UFC 232 went down live on pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sat. December 29, 2018) from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The UFC’s final fight card of 2018 was one of their best of the year. In the main event, Jon “Bones” Jones made his long-awaited return to the Octagon. He faced Alexander Gustafsson in a fight that crowned the UFC new 205-pound champion.
In the co-main event of the night, one of the most historic fights in women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) history went down. UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defended her title against 135-pound champ Amanda Nunes. “The Lioness” became the first-ever female dual-weight champion in UFC history. The UFC compiled an excellent card to bid farewell to another great year of MMA.
Check out MMA News’ UFC 232 results below:
- Light heavyweight: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Jones fails on a takedown right out the gate. Another failed takedown from Jones and a knee to the groin from Jones stops the action for a few seconds. Lots of front kicks to the leg from Jones. Another nice takedown attempt from Jones is defended by Gustafsson. Gustafsson with a nice right hand. Uneventful first round comes to a close.
jones lands a nice left hand and pair of kicks. Gustafsson defends another takedown attempt from Jones. Jones lands a nice body kick but an eye poke from Gustafsson temporarily stops the action. gustafsson is letting his hands flow now, but Jones responds with a nice kick to the body. Another nice left-hand lands for Gustafsson, but Jones comes right back with a missed shot.
A nice lead left hook lands for Jones as Gustafsson presses forward. A big leg kick from Jones stumbles Gustafsson a bit but he responds with a jab. Another leg kick for Jones but Gustafsson lands a hook. Inside elbow lands for Jones. Overhand lands for Gustafsson over the top, but Jones lands a jab in response. Elbow lands for Jones inside the clinch. The round comes to an end.
Jones with a nice jab backing up to start the round. A big takedown from Jones and he’s dropping elbows immediately. Jones takes Gustafsson’s back and unleashes some hellacious ground-and-pound. The ref has seen enough.
Official Result: Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson via R3 TKO (punches, 2:02)
- Featherweight: (C) Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes
Cyborg lands a nice shot in the pocket and both men are exchanging hard shots. Nunes rocks Cyborg and drops her to a knee. Nunes explodes with a blitz and knocks Cyborg out. That’s it.
Official Result: Amanda Nunes def. Cris Cyborg via R1 KO (punch, 0:51)
- Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Michael Chiesa
Condit coming out aggressive early with some nice strikes. Chiesa gets the takedown and nearly takes Condit’s back, but Condit gets to his feet and escapes. Another takedown for Chiesa into half guard. Condit recovers full guard and goes for an armbar. It sunk in deep but Chiesa escaped at the last second. A huge scramble on the ground before the round ends.
Nice lead hook from Chiesa. Condit stuffs a takedown but Chiesa goes right back in on a second and gets it. Chiesa locks in a one-handed kimura and the fight is over.
Official Result: Michael Chiesa def. Carlos Condit via R2 (Kimura, 0:56)
- Light heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson
A big leg kick lands for Latifi. Another big leg kick from him and Anderson fires back with one of his own. A flying knee from Anderson and Latifi catches him for the takedown attempt. Front kick to the body lands for Anderson and Latifi lands a nice left hand inside the pocket. Latifi is going for some big overhands. Anderson catches Latifi with a nice straight right hand.
Both men exchange some nice shots inside the pocket. Latifi in on a takedown attempt but Anderson is defending nicely. Anderson gets some separation with a knee, but Latifi goes in on another. Anderson shoves him off and begins to attack Latifi’s body before landing a head kick.
Nice uppercuts from Anderson, who is recognizing Latifi is getting tired. Latifi is pushing forward with some big shots but Anderson avoids them. Latifi lands some nice shots off a separation. The round comes to an end.
Kick to the body lands for Anderson. Latifi misses on another takedown attempt and Anderson lands a jab. Latifi lands a hook off a failed Anderson takedown attempt. A right-hand lands for Anderson and Latifi just barely lands a spinning kick. Anderson with a nice combination. Both men try to throw haymakers to end the fight.
Official Result: Corey Anderson def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Featherweight: Chad Mendes vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Mendes comes in with a flurry that’s just blocked by Volkanovski. He shoots in on a takedown but Volkanovski is able to defend. Volkanovski is throwing a lot of faints and connects on a right-hand. Mendes lands a beautiful counter combination but Volkanovski responds with a slick jab.
Good body shot lands for Mendes. Mendes finally gets the takedown but Volkanovski scoots to the cage. He gets right up to his feet and we’re striking again. The round comes to an end.
Volkanovski lands a nice kick to the body and sneaks in an elbow inside the pocket. Mends rocked Volkanovski with a nice hook and now Mendes is blitzing. Mendes knocks Volkanovski again but he’s right back to his feet. Mendes lands a nice hook to the body. Now Volkanovski is teeing off and he’s landing some good shots. Mendes finds a nice opening and gets the takedown against the cage.
Volkanovski gets right back up to his feet and we begin striking again. A nice jab for Volkanovskiand he continues to land nicely. Mendes is eating some shots now. Mendes explodes for a beautiful takedown, takes the back, but Volkanovski gets an amazing shoot up to his feet. Volkanovski is teeing off with some hard shots. Mendes folds over and he has had enough, that’s it.
Official Result: Alexander Volkanovski def. Chad Mendes via R2 TKO (punches, 4:14)
- Heavyweight: Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Featherweight: Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano via R1 TKO (kick and punches, 1:01)
- Bantamweight: Petr Yan def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via R2 TKO (corner stoppage, 5:00)
- Lightweight: Ryan Hall def. B.J. Penn via R1 submission (heel hook, 2:46)
UFC Fight Pass Exclusive Prelims:
- Bantamweight: Nathanial Wood def. Andre Ewell via R3 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:12)
- Middleweight: Uriah Hall def. Bevon Lewis via R3 KO (punch, 1:32)
- Welterweight: Curtis Millender def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Bantamweight: Montel Jackson def. Brian Kelleher via R1 submission (D’Arce choke, 1:40)