UFC on ESPN+ 42 (UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal, UFC Vegas 17, UFC Fight Night 183) took place Saturday, December 19th from the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Main Card (Live on ESPN+, 7:00 PM EST)
-Stephen Thompson defeated Geoff Neal by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
-Jose Aldo defeated Marlon Vera by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Michel Pereira defeated Khaos Williams by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Rob Font defeated Marlon Moraes by TKO (Strikes, Round 1, 3:47)
-Marcin Tybura defeated Greg Hardy by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 4:31)
Preliminary Bouts (Live on ESPN+, 4:00 PM EST)
-Anthony Pettis defeated Alex Morono by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Pannie Kianzad defeated Sijara Eubanks by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Deron Winn defeated Antonio Arroyo by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Taila Santos defeated Gillian Robertson by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
-Tafon Nchukwi defeated Jamie Pickett by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
-Jimmy Flick defeated Cody Durden by Submission (Triangle Choke, Round 1, 3:18)
-Christos Giagos defeated Carlton Minus by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
A welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev was initially scheduled to serve headline this event. On November 29, it was announced that Chimaev had tested positive for COVID-19, but was expected to be able to compete. In turn, Edwards pulled out two days later after also testing positive. His case was worse than Chimaev's and he was still suffering from severe symptoms of the disease. The promotion is expected to keep the bout intact and reschedule the pairing for a future event in early 2021.
The original co-main event, a welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal is now expected to serve as the event headliner.
A flyweight bout between Matt Schnell and Tyson Nam was expected to take place at the event. The pairing was previously scheduled to take place in September at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill. However, the fight was cancelled on the day of the event's weigh-in as Schnell was deemed medically unfit to compete due to complications related to his weight cut. They are now expected to meet at UFC Fight Night 185.
A welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad and Sean Brady was expected to take place at this event. However in late October, Muhammad revealed that Brady had a broken nose and had to pull out of their bout. He was replaced by Dhiego Lima. Subsequently, Muhammad was diagnosed with COVID-19 during the week leading up to the event and the bout was scrapped. The pairing is expected to be left intact and rescheduled for a future event in early 2021.
Deron Winn and Antônio Braga Neto were expected to meet in a middleweight bout at the event. In turn, Braga Neto was removed from the contest due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by Antônio Arroyo, thus changing the contest to a catchweight of 195 pounds. [source : wikipedia.com]