Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming UFC on FOX 30: “Alvarez vs. Poirier 2” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place tonight (Sat., July 28, 2018) inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC on FOX 30 will feature the highly-anticipated rematch between top-ranked lightweight contenders Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, who battled to a “no contest” at UFC 211 in early 2017. In the Calgary co-main event, former 145-pound champion Jose Aldo tries to get back into the win column against featherweight smashing machine Jeremy Stephens. In addition, ex-strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks to end her two-fight skid by turning away Tecia Torres.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on FOX 30 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC ON FOX 30 QUICK RESULTS:
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier — Poirier def. Alvarez by TKO (punches) at 4:05 of Round Two
Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens — Aldo def. Stephens by TKO (punches) at 4:19 of Round One
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres — Jedrzejczyk def. Torres by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alexander Hernandez — Hernandez def. Aubin-Mercier by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Jordan Mein vs. Alex Morono — Mein def. Morono by unanimous decision
Austin Arnett vs. Hakeem Dawodu — Dawodu def. Arnett by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kajan Johnson vs. Islam Makhachev — Makhachev def. Johnson by submission (armbar) at 4:43 of Round One
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba — Cutelaba def. Antigulov by TKO (elbows) at 4:25 of Round One
John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson — Makdessi def. Pearson by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Alexis Davis — Chookagian def. Davis by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Matheus Nicolau vs. Dustin Ortiz — Ortiz def. Nicolau by KO (head kick and punches) at 3:49 of Round One
Nina Ansaroff vs. Randa Markos — Ansaroff def. Markos by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Alvaro Herrera vs. Devin Powell — Powell def. Herrera by KO (body kicks)at 1:52 of Round One
UFC ON FOX 30 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
155 lbs.: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Round 1: 3-2 lands for Alvarez. Poirier leg kick. Alvarez digs to the body. Low kick exchange. Straight left from Poirier a minute in. Another. Alvarez with a solid body kick. Leg kick nearly knocks Alvarez off his feet. He responds with body shots. Right hand upstairs. Straight left form Poirier. Another good left. Alvarez digs a right downstairs, checks a low kick and lands one in return. Poirier pops him with another left. Two minutes to go.
Alvarez shoots, stuffed. Low kick by Poirier, Alvarez fires one in return and digs another right to the body. Alvarez with a slick combo inside. Short right hand. One minute to go. Straight left by Poirier, Alvarez with a left downstairs. They trade punches and Poirier follows up with a low kick. They trade left hands. Another counter by Poirier. 10-9 Alvarez.
Round 2: Alvarez shoots, stuffed. Spinning back fist lands clean for him. Body shot met by a Poirier right hook. Poirier slips after throwing a kick, pulls his heat out. Now Alvarez shoots and Poirier jumps guard on a guillotine. Alvarez manages to slip free of Poirier’s guard and Poirier drops it. Alvarez with some right hands as they stand. Alvarez shoots again and Poirier tries another guillotine without success. Two minutes in. Alvarez looking for the back. Neck crank from Alvarez. He can’t get it, but manages to take mount. Two minutes to go.
Alvarez throws a 12-6 elbow, tries to argue that it was to the shoulder. Which it was, but it’s still illegal. They restart on the feet. Body shot from Alvarez, gets clipped by a knee and now Poirier is opening up. Nasty knees by Poirier. More punches piling up. Alvarez is barely on his feet, but throwing back. Finally, Poirier’s incessant onslaught pays dividends, and “The Underground King” falls.
Final result: Poirier def. Alvarez by TKO (punches)
145 lbs: Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1: Aldo flicks out a head kick. Stephens tries one soon after. Low kick lands for him. Aldo lands one in return. One minute in. Stephens lands a knee to the body. Inside low kick and sweeping right hand land for Aldo. Another leg kick. Two minutes in. Shovel hook by Aldo and Stephens chucks bombs at him. Counter right lands for him. He stings Aldo on the fence. Big uppercut! Now Aldo knocks him back with a right hand. Counter right from Aldo. Good right hand. Two minutes to go.
Stephens whiffs on a spinning kick, eats a right hand. Aldo with a low kick. He sneaks a right around the guard, lands a straight, eats one from Stephens. Aldo with a body shot and Stephens wilts. One minute to go. Aldo looking to pound him out, does so.
Final result: Aldo def. Stephens by TKO (punches)
115 lbs.: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres
Round 1: Low kick by Torres to start. Body jab from Jedrzejczyk. Torres flurries and ties up. Trading knees inside. Jedrzejczyk with the harder ones so far. She reverses. Two minutes in. Torres reverses in turn. Short elbow from Jedrzejczyk. Torres trying to change levels. Jedrzejczyk reverses. Two minutes to go.
Double underhooks for the former champ. Good elbow from Jedrzejczyk. One minute to go. Hard knee to the head from Jedrzejczyk, but Torres reverses. They trade knees. 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.
Round 2: They exchange in the center to start. Low kicks from both women. One minute in, good right hand by Torres. Combination from Jedrzejczyk in return. Good exchange near the fence. Body kick by Jedrzejczyk as Torres opens up. Two minutes in. Low kick from Torres, who shoots. Two minutes to go.
Torres still driving, can’t get her down. Knee and elbow from Jedrzejczyk. Torres lands a right hand as she separates. Front kick by Jedrzejczyk. Right hand to the body. One minute to go. Counters from Jedrzejczyk, but Torres lands a nice flurry before the bell. 10-9 Torres.
Round 3: Jedrzejczyk sending out kicks. One minute in. Counter left hook lands, Torres comes back with a leg kick. They exchange low kicks, right hand from the former champ. Torres low kicks after eating a jab. Two minutes in. 1-2 from Jedrzejczyk. Another clean right hand. Step-in knee. Low kick from Jedrzejczyk. Torres shoots and takes her to the fence. To minutes to go.
Knees from Jedrzejczyk. Torres driving hard for this takedown, can’t get it. They separate. Low kck from Torres, right hand from Jedrzejczyk. One minute to go. Teep by the Pola. Torres gets in deep with an outside reap, can’t complete it. Jedrzejczyk uses an underhook to reverse. Torres reverses in turn and they engage inside. 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.
Final result: Jedrzejczyk def. Torres by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alexander Hernandez
Round 1: Hernandez on the front foot early. Looking for combos on the fence. They trade right hands. They tie up, knee from Hernandez. One minute in. Aubin-Mercier tries a head kick, steps back into the clinch. Trading knees inside. They separate. Hernandez lands a combo , takes him to the fence in return. Two minutes in. Trading knees inside. Counter left lands for Aubin-Mercier and Hernandez takes him to the fence. Knee by Hernandez on the break. Both land their power hands. Two minutes to go.
Knee lands for Aubin-Mercier. Hernandez puts him back on the cage. Aubin-Mercier shrugs off a low blows. Knees by Aubin-Mercier. One minute to go. Hernandez lands a right hand.. Takedown by Hernandez. 10-9 Hernandez.
Round 2: Hernandez shoots in and scores an early takedown. Aubin-Mercier gets his feet under him and stands. Good knee by Aubin-Mercier, who sprawls on a shot. One minute in. Aubin-Mercier latches onto a kimura from the rear crucifix, transitions to a straight armbar. He winds up on top in half guard. Hernandez gets butterfly guard. He tries an armbar two minutes in. Awkward position. Aubin-Mercier slips out, then appears to pull guard. Two minutes to go.
Ref stands them up. Hernandez shoots immediately. Aubin-Mercier gets double underhooks. They separate with a minute to go. Hernandez lands a knee. More knees inside. 10-9 Aubin-Mercier.
Round 3: Hernandez throws punches and puts him on the cage again. He lands a knee to the balls, though, which gives Aubin-Mercier a break. Hernandez fires another combo. Aubin-Mercier knocks Hernandez off-balance. Hernandez takes him down, avoiding a kimura. Working from full guard. Ref stands them up two minutes in. Aubin-Mercier shoots as soon as they resume, gets wrenched to the ground with underhooks. Aubin-Mercier sweeps his way up. Two minutes to go.
Hernandez continues to defend, but ultimately winds up on his back. One minute to go. Hernandez trying to separate. Hernandez somehow scrambles directly to the back. 10-9 Hernandez.
Final result: Hernandez def. Aubin-Mercier by unanimous ecision
170 lbs.: Jordan Mein vs. Alex Morono
Round 1: Morono comes out hard, but gets clipped near the fence. They’re both slugging it out. Looping right lands for Morono. One minute in. Mein lands a body kick and Morono ties up on the fence. Mein hits a nice foot sweep into guard. He passes to half guard. Two minutes in. Morono regains guard. Overhook control for Morono. Ref stands them up with two minutes to go.
Mein marching forward, eats a right hand. Nice reactive takedown into half guard, quickly moves to side control. One minute to go. Morono regains half guard. 10-9 Mein.
Round 2: Mein catches a low kick, then takes Morono down once again. Half guard for Mein. One minute in. Mein looks to be trying to set up an arm triangle. Can’t get the pass he needs. Morono tries a sweep, settles for regaining guard. Two minutes in. Mein staying heavy, not doing all that much. Unsuccessful pass attempt. Two minutes to go.
Morono holding him close. Now Mein lets loose with a few elbows. One minute to go. A few more elbows. Morono doing nothing to stand. 10-9 Mein.
Round 3: Good right hand from Mein. Both swinging. One minute in. Morono tries a spinning back fist. Morono swinging heavy, not connecting. Right hand to the body. Now opening up against the fence, stuffs a takedown and takes half guard. Two minutes in. Mein retains butterfly guard. Morono fishing for a front headlock. Two minutes to go.
Morono takes mount with a guillotine. Mein rolls him over into half guard. One minute to go. Mein tosses his legs up for a triangle/armbar, misses it, and now Mein’s looking for a front choke. Morono rolls his way free. 10-9 Morono.
Final result: Mein def. Morono by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Austin Arnett vs. Hakeem Dawodu
Round 1: Low kicks from Dawodu to start. One minute in. Arnett tries a head kick, eats a leg kick. Another leg kick. Another leg kick and Arnett’s feeling it. Two minutes in. There’s the head kick-leg kick sequence again. To the inside this time. Arnett shoots, can’t keep hold of him. Two minutes to go.
Yet more leg kicks to the inside and outside. Arnett shoots in behind a right hand without success. One minute to go. Head kick from Dawodu. Another low kick connects. 10-9 Dawodu.
Round 2: Dawodu rips a body shot and low kick, eats right hands in return. Overhand right from Dawodu, another body shot. ANOTHER body shot. Dawodu threatens a takedown a minute in. Arnett with a dart right hand. Slick uppercut lands for Dawodu. Two minutes in. Low kick from Dawodu. Jab exchange. Leg kick, body shot. Straight right from Arnett. Two minutes to go.
Jab exchange again. Dawodu to the body. Right hand from Arnett, etas another left hook downstairs. Inside low kick. One minute to go. Combination upstairs. Uppercut. Another. Dawodu tries a head kick. Leg kick again. 10-9 Dawodu.
Round 3: Arnett tries a head kick, gets leg kicked. Leg kick again. Arnett shoots, stuffed. One minute in. Jab lands for him. Dawodu eats a right hand, stuffs another takedown and lands some short knees. More knees. Some right hands as well. They separate.Dawodu tries a spinning back kick. Leg kick again. Two minutes to go.
Dawodu rips the body. Head kick by Arnett. Dawodu with a combination and leg kick. Nasty body shot and leg kick. One minute to go. Dawodu opening up a bit more. Counter right, more leg kicks. He looks for elbows at the bell. 10-9 Dawodu.
Final result: Dawodu def. Arnett by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Kajan Johnson vs. Islam Makhachev
Round 1: Slow start to the match. Makhachev moving forward as Johnson circles. Low kick from Johnson a minute in. Body kick by Makhachev. Side kick from Johnson. Glancing check hook by Makhachev. Johnson front kick. He uses underhooks to deny a takedown attempt. Two minutes to go.
Makhachev completes a double-leg on the fence. Going body-head, working his way towards mount. One minute to go. Makhachev isolates an arm and locks up an armbar, drawing the tap.
Final result: Makhachev def. Johnson by submission (armbar)
205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Round 1: Antigulov shoots right away and takes him down into guard. Cutelaba scooting towards the fence. He makes it up, dragged back down via single-leg. Cutelaba holding on to a wrist. One minute in. Right hands from Antigulov. Cutelaba kicks him off, has to avoid a back take on the way up. Two minutes in. Knee from Antigulov in the clinch. Knees from Cutelaba and an elbow, stung by a right hand. Cutelaba with more dangerous clinch shots. Antigulov goes back down for a single-leg, can’t get it. Two minutes to go.
Knees from Cutelaba piling up. BIG knees. Antigulov finally manages to take him down again. Cutelaba with a nice sweep to get space. Cutelaba battering him at close range. Uppercuts and Antigulov is reeling, but suddenly lands one in return. Cutelaba drilling him with knees and punches. Two more elbows and the ref steps in.
Final result: Cutelaba def. Antigulov by TKO (elbows)
155 lbs.: John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson
Round 1: Pearson landing early low kicks. Left hook upstairs. Body shot. One minute in. Left hook by Makdessi. Again, leg kick of his own. Pearson flicking out his jab. Good left hook from Makdessi, stiff jab after taking a leg kick. Jabs from Pearson. Body kick and left hook land for Makdessi. Makdessi goes low-high. Jab exchange. Two minutes to go.
Low kick, punch upstairs by Makdessi. Both land left hooks. Pearson looks to counter a body kick. Left hook by Pearson. Makdessi cracks him with a right cross. One minute to go. Pearson uppercut inside. Both land leg kicks. Left hook by Pearson. 10-9 Makdessi.
Round 2: They open the round trading punches in the center. Left hands landing for Makdessi, tries a spinning back kick. Pearson digs in a nice body uppercut and some jabs. Another body shot. One minute in. More jabs, right cross. Makdessi with a snap kick downstairs. Pull-back right hand by Makdessi. Low kick and jab. Body kick from Pearson two minutes in. Makdessi flicks out more body kicks, lands a 1-3. Counter left hook off a Pearson body shot. Pearson lands a 1-2 and eats a combo in return. Makdessi with another good right cross inside. Pearson to the body. Two minutes to go.
Makdessi looks for a spinning back fist, lands a left hook. Pearson looks for a high kick. Makdessi with a good combination, stung by a left hook. Makdessi blasts him with a tight right straight. Counters land. One minute to go. Hard 1-2 from the Canadian. Another tight right by Makdessi. Pearson sending out jabs, lands a left hook in the center. Spinning back kick from Makdessi, body shot from Pearson as he eats a left hook. 10-9 Makdessi.
Round 3: They meet in the center once again, trading punches. Jabs and a left hook by Makdessi. Lead right from Pearson, left hook by Makdessi. One minute in. Makdessi lands some straight shots, then lands one to the nards. They get right back to exchanging once Pearson recovers. Good left hook by the Brit, who shoots in for a takedown. No dice. Two minutes in. Knee and jab by Makdessi. Good jabs, Pearson lands some good 1s and 2s. Both land right crosses. Makdessi clips him with a right, can’t faze him. Counter jab. Pearson with a nice uppercut inside, walking into jabs. Leg kick from the Brit. Makdessi continues to land jabs. Hard hook by Makdessi with two minutes to go.
1-2-3 from Makdessi. Nasty left hooks inside. BIG 1-2. Pearson’s absorbing some huge punches. Makdessi teeing off, blasting Pearson with punches. 1-2-3 lands clean. Pearson still throwing back.Pearson body kick caught, Makdessi doesn’t follow him down. One minute to go. Big right hands by Makdessi. Nice foot sweep by Pearson, who eats punches on the way up. Pearson leg kick. Jab exchange. Makdessi tries a wheel kick and counters a takedown. 10-9 Makdessi.
Final result: Makdessi def. Pearson by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Alexis Davis
Round 1: Chookagian staying at range, firing her jab. Davis tries to close distance. One minute in. Front kick attempt from Chookagian. Davis to the body. 2-3 comes back at her and they trade punches in the center. Two minutes in. Body kick from Davis, right hand from Chookagian. Davis pressuring well. More low kicks. Two minutes to go.
Trading jabs. Another leg kick by Davis. Another one, Chookagian answers with a right cross and they trade. Teep by Chookagian. 1-2 from Davis. One minute to go. More leg kicks. Davis clips her with a right hand inside. 10-9 Davis.
Round 2: Davis continues to pursue, both landing punches. They trade low kicks. Chookagian jabs, Davis low kick. One minute in. Another leg kick by Davis. Another as she takes a left hand. Uppercut by Chookagian, side kick after eating a body shot. Two minutes in. Chookagian counters a leg kick with a 3-2. Davis continuing to land low kicks. Two minutes to go.
Chookagian trying to counter these kicks. She tries some high kicks, lands an inside low kick. Good straight rights from Davis. 2-3 by Chookagian with a minute to go. Chookagian counters a low kick with a straight right, eats another kick. Side kick from Chookagian, more low kicks come back. 10-9 Davis.
Round 3: Chookagian lands a hard left hook as Davis steps in. Sneaky little side kick to the face. Davis comes back with a 1-2-3. One minute in. Davis lands a leg kick, catches akick and looks for a takedown without success. Two minutes in. Swatting hook by Chookagian after eating a low kick. Davis with a body shot. Side kick from Chookagian, who catches a low kick and lands a counter with two minutes to go.
Chookagian checks a leg kick, lands a 1-2, eats a straight right. Good counters this round. One minute to go. Davis lands a leg kick, eats a left hook. Combination by Chookagian. Davis shoots and lands knees to the thigh, tripping her to the mat and avoiding an armbar. 10-9 Chookagian. This smells like a split decision.
Final result: Chookagian def. Davis by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Matheus Nicolau vs. Dustin Ortiz
Round 1: Low kick from Nicolau to start. Another one trips Ortiz up. One minute in. Another leg kick by Nicolau. Two right hands sting Ortiz. Two minutes in. Low kick from Ortiz. Left hooks land for him. Body kick from Nicolau. Two minutes to go.
They exchange in the center. Suddenly, a head kick drops Nicolau and Ortiz crushes the prone Brazilian with punches until he goes out.
Final result: Ortiz def. Nicolau by KO (head kick and punches)
115 lbs.: Nina Ansaroff vs. Randa Markos
Round 1: Ansaroff opens with low kicks. Markos catches the third one and takes her to the fence. One minute in. She runs the pipe, can’t get her down, and Ansaroff briefly threatens a guillotine before getting taken down. Left hands from Markos, one hook in. Two minutes in. Ansaroff fighting the hands. Two minutes to go.
Ansaroff bumps her hips and gets back to guard. Body-body-head goes Markos. Ansaroff threatens a triangle. Solid ground-and-pound by Markos. One minute to go. Ansaroff tries to kick her away and manages a technical standup. Ansaroff goes back to the leg kick. Counter right from her as Markos steps in. 10-9 Markos.
Round 2: Ansaroff lands another pair of hard calf kicks. Another. One minute in. Markos shoot in, Ansaroff limp-legs out. More low kicks, wheel kick attempt. Markos starting to switch stance. Right hand by Markos two minutes in. She steps in with a left hand, eats a body kick. Switch head kick from Ansaroff and another leg kick before stuffing a takedown. Two minutes to go.
Ansaroff starting to jab. Straight right and body kick. Markos chases after her with multiple right hands, but can’t tie up. One minute to go. Trading jabs. 2-3 from Ansaroff. Markos shoots and takes her to the fence. Markos with a few good punches in the center. 10-9 Ansaroff.
Round 3: Ansaroff continuing to flick out kicks. Feints in the center, calf kick. One minute in. Markos shoots, lands a right, continues to chase Ansaroff until she can tie up. Ansaroff exits with a left hand. Back to the kicks. Good punching combinations, but Markos ties up again. Two minutes in. Ansaroff separates. Markos counters a calf kick with nice jabs. Markos shoots once again. Two minutes to go.
Markos locks her hands, looking for a double-leg. Ansaroff manages to limp-leg out of an aggressive shot. Markos tries another long shot, avoids a head kick on the way up. Markos ties up on the fence, tries a head-and-arm throw, winds up on the bottom in half guard. Elbows from Ansaroff. Some punches to end the round. 10-9 Ansaroff.
Final result: Ansaroff def. Markos by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Alvaro Herrera vs. Devin Powell
Round 1: 1-2 dings Powell, who tries to shoot. Nice body shot from Herrera, leg kick comes back at him. Powell wades back into the clinch, changes levels, tries to fall back for a leglock. One minute in. Herrera lands a few more body shots and Powell falls, trying to wave him to follow. Again Herrera goes to the body, but suddenly gets crumpled by a pair of body kicks. Well that was a sudden change of fortune.
Final result: Powell def. Herrera by KO (body kicks)