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ufc 189

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)

invicta fc 13

Cris “Cyborg” Justino put on a show for the Invicta FC fans Thursday night, finishing Faith Van Duin in 45 seconds and retaining her featherweight title.

Justino-Van Duin highlighted a three-title-fight Invicta FC 13 that streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. It was part of International Fight Week, hosted by the UFC.

As she has done in many of her fights, Justino caught Van Duin and ended her night quickly, landing a knee to the body and finishing her with shots.

In the co-main event Tonya Evinger became the newest Invicta FC bantamweight champion with a fourth round finish of Irene Aldana, while Ayaka Hamasaki took the atomweight title from Herica Tiburcio via split decision.

Justino and Amber Leibrock each earned “Performance of the Night” honors, while Jamie Moyle and Amy Montenegro won “Fight of the Night.”

Complete results can be found below:

Cris “Cyborg” Justino def. Faith Van Duin via TKO (strikes) at :45 of Round 1 to retain her Invicta FC featherweight championship

Tonya Evinger def. Irene Aldana via TKO (strikes) at 4:38 of Round 4 to become Invicta FC bantamweight champion

Ayaka Mahasaki def. Hercia Tiburcio via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) to become Invicta FC atomweight champion

Pannie Kianzad def. Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Amber Brown def. Catherine Costigan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of Round 1

Jamie Moyle def. Amy Montenegro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Amber Leibrock def. Marina Shafir via KO (strike) at :37 of Round 1

invicta fc 13

Wanna see what kind of violence Cris “Cyborg” Justino can enforce once the cage door closes?

Check out the fight replay in the video below featuring her Invicta FC featherweight title defense vs. Charmaine Tweet.

Cyborg returns to action Thursday night at Invicta FC 13 in the main event vs. Faith Van Duin on UFC Fight Pass.

ufc 189

Finally, after months of talk, UFC 189 will finally go down this weekend.

However, the planned main event between Conor McGregor and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will not be taking place.

Saturday night from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena we will be treated to a double-title card. In the headline bout, McGregor and Chad Mendes collide for the interim title, while Robbie Lawler defends his welterweight belt vs. Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.

Also, featherweights Dennis Bermudez and Jeremy Stephens square off, along with welterweights Gunnar Nelson and Brandon Thatch, and Brad Pickett and Thomas Almeida.

Two bouts on UFC Fight Pass start the night at 7 p.m. ET, while FOX Sports 1 will be home to four prelims beginning at 8 p.m. ET. That includes three welterweight scraps, featuring Matt Brown vs. Tim Means.

FightLine will have full coverage of all the action, including live and free play-by-play.

Below is the complete lineup and a video preview for the card:

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

Interim UFC Featherweight Championship
Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes

UFC Welterweight Championship
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Rory MacDonald

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens

Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch

Bantamweight: Brad Pickett vs. Thomas Almeida

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Matt Brown vs. Tim Means

Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. John Howard

Welterweight: Mike Swick vs. Alex Garcia

Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt vs. Henry Briones

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

Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka

Lightweight: Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Cody Pfister

ufc 189

“Countdown to UFC 189” debuted Sunday night, and you can see the complete episode replay right here on FightLine in the videos below.

The series takes a look at the main and co-main event for this Saturday’s card, as Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes fight for the interim featherweight belt and Robbie Lawler defends the welterweight strap vs. Rory MacDonald.

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