UFC 247 play-by-play and live results

HOUSTON – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 247 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET (3:15 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Toyota Center in Houston. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

In the main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (25-1 MMA, 19-1 UFC) puts his title on the line against unbeaten challenger Dominick Reyes (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC). In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko (18-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is a massive favorite of as much as 16-1 against Katlyn Chookagian (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+ prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on ESPN, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on pay-per-view.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 247 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Mike Bohn (@mikebohnmma) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Austin Lingo vs. Youssef Zalal

Round 1 – Lingo immediately puts forward pressure on Zalal, throwing multi-strike combinations and that back him up toward the fence. Zalal breaks free of the clinch, but struggles to keep himself in open space. Zalal shoots in for a takedown that leads to clinching against the fence, but Lingo turns him around. They break and Zalal lands a pair of leg kicks. Lingo comes just short of landing a vicious straight right. Zalal goes for another takedown and nearly gets Lingo down before a scramble sees him return upright. Zalal shoots again, and is rejected again. Lingo lands some solid punches and Zalal attempts to return fire. The pace slows a bit in the final minute, and Zalal is able to perfectly time a takedown that puts Lingo on the mat. He quickly kicks Zalal off, though, and the round ends with Linda responding with a takedown of his own. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Lingo.

Round 2 – Zalal needs less than 20 seconds before he pursues his first takedown of the fight. He’s in deep on a double leg against the cage, and eventually manages to scoop Lingo and put him on his backside. Lingo refuses to stay content in the position, though, and fights to stand back up. Zalal does a good job of establishing control, however, and is burning time off the clock by holding, but not doing much in the way of damage. Lingo finally stands up with just over two minutes remaining, buy Zalal still has a hold of him and drops down for an anaconda choke. Lingo gets out of and gets back up before eating a hard kick to the torso from Zalal. After exchanging a few strikes, Zalal shoots for another takedown and gets it. He controls from top position for most of the final 45 seconds to solidify the round. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Zalal.

Round 3 – Zalal brushes Lingo with a head kick in the opening seconds, but it doesn’t do damage. He fakes a takedown and comes up the middle weigh ta nice knee and short punch, and Zalal appears to be finding comfort and confidence. Lingo continues to pressure with forward motion, but he’s having troubling finding a home for his punches. Zalal gets a takedown and gets it. Lingo tries to scramble free, but can’t get out from bottom. Lingo kicks Zalal off him and gets back up, but Zalal keeps ahold and drags the fight back down from a front headlock position. Lingo stands again and Zalal lets him go with just under 90 seconds remaining. Lingo pursues with some desperation but ultimately finds himself right back into grappling exchange where he’s being held. Zalal goes for another choke, but can’t secure it before the round ends. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Zalal, giving him the 29-28 edge on our scorecard.

Result: Youssef Zalal def. Austin Lingo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Photos: Youssef Zalal vs. Austin Lingo fight photos
Records: Youssef Zalal (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Austin Lingo (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Jeff Rexroad
Judging: Robert Alexander, Chris Lee, Robin Williams (30-27)

Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan Martinez

Round 1 – Both fighters come out of the gate throwing heavy kicks to the legs and body. Ewell is swinging with absolute heaters but he’s just out of range. Martinez remains composed, but the speed appears to be a problem early on. Martinez catches a kick and nearly turns it into a takedown, but to no avail. Martinez lands a good counter punch that gets some of Ewell’s respect. Ewell answers back with a hard overhand that catches Martinez off balance, though it’s not a full knockdown. Ewell starts to attack the body with his hooks and is throwing in a touch of a showboating. He’s landing a lot of good punches, forcing Martinez to initiate the first takedown attempt of the contest. Ewell stops it, but he’s pushed against the cage and held there as clock burns off.They break into the final 15 seconds and Martinez and Ewell throw caution to the wind and exchange some wild, reckless bombs. Nothing lands super clean, but the fans love it. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Ewell.

Round 2 – Ewell connects with a solid counter right hand to start the second frame, but Martinez isn’t going away. Ewell goes back to the body work, and his punches to that area are forcing Martinez’s hands to drop slightly. Ewell connects with a very nice short right hand followed by a knee up the middle. Martinez is struggling to get into a rhythm, while Ewell is cranking up the aggression. Ewell walks into a hard right hand that causes him to pull back a little, but he doesn’t appear hurt. Martinez’s most effective weapon thus far have been the leg kicks, and he lands one that slightly buckles Ewell. The punches of Ewell remain crisp, however, and he seems comfortable with his pace. Martinez steps in with a hard body punch that backs Ewell up then he follows with a clean punch. Martinez is finding success now, and he drops Ewell with a leg kick. Martinez applies solid pressure in the final seconds, swaying the round in his favor. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Martinez, making it even.

Round 3 – With the fans pleased by the action going into the final round, the pacing moves back a gear as both fighters look for their moment. Ewell throws a bizarre standing hammerfist, and is moving around the cage a lot with opes to counter. Martinez finally throws something just over a minute in. Martinez is the one moving forward, but his output is not at the level of Ewell midway through the round. Ewell attacks both the head and body, while Martinez’s offense is almost exclusively front kicks down the middle. He mixes in some high and low kick attempts, and Ewell attempts to respond with a flying knee that falls just shy of its target. Martinez lands four nice leg kicks in a short span, but Ewell continues to be mobile. Martinez eats a hard kick to the body. Both fighters go wild once again in the final 10 seconds, making it a close round. MMA Junkie scores it 10-9 for Martinez, though, giving him the 29-28 nod on our scorecard.

Result: Andre Ewell def. Jonathan Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Photos: Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan Martinez fight photos
Records: Andre Ewell (16-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Jonathan Martinez (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Kerry Hatley
Judging: Danny De Alejandro: 29-28 Ewell (R1, R3); Joshua Ferraro: 29-28 Martinez (R1-2); Joe Solis 30-27 Ewell

Journey Newson vs. Domingo Pilarte

Round 1 – Pilarte lands a hard high kicks shot early, they get into a striking exchange then Newson follows up moments later with an absolute bomb of a right hand that sends Pilarte snapping back to the canvas. He jumps on top with additional punches and the referee deems Pilarte unfit to protect himself and the bout is stopped just 38 seconds after it began. Huge first UFC triumph for Newson.

Result: Journey Newson def. Domingo Pilarte via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:38
Records: Journey Newson (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Domingo Pilarte (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Jacob Montalvo

Mario Bautista vs. Miles Johns

Round 1 – Bautista starts the fight with a flying knee/mid-air punch combination that misses. Johns is circling the octagon and moving in and out of the pocket with his jab. Johns loads up on a big punch that’s ducked, and Bautista comes back with a head kick that’s blocked. Both men settle in to a pace after about two minutes of being somewhat frantic. It’s a measured affair, and the output isn’t great on either side, which causes some boos from the crowd. Johns loads up an overhand right that staggers Bautista. He take it well and tries to come back with another flying knee, but Johns evaded taking it clean. They continue to trade down to the final bell, but nothing truly significantly happens. It’s close, but MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Johns.

Round 2 – Both men come out winning wild shots to start the round, but with minimal landing clean. Johns ducks his head and throws a combination, and he’s getting Bautista to move somewhat on the back foot. Bautista continues to be aggressive, though, mixing in punches with kicking attacks. Bautista comes up the middle with a switch flying knee that catches Johns and drops him to the canvas. He’s badly hurt and covers up, allowing Bautista to pour on the follow up strikes until the referee decides he’s seen enough and calls it off.

Result: Mario Bautista def. Miles Johns via TKO (flying knee, punches) – Round 2, 1:41
Photos: Mario Bautista vs. Miles Johns fight photos
Records: Mario Bautista (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Miles Johns (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Dan Miragliotta

Alex Morono vs. Khaos Williams

Round 1 – Williams comes out extremely aggressive and tags Morono with a few clean shots. Morono is hurt and backing up! He’s trying to cover up but Williams is relentless and continues to unload with strike after strike. Morono ducks right into one and gets put down and out. Impressive performance by the octagon newcomer.

Result: Khaos Williams def. Alex Morono via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:27
Photos: Khaos William vs. Alex Morono fight photos
Records: Khaos Williams (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Alex Morono (17-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Kerry Hatley

Andrea Lee vs. Lauren Murphy

Round 1 – Lee doesn’t take long to find home for her jab as she lands a good number of them followed by either a straight, a cross or a low kick. Murphy is trying to walk through it and put pressure on, but she’s being stopped in her tracks. Murphy knocks Lee’s mouthguard out and trues to pressure. The fight is stopped for it to come back in, but the mouthguard falls out again seconds later. Murphy lands a few more good strikes against a somewhat flustered Lee before the referee intervenes again to give it back. The pair are striking with incredibly high output, and Lee lands a vicious kick to the head. Murphy answers with a hard hook, and this fight is an absolute brawl. Murphy has lots of noticeable bruising on her face and tries to clinch. Lee attempts to toss her to the ground, but Murphy uses a scramble to get on top. Lee gets up before the end of the round, but can’t get her back off the fence. Nonetheless, MMA Junkie still scores the first round 10-9 for Lee.

Round 2 – The action picks up right where it left off to begin the second round. Lee is mixing up her punches and kicks nicely, with much of it working behind her jab. Murphy is trying to break through the defense with power punches and absorbing everything Lee hits her with and not having much issue doing so. Murphy tries for a takedown, but Lee has it well scouted and defends. Murphy lands a nice right hand off a counter. Lee answers with a head kick that’s just blocked, then does a spinning backfist, head kick combination to show off her confidence. Murphy’s pace is slowing down a bit, while Lee looks like she is totally locked in with her striking. Murphy changes levels perfectly and lands a takedown, but it comes with less than 10 seconds left and there’s not much she can do with it. Lee takes the round 10-9 on the MMA Junkie scorecard, and is ahead 20-18.

Round 3 – The crowd expresses gratitude for what its seen out of the fighters so far, and Lee comes out not straying a single bit from what she did over the previous 10 minutes. He striking is sharp, and she lands three low kicks in a row on Murphy. Murphy is remaining composed despite being clearly behind on the scorecards, but then tries a high-risk flying knee that’s blocked and causes her to drop to the mat. Lee grabs her in a front headlock position and is working for a D’Arce choke, but Murphy drives her into the fence and ends up in top position with three minutes left. Lee is holding on to a guillotine, but Murphy pops her head out and is inside the guard with plenty of time on the clock. Lee won’t allow it, though, and scrambles up to her feet. Lee gets right back to work with her striking, nailing Murphy with a powerful body kick and some other solid shots before shooting for a takedown of her own. Murphy stuffs it, and they go back to striking for the remainder of the fight. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Murphy, but have Lee winning 29-28 on our scorecard.

Result: Lauren Murphy def. Andrea Lee via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Recap: Lauren Murphy edges Andrea Lee in hard-fought war
Photos: Lauren Murphy vs. Andrea Lee fight photos
Records: Lauren Murphy (12-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Andrea Lee (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: Lee No. 12, Murphy honorable mention
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Jeff Rexroad
Judging: Danny De Alejandro: 30-27 Murphy; Chris Lee: 29-28 Lee (R1, R3; Patrick Patlin: 29-28 Murphy (R2-3)

Trevin Giles vs. James Krause

Round 1 – Giles comes out putting pressure on Krause with his hands and that force Krause to spring right into a grappling pursuit. Within moments, he has Giles’ back and is working for a rear-naked choke. Giles tries to fight off the hands but Krause is working every technique possible to finish. Giles remains super composed, though, and after being nearly strangled for several minutes, finally reverses the position and gets on top. The fight returns upright in the final seconds with Giles controlling against the fence, but not much happens. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Krause.

Round 2 – Krause is looking a bit fatigued to start the second, and Giles is attempting to ware him out even more by walking him down. Krause lands a nice body kick, and Giles tries to get it back but sprinting inside with his hands. Krause connects with a pair of low kicks, and Giles tags him with a combination of punches. Giles turns up the aggression, and Krause is able to grab ahold of him and clinch up, but the physically stronger Giles reverses before they break and return to open space. Krause attacks with a takedown, but Giles is able to shuck him off and take over on top. Giles gets in some decent ground-and-pound as Krause tries to escape with under a minute remaining. Krause attempts an armbar, but eats some heavy shots for his troubles. The referee takes a good look, but doesn’t step in and Krause survives the round. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Giles, and it’s even.

Round 3 – Krause opens the round by trying to walk Giles down and land low kicks while mixing in his hands. He connects with a hard right on Giles, followed by another one. Krause has certainly found a groove and place for his punches, despite a bit of blood coming out of his nose. Giles is trying to find an answer or a counter, and manages to connect with a powerful left hook followed by a straight right. Giles is going all in to try and finish, but Krause shows good defense and evasiveness to not put himself in a knockout position. Krause shoots for a takedown that’s stuff, then they briefly trade in the clinch before separating. After another set of striking exchanges, Krause tries for the takedown again, but it’s too big a challenge to get inside. Giles tries for his own takedowns in the final seconds, but can’t get it as time expires. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Krause, giving him the 29-28 nod on our scorecard.

Result: Trevin Giles def. James Krause via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Records: Trevin Giles (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), James Krause (27-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN
Referee: Jacob Montalvo
Judging: Joshua Ferraro: 29-28 Giles (R2-3); Patrick Patlin: 29-28 Krause (R1, R3); Joe Solis: 29-28 Giles (R1-2)

Ilir Latifi vs. Derrick Lewis

Round 1 – Both men are very gun-shy to start the fight, and nothing is thrown in the first 45 seconds. Lewis finally loads on a right hand to force his way into the clinch, and he has Latifi pressed up against the fence. Latifi escapes and they go into open space. Lewis comes in with a huge flying knee that lands to the face of Latifi but somehow doesn’t drop or stagger him. Latifi clinches up on Lewis and gets in on a single leg takedown near the fence. Latifi holds him there, and eventually the referee breaks them up. Lewis comes over the top with a head kick that Latifi somehow absorbed, then he rushes in with a multi-strike combination which Latifi manages to survive, too. Latifi clinches again and is working mightily for his takedown, but Lewis refuses to go down. Lewis goes for another knee in the final seconds, but it misses and the final 10 seconds run off with Latifi holding Lewis against the cage. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Lewis.

Round 2 – Lewis waits a few moments to load up on his first big punch, and Latifi avoids the shot that could very well end his night. Lewis is patient before exploding with another flying knee, but Latifi is well aware it’s coming and is able to get the clinch against the fence again. Latifi is doing nothing to cause damage, but he adjusts from the single leg to the body lock and finds instance success in putting Lewis on his back. Lewis is holding on to avoid advancement and ground-and-pound, while Latifi is punching him to the body and trying to cause some separation. Latifi receives a warning from the referee for inactivity, and shortly thereafter they are stood up. Lewis immediately chases after Latifi but gets too wild and walks right into the body lock and is tossed to the ground. Latifi lands a few rabbit punches before the end of the round. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Latifi, and it’s even on our scorecard after two.

Round 3 – Lewis attacks with his hands in the opening seconds, but it unable to land clean. Latifi is clearly eyeing to get back to the clinch and takedown, and after eating a hard right hand, Lewis gives him what he wants by exploding in with another flying knee that grazes Latifi and leads to another clinch situation. Latifi picks Lewis up and grabs him to the mat with a double leg takedown, and he has plenty of time to work with just under four minutes remaining. He’s unable to free himself from Lewis holding on, though, and receives another warning for inactivity from the referee. Lewis takes it upon himself to stand up, exploding upright then charing in for a flying knee followed by a pair of over hands. He’s getting right int he range Latifi wants, however, and ends up with his back against the fence. Latifi briefly grounds Lewis, but in trademark fashion, “The Black Beast” stands right back up. Lewis is hungry for the knockout and is swimming some massive bombs, but Latifi refuses to be hot, even with a massive uppercut and right hand. Lewis lands another blow at the bell, and his aggression alone gives him the round 10-9. MMA Junkie scores the fight 29-28 for Lewis.

Result: Derrick Lewis def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Derrick Lewis rallies for unanimous decision win over game Ilir Latifi
Photos: Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi fight photos
Records: Derrick Lewis (23-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC), Ilir Latifi (14-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Lewis No. 6; Latifi No. 13 light heavyweight
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Judging: Robert Alexander, Danny De Alejandro, Chris Lee: 29-28 Lewis (R1, R3)

Mirsad Bektic vs. Dan Ige

Round 1 – Bektic starts the fight with a hard hook and Ige comes at him town a takedown attempt. He’s nearly successful, but Bektic is able to avoid being controlled and pops right back up. They trade, and Ige clearly has the intent of getting the fight to the ground, but Bektic denies his second attempt. Ige unleashes a lengthy combination of stretches and follows with an inside leg kick. Bektic appears to be flustered by the power and activity of his opponent, and Ige is relentless with his offense, going to the body and head of Bektic, who is trying to find an answer. Ige continues to walk Bektic down, but Bektic is keeping his composure through all the offense coming his way. Ige nearly gets a takedown to close the round, but can’t ground his opponent. Nevertheless, it’s a clear 10-9 round for Ige on the MMA Junkie scorecard.

Round 2 – Ige picks up right where he pleat off going into the second, putting the pressure on Bektic with his hands. Bektic shoots in and gets deep on the double leg, and in a scramble manages to end up on top of Ige and in side control. Ige starts to land hard knees to the body. Bektic is controlling the position and Ige is having a hard time getting up, but there’s not much in the way of damage being done. Bektic is working to advance his position, temporarily avoiding a stand up. Bektic works for an arm-triangle choke, but he’s in a challenging position near the fence and can’t get in the position he needs. He lets go with just under a minute left, and Ige tries to kick him off. He’s unable to make it happen, and Bektic closes the round on top. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Bektic, and it’s even after two rounds.

Round 3 – Bektic seems to have caught a second win going into the final round after a successful middle frame, and he’s using good movement to avoid Ige. Undeterred, though, Ige stays aggressive and pursues with combinations, including a nice uppercut inside. Bektic closes the distance and presses Ige against the fence, where he starts the steps toward securing a takedown. He’s on a single leg, but is doing little else but hold on and the referee separates them. Ige goes right after Bektic and lands a nice right hand. Bektic is keen to wrestle and goes for another takedown, which Ige more or less gives him by trying to step over with a creative transition. He makes up for it by scrambling to his feet, but Bektic still has ahold of him and won’t let go. They go through another scramble that ends with Bektic on top, ending a close and competitive fight. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Bektic, giving him the 29-28 decision on our scorecard.

Result: Dan Ige def. Mirsad Bektic via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: Dan Ige vs. Mirsad Bektic fight photos
Records: Dan Ige (13-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Mirsad Bektic (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Bektic No. 13
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
Referee: Kerry Hatley
Judging: Joshua Ferraro: 29-28 Ige (R1, R3); Patrick Patlin: 29-28 Bektic (R2-3); Marcos Rosales: 29-28 Ige (R1, R3)

Juan Adams vs. Justin Tafa

Round 1 – The heavyweights start the fight with heavy strikes as Adams goes after Tafa with the hands. Tafa is relying a lot on leg kicks in the early going, banging up Adams’ knees with some good shots. Adams then walks into a punch from Tafa that seems to stagger him, but he recovers. Tafa lands another massive lunging moments later, however, and Adams is badly hurt. Tafa lands a brutal uppercut that leads to a knockdown then a few more follow-up shots and the fight is stopped, giving Tafa his first UFC win.

Result: Justin Tafa def. Juan Adams via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:59
Photos: Justin Tafa vs. Juan Adams fight photos
Records: Justin Tafa (4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Juan Adams (5-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
Referee: Jeff Rexroad

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Round 1 – Shevchenko opens up with a kick and Chookagian answers. The challenger is circling around the champion. Shevchenko stands her ground, focused on Chookagian. The fighters exchange kicks. Shevchenko lands an inside leg kick. Chookagian fakes a kick and rushes in – only to be met by a hard Shevchenko spinning backfist. Shevchenko lands a punch-punch-kick combination. Chookagian lands a kick to the lead leg of Shevchenko. Chookagian is missing on a lot of short kicks to the legs and body. Shevchenko whiffs on a head kick. Chookagian throws a kick and her knee connects to the body of Shevchenko. However, Shevchenko catches Chookagian’s leg and drags the fight to the mat. Shevchenko is in Chookagian’s guard. Chookagian threatens a high guard, but lets it go. In the final seconds of the round, Shevchenko lands a hard elbow that slices Chookagian open above her left eye. After the horn sounds, Chookagian walks to her corner. Blood is pouring down her face. 10-9 Shevchenko.

Round 2 – The kick-heavy offenses from both fighters continues here in the second round. Shevchenko lands a spinning back-kick to the body. Chookagian’s cut is back to leaking, but it’s streaming down the side of her face. It doesn’t seem to be bothering Chookagian. Chookagian lands a combination. Shevchenko throws a lightning-quick wheelkick, which slaps Chookagian across the face. Shevchenko throws an axe kick, which hits Chookagian’s arms. Shevchenko drags Chookagian to the ground – she’s in half guard. Chookagian works to full guard and secures a body triangle from the bottom – but lets it go. Shevchenko is landing short shots from inside the guard. The horn sounds. 20-18 Shevchenko.

Round 3 – Chookagian and Shevchenko miss on front kicks to the body. Chookagian lands a leg kick. Shevchenko gets a hold of Chookagain and drags the fight to the ground. Shevchenko quickly gains control of the crucifix mount. Shevchenko is landing short punches. Chookagian is scrambling, but she can’t swim her way out of the storm of punches raining down. The referee is taking a look – and that’s it. Shevchenko gets the stoppage and retains her title.

Result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:03
Recap: Valentina Shevchenko dominates Katlyn Chookagian to retain title
Photos: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katyln Chookagian fight photos
Records: Valentina Shevchenko (19-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), Katlyn Chookagian (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: Shevchenko No. 1, No. 2 pound-for-pound; Chookagian No. 4, honorable mention pound-for-pound
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
Referee: Jacob Montalvo

Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

Round 1 – Dan Miragliotta brings the champ and the challenger together. They touch gloves, and we’re ready to roll. It’s champ Jones’ 15th straight title fight. Reyes goes straight to the center and lands a left hand, then a knee to the body. Another left hand just misses 15 seconds in. Jones goes after Reyes’ knee, but Reyes throws a high left kick that Jones has to block. Jones goes toward the leg and knees, and 45 seconds in Miragliotta already is warning Jones to watch his extended fingers – something he’s been known for and been accused of doing to fight dirty. Jones tries to get inside with a right, but Reyes counters with a left. And 90 seconds in, Jones gets a second warning about the fingers. Jones lands a good kick, but seconds later, Jones knocks him to his butt when Jones throws a kick. Reyes stays after him and lands several punches and has Jones backing up to the fence. Reyes stays calm and they go back to the center. Reyes pushes forward again with a left and backs Jones up. Then a right, then a pair of kicks. Reyes is pressing and backs Jones up, then lands a spinning kick. He’s making Jones take a look at all kinds of different threats so far. Jones tries a front kick and misses, but throws a left high kick seconds later and it grazes off Reyes’ face. A right high kick is blocked with 30 seconds left. Reyes doubled up on Jones in total strike attempts in the first, and it’s a 10-9 frame for the challenger.

Round 2 – Reyes kicks to the leg early in the second, then to the body. Jones goes hard to the body 45 seconds in, but Reyes chases him down with several big punches. Jones is backpedaling big time, and Reyes keeps landing. Reyes stays patient and lets Jones out. He landed quite a few shots, but nothing of massive consequence. Jones works on Reyes’ knees, then nearly catches a kick and counters with a punch. Two minutes in, Reyes sneaks an uppercut through and lands a shot to the body. Jones comes back a few seconds later with a solid left. Jones is pressing forward now and it’s Reyes who’s backing up and seems to be slowing down a little. Reyes lands a nice left, then tries to go to the body again. Jones lands a heavy jab, but then eats one from Reyes moments later. Jones works a high kick to set up an inside leg kick. They land lefts at the same time. Another left lands for Reyes, but Jones lands a body kick. With 20 seconds left, Reyes lands a big left hook, then nearly takes Jones off his feet with an inside leg kick. It’s a closer round, but MMA Junkie scores it 10-9 for the challenger again.

Round 3 – Jones kicks inside right away in the third. But seconds later, Reyes throws a left high kick that is partially blocked. He comes forward with a knee soon after that and follows it with a left hand. A minute in, Reyes lands a hard kick to the body, and after a Jones counter, he backs Jones up again. Jones continues to control the the inside of the cage with Reyes on the outside, but Reyes still is finding ways to stay ahead in the striking department. Midway through, Reyes slides away from a Jones punch and counters with an uppercut. A few seconds later, Jones shoots in for a takedown and has good position, but Reyes powers his way to keep it standing. He continues to circle on the outside while Jones looks for something, and with 80 seconds left, Reyes lands another kick to the body. A Jones hook sneaks through, and Reyes lands a left to the body with 45 seconds left. A left hand is good for Reyes with 25 seconds left. Jones just gets a jumping kick to glance off Reyes’ chin just before the horn. It’s not a blowout, but MMA Junkie gives the third to Jones, 10-9, based on the constant pressure.

Round 4 – A right hook from Reyes is good, and then a couple lefts. Reyes stays on the champ and lands several big punches and may have him hurt. Jones clinches him up in defense and looks for a trip takedown. He gets Reyes down, but Reyes moves right back to his feet. A minute in, Jones stays after the takedown, but finally lets off. They go back to the middle and Jones’ nose is bleeding. Ninety seconds in, Miragliotta gives Jones his third warning about the extended fingers. Two minutes in, Jones again moves in for a takedown, but Reyes again stays on his feet and he lands an elbow on the break. A two-punch combo lands for Reyes, but he looks like he’s starting to wear down now in the championship rounds. Jones looks find from a cardio standpoint. A right hand, then left elbow lands for Jones, and he starts to back Reyes up now. They trade punches. Reyes blocks a high kick. Jones lands a solid left hook just before the horn. It’s another 10-9 round for the champ, and this thing could be dead even going to the last.

Round 5 – Will Reyes’ cardio hold up in Minutes 21-25? We’re about to find out. Thirty seconds in, Jones shoots from far out and gets a takedown. But Reyes is back up very quickly again. Jones lands a solid jab, then an elbow. They trade low kicks. But it’s Jones’ cardio that seems to be on display here, and he lands another elbow. Reyes almost certainly needs to close the show. It may be 2-2. HE could hope to be up 3-1. But with judging, who knows. Jones lands another left, then a spinning back kick. Reyes ducks under a kick and lands a left hand. But with 90 seconds left, he needs to do something to steal this round. He lands a couple jabs, but Jones lands a body kick. A spinning heel kick lands for Jones. Jones kicks high, but it’s blocked. Jones throws a spinning backfist late, but misses. MMA Junkie gives the third to Jones, 10-9, which gives him the fight 48-47. This could be interesting. It really could go either way.

Result: Jon Jones def. Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Records: Jon Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC), Dominick Reyes (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Jones No. 1, No. 2 pound-for-pound; Reyes No. 4
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Judging: Chris Lee, Marcos Rosales, Joe Solis