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UFC on ESPN+ 21 live results: Zabit Magomedshapirov vs. Calvin Kattar

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 21: Zabit vs. Kattar, emanating from the CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia.

The Octagon returns to Russia for the second time in 2019 with a featherweight main event featuring surging contenders in the division.

Zabit Magomedshapirov looks to score his impressive 14th consecutive win as he takes on Calvin Kattar, winner of two straight, in the night's headline bout. The fight will only be three rounds as it was originally slated to be the co-main event, but was bumped to the headline spot due to card changes at the top. The winner is expected to be very close to securing a title shot in the 145-pound division.

In the co-main event, Alexander Volkov looks to get back into the win column as he returns to action for the first time in over a year to take on Greg Hardy. Hardy is taking this fight on short notice less than one month after his controversial last fight, and will be going into the toughest test of his young career. Volkov is looking to get back into the win column after losing to Derrick Lewis in his last fight.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.


> Grigorii Popov (14-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Davey Grant (10-4, 1-3 UFC)

Russian fighters are 16-3 fighting on their home soil and this is the third show UFC has run there. Popov is the local fighter and the favorite. 

Grant leading the dance early and throwing a lot of kicks. Popov connects with a nice punch combo 90 seconds in. Grant gets a takedown at 2:15. Popov ties him up with a body lock and he has a history of getting submissions from the bottom. Grant postures up to land some ground and pound and Popov follows him up. Grant takes him down again against the cage and moves into half guard. Popov landing some nice elbows from the bottom. Popov sweeops into top position and lands some elbows but Grant to his feet with 45 seconds left. 10-9 Grant

Grant again controlling the pace in round 2 and lands a flying knee early. Grant lands a low blow, his second of the fight, causing a minor break in the action. Grant stuffed on a takedown attempt at 2 minutes. Popov ends up on top but Grant sweeps and takes the back and they both go to the feet. Grant still controlling the back. Grant drags him to the mat after eating back elbows but Popov up quickly. Grant takes him down again but Popov with a Kimura attempt. Popov transitioning to an armbar but Grant fighting it off. Grant spins out and ends up in Popov's guard with a minute left. Popov landing elbows from the bottom. Grant postures up and lands hammer fists. Grant takes the back but ends up on his back imself. Grant sweeps into top position again as the round ends. Close round, 10-9 Popov, 19-19

Popov lands a low kick early in round 3 as payback. Popov controlling the pace early in the round. Popov stuffs a takedown attempt and lands hard elbows to the head. Popov also landing punches to the body as Grant continues to work for it. Grant takes the back standing. Popov drops to the ground, attempting a kneebar. Both guys to their feet at 2:30 as Grant escapes. Grant right back to the takedown but Popov defending well and landing punches. Elbows to the head from Popov while Grant still working. Both guys to their feet with 90 seconds left. Popov landing hard single strikes but no follow up. Popov with a 37-25 advantage in significant strikes landed with him leading in each of the last 2 rounds. Popov coming on strong in the last minute and Grant is really fading. 10-9 Popov, 29-28 overall

Official result - Davey Grant (11-4) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

> Jessica-Rose Clark (9-5 1 NC, 2-1 UFC) vs. Pannie Kianzad (11-5, 0-2 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

Clark leading the action early with both ladies landing punches from distance with no real sustained offence. Brief cage clinch with Clark in control but they break on their own quickly. Clark landing occasional leg kicks. Nice punch combo from Kianzad at 4:15. Clark with damage under her left eye after that. Kianzad has been landing a lot of jabs and obviously some getting through. Kianzad with a nice punch combo right before the bell. Close round. 10-9 Kianzad

Second round starts off the same. Clark opens up a cut under Kianzad's right eye early after landing some punches. Clark going back to the leg kicks but Kianzad is still landing her jabs. Kianzad startingn to push the pace in the 2nd half of the round. Total strikes are 48-35 for Kianzad with a minute left in round 2. She also thrown far more..Nice punch combo from Clark with 15 seconds left. Another close round for Kianzad. 10-9, 20-18 overall

Kianzad's corner tells her she needs to win the last round, which is good advice. Both rounds were close enough that she can't be sure she's ahead. Punch combo from Kianzad a minute in and they go to a cage clinch. Quick separation. Both ladies trading hard single shots but no combos. Kianzad does land a punch combo including a hard body shot. Another nice combo from Kianzad at 2:45 which includes more body punches. Total strikes are now 77-60 for Kianzad with her having the advantage in all 3 rounds. And the entire round has been on the feet so that's the story of the fight. Really nice punch combo that rocks Clark with 15 seconds left. 10-9 Kianzad, 30-27 overall

Official result - Pannie Kianzad (12-5) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

> Alexander Yakovlev (24-8-1, 3-4 UFC) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (8-1, 2-1 UFC)

Both these guys are tall for the weight class and very lanky so it's an interesting visual. Both throwing leg kicks early. Roberts with the first punch combo a minute in. Roberts backs up Yakovlev to the cage by landing more punches at 2:15. Nice punch combo from Roberts at 3:15. Yakovlev clinches up on the cage. Roberts breaks free at 4:30. Roberts clinches up with 15 seconds left. 10-9 Roberts

Yakovlev gets a takedown 30 secinds in and moves right into side control. Roberts gets him back to guard without taking any damage but Yakovlev with hammer fists from that position. Elbows to the head from Yakovlev as he tries to advance. Yakovlev with elbows to the body and punches to the head. zawaRoberts briefly to his feet but Yakovlev takes him right down again. Roberts attempting an armbar from his back. He also looks to be setting up an inverted triangle with his long legs. Yakovlvev breaks free of both and the crowd explodes. More punches to the head from Yakovlev. Roberts to his feet at 3:45. Yakovlev still controlling his body. Roberts breaks free with 45 seconds left. Yakovlev charges for a takedown but Roberts moves away like a Matador and Yakovlev pretty much goes head first into the cage, ala Braun Strowman. 10-9 Yakovlev, 19-19 overall

Roberts with a takedown to start round 3 and quickly moves into mount. Feed went out for a bit and it came back a minute later with both guys on their feet. Yakovlev pushing the pace but Roberts landing strikes while retreating. Yakovlev lands some nice punches that back Roberts up. Yakovlev attempts to clinch on the cage but Roberts wants none of it. Takedown by Yakovlev at 3:00. Yakovlev with punches to the body and the head. Roberts up quickly but Yakovlev controlling a cage clinch. They separate at 3:45. Yakovlev missing badly on some of his punches. Roberts with a takedown at 4:00 and moves into mount right away again. Roberts setting up a head and arm choke and landing punches to the body. Yakovlev gives up his back and Roberts still working for the choke. Roberts lands a few punches before the bell. 10-9 Roberts, 29-28

Official result - Roosevelt Robert (9-1) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Crowd booed this decision heavily but Yakovlev didn't even raise his arms at the end of the fight like both fighters usually will do in just about every fight that goes to the judges so even he knew he lost. 

> Abubakar Nurmagomedov (15-2-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. David Zawada (16-5, 0-2 UFC)

Zawada established Octagon control quickly. Zawada far more active early but Nurmagomedov seems to be just biding his time and gets a takedown 1:00 in. Murmagomedov landing punches to the body and hte head. Zawada attempts to get to his feet and Nurmagomedov ragdolls him back to the canvas. Zawada landing body punches from his back. Zawada with a triangle attempt at 2:45 and transitions to an armbar and gets the tap. Crowd goes silent. Turns out he submitted to the triangle. 

Official result - David Zawada (17-5) by submission (triangle) at 2:50

> Roman Kopylov (8-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Karl Roberson (8-2, 3-2 UFC)

Roberson establishes Octagon control in the first minute. Roberson throwing more strikes early but not a lot landing. Roberson landing hard leg kicks as well. Kopylov lands a nice punch combo at 4:15 but not much going on in this round. Kopylov just misses a spinning back kick with 15 seconds left. He seemed to pick up confidence late but Roberson should take the round. 10-9 Roberson

Both land hard punches in the opening seconds of round 2. Roberson again pushing the pace to start. Crowd all of a sudden just starts chanting for Kopylov about 1:30 into the round. Roberson still landing hard leg kicks and it's already starting to bother Kopylov. Roberson continuing to land the kicks as the round goes on and each one looks like it hurts more than the last and Popylov has no defence for it. Kopylov lands some nice body punches with 15 seconds left but he's limping and has less power as he can't put all of weight down. 10-9 Roberson, 20-18

Kopylov landing a lot of punches early. Roberson tries to clinch up but they break free. Crowd reacting huge every time Kopylov lands anything. Kopylov accidentally pokes Roberson in the eye and it's really bad. Looks like the ref is going to take a point away, which is kind of irrelevant anyway but let the fight continue. Punch/kick combo from Kopylov on the restart and he did lose a point. Roberson can't see a lot of these shots and the fight probably should've been stopped. Roberson lands a nice punch combo and then clinches up on the cage. Roberson completes the takedown and takes the back. Roberson with a rear naked choke and gets the tap. 

Official result - Karl Roberson (9-2) by submission (rear naked choke)

Gutsy showing from Roberson, who could barely see out of his eye and was eating a lot of punishment after the restart. He could've cruised to a win on points but instead went for the finish and got it. 

> Rustam Khabilov (23-4, 9-3 UFC) vs. Sergey Khandozhko (27-5-1, 1-0 UFC)

Khandozhko landing leg kicks early. Khabilov with a punch combo at 1:30. Size difference is pretty noticeable as Khabilov is moving up after fighting at lightweight for so long. Khabilov with a takedown attempt at 2:15 but defended well. Khabilov controlling a cage clinch. Bit of a stalemate and the ref warns them to improve position at 3:45. Ref breaks it up at 4:15. Another takedown attempt by Khabilov results in a cage clinch to close the round. 10-9 Khandozhko but close 

Takedown attempt by Khabilov 45 seconds in and they're back to the cage clinch. Crowd booing the lack of action as there is nothing happening. Khabilov briefly lifts him up, which pops the crowd but they end up back in the clinch. Ref warns them to improve position at 2:15. Khabilov finally gets him down at 2:30. Khandozhko with punches to the head while Khabilov landing knees to the legs. Khandozhko back to the feet at 3:15 but Khabilov still controlling his body. Khabilov takes him down again at 3:30 and takes the back. Khandozhko to his knes but eating knees to the legs and body. Khabilov landing a lot Linof knees as he maintains control. Khandozhko to his feet and separates right before the end of the round. 10-9 Khabilov, 19-19

Khabilov gets a takedown to open the round. Khabilov postures up and attempts a guillotine before going back into the guard of Khandozhko. Khandozhko to his feet at 1:15. Another takedown from Khabilov at 1:45. That was perfectly timed off of a strike attempt from Khandozhko. Khandozhko landing light strikes from his back while Khabilov is just laying on top of him. He gets a quick warning from the ref for not advancing but he does seem to be setting up a submission. Khabilov with punches to the head as he tries to advance. Khandozhko landing kicks to the legs from his back. Khabilov warned again to improve position at 3:30. Another ref warning at 4:15. Khabilov briefly postures up and then right back into guard at 4:45. 10-9 Khabilov, 29-28

Official result - Rustam Khabilov (24-4) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

> Magomed Ankalaev (12-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (10-1, 1-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Ankalaev throwing leg kicks early. Lungiambula throws a hard punch combo that misses but looked like it had bad intentions. Ankalaev controlling the Octagon as he continues to land leg kicks. Nice punch combo from Ankalaev at 2:30 but Lungiabula stuns him with a counter punch that nearly knocks him down. Punch combo from Lungiambula and he's in a clinch on the cage. They separate quickly and trade hard punches as Ankalaev regains cage control. Lungiambula stuffs a takedown attempt but Ankalaev in control of a cage clinch. Knees to the body from Ankalaev. Separation at 4:45. 10-9 Ankalaev

Lungiambula very tired between rounds. Ankalaev goes right to the cage clinch and then gets a takedown at 1:15. Ankalaev landing occasional punches to the body and head but mostly just staying on top and preventing Lungiambula from getting up. Elbows to the head from Ankalaev at 3:00. Hard elbows from Ankalaev and Lungiambula doing absolutely nothing from his back. Ankalaev with a 46-0 advantage in ground strikes landed. Lungiambula cut under his right eye at 4:15. 10-8 Ankalaev, 20-17 overall

Lingiambula comes out firing but Ankalaev nails him with a kick to the chin that knocked Lungiambula out cold. He followed up with a right cross as Lungiambula was going down but it was already over. 

Official result - Magomed Ankalaev (13-1) by KO (kick) at 29 seconds of the third round


> Shamil Gamzatov (13-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Klidson Abreu (15-3, 1-1 UFC)

Abreu pushing the pace to start and landing kicks to the body and legs early. Both guys landing hard kicks but no sustained offence in the first 3 minutes.Crowd getting restless at 3:30. Nice punch combo from Abreu at 3:45. Nice punch exchange at 3:30. 10-9 Abreu but close

Round 2 starts the same as the first. Punch/kick combo from Gamzatov at 1:30. Abreu lands a nice punch to the head that rocks Gamzatov at 2:15. Gamzatov lands a nice head kick at 3:00. Gamzatov with a 23-8 advantage in kicks landed. Abreu with a takedown at 4:15. Gamzatov to hit feet without taking anay damage. 10-9 Gamzatov, 19-19 overall. Another close round and the late takedown could have stolen it for Abreu 

Abrue again with Octagon control to start the first. Punch/kick combo by Abreu that really rocks Gamzatov at 1:15. Head strikes are 13-4 for Abreu. Gamzatov starting to land a little more often and taking over cage control from Abreu in the middle of the round. Crowd really getting behind him. Abreu takes the back standing at 3:30. Gamzatov works him around to front position and Abreu controlling a cage clinch. Gamzatov takes control at 4:15. Abreu with short punches to the head and they separate at 4:30. Gamzatov stuffs a takedown attempt. Gamzatov with elbows to the back as the fight ends. 10-9 Gamzatov, 29-28 overall but any score is possible here.

Official result - Shamil Gamzatov (14-0) by split decision (28-29; 29-28 x 2)

> Ramazan Emeev (18-3, 3-0 UFC) vs. Anthony Rocco Martin (16-5, 8-5 UFC)

Martin was very excited during the intros, screaming that "it's my time" trying to get Emeev rattled but Emeev just laughed at him. Nice punch combo from Martin at 1:00. Emeev moves in for a takedown after landing a nice punch but Martin evades it. Emeev gets a takedown at 1:45 but Martin takes the arm and working for a Kimura. Emeev doing his best to defend and the crowd screaming their support. He gets out of it and they both go to their feet. Emeev with some nice knees to the head while controlling a cage clinch. A low blow by Emeev forces the ref to break the position. Martin defends a takedown attempt at 4:00. Emeev lands a punch combo and Martin bleeding from the nose. Martin defends another takedown attempt at 4:45. 10-9 Martin but close

Emeev with a takedown at 1:00 but Martin takes a guillotine on the way down. Emeev escapes and maintains top position. Martin to his feet at 1:45. Martin defends a takedown and lands a nice uppercut on Emeev on the way in. Should be noted that Martin is landing a lot of leg kicks and they are taking their effects on Emeev as his lead leg is starting to swell. Through 13 minutes, he'd landed 11. Emeev landing jabs from distance and Martin bleeding from the nose again. Emeev with a late takedown and Martin with a Kimura from his back as the round ends. 10-9 Emeev. 19-19 overall. Another close round

Martin defends a takedown attempt 30 seconds in with another choke attempt and Emeev gives it up quickly. Punch combo from Emeev rocks Martin at 1:30. Emeev with a punch combo at 1:15. Emeev with a 35-31 advantage in strikes landed so it's very close. Emeev lands a punch combo at 3:15. Strikes now 39-36. Martin landing occasional jabs. Martin stuffs a takedown attempt at 4:00. Another leg kick from Martin lands flush. Emeev follows up with some punches to the head. Emeev has been pushing the pace most of the round, which could factor in. Emeev lands some nice punches in the last 15 seconds. 10-9 Emeev, 29-28 overall

Official result - Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Crowd booed the hell out of this decision and really it's surprising that it was unanimous because it was close. Even Martin seemed surprised as when it was clear the decision was unanimous, he looked like he thought that Emeev had won. 

Martin had a nice promo after the fight, dedicating it to his mother who is battling breast cancer. Crowd didn't care as they didn't stop booing. 

> Khadis Ibragimov (8-1, 0-1 UFC) vs. Ed Herman (24-14 1 NC, 11-10 1 NC UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Ibragimov controlling the pace to start and unloads with a punch combo 45 seconds in. They end up in a cage clinch with Ibragimov in control. Herman landing some knees to the body while stuck in the clinch and even lands a couple to the head when Ibragimov is leaning in, pushign the takedown. They seaprate at 3:30. Ibragimov bleeding from the nose as he took more damage in that clinch situation even though he was in control. Herman landing leg kicks as well. Nice punch exchange at 4:00 with both guys landing good shots. 10-9 Herman

Herman takes it to the cage clinch 45 seconds in. Ibragimov breaks away quickly. Ibragimov lands his best punch combo of the fight at 1:15 and the crowd wakes up after being quite for most of this. Another nice combo from Ibragimov at 1:45. Herman still landing the leg kicks and Ibragimov's nose is still bleeding pretty heavily. Herman back to the cage clinch at 2:15. Elbows to the head from Herman at 3:15 and Ibragimov takes control of the clinch. Herman takes the neck in a choke position and lands some knees so Ibragimov breaks free of the clinch at 3:45. Both guys starting to get very tired. Herman with a 32-4 advantage in kicks and knees landed. They separate and both guys land some good punches at 4:45. Herman with a nice combo as the round ends. 10-9 Herman, 20-18 overall. Ibragimov collapses in his corner as he tries to sit on the stool and ends up sitting on the canvas. 

Herman controlling the pace to start the third and throwing a lot of punches. Ibragimov landing some nice shots though. Ibragimov with a takedown attempt. Herman defends with a guillotine and they end up in a cage clinch. Ibragimov gets hiim down but Herman right up. Ibragimov controlling a cage clinch. Ibragimov with a cut on his forehead now. Herman with more knees to the head and a standing guillotine attempt at 2:45. This seems to be less of a submission attempt and more to trap him in order to land more shots. Ibragimov gets him down at 3:30. Herman landing elbows from his back. Ibragimov bleeding all over Herman's body. Herman attempting a Kimura from his back but gives that up quickly. Herman with a body lock but Ibragimov breaks it. He attempts a pass to side control but Herman to his feet and controlling a cage clinch at 4:45. Ibragimov gets control before the fight ends. 10-9 Herman, 30-27

Official result - Ed Herman (25-14) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-28)

> Zelim Imadaev (8-1, 0-1 UFC) vs. Danny Roberts (16-5, 5-4 UFC)

First round almost entirely on the feet with Imadaev pushiing the pace. Roberts had some moments and got a lte takedown but even at that Imadaev reversed into top position by the end of the round. Clear first round win for the Russian Imadaev 10-9

Roberts with an early takedown but Imadaev reverses during the process and ends up on top. Roberts up quickly but Imadaev controlling his body. They break but only after Imadaev lands a hard body punch. Roberts with a nice punch combo at 1:45, probably his best of the fight. Imadaev follows up with one of his own. Roberts stuffed on a takedown attempt but ends up controlling a cage clinch. Roberts take the back standing and suplexes him down but Imadaev right to his feet and landing punches. Roberts with knees to the body as they are clinched in the center. Imadaev moves him back to the cage and gets a takedown. Roberts up quickly but gives up his back in the process. Roberts works him back to front position. Roberts takes control of the clinch in the last minute and they separate with 30 seconds left. Roberts knocks him out cold with a punch combo as the round was ending. 

Official result - Danny Roberts (17-5) by KO (punch) at 4:51 of the 2nd round

> Alexander Volkov (#7, 30-7, 4-1 UFC) vs. Greg Hardy (5-1 1 NC, 2-1 1 NC UFC)

Volkov throwing leg kicks early. Loud VOLKOV chants from the crowd. Punch/kick combo from Volkov at 1:15. Hardy with a takedown attempt at 1:30 and ends up in control of a cage clinch. They separate quickly. Volkov lands a nice head kick at 2:30. Nice punch combo on the follow up from him. More Volkov chants from the crowd. Hardy mostly throwing jabs from distance but not taking any chances. Hardy lands a nice punch combo at 4:30. 10-9 Volkov

Volkov controlling the pace to start round 2. Punch/kick combo from him at 45 seconds. Hardy answers back with jabs. Volkov continuing to land leg kicks. Nice punch exchange at 2:45 and Hardy may have landed the hardest shot. Significant strikes are 34-22 through 9 minutes for Volkov. Volkov starting to land kicks to the body as well and Hardy is definitely slowing down as a result of them. 10-9 Volkov, 20-18 overall

Hardy throwing a lot of jabs early in the 3rd and he's pushing the pace for the first time in the fight. Hardy complaining of an eye poke but ref says it was a knuckle. Volkov continuing to land leg kicks and they're clearly affecting Hardy. Significant strike count now 63-32 for Volkov. Volkov rocks Hardy with a head kick at 3:30 but he stays on his feet. Volkov with punches to the head and a hard body kick at 4:15. 10-9 Volkov, 30-27 overall

Official result - Alexander Volkov (31-7) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

> Zabit Magomedshapirov (#5, 17-1, 5-0 UFC) vs. Calvin Kattar (#11, 20-3, 4-1 UFC) 

Loud ZABIT chants from the crowd right from the start. Both guys keeping their distance early with Zabit leading the action but Kattar throwing more strikes from distance. Nice punch combo from Zabit 1:00 in. Kattar answers back with one at 1:30. Zabit must missed with a spinning back fist. Zabit landing kicks to the legs and body at 3:00. Zabit with a nice punch combo at 4:15 including a hard shot to the body. Significant strike count is 22-10 for Zabit. Zabith with another punch combo at 4:45. Kattar fires back with punches. 10-9 Zabit

Zabit pushing the action to start round 2. Both guys mainly just throwing punches from distance in the first half of the round with no one having any kind of advantage. Zabit attempts a takedown at 2;30 but stuffed. Trip takedown for Zabit but Kattar manages to get right to his feet without taking damage. 52-27 is the signficant strike count for Zabit through 9 minutes. Kattar partially lands with a flying knee to the chin but Zabit is okay. 10-9 Zabit, 20-18

Kattar more aggressive to start round 3. Significant strikes are 64-40 through 12 minutes. Kattar is landing more in the third and Zabit seems like he's coasting, knowing he has the first two rounds sewn up. Zabit with a takedown attempt at 2:15 but Kattar blocks it easily. Kattar with a nice punch combo. Zabit lands a hard head shot. Kattar rocks Zsabit with a punch combo at 2:45. Zabit is retreating and clearly affected. Kattar targeting the body with punches. Zabit firing back with jabs but no zing on them. Another nice punch combo from Kattar at 3:45. Another combo from Kattar and he's finishing all of these with body shots. Zabit with a takedown at 4:15 but Kattar landing elbows and punches to the head. Kattar has now landed more strikes than Zabit with a huge advantage in the 3rd. 10-9 Kattar, 29-28 Zabit overall

Official result - Zabit Magomedshapirov (18-1) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Zabit put over Kattar as a tough opponent. Said he tired as the fight went on and promised to be ready to fight 5 round if he could get a main event fight next with the winner of the Holloway/Volkanovski fight next month in Las Vegas.