Two UFC titles are on the line tonight at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In the UFC 232 main event, former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will meet Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch for the now vacated title. Former champion Daniel Cormier relinquished the belt yesterday so he can focus on his other title, the UFC heavyweight belt.
Jones defeated Gustafsson in a controversial unanimous decision ruling during their first outing in 2013. The event was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angelese earlier this week as a drug test earlier this month found trace amounts of Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), or turinabol, in Jones’ system. Jones war previously suspended for 15-months after a positive finding in 2017. Now, the Nevada Athletic Commission does not feel they have enough time to investigate so the entire fight card will be moved to California.
Also, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defends her strap against current bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.
The very first fight was a bout that was supposed to happen several weeks ago, a matchup between Montel Jackson and Brian Kelleher. Not much to say about this one as it was very short lived. Kelleher is hurt from strikes, goes down, lands some ground and pound and finishes the fight with a D’Arce choke in the very first round.
Siyar Bahadurzada had trouble figuring Curtis Millender out in the first round of their scheduled three round affair. Millender more technical, finding a home with his jab and kicks while Bahadurzada threw the bigger, more powerful shots, but no damage inflicted. In round two, Millender slowed down his pace a bit but his shots were landing. Millender might have been winning the round, or it was a close split before Bahadurzada gets the takedown and does not do much damage from top but stays there without Millender able to get back to his feet. Millender splits Bahadurzada open and rocks him several times in the final frame. Bahadurzada, tired, comes back with several take downs. In the final second, Millender reverses and the time expires with him on top. This fight goes to the judges, Millender wins unanimously.
Uriah ‘Primetime’ Hall returned to the octagon against Bevon Lewis in a middleweight contest. Hall said that he is a new fighter, ‘Uriah Hall 2.0’. Very good, fast start for Lewis, but Hall, a veteran of the sport, is able to gain his composure and hang on, also bringing the fight. A lot of activity from Bevins in round two. He could easily be up two rounds to none here going into the third. Hall’s corner tells him that he is winning in the clinch, but will that be enough? Hall, stays in the fight, comes from behind and slips a hook that puts Bevins to sleep in the third and final round.
Wow, what a KO! Uriah Hall with a stunning knock out on Fight Pass!
— UFC on ESPN™ (@TheUFConESPN) December 30, 2018
Very technical for round for Nathaniel Wood in his matchup with Andre Ewell. Wood clocked Ewell several times, dropping him, and keeping the pressure on the taller, lengthier competitor. Even more dominate in the second frame is Wood as he gets the fight down to the ground and lands brutal ground and pound to both the body and head. Wood should easily be up two rounds to none. Wood comes up with a very late third round submission to finish the fight in which he was in complete control of. Good fight by Ewell but Wood showed he is here to stay.
Impressive win for accomplished BJJ blackbelt Ryan Hall who submits UFC Hall of Famer and former two division champion B.J. Penn in the very first round.
An unfortunate injury caused the end of the Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson featherweight bout very early into the contest. Anderson threw a kick and her toenail grazed the eye of Zingano who then turned her back. Anderson swarmed in and threw a few strikes before referee Marc Goddard stopped the contest just 1:01 into the fight.
A pair of heavyweights including former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski and up and comer Walt Harris fought to a decision. Harris gets the win in a lackluster bout.
What an absolute war and an amazing victory for Alexander Volkanovski who finishes Chad “Money” Mendes in a featherweight bout on the pay-per-view portion of the card. Volkanovski was clipped in an exchange, he was bloodied, but was able to survive and he came through and put the former title contender away.
A huge win for Michael Chiesa who manhandled former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit via kimura in the second round. Very impressive and he has found a home in the welterweight division.
HOLY S……. Amanda Nunes…. defeats Cris Cyborg in the first round. Oh My God!!!!! The first woman to hold two UFC championships consecutively.
— UFC (@ufc) December 30, 2018
And here we go!!!!! Former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones gets back what was rightfully his. Jones and Gustafsson stand toe to toe and saw the fight come temporarily to a halt for both an eye poke and a mouth piece adjustment. Jones gets the takedown and finishes the fight with ground and pound in the third.
UFC 232 results below:
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson via KO – Round 3, 2:02
Amanda Nunes defeated Cris Cyborg via KO – Round 1, 0:51
Michael Chiesa defeated Carlos Condit via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 0:56
Corey Anderson defeated Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexander Volkanovski defeated Chad Mendes via TKO – Round 2, 4:14
Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Walt Harris defeated Andrei Arlovski via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Megan Anderson defeated Cat Zingano via TKO – Round 1, 1:01
Petr Yan defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Ryan Hall defeated B.J. Penn via submission (heelhook) – Round 1, 2:46
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET)
Nathaniel Wood defeated Andre Ewell via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:12
Uriah Hall defeated Bevon Lewis via knockout – Round 3, 1:32
Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Montel Jackson defeated Brian Kelleher via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 1:40