UFC 249 Results: Two Title Fights, Henry Cejudo Retires & Francis Ngannou Demolishes

#7 Carla Esparza vs. #8 Michelle Waterson

Round One: The round begins with Esparza taking a few swings at Waterson, Waterson starts attacking Esparza with some leg kicks. Waterson pops a swinging Esparza with a counter right hook, Esparza comes forward and she nails Waterson with a right. Waterson starts throwing a few high kicks against Esparza, Esparza charges forward to hit Waterson with another right. Waterson responds by hitting Esparza with a side kick to the midsection, Esparza scores a takedown on Waterson and she gets the full guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Esparza

Round Two: The round begins with Esparza attacking Waterson with a superman punch, Esparza charges at Waterson while swinging away at her. Waterson goes back to attacking Esparza with some leg kicks, Esparza and Waterson have a few striking exchanges. Esparza goes for the takedown and Waterson defends against it, Waterson then nails Esparza with a knee strike to the midsection. Esparza lands a combination on Waterson after eating a body kick, Esparza comes forward and Waterson catches her with a knee strike to the midsection. Waterson defends another takedown and hits Esparza with a knee strike as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Waterson hitting Esparza with a right to the midsection, Esparza goes for another takedown and Waterson defends with a knee strike. Esparza then cracks a kicking Waterson with a counter right hook, Esparza comes forward and Waterson hits her with a left. Esparza then nails Waterson with a kick to the midsection, Waterson starts attacking Esparza with some leg kicks. Esparza grabs Waterson and she lands a few knee strikes to the midsection, Waterson goes for a high kick and Esparza blocks it. Esparza gets Waterson against the cage wall after eating a front kick, the fighters separate and Esparza lands some leg kicks of her own. Waterson catches an incoming Esparza with a front kick to the midsection, Esparza answers by nailing Waterson with a right. Waterson barely lands a kick to the face of Esparza, Esparza looks for a takedown and Waterson nails her with a knee strike. Esparza and Waterson then get into a brief striking exchange, Esparza throws another combo as the round ends.

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

Official Result: #7 Carla Esparza def. #8 Michelle Waterson by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 27-30)

#12 Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum

Round One: The round begins with Oleinik nailing a swinging Werdum with a counter right, Werdum starts attacking Oleinik with some leg kicks. Oleinik rocks a swinging Werdum with a counter straight right, Werdum responds by nailing Oleinik with a two punch combination. The fighters briefly clinch and Werdum cracks Oleinik with a knee strike, Oleinik gets Werdum near the cage wall while landing a variety of strikes. Oleinik rocks Werdum with an overhand right followed by an uppercut, the fighters clinch as Werdum lands some knee strikes. The fighters separate and Oleinik quickly gets Werdum back against the cage wall, Werdum goes back to attacking Oleinik with knee strikes. The fighters separate and Oleinik nails Werdum with a left hook, Oleinik then hits Werdum with a pair of overhand rights. Oleinik looks for a takedown as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Oleinik

Round Two: The round begins with Oleinik attacking a swinging Werdum with a spinning back fist, Werdum trips up a swinging Oleinik before getting him against the cage wall. Werdum keeps Oleinik near the cage wall while looking for a standing guillotine choke, the fighters separate and Oleinik swings wildly at Werdum. Werdum nails a swinging Oleinik with a counter right, Oleinik charges forward as the fighters swing away at each other. Werdum attacks Oleinik with a high kick that gets partially blocked, Werdum nails a swinging Oleinik with a knee strike to the face. Werdum scores a takedown on Oleinik and he gets the half guard, Werdum transitions to back control against Oleinik. Oleinik shakes Werdum off of him to get the fight standing again, Oleinik goes back to swinging wildly against Werdum. Oleinik backs Werdum into the cage wall while swinging wildly at him, Oleinik then hits a kicking Werdum with a counter right. The fighters clinch as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Werdum attacking Oleinik with some leg kicks, Werdum scores a takedown on Oleinik and he gets the half guard. Werdum transitions to back control against Oleinik, Werdum rolls for an arm bar and Oleinik defends while getting top control. Oleinik attacks Werdum with a few short range strikes while in top control, Werdum sweeps Oleinik with a kimura and he gets the full mount. Werdum regains back control on a scrambling Oleinik, Werdum rolls for an arm bar and he regains full mount as Oleinik defends. Oleinik scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again, Werdum cracks Oleinik with a knee strike to the face. Oleinik starts landing a bunch of unanswered strikes against Werdum, Werdum scores another takedown on Oleinik and he gets the half guard. Werdum goes for a guillotine choke as the round ends.

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

Official Result: #12 Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

#6 (LW) Donald Cerrone vs. #15 Anthony Pettis

Round One: The round begins with Cerrone nailing Pettis with a right to the midsection, Cerrone then hits Pettis with a kick to the midsection. Pettis catches a swinging Cerrone with a counter left, Pettis follows up by hitting Cerrone with a right to the midsection. Cerrone and Pettis exchange some leg kicks as well, Pettis goes for a high kick and Cerrone finds a way to block it. Cerrone grabs Pettis and he gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Cerrone throws a three punch combination at Pettis. Cerrone scores a takedown on Pettis after eating a head kick, Pettis scrambles as Cerrone postures up. Pettis also gets back up and Cerrone nails him with a few lefts, Pettis rocks a swinging Cerrone with a counter right hook as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone

Round Two: The round begins with Pettis leaping at Cerrone before landing a right, Pettis then attacks a swinging Cerrone with a high kick. Cerrone comes forward and he nails Pettis with a two punch combination, Pettis responds by landing a left of his own. Pettis eats a leg kick while attacking Cerrone with a spinning back fist, Pettis goes for a flying knee strike and Cerrone nails him with a right. Pettis backs up Cerrone by throwing a jumping high kick, Pettis then hits Cerrone with a punching combination. Cerrone charges at Pettis while the two exchange combinations, Cerrone then hits Pettis with a kick to the midsection. Pettis responds by landing his own body kick on Cerrone, Cerrone scores a takedown on Pettis and he gets the open guard. Pettis scrambles to his feet and Cerrone attacks him with a knee strike, Cerrone lands a front kick as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Cerrone kicking Pettis in the midsection, Pettis cracks a swinging Cerrone with a counter left. Cerrone recovers and he cracks Pettis with a left hook, Cerrone briefly hunts for the takedown on a swinging Pettis. Pettis gets put against the cage wall after nailing Cerrone with a kick to the midsection, Cerrone responds by nailing Pettis with a knee strike to the midsection. Pettis misses a high kick and Cerrone cracks him with a right, Cerrone and Pettis also exchange some leg kicks. Pettis rocks a swinging Cerrone with a counter right hook, Pettis chases down Cerrone while swinging away at him. Pettis barely misses a high kick attempt against Cerrone, Cerrone responds by rocking Pettis with a head kick. Pettis takes a few swings at an incoming Cerrone, Pettis then nails Cerrone with a kick to the midsection. Cerrone and Pettis get into a wild striking exchange as the round ends.

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

Official Result: #15 Anthony Pettis def. #6 (LW) Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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