pounced on Garbrandt and just wouldn't let up. Garbrandt did get up and Dillashaw backed him up to the cage and then started landing knees and Garbrandt was out on his and Herb Dean stopped. 

Official result - TJ Dillashaw (16-3) by TKO (punches and knees) at 4:10