UFC 224 play-by-play and live results
RIO DE JANEIRO – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 224 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 Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following preliminary-card bouts on FX and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) takes on challenger Raquel Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC). In the co-feature, Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets Ronaldo Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at middleweight.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on FX, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on FOX.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 224 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) and Fernanda Prates (@NandaPrates_) on Twitter.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Round 1 –
Records: Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Round 1 – Bochnovic all over Perez early with a body kick and a swarm into the clinch against the cage. Perez wraps the head and Bochnovic takes a spill, allowing him to take the back. Bochnovic trying to keep the other hook from getting in and manages to scramble to his feet. Bochnovic reverses early in the tie-up and grabs a leg. Perez keeps the underhook and works to scoot away. Bochnovic using head control to keep his foeput. Perez wheels around to the back and elevates Bochnovic for a slam. He gets to Bochnovic’s back and works for hooks. Bochnovic rolls for a leg and winds up on his back, with Perez in half-guard. Perez fires off a few rights and tries to advance for an arm-triangle. Bochnovic adjusts and thinks twice about sitting up with a D’Arce setup. He recovers full guard, and Perez stands up and fires down a shot. Perez settles back down and starts attacking with a D’Arce choke, and Bochnovic scrambles to his knees. Perez takes the back and gets in both hooks. Rear-naked choke attempt, and it’s not under the neck. Bochnovic rolls to his side, turning away from the choke. Perez goes for it again, and Bochnovic fights the hands. Perez has it locked, though, and Bochnovic is forced to tap to the rear-naked choke.
Result: Markus Perez def. James Bochnovic via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:28
Recap: Markus Perez taps out James Bochnovic for first UFC win
Photos: Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic
Records: Markus Perez (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), James Bochnovic (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Fernando Portella
Round 1 – Emeev closing slowly and blasts the leg of Mina. Emeev cracks Mina with an overhand right and resets. Mina’s counter short. Body kick from Emeev. Leg kick touches off exchange, and Mina indicates he wants a takedown. Emeev pushes him back with a jab and resumes his push. Another exchange, and both fighters take a shot. Mina misses on a spinning elbow and then gets countered on a hip toss. Emeev at his back as he scoots to the cage and grabs an arm for a kimura. Emeev knees the body and slams Mina to the mat. Mina powers up and ends up in a front headlock before escaping. Emeev pushes back in, bobbing his head, and pops Mina with a jab. Leg kick draws right hand counter from Emeev. Body shot from Emeev. Mina looking a little rusty as far as distance and timing. Mina picks a leg and gets the takedown, then goes for a kneebar when Emeev sits up. Mina working for the ankle as Emeev stands overhead. Right hand precedes Emeev down to guard, and Mina rolls for an arm and then a knee. Emeev stands again and defends until Mina gives up. A few shots overhead for Emeev as the frame comes to an end, and MMAjunkie gives him the 10-9 score.
Round 2 – They trade jabs early, and Mina blasts the leg. Feints from both, and Emeev pushes with a jab. Emeev comes out swinging and pushes into the clinch against the cage. Mina tries the hip toss again and Emeev grabs the waist, dragging Mina to the mat. Mina stands up and tries to get free. Emeev misses a trip, and Mina tries to make him pay with knees in the clinch. Emeev keeps underhooks and Mina’s turn is stymied. Audience boos. Mina again tries to free himself, and Emeev obliges with a pair of hooks. Exchange of punches, and Mina’s power punches miss. He goes for a leg in the next trade and misses a spinning backfist. Emeev trips Mina to the mat and lands a big shot overhead. Mina tries for an ankle before Emeev settles into guard and works ground and pound. Mina rolls for a knee and takes a few big right hands. Mina not having much luck stopping Emeev’s punches. With less than one minute to go, Emeev cruising here, holding dominant position. Mina rolls again and gets pushed to the mat as the round ends. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Emeev, putting him up 20-18.
Round 3 – Touch of gloves to get started. Emeev presses in and nails the leg as Mina fires off a punch. Mina with jumping front kick, and Emeev pops him with a jab. An overhand right glances, and Mina’s counter short. Mina’s right eye is badly swollen. Emeev lunges with a jab. Mina walks into a straight right, and his one-two counter is short. A body kick is good, though. Mina now getting aggressive, trying to make something happen. Emeev protecting himself well. Big overhand right cracks Mina, who uses a jab to set up a counter right that’s good. Emeev grabs him and walks them to the cage, working knees in the clinch. Looks like Emeev is just holding on. Mina misses the throw again and takes a pair of hooks as he peels off. Spinning back fist from Emeev partially blocked. Mina pressing again with 90 seconds to go. Emeev won’t stay in front of him long enough. Kicks are telegraphed. Mina short on a one-two and Emeev lands a straight right. Mina moves forward and fires off punches, but Emeev ducks out of the way. Mina lands a left hand and takes it as his cue to storm. Emeev turns out to be OK. Rolling thunder kick from Mina, and of course it whiffs. Spinning back kick from Emeev good, and he plasters Mina with a right as Mina storms forward in one last dash. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 Emeev, and it’s a 30-27 shutout.
Result: Ramazan Emeev def. Alberto Mina via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Ramazan Emeev shuts out Alberto Mina over three rounds
Photos: Ramazan Emeev vs. Alberto Mina
Records: Alberto Mina (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Ramazan Emeev (17-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC)