17 November 2019 00:31
UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). In the main event, Jan Blachowicz (24-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on longtime 185-pound standout Ronaldo Souza (26-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who is moving to light heavyweight for the first time. In the co-feature, Paul Craig (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) travels into hostile territory to take on former light heavyweight champion and longtime fan favorite Mauricio Rua (26-11 MMA, 10-9 UFC). Round 1 – Cortez switching stances and fires a straight punch and a front kick, but Melo stays in the pocket and fires right back. Cortez has the right leg locked down in her opponent's half-guard, and she's in complete control.
Cortez stands in the final second and kicks the legs before diving back in with big punches. MMA Junkie gives the round to Cortez, 10-9, and awards her the fight 30-27. Records: Tracy Cortez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Vanessa Melo (10-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) Round 1 – Lipski out quick and starts rifling off punches. Lipski lands right hands and slips in an elbow or two. She's getting her legs up high on the body, but Lipski pulls her arm free and stands, kicking the legs a bit before de Padua jumps back to her feet.
High kick fired, but de Padua pushes right through it and gets the fight to the floor. Lipski on top, and she's landing a couple short punches, but nothing too special. MMA Junkie gives the final round to de Padua, 10-9, but awards the fight to Lipski, 29-27. Barao looking to move and kick, but Silva de Andrade lands a crisp right down the middle. Silva de Andrade loading up on punches, but Barao moving well and answers back.
Silva de Andrade throwing hard, and Barao pushes through them to try again for the takedown. Round 3 – Silva de Andrade gets to the center, and he lands two big punches right away. Barao shoots for a takedown and gets Silva de Andrade off-balance but can't get him all the way to the floor. Silva de Andrade lands again to the body. Round ends, and MMA Junkie gives it to Silva de Andrade, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28. Records: Renan Barao (34-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC), Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) The card is headlined by longtime middleweight contender Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza making the jump to light heavyweight to take on Jan Blachowicz, one of the top contenders at 205 pounds. Brazilian legend and former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (26-11) fights in the co-main event looking to improve on his 4-1 record in his five most recent fights. Favorite Underdog Weightclass Jan Blachowicz -200 Ronaldo Souza +165 Light heavyweight Mauricio Rua -265 Paul Craig +205 Light heavyweight Charles Oliveira -375 Jared Gordan +275 Lightweight Antonio Arroyo -106 Andre Muniz -118 The UFC Sao Paulo co-main event will be graced by MMA legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who is also miraculously the promotion's #14 ranked light heavyweight. The over/under for the UFC Sao Paulo co-main event has been set at 1.5 rounds. Blachowicz is looking for another big win after knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 239 in July, pushing his record to 5-1 in his last six fights. In the co-main event, Brazilian legend and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua looks to score his second straight win when he takes on Paul Craig. Cortez landing kicks followed with punches early but Melo is countering them. Cortez still has the back and is looking to drag the fight to the mat but can't get Melo down and she lands knees to the legs. Cortez fires back some punches but Melo lands a right hand and then follows with a combo. Cortez working in the half-guard and landing lots of punches from the top as she keeps Melo pinned down. Cortez stands up and goes back to the guard with a left hand and hammerfists as the fight ends. Lipski coming out with hard shots as he is kicking the body and punching de Padua and she drops de Padua with a right hand. They get up and Lipski was landing hard punches until de Padua took her down. de Padua landing from the top and Lipski is trying to throw her legs up for an armbar. de Padua landing big punches from the top to the body as Lipski was looking for a leg lock. Lipski lands some big punches and de Padua tries a takedown but Lipski defends and ends up on top. de Padua trying for a reverse triangle choke and looks for an armbar but Lipski gets out of danger at the end. de Padua grabbing the neck looking for a choke but doesn't have it and Lipski gets into the full guard. Lipski with some right hands to the head as de Padua looking for an armbar or a triangle.> Douglas Silva de Andrade (25-3 1 NC, 3-3 UFC) vs. Andrade with a punch to the body of Barao. They trade punches and Andrade wobbles Barao with a right hand.