UFC Fight Night Phoenix Results: Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez Headlines, Plus Kron Gracie Debuts

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Main Card (9pm EST., ESPN)

#3 Francis Ngannou def. Cain Velasquez by KO via strikes (0:26, R1)

Paul Felder def. #10 James Vick by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

#12 Cynthia Calvillo def. #11 Cortney Casey by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres by submission via rear naked choke (2:06, R1)

Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena by TKO via strikes (4:54, R3)

Andre Fili def. Myles Jury by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (7pm EST., ESPN)

#7 Aljamain Sterling def. #5 Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Manny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez by submission via d’arce choke (3:09, R1)

#13 Andrea Lee def. #11 Ashlee Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (6pm EST., ESPN+)

Luke Sanders def. Renan Barao by TKO via strikes (1:01, R2)

Emily Whitmire def. Alexandra Albu by submission via rear naked choke (1:01, R1)


Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

Round One: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Whitmire scores a takedown on Albu and she gets the half guard. Albu eats a few strikes while getting Whitmire in her full guard, Whitmire transitions to back control on a scrambling Albu. Whitmire locks in a rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Emily Whitmire def. Alexandra Albu by submission via rear naked choke (1:01, R1)

Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders

Round One: The round begins with Barao attacking Sanders with a few front kicks, Barao also starts attacking Sanders with leg kicks. Sanders comes forward to hit a swinging Barao with a counter left, Sanders then kicks Barao in the midsection. Barao goes for a head kick and Sanders blocks it, Barao nails Sanders with body kicks and a right to the face. Barao continues attacking Sanders with a plethora of kicks to the midsection, Sanders gets Barao against the cage wall while eating knee strikes. The fighters separate and Sanders pops a swinging Barao with another counter left hook, Sanders and Barao exchange some high kick attempts. Barao rocks Sanders with a short right hook to the head, Barao nails a clinching Sanders with a knee strike to the midsection. Barao nails Sanders with a body kick and knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Round Two: The round begins with Sanders attacks a swinging Barao with a counter strike combination, Barao goes back to kicking Sanders in the midsection. Sanders cracks a kicking Barao with a counter left hook, Sanders drops Barao with a two punch combination and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Luke Sanders def. Renan Barao by TKO via strikes (1:01, R2)

Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Round One: The round begins with Lentz charging at Holtzman while swinging away at him, Holtzman starts attacking Lentz with some leg kicks. Lentz responds by nailing Holtzman with leg kicks of his own, Holtzman goes for a high kick and Lentz blocks it. Lentz hits Holtzman with a right hook followed by a knee strike, Holtzman hits an incoming Lentz with a pair of rights. The fighters clinch and exchange a few strikes, Lentz grabs Holtzman and gets him against the cage wall. Lentz gets Holtzman to the ground a few times and Holtzman gets right back up each time, Lentz keeps Holtzman against the cage wall until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round Two: The round begins with Lentz attacking Holtzman with a few kicks, Holtzman briefly drops Lentz with a leg kick. Lentz backs up Holtzman with a few high kick attempts, Lentz eats a left uppercut before kicking Holtzman in the midsection. Holtzman then stuns Lentz by landing a straight right, Holtzman comes forward and he attacks Lentz with some rights. Holtzman and Lentz exchange some kicks to the midsection, Lentz grabs Holtzman and he gets him against the cage wall. Lentz drags Holtzman to the ground while applying a guillotine choke, Holtzman escapes and Lentz gets him against the cage wall. Lentz drags Holtzman back to the ground as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Holtzman attacking Lentz with a high kick, Holtzman comes forward and he attacks Lentz with some rights. Lentz hits a swinging Holtzman with a counter left hook, Lentz nails Holtzman with a multiple strike combination. Holtzman nails an incoming Lentz with a kick to the midsection, Lentz goes for back control on a standing Holtzman and Holtzman shakes him off. Lentz scores a takedown on Holtzman and he gets back control, Lentz gets Holtzman against the cage wall while eating elbow strikes. The fighters separate and swing away at each other, Holtzman nails Lentz with a flying knee strike. Lentz gets Holtzman against the cage wall until the round ends.

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

Official Result: Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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