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Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
(c) Max Holloway (145 lbs.) vs. #4 Frankie Edgar (145 lbs.)
Cris “Cyborg” Justino (146 lbs.) vs. Felicia Spencer (145 lbs.)
Geoff Neal (170.5 lbs.) vs. Niko Price (169 lbs.)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155.5 lbs.) vs. Arman Tsarukyan (155 lbs.)
Marc-Andre Barriault (184.5 lbs.) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (185.5 lbs.)
Preliminary Card (ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET)
#7 Alexis Davis (125 lbs.) vs. #15 Viviane Araujo (125 lbs.)
Hakeem Dawodu (146 lbs.) vs. Yoshinori Horie (145.5 lbs.)
Gavin Tucker (145 lbs.) vs. Seung Woo Choi (145 lbs.)
#3 Alexandre Pantoja (125.5 lbs.) vs. #4 Deiveson Figueiredo (126 lbs.)
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)
Gillian Robertson (125 lbs.) vs. Sarah Frota (125 lbs.)
Erik Koch (170.5 lbs.) vs. Kyle Stewart (170.5 lbs.)
Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC 240. I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the evening, relaying all of the action to you just as I see it. Tonight the UFC finally brings us the featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. These two have been scheduled twice before to fight but each of them has fallen out, in fact, their first fight was initially scheduled for UFC 218 back in 2017 when Holloway wound up fighting Jose Aldo for the second time after Edgar’s injury. Holloway is trying to further his case as an all-time great, as is Edgar who could become a two-division champion. The co-main event is pretty solid as well, Cris “Cyborg” Justino is trying to rebound from her first loss since 2005 and possibly get a rematch with Amanda Nunes while Felicia Spencer could get the biggest win of her career over one of the most notable and destructive female fighters the sport has seen.
Beyond that there are some really slim pickings here, Geoff Neal and Niko Price could be a really fun scrap and for the five of us that saw Arman Tsarukyan’s competitive bout with Islam Makhachev, we might be looking forward to the wrestling exchanges that could come about when he fights Olivier-Aubin Mercier. Further down the card, there’s a really solid flyweight fight between Alexandre Pantoja and Deiveson Figueiredo but I assume I’m the only one who knows about it because, well, flyweights I suppose. Other than that there’s a lot of the Canadian contingent who are being set up to have good moments, and hopefully we’ll get some good fights in practice despite them being a little on the uninspiring side on paper.
UFC 240 comes to the world from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. On commentary, we have Jon Anik and Joe Rogan with Megan Olivi handling reporting duties. As for the rules we’re under the newer rules, so you need both palms or fists flat on the mat to be considered downed (or a knee of course) and the language around scoring is clearer as well as more encouraging of 10-8 scores. We will not have the use of instant replay though.
Erik Koch has gone just 1-3 in his last four fights and is currently on a two-fight losing streak, now he’s trying to revitalize his career by moving up to welterweight for the first time. Kyle Stewart is coming off of a loss in his UFC debut, now he’s trying to avoid his first-ever losing streak and get his first UFC to win. The odds are with Stewart at a slight -120 to -110 for Koch.
Welterweight Bout: Erik Koch (15-6, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Kyle Stewart (11-2, 170.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Stewart is two inches taller and has five inches of reach on Koch. Koch comes out southpaw, and they touch gloves. Stewart lands a sidekick to the body than a couple of leg kicks. Koch tries a high kick that’s mostly blocked. Left lands for Koch. The “woo’s” have already started and I hate all the fans. Stewart lands a right, Koch responds with a rush then ties up in a clinch. Koch gets a body lock but is struggling to get the takedown. Stewart spins Koch to the fence, Koch spins him back but eats a knee to the body. They continue battling for the position then Koch pulls free. Koch lands a body kick. Stewart tries the double leg now and they wind up clinched on the fence again. They trade elbows then separate. Stewart lands a right then an inside leg kick. Both guys are breathing a little heavy for my liking after just four minutes of fighting. Blitz from Stewart and they clinch up again. Knee to the body from Koch lands as Stewart is trying to change levels. The round will come to a close in the clinch.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Koch but could go either way
ROUND TWO: Stewart comes out showing the lead hand, and they clash on punches. Koch lands a body kick. Stewart lands a hard right along the fence and they clinch up. A few knees to the thigh from Stewart, Koch is thinking about a guillotine and uses it to spin Stewart to the cage. Koch gets an inside trip but Stewart pops back up. More jockeying for position, Koch gets a bit of a trip but again can’t secure position. Stewart tries a single leg but slips and winds up on the bottom with Koch on top in side control. Koch is looking to set up an arm triangle but winds up in half guard. Stewart is looking to wall walk but Koch is punching him or threatening his neck. Stewart is back up and they remain clinched. Both guys are very tired. Stewart lands an elbow and the round will come to a close.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Koch, 20-18 Koch overall
ROUND THREE: Stewart is coming forward this round, he’s backing Koch towards the fence and they trade rights then clinch. Stewart lands a knee in the clinch and forces the separation. Bit of a left from Koch and they clinch again. Koch gets a takedown and Stewart is sitting along the fence. Stewart is back up but still clinched, and they break. Both guys are too gassed to actually strike at this point. Stewart tries a double leg, Koch sprawls and moves to the ride position, Stewart back up and we’re back in the clinch. Koch gets an outside trip and lands in half guard. Koch is after that arm-triangle choke again but the cage is in his way and he’s stuck in half guard right now. Full mount now for Koch and he lands an elbow. Stewart shrimps to half guard, Koch threatens the arm triangle again and is looking to use that to pass again. Another choke attempt from Koch, he uses it to get the mount. Punches from Koch and he’s now more on a hip or the back and is teeing off a bit as the clock runs down.
SCORECARD: 10-8 Koch, 30-26 Koch overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Erik Koch via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
No issues with Koch getting the first. Mic time for Koch, who’s asked about fighting at welterweight now after all the featherweight time he put in and he says that cutting weight in modern MMA is a bit overrated and he’s good at 170. He talks about needing to fight dirty a bit and mentions losing his father a year ago and dedicates the win to him. To close he mentions he can grind as well as strike.
Gillian Robertson has gone 3-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a win, now she’s trying for her second UFC winning streak while working her way up the ranks. Sarah Frota dropped her UFC debut to Livia Souza earlier this year in about where she also badly missed weight, now she’s trying to put that behind her up a division and get her first UFC to win. Robertson is the -145 favorite to +115 for Frota.
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Gillian Robertson (6-3, 125 lbs.) vs. Sarah Frota (9-1, 125 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Frota is an inch and a half taller and has six inches of reach advantage. Southpaw for Frota. Robertson with a front kick to the face, and Frota lands a counter left. Sidekicks to the thigh from Robertson, then they clinch up and Robertson gets a takedown. Frota has half guard, quickly gets to full guard and is threatening with her guard. Robertson has a bit of a knee slice pass going on but her leg is more stuck than actually pushing through. A few elbows from Robertson then a right as she’s trying to open up the guard. They wind up inverted, so Frota has a kind of donkey guard going on and moves to a body triangle. Robertson with a few hammer fists, Frota actually tosses up a reverse triangle choke that gets a locked position. There’s no real bite on the neck though and she’s having to try and adjust. Robertson gets her arm out of danger and winds up in side control. Some elbows from Robertson and Frota is bleeding around the left eyebrow. Frota gets to half guard, Robertson is looking for a double wrist lock and instead lands some elbows to try and open that up. The round will close out in that spot.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Robertson
ROUND TWO: Robertson is circling early, lands a body kick. Frota is coming forward but is just kind of following. Robertson gets a single leg and spins her down with relative ease and lands in half guard. Punches and elbows from Robertson, she’s trying to target the cut on her eyebrow. Frota is trying to get her legs in play and move to a leg entanglement. Hammer fists from Frota but she loses the leg position and Robertson settles on top in full guard. Frota tries rubber guard, Robertson passes to side control. Robertson thinks about mount but gets stuck in half guard again. Now Frota tries an arm triangle from the bottom, Robertson seems unconcerned and moves to full mount then lands an elbow. More elbows from Robertson. Robertson with some more elbows, she’s looking to tee off and is able to land enough in succession to get the ref to stop things.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Gillian Robertson via TKO, elbows, at 4:13 of Round 2
Mic time for Robertson after that, her first-ever finish via strikes. She says the game plan was to work the grappling as usual and feels hyped about getting her first TKO. She mentions being ready for the long guard game of Frota then talks us through the finish, noting she wants to be the most active fighter in the UFC.
Here’s the finish. Robertson has a solid and very high mount that Frota is too gassed to deal with and Robertson unloads with elbows until the ref waves things off.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 27, 2019
That will do it for Fight Pass prelims, now to ESPN 2 for the rest of the prelims.
Alexandre Pantoja is on a three-fight winning streak and is 5-1 overall in the UFC, now he’s trying to get that to four in a row and get a bit of job security as the flyweight division seems to be on the ropes. Deiveson Figueiredo is coming off of his first-ever loss when he was bested by Jussier Formiga, now he’s trying to rebound and also lay claim to continued employment even if the division closes up.