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ufc on fox 16

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 16.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the United Center in Chicago, with a title fight and No. 1 contender match all set to headline.

In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight championship against former titleholder Renan Barao. Dillashaw won the title from Barao with a fifth round TKO last year and the two have had a pair of planned rematches scrapped since.

First, Barao passed out while attempting to cut weight for the fight to cancel the first rematch, while the second was delayed when Dillashaw suffered a broken rib.

The co-main event boasts a title-eliminator in the female bantamweight ranks, as former title-contender Miesha Tate takes on Jessica Eye. The winner is expected to face either Ronda Rousey or Bethe Correia next.

Edson Barboza takes on Paul Felder and Joe Lauzon meets Takanori Gomi in the other two FOX main card fights at lightweight. Original plans called for Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Jury, but injuries knocked both fighters out of action.

Four of the six prelims will also air on FOX, including the return of Tom Lawlor vs. Gian Villante. Jim Miller vs. Danny Castillo, Kenny Robertson vs. Ben Saunders and Eddie Wineland vs. Bryan Caraway round out the televised prelims.

Competing on UFC Fight Pass will be Daron Cruickshank and James Krause, Ramsey Nijem and Andrew Holbrook, Jessamyn Duke and Elizabeth Phillips, and Zak Cummings and Dominique Steele.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep clicking “refresh” for the latest results:


Zak Cummings def. Dominique Steele via TKO (strikes) at :43 of Round 1

Elizabeth Phillips def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrew Holbrook def. Ramsey Nijem via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

James Krause def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 1

Eddie Wineland vs. Bryan Caraway

We begin the televised action with bantamweights Eddie Wineland (21-10-1) and Bryan Caraway (19-7). Caraway will be cornered by girlfriend Miesha Tate, who competes in the co-main event later this evening. Wineland is fighting for the first time in over 400 days after suffering a broken jaw.

Round 1: Wineland very aggressive, as he was bothered by Caraway’s call-outs via social media after Wineland suffered the broken jaw. He lands first, but Caraway gets in close and scores with the takedown. Wineland throwing heavy, heavy shots; he’s missing, but that power is keeping Caraway from trying for any takedowns. The jab is finding a home for Caraway, who shoots for a takedown and is denied. Good round for Caraway, as he avoided the power and was able to do damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 2: Caraway getting the better of Wineland, as the former WEC champion appears rusty and a step slow. He’s still throwing those haymakers, but Caraway is easily able to slip out of the way. Duck-under and a sprawl from Wineland to avoid the takedown, but he eats a knee to the body for his effort. Good work to the body by Wineland, who has been opened up on the face. It appears to be a cut under the eye of Wineland. Much like the first, more production out of Caraway through the first few minutes of this round. Caraway catches him in the clinch and tees off with a series of lefts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 3: Caraway going for the kill here early, storming out after Wineland and connecting. Another excellent takedown defended by Wineland, who has to feel he is down on the scorecards and needs a finish. An all-around excellent performance from Caraway, and this should do nothing but give Tate motivation and momentum for her fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Bryan Caraway def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kenny Robertson vs. Ben Saunders

We head up to the welterweight for the second time tonight with Kenny Robertson (15-3) and Ben Saunders (18-6-2).

Round 1: Saunders with a big reach and height advantage as these two come out swinging. Kicks and knees from Saunders connect, as Robertson is trying to push the pressure and get in close. He’s in on a single-leg, switches to a double and scores with the takedown. Big hammer-fists from Robertson come firing down as Saunders ties him up. Triangle-choke is secured by Saunders, as Robertson is able to get out of that and avoid the omoplata attempt, as well. Heavy, heavy kicks from Saunders. They are being partially blocked, but still doing some damage to the body of Robertson. Robertson connects with some heavy shots, including an upper-cut, as Saunders is trying to fire back. Two straight kicks land to Robertson, followed by a knee, and he gets caught against the fence for a brief moment. As the announcers are concerned over a potential broken arm for Robertson, he lands, flooring Saunders.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Round 2: Robertson’s right arm might be injured, but he’s still throwing it with evil intentions. He mixes those up with shots to the body and he has Saunders backing up. Good inside leg kicks by Robertson, who is really keeping Saunders off balance with his striking. Low blow from Saunders causes a break in the action. About the only really good offense from Saunders has been the kicks to the body. Robertson has been landing at will with his strikes, backing him up constantly. Flurry of shots by Robertson to end the round, including some really stiff shots to the face by the high school teacher.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Round 3: Sense of urgency from Saunders to start, as he lands a front-kick and continues to follow up. Nice kick to the body followed by a straight-left from Saunders. He’s got Robertson reeling a bit and is looking to continue to attack. Crazy spinning back-fist fails from Robertson, but he uses his wrestling skill to score a takedown. Saunders into mission control with his legs way up and in a submission-threatening position. He’s looking for a triangle choke, cutting Robertson open with sharp elbows. Three minutes left in this final round and Saunders has him a bloody mess from the bottom attack. Robertson survives the submission attempt and gets free as the round – and fight – comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Saunders

Ben Saunders def. Kenny Robertson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ufc on fox 16

Weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 16 card went down earlier today, and FightLine has complete results.

In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight title against former champion Renan Barao. Dillashaw won the belt with a fifth round TKO victory over Barao last year, and the two have had a pair of planned rematches postponed since.

Barao originally weighed in at 135.5 pounds, but after bringing out the towel, he hit the 135-pound mark on the dot. Dillashaw was on-point at 135 for the fight, making it official.

Also, Miesha Tate takes on Jessica Eye in a title-eliminator in the co-main event, while lightweights Edson Barboza faces Paul Felder and Joe Lauzon meets Takanori Gomi for the other FOX main card bouts.

Complete weigh-in results, along with a video replay, can be found below:


UFC Bantamweight Championship
T.J. Dillashaw (135 lbs.) vs. Renan Barao (135) for Dillashaw’s title

Miesha Tate (135.5) vs. Jessica Eye (136)

Edson Barbosa (155) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)

Joe Lauzon (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (155.5)


Gian Villante (205) vs. Tom Lawlor (203)

Jim Miller (155) vs. Danny Castillo (155.5)

Kenny Robertson (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170.5)

Eddie Wineland (136) vs. Bryan Caraway (135.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4:15 p.m. ET)

Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. James Krause (155.5)

Andrew Holbrook (155.5) vs. Ramsey Nijem (156)

Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (135)

Zak Cummings (170.5) vs. Dominique Steele (170.5)

paige vanzant

Check out the latest social media offering from UFC strawweight contender Paige VanZant.

The Team Alpha Male fighter is currently enjoying some time away from active competition, but she is set to return to the Octagon in September vs. Alex Chambers.

ufc 190

In a bout hyped as a battle of two former Olympic medalist, it was the judo skills of Ronda Rousey coming out on top.

Rousey bested Sara McMann to successfully defend her female bantamweight title, and she’ll look to do the same this coming August 1 at UFC 190 vs. Bethe Correia.

Check out a replay of Rousey-McMann in the video below:

ufc on fox 16

In one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, T.J. Dillashaw out-worked Renan Barao in claiming the UFC bantamweight championship.

The two will rematch one another this Saturday night at UFC on FOX: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 on FOX.

Check out the complete fight replay of that first encounter in the video below:

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