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UFC 229 live results: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It is arguably the biggest fight in UFC history as the biggest star in the history of the sport makes his return after a near two-year layoff.

Former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor returns to action in the headline bout as he looks to regain the lightweight title from current UFC Lightweight Champion, the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The bad blood between the two has been well documented, and it comes to a head when they step inside the Octagon across from each other in Las Vegas. McGregor is looking to regain gold he never lost and become the first man to defeat Nurmagomedov, who has an unprecedented 26-fight win streak. Nurmagomedov has yet to lose a round in the UFC and will look to keep all of his streaks alive.

In the co-main event, it is a battle of former lightweight champions as former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson takes on former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. Ferguson is looking to add to his ten-fight win streak as he returns to action from a knee injury that led to him being stripped of his interim title. Pettis is looking for his second straight win and to get himself in the title picture talk.

Also on the main card is a light heavyweight battle as Ovince Saint Preux looks to hand Dominick Reyes his first career loss, heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov fight for a potential title shot, and strawweights Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig open the main card.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT

> Ryan LaFlare (14-2, 7-2 UFC) vs. Tony Martin (13-4, 5-4 UFC)
Welterweights

LaFlare landing a lot of leg kicks early. Martin mostly throwing right crosses. Within a minute, Martin's lead leg was red from the kicks and then LaFlare started going to the body as well. Martin did rock LaFlare late but not enough to steal the round. 10-9 LaFlare

LaFlare opened with kicks again but got caught with a punch that dropped him. Martin went to the ground and landed punches and elbows and opened a cut on LaFlare's forehead. Martin stayed on top for the majority of the round and went for several submissions, including a D'Arce choke that looked close to finishing LaFlare, whod never been submitted. LaFlare escpaes with a minute left and they were pretty even on the feet for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Martin, 19-19 overall

LaFlare looked fresh at the start of the round but Martin was stil connecting with punches to the head and then he scored with a head kick that knocked LaFlare out, and landed punches on the ground before the ref stopped it. He looked out before he hit the ground. 

Official result - Tony Martin (14-4) by TKO (punches, after a head kick) at 1:00 of the 3rd round

Martin cut a bizarre promo after the match, riddled with profanity, and basically called out the whole division. He looked good here and LaFlare was a real good win for him. 

> Gray Maynard (13-6-1 1 NC, 11-6-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Nik Lentz (28-9-2 1 NC, 12-6-1 1 NC UFC)
Lightweights

First round was a massacre. Lentz landing hard punches to the head standing early but Maynard stayed on his feet. When they went to the cage for a clinch, Lentz landed more punches and and elbows and knees to the body and eventually got Maynard down. He was doing all kinds of damage on the ground and going for submissions but Maynard kept escaping. Maynard got to his feet but was getting tagged with hard shots. Lentz got him down again and was landing hard punches and elbows as the round ended. Ref warned Maynard several times to fight back and every time he did, Maynard showed just enough life to keep it going. Easy 10-8 for Lentz 

Lentz inadvertently poked Maynard in the eye early, which allowed Maynard more time to recover. Maynard looked good on the restart, landing harder punches than he had at any point in the first. Lentz then dropped Maynard with a head kick and the ref stopped it immediately. Maynard actually was up right away and protesting but the ref had told him and his corner that he wasn't going to let him take as much damage in the 2nd and he'd stop it at the first sign of trouble. 

Official result - Nik Lentz (29-9-2) by KO (head kick) at 1:19 of the 2nd round 

Lentz said he's a new man and called out anyone in the lightweight division from the top of the rankings down to the bottom. 

> Lina Lansberg (#12, 8-3, 2-2 UFC) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (10-4 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

A lot of clinch work early, mainly in the center of the cage, before Kunitskaya got a takedown. She did minimal damage on the ground but was advancing position and attempting submission and when she wasn't doing that, she was doing enough to avoid a standup. Lansberg eventually worked her to her feet and stayed there for about a minute before Kunitskaya took her down again. This time, she did a lot of damage with punches to the head and elbows to the body and stayed on top until the round ended. 10-9 Kunitskaya 

Kunitskaya went to the cage clinch early and was landing knees to the body and legs. Ref broke it up fairly quickly, with no warning. When they were back to the standup, Lansberg started landing punches more regularly and rocked Kunitskaya with one combo. Kunitskaya went back to the cage clinch and again was landing knees. She eventually got Lansberg down briefly but they struggled for control on the ground before they both got up at the end of the round. Close, but 10-9 Kunitskaya and 20-18 overall

Kunitskaya went to the cage clinch to start again. That was pretty much the whole round as Lansberg would briefly get away before getting taken back to the cage over and over again. Kunitskaya was eventually able to take her down with 15 seconds left. Lansberg did connect with a few strikes on the feet but easy round and fight for Kunitskaya. Total strikes in the fight were 145-39 for Kunitskaya. 10-9 Kunitskaya, 30-27 overall

Official result - Yana Kunitskaya (11-4) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

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> Scott Holtzman (11-2, 4-2 UFC) vs. Alan Patrick (15-1, 5-1 UFC)
Lightweights

Both guys were landing hard shots standing. Patrick's were probably landing harder and he did open a cut around Holtzman's eye that was bleeding heavily. Patrick was only able to land single shots though while Holtzman was occasionally able to land combos. Holtzman was landing hard leg kicks and dropped Patrick with one with about a minute left. He did some damage on the ground with punches and elbows. Patrick did manage to get up at the end of the round after landing an upkick. 10-9 Holtzman

Lots of cage clinch work with Holtzman in control for most of the round. Holtzman got a takedown about halfway through the round and did some damage on the ground but Patrick got up with a minute left. Patrick did connect with some hard shots and opened a cut on the bridge of Holtzman's nose. But Holtzman was much more active and landed at least twice as many shots. Patrick was trying hard for a takedown at the end of the round but couldn't get it. 10-9 Holtzman, 20-18 overall

Holtzman was landing shots at will early and then dropped Patrick with a punch. He moved into mount fairly quickly and was landing hard punches and elbows. Patrick did manage to escape and get to his feet. Holtzman got him down again and was landing a ton of hard punches. Patrick wasn't offering much in the way of defence and then Holtzman moved into mount and finished him with a couple of hard elbows to the head that knocked him out cold. 

Official result - Scott Holtzman (12-2) by KO (elbows) at 3:42 of the 3rd round

Even more impressive after this performance is that Holtzman broke both his hands during the fight. He dedicated the fight to his five month old baby and his wife who had to maintain his household while he trained for this fight. 

> Aspen Ladd (#9, 6-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-6 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

Nice punch exchange to start before Evinger takes it to the cage clinch. Ladd quickly took control and got a takedown. Ladd then just unloaded with non-stop punches and elbows on the ground. Evinger was covering up but not really fighting back at all. Eventually, Ladd took her back and was landing more punches. She then advanced into mount and then full back mount and just continued landing non-stop punches and elbows before the ref finally stopped it as Evinger was not fighting back or trying to escape. 

Official result - Aspen Ladd (7-0) by TKO (punches and elbows) at 3:26

Evinger was a former champion in Invicta and took Cris Cyborg to a third round last year so Ladd is a definite contender. At just 23 years old, she's only going to get better. 

She seemed very calm and composed in her post-fight interview and said it was inevitable that she would fight Evinger from early in her career and has been preparing for this fight for years. 

> Vicente Luque (13-6-1, 6-2 UFC) vs. Jalin Turner (7-3, 0-0 UFC)
Welterweights

Both guys were landing a lot of hard shots early. Turner actually opened up cuts on Luque's face. Luque then caught him with a hard punch combo and dropped him with an elbow to the head and then finished him with hard punches on the ground that knocked him out cold. 

Official result - Vicente Luque (14-6-1) by KO (punches) at 3:52

All of Luque's wins have been first round stoppages and Turner usually fights at lightweight so this was a bit of a mismatch. Turner didn't look small in there but if he can cut to 155 safely then that's where he should be. Even though he was finished quickly here, he did damage before he was stopped and should be a hard hitter at lightweight. 

Luque put over Turner in his post-fight promo and says he should be ranked in the top 10 and wants a higher ranked fighter next time out. 

> Sergio Pettis (#2, 17-3, 8-3 UFC) vs. Jussier Formiga (#5, 21-5, 7-4 UFC)
Flyweights

Tentative start from both guys with Formiga more active in landing combinations. Formiga with the first takedown but Pettis got up right away. Formiga then landed another takedown and maintained top position for the rest of the round. Pettis was doing a good job tying him with up a body triangle and was landing a lot of light strikes from his back. Formiga looked to be close to advancing position at the end of the round but time ran out on him. 10-9 Formiga

Pettis stuffed the first takedown but couldn't hold off the second. Prior to that, the standup was very tentative, although Pettis did get off a nice combo. Pettis was actually more active from his back but not enough where any judge would give him the round. Formiga looked to be setting up a head and arm choke but Pettis did get to his feet at the end of the round. Lots of boos from the crowd as there were period of inactivity on the part of both guys. 10-9 Formiga, 20-18 overall

Formiga took the back standing early and scured a body lock, forcing Pettis to carry his weight. They stayed in that position for the whole round. Formiga was constantly working for a choke with Pettis defending. Formiga did just enough damage to avoid Herb Dean breaking them up, despite several warning from the ref. Crowd hated this with a lot of booing and Pettis was clearly very frustrated at the end. He walked Formiga to the center of the cage and was trying to shake him off but couldn't do it. 10-9 Formiga, 30-27 overall

Official result - Jussier Formiga (22-5) by unanimous decision (30-26; 29-28 x 2)

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> Michelle Waterson (#8, 15-6, 3-2 UFC) vs. Felice Herrig (#9, 14-7, 5-2 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Standup was mostly kicks from both of them. Waterson was throwing from weird angles and seemed to have Herrig confused. Herrig was more active but also missed a lot more. Herrig eventually went to the cage clinch with 2 minutes left and controlled the action there. She did try to work it to the ground but Waterson defended well. They did separate right before the buzzer. Both did damage from the clinch but Herrig controlled the position and should win a close round. 10-9 Herrig

Herrig went to the cage clinch early and it looked to be  repeat of the first round. Waterson landed a nice elbow to the head and got separation. She quickly took down Herrig with a judo throw and managed to keep her down for the rest of the round. She did a fair bit of damage, not even close to finishing but was very active and didn't get a single warning from the ref. Herrig was throwing up submission attempts at the end of the round from her back but didn't do much else. 10-9 Waterson, 19-19 after 2

Herrig started with the cage clinch but wasn't able to maintain position for very long. She then got a takedown but Waterson was far more active from her back, landing hard elbows and punches. Herrig was trying to advance but kept eating shots from the bottom and then just tried to smother Waterson. Ref eventually stood them up, which may have been a favor to Herrig. Back on the feet, Herrig was pretty the action but not landing much and Waterson was landing the harder shots. Herrig went back to the cage a couple of times but did no damage. 10-9 Waterson, 29-28 overall

Official result - Michelle Waterson (16-6) by official decision (30-26, 29-28 and 30-27)

> Derrick Lewis (#2, 20-5 1 NC, 11-3 UFC) vs. Alexander Volkov (#5, 30-6, 4-0 UFC)
Heavyweights

Great first round. Volkov landed hard shots early and Lewis was in real trouble. He was cowering up and eating a ton of shots and it looked close to being stopped but Lewis just managed to shake it off and keep going. Lewis attempted a takedown but Volkov ended up on top. Volkov landed some ground shots but Lewis just stood up. Volkov then got a power takedown and moved into side control. He then took the back and looked to be setting up a rear naked choke but Lewis reversed an dended up on top. Lewis was landing hard shots on the ground but then stood up before the end of the round. 10-9 Volkov

Both guys slowed down quite a bit after the first but Volkov controlled the action the whole way. Lewis did land a few shots but ate far more. His eye was really bothering him as he may have suffered an orbital injury in the first round. The action was all on the feet although Lewis tried a couple of takedowns and missed badly. Easy 10-9 Volkov and 20-18 overall

Volkov was keeping his distance and landing punches and kicks from far away and looked on his way to crusing to a decision win. They flashed the significant strike count and Volkov had a 77-30 advantage including 25-6 in Round 3. And Lewis looked exhausted. And then he woke up. Lewis landed a combo that dropped Volkov and Lewis pounced. He landed vicious ground and pound and Volkov was out cold before he knew what hit him. Amazing come from behind win and Lewis may have earned a title shot with this one. 

Official result - Derrick Lewis (21-5) by KO (punches) at 4:49 of Round 3

Lewis cut an amazing post-fight promo. Said he needed to get back in the gym and work on his cardio before he even thinks about a title shot. He said that he talked to Trump before the fight and had to win to show that Russia wasn't better than the US (or something like that). He said he had to take off his pants because his balls were hot. And a bunch of other stuff. Pretty sure this was the latest finish in a 3 round heavyweight fight and he had no chance of winning if he didn't finish. 

> Ovince Saint Preux (#7, 23-11, 11-6 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (#12, 9-0, 3-0 UFC) 

Light Heavyweights

Reyes dominated OSP right from the start with a great mixture of kicks and punches. He was steady but never let out the real big flurry. Reyes went to a cage clinch a couple minutes in and OSP took control but ate a ton of hard elbows and had to give up the position. Reyes had a nice flurry with about a minute left that had OSP in a lot of trouble to the point it almost looked like he was out on his feet. Reyes never moved in for the kill thought. Signfiicant strikes at one point were 56-4 for Reyes and he landed a lot more after that. 10-8 Reyes

Much slower second round  as this is the first time Reyes has seen a 2nd round in the UFC. Reyes was very measured throughout the round and landed almost no combos. There was some clinch work with Reyes controlling every time. OSP attempted several takedowns and ate an elbow on one of them which opened a cut that was bleeding pretty heavily by the end of the round. OSP actually looked less tired at the end of the round than Reyes but Reyes handily won this round as well. Total strikes were 76-12 near the end of the 2nd. 10-9 Reyes, 20-17 overall

OSP looked fresher to start the third and was advancing almost the entire round. He was more active than he'd been in either of the first two rounds and landed some hard shots and at one point, looked to have Reyes in trouble. Reyes was very tired but kept landing leg kicks from distance and stayed in it the whole round. Right before the buzzer, Reyes dropped OSP that looked to have knocked him out and he walked off just as the buzzer was going. Ref asked OSP if he could get up and he did after a couple of seconds. 10-9 Reyes, 30-26 overall

Official decision - Dominick Reyes (10-0) by official decision (30-27 x 3)

No idea how no judges gave a 10-8 in the first especially after a few were given out earlier in the night when I didn't think they were even close to that. Weird scoring but right decision. Reyes thought he had a KO but either way it was the best win of his career and he's a definite contender. 

> Tony Ferguson (#2, 23-3, 13-1 UFC) vs. Anthony Pettis (#8, 21-7, 8-6 UFC)
Lightweights

Early on, they were both throwing leg kicks and Pettis was targeting the previously injured knee of Ferguson and he looked to be having trouble moving. But Ferguson never stopped advancing and midway through the round, started taking over. He pushed the pace and Pettis was getting tired and eating a lot of shots. Pettis attempted a cartwheel kick and Ferguson blocked it. Ferguson started landing a lot of kicks and punches and even landed a showtime kick at the end of the round. 10-9 Ferguson

Pettis dropped Ferguson early and went to the ground with him. Ferguson landed something on the ground that sliced open Pettis' forehead. Pettis was bleeding and there was blood all over both guys. Doctor allowed the fight to continue. Ferguson picked up the pace after that, landing combo after combo with punches, elbows and kicks. Pettis stayed in there and occasionally landed hard shots but Ferguson just never let up. Pettis was bleeding like a stuck pig at the end of the round. 10-9 Ferguson, 20-18

In between rounds, Duke Roufus asked Pettis if he could continue and then found out he had a broken hand. He told the ref, who stopped it. Ferguson broke down in tears in his corner when he found out the fight was stopped. 

Official result - Tony Ferguson (24-3) by TKO (corner stoppage due to injury) at 5:00 of Round 2

Ferguson cut a promo on Conor in his post-fight promo, promising him an ass-whooping if Khabib doesn't do it first. He said that he didn't come back early. He called the fans amazing but they weren't too into it. He says he's back and obviously wants the winner of the main event. 

> Khabib Nurmagomedov (C, 26-0, 10-0 UFC) vs. Conor McGregor (#1, 21-3, 9-1 UFC)
UFC Lightweight Championship

Khabib went for a takedown immediately and struggled to complete it but once he did, that was the round. He was in top position by the 1 minute mark and held it for the rest of the round. He didn't do a lot of damage at first, as he was just trying to pin Conor down. Conor was landing light strikes from his back but not doing damage. Khabib moved into half guard with a minute left and landed more punches at that point. Khabib had a nice flurry at the end of the round. 10-9 Khabib

Khabib landed a right that nearly dropped Conor early. Conor fired back but Khabib got a takedown a minute in and again held him down for the majority of the round. This time, Khabib did a ton of damage and at times looked like he could get a finish. He had several submission attempts and Conor looked exhausted by the end of the round. McGregor did manage to get to his feet with 30 seconds left but Khabib controlled a cage clinch till the buzzer. 10-8 Khabib, 20-17 overall

Khabib slowed down a lot and Conor was able to land a lot more in round 3. Khabib had several takedown attempts and did get him down once but only for a second. Conor was able to land several punch combos and leg kicks and had an advantage in round 3 in significant strikes landed. Khabib did have some clinch control toward the end of the round but Conor should take this one. 10-9 Conor; 29-27 Khabib overall

McGregor gets a takedown a minute in. Conor fighting to try to get to his feet and briefly does but Khabib gets him down again. Khabib lands some ground strikes and then moves into mount. Conor gives up his back and Khabib secures a rear naked choke and Conor taps quickly. 

Official result - Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:03 of Round 4

After the fight was over, Khabib jumped the cage and attacked one of Conor McGregor's coaches, Dillon Danis. One of Khabib's teammates then got in the cage and landed a hard punch on McGregor and McGregor tried to fight back but officials broke it up. Khabib may end up stripped of the title for this. 

Conor McGregor was escorted to the Octagon before the decision was read. Dana White talked to both guys and Khabib was motioning that he wanted his belt. Dana told him that if he puts the belt on him, people would be throwing things into the cage and people were going to get hurt. Khabib was brought out of the arena by a huge entourage and everyone was throwing stuff at them. 

Bruce Buffer read the winner's announcement to a chorus of boos and for the first time in history, the winner did not get a belt wrapped around his waist. This is not over by a long shot. Khabib should be stripped of the belt for his actions. Whether he is or not, this will drum up such interest in a rematch that it probably doesn't matter in the big picture.