Welcome to F4WOnline.com’s live coverage of UFC On ESPN+ 13: De Randamie vs. Ladd, emanating from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
The Octagon returns to Sacramento with a women’s bantamweight fight headliner and the return of Sacramento’s biggest MMA star.
In the main event, former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie goes for her fifth straight win when she takes on the undefeated Aspen Ladd in what could determine the next title challenger in the women’s 135-pound division. De Randamie looks to improve on a win streak that includes wins over Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, while Ladd makes a quick return after he grueling decision win over Sijara Eubanks in May.
In the co-main event, UFC Hall Of Famer Urijah Faber ends his retirement and returns in his hometown to take on Ricky Simon, who rides an eight-fight win streak. Faber retired off a big win in the same arena in December 2016 and looks to return with a big win. Also on the main card is a featherweight fight between Josh Emmett and Mirsad Bektic.
A couple of notable preliminary card bouts include the return of former TUF winner Julianna Pena as she takes on former UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano, while Darren Elkins takes on jiu-jitsu wizard Ryan Hall.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Benito Lopez (9-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Vince Morales (9-3, 1-1 UFC)
Lopez throwing a lot of kicks from distance early. Morales having a hard time finding his range in the first two minutes. Lopez continuing to land kicks, mostly to the legs, but mixing in the odd punch. Morales’ lead leg is all marked up 3 minutes in. Morales seems to be having a hard time moving after eatinga particularly hard leg kick. One punch from Morales knocks Lopez down and he goes to the ground with him. Morales landing hard punches to the head from the top. Lopez throws up a triangle and Morales backs up to escape and Lopez goes to his feet. Tough round to score as Morales did more damage with his brief flurry but Lopez landed a lot more for a longer period of time. 10-9 Lopez
Round 2 starts out the same although Morales is throwing a little more frequently but not landing. Morales starting to push the pace 3 minutes in and Lopez not landing nearly as many kicks as he did in the first. Punch combo from Morales, really his first of the fight, at 3:30. Morales rocks Lopez with an overhead right to the head. 10-9 Morales, 19-19
Both guys keeping their distance early in the 3rd. Lopez just misses a flying knee. Morales with a punch flurry at 1:45. Lopez still landing leg kicks. Morales with punch flurry at 2:45. Morales with another flurry at 3:30. Morales with a 23-16 advantage in strikes landed in round 3 through 4 minutes. Lopez still landing leg kicks. Morales with a flurry of punches to the head and body. 10-9 Morales, 29-28
Official result – Benito Lopez (10-1) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Crowd loved this decision but it was totally wrong.
> Livinha Souza (13-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. Brianna Van Buren (8-2, 0-0 UFC)
Van Buren backs Souza up to the cage and lands some hard knees to the body early. Van Buren controlling the cage clinch. Souza landing knees to the body. They separate at 2:30 and Van Buren lands a head kick that rocks Souza and then backs her up with a punch combo. Van Buren takes her to the cage again and lands elbows to the head. Van Buren gets a knockdown but won’t go to the ground with Souza and backs off, forcing Souza to her feet. Souza more aggressive after that, landing some punches and then getting a takedown with 15 seconds left. Both ladies landing punches on the ground as the round ends. 10-9 Van Buren
Van Buren controlling the pace early in round 2 and lands some body kicks at 1:00. Distance strikes are 22-9 for Van Bren through 7 minutes. Great punch combo from Van Buren rocks Souza. Souza eating hard punches and not defending much at all but stays on her feet. Souza answers back with a punch combo of her own. Great punch combo from Van Buren and Souza is flat on the cage eating the shots before getting away. Another combo from Van Buren at 3:45. Van Buren starting to target the body now. Significant strikes are 45-16 for Van Buren. 10-9 Van Buren, 20-18
Souza landing leg kicks early in round 3. Souza with a cut under her right eye. Souza with a takedown but Van Buren throws u an Oma Plata. Souza escapes but Van Buren gets to her feet and controlling a cage clinch at 2:15. Souzs with a standing guillotine but Van Buren places her on the mat gingerly and escapes, ending up in top position. Van Burne landing punches to the face while maintaing position. Van Buren stands up and forces Souza up and Van Buren controls a cage clinch before they separate. Souza pushing the pace in the last minutes. Van Buren with a huge advantage in head strikes landed at 47-6. Van Buren with a takedown with 15 seconds left to seal the round and the fight. 10-9 Van Buren, 30-27 overall
Official result – Brianna Van Buren (9-2) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Van Buren won the Invicta strawweight title in a one night tourney earlier this year, winning 3 fights, and this was her UFC debut. She asked for a fight on the upcoming San Francisco show in October and asked for a top 10 fights but wouldn’t give a name.
> Liu Pingyuan (15-4, 2-0 UFC) vs. Jonathan Martinez (10-2, 1-1 UFC)
Martinez throwing leg kicks early. Martinez pushing the pace as well. Liu throwing punch combos that are missing, but not by much. Martinez backs up Liu with a hard kick at 1:30. Hard knee to the body by Martinez but Liu answers with a body kick of his own. Liu with a great punch combo that hurts Martinez. Martinez backing up and Liu continuing to land. Martinez now throwing punches of his own. Martinez with a flying knee and a head kick that rocks Liu. Liu with a punch combo and a head kick at 4:15. Liu backing up in the last 15 seconds. Knee to the body and head kick from Martinez to close the round. 10-9 Martinez
Martinez pressing the action to start round 2. Liu landing head punches from distance. Crowd booing midway through the round as neither guy throwing or landing much of anything. Martinez with a 46-9% advantage in advancing through 9 minutes but that’s only a secondary part of the scoring. Really, this round is as close to a 10-10 as you’ll get unless something big happens in the last minute. Liu lands a nice counter and a head kick. Very close round. 10-9 Martinez, 20-18
Liu lands some hard punches early. Martinez still controlling the Octagon. Liu with a punch combo and then a head kick at 1:30. Liu definitely more active this round. Boos from the crowd at 3:45 as neither guy doing much again. Martinez knocks out Liu with a knee to the chin from out of nowhere.
Official result – Jonathan Martinez (11-2) by KO (knee) at 3:54 of the 3rd round
Martinez said he had practised throwing this knee and that his corner called for it, so he threw it and he got the win.
> Darren Elkins (24-7, 14-6 UFC) vs. Ryan Hall (7-1, 3-0 UFC)
Elkins controlling the pace early. Hall drops to his back 45 seconds in but Elkins backs off, for obvious reasons. Hall throwing up light strikes from distance. Hall drops after getting hit again but Elkins backs off, forcing him up. Hall misses a kick and falls. This time Elkins goes to the ground and Hall goes for the heel hook but Elkins escapes. Both up but Hall falls again and Elkins lands leg kicks before backing off. Hall with another leg lock attempt but Elkins backs off, forcing him to his feet. Hall lands a couple of spinning back kicks to the body. Hall drops to attempt a heel hook but Elkins again backs off, forcing him up. Hall knocks Elkins still with a head kick and then goes to the ground with him, locking in a guillotine. Elkins escapes and to his feet but he’s in trouble. Hall advancing know. Elkins takes his back standing but Hall escapes. Another head kick from Hall, who rolls for a heel hook but the clock runs out. 10-9 Hall
Elkins again advancing to start round 2. Elkins rolls for a heel hook but Elkins escapes 30 seconds in. Elkins backs up Hall with a punch. Hall with a 10-3 advantage in head strikes landed. Hall drops to his back. Elkins lands a couple of punches before backing off, forcing him up. Hall knocks Elkins down with a punch to the head at 1:45 but he gets right up. Hall rolls for a heel hook and eats some punches before landing an upkick that backs Elkins up. Both to their fet and Elkins gets rocked again with punches. Hall misses a kick but goes to the mat with Elkins but he escapes to his feet. Crowd loving this right. Hall rolls for a heel hook again but eats some leg kicks before going back to his feet. Hall ducks an advancing Elkins and again goes for the legs but Elkins escapes. Elkins drops from a punch and Hall going for submissions on the ground. Elkins manages to escape to his feet at 4:45. 10-9 Hall, 20-18
Hall dives for the legs 30 seconds in but Elkins backs off. Hall misses a takedown and ends up on his back but Elkins backs off. Elkins with a punch combo that backs up Hall. Hall grazes Elkins with a head kick and falls to his back but again Elkins backs off. Hall to his back again after missing a spin kick but Elkins wants none of it. Hall literally running away from Elkins and the fans boo that at 2:45. Significant strikes landed are 36-22 for Hall. Hall dives for a leg lock but misses at 3:15. Hall dives again at 3:30. Hall again running away with 1 minute left. Hall throwing a lot of spinning moves but missing. Crowd booing with 15 seconds left. Elkins throwing kicks but too little, too late. 10-9 Elkins, 29-28 Hall
Official result – Ryan Hall (8-1) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3; 30-27)
No post-fight interview as they are starting to run long.
> Julianna Pena (8-3, 4-1 UFC) vs. Nicco Montano (4-2, 1-0 UFC)
Montano with an early punch/kick combo. Clinch in the center and both landing knees before Montano takes it to the cage. Pena blocks a takedown attempt at 1:30. They move out to the center while still clinched but Montano takes her back to the cage at 2:00. Pena misses a trip takedown and Montano ends up on top at 2:30. Montano with an elbow to the head and punches as well. Montano moves in side control briefly and attempts a Kimura but Pena escapes and works her back to guard. Pena with a triangle attempt from her back but Montano escapes. Pena cut and bleeding heavily from around her right ear. Montano takes the back but Pena to her feet. Montano with another takedown at the end of the round. 10-9 Montano
Pena controlling the pace early. Pena landing leg kicks from distance. Montano controlling a cage clinch at 1:15. Pena gets a takedown and has a couple of submission attempts that look close. Pena also landing punches to the head and opens a cut on Montano. Montano with a takedown attempt while on her back but Pena defending it and continuing to do damage with punches and elbows as the round ends. 10-9 Pena, 19-19
Pena controlling the pace early and landing punches from distance. Montano lands a body kick and Pena gets a takedown. Montano with a heel hook attempt from her back but Pena escapes easily and landing punches to the head. Pena attempting to set up a head and arm choke from half guard while just smothering Montano. Montano escapes and to her feet at 3:15. Montano gets a tkaedown and right into side control. Pena with a 71-28 advantage inn strikes landed in the last two rounds. Pena up to her feet and landing more punches in the last minute. Montano gets a takedown with 15 seconds left but can’t do anything with it. 10-9 Pena, 29-28 overall
Official result – Juliana Pena (9-3) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 29-27)
> Andre Fili (19-6, 7-5 UFC) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-3, 2-2 UFC)
Fili controlling hte action early. Moraes takes over Octagon control after landing a nice punch combo. Both land hard kicks at 1:30. Moraes with another punch combo at 2:15. Fili starting to close the distance tough. Kick combo from Moraes but Fili rocks him with a head kick and Moraes is reeling. Moraes down from a punch combo and Fili finishes him with hammer fists on the ground.
Official result – Andre Fili (20-6) by KO (punches) at 3:07
Fili had a nice promo, dedicating the fight to outcasts and underdogs, like himself.
> Mike Rodriguez (10-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. John Allan (13-5, 0-0 UFC)
Rodriguez throwing heavy kicks early, as he establishes Octagon control. Crowd WOOing early as they likely don’t know either of these guys. Rodriguez with a nice punch combo at 1:30. Allan firing back with his back to the cage. Crazy hard punches land from both guys at 2:00. Punch/kick combo from Rodriguez backs up Allan at 2:15 and he controls the cage clinch. Allan gets a hard takedown and lands in side control at 2:45. Rodriguez quickly works him to half guard. Allan with a guillotine attempt at Rodriguez tries to get to his feet. Allan stands up with the guillotine still on but Rodriguez escapes. 10-9 Allan
Rodriguez with a 26-17 advantage in strikes landed in round 1. Rodriguez with a punch combo that rocks Allan and backs him up to the cage. Allan with a takedown 2 minutes in but Rodriguez up quickly without taking any damage but Allan still controlling the clinch. Allan with hard knees to the body and then gets a takeedown but Rodriguez sweeps into top position. Allan has him tied up from his back with a body lock though. Allan landing elbows to the head from his back. Rodriguez with punches to the body and head. Allan with an armbar from his back. Rodriguez escapes but Allan gets to his feet and controlling the clinch. He secures a standing guillotine and then drops to the mat but Rodriguez escapes and in top position. Rodriguez with punches to the body as the round ends. Tough round to score. 10-9 Rodriguez, 19-19 overall
Rodriguez lands a low blow 30 seconds in to round 3 and Allan goes down hard. He takes several minutes to recover and Rodriguez gets a hard warning. Both guys firing hard punches on the restart. Rodriguez landing nice leg kicks. allan with a nice punch combo. More leg kicks from Rodriguez but Allan is timing them and landing hard punches at the same time. Allan gets him to the cage and controlling the clinch, landing knees to the body, before they separate. Rodriguez bleeding from the nose. Allan with a great punch combo that rocks Rodriguez at 3:30. Allan still firing but Rodriguez is clearly tired. Allan with a punch combo and a hard knee to the body and Rodriguez is backing up. Allan with a takedown at 4:00. Allan landing punches in the last 15 seconds, which should seal the round and the fight. 10-9 Allan, 29-28 overall
Official result – John Allan (14-5) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 30-27)
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> Marvin Vettori (12-4-1, 2-2-1 UFC) vs. Cezar Ferreira (13-7, 9-5 UFC)
Herb Dean is the ref and gets a bigger pop than either fighter during the intros. First strike of the fight thrown ends up being an eye poke by Ferreira. Ref warns Ferreira after that and tells him not even to extend his fingers or he can lose a point. Vettori pushing the pace on the restarts and lands a nice punch combo as Ferreira retreats. Ferreira getting off occasional hard shots, including one to the body that definitely affects Vettori. Ferreira landing hard leg kicks. Ferreira goes for a takedown but eats some rapid-fire punches from Vettori. Vettori with a takedown at 4:15 after eating a leg kick. Vettori right into mount and landing punches to the head. Vettori inexplicably stands up and then goes into guard. Ferreira bleeding from cuts after eating elbows from Vettori. 10-9 Vettori
Ferreira lands a hard punch combo to open round 2 but Vettori laughs it off and lands punches of his own, before getting a takedown 30 seconds in. Ferreira up quickly but eats a knee to the head. Ferreira bleeding again from cuts on the bridge of his nose. Vettori controlling a cage clinch and holds an 8-1 advantage in head strikes landed. Vettori controlling the back standing. Ferreira works him back to front position and separates. Nice punch exchange with both guys landing bombs at 2:00. Ferreira going back to the leg kick, which was working in the first. Vettori lands a nice combo that stumbles Ferreira at 3:15. Ferreira misses a takedown attempt and Vettori ends up in control of a cage clinch. Ref warns them to work right away. 10-9 Vettori, 20-18 overall
Nice punch exchange early with both guys landing hard Tshots. Ferreira with a takedown attempt at 1:30 but eats some hard punches from Vettori. Nice punch combo from Vettori at 1:45. Ferreira falls after throwing a kick but gets up before Vettori can do damage. Vettori stuffs another takedown attempt at 3:15. Vettori landing less this round but much more accurate with his strikes. Vettori rocks Ferreira with a hard punch at 3;45. Great punch combo from Vettori at 4:00 but Ferreira stays up. 10-9 Vettori, 30-27
Official result – Marvin Vettori (13-4-1) by unanimous decisiion (30-27 x 3)
Vettori called out Paulo Costa, which is an interesting name. His promo was cut out a lot due to swearing on the broadcast version I was watching in Canada.
> Karl Roberson (7-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Wellington Turman (15-2, 0-0 UFC)
Both guys landing very hard shots early. Roberson landing hard leg kicks. Turman moves in for a takedown but Roberson defends it for a few seconds before Turman powers him down. Turman right into side control. Roberson moves him back to guard and gets partially to the feet but Turman takes the back. Roberson sweeps into top position at 2;00. Turman with a body lock from his back and going for an arm bar. Roberson slams him out of it and breaks the hold, maintaining top position. Roberson postures up and eats an upkick before going back into guard. Turman with elbows and punches to the head from his back. Roberson postures up again and this time landing some punches to the body and head. Turman gets the body lock back. Roberson landing elbows and punches to the head while Turman is searching for submission. 10-9 Roberson
Roberson with a great punch combo early in round 2. Turman takes it to a cage clinch but Roberson quickly takes control. Roberson with a 30-8 advantage in strikes landed. Turman takes the back standing at 2:00 and drags Roberson to the ground. Roberson back to his feet quickly. Turman gets him dwon again at 3:00. Turman takes the back and setting up a rear naked choke. Turman with the full body lock. Roberson reverses position and ends up on top at 4:15. Turman with elbows from his back at 4:45. 10-9 Turman but close, 19-19 overall
Roberson goes to the cage clinch 30 seconds in. Turman quickly takes control and then takes the back standing. Turman takes him down while maintaining back control. Turman into mount at 1:30. Turman landing punches and elbows to the head. Turman trying to set up a triangle choke while maintaining position. Turman takes the back and secures a rear chaked choke but Roberson escapes and gets Turman back to guard. Turman back to mount at 3:00. Turman takes the back again. Turman with another rear naked choke attempt at 3:45 as he secures the body lock. Roberson fighting it off. Roberson sweeps into top position at 4:30 and lands punches to the head. Roberson with hard hammer punches as he postures up. at 4:45. Turman stays on his back and eats leg kicks. 10-9 Turman, 29-28 overall
Official result – Karl Roberson (8-2) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)
> Josh Emmett (#10, 14-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. Mirsad Bektic (#12, 13-1, 6-1 UFC)
Crowd is nuclear from Emmett, who is local. Bektic throwing more early but neither guy landing much. Emmett sneaking in some nice counter punches. LETS GO EMMETT chants at 2:15. Nice punch combo from Bektic at 2:45. Bektic gets knocked down by a short shot from Emmett, who is all over him on the ground. Bektic is scrambling and then cowers up as Emmett is landing hard bombs. Crowd explodes, which just fuels Emmett on even more and he unloads on Bektric until the ref has no choice but to step in.
Official result – Josh Emmett (15-2) by TKO (punches) at 4:25
Emmett thanked Team Alpha Male in his post-fight promo and this was really just a prelude to what’s coming next for these fans and should help Faber out as he’s about to come out to the biggest pop of the year in UFC.
> Urijah Faber (34-10, 10-6 UFC) vs. Ricky Simon (#15, 15-1, 3-0 UFC)
Faber was obviously loved by his hometown crowd. They almost drowned out Bruce Buffer during the intros. Faber got the red corner even though that is usually reserved for the higher ranked fighter and it meant he was introduced last.
Simon out very aggressively. Faber with a couple of counter jabs. Faber knocks down Simon with a punch and all over him. Ref steps in and Faber is so worked up he keeps punching and Mike Beltran practically has to throw him off of simon.
Official result – Urijah Faber (35-10) by KO (punches) in 46 seconds
Faber was in a great mood after the fight. He acknowledged that Henry Cejudo had just called him out and made fun of Dana White calling him old. He confirmed that he’s back and wants the belt. He’s probably not any match for Cejudo at this point but that is absolutely the fight to make right now.
This was Faber’s first knockout win since 2007. He said Simon is a good fighter but just not ready for this yet.
> Germaine de Randamie (#1, 9-3, 5-1 UFC) vs. Aspen Ladd (#4, 8-0, 3-0 UFC)
Bruce Buffer saying “this is the moment UFC fans around the world have been waiting for” was kinda hilarious after what we just saw.
De Randamie knocks Ladd down with a punch and then follows up with another punch and Herb Dean stepped in and stopped it. Ladd barely looked hurt and it sure seemed like an early stoppage.
Official result – Germaine de Randamie (10-3) by KO (punch) in 16 seconds
She said she doesn’t know what’s next, and that we should ask UFC. She insists it wasn’t an early stoppage.
Ladd said “shit happens”. Said the ref did what he thought was best. She felt fine and it wasn’t her job to stop it. Crowd gave her a nice ovation.