Stay up to date with what’s happening today at UFC Vegas 70, which is going down from the oh so familiar APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The marquee matchup of the evening will take place in the light heavyweight division when the UFC’s #6 rated 205-pounder, Nikita Krylov, will lock horns with the #8 rated, Ryan Spann.
Update: Nikita Krylov became ill and rendered unfit to compete, so that his bout with Ryan Spann has been cancelled. André Muniz vs. Brendan Allen has been graduated to the new main event.
In the new main event, the UFC’s #11 ranked middleweight, André Muniz, will battle it out with ever-game Brendan Allen.
If you look at the resume of Allen, you’ll see a multitude of submissions with plenty of rear-naked chokes, and even a heel hook in there. The man is known for getting himself into scrambles, and usually finds success there. Unfortunately for him, Muniz is an even better grappler, who believe it or not has an inverted armbar win over the legend Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
The main card is slated for 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT, and the preliminary bouts begin at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm, PT — all of which can be streamed on ESPN+.
Main card: (7:00pm ET)
Nikita Krylov vs. Ryan Spann: Light Heavyweight
Brendan Allen def. André Muniz by submission (RNC) at 4:25 of round 3: Middleweight
Allen took the center of the Octagon and began firing long range weapons at Muniz. A stiff 1-2 got through for Allen that staggered Muniz, but Brendan didn’t go crazy trying to finish. Muniz was firing back tight boxing combos, but he wasn’t pulling the trigger often. He did , however, shoot for a takedown, but Allen shut it down right away. An accidental eye poke from Muniz brought on a timeout, and then there wasn’t much time left before the round ended after that.
Muniz was getting his striking going to begin the second round. Allen was pressuring, but he was also walking himself into counters. Muniz clinched up and hit a takedown, but Allen used the momentum to immediately roll on top. Allen passed the guard of Muniz into side control, and proceeded to put all of his weight on the throat of Muniz.
The final frame saw Muniz come out swinging, and he was landing some good shots. Muniz was doing well with his striking, but Allen caught a kick and used it to scoop up André and dump him. Allen took the back and began hunting for an RNC. Muniz fought it off at first, but Allen stayed with it to get the tap! What an upset!
Augusto Sakai def. Don’Tale Mayes by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): Heavyweight
Sakai began deploying a set of leg kicks right away, altering the stance of Mayes each time. Mayes shot in for the takedown, but Sakai was hip to it and kept things standing. Up against the cage, Sakai started to score with several knees to the head. Just as soon as Mayes got free, Sakai put him right back in the same situation. Sakai then kicked out the leg of Mayes to get on top, started to make Don’Tale carry his weight. This was a dominant round for Sakai!
Sakai went back to his clinch to open the second round, pressing Mayes against the cage. Mayes connected with a few shots before Sakai got there, but once his back hit the fence that offense went away. Mayes was able to put Sakai against the cage, but he wasn’t being offensive. It wasn’t long before Sakai was back in control and he was back to leaning his weight on Mayes.
A flurry of fists from Sakai opened the final round, followed by some more clinching. Mayes found open space for a brief moment, and he landed a few labored punches, but Sakai put him right back into the clinch. Grabbing the front headlock, Sakai landed a few more knees, and then drove Mayes to the ground. Mayes stood up and connected with a sneaky spinning elbow, but it wasn’t long before Sakai was back on him.
Tatiana Suarez def. Montana De La Rosa by submission (Guillotine) at 2:51 of round 2: (W) Flyweight
The fighters quickly clinched up, with DLR looking for the takedown, but Suarez being stubborn. Suarez started to look for a takedown of her own, and after a bit of a struggle she was able to get it. DLR made it back to her feet, but Suarez still had her pinned against the fence. Suarez used a head and arm throw to get on top within the first minute of the second round. Just as DLR stood up, Suarez jumped a guillotine with the full guard. DLR hung on for as long as she could, but Suarez had it locked in and was able to get the tap! Suarez is back!
Mike Malott def. Yohan Lainesse by submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:15 of round 1: Welterweight
The fighters started with some back and forth on the feet. Things were pretty competitive, but that quickly changed as soon as Malott hit a takedown. From the top, he maintained control of Lainesse and methodically kept improving his position. As soon as an opportunity for an arm triangle presented itself, Malott dove on it. Shortly after that Lainesse was tapping.
Prelims: (4:30pm ET)
Trevor Peek def. Erick Gonzalez by KO at 4:59 of round 1: Lightweight
The fighters started to trade right away, and as soon as Peek started to tee off, Gonzalez snagged a body lock takedown. Peek quickly bounced right back up and went back to swinging punches in bunches, but that set up another takedown for Gonzalez. Peek got up again, and was able to bombard Gonzalez with some more leather. He dropped Gonzalez, and started hammering away, but the ref allowed the fight to continue. Gonzalez got up, but the punches kept coming. Peek uncorked a haymaker that slumped Gonzalez against the fence, and then followed up with an unobstructed bolo before the referee finally stepped in.
Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Gabriella Fernandes by unanimous decision (30-26 x3): (W) Flyweight
Fernandes was letting her strikes go right away, blasting Jasudavicius with some heat. Jasudavicius was still pressuring forward, and was able to clinch up with Fernandes against the cage. After a few attempts, Jasudavicius was able to get Fernandes on the ground. From there, she was scoring with short punches as she maintained complete control.
Fernandes opened the second act with some fast hands, but it wasn’t long before Jasudavicius clinched up. Jasudavicius pressed Fernandes against the fence, and worked for a body lock takedown. Fernandes had very little to offer up off of her back, and things went from bad to worse once Jasudavicius locked up a mounted crucifix. Plenty of elbows were dropped, but somehow Fernandes kept moving to avoid a volume stoppage.
Jasudavicius hit a low single leg to get on top with ample time left in the final round. Fernandes tried to use a guillotine to get up, and held on to it for awhile, but Jasudavicius didn’t seem to be too bothered by it. Jasudavicius remained on top for the rest of the round.
Jordan Leavitt def. Victor Martinez by TKO at 2:33 of round 1: Lightweight
Leavitt came out showing a lot of front kicks, both to the head and body. He then shot in for his first takedown attempt of the fight, but Martinez ultimately defended it it to get back to open space. Leavitt started to get aggressive, and landed a crafty elbow before grabbing ahold of the Thai clinch. He then blasted Martinez with a barrage of knees to the face that dropped him. Jordan pounced with fight-ending ground and pound to get himself back into the win column.
Ode Osbourne def. Charles Johnson by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): 130-pounds
Osbourne was leaning into his leg kicks in the opening round, attacking Johnson with his hands, and then attacking low. Just as Johnson was getting a bit overwhelmed with inputs, he was able to snag a bodylock takedown. Osbourne did a great job of quickly scrambling back up to his feet, for the fighters to trade a bit before the bell.
The second round saw an early timeout after Johnson accidentally kicked Osbourne in the cup. Osbourne wisely took nearly all of his allotted five-minutes of recovery time before the match was restarted. The athletes clinched up against the cage for some time, jockeying for position and taking turns failing at takedowns. Johnson ended up forcing the fight to the ground, but that didn’t last very long. The closing moments of the round is where Johnson started to pour it now with his strikes. He was unloading volume and pushing the pace to keep Osbourne on the back foot.
Osbourne was looking for there takedown to begin the final frame, but Johnson was able stay vertical. They went back to grinding on one another against the fence, with neither man finding a way to take over. Again Osbourne went to the takedown, and after several attempts he finally got it. Johnson stood back up before any damage was done, and they exchanged labored punches for the little bit of time left in the match.
Joe Solecki def. Carl Deaton III by technical submission (RNC) at 4:55 of round 2: Lightweight
Solecki shot in for the takedown right away, and after a bit of a struggle against the cage, he was able to get Deaton down. Just as Deaton stood up, he gave Solecki just enough of a window to jump and take a standing backpack. Solecki started attacking with an RNC, and came close a few times, but Deaton kept fighting the hands to avoid getting strangled.
Solecki went right back to his takedown in the second stanza, and planted Deaton in the middle of the Octagon with ease. From there, Solecki made his way to the back again, but this time he didn’t have to worry about supporting his own weight like he did in the first round. Credit to Deaton for surviving in horrible positions for as long as he did, but he was getting outclassed. Solecki went back to the rear-naked choke, and this time he was able to get under the chin, and choke Deaton unconscious. Tech subs for the win!
Nurullo Aliev def. Rafael Alves by majority decision (29-27 x2, 28-28): Lightweight
It took about 30-seconds for Aliev to blast a double leg and put Alves on his back. Alves tried several different techniques to stand up, but the control of Aliev was on point. The action was stopped as Alves complained about being bit on the finger. Upon the replay, you see Alves pull up on the jaw of Aliev, and that’s when the alleged infraction occurred. There wasn’t enough video evidence to convict Aliev, but the referee saw the mark on Alves’ finger and elected to deduct a point.
This is a weird one. For one, you shouldn’t be biting anyone, but on the same token, you shouldn’t be putting your hands in someone’s mouth. See Michael Chandler vs. Dustin Poirier for further confusion. The fight resumed and Aliev closed the distance, but Alves refused to be taken down before the bell.
Aliev shot in for the takedown early in the second round, and Alves addressed it with a guillotine. After some time, Aliev eventually escaped into top position and began sprinkling down some ground strikes. Alves found himself stuck on the bottom again, and Aliev began ramping up his output.
Alves opened the final frame with a big knee, and as Aliev shot for the takedown, Rafael jumped another guillotine. Aliev quickly escaped the hold, but he was still fully mounted, until he hit a brilliant reversal to get on top. Unlike Alves’ time spent on top, Aliev was landing strikes along the way. As time dwindled away, Aliev stepped on the gas and unloaded an angry barrage to put a stamp on the round.
About the author: Eddie Mercado has covered combat sports since 2015. He covers everything from betting odds to live events and fighter interviews. He holds a 1-0 record in pro MMA and holds a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu. (full bio)
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