UFC on ESPN 37 play-by-play and live results

By Nolan King | June 18, 2022 10:10 pm ET AUSTIN, Texas – MMA Junkie was on scene and reported from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 37 event. UFC on ESPN 37 takes place at Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. In the main event, Calvin Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) took on Josh Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at featherweight. To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN 37 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter Matthew Wells (@MrMWells) on Twitter. Kyle Daukaus vs. Roman Dolidze Round 1 – And we are underway! The crowd is ready to go. Anddd we have a foul already. There was nearly a clash of heads. The action resume and Doldize drops Daukaus with a punch. Daukaus is OK, he’s grabbing a leg. He works his way up to the feet and Doldize blasts him with a knee. Daukuas is down and out. Wow! UFC on ESPN 37 kicks off with a bang! Result: Roman Doldize def. Kyle Daukaus via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:13 Recap: Roman Dolidze blasts Kyle Daukaus with huge knee in first-round KO Photos: Roman Dolidze def. Kyle Daukaus Records: Kyle Daukaus (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Roman Dolidze (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) Division: Middleweight Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+ Referee: Mike Beltran Phil Hawes vs. Deron Winn Round 1 – Herb Dean gets the biggest pop of the night and we’re underway. Hawes lands a nasty one-two. He has a definite reach and height advantage, but Winn is used to that at this point, I guess. Hawes throws a sneaky elbow that sits Winn to his butt. Winn pops up and wipes his face. He has a scrape under his right eye from that one. Winn slaps a leg kick. Hawes jabs the body. Hawes digs Winn in the body with a front kick. Hawes connects with a one-two. In the next exchange, Hawes drops Winn again. Winn scrambles up against the cage. Hawes pounces but then slows himself. Winn seems to have recovered, but is bleeding now. Hawes is landing his right cross at will. Winn wipes out on a combination and Hawes feeds him a half-dozen punches. He’s getting fed. Winn fires back, but he seems slow and somewhat out of it still. Hawes remains calm as he moves forward. Hawes lands a pair of elbows that put Winn on rollerskates. Hawes looks fantastic, but Winn is tough. Hawes cranks him with a pair of brutal combinations before the horn. 10-8 Hawes. Round 2 – The doctor comes in to examine Winn, who absorbed a tremendous amount of damage in Round 1. He’s good to go, per doc. The two fighters come out swinging and Winn lands a combination. Hawes mixes in a high kick. Winn looks a little refreshed here. Maybe he shook out the cobwebs in between rounds. Hawes lands a body-head combination. Hawes returns with one of his own and rocks Winn with an elbow. Those have been money – and I mean, who doesn’t love a good standing elbow? Winn is finding some striking success and Hawes senses it. Hawes shoots and gets Winn down. Hawes lands some punches and Winn flips onto his stomach. Covered in blood, Winn works up and they separate. Hawes cranks Winn again. This is getting gory. Winn answers, though. Hawes shoots and Winn stuff him. The crowd is starting to get behind Winn, who is showing some serious heart. Hawes tags Winn again and then cranks him up high with a head kick – two of them. Winn is barely standing. He eats a pair of elbows and that’s it. Winn crumples against the cage. What a performance by Phil Hawes. He’s finally living up to the major expectations people had for him early on in his career. Result: Phil Hawes def. Deron Winn via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 4:25 Recap: Photos: Records: Phil Hawes (12-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Deron Winn (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) Division: Middleweight Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+ Referee: Herb Dean Cody Stamann vs. Eddie Wineland Round 1 – Wineland is one of the longest-tenured fighters on the UFC roster and he could be fighting for his job tonight. Stamann blasts Wineland early. Oh, he’s hurt. Wineland scrambling on the canvas, eating more and more punches. Wineland gets up and is met with a barrage of follow-up punches. He’s trying to throw but Stamann is blasting him. There’s the stoppage. A quick win for Stamann, and another TKO loss for Wineland. Elation and devastation simultaneously. Result: Cody Stamann def. Eddie Wineland via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:59 Recap: Cody Stamann runs through Eddie Wineland with 59-second TKO win Photos: Records: Cody Stamann (20-5-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC), Eddie Wineland (24-16-1 MMA, 6-10 UFC) Division: Bantamweight Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+ Referee: Jacob Montalvo Gloria de Paula vs. Maria Oliveira Round 1 – A touch of gloves and we’re off. Oliveira wastes no time. She leaps for a flying knee. De Paula remains calm as Oli

UFC on ESPN 37 play-by-play and live results

AUSTIN, Texas – MMA Junkie was on scene and reported from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 37 event.

UFC on ESPN 37 takes place at Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

In the main event, Calvin Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) took on Josh Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at featherweight.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN 37 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter Matthew Wells (@MrMWells) on Twitter.

Kyle Daukaus vs. Roman Dolidze

Round 1 – And we are underway! The crowd is ready to go. Anddd we have a foul already. There was nearly a clash of heads. The action resume and Doldize drops Daukaus with a punch. Daukaus is OK, he’s grabbing a leg. He works his way up to the feet and Doldize blasts him with a knee. Daukuas is down and out. Wow! UFC on ESPN 37 kicks off with a bang!

Result: Roman Doldize def. Kyle Daukaus via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:13
Recap: Roman Dolidze blasts Kyle Daukaus with huge knee in first-round KO
Photos: Roman Dolidze def. Kyle Daukaus
Records: Kyle Daukaus (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Roman Dolidze (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Mike Beltran

Phil Hawes vs. Deron Winn

Round 1 – Herb Dean gets the biggest pop of the night and we’re underway. Hawes lands a nasty one-two. He has a definite reach and height advantage, but Winn is used to that at this point, I guess. Hawes throws a sneaky elbow that sits Winn to his butt. Winn pops up and wipes his face. He has a scrape under his right eye from that one. Winn slaps a leg kick. Hawes jabs the body. Hawes digs Winn in the body with a front kick. Hawes connects with a one-two. In the next exchange, Hawes drops Winn again. Winn scrambles up against the cage. Hawes pounces but then slows himself. Winn seems to have recovered, but is bleeding now. Hawes is landing his right cross at will. Winn wipes out on a combination and Hawes feeds him a half-dozen punches. He’s getting fed. Winn fires back, but he seems slow and somewhat out of it still. Hawes remains calm as he moves forward. Hawes lands a pair of elbows that put Winn on rollerskates. Hawes looks fantastic, but Winn is tough. Hawes cranks him with a pair of brutal combinations before the horn. 10-8 Hawes.

Round 2 – The doctor comes in to examine Winn, who absorbed a tremendous amount of damage in Round 1. He’s good to go, per doc. The two fighters come out swinging and Winn lands a combination. Hawes mixes in a high kick. Winn looks a little refreshed here. Maybe he shook out the cobwebs in between rounds. Hawes lands a body-head combination. Hawes returns with one of his own and rocks Winn with an elbow. Those have been money – and I mean, who doesn’t love a good standing elbow? Winn is finding some striking success and Hawes senses it. Hawes shoots and gets Winn down. Hawes lands some punches and Winn flips onto his stomach. Covered in blood, Winn works up and they separate. Hawes cranks Winn again. This is getting gory. Winn answers, though. Hawes shoots and Winn stuff him. The crowd is starting to get behind Winn, who is showing some serious heart. Hawes tags Winn again and then cranks him up high with a head kick – two of them. Winn is barely standing. He eats a pair of elbows and that’s it. Winn crumples against the cage. What a performance by Phil Hawes. He’s finally living up to the major expectations people had for him early on in his career.

Result: Phil Hawes def. Deron Winn via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 4:25
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Records: Phil Hawes (12-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Deron Winn (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean

Cody Stamann vs. Eddie Wineland

Round 1 – Wineland is one of the longest-tenured fighters on the UFC roster and he could be fighting for his job tonight. Stamann blasts Wineland early. Oh, he’s hurt. Wineland scrambling on the canvas, eating more and more punches. Wineland gets up and is met with a barrage of follow-up punches. He’s trying to throw but Stamann is blasting him. There’s the stoppage. A quick win for Stamann, and another TKO loss for Wineland. Elation and devastation simultaneously.

Result: Cody Stamann def. Eddie Wineland via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:59
Recap: Cody Stamann runs through Eddie Wineland with 59-second TKO win
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Records: Cody Stamann (20-5-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC), Eddie Wineland (24-16-1 MMA, 6-10 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Jacob Montalvo

Gloria de Paula vs. Maria Oliveira

Round 1 – A touch of gloves and we’re off. Oliveira wastes no time. She leaps for a flying knee. De Paula remains calm as Oliveira throws with reckless abandon. Oliveira pumping up the crowd. What ridiculous energy off the bat. Oliveira throws a pair of leg kicks. Oliveira goes left-right-left-right-left-right, etc., moving straight forward. I think every single punch missed, but it was cool looking. De Paula cracks her in an exchange and the momentum reverses. Oliveira backpedals and signals to referee Kerry Hatley. Oh, her mouthpiece fell out. That’s why. Hatley calls timeout and retrieves it. The action resumes and de Paula picks back up as the aggressor. De Paula throws a kick. Oliveira catches it and throws de Paula to the canvas. De Paula pops back up and gets aggressive again. They clinch. Oliveira shoots for a takedown against the fence. They separate. Oliveira lands a combination. De Paula charges forward and Oliveira retreats. The round ends. I favor quality over quantity, so 10-9 de Paula.

Round 2 – De Paula lands a nice right hand. Oliveira punches air, then de Paula kicks her in the stomach. Oliveira charges forward and lands a leg kick. De Paula lands a combination, then another leg kick. Outside of the first couple of minutes of the fight, de Paula has been the one moving forward. Oliveira tries to keep her at bay with a push kick, but hits more air. Simultaneous jabs land. Oliveira leaps in with a karate-chop. It misses. De Paul jabs. Oliveira counters with a combination. De Paula lands a sharp two-punch combination. Both snap Oliveira’s head back, but she seems OK. Once again, de Paula nails the lead leg of Oliveira with a kick. De Paula continues to pursue Oliveira round and round the inside perimeter of the cage. De Paula is bleeding from her nose. Lots of jabs from both girls. Oliveira slips and rips. She landed a good one there. De Paula changes things up and gets a takedown. She finishes the round on top in Oliveira’s guard. 20-18 de Paula.

Round 3 – Oliveira comes out swinging again. Her connection percentage must be very low, though. She’s out of range in a lot of these exchanges. Sporting bruising under her right eye, De Paula jabs. Oliveira throws five or six punches, then rips a knee into de Paula’s midsection. Oliveira grabs hold and takes de Paula down. Eventually, de Paula gets back up. After a few exchanges, de Paula hip-tosses Oliveira to the canvas where the fight ends at the horn. 29-28 de Paula.

Result: Maria Oliveira def. Gloria de Paula via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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Records: Gloria de Paula (6-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Maria Oliveira (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Kerry Hatley
Judging: Chris Lee, Joel Ojeda (29-28 Oliveira, scoring Round 2 for de Paula); Jon Schorle (29-28 de Paula, scoring Round 1 for Oliveira)

Danny Chavez vs. Ricardo Ramos

Round 1 – Chavez catches a Ramos kick. Ramos lines him up for a sequence of flashy, spinning kicks. They all whiff. Ramos is super kick heavy thus far. Chavez lands a righthand over the top. Ramos misses a wheel kick. Chavez connects on a punching combination. OHHHHHHH MY GOOODDDDD. Ramos just froze him with a spinning back elbow agains the fence. He’s legit stuck there standing up. A few follow-up shots fold him and that’s it. What a knockout.

Result: Ricardo Ramos def. Danny Chavez via knockout (spinning back elbow) – Round 1, 1:12
Recap: Ricardo Ramos hits another insane spinning elbow KO
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Records: Danny Chavez (11-5-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC), Ricardo Ramos (16-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Mike Beltran

Court McGee vs. Jeremiah Wells

Round 1 – These prelims have been violent thus far. Let’s see if that continues. UFC commentator Joe Rogan has made his way into the arena – as a fan. I wonder when the last time he did that was. Anyway, the fight is underway. McGee moves forward. Wells is tentative and resets. McGee throws a combination and backs up. Wells whips a left hook that connects on the button. OH MY GOD. McGee is stiff as a board. Two brutal follow-up shots connect as Herb Dean dives in. That was a nasty, nasty knockout. The violence continues…

Result: Jeremiah Wells def. Court McGee via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:34
Recap: Jeremiah Wells puts Court McGee out cold for fifth straight finish
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Records: Court McGee (21-11 MMA, 10-10 UFC), Jeremiah Wells (11-2-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean

Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Natalia Silva

Round 1 – Silva targeting the lead leg of Jasudavicius early. She lands a push-kick, too. Silva lands a combination which knocks Jasudavicius off balance. Jasudavicius scrambles and grabs hold of Silva, now pushing her up against the fence. Silva whacks her in the face. Jasudavicius gets double under-hooks but Silva looks like the much stronger fighter. She nearly takes Jasudavicius down. Jasaduvicius maintains the clinch but only for a moment. They break. Silva rips a body kick, then a push kick. Silva lands a combination, then a spinning back kick to the body. Silva is landing kick after kick – high, low, and in between. Jasudavicius is eating a lot of punches but moves forward. She ties Silva up again against the fence. Silva reverses her. Jasudavicius reverses the reversal. The round ends there. 10-9 Silva.

Round 2 – Jasudavicius moves forward and eats a barrage from Silva. Once again, Jasudavicius ties up Silva. But this time, Silva tosses Jasudavicius over with a hard hip toss. Jasudavicius tries for a leg submission and utilizes the threat to get back. Jasudavicius back to shoving Silva into the fence. Silva breaks away and lands a hard punch. Jasudavicius moves in and eats another punch. She’s trying, but Silva seems twice as fast. Jasudavicius grabs hold of Silva’s leg, but gets tossed over and pummeled with elbows. They tumble again and Silva slams Jasudavicius’ face into the canvas. They scramble up and Silva lands a spinning back kick to the midsection. Beat up and slightly bloodied, Jasudavicius walks into two head kicks to land a right hand. A massive two-punch combination blasts Jasudavicius in the face as the round ends. This fight has been one-sided. 20-18 Silva.

Round 3 – The aggression hasn’t faltered. Jasudavicius remains confident despite her lack of success. Silva still looks fresh despite her output. Silva lands an outside leg kick. Silva jabs and moves. She lands a one-two combination. Jasudavicius shoots for a single-leg takedown. Denied. Silva lands another combination. Jasudavicius is literally running at Silva. She probably senses she’s down big. She strains for a takedown. Denied again. Jasudavicius tries a flying knee. Silva ties her up against the fence. They separate. Silva kicks the body. Jasudavicius pursues with a flying punch, but falls over. The round and fight ends. 30-27 Silva.

Result: Natalia Silva def. Jasmine Jasudavicius via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
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Records: Jasmine Jasudavicius (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Natalia Silva (13-5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Jacob Montalvo
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Tony Kelley vs. Adrian Yanez

Round 1 – All right. This one has some heat and bad blood on it. Tony Kelley booed on the introductions and flips off the crowd. Adrian Yanez, fighting out of Texas, gets major cheers. The fight begins. Kelley leaps up and falls off balance. “Let’s go Yanez” chants from the crowd. Yanez moves forward slowly. Kelley lands a body kick. Yanez lands a three-punch combination. There hasn’t been a ton of volume from either man. They duck in and nearly clash heads. Kelley lands a nice left hand. Yanez lands a right hand, then stuns Kelley with a left hook to the head! Yanez rips the body. Kelley is wobbled. Yanez going for the kill. Kelley ties up Yanez jsut long enough to survive. Now Kelley is pushing forward. Yanez connects on a right hook that stuns Kelley – then a left. The crowd is louder than ever right now. Kelley is swollen and bleeding from under one eye. A right hand rocks Kelley again. Yanez unloading. Kelley tips over and tries to sit up. Yanez scoots around him and blasts him with a pair of brutal right hands. Referee Kerry Hatley dives in and Yanez gives Kelley the double birds. The arena is vibrating.

Result: Adrian Yanez def. Tony Kelley via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:49
Recap: Top prospect Adrian Yanez picks apart Tony Kelley in first round KO
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Records: Tony Kelley (8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Adrian Yanez (16-3 MMA, 5-0 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
Referee: Kerry Hatley

Julian Marquez vs. Gregory Rodrigues

Round 1 – Marquez lands a leg kick. He lands a combination and Rodrigues fires back over the top. Marquez looked a little shaken, though I couldn’t tell if he was rocked or just a bit off balance. Now he’s rocked! Rodrigues just floored him with a punch. Marquez grabs a leg but Marquez lands hammerfists and then flips to his back. Marquez stands up. Rodrigues is a heavy backpack to be wearing. Eventually Rodrigues hops down and they break. Marquez swings. The crowd oohs and aahs. Lots of power behind every strike from each guy. Rodriques lands a combination and sits Marquez down again. Marquez gets up and gets sat down again. Rodrigues lands a series of hard elbows. Marquez is flinging punches. This is madness. Marquez rocks Rodrigues. Holy smokes. OHHHH! Rodrigues fires back and drops Marquez. He’s a starfish. That’s it. What a knockout by Rodrigues. This. Card. Is. Violent.

Result: Gregory Rodrigues def. Julian Marquez via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:18
Recap: Gregory Rodrigues stops Julian Marquez with methodical knockout
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Records: Julian Marquez (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Gregory Rodrigues (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Mike Beltran

Damir Ismagulov vs. Guram Kutateladze

Round 1 – This is my pick for sneaky good fight of the night. It kicks off to a very technical start, as expected. Both of these guys are so sound. After a feeling out process, Kutateladze spams some leg kicks. They tie up and separate. Ismagulov’s jab is money. Ismagulov looks like he’s having trouble seeing. I’m not sure if he got poked or what. He stands his ground. Kutateladze fires away in a boxing flurry. Ismagulov ducks and weaves and eventually escapes danger. They tie up again and separate again. Ismagulov lands a punch. Kutateladze swings wildly and Ismagulov returns. Now it’s Ismagulov swinging wildly. Ismagulov winces again. Kutateladze rips him in the midsection with a kick. The round ends. 10-9 Kutateladze.

Round 2 – Ismagulov resorts back to his jab. Smart. That’s been a successful tool. Speaking of working weapons, Kutateladze goes back to his kicks. He was having real success with those at the end of Round 1. These guys are remaining technical but the pace is slowing. Kutateladze shoots for a takedown. Ismagulov denies him with seeming ease. They both land. Kutateladze connects and shoots. Ismagulov denies him with a knee to the body. Ismagulov stops another takedown. I’m not sure if Kutateladze is tired or what, but these attempts are telegraphed and repetitive. Imsagulov is lighting Kutateladze up with his jab. The crowd is loving it. Kutateladze is split open. A little more pep is in the step of Ismagulov. He bounces around. The round ends. 19-19.

Round 3 – This a close one. It’s likely anyone’s fight. Both guys come out energetic with tons of head movement. Ismagulov goes over the top as Kutateladze kicks. Kutateladze leaps for a knee and Ismagulov ducks for a takedown. Kutateladze stuffs him. Both fighters miss. Ismagulov lands a one-two combination. They tie up and separate. Ismagulov tries a half-hearted takedown but gives up. Ismagulov looks up at the clock. It reads 1:30 remaining in the fight. Kutateladze fires a combination. Ismagulov lands two punches and blocks a head kick. Kutateladze tries a slow takedown. Ismagulov denies. Kutateladze then tries a speedy takedown. Ismagulov once again shoves him away. Ismagulov goes for a low single-leg but perhaps he was too low. Kutateladze drills a knee up the middle. It’s tough to tell where it landed, but referee Herb Dean calls timeout. He deemed it a foul. Kutateladze loses position, is warned, and the fight resumes. They throw a combination each before the round and fight ends with a horn. Close fight, but MMA Junkie scores it 29-28 Ismagulov.

Result: Damir Ismagulov def. Guram Kutateladze via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
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Records: Damir Ismagulov (24-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), Guram Kutateladze (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Chris Lee (29-28 Ismagulov, scoring Round 1 for Kutateladze); Jason Stafin (30-27 Ismagulov); Doug Crosby (29-28 Kutateladze, scoring Round 2 for Ismagulov)

Joaquin Buckley vs. Albert Duraev

Round 1 – Man, the aggression remains in the air, despite a decision in the previous fight. During the announcements, Duraev walks to the center cage and tells Buckley to bring it. Buckley does that because less than a minute into the round, Buckley explodes with a stunning left hand. Duraev shoots and Buckley avoids. Remember, these two briefly trained with one another a while back. So they may have some secret weapons up their sleeve. Buckley is charging forward, pulling back on strikes. He briefly stumbles over and Duraev tries to capitalize. Buckley avoids. Both fighters miss on head kicks. Buckley misses with a huge combination. He’s bleeding from a cut next to his eye. Buckley lands a left as he moves in. Duraev tries a takedown but is stuffed. As he’s getting up, Duraev stumbles. He may have been more hurt from the punch than he appears. Duraev feints to keep Buckley at bay. Buckley bum-rushes him but misses on a kick and knee. Buckley lands a combination and the round ends. It was a good round for him. 10-9 Buckley.

Round 2 – Buckley swings wildly. Duraev recklessly shoots for a takedown. Buckley blocks him. They separate and Buckley throws a head kick. It semi-lands, but was mostly blocked. The crowd doesn’t care. They cheer. I mean, it did look cool. Duraev dives for a leg and Buckley lands a kick straight to his head. I don’t know if that was coincidental timing or ridiculous anticipation by Buckley. Either way, it landed. Duraev shoots again. This time, he gets it. Against the fence, Buckley works up as the crowd eggs him on. Buckley fires punches to break. Duraev’s left eye is swollen big time. That’s nasty. Possible fight-ending stuff – instant swelling. Duraev shoots again. Buckley stuffs. Buckley throws a wicked left hand and drops Duraev, who gets up and retreats. He’s banged up, for sure. Buckley drops him again. Duraev shoots from his knees. He gets control of Buckley, though he’s driving into the fence. Duraev slyly pulls Buckley’s legs out and they’re back on the ground along the fence. After a brief time on the ground, Buckley explodes up and takes Duraev with him. Buckley escapes and tries a few flashy strikes. Those miss, but it’s a simple left hand that sits Duraev yet again. The horn sounds and Buckley redirects Duraev to his corner. Let’s see what happens with that eye. 20-17 Buckley.

The doctor is examining the eye. It doesn’t look good. Confirmed. It’s not good. The doctor tells Jacob Montalvo the fight is over. That’s it. Buckley by TKO.

Result: Joaquin Buckley def. Albert Duraev via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 3, 0:10
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Records: Joaquin Buckley (15-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Albert Duraev (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Jacob Montalvo

Kevin Holland vs. Tim Means

Round 1 – Less than 24 hours ago, Holland allegedly stopped a perfume thief in Austin. Now here he is, in an organized altercation. This should be good. A big pop for the home state fighter Holland. They touch gloves and we’re off. Means clinches Holland, who fires some body shots. They break. Holland clips means with a left hand. Means shoots. Let’s see how that takedown defense is. Well, Holland is 1-for-1. He defends. Means lands a nice combination. Holland swings wildly. Holland lands two punches of his own. Means tries a spinning back elbow. It whiffs. Holland moves forward and eats a punch. Holland lands a leg kick. Means dips for a takedown. Holland tries to counter with a knee. It was a good idea, but perhaps a mistake given his skillset. Means takes him down. Holland pops up and unloads a combination on Means. That hurt. Means clinches Holland and turns him around. They break. Holland throws a kick. It’s blocked. Holland connects on a three-punch combination. That was slick. They trade. Both men land, but Holland appeared to get the better of that one. Holland connects on a straight right hand that hurts Means. Retreating, Means shoots for a takedown. He briefly gets it. Holland pops up with Means still clinching him. The round ends with a friendly embrace along the cage. 10-9 Holland.

Round 2 – Holland lands an early combination. They trade. Means tries a spinning backfist. It misses. Means threatens a guillotine briefly. They separate. Holland rocks Means. He’s wobbled on ice skates. Means shoots – right into danger. Holland snatches a D’Arce choke. Means is fighting it, but he can’t. There’s the tap. Kevin Holland with another finish!

Result: Kevin Holland def. Tim Means via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 1:28
Recap: Kevin Holland taps out Tim Means, remains unbeaten since dropping to welterweight
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Records: Kevin Holland (23-7 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Tim Means (32-13-1 MMA, 14-10 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Kerry Hatley

Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett

Round 1 – It sounds loud in Moody Center! This is a big one at featherweight. We’re underway. Kattar is a moderate favorite here. Let’s see if the oddsmakers are correct. Both guys are very patient. There haven’t been many strikes thrown yet. Kattar gauging range right now. We’re a minute into the fight and there have been virtually no strikes thrown. The crowd boos. Kattar circling away from Emmett’s power hand. He trips down against the fence. He pops back up and throws a two-punch combination. Kattar jabs and throws a leg kick. Lots of bouncing around. Emmett throws a couple of punches, then a leg kick. Emmett lands a right hand. Kattar jabs. Emmett is bleeding from above his left eye. They open up and exchange. Emmett connects with a left hand, then shoots. Emmett lands on the break. Horn sounds. 10-9 Emmett.

Round 2 – Let’s see if things pick up here. Emmett lands a combination, then follows it up with a right hand. Emmett tries the same strike again. That’s usually his kill shot, so I expect there’s more where that came from. Kattar needs to throw… something. He’s just standing there, fighting too safe. Kattar jabbing. Emmett bleeding more now. This jab has essentially halted Emmett. He’s stopped pushing forward. Kattar lands a standing elbow. Emmett goes body-head with punches. Emmett flies in with a combination. Kattar ducks out of a massive right hand. Emmett briefly looks to switch stances. Then, he switches back. Emmett ducks under a Kattar combination and lands a punch. Kattar wipes his nose. Emmett threatens a takedown and lands a combination. Emmett ducks down for a takedown again and Kattar feeds him a knee. That was nicely-timed. Kattar lands another. Emmett lands one more hard combination before the horn. 20-18 Emmett.

Round 3 – Kattar is doing good things. He just needs to do more of it. Right now, he’s probably down two-zip. Emmett comes out with a combination. Emmett walks down Kattar and lands a big overhand right. Emmett lands another combination. Kattar lands an elbow. Emmett almost flips himself over with a right hand that missed. He has freaky power in his right fist. Emmett kicks the leg. Emmett lands an overhand right. Kattar goes back to his jab and lands a nice uppercut. Another right hand from Emmett lands. Emmett has attempted this standing back elbow a couple of times. Anderson Silva-esque. A randomly flashy weapon in an otherwise meat and potatoes attack thus far. Kattar is bloody now. The round ends. 30-27 Emmett.

Round 4 – There was an interesting conversation going on in the corner of Kattar. Coach Tyson Chartier asked Kattar what this issue is. Kattar said, “He’s loading up.” Seems like Kattar is worried about the power of Emmett. Let’s see if Kattar listens to his coach’s advice to be aggressive – and let’s see if it pays off. Emmett lands a combination. Emmett rushes Kattar, lands a combination, shoves him into the fence, and shoots. Kattar avoids. They break. Kattar lands an elbow. I feel like the confidence levels of the two men are moving in opposite directions. Kattar is becoming more and more timid. Emmett is getting more and more comfortable. Both men land. Emmett targets the body again. Both guys are sporting welts under an eye. Kattar cracks Emmett with a spinning back elbow. That was loud. They separate. Kattar drills Emmett with an elbow, who staggers away. That was the most rocking strike of the fight fore either men. Emmett’s face is a mess now. That elbow did its damage. Emmett shoots and gives it up. Kattar jabs – right into the damage. Ouch. Emmett blitzes. Kattar avoids. The horn sounds and the two fighters covered in blood go face-to-face. This is getting good. 39-37 Emmett.

Round 5 – “Let’s f*cking do this,” Chartier tells Kattar. Meanwhile, Emmett’s corner tells their fighter it’s 3-1. The doctor gives Emmett’s eye clearance and we’re good to go. The final round begins. The momentum was slowly mounting for Kattar before the break. Let’s see if he picks up where he left off. Kattar jabs. He lands a right hand. Emmett lands a combination. A nice uppercut counter lands by Kattar. He then comes over the top with a right hand. Emmett dips down for a takedown. Kattar stuffs it. Emmett lands a leg kick. A check hook lands for Kattar, who moves out of Emmett’s range. Both fighters land. Emmett presses forward and Kattar blocks his head kick. Kattar doubles up on his jab. His volume is declining again. Kattar lands a nice right hand. Emmett lands a left hand. Kattar is talking to Emmett. He seems to want to trade, but is moving backward. A good right hand lands for Kattar. Emmett misses wildly as Kattar avoids. Both guys try spinning backfists. They both miss, which cracks up the two fighters as the final horn sounds. MMA Junkie scores it 48-47 Emmett.

Result: Josh Emmett def. Calvin Kattar via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
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Records: Calvin Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Josh Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Sal D’Amato (48-47 Emmett, scoring Round 4 and 5 for Kattar); Chris Lee (48-47, scoring Round 2 and 5 for Kattar); Doug Crosby (48-47 Kattar, scoring Round 1 and 3 for Emmett)

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