UFC Fight Night 201 play-by-play and live results – MMA Junkie

LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie was on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 201 event.
UFC Fight Night 201 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streamed on ESPN+.
In the main event, Johnny Walker (18-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) took on Jamahal Hill (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at light heavyweight. In the 195-pound catchweight co-feature, Kyle Daukaus (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) met short-notice replacement Jamie Pickett (13-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 201 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
Round 1 – Little time wasted as they engage. Back and forth as they feel out the range. Both looking to be active. Perrin starting to gain some momentum and ripping off punches. He’s firing in combinations as Bautista looks to evade and counter. Bautista moves inside and drives the action to the fence. He fires a knee inside. They’re working in tight. Bautista holding from the outside, and he’s able to trip the action to the canvas. Perrin posts and works to stand, eventually getting to his feet and battling to pull away. Bautista with some momentum now, but Perrin lets his hands go again. Few shots land clean. Perrin shoots from range and gets the takedown, but Bautista is quickly back to his feet. He’s in the clinch again, working from the outside. Knees traded inside. The back away and trade shots. Brief pause as Perrin loses his mouthpiece. They start again and trade in the final seconds. Good round, and MMA Junkie leans toward Bautista, 10-9.
Round 2 – Once again, they engage quickly. Big punches traded. both men having moments on the feet. Flying knee from Bautista seems to land, but Perrin is able to grab hold and start looking to work from the clinch. Knees traded inside as Bautista spins to the outside. Elbow lands clean. Perrin scrambles for a takedown but can’t hold the position. back to the feet, and Bautista lands another punch inside. He’s starting to land the better shots. Perrin able to spin off the cage and change levels, looking for the takedown. He gets Bautista off-balance but again can’t keep him there. Bautista scrambles back up and controls on the outside. Nasty elbow lands inside. Another brutal once scores after. Vicious, but Perrin unfazed. Perrin circles off the cage and pulls away, firing a combination that ends with a clean shot to the body. Perrin starting to get his hands going again. Bautista counters with a clean right hand and a kick to the legs. Another right hand lands. Perrin’s face showing the wear, but he’s moving forward. Brazilian kick from Bautista, who’s teeing off. They end there. MMA Junkie gives it again to Bautista, 10-9.
Round 3 – Perrin comes out aggressive. He’s pressing with strikes. Bautista moves well to avoid the big shots and then counters with straight punches and slapping low kicks. Perrin clinches and lands a quick hip toss, but Bautista pops right back to his feet. Bautista slips around to the back and looks for a takedown. it’s not there, so he looks to attack from the back. Perrin defends well and is able to pull away. Bautista moves forward with punches, and they’re quickly back to the clinch. Nasty elbows inside again touch the chin for Bautista. He drags Perrin to a knee. Perrin crawls back to his feet. He’s taking damage, but showing toughness. That elbow continues to drive in for Bautista. Vicious shot, but Perrin refuses to go away. Into the final minute, and Bautista drags his opponent to the floor. Bautista attacking from the top. Perrin gets his legs inside and creates a scramble, eventually working back to his feet. They end there. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Bautista, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Mario Bautista def. Jay Perrin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Mario Bautista (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Jay Perrin (10-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Keith Peterson
Judging: Mike Bell (30-27), Derek Cleary (30-27), Adalaide Byrd (30-27)
Round 1 – Pearce aggressive with his punches to start. Rodriguez looking to counter and adding in some high kicks. Pearce drives through with a takedown and gets Rodriguez to a knee, but he pops quickly back to his feet. Pearce controlling from the outside. Rodriguez tries to wrap the body. Not there, but he keeps defending well. Short strikes traded inside. Pearce controls from the outside. He changes levels and wants the takedown. Rodriguez defends and snags the guillotine. He’s adjusting and looking to get the proper squeeze. Pearce moving and adjusting and rolling, and after several tense moments, he pops his head free. Scramble follows, and Pearce is able to get to the back. He wants the neck, but Rodriguez spins inside. Pearce turns again and gets to the back. He briefly looks at the arm-triangle, but it’s not there. Rodriguez trying to turn inside but not having luck. Pearce again wants a squeeze, but it’s not there. Pearce firing in a few short punches. He ends on the back. MMA Junkie gives the first to Pearce, 10-9.
Round 2 – Rodriguez aggressive to open. They’re trading punches inside. Pearce shoots, but it’s stuffed. Rodriguez pumping the jab. Pearce shoots again, and this time he’s able to drive through and push the action to the canvas. Pearce slips to the back. Rodriguez tries to turn but winds up with his arm trapped. He pulls it free and is trying to move. He scrambles up to the feet. Pearce takes a huge swing but misses. In the clinch, and Rodriguez counters on the takedown and winds up on top. He scrambles to an armbar in the transition, and it looks tight, but Pearce is able to extract the limb. Pearce again works to the top. He drives in short punches. He’s on the back and tries to get the squeeze. Rodriguez forced to defend in a bad spot. He’s surviving, but Pearce in control. Rodriguez crawls to his feet. Pearce jumps the back and slips off, and Rodriguez sneaks in a few strikes before the bell. Still, MMA Junkie gives the round to Pearce, 10-9.
Round 3 – Rodriguez comes out swinging, landing with the jab and adding the right hand. Pearce walks into a big right. He shoots, but Rodriguez stuffs it and slips around to the back. He wants the choke as Pearce stands, but he winds up slipping off. Pearce on top, but Rodriguez scrambles again and gets to the back. He wants the choke, but Pearce stands. Rodriguez tees off with a few big shots that land clean. Pearce tired but shoots. Pearce able to step to mount. Rodriguez turns to give up his back. Halfway through the round. Pearce tired but holding the back. Hooks are in. Pearce looking for the choke. Rodriguez tries to sit up. Pearce still threatening the neck. Rodriguez just can’t get free. Pearce continues to tease chokes. Into the final minute. Pearce adjusting to all the escapes and staying on top. Rodriguez just can’t get free. Pearce exhausted, but he hangs on until the end. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Pearce, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Jonathan Pearce def. Christian Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Jonathan Pearce (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Christian Rodriguez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog
Judging: Tony Weeks (30-27), Chris Lee (29-28, giving Pearce rounds 1 and 2), Junichiro Kamijo (29-28, giving Pearce rounds 1 and 2)
Round 1 – Hands high for both as they pop out jabs and measure range. Strader kicks the legs a bit and then goes high. Strader drives in and lifts Anheliger in the air before slamming him down. Anheliger tried to grab the neck, but not there. He scrambles to get back to his feet. Strader still controlling from the outside. Strader tries for another takedown, but it’s not there. Back to the feet. Anheliger looking to strike, but Strader rips off a crisp combination. Low kicks traded. Strader changes levels quickly and gets Anheliger to the floor. Anheliger trying to grab the neck again, but Strader pops his head free. Anheliger turns for an arm, and Strader has to pull back and address it. That lets Anheliger up to his knees, but Strader controls from there. They scramble back to the feet, and it’s a firefight. Anheliger lands several knees, but Strader shakes it off and fires back with punches. They settle a but in the final seconds after a torrid pace throughout. Round ends on the feet, and MMA Junkie gives it to Strader, 10-9.
Round 2 – They engage again quickly. Anheliger pressing with power, while Strader moving well and lacing kicks to the legs. Back and forth before Anheliger lands a straight left that sees Strader crash to the floor. Anheliger follows, and Strader holding on to slow things down underneath. Strader gathers his wits and crawls bak to the feet, where he looks to string together punches. Anheliger still the one moving froward, and Strader a little more cautious now as they trade. Anheliger slips on a high kick, but Strader can’t get there. Into a Thai clinch with knees traded inside. Anheliger moving forward with confidence. Strader still swinging back, but he’s tiring a bit. They trade punches in the pocket. Kicks traded as well in a spirited clash. Anheliger misses a capoeira kick but follows with punches. Round ends, and MMA Junkie gives it to Anheliger, 10-9.
Round 3 – Anheliger working his jab and looking to move. Strader chasing and kicks the leg before driving through for a takedown. Second effort gets it. Anheliger pops back up, but Strader is on the back. Anheliger able to turn inside. They’re trading punches, but Strader hanging on to the single. Anheliger hops away and is able to pull free. Punches traded. Strader now has blood streaming down from his nose. Anheliger getting the best of the volume right now, but Strader is the one moving forward and looking to rifle off power shots. Anheliger with a straight punch and a kick to the legs. Big left hand lands, and Strader crashes to the canvas. Anheliger jumps on top and rips off punches. Strader trying to recover, but Anheliger accurate and powerful, and referee Herb Dean has to step in. Vicious finish.
Result: Chad Anheliger def. Jesse Strader via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:33
Recap: Chad Anheliger floors Jesse Strader for late TKO
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Chad Anheliger (12-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Jesse Strader (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1 – Belbita takes the center and tucks her chin and starts pumping out the jab. Counters from de Paula as she looks to sit back and time the returns. Belbita firing combinations, adding in bodyshots and a kick to the legs. Belbita keeping her volume high, and de Paula’s corner calling for her to get the jab going. She does fires off three punches, and she’s accurate with the strikes. Belbita continues to keep her volume high, and de Paula decides to move forward and clinch. Knees traded inside, and Belbita works to get free. Eventually they break and move back to the center. They’re trading in the middle, but it’s Belbita who is setting the tone. Both are having moments. Strikes from de Paula are finding the mark, but they’re not coming forward quite as frequently. Clinch from de Paula, and the round ends there. MMA Junkie gives it to Belbita, 10-9.
Round 2 – Belbita out quickly again, but de Paula a little busier to start. She needs to get working. Belbita still going to the head and body, mixing up her shots. Counters still the largest body of work from de Paula. She moves into the clinch. Knees traded inside. Belbita eventually able to pull away, and they reset. With Belbita attacking, de Paula stays light on her feet and is having her moments, but there is constant fire coming her way. Clinch again from de Paula, and knees traded in tight as they work agains the fence. She gets Belbita off-balance and to her knees and tries to attack the neck. Belbita controlling the hands and trying to stand, and she does work back to the feet. Now de Paula landing a few punches, but Belbita gets busy again quickly. She fires a high kick at the end. Closer, but MMA Junkie leans toward Belbita, 10-9.
Round 3 – Quick shot from de Paula, but Belbita stuffs it and sprawls out. She pushes down on the head and stands in a well-executed defense. Belbita immediately back to volume striking. No backing down from de Paula, and they continue to exchange. Brief timeout from a Belbita eyepoke, but de Paula is OK to carry on. Belbita busy with strikes, but de Paula is able to get inside and wrap the body and trip the action to the canvas. Belbita doesn’t stay there long, immediately scrambling back to her feet. She can’t quite get free, as de Paula holds a clinch. Knees traded inside. They’re eaching holding tight, with de Paula working from the outside. Not a ton of action, but short knees traded. They finally break away with less than a minute. Both women trading punches. Knees coming from de Paula, as well. High kick from de Paula. They rip off punches until the very end, working in close quarters. MMA Junkie gives the final round to de Paula, 10-9, but awards the fight to Belbita, 29-28. Judges disagree.
Result: Gloria de Paula def. Diana Belbita via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Diana Belbita (14-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Gloria de Paula (6-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
Judging: Mike Bell (29-28, giving de Paula rounds 2 and 3), Derek Cleary (29-28, giving de Paula rounds 2 and 3), Adalaide Byrd (29-28, giving de Paula rounds 2 and 3)
Round 1 – Striegl with an early low kick. He’s light on his feet and kicks high. Skelly keeping his hands high and rips off a few punches after blocking a kick. They move to the clinch, and Striegl moves to the outside. Skelly working hard inside and is able to spin off the cage. Skelly trying to slip around to the back, but Striegl turns inside and now works from the outside as they battle for position. They move to the center, and Striegl looking hard for the throw, but Skelly able to adjust and drive him to the canvas, taking the top spot. Striegl works to guard and is looking for options from his back. They’re trading punches. Skelly postures and is trying to move past the legs. Striegl looks for the upkick, but he can’t land clean. They finish there, and MMA Junkie gives it to Skelly, 10-9.
Round 2 – Striegl light on his feet again and moving in and out of range. He kicks the leg before Skelly just muscles his way into a clinch. Skelly slips to the back and drags the action to the floor, but Striegl is able to switch inside and move quickly back to his feet. Skelly is on the outside, but he eventually backs away. They trade big punches up top. Skelly lands a big elbow, and Striegl is hurt. Skelly sees it and keeps attacking. Big knee sends Striegl to the floor. Skelly keeps punching there, and this is over.
Result: Chas Skelly def. Mark Striegl via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 2, 2:01
Recap: Chas Skelly TKOs Mark Striegl, plans on ‘maybe not fighting anymore’
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Chas Skelly (19-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Mark Striegl (18-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Keith Peterson
Round 1 – Clark takes the center and moves quickly into the clinch. She presses the action to the fence, where Egger defends and looks to stay upright. They trade short knees and battle for position. Egger able to slip to the outside position, but Clark reverses it quickly. Short punches traded inside before Egger is able to hit a hip toss. Clark scrambles up and reverses with a takedown of her own, but the action moves back to the feet. Egger grabs the head and hits another beautiful hip toss. She controls from a scrafhold position. She tries to step over and grab the arm. Clark defends the first effort, but Egger adjusts and grabs it again. This time, Egger has the perfect position. She sits back and extends the limb, and Clark has to tap.
Result: Stephanie Egger def. Jessica-Rose Clark via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:44
Recap: Stephanie Egger taps Jessica-Rose Clark with slick armbar
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Jessica-Rose Clark (11-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Stephanie Egger (7-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog
Round 1 – Benitez opens with a straight left and a kick to the body. He kicks the legs, as well. Onama pressing forward with quick punches, but Benitez answers again with a flurry. Benitez with big combinations early. Onama swinging back, but Benitez getting the best of these early exchanges. Benitez leg kick buckles his opponent briefly. Onama switching stances and looking to attack down the middle. Benitez swinging back with powerful hooks. Right hand lands, and Onama is hurt. He’s trying to cover and return fire when he can. Onama shoots in, but Benitez stuffs it. Onama lands a combination. Solid shots landing from both. Onama starting to pressure, but Benitez still landing big punches as he retreats. Benitez kicks to the body. Onama walks through it and starts firing punches. He lands clean. Benitez is hurt. Onama starts rifling off shots that all are on the money, and Benitez crashes to the canvas, out cold. Brutal work.
Result: David Onama def. Gabriel Benitez via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:24
Recap: David Onama rallies for violent face-plant KO of Gabriel Benitez
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Gabriel Benitez (22-10 MMA, 6-6 UFC), David Onama (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight (Benitez weighed 148 pounds)
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
Round 1 – Buckley leaps forward with a few jabs that come up short. He fires a high kick that misses. Alhassan steady in the center and fires a kick that misses. Another Buckley kick blocked. Buckley with a lot of footwork, while Alhassan rather steady to start. Buckley spinning kick misses to the body. Alhassan slips on a high kick but pops back up. Buckley darting in and out of range, while Alhassan just waiting and unleashing power shots at the right moment. Big right from Alhassan. Buckley shoots in for a takedown. Alhassan postures and stands. Short punches from Buckley as he moves, but Alhassan pulls away. Buckley high kick blocked. Alhassan leaps in with a big right hands. Another driving takedown from Buckley. Alhassan pops quickly back to his feet. Buckley with a few body shots in tight. Alhassan with a right hand. Buckley answers with a straight left that sees Alhassan stagger just a bit. Big shots being thrown from both. Buckley with a late takedown that Alhassan stuffs and then lands a few punches at the bell. MMA Junkie gives the first to Buckley, 10-9.
Round 2 – Buckley high kick blocked. Alhassan leaps forward but pulls back on the punch. Jab lands for Alhassan. He kicks low. Buckley changes levels and leaps forward, but Alhassan defends well as they back to the cage. Buckley keeps the bodylock and drags the fight to the floor, but he can’t hold it there. Alhassan counters with a hiptoss, but Buckley scrambles back up. Buckley teeing off, but Alhassan covering well. Alhassan fires a big right hand. Buckley mixing in uppercuts now. He drills to the body, as well. Alhassan misses a big left and takes a deep breath. Alhassan lands a left hand, and Buckley thinks takedown but doesn’t take it. Alhassan now walking forward a bit. Buckley swings back and moves him to the fence. Alhassan covering well, but Buckley still finding openings to the body and head. They’re trading big punches in tight. Bombs landing in close quarters, but neither man moving. Buckley with a late takedown, and the round ends with Alhassan sitting against the cage. MMA Junkie gives it again to Buckley, 10-9.
Round 3 – Buckley lands an early left. Alhassan swings back with a right. Buckley still seems the fresher man. He’s throwing combinations against Alhassan’s single shots. Buckley moves to the clinch, but Alhassan able to reverse and get the takedown. Alhassan lands a few big right hands but misses on one that allows Buckley to stand. Alhassan still throwing hard on the feet, but it’s one at a time. They clinch, and Alhassan lands the trip. Buckley turns to the kimura grip, but Alhassan is able to pull the arm free. Buckley turns to his back and then his knees. Alhassan adjusts and takes the back, but Buckley stands anyway. Buckley trying to break free. Alhassan drags him to tehh= canvas again. Alhassan on top and lands a few short elbows. One minute left. Buckley holding half-guard and gets in a knee shield. Alhassan moves to side control, but he’s running out of time. Alhassan lands a few elbows and punches but can’t get the finish. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Alhassan, 10-9, but awards the fight to Buckley, 29-28.
Result: Joaquin Buckley def. Abdul Razak Alhassan via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Abdul Razak Alhassan (11-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC), Joaquin Buckley (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1 – Miller paws the jab as he moves forward, then adds the left behind it. Motta keeping his space for now, looking to pick his shot. Left hands traded, and Miller seems to wobble back just a bit. Motta stays back. Miller with an inside leg kick. Another scores. Motta fires a right hand that’s blocked. Miller low kick gets Motta off-balance, but he recovers. Jab from Motta. He’s been patient halfway through. He does land with a right. Miller rushes forward with a flurry. Motta digs to the body, but Miller answers up top. Miller continues to chop the leg. Superman from Miller lands clean, and he presses into the clinch. Knees inside, but Motta able to slip away. Motta with a quick high kick, but Miller fine. Miller low kick again trip Motta. He’s chopping the legs. They end on the feet, and MMA Junkie gives it to Miller, 10-9.
Round 2 – Motta a little more active to start with his hands, but Miller back to chopping the legs right away. Motta trying to get busy with punches and pull the trigger a little more, but Miller working the legs and staying in his face. Motta landing a little more frequently, but Miller counters with a big right hand that sends his opponent crashing to the canvas. Miller seizes the opportunity and hops on top with more punches until referee Keith Peterson is forced to intervene.
Result: Jim Miller def. Nikolas Motta via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:58
Recap: Jim Miller TKOs Nikolas Motta, ties ‘Cowboy’ for most wins in UFC history
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Jim Miller (34-16 MMA, 23-15 UFC), Nikolas Motta (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Keith Peterson
Round 1 – Baudot light on his feet and working from distance, moving about the cage. Porter pumping out his jab. They trade punches in the pocket before Baudot exits and tries to keep space. Baudot lands with a couple of crushing uppercuts. Porter moves close and clinches before briefly looking to change levels. Baudot defends well against the cage and is able to stay upright. Porter grinds in the clinch, refusing to give space. He’s not punching much, but he’s staying busy enough to keep the position. Baudot lifts a knee up but doesn’t quite connect. Porter finally backs away. Punches traded in the center. Baudot still moving well, and he drives in another uppercut, but Porter is quick to push the action back to the fence. Elbow over the top from Porter. Less than a minute. Baudot with a knee inside. He pulls back to the center. Porter kicks the leg. They trade shots at the bell. MMA Junkie gives it to Baudot, 10-9.
Round 2 – Baudot trying to remain mobile. Porter doing his best to just get in tight and make it grimy. He lands a front kick to the body. Porter starting to chop the legs a bit. Baudot winding up on big punches but missing. Porter gets inside on a single. Not there, so he switches to the double. Baudot able to reverse as they fall and take the top, but Porter scrambles and is able to sweep to the top. Baudot crawls back to his feet, and Porter hits him with a shoulder strike before backing away. Baudot much more flat-footed now. Porter punches and then shoots from range but doesn’t get it. They clinch, but it’s a bit of a stalemate. They break, and Baudot lands a big right hand. Porter chops the legs. Jabs traded. Porter to the legs again. Baudot lands a big uppercut right at the bell. Close round, but MMA Junkie leans toward Porter, 10-9.
Round 3 – Early exchange, and Porter is bleeding. Nose busted up. Baudot scores with a jab. Porter chops the leg, and Baudot answers with punches over the top. Baudot with a right hand, and Porter rocks back a little. Baudot with a nice uppercut, as well. Porter the one moving forward, but Baudot dealing with it well, sticking and moving and showboating a little. Halfway mark, and Porter gets in deep on the legs, but he can’t get the fight to the floor. Good sprawl from Baudot, but Porter stays with it. He muscles through and is able to finally drag the fight to the floor. Baudot flat on his back. Porter trying to isolate the left arm. Half-guard underneath, less than a minute to go. Porter steps to mount. He postures to strike. Elbows at the end. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Porter, 10-9, and awards him the fight 29-28, Going to come down to round 2, though.
Result: Parker Porter def. Alan Baudot via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Alan Baudot (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Parker Porter (13-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
Judging: Sal D’Amato (29-28, giving Porter rounds 2 and 3), Junichiro Kamijo (29-28, giving Porter rounds 2 and 3), Tony Weeks (29-28, giving Porter rounds 2 and 3)
Round 1 – Daukaus with an early low kick. He lands another and adds a few punches before changing levels and driving in for the takedown. He’s deep on a single, but Pickett is defending well and wraps the neck. As they fall, Pickett maintains control of the neck, but Daukaus seems rather unconcerned. Eventually, Daukaus pops his head out. He works to his knees and grabs the neck from the front, looking for the guillotine. Pickett safe and works to his feet, but Daukaus is still tied very tight to him and clinching inside. Pickett trying to work free, but Daukaus is able to lift him up and slam him to the floor. Pickett again just powers his way back to the feet. Daukaus tries to jump the back, but it’s not there. Daukaus lands a few right hands on the feet and then scores another takedown. Pickett alertly defending from his back, but Daukaus is in control. Daukaus trying to squeeze on a D’Arce choke in the final seconds. Pickett stuck, and he taps right at the bell. Wow.
Result: Kyle Daukaus def. Jamie Pickett via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:59
Recap: Kyle Daukaus taps Jamie Pickett at the first-round horn
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Kyle Daukaus (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Jamie Pickett (13-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Division: 195-pound catchweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean
Round 1 – Walker moving on the outside as Hill strikes a wide stance in the center. Walker kicks to the body and then kicks hard to the leg. Hill with a high kicks that’s blocked, and then Walker kicks high before firing a spinning punch and moving forward. Hill deals with it well and then slips away. Walker continues to fire out the high kick. Hill answers with big punches in tight. Walker moves to the clinch, but nothing there. Hill the one moving forward, but he’s clearly respecting the potential counters. Hill high kick glances off the shoulders. Hill right hand lands clean, and Walker is out on his feet. He falls slowly to the canvas, sprawling to the floor. Hill follows, but this is already over. Highlight-reel finish for Hill. Wow.
Result: Jamahal Hill def. Johnny Walker via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:55
Recap: Jamahal Hill sleeps Johnny Walker with first-round KO
Photos: UFC Fight Night 201: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Johnny Walker (18-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC), Jamahal Hill (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog
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