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UFC on ESPN+ 25 live results: Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz 2

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 25: Anderson vs. Blachowicz 2, emanating from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

The Octagon returns to New Mexico for the first time since 2014 with a light heavyweight main event that could have some title shot implications and determine who next faces Jon Jones.

Corey Anderson takes on Jan Blachowicz in the five-round headline bout at 205 pounds. Anderson is riding a four-fight win streak and is coming off an impressive first-round stoppage of Johnny Walker in November. Blachowicz has won two straight, scoring back-to-back wins over former middleweights Ronaldo Souza and Luke Rockhold. Anderson and Blachowicz have fought once before, at UFC 191 in September 2015, a bout that Anderson won by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, original TUF winner Diego Sanchez makes his 31st Octagon appearance as he tries to figure out the unique style of Michel Pereira. Also on the card is a first in the UFC as husband-and-wife fight on the same card as Montana De La Rosa takes on Mara Romero Borella, and Mark De La Rosa takes on Raulian Paiva. Among others on the card is former flyweight title challenger John Dodson, and the winningest UFC lightweight in history, Jim Miller.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.


> Mark De La Rosa (#13, 11-3, 2-3 UFC) vs. Raulian Paiva (#14, 18-3, 0-2 UFC)

Much was made of the fact that De La Rosa and his wife Montana are the first UFC husband and wife to fight on the same card. First round saw De La Rosa get the early striking advantage but Paiva was controlling the pace and turned up the volume late in the round and probably took the round 10-9. 

In the 2nd, Paiva continued to control the pace and was landing punches and evading the counter strikes of De La Rosa. Late in the round he landed a clean right hook that put De La Rosa on the canvas and he went in for ground and pound but the ref stopped it before he could do any more damage. 

Official result - Raulian Paiva (19-3) by KO (punch) at 4:42 of the 2nd round

> Macy Chiasson (#12, 5-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Shanna Young (7-2, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

Young took the fight on short notice and was giving up a lot of size. They both came out firing with a furious pace. Chiasson took over with mostly knee strikes from the clinch in the center of the Octagon. Young was not able to shake her off but tried to take it to the cage a few times. Young continued to land and got her down with about 30 seconds left and landed strikes on the ground. Young was bloody and clearly lost the round. Maybe even a 10-8. 

Young was landing punches early. Chiasson used a front guillotine to try a takedown but Young was able to reverse into a takedown of her own. Chiasson got up quickly and then stuffed a takedown and ended up on top, landing ground and pound. Action stalled in the middle part of the round as Chiasson seemed content to just keep on top of Young without doing any damage and ref Herb Dean let it go. Chiasson turned it up, landing a lot of punches in the last minute. Clear 10-9 for Chiasson, who landed over 100 strikes through 2 rounds.

Chiasson got an early takedown and landed ground and pound, taking the back. She secured a choke but didn't have it all the way. She let it go, landed some more punches and then went for it again. Again, in the middle part of the round, Chiasson content just to hold Young in place and land enough strikes to avoid a standup, occasionally going for the choke. Young worked her back to guard in the last minute but that was not nearly enough. Chiasson took the back with less than 30 seconds left and ended the fight with a choke from behind secured but the time ran out. 30-26 Chiasson

Official result - Macy Chiasson (6-1) by unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)

Media scores were all for Chiasson with most having it 30-26

> Casey Kenney (#15, 13-1-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (9-4, 2-2 UFC)

Kenney established Octagon control early but Merab was trying to get it to the ground. He brought it to a cage clinch and then managed to give Kenney almost an Alabama Slam. It looked impressive but Kenney was up right away. They both did damage in the clinch though as both were bloody when they were back on their feet. Kenney closed strong, landing a lot of punches in the last minute. Really close round, the impressive takedown by Merab may have been the difference. 

Kenney looked more tired coming out for the 2nd and was definitely less active. Merab went to the cage clinch but Kenney managed to escape. He also avoided a takedown attempt. Kenney did land some nice shots but Merab was more consistently landing in the middle part of the round. Merab got a takedown and controlled the back briefly but Kenney got right up. Merab got him down again, more through attrition, but Kenney again got right up. Avoiding being controlled on the ground isn't going to win it for you though so round 2 was clearly for Merab. 

Crazy exchange in the first minute of the third where both guys nearly went down. Merab landing more kicks, to the legs, body and head. Merab went to the cage clinch and then got a trip takedown. Kenney up fairly quickly but that was the 9th takedown and he immediately got #10 in the center of the cage. Merab couldn't hold him down but as soon as Kenney got up, Merab took him down #11, matching his career high. Kenney up again but Merab still controlling him and took him down again. Merab then took the back and started landing ground and pound from behind. He also landed over 125 strikes in the fight and easily took it, likely 30-27 Merab Dvalishvili

Official result - Merab Dvalishivili (10-4) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25 and 29-28)

Media scores for Dvalishivili with most having 30-27. Not a single person gave a round to Kenney but the one judge and none scored it 30-25 either although there were a couple of 30-26's. 

> Devin Clark (10-4, 4-4 UFC) vs. Dequan Townsend (21-10, 0-2 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Townsend just fought, and lost, three weeks ago but normally fights at middleweight and took this fight on short notice without having to cut weight. He is giving up a lot of size as he weighed in at 202 and Clark is probably 220 in the cage. Clark throwing a lot of leg kicks early. Clark went to the cage clinch, attempting a takedown. Clark landing knees to the legs and body from the clinch. Ref broke it up after about 2 minutes and Clark got an immediate takedown. Clark landing punches and elbow from the top and moved into mount with 30 seconds left. Clark landing hard punches and elbows as the round ended. 10-9 Clark, not quite enough for a 10-8. 

Clark with a takedown early in the 2nd after landing a few strikes on the feet. Clark into side control quickly and looks to be setting up an arm triangle. Clark landing elbows to the head while maintaining control. Clark with knees and elbows to the body. Clark with punches to the body and Townsend has nothing from his back. Townsend works him back to half guard but it doesn't slow down the offence of Clark. 10-8 Clark

Townsend's corner told him he had to go all out in the 3rd and he did come out more aggressive to start the round. Clark didn't do much on the feet but got a takedown within 2 minutes. Clark doing just enough on the ground to avoid a standup but not really trying to advance or do serious damage. He does have a ground strike advantage of 69-10 with a minute left in the fight. 10-9 Clark, 30-26 overall

Official result - Devin Clark (11-4) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x 2)

Media scores were all for Clark, with most having it 30-27. 

> Jim Miller (31-13 1 NC, 20-12 1 NC UFC) vs. Scott Holtzman (13-3, 6-3 UFC)

First round all on the feet with Holtzman controlling the pace. Fairly even until the last 90 seconds when Hotlzman started landing a slightly higher clip. He also blocked a takedown attempt by Miller in the middle of the round. Both landed real hard shots in the last 15 seconds but Holtzman should take the round 10-9

Miller actually landed more strikes in the first and a lot of scores I'm seeing on my timeline are for him so it's close. Holtzman clinches on the cage early in the 2nd but Miller manages to break free. Miller with a flash takedown and then jumps on the back of Holtzman. Hotlzman stays on his feet and breaks free, landing a nice flurry of punches. Miller's nose is busted open and he's bleeding but Hotlzman is cut and bleeding as well. Holtzman with a takedown but Miller tying him up from his back and Holtzman to his feet to avoid Miller's guard. Holtzman back into the guard and Miller landing punches and elbows from his back. Holtzman with some nice elbows of his own and he does have the striking advantage in this round. 10-9 Holtzman and I've got it 20-18 but it easily could be tied up. 

Both guys landing hard shots early in the third and Miller, in particular, seems to have picked up the pace. Holtzman attempts to go to the cage but Miller wants none of it. Holtzman lands a couple of front kicks that seem to hurt Miller and goes back to the cage clinch. Miller stays in it longer this time and when he breaks free, he briefly drops Holtzman but that may have been a slip. Holtzman again with the striking advantage in this round but it's close. Holtzman back to the clinch in the last minute. Miller breaks free with 30 seconds left. Both guys covered in blood but most of it belongs to Miller. Both land some hard shots in the last 10 seconds. 10-9 Holtzman, 30-27

Official result - Scott Holtzman (14-3) by unanimous decision (30-27; 29-28 x 2)

Media scores were all for Holtzman with the majority having it 29-28. 

> John Dodson (#13, 20-11, 9-6 UFC) vs. Nathaniel Wood (16-3, 3-0 UFC)

Wood controlling the pace early. Dodson evading most of the strikes though. Dodson with a nice flurry of body punches midway through the round that seem to hurt Wood a bit. Wood starting to land more in the 2nd half of the round but Dodson with some nice counters. Dodson takes it to a cage clinch with a minute to go. Wood manages a trip takedown with his back to the cage but Dodson gets right up. 10-9 Dodson but close

Dodson nailed with two low blows early in the 2nd and the crowd hates it. Ref threatens to dock him a point for the 2nd one. Dodson rushes Wood with punches after the restart and the crowd explodes before it settles into a cage clinch. Wood cut around his left eye after that exchange. Dodson cut on his left cheeks as well. Dodson controlling Wood on the cage and landing foot stomps. Ref breaks it up with 30 seconds left to check on Wood's cut. Dodson with a late flurry of punches and should take this round. 10-9 Dodson

Replay showed that the cut on Wood was from a headbutt. Dodson drops Wood early in the third and lays in the ground and pound and the ref stopped it. Looked like it may have been early as this is an inexperienced ref and Wood was right up and didn't look all that hurt. 

Official result - John Dodson (21-11) by TKO (punches) at 16 seconds of the 3rd round

> Tim Means (29-11-1 1 NC, 11-8 1 NC UFC) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (10-1, 0-0 UFC)

Means is a huge local favorite and got a takedown early, which the crowd loved. Rodriguez up quickly though. Rodriguez landing punches from distance as Means controls the pace. Means missing on a  lot of his shots. Means has landed about twice as many strikes as Rodriguez although they've thrown the same amount. Rodriguez dropped Means with the last punch of the round as the buzzer was sounding. He was right up, so not a KO. 10-9 Means

Replay after commercial showed that Means was in bad shape after the knockdown and barely made it to his stool. Rodriguez comes out firing in the 2nd and landing at a much higher clip and doing damage. Rodriguez drops him again 2 minutes in but Means right up. Rodriguez swinging for hte fences now. Means starting to recover midway through the round and controlling the pace again. Rodriguez lands some hard shots that really hurt Means. Rodriguez with a front choke and Means taps quickly. 

Official result - Daniel Rodriguez (11-1) by submission (standing guillotine) at 3:37 of the 3rd round


> Lando Vannata (10-4-2, 2-4-2 UFC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (15-6 1 NC, 6-6 1 NC UFC)

Vannata is the local favorite for this one and comes out landing strikes and avoiding Medeiros, sticking and moving as he does. Vannata landing kicks to the body and legs. Vannata backs up Medeiros with a punch combo. Medeiros still looks very calm though. Vannata almost doubling up Medeiros in strikes landed for the round and should take it 10-9

Medeiros' corner asked him to pick up the pace in the 2nd and he does, coming out. Vannata with a takedown attempt that almost works but Medeiros stays up. It settles into back and forth stand-up for the middle of the round with neither guy having a clear advantage. Crowd seems to be getting bored. Vannata with a flash takedown and has the slight striking advantage in this round as well. 10-9 Vannata but close 

Medeiros bleeding from the nose early in the 3rd. He's trying to push the pace a little more this round but not throwing much. Crowd booing a little bit as action has kind of stalled but every time they engage, they are still cheering. Crowd getting more restless as the round goes on as both guys just landing single shots and not following up. Strike count for the 3rd is even with a minute left. Medeiros picking up the pace a little in the last 30 seconds and may steal the round but not the fight. 10-9 Medeiros, 29-28 Vannata overall

Official result - Lando Vannata (11-4-2) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

All media scores were for Vannata with most having it 30-27. 

> Rogerio Bontorin (#7, 16-1 1 NC, 2-0 UFC) vs. Ray Borg (12-4, 6-4 UFC)
Flyweights* (Borg missed weight by 2 pounds)

Standup fairly even to start. Bontorin took it to a cage clinch but Borg managed a takedown with his back to the cage. Borg doing enough on the ground to avoid a standup, occasionally landing some fairly big shots. Bontorin to his feet with a minute left but Borg still controlling his back. Borg lands a huge shot to the head and gets another takedown with 30 seconds left. Borg landing hard elbows on the ground. 10-9 Borg

Borg gets a takedown to open the round and jumps on the back of Bontorin, working for a rear naked choke. Bontoring doing a good job fighting it off but can't shake Borg off his back. Borg landing hard punches to the head while on the back of Bontorin, who's now standing. Borg also maintaining a full body triangle. Borg breaks the body lock but Borg still controlling the back and throws him to the mat again. Borg maintains top control, landing enough to keep the ref from breaking it up. Borg takes the back with 30 seconds left. Bontorin to his feet but Borg still on his back and working for the choke. 10-9 Borg...would be a 10-8 with the new scoring, which is not in place tonight. 

Borg with another takedown early in the round, his sixth of the fight. Bontorin right up, but Borg maintaining control. He gets another one, which matches his personal best but again Bontorin right up. This is very similar to the Dvalishvili fight earlier at this point. Borg on Bontorin's back and working for a choke again. Bontorin manages to get him off the back but Borg still controlling his body and tossing him around like a rag doll. Borg throws him down again for his 8th takedown. Borg landing elbows to the head on the ground and he looks to be content to just keep it there with just over a minute left. Bontoring trying to get to his feet and Borg landing punches to the body to keep him down. Bontorin up and Borg slams him back down again with 10 seconds left. 10-8 Borg, 30-26 overall

Official result - Ray Borg (13-4) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 30-25)

All media scores were for Borg with 50% having it 30-26 and 25% each having 30-27 and 30-25. 

> Brok Weaver (14-4, 0-0 UFC) vs. Kazula Vargas (11-3, 0-1 UFC)

Vargas the aggressor to start, landing hard leg kicks that are affecting Weaver. Vargas with a punch combo and then gets a takedown. Weaver trying to use a front choke to get to his feet but Vargas fights it off. Vargas with punches to the body but Weaver secures a gullotine. Crowd reacting strongly but Vargas escapes and maintains top position. Vargas with more punches to the body and head. Weaver to his feet with just over a minute left. Weaver looking for a Kimura but Vargas takes him down again and lands an illegal knee right to the face that knocks Weaver out. This should be a no contest or a DQ win for Weaver. It did not look the slightest bit accidental. 

Official result - Brok Weaver (15-4) by DQ (illegal knee) at 4:02

> Montana De La Rosa (#12, 10-5, 3-1 UFC) vs. Mara Romero Borella (#13, 13-6 1 NC, 2-2 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

De La Rosa is the 2nd half of the husband/wife combo fighting on this show. Mark is out to corner his wife for this fight. Borella gets an early takedown after catching a kick. Montana up quickly but Borella takes her down again. Montana landing elbows to the face while trying to get to her feet. Ref warns them to work as action is stalling. Borella cut by one of the elbows and bleeding pretty heavily. Montana to her feet and takes the back of Borella and drags her down. Borella right up but Montana on her back like a backpack. Borella shakes her off with a minute left but Montana still controlling the back. Montana hops back on the back with 30 seconds left. Borella landing elbows to the leg as the round ends. 10-9 De La Rosa

Borella landing punches in bunches on the feet but Montana takes her down a minute in. Montana on Borella's back and working for a rear naked choke. Montana landing punches to the body. Ref warns them to work which is weird since Montana is in a dominant position. Montana landing more punches to the head in the last minute while maintaining position. She seems to be working for a Kimura late but there's not enough time. 10-9 De La Rosa...could even go 10-8

Montana landing a little more early in the 3rd than she was in the previous two rounds. Total strikes are almost even for the fight but Montana has had much more control time. Montana knocks Borella down with a bunch and goes right into her guard. Montana landing punches and elbows and seems okay just ending the fight on the ground and securing the win. Montana working for a triangle choke in the last 30 seconds. She doesn't have enough time, though, and end the fight landing punches. 10-9 De La Rosa, 30-27 overall

Official result - Montana De La Rosa (11-5) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

> Diego Sanchez (29-12, 18-12 UFC) vs. Michel Pereira (23-10 2 NC, 1-1 UFC)

Heat for this is insane as Diego is a local and they absolutely hate Pereira, who is dialing up the showboating to about a 13. Pereira does a whacky diving takedown attempt to open but then it settles into a normal fight. Pereira controlling the Octagon and lands a hard front kick that clearly hurts Sanchez. He lands a flying knee that may have dropped hiim but he got right up so it could've been a slip. Crow loudly chanting DIEGO. Pereira blocks a takedown attempt with 90 seconds left. Sanchez chasing him around in the last 30 seconds but not landing anything. 10-9 Pereira 

Pereira again controlling the action early in round 2. He partially lands with a flying knee but Sanchez stays up. Sanchez not doing much of anything. When he does throw strikes most of them are not even coming close as he's giving up a lot of reach. Sanchez grabs a leg after a flying knee attempt by Pereira but can't get the takedown. Pereira lands a right cross that backs Sanchez up with 90 seconds left and that almost seemed to wake him up as Sanchez landed his best punches of the fight right after. Pereira lands a hard knee to the head that backs up Sanchez though. Pereira does land a flying knee but Sanchez stays up with 30 seconds left. Pereira lands a German suplex to finish the round. 10-9 Pereira

Pereira gets a takedown a minute in to the second and then tries some weird diving thing that misses badly. He takes Sanchez down again but then just backs off, forcing Sanchez up. Pereira partially lands a jumping knee. Pereira gets a Thai clinch and lands hard knees. Sanchez goes down and Pereira lands a knee. The ref doesn't immediately stop it, though, and has the ref check on Sanchez. The knee opened a cut on Sanchez' forehead. This could end up being a DQ win for Sanchez. Pereira is definitely losing a point. Sanchez says he can't continue so it's a DQ win for him. 

Official result - Diego Sanchez (30-12) by DQ (illegal knee)

The story here is that the doctor said that Sanchez was okay to keep fighting. Sanchez said he couldn't see because of the blood and asked ref Jason Herzog if it would be a DQ if he couldn't continue. Herzog wouldn't answer that question, which was the correct thing to do, and then asked him again if he could continue. He said no and the fight was called off. Sanchez basically got the win in a fight he was losing badly by quitting but there is no excuse for Pereira landing a clearly illegal knee. 

> Corey Anderson (#5, 13-4, 10-4 UFC) vs. Jan Blachowicz (#6, 25-8, 8-5 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

They refuse to touch gloves at the start. Jon Jones is cageside watching the fight that will likely determine the next contender for his belt. Both guys keeping their distance early and landing occasional shots to feel each other out. Neither guy establishing any kind of Octagon control either. Blachowicz landing the harder shots but Anderson is slightly more active through the first 3 minutes. Blachowicz drops Anderson with a counter punch as Anderson is moving in and it's over. He landed one more hard shot on the ground before the ref stopped it. Blachowicz immediately gets into a war of words with Jones at cageside. 

Official result - Jan Blachowicz (26-8) by KO (punch) at 3:08

Jones is standing on his chair, leading the crowd in chants before the official decision is read. Blachowicz, of course, asked for a fight with Jon Jones. Jones grinning from ear to ear and seems up for it.