ProMMAnow.com will provide live results and play-by-play updates of Friday’s UFC 207 card featuring men’s and women’s bantamweight title matches. Amanda Nunes defends her 135-pound title against Ronda Rousey in the main event, while Dominick Cruz defends his belt against Cody Garbrandt in the co-headliner.
The action kicks off with the early prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET, moving to the televised prelims at 8 p.m. ET, and the PPV main card at 10 p.m. ET (Here’s how to watch the UFC 207 PPV live stream online).
UFC 207 QUICK RESULTS:
Main Card (Pay-Per-View – 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT)
- Women’s Bantamweight Championship: Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:48
- Bantamweight Championship: Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision (48-46 x 2, 48-47)
- Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)
- Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision (27-30, 29-28 x 2)
- Catchweight (129.5 lbs): Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x 2)
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)
- Catchweight (173.5 lbs): Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Welterweight: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:34
- Welterweight: Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch via submission (arm triangle) – Round 1, 4:30
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT)
- Welterweight: Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means ruled a No Contest (illegal knee by Means) – Round 1, 3:33
UFC 207 PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means
Round 1 – Means gets a takedown early but Oliveira is quick to get up, he drops Means with a spinning back kick to the body. Means gets right up and Oliveira presses him to the cage looking for the takedown. Oliveira drags him down and is softening him up with hammerfists. Means back up but Oliveira has a bodylock. Now Means with the takedown as he spins around. Oliveira’s nose bleeding. As he starts to get up Means blasts him with two seemingly illegal knees to the face. Ref halts the action because he thinks they are illegal. Actually… the replay shows that Oliveira didn’t have a hand down, just one knee down, when he got hit with the knees. So, Marc Ratner says they were legal knees. Lots of confusion here as they are arguing with the ref. Tim Means is arguing with referee Dan Mirgliotta about it. Dan says as long as one knee is on the ground, then he is a downed opponent. Official ruling is a No Contest due to an accidental knee to a downed opponent. Oliveira couldn’t continue.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means ruled a No Contest (illegal knee by Means) – Round 1, 3:33
To clarify the rules, as long as one knee is down, the fighter is considered a downed opponent and therefore the knee strikes to the head from Means were illegal. It should have been ruled a DQ for Means and will likely be overturned.
Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price
Round 1 – Couple low kicks from Thatch. Overhand right from Thatch to the side of the head. Low kick from Price, and he shoots in as Thatch defends and lands a knee to the chin, but Price muscles him down and tries to control from inside guard. Thatch trying to work a kimura, but Price escapes and takes top control where he locks on an arm triangle. He can’t finish it and lets it go, now roughs Thatch up with hammerfists. Price jumps on his back in a scramble, Thatch escapes but Price locks up the arm triangle again, this time much tighter and that’s all she wrote as Thatch taps out. Great win for Price in his UFC debut on short notice.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch via submission (arm triangle) – Round 1, 4:30
Thatch is awarded his BJJ brown belt by his instructor after the match.
Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia
Round 1 – Pyle shaved his mullet finally. Pyle circling the outside. Knee to the body from Pyle but he takes a big body kick from Garcia, who then puts Pyle on his back with a takedown. Garcia moves to side mount. Elbows to the body from Garcia. Pyle is able to escape to his feet. Nice jab to the chin from Garcia. Right hand from Pyle. Left from Garcia. Now a right. One right hand punch KO from Garcia shuts Pyle’s lights out. Perfectly accurate on right on the chin. I’m sorry guys, I don’t want to see Pyle take anymore knockouts. That’s his sixth KO loss and his second this year.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:34
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Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori
Round 1 – Vettori takes an eye poke in the first exchange and timeout is called. … Back at it. Low kick from Carlos Junior, counter left from Vettori. Another left from Vettori. Straight right from Carlos Junior. Antonio pokes him in the eye again and gets a warning from the ref. Low kick from Carlos Junior, left counter from Vettori. Now Carlos Junior takes an eye poke from Vettori. GEEZ! Another timeout. Both guys are warned now. … Back at it. Low kick from Vettori. Carlos Junior returns the same. Hard body kick from Antonio, then shoots for the single. He presses Vettori to the cage and working hard for the takedown. Right hand from Antonio in the clinch. He finally puts Vettori on his butt. But he’s right back up. Antonio grabs his neck to try and drag him back down but can’t get it before the bell. 10-9 Carlos Junior.
Round 2 – Couple low kicks from Vettori. Antonio gets another takedown, Vettori right back up though and gets some distance. Hard body kick from Antonio. Inside low kick from Antonio. Vettori with a bodylock and looking for the trip. Vettori lets him go and they square back up. Vettori with the takedown now and he starts landing some hard shots from the top. Vettori locks on a guillotine but can’t finish. Now drops some elbows and punches from top. More damage from Vettori as he postures up and takes an upkick from Antonio. Vettori stands over Antonio and kicks at him as the round ends. 10-9 Vettori.
Round 3 – Low kick from Vettori. High kick from Carlos Junior. Nice body kick from Vettori, then looks for the takedown, but Antonio gets a bodylock and is trying to get Vettori down and he succeeds. Vettori back up but Antonio hangs on him and delivers hard knees to the thighs up against the cage. He lets him go now and they square up in the center. Body kick from Antonio. He then shoots in again looking for the takedown with 1 minute to go in the fight. Antonio drags him down to his knees, softens him up with knees to the thighs and a couple punches. Carlos Junior looks for a late guillotine but time is up. 10-9 Carlos Junior.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Round 1 – Magny has a huge height and reach advantage. Front kick from Magny. Body shot from Hendricks. Head kick and body kick from Magny. Low kick from Johny as he presses forward. Front kick from Magny. Low kick from Hendricks. Right straight to the body from Magny. Knee to the body from Magny but he gets taken down by Hendricks. Hendricks works the ground and pound. Magny looking for a triangle briefly. Hendricks continues to work, posturing up with punches from inside full guard. Magny staying busy off his back, locks up a triangle and delivers several elbows to the top of the head. 10-9 Hendricks.
Round 2 – Magny comes out quick. Right to the body rom Magny. Hendricks with the takedown and looking for the back. Magny spins around and is on his back once again. Hendricks roughing him up from half guard, gets to side mount. Magny tries to scramble but Hendricks locks him down by the neck briefly before Magny gets up. Not for long though and Hendricks picks him up and sits him down. Hendricks keeping on the pressure as Magny gets to one knee, then his feet. Hendricks with a couple knees to the thigh, then puts Magny back down. Hendricks controls him even though Magny manages to get to his feet. Hendricks stays on him the whole time though not much damage. 10-9 Hendricks.
Round 3 – Front kick to the body from Magny. Another, then a jumping knee. Low kick from Magny. He’s working the jab and fires off a combo, but Hendricks closes the distance quickly and locks him up. Magny defends the takedown and gets some distance. Low kicks from Hendricks. High kick from Magny. Nice left from Hendricks as he shoots in for the double. He gets Magny to his knees, but takes several elbows to the body from Magny as he gets up. Hendricks working for the double leg again. He picks Magny up high for the slam. With under 20 seconds left Magny locks up a triangle and hammers Hendricks’ head with several elbows. 10-9 Hendricks.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg
Round 1 – Smolka flashing the jab as he circles on the outside. Borg ties him up, lands a knee to the body but Smolka catches it and pushes him off. Borg slips on a head kick attempt but gets right up and takes Smolka down. Borg looking for a D’arce, lets it go and takes Smolka’s back, but doesn’t get the hooks in and Smolka gets out. They scramble and Smolka gets to his feet but Borg slams him back down and gets full mount. Smolka bucks out but gets caught in an omoplata. Smolka grabs a leg now and eats a couple big punches that force him to let it go. Smolka is bleeding around his right eye. Couple hammerfists and a hard elbow from Borg. Smolka’s face is busted up pretty good. 10-9 Borg.
Round 2 – Body kick from Borg. He just misses a wheel kick. Borg is looking really good in there, nice head movement and powerful strikes. Body shot and knee from Borg, then a takedown. Smolka scrambles but ends up on his back again. Borg in side mount, moves to full mount. Borg is quick and powerful. Smolka grabs for a heel hook attempt. But Borg unloads a big right hand to the face and Smolka is forced to let go. Borg in side mount, moves to North-South. Smolka scrambles but ends up on his back once more. Borg in half guard and briefly holds an arm triangle. Smolka escapes to his feet and attempts a guillotine but is now on his back again. Smolka looks for an arm before the bell. 10-9 Borg.
Round 3 – Borg tells his corner he thinks he broke his ankle. They clinch up and Borg presses Smolka to the cage. He looks for the single and puts Smolka on his back. Smolka looking for an arm off his back but Borg defends easily and locks on an arm triangle. It’s tight but let’s it go after some time. Smolka tries to scramble but Borg remains in control. Smolka gets to his feet but Borg stays on him against the cage with a body lock. Borg tries to jump on his back but loses it. Now looking for the single leg against the cage. Smolka escapes and they square up. Side kick to the head from Smolka, then a step-in elbow. Smolka looks to start to gain some momentum as the fight ends. Borg limps to his corner. 10-9 Borg.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x 2)
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Round 1 – They tie up and Saffiedine gets a body lock takedown. Kim back up and judo throws Tarec, but he’s right back up as well. They’re still tied up, but Tarec backs out and they exchange punches. Kim pressing forward with punches. Nice couple shots from Tarec. Kim continues to pursue winging punches. Tarec much more disciplined and technical with the striking. Kim ties him up looking for the takedown but Tarec backs out. Tarec with the trip takedown but Kim right back up pressing Tarec to the cage. 10-9 Saffiedine.
Round 2 – Kim putting on the pressure as they tie up against the cage. Kim backs out with a knee and body shot. Still pressing, lands a nice left. He ties up Tarec again against the cage. Kim backs out. High kick from Tarec. Right from Tarec. Kim pushes him to the cage but Tarec slips out. Nice jab from Kim. Low kick from Tarec. Kim pushes him to the cage, looks for the takedown but Tarec defends and turns him around. They exchange knees in the clinch then get some space. This round could likely go either way. Neither did any real damage.
Round 3 – Both guys come out swinging, Tarec with a high kick, lands an elbow. Kim ties him up to the cage. Tarec breaks free. Lands an elbow or two. Kim presses him to the cage again, looking for a single leg, finally gets a takedown but immediately Saffiedine springs back up. Elbow from Tarec on the break. Kim drops down for a single leg, and gets a trip but Tarec bounces right back up. Jab and a couple body kicks from Tarec, then a knee. Nice jab from Kim. Clinch knee from Tarec. He shoots for the single but gets pushed over on his butt. They get right up and wrestle in the clinch with 30 seconds to go. Grueling fight. Kim gets his back briefly and ends the round on top. 10-9 Saffiedine.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision (27-30, 29-28 x 2)
TJ Dillashaw vs. John Lineker
Round 1 – TJ misses a head kick as Lineker ducks under. Lineker catches a low kick and dumps him. Lets him up. Lineker catches a head kick and dumps him once again. Uppercut from TJ. Jab from Lineker. Beautiful explosive takedown from TJ. Lineker locks him in half guard and tries to roll him but TJ remains heavy on top working the ground and pound. Hammerfists from TJ. And he stands up and lets Lineker up. TJ circling the outside, switching stances, using lots of feints. Step in right hand from TJ. Body kick from TJ, front kick follows. He looks low and goes high with the next kick. Couple of left hooks from Lineker; one to the body, one upstairs. Front kick to the body from TJ to end the round. Lineker has some heavy hands and just missed a couple bombs. 10-9 Dillashaw.
Round 2 – Right to the body from Lineker. Takedown from TJ, he jumps on Lineker’s back in a scramble but loses it and they are back up. TJ makes him whiff on some big punches. Body kick from TJ, then another perfectly timed takedown. TJ staying busy with rabbit punches. He postures up with some nice elbows and hammerfists. They’re talking to each other as TJ lands more hammerfists. Lineker looking for a kneebar and this allows TJ to take full mount briefly. More ground and pound from TJ. Upkick from Lineker but it doesn’t slow TJ’s assault down with 1 minute to go in the round. TJ postures up with even more damage. Lineker survives but should be a 10-8 round for TJ.
Round 3 – Front kick to the chest from TJ. Body kick from TJ. Right hand and a takedown from TJ. Lineker gets up quickly this time. Nice jab from TJ, again, and he’s out of the way before Lineker knows what happened. Great counters from TJ and a takedown. The ground and pound starts again from TJ. Lineker turtles up briefly then gets to his feet with one hand still on the canvas. TJ riding his back, pulls him back down. TJ goes for a calf slicer and it’s super tight. He lets it go and TJ pops to his feet. TJ ducks into a left hand, then takes a couple more hard body shots that looks to stun him briefly. Lineker pressing looking to end this. TJ avoids him in the final seconds to clinch it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: TJ Dillashaw def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)
Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title
Round 1 – Such an interesting matchup of styles here. Cruz walks to the cage looking fierce. Cody jawing at him at the staredowns. No glove touch. Right from Cruz to start. Low kick. Already dancing. Five rounds is a long time to dance against Garbrandt. Cody invites him in, lands a nice punch combo. Cody has some FAST hands. He’s catching Cruz with punches. This dancing is NOT going to work. It seems so obvious now, unless Cruz can make an adjustment. Chants of “Cody” from the crowd. Low kick from Cruz. Body kick from Garbrandt. Low kick. More chants of “Cody”. Cody mocking and taunting Cruz. Takedown from Cruz but Cody reverses and is immediately up. Low kick from Cruz, nice right from Cruz. Takedown from Cody. Lands a knee on the way up. Very close round, Cody may have gotten it 10-9.
Round 2 – High kick from Cody is blocked. Cruz with a punch combo. Low kick. Nice right left from Cruz, he clips Cody with a left that causes him to touch the canvas with one hand. Jab from Cruz. Low kick. Cody attempts a cartwheel type kick. Low kick from Cruz. Body kick from Cody. Body kick from Cody. Big left hand from Cody. Low kick from Cruz. Nice body kick from Cody. Cody checks the next low kick. Low kick from Cruz. Body kick from Cody. Cruz with a takedown attempt, lands a couple punches after Cody stuffs it. 10-9 Cruz.
Round 3 – Head kick from Cody and he lands a couple big punches afterward. Cruz is cut and bleeding apparently from a head butt. Cruz gets tagged with a right hand. Cody taunting and laughing. Big left from Cody knocks Cruz backward. Cruz still coming forward trying to do what he does. High kick from Cruz. High kick and right from Cruz. Cody fires back with a punch combo that backs Cruz up to the cage. Cody keeps pointing back to the center of the Octagon. Cruz gets dropped with a punch, then Cody lands a knee. Cruz keeps coming forward though. Cruz with a punch combo and low kick. Cody with great head movement avoiding a combo. Low kick from Cruz but pays for it with a punch combo. Backfist from Cruz. 10-9 Garbrandt.
Round 4 – Nasty cut over Dominick’s left eye. They’re still jawing at each other. Cruz takes the center. Left from the champ and a body kick. Dom with a combo but gets dropped. Cruz gets right up though and fires back. Right from Cody as Dom bounces off the cage. Cruz whiffs on a low kick and spins around and Cody taunts him. Cody makes him whiff big time on a punch combo. He’s making Cruz look a little silly now as he gets a bit wild. Jab from Cruz. Left from Cody. Low kick from Garbrandt. Big left hook from Cruz whiffs. Cody drops him again with a left hook. Cody then hurts him with a right, drops him one more time with a right. Cruz keeps getting right up though and is still pressing. Urijah Faber is going nuts right now. 10-8 Garbrandt. Hard to believe Cruz is still standing to be honest. Got dropped 3 times that round, maybe 4 times.
Round 5 – Low kick from Cody. Cruz with the jab. Again. Body kick from Garbrandt. Right, left from Cody. Right from Cruz. Flying knee attempt from Cruz, but gets caught in the air and stuffed. Cody does a burpee to mock Cruz. Cruz can’t seem to find him. Cruz shoots but gets stuffed and almost gets taken down himself. Cody catches a kick and gives one in return. Cruz pressuring him but can’t find his target. Cody presses him to the cage with under a minute to go. Knee to the body on the break from Cody. 10-9 Cruz.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision (48-46 x 2, 48-47)
Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey – for women’s bantamweight title
Round 1 – Nunes already tuning her up with low kicks and punch combinations and hurts Rousey. Rousey looks like a bobblehead right now is hurt badly and has nothing to offer Nunes. Rousey is out on her feet, nose busted up and it’s over. Herb Dean stops it. That was too easy for Ms. Nunes.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:48