UFC on ESPN+ 34 play-by-play and live results

LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 34 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official.

The event takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+.

In the main event, former heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem (46-18 MMA, 11-7 UFC) takes on Augusto Sakai (15-1-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC). In the co-feature, Alonzo Menifield (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) meets Ovince Saint Preux (24-14 MMA, 12-9 UFC) at light heavyweight.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately for the seven-fight main card.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN+ 34 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway)on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

Hunter Azure vs. Cole Smith

Round 1 – Fights! We only have seven of them tonight, so there’s lots of opportunities for these guys to walk away with a bonus. Anyway, the first fight is underway. Smith comes out with a jumping kick. Azure blocks. Smith continues his kick attack. Azure takes Smith down, but Smith gets back up moments later. Azure lands a leg kick and follows it up with a massive punch. Smith is floored. Azure pounces but somehow Smith survives. Smith uses the cage to get back to his feet. Azure is still holding onto him against the cage. Smith reverses position and is pushing Azure against the fence. Smith lands a hard, sneaky elbow which sends Azure’s mouthpiece flying out. A few seconds later, referee Mark Smith calls timeout and places Azure’s mouthpiece back where it belongs. Shortly after the action resumes, Azure breaks Smith’s clinch. Azure rushes Smith and gets another takedown. Smith threatens an armbar but Azure avoids any sort of danger. Smith gets up against the fence but Azure is still leaning on him. Smith breaks Azure’s grip. Azure lands an uppercut on the break. Smith starts pitter-pattering Azure with light kicks. The two fighters exchange. Azure lands a good punch. The round ends. 10-9 Azure.

Round 2 – Both fighters jab. Azure lands a leg kick. Azure throws a wild overhand right that whiffs. That one had a lot of power on it. Moments later, Azure lands a rushing combination. Azure leans on Smith against the fence. Smith reverses position and gets a takedown of his own. Smith immediately gets Azure’s back. Azure stands up, with Smith draped on top of him. Azure spins around to Smith’s back. They separate briefly. Smith goes for a single leg. Azure stuffs the attempt and spins to Smith’s back, as the two scramble to their feet. Azure pulls Smith’s legs out from under him. However, Smith pops right back up. Referee Smith warns Azure to be more active with his offense against the cage. Azure gets another takedown. Smith is sucking wind, landing short shots on Azure that aren’t doing much of anything. Smith gets up and the two exchange as the round ends. 20-18 Azure.

Round 3 – Smith kicks, kicks, and kicks to start off Round 3. Smith is switching stances fairly consistently. Azure waits for his moment then shoots for a takedown. Azure is pressing Smith against the fence. Smith escapes and they square off. Azure tries a low kick. Smith lands a right hand but gets a little overzealous with a flying knee attempt. Smith slips onto his butt and Azure grabs hold of him. Azure is pushing Smith against the fence. Azure pulls Smith’s legs out again. Smith rotates to his stomach to try to get up but Azure gets his back. Azure lands a few punches. Smith tripods up and slips out the back. Smith tries to grab hold of Azure, who appears to be a bit slippy at the moment. Smith grabs Azure’s back and jumps up into a backpack position. Smith is working for a rear-naked choke. Azure drops down and now Smith has his back on the ground, with the body lock locked. Smith works for another rear-naked choke, but his arms are over the jaw. Azure breaks the submission attempt. Azure tries to get up against the cage with Smith on his back, but Smith is too heavy. The round ends with Smith on Azure’s back. MMA Junkie scores it 29-28 Azure.

Result: Hunter Azure def. Cole Smith via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Records: Hunter Azure (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Cole Smith (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
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Viviane Araujo vs. Montana De La Rosa

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Records: Viviane Araujo (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Montana De La Rosa (11-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
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Brian Kelleher vs. Ray Rodriguez

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Records: Brian Kelleher (21-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC), Ray Rodriguez (16-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
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Bartosz Fabinski vs. Andre Muniz

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Records: Bartosz Fabinski (15-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Andre Muniz (19-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
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Zelim Imadaev vs. Michel Pereira

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Records: Zelim Imadaev (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Michel Pereira (23-11 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
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Alonzo Menifield vs. Ovince Saint Preux

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Records: Alonzo Menifield (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Ovince Saint Preux (24-14 MMA, 12-9 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
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Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai

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Records: Alistair Overeem (46-18 MMA, 11-7 UFC), Augusto Sakai (15-1-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
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