Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 194.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and completes a whirl-wind three-day stretch for the promotion.

After months and month of build, we’ll finally see Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor square off inside the Octagon. The two will meet for the unified featherweight title, as McGregor won a share of it when he defeated Chad Mendes earlier this year.

Aldo, of course, is widely-regarded as the best featherweight of all-time. He’s defeated the likes of Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, Frankie Edgar and Kenny Florian since coming over from the WEC, and he has not lost since 2005.

But it’s not just one title on the line tonight, as Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt against Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. Weidman, coming off wins over Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, will be trying to keep Rockhold from adding UFC gold to his previously won Strikeforce title.

Rounding out the pay-per-view main card will be Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero in a middleweight title-eliminator, Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson at welterweight and 145-pounders Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens.

Headlining the FOX Sports 1 prelims that begin at 8 p.m. ET is a bantamweight battle pitting Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz. Tecia Torres welcomes Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger to the UFC, while Warlley Alves tangles with Colby Covington and Leonardo Santos meets Kevin Lee.

Three bouts kick things off on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET with Joe Proctor taking on Magomed Musstafaev, John Makdessi facing Yancy Medeiros and Court McGee returning to fight Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

Now, let’s get to the action!


Court McGee vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

We begin this stacked event in the welterweight division, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee (16-4) returns from an extended layoff against Marcio Alexandre, Jr. (11-2).

Round 1: McGee with a pair of huge, powerful kicks, taking it right to Alexandre. Relaxed stance by Alexandre, who is looking for an opening but eats a straight right. McGee fakes for a takedown, tries for the clinch and is denied. They finally clinch, as McGee is in his world now against the karate fighter. Low blow lands on Alexandre and we have a break in the action. Alexandre grabs the guillotine and has it locked up early. He’s working hard to get his head out and does, showing excellent submission defense at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Round 2: Alexandre lands with a good knee, but that allows McGee to get in deep on a takedown attempt. Alexandre fights it off and McGee gains the clinch again. He’s connecting with knees to the thighs, taking the air out of Alexandre’s offense and grinding this one down. McGee’s also doing all of this right in his corner, getting instructions from his team. In deep again on a single, but Alexandre fights it off once more. Excellent takedown defense by Alexandre, as he has defended all six attempts. The ref has seen enough of the clinch and separates them with less than a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Round 3: Finally, on the seventh attempt, McGee scores with a takedown right off the bat in the third. He’s unable to really do much in terms of offense and they are back on the feet midway through the round. McGee with a solid right, but neither man has been able to do much in terms of imposing their will. Back to the clinch for “The Crusher,” scoring with knees to the thigh region and body. Alexandre tries for a guillotine and it allows McGee to pick him up and slam him to the canvas, gaining top position and beating up the body. Huge finish by McGee with thunderous right elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Court McGee def. Marcio Alexandre, Jr. via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros

Our first of two lightweight bouts to conclude the Fight Pass prelims is next, as John Makdessi (13-4) faces off with Yancy Medeiros (11-3).

Round 1: Medeiros with a very upright stance, as Makdessi is looking to attack with a spin move. In the meantime, Medeiros is peppering him with kicks to the body and just misses on a high-kick. Makdessi is eating a lot of straight shots to the face, as his nose is getting red. Medeiros has the reach advantage and is taking advantage of it. Good shot to the body from “The Bull.”

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros

Round 2: Much better offensive flow from Makdessi here in the early stages of the second. He’s loading up and finding a home, and has shown more power than Medeiros. Not a lot of action this round, as both fighters remained standing. Makdessi, though, seemed to be getting the better of it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

Round 3: Another good spinning attack finds a home for Makdessi, but here comes Medeiros again, stringing together lefts and rights. In terms of Octagon control, it’s been all Makdessi so far in this one. Medeiros with a pair of rights that connect and he is moving well, staying out of the power range. Makdessi doing a great job of staying just out of the range of Medeiros, avoiding the power shots. Good kick to the liver for The Bull, who is now pushing forward with a minute left. Medeiros with a knee and a left hook that floors Makdessi at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros

Yancy Medeiros def. John Makdessi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)