Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos.

Tonight’s card comes us from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with bouts airing on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Wilson Reis vs. Joby Sanchez

We kick things off in the flyweight ranks with Wilson Reis (17-5) welcoming Joby Sanchez (6-0) and his perfect record to the Octagon.

Round 1: Here we go and Reis quickly takes the center of the Octagon and Sanchez is on his bike moving freely. Very little action, as these two are feeling each other out. Reis with a little flurry, and throws up a head-kick that gets blocked. Overhand left lands by Sanchez, but Reis eats it and fires back. Another head kick from Reis is blocked, but he’s setting it up nicely. Right hand out of Sanchez connects and buckles him for a brief moment. Off a left, Reis scores with a power takedown. Sanchez right to his feet, but gets brought back down. Transition to the back by Reis as he secures the body lock. Sanchez stands, but Reis remains on his back and he is searching for the choke with under 40 seconds to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Round 2: Left hook lands for Sanchez and drops Reis, but he recovers and is back up. Seconds later, a head kick connects from Sanchez that floors Reis once again. This time he pounces, but Reis recovers and tries to grapple. After that incredible early onslaught, things have slowed down greatly. Reis with a right and follows up by scoring with a double-leg takedown. Reis transitions to the back, just like the first round, and secures a lock. He’s working for a potential submission, but Sanchez gets free. Another takedown for Reis, who transitions to the back once more with just seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Round 3: Perfectly-timed takedown to start for Reis, but he’s unable to keep Sanchez on the canvas. He gives up his back and Reis is again elevated while locking up a body triangle. Sanchez avoids the choke and uses underhooks to work Reis off his back. However, he again gets taken down and Reis goes to the back. Nice job by Sanchez to slip out the back and get to his feet. One more takedown for Reis as we head under 90 seconds to go. Reis has a neck crank secured with a minute left, but Sanchez slips free and is now pounding away.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly

Ben Saunders (16-6-2) makes his return to the UFC, taking on Chris Heatherly (10-2) in a welterweight bout.

Round 1: Saunders throws off four straight kicks, but the last one results in Heatherly scoring a takedown. Saunders working for a submission, though, and Heatherly is in trouble. Saunders has the left arm locked and is yanking on it hard and there is the tap.

Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (Omoplata) at 2:18 of Round 1

Aaron Phillips vs. Matt Hobar

Bantamweights do battle for our next fight, as Aaron Phillips (8-1) goes up against Matt Hobar (8-2).

Round 1: Hobar in deep on a single-leg and he scores with it less than a minute in. Hobard inside the guard and Phillips tries to throw up a triangle choke. He almost secures it for a second time, but Hobar slips his head out. Phillips again tries for a triangle, but he is very active on his back – almost more so than Hobar. By moving to side control, Hobar is able to get his offense going, landing a handful of elbows. Phillips back to working hard off his back, firing off elbows of his own as Hobar tries to advance. Big upkicks out of Phillips and Hobar is back inside the guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hobar

Round 2: Seconds in and Hobar scores with another takedown. He’s on the back and Phillips is trying to break the grip. Great little battle for control on the ground and Hobar starts pounding away and takes the back once again. Solid knees land by Hobar as Phillips stands. Knee from Phillips now, but Hobar catches it. Two huge overhand lefts by Hobar but Phillips just laughs and fires back with a combo of his own as he works to get loose after being held down. Uppercut and a left from Phillips, but he winds up on his back again. He goes for a triangle, but that results in Hobar gaining side control and opening up a good-sized cut by the left eye.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 Hobar

Round 3: Once again, it’s Hobar with a takedown just moments in. He’s in trouble here after these first two rounds, but works to his feet and fires off an elbow. He gets in too close, though, and gets thrown to the canvas once more. Side control and more elbows to the face for Hobar as we head under three minutes. Hobar transitions to the guard now and is continuing to use effective ground-and-pound. Phillips trying his best to get to his feet, attempting a switch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hobar

Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin

Two lightweights enter the Octagon next, as Beneil Dariush (7-1) goes up against Tony Martin (8-1).

Round 1: Fresh off his “MJ” walkout, Dariush is looking to counter. However, he eats a huge uppercut and Martin is being very aggressive. Flying attack by Dariush misses and Martin catches him against hte fence. He’s busted him open from the nose it appears and blood is flowing. Dariush coming back as we go under the two-minute mark, landing with more strikes. Big flurry by Martin is answered at the end by Dariush.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Martin

Round 2: Huge uppercut from Martin right off the bat, following up with a kick to the lead leg. Dariush answers with a kick to the body. Dariush trying to make this an ugly fight, fending off a takedown and really making Martin work hard. Takedown from Dariush and he transitions to a head-and-arm choke. He continues to secure it and forces Martin to tap.

Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (head-and-arm choke) at 3:38 of Round 2

Neil Magny vs. Alex Garcia

We’ll conclude the prelims with welterweights Neil Magny (11-3) and Alex Garcia (12-1) doing battle.

Round 1: Magny using his reach to his advantage, keeping Garcia at bay so far. Garcia gets wild and Magny tries for the takedown and gets it. Magny tries for a rear-naked choke but it gets broke up by Garcia. He remains on top and in control, dominating Garcia with punches to the face and body. Good elbows to the body now from Magny. He’s working for an arm submission but is unable to score with it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Magny

Round 2: Garcia has an injured right leg, but he is still trying to throw it. The knee looks seriously injured, though, and it’s going to be an issue. Takedown from Garcia scores, but he is unable to do any damage. Magny now trying to avoid the strikes, which he is doing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Garcia

Round 3: The doctor looked at Garcia’s knee before the round and he allowed him to continue. He scores with a takedown and is working for a submission now, but Magny is able to use his wrestling prowess and keep him from working the choke. Garcia now in total control, not able to get his striking off. Garcia again to his back and working for a rear-naked choke, but Magny bucks him right off. Modified powerbomb from Magny to get out of it and he is looking to throw now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Garcia

Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)


Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly

Let’s open up the main card with featherweight action featuring Finland’s Tom Niinimaki (21-6-1) and Chas Skelly (11-1).

Round 1: Niinimaki tries for a guillotine off being taken down, but is denied and broke. Skelly moves to the back and is working a neck crank and forces the tap. A nearly-perfect night of work for Skelly.

Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

James Vick vs. Valmir Lazaro

Lightweights look to light up the Octagon next, as the unbeaten James Vick (5-0) faces off with Valmir Lazaro (12-2).

Round 1: Both are looking to land kicks early. Lazaro connects to the lead leg, and Vick fires back with his own. More leg kicks from both fighters, and it appears as if Lazaro is winning that. He looks to have injured his shin and Lazaro connects with a right. Head kick by Vick a glancing blow and he adds a knee to the body that appears to hurt Lazaro for a brief moment. These two are throwing everything, and wildly, and Vick is running into a lot of big-time strikes. Vick is finding his range and hurting Lazaro, who shoots for a takedown and scores. Lazaro with a second takedown of this round, but he can’t keep Vick down. Another good exchange to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lazaro

Round 2: Lazaro backing Vick down to start this round. Both men appear to have slowed it down, and Lazaro counters with a perfectly-executed combo. A lot of strikes are missing, but Lazaro has opened a cut under the left eye. Huge shot from Vick and Lazaro is wobbly, almost out on his feet. He ties up for a takedown, Vick avoids it and Lazaro comes back with a right out of nowhere. He appeared to be out, and Vick connects again. Lazaro misses and eats a head kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vick

Round 3: Lazaro ducks under a kick and connects to the body, but he ate another right hand just before that. Vick again with the right and Lazaro shoots. He’s got him up against the fence, with Vick searching for a guillotine. Nice knees to the body by Vick and he shows his chin is still there, taking shots right to it. They stand and trade in the center of the Octagon. Vick drops him again and pounces, trying to secure a headlock. Somehow, though, Lazaro has recovered and we have a low blow. Lazaro is ready to go and Vick lands a kick to the midsection.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vick

James Vick def. Valmir Lazaro via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Max Holloway vs. Clay Collard

Back to the featherweight division, as Max Holloway (9-3) welcomes Clay Collard (13-4) to the Octagon.

Round 1: Holloway with a good jab and he eats a second head kick within the first minute of the fight. Collard catches a knee and lands a right of his own, trying for a takedown but is denied. Flying switch-kick from Collard is missed, but he’s throwing some interesting things at Holloway. Collard attempting to bait him in, but so far, Holloway isn’t biting. Holloway catches him with a right that backs Collard up and continues the assault, throwing a flying knee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holloway

Round 2: Collard looking to get his boxing going, as the announcers note he has 60 amateur boxing fights. Holloway, though, lands the first good strikes of this round and has him backing up. Holloway hurts him with a jab and attacks, throwing another flying knee. Somehow, Collard takes it and is now coming forward, even shooting for a single-leg takedown. Holloway throws a kick, transitions and takes the back, but is unable to lock up the choke he was looking for. Collard is looking for the one-punch knockout, but Holloway is too quick. Holloway lands with a kick and tries for a takedown, only to wind up with Holloway on his back. Triangle attempt for Holloway with 30 seconds left, but he is unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holloway

Round 3: Collard coming forward, showing he knows he needs a finish. Collard is letting it all hang out, transitioning to a takedown attempt. The takedown is denied and Holloway connects with a knee that drops Collard. He’s working on getting inside the guard and doing damage as we head under three minutes. Holloway looking for a rear-naked choke, flattening him out and firing away with elbows. Collard rolls to his back and is getting hammered with shots. To the back again and the ref is getting close to stopping it and he does.

Max Holloway def. Clay Collard via TKO (strikes) at 3:47 of Round 3

Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites

We head to the middleweight ranks for our next bout between Francis Carmont (21-9) and former top contender Thales Leites (23-4).

Round 1: Carmont with the first damaging strike, kicking the lead leg out from Leites. Leites, though, comes back with a stiff jab that connects. Carmont shoots for a takedown, but is denied. A lot of clinching and feeling out, not much action from either fighter to start. Carmont flexes his might, though, in denying the takedown attempts of Leites.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 2: Leites comes right out on the attack, lands and drops Carmont. He follows up, but Carmont might have been out when he hit the canvas. This one is all over for the former contender.

Thales Leites def. Francis Carmont via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 2

Jordan Mein vs. Mike Pyle

Welterweights collide in the co-main event next, as Jordan Mein (28-9) squares off against Mike Pyle (26-9-1).

Round 1: Mein immediately comes out after Pyle, forcing him to retreat. Pyle tries for a takedown, gets an ankle, and is denied. Good left from Pyle lands as he swoops in. Out of nowhere, Mein connects and sends Pyle crashing to the canvas. The ref appears to touch Mein to pull him off, but backs up and gives Pyle a chance. Mein continues the onslaught and this one is all over.

Jordan Mein def. Mike Pyle via TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of Round 1

Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos

It’s time for the main event, as former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (21-3) takes on Rafael dos Anjos (21-7).

Round 1: Loud “Benson” chant right from the start as they square off. Dos Anjos takes early control of the center of the Octagon, but it’s Henderson who lands with a kick to the lead leg. Massive hooks just misses by Henderson, who follows with a right and eats a left. Excellent body shot from Henderson and it gets answered right back. Push-kick by Henderson sends RFA flying to the canvas. Dos Anjos catches him against the fence, lands a combo and follows up with a knee. RDA continues to attack and he stuns Henderson. The ref steps in and this one is all over, as John McCarthy called it. Henderson tries to tell him he is fine and can keep going, but we have a huge upset to conclude the evening.

Rafael dos Anjos def. Benson Henderson via KO (strike) at 2:31 of Round 1