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ufc fight night 60

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 60: Henderson vs. Thatch.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1.

In the main event, former lightweight champion Benson Henderson makes his welterweight debut vs. rising contender Brandon Thatch.

Also, Max Holloway faces Cole Miller, Neil Magny takes on Kiichi Kunimoto, Patrick Walsh battles Daniel Kelly, Michel Prazers meets Kevin Lee and Ray Borg squares off with Chris Kelades. The main card airs on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET after four prelims on the same network that start at 8 p.m. ET.

Make sure to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results when the card begins. You can also follow reporter Dana Becker on Twitter to interact about the results.

PRELIMINARY CARD

James Moontasri vs. Cody Pfister

We begin the night in a planned lightweight bout that has been changed due to James Moontasri (7-2) missing weight, as Cody Pfister (11-3-1) makes his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Huge knee from Moontasri lands right off the bat and Pfister clinches, looking for a takedown. Excellent defense by Moontasri to avoid the takedown, landing several elbows to the body at the same time. Another knee connects and Pfister is in trouble. Moontasri can’t capitalize and Pfister again is working for a takedown. Yet again, Moontasri connects with the knee and Pfister is down. He’s landing big lefts and rights, as Pfister is curling up. He gets to his feet, only to eat yet another knee, Somehow, Pfister continues to stand, but he is getting beat on with shots and is taking some heavy, heavy breaths. Pfister with a takedown that scores, but the two are each trying to tie the other one up as we head under 30 seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Moontasri

Round 2: Pfister trying to keep it standing this round, landing good jabs. Moontasri, though, takes advantage of a slip and connects with a knee to the back. He has a neck crank locked up with plenty of time to work, trying to flatten Pfister out. This time, Moontasri gets the hooks in and is working for a rear-naked choke, which he gets.

James Moontasri def. Cody Pfister via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2

Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliott

A pair of flyweights looking to make a run to the No. 1 contender spot hit the Octagon next, as former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky (18-5) takes on Tim Elliott (10-5-1).

Round 1: Quick touch of gloves and we should expect fireworks here between these two ranked fighters. Elliott with some interesting kicks, allowing him to get inside and pepper Makovsky with lefts and rights. He pulls guard, tries for a guillotine, but is unable to secure it in the first 30 seconds. Makovsky on top, but almost gives up his arm. Huge scoop and slam for Makovsky, as he lifts Elliott down with ease. It appeared as if Elliott took a finger to the eye, but there was no break in the action. North-South position, as Makovsky is looking for a choke with just over two minutes to go. Elliott’s defending, but his face is a bright red. He spins and gets up and out, going on the attack now. Again, Elliott pulls guard and tries for a guillotine, giving up position for the possible submission. Both men are landing elbows and short shots as we head under a minute. Makovsky locks up a crucifix and is just unloading on the face of Elliott, but he’ll survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 2: Makovsky gets another takedown, using the trip to score. He’s locked up a leg, working to pass and score with more shots. Elliott gives up the pass to get free, very slick wrestling followed by an uppercut. Just like he did in the first, Elliott grabs the neck and yanks down, trying to secure a guillotine. Makovsky, though, remains patient and sweeps with an underhook-butterfly, gaining top position yet again. Elliott now trying to unload with everything he has, really putting complete power into each shot. A fifth successful takedown for Makovsky and we move under a minute. His wrestling has been the difference in this one so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 3: Elliott again going for the guillotine, but Makovsky gets free from that and moves into side control. He’s had no trouble whatsoever defending that choke and imposing his will once they are on the canvas. Makovsky takes the back off a pass, securing a hook and seeking to lock up the choke. He’s got plenty of time. Elliott stands up, but is quickly brought back down to the ground with Makovsky still latched on. Elliott tries a front-roll, but that only allows Makovsky to trap an arm now. Elliott slips out and has Makovsky on his back. He picks him up and slams him – hard – on the ground, moving quickly to secure the back. It appeared as if Makovsky might be out for a brief second, but he has his wits back and is able to fight back to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Zach Makovsky def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ufc fight night 60

The UFC returned to Colorado Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 60 featuring a main event between Benson Henderson and Brandon Thatch.

Henderson, making his Octagon debut at welterweight, overcame the bigger Thatch and earned a fourth round submission. “Smooth” worked his way to a rear-naked choke, ending his two-fight losing skid and putting himself back in the talk – at both lightweight and 170 pounds.

In the co-main event, Max Holloway dominated Cole Miller for the better part of three rounds, earning a decision for his eighth victory in the UFC and fifth straight. Neil Magny stopped a string of decisions on the card, igniting the Denver crowd with a third round submission of Kiichi Kunimoto.

For Magny, the win was his sixth in a row after going a perfect 5-0 in 2014.

Ray Borg started off the FOX Sports 1 main card with a slick kimura submission on Chris Kelades in the flyweight division, but drawn-out decisions won by Kevin Lee and Daniel Kelly followed.

In early prelim action, Efrain Escudero, Chas Skelly, Zach Makovsky and James Moontasri all picked up victories. Skelly (TKO) and Moontasri (submission) each earned second round finishes.

The attendance inside the 1stBank Center was announced at 5,807 with a live gate of $382,875. Earning bonuses were Henderson and Thatch (Fight of the Night), Magny (Performance of the Night) and Borg (Performance of the Night). All four picked up an additional $50,000.

Complete results can be found below:

Benson Henderson def. Brandon Thatch via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:58 of Round 4

Max Holloway def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Neil Magny def. Kiichi Kunimoto via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:22 of Round 3

Daniel Kelly def. Patrick Walsh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kevin Lee def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Ray Borg def. Chris Kelades via submission (kimura) at 2:56 of Round 3

Efrain Escudero def. Rodrigo de Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Chas Skelly def. Jim Alers via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 2

Zach Makovsky def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

James Moontasri def. Cody Pfister via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2

ufc fight night 60

Check out a pair of fight replays featuring tonight’s main event competitors for UFC Fight Night 60 in the videos below.

The videos feature victories by Benson Henderson and Brandon Thatch, who meet live on FOX Sports 1 from Broomfield, Colorado.

FightLine will have complete coverage of the main card later this evening.

stefan struve

“UFC Tonight” returned on Wednesday and brought with it a heavy dose of news, including confirmation on several bouts previously reported on FightLine.

Along with the fight announcements, information on former champion Rashad Evans, a possible lightweight No. 1 contender match and Stefan Struve switching camps were all talked about.

Evans, who suffered a knee injury last year ahead of a planned meeting with Daniel Cormier, is back on the sidelines after re-injuring his knee, according to Ariel Helwani.

“Around Christmastime his knee popped and the cadaver broke. He just had another ACL surgery to repair it. He’s looking at a recovery time of six to nine months. He says he’s not going out like this. He’s on the comeback trail.”

As for that possible 155-pound title-eliminator, Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov have “agreed to fight” at the Memorial Day weekend card in late-May, but nothing has been confirmed.

Struve, who lost to Alistair Overeem in his return following a serious heart issue, is moving to the Blackzilians camp to train.

“Struve has started training with the Blackzilians. Big Nog told me he wants to fight Struve next, but they haven’t confirmed the fight.”

Jon Jones

Another challenger to Jon Jones has risen, and he is somebody the UFC light heavyweight champion is very familiar with.

Younger brother Chandler Jones is challenging “Bones” to a one-round match for charity. The Super Bowl winner of the New England Patriots recently told TMZ Sports about the challenge.

“Me and my brother used to fight all the time when we were young,” the 24-year-old said. “I’m pretty sure I can take him down now. I am way bigger than he is.”

Chandler Jones, a standout at Syracuse University before being drafted by the Patriots, is a starter on the defensive side of the ball. He stands 6-foot-5, an inch taller than Jon, and weighs 265 pounds – which is 60 more than the typical competition weight for the champion.

“It will be fun if we actually did a one-round match for charity,” Chandler said. “That would be fun. If I win, he would have to donate to the charity of my choice, and vice versa.”

While it would be hard enough to get the UFC on board with such an arrangement to one of its biggest stars, Chandler gaining clearance by the NFL and the Patriots would likely be even more difficult. New England is led by Bill Belichick, one of the more tight-lipped coaches in the league.

“I don’t know how my coach would feel about it,” he said. “I don’t think it would fly.”

A third brother, Arthur, also plays in the NFL.

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