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UFC on ESPN+ 7 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 10:15 a.m. ET (7:15 a.m. PT).
The event takes place at Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN2.
In the main event, Alistair Overeem (44-17 MMA, 9-6 UFC) takes on Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a heavyweight bout. In the co-feature, Islam Makhachev (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) meets Arman Tsarukyan (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at lightweight.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. ET for the ESPN2 prelims and 1 p.m. ET for the main card on ESPN+.
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Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Round 1 –
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Rafael Fiziev
Round 1 – Mustafaev with a few kicks to feel the range in the opening seconds. Spinning kick goes high and pushes Fiziev off-balance briefly. Mustafaev switches stances and lands hard to the leg. Fiziev answers low. Mustafaev with another spinning back kick, and it lands firm, even with his opponent’s right hand high. Fiziev crashes to the floor. Mustafaev seizes the moment, jumping on top with punches on the floor, and this fight is over in rapid fashion.
Result: Magomed Mustafaev def. Rafael Fiziev via TKO (spinning back kick, punches) – Round 1, 1:26
Highlights: Check out Magomed Mustafaev’s spinning back kick at UFC on ESPN+ 7
Records: Rafael Fiziev (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Magomed Mustafaev (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Referee: Vjacheslav Kiselev
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Round 1 – Quick start for Antigulov, chasing with punches and a takedown. Oleksiejczuk retreats well, and as Antigulov rushes again, a big left hand drops him. Antigulov back to his feet, but a huge uppercut lands clean. Antigulov crawls back to his feet again, but he’s being punished for his aggression. Oleksiejczuk lands another uppercut, and this one is clean, as well. Antigulov crumbles to the floor, and this fight is over. Wild action while it lasted.
Result: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:44
Highlights: Michal Oleksiejczuk wins by KO after three knockdowns in 44 seconds
Records: Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: Leon Roberts
Marcin Tybura vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Round 1 – Both big men fire right hands to open. Abdurakhimov briefly controls the center, but both men keeping their hands high and looking to fire with straight punches. Abdurakhimov strings a few punches together and throws with a left to the body. He sneaks in an uppercut, as well. Abdurakhimov with a nice counter right as Tybura tires to push inside. Abdurakhimov moving well, changing levels and showing some head movement as he creates angles. Tybura not backing away, but a little more down the middle in his approach. Tybura switches stances, but Abdurakhimov tags him with a right hand. Abdurakhimov seemingly getting the best of the exchanges in a moderately paced round. Bell sounds, and MMA Junkie gives it to Abdurakhimov, 10-9.
Round 2 – Quick engagement to start, and Abdurakhimov fires off a spinning back kick to the body. Tybura thinks takedown, but it’s not there. Tybura with a low kick that Abdurakhimov catches and takes to the floor, but he can’t keep the fight there. Tybura starting to move a little better in terms of creating angles. Abdurakhimov shoots inside, but Tybura shoves him aside. Tybura’s nose is starting to bleed a bit. Abdurakhimov with a quick spinning backfist that partially lands. Abdurakhimov again tries to dip down for a leg, but it’s not there. Abdurakhimov right hand to the body. Big left hand lands up top. Tybura is hurt. He wobbles back slowly to the fence. Abdurakhimov sees it and pounces. Big punches on the feet. Tybura isn’t falling, but he’s out on his feet. Referee Herb Dean sees it and has to rush in to call the fight.
Result: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:15
Records: Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Marcin Tybura (17-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Referee: Herb Dean
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva
Round 1 – The taller Yakovlev sets up on the outside, but da Silva able to score with a kick from range. Quick movement early from da Silva, and more kicks coming as he dances about. Yakovlev able to press forward and drive the action to the cage, but da Silva defends well and circles out to the center. Yakovlev now lets his hands go, but da Silva answer immediately. Yakovlev nets the takedown, but it’s a perfect counter for da Silva, who crawls immediately back to the feet and nets his own takedown, moving immediately to side control. Scramble ensues, and da Silva threatens to take the back, but Yakovlev turns again and eventually moves back to the feet. Yakovlev trying to control the body, but da Silva able to break that and push his opponent to the cage, changing levels and looking for a single. Yakovlev defends well and is able to turn off the fence, but the clinch is a bit of a stalemate. Both men grinding well in the spot. Round ends there, and MMA Junkie gives it to da Silva, 10-9.
Round 2 – Yakovlev with an early kick but slips to the floor, and da Silva rushes ti take top position. Yakovlev kicks the legs inside, but da Silva adjusts with relative ease and controls the head. He’s trying to advance to mount, but Yakovlev feels it and turns to his knees. Some control from the front for da Silva, but stands and turns, grabbing his opponent and lifting him in the air before slamming him to the floor. No panic for da Silva, who is immediately back up and looking for the takedown. Yakovlev sprawls well against the fence, and he drives in a few big elbows. Yakovlev presses his opponent to the floor and wraps the neck. Tough to see if the anaconda is completely in, but he’s squeezing, and da Silva taps. Bit of a modified choke there, but it works, and an emotional Yakovlev kneels in the center and celebrates the win.
Result: Alexander Yakovlev def. Alex da Silva via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:10
Highlights: Alexander Yakovlev taps Alex Da Silva for first submission since 2011
Records: Alex Da Silva (20-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Alexander Yakovlev (25-9-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura
Round 1 – Quick jab from Aliev knocks out Nakamura’s mouthpiece in the opening seconds. We restart quickly, and Aliev throws another jab with a right behind it. Nakamura standing in the pocket and looking to return fire, but the Aliev right lands again. Aliev seems just a step ahead, but Nakamura does land a counter right in reply. Aliev holding the center and lands another right hand. Second lands right behind it. Aliev wants a takedown, but Nakamura with a perfect counter as they fall. Aliev immediately sweeps right back in a wild scramble, but they move to the feet. Aliev grabs the legs and drags the fight to the floor, but Nakamura refuses to stay on the floor. He crawls up, but Aliev controlling from the outside. Nakamura finally breaks away, but Aliev lands an uppercut on the break. They clinch again at the bell, and MMA Junkie gives it to Aliev, 10-9.
Round 2 – Nakamura walking forward, but Aliev is the one to land the first right hand. Nakamura slips another right and tries to reply, but he’s being very respectful of his opponent’s power. Nakamura starting to press a little, and he is avoiding the right hand that comes in reply for the most part. Still, Nakamura yet to get any real meaningful offense working. Exchange of punches for both, and Aliev moves inside for a takedown. Nakamura defends it well, and they reset. Nakamura starting to find range a bit. Left hand lands. Aliev changes levels. He wraps the body and slams Nakamura to the floor. Nakamura tries to get a quick scramble up, but Aliev able to drag him back to the floor. Aliev steps over the legs to pin the action to the canvas. Nakamura punches a bit to force him to move, and he does crawl to the feet, but Aliev stays there and keeps the action on the fence until the bell. MMA Junkie gives it again to Aliev, 10-9.
Round 3 – Nakamura looking to get something going, but Aliev again finding success with the big right hand. Aliev shoots inside and drags Nakamura to the canvas. Nakamura posting and trying to push up, but Aliev very tight to the legs, squeezing them to keep his opponent down. Nakamura with a kimura grip, trying to turn, but he winds up exposing his back. Nakamura gets to a seated position and is able to keep the hooks away before working his back to the floor and then scrambling to his feet. Nakamura scrambles to his feet, and Aliev finally backs away. Brief timeout, as Aliev had lost his mouthpiece before the grappling exchange. It’s replaced, and we carry on. One minute left. Nakamura is pressing, leaping with punches, and he does land. But Aliev there to reply, and a straight right lands clean. Nakamura stunned but recovers. Still, he simply runs out of time. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Aliev, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Sultan Aliev def. Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Records: Sultan Aliev (15-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Keita Nakamura (34-10-2 MMA, 4-7 UFC)
Referee: Leon Roberts
Movsar Evloev vs. Seungwoo Choi
Round 1 – Choi the taller man and tries to set up on the outside. He’s punching from range, while Evloev is moving well and looking to counter. Leaping lead uppercut from Evloev lands firm, but Choi just smiles. Quick pace on the feet for these two. Choi looking to use his long jab. Evloev rushes past it and shoots forward, pushing inside and using a second effort to get the fight to the floor. Evloev quickly to side control. Choi scrambles underneath and gets to full guard. Evloev trying to posture and punch, but Choi staying busy underneath with his movement, making him a tough to control. Choi briefly rolls to his knees but has to roll again when he almost gives up the back. Evloev with a relentless pace on top. Strikes aren’t landing especially heavy, but they’re landing. Choi powers to his feet but eats a knee. Evloev is keeping a high pace. Another takedown. Punches. Knees. Impressive. MMA Junkie gives the first to Evloev, 10-9.
Round 2 – Evloev opens with a stinging low kick. Choi scores with two punches from range. Evloev drives immediately forward and again pushes the action to the fence. Choi defending well against the cage to stay upright, but Evloev punching as he works. Choi’s nose is bloodied. Evloev continues changing positions and forcing Choi to work. It’s excellent takedown defense for Choi, but Evloev is relentless. Choi with a few elbows, and they appear to have perhaps struck the back of the head, but just as the referee moves in to call time, Evloev is able to wrap the body and take the fight to the floor. Choi looks for a potential submission, but Evloev moves quickly past the legs. Choi turns to a kneeling position, and Evloev drives in a few knees that seem to strike the head. Referee does call time and deducts a point for the infraction before restarting in the center. When the action resumes, Evloev tries a spinning back elbow but misses and just avoids a huge kick to the face. Evloev still relentless in his movement and get forward and moves Choi to the cage. The round ends there, and with the deduction, MMA Junkie has it 9-9.
Round 3 – Choi looking to strike to start the third, but Evloev just dives to the legs and immediately takes the fight to the floor. Incredible takedown. Choi scrambles to guard and then turns to his knees, trying to get some space. Evloev not allowing that. Choi briefly gets a little room, but Evloev immediately back inside. There is absolutely no time to think for Choi. He’s fighting with full effort, but Evloev just holding the body and landing short punches inside. Evloev with the quick takedown. Choi crawls to his feet, but there’s no space at all. Choi keeps battling, and he does get away for a moment. But looking for something special, Choi tries a spinning backfist, and that allows Evloev to slip it and wrap the body once again. Mistake born from frustration. Evloev can’t get the takedown, but it’s a relentless grind. Round ends, and MMA Junkie gives it to Evloev, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-27.
Result: Movsar Evloev def. Seungwoo Choi via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)
Records: Seungwoo Choi (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Movsar Evloev (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Referee: Vjacheslav Kiselev
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Round 1 –
Ivan Shtyrkov vs. Devin Clark
Round 1 –
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm
Round 1 –
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Round 1 –
Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik
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