Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to its APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, TONIGHT (Sat., Feb. 19, 2022) for the UFC Vegas 48 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on ESPN+, topped by the light heavyweight showdown between Top 15-ranked action fighters Johnny Walker and Jamahal Hill. Before that five-round war of attrition gets underway, middleweight up-and-comer Kyle Daukaus steps into a short-notice catchweight fight opposite streaking “Nightwolf” Jamie Pickett, who agreed to compete at 195 pounds. Veterans bruisers Jim Miller, Abdul Razak Alhassan, and Chas Skelly will also see action this weekend in “Sin City.”
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 48 fight card below, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” bouts at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 7 p.m. ET. Bet on UFC Vegas 48 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Walker vs. Hill.” Without further delay, see below for the updated UFC Vegas 48 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).
UFC VEGAS 48 QUICK RESULTS:
Johnny Walker vs. Jamahal Hill — Hill def. Walker by KO (punches) at 2:55 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Kyle Daukaus vs. Jamie Pickett — Daukaus def. Pickett by submission (d’arce choke) at 4:59 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Alan Baudot vs. Parker Porter — Porter def. Baudot by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jim Miller vs. Nikolas Motta — Miller def. Motta by TKO (punches) at 1:58 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Joaquin Buckley — Buckley def. Alhassan by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Gabriel Benitez vs. David Onama — Onama def. Benitez by KO (punches) at 4:24 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Stephanie Egger — Egger def. Clark by submission (armbar) at 3:44 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Chas Skelly vs. Mark Striegl — Skelly def. Striegl by TKO (knee and punches) at 2:01 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Diana Belbita vs. Gloria de Paula — de Paula def. Belbita by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Chad Anheliger vs. Jesse Strader — Anheliger def. Strader by TKO (punches) at 3:33 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS
Jonathan Pearce vs. Christian Rodriguez — Pearce def. Rodriguez by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Mario Bautista vs. Jay Perrin — Bautista def. Perrin by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
UFC VEGAS 48 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
205 lbs.: Johnny Walker vs. Jamahal Hill
Round 1: Low kicks from Walker. Hill tries a head kick, blocks one in return. Spinning shenanigans from Walker. One minute in. More kicks from Walker. Good exchange on the fence and Walker hauls Hill to another section of it. Body kick on the break. Two minutes in. Hill left hand falls short, Walker jab does not. They both throw right hands at the same time and Walker gets just cartoonishly destroyed. He teeters to the ground and HIll slams home one more to turn the lights out.
Final result: Hill def. Walker by KO (punches)
195 lbs.: Kyle Daukaus vs. Jamie Pickett
Round 1: Early combinations from Daukaus, who goes hard for a single-leg. He switches to a double and muscles him down into half guard. One minute in. Apparent Von Flue attempt, nothing doing. Pickett trying to sit up into him. Two minutes in. Daukaus threatens a front headlock, but can’t keep him down. Jockeying for position on the fence. Daukaus locks his hands and takes him down into half guard once again. Two minutes to go.
Daukaus tries to jump on his back on the way up. Pickett avoids it and briefly considers a single-leg before getting shoved against the fence once again. Hard rights from Daukaus on the break, then a reactive double-leg with a minute to go. Looking for a d’arce. It initially doesn’t look quite deep enough, but Pickett frantically taps right at the bell. Damn.
Final result: Daukaus def. Pickett by submission (d’arce choke)
265 lbs.: Alan Baudot vs. Parker Porter
Round 1: Baudot lands a 3-2, eats a left hook in return. Monster uppercut by Baudot but Porter just keeps pushing forward. Baudot defends, stuck against the fence. Two minutes in. Knee from Baudot as he defends. They separate with two minutes to go.
Jab lands for Baudot. Another. Baudot trying to time the uppercut again. Solid combination as he gets taken to the fence. One minute to go. Trading at close range. Low kick from Porter, outside reap at the bell. 10-9 Baudot.
Round 2: ESPN+ dies for me right off the bat, so we’ll start 35 seconds in. Teep by Porter, inside low kick, outside low kick. Baudot digs an uppercut and eats a knee a minute in. Nice jab by Baudot. Both whiff on right hands and Porter chains a single-leg into a double-leg, but lands on the bottom. Baudot grabs a front headlock but it’s Porter spinning to a body lock. Pressing Baudot against the fence two minutes in. Elbow by Porter on the break. Left hook connects. Two minutes to go.
Porter jabs, shoots, rebuffed, puts him on the fence. Tey separate a minute later. Overhand right from Baudot. Porter low kick. Baudot jabs. Counter hook and low kick from Porter. Baudot lands an uppercut at the bell. 10-9 Porter.
Round 3: Low kick and left hooks from Porter. Bigger left hand by Baudot. Porter not throwing his right hand at all, lands another leg kick as Baudot flurries a minute in. Baudot answers a low kick with a counter right. Swatting overhand, uppercut. Brutal flurry. 1-2 from Porter. Two minutes in. Stiff jab by Baudot, taunting. Porter shoots in, can’t really drive, puts him on the fence. Now he completes a takedown into side control with two minutes to go.
Back to half guard. Elbows to the body, americana attempt. More elbows, nothing big. One minute to go. Short punches to the head. Porter still trying to set up the americana, uses the threat to move to mount, He ends the fight dropping elbows. 10-9 Porter?
Final result: Porter def. Baudot by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Jim Miller vs. Nikolas Motta
Round 1: Low kick lands for Miller, tries a 1-1-2 behind it. Good exchange. They trade power hands. Sneaky lead uppercut from miller. Head kick attempt, but he gets rocked by a counter right. Somehow he immediately straightens up and goes right back to advancing. Low kicks landing. Left hook by Motta, eats another low kick. Miller to the body. Two minutes in. Those low kicks are really bothering Motta. Miller tries a blitz. Two minutes to go.
Another low kick met by a counter combo from Motta. Body shot. More low kicks from Miller to the inside of Motta’s leg. Miller cracks him with a Superman punch and shoots with a minute to go. Motta pivots and separates. Glancing head kick. Counter 3-2 from Motta as he gets stung by another leg kick. Two more before the bell. 10-9 Miller.
Round 2: Sharp counter right by Motta. Miller digs in yet another inside low kick, then another. Brief clinch. Tight right hook lands for Miller as they separate. Big whiff on an elbow. One minute in. He checks a leg kick, continues to push forward. Check hook from Motta. Miller counter right. More inside low kicks met by a body shot. Out of nowhere, Miller obliterates Motta with a lead right hook. Motta looks like he’s out on impact, but wakes up in time for Miller to slam home ground-and-pound until the ref intervenes.
Final result: Miller def. Motta by TKO (punches)
185 lbs.: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Joaquin Buckley
Round 1: Alhassan advancing to start. Both try body kicks. Low kick lands for Alhassan, avoids a 1-1-2 a minute in. Buckley tries to spin. Alhassan slips throwing a head kick. Hard counters land for him as Buckley tries to spin again. Counter right. He overthrows a right hand and Buckley hits a double-leg underneath it two minutes in. Alhassan stands, dragged back down, pops up again and separates. Buckley tries a head kick. Alhassan trying to time right hands as Buckley steps in. Two minutes to go.
Buckley tries a head kick, avoids an overhand right. Another power double from Buckley. Alhassan uses the fence to stand, cracks Buckley with an elbow, then eats body shot. Wild flurry on the fence. Buckley lands an uppercut, eats a left hand, rattles Alhassan in return with a minute to go. Counter low kick by Alhassan. Buckley tries a spinning back kick. He shoots, denied and they trade heat. 10-9 Buckley.
Round 2: Alhassan continuing to press forward. Low kicks connect. Buckley tries a head kick. One minute in. He shoots and takes Alhassan to the fence. Some persistent chain wrestling. Buckley looks to tee off on Alhassan once he stands. Two minutes in. Buckley trying to split the guard with uppercuts, has a spinning kick blocked. Alhassan not offering a lot in return, eats a body shot. Buckley just retreating whenever Alhassan retaliates, then going back to combination work. Two minutes to go.
More work from Buckley as Alhassan sits behind an earmuff guard. Nasty body shots. One minute to go. Buckley shoots again, works in the clinch. Solid knee and punches. Alhassan fires an elbow on the break, then gets taken down by another double-leg. 10-9 Buckley.
Round 3: Buckley in total control right now. Alhassan limited to the occasional power punch. Buckley picking him apart at range, puts him on the fence. One minute in. Alhassan trips him to the mat, then blasts Buckley with heavy rights as the latter tries to stand. Buckley tanks them and separates. More combination work on the fence. Two minutes in. Outside trip from Alhassan as Buckley holds onto a kimura grip. He postures up and drops some solid ground-and-pound. Buckley turns to his knees with two minutes to go.
Alhassan looks for the back, lands punches on the way up. Buckley can’t get away from him on the first attempt, gets dragged down into half guard. One minute to go. Alhassan briefly considers an americana. Solid right hand, elbows, punches. Full side control. More elbows, solid punches to end the round. 10-9 Alhassan.
Final result: Buckley def. Alhassan by split decision
145 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez vs. David Onama
Round 1: Good early work from Benitez. Hard right from Onama as they exchange. 1-2s by Benitez. Brutal body shots, heavy low kick. One minute in. Spinning back fist by Onama, who keeps eating low kicks. More combination work from Benitez. He’s tearing up those legs, but gets knocked back by a straight left. Circling, good combination and low kick two minutes in. Looping overhand left. Hard straight left hurts Onama and Benitez looks to pour it on. Heavy body shots, knee upstairs. Onama’s eye is really bothering him and he shoots. Two minutes to go.
Another Benitez low kick. Head kick nearly connects. Body shots, Onama counters upstairs. Nasty Benitez body kick. Counter body shot, combo from Onama with a minute to go. Onama absorbs a body kick and just starts teeing off on “Moggly” against the fence, knocking his lights out in profoundly violent fashion. What a comeback.
Final result: Onama def. Benitez by KO (punches)
135 lbs.: Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Stephanie Egger
Round 1: Clark grabs an early body lock and puts her on the fence. One minute in. Jockeying for position, Egger reverses. Reversed in turn. Two minutes in. Egger throws her to the mat, gets tripped in return. Clark pressing her against the fence again. Another hip throw by Egger into scarf hold, dropping punches. Two minutes to go.
Side control, then the back, then a clean armbar that forces the tap.
Final result: Egger def. Clark by submission (armbar)
145 lbs.: Chas Skelly vs. Mark Striegl
Round 1: Low kick from Striegl to start. Body kick attempt, Skelly flurries in return and gets pressed against the fence. One minute in. Short punches from Striegl, knees from Skelly. Skelly hauls him to another section of the fence. Two minutes in. Striegl turns to face him and they jockey for position again. Hammerfists to the thigh. Skelly steps in deep for a trip into guard. Two minutes to go.
Both firing short shots. Striegl trying to get a rubber guard going. One minute to go. The grinding continues. Now he postures up for a good right hand. Standing over Striegl, eats a heel to the head. 10-9 Skelly.
Round 2: Skelly punches his way into another clinch. Rear waist lock, looking for the back. Good scramble a minute in. Skelly pressing him against the fence. They separate. Straight left by Striegl, then another to counter an uppercut. Sneaky elbow by Skelly, then a clean knee that drops Striegl. Striegl turtles up under the follow-up shots and there’s the finish.
Final result: Skelly def. Striegl by TKO (knee and punches)
115 lbs.: Diana Belbita vs. Gloria de Paula
Round 1: Early exchange, good right by Belbita. Combo by de Paula. Both jabbing a minute in. Belbita to the body, then the head with right hands. Nice left hook downstairs, tries to blitz. Counter 2-3 from de Paula, who eats a body shot in return. Counter right. Overhand right by Belbita, then a body shot. de Paula hauls her to the fence. Two minutes in. Trading knees downstairs. They separate with two minutes to go.
de Paula still looking to jab, lands a nice combination. Belbita to the body. Low kick met by a de Paula jab. Belbita answers a leg kick with more body work. Looping hook and 1-2 upstairs. de Paula answers with her own combo. One minute to go. Body shot and right cross from Belbita met by a boxing combo. de Paula gets an easy body lock, fires knees. 10-9 Belbita.
Round 2: Right back to the high-speed exchanges. Good body shot by Belbita. de Paula 2-3, Belbita low kick to body shot. Long right upstairs met by a stiff jab. Lead right by de Paula a minute in. She hauls Belbita to the fence. Jockeying for position. They separate two minutes in. Stiff jab by de Paula. 2-3. Solid boxing combos piling up, Belbita answering inside. Overhand right by Belbita, eats a cross in return. Two minutes to go.
Good exchanges. de Paula hauls her to the fence yet again. Trading knees downstairs. One minute to go. Belbita goes for an inside trip and gets caught in a front headlock. Body knee by de Paula. Belbita stands and separates. Back to trading in the center. Body shot from Belbita, head kick from de Paula. Belbita tries her own. 10-9 de Paula, wouldn’t argue if it went the other way.
Round 3: Early level change by de Paula, gets sprawled on. Belbita lands on the way up. Brutal combos from de Paula a minute in. Belbita continuing to trade with her. de Paula takes a thumb in the eye, doesn’t take long to recover. Back to the rapid combinations. de Paula the cleaner of the two. She grabs a body lock and muscles Belbita to the ground. Belbita gets to the fence and stands two minutes in. Back to trading knees in the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Continuing to drive knees into one another’s midsections. They separate with a minute to go. Jab and 1-2 from de Paula. Counter right. Belbita throwing with her, gets cracked with a cross. More good combination work by de Paula. 10-9 de Paula.
Final result: de Paula def. Belbita by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Chad Anheliger vs. Jesse Strader
Round 1: Low kicks from Strader to start. Anheliger tries a counter right, blocks a head kick. Sudden takedown from Strader puts him on top in guard. Anheliger working to stand, looking for the switch a minute in. Strader lifts, dumps him down, can’t establish. Jab exchange, body flurry from Strader. Low kick exchange two minutes in. Strader ducks a jab for a double-leg, avoids a guillotine. Anheliger immediately threatens with an armbar and gets to his knees when Strader backs off. Stuck in the front headlock. Two minutes to go.
Good knee and left hook from Strader, who eats knees in return. Strader flurry, Anheliger knee. ESPN+ crashes again for a second, comes back to Strader holding him against the fence with a minute to go. Trading knees, Strader jab on the break. Body shots, low kick. 10-9 Strader.
Round 2: Good low kick and knee from Strader. Nice knee again, overhand left. HE gets a bit too eager and gets floored by a straight right on the counter. Anheliger follows him down into half guard a minute in. Strader manages to work his way to the feet, then bang the body two minutes in. Anheliger hauls him to the fence, lands an elbow on the break. Strader jab, avoids a head kick. Two minutes to go.
Hard knee by Anheliger, absorbs leg kicks in return. More heavy knees after eating a body shot. Strader lands an elbow, tanks a right cross soon after. Counter right by Anheliger with a minute to go. Both fire knees. Both land low kicks, short left by Strader. Low kick exchange. Anheliger tries a cartwheel kick. 10-9 Anheliger.
Round 3: Strader shoots and latches onto Anheliger’s back. Anheliger turns, briefly considers a ninja choke a minute in. Browne elbows. Anheliger manages to separate. Low kick and jab. Strader tries a head kick, lands a body kick two minutes in. Anheliger leg kick. Strader whiffs on an overhand left. Body shot. Anheliger bouncing around but throwing nothing. Two minutes to go.
Lead right by Anheliger. Strader lands a left, then gets absolutely melted by one in return. Herb Dean lets Anheliger beat Strader half to death before intervening.
Final result: Anheliger def. Strader by TKO (punches)
145 lbs.: Jonathan Pearce vs. Christian Rodriguez
Round 1: Early left hook from Pearce as both men look to potshot. He completes a double-leg despite a rough entry. Rodriguez pops right back up. Knees from Pearce. One minute in. Good balance from Rodriguez so far, can’t reverse position. Pearce changes levels and Rodriguez locks up an arm-in guillotine. It looks incredibly deep, but Pearce manages to stack and pop his head free. On top in half guard, slick attempt at a back take. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez working his way up from turtle position as they continue to scramble. Pearce still hunting the back, looking to set up an arm triangle. No dice. Back to the back with a minute to go, dropping punches. Rodriguez trying hard to turn into guard, but Pearce adjusts position to stay in a dominant spot. 10-9 Pearce.
Round 2: Rodriguez answers some low kicks with a nasty left hook. He denies a level change, puts together more combinations. He stuffs another shot. Pearce honestly looking labored a minute in. As I say that, he bulldozes Rodriguez down into side control and starts chasing the back again. Back to half guard, great balance as he pins a wrist. The ESPN+ broadcast dies for a bit, resumes with Rodriguez working to stand. He does so, eats a knee. Pearce grabs a body lock and gets thrown to the mat. Rodriguiez hunting an armbar, nothing doing. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez stands, gets dumped back down. Short punches from Pearce, retakes the back with less than a minute to go. Rodriguez manages to work his way free and land a solid right hand in the waning seconds. 10-9 Pearce.
Round 3: Clean right cross from Rodriguez, then another to answer a flying knee. Pearce dogs his way through into a takedown attempt, only for Rodriguez to jump on his back. Pearce shucks off the hooks and moves to the front headlock. One minute in. Scrambling, Rodriguez retakes the back. Pearce stands, tanks a gigantic elbow. Clean 1-2 from Rodriguez and Pearce double-legs his way back into top position as Rodriguez chases a guillotine. Two minutes in. Pearce trying for the back, angle’s still awkward. Now he’s got his hooks in for a proper back mount with two minutes to go.
The next arm triangle attempt looks better, but Rodriguez manages to turn and get to his knees. Pearce quickly puts his hooks back and and goes back to chasing the choke. One minute to go. Great control by Pearce. Round ends there. 10-9 Pearce.
Final result: Pearce def. Rodriguez by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Mario Bautista vs. Jay Perrin
Round 1: Hard low kicks from Bautista, flying knee just off-target. Perrin hauls him to the fence, eats a knee on the break. Another jumping knee falls short. Solid boxing combos from Perrin. One minute in. Jab exchange, body shot. Bautista gets the better of an exchange in the center and puts him on the fence. Working inside. Two minutes in. Perrin reverses. Jockeying for position. Bautista times one of Perrin’s knees to drag him to the mat. Knee on the way up. Perrin pressing him against the fence. They separate with two minutes to go.
Sharp counter jab by Bautista. Perrin to the body. Strong double-leg, great defense from Bautista in return. Perrin lands a good knee with a minute to go. Bautista comes back with an elbow and shoulder strike. Knees, another shoulder strike, another knee on the exit. He tries to spin at the bell. 10-9 Bautista.
Round 2: Perrin tries a flying knee and eats a combo for his trouble. Good body shot and low kick. Brief clinch. Punching combo from Bautista, counter jab, then a perfectly timed flying knee that Perrin avoids by inches a minute in. Perrin takes him to the fence . Bautista reverses, lands a knee, elbow, and shoulder strike in sequence. Briefly gets Perrin to a knee, flubs a throw, lands an uppercut, and eats a combo on the break. Two minutes in. Back to the clinch. Perrin changes levels and gets him to his seat for a moment. Bautista pops up, reverses, digs a knee to the body. Rear waist lock. Two minutes to go.
Nasty elbow by Bautista, then another after absorbing a knee to the body. Sneaky body shot, shoulder strikes, knee. Perrin tries a combo on the break, lands to the body. Knee by Bautista, solid combo by Perrin in return. One minute to go. Bautista body kick, Perrin straight left. Perrin looks to push forward and walks into a cross. Left hook after eating a leg kick. 10-9 Bautista.
Round 3: Trading kicks to start. Step-back hook by Bautista. Both attacking the legs, Bautista getting the better of it. One minute in. Hard lead right into the clinch. Perrin tries to answer with a whizzer throw, ends up pressed against the fence. Bautista moves to the rear waist lock and tries a lift without success. Perrin reverses and separates two minutes in. Back to the clinch, hard knee by Bautista as he takes him to the fence. Brutal elbows. Dropping punches as Perrin tries to stay standing. Two minutes to go.
More dirty boxing from Bautista. Another hard elbow. Knees, elbows. They trade knees and Bautista dumps him to the mat with a minute to go. Nearly in side control, punching from turtle. Hard knee and elbow on the way up. Another elbow. 10-8 Bautista.
Final result: Bautista def. Perrin by unanimous decision
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