UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez results

The Ultimate Fighting Championship visited Phoenix, AZ on February 18 (AEDT) with UFC on ESPN which took place at Talking Stick Resort Arena. MMA event followed UFC 234 held last weekend in Melbourne, featuring the 13-fight bill with a heavyweight battle between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez serving as a headliner of the show.

A highly anticipated clash of heavyweights between the former title challenger and the former champion in the division ended prior the final horn. Ngannou got the job done in as many as 26 seconds, claiming a stoppage win against Velasquez with punches.

The co-main event featured a pair of lightweights when James Vick squared off against Paul Felder. The scheduled for three rounds bout went the distance ending in favor of the latter, who earned a unanimous decision.

Also on the main card Cynthia Calvillo scored a unanimous decision against Cortney Casey at women’s strawweight, and featherweight Kron Gracie submitted Alex Caceres in the first round.

The women’s MMA battle between Jessica Penne and Jodie Esquibel, which was featured on the early preliminary card, fell off. While warming up the morning of the fight night, Penne reportedly severely sprained her ankle and was forced to withdraw. The bout was consequently cancelled.

The complete fight results from UFC Phoenix can be found below.

Main card
Francis Ngannou def. Cain Velasquez by TKO (punches, R1 at 0:26)
Paul Felder def. James Vick by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cynthia Calvillo def. Cortney Casey by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres by submission (RNC, R1 at 2:06)
Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena by TKO (knees and punches, R3 at 4:54)
Andre Fili def. Myles Jury by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Preliminary card
Aljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez by submission (D’arce choke, R1 at 3:09)
Andrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Early prelims
Luke Sanders def. Renan Barao by TKO (R2 at 1:01)
Emily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu by submission (RNC, R1 at 1:01)