UFC 297 Preliminary And Undercard Results: Magny Upsets Malott With Relentless Ground Strikes In Final Round

UFC 297 fight day is here, and the atmosphere inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto is buzzing in anticipation of Sean Strickland (28-5) defending his middleweight title for the first time, versus Dricus Du Plessis (20-2).

But prior to the headlining bout, fight fans can look forward to a seven fight preliminary card, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET  / 3:30 p.m. PT. Additionally, the main undercard will feature four matches preceding the main event, including a battle for the Women’s vacant bantamweight title between Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva.

The main card is set to go live 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, with the main event competitors expected to make their walks to the octagon at around 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT.

While the preliminary cards will be available on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN/ESPN+, the main card will only be available via Pay-Per-View.

 

Follow the Live Results, Recaps, and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS

 

Main Undercard 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (PPV) Live Results:

 

Co-Main Event: Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva – Vacant Bantamweight Title

In this battle for the vacant 135-pound Women’s championship, Mayra Bueno Silva was able to keep the bout competitive, but ultimately Raquel Pennington was too much for her to handle in the fourth and fifth round.

Back in 2018, Pennington fell short of capturing the title in her first attempt versus Amanda Nunes, but she now has redeemed that lost opportunity by capturing the title five years later.

While the bout would go the distance, the back half was heavily lopsided in the newly crowned champion’s direction.

Official Result: Raquel Pennington def. Mayra Bueno Silva via Decision (Unanimous) – 49-46, 49-46, 49-45

 

Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott – Welterweight

In the biggest upset of the evening thus far, Neil Magny took advantage of an exhausted Mike Malott in the final round and stole the bout. Malot did an excellent job at controlling the action for the first two stanzas, but once Magny went on the offensive with a double leg takedown in round 3 the tides turned.

In the end, Malott was unable to withstand the relentless ground and pound from his opponent, and the referee was forced to stop the fight.

Official Result: Neil Magny def. Mike Malott via TKO (Ground & Pound) – Round 3, 4:45

 

Chris Curtis vs. Marc-André Barriault – Middleweight

In his eighth UFC appearance, Chris Curtis got it done tonight at 185-pounds versus Marc-André Barriault. In a hard, back and forth standup battle, Curtis utilized his boxing and defensive movement to best Barriault in most areas of this bout.

Through this bout, Curtis’ overall record improved to 31-10-1 with a UFC record of 5-2-1. Meanwhile, Barriault’s record for to 16-7.

Official Decision: Chris Curtis def. Marc-André Barriault via Decision (Split) – 30-27, 28-29, 30-27

 

Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev – Featherweight

In this 145-pound matchup to kick off the PPV broadcast, Movsar Evloev was looking to remain on his career long undefeated run, and he did just that. Despite the best efforts of Arnold Allen in the defensive wrestling aspect of the match, it seemed that Evloev had his number in each round, and the judges’ scorecards reflected as such when it came time to read the decision.

Through this victory, Evloev extended his undefeated run to 18 fights, while Allen suffered just his third loss in 22 fights.

Official Result: Movsar Evloev def. Arnold Allen via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

 

Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ESPN)

Garrett Armfield def. Brad Katona via Decision (Unanimous)

Sean Woodson def. Charles Jourdain via Decision (Split)

Ramon Taveras def. Serhiy Sidey via Decision (Split)

Gillian Robertson def. Polyana Viana via TKO (Ground & Pound) – Round 2, 3:12

 

Early Preliminary Bouts (6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass)

Sam Patterson def. Yohan Lainesse via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 2:03

Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Priscila Cachoeira via Submission (Anaconda Choke) – Round 3, 4:21

Jimmy Flick def. Malcolm Gordon via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Round 2, 1:17

 

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