UFC Fight Night: Ngannou vs. Velasquez live results

Ahead of UFC Fight Night: Phoenix’s main event between Cain Velasquez and Francis Ngannou, the card had a multitude of crucial undercard matchups. Here’s what went down.

Andrea Lee defeats Ashlee Evans-Smith by unanimous decision

Lee was relentless with her attack of punches and kicks, but it might have been her defense that won her this flyweight fight against Evans-Smith, a former collegiate wrestler who was fended off on all but one of her takedown attempts.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Lee (10-2), who won her sixth in a row. Evans-Smith (6-4) was a step behind while the fight was standing, and she took a beating in losing for the third time in her last four fights.

Nik Lentz defeats Scott Holtzman by unanimous decision

Lentz had something to smile about in the end, but that smile was surrounded by a craggy red landscape of bruising. “The Carny” had to withstand a barrage of 1-2 punch combinations all right from Holtzman, but he toughed it out and seized a grappling edge in each round to earn the judges’ nod. All three scored the bout 29-28.

Holtzman (12-4), who fights out of Phoenix, saw his three-fight win streak end, while Lentz (30-9-2, 1 NC) won a second straight fight for the first time since 2016.

Luke Sanders defeats Renan Barao by second-round TKO

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Barao, the former UFC bantamweight champion, lost his fourth fight in a row, starting strong before getting clipped by Sanders and finished at 1:01 of Round 2.

Sanders (13-3), who had lost three of his past four following an 11-0 start to his career, weathered a steady attack of body kicks from the Brazilian in the first round. In the second, he closed the distance and floored Barao with a left hand, then pounced to deliver several finishing blows on the mat.

Barao (34-8) came in as an underdog because, while Sanders has struggled of late, the Brazilian has struggled more. He missed the 136-pound limit at Saturday’s weigh-in — his second straight fight missing weight. And this defeat is his sixth in the eight fights since he dropped the bantamweight belt to TJ Dillashaw in 2014. That loss ended a 33-fight unbeaten run for Barao, dating back to 2005.

Emily Whitmire defeats Aleksandra Albu by first-round submission

Whitmire was quick, efficient and unforgiving in handing Albu her first career defeat, taking the Russian to the canvas after a brief exchange of punches, then clamping on the rear-naked choke as Albu attempted to get up. The strawweight opener lasted just 1:01.

It was the first pro finish for Whitmire (4-2). Albu, who had not competed since 2017, drops to 3-1.

Still to come…

• Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez

• James Vick vs. Paul Felder

• Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo

• Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie

• Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena

• Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

• Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling

• Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez

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