MELJOURNE, Australia – MMAjunkie is on stage and broadcast live today's UFC 234 event, and you can join us for live play and official results starting at 7pm. ET (4:00 PT).
The event takes place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card is aired on pay-per-view after prelim in ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main main event, which should produce the next title challenger, the undefeated Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is more than a 6-1 favorite against former long-term champion date Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC).
The main event was to be a middleweight title fight between champ Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and challenger Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). But a few hours before the event, Whittaker was torn from the fight with a hernia.
Follow our round-by-round updates and official results starting at approximately 7:00 am. ET for the preliminaries of the UFC Fight Pass, 8 pm ET for the prelimi on ESPN, and 10 p.m. ET for the main pay-per-view card.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our discussion thread on UFC 234. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from the on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Turn 1 –
Records: Marcos Mariano (6-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Lando Vannata (9-3-2 MMA, 1-3-2 UFC)
Transmission: Pay per view
Round 1 – Simon rebounds with a low position, pushing Yahya back. He takes a high kick and is taken with an uppercut. Simon is aggressive at the start, and a kick pulls heavily to the right. Yahya kicks and then shoots. Simon sees him and moves away. They exchange important shots in approach, and Simon retires. Yahya works his hands in advance and catches Simon coming in. His jab is on the point. Simon hits him again with an uppercut. Digging body shot against soccer, and Yahya shoots at the open. There is no way. Then the sub artist comes to load and Simon drops it with a counter. Yahya wants to try, and Simon says nothing. A large left hook breaks Yahya and drops it, and Simon retires. Flying knee Simon is advertising. Yahya wings a kick and turns with an iron fist, then invites Simon to enter. No dice. Digging body shots from Simon, who takes his right hand and continues to press. Another uppercut scoop meets Yahya's telegraph shot. He pushes Yahya back and keeps the pressure high. Another excavation uppercut to the body. Yahya fires again and is blocked. His later punches do not have the same sting. Simon is patient. Takedown sucks for Yahya. Simon times and contrasts the ducks for a double leg. Yahya invites him to the guard and instead is kicked in the legs. Simon wants him up and presses again, chasing his head. Yahya closes with some kicks and Simon dodges a right. MMAjunkie marks the 10-9 frame for Simon.
Round 2 – Yahya hits early, including a calf. Simon presses and exchanges hard punches, sliding straight. They exchange again, and Simon throws himself with a left hook. Yahya wants a slug, maybe to open a takedown. Simon ducks under his fist and throws Yahya with a double. Yahya on his back, kicking his legs. He gets up, and Simon presses inside. Another fast duck below, but without takedown. Simon's right eye is cut by a fist that glances. Put a right hand on Yahya, who shoots back with a kick of the body. Another charge from the submissive expert and a takedown that is very far. Simon chases again, creates exchanges. Yahya lands on the right. He goes offensive, and again he is dumped. Simon digs the body. They exchange the right hands and are in their pockets. Yahya tags Simon with his right hand, and all of a sudden, Simon is in trouble. He's trying to move and get by with Yahya on him, and he's missing an elbow. Simon lands a shoulder while Yahya charges, and we're back in a familiar position. Simon falls on one knee and mentions an exchange of grappling. But no, no thanks. Dig up the body and shoot right before sliding the Yahya marker. Another charge, and he downloaded Yahya. This time, he goes to the carpet and plays at a distance. Yahya kicks illegally, and Simon approaches the guard to land a few shots before the frame finishes. MMAjunkie marks the 10-9 frame for Simon, and has 20-18.
Round 3 – They face each other and Simon digs on the body. Yahya pulls the guard off with a kick, and he lifts his legs up a triangle. Simon pulls out and raises his arms. He takes a knee and then lets Yahya go. Another duck and Simon's countermove. Yahya gets kicked. Cat and mouse, and both commercial rights. Yahya accuses and misses. Another fight while Yahya tries to convert into a takedown. Simon will not let it happen while Yahya lets himself fall behind him. Whenever Yahya approaches her legs, she widens and pulls out. Yahya gets up and is cut. It is still swinging with the right one. Simon comes back to the right, and Yahya dives again. The sprawl holds Simon at the top, and Yahya pulls back. The head kick of Yahya fails and briefly capsizes on the carpet. Simon's pressure is implacable, and it seems that Yahya is fading. Simon is jumping the jab and supports him, and his accusations are easily resolved. Another, and again hits the back. Simon hits him to pay him back, and Yahya warns him. It's time to do something quick for Yahya. Simon jostles and crushes the body and the head. He will survive this and land a flurry of land and pound as the fight ends. A barbaric scream while time expires. MMAjunkie scores frame 10-9 for Simon, who gets 30-27 shutout.
Result: Ricky Simon def. Rani Yahya by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Records: Ricky Simon (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Rani Yahya (26-10 MMA, 11-4 UFC)
Transmission: Pay per view
Referee: Steve Perceval
Round 1 – Kassem enters the club and is captured with a heavy right. De La Rosa uses it to push for the takedown, and Kassem goes paralell to the mat against the cage for a second before spilling onto the carpet. There hangs while De La Rosa beats half-guard. Kassem works to improve his position and remove the pressure. He gets up and takes a hard left in the face. De La Rosa is working to pass, but against the cage, there is not much room for work. So instead, he traps an arm and uses it with his fists. Kassem recovers the guard, and De La Rosa pulls out before a diver can be deployed. Kassem goes with a high guard while De La Rosa continues to punch from the top. He goes halfway through the guard, and De La Rosa continues to score in a one-way round. Kassem stops the guard and De La Rosa almost halves. The fists continue to arrive. Less than a minute to go. De La Rosa pauses for a second; she is working very hard. The attempt to sweep fails for Kassem, but manages to reverse north-south. De La Rosa responds by trapping an arm and cranking a kimura while time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the 10-8 frame for De La Rosa.
Round 2 – Kassem forward again and kicks, opening another charge from De La Rosa. It is not long before Kassem is right where he was before. This time, try to block the control of the mission. But the position is not there, and she has returned half-guard to eating punches. De La Rosa traps one arm and fires at the elbows. Kassem tries to light up, but her trapped arm is holding her in place. De La Rosa kneels on her stomach and then goes up the mountain. You attach a mounted triangle and then switch to an armed bar while Kassem rolls. Kassem will not touch, even if De La Rosa arches. De La Rosa still has the triangle and again mounts. Elbows from the top. Kassem has just finished pecking. Now De La Rosa returns to her arm, and she becomes belly down. There is no visual touch, but the referee Hickmott intervenes on an apparent verbal submission. Dominant victory for De La Rosa.
Result: Montana De La Rosa def. Nadia Kassem through submission (armbar) – Round 2, 2:37
recap: Domina Montana De La Rosa, suffers Nadia Kassem
Photos: Montana De La Rosa against Nadia Kassem
Records: Montana De La Rosa (10-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Nadia Kassem (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Living weight of women
Ranking: The mention of De La Rosa's honor
Transmission: Pay per view
Referee: Peter Hickmott
Round 1 – Crute head off the front kick and hit forward with more kicks. Alvey loses his counterattack, but briefly rejects his opponent. He crutches the plants and explodes them with a blow. Alvey waits his turn. He wants the right hook in, but Crute is kicking him and quick shots before he can answer. Heavy soccer from Crute. Alvey is just at the next exchange with a counter. The kick in the legs is taking him while he hits. A nice jab deflated a header, and Crute hits him with a right hook and drops it. Crute approaches and then leaves, thinking he has the knockout knockout. Goddard is not ready to make that call and Crute returns to work. A header from Crute is captured and capsized on the carpet. Crute stops at Alvey's back and is running at full speed and Goddard intervenes to stop him. Alvey opens immediately and protests the interruption. It is apopletic; there is not a smile in sight. Replay shows that he was charging with a fist when he landed the right to alter the fight.
ResultJim Crute def. Sam Alvey via TKO (strike) – Round 1, 2:49
recap: Jim Crute TKOs Sam Alvey, who protested the interruption
Photos: Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey
Records: Sam Alvey (33-12 MMA, 10-7 UFC), Jim Crute (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Light maximum weight
Transmission: Pay per view
Referee: Marc Goddard
Round 1: Smith chased early. Respect of both while measuring each other. Kim turns and is kicked in the legs. Smith knocks with a blow and tries the right. Kim takes another leg and changes position. Smith goes high with a kick and is stuck. He sits on a two piece and is short. So far, neither has really let go. Smith goes to the body and his upstairs shooting is blocked. Another calf kick for Smith, who is still looking for the right one. Kim takes a quick shot. He wants to come back with something, but he's hesitating. Smith tags the calf again and then tries to go high. Ninety seconds have passed and nothing has happened. Kim's lead leg has taken. Then Kim's chin reaches one-two, and is immediately staggering. Another right uppercut tags it, and a left hook and a right hook. Kim approaches the carpet and Smith closes the show with the hammers of hell. Another first round for Smith.
Result: Devonte Smith def. "Master" Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (strike) – Round 1, 3:53
recap: Devonte Smith soon points to Dong Hyun Ma, ends with burst
Photos: Devons Smith vs. "Master" Dong Hyun Kim
Records: "Master" Dong Hyun Kim (16-9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), Devonte Smith (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1 – Young pressures Arnett early, working low and high blows before popping right right. Arnett walks away and opens his own jab. The young man seems to have a slight advantage in speed, but Arnett's height makes it difficult to take. The young still exert pressure on the inside and land the right hands on the head and on the body. Arnett answers with a ladder to the left that is clean. He begins to work his jab while Young kicks down. Arnett seems to have found his ray of action, but Young's pressure is paying dividends. Young cliche briefly, and Arnett opens his jab and resets himself to the next approach. Arnett starts retouching Young with tokens. Young is aggressive, but he is rigid. Arnett is free and makes him burst regularly fist. Young continues to advance in the hope of landing something big. Instead, it's an inner kick that drives Arnett to boldly say, "Ow". Then, Arnett loosens up with more jabs and straights that find their target. Arnett has styling in his rhythm, he stops when Young approaches and then hits him with a jab. The aggressive of Young, finally, repays and lands four straight hooks that open only one attempt. It is a good conclusion for the first frame, but MMAjunkie scores 10-9 for Arnett.
Round 2 – Young goes low with early kicks and resumes his pressure-based attack. Nice football for Young. Arnett returns to his jab, and Young finds an overhand right. The early volume is in the corner of Young. A head kick slams into Young's guard, and a shot goes off. Arnett takes a hard hit and then repays with a couple of shots. Young man is ringing it now. But Arnett turns and makes a couple of good shots. Young still chases and comes back. Arnett is adapting now and is having more success with the left one. Young walks straight straight upright. Once again, Young seems to slow down while Arnett works counter-play. Nice blow of body, however, by Young. More shots from Arnett, and the butt kick is almost good. Young people playing the bull, and Arnett goes away and bursts that blow. Once again, Young finds his right hand and then attacks the body. Arnett can see the attacks coming, and they land again. Young hits him with a right and becomes a berserker with heavier hooks. Arnett is tagged over and over again. The young are almost captured by a guillotine and Arnett goes back to rocking. They're selling heavy shots close up, and Arnett is yelling at Young while he's cutting and firing. It looks dramatic, but has worn most of the damage, so MMAjunkie gives it to Young 10-9 for the 19-19 game.
Round 3 – Young back offensive, pawing in with the hooks. Arnett meets him with a right hand right, then opens a triple jab. Well, just kick for Arnett, and Young goes back to shooting. The scale on the left is over for Arnett until now, and Young is tagging the body regularly. He's splintering the American, who wants that big straight right. Jab is still there all night for Arnett. Young people keep coming and make things happen. Even if he misses him, he keeps firing and scores points. Arnett begins and lacks an overhand right. He returns to the blow and Young chases him. Beautiful maneuver by Young, one of the first times he finished in his pocket. Ninety seconds at the end, and Young's right meets with a trio of shots. Arnett nearly lands that high kick, and Young chases him and lands another blast of shots. Arnett loses the game of volume again. His right is short, and Young charges with another combo. Arnett starts to find the counter and they trade closely. Both land big shots. The young man is dropped to a knee with his right hand. But time runs out before Young can put it away and we go to the scorecards. Cancel 10-9 for Young, who gets 29-28.
Result: Shane Young def. Austin Arnett by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Records: Austin Arnett (16-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Shane Young (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Referee: Greg Kleynjan
Round 1 – Paiva looking for kicks to counter Kara-France. Turning from Kara-France, which lands a hard right hand, but Paiva bounces back and clears. Another overhand right for Kara-France, and Paiva tries in vain to shoot. Lots of side movement from Kara-France, which takes some light kicks into the leg. Paiva responds to an approach with a burst of punches and then accuses him for a takedown. Single against the fence fails and Paiva retires. They exchange blows. Kara-France is almost caught by a jump to a switch, and Paiva takes some hard punches in transition. Paiva has a chin, however, and holds the center of the cage while Kara-France turns and looks for a way to enter. Paiva goes back to the next approach, but the next one pulls another hard right for Kara-France, who is definitely the most effective fighter at the start. Paiva runs for a takedown and fails to take control of the flanks of Kara-France, so he is forced to resume the cage of the center. Another charge attracts the guard of Kara-France and Kara-France attacks the body with a blow. Paiva with a kick on his head and a knee that jumps, and time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the 10-9 frame for Kara-France.
Round 2 – Paiva more active in the early stages, mixing kicks and punches while backing up Kara-France, who shoots in response. Paiva's Sprawl, and takes the first position and goes to the side check. Pugni da Paiva, and Kara-France explodes on his feet. He climbs and connects with a pair of punches, and they are back to pull it out – until Kara-France fires again. Paiva puts it on and checks against the fence. Follow the knees. Kara-France comes off with a hook and Paiva covers herself. Paiva chooses the punches of Kara-France better in this round; his timing is there in this round. Kara-France's leg kick is intercepted and is forced to reset when the tokens arrive fast and hard. Knee meets Kara-France, who threw himself on the canvas. Standing above his head, Paiva throws his fists from the top. Kara-France bicyles her legs and lands a blow shot before jumping back on her feet. Kara-France with a big straight to the right, and Paiva blinks and shoots again in the next exchange. The kicks push Kara-France back. Paiva's left front is cut off. Against the next exchange of Kara-France with bruising that forced the retreat. Another hard leg kick for Paiva, who still controls the center of the cage. He's getting caught up with this, but he comes back with his own voice and wins by volume. They trade a short distance before Kara-France grabs a leg and almost pays a defensive interval with a guillotine valve that Paiva died by right. MMAjunkie marks the 10-9 frame for Paiva, and we are also at 19-19.
Round 3 – Anyone who fights right now, and Kara-France comes swinging. It stops when Paiva contrasts and restores. Bello da Paiva, who follows with kicks. Beautiful combination in neighboring lands for Paiva, which is winning inside. Beautiful inside the leg kick. Volume again from Paiva. When Kara-France arrives with a stroke, she gets six in response. Kara-France finds her right hand again and almost stumbles. Paiva loads after taking a kick and nails Kara-France directly to the gonads. We stop. Goddard throws a strong warning and we leave again. They are trading immediately, and Pavia is the most precise fighter up close. Kara-France rips the veal and gets warm. Paiva dodges and pushes back with a kick. He is working the uppercut inside in hopes of capturing incoming Kara-France. Kara-France is lighting up at the counter, and he goes for the takedown. Paiva threatens the guillotine to get back on its feet quickly. Kara-France takes a kick and looks with a few strokes. Less than two minutes to go. Kara-France still moves sideways and Paiva fights high. Kara-France lands a right hand when Paiva becomes a little too impatient, but is tagged inside the next exchange. Kara-France is not adapting well to the volume, but her right hand is still good. Paiva nails him with a left in the next exchange, and both raise their hands. Kara-France takes a last hit and briefly downloads Paiva to end the fight. Very close, but MMAjunkie scores 10-9 for Paiva for 29-28. Given the position, a 29-28 otherwise is completely expected.
Result: Kai Kara-France def. Raulian Paiva by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Records: Kai Kara-France (19-7 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Raulian Paiva (18-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Round 1 – Ishihara rips her legs away as Kang presses. They kick more kicks to the body, and Ishihara looks for a right hook over the top. Kang surprises him straight while he walks around. They kicked each other with kicks to the legs and a right hook of control from Ishihara lands. Kang wants to engage and Kang is hit with his right hand. He approaches the carpet and invites an exchange of sockets. Ishihara wants to stand up, and Kang stands up and nails him with a blow. Ishihara repays with his own fist, and they exchange again before catching their breath. Kang accuses again and chops Ishihara to pieces with one knee in his throat. Ishihara lets himself fall on the carpet, he is in grave danger against the fence. They are both swinging against the cage. Technique out of the window like both cars. Ishihara fades and gets taken from the knees. Eventually, Kang goes down for a takedown to give some rest to his lungs, and drops Ishihara before he takes his back. Too high, it is disappearing. He manages to resist and gains back control. Ishihara grabs the fence, but it does not do him good. Kang suffocates and Ishihara falls asleep. A check from Dean confirms it and the fight is over. Heck of a first round and heck of a fight.
Result: Kyung Ho Kang def. Teruto Ishihara through submission (naked back choke) – Round 1, 3:59
recap: Kyung Ho Kang suffocates Teruto Ishihara after the pack
Photos: Kyung Ho Kang against Teruto Ishihara
Records: Teruto Ishihara (10-7-2 MMA, 3-5-1 UFC), Kyung Ho Kang (15-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1 – Aggressive Potter early with fists and a takedown charge. Turner flips down and gets up when Potter tries to fix a limb, first and then arm and then leg. Turner and they are standing again. Punches straight from Turner, who tears Potter to pieces with a right hook, then follows with a combination of punches – right hook, body kick, right hook – that send the newcomer UFC to the mat. With more left hands, Potter is clearly out, and the referee intervenes to save him.
Result: Jalin Turner def. Callan Potter via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:53
recap: Jalin Turner does the fast work of Callan Potter with a 53 second KO
Photos: Jalin Turner against Callan Potter
Records: Callan Potter (17-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Jalin Turner (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Transmission: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Peter Hickmott
Round 1 – Martinez starts early with his football. Striking his lead leg, he kicks kicking out of Buren, steps in warm with his right hand before pressing for the takedown. He takes it shortly after hitting the fence, and punches while Martinez closes the guard. The attempt to pass meets resistance, but wraps his head and almost gets to mount before Martinez climbs and presses for his own takedown. Buren's guillotine counter, which is suspended while Martinez works to pass the legs. Now, Buren is holding on while Martinez works a little from the lateral check. Buren rolls on his knees, and Martinez puts a hook. Fists to soften Buren, who pulls himself to prevent Martinez from making himself square behind him. Martinez still has a body lock and rides Buren as he heads toward the fence, but Buren turns and faces his enemy as he stands against the fence. Martinez comes off and slides on a high kick. Buren is now punching and trying to keep the first position while Martinez shoots. He lands on guard with little time and avoids a fist arm bar from the top. Martinez turns around and wraps his head in a choke when time runs out. MMAjunkie marks the 10-9 frame for Buren.
Round 2 – Kicks are exchanged at the beginning with the highest Martinez rhythm. Buren jumps with one knee and follows with a kick of the body. Martinez contrasts with a nice twist on Buren's next approach, and resets. Buren wants to exchange hands, but Martinez is giving him a lot to think from a distance. In the breaks, Martinez attacks the lead leg with an oblique kick. Martinez on one point with a combination of combos as Buren approaches. Buren ducks under for a takedown and fights through a guillotine to get half a guard. Pass the attempt, and Martinez struggles to recover. Martinez sweeps and lands on guard with half the round left to work. Buren pulls out his sweeper and uses a hook to stay on top half-guard. Martinez climbs and Buren takes his back, but can not hold it and ends up with Martinez behind him. An attempt to slam is not good, but Martinez crashes on his opponent against the cage and hits with a fist. Buren tries to stand up, and his fists and Martinez's forearm on his neck keep him honest. Martinez puts his knees on his legs while Buren stands up, and the bell rings. MMAjunkie marks the second frame 10-9 for Martinez, and we are all at 19.
Round 3 – Martinez rejects as Buren approaches. Another blow, and Martinez can not stop it. Buren in mount with Martinez sitting against the cage. Buren turns them to the carpet and Martinez's cage walks out. Instead, walk straight in one arm. He looks back, but he approaches and reaches behind. The fists fly and Buren crouches from his hands and knees as he pinches an arm and tries to stop the back. Martinez falls in love again while Buren tries to climb, and when Buren turns, he gets back on his feet. Buren will not accept it and surrenders again. Mount again when Buren can not escape. Now, in a backward position, Martinez runs off. Buren climbs to a slightly better position and then manages to turn himself on guard. Martinez seeks submission, but Buren stands out and punches. Go to the lateral check and then try a guillotine while Martinez climbs. Installation of Anaconda, and Martinez climbs and stretches against the fence. Buren abandons the shot and turns to his back, where Martinez breaks free with little time. Big punches from Martinez while Buren pulls on his hands and knees. Time expired, and MMAjunkie scores 10-9 for Martinez.
Result: Jonathan Martinez def. Wuliji Buren (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
recap: Jonathan Martinez outworks Wuliji Buren by unanimous decision
Photos: Jonathan Martinez v Wuliji Buren
Records: Wuliji Buren (11-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC), Jonathan Martinez (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Transmission: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Greg Kleynjan
Turn 1 –
Records: Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC)
Division: Medium weight
Ranking: Adesanya n. 8, Silva n. 10
Transmission: Pay per view