UFC 236 ‘Holloway vs. Poirier 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

By Adam Martin Apr 13, 2019


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Brandon Davis vs. Randy Costa

Round 1

The first fight of the evening is a bantamweight bout between Brandon Davis and UFC newcomer Randy Costa. The referee for the UFC 236 curtain jerker is Jason Herzog. They touch gloves and the fight begins. Davis with a leg kick and Costa connects with a counter straight right that drops Davis. He’s immediately back up to his feet and Costa nearly connects on a right hook. Davis moves forward and nails Costa with a knee to the body. He’s now pushing Costa against the cage. Costa is doing a good job of defending the takedown and manages to break free. Costa with a hard low kick and he connects on a right hook and then a left high kick. Wild start to this fight. Costa connects on a left hook but Davis pushes forward and pushes Costa against the fence again. Costa defends again and they break. Costa with a right hook to the body. Davis connects with a straight right of his own. Davis moves forward and Costa connects with another right hook but again Davis eats it. Costa with another counter left hook but once again Davis eats it. Davis lands a low kick, and another. Costa with a jab and then a right hook. He pushes forward and lands another left high kick on Davis, who just eats it. Costa with a hard jab but he is beginning to show signs of fatigue. Davis pushes Costa against the cage and they are jockeying for position. Davis lands a hard elbow on the break. The 10 second-clapper rings and the round is soon over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Costa
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Costa
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Costa

Round 2

Round two begins. Costa lands an overhand right and badly hurts Davis, buckling his knees. Davis manages to grab a hold of Costa and clear the cobwebs. They break. Costa continues to land the jab but Davis walks through them and gets inside, landing a brutal knee to the face of Costa that appears to stun him. In desperation Costa changes levels and goes for a double leg takedown but Davis scrambles and is able to take the back of Costa and get the rear-naked choke. He doesn’t have his hooks in but he’s able to get the choke anyways. Great fight to start the night!

The Official Result

Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2, 1:12

Lauren Mueller vs. Poliana Botelho

Round 1

The second fight of the night is a women’s flyweight bout between Lauren Mueller and Poliana Botelho. The referee is George Allen. No touch of gloves to begin this one. Botelho lands a low kick. Mueller pushes forward and lands a straight right. Botelho with a teep to the body, and then a low kick. Mueller continues to push forward with her jab. She lands a straight right as Botelho’s chin is sticking up in the air. Botelho lands a hard kick to the body that hurts Mueller. Botelho pushes forward and clinches her along the fence. Botelho is landing hard knees to the body of Mueller. She decides to use the body lock to land a takedown and lands on top in the half guard of Mueller. Botelho nearly takes the back of Mueller in a scramble but Mueller instead uses it as an opportunity to regain full guard. Botelho moves into half guard and is landing some hard elbows to the body of Mueller, who is able to scramble and finally get back to her feet in the transition. Now Mueller is pushing Botelho against the fence, but Botelho reverses it. Botelho continues pushing on Mueller until the end of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Botelho
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Botelho
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Botelho

Round 2

The second round begins. Mueller immediately moves forward and lands a straight right but Botelho returns with a counter straight right of her own. Botelho lands a high kick that is partially blocked by Mueller. Now Mueller moves forward and lands a left hook. She grabs hold of Botelho and is pushing her against the cage. Botelho is landing some heavy knees in the clinch and is now the one pushing Mueller against the cage. Mueller reverses position and lands a hard elbow. They break. Botelho changes levels and lands a double leg takedown. She’s now in Mueller’s full guard. Mueller is able to make her way back to the fence and stand back up but Botelho continues to push her against the fence. Mueller reverses position and is landing knees to the thigh of Botelho, who reverses position once again. The referee decides to break up the stalemate. Botelho lands a spinning back kick to the body. Mueller with a kick to the body of her own. Low kick by Mueller. Botelho lands a hard jab and a left hook just before the end of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Botelho
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Botelho
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Botelho

Round 3

Third and final round and Mueller needs a finish as she’s down two rounds to none. Botelho lands another low kick right away. Mueller continues to push forward and work off the jab. She lands a kick to the body of Botelho and continues to move forward but Botelho grabs a hold of her and they clinch. There isn’t much action going on, just a lot of wall-and-stall, and the referee breaks it up. Mueller continues to push forward with her jab but Botelho lands a hard body kick. Botelho clinches up Mueller once again. They referee breaks it up after just a few seconds. Mueller lands a knee to the body and Botelho looks exhausted at this point. Mueller lands a straight right and then a big knee to the body. She is moving forward looking for the finish. She lands a low kick and drops Botelho. For whatever reason Mueller decides to jump into the full guard of Botelho despite all the success she was having on the feet. Botelho is just holding onto Mueller until the final bell. Bad fight IQ cost Mueller the chance of a late finish.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Mueller (29-28 Botelho)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Mueller (29-28 Botelho)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Mueller (29-28 Botelho)

The Official Result

Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Round 1

Up next is a bantamweight bout between Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath. The referee is Jason Herzog. They touch gloves. Soukhamthath lands a low kick to begin the fight. The southpaw Jackson lands a straight left. Jackson lands an uppercut. Jackson with a long straight left. Soukhamthath lands a low kick. Soukhamthath grabs a hold of Jackson’s neck and lands a knee to the body. Jackson pushes forward and clinches Soukhamthath up against the fence. He’s able to grab a hold of Soukhamthath land a hard slam, ending up on top. Soukhamthath scrambles back to his feet. Jackson once again lands a body lock takedown and finishes the round on top in side control.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Jackson
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Jackson
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Jackson

Round 2

Round two begins. Jackson with a long jab. Soukhamthath lands a low kick. Jackson lands another straight right. He’s being very technical right now but isn’t show as much aggression as in his previous fights. Soukhamthath moves forward but Jackson grabs a hold of him and clinches him against the cage. Soukhamthath is able to break free. Jackson has Soukhamthath against the fence and is landing some big, wild shots. Soukhamthath manages to hang in but Jackson is landing at will. He lands a massive right hand and Soukhamthath looks badly rocked but is somehow surviving the onslaught. Jackson grabs a hold of him and starts landing some knees in the clinch. He uses a body lock takedown to get the fight to the ground once again. Jackson stays strong in top control, landing some punches to the face of Soukhamthath, and the round soon ends.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Jackson
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Jackson
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Jackson

Round 3

Round three starts and Soukhamthath needs a finish. Soukhamthath tries to land a high kick but falls down in agony due to a counter kick to the ground by Jackson. Clearly an accident but Soukhamthath is taking his time to fully recover. He says he’s fine and time is back in. Soukhamthath pushes forward and lands a double leg takedown on Jackson, who sweeps him and lands in full mount. Jackson is on top landing heavy punches to the face of Soukhamthath. Soukhamthath manages to regain half guard but Jackson is still landing hard punches from the top. Jackson is looking for a kimura and uses it to land some heavy punches to the stomach of Soukhamthath, who manages to scramble back into full guard. Jackson continues to land hard punches from the top. Soukhamthath tries for a desperation armbar but Jackson stacks him and slams him. Jackson is now in side control and continues to land ground and pound until the end of the round, and the fight.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Jackson (30-27 Jackson)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Jackson (30-27 Jackson)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-8 Jackson (30-26 Jackson)

The Official Result

Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad

Round 1

Up next is a welterweight bout between Curtis Millender and Belal Muhammad. The referee is Marc Goddard. No touch of gloves and Millender immediately takes the center of the Octagon. Millender with a low kick and a left hook. Another low kick by Millender and he just misses landing a high kick. Muhammad just misses landing a straight right. Millender with a counter right hook. Another low kick by Millender. Muhammad lands Millender with a right hook to the body. Millender with a stinging jab. Millender with a left hook to the body. Muhammad starts to work off his jab but Millender moves away. He’s doing a great job of utilizing his reach advantage thus far. Muhammad moves forward and clinches Millender against the cage. Muhammad is working hard for a single leg takedown but Millender defends it well. They temporarily pause due to an eye poke on Muhammad. Time is back in and Millender lands another long jab. He stings Muhammad with a straight right. The 10-second clapper rings and Millender lands a hard body kick just before the end of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Millender
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Muhammad
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Muhammad

Round 2

Round two begins. Muhammad pushes forward and clinches Millender against the fence. He lands a hard elbow and they break. Muhammad pushes forward with a left hook. Muhammad with a kick to the body. Millender lands a left hook. Millender with a low kick. Muhammad pushes forward and completes a double leg takedown. Muhammad lands in half guard and has two minutes to work. He’s landing some hard punches to the face of Millender. Muhammad with some shoulder shots. Millender looks completely lost on his back and the clock continues to run down. Muhammad lands some hard elbows to the face of Millender and the round is over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Muhammad
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Muhammad
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Muhammad

Round 3

Round three begins. Millender lands a hard low kick. Muhammad shoots for a double leg but Millender stuffs it and lands a hard knee on the exit. Muhammad moves forward and lands a right hook. Muhammad with a straight right and he changes levels and lands a double leg takedown. Muhammad moves into half guard and continues to pepper Millender with ground and pound. Muhammad moves into full mount. He continues to land hard punches to the face of Millender, who turns his back in desperation. Muhammad has back mount now with his hooks in and is looking for a rear-naked choke. Millender escapes the choke attempt but Muhammad continues to rain down punches and the round and fight are over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-8 Muhammad (29-27 Muhammad)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Muhammad (30-26 Muhammad)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Muhammad (30-27 Muhammad)

The Official Result

Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)

Boston Salmon vs. Khalid Taha

Round 1

Up next is a bantamweight bout between Boston Salmon and Khalid Taha. The referee is Blake Grice. They touch gloves and the fight begins. Taha connects with a massive left hook and Salmon is down on the mat! Taha follows him down and lands a couple short punches as the referee jumps in and stops the fight. Great knockout, and a good stoppage by the ref.

The Official Result

Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon via KO (Punches) R1, 0:25

Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev

Round 1

Up next is a welterweight bout between Max Griffin and Zelim Imadaev. The referee is George Allen. Griffin immediately tags Imadaev with a straight right. He clinches him up and takes him to the ground with a body lock takedown. Imadaev manages to scramble back up but grabs the fence to prevent another one. The referee calls time and takes a point away. Griffin clinches up and once again lands a body lock takedown. Griffin takes the back of Imadaev and is looking for a rear-naked choke. Griffin isn’t able to get his hooks in but is working on a neck crank. Imadaev is defending well but Griffin isn’t letting go of the neck crank. Imadaev grabs the fence to get out of it but the ref doesn’t see the fence grab this time. Imadaev gets back to his feet. He lands a spinning back elbow that rocks Griffin, and then a spinning wheel kick. Imadaev just misses landing another spinning back elbow. Griffin clinches up against the fence but Imadaev reverses him. He starts to land some hard knees to the thighs of Griffin, who is landing some hard knees of his own in the clinch. They break and Imadaev lands a hard low kick just before the end of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-8 Griffin
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Griffin
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-8 Griffin

Round 2

Round two begins. Griffin lands a straight right. Imadaev looks for a spinning back kick but Griffin changes levels and takes him to the ground with a double leg. Imadaev gets back to his feet but Griffin continues to press him against the cage. Imadaev reverses position. They break. Griffin lands another double leg takedown but Imadaev rolls and gets back to his feet. Griffin with a straight right. Imadaev lands a low kick. Left hook by Imadaev. He flails on a right hook and Griffin lands another double leg takedown. Imadaev immediately gets back to his feet. But once again Griffin is able to get Imadaev to the ground, and once again Imadaev stands back up. Griffin has done a good job getting these takedowns but isn’t doing anything with them. Imadaev lands a straight right and Griffin looks wobbly. Imadaev pushes Griffin against the fence and lands a hard knee to the body, and then a hard elbow. Griffin is absolutely exhausted and Imadaev lands another knee to the fact. Imadaev lands an uppercut to the chin and then a hard let hook. Another knee by Imadaev and the round is over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Imadaev
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Imadaev
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Griffin

Round 3

Round three begins. Imadaev walks forward and lands a left hook. He lands a straight right on Griffin’s chin and has him backed up against the fence. Imadaev starts teeing off but Griffin clinches him to avoid more punishment. Griffin is able to get another double leg takedown but Imadaev gets back to his feet. Griffin pushes Imadaev to the fence and then lands a couple hard knees to his body. Griffin sticks to Imadaev like glue but Imadaev reverses the position. Griffin lands another knee to the body from the clinch. The 10-second clapper rings. Imadaev with a hard uppercut and Griffin with a spinning back fist just before the fight concludes. Close fight, and the judges will decide it.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Griffin (29-27 Griffin)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Imadaev (28-28 Draw)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Imadaev (29-27 Griffin)

The Official Result

Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev via Majority Decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja

Round 1

It’s time now a for a flyweight bout between Wilson Reis and Alexandre Pantoja. The referee is Jason Herzog. They touch gloves. Reis with a low kick and Pantoja returns with a right hook. Pantoja lands another straight right but Reis partially blocks it. Pantoja lands a kick to the body. Reis clinches up Pantoja against the fence and lands a body lock takedown. Pantoja is able to get back up to his feet and escape the grip of Reis. Pantoja lands a massive straight right down the pipe and drops Reis. Pantoja follows him to the mat and lands a series of heavy punches, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight. What a great win for Pantoja, the biggest of his career so far.

The Official Result

Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis via TKO (Punches) R1, 2:58

Jalin Turner vs. Matt Frevola

Round 1

The final preliminary bout is a lightweight tilt between Jalin Turner and Matt Frevola. The referee is Marc Goddard. They touch gloves and the fight begins. Turner lands a knee right away that hurts Frevola, but Frevola is able to grab a hold of him and drag Turner to the mat. Frevola is now working in side control and is looking to take the back of Turner. He has the back of Turner and is looking for a rear-naked choke. Turner is doing a good job of defending but Frevola has him in a bad spot with over three minutes to work. Turner is finally able to scramble and escape and get back to his feet. Turner takes the center of the Octagon. He lands a hard straight right that hurts Frevola. Low kick by Frevola and Turner lands a right hook. Frevola changes levels and lands a single leg takedown and moves into side control once again. Turner reverses and gets on top but Frevola locks him in a guillotine choke and it’s tight. Turner uses the cage to scramble and gets back to his feet. Frevola with a body kick and Turner with a counter straight right. Frevola changes levels but Turner is able to stuff the shot and the round ends shortly thereafter.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Frevola
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Frevola
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Frevola

Round 2

Round two begins. Turner with a straight left. Frevola changes levels and is looking for a double leg takedown but Turner stuffs it. Frevola with a hard kick to the body. Frevola changes levels and lands a double leg takedown but Turner quickly gets back up. Frevola lands a low kick. Frevola with a right hook. Turner responds with a left hook of his own. Another low kick by Frevola. He looks for another double leg but Turner stuffs it once again. Turner with a short right hook and Frevola responds with a left hook of his own. Frevola changes levels and lands a single leg takedown but Turner catches him in a guillotine choke and uses it to get on top. But Frevola is able to latch onto a single leg and get back on top of Turner. Frevola latches on a guillotine choke and pulls guard but Turner is able to get out of it. Frevola lands an illegal upkick from inside his guard and the referee pauses the fight. Marc Goddard says the foot just grazed Frevola but says it was an accident. It looks like a toe got into the eye of Turner, but no point is taken. Time is back in and the round is soon over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Frevola
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Frevola
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Frevola

Round 3

Round three begins. Turner pushes forward and lands with a left uppercut. Turner with a kick to the body and a straight left behind it. Frevola with a low kick. Turner lands a straight left but Frevola moves away. Frevola changes levels and scores another double leg takedown. Turner nearly sweeps Frevola with a triangle but Frevola scrambles and get into side control. Frevola lands some nice knees to the body from side control and Turner gets back to his feet. Turner is walking forward now and he needs a finish. He lands a nice kick to the body of Frevola. Turner lands a spinning back kick to the body. Frevola with a straight right. Turner lands a left hook to the body. Turner continues to move forward but there simply isn’t enough time left in the fight for him to the get the finish he so desperately needs.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Frevola (30-27 Frevola)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Frevola (30-27 Frevola)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Frevola (30-27 Frevola)

The Official Result

Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ovince St. Preux vs. Nikita Krylov

Round 1

It’s time for the main pay-per-view card and the opening bout is a light heavyweight rematch between Ovince St. Preux and Nikita Krylov. The referee is Blake Grace. They touch gloves and the fight is on. Krylov comes out with a body kick. Krylov with a straight left and a front kick right to the face of St. Preux, who changes levels and completes a double leg takedown. Krylov is able to get back to his feet but St. Preux completes a single leg takedown. Krylov gets back up and is looking for a front choke. St. Preux is able to get out of the choke and then completes a trip takedown. Krylov once again gets back to his feet. St. Preux gets him to the ground with a whizzer takedown. St. Preux is now on top of Krylov in his full guard. He moves into half guard and then moves into full mount. St. Preux lands some hard punches from the top but Krylov manages to buck his hips and escape. Krylov lands some hard knees on St. Preux against the fence. Krylov with a heavy kick to the body on St. Preux, who looks very tired after all that wrestling. Krylov clinches St. Preux against the fence until the end of the first round.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 St. Preux
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 St. Preux
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 St. Preux

Round 2

Round two begins. Krylov lands a straight right and St. Preux immediately clinches Krylov against the cage. Krylov is able to reverse position complete a body lock takedown and slam St. Preux to the mat. He lands in full mount but switches to back control. Krylov now has the back of St. Preux and is looking for a rear-naked choke. It looks pretty tight and Krylov is able to get the tapout. Impressive win by the Ukrainian.

The Official Result

Nikita Krylov def. Ovince St. Preux via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2, 2:30

Alan Jouban vs. Dwight Grant

Round 1

Up next is a welterweight bout between Alan Jouban and Dwight Grant. The referee is George Allen. They touch gloves. Jouban pushes forward and clinches Grant against the fence and lands a body lock takedown. Grant gets back up but Jouban just misses landing a head kick on the break. Grant with a left hook and then an overhand right. Grant just misses landing another left hook. Jouban returns with a kick to the body. Grant lands a low kick. Grant just misses landing a huge overhand right. Low kick by Grant and then an uppercut that hurts Jouban. Now Jouban lands a low kick of his own. Grant with a big left hook. Kick to the body by Grant. Jouban lands a head kick that Grant blocks. Jouban moves forward and lands a right hook. Low kick by Grant. Uppercut by Grant. Another overhand right by Grant almost connects and the round is over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Grant
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Jouban
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Jouban

Round 2

Round two begins. Grant with a left hook and then a right hook and Jouban covers up but seems to regain his wits. Jouban lands a straight left of his own. Low kick by Jouban and Grant returns one of his own. Grant with a left hook to the body, and then a low kick. Grant with a right hook. Jouban continues to move forward but Grant is doing a good job countering him. Grant with a hard low kick. Jouban lands a head kick but Grant doesn’t seem phased by it. Jouban clinches Grant against the cage but Grant escapes. Grant with a straight right. Left hook to the body by Grant. Jouban with a low kick. Right hook to the body by Grant and a low kick by Jouban and the round is over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Grant
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Grant
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Grant

Round 3

Third and final round. Grant with a low kick right away. Grant lands a left hook that briefly stuns Jouban. Another hard low kick by Grant. He explodes with an uppercut and a left hook combo but Jouban eats it well. Grant with a high kick that Jouban partially blocks. Another high kick attempt by Grant and a follow-up straight right. Jouban lands a low kick. Jouban lands a low blow and the referee calls time. After a minute, the referee calls time back in. Grant lands another left hook and then another low kick. Jouban returns with a high kick attempt. Jouban lands an overhand right. Low kick by Grant. Jouban continues to move forward but he hasn’t landed anything significant all fight. Jouban lands a double leg takedown late and lands some hard ground and pound right before the buzzer. That late takedown could be the difference in this fight.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Jouban (29-28 Grant)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Jouban (29-28 Jouban)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Jouban (29-28 Jouban)

The Official Result

Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree

Round 1

It’s now time for a light heavyweight battle between Eryk Anders and Khalil Rountree. The official in charge of this bout is Jason Herzog. Both men start the fight in the southpaw stance. Rountree with a low kick right away. Another hard low kick by Rountree, and another. Teep kick by Rountree pushes Anders backwards. Hard kick to the body by Rountree. Another hard low kick by Rountree, and another. Rountree with a straight left. Another low kick by Rountree and you can see the redness on the leg of Anders. These are heavy kicks and Anders needs to do something here or he won’t be able to walk. Body kick by Rountree but Anders catches it and lands a spinning back elbow. Another low kick by Rountree. Anders returns with a straight left. Rountree with another low kick and the round is soon over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Rountree
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rountree
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Rountree

Round 2

Round two begins. Rountree lands a heavy body kick and then drops Anders with a straight left. Anders is on the mat and Rountree is kicking his thighs with heavy kicks. Rountree jumps into the guard of Anders and hits him with some hammerfists. Rountree connects with a left hook that drops Anders. He continues to kick his legs while Anders lies on his back. Anders shoots for a double leg takedown but Rountree stuffs it. Rountree with a nice 1-2 and then a knee to the body behind it. Straight left by Rountree right on the chin of Anders. Rountree with a vicious right hook that drops Anders. That’s the third knockdown of the fight. He lets Anders back up. Low kick by Rountree. Brutal right hook by Rountree and Anders falls down again. That’s the fourth knockdown of the fight. Anders is allowed back up but his corner should throw the towel in. The clock winds down and round two is over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-7 Rountree
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-7 Rountree
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-7 Rountree

Round 3

Round three begins. Anders with a straight left of his own. Rountree with another low kick. Rountree just misses landing another straight left. Jab to the body by Rountree and then a heavy low kick. Right hook by Rountree. Another low kick by Rountree. Jab by Rountree. High kick by Rountree. Another nasty low kick by Rountree. A hard body kick by Rountree. Anders with a straight left but Rountree lands another low kick. Right hook by Rountree. He lands another low kick and just misses landing a fight-ending left hook. Anders lands an uppercut of his own but Rountree responds with a left hook. Another low kick by Rountree. The 10-second clapper hits and the fight is soon over. What a beatdown.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Rountree (30-25 Rountree)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rountree (30-25 Rountree)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Rountree (30-25 Rountree)

The Official Result

Khalil Rountree def. Eryk Anders via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

UFC Interim Middleweight Title Fight:
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya

Round 1

It’s time for the co-main event, a middleweight bout for the interim title between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. The official for this bout is Marc Goddard. Gastelum comes out immediately and takes the center of the Octagon. Adesanya with a low kick and then a straight left. Jab by Adesanya and then a hard kick to the body. Gastelum with a kick to the body of his own. Adesanya with another kick to the body. Gastelum moves forward and connects on a right hook that briefly drops Adesanya, who gets back up immediately. Gastelum with a straight left. Low kick by Adesanya. Straight left to the body by Gastelum. Overhand left by Gastelum. Adesanya with a straight right. Gastelum with a short right hook of his own. The 10-second clapper rings and the round is soon over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Gastelum
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gastelum
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Gastelum

Round 2

Round two begins. Adesanya with a kick to the body, and another. Adesanya with a short left hook. Another hard body kick by Adesanya. Gastelum with a left hook to the body. Adesanya with a straight right to the body. Another body kick by Adesanya. He is starting to really find his range now. Gastelum connects with a left hook in close but Adesanya eats it. Head kick attempt by Adesanya. Gastelum moves forward and lands another left hook. Adesanya connects on a straight right and he drops Gastelum, who recovers quickly and gets back up. Adesanya with a head kick and he has Gastelum wobbly. Another straight right by Adesanya and Gastelum is hurt. Adesanya with a spinning back elbow and he drops Gastelum, who once again gets back up. Another head kick by Adesanya, and Gastelum returns with a straight left. Gastelum changes levels for a double leg but Adesanya stuffs it. Another straight left by Gastelum and the round is over. Great round of action.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya

Round 3

Round three begins. Body kick by Gastelum to open up the round. Adesanya with a low kick. Left hook to the body by Gastelum. Adesanya with a teep kick to the body. He lands a knee to the face of Gastelum. Hard body kick by Adesanya. He just misses landing a head kick. Hard low kick by Adesanya. They exchange punches and Adesanya finishes the sequence with a head kick attempt. Adesanya with a long straight right that connects hard. Adesanya just misses landing another straight right. Heavy body kick by Adesanya. Gastelum hasn’t landed anything significant since the first round. He finally catches Adesanya napping and lands a double leg takedown. Adesanya is able to get back to his feet quickly. Low kick by Adesanya. The round comes to an end.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya

Round 4

Round four starts. Gastelum moves forward and lands a straight left. He connects on a right hook and moves inside for the clinch but Adesanya circles away. Adesanya grabs Gastelum’s neck with a nasty knee to the body. Low kick by Adesanya. Straight right by Adesanya. Jab from Gastelum. Another left hook by Gastelum. He uses it to get inside and clinch up Adesanya against the fence, who circles away. Adesanya with a counter straight right. Short uppercut by Adesanya and Gastelum returns fire with a straight left. Adesanya with a left hook. Low kick by Adesanya. Jab by Adesanya. Gastelum connects on another right hook. He lands a head kick and Adesanya is rocked badly. For some reason Gastelum changes levels for a takedown but Adesanya stuffs it and returns fire with a high kick. This has been a crazy round, easily the best round of the fight so far. Gastelum with another straight left and the round is soon over.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Gastelum
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gastelum
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Gastelum

Round 5

Round five begins and the winner of this round likely wins the title. Gastelum moves forward right away and takes the center of the Octagon. Low kick by Adesanya. Left hook to the body by Gastelum and Adesanya returns fire with a straight right. Low kick by Gastelum. Adesanya with a straight right. Gastelum moves in for a double leg takedown but Adesanya attempts a guillotine choke. Gastelum goes to the mat and Adesanya rocks him up with a triangle choke. Gastelum escapes and they both get to their feet. Adesanya with another straight right. Gastelum continues to move forward and lands a right hook. Straight right by Adesanya. A right hook by Adesanya and Gastelum appears to be rocked. Still, Gastelum moves forward. Adesanya stuffs a lazy double leg takedown attempt by Gastelum. Kick to the body by Adesanya. Straight right by Adesanya but Gastelum eats it. This is wild! Another straight right by Adesanya and he drops Gastelum to the mat. Gastelum is able to get back up and clinch Adesanya against the cage. Gastelum is looking for a double leg takedown near the fence but Adesanya is able to thwart it. Straight right by Adesanya and Gastelum is in trouble. Another straight right and a left hook and Gastelum falls down to the mat. Somehow Gastelum has survived this beatdown but the referee is really considering stopping it. The 10-second buzzer rings and Gastelum is able to hold on for dear life and make it to the final bell. What a fight.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya (48-47 Adesanya)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya (48-47 Adesanya)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Adesanya (48-47 Adesanya)

The Official Result

Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum via Unanimous Decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)

UFC Interim Lightweight Title Fight:
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier

Round 1

It’s time for the main event of the evening, a lightweight bout for the interim belt between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway. The referee in charge of this contest is Blake Grice. Poirier with a left hook and a low kick behind it. Holloway returns with a left hook of his own. Poirier with a teep kick to push Holloway away. Holloway with a straight right to the body. Poirier moves forward and lands another low kick. Straight left by Poirier. Holloway connects on a left hook of his own and is teeing off on Poirier against the fence. Poirier moves away from danger. Porieir lands a straight right and he has Holloway hurt. Poirier is just pouring on the punches on Holloway against the fence. Holloway is firing back. Both men are throwing so many punches right now. Poirier grabs Holloway’s neck and starts landing knees to his face. He lands a straight right and Holloway is badly hurt. Poirier with a right hook and another. Poirier with a counter left hook. Holloway lands a left hook of his own. Poirier lands an uppercut and Holloway is badly hurt. Holloway regains his wits but Poirier continues to throw punches. Another straight left by Poirier. Holloway lands a left hook of his own. The 10-second clapper rings and Holloway lands a head kick but it’s far too late. Huge round for Poirier.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Poirier
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Poirier
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Poirier

Round 2

Round two begins. Holloway takes the center of the Octagon and lands a left hook. Holloway with a straight right to the body. Low kick by Poirier. Straight right by Holloway. Right hook by Poirier. Holloway with a straight right to the body and then a right hook to the face. Poirier appears to have significantly slowed down this round. Poirier lands a straight left but Holloway walks through it and continues to walk forward. Holloway with a high kick. Poirier changes levels but Holloway stuffs his takedown attempt. Poirier with a right hook. Straight left by Poirier. Holloway lands a hard kick to the body and is the one pressuring this round. Poirier with a left hook but Holloway returns fire with a straight right. Poirier lands a straight right and drops Holloway, but he recovers quickly. Poirier with a right hook that stumbles Holloway backwards. Poirier with a left hook and then a right hook. He stands in the pocket and they stare at each other and fist bump as the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Poirier
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Poirier
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Poirier

Round 3

Round three begins. Low kick by Holloway. He lands a right hook to the body. Poirier with a right hook to the body of his own. Poirier with a hard left hook and then a kick to the body. Another big overhand left by Poirier. Left hook by Poirier lands. Straight left by Poirier. Holloway with a straight right. Left hook by Holloway and then a jab. Right cross to the body by Holloway. Poirier with a big left hook that just misses. Straight right by Poirier. Straight right by Holloway, and another. Uppercut by Holloway. Poirier with an uppercut. They are standing in the center of the Octagon trading shots blow for blow. Holloway starts teeing off on Poirier now and has him against the fence. Poirier grabs a hold of him and is looking for a double leg takedown but Holloway stuffs it. Holloway with some hard downwards elbows while Poirier looks for the takedown. The 10-second clapper rings with both men clinched against the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Holloway
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Holloway
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Holloway

Round 4

Round four is here. Holloway with a straight right, right away. Poirier changes levels and is shooting for a double leg takedown and completes it. Holloway is able to get back up to his feet and lands a hard knee to the body on the break. Holloway starts to pour it on, landing a number of jabs and hooks to the head of Poirier. This is his world. Poirier lands a straight right of his own. Straight left by Poirier. Holloway has Poirier against the fence and lands some nasty body shots. Straight right by Holloway and Poirier looks hurt, but he’s still in the fight. Holloway with a kick to the body. Poirier with a knee to the fact of Holloway and it busted his face open. Holloway’s face is spraying blood everywhere. Holloway with a big overhand right. Poirier shoots for a double leg but Holloway is looking for a guillotine choke. Holloway stuffs it and he nearly locks in a Brabo choke before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Holloway
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Holloway
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Poirier

Round 5

The fifth and final round is here. It’s been an amazing fight so far and this round will decide the new interim lightweight champion. Holloway with a kick to the body. Poirier with an overhand left. Poirier with a straight left that staggers Holloway. Now Holloway lands a straight left of his own. Holloway with a kick to the body and Poirier returns fire with a right hook. Holloway with a straight right down the pipe. Jab by Poirier. Right hook by Holloway. They clinch and Poirier is looking for a late takedown. Holloway is doing a tremendous job of defending the takedown. They break from the clinch and start swinging wild hooks until the fight bell, embracing at the end. Amazing fight.

Sherdog Scores

Adam Martin scores the round: 10-9 Poirier (48-47 Poirier)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Poirier (48-47 Poirier)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Poirier (49-46 Poirier)

The Official Result

Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
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