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UFC 232 live results: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2, Cyborg vs. Nunes

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2, emanating from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The UFC closes out 2018 with its most controversial fight card of the year, one in which saw a switch in venues six days ago when the event moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in order to keep two title fights intact on the card.

The main event will be contested for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship as former champion Jon Jones takes on Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their classic battle at UFC 165 in September 2013, which was won by Jones. This fight has a lot of controversy heading into the event as numerous failed drug tests by Jones, which were not deemed as actual failures by the UFC and USADA, led to this event being moved after the NSAC refused to license Jones to fight.

Being overshadowed in the co-main event is perhaps the biggest womens' fight in MMA history as UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg defends against UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes is looking to become the first woman to hold UFC titles in two weight classes while Cyborg looks to continue her dominance as the best female fighter in the world.

Also on the main card is a welterweight clash between Carlos Condit and Michael Chiesa, a light heavyweight battle pitting Ilir Latifi against Corey Anderson, and a featherweight fight between contenders Chad Mendes and Alexander Volkanovski.

This event also has a stacked preliminary card as former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski takes on Walt Harris, former title challenger Cat Zingano moves up to 145 pounds to take on Megan Anderson, and UFC Hall Of Famer BJ Penn returns to the Octagon once again to take on Ryan Hall.

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.

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 a worst fight to Dave at dave@wrestlingobserver.com.


> Brian Kelleher (19-9, 3-2 UFC) vs. Montel Jackson (6-1, 0-1 UFC)

Jackson was landing jabs from distance early and then got a knockdown and was landing punches on the ground. He slapped on a D'Arce choke and got the quick tap from Kellehr for his first career submission win. 

Official result - Montel Jackson (7-1) at 1:40 by submission (D'Arce choke)

> Curtis Millender (16-3, 2-0 UFC) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (24-6-1, 4-2 UFC)

Millender was landing mostly leg kicks to start but did land a nice spinning head kick that rocked Siyar. By the middle of the round, the kicks were starting to bother Siyar. At one point, the significant strike count was 17-3 for Millender and it was mostly leg kicks. Siyar was throwing punch combos but missing on lot of them. Millender started to connect with jabs in the last minute while still landing his kicks. 10-9 Millender

Great third round. Millender was landing all kinds of punches on the feet early and had Siyar in real trouble. No idea how he stayed up as he was eating hard shots over and over again. Significant strike count at one point was 77-22 for Millender. But Siyar got a takedown and held Millender down for about a minute. Millender got back up and was taken down again. Siyar didnt' do any damage before Millender got up again. Millender stuffed a late takedown and ended up on top to clinch the round and the fight. 10-9 Millender, 29-28 overall

Official result - Curtis Millender (17-3) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 30-27)

> Uriah Hall (#14, 13-9, 6-7 UFC) vs. Bevon Lewis (6-0, 0-0 UFC)

Lewis came out like a house of fire, throwing all kinds of kicks and punches and by the end of the first minute, he had an 18-0 advantage in strikes landed. The rest of the round was pretty plodding with Lewis controlling the pace and landing a lot of leg kicks and occasional punches. He did land one head kick that landed pretty flush. Hall was not very active but did land some jabs and leg kicks. 10-9 Lewis

Round started slow but Lewis again took over with mainly kicks. He did land a couple of nice overhead rights. Hall slipped while throwing a kick and Lewis took his back. He was landing hard knees to the back of the leg as well as foot stomps. Hall was more aggressive in the last minute and Lewis was definitely getting tired but Lewis clearly won round 2 as well. Total strikes with about 90 seconds left were 65-17 for Lewis. 10-9 Lewis, 20-18 overall

Lewis went to the cage clinch and was landing punches to the head and body. They separated on their own and were trading leg kicks before Hall knocked Lewis out cold with a punch out of nowhere. 

Official result - Uriah Hall (14-9) by knockout (punch) at 1:32 of Round 3

> Nathaniel Wood (14-3, 1-0 UFC) vs. Andre Ewell (14-4, 1-0 UFC)

They kept their distance early with Wood kind of pushing the action. He knocked Ewell down with a punch combo but didn't do any more damage on the ground before Ewell got to his feet. Wood was landing a lot of leg kicks and one of them momentarily dropped Ewell but he got right up. Ewell was landing occasional shots but Wood pushed the action the whole round and easily took it. 10-9 Wood

Wood with an early takedown and didn't do much at first but eventually found a groove and started landing punches to the head and body. Every time Ewell would try and tie him up, Wood would posture up and land more strikes. He kept him down the entire round and really poured it on the last part of the round. Ewell did almost nothing the entire round except avoid being finished.  10-9 Wood, 20-17 overall

Wood got a takedown 90 seconds in and was basically just holding Ewell down. Ref warned him a couple times to work or he'd stand them up and Wood started to land just enough to avoid the standup. Ewell tried to escape to his feet and gave up his back. Wood quickly established a body lock and secured a rear naked choke. Wood briefly escaped but Wood got it on again and Ewell quickly tapped. 

Official result - Nathaniel Wood (15-3) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:12 of the 3rd round 


> BJ Penn (16-12-2, 12-11-2 UFC) vs. Ryan Hall (6-1, 2-0 UFC)

Penn looked good early, pushing the action and landing a few punches. Hall dropped to his back but Penn stayed on his feet, landing kicks to the legs. This went on for about a minute before the ref stood them up. Hall then dove in for a heel hook and Penn tapped instantly. 

Official result - Ryan Hall (7-1) by submission (heel hook) at 2:46

Hall put over Penn in his post-fight promo as one of his heros, saying if he even accomplished 1/10 of what Penn did, he'd have a successful career. Joe Rogan brought up how no one wants to take fights with Hall because he can get these submissions out of nowhere, as he did here. They said that Hall would move back to 145 after this fight

> Douglas Silva de Andrade (#14, 25-2 1 NC, 3-2 UFC) vs. Petr Yan (10-1, 2-0 UFC)

Yan pushed the pace for most of the round. Both guys landing hard shots with Andrade landing hard leg kicks early. Yan was throwing punches in combinations that were landing hard but didn't seem to affect Andrade too much. Yan seemed to be landing slightly more but it was close. Yan got a late takedown that probably cinched a close round 10-9 Yan

Yan again pushing the pace and backed up Andrade to the cage with punches. He then dragged Andrade to the ground after a cage clinch and was landing all kind of punches to the body and head. Andrade tried to get to his feet and Yan took his back. Yan landing punches and elbows to the head. Andrade kept getting up and then getting dragged right down. Yan really poured it on at the end of the round, trying to get a finish. Andrade's corner stopped the fight after the second round. 

Official result - Petr Yan (11-1) by TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2

> Cat Zingano (#5 WBW, 10-3, 3-3 UFC) vs. Megan Anderson (8-3, 0-1 UFC)
Women's Featherweights

Both were just feeling each other out when Anderson landed what looked like a grazing kick to the head and Zingano all of a sudden turned her back and stopped fighting and the ref waived it off. The slo-mo replay showed that the toe of Anderson landed right in the eye and Zingano could not open the eye several minutes later. 

Official result - Megan Anderson (9-3) by TKO (kick) at 1:01

Anderson said she's give Zingano a rematch in the future if she wanted it. Rogan kept trying to get her to say she was frustrated but Anderson wouldn't say it and then urged UFC to sign some featherweights as really, she and Cyborg are the only women in the division right now. 

> Andrei Arlovski (#13, 27-17 1 NC, 16-11 UFC) vs. Walt Harris (11-7, 4-6 UFC)

Boring first round. Both kept their distance for the most part. Each had a takedown attempt stuffed. There was some cage clinch work early with both having control briefly. Harris landed a few more shots but there was no sustained offence from either guy and the crowd was clearly bored by the middle of the round. 10-9 Harris

Arlovski was poked in the eye early, prompting a "stern warning" from ref Mike Beltran. Another boring round. Harris got a takedown but Arlovski got right up without taking any damage. Both guys looked to be landing about the same although Arlovski maybe was landing the harder shots. It was another close round. I gave it to Harris for the takedown. 10-9 Harris, 20-18 overall

Another boring round. Almost nothing happened. Both guys just danced around, throwing occasional punches. They put up the strikes count and Arlovski was leading 28-27 for the fight but in the third it was 5-5. He had an edge in the 2nd but had the takedown. Crowd was booing heavily. No idea how you pick a winner for the third so i went 10-10 and 30-28 Harris overall

Official result - Walt Harris (12-7) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 27-30)

No post-fight interview for the last fight ever on the FOX networks but Mick Foley was shown at cageside. Interesting move since FOX is picking up WWE next year. Joe Rogan and Dana White gave a goodbye speech to FOX instead of plugging the PPV at the end of the broadcast. 


> Chad Mendes (#5, 18-4, 9-4 UFC) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (#10, 18-1, 5-0 UFC)

Both guys were reluctant to engage early and it wasn't dis-similar to the last fight in that regard. But it was a lot quicker and they were throwing, just not landing a lot. Mendes was connecting with more combination and he also got a takedown late in the round but didn't do a lot of damage. Volkanovski was starting to connect with his jab in the 2nd half of the round. 10-9 Mendes

Great second round. Mendes came out strong and hurt Volkanovski early with punches. Volkanovski was having trouble standing and had cuts all over his face but kept firing back. Mendes got a couple of takedowns as well but Volkanovski was able to get right up each time. Volkanovsky then started landing hard jabs again and while moving forward landing a crippling body punch combo. Mendes backed up and Volkanovski pressed forward with punches and Mendes just slumped to the ground and the ref stepped in to stop it. 

Official result - Alexander Volkanovski (19-1) by TKO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 2 

After the fight, Volkanovski said he's Blessed's (Max Holloway) worst nightmare and wanted another top contender next. Mendes has really only lost to top guys so this was a big win for Volkanovski, who's now 6-0 in UFC. 

> Ilir Latifi (#5, 14-5 1 NC, 7-3 UFC) vs. Corey Anderson (#10, 11-4, 8-4 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Latifi was landing hard leg kicks early that were giving Anderson a lot of trouble. Anderson defended a takedown attempt. Anderson then had a couple of takedown attempts of his own but Latifi blocked them. Latifi connected with occasional punches but the kicks were the best weapon. Anderson started to figure out the timing late in the round and was landing his own strikes and Latifi started to look tired. 10-9 Latifi 

Anderson looked much better in round 2. He stopped several takedown attempts and had 7 defended overall by the end of the round and Latifi was looking exhausted midway through the round while Anderson still looked fresh. Anderson landed a punch of punch combos and was starting to land his jab at the end of the round. With a minute left to go, Anderson had a 21-8 advantage in significant strikes landed and had several more after that. 10-9 Anderson, 19-19

Anderson pushed the pace through the whol round. He landed more strikes in the third but Latifi landed the harder strikes. It was a tough round to score and I feel like I'm probably in the minority but I gave round 3 to Latifi and the fight as well. If Anderson lost, he gave it away because he didn't fight nearly as agressively in the 3rd as he did in the 2nd. 10-9 Latifi, 29-28 overall

Official result - Corey Anderson (12-4) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

> Carlos Condit (30-12, 7-8 UFC) vs. Michael Chiesa (#9 LW, 14-4, 7-4 UFC)

Fun round. Chiesa physically overpowered Condit most of the round, scoring several takedowns. Condit was more active on the ground through and had a few intersting submission attempts. Chiesa didn't do a ton of damage on the ground but he was controlling Condit's body most of the round. It's tough to win a round from your back and I'm not sure if Condit did enough here to do that. 10-9 Chiesa

Chiesa got a takedown 30 seconds in and went for a Kimura. He secured it with one arm and Condit tapped quickly and furiously, like something might have snapped. Hopefully he's not hurt. 

Official result - Michael Chiesa (15-4) by submission (Kimura) at 56 seconds of the 2nd round

Chiesa said this is his division going forward and he called out Neil Magny for his next fight. 

> Cris Cyborg (C, 20-1 1 NC, 5-0 UFC) vs. Amanda Nunes (C WBW, 16-4, 9-1 UFC)
UFC Women's Featherweight Championship

Both women were throwing bombs to open. Nunes looked at least as big as Cyborg standing across from her, if not bigger. Nunes rocked Cyborg with the first combo but Cyborg weathered it. Cyborg dropped to a knee after eating another combo but got right up. Nunes all over her and Cyborg reeling. Cyborg was out on her heet eating shots. Nunes threw a right cross and Cyborg was knocked out cold, doing a faceplant to the canvas. 

Official result - Amanda Nunes (17-4) by KO (punch) at 51 seconds

That effectively kills the bantamweight division, unless Nunes decides to stay there, in which case she doesn't really have any opponent. Nunes was so happy afterward and the crowd went crazy for her. Whether that translates into drawing ability remains to be seen but she has beaten Cyborg as well as Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. 

Nunes told Dana that she now belongs in the Hall of Fame. It's a little early but I'd still say that's a lock at this point. She embraced Dan Lambert, who got some boos. 

Dominick Cruz says we're going to get a rematch. I'm not sure about that. Cyborg's contract is expiring and Nunes left little doubt as to who the better fighter is and she's still getting better. 

> Jon Jones (#1, 22-1 1 NC, 16-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (#2, 18-4, 10-4 UFC)
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Jones had several takedown attempts blocked in the first round. He also landed the hardest strike of the round with an elbow to the head. Gustafsson was more consistent, landing occasional punch combos. Real close round, tough to judge but I gave it to Gustafsson. Crowd was booing at the end of the round as neither guy seemed terribly interested in engaging. 10-9 Gustafsson

Jones actually had a 2-1 advantage in strikes landed in the first, which he continued into the 2nd. Jones was landing a lot of leg kicks and by the end of the round, Gustafsson's lead leg was giving him troubles. Jones started using the threat of the kick to set up punch combos. Gustafsson did land mostly punches but not much else. Jones landed a spin kick to the body right before the buzzer that hurt Gustafsson. 10-9 Jones, 19-19 overall

Jones got a takedown early. He moved into position for a half nelson and then used that to take the back of Gustafsson. Jones then landed hard punches and elbows to the head and Gustafsson wasn't defending at all. The ref eventually stopped it when it was clear Gustafsson was done. 

Official result - Jon Jones (23-1) by TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round 3

Jones passed Chuck Liddell for most wins in the division's history with 17 with this win, unless it's overturned. He also tied Liddell's record with 10 finishes. 

Jones called out Cormier and hinted that he gave up his belt because he didn't want to face Jones. He challenged DC to come back to 205 and get his belt back. No mention, or even hint, of Brock Lesnar, which was interesting. Both Dominick Cruz and Joe Rogan said that's the only that makes sense. It's tough to think that Cormier could get back to 205. 

DC tweeted out "Of course he wins, he starts with a head start every time #USADA". 

Later on, Rogan did bring up Brock Lesnar and brought up his drug test failure and Cruz flat out said that if Jones has a grain of salt in his system, Brock has a whole brick. Rogan was, in particular, pushing that fans want to see the best fight and that's DC vs Jones at heavyweight.