The Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada played host to tonight’s UFC 231 pay-per-view (PPV) event. In the main event of the evening, Max Holloway defended his featherweight title against Brian Ortega. Also, a new champion of the women’s flyweight division was crowned. Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jędrzejczyk did battle in the co-main event for the vacant strap.
Also, Alex Oliveira faced Gunnar Nelson in welterweight action. And a massive light heavyweight match-up between Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos opened up the main card. Check out MMA News’ UFC 231 results below:
- Featherweight: (C) Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Holloway lands some nice hooks and is really getting into a nice rhythm. A shot to the body lands for Ortega but Holloway responds with a nice combination. A nice counter combination lands for Ortega. Holloway still pressing the action, but Ortega backs him up with a flurry. A nice inside elbow lands for Ortega. A big right-hand lands for Holloway.
Ortega comes in on a takedown and gets it, but Holloway is right back to his feet. More big shots from Holloway and Ortega is stunned. Some more big shots land for Holloway, but Ortega hits back with a hard right hand and a head kick. The round comes to an end with a failed takedown from Ortega.
Leg kick lands for Holloway. A nice right-hand lands for Holloway and he follows up with a nice jab. Ortega gets a nice counter uppercut as Holloway backs up. A right hand again lands for Holloway and Ortega misses on a takedown. More big shots from Holloway but Ortega is still fighting back. A nice right hook lands for Ortega but he’s still getting busted up. A big head kick lands for Holloway and Ortega responds with a hook. Another nice combination sneaks in for Ortega. Another big couple of shots land for Holloway but Ortega refuses to go down and lands some big shots of his own.
More big shots from Holloway and now Holloway is putting the punches together in bunches. Body shot from Holloway now and Ortega fires back with a right hand. Ortega continues to eat big shots but lands a nice hook inside the clinch. Another big hook lands for Ortega to end the round.
Ortega lands a nice combination but Holloway lands a nice right hand in response. A big body kick lands for Holloway and Ortega responds with a huge right hand. Ortega is firing off a big shot that wobbles Holloway a bit but Holloway wobbles out of it. Another right hand lands for Ortega and he follows up with a spinning elbow that lands perfectly. Ortega follows up with a leg kick.
Holloway fires back with a big volume of punches. Ortega lands an uppercut but Holloway comes right back with some hooks of his own. These men are trading big shots. Ortega presses Holloway against the cage and is working for something. They separate and Holloway gets off some big shots.
Ortega lands a big right hand again but Holloway is giving it back in volume. Holloway uncorking now but Ortega is powering through it and answers back with some of his own. Another takedown attempt for Ortega against the cage ends the round.
Holloway tells Joe Rogan he’s ending it now. Holloway comes in hard and is landing big shots on Ortega. Another big shot lands for Holloway that rocks Ortega back. A big body shot lands for Ortega but Holloway is coming forward hard. Ortega is fading. He locks up Holloway but Holloway pushes off and wants to strike.
Ortega is still firing back and circles around. Ortega is taking so much punishment but refuses to go away. Ortega eats some more mean shots and goes in on a takedown again. Ortega tries to pull guard but fails. He tries to pull guard but can’t. Holloway locks in a standing guillotine but Ortega easily escapes.
Ortega goes in for a single leg and but can’t get it. Ortega falls to the ground and gives Holloway full mount. He rolls into a leg lock but can’t lock it up. Ortega is eating some big shots but won’t go down. He miraculously survives the round.
The doctors won’t allow Ortega to come off the stool. That’s the end of the fight.
Official Result: Max Holloway def. Brian Ortega via R4 TKO (doctor stoppage, 5:00)
- Women’s flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Leg kick exchanges from both women early on, and Valentina gets a beautiful trip inside the clinch, right into side control. An elbow drops down for Valentina and Joanna is able to get to her feet. Valentina is still glued to Joanna and loses dominant position against the cage. Now Valentina is back in control against the fence. They finally separate and Valentina lands a side kick to the body that jolts Joanna backward. A nice combination lands for Shevchenko to end the round.
A spinning backfist lands for Valentina and Joanna doesn’t seem to be able to land any significant strikes of her own. Shevchenko lands a nice kick to the body. Valentina rips off a nice combination inside the pocket. Beautiful leg kick lands for Valentina. Another leg kick lands for Shevchenko. A right hook from Valentina lands, however, she catches a kick from Joanna and briefly takes her down.
Joanna gets back to her feet, only to be taken down yet again, this time with a big one right into side control. Some elbows land from Valentina, but Joanna gets to her feet to end a knee to the face. She’s taken down again to end the round.
A couple of double front kicks to the face just miss from Shevchenko. A spinning back kick to the face lands for Shevchenko and Joanna backs up again. A nice combination and leg kick lands for Shevchenko. Another kick form Joanna is caught but Shevchenko can’t execute the takedown. A nice high kick lands for Joanna, and Shevchenko responds with pressure. A failed judo throw from Valentina but she nails Joanna with a knee on her way out. The round comes to an end.
Body kick lands for Shevchenko, who catches one from Joanna and gets the takedown again into side control. Joanna gets to her feet and is now tangled against the cage with Shevchenko. They separate and exchange strikes. The Round comes to an end.
Joanna eats a jab coming in on a kick. Body kick lands for both ladies. Shevchenko shoves Joanna to the mat but Joanna pops back up. Valentina has Joanna pressed up against the cage. A nice combination from Shevchenko ends with a leg kick. Spinning kick to the body lands for Shevchenko. Another leg kick lands for Shevchenko and Joanna lands a body shot that’s answered by a knee to the gut from Valentina.
A nice lead hook lands for Shevchenko, who follows up with another nice combination. Spinning kick to the body lands for Shevchenko again, who lands a follow-up gook. The fight comes to an end.
Official Result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Joanna Jędrzejczyk via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) **New UFC women’s flyweight champion**
- Welterweight: Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson
Nelson lunges in with a hook and is going for the takedown. Against the cage and Oliveira is defending nicely. Oliveira grabbed the cage to defend a takedown. The referee stops the action and gives Nelson dominant position back. Nelson gets the takedown and takes Oliveira’s back. Oliveira beautifully turns around and gets top control and is dropping down hellacious ground-and-pound. Nelson attacking Oliveira’s legs now. The round comes to an end.
Oliveira initiates the clinch and works for a takedown on Nelson – whose nose is busted open. Nelson gets the takedown and is right into full mount. Some nice elbows from Nelson and he’s being very patient with his submission attempt. Oliveira was busted open terribly by an elbow and is bleeding profusely. Nelson wiggles into a rear-naked choke and immediately gets the tap.
Official Result: Gunnar Nelson def. Alex Oliveria via R2 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:17)
- Featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak
Nice combination lands for Bochniak. Leg kick from Dawodu and Bochniak counters with an overhand. Flying kick from Dawodu lands low but Bochniak shrugs it off. A huge takedown from Bochniak and Dawodu is right to his feet. A trip for Bochniak but he can’t hold Dawodu down. He drags Dowodu down again but he still can’t hold him. They separate and the round comes to an end.
Bochniak gets a takedown but Dawodu again gets back to his feet. Bochniak lands a nice hook and leg kick. Very uneventful round. Both men are avoiding the other’s shots and Bochniak’s takedowns are being consistently stuffed, or Dowodu is getting to his feet immediately.
Leg kick lands for Dawodu. Some shots land for Dawodu inside the clinch. A knee lands for Bochniak inside the clinch. Jabs land for Dawodu and he lands a body kick that is caught, and Bochniak goes in on a takedown against the cage. Dawodu escapes and circles out. Both men land some nice hooks inside the pocket, and Bochniak finally gets a solid takedown in. Dawodu gets to his feet again.
Excellent takedown defense from Dawodu and he jabs his way out. Dawodu again defends a Bochniak takedown. Jumping front kick to the body lands for Dawodu. Another failed takedown attempt for Bochniak, as he eats a knee to the body. Some nice hooks from Dawodu end the round.
Official Result: Hakeem Dawodu def. Kyle Bochniak via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Light heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos
A big shot from Santos clips Manuwa, and another big one clips him again. A scramble on the ground and both men get to their feet. More huge shots from Santos in the clinch that wobble Manuwa again but he regains himself. Manuwa recovering by pressing against Santos on the cage. An inside elbow from Manuwa lands and another as they separate. Manuwa with a jab that lands and now Santos is wobbly.
A head kick lands for Santos and he gets a takedown. Manuwa gets right back up to his feet. Knee to the body lands for Santos. A big uppercut lands for Mnuwa, and Santos responds with a knee. These guys are exchanging huge shots. More knees to the body land for Santos. Again both men exchange big hooks before clinching up again. A huge elbow and hook lands for Manuwa and Santos is wobbled.
A flying kick from Santos misses and he falls to the ground. Manuwa jumps on him for back side control. The round comes to an end. Amazing.
Jab lands for Santos to open things up. Knee to the body lands for Santos as they clinch again and Manuwa just misses on a trip. Great shots land for Santos inside the clinch. Santos is tagging Manuwa up, and a huge uppercut and left hook face-plants him. That’s it. What a tremendous fight.
Official Result: Thiago Santos def. Jimi Manuwa via R2 KO (punch, 0:41)
- Women’s strawweight: Nina Ansaroff def. Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Lightweight: Gilbert Burns def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Women’s flyweight: Jessica Eye def. Kaitlyn Chookagian via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Middleweight: Elias Theodorou def. Eryk Anders via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC Fight Pass Exclusive Prelims:
- Bantamweight: Brad Katona def. Matthew Lopez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Dhiego Lima def. Chad Laprise via R1 KO (punch, 1:37)
- Lightweight: Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Kyle Nelson via R2 TKO (punches, 1:23)
- Light heavyweight: Aleksandar Rakic def. Devin Clark via R1 TKO (punches, 4:05)
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