UFC 237 ‘Namajunas vs. Andrade’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

By Ben Duffy May 11, 2019


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Viviane Araujo vs. Talita Bernardo

Round 1

Kicking off the early prelims is a bantamweight match between Talita Bernardo (6-3) and UFC debutante Viviane Araujo (6-1). The referee is Fernando Portella. The two women start off in matching orthodox stances, trading jabs and kicks. The difference in size between Bernardo and Araujo, normally a strawweight, is stark. A right low kick by Bernardo early takes Araujo’s feet out from under her. Araujo lands a hard body kick. Two minutes in, Araujo is the noticeably faster woman. Araujo looks confident, bouncing on her toes and bobbing her head while throwing quick, slapping low kicks. With a minute left, Bernardo throws a kick that Araujo catches, dumping Bernardo to the canvas. She allows Bernardo to stand. Bernardo drops levels and shoots a double-leg. Araujo uses an underhook to reverse and land on top. She sets up in Bernardo’s guard, but the horn sounds seconds later.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Araujo
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Araujo
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Araujo

Round 2

Araujo is the aggressor to open the second round, moving forward and throwing frequent low kicks. She catches Bernardo with a stiff right that swivels the larger woman’s jaw. A moment later, Bernardo goes down off-balance and lingers, looking to get Araujo to grapple, but Araujo lets her stand. Bernardo shoots for another takedown. Araujo defends and threatens to take the back before they disengage and stand. With a minute left, Araujo ducks under a punching combination, dumping Bernardo with a nice double-leg of her own. A moment later she stands. Bernardo stands as well, and the horn sounds a moment later.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Araujo
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Bernardo
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Bernardo

Round 3

Perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, Bernardo marches forward to start the final frame, throwing straights and hooks with ill intent. Araujo catches Bernardo coming in with a gigantic right hook that flattens her instantly. Referee Portella dives in to stave off any unnecessary coffin nails and Viviane Araujo makes a sizzling UFC debut, potentially putting several divisions on notice, but tells interviewer Jon Anik that she plans to go back to strawweight immediately.

The Official Result

Viviane Araujo def. Talita Bernardo R3 0:48 via TKO (Punch)

Raoni Barcelos vs. Carlos Huachin

Round 1

Featherweights Barcelos (13-1) and the debuting Huachin (10-3-1) take the cage, with referee Eduardo Herdy overseeing. Barcelos stalks forward on the Peruvian, who gives ground with left hand cocked, looking for a southpaw counter. We have our first “Uh! Vai morrer!” chant of the evening, which at least beats the hell out of “whoo.” A minute and a half in, Huachin catches Barcelos coming in with a counter left hook, then another. Barcelos lands a combo of his own. Halfway through the round, Huachin looks sharper on the feet, timing Barcelos’ entries and punishing them. Barcelos lands a big right kick to the body. With a minute left, Barcelos lands a right hook-left high kick combo. Barcelos lands a hard left low kick at the clapper, and it’s the last significant offense of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Huachin
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Barcelos
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Huachin

Round 2

Barcelos comes forward, feinting. He drops for a takedown, but Huachin shucks him off and circles away. Barcelos catches Huachin with a short right hook as they both come forward, dropping him to his butt. He pounces, throwing punches with both hands, but Huachin moves and defends well as the referee looks on closely. Barcelos moves to mount, then to the back. He hunts for a rear-naked choke, but Huachin spins into him. Barcelos grabs a guillotine, loses it, then moves to the back again. The extended sequence ends with Barcelos back in mount, too high for an arm-triangle, but flattening Huachin with his hips. Huachin regains half guard, but Barcelos has him against the fence, throwing punches, then elbows. With under 15 seconds left, the referee jumps in and stops the punishment. A tick early or not, the stoppage win runs Barcelos' win streak to seven straight, the last three in the UFC.

The Official Result

Raoni Barcelos def. Carlos Huachin R2 4:49 via TKO (Elbows and Punches)

Luana Carolina vs. Priscila Cachoeira

Round 1

The final fight of the ESPN+ early prelims is another all-Brazilian affair, with Cachoeira (8-2) and promotional debutante Carolina (5-1) squaring off at flyweight. The referee is Fernando Portella. Cachoeira catches Carolina with a hard knee up the middle in the opening seconds. Moments later, she tags her with a one-two to the head, rocking her enough to induce her to initiate a clinch. Cachoeira is coming forward throwing, while Carolina circles out and looks to clinch when her opponent gets within range. In one such clinch, Carolina nails Cachoeira with a hard knee to the face. Cachoeira comes up with her face noticeably reddened. Halfway through the round, Cachoeira lands a shot that has Carolina running away for a second, back turned. Carolina lands a head kick, but it’s so slow that Cachoeira is able to catch it and trip her other foot. With a minute left, Carolina is bleeding from under her right eye. The round ends with Cachoeira giving chase.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Carolina
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Carolina
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Carolina

Round 2

The second round continues with Cachoeira continuing to earn her “Zombie” nickname, coming forward but taking a lot of hard shots as she does so. Carolina is being forced to retreat awkwardly from the sheer forward speed of her opponent, but doing a solid job of using the clinch to slow her down. Carolina smacks the charging Cachoeira with a big head kick, dropping her. She’s all over Cachoeira, looking for a kimura, then for a mounted triangle. Cachoeira defends, regains her wits and slips out. As they’re returning to their feet, Carolina hits Cachoeira with an illegal knee while she’s still grounded. Referee Portella stops the action, warns Carolina and gives Cachoeira a moment to recover. When they engage again, Cachoeira sticks Carolina with a right hand, then is pulled to the ground by Carolina, who locks up a front headlock. She has the guillotine choke, adjusts her grip and position, but doesn’t have it. They scramble and Carolina ends up in mount. She throws some punches and elbows, but Cachoeira is able to slip out the back door and they return to their feet, where the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Carolina
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Carolina
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Carolina

Round 3

Carolina goes back to the high kick to open the third round, landing two within the first 45 seconds. She’s tagging her with the left high kick nearly at will. Carolina nails Cachoeira with a spinning back fist that smacks loudly in the arena but doesn’t appear to faze her too badly. Halfway through the round the action has slowed, but the dynamic is the same: Cachoeira marching forward, taking two strikes to give one. With 90 seconds left, Carolina grabs a standing guillotine from the clinch, but Cachoeira extricates herself easily. Cachoeira is still coming forward, still throwing, but doesn’t appear to have any new ideas. With 30 seconds left, a Carolina jab snaps the other woman’s head back. The horn sounds, ending what should be an easy decision win for the UFC newcomer.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Carolina (30-27 Carolina)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Carolina (30-27 Carolina)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Carolina (30-27 Carolina)

The Official Result

Luana Carolina def. Priscila Cachoeira via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

B.J. Penn vs. Clay Guida

Round 1

The middle prelims on ESPN open up with a lightweight scrap between perennial fan favorite Clay Guida (34-18) and two-division former champ B.J. Penn (16-13-2). The referee is Herb Dean. Guida comes forward immediately with his trademark bouncing, feinting attack. Penn gives ground. Guida absolutely whiffs on two straight hooks and eats a counter. Penn delivers a hook that shakes Guida up. The crowd chant’s Penn’s name a few times. Guida lands a slapping high kick and appears to be dropping for a takedown, but bails on it quickly. He throws another hook that misses by two feet. Halfway through, Guida’s motion has changed from advancing to circling. Penn nails him with a left hook. Penn is now the one moving forward as Guida moves laterally. Penn tags an advancing Guida with a right uppercut, snapping his head back. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Penn
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Penn
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Penn

Round 2

Penn stalks forward as Guida circles and feints. Guida throws a kick up the middle that lands, standing Penn up for a moment. Penn is patient, looking to time Guida for an uppercut. Guida throws a right outside leg kick that lands solidly and unchecked. Penn tags Guida with a jab, then another. Halfway through the round, Guida flashes a left head kick, then rushes in behind it, looking for the takedown. He hustles Penn to the fence, pressing him there, throwing short punches and elbows. Penn spins away and escapes, and they reset. Guida tags him with another right low kick, this time spinning Penn halfway around. Guida hits Penn with a hard right that stumbles him, comes in behind it and pushes him to the fence. With 15 seconds left, he scoops Penn up at the hips and dumps him effortlessly. He throws a few punches before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Guida
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Guida
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Guida

Round 3

Penn looks exhausted to open the final round, mouth wide open. His left leg appears compromised as well. Guida comes forward, throwing with both hands. A minute in, he clinches and runs Penn to the fence. Guida is throwing short punches to the midsection and elbows upstairs. Guida lets him off the fence, then steps forward and lands a wide left hook that sends Penn stumbling, more off balance and tired than hurt. Guida gives chase, clinching against the fence again. Under a minute and a half left and Guida is just smothering Penn, giving him no quarter. With 45 seconds left, Penn escapes and promptly nails Guida with a hard one-two. Guida throws another left high kick that glances off Penn’s guard. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Guida (29-28 Guida)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Guida (29-28 Guida)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Guida (29-28 Guida)

The Official Result

Clay Guida def. B.J. Penn via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Sergio Moraes vs. Warlley Alves

Round 1

Brazilians Alves (12-3) and Moraes (14-4) square off in a welterweight matchup, with Osiris Maia officiating. They spend the first moments circling and pawing in orthodox stance. Alves throws a hard right low kick, then a moment later goes high with the left. Alves throws another right leg kick, which Moraes checks. Two minutes in, Moraes may not have landed a significant strike yet. Alves lands another hard leg kick. Moraes’ left leg is bright red. Moraes lands a looping right hook that sends Alves stumbling back for a moment, but he comes forward again, continuing to hack away at the lead left leg of Moraes. Alves mixes in a front snap kick at the lead leg, then goes back to the outside kick. With a minute left, Moraes signals that he has been poked in the eye, and referee Maia gives him a moment to recover. They return to exchanging on the feet. Less than 30 seconds left, and Alves jumps in with a flying knee feint, then tags Moraes with a straight right behind it. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Alves
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Alves
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Alves

Round 2

Alves tags Moraes with a jab, then another. 45 seconds in, Alves nails Moraes’ left leg with another big outside low kick. The leg is clearly hurting him, but he rushes forward and throws a left-right-left, backing Alves up. Moraes throws a front kick to the midsection, which Alves catches, hoists, but elects to let go. Alves’s volume has decreased at the halfway point of the round, but he is still throwing more strikes than Moraes. Alves whiffs on a lead left hook, allowing Moraes into close range, but they collide and bounce off each other. Under a minute left, and Alves is circling, throwing jabs and another low kick. He throws a roundhouse kick upstairs that misses by inches. The clapper sounds, and Alves disengages a few seconds before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Alves
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Alves
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Alves

Round 3

Moraes moves forward, throwing punches. Alves gives ground, circles, but stays within punching range. Moraes rushes Alves behind a couple of haymakers. Alves circles away and slugs Moraes to the body, backing him up to the fence. Alves is teeing off, sticking Moraes with stiff jabs and kicks to the leg and body. Moraes circles away. Alves walks him down, throwing combinations. He lands a hard left hook to the head. Moraes backs into the fence and Alves hits him with a one-two upstairs. Under 90 seconds left, and Alves throws another right low kick that nearly takes both of Moraes’ legs out from under him. With Moraes against the fence, Alves leaps in with a flying double knee that lands, then a standing elbow. Moraes is dazed, and in a “FINISH HIM!” moment, Alves takes a half-second to wind up a huge uppercut that blows Moraes away, leaving him folded in a heap at the base of the fence. Sensational knockout by Warlley Alves to punctuate a dominant performance.

The Official Result

Warlley Alves def. Sergio Moraes R3 4:13 via TKO (Punch)

Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises

Round 1

Lightweights Holobaugh (17-6, 1 N/C) and Moises (11-3) face off in a matchup of DWTNCS alums in need of a win. Referee Marc Goddard makes his first appearance of the evening. Holobaugh grabs a single-leg in the first 15 seconds, using it to run Moises to the fence. The Brazilian defends well, however, and Holobaugh gives it up. They return to circling. Moments later, Holobaugh goes for a single, once again on the right leg, and Moises once again defends. They disengage, and Moises surprises Holobaugh by dropping for a single-leg takedown of his own, running Holobaugh to the canvas. Holobaugh grabs a front headlock on the way down, but Moises moves to the opposite side and Holobaugh wisely lets go. Moises lands in full guard, then passes to half-guard. Holobaugh regains full guard as the “Uh! Vai morrer!” chants start up. Holobaugh goes high with his legs, and Moises postures up. The round ends with Moises still in Holobaugh’s full guard.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Moises

Round 2

Holobaugh lands a right low kick immediately. Moises tags him with a right hook, then throws a front kick right up the middle that touches Holobaugh’s chin. Just under a minute into the round, Moises times Holobaugh for a double-leg, getting in on his hips and driving him to the canvas easily. He scoots Holobaugh over to the fence, working in the Louisianan’s guard. Holobaugh shrimps and attempts to scramble to his feet, and manages to escape. Halfway through the round, Holobaugh clinches and hold Moises against the fence. Holobaugh lands a left hook to the head and a right to the body that get Moises’ attention. With a minute left, Moises tries to drop for a takedown, Holobaugh defends, but Moises comes across the top with a hard elbow to the temple. Right before the 10-second clapper, Holobaugh lands a three-piece combo with Moises backed up against the fence. Moises responds with a pair of level elbow strikes.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Moises

Round 3

Moises steps inside and hits Holobaugh with a one-two, then another combo. He drops and drives Holobaugh to the ground again. He works from half-guard as Holobaugh tries to hip escape. Moises sticks to him, staying on top and giving Holobaugh nowhere to go. Against the fence, Holobaugh scrambles out but gives up his back. Moises gets his arm under the chin, but without hooks he gives the choke up. Holobaugh reverses briefly, but Moises scrambles and ends up on top again. With under 90 seconds left, it’s been Moises all over Holobaugh all round. In the final half-minute, he flurries from top position, landing some hard shots but not doing enough to get Goddard to step in. This one will go to the judges.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Moises (30-27 Moises)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Moises (30-27 Moises)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Moises (30-27 Moises)

The Official Result

Thiago Moises def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann

Round 1

For the final preliminary bout of the evening, “Minotoro” (23-8) takes on Ryan Spann (15-5) in a light heavyweight showcase, under the watchful eye of referee Herb Dean. The first few exchanges are tentative, with Nogueira in southpaw stance to Spann’s orthodox. Spann rushes forward, scoops Nogueira up and dumps him to the ground, landing in side control. Spann moves to half guard and sets up an arm-triangle choke, which Nogueira defends expertly. A moment later, Noguiera sweeps and escapes to his feet. They clash immediately, with both men swinging wildly and landing. Spann floors Nogueira with a left uppercut that has him out before he hits the floor, but he ends up landing a couple more shots before Dean makes it to the scene of the assault. Nasty knockout from Ryan Spann.

The Official Result

Ryan Spann def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira R1 2:07 via TKO (Punches)

Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana

Round 1

The pay-per-view opens with a bantamweight matchup between Irene Aldana (9-4) and former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-3-1), whose punishment for missing weight by a whopping five pounds appears to be promotion to the main card. Eduardo Herdy is the referee. In spite of Correia’s weight miss, Aldana is by far the larger-looking woman in the cage. Aldana is the more mobile fighter in the early going, circling and jabbing as “Pitbull” stakes out the center of the Octagon. A minute and a half in, neither woman has landed much of consequence, but Correia has not solved the reach advantage of Aldana, who is keeping her at bay with jabs and one-twos. Correia moves forward, throwing winging hooks that clatter off the taller woman’s guard. With two minutes left, Correia is growing more aggressive, showing a willingness to eat the jab and straight right in order to land her own punches. At least some of them have gotten through, as Aldana’s mouth is reddened. At the 30-second mark, Aldana nails Correia with a right cross as she moves forward. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Aldana
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Aldana
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Aldana

Round 2

Correia is aggressive to open the round, moving forward and throwing hooks at Aldana. Correia is having greater success landing punches this round. Aldana is still connecting with the jab; Correia is simply walking through it and throwing her own punches. Correia throws a right low kick that lands solidly. Correia is looking extremely confident halfway through the round, while Aldana seems to be taken out of her game, moving backwards and looking confused. Correia lands a hard right hook that stumbles Aldana. Correia clinches with Aldana against the fence, looking to throw knees, but Aldana keeps her posture and shucks her off. At the 10-second clapper, Aldana explodes with a five-punch combo that lands with authority. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Correia
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Correia
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Correia

Round 3

Aldana lands a head kick in the opening seconds. Correia answers by walking forward and throwing more hooks and overhands. 45 seconds in, Aldana lands a sharp straight right that snaps Correia’s head back. Now it’s Aldana moving forward, throwing one-twos and connecting as Correia backs up. Correia throws another right low kick. Correia tags Aldana with a combo, putting her on the back foot once more. Correia drops levels and drives for a takedown, but Aldana evades and moves to Correia’s back. She tries to sink the hooks but is too high on Correia’s back. Aldana switches to an armbar, goes belly down and Correia taps! Impressive work by Irene Aldana, and it’s possible Correia ran into a knee during the takedown attempt, as she comes up with blood streaming down her face.

The Official Result

Irene Aldana def. Bethe Correia R3 3:24 via Submission (Armbar)

Thiago Alves vs. Laureano Staropoli

Round 1

Brazilian veteran Alves (28-13) takes on Argentinian up-and-comer Laureano Staropoli (8-1) in a welterweight showdown, with Osiris Maia set to oversee the goings-on. It’s Staropoli coming forward in the early going, pursuing, feinting and throwing a couple of long stance-switching kicks that land harmlessly on Alves’ guard. Over a minute in, Alves has not thrown any strikes with intent, instead watching Staropoli’s exotic array of kicks and stance shifts. Halfway through the round, Staropoli throws a spinning back kick and is thrown off balance by the advancing Alves. He stumbles, hops back, but Alves does not pursue. A minute and a half left, Alves still has not pulled the trigger with any serious punches. There is a small cut on his forehead. Alves throws a right inside leg kick that lands. Just before the clapper, he throws a left kick to the body, then a moment later, a counter right that stumbles Staropoli. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Staropoli
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Staropoli
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Staropoli

Round 2

Alves moves forward, throwing punches. Alves lands a right low kick, then a left kick to the body. Much busier and more aggressive in this second round. Alves slips or is knocked off balance, and Staropoli gives chase, ending up on top near the fence. Staropoli gets a hook in and Alves stands up, careful to protect himself from punches. He gets to his feet and they disengage. Staropoli throws a spinning back elbow that misses as Alves stands. Both men throwing with intent now, Alves with his bread-and-butter jabs, one-twos and low kicks; Staropoli still launching kicks and combos while sliding from orthodox to southpaw and back. Staropoli rakes Alves with a left hook to the body followed by a right to the head. The horn sounds on a lively second round.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Staropoli
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Staropoli
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Staropoli

Round 3

The welterweights exchange punching combinations in the center of the cage, then Alves drops and drives the younger fighter to the canvas. Beautiful timing. Staropoli defends himself well and escapes to the feet. They exchange again. Staropoli is punctuating his combos with hard body shots. Alves throws a one-two, and a left hook falls short. Staropoli lands a long, stance-swtiching straight right and takes a right low kick in return. Under two minutes left, and Staropoli is landing the more and harder shots. Alves tags Staropoli with a hard right hook that hurts him. Alves gives chase, landing more punches, but there’s less than a minute left and Staropoli isn’t hurt that badly. Alves is piling it on, but Staropoli is throwing back. The horn sounds and the round, and fight, end on a rousing note.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Alves (29-28 Staropoli)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Alves (29-28 Staropoli)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Alves (29-28 Staropoli)

The Official Result

Laureano Staropoli def. Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Round 1

A high-stakes featherweight showdown kicks off as former champion Jose Aldo (28-4) takes on red-hot contender Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski (19-1). The crowd reaction for Aldo is thunderous. Marc Goddard is the referee. Both men are in orthodox stance, circling. Volkanovski is the busier man, feinting and sliding laterally as Aldo pivots deliberately, right hand cocked. Volkanovski throws a left inside leg kick that lands. The tension is enough that play-by-play announcer Jon Anik seems to rush through his live ad read for vodka, lest he be caught mid-sentence when something explodes. Aldo is moving forward, forcing the younger man to give ground. Aldo throws a leg kick, then a body shot. Volkanovski now advances, throwing some darting jabs and straights that get through Aldo’s guard. Halfway through the round, Volkanovski is pushing forward. He throws another inside leg kick. Volkanovski grabs the clinch, runs Aldo to the fence. They exchange some short knees and punches, but neither man attempts to bring it to the ground. They break. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski

Round 2

Volkanovski throws another inside low kick immediately. Thus far, that kick has been more or less Volkanovski’s jab. Volkanovski throws the kick again, then feints and throws a right hook. Aldo catches the Australian coming in with a job that snaps his head back. Two minutes in, Aldo catches an inadvertent eye poke that leaves his eye visibly red. Referee Goddard separates them, calls in the doctor and gives the former champ a moment to recorder. When they engage again, Volkanovski soon drives Aldo to the fence, where he throws a series of knees to the leg of the Brazilian. Aldo pushes off and takes Volkanovski’s back momentarily. Volkanovski reverses and they disengage. At the clapper, the two are exchanging sharp single shots and combinations. The horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski

Round 3

The two featherweights touch gloves and embrace to open the final round. Volkanovski lands a jab, then a one-two. Aldo answers with a combination of his own. Volkanovski runs Aldo to the fence. As they jockey for position there, he employs a brief fence grab that draws the Rio crowd’s ire. Volkanovski is suffocating Aldo against the fence. They break off and engage in the center of the Octagon again, and it’s still the Australian who seems just a bit sharper, just a step ahead. He forces Aldo to the fence with 90 seconds left. He pins Aldo there, landing short knees that may not be doing much damage, but Aldo is offering nothing in return. 30 seconds left, and they are still in the same position. The fight ends. Aldo hoists his hands in the air, but it certainly seems he’s about to lose his first non-title fight in approximately 400 years.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski (30-27 Volkanovski)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski (30-27 Volkanovski)
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Volkanovski (30-27 Volkanovski)

The Official Result

Alexander Volkanovski def. Jose Aldo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier

Round 1

Anderson Silva (34-9, 1 N/C) takes on Jared Cannonier (11-4) in the co-main event. Silva holds the record for the UFC’s longest win streak with 16, while Cannonier holds the record among active UFC fighters for most fights in Alaska, with seven. The referee is Herb Dean. Cannonier moves forward in orthodox stance, bouncing on his toes and throwing single jabs and low kicks. Silva, in southpaw stance, gives ground and flicks out jabs and body kicks. Cannonier lands another hard low kick. Silva answers with a body kick that makes the crowd erupt. Halfway through, Cannonier is backing Silva up but throwing little offense. Cannonier forces a clinch against the fence. Silva obliges, throwing short, level elbows. They disengage. With a minute left, Cannonier darts in with a body jab. Silva goes on the offensive, backing Cannonier up and trying to walk him into the fence. Cannonier throws a right inside leg kick that lands on Silva’s right knee, and Silva goes down. Referee Dean rushes in and pulls Cannonier away before he can land any follow-up strikes. Silva is on his back in apparent agony as Cannonier walks around with arm aloft in triumph, perhaps the only happy person in the venue at the moment.

The Official Result

Jared Cannonier def. Anderson Silva R1 4:47 via TKO (Leg Injury)

UFC Strawweight Title Fight
Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade

Round 1

The main event features defending strawweight champ Rose Namajunas (8-3) taking on top contender Jessica Andrade (19-6) in hostile territory, with Marc Goddard the referee. “Thug Rose” comes out bobbing and feinting, shifting laterally. “Bate Estaca” pursues, right fist tightly coiled. Namajunas’ jab is in Andrade’s face and the challenger is marked up in seconds. Less than a minute in, Andrade is bleeding under the left eye. Andrade charges, drops levels and runs the champ to the fence with a single-leg. Namajunas calmly secures a kimura. Andrade lifts Namajunas over her shoulder, looking for the slam, but Namajunas keeps the arm, preventing the Brazilian from controlling the position. Andrade adjusts and hoists again, and they go to the canvas. Namajunas transitions to an armbar. Andrade escapes and they return to the feet. Namajunas’ ramrod jab is back in Andrade’s face. Andrade comes forward again, landing a one-two. Namajunas lands a knee to the chin that drops Andrade. Namajunas chases, but they return to the feet. The horn sounds on an insane round.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Namajunas
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Namajunas
Cole Shelton scores the round: 10-9 Namajunas

Round 2

The second round opens, and Namajunas resumes circling and nailing Andrade with her jab. Andrade rushes forward, getting inside the taller champ’s reach with punches, but Namajunas resets and gets back to her range. Namajunas remains a step ahead. Andrade rushes Namajunas to the fence and looks for the lift. Once again, Namajunas ties up the arm. This time, though, Andrade gets a high-crotch lift. She elevates Namajunas and brings her down, with the champ still holding the arm. Namajunas is knocked senseless by the impact. Referee Goddard is between them in a flash and Jessica Andrade is your new UFC strawweight champion. Incredible display of power. Sensational finish for Andrade in a fight in which she had been getting outclassed.

The Official Result

Jessica Andrade def. Rose Namajunas R2 2:58 via TKO (Slam)
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