02 August 2020 02:35
In the main event, middleweight contenders Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan battle it out to build their resumes in the hopes of possibly securing a 185-pound title shot in the future. Brunson's lengthy UFC career has seen him become one of the toughest gatekeepers across all weight classes, losing only to the elite of the middleweight division while halting the ascent of many mid-tier contenders. In the co-main event, Joanne Calderwood steps into the Octagon against Jennifer Maia in a bout that risks Calderwood's spot as the top contender to the women's flyweight championship. The six-fight main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+ after preliminary bouts that begin at 7 p.m. UFC Fight Night card and results © File photo LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 31: (L-R) Opponents Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on July 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 31 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results.
In the main event, rising middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan looks to make a name for himself with a signature win against Derek Brunson. And in the co-headliner, Joanne Calderwood, who is forgoing a title shot, takes on Jennifer Maia in a women's flyweight bout. Round 1 – Saenz lands a right hand, followed by another right hand, followed by a takedown. Martinez lands a low kick. Records: Jonathan Martinez (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs.
Gutierrez postures up and lands a series of punches. Durden still has Gutierrez's back, but Gutierrez is now face-up. With less than 10 seconds left, Gutierrez rolls and lands on top of Durden. Round 2 – Gutierrez opens up with a hard leg kick – and two more. Durden is pushing Gutierrez against the fence.
Gutierrez lands another leg kick. Durden ties up Gutierrez in a single leg attempt. Gutierrez leverages Durden and rolls on top, all the while holding onto the submission attempt. Round 3 – Gutierrez lands a high kick. Durden lands a low kick. Durden returns to favor from earlier and kicks Gutierrez in the groin. Gutierrez only needs a few seconds after the timeout and the action resumes. Durden lands a leg kick. Gutierrez lands a spinning back kick. Durden shoots for a half-hearted takedown but pulls up before he gets to Gutierrez. Durden shoots for another takedown but Gutierrez pushes him away. Durden shoots again – this time on a single-leg. As Durden is fighting for a leg, Gutierrez cranks him with a punch. Gutierrez goes back to his leg kicks, landing a pair. Gutierrez lands a few punches and stands up. Records: Chris Gutierrez (15-3-2 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Cody Durden (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) Emmers lands a series of knees in the clinch. Cachero lands a leg kick. Cachero shoves Emmers down after catching a kick. Emmers pops up and grabs hold of Cachero. They separate and Cachero lands a low blow. Emmers lands a low kick. Cachero lands to the body with a punch. Emmers lands a knee. Cachero shoots for a takedown but Emmers stuffs it. Emmers goes back to the clinch, landing knees. Cachero ties him up and pushes Emmers against the fence. Emmers shoots for a takedown and gets it. Cachero gets up but Emmers still has a hold of him. They separate and Emmers lands a combination. Emmers lands a right hand and ducks out of a Cachero right hand. Emmers lands a punch. Emmers responds with a leg kick. Emmers appears to be landing the harder shots but Cachero won't' go down. Cachero lands a nice punch but Emmers takes him down. Round 3 – Emmers lands a right hand. Emmers lands a combination and shoots for a takedown. Emmers shoots again and gets it. Cachero tries to squirm away but Emmers passes to half guard. Emmers is pushing him against the fence. Emmers shoots for a takedown. He's pushing Cachero against the fence. Emmers lands a hard knee to Cachero's head. Emmers lands in side control. Cachero gives up his back and Emmers grabs hold with double hooks. Emmers mounts Cachero right before the horn sounds. Records: Vincent Cachero (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Jamall Emmers (18-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) Round 1 – Munoz comes out kick-heavy. Maness gets aggressive but doesn't land anything. Munoz ducks under a Maness punch attempt and grabs hold of the body. Munoz walks Maness to the fence. Munoz knees Maness in the groin. The action resumes and Munoz hits Maness in the groin again. Munoz ties up Maness and tries to take him down. Munoz gets Maness to the mat. Munoz lands hard ground-and-pound. Maness rolls over and Munoz flattens him out. Munoz lands hard punches and Maness is saved by the bell. Munoz shoots for a takedown but Maness defends. Maness lands a right hand. Maness stuffs but Munoz grabs under-hooks on the way to their feet. Munoz pushes Maness against the fence. He's pushing Maness against the fence. Maness defends but Munoz is back to pushing Maness against the fence. Munoz shoots for a single-leg and gets it. Munoz hits Maness in the cup in the opening exchange. The action resumes and Munoz shoots for a takedown. Maness stays upright but Munoz is pushing him against the fence. Munoz continues to shove Maness into the cage. Referee Mark Smith separates them and Maness comes out of the reset gunning. Maness grabs double under-hooks and gets Munoz down. Records: Nate Maness (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Johnny Munoz (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) Chris Gutierrez, Cody Durden make history in unanimous draw at UFC on ESPN+31 Gerald Meerschaert tests positive for COVID-19; Ed Herman fight off UFC on ESPN+ 31 Trevin Giles plans on knocking Kevin Holland out of his comfort zone at UFC on ESPN+ 31 Another UFC fight has been called off after a fighter tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before the event was set to begin. The UFC's Gerald Meerschaert announced Saturday that his matchup with Ed Herman at Saturday's UFC Fight Night was off after testing positive for the coronavirus. A win could position Shahbazyan for a title fight and a shot at becoming the youngest champion in UFC history. Little more than an hour before UFC on ESPN+ 31 is set to begin, the card lost a notable fight between Gerald Meerschaert and Ed Herman. Vicente Luque Bobby Green vs. Johnny Munoz Vince Cachero vs. Jamall Emmers Cody Durden vs.