LONDON – MMA Junkie was on scene, reporting live from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 204 event, and provided play-by-play and official results.
UFC Fight Night 204 took place at the O2 in London. The card streamed on ESPN+.
In the main event, Alexander Volkov (34-10 MMA, 8-4 UFC) took on Tom Aspinall (12-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at heavyweight. In the co-feature, Arnold Allen (18-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) met Dan Hooker (21-12 MMA, 11-8 UFC) at featherweight.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 204 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters Mike Bohn (@mikebohnmma) and Abbey Subhan (@kammakaze) on Twitter.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
Round 1 – They sprint to the center of the cage to meet, as the energy between these two has been high all week. They both offer quick kicks and then get back to size each other up. Mokaev lands a flying knee out of nowhere and Durden goes down. Durden quickly tries to scramble back up and get a takedown, but gets caught in a guillotine. Durden lifts and slams Mokaev, but the choke is still in deep. Durden tries to escape but he can’t and has to tap. What a finish to start the card, and what a debut for Mokaev.
Result: Muhammad Mokaev def. Cody Durden via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:58
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 video: Muhammad Mokaev takes out Cody Durden in 58 seconds in highly awaited debut
Photos: Muhammad Mokaev def. Cody Durden at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Cody Durden (12-4-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC), Muhammad Mokaev (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Referee: Daniel Movahedi
Judging: Ben Cartlidge, Ahmed Korchi, Paul Sutherland
Round 1 – They touch gloves and Reed immediately lands a stiff right hand. An exchange of punches follow. Reed then goes high with a kick, followed by a side kick to the body as McKenna presses forward. A big right hand lands for Reed again, but McKenna eats it. A leg kick from Reed is answered by a quick two-punch combo from McKenna. They trade punches, with both just missing the mark on flush contact. McKenna lands a nice punch. The crowd starts to get into it and a wild exchange of punches occurs. Reed lands a quick front kick and McKenna shoots in for a takedown, resulting in a clinch against the fence. After adjusting, McKenna lifts Reed up with a high-crotch and drops her to the mat. On top in guard, McKenna lands a couple of punches to the body and a hard elbow before they return to the feet. Reed lands a hard right hand in an exchange and the round comes to an end. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Reed.
Round 2 – They trade leg kicks to start the second. McKenna sits on a two-punch combination, but only lands the first punch. Reed goes back to the right hand, followed by a leg kick a moment later. A few more quick leg kicks from Reed. A punching exchange soon follows, with both landing good shots. McKenna lands the left jab as she circles around. They trade punches again. McKenna is light on her feet and darts in for a quick one-two. Reed shakes her head after a punch from McKenna lands. Reed presses forward and lands another right hand. McKenna jabs and follows it with the left head kick, but doesn’t quite get all of it. They trade punches with Reed landing a hard left and McKenna answering back with one of her own. Reed darts in and lands another right hand. Reed lands two leg kicks and McKenna shoots in for another takedown with 10 seconds left. She gets it, but Reed pops right back up and the round ends. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Reed.
Round 3 – Reed starts the action in the final round with a quick combination of punches. They move about the cage and then trade punches as Reed controls the center. McKenna dips down for a takedown and takes the fight to the mat. Reed is able to get her in guard, and McKenna looks to land punches. A pass to half guard is blocked by Reed. McKenna lands a couple of punches from the top. Reed gets her feet on the hips, pushes off, and they return to the feet. A moment later, Reed lands a nice combination and McKenna stumbles back. Reed connects again with a nice punch, but this time McKenna lands as well. Reed just misses with a hard right hand against the fence and McKenna grabs a clinch, looking for a takedown. Reed keeps it standing though, and the fight concludes. MMA Junkie scores the third round 10-9 for Reed, giving her the fight 30-27.
Result: Elise Reed def. Cory McKenna via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: Elise Reed def. Cory McKenna at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Cory McKenna (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Elise Reed (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Referee: Rich Mitchell
Judging: Derek Cleary, Anders Ohlsson, Clemens Werner
Round 1 – Shore takes the center of the cage and they begin sizing each other up. A quick clinch by Shore, but he bails on it. They trade quick leg kicks. Valiev swings with a big overhand right and just misses, Shore returns with a punch of his own. Shore lands a right leg kick, followed by a left high kick that is blocked. Shore lands another leg kick, then a body kick, but Valiev answers with a kick of his own. A body kick lands from Shore. Valiev catches a right kick from Shore and uses it to initiate a clinch. Valiev lands a knee that goes south and the referee pauses the action. After a brief stop, they return to action in the center of the cage. Shore goes back to his quick leg kicks, but Valiev catches the second one and uses it to get a takedown. Shore doesn’t stay down long though, and keeps with the clinch on the feet. Pressing Valiev against the cage, Shore looks for a punch but Valiev separates. Back in space, they trade punches. Valiev goes to the body, then the head with punches. Shore answers back with a kick before the round ends. MMA Junkie scores the first round 10-9 Valiev.
Round 2 – The action picks up quickly in the second, as Valiev comes out firing. Shore catches a kick, answers with a punch, and uses his forward momentum to get a takedown. Valiev is quick to get back to his feet and separate, but then immediately shoots in for a takedown of his own that is completed. On top in guard, Valiev punches to the body and then looks to transition. Shore gets back to his feet, but Valiev sticks with him in the clinch. Shore eventually shakes him off and they get back to the center of the cage. Shore lands a kick to the body as Valiev lands a leg kick. They trade punches, with both landing clean. After an exchange of kicks, Shore grabs a clinch with two underhooks and presses Valiev to the cage. Shore lands a couple of nice knees after trying to drag Valiev down, but he is reversed and taken down. Shore is quick to get back up and sticks with Valiev against the cage until the round comes to an end. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Shore.
Round 3 – Valiev leads an exchange to start the third. Shore answers back in a big way, dropping Valiev with a hard one-two combination. Shore rushes in to capitalize, but Valiev is able to stay calm and get back to his feet a moment later. Valiev lets his hands go and starts clinch, but Shore shakes him off. They trade more strikes in the center of the cage. Shore looks for the clinch and Valiev jumps on a guillotine attempt. The choke appears deep, but Shore is able to adjust and work free. After a few moments on top in guard, they return to the feet, but Shore goes right back in for a single-leg attempt. Valiev is able to remain standing and they go back to the center and exchange strikes. Shore lands nicely as Valiev misses with punches. A moment later though, Valiev lands a nice punch that gets Shore’s attention. Shore lands a nice kick and follows with another hard combination that sends Valiev down to a knee. Valiev pops up and a wild exchange of punches follows. The crowd is loving the action. Shore gets Valiev down after pressing forward and the fight ends on the mat. MMA Junkie scores the third 10-9 for Shore, giving him the fight 29-28.
Result: Jack Shore def. Timur Valiev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Photos: Jack Shore def. Timur Valiev at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Jack Shore (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), Timur Valiev (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Judging: Mark Collett, David Lethaby, Vito Paolillo
Round 1 – Fast start to this one as Krylov rushes across the cage and looks for a front kick, but Craig catches it and uses it to get a takedown. Krylov ends up on top in half guard after they scrambled for position. Krylov lands a couple of short strikes while staying heavy on top and driving his forearm into Craig’s throat. Craig remains calm and gets the forearm off, but a moment later Krylov postures up and lands heavy punches before closing back down. Krylov postures up again, lands more punches as he tries to pass, but Craig threatens a triangle, ultimately keeping Krylov in guard. Craig gets two feet on the hips and pushes Krylov off to create space, and then slaps on a triangle choke in the blink of an eye, and a moment later, Krylov taps. Wow.
Result: Paul Craig def. Nikita Krylov via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:57
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 video: Paul Craig pulls off another wild submission of Nikita Krylov
Photos: Paul Craig def. Nikita Krylov at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Paul Craig (16-4-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC), Nikita Krylov (27-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: Lukasz Bosacki
Judging: Derek Cleary, Anders Ohlsson, Paul Sutherland
Round 1 – They touch gloves and begin sizing each other up in the center of the cage. Abdurakhimov tries to find the range with a couple of leg kicks early. They both offer a few punches, but nothing lands yet. Abdurakhimov slaps with an inside leg kick and one to the outside a moment later. Pavlovich lands a quick left jab, which is followed by a hard right a second later. Pavlovich charges forward with more punches, but Abdurakhimov circles away. Abdurakhimov tries to close in but is met with a hard uppercut from Pavlovich. The left jab from Pavlovich lands again. Abdurakhimov misses with an overhand right and tries to clinch, but abandons it after Pavlovich stood firm. Pavlovich lands a huge upward right hand that drops Abdurakhimov and then he swarms in. Abdurakhimov covers up as Pavlovich rains down hammerfists from the top and the referee stops the action. A couple of the strikes may have gone to the back of the head, but nevertheless, Pavlovich scores another TKO finish.
Result: Sergei Pavlovich def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:03
Photos: Sergei Pavlovich def. Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), Sergei Pavlovich (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Referee: Dan Movahedi
Judging: Ben Cartlidge, Ahmed Korchi, Clemens Werner
Round 1 – Amirkhani meets Grundy on his side of the cage, and Grundy shoots in for a takedown. Amirkhani jumps on a guillotine attempt and switches to an anaconda choke. Grundy scrambles to escape, but Amirkhani keeps with it and applies more pressure. Grundy stops moving, the referee checks on him, and he’s out cold. Flawless victory for Amirkhani.
Result: Makwan Amirkhani def. Mike Grundy via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 1, 0:57
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 video: Makwan Amirkhani chokes Mike Grundy out cold in 57 seconds
Photos: Makwan Amirkhani def. Mike Grundy at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Makwan Amirkhani (17-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC), Mike Grundy (12-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
Referee: Rich Mitchell
Judging: Mark Collett, Anders Ohlsson, Vito Paolillo
Round 1 – They touch gloves in the center and begin feeling out the range. Herbert strikes first with a punch. Herbert puts together a string of punches a moment later. Topuria lands a nice punch but is met with a huge kick. Topuria crashes to the canvas but quickly regains his composure to go for a takedown. Herbert keeps it standing, but is pressed against the cage. Topuria keeps with it, lifts, and drops Herbert to the canvas. Topuria ends up in side control, but Herbert regains guard. A couple of quick punches to the body and head from Topuria before he attempts to pass, but Herbert keeps him in guard. Herbert pushes off and gets back to his feet. The striking display from Herbert continues as his range advantage is a problem for Topuria. Marc Goddard pauses the action to give Topuria his mouthpiece that fell out. Herbert lands a nice knee up the middle to knock out Topuria’s mouthpiece again. Another nice combination of punches from Herbert before the horn. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Herbert.
Round 2 – Topuria starts pawing out the left jab and keeps the pressure high early. Herbert looks for a left kick but misses, and follows with a couple of quick left jabs. Herbert lands a nice right hand. Overhand right from Topuria lands. As Herbert gets close to the fence, Topuria goes with a right to the head, followed by a left to the body, and another a right to the head to floor Herbert. What a vicious knockout combination.
Result: Ilia Topuria def. Jai Herbert via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:07
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 video: Ilia Topuria blasts Jai Herbert with massive right hand in KO win
Photos: Ilia Topuria def. Jai Herbert at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Jai Herbert (11-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Ilia Topuria (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Judging: Derek Cleary, David Lethaby, Paul Sutherland
Round 1 – They touch gloves and McCann pressures Carolina early. McCann lands an outside leg kick, Carolina answers with a knee to the body. McCann lands a hard right hand that stuns Carolina and she swarms with a wild flurry of punches. Carolina covers up and is able to circle away to avoid the finish, but McCann doesn’t give her much time. McCann charges in with another wild flurry of punches as Carolina covers up and they eventually clinch. Carolina is cut on her nose, but is able to slow the action for a moment. They trade strikes in the center, but McCann catches Carolina with a right hand again. Another clinch follows with McCann pushing Carolina against the age. They separate after a moment and McCann keeps with the forward pressure. Carolina tries for a jumping knee but is easily blocked by McCann, who waves a finger in her face. They continue to trade strikes. McCann catches a kick from Carolina which leads to another flurry of hard punches from McCann. Carolina covers up as the crowd grows louder, but once again, Carolina is able to grab a hold of McCann to slow her down. They separate again and get back to trading in the center. Another kick is caught by McCann, but lets it go this time. McCann tries a wheel kick but misses. McCann is feeling herself and hits a shuffle to taunt Carolina. One more exchange ending in a McCann right hand before the horn. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for McCann.
Round 2 – They immediately get back to trading strikes and quickly clinch against the cage. Carolina pushes her off and offers a kick on the exit. McCann stays with the forward movement. Carolina lands a nice knee up the middle. McCann charges forward with a combination and then gets a takedown. Settling in side control, McCann lands a couple of knees to the body as Carolina attempts to hold on to stop her progression. After the action stalls, McCann decides to get back up and they return to the feet. McCann gets right back to punching as Carolina lands a knee to the body from the clinch. Back against the fence, Carolina looks to pull the head down and a couple of strikes as they separate. McCann lifts Carolina over her head and gets a big slam just seconds before the horn sounds. MMA Junkie scores the second 10-9 for McCann.
Round 3 – They hug to start the final round and get right back to intense striking exchanges. Carolina goes to the head with kicks and turns up the pressure, leading the charge early. McCann clinches to slow Carolina down now. Carolina lands a couple of knees to the body before they get back to the center. They trade punches and McCann lands a nice punch to get the crowd cheering. Carolina answers back with strikes of her own. As Carolina closes in to clinch, McCann lands a beautiful spinning back elbow to the jaw and Carolina crashes to the mat. She’s out cold and the celebration is on for McCann. What an insane knockout!
Result: Molly McCann def. Luana Carolina via knockout (spinning back elbow) – Round 3, 1:52
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 video: Molly McCann starches Luana Carolina in KO of the Year candidate
Photos: Molly McCann def. Luana Carolina at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Luana Carolina (8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Molly McCann (12-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Referee: Daniel Movahedi
Judging: Ben Cartlidge, Ahmed Korchi, Clemens Werner
Round 1 – They touch gloves and get to feeling out the range. Sato opens with a kick that Nelson blocks. A moment later, Nelson offers one of his own, but Sato blocks it. Nelson charges forward with a nice punch but Sato circles away. Another forward charge from Nelson with a punch and he looks to clinch after this time. Sato shakes him off and they return to the center. Nelson lands a light side kick to the body. Nelson looks to grab a hold of Sato, but is brushed away. A few seconds later though, he goes in for a takedown and gets it, ending up on Sato’s back in the center of the cage. Nelson locks in the body triangle and lands a few hard right hand punches as Sato tries to cover up. Nelson rolls him over, but Sato ends up in the same position and the right hands from Nelson continue until the round ends. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Nelson.
Round 2 – Sato comes out with a little more urgency, looking to land strikes early. Nelson stays light on his feet and looks to land a right head kick. Sato blocks it and keeps pressing forward. Nelson misses with a big right hand. Another one just misses. A moment later he finds the mark to get Sato to take a step backward. Sato lands an inside leg kick. Nelson lands a right hand and feints the takedown. A moment later, he shoots for real and gets the fight back to the ground, this time ending up on top in side control. Sato tries to scramble back to his feet, but Nelson ends up on the back. He locks in the body triangle again, lands a couple of right hands, and then looks for the choke. It’s not there, so Nelson goes back to punches until the round concludes again. MMA Junkie scores the second round 10-9 for Nelson.
Round 3 – Sato comes out with a left hand but Nelson defends well. A moment later, they clinch and Nelson lands a knee to the body. Sato shakes free, just for Nelson to charge forward to clinch again. Nothing comes of it and Sato gets back to stalking Nelson. A left hand lands for Sato. Nelson times a takedown and gets the fight back to the mat. He’s quickly on the back with the body triangle locked in again with the right hand free to land punches, a similar position to the previous two rounds. This time, Nelson punches more frequently, perhaps looking to finish the fight. Sato tries to punch over his head in return, and Nelson decides to look for the rear-naked choke. Sato defends it and Nelson goes back to punching. After adjusting, Nelson looks for the choke once more, but ultimately punches until the fight ends. MMA Junkie scores the final round 10-9 for Nelson, giving him the fight 30-27.
Result: Gunnar Nelson def. Takashi Sato via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 results: Gunnar Nelson tops Takashi Sato for first win since December 2018
Photos: Gunnar Nelson def. Takashi Sato at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Gunnar Nelson (18-5-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Takashi Sato (16-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Referee: Rich Mitchell
Judging: David Lethaby, Anders Ohlsson, Paul Sutherland
Round 1 – The crowd is chanting for Pimblett as they touch gloves. Pimblett opens up with a leg kick, but Vargas presses forward, landing a clean punch. Vargas immediately gets a takedown to follow up. The crowd continues to chant for Pimblett as he works from his back, but Vargas remains heavy on top, landing a few punches. Pimblett works his way back up to his feet, but Vargas remains attached with a clinch. A moment later, Pimblett hits a beautiful hip toss and transitions to the back of Vargas. He locks in the body triangle and begins to look for the rear-naked choke. It’s locked in now and the squeeze is tight. Vargas tries to survive but he can’t escape and taps out. The crowd goes wild, and the Pimblett party is on.
Result: Paddy Pimblett def. Kazula Vargas via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:49
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 results: Paddy Pimblett rallies, submits Kazula Vargas
Photos: Paddy Pimblett def. Kazula Vargas at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Paddy Pimblett (18-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Kazula Vargas (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
Referee: Lukasz Bosaki
Round 1 – They touch gloves and the action begins with Hooker pawing out a left jab. He then lands a front kick that is answered with a pair of outside leg kicks from Allen. Hooker lands a punch and continues to press forward. Allen fires back with a kick. Hooker lands a nice combination but then Allen answers with a hard combination of his own that pops Hooker’s head back. Sensing he was hurt, Allen unleashed a furious flurry of punches. Hooker is hurt. The punches from Allen continue to pour in. Hooker covers up but stays in the pocket and clips Allen, sending him to a knee. Allen pops right back up and continues the swarm of punches. Somehow Hook survives the moment. Allen catches his breath before swarming and hurting Hooker again. A head kick starts the sequence this time. He presses forward with an onslaught of strikes, causing Hooker to cover up. The referee has seen enough. Allen gets the standing TKO finish after an incredible offensive barrage.
Result: Arnold Allen def. Dan Hooker via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:33
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 results: Arnold Allen swarms Dan Hooker for first-round TKO
Photos: Arnold Allen def. Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Arnold Allen (18-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC), Dan Hooker (21-12 MMA, 11-8 UFC)
Referee: Daniel Movahedi
Judging: Anders Ohlsson, Paul Sutherland, Clemens Werner
Round 1 – They tap gloves and a quick leg kick gets us started. Aspinall lands a nice combination of punches. Volkov backs away and lands a leg kick. Aspinall returns one, but Volkov checks it. Aspinall then closes in for a takedown and puts Volkov on his back. After securing his position on top, Aspinall postures and rains down a few elbows. He then goes to the body with a couple of punches and then back to the head for a couple of elbows. Volkov is busted open now. Volkov tries to escape, and Aspinall threatens a kimura. Nothing comes of it and Volkov is able to get back to his feet. Aspinall keeps the pressure high though, and gets back to punches. Volkov lands one of his own. Aspinall slips after a kick, but Volkov lets him back up and they touch gloves. A front kick just missed by Volkov. Aspinall slips and gets another takedown. He isolates an arm, starts to crank on the straight armlock, and Volkov taps. What a performance to close out the show.
Result: Tom Aspinall def. Alexander Volkov via submission (straight armlock) – Round 1, 3:45
Recap: UFC Fight Night 204 results: Tom Aspinall submits Alexander Volkov with ease
Photos: Tom Aspinall def. Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 204: Best photos
Records: Alexander Volkov (34-10 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Tom Aspinall (12-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Judging: Ben Cartlidge, Derek Cleary, David Lethaby
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