LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 226 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).
The event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) puts his belt on the line when he meets light-heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC). In the co-headliner, heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Derrick Lewis (19-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) clash.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the FS1 prelims, and 10 p.m. ET for the pay-per-view main card.
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Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Round 1 – Touch of gloves starts the superfight. Miocic in the center, Cormier circling right. Miocic cutting off the cage, and Cormier throws a low kick. Miocic with a few punches that land, but Cormier slips under a few more and delivers an uppercut. A second scores. Miocic moves inside and takes Cormier to the floor. Couple of punches on the ground before Cormier shifts and moves back to the feet. Miocic stays tight, pressing him to the fence. The two work from the clinch, battling for position. Miocic pulls away and lands a knee. Two punches follow. Cormier swings back and lands a few punches of his own. Miocic seems content to stand right in front of Cormier and swing away Cormier trying press inside, but Miocic landing the knee to the body when he gets in tight. Cormier backs to the center and chops the legs a bit. The jab lands for Cormier, and Miocic’s right eye is busted up. They’re swinging in the pocket. Cormier lands tow punches that get Miocic’s attention. Miocic complains of an eye poke. Cormier hesitates, and referee Marc Goddard steps in to call time.Cormier with a kick to the body on the restart. Miocic with a big right over the top. Big punches traded in the pocket. Cormier is having success. Trading toe to toe. He lands clean and wobbles Miocic. The chance is there. Cormier unleashes a flurry. Miocic hits the deck after a right hook. Cormier follows with more punches, and Miocic is out cold. Unbelievable.
Result: Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:33 – to win heavyweight title
Records: Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC), Daniel Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Round 1 – Whitmire misses on an early high kick, but she’s the aggressor to start, moving forward with punches. Moyle bouncing on the outside and looking to move in and out of her opponent’s long range. Moyle moving back and forth, and they briefly clinch, but there’s nothing there. Whitmire with an inside low kick. They trade punches in a flurry. Moyle lands a clean left hand but eats a straight right in return. Whitmire waiting right now, and her coaches implore her to be first. Another low kick from Whitmire, and she digs to the body with a right hand. Whitmire is the busier fighter now, and she lands a nice right hand up top. Flurry of punches sees her land a clean left, as well, in the final minute. Moyle moving well, but every time she throws, Whitmire counters well. Round ends on the feet, and MMAjunkie gives it to Whitmire, 10-9.
Round 2 – Moyle a little more aggressive to open, and she finds the mark. Whitmire has to step back and reset. Whitmire high kick blocked, and her corner continues to call fro aggression. Moyle moves into the clinch and pushes to the fence, but Whitmire slips away with relative ease. Whitmire punching and defends well when Moyle tries to change levels. They continue to trade punches, and Moyle again changes levels and moves inside. Whitmire defends well and even delivers a knee as they break. Whitmire then shoots inside on the reset and briefly allows Moyle a dominant position when she reverses. However, Whitmire immediately pops back to her feet and moves away to reset. Moyle having a better round on the feet. She pushes inside for the takedown once again. Whitmire defends well against the fence and immediately slips away.Moyle with a nice left on the restart. Moyle the one moving froward now, and she’s finding the mark. The left hook landing clean. Round ends again on the feet, and MMAjunkie leans Moyle, 10-9.
Round 3 – Whitmire out quickly and looks to strike first. Several punches and a high kick. Right hand lands. Whitmire drops down and hits the double, slamming Moyle to the canvas. Whitmire stands and tries to drive past the legs but has to settle for half-guard. Moyle turns to her right, trying to escape, but Whitmire wraps the body with her right hand and punches the face with her left. Moyle bucks her hips but can’t quite elevate her opponent. Whitmire staying busy with punches on top. Moyle trying to escape was time winds down, but Whitmire is heavy on top. The base is firm, and she continues to punch away, allowing her to keep the position. Moyle trying to isolate the left arm and pull off something special late in the round. She can’t get it, but the distraction allows her to move to gull guard. Whitmire stands and tries to pass, punching and landing while Moyle tries to upkick. Moyle desperate to move in the final seconds. She tries to attack the right leg, but Whitmire punches down. Upkick lands clean, cutting Whitmire over the left eye. Round ends there. MMAjunkie gives it to Whitmire, 10-9, awarding her the fight 29-28.
Result: Emily Whitmire def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Emily Whitmire decisions Jamie Moyle to rebound from debut loss
Photos: Emily Whitmire vs. Jamie Moyle photos
Records: Jamie Moyle (4-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Emily Whitmire (3-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Jason Herzog
Judging: Chris Lee (29-28, giving Whitmire rounds 1 and 3), Rick Winter (29-28, giving Whitmire rounds 1 and 3), Junichiro Kamijo (29-28, giving Whitmire rounds 1 and 3)
Round 1 – Burns takes the center, with Hooker moving right on the outside. Low kicks from Burns. Spinning kick to the body. He’s busy early. Low kick from Hooker countered with a right hand. Low kicks traded. Burns very busy early. Hooker moving well on the outside to avoid. Hooker with a few straight punches, including one to the body. He clips Burns but refuses to go to the floor. Burns shoots on the restart, and Hooker tries to gran a guillotine Not quite there, so he lets go and again moves to the feet. Burns aggressive, and Hooker scores a knee that wobbles his opponent. He sees it and moves in for the kill. Left hand lands clean, and Burns hits the floor. One hammerfist from Hooker, and this is over. Brutal.
Result: Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:28
Recap: Dan Hooker knocks out Gilbert Burns for fourth straight finish
Photos: Dan Hooker vs. Gilbert Burns
Records: Dan Hooker (17-7 MMA, 7-3 UFC), Gilbert Burns (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Mark Smith
Round 1 – Griffin aggressive to start, moving laterally and jumping in with punches against his taller foe. Griffin thinks takedown, but it’s not there. Millender just misses on a crushing knee. Quick pace to start. Griffin with a right to the body. Another leaping knee attempt from Millender. Low kick scores for Millender. Another sweeps Griffin to his knees, but he pops right back up. Millender high kick blocked. Griffin punches his way inside and immediately changes levels, wrapping the body and taking the fight to the floor. Well-timed. Half-guard for Millender. Griffin postures for a few short elbows. Millender’s head against the cage, limiting his options for escape. He’s trying to hold tight for a restart. Crowd getting restless, and Griffin postures and punches to keep his position. Referee Jason Herzog watching closely, and the crowd wants a restart. Griffin staying just busy enough to keep the position. Not a lot of damage, but a lot of control as the round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Griffin, 10-9.
Round 2 – Griffin moving laterally, trying not to give his opponent an easy target. Millender switching stances and looking to strike. Low kick from Griffin. Left to the body for Millender. Flying knee from Millender looks dangerous but misses. Two-punch combination for Griffin lands clean. He tries to shoot inside right after, but Millender is able to push him away. Millender high kick just blocked. His speed is evident Griffin drives inside but gets his neck trapped and has to pause his efforts to get himself free. Left hook for Griffin answered by a straight right from Millender. Millender comfortable on his feet, but Griffin’s work rate is keeping this tight. Millender with a big left that staggers his opponent. He rushes forward and eats a straight right but presses and drags the action to the floor. Millender postures to hammerfist and then stands before the bell. MMAjunkie gives it to Millender, 10-9.
Round 3 – Griffin very aggressive to open. He’s rushing froward with combination. Millender with a nice counter knee. Millender kicking the legs a bit. Another leaping knee hits the body. Griffin trying get inside but is tagged by a right. Millender’s speed and power still evident. Griffin punches his way into a clinch. Millender sprawling against the cage. Griffin does not want to give this position away. He keeps the bodylock tight and stomps the feet. Millender defending well agains the fence and finds an opportunity to drop in a few elbows. Millender forces his way off the fence. Griffin tries to keep the position, but Millender wraps the neck, and Griffin has to back away. Ninety seconds left. Fight could hand in the balance. Griffin with a right but can’t get to the body. Another right lands. Millender pushes forward and just misses the big knee. Uppercut for Millender scores. Straight right staggers Griffin. He shakes it off and moves back to the center. Millender rushing now, and he lands. He takes a look at the clock: 30 seconds left. They trade a bit more to close. incredibly close round. MMAjunkie leans slightly toward Millender, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28. Going to be tight.
Result: Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Curtis Millender continues streak, proves too much for Max Griffin
Photos: Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin photos
Records: Curtis Millender (16-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Max Griffin (14-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Referee: Jason Herzog
Judging: Derek Cleary (29-28, giving Millender rounds 2 and 3), Dave Hagen (29-28, giving Millender rounds 2 and 3), Rick Winter (29-28, giving Millender rounds 2 and 3)
Round 1 – Quick clinch to start and some dirty boxing inside. Vannata slips around to the back and takes the action to the canvas but can’t quite capitalize, so they break away. On the restart, Klose moves inside and tries to lift and lam his opponent to the canvas. Vannata stays upright with great balance. Quick pace to start. Klose with a nice kick to the body. Vannata moving well and land a clean combination to the body and head. Nice work from both to start. Klose low kicks lands just as Vannata wanted to spin. Klose follows with a right. Again in the clinch, but no takedown, so they reset. Creative kicks from Vannata answered with a big right from Klose. Vannata switching stances and trying to flow, but Klose is being a bully in the pocket, muscling his opponent in the clinch and dirty boxing. Vannata wants a ship toss but eats a big right before the bell. MMAjunkie leans toward Klose, 10-9.
Round 2 – Klose kicks the body to start. Vannata pushes back and lands a big spinning kicks. Flurry of punches follows from both men. Aggressive work from both. Vannata punches his way in tight, but Klose again scores in tight and shoves him away. Vannata hanging his hands a bit. Klose with a low kick, and that lead leg of Vannata is really banged up already. Another low kick from Klose stops Vannata in his tracks. Elbow up to from Klose. Clinch, and Vannata wants a hip toss, but Klose counters perfectly and nearly takes the top but can’t hold the action down. Right hand for Vannata. He spins, but Klose tags him perfectly with a right that sees Vannata stagger. Ninety seconds left. Big right for Vannata over the top. He changes levels but is stuffed. Klose low kick again knocks Vannata off-balance. Vannata’s right eye busted up a bit from Klose’s jab, as well. Close round, but MMAjunkie leans Klose, 10-9.
Round 3 – Vannata with a low kicks to open. Klose answers with the same. Vannata spinning back kick to the body. Klose still pumping his jab. Vannata with a big kick to the body. Vannata switch kick just misses. Klose fires a huge right in return that just misses, as well. Both men still throwing with real power. Little gamesmanship with bot men pointing to the floor. Klose with a crisp Superman punch that lands clean. He moves inside and starts looking to grind. Vannata defending against the cage. Klose trying to find the takedown, but it’s not there. Referee Mark Smith breaks them apart with a little more than 90 seconds. Klose jabbing right away. Vannata changes levels with a smooth takedown that sees him slip immediately to the back. Klose on his knees, but Vannata too high on the back and ends up bailing on the position. They restart on the feet, and Klose wraps the legs and takes the actin to the floor. Vannata bloodied but gets to a seated position and moves back to his feet. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it again to Klose, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27. Great fight.
Result: Drakkar Klose def Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Drakkar Klose shuts down Lando Vannata for unanimous decision win
Photos: Drakkar Klose vs. Lando Vannata photos
Records: Lando Vannata (9-3-1 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC), Drakkar Klose (9-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Referee: Mark Smith
Judging: Sal D’Amato (30-27), Junichiro Kamijo (30-27), Adalaide Byrd (30-27)
Round 1 – Assuncao takes the center, and Font moves right on the outside. Assuncao fires a big right over the top that misses. He’s keeping his hands high. Low kicks traded. Font fires a high kick that misses. Font low kick caught, but Assuncao can’t capitalize. Good back and forth to start, but neither fighter had landed clean just yet. Low kicks landing early for both men. Assuncao right hand lands just over the top. It’s even thus far, and both men seem content to strike. Assuncao land a clean counter right that sees Font buckle and fall, though he pops right back to his feet. One minute left. Assuncao front kick just misses the face. Font with an acrobatic flying knee, but it just misses. He tries a low kick but is countered with a right over the top. Round ends on the feet with Font complaining of an eye poke. MMAjunkie gives the first to Assuncao, 10-9.
Round 2 – Assuncao with an immediate takedown, changing levels and driving the action to the floor. Font tries to turns and scramble up, but Assuncao pins him on the floor, holding him down and briefly holding side control. Font with nice work to move to guard, but Assuncao showing better top game, adjusting and holding the position while punching along the way. Font squirming on his back, not making life easy, but Assuncao really moving well. Finally, Font gets just enough room to scramble up, and we reset. Font having some success on the feet, and Assuncao’s left eye is marked up a bit. Still, Assuncao is holding his own there. Two hooks land for Assuncao. Font just misses a nasty uppercut in the closing seconds. Round ends, and MMAjunkie again gives it to Assuncao, 10-9.
Round 3 – Back to work on the feet to start. Both men busy. Assuncao throws in a nice left hand that partially lands. Font walking forward, but Assuncao striking well as he retreats. Assuncao low kicks sweeping Font off his feet a few times, but he’s back up quickly each time. Font complains again of an eye poke, and we get a brief timeout. Font aggressive on the restart. Less than three minutes, and he needs to get something done. Assuncao with a nice right hand, but Font back quickly and lands a crisp left. Assuncao changes levels just pas the halfway mark and easily takes the action to the canvas. Font again scrambling underneath, but Assuncao heavy on top. He sneaks in a few punches Font doing good things underneath to escape, but Assuncao is just too good on top and is able to scramble and reverse to side control. Assuncao finishes on top. Solid work. MMAjunkei gives him the round, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Raphael Assuncao stays sharp with clean-sweep decision of Rob Font
Photos: Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font photos
Records: Raphael Assuncao (27-5 MMA, 11-2 UFC), Rob Font (15-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Judging: Mike Bell (30-27), Dave Hagen (30-27), Rick Winter (30-27)
Round 1 – Jabs traded to start. Costa kicks the body. Both men in tight quarters. Two jabs from Hall. Costa kicks the body again. Hall’s jab on point early. He misses a spinning back kick. Costa again to the body with a big kick. Hall chops at the legs. Jab landing at will for Hall. He’s hangin his hands low, feeling confident. Costa shakes it off and throws a huge right that misses. Costa starting to press in close. Jab on point for Hall. Costa front kick lands low. Hall immediately complains, but Costa throws a shot to the body, anyway, before referee Mark Smith can get in between. Hall takes a little break but insists he’s OK. Costa rushes forward on the restart. Hall with a spinning kick to the body. Costa insists it didn’t hurt. Costa ultra aggressive, but Hall tagging him with jabs after jab. Costa with a big punches to the body. He grabs a Thai clinch and tries to knee. Hall punches and pushes him away. Costa does land a big shot to the body. Right hand lands for Costa. Hall continues with the jab. He complains again of a low blow, and we take a break. Referee Mark Smith calls up a translator to insist Costa understands the warning. Hall points at Costa, complaining of his work. Crazy first round comes to a close on the restart, and MMAjunkie leans toward Hall, 10-9.
Round 2 – Quick start again. Hall with a jab, and Costa answers with a powerful shot of his own. Both men go to the body. Costa lands a right up top. Hall changes levels and gets the takedown but can’t keep the action there, as Costa gets immediately back on his feet. Costa uppercut lands and stuns Hall. Costa’s power on display, but Hall catches him with a counter. Costa staggers and falls to his knees. He pop back up but recovers quickly. Body shots traded. Hall covers as Costa comes forward . Costa lands the big left, and Hall is hurt. Costa sees it and knows this is his chance. He unleashes a flurry and lands clean, and Hall hits the deck after an uppercut scores. Big finish from a scary fighter.
Result: Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:38
Recap: Paulo Costa decimates Uriah Hall for TKO victory
Photos: Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall photos
Records: Uriah Hall (13-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), Paulo Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Referee: Mark Smith
Round 1 – Saki takes the center, and Rountree keeps his distance to start. Rountree bouncing lightly on this feet, while Saki seems content to sit heavy on his strikes to start. Saki misses on a high kick. Rountree flurries with punches that partially land. Rountree being careful but unleashing in a flurry of shots when he does throw. Rountree counters a low kick perfectly and drops Saki with a straight left. Rountree patient in the follow, hesitating to move past the legs and then pushing down with a flurry of massive hammerfists. On the money, and Saki is out. Brutal work from Rountree.
Result: Khalil Rountree def. Gokhan Saki via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:36
Recap: Khalil Rountree blasts through Gokhan Saki for first-round knockout
Photos: Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki photos
Records: Gokhan Saki (1-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Khalil Rountree (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: Jason Herzog
Round 1 – Chiesa quickly to the center and lands a right hand that staggers Pettis. Chiesa pushes immediately inside on a takedown. Pettis tries to wrap the neck, but Chiesa takes him to the floor and clears the legs, so Pettis has to let go and settle for half-guard. Chiesa tries to set up an arm-triangle, but it’s not there. He rolls out to attack the arm, but Pettis rolls at the perfect time to move to his opponent’s back. Chiesa stands and tries to spin inside for another takedown but has to reset in the center. Chiesa doesn’t bother to hide his following takedown attempts, moving into the clinch and eventually wrapping the waist and dragging his opponent to the floor. Chiesa postures to pass and attack, and Pettis answers with a sweet little capoeira kick that gets him enough space to rise. Strikes traded on the feet. Chiesa wants a takedown, but it’s not there. Chiesa looks tired already. Leaping kick from Pettis lands. Straight right at the bell sits Chiesa down. MMAjunkie leans toward Chiesa, 10-9, in the first, but momentum on Pettis’ side.
Round 2 – Pettis with a big kick to the body. Straight right lands. He’s all over Chiesa and drops him. Pettis jumps on the neck and squeezes for the guillotine. It’s tight, but Chiesa survives and is now on top. It’s no relief. Pettis goes for the triangle. Chiesa rolls, but Pettis switches to the armbar. It’s there, and Chiesa has to tap. Amazing sequence for the win.
Result: Anthony Pettis def. Michael Chiesa via submission (triangle armbar) – Round 2, 0:52
Recap: Anthony Pettis turns tables with submission of Michael Chiesa
Photos: Anthony Pettis vs. Michael Chiesa photos
Records: Michael Chiesa (14-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Anthony Pettis (21-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC)
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1 – Felder with a low kick to open. Perry unleashes a massive right hand. Both punch and move into the clinch, and Felder seems to have a cut on the top of his head. Nothing available in the clinch after some grinding work, so they back away and reset. Felder jabs to the body. He lands a nice right over the top. Felder with a low kick. Perry patient right now, and he lands a big right then misses on another. Low kick from Perry, and Felder counters with a spinning backfist. Perry right lands. Felder goes to the body. Felder with a knee inside. Perry stomps the knee and lands an uppercut. Low kicks from Felder. It’s a methodical pace, but both men are throwing with power. Perry pushes inside and lands an elbows as he backs away. Low kick from Felder lands again. Big shot from both men in the closing seconds. Felder shoots, but they stay upright. Round ends, and MMAjunkie leans slightly toward Perry, 10-9.
Round 2 – Felder sets up at range. Perry with a few early low kicks. Felder kicks high, but it’s blocked. Perry patiently presses in and grans the body, lifting Felder high in the air and slamming him to the floor. Felder is quick to scramble and works perfectly back to his feet before backing away. Felder spinning kick comes up short. Perry pushing forward but eats a nice left hand. Perry’s volume not there, but his power certainly is, and Felder is respecting it. Perry tried to wade in but again catches that left hand. Crowd getting restless. Felder careful not to overcommit. Perry leaps forward with a left hand that slices Felder open near his right eye. Referee Marc Goddard sees it and quickly brings in the doctor. Felder frustrated it. Doctor takes a look and lets them continue. Goddard restarts the fighters in the clinch. Perry able to work to the back and suplex Felder to the floor in the final minute. Felder scrambles up, likely helped by the slipperiness of the blood that is all over both men. Round ends on the feet. MMAjunkie gives it to Perry, 10-9.
Round 3 – Perry with a big left to open. He misses with a right. Felder immediately has blood streaming down his face again. Perry with another nice left and then blocks a spinning backfist. Perry being measured in his aggression but throwing with full power when he does unleash. Felder still finding some success with the left hand, and a spinning kick crashes into the ribs. Perry digs a left into the body. Perry moving forward, stalking his foe. Blood covers Felder, but he’s still looking for a shot that might change everything. He misses a spinning wheel kick but lands a two-punch combination. Perry shoots inside. He can’t get the takedown, but he slips around to the back. Blood pouring out of Felder’s head. Perry knees the legs a bit before Felder pulls away. Final seconds, and both men meet in the center. Big punches from both men. Knees from Felder. Gutsy stuff. MMAjunkie leans again toward Perry, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27. Incredible effort from both men.
Result: Mike Perry def. Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Recap: Mike Perry bloodies Paul Felder, earns hard-fought decision win
Photos: Mike Perry vs. Paul Felder photos
Records: Paul Felder (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Mike Perry (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Judging: Mike Bell (29-28, giving Felder rounds 2 and 3), Dave Hagen (28-29, giving Felder rounds 1 and 3), Chris Lee (29-28, giving Felder rounds 2 and 3)
Round 1 – Lewis takes the center, and Ngannou stays outside early. The two men study from distance for a bit before Lewis misses on a high kick. Both men showing respect early, and crowd restless just one minute in. Lewis kicks to the body and slips the counter left. Switch kick from Lewis blocked. Ngannou walking forward and has Lewis near the fence. Lewis kicks to the body. Ngannou patient for now. Lewis misses on a front kick. Ngannou slowly closing the distance. Lewis misses on a right hand. Lewis kicks the body and shoots inside, but Ngannou pushes him away. Another front kick from Lewis. He kicks the leg, as well. Ngannou jabs to the body. One minute left. Crowd not happy. Ngannou holding the center. He blocks a jab. Lewis kicks the body at the bell. Crowd boos the round, and MMAjunkie gives it to Lewis, 10-9.
Round 2 – Lewis out to the middle. Both men respecting the other’s power. Crowd hatin git. Lewis high kick blocked. Ngannou slowly inching forward. Ngannou jabs. Lewis with a right hand up the middle and a takedown attempt that misses. Lewis jabs and misses on a right hand. Crowd now chanting “Fight!” over and over. Lewis with a kick that’s blocked. He’s near the cage, but Ngannou just not willing to let it go. Ngannou jabs to the body, and Lewis misses a counter over the top. Lewis kicks the legs twice. Referee Herb Dean calls timeout and warns the fighter for inactivity. They restart with a little more than a minute left. Ngannou lands a jab. Lewis kicks the body. Ngannou counters with a left. Definitely the most action we’ve seen so far. Round ends again to a chorus of boos. MMAjunkie gives it to Lewis, 10-9.
Round 3 – Lewis kicks the legs a bit to start. Ngannou inching forward again but not letting his hands go. He switches stances, and the crowd absolutely is upset. Ngannou misses a front kick. Dean claps his hands, calling for action. Lewis rushes forward and tries to grab the waist, but Ngannou pulls away. Three minutes left. Crowd is livid at the lack of action. Lewis high kick blocked. Ngannou throws a kick that’s blocked. Neither man willing to make a costly mistake, it seems. Lewis kicks the leg. Ngannou front kick to the body is caught, and they trade punches before resetting. Ngannou misses a huge left hand. Less than 90 seconds remain. Lewis trying to push the action a bit. Ngannou misses a massive high kick over the top with a minute remaining. Crowd doing the wave now, trying to stay entertained. Thirty seconds left. Lewis misses a high kick and throws a right hand. Chorus of boos in the final seconds. MMAjunkie gives the round to Lewis, 10-9, and awards him the fight 30-27. Certainly not what was expected from this clash.
Result: Derrick Lewis def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Records: Francis Ngannou (11-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Derrick Lewis (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC)
Referee: Herb Dean