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Live Coverage Of UFC 189: Mendes Vs. McGregor

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Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 189.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and boasts two title fights.

In the main event, Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes collide for the interim UFC featherweight title. Originally, McGregor was to challenge Jose Aldo for the belt, but a rib injury knocked the reigning titleholder out of action.

Also, Robbie Lawler makes his first title defense since winning the welterweight belt vs. Johny Hendricks when he faces Rory MacDonald. This is the second meeting between these two, with “Ruthless” holding a 1-0 lead.

The remaining pay-per-view main card features Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens, Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch and Brad Pickett vs. Thomas Almeida.

Highlighting the prelims will be a welterweight clash between Matt Brown and Tim Means. Two more 170-pound fights are scheduled, with Cathal Pendred facing John Howard and Mike Swick making his return vs. Alex Garcia.

And now, it’s fights! Make sure to click “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Cody Pfister

We begin the night in the lightweight division, as Yosdenis Cedeno (10-4) takes on Cody Pfister (11-4-1). Cedeno owns six first round knockouts, while Pfister has seven finishes inside of the opening five minutes.

Round 1: Cedeno coming right out after Pfister, firing off strong kicks. Solid right jab from Pfister, but Cedeno is showing his speed advantage, easily ducking out of the way of most of the strikes. Pfister backing him down, but Cedeno grapples. He goes for a submission, but Pfister rolls and gets free. Switch-kick from Cedeno misses, but he switches striking levels and connects. Cedeno pointing, taunting at him before he attacks. Pfister has him trapped in the corner, but he’s unable to do much damage. Series of hard inside leg kicks by Cedeno followed up by a high head-kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cedeno

Round 2: The leg of Pfister has been put through the ringer, as he’s trying to protect the left leg. Cedeno with a huge right, but he’s showing some signs of fatigue. Perfect takedown for Pfister, passing into side control. As Cedeno attempts to get up, he gives up his back and Pfister has a hook in. He’s got both in now with plenty of time to work. Great technique from Pfister to get this fight to his strength on the ground. Cedeno, though, reverses and is now inside the guard. Very quick standup from the ref as they were in a stalemate. Right away, Pfister with a takedown. Cedeno gives up his back for the second time this round, but Pfister switches to the mount and unloads. He’s got Cedeno bloodied up as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pfister

Round 3: Pfister’s corner told him jab, jab and a takedown to start, and that’s exactly what he did. Pfister was working for position, but the ref saw enough and stands them up rather quickly. Right away, though, he takes Cedeno down. On the way to the canvas, Cedeno tried for a guillotine but it was busted up. Again with the hooks in is Pfister with two minutes to go. He’s working for a choke, but Cedeno slips out and gets free. Cedeno with a guillotine choke, but he doesn’t have enough strength to keep it. Pfister trying hard for the choke, but he’s unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pfister

Cody Pfister def. Yosdenis Cedeno via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka

We’ll conclude the early Fight Pass prelims with featherweights Neil Seery (15-10) and Louis Smolka (8-1). Expect several large Seery chants, as the Irish have invaded Vegas.

Round 1: Smolka with a huge reach and height advantage, catching him in the clinch and landing several knees. Seery, though, fires off with quick rights to break free. Accidental headbutt, but we are back after a short break. Seery plants him with a right and follows up. He takes the back briefly, but gets too high and is on his own back. Seery, though, with elbows from the bottom. He goes for a guillotine, looking to get his legs tied back around his body. He’s got the one-arm in, but Smolka gets free. There is a huge cut under the eye of Seery and they have a wild scramble on the ground. Smolka in deep with a choke of his own, riding on top. Seery almost looked like he was going to tap. Smolka really wants the submission, switching to a d’arce choke with 90 seconds left. The submission isn’t there, but Smolka still has the body triangle and is unloading as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smolka

Round 2: Smolka using his long legs to keep Seery at a distance, but the Irish fighter gets in and scores with a takedown. Perfectly-timed throw leads them back to the feet, but it’s Smolka with another takedown after getting in double under-hooks. Armbar for Seery in deep, but Smolka’s size helps him get free. He quickly sweeps and takes the back, getting his hooks back in. He’s got the arm under the chin for a brief moment, stretching Seery out as they roll against the fence.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smolka

Round 3: Off the exchange, it’s Smolka with a quick flip and takedown. Seery gets up and out, but Smolka gains the clinch and hammers big shots. He shoots for another takedown, but the Irish fighter sprawls and lands knees. Now it’s knees from Smolka and Seery with a takedown of his own. He pulls guard and has a guillotine locked in, squeezing tight with three minutes to go. Smolka remains calm and defends, getting free of the choke. Smolka slips in an arm-triangle choke, sliding to the side. Seery, though, slips free. Smolka to the back, locking in a hook and working for the rear-naked with two minutes left. Seery jumps for another guillotine, putting all of his weight into it, but Smolka is able to get free once again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Seery

Louis Smolka def. Neil Seery via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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