Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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In early UFC Fight Pass action:

Ernest Chavez def. Yosdenis Cedeno via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Erik Koch def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (strikes) at 1:24 of Round 1

Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo

We open up action in the flyweight division with Zach Makovsky and Josh Sampo.

Makovsky (17-4) is the first of two former RFA champions in action on the prelims. He earned a decision victory over Scott Jorgensen in his Octagon debut this past December.

Sampo (11-2) is on a five-fight win streak that includes a submission victory over Ryan Benoit in his UFC debut last year.

Round 1: Sampo with a switch-kick off the bat and Makovsky checks in with a night right to test the distance. Makovsky fires back with a pair of nice kicks that just miss. Big single leg takedown by Makovsky, but Sampo is holding court before shifting to full guard. Sampo just misses with an up kick and he eats a right for his effort. As Makovsky drops down, Sampo transitions to a shoulder lock, but he’s unable to completely grasp hold of the move and must go back to guard. Short up kick lands, as Makovsky bends over and Sampo connects. Knee to the body courtesy of Makovsky and there is a nice cut opened up on the nose of Sampo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 2: More aggression from Sampo to start this round, as his corner told him he lost the first. Makovsky in on another single-leg and he scores, displaying his Div. I wrestling prowess. Spinning back fist misses by “Fun Size,” but he goes right back to his wrestling and lands another takedown with ease. He’s doing a nice job of flashing his stand up game, while also relying on his wrestling to control things. Solid body shot by Makovsky connects, but he does eat a left for his effort. Sampo in deep with a kimura as the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 3: Down two rounds, Sampo takes over early here in the third, getting on top of Makovsky. He has three-plus minutes to try and finish this from here. Sampo doing minimal damage right now, and definitely not enough to finish this one yet. Makovsky connects with a left after they go back to the feet. Solid kick to the body, as well, by the former Bellator champion. Nice transition from a single-leg takedown to back control by Makovsky, and into the guard for Sampo as we head under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Zach Makovsky def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Cody Gibson vs. Aljamain Sterling

Two fighters who stepped in as replacements will meet, as bantamweights Cody Gibson and Aljamain Sterling make their Octagon debuts.

Gibson (11-3) has won six straight, including three submission victories. Sterling (8-0) trains with the likes of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Al Iaquinta at Serra-Longo Fight Team.

Round 1: Sterling with a kick to the face, and these two are exchanging kicks. Sterling very flashy, throwing some incredible kicks at Gibson and neither fighter is showing much in terms of Octagon jitters. Sterling fakes a takedown and lands a knee to the body. Gibson goes for a takedown, eats a couple shots, abandons it, but comes right back to score on a takedown in this battle of college wrestlers. Sterling back to his base and gets free, avoiding a huge kick on the exit. Very entertaining two minutes. Sterling to the back, scores a takedown and advances his position. Sterling catches the neck, as you can hear Ray Longo and Matt Serra screaming instructions to him from the corner. Nasty little exchange from inside the clinch by both fighters. Nice knees to the inside as the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sterling

Round 2: Huge overhand right misses from Gibson, who told his corner he feels the stadn up is his strength in this fight. He bullies Sterling up against the fence, working hard for the takedown. Takedown for Gibson as we approach two minutes to go int his round. Gibson takes the back, gets a hook in, but can’t improve from there and Sterling frees himself. Sterling gets the better of the clinch, landing a knee and a pair of lefts. Missed spinning elbow allows Gibson to score a takedown and move to the back. Sterling scores a takedown but leaves his neck free and Gibson locks in a guillotine. He’s unable to get it latched and the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gibson

Round 3: Sterling with a kick, and follows it up with a huge double-leg takedown – despite his corner telling him to keep it standing between rounds. Gibson looking to get out the back, but is eating a few punches for his effort. Sterling looking for a potential D’arce choke, cranking his arms and tightening the grip. He has three minutes still to work, but he’s unable to get it and Gibson gets free and goes to work. Big right catches Sterling coming in, but Gibson is unable to capitalize and misses on a guillotine attempt, winding up on his back and inside the guard. Sterling is doing a nice job of constantly looking for submissions. He is working the body now from half-guard, but the crowd is really on his case with a lot of booing. Gibson surrenders his back and Sterling locks in with a minute to go. He’s peppering his face with rights. Sterling gets an arm under the chin, but his arms are just too exhausted to lock it in.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sterling

Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Gibson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz

Bantamweight Raphael Assuncao welcomes RFA champion Pedro Munhoz to the Octagon next.

Assuncao (21-4) could move into the role of No. 1 contender with a win, as he has picked up five straight victories since a 2011 loss to Erik Koch. That includes wins over T.J. Dillashaw, Vaughan Lee and Mike Easton.

Munhoz (10-0) won the RFA title from Jeff Curran and defended it against Billy Daniels last month. He owns six submission victories, including three in the first round.

Round 1: Assuncao throwing some heavy shots here to start on the UFC newcomer. Big right gets through from Assuncao, and Munhoz has some redness on his face from the early onslaught. Munhoz going to the kicks, landing a second right one to leg. Spinning back kick lands to the arm of Munhoz. Everything Assuncao hits looks like it has two or three times the power of Munhoz.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 2: More of a striking affair, and Munhoz is pressing the action. Assuncao has changed his stance after eating a few too many kicks to the lead leg. Assuncao catches a kick, lands a right and pounces. They each look for heel hooks and Assuncao is now landing heavy rights. Nice transition and Munhoz gets to his feet, and the Vegas crowd greets him with thunderous applause. Right hand gets through for Assuncao, but Munhoz appears to not believe he can be hurt by the striking after surviving that first round. Another takedown by Assuncao off a missed spinning attempt with over a minute to go. Munhoz in guard and Assuncao in a strong position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 3: Nice left gets through by Assuncao to start the action, but Munhoz remains the one pressing the fight. Solid combo from Assuncao lands, as Munhoz has some swelling under his left eye from the constant striking. Munhoz comes in, landing a nice knee but can’t score on the takedown. From the face of both fighters, it is obvious Assuncao has a three-to-one advantage in strikes landed. With 90 seconds left, Assuncao is up 90-9 in head strikes landed. Incredible. Not a spectacular performance from Assuncao, but one that he was in complete control in against an unknown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao

Raphael Assuncao def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye

In a bout that may determine the next challenger to the UFC female bantamweight title, Alexis Davis takes on Jessica Eye to conclude our prelims.

Davis (15-5) has won four straight since a decision loss to Sarah Kaufman. That includes two wins inside the Octagon, the latest of which came vs. one-time title-contender Liz Carmouche.

Eye (10-1) hasn’t lost since 2011, though her most recent win was overturned to a no-contest after a failed post-fight drug test. Eye made news over the matter because it wasn’t changed until months after the fight.

Round 1: The fireworks begin now, as these two are exchanging with reckless abandon. Eye clinches, backing Davis up against the fence. Davis survives and gets off the fence. Front kick by Davis lands and Eye storms back. Davis has some redness and swelling on her face, especially around the right eye. Eye just keeps clinching and getting the better of her, but Davis powers through this time. Nice pair of knees to the body from Davis. Davis concludes the round with a takedown, but is unable to do any damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Eye

Round 2: Davis catches Eye and snaps her to the ground, controlling the action now with plenty of time left to work. Davis into half-guard, advancing her position. Davis has been in this spot for a while now, controlling and looking to set up a submission. She has yet to do any real damage to Eye as we head to the two-minute mark. All Davis in this round, despite the fact that she hasn’t really done much. Eye isn’t really trying to do much either, just laying on the canvas.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Round 3: Davis with a nice kick, but Eye counters with a right. Eye catches a kick this time and counters again, connecting with a straight right to the face. Again, Eye catches a kick and counters. The corner of Davis said Eye didn’t have an answer to the kicks, but they are being proven wrong. Eye seems a little flat, not really looking to string much together. Straight left connects from Eye as the crowd rises to their feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Alexis Davis def. Jessica Eye via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)


Robert Whittaker vs. Stephen Thompson

The first of three welterweight bouts kicks off our main card action, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Robert Whittaker meets Stephen Thompson.

Whittaker (11-3) won his first two UFC fights before falling to Court McGee via split decision this past August. Along with his win in the TUF: The Smashes final, he also defeated fellow TUF winner Colton Smith.

Thompson (8-1) has rebounded from a 2012 loss to Matt Brown by defeating both Nah-Shon Burrell and Chris Clements. He earned his second UFC finish vs. Clements, adding to his highlight-reel KO of Dan Stittgen in his debut.

Round 1: Whittaker comes right out with a nice jab, cutting off the cage. Thompson fires off a series of strikes and follows up with a smooth kick to the body that is blocked. Nasty punch to the body by Thompson, who you know is looking to set up a head kick of some type. Switch kick by Thompson misses from “Wonder Boy.” Whittaker taking advantage of Thompson leaving his hands down. Thompson is all over Whittaker after dropping him, taking the back and just unloading on him. A few more rights and this one is all over. It was a huge right that cracked Whittaker and sent him crashing.

Stephen Thompson def. Robert Whittaker via TKO (strikes) at 3:43 of Round 1

Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger

Our second of three straight welterweight matches will see Mike Pyle go up against TJ Waldburger.

Pyle (25-9-1) is looking to get the taste of defeat out of his mouth after a knockout loss to Matt Brown last summer. The setback snapped a four-fight win streak for Pyle, which included three finishes.

Waldburger (16-8) is also coming off a loss, as Adlan Amagov finished him in October. He has gone 4-3 in seven UFC appearances, including three submission wins.

Round 1: A first leg kick by Waldburger appears to have done some damage, as Pyle stopped for a second in his tracks. Exchange of kicks, as both are still feeling each other out. Clinch and Waldburger backs him up against the fence, dropping down for a single-leg but getting denied. Waldburger connecting with his strikes, gaining confidence with each one. Trip takedown from Pyle to to gain the advantage. Big knee to the chin by Pyle, but it allows Waldburger to gain better positioning on him. Pyle has the clinch and lands another knee, that just misses. A late takedown secures the round for Pyle.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pyle

Round 2: Pyle drops him after taking some intense leg kicks. Waldburger holding the neck while we are in half-guard, but Pyle breaks free and to side control. Knee from Pyle connects as they stand, but Waldburger fires off a nice left. Another clinch knee from Pyle and his mullet. Waldburger denied again on a takedown attempt, and Pyle scores with his own takedown, and we get a nice transition from these two. Waldburger has a huge cut on his left eye from the series of knees delivered by Pyle.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pyle

Round 3: Waldburger coming out banging this round, landing a series of heavy, heavy strikes. You sense he feels he is behind on the scorecards, forcing the action. Pyle answers with a right to the face. Pyle has Waldburger hurt, landing a right. Just like that, Waldburger comes back, landing a flurry. Pyle catches a kick, lands a spinning back fist that drops Waldburger and follows up with a knee to the face. Great combo from Pyle there, as the back fist landed directly to the back of the head. One more knee for good effort from Pyle, who lands another elbow and one more knee that Waldburger walks right into. Pyle goes to the ground with a guillotine, but Waldburger gets out. Pyle with a pair of elbows directly to the face and he looked out. Maybe that second elbow woke him back up. Another elbow, another left, a few more rights and Waldburger’s face is a bloody mess. Pyle is unloading and after much pleading from Joe Rogan, Herb Dean steps in.

Mike Pyle def. TJ Waldburger via TKO (strikes) at 4:03 of Round 3

Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald

Two welterweights looking to get back on track and move closer to a future title shot square off next, as Demian Maia meets Rory MacDonald.

Maia (18-5) is a former title contender at middleweight. After moving down, he won his first three 170-pound fights before an October split decision loss to Jake Shields.

MacDonald (15-2) had a five-fight win streak snapped by a split decision defeat to Robbie Lawler in November. He has defeated the likes of BJ Penn, Nate Diaz and Jake Ellenberger in his career.

Round 1: Maia gets a leg and snaps MacDonald to the canvas. Credit Rory for coming right out after Maia. Working to butterfly guard is MacDonald, while Maia advances his position on the ground. Nice elbows from the top by Maia, as he mounts MacDonald with three minutes to go. Pair of rights connect for the five-time BJJ world champion, who is setting up a submission right now, as he is trying to bait MacDonald into giving up his back. MacDonald explodes, working to get free, but is now pinned down again. Big cut under the left eye of MacDonald from the shots he has taken. MacDonald powers out and lands a huge head kick. Wild exchange from these two on the feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Round 2: Would have to expect MacDonald wants to keep this one on the feet, as he hammers off a huge kick. Maia shoots and MacDonald sprawls. MacDonald lands two head kicks that are blocked and fends off another takedown. Another nice sprawl to stay up right. Maia looks a little wobbly after a right, and MacDonald is on fire with his striking and takedown defense. He has Maia hooked, and just misses on a huge uppercut. Maia looks gassed out with three minutes to go in this round. One-two combo from MacDonald lands, as does two more lefts and Maia almost looks ready to go out. Two right rights and another head kick from MacDonald, but Maia has his bearings to himself now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3: The only takedown Maia scored on was that first one, as MacDonald has stuffed his last 11. Series of straight lefts and rights connect from MacDonald, who stuffs another takedown attempt and eats a series of rights. MacDonald gives up a leg trying to get a choke, Maia picks him up and takes him to the canvas with three minutes to go. Maia is bleeding all over MacDonald as he tries to advance his position on the ground. He gets too high and gets bucked off before trying to keep MacDonald down and gets tossed over his head. Back to the feet we go. Body shot from MacDonald and he defends another pair of takedowns. Just misses on a huge uppercut off another sprawl does MacDonald. Under a minute to go, Maia misses with a wild left and eats a pair of stiff rights. A flurry by MacDonald to finish the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Rory MacDonald def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins

It’s not Rashad Evans awaiting Daniel Cormier in his light heavyweight debut.

Instead, Cormier (13-0) will face Patrick Cummins. Cormier is moving down from heavyweight, where he defeated the likes of Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva.

Cummins (4-0) signed a UFC contract last week after Evans injured his knee. He is a former standout wrestler at Penn State University.

Round 1: Cummins coming right after Cormier, throwing some big shots. They clinch, and Cormier lands to the body. Cormier lands an uppercut and Cummins is hurt. Inside leg kick, another clinch, and Cormier connects again. Effective striking by “DC” here and Cummins is hurt. Wild shots by Cummins, who goes down, gets up, goes down again. Cormier on his back, unloading and this one is all over. Cummins has no idea where he is.

Daniel Cormier def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (strikes) at 1:19 of Round 1

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sara McMann for the UFC female bantamweight championship

Our main event features two former Olympic medalists, as Ronda Rousey defends her UFC female bantamweight title against Sara McMann.

Rousey (8-0) was the winner of a bronze medal in judo and has earned eight submission victories in her career. This past December, she successfully defended her belt against Miesha Tate.

McMann (7-0) picked up silver in wrestling at the Summer Olympics. She stopped Sheila Gaff last April in her Octagon debut, and owns three submission wins to her credit.

Round 1: We got a war, as these two are standing and trading. McMann lands and Rousey clinches against the fence. Knees to the body by McMann, and Rousey retaliates. Another knee to the body by McMann is answered by one from Rousey. Huge right hand gets through by Rousey. Rousey connects with a knee that drops McMann, who doubles over, and a few more punches are all Herb Dean needs to see, calling a stop to this one early. It was a liver shot that did it. McMann was down on one hand when the ref stepped in. She seemed to recovery, but didn’t protest the stoppage.

Ronda Rousey def. Sara McMann via TKO (strikes) at 1:06 of Round 1