UFC on ESPN+ 30 play-by-play and live results

ABU DHABI – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 30 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play.

The event takes place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

In the main event, Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) takes on Joseph Benavidez (28-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC) in a rematch for the vacant 125-pound title. Figueiredo knocked out Benavidez in February but was not eligible to win the title because he missed weight. In the co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum (16-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) meets Jack Hermansson (20-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in a middleweight bout.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN+ 30 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Records: Grant Dawson (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Nad Narimani (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: 150-pound catchweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Results

Round 1 – We’re starting off big here at UFC on ESPN+ 30 – and Joe Martinez is in the house. Yesterday’s most heated stare-off was between these two heavyweights, so I’m excited for this one. Felipe comes charging across the cage to start things off. Felipe is pumping the jab early. He’s looking crisp. Spivac is blocking a lot of Felipe’s other strikes. Spivac lands a good combination that finishes off with a hard knee to the face. Felipe shakes off the cobwebs and continues to push forward. Spivac lands a kick. Spivac lands a jab. Felipe shakes his head “no” and slaps Spivac with an open palm. Felipe punches the body of Spivac. Both fighters land jabs. Spivac comes over the top with a right hand. A stiff jab from Spivac puts Felipe on his back foot. For a prelim card heavyweight fight, the pace in this fight has been great. Both men taking their time, but they’re all offense. Felipe lands an overhand right. The referee stops the fight as the end-of-the-round horn malfunction. Close round but 10-9 Felipe.

Round 2 – Both fighters land jabs. Felipe punches Spivac in the body. Spivac misses on a jab. Felipe lands a right – and then a left. Spivac tries a high kick but Felipe blocks it. Both fighters open up and exchange. Felipe is definitely the more active fighter here, but he’s missing a lot. Spivac shoots for a takedown and pushes Felipe against the cage. Spivac breaks the clinch with an elbow and the two fighters return to the center. Spivac connects on a hard right hand and then shoots for a takedown. Felipe defends against the cage and they return to the center. Spivac counters a Felipe combination and shoots for another takedown. Felipe lands a combination. Another Spivac high kick is blocked. Both fighters exchange. Felipe lands a one-two combination. Spivac misses on a high kick and lands a boxing combination. Felipe lands a right hand and the round ends. 19-19.

Round 3 – Spivac shoots for a single-leg and he gets it. He drags Felipe to the mat and semi-mounts the Brazilian. Felipe is sitting up against the cage, though, and uses it to get up. Spivac drags Felipe back down and lands some punches and elbows. Felipe gets up again. Against the cage, Spivac shoots again. Felipe defends initially but Spivac eventually gets him down again. Spivac is exhausted. He’s landing punches but they have zero zip on them. Spivac is breathing hard with each punch. Spivac digs deep and finds some power, landing a series of hammer-fists and punches. The referee warns Felipe to move. Felipe rolls toward Spivac and ties him up. Spivac lands a series of punches before time expires and the round (and the fight) ends. 29-28 Spivac.

Result: Serghei Spivac def. Carlos Felipe via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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Records: Carlos Felipe (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Serghei Spivac (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Rich Mitchell
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Round 1 – A touch of gloves and we’re off. Ramos rushes forward and Tsarukyan connects with a combination. Tsarukyan lands a leg kick and charges forward with a combination. Tsarukyan connects with a spinning back kick to the stomach. Ramos comes over the top with a hard right hand. Ramos charges in with a punch and tries to grab hold of a takedown on the follow-through. The two fighters crash into the cage and Tsarukyan pushes Ramos away. Tsarukyan misses on a spinning back-fist. Tsarukyan shoots and Ramos doesn’t put up a fight to defend. This is Ramos’ world, even though he’s on the bottom. Ramos shoots up for an armbar but Tsarukyan quickly escapes. Tsarukyan doesn’t seem bothered by being on the ground with such a high-level practitioner. Tsarukyan reenters Ramos’ guard. Tsarukyan is attempting ground-and-pound but Ramos keeps tying his arms up. Tsarukyan stands up and dives in with a right hand, which connects. Tsarukyan connects with an overhand left followed by a right leg kick. Ramos lands a combination. Tsarukyan misses on a high kick and smiles. The horn sounds. 10-9 Tsarukyan.

Round 2 – Tsarukyan lands a combination and moves out of danger. The two fighters swing wildly. Tsarukyan misses on a spinning backfist and Ramos uncorks a brutal counterpunch. That connected loudly. For a coveted BJJ practitioner, Ramos has some serious power. Ramos is getting aggressive, pressing forward, and throwing frequent combinations. Both fighters stand in the pocket, trade, and connect. Tsarukyan connects and Ramos waives him on. Tsarukyan connects on a spinning backfist and shoots for a takedown. He gets it. Ramos had never been taken down in the UFC prior to this fight. And this might be why. Ramos rolls for a leg submission. Tsarukyan scoots out of danger. The two clinch and separate. Tsarukyan shoots for another takedown. This time, Ramos stuffs him. Tsarukyan lands a high kick. Ramos lands a right hand. Both fighters connect on jabs. Tsarukyan connects on a right leg kick. Tsarukyan tries another takedown. Ramos defends, landing some elbows while his leg was in Tsarukyan’s clutches. The round ends. 20-18 Tsarukyan.

Round 3 – Tsarukyan opens up with a pair of leg kicks. Ramos answers with a hard punch. Ramos is getting extra aggressive. He’s chasing Tsarukyan down. The referee calls timeout. Equipment issue. Tsarukyan’s cup is twisted. Tsarukyan fixed himself and the fight resumes. Tsarukyan lands a leg kick and Ramos is back to stalking. Tsarukyan lands a body kick. Ramos misses on a spinning wheel kick. Ramos keeps trying to goad Tsarukyan into standing in the pocket. Tsarukyan isn’t buying into the mind games. Tsarukyan connects with a hard punch that almost sits Ramos down but he keeps his balance. Both fighters exchange and land. Tsarukyan connects on two straight head kicks. Tsarukyan connects on back-to-back combinations. Ramos’ face is swollen and leaking. Ramos shoots for a takedown but Tsarukyan evades. The referee calls timeout to have the doctor examine Ramos’ cut. The action resumes and Ramos tries tying Tsarukyan up. Tsarukyan reverses him. Ramos pulls guard with a guillotine attempt. Tsarukyan escapes. The round ends seconds later. What a performance by Arman Tsarukyan. He is unbelievably sharp for a 23-year-old fighter. MMA Junkie scores it 30-27 Tsarukyan.

Result: Arman Tsarukyan def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Records: Davi Ramos (10-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Arman Tsarukyan (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Dan Movahedi
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Round 1 – No touch of gloves and we’re off. Gordon opens up with an outside leg kick. Albazi answers with a combination and a hard follow-up uppercut. Albazi pumps the jab. Albazi lands a jab and Gordon whiffs on a combination. Albazi misses on a big right hand. Albazi lands a calf kick. Gordon tries to land the same strike but misses. Albazi shoots for a single leg and spins Gordon down to the mat in the center of the cage. Albazi is in Gordon’s guard. Gordon pushes Albazi off and tries to scramble to his feet. Albazi doesn’t let Gordon get up. Instead, Albazi dives onto Gordon, tackling him back down. Albazi is in half guard. Gordon has Albazi’s leg tied up, preventing any advancement. Albazi uses elbow strikes to advance to mount. Albazi rolls and is going for a triangle from the bottom now. This looks tight. That might be locked. Gordon taps! Now THAT is how you make a first impression.

Result: Amir Albazi def. Malcolm Gordon via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:42
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Records: Amir Albazi (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Malcolm Gordon (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean

Round 1 – The two fighters touch gloves. Johns is orthodox. Jackson is southpaw. Jackson, the owner of some of the biggest hands in the UFC, is keeping his distance, arm extended to keep range. Johns keeps grabbing Jackson’s outstretched hand (and quite possibly his glove, too). Johns and Jackson tie up. Jackson takes Johns to the mat but he gets back up using a single-leg. Now, Johns is pushing Jackson against the fence. Jackson shoves Johns off but Johns is on him again. Johns takes Jackson down against the fence. Jackson pops up once again. Johns is still pushing Jackson into the fence. The two fighters spin around and Johns is back to pushing Jackson. Johns ducks under Jackson’s arm and finally gets a takedown. Once again, Jackson pops up. The two separate and exchange. Jackson floors Johns with a punch. He’s going for the kill. Jackson lands a series of hard elbows to Johns’ head. Johns ties up Jackson’s hands. Jackson is in Johns’ guard. Johns appears to have recovered. Johns shoots for an armbar. Good attempt but Jackson escapes and stands up. The horn sounds with Jackson standing above the grounded Johns. 10-9 Jackson.

Round 2 – Almost immediately, Johns shoots for a single leg. Johns is pushing Jackson against the fence and dumps Jackson, who is posting up on one hand. Jackson gets back up to his feet but Johns is still leaning on him. Johns wrestles Jackson down but can’t hold him there. This fight is getting very repetitive. Johns gets Jackson halfway down. Jackson gets up. They separate. Johns ties Jackson up. Jackson trips Johns down, but he pops back up. Jackson lands a leg kick. Johns gets Jackson down and hops to the back. Johns is working for a rear-naked choke. His arm is under the chin but Jackson is doing a good job of hand-fighting. Johns has the body lock but Jackson spins out. Johns transitions to a triangle choke. Jackson breaks out. Johns is in Jackson’s guard. The horn sounds. 19-19.

Round 3 – It doesn’t take long for Johns to grab Jackson’s leg and walk him to the cage. Johns is straining for the takedown. The referee warns the fighters to get active. Johns finally gets Jackson down. Jackson pops up. Johns is leaning against the cage. They separate. Jackson lands a one-two combination followed by a knee. Johns gets hold of Jackson again. Johns is going for a double-leg against the cage. He gets it. Jackson gets up and separates. Jackson tries a high kick but it’s blocked. Johns shoots for a takedown and gets it. Johns works for the back but Jackson stands up again. Jackson spins around and shoots for a takedown of his own. Johns pulls for a guillotine. Jackson rolls and escapes. Johns shoots for another takedown against the fence. The round ends with Johns leaning on Jackson. The horn sounds. That wasn’t the most exciting fight in the world. MMA Junkie scores it 29-28 Johns.

Result: Brett Johns def. Montel Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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Records: Montel Jackson (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Brett Johns (17-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Rich Mitchell
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Round 1 – The two lightweights touch gloves and square off. Both fighters start off orthodox. Duffy tries a hook kick which misses. The two fighters trade calf kicks. Duffy throws a combination, which whiffs. Alvarez lands a combination. Duffy answers with a leg kick that almost knocks Alvarez off his feet. That one hurt. The kicks continue. Both men land. Alvarez isn’t hesitating to exchange with Duffy on the feet – and while Duffy’s standup looks more polished, Alvarez is having success, too. Duffy lands a right hand. Alvarez answers with two leg kicks. Duffy misses on a combination and shoots for a takedown. Alvarez pulls for a guillotine – and he gets a quick tap. What a win for Joel Alvarez. Wow!

Result: Joel Alvarez def. Joe Duffy via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:25
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Records: Joel Alvarez (17-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Joe Duffy (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Marc Goddard

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Records: Roman Dolidze (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Khadis Ibragimov (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Records: Askar Askarov (11-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC), Alexandre Pantoja (22-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Records: Luana Carolina (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Ariane Lipski (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Records: Marc Diakiese (14-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Rafael Fiziev (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Records: Kelvin Gastelum (16-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC), Jack Hermansson (20-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Records: Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Joseph Benavidez (28-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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