Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to its APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC Vegas 61 mixed martial arts (MMA) event TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 1, 2022) streaming LIVE on ESPN+. UFC Vegas 61 will be headlined by the 115-pound showdown between Top 10 strawweight contenders Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan. Before that five-round clash of styles gets underway, up-and-coming welterweight bangers Randy Brown and Francisco Trinaldo look to make their mark in the crowded 170-pound division in the UFC Vegas 61 co-main event.
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UFC VEGAS 61 QUICK RESULTS:
115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Xiaonan Yan — Yan def. Dern by majority decision (48-47 x2, 47-47)
170 lbs.: Randy Brown vs. Francisco Trinaldo — Brown def. Trinaldo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
205 lbs.: Maxim Grishin vs. Philipe Lins — CANCELED
135 lbs.: Raoni Barcelos vs. Trevin Jones — Barcelos def. Jones by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27 x2)
145 lbs.: Sodiq Yusuff vs. Don Shainis — Yusuff def. Shainis by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:30 of Round One
155 lbs.: Viacheslav Borshchev vs. Mike Davis — Davis def. Borshchev by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26 x2)
135 lbs.: John Castaneda vs. Daniel Santos — Santos def. Castaneda by TKO (knee and punches) at 4:28 of Round Two
265 lbs.: Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik — Latifi def. Oleinik by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
115 lbs.: Jessica Penne () vs. Tabatha Ricci () — CANCELED
155 lbs.: Jesse Ronson vs. Joaquim Silva — Silva def. Ronson by TKO (flying knee and punches) at 3:08 of Round Two
185 lbs.: Brendan Allen vs. Krzysztof Jotko — Allen def. Jotko by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:17 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
145 lbs.: Chelsea Chandler vs. Julija Stoliarenko — Chandler def. Stoliarenko by TKO (punches) at 4:15 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
135 lbs.: Randy Costa vs. Guido Cannetti — Cannetti def. Costa by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:04 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC VEGAS 61 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Xiaonan Yan
Round 1: Hard rights land for both. Side kick from Yan. She catches a low kick and tries to counter. Hard lead right from Yan, who denies a clinch. Side kick downstairs. Dern tries to blitz. One minute in. Side kick. 1-2 from Dern, counter flurry comes back at her. Yan throwing a low of side kicks to the knee. Two minutes in. Dern leg kick, Yan left hook. Dern shoots and puts her on the fence. Looking for a single-leg. Yan trying to separate, lands an elbow with two minutes to go.
Knee to the body before they separate. Low kicks. Dern body kick, Yan counter right. Dern goes hard for a single-leg, can’t keep the grip to pull guard. One minute to go. Side kick from Yan. Violent exchange and Dern puts her on the fence. Dern tries a hip toss, ends up on the bottom eating hammerfists. Dern sweeps into top position. Knee on the way up. 10-9 Yan.
Round 2: Low kicks and front kicks from Yan. Good right hand from Dern, bigger one from Yan soon after. Yan catches a body kick and Dern butt scoots after her. Latching onto a leg. One minute in. Elbows and punches from Yan as she defends. Dern looking to invert. Two minutes in. Slick omoplata transition from Dern. That’s in super deep. Dern transitions to the arm triangle. Two minutes to go.
Yan slips out and Dern looks for mount. Full mount, dropping punches, takes the back. Punches continuing to pile up. One minute to go. Potential armbar transition. Back to mount, then the back. Yan weathers it. 10-8 Dern.
Round 3: Yan flicking out jabs. Looping left hand, teep to the body. They exchange and Yan avoids a clinch. Good combo from Dern, eats a right hand and knee before pulling guard. Yan separates and stands a minute in. Stiff jab lands for her. 2-3. Another clubbing right. Hard body kick from Dern. Yan low kick, catches a body kick. Dern shoots, denied two minutes in. Teep from Yan. Low kick. Another hard teep and leg kick. Left hook and teep. Huge left hook from Yan rattles Dern and Yan slowly advances. She denies a level change. Two minutes to go.
Jab by Yan. Low kick. 2-3 falls short. Dern catches a body kick, can’t use it, eats an elbow. Switch head kick. She comes up short with a flurry with a minute to go. Hard lead right lands for Yan. Dern body kick, Yan low kick. More low kicks piling up for Yan. Dern wades into the clinch and hits a last-second head-and-arm throw. 10-9 Yan.
Round 4: Exchanging to start the round. Good left from Dern, slips before she can capitalize. Lead right by Yan, 1-2 from Dern. Dern looks for a single-leg. Yan extracts her leg and separates. One minute in. Dern to the body. Brutal right cross by Yan in return. Now on the counter. Low kick. Awkward exchange and Dern puts her on the fence. Yan shoves her to the mat and disengages two minutes in. Trading jabs. Brutal punches from both women. Yan low kick with two minutes to go.
Hard side kick downstairs. More low kicks and a spinning back fist, but Dern ties up. and pulls guard. Full guard. One minute to go. Yan staying tight, landing short punches. Dern looking for an armbar, not enough time to cinch it up. 10-9 Yan.
Round 5: They immediately start slugging it out. Brutal punches from Yan. Dern ties up on the fence once again. She pulls Yan down and ends up on top in side control. Looking for mount. One minute in. Looking to set up the armbar. Hammerfists. Onto the back. More hammerfists and punches. Two minutes in. Dern loses a hook, puts it right back in. Two minutes to go.
Hammerfists from Dern. One minute to go. Looking for the armbar transition. Yan somehow escapes and goes nuts dropping punches in the final seconds. Great fight. 10-9 Dern.
Final result: Yan def. Dern by majority decision
170 lbs.: Randy Brown vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round 1: Brown keeping distance, tossing out kicks. Low kick from Trinaldo met by oblique kicks. Body kick from Brown a minute in. Low kick from Trinaldo in return. More Brown kicks. Trinaldo lands a left hand downstairs. Inside low kick catches Brown off-balance. Brown not landing a ton but he’ smanaging range well two minutes in. Both whiff on looping shots. Brown forces him back, then lands a gnarly straight right that puts Trinaldo on his seat. He waves Trinaldo back up. Trinaldo just misses with an overhand left. The next one glances off with two minutes to go.
1-2-1 lands for Trinaldo, who puts him on the fence. Brown grabs the fence as blatantly as humanly possible to deny a takedown. Not even a warning. They separate, then Trinaldo slams him to the mat. Looking for the back, gets too high, wraps up an armbar. Great scramble and Brown ends up on top. Standign over Trinaldo, lands a low kick. Diving shot from Brown, who wraps up a power guillotine. Not enough time. 10-9 Brown.
Round 2: Body kick from Brown, overhand left from Trinaldo. Another inside low kick from Trinaldo. Brown peppers with the jab. Front kick attempt. Combination upstairs. Trinaldo comes back with a left hand. One minute in. Brown with some snappy lefts, eats an overhand in return. Another overhand by Trinaldo. Brown tries a Brazilian kick, then digs a right to the body. Trinaldo leg kick and body shot. Low-high combo. Counter left just misses. Combo from Brown two minutes in. Trinaldo misses a head kick. Brown tries his own. They trade low kicks. Jabs from Brown. Big overhand left lands for Trinaldo with two minutes to go.
Brown tries a step-in knee, avoids some big lefts. Body shot from Trinaldo. Brown picks at his legs. Good body shots on the counter and he avoids damage in the exchange. One minute in. Brown steps in to strike and Trinaldo gets a body lock. Trying to fight the hands. 10-9 Brown.
Round 3: Trinaldo misses on a counter left. Snappy jabs from Brown, who avoids a head kick. Wheel kick misses for him a minute in. Low kicks keeping Trinaldo at bay. Counter left lands for Trinaldo, can’t land the follow-ups. Low kick knocks Brown over and Trinaldo sets up in guard. Two minutes in. Brown holding him close as Trinaldo drops punches. Elbows from Trinaldo. Two minutes to go.
Trinaldo still looking to land ground-and-pound as Brown keeps him from posturing up. Half guard for Trinaldo, gets caught back in guard looking for side with a minute to go. Brown looks for a triangle, nothing doing. 10-9 Trinaldo.
Final result: Brown def. Trinaldo by unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Maxim Grishin vs. Philipe Lins Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Final result:
135 lbs.: Raoni Barcelos vs. Trevin Jones
Round 1: Barcelos tries a head kick. Straight punches from Jones. Barcelos tries to go from body shot to head kick a minute in. Lead right upstairs. He shoots and takes Jones to the fence. Good knee on the break. Body kick. Low kick from Jones. Barcelos body kick. Two minutes in. Another good low kick by Jones. Lead right lands for Barcelos. Glancing head kick. Jones looks for combos upstairs. Barcelos tree-tops a single-leg for a takedown with two minutes to go.
Barcelos looking for the back. Short right hands. He settles in half guard. One minute to go. Slick move to mount. Short elbows. Jones just trying to hold him close, eats elbows. 10-9 Barcelos.
Round 2: Good right hook from Jones after eating a body kick. Body kick from him in return. Right hook. One minute in. Good right hand from Barcelos at the end of a three-piece and a flying knee behind it. Looking for a takedown, can’t establish, puts Jones on the fence. Right hand on the exit. Low kick from Barcelos. Body kick. Heavy overhand right catches Jones leaning and drops him. Barcelos landing elbows after following him down. Jones holding onto half guard. Two minutes to go.
Nice pass to side control. Jones turns to his knees and looks for a takedown, prompting Barcelos to threaten his neck before spinning nearly into back mount. One hook in. Good elbows as he takes half guard with a minute to go. Jones regains guard, eats punches. Vicious elbows to end the round. 10-8 Barcelos.
Round 3: Jones tries a lead left. The next one earns him a counter hook to the face. Corkscrew uppercut falls short. Snap kick from Barcelos and an awkward leaping left behind it. One minute in. Low-high combination. Another check hook hurts Jones bad and Barcelos follows up with more combinations. Uppercut and knee get through. Jones shoots, can’t get it, eats a hard right downstairs. Uppercut, hook, knee by Barcelos against the fence. Two minutes in. Another tight hook by Barcelos. Nasty right to the body. Jones tries a 1-2 but he’s getting lapped in output. Quick hook by Barcelos. Two minutes to go.
Knee catches Jones in the cup. When they resume, Barcelos shoots behind a lead right and takes him down into mount. Briefly takes the back. One minute to go. Short ground-and-pound. He moves to side control, drops a hard elbow. More brutal elbows as Jones tries to sit into him. Brief d’arce attempt. Some final ground-and-pound to seal the deal. 10-8 Barcelos.
Final result: Barcelos def. Jones by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Sodiq Yusuff vs. Don Shainis
Round 1: Hard knees from Yusuff right away. Shainis trying to rip the body in response. Shainis shoots, gets sprawled on, then gets caught in a guillotine. Yusuff jumps guard on it and that’s all she wrote.
Final result: Yusuff def. Shainis by submission (rear naked choke)
155 lbs.: Viacheslav Borshchev vs. Mike Davis
Round 1: Low kicks from Borshchev to start. Davis digs a left to the body. Borshchev finding success with those quick inside low kicks. Jab-uppercut lands for Davis a minute in. Borshchev tries his own, then bangs the body. Hard low kick. Double right by Davis. Jab-jab-double-leg puts him on top. Borshchev kicks him off and stands, gets dragged back down. Two minutes in. Davis looking for the back. Inside trip attempt. Suddenly, he drops him with a nasty knee to the head, trying to pound Borshchev out. He wants the RNC, can’t get it, flubs a trip. Two minutes to go.
Jab from Borshchev, right cross by Davis. Borshchev tries to open up on the fence and gets taken down via double-leg. Full mount for Davis. Nasty elbow, showing good balance. He postures up for some nasty punches with a minute to go. Bombing away. Punches continuing to pile up. Elbows too. Borshchev avoids an arm triangle and takes top position. 10-8 Davis.
Round 2: Davis tries a half-hearted shot. Low kicks by Borshchev. Good left hook to the body. Combination a minute in. Another hard liver shot and a low kick that appears to buckle Davis. Another left hand to the body. Davis just misses with a high knee. Good overhand right by Borshchev, one of his best shots of the fight. Right to the body. Left hook two minutes in. Winning the jab battle. He tries a combo, eats a 1-1-2, lands a left hook. They exchange and Davis takes him down once again. Elbows. Two minutes to go.
Borshchev turns to his feet, gets taken right back down. Mount once again for Davis and he’s got an arm triangle. Borshchev gives the thumbs-up and Davis abandons it. Good elbow and right hand by Davis. One minute to go. Another arm triangle attempt, ditches it, drops hard shots instead. He slips off the top, but manages to trip Borshchev up and take him back down into guard. Hard hammerfists to end the round. 10-9 Davis? Hard to say.
Round 3: Prodding rights by Davis. Borshchev just misses with a death uppercut. Davis teep, blocks a head kick in return. Borshchev to the body. One minute in. Borshchev body kick, Davis tries a 2-3. Good straight left from Borshchev. Davis lead right. Nasty overhand left by Borshchev, who blocks a head kick. Davis is pawing at his right eye. That thing’s busted. Davis body kick, Borshchev low kick. Great combo by Borshchev but Davis takes him down and settles in half guard. Full guard. Borshchev throwing off his back. Two minutes to go.
Short rights from Davis. He stands over Borshchev, sprawls on a single-leg. One minute to go. Davis shoots through for another takedown. He looks for a late RNC, ends the round nearly in mount. 10-9 Davis.
Final result: Davis def. Borshchev by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: John Castaneda vs. Daniel Santos
Round 1: Santos advancing. Low and high kicks from Castaneda. Hard flurry into a level change by Santos, but Castaneda wraps up a guillotine. He uses it to stand, then tries his own takedown. Santos tries an elbow on the break. Low kick and right cross a minute in. Castaneda continues to circle, then cracks Santos with a clean left high kick. The lights are clearly flickering, but he somehow manages to weather it and wrap up his guard. He tries an armbar, lands a heavy upkick, then walks into a nasty straight left that drops him again. Another quick armbar attempt foiled and Castaneda wants mount two minutes in. Santos gets to the fence, stands, and separates. Body kick. 1-2 met by a 2-3 from Castaneda. Castaneda shoots, fights off the whizzer kick, spins him down. He nearly gets mount with two minutes to go.
Castaneda separates and Santos stands, eating a right hand as he does. Santos tries to spin. Good body kick from Santos and they trade their power hands. Another left high kick has Santos doing the newborn deer dance. Castaneda blasting away but Santos somehow backs him off with a heavy combination. Hard knee inside. Elbow by Santos, eats another straight left. Castaneda circling along the fence, blocks a combo, avoids a flying front kick. What a damn round. 10-8 Castaneda.
Round 2: Santos right back on the advance, fires a 1-2-3. Castaneda takes a low blow. Hard body kick from Santos. He mistimes a knee as Castaneda shoots, but manages to scramble to his feet. Castaneda trips him down, can’t keep him there a minute in. Three-piece by Santos, who’s starting to take over. Head kick attempt. Big counter 1-2 and body kick. Castaneda body kick. Santos low kick, slips a straight left. Two minutes in. Body kick exchange. Santos shoots as he absorbs a low kick and looks for the back. Good knee on the way up, then another as Castaneda tries to complain to the ref. Nice exchanges. Two minutes to go.
Another body kick from Santos. Clean spinning back fist, then a vicious right hand to start a combination. Santos trying to open up on the fence. Monster left hand. Head kick on the break prompts Castaneda to shoot. Rebuffed. Castaneda looks like he’s wilting. Hard counter right from Santos. Body kick, left hook with a minute to go. Castaneda tries a head kick and gets his jaw jacked by a right hand. Santos starts another lengthy combo with body shots, rips the head, then blasts him with a murderous knee through the guard. Castaneda crumbles and Santos has a wild comeback knockout finish.
Final result: Santos def. Castaneda by TKO (knee and punches)
265 lbs.: Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Round 1: Low kick from Oleinik. Near clash of heads as he marches in. He tries a combination. Latifi catches a low kick for a takedown into guard. One minute in. Short right hands from Latifi. Two minutes in. More short punches. Overhooks from Oleinik. Two minutes to go.
Oleinik holding him close, Latifi periodically dropping right hands. Oleinik’s cut beside his right eye; not sure if that’s from their heads colliding. One minute to go. Latifi going body-head. 10-9 Latifi.
Round 2: Body jab from Oleinik. Right hand from Latifi on the exit. One minute in. Latifi ducks an overhand right and lands his own. Left hook to answer a knee. Lead right this time. Oleinik leg kick. Quick exchange. They trade jabs two minutes in. Both throw heat. Oleinik leg kick. Front kick downstairs. Latifi answers with a left hook, eats a leg kick. They tie up briefly. Good Oleinik jab. Two minutes to go.
Latifi shoots, denied. He catches a kick for his next attempt and lands on top in side control. One minute to go. Latifi staying heavy, dropping short punches once in a while. Nice series of elbows, then some good right hands as Oleinik gets to his knees. Round ends back in side control. 10-9 Latifi.
Round 3: Good left hook lands for Latifi. Oleinik continuing to plod after him. Another nice left by Latifi. He walks Oleinik into another left hand a minute in. Short overhand right. Oleinik low kick. He bites on a feinted shot. Another counter hook by Latifi, then a hard uppercut to answer a clinch knee. Latifi takes him to the fence two minutes in. Short right hand. Uppercut on the break with two minutes to go.
Good clinch knee by Oleinik. Latifi puts him on the fence again. Short uppercut. They separate. Glancing overhand by Oleinik. Latifi changes levels and again puts him on the fence. One minute to go. Arm drag by Latifi and he moves to the rear waist lock. 10-9 Latifi.
155 lbs.: Jesse Ronson vs. Joaquim Silva
Round 1: Side kick from Ronson after some noncommittal prodding on both sides. Silva tries a head kick. Another a minute in. Ronson low kick met by a body kick. Very slow start. Ronson fires a straight left that falls short. Silva low kick checked. Clean jabs by Ronson two minutes in. Left hand downstairs. Hard overhand right from Silva, best shot of the fight. Ronson falls short with a combo. Lead left and body shot land for him. Another left downstairs after eating a jab. Two minutes to go.
Ronson leg kick, Silva lead rights. Nice combination from Ronson backs Silva to the fence and he avoids the return fire. Body kick and low kick with a minute to go. Silva doubles up the right hand. Good right hand to the body. Nasty straight right to the head, eats a body kick in return. Straight left from Ronson, eats jabs in return. Nice right hands by Silva and a flying knee that buckles Ronson at the bell. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Early kicks from Silva. Ronson backs him to the fence with a combination. They trade crosses. Nasty Silva body shots. Ronson body kick a minute in. Quick straight left, then one on the counter. Silva fires snap kicks, eats a two-piece. Ronson tries a head kick. Straight left to body kick. Silva digs a right hook downstairs, just misses with a high knee. Two minutes in. 2-1-1 by Ronson. Sneaky shift right from Silva. Two-piece falls short. Ronson low kick, Silva jab, attempted flying knee. Another one and this one lands clean. Ronson goes down and gets swarmed with punches until the ref intervenes.
Final result: Silva def. Ronson by TKO (flying knee and punches)
185 lbs.: Brendan Allen vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Round 1: Cracking body kick from Allen. Jotko catches him off-balance and takes him down into guard, avoiding a straight armbar to omoplata transition. Half guard a minute in. Jotko not doing a ton from the top, and Allen sweeps him into guard two minutes in. Allen postures up for some punches and Jotko manages to scoot to the fence and stand. Two minutes to go.
Nice lateral drop by Allen, who looks for mount. Jotko retains half guard, has to fight off a giftwrap. Allen looks for the back with a minute to go and he immediately wraps up the RNC, which draws the tap in seconds.
Final result: Allen def. Jotko by submission (rear naked choke)
145 lbs.: Chelsea Chandler vs. Julija Stoliarenko
Round 1: Stoliarenko times Chandler’s approach and takes her down into side control. Full mount to armbar, loses it, ends up in bottom guard. Hard lefts from Chandler a minute in. She postures out of an armbar, drills her with more left hands. Again she postures out and cracks her with a punch before letting her up. Heavy combo by Chandler. Body kicks from Stoliarenko. Two minutes in. Body shot. 2-3 by Chandler, another right hook behind it. Stoliarenko fires a double-leg and Chandler reverses it into mount. Short right hands. Stoliarenko wraps her legs around Chandler’s midsection and stands. Two minutes to go.
Left hand from Stoliarenko. Chandler tosses her to the mat and lets her up. Stalking, landing hard punches. Stoliarenko just misses with a head kick, eats a a pair of cracking straight lefts. Chandler counters another shot into mount and bombs away. One minute to go. Brutal punches from Chandler pile up until the ref intervenes.
Final result: Chandler def. Stoliarenko by TKO (punches)
135 lbs.: Randy Costa vs. Guido Cannetti
Round 1: Costa pushing forward early. Body kick lands as Cannetti steps in. Cannetti comes back with a pair of heavy low kicks. Very busy with his kicks, as usual. He knocks Costa off-balance, can’t capitalize. Another low kick catches Costa throwing and knocks him to the mat. Cannetti immediately jumps on him and wraps up a no-hooks RNC that forces an impressively fast tap.
Final result: Cannetti def. Costa by submission (rear naked choke)
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