UFC on ESPN 16: Holm vs. Aldana Live Coverage

Bantamweights are in the main event on Saturday night when UFC puts on an event from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Headlining the 11-fight card is a fight between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana.

Follow along throughout the night for live results and updates.

A full preview of the show can be viewed here.

Quick Results:

Preliminary Card (7:30PM EDT / 3:30AM GST) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)

Bout 1: Luigi Vendramini def. Jessin Ayari via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:12)

Bout 2: Casey Kenney def. Alatengheili via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: Loma Lookboonmee def. Jinh Yu Frey via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Nassourdine Imavov def. Jordan Williams via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Joshua Culibao vs. Charles Jourdain via Decision, Draw

Bout 6: Carlos Condit def. Court McGee via Decision, Unanimous

Main Card (10:30PM EDT / 6:30AM GST) (ESPN / TSN 5)

Bout 7: Dusko Todorovic def. Dequan Townsend via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 3:15)

Bout 8: Kyler Phillips def. Cameron Else via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 0:44)

Bout 9: Germaine de Randamie def. Julianna Pena via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3, 3:25)

Bout 10: Carlos Felipe def. Yorgan De Castro via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 11: Holly Holm def. Irene Aldana via Decision, Unanimous

Live Coverage:

Bout 11: Holly Holm (13-5) vs. Irene Aldana (12-5) (Bantamweight)

Holm Wins In One-Sided Main Event Over Aldana

Holly Holm put on a stellar performance in the main event, winning all rounds against Irene Aldana after 25 minutes of action. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion had strong striking along with periodic takedowns.

Holm had Aldana chase her down through all of the rounds, coming forward with bursts of strikes that would connect. Holm scored one takedown from a clinch in each round of the fight.

The fight was Holm’s second-straight victory, with her previous fight being a win in January over Raquel Pennington. Prior to the win, Holm lost a championship bout against Amanda Nunes.

The loss ended a two-fight streak of wins for Aldana.

Holm versus Aldana play-by-play.

Bout 10: Yorgan De Castro (6-1) vs. Carlos Felipe (8-1) (Heavyweight)

Felipe Earns First UFC Victory, Defeats De Castro

Carlos Felipe came back from his first loss as a pro in the co-main event, defeating Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision. Felipe’s ability to control the fight on the feet through the first two rounds secured him the victory.

The final round saw a very tired De Castro keep Felipe against the cage despite the referee splitting them up frequently due to inactivity.

Felipe called out Raphael Pessoa afterwards.

“Raphael Pessoa, don’t run away from me. Let’s fight … this year,” said Felipe in his post-fight interview.

Felipe’s previous fight was his UFC debut, losing a majority decision to Serghei Spivac.

De Castro lost his previous fight to Greg Hardy.

Felipe versus De Castro play-by-play.

Bout 9: Germaine de Randamie (9-4) vs. Julianna Pena (9-3) (Bantamweight)

De Randamie Scores Guillotine Choke Win Over Pena

Germaine de Randamie put an end to her fight in the third round, catching Julianna Pena with a guillotine choke to put her to sleep.

De Randamie took the fight to the ground with the choke, pulling guard after Pena attempted a takedown in a body lock.  The fight stopped after Pena went unconscious due to the choke.

“If you give me your neck, I’ll put you to sleep,” bragged de Randiamie in her post-fight interview.

Pena had success in the earlier rounds with takedowns against de Randamie, while de Randamie had the better striking.

The win was de Randamie’s first via submission in her career.

De Randamie shouted out first responders in her post-fight interview.

“All the nurses, police officers, military,” called out de Randamie.

The win was de Randamie’s first since losing to UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes in December.

De Randamie versus Pena play-by-play.

Bout 8: Kyler Phillips (7-1) vs. Cameron Else (10-4) (Bantamweight)

Phillips Wins Second UFC Fight

Kyler Phillips won his fight with striking on the ground, finishing short notice opponent Cameron Else in the second round. The referee stopped the fight after Phillips landed a series of strikes from the back of Else.

Phillips had similar success in the first round, hurting Else with punches on the ground before the end of round horn sounded.

The previous fight for Phillips was his UFC debut, defeating Gabriel Silva last February.

Phillips was previously scheduled to fight Danaa Batgerel, who withdrew from the fight.

Phillips versus Else play-by-play.

Bout 7: Dequan Townsend (21-11) vs. Dusko Todorovic (9-0) (Middleweight)

Todorovic Wins UFC Debut, Stops Townsend In The Second Round

Dusko Todorovic won his UFC debut to start the main card, stopping Dequan Townsend in the second round with ground and pound.

The stoppage came minutes after Todorovic scored a takedown, moving into full mount shortly after.

Todorovic connected with hard punches in the first round, although Townsend was able to stay on his feet throughout.

“We knew Dequan [Townsend] was a tough fighter,” said Todorovic in his post-fight interview.

Todorovic last fought in August of 2019, defeating Teddy Ash on “Dana White’s Contender Series” to earn his UFC contract.

The fight was Townsend’s fourth-straight.

Todorovic versus Townsend play-by-play.

Bout 6: Carlos Condit (30-13) vs. Court McGee (19-9) (Welterweight)

Condit Ends Five-Fight Skid

Snapping a five-fight streak of losses, former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit won a decision over Court McGee. Condit’s striking lead him through the three-rounds.

Condit landed a knockdown in the final second of the first round, breaking the nose of McGee with a right hook.

The following rounds saw Condit control the pace.

The win for Condit was his first since 2015. The bout was also his return to the cage, as his previous fight was a loss to Michael Chiesa in December of 2018.

The loss was McGee’s third-straight, with previous fights being decision losses to Dhiego Lima and Sean Brady in 2019.

Condit versus McGee play-by-play.

Bout 5: Joshua Culibao (8-1) vs. Charles Jourdain (10-3) (Featherweight)

Culibao and Jourdain Go To A Draw

An unsatisfying split draw was the result of a featherweight bout between Joshua Culibao and Charles Jourdain. The fight saw both competitors have their moments despite sportsbooks ruling Jourdain as the heavy favourite.

Culibao’s best moment was in the first round, dropping Jourdain with a right hook.

Jourdain attempted chokes often in the fight, putting Culibao in danger in many instances.

One of the three scorecards for the fight was a 30-27 score in favour of Jourdain. In a survey done of MMA media, 14 of the 17 participants scored it 29-28 for Jourdain.

Culibao lost his UFC debut last February, being stopped in the second round with strikes from Jalin Turner. The loss was up at lightweight.

Jourdain was also coming off of a loss, dropping a decision to Andre Fili last June.

Jourdain versus Culibao play-by-play.

Bout 4: Jordan Williams (9-3) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (8-2) (Middleweight)

Imavov Wins Over Williams In UFC Debut

A double debut went to Nassourdine Imavov, who defeated Jordan Williams via unanimous decision. The fight saw Imavov come back from an opening round that saw him in trouble.

Imavov got rocked twice in the first round, although the first time came due to a clash of heads.

Williams clearly got tired in the second round. Imavov started to land hard punches on WIlliams in the round. Imavov landed a series of hooks to the head from half guard after trying a guillotine choke on the ground.

While both fighters were tired come the third round, Imavov was fresher, allowing him to control the action.

Williams earned his contract in September, stopping Gregory Rodrigues within a round on “Dana White’s Contender Series.”

Imavov extended his winning streak to six-in-a-row in his UFC debut victory.

Imavov versus Williams play-by-play.

Bout 3: Loma Lookboonmee (4-2) vs. Jinh Yu Frey (9-5) (Strawweight)

Strong Striking Takes Lookboonmee To Scorecard Victory

Loma Lookboonmee got back in the win column on the prelims, winning a unanimous decision over Jinh Yu Frey. The fight saw Lookboonmee utilize her striking, especially in the clinch, to dominate Frey.

In the first two rounds, Lookboonmee had many moments where she landed numerous elbows and knees in the clinch that did damage.

Frey scored a takedown in the third round, although Lookboonmee was able to return to striking on the feet in a minute.

Lookboonmee’s previous fight was her first loss in the UFC, not being favoured in a decision against Angela Hill.

Frey, a former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion, lost her UFC debut in July against Kay Hansen.

Lookboonmee versus Frey play-by-play.

Bout 2: Casey Kenney (14-2-1) vs. Alatengheili (14-7-1) (Bantamweight)

Kenney Shows Striking, Alatengheili Shows Toughness

A nearly one-sided striking performance went the way of Casey Kenney, who defeated Alatengheili on the preliminary card.

Kenney connected with a high volume of punches and kicks to the head and body throughout the fight. There was an overwhelming amount of bruising on Alatengheili’s body and a few cuts on his head.

“I wanted to stand and throw down,” said Kenney in his post-fight interview.

Alatengheili showed his toughness in the fight, absorbing a high volume of strikes while staying on the feet.

Kenney asked to fight next week after the fight.

The fight was Kenney’s second straight win. His previous outing saw him defeat Louis Smolka.

Alatengheili won his two previous UFC fights.

Kenney versus Alatengheili play-by-play.

Bout 1: Jessin Ayari (16-5) vs. Luigi Vendramini (8-1) (Lightweight)

Vendramini Earns First UFC Win After Long Layoff

Luigi Vendramini earned a quick win in his return to the cage, stopping Jessin Ayari in the first round with strikes. Only moments after rocking Ayari with a left hook, Vendramini dropped him with a head kick to stop the fight in the second minute.

The fight was Vendramini’s first win in the UFC.

“I feel like my life starts now,” said Vendramini in his post-fight interview, very happy about his win.

Ayari had a moment in the first minute of the fight, landing a head kick of his own that caused Vendramini to shoot for a takedown.

Vendramini’s previous fight was in 2018, losing his UFC debut to Elizeu Zaleski.

CORRECTION: Headline previously referred to the fight as Vendramini’s UFC debut. It has been corrected to reflect that it was instead his first UFC win.

Vendramini versus Ayari play-by-play.

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