UFC 226 Live Round-by-Round Results

The long-anticipated superfight has arrived, as the UFC’s heavyweight champion and light heavyweight champion will duke it out in the main event of UFC 226 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the main event, UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic defends his title against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.

Miocic comes into this bout on a six-fight win streak, last scoring a unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou back at UFC 220 in January. This win made Miocic the first UFC heavyweight champion to successfully defend the title three consecutive times. He is arguably considered the badest man on the planet and maybe the greatest UFC heavyweight ever.

Cormier, meanwhile, comes in also unbeaten in his last six fights. His last win also came at UFC 220, where he stopped Volkan Oezdemir early in the second round. to retain his light heavyweight title. His lone none-victory in his last six fights came against Jon Jones back at UFC 214 one year ago. Cormier originally suffered a knockout loss, but the fight was overturned to a No Contest (and Cormier awarded back the title) after Jones failed drug tests.

The original co-main event was scheduled to be Max Holloway defending his UFC Featherweight Title against Brian Ortega, but Holloway was pulled from the bout due to concussion-like symptoms. The new co-main event will be a heavyweight collision between Ngannou and Derrick Lewis. Ngannou has won 11 of his 13 professional bouts, but suffered his first UFC loss back in January in a title match against Miocic, snapping a 10-fight win streak. He’ll look to rebound against Lewis, who has won seven of his last eight, and all but one of those seven wins have come by KO/TKO.

The event will also feature a lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa and Anthony Pettis, as well as a welterweight bout between Paul Felder and Mike Perry.

Watch the UFC 226 weigh-ins here:

UFC Heavyweight Championship: (c) Stipe Miocic vs. (LHW c) Daniel Cormier

Prior to the main event, Brock Lesnar was spotted entering the arena alongside UFC President Dana White.

Round 1: Cormier attempting to clinch Miocic twice, but failing. Big right hand by Cormier. The two clinch up against the fence. Takedown and Miocic takes Cormier’s back. A couple of knees from Miocic. Cormier warned for hitting to the back of the head. Another left knee from Miocic before the two separate. A couple of strikes and a knee from the defending heavyweight champ. Cormier attempts another clinch and eats a knee. Couple of punches from Cormier, followed by a leg kick. Left hook by Miocic. Miocic with a combination, before Cormier throws a couple of big combination punches. Time is called as something caught Miocic in the eye. Cormier is warned strenly to keep his hands closed. Miocic misses two right hands. The two exchange hard before another clinch, where Cormier lands a hard, right hook and ground-and-pounds Miocic to become a simultaneous two-division champion!

Winner: Daniel Cormier via KO (new champion) (Rd. 1, 4:33)

Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis
Round 1: The two come out very slowly, and Ngannou even switches his stance without throwing anything. Big right kick by Lewis is missed. Ngannou switching stances. Right kick to the body by Lewis. Switch kick by Lewis. Another left kick to the body by Lewis. Another kick missed by Lewis. Ngannou hasn’t thrown anything halfway through this fight. Leg kick attempt by Lewis is missed. Combination thrown by Lewis, but doesn’t land much. Right body kick by Lewis and the two briefly clinch before separating. Ngannou throws a long jab. Front kick by Lewis. Leg kick by Lewis. Ngannou misses with the body punch. Head kick attempt by Lewis is blocked by Ngannou. Such a quiet first round.

Round 2: Right hand by Ngannou missed. Neither fighter throws nothing for about 45 seconds before another missed shot by Ngannou. Ngannou is 2 of 10 through six minutes, while Lewis is 5-for-18. The two exchange and clinch up. The crowd is so bored, they’ve all put on their phone lights and are chanting “FIGHT!” Weak leg kicks by Lewis. Referee Herb Dean warns both men of timidity, next violation will be a point deduction. Brief exchange, followed by Lewis missing two hard punches. Weak body kick by Lewis, and a punch by Lewis.

Round 3: Weak leg kicks by Lewis once again. Through 10 minutes, Ngannou is 6-of-25 and Lewis is 9-of-37. High kick by Ngannou. Herb Dean calls for more action once again. Kick to the head by Lewis is blocked. VERY weak kick to the body by Lewis — no impact. This fight is near the UFC record for fewest strikes landed in a fight — the record is currently 23. Lewis lands a couple of knees. Brief exchange, and Ngannou lands a hook after the horn.

Winner: Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Welterweight: Paul Felder vs. Mike Perry
Round 1: Both men are cut with the very first motion of the fight, as a result of an accidental headbutt. The two clinch against the cage. The two exchange elbows and Perry lands some body shots. Hard straight right by Felder, but the blood is starting to pour down from his head. Perry rocks Felder with an elbow, but Felder answers back with a forearm to the forehead. Knee to the body by Felder. The two exchange. Felder misses a big spinning head kick. Leg kick by Perry. Perry clinches up and gets Felder to the cage. Perry throws a good elbow off the break and blocks a Perry front kick. Felder lands a spinning back kick, but Perry lands a spinning strike. Felder clinches up and looks for a takedown as the horn sounds.

Round 2: Right kick attempt blocked by Perry and the two exchange a punch. Perry’s front kick is blocked. Left kick by Felder. Perry picks Felder up and slams him down to the canvas. The two get up, but Perry has Felder in a clinch against the cage again. Big elbow by Perry. The pace slows down greatly. A couple of leg kicks from Felder. Left body kick by Felder. Perry cuts Felder open up bad on the right side of his face with an uppercut, which causes the referee to call in the doctor. The doctor allows the fight to continue with Perry clinching Felder against the cage once more. Perry takes Felder’s back and takes him down. Perry positions himself to try and get in some ground-and-pound. The two get up and the two exchange hard shots to the horn.

Round 3: Perry lands a left to the head and the two clinch up, but it quickly breaks. Felder misses a jumping kick. Another left hook from Perry. Felder trying to utilize a left jab, but it appears to not be doing much. Felder lands a counter elbow. Liver shot by Felder. Felder with a knee, followed by a leg kick. Hard right hand by Perry, re-opening the cut. High left kick from Perry. Fedler lands a left body kick but doesn’t get all of it. Perry gets Felder’s back standing while attempting a takedown. Perry throwing knees to Felder’s right thigh. Right hand from Perry and the two exchange several hard punches in the final seconds.

Winner: Mike Perry via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Round 1:  Chiesa gets Pettis to the cage and scores a takedown. Chiesa quickly gets into the arm-triangle position with an arm wrapped around the neck, but Pettis gets out before flipping over and taking Chiesa’s back while standing. Pettis fails a takedown but is fortunate to get back to his feet quickly. The two clinch up again and Chiesa’s back gets to the cage. Chiesa lands a knee to the body and attempts another takedown against the cage. He scores a power takedown, though Pettis tries to quickly find a triangle. Chiesa avoids Pettis’ submission attempts. Pettis lands a hard up-kick to the body of a standing Chiesa. Pettis lands hard leg kicks. Chiesa attempts a front kick, but it’s blocked by Pettis, who drags Chiesa to the ground. Pettis narrowly misses a spinning roundhouse. Chiesa eats a hard shot to the head as the horn sounds.

Round 2: Body kick rocks Chiesa hard. Pettis goes to the ground and attempts a guillotine but is unable to get it. But Pettis suddenly adjusts and locks in an unbelievable triangle armbar to submit Chiesa.

Winner: Anthony Pettis via submission (triangle armbar) (Rd 2, 0:52)

Light Heavyweight: Gokhan Saki vs. Kahlil Rountree Jr.
Round 1: Both men feel each other out. Saki attempts a kick but Rountree throws a counter punch. Rountree lands a strong left and is looking for combinations. Saki lands a hook. Saki misses a leg kick. Rountree knocks Saki down with a big left hand and finishes him off with a couple of shots before the ref steps in.

WINNER: Gokhan Saki via KO (Rd. 1, 1:36)

UFC 226 Main Card:
UFC Heavyweight Championship: (LHW c) Daniel Cormier def. (c) Stipe Miocic via KO (Rd. 1, 4:33)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight: Mike Perry def. Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis def. Michael Chiesa via submission (triangle armbar) (Rd. 2, 0:52)
Light Heavyweight: Kahlil Rountree Jr. def. Gokhan Saki via KO (Rd. 1, 1:36)

UFC 226 Preliminary Card:
Middleweight: Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via KO (Rd. 2, 3:38)
Bantamweight: Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC 226 Early Prelim Card:
Lightweight: Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns via KO (Rd. 1, 2:28)
Women’s Strawweight: Emily Whitmire def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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