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UFC on ESPN 27 live results: Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 27: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fans are allowed into the UFC APEX for the first time for this event, and the UFC is treating them to an interesting bantamweight bout that has been very anticipated, which features a former champion returning in a fight that could have title shot implications on the line.

Second-ranked bantamweight Cory Sandhagen looks to earn a title shot as he welcomes back former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw to the Octagon. Sandhagen is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes, and has won nine of his last ten. Dillashaw returns from a two-year USADA suspension, last seen in action on the losing end of a 32-second knockout loss to Henry Cejudo in January 2019 in his quest to become a two-division champion.

Also on the main card, Kyler Phillips squares off with Raulian Paiva in a bantamweight bout, featherweights Darren Elkins and Darrick Minner meet, women's flyweight prospects Miranda Maverick and Maycee Barber do battle, and exciting bantamweight prospects Adrian Yanez and Randy Costa open the main card.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

ESPN PRELIMS | 4 PM ET/1 PM PT

> Diana Belbita (13-6, 0-2 UFC) vs. Hannah Goldy (5-1, 0-1 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Belbita with a combo and a leg kick to start. They trade and Goldy throwing high kicks which are landing. They trade kicks. Goldy with another high kick and Belbita with a low kick. They trade kicks. They trade and clinch against the fence. They break and both looking for openings. Belbita with a leg kick. Belbita drops Goldy with a right hand and lands some punches but Goldy gets up and Belbita is still teeing off and lands some punches and a big right hand. Goldy able to survive and gets a takedown. They get to their feet and break. They trade kicks and Belbita with a combo. They clinch and trade knees. Goldy landing more knees as she controls. They break and Belbita lands a big combo at the end. 10-9 Belbita.

Goldy throwing the high kick as Belbita is landing the leg kick. They trade punches. Goldy lands a combo. Belbita lands a right hand. They clinch and both land before breaking but they clinch back up. Goldy lands a knee. They trade knees. Goldy landing some knees. They break. Belbita with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Belbita with a left hook to the body. Goldy lands a right hand. Belbita lands the jab. Belbita lands a combo and Goldy lands a nice head kick. They trade late. 10-9 Belbita, 20-18 Belbita.

They trade to start the third. They continue to trade punches. Belbita with a high kick. Belbita with a leg kick. Goldy lands a right hand. Belbita rocks Goldy with a right hand and lands a bunch of follow-up punches but Goldy survives and looks for a takedown but they clinch. They trade foot stomps. They break and Goldy with a high kick. They trade in close range. Goldy gets a takedown and gets the mount and is landing big punches and elbows at the end but can't get the finish. 10-9 Goldy, 29-28 Belbita. 

Official Result- Diana Belbita def. Hannah Goldy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

> Sijara Eubanks (#13 WBW, 6-6, 4-4 UFC) vs. Elise Reed (4-0, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Eubanks gets a takedown and is working from the top. She looks for a kimura but turns back to landing punches. Eubanks gets the mount and is landing punches and elbows. Eubanks moves to side control and lands and then goes back to the half-guard and gets back the mount and starts landing punches and gets the finish. Dominant win by Eubanks.

Official Result- Sijara Eubanks def. Elise Reed by TKO (punches) at 3:49 of Round 1

> Julio Arce (16-4, 3-2 UFC) vs. Andre Ewell (17-7, 4-3 UFC)
Bantamweights

Ewell with the jab. Arce with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Ewell with a body kick. Ewell with a front kick and Arce grabs the leg and lands a left hand. Arce with a combo. Both are landing but Arce is pushing forward more. Arce lands a nice combo. Arce lands more in close range but Ewell landed a couple of shots. Ewell with a leg kick. Ewell with a leg kick. Arce with a flurry in close and they clinch and they stay there until the horn to end the first. 10-9 Arce.

Ewell with a leg kick. Both landing punches and Arce with a leg kick. Arce with a left hook to the body. Both missing their punching opportunities. Arce with a leg kick. Arce rocks Ewell with a left hand and Ewell is hurt and wobbly. Arce then starts unloading with punches and the fight is stopped. Big standing TKO finish by Arce.

Official Result- Julio Arce def. Andre Ewell by TKO (punches) at 3:45 of Round 2

> Mickey Gall (6-3, 5-3 UFC) vs. Jordan Williams (9-4 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Welterweights

Williams with a leg kick. Williams with another leg kick and a combo. They clinch and Gall lands a right hand on the inside and gets a takedown. Gall went for a guillotine but they scrambled up. Gall lands a right hand and then looks for a takedown against the fence. He lands an elbow as they break. They each land a leg kick at the same time. Williams lands a left hand. They trade punches. We have an eye poke on Gall and a pause in the action. They trade and Gall lands a right hand and Williams gets a takedown. Gall went for a guillotine but rolls to the mount and then gets the back and is looking for a choke. He has it locked in deep and Williams taps. Impressive stoppage by Gall.

Official Result- Mickey Gall def. Jordan Williams by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 1

> Nassourdine Imavov (9-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ian Heinisch (14-4, 3-3 UFC)
Middleweights

Imavov with a right hand and Heinisch clinches up against the fence. They break. Heinisch with a high kick. Heinisch with a leg kick. He lands two more. Imavov with the jab and tries a flying knee but lands a left hand and has the back. Imavov with some knees and tries a takedown and Heinisch gets warned about grabbing the fence. Imavov with an elbow as they stay tied up. They break and Heinisch has a cut. Imavov lands a right hand and Heinisch with a leg kick. Heinisch with an overhand right. He lands two leg kicks. Heinisch lands a left hand. Heinisch with a leg kick. He lands another. Heinisch with a hard leg kick and then another. They trade late. 10-9 Imavov.

Heinisch with a leg kick. They were trading and Imavov gets a takedown. They quickly work to their feet and break. Heinisch with a leg kick and Imavov lands a left hand. Imavov lands a knee. Imavov with a punch and Heinisch stumbles back and Imavov lands some punches to the body. Imavov lands a knee and Heinisch falls to his knee and Imavov starts pouring it on with punches and it is stopped. Big win for Imavov.

Official Result- Nassourdine Imavov def. Ian Heinisch by TKO (punches) at 3:09 of Round 2

> Punahele Soriano (8-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Brendan Allen (16-4, 4-1 UFC)
Middleweights

Soriano with a high kick then another. Allen with a leg kick and a left hand. Soriano lands against the fence as Allen covers up. Allen with a body kick. Soriano with a nice left hand. Soriano with two more left hands. Allen with a body kick. Allen with a right hand to the body. Soriano with a combo. Soriano with a high kick then a left hand. Allen with a body kick and Soriano lands a counter right hand. Allen with a couple of knees. Allen with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Soriano with a flurry and Allen counters with a hard right hand. Allen with a body kick. Soriano with a hard left hand. Allen with a body kick. 10-9 Soriano.

Allen with a body kick. Soriano with a left hand. Allen with a left hand to the body then a knee. Allen with a leg kick. Soriano with a left hand. Allen with a jumping knee then a right hand. Soriano with a left hand. Allen tries a takedown but Soriano defends. Allen with a body kick. Allen landing more now. Soriano with a left hand to the body. Allen with a right hand. Allen with a combo ending with a body kick. Allen with a right hand. Allen with a body kick. Soriano with a head kick but Allen blocks it. Soriano with a left hand. Allen with a body kick. 10-9 Allen, 19-19.

Allen with a leg kick. Allen with another body kick. Soriano backs him up with a left hand. Soriano with a high kick. Soriano with a left hand and then lands another. Allen with a body kick. Allen with a leg kick. Allen with another body kick. Allen with another body kick then another. Allen with a combo. Soriano lands a left hand. Allen with a right hand then a knee after Soriano lands. Allen with a body kick then a jumping knee. They trade late. 10-9 Allen, 29-28 Allen.

Official Result- Brendan Allen def. Punahele Soriano by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ESPN MAIN CARD | 7 PM ET/4 PM PT

> Adrian Yanez (13-3, 2-0 UFC) vs. Randy Costa (6-1, 2-1 UFC)
Bantamweights

Costa throwing leg kicks. Costa with a jab. Costa landing lots of punches early as he's landing the jab. Costa with a nice combo then lands a nice jab. Costa with a body kick and then landing the jab again. Costa continuing to land the jab. Costa with a right hand. Yanez has landed a few punches but Costa staying super active and really landing the jab then follows with a right hand. Yanez lands a right hand and is bleeding. Yanez with another right hand. Costa with a head kick. They both are landing but Costa with more volume. 10-9 Costa.

Costa with a leg kick. Yanez with a high kick and they trade in close range. Costa with a combo. They trade jabs. Yanez with a combo. Yanez with a combo and he's pouring it on.Yanez with a combo to the body and Yanez lands an uppercut which drops Costa to his knees. Yanez with a flurry of punches on the ground and he's pouring it on and gets the stoppage. What a comeback for Yanez after Costa controlled the fight early on.

Official Result- Adrian Yanez def. Randy Costa by TKO (punches) at 2:11 of Round 2

> Miranda Maverick (#13, 9-2, 2-0 UFC) vs. Maycee Barber (#14, 8-2, 3-2 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Barber with a right hand as Maverick lands a leg kick. Maverick with a high kick. Maverick with a leg kick. Maverick with a high kick that just misses. Maverick with a left hand. Maverick with an uppercut. Maverick with a combo then a high kick. They trade near the fence and Barber lands a left hook. Barber lands a right hand. Maverick with a body kick. Maverick with a left hand. Maverick with a body kick. Maverick wth another high body kick. 10-9 Maverick.

Maverick pressing forward to start the second and lands a body kick. Maverick with a leg kick. They trade in close range and clinch. Maverick lands some knees against the fence. They break and Barber lands a left hand on the break. Barber with a left hand and they clinch and Barber gets a takedown but Maverick has the whizzer and they scramble up. They clinch against the fence. They break and are trading. Maverick gets a quick takedown and has the back and is working for the choke. Maverick with the back and landing as the round ends. 10-9 Maverick, 20-18 Maverick.

Maverick with a leg kick. Barber with a leg kick. They clinch and Barber lands before they break. Maverick landing the kick as Barber is lunging in. They trade in close range and Maverick with a left hand. Barber lands a left hand. Barber gets a takedown and has the back and lands. Maverick gets to her feet. Barber gets Maverick back down but they stand and break. Barber lands after they break. Maverick with a left hand. They clinch and Barber has body control. Barber has control and lands a spinning elbow as they break. Maverick with a leg kick. They clinch at the end. 10-9 Barber, 29-28 Maverick.

Official Result- Maycee Barber def. Miranda Maverick by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

> Darren Elkins (25-9, 15-8 UFC) vs. Darrick Minner (26-11, 2-1 UFC)
Featherweights

Minner with a leg kick and Elkins lands a left hook. Minner with a right hand and grabs the neck looking for a guillotine. They break and Elkins looking for the takedown. He gets it and Minner looking for a front choke but Elkins escapes and is on top and lands. Minner now escapes to the back and ends up in the mount and looks for a mounted triangle choke. He has an armbar locked in but Elkins gets out of it. Elkins now looking for a choke but Minner escapes and looks for a choke. Minner with some big punches as he has the back. Elkins rolls to attack the legs but Minner lands some big elbows then some punches. Minner landing punches then gets in the guard of Elkins. Elkins with some short punches from his back. Minner with some short elbows. 10-9 Minner.

Minner gets an early takedown. Elkins tries for a guillotine but Minner spins out and takes the back of Elkins. Elkins then is able to get to the top and lands punches and now is attacking for an arm-triangle choke. Elkins with big punches as he has the crucifix position. Elkins with big punches and some elbows. Elkins with more big elbows and is in dominant position and in control. Elkins with left hands and Minner is just laying there. Elkins with a big flurry of punches. Elkins gets the back and is landing big punches from the back. Minner covering up but eating shots and it is stopped. Big comeback win for Elkins.

Official Result- Darren Elkins def. Darrick Minner by TKO (punches) at 3:48 of Round 2

> Kyler Phillips (#14, 9-1, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raulian Paiva (#12 FLW, 20-3, 2-2 UFC)
Bantamweights

Phillips with a body kick and Paiva lands some right hands. Phillips with a body kick and then drops Pavia with a left hand but lets him back up. Paiva lands a combo. Phillips lands and Paiva looks for a takedown. Phillips switches but Paiva able to get the back. They break. Phillips with a left hand and then lands a right hand. Paiva shoots for a takedown and Phillips lands and they stand and break. Phillips with a right hand and tries a wheel kick but falls to the mat and Paiva jumps on top. Phillips looks for a triangle but Paiva gets in his guard. Phillips escapes and gets on top in side control and gets to the mount but moves to half-guard and lands an elbow and some punches. They get to their feet and break. Phillips hurts Paiva with a right hand. He lands another. Phillips with a huge elbow and gets Paiva down and is landing big punches and elbows but Paiva survives the round. 10-8 Phillips.

Paiva swinging to start the second but Phillips avoids. Paiva ducks under a right hand and goes for a takedown but they scramble down and back up. Phillips with a left hand. Phillips with a leg kick. They both land right hands and Phillips falls for a moment and Paiva landing as Phillips circles away. Paiva with an uppercut to the body and is landing punches as they clinch. Paiva with a right hand. Phillips with a jumping knee to the body. Paiva looks for a takedown but they break. Phillips gets a takedown. They get up and Phillips has body control but they break. Phillips with a combo. Paiva has the body and lands some big right hands. They go to the mat and Phillips takes the back. Phillips landing punches. They break. Phillips with a big right hand. Paiva lands a big right hand. 10-9 Paiva, 19-18 Paiva.

Phillips tries a takedown but Paiva defends. Phillips with a leg kick. They both land right hands. Paiva with a combo. Phillips tries a takedown but Paiva defends and Phillips with a spinning back fist. Paiva with a combo. Phillips misses a spin kick but then scores a takedown. They scramble up. Paiva tries for a takedown and they scramble to the mat and Phillips is looking for an arm for a kimura but lets go. Paiva on top and lands a left hand. Paiva landing from the top. They scramble up and Phillips lands a right hand. 10-9 Paiva, 28-28.

Official Result- Raulian Paiva def. Kyler Phillips by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

> Cory Sandhagen (#2, 14-2, 7-1 UFC) vs. TJ Dillashaw (16-4, 12-4 UFC)
Bantamweights

Sandhagen with a leg kick. Dillashaw with a body kick then a leg kick. They trade punches. Sandhagen with a leg kick. Sandhagen tries a flying knee and Dillashaw catches him and Sandhagen looking for a reverse triangle choke. Dillashaw gets out and is on top. Both landing punches. Dillashaw now in top half control and lands punches but they get to their feet. Dillashaw has the back and is trying for a takedown. Sandhagen with a back elbow. Dillashaw with an elbow as they break. Sandhagen with a leg kick. Dillashaw with a left hand. They both land punches and Dillashaw with a leg kick. Dillashaw lands some right hands and gets the back against the fence. Dillashaw drags it down and Sandhagen grabs the arm but Dillashaw lands some hammerfists. Dillashaw with an elbow as Sandhagen is looking for an arm. Dillashaw with a right hand. Dillashaw with more punches from the top. 10-9 Dillashaw.

Sandhagen with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence as Dillashaw trying to find a takedown. They break. Dillashaw with a body kick. Dillashaw lands some left hands and Sandhagen counters with a combo. Dillashaw with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Sandhagen lands two left hands and Dillashaw trips to the mat and tries a takedown as he scrambles up. Sandhagen with a big right hand. Dillashaw has a big cut open and we have a timeout to check it out. They get back to action and trade. Sandhagen with a flying knee and then a spinning elbow and a combo. Dillashaw lands two right hands. Dillashaw has to be having trouble with his vision with that cut. Dillashaw goes for a takedown and they tie up against the fence. Dillashaw has the back working hard for the takedown. 10-9 Sandhagen, 19-19.

Dillashaw lands some early punches that connected. Sandhagen with the jab. They trade body kicks. They clinch against the fence and Dillashaw looking for the takedown as he has the back. Sandhagen with an elbow. They break. They trade punches. Sandhagen lands a right hand. Dillashaw with a couple of leg kicks and Sandhagen lands some punches. Dillashaw with some more leg kicks. Sandhagen tries a spin kick and Dillashaw grabs him and takes him down and has the back. They scramble up to their feet. Dillashaw with a leg kick and then a right hand. Dillashaw with another leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Dillashaw with jab then a leg kick. Dillashaw pushes it against the fence and they break. Sandhagen goes for a takedown and Dillashaw gets the back and pushes it against the fence. Dillashaw with some short knees. He lands a knee to the head. Sandhagen with a back elbow. Dillashaw with some big punches late. 10-9 Dillashaw, 29-28 Dillashaw.

Dillashaw with a leg kick. He's pressing forward. Dillashaw lands a left hand. They trade punches. Dillashaw with a leg kick and some more. Dillashaw with a leg kick and they clinch. Dillashaw has back control against the fence. They break. Sandhagen with a left hand. Dillashaw with a leg kick. Sandhagen lands a right hand. Dillashaw with a leg kick. They both land in close range. Dillashaw gets the back against the fence. Dillashaw with some knees to the legs. They break and both land in close. Sandhagen with some short punches and Dillashaw looks for a takedown and has back control against the fence. They break. Dillashaw with a right hand. Dillashaw with two leg kicks. He lands another. Sandhagen with a spinning backfist late. 10-9 Sandhagen, 38-38.

Dillashaw with some leg kicks. Dillashaw with some right hands and just misses a left hand. Dillashaw with a body kick. Dillashaw with a leg kick and a right hand. They trade in close range. Dillashaw gets a brief takedown and has the back against the fence as they get up. They break. Dillashaw tries for a takedown as he has the body lock against the fence. They break. Sandhagen with a left to the body. Sandhagen with a left. Dillashaw lands a couple of right hands. They both land punches. They trade again. Dillashaw tries for a takedown. They clinch against the fence. Dillashaw with a combo as they break. They both land in close range. Dillashaw bringing the pressure. Dillashaw with a big left hand and shoots for a takedown. Dillashaw with a leg kick after they break. Sandhagen with a body punch. They trade in close range. They trade late. Super close fight. 10-9 Dillashaw, 48-47 Dillashaw.

Official Result- TJ Dillashaw def. Cory Sandhagen by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)