UFC 231 Results: Two Title Fights, Plus Manuwa & Santos Go To War!

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns

Round One: The round begins with Burns attempting a high kick against Aubin-Mercier, Aubin-Mercier nails Burns with a straight left. Burns cracks a wildly swinging Aubin-Mercier with a counter right, Burns gets Aubin-Mercier against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. Burns scores a takedown on Aubin-Mercier and he gets the open guard, Aubin-Mercier scrambles to his feet and he gets Burns against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Burns drops Aubin-Mercier with a left hook, Burns pounces on a downed Aubin-Mercier with a ton of strikes before getting back control on the ground. Aubin-Mercier starts scrambling as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Burns

Round Two: The round begins with Burns kicking Aubin-Mercier in the midsection, Aubin-Mercier charges forward and he swings away at Burns. Burns again nails Aubin-Mercier with a kick to the midsection, Aubin-Mercier backs up Burns by attacking him with some lefts. Burns catches a leaping Aubin-Mercier with a short right, Aubin-Mercier cracks Burns with a kick to the midsection. Burns then hits Aubin-Mercier with a right to the midsection, Burns then hits Aubin-Mercier with a body kick followed by a right. Aubin-Mercier continuously attacks Burns with two punch combinations, Burns grabs Aubin-Mercier and he gets him against the cage wall. Burns scores a takedown onAubin-Mercier and he gets side control as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Burns (Overall Score: 20-18 for Burns)

Round Three: The round begins with Burns taking a few swings at Aubin-Mercier, Aubin-Mercier gets Burns against the cage wall after landing a knee strike. Burns gets free and he attacks Aubin-Mercier with a multiple punch combination, Burns backs up Aubin-Mercier by landing a kick to the midsection. Burns scores a takedown on Aubin-Mercier and he gets the half guard, Burns transitions to back control against Aubin-Mercier. Burns starts attacking Aubin-Mercier with ground and pound, Aubin-Mercier scrambles and he gets free to get the fight standing again. Burns kicks away at Aubin-Mercier as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Burns (Final Score: 30-27 for Burns)

Official Result: Gilbert Burns def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

#3 Claudia Gadelha vs. #11 Nina Ansaroff

Round One: The round begins with Gadelha nailing a kicking Ansaroff with a counter right, Gadelha comes forward and continues swinging away at Ansaroff. Ansaroff starts attacking Gadelha with some leg kicks, Gadelha gets Ansaroff against the cage wall after an exchange. Gadelha scores a takedown on Ansaroff and she gets the half guard, Gadelha postures up before nailing Ansaroff with a right. Gadelha returns to the half guard while nailing Ansaroff with some more strikes, Ansaroff scrambles to get the fight standing again. Ansaroff nails a swinging Gadelha with a side kick to the face, Ansaroff follows up by hitting Gadelha with an uppercut. Gadelha goes for a takedown and Ansaroff hits her with a three punch combination and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gadelha

Round Two: The round begins with Ansaroff cracking a swinging Gadelha with a counter strike combination, Gadelha grabs Ansaroff and gets her against the cage wall for a short time. Ansaroff starts attacking Gadelha with some leg kicks, Ansaroff keeps Gadelha at a distance by peppering her with jabs. The fighters briefly clinch and exchange a few strikes, Ansaroff cracks a swinging Gadelha with a counter right to the face. Gadelha scores a takedown on Ansaroff and she gets side control, Ansaroff quickly gets Gadelha in her half guard. Gadelha stays in top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ansaroff (Overall Score:19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Gadelha instantly going for takedowns against Ansaroff, Ansaroff attacks Gadelha with a combination. Gadelha then pops Ansaroff with a short right uppercut, Ansaroff starts attacking Gadelha with some leg kicks. Ansaroff keeps Gadelha at a distance by popping her with some jabs, Gadelha grabs a swinging Ansaroff and briefly gets her against the cage wall. Gadelha charges at Ansaroff and takes a few swings at her, Ansaroff nails Gadelha with a front kick to the midsection. Ansaroff also cracks Gadelha with a straight right to the midsection, Ansaroff eats a right before landing an uppercut as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ansaroff (Final Score: 29-28 for Ansaroff)

Official Result: #11 Nina Ansaroff def. #3 Claudia Gadelha by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

#7 Jimi Manuwa vs. #15 (MW) Thiago Santos

Round One: The round begins with Santos rocking a swinging Manuwa with a counter right, Santos rocks Manuwa a second time and briefly drops him. Manuwa gets back up and he eats more rights from Santos while getting him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Santos nails Manuwa with a multiple strike combination. Manuwa again gets Santos up against the cage wall while landing a knee strike, Manuwa separates and he nails Santos with a right. Santos nails Manuwa with a head kick before scoring a takedown, Manuwa scrambles to his feet and he gets Santos against the cage wall. The fighters separate and continue swing away at each other until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Santos

Round Two: The round begins with Manuwa attempting a head kick against Santos, Santos nails a swinging Manuwa with a pair of left hooks. Santos destroys Manuwa with a left cross before dropping him with an uppercut as the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #15 (MW) Thiago Santos def. #7 Jimi Manuwa by KO via punch (0:41, R2)

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