Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will crown a heavyweight interim champion when Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt collide at this weekend's UFC 180 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is locked and loaded for Sat., Nov. 15, 2014, inside Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
In the co-main event, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 champion Kelvin Gastelum will try to keep his perfect record intact against hard-hitting welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger, who tries to punch his ticket back to the title chase with another thunderous knockout.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 180 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 180 QUICK RESULTS:
Fabricio Werdum def. Mark Hunt by TKO (knee and punches) at 2:27 of Round One
Kelvin Gastelum def. Jake Ellenberger by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:46 of Round One
Ricardo Lamas def. Dennis Bermudez by submission (guillotine) at 3:18 of Round One
Augusto Montano def. Chris Heatherly by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:50 of Round One
Hector Urbina def. Edgar Garcia by submission (guillotine) at 3:38 of Round One
Yair Rodriguez def. Leonardo Morales by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Alejandro Perez def. Jose Quinonez by unanimous decision(29-26 x2, 28-27)
Jessica Eye def. Leslie Smith by TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 1:30 of Round Two
Gabriel Benitez def. Humberto Brown by submission (guillotine) at 0:30 of Round Three
Henry Briones def. Guido Cannetti by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:44 of Round Two
Marco Beltran def. Marlon Vera by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
UFC 180 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
265 lbs.: Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt
Round 1: Werdum opens with a leg kick. Hunt answers to the inside. Werdum body kick in response to a jab. Head kick blocked. Hunt drops Werdum with a 3-2, then lets him back up. Another rush by Hunt, Werdum tries to clinch. One minute in. Back to t he center. Hunt denies a long takedown. Werdum with a glancing wheel kick. Two minutes in. Werdum leg kick this time. Werdum changes levels as Hunt approaches and pulls guard. Hunt on top in Werdum's guard. Left hand from Hunt. Two minutes to go.
Werdum striking off his back. Short punches by Hunt. Elbow. Werdum tosses his legs up, Hunt backs out. One minute to go, both on their feet. Werdum body kick after a Hunt jab. Inside leg kick. 3-2 by Hunt and short uppercut after. Werdum teep. Short left hook by Hunt. Werdum ducks a left hook and eats a short right. Werdum high kick hits shoulder at the bell. 10-9 Hunt.
Round 2: Werdum tries a front kick. Body kick, Hunt whiffs on an overhand right. Hunt counters a body kick with a right hand that knocks Werdum to the ground. Again, Hunt lets him up. One minute in. Werdum high kick attempt. Werdum teep. Hunt right hand comes up short. Werdum attempts a wheel kick, slips and is allowed to rise. Low kick lands. Werdum avoids the uppercut and lands a right hand near the fence. Two minutes in. Werdum shoots in, gets stuffed. Werdum steps in with a knee that drops the Super Samoan. Werdum dropping hammerfists and Hunt takes too long to respond, prompting the referee to step in.
Final result: Werdum def. Hunt by TKO (knee and punches)
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Round 1: Ellenberger advances, denies a level change from Gastelum. Combination to the head from Kelvin. Gastelum sticking out his jab. Ellenberger tries to close the distance. One minute in. Left hook by Ellenberger. Right hook by Kelvin. Straight left, Ellenberger tries to retaliate. Counter right and left hooks from Ellenberger. Two minutes in. Gastelum low kick. Superman punch from Kelvin. Ellenberger tries to flurry in response, gets taken down into guard. Left hands from Kelvin. Two minutes to go.
Kelvin on top in Jake's open guard. Elbows from Gastelum. Jake gets to his feet and lands a knee to the body. Gastelum body kick. Counter left form Ellenberger, counter-counter 1-2 from Kelvin. Gastelum moving forward. Gastelum moves him to the fence. One minute to go. Knees from Kelvin. Jake moves to the rear waistlock and takes Kelvin down. Kelvin scrambles into the front headlock and then the back. Kelvin locks up the RNC and gets the tap in the waning seconds of the round.
Final result: Gastelum def. Ellenberger by submission (rear-naked choke)
145 lbs.: Dennis Bermudez vs. Ricardo Lamas
Round 1: Bermudez on the advance, Lamas landing leg kicks. Wheel kick attempt from Ricardo. Bermudez lands a Superman punch and moves Lamas to the fence. Knees to the thigh by the Menace. Lamas circles free. One minute in. Leg kick from Bermudez and he shrugs off a takedown attempt. Bermudez overhand falls short. Leg kick by Bermudez. Counter left from Lamas. Lamas lands a kick as Bermudez is off-balance and knocks him down. Bermudez shoots in, Lamas in the front headlock position. Bermudez moves him to the fence. Two minutes in. Bermudez on on his hips, unable to complete the takedown but lands a knee tot he body. Clinching against the fence. Lamas reverses. Knees to the body from Ricardo. Lamas with a counter right as Bermudez tries to open up on the fence. They separate. Two minutes to go. Stiff jab drops Bermudez. Lamas latches onto a guillotine, rolls into guard and then the mount, and earns the tap.
Final result: Lamas def. Bermudez by submission (guillotine)
170 lbs.: Augusto Montano vs. Chris Heatherly
Round 1: Heatherly wades in with a right hand, comes up short on the takedown attempt. Heatherly leg kick. Flying knee attempt. Overhand right and takedown attempt. He completes it into Montano's half guard. One minute in. Montano regains guard and briefly teases a triangle. Montano tosses his legs up for an armbar and Hetherly uses it to take side control. Montano rolls free and gets to his feet. Montano punching rush blocked. Two minutes in. Heatherly changes levels, rebuffed on the shot. Again. Montano leg kick. They exchange near the fence and Montano ties him up. Double-underhooks for Montano. Knees to the body. Heatherly's hurt from one of them and Montano tries to explode. Two minutes to go.
Heatherly survives the onslaught and they return to the center of the cage. Left uppercut by Heatherly connects. Heatherly shoots in, pulls guard when he realizes it's not there. One minute to go. Heatherly scrambles to his knees and Montano briefly looks for an anaconda. Heatherly gets to his feet, eats a knee to the body and looks for a single-leg. Montano hammerfists dissuade him. Heatherly eats a knee and is covering up against the fence. Montano pours on knees to the head and body. Heatherly stays on his feet but it's enough of an onslaught for the referee to step in.
Final result: Montano def. Heatherly by TKO (knees and punches)
170 lbs.: Edgar Garcia vs. Hector Urbina
Round 1: Urbina opens with an outside leg kick. Garcia lead right, Urbina leg kick. Garcia catches a leg kick and puts Urbina on the mat. Urbina turtling. One minute in. Garcia hops up and snakes in both hooks as Urbina tries to stand. Punches from Garcia. Good punches. Urbina looking to roll free, dislodges a hook. Urbina manages to get on top and quickly passes to side control. Two minutes in. Garcia scrambles, but leaves his neck out and Urbina grabs the fornt headlock. Garcia on his side. He tries to get to his knees and Urbina gets the grip for an anaconda choke. Garcia gets free, gets on top, and Urbina scoots to the fence and stands. Two minutes to go.
Garcia pressing Urbina against the cage. He tries to change levels and Urbina locks up a Marcelotine. The tap comes quickly.
Final result: Urbina def. Garcia by submission (guillotine)
145 lbs.: Leonardo Morales vs. Yair Rodriguez
Round 1: Counter right by Rodriguez early. Morales head kick blocked, Yair falls short with one of his own. Rodriguez shoots in, presses Morales against the cage. Rodriguez trips him down right into mount. One minute in. Morales gives up his back and Rodriguez puts both hooks in. Rodriguez looking for the choke, covering Morales' mouth with his hand. Two minutes in. Morales spins into top position and Rodriguez latches onto an armbar in the process. Morales gets his elbow free and Rodriguez switches to a triangle. Another armbar from Yair in the chain, Morales escapes and stands. Yair grabs onto a leg and Mario pauses the fight for reasons unknown, standing them back up. Quick exchange at close range. Left straight from Morales. Little over a minute to go.
Rodriguez attempts a spinning elbow. Morales head kick blocked. Cartwheel kick attempt by Rodriguez. Counter left by Morales. Body kicks by Morales and a big left straight from Morales. Rodriguez eats it well and makes room. Spinning backfist from Rodriguez. Rodriguez tries a wheel kick. Morales rushes in, eats a counter right hook. Bell, 10-9 Rodriguez.
Round 2: Rodriguez flicking out the lead leg. Morales leg kick. Rodriguez barrels into the clinch against the fence. Morales avoids a trip and reverses position. Rodriguez looking for a throw, Morales manages to avoid it. One minute in. nee to the body by Morales, Rodriguez just misses on a right on the exit. Rodriguez shoots in against the fence, eats a couple elbows and brings Morales to the ground. Rodriguez stands over him, Morales spins to his feet but gets shoved down. Two minutes in, Rodriguez on top in half guard. Limited action from the top by Rodriguez. Morales gets a knee shield in and looks to make space. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez attempts a somersault kick to the body with Morales on his back. He grabs a heel hook in the scramble. Morales defending, but puts his arm in danger. One minute to go. Morales worms his arm free and stands over Yair. Kicks to the leg from Morales. Big upkick by Rodriguez and he fights for a heel hook until the bell. 10-9 Rodriguez.
Round 3: Another hug to start the third round. Morales head kick blocked. Inside leg kick. Counter straight left connects, Rodriguez tries to rush. Morales low kick after avoiding one from Yair. Morales lands a glancing head kick, then accidentally clips the cup with a knee when trying to press the advantage. They restart in the center. One minute in. Left straight by Morales. Rodriguez with a right downstairs. Body kick from Morales, Rodriguez lands one and blitzes. Nothing clean connects. Rodriguez avoids a leg kick. Two minutes in. Rodriguez body kicks and punches in combination. Morales takes one to the cup in the process. Back to the center. Morales body kick and he tries to blitz. Rodriguez fires back. Rodriguez superman punch into a takedown attempt. Pressing Morales against the cage. Morales hits a sacrifice throw, both scramble up. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez is cut. Low kick from Morales. Overhand right by Yair. Good punching combo and wheel kick attempt from Rodriguez. Morales high kick glances off. Rodriguez body kick. One minute to go. Rodriguez checks a body kick. Flying knee attempt from Rodriguez and he wings a few haymakers afterwards. Morales overhand left and body kick. 1-2 from Morales. Rodriguez low kick. Good combination by Morales late. Rodriguez catches a head kick but can't capitalize before the bell. 10-9 Morales.
Final result: Rodriguez def. Morales by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Alejandro Perez vs. Jose Quinonez
Round 1: Leg kick from Perez to start, Quinonez high kick blocked. Front kick also blocked. more leg kicks from Perez. Perez shoots in, Quinonez reverses it and takes top position. Perez looking to scramble up, Quinonez looks to take the back. One minute in. Perez fights off the hooks and Quinonez separates. Perez dicks a right straight, lands an outside low kick that Quinonez catches. Ground-and-pound from Quinonez as Perez scrambles up, then a knee on the exit. Two minutes in. Counter right by Jose as Perez tries a flying knee. Perez leg kick. Stiff jab from Jose in response. Straight right lands for Quinonez. Counter right off a leg kick just misses. Two minutes to go.
Perez continuing to land inside leg kicks. Left to he body. Quinonez starting to check the kicks. Right straight, left uppercut by Quinonez. Counter left by Perez, leg kick lands. One minute to go. Straight right by Quinonez, Perez lands a counter right. Another right hand. Perez head kick blocked, same from Quinonez. Intercepting knee by Quinonez, then Perez hurts him with a counter right before the bell. 10-9 Perez.
Round 2: Perez just misses with some counters. Good check hook by Perez. Perez inside leg kick, Quinonez right straight. Straight left by Perez. Quinonez with a pair of straights. One minute in. Intercepting knee by Quinonez. Perez leg kick checked. Cut kick trips Quinonez up and Perez tries to rush with punches. Quinonez separates. Perez body kick, Quinonez right straight. Head kick from Jose is blocked. Lead left hook by Perez and both land in an exchange. Two minutes . Perez with an inside leg kick. Quinonez chases and lands a straight. Quinonez shoots in, Perez denies it and exits the resultant clinch. Counter right by Quinonez. Counter hook from Perez after taking an overhand right. Two minutes to go.
Both land right hands in an exchange and Quinonez sprints after him. Good right hand stumbles Perez, who's back up and steady soon after. One minute to go. Counter hook from Perez. Straight right this time as Quinonez switches stances. Quinonez knees the body, eats a right straight. Bell, 10-9 Quinonez.
Round 3: Quick hug to start the round. Both swinging aggressively. Perez lands a glancing haymaker. Big left hook by Perez and he rushes in with punches, both men connecting. Perez ducks a punch and suplexes Quinonez, taking his back soon after. Perez looks to have the RNC, but Quinonez escapes and takes top position. Perez looking for an armbar, it's not there. One minute in. Quinonez on top in side control, kneeing the body. Perez unable to scramble free but regains guard. Half guard for Jose. Two minutes in. Quinonez gets in position for an arm-triangle, but doesn't have his leg free and abandons it. Quinonez rears up and blatantly headbutts Perez, pausing the action. McCarthy rightfully takes two points from Quinonez and they restart on the feet. Stiff jab from Jose. He checks a leg kick. Perez attempts a cut kick, eats a 2-3. Counter right by Quinonez after checking a leg kick. Straight right and they clinch up. Quinonez, after some struggle, trips him down into half guard.
Sorry for the lack of timestamps, but there's something wrong with the clock. Perez regains guard. Perez scrambles up and shoots in. Quinonez locks up a guillotine at the ten-second horn and falls to his back. He can't finish it before the bell. 9-8 Perez.
Final result: Perez vs. Quinonez by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Jessica Eye vs. Leslie Smith
Round 1: Eye opens with a combination, culminating in a body kick. Another good punching combo. Right hand connects. 2-1-2 lands clean. Smith fires back with a right hook. Eye lands another right cross. Right hook. Big punching combination, all land. Smith firing back. 3-2 from Eye. Inside low kick, then outside. One minute in. 3-2 and she catches a head kick from Smith. Eye with another right straight. Again and a left hook. Right to he body and head. Right straight. They trade low kicks, Eye blasts her upstairs. Another straight. To the body. 1-2-1 by Eye, Smith counters with a flurry. Two minutes in. Straight left by Smith. Eye right hand. They trade in the center. Counter right by Smith. Eye low kick met by a jab. Eye left hook. Leg kick. They trade kicks, then engage at close range. Two minutes to go.
They trade right hands. Another right by Eye. Hard counter left as Smith tries to wade in. Eye leg kick. Hard cross. 1-2 connects. Left hook, met by a Smith left hook. Eye almost can't miss. One minute to go. Smith's ear is bleeding from a right hand. Smith side kick. Yet another heavy cross by Jessica. Right hook this time. Leg kick lands. Right hand to counter a leg kick. They trade jabs. Smith head kick blocked. All Eye so far. 10-9 Eye.
Round 2: Eye opens with a leg kick. Counter right from Smith and they clinch. Short knees and punches from both. Smith with a hard elbow on the exit. Glancing leg kick by Eye. Right hook by Eye. 1-2. Inside leg kicks. Counter straights by Smith. Lead left hook by Eye. One minute in. Stiff jab. Eye counters a leg kick with hard right hands. Herb pauses the fight to look at Smith's ear. Her cauliflower ear is destroyed; it's completely split on the top. Dean rightly calls the fight before the thing can fall off.
Final result: Eye def. Smith by TKO (doctor's stoppage)
145 lbs.: Humberto Brown vs. Gabriel Benitez
Round 1: Body kick by Brown, counter jabs from Benitez. Benitez high kick blocked. Good left straight lands. Leg kick answered by a Brown left hook. Brown shoots in, eating a knee in the process. He hoists Benitez up, giving him plenty of time to lock in the guillotine. Brown tries to press him against the cage, but eventually gets him down. One minute to go. Brown somehow manages to extricate his head. Benitez scrambles up and Brown again hoists him up, gets caught in a guillotine, and takes him down. Brown gets his head free again. Two minutes in. Bentiez swings for a sloppy armbar, nothing there. Benitez so far avoiding ground-and -pund. He swings for the armbar again, can't get it, but gets his legs in position for a triangle. Two minutes to go.
Brown picks him up and moves him to the fence. Benitez eventually loses the triangle. Brown leaves his neck out as Benitez gets up, but Benitez doesn't force the guillotine. Back to their feet, Benitez looking to attack against the cage. One minute to go. They jockey for position on the cage and Brown lands a knee to the cup, forcing a pause in the action. Back to the center after the break. Brown with a counter right. Benitz moves him to the fence, hits him with the knee and pulls guard on another guillotine. Brown moves to side control and gets his head out. Benitez stands at the bell. 10-9 Benitez.
Round 2: 1-2 by Benitez, then another cross. Knee attempt. Brown body kick misses. Counter right hook after taking a leg kick. 2-3 by Benitez. Body kick connects. One minute in. Brown firing off straights, eats an overhand. Benitez high kick falls short. Brown inside low kick hits the groin. Yamasaki takes a point from Brown as Benitez works to recover. Benitez tries a high kick on the restart. Straight left lands. Two minutes in. Benitez lands an inside leg kick and left straight. Brown shoots in, getting in on a leg against the fence. Benitez defending well. Brown completes it, Benitez back up quickly with Brown still on him. Two minutes to go.
Benitez continuing to defend. Referee splits them up after a short while. Knee by Benitez inside. Brown cracks him with a pair of right hands before shooting in again. Benitez staying upright well. One minute to go. Brown continuing to press him against the cage. Benitez makes room. Knee from Benitez before he presses Brown against the cage. Bell, 10-8 Benitez with the point deduction.
Round 3: They hug it out to start the round. 1-2-high knee by Benitez all land and Brown shoots in. Benitez looking for a Marcelotine and it's not long before Brown falls to his back, unconscious.
Final result: Benitez def. Brown by submission (guillotine)
135 lbs.: Henry Briones vs. Guido Cannetti
Round 1: Briones opens with a leg kick. Cannetti rushes, eats a right hand for his trouble. Body kick and front kick from Guido. Leg kick, front kick to the body. One minute in. Briones leg kick. Cannetti changes levels as Briones advances and takes him down into side control. Briones quickly back to his feet and they trade kneees. Briones tosses him down and nearly takes his back, only to wind up on the bottom. Two minutes in. Cannetti drops some solid punches, then gives Briones room to stand when he postures up. Guido rushes and connects with some solid punches. Clinch, Cannetti knees the body and eats an elbow before they separate. Body kick and left hook from Guido. Knee to the body. Briones lands one himself as they separate. Two minutes to go.
Guido lands a heel kick to the leg. He wades in with punches and gets pressed into the fence. Guido lands a body kick and continues to press forward. Cannetti pouring it on to the body and head. Briones still in it and throwing back. One minute to go. Guido head kick blocked, left hand connects. Guido knees the body, takes an uppercut as he makes distance. Guido kicking the body, shoots in. He can't complete the takedown before the bell. 10-9 Cannetti.
Round 2: Guido opens with a leg kick. Good left straight met by a right from Briones. Guido front kick to the body. Leg kick, Briones body shot. Once again. Knee to the body by Guido. Briones lands a counter right, then gets hit by a right hook. Cannetti presses forward, eating uppercuts as he clinches. One minute in. They separate back to center cage. HUGE counter uppercut by Briones drops Guido. Briones dropping punches and hammerfists from Guido's guard. Guido turns away from the onslaught and Briones immediately slaps on the RNC, earning the tap quickly
Final result: Briones def. Cannetti by rear-naked choke
135 lbs.: Marco Beltran vs. Marlon Vera
Round 1: Body kick from Beltran. Vera falls short with a front kick. 1-2 from Beltran connects. Vera high kick blocked, Beltran answers. Beltran moves him to the fence and changes levels. Browne elbow by Vera. One minute in. Knee to the body from the Mexican fighter. Vera manages to move to the rear waistlock and insert a hook. Beltran using the fence to prevent the other hook. Beltran lands a few reverse elbows. Beltran turns him around and Vera grabs a guillotine. Two minutes in. Beltran completes a single-leg into half guard and extricates his head. Vera regains guard and throws up a triangle. Beltran gets out, postures up, and drops a punch as he returns to guard. Two minutes to go.
Left hands from Beltran. Vera attempts a triangle on the opposite side but can't clear the shoulder. Beltran uses the next triangle attempt to pass to side control. Vera regains guard and tosses up another triangle. This time, he manages to scramble his way into top position. One minute to go. Good elbow from Vera. Vera stands lands an axe kick to the nuts.
Incidentally, I was also the one doing play-by-play when Eric Prindle did this back in Bellator. Good times.
Both have high kicks blocked on the reset. Beltran whacks him with a right hand and works for a takedown against the fence until the bell. 10-9 Beltran.
Round 2: Beltran opens with a leg kick. Front kick to the body, Vera uses it to slam him down into half guard. Beltran holding tightly to a guillotine on the wrong side. Vera gets his head out quickly. Vera hops right to mount when Beltran tries to regain guard. One minute in. Quick scramble and Vera takes his back. Body triangle. Vera fishing for the choke. He briefly flattens Beltran out, then has his back to the fence. Two minutes in. He gets the forearm under the chin and Beltran grimaces. Beltran manages to break the grip. The same thing happens not long after. Yet again and this time Beltran manages to reverse into guard. Two minutes to go.
Short ground-and-pound from Beltran, Vera looking to control his posture. Beltran stands over him and kicks the legs a few times. One minute to go. Beltran steps over and Vera latches onto a heel hook. Beltran scrambles his way into mount. Vera gets quarter-guard, then eats a pair of big elbows. Beltran back to mount. Another elbow. Beltran continues looking to drop bombs until the bell. 10-9 Vera.
Round 3: Beltran steps in with a 3-2. Vera body kick blocked, side kick to the body connects. Beltran wades in with punches, settles for a good knee to the body. Vera right hand connects. Front kick from Beltran. One minute in. Vera rushes, attempting a fling knee and head kick. Spinning back kick blocked. Beltran leaps in with a knee and they tie up against the fence. Vera pressing him into the cage. Beltran reverses, but eats a big knee to the head. Bera slips as he throws it and Beltran takes top position. Beltran in guard. Two minutes in. Vera uses an underhook to stand and press Beltran against the fence, then releases him. Back to center cage. Vera on the advance. Good left hook and body kick. Vera lands a hard knee to the body and Beltran shoots. Two minutes to go.
Vera sprawls on it, then takes top position. Hard elbow by Vera. Big shots by Vera on a turtling Beltran. Beltran latches onto one of Vera's wrists to stop the attack. Vera gets it free and continues. One minute to go. Vera gets half guard and locks up a d'arce. He loses it, drops an elbow, and maintains to position. Beltran throwing off his back. Vera tries to dive in with a punch at the bell. 10-9 Vera.
Final result: Beltran def. Vera by unanimous decision