UFC on ESPN+ 37 results – as it happens
UFC on ESPN+37 (UFC on ESPN+ Moraes vs. Sandhagen) takes place Saturday, October 10th from the Flash Forum on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Main Card (Live on ESPN+, 9:00 PM EST)
-Cory Sandhagen defeated Marlon Moraes by TKO (spin kick and strikes, Round 2, 1:03)
-Edson Barboza defeated Makwan Amirkhani by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
-Marcin Tybura defeated Ben Rothwell by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
-Dricus du Plessis defeated Markus Perez by KO (punches, Round 1, 2:42)
-Tom Aspinall defeated Alan Baudot TKO (elbows and punches, Round 1, 1:35)
-llia Topuria defeated Youssef Zalal Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Bouts (Live on ESPN+, 5:00 PM EST)
-Tom Breese defeated KB Bhullar by TKO (punches, Round 1, 1:42)
-Chris Daukaus defeated Rodrigo Nascimento by KO (punches, Round 1, 0:45)
-Joaquin Buckley defeated Impa Kasanganay by KO (spinning back kick, Round 2, 2:03)
-Tony Kelley defeated Ali AlQaisi by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Giga Chikadze defeated Omar Morales by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Tracy Cortez defeated Stephanie Eggeby Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Tagir Ulanbekov defeated Bruno Gustavo da Silva by Unanimous Decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Without fans in attendance, the promotion does not have to worry about the local timing of the event, so the plan is to proceed with normal timing for prime time hours on the east coast of North America. The main card is scheduled to begin at 4:00 am (October 11) local time in Abu Dhabi, with a full preliminary card beginning at approximately 1:00 am Gulf Standard Time.
A bantamweight bout between former WSOF Bantamweight Champion and UFC Bantamweight Championship challenger Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen is expected to serve as the event headliner.
A featherweight bout between Edson Barboza and Jeremy Stephens was briefly linked to the event. However, Stephens declined the fight after indicating he did not feel the date allowed him adequate time to prepare and safely make the required weight. Barboza was scheduled to face Sodiq Yusuff instead. In turn, Yusuff pulled out of the fight on September 21 due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Makwan Amirkhani.
A flyweight bout between promotional newcomer Tagir Ulanbekov and Bruno Gustavo da Silva was expected to take place four weeks earlier at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill. However, due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pairing was rescheduled and expected to take place at this event.
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