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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 194.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and completes a whirl-wind three-day stretch for the promotion.

After months and month of build, we’ll finally see Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor square off inside the Octagon. The two will meet for the unified featherweight title, as McGregor won a share of it when he defeated Chad Mendes earlier this year.

Aldo, of course, is widely-regarded as the best featherweight of all-time. He’s defeated the likes of Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, Frankie Edgar and Kenny Florian since coming over from the WEC, and he has not lost since 2005.

But it’s not just one title on the line tonight, as Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt against Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. Weidman, coming off wins over Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, will be trying to keep Rockhold from adding UFC gold to his previously won Strikeforce title.

Rounding out the pay-per-view main card will be Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero in a middleweight title-eliminator, Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson at welterweight and 145-pounders Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens.

Headlining the FOX Sports 1 prelims that begin at 8 p.m. ET is a bantamweight battle pitting Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz. Tecia Torres welcomes Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger to the UFC, while Warlley Alves tangles with Colby Covington and Leonardo Santos meets Kevin Lee.

Three bouts kick things off on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET with Joe Proctor taking on Magomed Musstafaev, John Makdessi facing Yancy Medeiros and Court McGee returning to fight Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

Now, let’s get to the action!

PRELIMINARY CARD

Court McGee vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

We begin this stacked event in the welterweight division, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee (16-4) returns from an extended layoff against Marcio Alexandre, Jr. (11-2).

Round 1: McGee with a pair of huge, powerful kicks, taking it right to Alexandre. Relaxed stance by Alexandre, who is looking for an opening but eats a straight right. McGee fakes for a takedown, tries for the clinch and is denied. They finally clinch, as McGee is in his world now against the karate fighter. Low blow lands on Alexandre and we have a break in the action. Alexandre grabs the guillotine and has it locked up early. He’s working hard to get his head out and does, showing excellent submission defense at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Round 2: Alexandre lands with a good knee, but that allows McGee to get in deep on a takedown attempt. Alexandre fights it off and McGee gains the clinch again. He’s connecting with knees to the thighs, taking the air out of Alexandre’s offense and grinding this one down. McGee’s also doing all of this right in his corner, getting instructions from his team. In deep again on a single, but Alexandre fights it off once more. Excellent takedown defense by Alexandre, as he has defended all six attempts. The ref has seen enough of the clinch and separates them with less than a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Round 3: Finally, on the seventh attempt, McGee scores with a takedown right off the bat in the third. He’s unable to really do much in terms of offense and they are back on the feet midway through the round. McGee with a solid right, but neither man has been able to do much in terms of imposing their will. Back to the clinch for “The Crusher,” scoring with knees to the thigh region and body. Alexandre tries for a guillotine and it allows McGee to pick him up and slam him to the canvas, gaining top position and beating up the body. Huge finish by McGee with thunderous right elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Court McGee def. Marcio Alexandre, Jr. via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros

Our first of two lightweight bouts to conclude the Fight Pass prelims is next, as John Makdessi (13-4) faces off with Yancy Medeiros (11-3).

Round 1: Medeiros with a very upright stance, as Makdessi is looking to attack with a spin move. In the meantime, Medeiros is peppering him with kicks to the body and just misses on a high-kick. Makdessi is eating a lot of straight shots to the face, as his nose is getting red. Medeiros has the reach advantage and is taking advantage of it. Good shot to the body from “The Bull.”

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros

Round 2: Much better offensive flow from Makdessi here in the early stages of the second. He’s loading up and finding a home, and has shown more power than Medeiros. Not a lot of action this round, as both fighters remained standing. Makdessi, though, seemed to be getting the better of it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

Round 3: Another good spinning attack finds a home for Makdessi, but here comes Medeiros again, stringing together lefts and rights. In terms of Octagon control, it’s been all Makdessi so far in this one. Medeiros with a pair of rights that connect and he is moving well, staying out of the power range. Makdessi doing a great job of staying just out of the range of Medeiros, avoiding the power shots. Good kick to the liver for The Bull, who is now pushing forward with a minute left. Medeiros with a knee and a left hook that floors Makdessi at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros

Yancy Medeiros def. John Makdessi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ufc fight night 80

Despite it being aired exclusively on Fight Pass, UFC Fight Night 80 was the perfect opener for an incredible stretch of events for the promotion.

Kick-starting a three-events-in-three-days stretch, the Las Vegas cared featured Rose Namajunas defeating Paige VanZant in the main event with a fifth round rear-naked choke.

Namajunas, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter who competed for the strawweight title, absolutely dominated VanZant from the opening bell on. She bloodied her foe and applied submission-after-submission through the fight.

Despite all that punishment, VanZant continued to fight back, taking everything Namajunas threw at her. The Team Alpha Male fighter escaped several chokes and armbar attempts.

Michael Chiesa claimed one of the biggest wins of his career, scoring a second round submission victory over Jim Miller in the co-main event.

Chiesa and Miller went toe-to-toe in the first round, but it was the former Ultimate Fighter who secured the finish in the second. Chiesa locked up a rear-naked choke for the win.

Sage Northcutt’s hype train was almost derailed vs. Cody Pfister, but the 19-year-old prospect weathered the storm and earned a second round submission of his own.

Thiago Santos claimed a decision over Elias Theodorou to open the main card, while Tim Means, Sergio Moraes, Aljamain Sterling, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Danny Roberts, Zubaira Tukhugov and Kalin Curran were prelim winners.

Means knocked out John Howard in the featured early fight, Sterling scored a submission win vs. Johnny Eduardo and Curran did the same vs. Emily Kagan to kickoff the night.

Chiesa and Miller were named the “Fight of the Night,” while Namajunas and Means secured “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four picked up an additional $50,000.

The attendance inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan was announced at 1,643 for a live gate of $234,725.

Complete results can be found below:

Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 5

Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 2

Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) at :41 of Round 2

Thiago Santos def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

Tim Means def. John Howard via KO (strike) at :21 of Round 2

Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (strikes) at 2:18 of Round 3

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin Casey ends in a no-contest (eye poke) at :11 of Round 1

Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:18 of Round 2

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl via TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of Round 1

Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (triangle choke) at 2:46 of Round 1

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Kailin Curran def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:13 of Round 2

ufc 194

Finally, we’ve reached UFC 194 and an event built to stand the test of time.

Two UFC titles will be on the line from Las Vegas, as Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor meet to crown the unified featherweight champion.

Also, Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt against former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold in the co-main.

The rest of the pay-per-view main card – which begins at 10 p.m. ET – features a key middleweight contender match between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero, welterweights Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson, and featherweights Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens.

On FOX Sports 1’s prelim lineup beginning at 8 p.m. ET will be Urijah Faber-Frankie Saenz, Tecia Torres-Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, Colby Covington-Warlley Alves and Leonardo Santos-Kevin Lee.

The early prelims – which stream on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET – boast Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev, John Makdessi-Yancy Medeiros and Court McGee-Marcio Alexander, Jr.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Conor McGregor (ic)

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Luke Rockhold

Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/9 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz

Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger

Welterweight: Colby Covington vs. Warlley Alves

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Kevin Lee

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

ronda rousey

Former UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gave her first interview since losing the title to Holly Holm for the upcoming issue of “ESPN Magazine.”

Rousey, who was bested by Holm in Australia, simply stated “I’m just really (expletive) sad” after the defeat.

The former Olympian added that she is currently unable to eat certain foods because of the head-kick that landed and injured her jaw.

She goes on to describe the fight, saying, “It was like a dumbed-down dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'”

Check out the entire article on ESPN.

ufc 194

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is on his way to Las Vegas ahead of Saturday night’s showdown with Conor McGregor.

The two will meet to unify the titles, several months after they were first scheduled to fight. The bout serves as the main event for UFC 194.

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