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Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass - 6 pm ET)
Katlyn Chookagian defeated Joanne Calderwood via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Eddie Wineland defeated Grigory Popov via 2nd Round TKO (4:47)
Darren Stewart defeated Bevon Lewis via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Yan Xiaonan defeated Angela Hill via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Prelims (ESPN - 8 pm ET)
Calvin Kattar defeated Ricardo Lamas via 1st Round TKO (4:06)
Alexa Grasso defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Aljamain Sterling defeated Pedro Munhoz via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Tatiana Suarez defeated Nina Ansaroff via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Main Card (ESPN+ PPV - 10 pm ET)
Blagoy Ivanov defeated Tai Tuivasa via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Petr Yan defeated Jimmie Rivera via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Tony Ferguson defeated Donald Cerrone via 2nd Round TKO (Doctor Stoppage - 5:00)
UFC Women's Flyweight Championship
Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jessica Eye via 2nd Round KO (Head Kick - 0:26) to retain her Flyweight Title
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Henry Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes via 3rd Round TKO (4:51)
Katlyn Chookagian (11-2) vs. Joanne Calderwood (13-3)
Calderwood is kicking right away, with Chookagian returning the favor as both women look to find their range early. Chookagian then begun to land a few punches as well though, edging forward and timing some counters along the way. Calderwood's low kicks were persistent though, with consistent attacks already paying dividends. Chookagian's offense was certainly more varied, finding a few routes to success but eating low kicks regardless. The damage of those were visible too, having success but showing the effects anyway. Chookagian's punches did find a home at times also though.
After things continued in similar fashion here early, Calderwood tackled her foe to the mat, settling for the clinch as Chookagian battled upright. They soon separated nonetheless, with Chookagian upping the output and experiencing success as a result. Her punches were making an impact in particular, still eating kicks but shifting the fight's momentum. Though still stalking, Calderwood's striking had somewhat stalled, going after a takedown instead and in the end, scoring one as well. Calderwood spent the next minute inside her foe's guard, not achieving much but maintaining control regardless.
The kicking continued in the final round, with both landing solid strikes while struggling to gain an upper hand. Chookagian's certainly the more active fighter though, mixing her offense up until Calderwood caught another kick and scored one more takedown.She let her up though, eating a right hand for her troubles. Seemingly slowed, Calderwood began to showboat in the fight's final minute, taunting Chookagian after her movement had caused some frustration.
Winner: Katlyn Chookagian via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Eddie Wineland (23-13-1) vs. Grigory Popov (13-1)
Wineland charged across the octagon here, immediately pushing forward and launching some right hands. He found a home for some of them too, jumping on his foe and causing a big cut as well. Popov was working away with his kicks though, landing a nice knee to the chin also and gaining some respect at range. While less aggressive now, Wineland's punches were still landing at times, seemingly rocking Popov but failing to take advantage. He then hurt him again, chasing the finish but failing to do so as the first round came to a close.
Roles reversed at the start of the 2nd round though, with Wineland getting rocked as his legs began to betray him. Now it was Popov pushing forward, stuffing a takedown and landing kicks as well. Wineland steadily regrouped though, once again flurrying with his hands and landing a solid combination. Both men were now landing punches but Wineland continued to get the better of things while in the meantime, Popov's kicks found a home. Wineland then changed levels, scoring a takedown only for Popov to stand right back up.
Back at range, Wineland soon exploded though, dropping Popov with an onslaught of right hands. After considering a choke, Wineland then let his foe back up, continuing his attack and eventually, flooring Popov once more and forcing the finish.
Winner: Eddie Wineland via 2nd Round TKO (4:47)
Darren Stewart (9-4) vs. Bevon Lewis (6-1)
Stewart landed two heavy low kicks right away, flooring Lewis and settling in the clinch as he looked to seize. That battle allowed Lewis to take control though, turning his foe to the cage as both men wrestled for position. Some knees then came in too, with both men landing until they briefly separated. Stewart landed a solid right hand at range but Lewis then regained the clinch, eating a few hooks for his troubles. Lewis stayed close though, clinching again before returning to distance.
The low kicks again became prevalent as a result, forcing Lewis to switch stance as he continued to walk forward. However, Stewart was seemingly stunned by a heavy right hand on the buzzer.
Things then continued as they were, with Stewart focusing on his low kicks and throwing a spinning back first as well. Lewis was equal to it though, looking for counters as he edged away. Stewart blocked his takedown attempt regardless, dictating things but then walking into a right hand and a knee behind it. Stewart’s legs were still beneath him though and so the pace stayed as it was. More punching exchanges commenced in the round’s later stages regardless, with Stewart’s power forcing Lewis to approach proceedings cautiously. As a result, the action slowed dramatically here at the round’s close.
More aggression here in the round’s opening minutes but a right hand from Stewart swiftly returned Lewis to the back foot. He then came forward again regardless, grabbing the clinch and pushing his foe back. Stewart broke away once more though, landing low-kicks again until Lewis looked for another takedown. Lewis defended beautifully again, reversing position as the battle waged on inside the clinch. For the final 90 seconds, Lewis had his foe pinned against the fence but failed to do much with it.
Winner: Darren Stewart via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Angela Hill (9-6) vs. Yan Xiaonan (10-1, 1NC)
Xiaonan is immediately in pursuit here, looking for punches as Hill kicks early. Hill then stepped into range though, eating a massive right hand but firing back with a knee of her own. Xiaonan landed another right hand but Hill then responded, scoring with a Superman Punch and securing a takedown as well. Xiaonan immediately went to work off her back though, using rubber guard but then standing back up. Hill's 2nd takedown attempt was less successful, following up a solid right hand with an error and winding up on her back.
Hill also attacked from that position, thinking armbar and then transitioning to a triangle. She had the hold fully applied too, tightening it up as Xiaonan held on until the buzzer.
A sidekick to the body dropped Hill immediately, following up with punches and seemingly overwhelming her foe as well. Xiaonan was walking in to some strikes in the meantime but continued to land regardless, mixing things up and timing a textbook left hook too. As Hill pushed forward in response, she appeared fatigued, trading strikes with mixed results. Her takedown was defended too but Hill continued to apply pressure, upping the activity even if her explosiveness had declined. Xiaonan scored a takedown late and then tagged Hill as she stood back up too.
Hill’s aggression refused to waver, walking forward but continuing to eat shots as a result. Xiaonan’s punches initially appeared crisper, especially here in the 3rd, still throwing combinations that often overthrew her foe’s success. A right hook did seemingly rock Xiaonan though, with Hill hoping to seize and upping the ante once more. Xiaonan didn’t wilt regardless, firing back and having some success of her own. Hill’s right hand had certainly found a home nonetheless, launching it over and over as Xiaonan looked to keep her foe off. In the end, Hill’s pressure began to pay dividends but it may have come too late.
Winner: Yan Xiaonan via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
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