UFC on ESPN+ 28: Lee vs. Oliveira Live Coverage

Amid a world of cancelled sports from COVID-19, UFC is pressing on with their show from Brasilia, Brazil. A slight change to the show is that it is going to be held without an audience. Headlining the ESPN+ and ESPN card, Kevin Lee faces Brazil’s own Charles Oliveira. The card is stacked with talent, with just under half of them representing Brazil. Follow along throughout the afternoon for updates on the show from Ginasio Nilson Nelson.

A preview of the full card can be read here.

Quick Results – Click a fight to skip to it’s part:

Prelims (ESPN, ESPN+ / TSN 1, 4, 5) (3:00PM EDT / 4:00PM BRT)

Bout 1: Bea Malecki def. Veronica Macedo via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: David Dvorak def. Bruno Silva via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: Maryna Moroz def. Mayra Bueno Silva via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Rani Yahya vs. Enrique Barzola via Decision, Majority Draw

Bout 5: Zaleski Dos Santos def. Alexey Kunchenko via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 6: Amanda Ribas def. Randa Markos via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 7: Brandon Moreno def. Jussier Formiga via Decision, Unanimous

Main Card (ESPN, ESPN+ / TSN 1, 4, 5) (6:00PM EDT / 7:00PM BRT)

Bout 8: Francisco Trinaldo def. John Makdessi via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 9: Nikita Krylov def. Johnny Walker via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 10: Renato Moicano def. Damir Hadzovic via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 0:44)

Bout 11: Gilbert Burns def. Demian Maia via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:34)

Bout 12: Charles Oliveira def. Kevin Lee via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3, 0:28)

Live Results:

Bout 1: Veronica Macedo (6-3-1) vs Bea Malecki (1-0) (Bantamweight)

Kicking off the main card, Bea Malecki returns from her debut win to fight Veronica Macedo. It was clear at the start that Malecki had the height advantage. Macedo landed a two punch combination in the first minute. Macedo was backing up, charing in whenever she had a combination to throw. Macedo was connecting more with punches. When Malecki connected it didn’t seem like she had as much power behind it. Fighting at a fast pace, the fighters seemed quite tired as the first round ended.

Macedo went back to her fast pace to open the second round. Macedo caught a leg kick, although Malecki got a takedown from it. Malecki got up immediately, with the referee standing Macedo up eventually. Malecki got a takedown in the second minute, getting into full mount. Macedo was quick to roll out of the position, with the fighters returning to the feet shortly after. Malecki stuffed a takedown in the third minute, getting side control on the ground. Malecki threw lots of punches to the head from side control. After Macedo rolled out of the position, Malecki got back to her feet. The referee stood Macedo up again with a minute to go in the round. Malecki was hit by an uppercut, shrugging it off with a smile. Macedo was landing some strikes, although the power she had before was gone. Macedo shot for a takedown, with Malecki stopping it and landing lots of punches on the ground before the round ended.

Macedo failed another takedown to start the final round. Macedo took a hammerfist to the face after being on her back on the ground. Macedo half-tried for a takedown, landing on her back on the ground. On the feet, Macedo was landing punches. Malecki was smiling in response to a lot of these shots, but being hit nonetheless. Malecki was connecting with jabs. In the final minute, Macedo scored with hooks. Malecki fell in the final minute, getting up and going in a clinch for a second. Macedo was letting lots of hooks go in the final minute. The fight went the distance, with both fighters being clearly tired by the end. Going to the scorecards, all three judges chose Bea Malecki as the winner (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Macedo 10 9 10 29
Malecki 9 10 9 28

Bout 2: Bruno Silva (10-4-2) vs. David Dvorak (17-3) (Flyweight)

In the next fight, flyweights Bruno Silva and David Dvorack competed. In the second minute, Dvorak caught a leg kick, kicking the other leg of Silva while holding it. Silva scored with a spinning back fist in the third minute. Both fighters were having good moments with striking early on. It looked like they might have collided heads when Silva came in for a striking combo. Silva tried for takedowns, although Dvorak didn’t allow it. Dvorak got hurt by a front kick with a minute to go. Silva capitalized on a wobbled Dvorak, scoring a takedown. Silva landed some shots on the ground before the round ended.

Silva tried for another takedown in the second minute of the second round. Silva caught a leg halfway through the round, getting a takedown from it. Dvorak was quick to reverse the position, getting on top. Dvorak landed some short elbows from the top. They got back to their feet with under a minute to go. Dvorak threw a flying knee that didn’t fully connect. Silva had Dvorak clinched against the cage as the round ended.

Silva got a takedown a minute into the final round, getting on the back of Dvorak. They got back up, where Dvorak landed some knees in the clinch. He was quite active on the feet. Silva caught a leg kick, not being able to get a takedown from it. After failing to land another takedown, Silva connected with a hard left hook to the head. Dvorak hit two clean hooks in the final minute of the fight. Silva continued to fail at getting the fight to the ground. From a clinch, Dvorak failed at his own takedown. They exchanged strikes in the clinch as the fight ended. Right after the horn, Dvorak immediately sat down. All three judges saw David Dvorak as the winner (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Silva 10 9 9 28
Dvorak 9 10 10 29

Bout 3: Mayra Bueno Silva (6-0) vs. Maryna Moroz (9-3) (Flyweight)

In another flyweight fight, undefeated Brazilian Marya Bueno Silva fought Maryna Moroz. In the first round, the fighters were basically taking turns throwing shots. Bueno Silva landed a spinning back elbow, leaving and then entering a clinch in the process. Moroz caught a leg kick in the fourth minute, getting a takedown from it. The round ended in this position. In stand-up, Moroz was connecting more often.

Bueno Silva landed a head kick in the first minute of the second round. Moroz missed an overhand right, shooting for a takedown after which Bueno Silva stopped. In a clinch, Bueno Silva tried for a takedown however Moroz ended up in top position. Moroz was quite active with strikes from top position. She kept with the strikes until the round ended.

Bueno Silva was connected with good right hooks in the second minute of the final round. Both fighters were clearly fatigued. Moroz shot for a takedown, putting Bueno Silva against the fence but not getting farther than that. Bueno Silva scored with another two-punch combination. She blocked another takedown by Moroz. Moroz was cut from a strike in the final minute, bleeding from her hairline. Bueno Silva kept applying the pressure until the fight ran out of time. All three judges had Maryna Moroz as the winner (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bueno Silva 9 9 10 28
Moroz 10 10 8 28

Bout 4: Rani Yahya (26-10) vs. Enrique Barzola (16-5-1) (Bantamweight)

In a bantamweight fight, Rani Yahya fought Enrique Barzola as the prelims continued. Barzola was previously a featherweight, dropping down by 10 pounds for this fight. Barzola got a takedown in the first minute after some hectic striking. Barzola got up, with Yahya got a takedown moments later, hopping on the back of Barzola. They stood up with just over three minutes left in the round. Yahya landed a good right hook in the third minute. Yahya shot for a takedown, with Barzola going against the cage. He got Barzola to the ground, although Barzola was able to take top position while on the ground. Yahya got on Barzola’s back as the round ended.

Running away from some strikes of Barzola, Yahya got a takedown in the first minute of the second round. He got on the back of Barzola. Barzola got to his feet and threw Yahya down with just over a minute left. They got on their feet for the final moments of the round. Barzola closed the round with good striking.

Yahya shot for a single leg to start the round. Barzola stopped the takedown, punishing with strikes. On top on the ground, Barzola tried for a kimura. Barzola threw some hammerfist strikes from top position. Yahya started to bleed on his hairline. Barzola continued with short distance strikes from side control. Barzola tried for a knee bar on the ground, letting it go after extending the leg for a few seconds. Barzola kept the pressure with strikes on the ground until the round ended. The fight was a rare majority draw, with the third scorecard seeing it for Barzola (29-28 Barzola, 28-28 & 28-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Yahya 10 10 8 28
Barzola 9 9 10 28

Bout 5: Zaleski Dos Santos (21-6) vs. Alexey Kunchenko (20-1) (Welterweight)

Alexey Kunchenko put his 20-fight winning streak on the line against Zaleski Dos Santos in the next fight. After a close striking battle for a few minutes, Dos Santos got a takedown. They stood up, exchanging strikes in the clinch. The referee separated them and brought them to stand-up.

The fight paused early in the second round as Kunchenko was hit in the groin. They went to the ground for a minute where Dos Santos tried for a heel hook. Kunchenko escaped and got to his feet. Kunchenko was scoring with hard punches in the second minute of the round. Dos Santos put Kunchenko against the cage with three minutes to go. They were separated again, striking until the round ended.

The final round was purely a stand-up battle, going at a similar pace to what was seen at the start of the first round. Dos Santos got a takedown in the final minute after catching a kick. Dows Santos stood up and landed a few kicks before the round ended. Needing judges for the fifth straight time tonight, they selected Zaleski Dos Santos as the winner (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Dos Santos 10 9 10 29
Kunchenko 9 10 9 28

Bout 6: Amanda Ribas (8-1) vs. Randa Markos (10-7-1) (Strawweight)

Continuing on the prelims, Amanda Ribas fought Randa Markos. Markos slipped a minute into the fight, getting put on her back on the ground. Ribas landed some strikes from top position. They got up in a clinch halfway through the round, going back to stand-up seconds later. Ribas connected good with spinning back kicks to the body, getting a takedown with over a minute to go. Ribas landed lots of strikes on the ground. She connected with a knee to the head as they got up, just before the round ended.

The second round started with slow paced striking. Ribas put Markos against the cage in a clinch halfway through. They separated with two minutes to go. After landing a combination of strikes, Ribas clinched up trying for another takedown. Markos was connecting, although Ribas was landing more and advancing throughout.

Markos got a takedown in the first minute of the final round. Ribas tried for an armbar from the bottom, not getting it. Markos started to bleed from the nose. Markos tried for a heel hook. Ribas escaped and took top position. Ribas put in an arm triangle choke from half guard. Markos escaped, with Ribas throwing some punches while still on top. Ribas landed hammerfist strikes and elbows until the round ended. Needing judges yet again to find a winner, Amanda Ribas did a sweep and then some (30-26, 30-25 & 30-25).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Ribas 10 10 10 30
Markos 9 9 9 27

Bout 7: Jussier Formiga (23-6) (#3) vs. Brandon Moreno (16-5-1) (#5) (Flyweight)

Finishing off the prelims ranked flyweights Jussier Formiga and Brandon Moreno fought. Moreno came in with strikes in the first minute. Moreno slipped, getting caught in a guillotine choke. Formiga hopped on Moreno while holding the choke, going to the ground eventually. Moreno popped out of the choke, taking top position. Formiga tried for a move from the bottom, getting ahold of an arm for a moment. With just over a minute to go, Formiga flipped the position, getting on top in half guard. The referee stood them up with 30 seconds to go. Moreno threw Formiga down for a second as the round was ending.

Moreno landed a few punches to the head to start the second round. Moreno clinched up for a second after Formiga missed a spinning back fist. A pause came after Moreno was accidentally poked in the eye. Formiga got a takedown in the second minute of the round. He got on the back of Moreno. Moreno stood up and spun around, getting Formiga in bottom position when they went back down. They stood back up in a body lock with two minutes left in the round. Formiga took Moreno’s back, trying to mount on him while still on the feet. Formiga stayed on Moreno until the round ended.

The fighters exchanged fast strikes in the first minute of the final round. Formiga got a takedown on Moreno’s back in the third minute, however Moreno escaped only moments later. Formiga shot for a takedown, with Moreno stopping it. Formiga got a takedown on Moreno’s back, rolling into full mount moments later. The fight ended in this position. Going to scorecards, they had Brandon Moreno as the winner (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28). He was quite emotional after the win.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Moreno 9 10 9 28
Formiga 10 9 10 29

Bout 8: Francisco Trinaldo (24-7) vs. John Makdessi (17-6) (Lightweight)

Starting off the main card, Canada’s John Makdessi was put against Francisco Trinaldo. Trinaldo was one of the few fighters on the card fighting in his hometown. Trinaldo scored with a good two punch combination halfway through the first round. Makdessi was fighting on his back foot throughout. 

Trinaldo continued to push the pace of the fight in the second round. He scored with a good head kick in the third minute. While Makdessi was landing in this round, it felt like he was only reaction to what Trinaldo was doing.

The final round was much of the same from both fighters. For the eighth straight time this evening, the judges were utilized to find a winner. Francisco Trinaldo got the win, chosen by all judges (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Trinaldo 10 10 10 30
Makdessi 9 9 9 27

Bout 9: Johnny Walker (17-4) (#10) vs. Nikita Krylov (26-7) (#12) (Light Heavyweight)

In the next fight, explosive light heavyweights Johnny Walker and Nikita Krylov fought. This was the second fight of the evening to feature ranked fighters. After Walker opened with punches and a flying knee, Krylov clinched up. Walker fought off a takedown for quite a while. They eventually went down. They threw strikes on the ground to eachother. They got up with a minute and a half to go. Walker was clipped by a few punches. Krylov got another takedown with a minute to go.

Krylov got another takedown early in the second round. They stayed on the ground for many minutes. Walker got on the back of Krylov and started to throw strikes. The round ended with Walker in top position.

After a clinch they went to the ground with Walker on top. Krylov flipped position shortly. Despite everything pointing towards the fight ending via stoppage, it went the distance. The final round ended with Krylov still in top position. Nikita Krylov got the win quite handily (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Walker 9 9 9 27
Krylov 10 10 10 30

Bout 10: Renato Moicano (13-3-1) vs. Damir Hadzovic (13-5) (Lightweight)

Renato Moicano made his lightweight debut in the next fight, facing Damir Hadzovic. Moicano got a clinch from a takedown in the first minute. He got on the back of Hadzovic, trying for a rear naked choke. He got it under the chin, making Hadzovic tap quickly. The fighters got in eachother’s faces after the stoppage. Renato Moicano got his first win as a lightweight. After the fight, he called out Paul Felder.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Moicano
Hadzovic

Bout 11: Demian Maia (28-9) (#5) vs. Gilbert Burns (17-3) (#12) (Welterweight)

In the co-main event of the evening, welterweights Demian Maia and Gilbert Burns put their undefeated records on the line against each other. Maia got the first takedown of the fight in the first minute. Burns tried for a kneebar before they got back up in the clinch. Maia got to the back of Burns against the cage in the second minute. He got Burns down to the ground, getting on his back. Halfway through the round, Burns dropped Maia with a left hand. Maia fell so hard that Burns assumed he had won. The referee didn’t step in, so Burns landed hammerfist strikes on the ground until the referee came in. Extending his win streak, Gilbert Burns shows power with his fists. After the fight, Burns called out Colby Covington.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Maia
Burns

Bout 12: Kevin Lee (18-5) (#8) vs. Charles Oliveira (28-8) (#13) (Lightweight)

 

The main event of the evening saw ranked lightweights Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira fight. Lee came in at 158.5-pounds, missing the 156-pound limit for this fight. Oliveira was throwing kicks at the start that had Lee backing up. They were trading jabs a minute into the fight. Oliveira tried for a takedown, but it was Lee that ended up on top on the ground. Oliveira tried for a heel hook. Lee moved around quite a bit, but Oliveira kept a grip on a leg. Lee escaped the leg holds with just over a minute left. Oliveira tried for a triangle choke while on the bottom. In the final minute, Lee landed some strikes.

Oliveira’s striking to open the second round had Lee backing up again. Lee got a takedown in the second minute of the round. On the bottom, Oliveira tried for an armbar. He then tried for a triangle choke, with Lee avoiding that as well. They stood up in a clinch, with Lee getting a trip takedown. Lee kept top position until the round ended.

Lee caught a leg early in the third round, trying for a takedown. Oliveira put in a guillotine choke, which made Lee tap out. After the stoppage, Lee disputed the tap. As Oliveira was getting up, Lee kept ahold of Olveira as if the fight was still going on. 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Lee 9 9
Oliveira 10 10

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