UFC 250 Results: Amanda Nunes Defends The Gold, While Sterling, Garbrandt & O'Malley Make Statements

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UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship
Amanda Nunes def. Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) to retain the title

#9 Cody Garbrandt def. #5 Raphael Assuncao by KO via punch (4:59, R2)

#2 Aljamain Sterling def. #4 Cory Sandhagen by submission via rear naked choke (1:28, R1)

Neil Magny def. Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Sean O’Malley def. Eddie Wineland by KO via punch (1:54, R1)

Preliminary Card (6pm EST., ESPN)

Alex Caceres def. Chase Hooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#13 Ian Heinisch def. Gerald Meerschaert by TKO via strikes (1:14, R1)

#12 (BW) Cody Stamann def. Brian Kelleher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Maki Pitolo def. Charles Byrd by TKO via strikes (1:10, R2)

#9 Alex Perez def. #4 Jussier Formiga by TKO via leg kicks (4:06, R1)

Devin Clark def. Alonzo Menifield by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Herbert Burns def. Evan Dunham by submission via rear naked choke (1:20, R1)


Herbert Burns vs. Evan Dunham

Round One: The round begins with Dunham popping Burns with a left, Burns then nails Dunham with a kick to the midsection. Dunham trips up a swinging Burns and Burns gets back up, Dunham nails Burns with a few combinations. Burns scores a takedown on Dunham and he gets back control, Burns attacks Dunham with some ground and pound. Burns locks in a rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Herbert Burns def. Evan Dunham by submission via rear naked choke (1:20, R1)

Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark

Round One: The round begins with Clark immediately looking for a takedown against Menifield, Clark attacks Menifield with a few knee strikes while in the clinch. Menifield gets free and he rocks Clark with an uppercut, Menifield pounces on a rocked Clark with more strikes. Clark grabs Menifield and he gets him back against the cage wall, Clark nails Menifield with a right as they separate. Menifield keeps Clark against the cage wall while swinging away at him, Menifield gets Clark against the cage wall while landing some knee strikes. The fighters separate and Menifield attacks Clark with a high kick, Menifield backs Clark into the cage wall again. Menifield separates and he swings away at Clark, Clark then nails Menifield with a three punch combination. Clark nails a backing Menifield with a multiple punch combination, Menifield gets Clark back against the cage wall while avoiding a takedown. Clark lands a few more knee strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Menifield

Round Two: The round begins with Clark hitting Menifield with a right before a brief clinch, Menifield backs Clark into the cage wall while swinging away at him. The fighters separate and Clark nails a swinging Menifield with a counter right, Clark then attacks Menifield with a high kick and spinning back fist. Menifield grabs Clark and he gets him back against the cage wall, the fighters exchange strikes while in the clinch. Clark nails Menifield with a left hook as they separate, Menifield responds by nailing Clark with an uppercut followed by a right. Menifield again backs a swinging Clark against the cage wall, the fighters exchange strikes while in the clinch. Clark nails Menifield with multiple knee strikes to the midsection, Clark nails Menifield with one more combination as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Clark nailing Menifield with a right before clinching with him, the fighters exchange strikes before separating. Menifield cracks Clark with a wild right before clinching, Clark hunts for a takedown and Menifield defends. Clark nails Menifield with combinations and a knee strike to the head, Menifield grabs Clark and he gets him against the cage wall. Clark scores a takedown on Menifield and he gets back control, Menifield scrambles and Clark gets him in a seated position. Menifield gets back up and he gets Clark back against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Clark gets him back against the cage wall. The fighters get into a few exchanges as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Devin Clark def. Alonzo Menifield by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

#4 Jussier Formiga vs. #9 Alex Perez

Round One: The round begins with Perez attacking Formiga with some leg kicks, Perez comes forward and he attacks Formiga with a left hook. Perez then nails a swinging Formiga with a counter left hook, Formiga starts landing some leg kicks of his own. Formiga then cracks Perez with a two punch combination, Perez pops Formiga with another left hook followed by a right. Formiga comes forward and he hits Perez with an uppercut, Perez fires back and he lands a combination. Formiga then hits Perez with a left to the midsection, Formiga hits a swinging Perez with a knee strike. Perez responds by landing a multiple punch combination against Formiga, Perez drops Formiga with leg kicks and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #9 Alex Perez def. #4 Jussier Formiga by TKO via leg kicks (4:06, R1)

Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo

Round One: The round begins with Pitolo taking a few swings at Byrd, Byrd nails Pitolo with a left hook before eating a combination. Byrd grabs Pitolo and he gets him against the cage wall, Pitolo scores a takedown on Byrd and he gets the open guard. Pitolo gains the half guard position against Byrd, Byrd scrambles and he gets top control on Pitolo. Byrd attacks Pitolo with ground and pound while looking for a guillotine choke, Pitolo scrambles to his feet and he scores another takedown on Byrd. Byrd scrambles to his feet and he quickly scores a takedown on Pitolo, Byrd lands a few strikes on Pitolo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Byrd

Round Two: The round begins with Byrd taking some swings at Pitolo, Pitolo pops a swinging Byrd with a counter left. Byrd then cracks Pitolo with a few right hooks, Pitolo backs Byrd into the cage wall while landing a multiple punch combination. Pitolo drags Byrd to the ground before landing ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Maki Pitolo def. Charles Byrd by TKO via strikes (1:10, R2)

#12 (BW) Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher

Round One: The round begins with Stamann nailing Kelleher with a right, Kelleher lands combos against Stamann. Stamann and Kelleher exchange some leg kicks, Stamann comes forward and he attacks Kelleher with some combinations. Stamann backs up Kelleher with a high kick attempt, Stamann trips up Kelleher and he lands some strikes as Kelleher gets up. Kelleher gets Stamann against the cage wall while landing a right to the midsection, Stamann attacks the body of Kelleher with some strikes before eating a right. Stamann nails a swinging Kelleher with a counter short left, Stamann backs up Kelleher as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Stamann

Round Two: The round begins with Stamann taking some swings at Kelleher, Stamann attacks Kelleher with a high kick that gets blocked. Kelleher gets Stamann back against the cage wall while looking for a takedown, the fighters separate and Kelleher hits Stamann with a left while eating a right. Stamann then nails Kelleher with a two punch combination, Stamann uses the jab to keep Kelleher at a distance. Stamann swings away at Kelleher while backing him against the cage wall, Stamann and Kelleher exchange a few rights. Stamann and Kelleher get into a few wild striking exchanges, the fighters clinch and exchange some strikes. Kelleher cracks Stamann with an elbow strike as they separate, Stamann scores a takedown on Kelleher and he gets the full guard. Stamann attacks Kelleher with some ground and pound, Kelleher scrambles to his feet and Stamann gets him back against the cage wall. Stamann goes for a spinning head kick as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Stamann attacking Kelleher with some jabs, Stamann trips up Kelleher and Kelleher gets back up while eating some strikes. Kelleher then cracks a kicking Stamann with a counter right hook, Kelleher then hits Stamann with a left to the midsection. Kelleher starts attacking Stamann with some leg kicks, Kellehr backs Stamann into the cage wall while landing some strikes. Kelleher stuns a swinging Stamann with a counter right, Stamann then hits an incoming Kelleher with a left. The fighters clinch and exchange a few strikes, the fighters separate and swing away at each other. Kelleher nails Stamann with a right to the midsection, Kelleher continues coming forward while swinging away at Stamann. Kelleher grabs Stamann and he gets him against the cage wall, Kelleher scores a takedown on Stamann as the round ends.

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

Official Result: #12 (BW) Cody Stamann def. Brian Kelleher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#13 Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Round One: The round begins with Heinisch attacking Meerschaert with some leg kicks, Meerschaert responds by kicking Heinisch in the midsection. Heinisch drops Meerschaert with an overhand right and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #13 Ian Heinisch def. Gerald Meerschaert by TKO via strikes (1:14, R1)

Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper

Round One: The round begins with Caceres popping Hooper with a right, Hooper comes forward while swinging away at Caceres. Caceres moves around Hooper while popping him with jabs, Caceres drops a swinging Hooper with a counter right uppercut. Hooper gets up and Caceres nails him with a few more rights, Caceres then drills Hooper with a straight left. Hooper starts hunting for the takedown against Caceres, Hooper grabs Caceres and he gets him against the cage wall. Caceres gets free and he swings away at Hooper, Caceres comes forward and he nails Hooper with a two punch combo. Caceres continues cracking a swinging Hooper with counter strikes, Caceres nails an incoming Hooper with a counter left hook. Caceres follows up by hitting Hooper with a two punch combination, Caceres scores a takedown on Hooper and he gets back control. Hooper rolls for a knee bar as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Caceres

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Hooper grabs Caceres and they clinch near the cage wall. The fighters separate and Hooper attacks Caceres with leg kicks, Caceres then hits Hooper with a two punch combination. Caceres nails an incoming Hooper with a left uppercut, Hooper grabs Caceres and he gets him against the cage wall. Caceres gets free as Hooper looks for a takedown, Hooper gets Caceres back against the cage wall while eating some strikes. The fighters separate and Hooper falls on a high kick attempt, Caceres then hits a swinging Hooper with a counter left. Hooper pulls guard and he gets Caceres to the ground, Caceres scrambles to get the fight standing again. Hooper looks to pull guard and Caceres defends while landing some strikes, Hooper gets Caceres back to the ground while eating more strikes. Caceres scrambles to his feet and he lands more strikes on Hooper as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Caceres peppering Hooper with jabs, Hooper comes forward while swinging away at Caceres. Hooper comes forward and he pops Caceres with a left, Hooper grabs Caceres and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Hooper accidentally nails Caceres low and the fight is halted, the action resumes with the fighters swinging away at each other. Caceres then hits an incoming Hooper with a left, Hooper looks to pull guard and Caceres defends against it while landing strikes. Caceres then hits Hooper with a pair of lefts, Hooper looks to pull guard against and Caceres again defends against it. Caceres then cracks Hooper with a three strike combination, Hooper pulls guard and he gets Caceres to the ground. Caceres lands ground and pound on Hooper as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Alex Caceres def. Chase Hooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Eddie Wineland vs. Sean O’Malley

Round One: The round begins with O’Malley taking some swings against Wineland, Wineland comes forward and he takes some swings at O’Malley. Wineland nails a swinging O’Malley with a counter right hook, O’Malley cracks Wineland with a spinning back kick to the midsection. O’Malley levels Wineland with a right and Wineland goes out cold.

Official Result: Sean O’Malley def. Eddie Wineland by KO via punch (1:54, R1)

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin

Round One: The round begins with Martin grabbing Magny and getting him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and take some swings at each other. Martin grabs Magny again and gets him back against the cage wall, Martin hunts for the takedown against Magny. The fighters separate and Martin nails Magny with a right, Magny starts landing some leg kicks against Martin. Martin grabs an incoming Magny and he gets him back against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Magny lands more leg kicks. Martin swings at Magny before getting him back against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Magny lands more kicks as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magny

Round Two: The round begins with Magny attacking Martin with some leg kicks, Martin and Magny exchange some jabs. Martin cracks a swinging Magny with a counter right hook, Martin starts landing leg kicks against Magny. Martin scores a takedown on Magny and he gets the half guard, Magny scrambles to his feet and he gets Martin against the cage wall. The fighters clinch and exchange some strikes, the fighters separate and exchange some leg kicks. Magny grabs a swinging Martin and they battle along the cage wall, the fighters separate and Magny lands a right. Martin grabs Magny and he gets him back against the cage wall, the fighters separate and exchange leg kicks until the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Magny backing up Martin while swinging away at him, Magny attacks Martin with leg kicks and front kicks. Martin grabs Magny and briefly gets him against the cage wall, Magny cracks Martin with a knee strike to the midsection. Magny pops Martin with a right before getting him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Magny lands some jabs. Magny starts landing some combinations against Martin, Magny stays at a distance while picking Martin apart with strikes. Martin grabs Magny and he gets him back against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Magny lands a combination on Martin. Magny grabs Martin and he gets him against the cage wall, Magny hits Martin with a knee strike as they separate. Magny nails Martin with a knee strike followed by an elbow strike, Magny follows Martin around while swinging away at him. Martin backs Magny up as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Neil Magny def. Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

#2 Aljamain Sterling vs. #4 Cory Sandhagen

Round One: The round begins with the fighters throwing some kicks, Sterling grabs a kicking Sandhagen and he gets him up against the cage wall. Sterling jumps on the back of a standing Sandhagen and he gets him to the ground, Sterling attacks Sandhagen with ground and pound. Sterling locks in a rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: #2 Aljamain Sterling def. #4 Cory Sandhagen by submission via rear naked choke (1:28, R1)

#5 Raphael Assuncao vs. #9 Cody Garbrandt

Round One: The round begins with Garbrandt attacking Assuncao with some leg kicks, Assuncao starts landing some leg kicks of his own. Assuncao goes for a high kick and Garbrandt blocks it, Garbrandt and Assuncao both go for spinning head kicks. Garbrandt comes forward and he pops Assuncao with a right, Garbrandt lands a right before eating a counter right from Assuncao. Assuncao goes for a spinning attack as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Garbrandt

Round Two: The round begins with Assuncao swinging away at Garbrandt, Garbrandt causes a scramble before nailing Assuncao with a head kick. Assuncao and Garbrandt exchange some leg kicks, Garbrandt then nails Assuncao with a kick to the midsection. Assuncao comes forward and he attacks Garbrandt with an overhand right, Garbrandt and Assuncao get into a brief striking exchange. Garbrandt rocks Assuncao with a right hook to the head, Garbrandt levels a swinging Assuncao with a counter right hook and Assuncao goes out cold.

Official Result: #9 Cody Garbrandt def. #5 Raphael Assuncao by KO via punch (4:59, R2)

UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer

Round One: The round begins with Nunes attempting a front kick against Spencer, Spencer charges at Nunes while swinging away at her. Nunes starts attacking Spencer with some leg kicks, Nunes starts landing some rights against Spencer. Nunes nails a charging Spencer with a straight right, Spencer gets a kicking Nunes against the cage wall. Nunes scores a takedown on Spencer and she gets side control, Spencer scrambles and Nunes gets her in a seated position. Spencer then gets Nunes in the half guard position, Nunes attacks Spencer with some ground and pound. Spencer gets Nunes in her full guard while eating more strikes, Nunes keeps top control until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Nunes

Round Two: The round begins with Spencer attacking Nunes with some jabs, Nunes attacks Spencer with some rights. Spencer eats a right while kicking Nunes in the midsection, Nunes goes after Spencer with some leg kicks. Nunes backs up Spencer while landing a right, Nunes scores a takedown on Spencer and she gets north/south position. Nunes postures up and she allows Spencer to get up as well, Nunes stays at a distance while picking Spencer apart with strikes. Spencer goes for a high kick and Nunes blocks it, Nunes throws an overhand right as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Spencer nailing Nunes with a knee strike to the face, Nunes starts landing more combos against Spencer. Spencer goes for a takedown and Nunes defends against it, Nunes then nails a swinging Spencer with a counter right. Spencer responds by hitting Nunes with a two punch combination, Nunes attacks Spencer with multiple two punch combinations. Nunes throws Spencer to the ground and lets her stand back up, Nunes then nails Spencer with a right to the midsection. Nunes keeps Spencer near the cage wall while swinging away at her, Nunes then cracks Spencer with a right. Spencer starts hunting for takedowns against Nunes, Nunes then hits Spencer with an uppercut. Nunes swings away at Spencer as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Nunes (Overall Score: 30-27 for Nunes)

Round Four: The round begins with Spencer charging at Nunes while swinging away at her, Nunes and Spencer exchange some leg kicks. Nunes backs Spencer up while swinging away at her, Nunes trips up Spencer and she lets her get back up. Spencer cracks a kicking Nunes with a counter right, Nunes nails Spencer with a spinning back kick to the midsection. Nunes scores a takedown on Spencer and she lets her get back up while throwing some kicks, Spencer comes forward and she pops Nunes with a right. Nunes nails Spencer with leg kicks followed by a two punch combination, Nunes rocks a kicking Spencer with a pair of counter rights. Spencer goes for a takedown and Nunes cracks her with some strikes, Nunes rolls for a rear naked choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Nunes (Overall Score: 40-35 for Nunes)

Round Five: The round begins with Nunes landing some jabs against Spencer, Nunes backs Spencer into the cage wall while swinging away at her. Spencer goes for a takedown and Nunes defends against it, Nunes gets back control on the ground while landing strikes. Spencer scrambles and she gets Nunes in her half guard, Spencer eventually gets Nunes in her full guard. Nunes attacks Spencer with ground and pound, Nunes gets to her feet and she makes Spencer stand as well. The referee halts the fight to have the doctor check a cut on Spencer’s head, the action resumes with Nunes scoring a takedown on Spencer after landing a right. Spencer gets up and Nunes drags her to the ground as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Nunes (Final Score: 50-43 for Nunes)

Official Result: Amanda Nunes def. Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) to retain the title

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