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UFC Fight Night: Whittaker Vs. Till Quick Results, Live Blog

We conclude the four-event run from the UFC’s Fight Island [1] with UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till [2] Saturday night.

In the main event, former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker battles Darren Till in a five-round contest live on ESPN and ESPN+.

For the past several weeks, the UFC has called Yas Island in Abu Dhabi home. A special venue was created and the fighters and staff were kept isolated for the most part.

Seven fights highlight the main card as former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and ex-UFC heavyweight titleholder Fabricio Werdum are also in action.

Rua collides with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for a third time, while Werdum welcomes Alexander Gustafsson back and to the heavyweight division.

Rounding out the main card is another former UFC champion in Carla Esparza, as she takes on Marina Rodriguez, Paul Craig faces Gadzhimurad Antigulov, Alex Oliveira faces Peter Sobotta and Khamzat Chimaev meets Rhys McKee.

The prelims include matches between Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert, Jesse Ronson and Nicolas Dalby, and Tom Aspinall and Jake Collier.

Check out quick results from the event and a live ongoing blog of the main card.

UFC Fight Night: Whittaker Vs. Till Quick Results

Robert Whittaker def. Darren Till via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Fabricio Werdum def. Alexander Gustafsson via submission (armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1

Carla Esparza def. Marina Rodriguez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Paul Craig def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via submission (triangle choke) at 2:06 of Round 1

Alex Oliveira def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Khamzat Chimaev def. Rhys McKee via TKO (strikes) at 3:09 of Round 1

Francisco Trinaldo def. Jai Herbert via TKO (strikes) at 1:30 of Round 3

Jesse Ronson def. Nicolas Dalby via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:48 of Round 1

Tom Aspinall def. Jake Collier via TKO (strikes) at :45 of Round 1

Movsar Evloev def. Mike Grundy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Tanner Boser def. Raphael Pessoa via TKO (strikes) at 2:36 of Round 2

Pannie Kianzad def. Bethe Correia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Ramazan Emeev def. Niklas Stolze via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Nathaniel Wood def. John Castaneda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC Fight Night Main Card Live Blog

Khamzat Chimaev kicked off the main card with a bang, finishing Rhys McKee with some vicious and constant ground-and-pound. 

For Chimaev, that marked his second win this year inside the Octagon, with both coming during a 10-day span. He made his debut on July 15, submitting John Phillips. 

The welterweight contest between Alex Oliveira and Peter Sobotta started off weird, as Sobotta was cut and had some issues with his eye. However, in the end, Oliveira picked up the decision victory. 

Paul Craig now sits in a group that includes Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira with the most submission wins in the UFC’s light heavyweight division after locking up a choke on Gadzhimurad Antigulov. 

Craig secured a triangle choke off his back, earning the first round victory for his fifth tap-out win inside the Octagon.

Carla Esparza, the inaugural UFC strawweight champion, earned her second win of the year, topping Marina Rodriguez via split decision. Esparza looked the worse for the wearer, but was able to use her skills to earn the win.

In what might have been his final Octagon appearance, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum secured a submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson.

The bout marked an end to the current contract of Werdum, and he is likely to test free agency. He secured an armbar off a takedown, recording the first round victory.

Gustafsson, a former light heavyweight title contender, unretired and made the move up to heavyweight in hopes of earning another crack at the UFC title. 

Meeting for the third time in their incredible careers, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira went the distance, with Rua earning the split decision.

Prior to the fight, Nogueira announced this would be his retirement bout, asking for Rua. He finished his career with 23 victories.

After five hard-fought rounds, former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was declared the winner over Darren Till. Whittaker swept all three scorecards by matching scores of 48-47.

In the first, Till caught Whittaker coming in with a short elbow and dropped him. The replay made it look even nastier, as Whittaker’s nose appeared to go sideways. 

Whittaker returned the favor early in the second, catching Till and planting him on the canvas. The two proceeded to exchange shots over the rest of the fight. 

Whittaker ended the fight with a nasty cut by his ear that had blood pouring from it. That didn’t stop him from recording a huge takedown on Till in the final moments.