UFC on ESPN 28 play-by-play and live results

LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 28 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

UFC on ESPN 28 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

In the main event, Uriah Hall (17-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC) takes on Sean Strickland (23-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) at middleweight.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and 9:30 p.m. ET for the main card on ESPN and ESPN+.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN 28 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

Round 1 – Cosce with a sharp low kick to open and then drives forward and into the clinch, pressing Rowe against the cage. Cosce with an underhook on the left side, and he works position for a slick takedown. Rowe scrambles quickly to guard, while Cosce works strong head control and keeps the pressure tight. Cosce with a few punches to the body and is trying to get past the legs but doesn’t want to give up his control of the head. Rowe with his head agains the cage, but he does turn his hips for the armbar. Not there, but it creates a scramble, and he’s able to get back up his feet. Cosce with a nice uppercut there. They trade quickly in the pocket before Cosce changes levels again. He pulls Rowe down briefly but can’t keep him there. Cosce presses in the clinch and lands a nice elbow up top. Rowe briefly tries to jump guard, but there’s nothing there. Cosce pulls back and just misses a huge spinning elbow. He moves to the center to close, but Rowe can’t capitalize on the time before the bell. MMA Junkie gives the first to Cosce, 10-9.

Round 2 – Rowe more aggressive this time and leaps forward with a flying knee that misses. He moves to the clinch, but Cosce quickly turns him to the cage and takes the outside position once again. Short knees inside. Cosce backs away, and they start swinging. Strikes traded inside, and Rowe lands low. Cosce grimaces and takes a quick break, and Rowe repeatedly apologizes. On the restart, they’re trading again quickly. Rowe lands a glancing right hand. Another one lands big, and Cosce is hurt. Cosce starts swinging back. Wild trading on the feet. Cosce is moving forward, but Rowe lands another right hand. Another one scores. Referee Chris Tognoni yells to fight back, and Cosce does. His let eye is badly damaged, but Cosce is moving forward. Rowe with a knee up the middle. Cosce pushes forward and drives the action to the fence, trying to slow things down. Rowe trying to push away, but Cosce with his head in the chest and controlling the wrists. Rowe finally slips away with a little more than a minute. Punches traded. Rowe grabs the Thai clinch and lands a few big knees inside. Punches scoring. Cosce tough, but he’s getting drilled with big shots. Big shot finally drops him, and that’s the fight. Vicious work.

Result: Phil Rowe def. Orion Cosce via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:21
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Records: Orion Cosce (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Phil Rowe (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Welterweight (Rowe weighed 173.5 pounds)
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Chris Tognoni

Round 1 – Early low kick from Adashev. Punches traded, with Benoit looking to strike, as well. Adashev kicks low, then high. Quick exchange of punches once again. Adashev with a leaping knee and then a punch as he lands. He’s aggressive early. Benoit also looking to pick up the pace a bit. Adashev retreating and kicks to the body. Benoit pressing, and they trade punches again. Both men having some success with strikes. Benoit the man walking forward. He scores a nice right hand. Adashev happy to retreat and counter. He’s still using nasty leg kicks, as well. Adashev kicks to the body. He ducks in for a surprising takedown but bails out and scores with a right hand. Low kick for Adashev. Benoit swing over the top and scores. Adashev drops, and Benoit follows with strikes, then tries to grab a guillotine. Adashev lasts through it and is on top, and he grabs the neck as Benoit scrambles back up. He drops for the submission, but time expires. MMA Junkie gives the first to Adashev, 10-9.

Round 2 – Benoit walking forward again and scores with a left hand. Adashev retreating and content to counter. He lands a knee up the middle. More work with low kicks. Benoit trying to remain aggressive, but his left leg is bruised up already. Benoit trying to keep the right leg forward as he attacks. He’s striking from range, but Adashev moving and countering well. He’s tearing up the leg. Benoit clearly struggling to put weight on it, but he’s refusing to quit attacking. Adashev moving on the outside and picking his shots, shredding the leg. Benoit throwing bombs, trying to turn his fortunes, and he’s scoring occasionally, but not enough. Round ends, and MMA Junkie gives it to Adashev, 10-9.

Round 3 – Benoit coming out and pushing the pace. He’s hurt, but he’s trying, and he’s throwing big shots. Adashev still looking to counter, but it’s Benoit with the greater volume right now. Adashev does land a nice right hand, but Benoit walks through it. He’s relentless in his forward movement. Benoit gets to the clinch, but he can’t keep it there. Adashev pulls away. Benoit with a left hand. They trade punches. Benoit chasing, and he holds his arms out, asking if Adashev wants to engage. Adashev with a low kick, but Benoit with a left hand that lands clean. He points to his opponent. Punches traded. Benoit with another right. Adashev landing, as well, but Benoit seems to be gaining energy somehow. Benoit drives inside and looks for the takedown. Not there. Less than a minute. Benoit continues to chase. He’s frustrated that Adashev is moving away. Benoit with a big right hand late. Good scrap until the end. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Benoit, 10-9, but awards the fight to Adashev, 29-28.

Result: Zarrukh Adashev def. Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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Records: Zarrukh Adashev (4-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Ryan Benoit (10-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
Judging: Eric Colon (30-27), Tony Weeks (30-27), Ron McCarthy (29-28, giving Adashev round 1 and 2)

Round 1 – They engage quickly, and Frey lands a nice low kick before Yoder pushes over the top with punches and moves into the clinch. Yoder trying to tie up the arms, but Frey able to slip free and start striking again. Low kicks traded. Frey landing with straight punches. Frey catches a kick and trips Yoder off-balance but doesn’t follow to the floor. She kicks the leg, and Yoder scrambles back up. Frey the aggressor on the feet. She’s keeping her opponent away with solid straight punches. Yoder finally ducks down and drives the action to the fence again, but Frey able to slip back to the center with relative ease. They trade on the feet, and Yoder starting to land a little more frequently. She cores with a low kick. Yoder with a nice push kick to the body. Frey with two clean punches. They trade shots at the bell. Yoder gaining some momentum, but MMA Junkie gives the first to Frey, 10-9.

Round 2 – Frey back to working the legs again. She throws crisp punches over the top. She lands clean, and Yoder is stunned. Yoder trying to get inside for a takedown, but it’s not there. Frey with a crisp left hand. Low kick scores. She’s teeing off now, but being measured. Yoder staggering a bit and trying to get to the legs, but she’s hurt. Frey pushes her away. Yoder taking deep breaths. Frey patient as she attacks, but she’s finding the mark with crisp punches. Low kicks traded. Yoder seems to have recovered well now and is starting to swing back. Frey tags her with a left hand. Two more after. Frey with a left hand, but Yoder lands her own left. Frey is staggered. Yoder starts pressing. This may be her chance. She keeps firing straight lefts. Crisp shots lands, but she can’t keep it going. Frey does land one big shot of her own at the end. MMA Junkie gives it again to Frey, 10-9.

Round 3 – Yoder trying to use long strikes early. She drops down for a takedown, but it’s not there. Frey tags her as they break away. Yoder ducks down again, but Frey easily pushes her away and lands a few punches inside, as well. Low kicks traded. Frey the one with more volume right now, but Yoder is landing her share of jabs. Yoder wants the takedown, but it’s still not there. Yoder fakes a takedown and lands a right hand over the top. Solid low kick from Frey. Yoder is giving it a go, but she’s getting every strike answered. Frey with a clean left. Another one scores. Front kick scores from Yoder. She lands a left, but Frey comes back swinging. They trade until the end. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Frey, 10-9, and awards her the fight 30-27.

Result: Jinh Yu Frey def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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Records: Jinh Yu Frey (11-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Ashley Yoder (8-8 MMA, 3-7 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Keith Peterson
Judging: Mike Bell (30-27), Ron McCarthy (30-27), David Tirelli (30-27)

Round 1 – Chavez waves off the glove touch before the opening bell. He comes out with a high kick that’s blocked. Kamaka moving well and looking for options, but he has to block another high kick. Chavez with a right hand and a high kick right behind it. Both miss on low kicks. Kamaka in the center but not committing yet. Chavez with a right hand. Chavez changes levels and is quick on the takedown. Kamaka taken down but quick to scramble back up and pull away. Low kicks traded. Kamaka still holding the center but not doing much in terms of attacks. Spinning kick from Chavez blocked. Chavez not landing a lot, but he’s the busier fighter. Chavez firing straight punches. Kamaka lands low with a kick, but we carry on. Kamaka with a big kick but is pushes back to the floor. He pops quickly back up and wants to trade. Chavez briefly engages but backs quickly away. Round ends, and MMA Junkie gives it to Chavez, 10-9.

Round 2 – Chavez out quickly with punches and kicks, but Kamaka swinging back now. Kamaka misses a right hand and then kicks the legs. He’s looking to press a little more now. Kamaka with a crisp jab and kicks the legs. Another low kick scores for Kamaka. Chavez starting to slow a little but still dangerous. They exchange, and Chavez drops to the floor, covering his face after an apparent eye poke. Doctor comes in to take a look, and Chavez’s body language is not good as he sits with his back to the fence. He’s struggling to get his eyes open. Referee Herb Dean asks Mark Smith to bring in a towel. Chavez wiping his right eye and squinting. He says he can go, and we carry on. Chavez comes out extremely aggressive on the restart, but Kamaka wraps his body and looks for the trip. He throws a knee that strikes the cup. Chavez drops again. Not a fun sequence for him. He takes a break, but he says he’s good. Dean deducts a point from Kamaka, but we carry on. Kamaka swinging as they start again, but Chavez swinging right back. Low kicks score for Kamaka. Chavez spinning kick blocked. One minute remains. Chavez stomping with his lead leg but not throwing as often. They end on the feet. MMA Junkie leans toward Kamaka, 10-9, but with the deduction, it’s 9-9.

Round 3 – Both men come out and trade in the center. Quick strikes thrown. Chavez drives for a takedown, but Kamaka able to stand that up and drive him to the fence. Kamaka now hunting for the takedown. He gets caught with some elbows but refuses to let go. Takedown not there, so he strikes in the clinch. It’s back and forth there, but Kamaka controlling from the outside. He works hard for the takedown, but Chavez counters with the kimura grip. They move back to the clinch after nearly hitting the canvas. Kamaka backs away with a little more than a minute. Chavez with a left hand. He dives for a takedown. Kamaka sprawls well and is looking to control the neck. Chavez has to back away. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Kamaka, 10-9, resulting in a 28-28 draw, but these scores could be anywhere.

Result: Kai Kamaka vs. Danny Chavez declared a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
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Records: Danny Chavez (11-4-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC), Kai Kamaka (8-4-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Mike Bell (29-27, giving Kamaka all three rounds), Jerin Valel (28-28, giving Kamaka rounds 2 and 3), Junichiro Kamijo (28-28, giving Kamaka rounds 1 and 2)

Round 1 – Garcia aggressive to start and is firing big left hands. He kicks the legs, as well. Gruetzemacher resets and is looking to answer, but Garcia setting the pace early. Big left hand scores, and Gruetzemacher wobbles back to the cage. Garcia lands again and looks to bring the fight to the floor. Gruetzemacher scrambles there and is able to get back to his feet, but Garcia still tagging him there with knees and big left hands. Gruetzemacher somehow walking forward on the feet. Garcia changes levels and drives through for the takedown. Gruetzemacher doesn’t allow him to pass, so Garcia backs to the feet. Garcia with a nice knee inside. Big left hand scores to the body. Gruetzemacher scores low with a knee, and we take a quick break. Gruetzemacher aggressive on the restart, and he lands two right hands. Garcia still moving forward. Gruetzemacher having a little more success on the feet now. Garcia ducks in on a single. Gruetzemacher defends well and hits a beautiful switch. Gruetzemacher grinding here and lands a nice elbow inside. They end on the feet, and MMA Junkie gives it to Garcia, 10-9.

Round 2 – Garcia trying to press, but he seems to be tiring a bit already. Gruetzemacher pressing with aggression on the feet. Punches, knees and elbows. It’s dirty work, but he’s having success. Garcia ducks down and kicks the leg out for a beautiful takedown, but Gruetzemacher scrambles back up quickly. Garcia tries to hang on to his neck, but it’s not there. Once free, Gruetzemacher is again on the attack, walking forward and looking to grind. Garcia clinches again and drives the action to the fence. They battle in tight. Garcia finally backs away, and Gruetzemacher is first to strike. Punches up top. Low kick. Garcia swinging back, as well, but it’s single shots, and his mouth is wide open. Gruetzemacher punching to the head and body. Garcia clinches again, but the takedown isn’t there. They tee off at the end. MMA Junkie gives it to Gruetzemacher, 10-9.

Round 3 – Gruetzemacher looking to pressure right at the start. He knows Garcia is tired. Collar tie for Gruetzemacher and nasty punches inside. Gruetzemacher is digging to the body and just staying relentless with his pressure. Garcia able to change levels and score a big takedown. He moves to side control and is looking to control from the top. Gruetzemacher struggling to create some space, but he is able to work to a seated position and then his feet. As they restart, Gruetzemacher with a big uppercut that snaps his opponent’s head back. Garcia digging deep, and they’re trading on the feet. Big shots landing from both. Garcia with a big takedown again, and he wants to ride things out. Gruetzemacher stuck but gets to his feet again in the final seconds. Both men raise their hands at the end. MMA Junkie leans toward Gruetzemacher and the damage over the takedowns, 10-9, awarding the fight to him, 29-28.

Result: Chris Gruetzemacher def. Rafa Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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Records: Rafa Garcia (12-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Chris Gruetzemacher (15-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Judging: Dave Hagen (29-28, giving Gruetzemacher rounds 2 and 3), Rick Winter (29-28, giving Gruetzemacher rounds 2 and 3), Ron McCarthy (29-28, giving Gruetzemacher rounds 2 and 3)

Round 1 – Witt to the center, and Barberena working on the outside. Witt with a high kick that misses. Both men pawing jabs and offering some feints as they study the rhythm. Witt with a big kick to the body, and he charges forward for a takedown immediately after. He gets Barberena to the floor and sets up on top. Barberena in half-guard, and his left side is against the cage. Witt with a few big left hands. He briefly thinks arm-triangle but lets it go. Witt controlling from the top and landing short punches. Barberena posts and gets to a kneeling position, and Witt looks to slip to his back. Barberena uses the cage to peel him away and then lands a huge right hand that staggers Witt. Barberena looking to attack, but Witt changes levels and drives through for another takedown. He ends the round on top. MMA Junkie gives it to Witt, 10-9.

Round 2 – Witt high kick blocked. They trade big punches, and Witt backs away. Barberena lands two more big shots. Witt tries to shoot onside, but he’s pushed away. Witt throws a high kick but is caught with a straight punch. Witt shoots again, but Barberena stuffs it. Barberena the aggressor, but Witt lands a clean right that sees his opponent stumble to the cage. Barberena recovers quickly, but Witt drops down and drives him to the canvas. Barberena in guard. He crawls to his feet and looks to start again. He fires a high kick, but a Witt right hand sends him to the canvas. Witt follow and wrap the neck and is squeezing on a guillotine. Barberena survives it after a few tense moments and pulls back to the feet. Barberena with a straight left and blocks a high kick. He’s clearly tiring from the pace. Witt shoots, and he’s tired, too. Still, a second effort sees him get the fight to the floor. Witt finishes on top, and MMA Junkie gives him the round, 10-9.

Round 3 – Witt takes the center and is closing in. Big punches traded. Barberena looking to load up on the big shots. Witt fires a high kick that misses. Barberena with a right hand over the top. Witt shoots inside but gets pushed away. Barberena pressing and lands a big right hand. Witt is hurt, but he’s swinging back. Barberena has to respect his opponent’s power. Barberena with another right hand. Witt shoots inside, and Barberena briefly controls his neck but has to turn. Witt lifts and slams him to the canvas. Barberena crawls up, but Witt slams him again, passing the legs to side control as they land to relieve any pressure on the neck. Barberena works to half-guard and stands. Barberena throws punches to create space. Witt shoots and misses, and Barberena makes him pay with punches. Two tired men throwing bombs. Left hand drops Witt, but he crawls up and picks the leg to take the fight to the floor. One minute. Barberena trying to scramble up. Witt wants his back but gets peeled away. Barberena uses a kimura to sweep and break free. Back on the feet. Barberena knocks out the mouthpiece. He keeps punching. Barberena slips on a knee at the end. What a scrap. MMA Junkie leans toward a 10-8 in the third for Barberena and calls this a 28-28 draw. Witt could be walking away with a win, though.

Result: Jason Witt def. Bryan Barberena via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Photos: UFC on ESPN 28: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Bryan Barberena (15-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC), Jason Witt (18-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Keith Peterson
Judging: Tony Weeks (28-28, giving Witt rounds 1 and 2, with Barberena earning a 10-8 in round 3), Mike Bell (29-27, giving Witt rounds 1 and 2, with a 10-8 in round 2), Rick Winter (29-28, giving Witt rounds 1 and 2)

Round 1 – Baghdasaryan with a quick low kick as he looks to move laterally. He kicks high and throws a left hand. Kick to the body and another left. He’s on point to start. Anglin works his way to a clinch. He fires a knee inside, but Baghdasaryan pulls free. Baghdasaryan throwing heavy punches. He works to the body. High kicks just short. Anglin fires a right hand down the middle. Baghdasaryan with a big left. His hand speed is impressive. Anglin retreating and looking to counter. Baghdasaryan again to the body. Anglin clinches briefly, but Baghdasaryan pulls away. Anglin changes levels and scores the outside trip. Baghdasaryan turns to his knees and moves back to his feet. Anglin can’t control him. Baghdasaryan with tow big left hands. Anglin taking these well, but he can’t do that all night. Straight left scores. Anglin is hurt. Baghdasaryan rifling off punches. Some are close to the back of the head. Anglin survives and moves back to the center, where he lands a big right hand. Impressive stuff from Baghdasaryan, and he takes the round, 10-9.

Round 2 – Baghdasaryan again the one moving forward. Anglin’s corner calling for him to pick up the aggression. Baghdasaryan with a nice kick to the body. Left hand scores. Anglin trying to get in close, but Baghdasaryan’s speedy punches causing issues. High kick lands clean, and Anglin falls to the canvas. Baghdasaryan follows with hammerfists, and this is over. What a vicious performance.

Result: Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Collin Anglin via TKO (high kick, punches) – Round 2, 1:50
Photos: UFC on ESPN 28: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Collin Anglin (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Melsik Baghdasaryan (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith

Round 1 – Stolze comes out and spin kicks the body. Gooden swinging with punches and land a nice left hand. Stolze swings back, but Gooden picks him up and slams him to the canvas. Stolze doesn’t stay there long. Back on the feet, and Gooden lands a massive straight right, and Stolze drops. He’s rocked, and referee Herb Dean waves this off. Wow. Quite the finish for Gooden, especially on short notice.

Result: Jared Gooden def. Niklas Stolze via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:08
Recap: Jared Gooden KOs Niklas Stolze on four days’ notice
Photos: UFC on ESPN 28: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Jared Gooden (18-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Niklas Stolze (12-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean

Round 1 – Buys moves forward with quickly and looks to strike. Both women engage quickly and wind up punching into a clinch, which Buys uses to drive her opponent to the canvas. Buys eventually elects to back away, and as de Paula starts to rise, she gets absolutely blasted with a kick. Buys tries to walk off, but de Paula stumbles her way forward. It doesn’t mater. Buys with additional punches to seal this finish. Wow.

Result: Cheyanne Buys def. Glorinha de Paula via TKO (kick, punches) – Round 1, 1:00
Recap: Cheyanne Buys’ perfectly timed head kick stops Gloria de Paula
Photos: UFC on ESPN 28: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Cheyanne Buys (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Gloria de Paula (5-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith

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Recap:
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Records: Uriah Hall (17-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC), Sean Strickland (23-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN+
Referee:Herb Dean
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