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UFC on ESPN+ 43 live results: Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 43: Blaydes vs. Lewis, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Octagon hosts its second heavyweight main event in the month of February as the Fight Capital Of The World sees the UFC remain home for the third straight week with another full fight card.

Curtis Blaydes puts his four-fight win streak on the line when he takes on Derrick Lewis, who holds a three-fight win streak, in the night's five-round headline bout. They were originally slated to meet in a main event in November, but it ended up getting cancelled the week of the fight after Blaydes tested positive for COVID. The winner could find themselves in line for a title shot at heavyweight, depending on the outcomes of several other things.

Also on the main card, Ketlen Vieira looks to get closer to a title shot in the women's bantamweight division when she battles Yana Kunitskaya, Charles Rosa meets Darrick Minner in a featherweight bout, and a pair of heavyweight fights take place as Aleksei Oleinik takes on Chris Daukaus, and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski takes on Tom Aspinall.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.


> Serghei Spivac (11-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Jared Vanderaa (11-4, 0-0 UFC)

Vanderaa with early Octagon control. Both guys landing a lot of shots and then Spivac lands a takedown 30 seconds in. Spivac controlling the back and landing punches to the head as Vanderaa attempts to get to his feet. He's up at 1:15. Spivac controlling the clinch and takes him down again at 1:45 and moves right into half guard. Spivac landing punches and elbows on the ground. Vanderaa landing light punches from his back that aren't doing much damage. Spivac landing just enough from the top to avoid a standup. Vanderaa is managing to keep him in guard but that's about the only effective thing he's doing on the ground. More punches and elbows to the head from Spivac with a minute left. Spivac rides out the round on top to take it easily. 10-9 Spivac

Vanderaa lands a head kick but Spivac responds by taking him down 30 seconds in. And as that happens, my tweet showed up on the screen saying it will be a long night for Vanderaa if he can't avoid the takedown. Spivac a little more active on top in this round, landing more punches and elbows and Vanderaa is already looking gassed. He also told his corner "I'm off", which isn't a good sign. Vanderaa is busted up between his eyes from the elbows with 2 minutes left and bleeding pretty heavily. Vanderaa turtles up and Spivac landing a ton of shots as he's literally smelling blood. Spivac not fighting back at all and eating a ton of shots. Spivac takes the back and secures a body lock as he lands more punches. Spivac landing power punches and this really needs to be stopped. Ref finally stops it with 30 seconds left. 

Official result - Sergey Spivac (12-2) by TKO (punches) at 4:32 of the 2nd round

> Aiemann Zahabi (7-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Drako Rodriguez (7-1, 0-0 UFC)
Bantamweights* (Rodriguez missed weight by 4.5 pounds)

Rodriguez establishes Octagon control right away and lands the first few strikes as well. Rodriguez landing some hard punches. He moves in to clinch but Zahabi takes control. Rodriguez breaks free quickly. Rodriguez landing nice leg kicks. Zahabi with a nice punch combo at 1:45. Rodriguez landing nice uppercuts. Punch/kick combo at the midway point of the round from Rodriguez. Zahabi drops Rodriguez with a counter shot and the ref moves in right away to stop it. Rodriguez was out like a light and quick and took several seconds to get up after the stoppage. 

Official result - Aiemann Zahabi (8-2) by KO (punch)

> Chas Skelly (18-4, 7-4 UFC) vs. Jamall Emmers (18-5, 1-1 UFC)

Chas Skelly did his walkout and was waiting in the Octagon for several minutes. It was announced on the broadcast that Emmers was suffering back spasms backstage and the fight was cancelled. It sucks for him because he hadn't fought since September 2019. His first question was whether or not he would get his win bonus. 

> Shana Dobson (4-4, 2-3 UFC) vs. Casey O'Neill (5-0, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Note: TSN in Canada decided to air PGA Golf on the channel that was supposed to be airing the UFC. They put the fights up on their website and I spent the entirety of this fight trying to figure out where on the site that they were and it was pretty much impossible to watch them on an iPhone and stream to a TV. Notes from Ryan Frederick enabled me to give you the following:

Both ladies landed early in the first before O'Neill got a takedown. Dobson was up fairly quickly but O'Neill continued to dominate on the feet. O'Neill took her back and took her down again and maintained top position for the rest of the round and won it easily. 10-9 O'Neill

O'Neill dominated right from the start of the second round. She was landing a lot on the ground and trying to set up submissions and Dobson couldn't really do anything to stop her. She eventually landed so much that the ref was forced to stop it as Dobson wasn't fighting back. Stoppage was a little late. 

Official result - Casey O'Neill (6-0) by TKO (punches) at 3:41 of round 2. 

> Nate Landwehr (14-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. Julian Erosa (24-8, 2-4 UFC)

Julian Erosa knocked out Landwehr early in the first with a flying knee. Landwehr was up quickly and protesting but it was a good stoppage. 

Official result - Julian Erosa (25-8) by KO (knee) at 56 seconds

> Eddie Wineland (24-14-1, 6-8 UFC) vs. John Castaneda (17-5, 0-1 UFC)

Wineland controlling the Octagon for most of the first and slightly more active. Castaneda starting to find his range in the second half of the round. Wineland got a knockdown/takedown with 2 minutes left. Castaneda throwing upkicks from his back and Wineland backed off and let him up. Late in the round, Castaneda landed a nice combo that knocked Wineland down and he landed a bunch of punches on the ground and ref Jason Herzog stopped it. Seemed a tad early and there was only about 15 seconds left. Wineland was up quickly protesting. 

Official result - John Castaneda (18-5) by TKO (punches) at 4:44

> Jared Gordon (16-4, 4-3 UFC) vs. Danny Chavez (11-3, 1-0 UFC)
Featherweights* (Gordon missed weight by 4 pounds)

Gordon lands a nice punch combo 1 minute in. Gordon controlling the Octagon. Chavez is landing punches while backing up. Nice punch exchange with both guys landing nice shots 90 seconds in. Chavez with a great punch combo. Chavez lands a hard low blow. Gordon only took about 40 seconds to recover. Gordon with a nice kick combo on the restart. Gordon lands a couple of leg kicks but eats a punch combo with 2 minutes left. Gordon continuing to push the pace. They trade hard leg kicks with 45 seconds left. Gordon with an 11-6 advantage in leg kicks landed. Gordon blocked on a takedown attempt. Nice punch exchange at the end of the round. Close. 10-9 Gordon

Chavez scored a takedown to start round 2 but Gordon got right up. Both guys landing hard shots. Chavez chases down Gordon with a punch combo. Chavez does seem to be tiring a bit and Gordon is still pushing the pace. Gordon gets a takedown 90 seconds in. Gordon landing punches  to keep his position and Chavez seems content to stay on his back. Chavez does try to get up at the midway point of the round but Gordon does a good job pushing him back down and landing more punches to the body and head. Chavez cut on his forehead and bleeding a bit and he's barely even fighting back. Not really close to a stoppage but Gordon is very dominant. Chavez briefly gets up but Gordon throws him down with just over a minute left. Gordon still landing punches to the body and head. Gordon moves into half guard and lands some elbows to the head with 15 seconds left. 10-8 Gordon, 20-17 overall

Both guys landing leg kicks to open the third. Gordon lands a leg kick combo that rocks Chavez 45 seconds in. Gordon controlling the pace as he looks for an opening for a takedown. Chavez lands a nice punch combo 2 minutes in. Gordon gets a takedown in the centre of the cage. Gordon trying to advance position and not landing as much as he did in the seconds. He's doing enough to avoid a standup, though. Chavez trying to establish a body lock from the bottom and that's when Gordon starts landing more punches. Chavez to his feet but eats a knee to the head on the way up. He weathers that and stays up. Gordon clinches up on the cage with a minute left. Chavez tries to get away but Gordon keeps control with 30 seconds left. Gordon working hard for a takedown as the fight winds down. Chavez breaks away and throwing weak punches as the horn sounds. 10-9 Gordon, 30-26 overall

Official result - Jared Gordon (17-4) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-28)

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


> Andrei Arlovski (30-19 2 NC, 19-13 1 NC UFC) vs. Tom Aspinall (9-2, 2-0 UFC)

Arlovski lands the first punch combo 20 seconds in. Aspinall comes back with some hard punches. Arlovski weathers that and lands some more. Both guys landing a lot early and it won't last long at this pace. Aspinall lands a couple hard leg kicks. Aspinall backs up Arlovski with punches at the 90 second mark. Ref yelling at Arlovski to fight back. He does and clinches with Aspinall but he's busted open 2 minutes in. Aspinall with a 28-8 advantage in significant strikes landed. This is officially the longest fight of Aspinall's UFC career but he still looks fresh. Arlovski seems okay despite the blood. Arlovski chases Aspinall down with a series of punches but misses on almost all of them. Aspinall clinches up on the cage with 90 seconds left. Ref warns them to work pretty quickly. Aspinall tries some foot stomps. Ref warns them again with 45 seconds left. More foot stomps from Aspinall. Aspinall with knees to the legs. Arlovsky breaks free with 30 seconds left. Both guys land hard shots in a nice exchange with 10 seconds left. 10-9 Aspinall

Arlovski lands a hard kick to open round 2. Nice punch combo from Arlovski 30 seconds in. Arlovski was very confident in his corner but Aspinall does not seem tired. Aspinall takes him down and takes the back. He secures a rear naked choke and Arlovski taps quickly. 

Official result. - Tom Aspinall (10-2) by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:09 of the 2nd round

This was just the 2nd loss by submission of Arlovski's long career. The first was to Josh Barnett in 2016. 

> Phil Hawes (9-2, 1-0 UFC) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (9-2, 1-0 UFC)

Both guys landing hard leg kicks to start. Hawes controlling the pace early. Hawes lands a nice punch combo after some more leg kicks. Kicks are already bothering Imavov a minute in as he almost drops from one. Imvavov also cut on the face from the punches. Hawes clinches up on the cage 90 seconds in. Nothing much happening in the clinch and the ref not even warning them. Hawes lands some light shots to the body. 90 seconds left and the ref is still letting this stalemate go. Hawes finally gets him down with just over a minute left. Imavov right up but Hawes throws him down and moves into half guard. Hawes landing punches to the body. Ref warning Imavov to stay busy even though Hawes has him tied up. Hawes takes the back as the round ends. 10-9 Hawes

Hawes goes right to the cage clinch to start the 2nd and just mauling Imavov. Ref gives him his first warning to stay busy 2 minutes in. Imavov manages to break free. Imavov lands a nice punch combo that rocks Hawes. Hawes is retreating for the first time iin the fight but he takes down Imavov as he moves in for more punishment. Imavov trying to get to his feet and Hawes controlling the back. Hawes takes him down again as Imavov is attempting a Kimura. Hawes escapes that and ends up in half guard with 90 seconds left. Hawes threatens a back take as Imavov tries to escape. Hawes not doing much on top but enough to avoid a standup. 10-9 Hawes, 20-18

Imavov moving forward to start the third. He's in desparation mode as he knows he needs a finish. Hawes quickly establishes Octagon control though. Imavov lands a nice punch combo 2 minutes in. Hawes clinches up on the cage. Imavov with a weak guillotine attempt that Hawes fights off easily. Ref warns them to stay busy with just over 2 minutes left. Ref actually slaps Hawes and yells at him for grabbing the fence. Imavov rocks Hawes with punches as they break free of the clinch. Hawes looks almost out on his feet but manages to clinch up and push him back to the cage. That was a near finish with just under 90 seconds left. Hawes just laying all of his body weight against Imavov on the cage. Ref yelling at him to quit grabbing the fence. Imavov rocks Hawes with a knee with 20 seconds left. Hawes looks ready to collaps but Imavov can't finish him. Fight ends on the cage. 10-8 Imavov, 28-28 draw

Official result - Phil Hawes (10-2) by majority decision (28-28; 29-28 x 2)

Media scores were 72% for Hawes, 17% for Imavov and 11% had it a draw. 

> Aleksei Oleinik (#10, 59-14-1, 8-5 UFC) vs. Chris Daukaus (10-3, 2-0 UFC)

Oleinik advancing to start. Daukaus quickly goes to a cage clinch. Might not be a good move to get so close to the submission expert. Oleinik trying to pull guard but Daukaus landing punches to the head. Oleinik gets back up but he's taking a lot of punishment. Daukaus backing off, which is smart. Oleinik does land some nice punches from distance. Daukaus stumbles and almost falls but stays on his feet. Daukaus with a punch combo and a knee to the head. Daukaus just unloading on Oleinik. Ref warning him to fight back and he isn't and he has no choice but to stop it. 

Official result - Chris Daukaus (11-3) by TKO (punches) at 1:55

> Charles Rosa (13-4, 4-4 UFC) vs. Darrick Minner (25-11, 1-1 UFC)

Minner lands some leg kicks to start. Rosa grabs him with a choke attempt but Minner escapes. They trade hard leg kicks 45 seconds in. Minner backs him up with a punch combo. They clinch up and Minner lands some nice shots to the body. Rosa backs up Minner with a kick and tries to pull him to the ground but Minner gets up and then takes him down. Minner working for a guillotine from the top. Rosa fights that off and goes for a triangle and then a Kimura from his back. Minner briefly into side control but Rosa works him back to guard. Rosa again trying to set up a triangle or an armbar. Rosa with a kneebar attempt. Minner still maintaining top position through all of this. Rosa throws up another triangle attempt with 90 seconds left but Minner escapes that. Minner landing elbows and punches to the head from top position. Both guys trying leg locks at the same time with 30 seconds left. Rosa transitions his to a kneebar. Minner trying to punch out of it. Rosa throwing punches to the head while trying to secure what is essentially a calf slicer as the round ends. 10-9 Minner

Minner on the attack to start and knocks down Rosa with a punch combo. Minner takes the back as Rosa kind of turtles up. Minner moves into mount 45 seconds as he's setting up a head and arm choke. Rosa works him back to guard 1:15 in. Minner still seems to be working toward the triangle. Minner to his feet 90 seconds in but Rosa stays on his back. Minner goes back into his guard. Rosa trying to capture an arm from his back but Minner fights him off. Rosa with a triangle attempt at 2:15. Minner fights that off and Rosa now working for an armbar. Minner moves back into mount with 2 minutes left. Rosa quickly works hiim back to guard. Minner with a guillotine attempt but Rosa fights it off. Rosa gives up his back and gets to his feet. Minner still on his back with a body lock secures. Rosa jumps backward to try and shake him off but it doesn't work and Minner moves into mount. Minner landing punches to the body as he's setting up the head and arm choke. He crosses over and secures it and Rosa is in desparation mode with 45 seconds left. He escapes and is working for an armbar. Minner escapes that and takes the back again. Minner landing elbows to the head with 15 seconds left. Rosa with an armbar attempt as the round ends. 10-9 Minner, 20-18

Rosa's corner told him that it's 1-1 which I think was bad advice. He absolutely needs a finish. And Michael Bisping said on commentary that it was 2 10-8 rounds for Minner, which is also not true. Minner gets a takedown to start the third. Rosa to his feet 1:15 in but Minner takes him down again. Rosa with a Kimura attempt from his back but Minner doing a good job fighting it off. Minner escapes that and maintains top position. Rosa looking for another armbar from his back. Rosa also attempting a triangle at the same time midway through the round. Rosa is busted open from the ground and pound of Minner but still working for subs from his back. Some of them look close but there's so much sweat and blood, it's hard to secure anything. Minner takes the back with a minute left and secures a body lock. Rosa manages to break the body lock but Minner maintaining control. Rosa working for a Kimura but he's in bad position. Rosa landing elbows to the head with 20 seconds left. Minner is very tired but hangs on for the win. 10-9 Minner, 30-27

Official result - Darrick Minner (26-11) by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 and 29-27)

Media scores were all for Minner and pretty evenly split between 30-26 and 30-27. 

> Ketlen Vieira (#6, 11-1, 5-1 UFC) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (#7, 13-5 1 NC, 3-2 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights* (Vieira missed weight by 2 pounds)

Vieira immediately establishes Octagon control and goes right to the cage in a clinch. Vieira gets a takedown 45 seconds in. Kunitskaya gets up quickly while landing punches to the head but Vieira maintains clinch control. Kunitskaya with some needs to the body as she tries to break free. Kunitskaya ends up taking control 90 seconds in. More knees to the body from Kunitskaya and Vieira takes her down again but this time in the center. Vieira trying to set up an arm triangle but Kunitskaya landing punches from her back. Vieira trying to advance to mount but gets stalled in half guard. Vieira gets mount with 2 minutes left. Kunitskaya quickly works her back to half guard. Vieira trying to set up the head and arm choke. Kunitskaya throwing punches from her back. Vieira not landing many strikes from the top but constantly trying to advance position. Vieira lands some punches with 30 seconds left. 10-9 Vieira 

Vieira lans a nice punch combo to start the 2nd. Kunitskaya goes to the cage clinch 20 seconds in. Kunitskaya gets a takedown 40 seconds in after eating some strikes to the ahead which were essentially slaps. Vieira looks like she's working for a sub from her back. She briefly secures a body lock. Kunitskaya breaks that up and lands punches and elbows to the head. Vieira throws up a triangle attempt but Kunitskaya just punching out of everything. Vieira with a triangle/armbar attempt 2 minutes in. Kunitskaya defends that and lands more body punches. Vieira secures the leg and working for a kneebar. Kunitskaya stands up and Vieira follows her. Kunitskaya still controlling the clinch. Vieira takes her down with 75 seconds left but Kunitskaya takes the back. They both get to their feet but Kunitskaya still on her back. Kunitskaya drags her down again. Vieira working for a Kimura from her back. Their control time is almost even as the round winds down. Kunitskaya landing hard elbows with 15 seconds left. Both to their feet right before the horn. 19-19 with round 2 for Kunitskaya 

Kunitskaya landing leg kicks to start round 2. Total strikes are 132-12 for Kunitskaya after 2 rounds with huge advantages in both rounds. Most of those in the first were from her back and not doing damage. Vieira gets a takedown 1 minute in and trying to move into mount. She ends up in half guard. Kunitskaya again landing punches from her back. Vieira working for an arm triangle. Kunitskaya appears to be finally tiring. Vieira moves into mount 2 minutes in. Kunitskaya still throwing depsaration strikes from her back and manages to move Vieira back into guard briefly but Vieira moves into mount again. Vieira takes the back and secures a body lock with 2 minutes left and is working for a rear naked choke. Kunitskaya landing punches from behind to the head. Vieira still working for the choke. Kunitskaya still landing a lot of strikes and this could end up being a unique fight in that Kunitskaya is landing 10x the amount of strikes but will probably lose the fight. Kunitskaya continuing to land a lot of strikes and she reverses position and gets to the top with 20 seconds left. She's unloading with punches and elbows as the fight ends. 10-9 Vieira, 29-28 overall

Official result - Yana Kunitskaya (14-5) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Kunitskaya likely stole that fight in the last 20 seconds flurry after she reversed position. Total strikes were 178-16 for Kunitskaya. Vieira had 3 takedowns to zero, though, and had the majorify of control time in both the first and third rounds. 

Media scores were 78% for Vieira but this was in no way a robbery. More like a fight being scored like it should be rather than how it usually is. Even my score was more based on how things are usually scored as opposed to how they should be. 

> Curtis Blaydes (#2, 14-2 1 NC, 9-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Derrick Lewis (#4, 24-7 1 NC, 15-5 UFC)

Blaydes dancing around early and Lewis just standing there. Blaydes moves in for a takedown and Lewis lands a hard shot that rocks Blaydes and he backs off. Lewis lands a punch combo. Blaydes lands a shot that backs Lewis up to the cage and he looks like he's setting up for something bigger, like a cocked gun. Lewis throws some kicks that just miss. Blaydes has some damage on his nose from that one nice shot that Lewis landed. Blaydes lands a punch combo that rocks Lewis. Lewis has had his back to the cage almost the whole round. Lewis lands a nice punch combo when Blaydes moves in with 2 minutes left. Both land nice shots in a wild exchange and then Blaydes almost drops Lewis with a leg kick. That exchange has Blaydes ahead on the round where not much has happened. Lewis is hurt after eating a shot and then Blaydes lands a knee to the head but Lewis stays on his feet. Blaydes landing more leg kicks. Blaydes with a punch combo at the end of the round but then an eye poke just after the 10 second warning. 10-9 Blaydes

Blaydes lands a nice punch combo 10 seconds in and then attempts a takedown. Lewis defends that well. Blaydes with a 27-3 advantage in significant strikes landed. Blaydes moves in for a takedown and Lewis knocks him out cold. 

Official result - Derrick Lewis (25-7) by KO