International Fight Week has reached its conclusion and it’ll be capped off with UFC 239, live from Las Vegas, Nevada. Ending off the night will be a championship double-header in the night’s main and co-main events. Check in right here for live updated UFC 239 results.
In the main event, the light heavyweight title is on the line as Jon Jones goes for his second straight title defense. Standing across the octagon this time around will be another former middleweight in Thiago Santos. Since moving up to 205 pounds last September, Santos has been on a run. He has gone 3-0 since his light heavyweight debut, owning KO/TKO wins in all three over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa, and Jan Blachowicz. Santos will ride his momentum into Saturday night as he faces possibly the greatest fighter of all time in Jones.
After another suspension from a UFC 214 drug test, Jones returned last year at UFC 232. He stepped into the octagon that night as he took on Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 2013 fight, where Jones was awarded the decision victory. Jones finished Gustafsson this time, as he finished him with ground and pound in the third round. His first title defense came in March when he faced Anthony Smith at UFC 235. Jones won that night as he defeated Smith by unanimous decision. A win over Santos would give him the second title defense of his current reign and tenth overall.
In the co-main event, the greatest women’s fighter of all time makes her return to the octagon. Owner of the women’s bantamweight and featherweight titles, Amanda Nunes holds wins over every female champion in the UFC’s history (excluding strawweight), except for one, who she has yet to fight. The one she has yet to face is former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm.
UFC 239 Results
Since losing her title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196, Holm has had two other unsuccessful title shots at featherweight against Germaine de Randamie and Cris Cyborg. Her most recent win came at UFC 225 when she defeated Megan Anderson by unanimous decision. She will be looking to get a big win over Nunes to kick start her second title reign.
Nunes solidified herself as the greatest women’s fighter of all time in December at UFC 232. That night she faced one of the most feared women on the planet, UFC women’s featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. Cyborg did not scare Nunes one bit as she went in there and defeated the champion in just 51 seconds, handing Cyborg her first knockout loss of her career. A win over Holm would give Nunes her fourth straight title defense.
Before the co-main event kicks off, another highly anticipated fight is scheduled in the welterweight division. Coming off his controversial UFC debut win over Robbie Lawler, Ben Askren returns to the cage in hopes of earning a title shot. Getting there, however, will be no easy task as he stands across from Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. Masvidal is coming off a huge knockout win over Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 147.
Beginning the main card will be a welterweight fight as TUF Season One winner, Diego Sanchez, takes on former lightweight, Michael Chiesa. Chiesa will look to open up a new door in his career at a new weight class with a win over Sanchez, who is still gunning for a shot at the title. Following that fight will be a light heavyweight contest as former middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, makes his light heavyweight debut. His opponent will be Jan Blachowicz, who, like Rockhold, is coming off a KO/TKO loss.
Follow along with MMASucka as we provide you with the results throughout UFC 239.
MAIN CARD (PPV/ESPN+ – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Jon Jones def. Thiago Santos via Split Decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
Amanda Nunes def. Holly Holm via TKO (Strikes) at 4:10 of Round One
Jorge Masvidal def. Ben Askren via Knockout (Knee) at 0:05 of Round One
Jan Blachowicz def. Luke Rockhold via Knockout (Punches) at 1:39 of Round Two
Michael Chiesa def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Arnold Allen def. Gilbert Melendez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marlon Vera def. Nohelin Hernandez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:25 of Round Two
Claudia Gadelha def. Randa Markos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Song Yadong def. Alejandro Perez via Knockout (Punches) at 2:04 of Round One
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass – 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT)
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Jack Marshman via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:12 of Round One
Chance Rencountre def. Ismail Naurdiev via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Julia Avila def. Pannie Kianzad via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
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