Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to its APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC Vegas 62 mixed martial arts (MMA) event TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 15, 2022), streaming LIVE on ESPN+. UFC Vegas 62 will be headlined by the 125-pound showdown between Top 10 flyweight contenders Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo. Before that five-round clash of styles gets underway, veteran featherweight Cub Swanson makes the drop to 135 pounds to battle bantamweight bruiser Jonathan Martinez in the UFC Vegas 62 co-main event. In addition, the flyweight matchup between Askar Askarov and Brandon Royval has been canceled after the Russian “Bullet” was unable to make weight (full details here).
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UFC VEGAS 62 QUICK RESULTS:
125 lbs.: Alexa Grasso def. Viviane Araujo — Decision (unanimous) 50-45, 49-46x2
135 lbs.: Jonathan Martinez def. Cub Swanson — TKO (leg kicks) 4:19 Rd. 2 — HIGHLIGHTS
185 lbs.: Dusko Todorovic def. Jordan Wright — TKO (ground & pound) 3:12 Rd. 2 — HIGHLIGHTS
135 lbs.: Raphael Assuncao def. Victor Henry — Decision (unanimous) 30-27x3
205 lbs.: Alonzo Menifield def. Misha Cirkunov — KO (punches) 1:28 Rd. 1 — HIGHLIGHTS
135 lbs.: Mana Martinez def. Brandon Davis — Decision (split) 29-28x2, 28-29
185 lbs.: Jacob Malkoun def. Nick Maximov — Decision (unanimous) 29-28x3
145 lbs.: Joanderson Brito def. Lucas Alexander — Sub (RNC) 2:02 Rd. 1 — HIGHLIGHTS
115 lbs.: Sam Hughes def. Piera Rodriguez — Decision (unanimous) 29-28x3
125 lbs.: Tatsuro Taira def. CJ Vergara — Sub (armbar) 4:19 Rd. 2
170 lbs.: Pete Rodriguez def. Mike Jackson — KO (knee) 1:31 Rd. 1 — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC VEGAS 62 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
125 lbs.: Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo
Round 1: Araujo in gray, Grasso in black. Grasso with a couple left hands. I was just about to type that about 90 seconds through, it’s been hands exclusively from both women, but Grasso tried a head kick while Araujo landed a leg kick. Still mostly boxing here as both women are crispy in the pocket with a bunch of jabs. Araujo tries a takedown, gets nowhere with it. Grasso walks face first into a jab. Araujo level changes and gets the takedown, only to immediately get reversed by Grasso who stands up. They’re clinched up against the fence.
10-9 Grasso in a razor thin round.
Round 2: Right hands from both women. Grasso lands a head kick. Araujo 1-2. Grasso straight right. A nice counterpunch, too. Araujo’s turn to counterpunch. Araujo shoots a double and gets it in the middle of the cage. Side control. Araujo almost gets mount, but Grasso slips it to half guard. Side. There’s an explosion out from Grasso and she’s up. Grasso spamming her 1-2 to really try and get this round back. She’s landing significant strikes here with regularity.
Round 3: Again, the round starts with right hands by both. Per the commentary, both women’s cornermen think they’re up 2-0. I politely disagree with Araujo’s corner on this one. Head-body from Grasso, right by Araujo, left-right by Grasso. Snappy inside leg kick by Araujo, right hand connects for Grasso. Another right. Left to the body and a front-leg kick now. Araujo hits a left while Grasso’s right lands. Grasso 1-2. Araujo right, Grasso left.
Round 4: The fourth is basically more of the same. Araujo landing a couple rights. Grasso connects on a lead left hook. Araujo’s output is up a little this round. Now Grasso has found her range again. Araujo tries a kick, and as she brings her leg down, she swings with the right hand and lands clean. Grasso snapping the head back with her right. Here’s a takedown attempt with a minute left. Grasso defending up against the cage and landing some light elbows. Foot stomps by Araujo.
10-9 Araujo in another very close round.
Round 5: Slower start to this round, as both combatants are feinting and moving. Lefts from both of ‘em. They exchange leg kicks. Two rights land for Grasso. Araujo tries a couple of takedowns that get stuffed badly. Grasso with a 4-piece combo and that’s the only real significant action of the last round.
Final result: Alexa Grasso def. Viviane Araujo by decision (unanimous)
135 lbs.: Jonathan Martinez vs. Cub Swanson
Round 1: Martinez in gray, Swanson in red. Martinez slips on a kick and Swanson uses it to try a guillotine. Martinez gets out of it and maintains the clinch. Cub kicking to the knee, thigh and calf. Martinez kicks to the body. Twice. Swanson surges forward off that second kick into a takedown. He’s on top in a loose quarter guard, tries to pass to side and gets reversed. Cub gets to a knee and then up. Heavy leg kick by Martinez. That one gets checked. Swanson with a right hand to the body. Huge Martinez knee smashes Swanson. Cub is down and Martinez is trying to end it. Swanson’s recovered enough to try an upkick and then get up. Eats a big body kick that hurts him again. Swanson saved by the bell.
Round 2: Martinez being very aggressive and keeps punching forward. Swanson is trying to stay out of the line of fire, but he’s wearing it. Cub drops down to try a takedown, but ends up on bottom. Arm triangle attempt by Martinez. More ground control here by Martinez. Finally, Swanson is up with about 2:15 left in the round. Swanson looks like he’s trying his damndest to get some back. There’s a right hand that lands clean. And a left. Oh man, huge leg kick from Martinez crumbles Swanson’s lead leg. He gets up gingerly and then gets kicked again and dropped again. Huge leg kick spins Swanson around and down and the ref stops it as he can’t do anything to stay up.
Final result: Jonathan Martinez def. Cub Swanson by TKO (leg kicks) Round 2
185 lbs.: Dusko Todorovic vs. Jordan Wright
Round 1: Todorovic in red, Wright in blue. Todorovic with an immediate takedown attempt. They’re clinched to the cage, but Wright is able to stay... upright. Hiyo. Now Wright reverses and he gets the takedown. Wright holding position mostly. Todorovic goes for a leg attack and Wright spins out of it while trying to get in some strikes as Todorovic’s hands are occupied. Some very big punches from the “Beverly Hills Ninja”. Wright trying for an arm triangle, gives up on it to take mount. Todorovic tries another heel hook, and uses the attack to stand.
Round 2: Todorovic with a mouse under his right eye. Todorovic decides that he’s done with this wrestling and he’s BANGING. Something like 20 significant strikes from Todorovic in the first minute. Wright looks like he might be gassed out. Wright trying to grapple and stop the one-way traffic. Todorovic with three jabs and ducks a spinning backfist. Good right hands by Todorovic. Elbow from Wright splits open Todorovic. Todorovic pushes Wright down and directly into mount. Todorovic is hammering down strikes now until the ref steps in. Good comeback by the Serbian.
Final result: Dusko Todorovic def. Jordan Wright by TKO (ground & pound) Round 2
135 lbs.: Raphael Assuncao vs. Victor Henry
Round 1: Assuncao in gray, Henry in black. Slow start here. Henry moving forward, but not throwing too much. There’s a kick. Assuncao gets a nice counterpunch in. Body kick by Henry. Assuncao shoots, lets go to punch Henry in the mouth. Assuncao ducks an overhand to grab a bodylock. Knees him on the break. Henry gets a high kick blocked and then punched in the cheek. Crescent kick by Henry.
Round 2: Spinning back kick to the liver side lands for Henry. Assuncao with a nice right hand. Henry misfires on a kick and gets dumped. Assuncao with some left hands and a right elbow. Henry works his way up and avoids the head kick. Straight right by Henry. Right hands by both. Assuncao catches a kick attempt and spams right hands to Henry’s face. He mashes Henry all the way across the cage and takes him down. Henry fishing for an armbar from bottom. Assuncao spins to north-south. Henry gets up at the end of the round.
Round 3: Henry hits a left, but Assuncao lands a bigger one. Henry mushes in a right hand clean. Henry with a combo that Assuncao mostly avoids. Assuncao grabs a leg and gets the takedown. Henry spins to his knees and is up without taking damage. 1-2 from Assuncao. Assuncao catches a kick and tries to take down Henry, but can’t do it. Elbow by Assuncao. And a jab. Henry returns with a right. Assuncao 1-2. Assuncao tries a double-leg, switches to a single, switches to a body lock, switches back to a single... Henry still up.
Final result: Raphael Assuncao def. Victor Henry by decision (unanimous)
205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alonzo Menifield
Round 1: Cirkunov in red, Menifield in blue. Cirkunov opens with a leg kick immediately. Both men hit right hands. Cirkunov changed levels, but Menifield got his hips back to stay upright. Misha has a cut on the outside of his left eye. HUGE left-right combo blasts Cirkunov into outer space and that’s all she wrote.
Final result: Alonzo Menifield def. Misha Cirkunov by KO (punches) Round 1
135 lbs.: Brandon Davis vs. Mana Martinez
Round 1: Martinez in blue, Davis in black. Big cup shot to the twig and berries of Martinez seconds in. Davis with a calf kick. Martinez with one and a jab. The 2 from a 1-2 lands for Davis. Solid work from both men, Davis landing a clean jab. Martinez pokes the eye of Davis and we’re paused again. Davis surges forward with punches as we resume. Slapping calf kick, too. They clinch as Martinez engages. Knee by Davis. Counter-left hits clean for Martinez. Body kick and leg kick by Davis.
Round 2: A Martinez teep is the first strike to land here in the second. Nice liver kick. Now body-body-head and Davis instantly grabs a hold of a leg to stop the traffic coming at him. 20 seconds of trying and Martinez gets out of it. Couple of leg kicks by Davis. Both men land their power hands at the same time. Nice superman jab by Martinez to get off the cage. Davis with a pair of rights. Martinez checks a low kick as they yap at each other. Left hand a a spinning backfist drops Davis. Martinez is swarming... and Davis is saved by the bell!
Round 3: Davis gets in a right hand. Martinez with a double jab. Big right hand by Davis. A jab, too. Body kick. Martinez tries for a takedown, gets a bodylock and gets a takedown, but Davis is up within seconds. Martinez still on the side of Davis... and my internet blinks for a hot second. Thanks, Comcast. I’m back with a minute to go and Davis on top, working for elbows.
Gonna guess 10-9 Davis given the commentary on how this round ended.
Final result: Mana Martinez def. Brandon Davis by decision (split)
185 lbs.: Jacob Malkoun vs. Nick Maximov
Round 1: Malkoun in gray, Maximov in black. Maximov tries a head kick as his opener. Both men hit their jabs. Great check hook by the Californian, Maximov. Malkoun grabs onto Maximov as he recovers, and gets the takedown, but isn’t able to hold Maximov down. Maximov misses a wheel kick, Malkoun lands a 1-2. Single leg and a takedown by the Aussie, Malkoun. Again, not able to maintain top control. Maximov up, Maximov down again. And again. Aaaaaaand again. Malkoun separates this time. Left hits for Malkoun. He’s got some nice combos. Two right hands. Lead left connects square for Maximov, but Malkoun eats it this time and hits another takedown. He punches Maximov in the face as Nick stands. Maximov immediately grabs his right quad as the bell rings.
10-9 Maximov in a very close round
Round 2: Malkoun works for a single and gets it 25 seconds in. Good top control for Malkoun so far. Not landing anything heavy, but racking up the control time and some light ground and pound. Finally Maximov is able to initiate a scramble and gets up. Maximov backing up and circling to his left constantly now. Big right from Malkoun. Maximov throws back and gets in a left. Great body work by Jacob. His boxing is looking crisp here.
Round 3: The ref warns Maximov that he’s gotta do more, or he’s gonna intervene. Malkoun with an instant single-leg and gets the takedown. Maximov working a high guard with his non injured leg, going to the old Tenth Planet mission control position. Eventually he worms his way out of the bottom and he’s back up. Malkoun working his hands. 3-2 cracks in for Maximov as he tries to get back in this. Takedown dumps Maximov to his butt. Malkoun working hard to stay on top this time, but literally as I type that, Maximov gets to his knees and is up. He blasts in a right hand, but gets taken down again seconds later. Maximov gets an underhook and uses it to get to his knees. Malkoun with a front headlock and that’s where we end.
Final result: Jacob Malkoun def. Nick Maximov by decision (unanimous)
145 lbs.: Lucas Alexander vs. Joanderson Brito
Round 1: Brito in gray, Alexander in black. Brito comes out aggressive first with a calf kick that misses. Alexander hits one. Alexander tries a high kick but he was too close and falls to his back. Brito grabs ahold of him and lands a big slam. Alexander works up fairly quickly, but gets slammed back down again. This time, Brito manages to get some control of Alexander and is able to get in a hook before locking in a body triangle. He’s backpacking Alexander pretty good here, lands a hammerfist and lightning-quick, snakes his arm underneath the chin! Brito leans back, causing them to crash to the canvas, where he cinches the rear-naked choke in perfectly, getting a quick tap.
Final result: Joanderson Brito def. Lucas Alexander by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1
115 lbs.: Sam Hughes vs. Piera Rodriguez
Round 1: Rodriguez in black, Hughes in gray. Rodriguez wins the walkout song battle with Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. Slow start here as these two strawweight’s feel each other out. Rodriguez with a nice 3-combo. They both stand in the pocket and hit each other with some hooks. There’s a combo from Hughes - doesn’t land completely clean, but some of it did land. Rodriguez with a nice duck under and gets the takedown. Hughes gets in a butterfly hook and stands, but gets punched in the face while doing so. Another TD attempt by Rodriguez, but this one is stuffed. Rodriguez with a calf kick.
Round 2: Hughes moving forward, and into a single-leg that puts Hughes on her back. She’s unable to do much with it before Hughes is back up. They clinch and Rodriguez lands a couple shots in tight. Another single-leg as Hughes comes forward. Hughes is able to stay up for a bit. A couple punches, but she’s not working on maintaining position and Hughes is happy to stand up again. Rodriguez doing well off the back foot here. Right-left by Hughes. Rodriguez cracks one again. Rodriguez with another takedown, and again, it’s ineffective. They clinch and Rodriguez hits a nice knee before they separate. Hughes coming forward with punches, but not connecting. Rodriguez stops her backpedal and grabs a Thai plumm, with which she lands a nice knee the body.
Round 3: Technical difficulties cost me the first minute of the round - I’m back as they’re clinching against the links. 3:20 in and Rodriguez grabs another single-leg to get it to the mat with almost no resistance. Hughes threatens an omoplata, and uses it to stand. Hughes with some good dirty boxing. Left by Hughes, uppercut by Rodriguez. Hughes stuffs a takedown attempt. Overhand right connects for Rodriguez . Hughes surging forward as best she can. Good elbow from a clinch. Pair of rights. Calf kick stumbles Hughes momentarily.
Final result: Piera Rodriguez def. Sam Hughes by decision (unanimous)
125 lbs.: Tatsuro Taira vs. C.J. Vergara
Round 1: Taira in red, Vergara in black. Taira with a quick takedown and he’s in side control early. North-South. Vergara rotates and Taira is back in side control. Taira tries for mount, and Vergara scrambles to his feet. Taira with a head kick and surges forward into a bodylock. He works his hands into a better position and he corkscrews Vergara back down. Taira with some light GNP and is working for an arm triangle. Can’t get it. Ina a transition, Vergara is able to reverse and now he’s trying to get the same submission. He can’t get it either, so he settles for a number of knees to the body. Taira doesn’t like that and scrambles back up. He lands a nice right hand as the round ends.
Round 2: Big leg kick to the calf sends Vergara to the ground. Taira trying hard for the takedown, but Vergara’s takedown D is holding up. Finally Taira gets another bodylock and gets his man down. Taira gets the back and a body triangle in. Two minutes to go and Taira is hunting a rear-naked choke. With a minute to go, Taira rolls for an armbar... Vergara is fighting it, but nope, there’s the tap!
Final result: Tatsuro Taira def. C.J. Vergara by submission (armbar) Round 2
170 lbs.: Mike Jackson vs. Pete Rodriguez
Round 1: Jackson in blue, Rodriguez in black. Jackson comes forward first, but Rodriguez swings first and hits a pair of leg kicks. Jab by Jackson. Rodriguez with a mean body shot and Jackson crumbles to the ground. Pete gets in some ground and pound while Jackson works to get up. He does, but eats an elbow for his troubles. Jackson slipping and dodging the very active Rodriguez. Rodriguez still swarming. Clips an uppercut and a left hook and there’s a HUGE knee the knocks Jackson clean out! Jackson ducked directly into that. Follow up shot wasn’t necessary, but happened anyway before Rodriguez backed off.
Final result: Pete Rodriguez def. Mike Jackson by KO (knee) Round 1
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