Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on Fight Pass this weekend (Sat., July 19, 2014) with a featherweight main event between international attraction Conor McGregor and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 champion Diego Brandao.
The UFC Fight Night 46 action, which will take place inside O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, will begin at 12 p.m. ET with a six-fight "Prelims" broadcast that will stream online via Fight Pass digital network before transitioning to the main card at 3 p.m. ET, which also airs live via Fight Pass.
In addition to the headliner, dynamic welterweight grappler Gunnar Nelson will test his ground game against wrestling standout Zak Cummings, while Ian McCall and Brad Pickett finally settle their war of words in fast and furious flyweight action.
All that and much, much more.
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See below for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 46 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 46 QUICK RESULTS:
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:05 of R1
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48 of R2
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches) at 3:41 of R2
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (strikes) at 2:07 of R1
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:33 of R2
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28x3)
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of R1
Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 of R1
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 46 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao
Round 1: Brandao laughing before they come together. Conor fakes a glove touch, and goes for the spinning kick. Brandao misses with a head kick. Brandao eats a punch, and they come together for a flurry. Brandao goes for the takedown, and he's got Conor against the fence. Conor reverses, but Brandao puts him back. Reversal by Conor and he's in Brandao's guard. Conor gets up, and rolls Brandao over by his legs. Conor lands a punch, but Brandao looks for an ankle lock. Conor is out, and he starts to land punches to a downed Brandao. Brandao looking to lock up an arm, but it ain't working. Conor joins him back on the mat. Brandao gets back up and eats a right hand. Kick to the body by Conor. Left lands for Conor, and lands a spinning kick. Brandao slips, and they duke it out in the center. Good shots land for Brandao in the middle. Conor has Brandao against the fence, and Conor laces him to the body. Conor lands a couple of punches, and Brandao goes down. Conor follows up, and Brandao is covering up. Conor unleasing, and the ref steps in. Jesus.
Final result: Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:05 of R1
Zak Cummings vs. Gunnar Nelson
Round 1: They touch gloves. Cummins with a leg kick. Cummings looking puzzled in regards to Nelson's stance. Nelson comes forward, and Zak has him against the fence. Nelson has underhooks in, and they break apart. Knee from Nelson, along with a right hook. Nelson misses with a right. Nelson comes in, and Zak blocks a punch. Zak misses with a combo. Zak can't find his range. Nelson with the jab, and Zak misses a big punch. Nelson goes to the body with a knee. Punch lands for Nelson, and Zak grabs onto his body. Zak has him up against the fence, and lands a short uppercut. Kick to the body from Zak. Kick to the body misses from Cummings. Head kick lands for Nelson. Cummings misses with a right, and goes for the flying knee. Jab from Cummings. Cummings coming forward, but Nelson looks unfazed. Lock up for Cummings, and he starts to turn it on. He lands two lefts, and Nelson stays away from the cage.
Round 2: They're catching jabs, and Cummings pressing forward. Cummings lands a right hand, and can't follow up. He presses Nelson against the fence, and lands another left. Nelson locks him up, and they're tied together towards the center. Cummings has Nelson against the fence, and Gunnar moves forward towards the center, trying to land a knee in there. Leg kick from Zak, and he eats a right. Body kick misses for Zak. Nelson feinting, but isn't throwing much. Cummings goes to the body, and Nelson nails him with a straight right. Cummings comes forward and a flurry, but can only land a leg kick. Cummings misses a left uppercut. Nelson squeaks in a right hand. Kick to the body from Nelson, and Zak catches it. Cummings working a single leg, and Nelson goes for a guillotine. Instead, he takes the back, straight into a body triangle. Nelson looking for the rear naked choke, and Nelson goes to work on the face and body. He opens up Zak, and locks in a rear naked choke. Nelson gets the tap.
Final result: Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48 of R2
Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett
Round 1: They touch them up. McCall has both ankles taped. Pickett misses a right hand. McCall goes to the body, and just grazes McCall with a left hook. Ian with a leg kick, and Pickett misses another right hand. McCall goes in, and Pickett shoots for the takedown. Knee from Ian, and the referee separates them as Pickett had McCall against the fence. Kick to the leg from Ian, and he eats a big right hand. He takes Pickett down, and Pickett gets back up. McCall lands two knees, and Pickett has him against the cage. McCall lands an uppercut, and back in the center, Ian lands a left hook. McCall comes in and lands another left, followed by a right. They exchange fight ending shots, which both miss. Pickett connects with a punch to the body. McCall gets a left hook in. McCall comes forward with the jab. Pickett shoots for the takedown. McCall turns Pickett and nails him with a knee to the body while they separate. Uppercut from McCall. Pickett misses a right hand. Pickett misses a high kick, same for Ian. McCall gets the better of the exchanges, and McCall rocks him with a punch. Pickett sneaks in an uppercut, and Ian drops to stay away from another big right hand.
Round 2: Pickett throwing with bad intentions, and McCall stays away. Ian comes forward with a commination. Takedown from Ian, and Brad is back up in a jiffy. Another takedown from McCall, who ends up in top position. Full mount for McCall. Pickett ends up locking up one of his opponent's legs, and working his way back to his feet. Punches land for McCall. Ian stays out of the way from a big punch. Pickett lands a straight left. Pickett goes for the takedown, but Ian stuffs it. Followed by another, but Pickett lands with a right hand. Ian goes for the takedown, and Pickett stays up. Kick to the body from McCall. Brad goes for a takedown, but McCall stuffs it. Kick to the groin from McCall, and we get a stop. Back in the center, Pickett misses with a left and right, but McCall stays away and defends the takedown. Left hand lands for Pickett. McCall jabbing, and staying real light on his feet. Pickett misses a wild left hook. McCall landing on the inside and steps off right away. Body punch by Pickett. Brad works the single leg, but Ian defends. Pickett goes for a takedown, and Ian defends by trying a spinning back fist. Pickett has McCall on the fence, and the horn sounds seconds after they go back to the middle.
Round 3: McCall lands on the inside, and Ian clocks Brad with a kick right under the chin. Pickett going for the takedown, but Ian defends. Kick to the body from McCall. Uppercut misses for Pickett. McCall circling well, and they both land in a good exchange. More kicking for McCall in this round. Kick to the body from McCall. Pickett ties McCall against the fence. Ian moves, and lands in an exchange. Pickett starting to land, and McCall eats a big right hand. Pickett scores a takedown, but McCall springs back up. Pickett has McCall against the fence, and Ian lands a big right hand. McCall lands a big takedown, right into Pickett's guard. McCall trying to punch away in side control, but Pickett defending well off his back. McCall gets into mount, but Pickett recovers as Ian gets into side control. McCall jumping around in the last 35 seconds, and he's working with punches from half guard. McCall looking to move, and moves into side control to land some elbows. Pickett gets up, they land a few and it's over.
Final result: Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Norman Parke
Round 1: They touch up. Parke has Kotani back peddling. Kotani goes to the body, and shoots for the takedown. Parke stays up, and turns his back towards the fence. They break free and Kotani throws a few jabs. Parke misses a high kick. Parke lands a right hand. Kotani throws a left, and gets a takedown stuffed. Kotani fakes a right and shoots for the takedown. Parke has Kotani against the fence, and lands a nice inside elbow. Left hook lands for Kotani. The Japanese fighter shoots again, and Parke misses with a flying knee. Parke goes to the body with a kick. Kotani grabs the leg, and tries to get his foe down. Nice knee from Parke on the break. Parke misses a right hand, but goes low with kicks multiple times. Kotani fakes a left and lands a right hand. He locks up Parke, but the latter lands an elbow and a knee inside. Kotani shoots again after they separate, and Parke sprawls to take his back. Parke gets one hook in while softening up Kotani with elbows, and lands some big ones to open up Kotani at the end of the round.
Round 2: Kotani lands a kick to the body. Ref stops the action for a second for a low blow. Parke goes high with a left, and Kotani shoots for the floor, looking to tangle. Parke stays on his feet, backing Kotani back to the fence. He locks him up, and brings Kotani down. Parke in side control, looking for elbows. A couple of short elbows from Parke, and Kotani tries to move out of danger. Still on his back, Parke is landing some good elbows, and as he gets up, almost gets caught in a leg lock. Back on their feet, Parke has Kotani up against the fence. Parke brings him down, and starts to drill him with his punches. A number of left hands and elbows landing, and Marc Goddard steps in. Parke runs out of the cage and into the crowd, but he's brought in right away.
Final result: Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches) at 3:41 of R2
Ilir Latifi vs. Chris Dempsey
Round 1: They touch up. Latifi misses a right hand. Latifi trying to connect with combos. Dempsey goes low, but doesn't commit to the takedown. Latifi more active so far. Jab lands for Latifi. The Swede gets a body shot in, as well. Latifi goes low with a leg kick, and follows up with another. Low kick to the opposite leg, and CDempsey hops on one foot. Latifi shoots, and Dempsey trying to control the head. Latifi breaks free and eats a right. Dempsey gets another takedown stuffed, and Latifi gets a leg kick in, which makes his foe slip. Latifi drills Dempsey with a left hand followed by a right, and goes for the takedown. Little does he know, Dempsey is out cold.
Final result: Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (strikes) at 2:07 of R1
Phil Harris vs. Neil Seery
Round 1: They touch em up. Circling from Harris. Seery backing him up a bit. Harris shoots, but Seery defends well against the cage. Harris still battling for position, and Seery staying up. Knee from Seery on the inside, and he breaks free. Overhand right from Harris, followed by a takedown attempt, which gets stuffed. Seery gets a punch blocked. Harris gets a takedown stuffed. Harris misses with a left hook, and Seery drops him with a big right hand. Seery trying to follow up, but summons Harris back to his feet. Seery pushing forward, and he decks him with another right. Seery with an uppercut as Harris shoots in. Left hook lands from Seery, and Harris sneaks in a big right. Seery lands another right, and Harris shoots in. Nothing. Jab from Harris and Seery lands two big shots. Harris pulls guard, but Seery isn't biting. Harris goes for another takedown and Seery throws him to the floor. Back on his feet, Harris is getting tagged. Kick to the body from Seery. Seery swings for the fences, and Harris gets poked in the eye right at the end.
Round 2: Seery already has Harris backing up. Harris throws a right and shoots again. Seery with a nice jab. Seery misses with a right hand. Takedown defended from Seery and he starts to chop away at the legs. Seery kicking his legs until the ref stands them up. Seery looking for the knockout, throwing his right hand while switching up his stances. Seery drills Harris in a flurry, and Harris lands the takedown. Harris holding onto the legs, and Seery is back up. Seery rolls out, and they're back trading. Seery landing with his punches, and clocks Harris with another right hand. He misses one, and Harris continues to sneak in a few jabs, yet they're going unnoticed because of Seery being more ferocious with his strikes. Nice uppercut from Seery, and he drives right through Harris for a takedown while still standing. Seery isnt going to join him on the mat, but he keeps kicking the thighs and the crowd is winding up for every blow. Seery goes for the takedown after Harris gets up, and throws a few punches.
Round 3: Seery using his boxing a little better to open the round, as per his corner's suggestion. Seery gets poked in the eyes, and the action resumes after a few seconds. Nice jab from Harris. Leg kicks from Seery. Harris shoots, and stuffed again. He does land an uppercut, though. Seery too committed to looking for the knockout. Harris shoots, but Seery shrugs him off. The Irish crowd is singing. Jab from Seery, and Harris goes to the body. Overhead left from Harris, which grazes Seery. Takedown stuffed for Seery. Jab from Harris, but Seery lands a right hook. Stiff jab from Seery, who shuffles in his step. Harris gets another takedown stuffed. Two left hooks land for Harris, yet it doesn't seem like his power is troubling Seery. Jab from Harris, and Seery is opened up on his right eye. Combo lands for Seery. Harris shoots, and Seery stuffs it, again. He continues to chop at the legs. Seery lands a big right, and Harris looks hurt. Harris brings himself on the ground, and Harris works his ground and pound to try and finish the fight.
Final result: Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Mike King vs. Cathal Pendred
Round 1: They touch gloves, and Pendred goes for a right. King catches him and sends him across the cage with a big takedown. Pendred goes for a kick and slips. King attempts a punch, and then changes levels. Back in the center, King misses a punch and shoots again. Pendred stuffs, and gets clocked with a right hand. They lock up, and Pendred takes his foe's back. He drags him to the mat, keeping top position. They loosen up, and King lands a kick to the body. King drops Pendred with a right hand after both throw punches, and King is landing a plethora of punches and hammerfists. King postures up, and lands another big right to a downed Pendred. Crowd trying to rally, and King takes mount. He laces King with more punches, and locks in a rear naked choke. King opts to let go, and has Pendred flattened out on the mat. Pendred is taking a lot of punches, and King looks slower now. King still landing, and goes for the kimura. King transitions to an armbar, and Pendred gets out, and back on his feet. Pendred looks a little wobbly, and both are slower n the feet to engage. King locks up, and Pendred drives him towards the cage. King misses a knee, and looks for the takedown again.
Round 2: King lands a jab, and Pendred lands a left. Pendred on his bike, but he's still throwing. Leg kick from Pendred, followed by a lead uppercut. Pendred lands another right hand, and King looks tired. King lunges forward with a jab. They exchange in a flurry, and Pendred lands a left hook. Kick to the body from King, and Pendred takes King's back, scoops him up and lands a takedown. King scrambles, and takes good position. Back on their feet, King just misses with a head kick. King lands with a left, followed by a head kick. Pendred lands a left. King just misses a right hand, and Pendred misses with a wild left. Pendred drives King towards the fence, and gets the takedown. Pendred trying to take the back, and he's got both hooks in. Pendred has the arm underneath the chin, and in seconds, Pendred puts King out cold. Brutal. Comeback of the year, so far.
Final result: Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:33 of R2
Trevor Smith vs. Tor Troeng
Round 1: They touch gloves. Smith lands two leg kicks, and shoots. Tor defending, and brings Smith up against the cage. Tor lands an uppercut, and a knee to the body. Tor landing knees on the clinch, along with a few punches. Smith lands a knee, as both are trying to win the underhook battle. They break free, and Smith lands a right. Tor clocks him with a right, followed by a left hook. Smith opts to lock up again, but Tor is a little stronger. Tor lands some uppercuts, while Smith goes to work with a few knees. Tor hits Smith with a right hand. Tor gets a left hook in. Leg kick from Smith, and avoids a right. Smith moves forward with a wild right that misses. Tor lands a nice combination, and brings Smith down after catching his leg. Smith controlling the ankle, and he drives Tor to the fence. Tor is up, and eats a knee on the way. Smith has him against the fence, and he gets reversed. Tor grinding Smith against the fence and using knees. They break free, and Tor lands a good front kick. Smith gets a right hand in, and Tor lands another uppercut.
Round 2: Smith rocks Tor's head back after a short right. Tor gets the takedown, but gets hit with another punch on the way down. Smith is sitting upright, but Tor flattens his foe. Smith pops back up, and Tor can't take his back. Smith rolls, and gets into side control quite nicely. He's starting to use his elbows, and he's trying to work ground and pound from the guard. Smith trying to keep busy in side control, getting warnings for the ref for hits to the back of the head. Smith gets back into guard, and Tor moves himself to the fence. Tor gets back on his feet, and Smith pushes off. Uppercut for Tor lands, and he starts to jab his way towards Smith. Tor goes for a takedown, and Smith gets him in a guillotine. Tor trying to slide out, and he looks okay for now. Smith tightening up, and the bell saves Tor, who held on.
Round 3: Low kick from Smith, and they lock up, with Tor looking for a takedown. Smith pushes Tor to the fence, working for a single leg. Tor sprawls, and takes the back. He's got a hook in, but Smith scrambles and ends up in full guard. Nice. Smith in half guard, trying to move into side control. Smith elbows Tor to the head a few times. Smith trying to work ground and pound. Smith looking to get a d'arce choke in. Tor rolls out, and gets back up. Smith pursuing the takedown, and pulls his foe down with a fireman's carry. Smith trying to go for the choke again, and Tor is hanging on. Smith using his wrestling strength, and he's basically controlling Tor for the entire round. Tor can't get up, and the round ends.
Final result: Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28x3)
Cody Donovan vs. Nikita Krylov
Round 1: They touch gloves. Donovan ducks under a punch. Donovan lands a nice left hook, and Krylov backs up Donovan with a head kick followed by an uppercut. They're against the fence, and Donovan gets double underhooks in to reverse Krylov. Donovan tried to throw him but ends up underneath. Donovan sneaks in an armbar, but Krylov escapes. Donovan ontop of Krylov, and he reverses Donovan. They get back up, and Donovan gets clocked with a knee, but he lands a few solid uppercuts. Both miss with wild ones, and Donovan scores the takedown. Donovan gets back up, and opts to stand. They clinch together and start to land. Krylov drills Donovan with a knee to the body, followed by uppercuts, but Donovan is game to trade back. A groin strike to Donovan halts the action. Donovan's right eye is a little swollen. Head kick from Krylov, and he pounces on, but Donovan stays in there. They clinch together, and Donovan drops Krylov with a sneaky strike. Donovan is on top, but Krylov is controlling Donovan's head. Donovan gets out, and takes Krylov's back. Krylov escapes the choke attempt, and gets on top of Donovan. He starts lacing him with strikes, and he takes Donovan's back. He starts pummeling Donovan with ground and pound, and Donovan is covering up. Referee Marc Goddard warns a few times, and seconds before the horn, Krylov gets the stoppage.
Final result: Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of R1
Patrick Holohan vs. Josh Sampo
Round 1: They race to the center, and Holohan is working with low leg kicks. Sampo gets a right hand in. Holohan going high and low with kicks, but Sampo is coming forward and landing rights. High kick misses for Sampo, but he laces Holohan with a right hand. They're coming together often, and just missing each other. Holohan drills Sampo with a big right uppercut and drops him. He follows up with some ground and pound, and now he's in half guard. This crowd is deafening from a laptop. Sampo trying to control Holohan's neck. Holohan trying to pass guard, and Sampo is looking to grab the arm. Sampo transitions and gets an armbar but Holohan gets out and locks in a rear naked choke. Unreal. Sampo trying to escape, but eventually taps. Crowd goes wild. What a curtain jerker.
Final result: Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 of R1