Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is crowning a new light heavyweight kingpin in the UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, when Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson collide for the vacant 205-pound strap (just recently relinquished) by current champion, Daniel Cormier. That’s just one of two championship fights in the stacked UFC 232 line up tonight (Sat., Dec. 29, 2018). Before “Bones” and “The Mauler” go to war for the second time, UFC women’s featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, will put her 145-pound strap on the line against current women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, who jumps up in weight for a chance to make history. Unfortunately for mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in “Sin City,” the event has been moved from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Inglewood, Calif., to accommodate the licensing requirements for Jones after yet another drug testing fiasco (details). The show must go on!
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 232 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 232 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 232 LIVE RESULTS:
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson — Jones def. Gustafsson by TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round Three
UFC Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino vs. Amanda Nunes — Nunes def. Justino by KO (punches) at 0:51 of Round One
Michael Chiesa vs. Carlos Condit — Chiesa def. Condit by submission (kimura) at 0:56 of Round Two
Corey Anderson vs. Ilir Latifi — Anderson def. Latifi by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Chad Mendes vs. Alexander Volkanovski — Volkanovski def. Mendes by TKO (punches) at 4:14 of Round Two
Andrei Arlovski vs. Walt Harris — Harris def. Arlovski by split decision (27-30, 29-28 x2)
Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson — Anderson def. Zingano by TKO (head kick) at 1:01 of Round One
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Petr Yan — Yan def. Andrade by TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round Two
Ryan Hall vs. B.J. Penn — Hall def. Penn by submission (heel hook) at 2:46 of Round One
Andre Ewell vs. Nathaniel Wood — Wood def. Ewell by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:12 of Round Three
Uriah Hall vs. Bevon Lewis — Hall def. Lewis by KO (punch) at 1:32 of Round Three
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Curtis Millender — Millender def. Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson — Jackson def. Kelleher by submission (d’arce choke) at 1:40 of Round One
UFC 232 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
205 lbs.: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (for vacant light heavyweight title)
Round 1: Jones tries a takedown, lands a knee. He shoots again and they trade knees until one hits Gustafsson in the junk. He takes almost no time to recover. Jones already sticking his fingers out, lands a left hook. Low kick connects. Knee to the body from Gustafsson. Trading low kicks. Jones lands a right hand, lands a body shot. Two minutes in. Double hook from Gustafsson. Gustafsson to the body, eats a lead elbow in return. Low kick from Gustafsson. Two minutes to go.
Jones tries a head kick, lands a low kick and looks for a single-leg. Jones lands a knee after avoiding a guillotine. Superman punch from Gustafsson. Body kick. One minute to go. Fake level change to a right hand. Low leg kick from Jones. Body kick connects. 10-9 Jones.
Round 2: Jones fires a Superman punch, lands a body kick. Left hand downstairs. Left hand catches Jones off-balance. Jones shoots, stuffed, lands a hard knee a minute in. Low kick lands. Gustafsson lands a left hook. Body kick from Jones. Body punches as well. Jones complaining of an eye poke, takes time to recover. They start exchanging punches at close range. Long left from Gustafsson two minutes in. Jones low kicks. Gustafsson walking after him. Oblique kick from Jones. Two minutes to go.
Left hook from Gustafsson. Good low kick from Jones. Gustafsson steps in with a right hand, gets clinched. Another leg kick from Jones. More blows to the lead leg, then an elbow. One minute to go. Gustafsson lands a good right hand. Jab exchange. Jones to the body, lands an elbow on the break. Spinning back kick. 10-9 Jones.
Round 3: Gustafsson pops him with a left. Jones shoots and lands on top in guard, dropping elbows. He denies an attempt to stand, then takes side control. Looking to step to the back. He gets there and starts dropping vicious punches for the finish.
Final result: Jones def. Gustafsson by TKO (punches)
145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino vs. Amanda Nunes
Round 1: Both women swinging right away. Low kick and 1-2 land for Nunes, who eats a heavy right hand in return. Suddenly, a right hand stuns Cyborg. Cyborg is hurt but throwing back. Nunes continues unleashing hellfire until Cyborg goes down.
Final result: Nunes def. Justino by KO (punches)
170 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Carlos Condit
Round 1: Condit aggressive early, launching kicks. Chiesa ties up in the center. Inside trip gets Condit on his back in guard. Chiesa quickly spins to the back, avoids a leglock but Condit scrambles to his feet. Chiesa still attached on the fence. He hits another takedown into half guard, avoiding a kimura. Two minutes in. Condit regains guard. Elbows from Chiesa. Two minutes to go.
Condit spins for a good-looking armbar. It looks in, but Chiesa manages to worm his way out and they scramble to their feet. Chiesa takes him down yet again, taking side control this time. One minute to go. Condit rolls, looks for a leg. Condit lands an elbow, eats right hands in 50/50. Condit grabs a reverse triangle before the bell. 10-9 Chiesa.
Round 2: Chiesa lands a series of right hooks to open the round. Condit fires a low kick and avoids a clinch. Chiesa catches a kick for another takedown into half guard. He latches onto a kimura, transitions to a one-handed version that has Condit tapping in a hurry.
Final result: Chiesa def. Condit by submission (kimura)
205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Ilir Latifi
Round 1: Anderson sending out early kicks. Latifi looks for the body. Heavy leg kick from Latifi a minute in. 2-3 attempt. Another low kick. Anderson tries to answer in kind. Anderson tries a flying knee and Latifi looks for a single-leg. Good lift, no takedown. They separate. Anderson walks into a right hand that knocks his mouthpiece out. Two minutes in. Anderson fires body kicks. Anderson shoots, gets blasted by a left hook on the break. Two minutes to go.
Anderson shoots, stuffed. Head kick attempt. Latifi with a leg kick. One minute to go. Anderson with a two-piece, avoids a right hand and stuffs a shot. Low kick from Latifi. They trade on the fence. Anderson ties up, avoids a flurry. 10-9 Latifi.
Round 2: Anderson connects with a body kick. Lead right, left hook. Leg kick from Latifi. Latifi lands a pair of right hands inside. Latifi shoots, stuffed, keeps driving. Switches to a single-leg, still denied. Anderson knees the body and they separate. Anderson shoots, stuffed. Latifi tries a straight left. Anderson with a long right downstairs, head kick attempt. Right hands inside. Knee to the body. Two minutes to go.
Body kicks from Anderson, short flurry from Latifi. Anderson goes low-high with a combo. One minute to go. Anderson puts him on the fence. Latifi lands a left on the break, takes a right hand in return. Anderson shoots, stuffed. They trade right hands. Left hook on the break. 10-9 Anderson.
Round 3: Anderson tries to spin. Head kick attempt. Body kick lands. Latifi lands an overhand a minute in, then a low kick. Latifi ties up, nothing doing. Two-piece lands for him. Two minutes in. Counter right on the fence. Anderson swats him with a left hook. Latifi tries a 2-3. Anderson tries a high kick. Two minutes to go.
Anderson with a right downstairs. Jumping knee attempt and a right cross behind it. Latifi tries a wheel kick. Anderson replies with a head kick attempt. Busy with jabs and straights. Low kick and an overhand land for Latifi. 3-2 from Anderson connects in return. Latifi looks for the body, eats a combo before the bell. 10-9 Anderson.
Final result: Anderson def. Latifi by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Chad Mendes vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Round 1: Mendes pressing forward early. Low kicks landing for him. One minute in. Low kick from Volkanovski in return. Mendes ducks a right hand and pivots off. 2-3 connects for Mendes inside. Two minutes in. Mendes avoids a tie-up, fires an uppercut and overhand right. Volkanovski tries a head kick. Mendes shoots off a Volkanovski leg kick, can’t complete it. Two minutes to go.
Volkanovski firing a jab now. Right hand lands for him inside. Good exchange near the fence. Volkanovski lands a body kick. Body jab soon after. One minute to go. Mendes with a nice double-leg. Volkanovski works his way up, eats an uppercut as he does. Low-high goes Mendes. Volkanovski digs a hook downstairs and a knee in the clinch. Mendes goes to the body once more. 10-9 Volkanovski.
Round 2: Volkanovski flicks out a head kick, lands a leg kick. Mendes tries a flying knee. Volkanovski with an overhand right inside. Mendes looks for one in return. Mendes splits the guard with an overhand right and pursues. Huge left hook drops Volkanovski. He’s still calling Mendes on. Volkanovski with his own left hook that draws a smile. Mendes rips the body. Body kick and right hand from Volkanovski. Low kick exchange. Two minutes in. Stiff jab and right hand by Volkanovski and an uppercut behind them. Knee to the body, double right hands. Mendes slings him to the mat and lands in guard. Volkanovski quickly scrambles up. Good jabs. Shift left hand, southpaw 2-3 soon after. Two minutes to go.
Mendes hits a blast double and quickly moves to the back. Volkanovski scrambles out again and lands a body kick. Combination upstairs, knee to the body. Volkanovski opening up on the fence. Nasty elbow, knee, right hand on the break. One minute to go. Volkanovski slams home a left hook to the body and follows up with an overhand right, sending Mendes to his knees to end a terrific fight.
Final result: Volkanovski def. Mendes by TKO (punches)
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Walt Harris
Round 1: Double right from Arlovski. Harris ties up, lands borderline low knees. They separate a minute in. Low kick lands for Arlovski, Harris answers with a pair of heavy punches. Knees from Arlovski, right hook from Harris on the break. Harris ties up two minutes in, then separates. Arlovski fires a body kick, lands a right hand behind it. Body kick from Harris. Two minutes to go.
Harris with a trio of counters, knocks Arlovski back with a left hand. Combinations landing. One minute to go. Arlovski fires a combination, eats a counter left. Arlovski low kick and right hand. 10-9 Harris.
Round 2: Arlovski complaining intensely about eye pokes. He takes some time to recover. Arlovski fires a low kick and uppercut. Head kick blocked. Harris shoots and takes him down, moving to half guard a minute in. Arlovski quickly scrambles up. Things slow way down. Two minutes in. Harris jabs the body. They trade power hands. Low kicks from Arlovski, left hands by Harris. Two minutes to go.
Arlovski pops him with a straight right. Harris looks for a takedown, eats right hands on the break. Body kick from Arlovski. Side kick with a minute to go. Body kick and right hook by Harris. Arlovski fires a body kick, avoids a right hook in return. 10-9 Arlovski.
Round 3: Harris pressing forward. Another slow start. Arlovski with a right downstairs. Body kick and right hook land for Harris a minute in. BIG straight left knocks Arlovski back. Harris lands another after taking a straight right. Arlovski lands a right hand, then on the counter and they start trading. Jab from Harris. Two minutes in. Harris with a lead left. Arlovski gets underhooks, can’t use them with two minutes to go.
Low kick from Arlovski, then a right hand. Crowd giving them grief. Arlovski combo, Harris looks for counters. Lead right by Arlovski. Low kick. Right hand to the chest. God, I don’t know. 10-9 Harris?
Final result: Harris def. Arlovski by split decision
145 lbs.: Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson
Round 1: Low kick from Zingano to start. She tries a high kick. Anderson switchign stances. Glancing head kick by Anderson and it looks like a toe goes into Zingano’s eye. She covers up and turns her back, forcing the ref to step in.
Final result: Anderson def. Zingano by TKO (head kick)
135 lbs.: Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Petr Yan
Round 1: Andrade opens with a leg kick, lands a left hook, eats a body kick. Andrade tries an overhand right, eats a 1-2 downstairs. 3-2 from Yan a minute in. Low kick from Andrade. Yan answers in kind. He tries to spin, lands a 1-2 downstairs. They trade body kicks. Yan catches a kick and looks to drop punches on the prone Andrade. Andrade stands, eating a pair of lefts along the way. Two minutes in. Low kick from Andrade. Low kick from Yan in return. Lead uppercut lands for Andrade. Yan comes back with a side kick. 1-2 connects. Straight right. Andrade looks for a counter uppercut. Two minutes to go.
Andrade fires some heavy kicks. Yan ducks an overhand right and lands a 1-2-1. He looks to spin. Andrade looks for a spinning back kick. Low kick from Yan, front kick and straight right by Andrade. One minute to go. Andrade ducks a head kick for a single-leg, can’t get it and eats a heavy combination. Yan to the body, then upstairs with the left. Andrade with a left downstairs, lovely takedown from Yan in return. 10-9 Yan.
Round 2: 1-2 from Yan. Coutner right form Andrade, Yan stays on him with combinations. Flying knee attempt, clean 1-2. Andrade with a knee downstairs a minute in. Right hand to the body. Low kick from Yan, head kick whiffs. Yan pressures, lands a body kick and 1-2. Hard body shot appears to hurt Andrade and Yan patiently sets up a front choke. He takes side control. Hard elbows. Andrade tries to regain half guard. Two minutes to go.
Andrade giving up his back. Andrade looks for a leg, loses it. Yan grabs the front headlock, lands a knee to the body. He drags Andrade back to his knees. Andrade looks for a leg again. Yan avoids it and drops elbows. Partial crucifix for Yan, who’s opened a cut on Andrade. Savage elbows. Andrade regains guard, but the pounding continues. 10-8 Yan.
Andrade’s corner stops it between rounds.
Final result: Yan def. Andrade by TKO (corner stoppage)
155 lbs.: Ryan Hall vs. B.J. Penn
Round 1: Penn pressuring, lands a right hand and ties up. They separate. Penn with a right downstairs. Hall slips on a hook kick, looks for a leg. Penn kicks his legs. Staying in Ali-Inoki position. Penn avoiding the leg grabs, eats an upkick. Ref waves Hall up. Two minutes in. Hall fires a bevy of kicks. Hall suddenly hits an Imanari slide into a heel hook, drawing an immediate tap.
Final result: Hall def. Penn by submission (heel hook)
135 lbs.: Andre Ewell vs. Nathaniel Wood
Round 1: Single shots at range so far. Low kick from Wood. Ewell tries a head kick. Body shot. One minute in. Ewell looks for a jump knee. Wood connects with a left hook. Wood doubles up the right hand and drops Ewell. He lands in half guard. Ewell gets his feet under him, stands, and separates. 1-2 from Ewell, check hook. Both men appear briefly stunned. Two minutes in. Ewell lands a lead left hand. Ewell goes to the body, eats right hooks. Body kick. Wood continuing to pressure. Two minutes to go.
Straight right from Wood, then a leg kick. Front kick and low kick trip Ewell up. 1-2 from Ewell, low kick from Wood. Wood with a pair of rights. Hard lead right. One minute to go. Ewell tries a spinning hook kick. Wood presses him against the fence. 10-9 Wood.
Round 2: They open the round with some furious exchanges until Wood takes him down into guard. Short ground-and-pound. Ewell not doing much off of his back. Two minutes in. Things continue that way for the next 60 seconds. Two minutes to go.
Now Wood postures up for some bigger punches. One minute to go. Wood keeps it up. I’m tempted to do a 10-8 since Ewell did nothing, but Wood didn’t do quite enough damage. 10-9 Wood.
Round 3: Low kicks from Wood. Wood with a good throw, doesn’t follow him down. Lead right lands and he puts Ewell on the fence. Knees from Wood. He gets Ewell to a knee, then changes direction and takes him down into side control. Ewell regains guard. Wood goes back to chipping away with punches. Two minutes in. Ewell doing nothing off of his back. Two minutes to go.
Now Wood transitions to the back and locks up the choke. Ewell trying to hand fight, but Wood readjusts his grip for the finish.
Final result: Wood def. Ewell by submission (rear naked choke)
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Bevon Lewis
Round 1: They open the fight trading kicks. Lewis extremely aggressive early, clips Hall with a 1-2. Front kick to the chin connects. Elbow, then knees from the clinch. Another elbow. Oblique kicks. One minute in. Trading jabs. Low kicks from Hall. He threatens to spin. Overhand right by Lewis. Body kicks. Two minutes in. Cross counter from Lewis, Hall defends the clinch attempt. Hall looks to spin, avoids a winging right hand. Hall with some oblique kicks. Lead right from Lewis. Two minutes to go.
Counter right from Hall. Lewis falls short with a 1-2. Head kick goes high. Hall catches a kick, can’t use it. One minute to go. More low kick exchanges. Lewis catches a kick, lands an elbow. Counter right from Lewis. Overhand right as Hall tries to pivot away. 10-9 Lewis.
Round 2: Back to the potshotting at range. Leg kick and spinning kick attempt from Hall. Both fire oblique kicks. One minute in. Lewis steps in with an overhand right, then catches Hall with a head kick. Hall comes back with a spinning back kick downstairs, takes a 1-2 in return. Two minutes in. Body kick from Lewis. Hall tries a Brazilian kick and Lewis grabs a rear waistlock when he slips. Knees to the booty. Two minutes to go.
Foot stomps from Lewis. Hall turns to face him. Lewis lands an elbow on the break. One minute to go. Stiff jabs from Hall. Spinning back kick downstairs. 10-9 Lewis.
Round 3: Lewis takes Hall to the fence. Good elbow. One minute in. They separate. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Lewis steps in and gets utterly wiped out by a counter right. Another incredible Uriah Hall comeback.
Final result: Hall def. Lewis by KO (punch)
170 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Curtis Millender
Round 1: Millender flicking out kicks, avoids an overhand right. Body kick from Bahadurzada. Lots of feinting. Oblique kick from Millender, low kick from Bahadurzada. Millender continuing to land linear kicks to the knee. One minute in. Body kick from Bahadurzada. Hard outside leg kick from Millender, then back to the linear. Wheel kick from Millender appears to connect to no effect. Two minutes in. Millender fires another head kick. Bahadurzada falls short with haymakers but avoids another wheel kick. Millender comes back with a straight right. Two minutes to go.
Low kick from Millender, who avoids another flurry. Counters land for Bahadurzada, who takes a knee to the ribs. Millender continuing to target the lead leg. Bahadurzada rushes again, can’t connect. Millender tries a head kick with a minute to go. Bahadurzada having issues with the range, takes a jab. Bahadurzada looks to counter a left hook. Low kick lands. 10-9 Millender.
Round 2: Bahadurzada coming on aggressively, swinging hard. Millender cracks him with a jab. Low kicks from Bahadurzada. Millender tries to spin. Bahadurzada falls short with punches. Low kick connects. One minute in. Left hook lands for Bahadurzada as Millender steps in. Overhand rights. Millender with a jumping knee to the body and head kick attempt. Punching combination. Head kick just misses. Straight right. Then another on the counter. Clinch two minutes in. Millender returns to the lead leg. Bahadurzada swinging big. Two-piece lands, Millender answers with a straight right. 2-1 with two minutes to go.
Millender tries to spin and gets taken down into half guard. One minute to go. Millender holding on, Bahadurzada staying heavy. Bahadurzada postures, drops a right hand. Elbows connect. 10-9 Bahadurzada.
Round 3: Millender picks at the leg, fires straights. Body kick from Bahadurzada, who’s throwing heat. Millender whiffs on a head kick. Counter left and straight right from Millender. Low kick lands. 2-1 knocks Bahadurzada’s mouthpiece out. Bahadurzada still slinging heat as Millender picks him off. A counter right badly rattles Bahadurzada, who wobbles but shakes his head. Millender staying patient, blasts him with two more huge counters. Bahadurzada fails a takedown, eats left hooks. Heavy punches. Elbows as Bahadurzada curls up on the fence. Bahadurzada shoots, lands in half guard. Millender rolls to his knees two minutes in. He gets to his feet, slung back down. Bahadurzada punching from back control, ducks in for a single-leg when Millender stands. Two minutes to go.
Bahadurzada looking for a single-leg, can’t get it. Millender separates. Heavy right hand by Millender. Jab connects. One minute to go. Bahadurzada connects with an overhand right and they slug it out for a second. Counter right by Millender. Bahadurzada shoots, lands on top, gets swept. Millender on top in half guard to end the fight. 10-9 Millender.
Final result: Millender def. Bahadurzada by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson
Round 1: Jackson lands an early body kick, eats leg kicks in return. Kelleher kick strays low and he eats a 1-3 in return. Counter low kick from Jackson. One minute in. Hard body kick. Kelleher shoots, gets crushed by an elbow. Jackson looks to pound him out, then locks up a d’arce that forces the tap.
Final result: Jackson def. Kelleher by submission (d’arce choke)
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