Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its triumphant return to Pechanga Arena for the UFC San Diego mixed martial arts (MMA) event TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 13, 2022) LIVE on both ESPN and ESPN+ in — you guessed it — San Diego, Calif., featuring an important bantamweight showdown between streaking 135-pound contender Marlon Vera and former division champion Dominick Cruz. Before that five-round headliner gets underway this weekend in “The Golden State,” featherweight phenom David “Silent Assassin” Onama will test himself against the rough-and-tumble stylings of 145-pound “Train” Nate Landwehr.
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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Vera vs. Cruz.” Without further delay, see below for the updated UFC San Diego results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).
UFC SAN DIEGO QUICK RESULTS:
Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz
Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama
Yazmin Jauregui vs. Iasmin Lucindo
Devin Clark vs. Azamat Murzakanov
Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bruno Silva
Loopy Godinez vs. Angela Hill — Hill def. Godinez by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Lukasz Brzeski vs. Martin Buday — Buday def. Brzeski by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes — Nunes def. Calvillo by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Gabriel Benitez vs. Charlie Ontiveros — Benitez def. Ontiveros by TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round One
Tyson Nam vs. Ode Osbourne — Nam def. Osbourne by KO (punches) at 2:59 of Round One
Josh Quinlan vs. Jason Witt — Quinlan def. Witt by KO (punch) at 2:09 of Round One
Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Youssef Zalal — Majority draw (29-28, 28-28 x2)
UFC SAN DIEGO LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
135 lbs.: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz
145 lbs.: Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama
115 lbs.: Yazmin Jauregui vs. Iasmin Lucindo
205 lbs.: Devin Clark vs. Azamat Murzakanov
125 lbs.: Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira
185 lbs.: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bruno Silva
115 lbs.: Loopy Godinez vs. Angela Hill
Round 1: Quick left hook lands for Godinez, then a lead right that rattles Hill. Godinez tries to follow up and they briefly tussle in the clinch. Another lead right by Godinez a minute in. Really nice exchanges, both throwing crisp combinations. 3-2 lands for Godinez inside. Two minutes in. 1-2. Two-piece on the break. Another clean lead right. Nice overhand by Hill inside. Hill threatens a shot, lands a cross, tries a head kick. Jab from Godinez, overhand from Hill. Two minutes to go.
Lots of feints at the moment. Solid cross by Hill, eats a lead right and left hook in return. Heavy exchange inside. Jumping knee to the body by Hill. One minute to go. Hill ducks a right hand and shoots. Godinez gets double unders and exits with a knee. Hill tries a head kick. Hill lands a perfect flying knee that Godinez somehow absorbs to tie up. Knees from Hill inside, solid elbow. 10-9 Godinez.
Round 2: Right back to trading punches. Jab exchange. Both sling hard right hands inside. Godinez bullies her down with a shot, but Hill uses the threat of a guillotine to stand a minute in. Godinez’s nose is not in good shape. Hill shoots, denied. Hill getting some momentum. Two minutes in. Nice right cross, eats an uppercut in return. Quick exchange inside. Combo by Hill. Continuing to exchange at close range. Hill shoots, denied, eats a left on the break. Two minutes to go.
Godinez lead right. Heavy right hand inside. Hill continuing to advance, eats punches from the single collar tie. One minute to go. Hill tries a head kick. 1-2-3 by Godinez, good combo by Hill in response. Godinez with some hard punches from the single collar tie, Hill comes back with knees and takes her down. Looking for the back,, falls over the top going for a last-second armbar. 10-9 Hill.
Round 3: Lead right by Godinez. Combo from Hill, left hook from Godinez. Godinez jab. Both land good rights a minute in. More jabs from Godinez. Hill lands her own. Jab exchange, 1-2 from Godinez. Two minutes in. More pressure from Hill. Hill wades in, eats punches, lands a knee. Big right cross by Godinez, tries a takedown, can’t get it. Two minutes to go.
Hill cross counter. She shoots, denied, lands a right cross. Body shot. Godinez lead right. One minute to go. Flying knee from Hill, 1-2 from Godinez. Big exchange on the fence. Nice cross by Hill. Jab exchange. 10-9 Hill.
Final result: Hill def. Godinez by unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Lukasz Brzeski vs. Martin Buday
Round 1: Both land right hands early on. Solid low kicks from Brzeski. Buday loads up on a two-piece as Brzeski looks to pepper him. Solid body work by Brzeski. Buday blitzes, Brzeski lands his own shots and separates. Stiff jab. One minute in. Low kick by Brzeski, avoids a Thai clinch. Buday lead right. Brzeski continuing to land jabs. Low kick to body shots. Two minutes in. Overhand right buzzes Buday, who backs off. Waving Brzeski on. The speed difference is clear. More jabs from Brzeski. Looping hook, avoids one in return. Two minutes to go.
Left hook by Brzeski, swatting overhand by Buday. Brzeski body shot. Buday wades into the clinch, can’t keep him there. Low kick lands for him. Slick combo by Brzeski in return. One minute to go. Brzeski catches a low kick, lands an elbow. Overhand right from Buday, low kick. Brzeski continuing to potshot, eats another leg kick. 10-9 Brzeski.
Round 2: Hard leg kick from Buday to answer a jab. Brzeski lands his own, eats a lead right. Sharp right by Brzeski, landing leg kicks of his own. One minute in. Another lead right by Brzeski. Buday left hook, Brzeski counter right. Another low kick by Buday answered in kind. Brzeski to the body. Two minutes in. They exchange in the center. Buday left hook, Brzeski jab. Brzeski goes low-high. Continuing to outwork Buday. More body shots by Brzeski. Buday comes back with a left hook. Two minutes to go.
Blitz from Buday. Lead hook, hard leg kick. Brzeski with a right downstairs. One minute to go. They trade lefts. Brzeski counter right. Buday with some hooks upstairs, eats body shots in return. Buday taunting as they potshot each other. Both land good rights. Brzeski to the body. 10-9 Brzeski.
Round 3: Low kick from Buday. They trade jabs. Brzeski jab, Buday leg kick. One minute in. Brzeski tries to flurry. More potshots from Brzeski. Two-piece by Buday around the guard. Brzeski to the body. Two minutes in. Buday lead right. He gets a couple punches around the guard, lands a counter hook. They slap hands in a show of violent camaraderie. Two minutes to go.
Buday lead right. Brzeski throwing a lot, not landing a ton but still outworking Buday. Lots of posturing. Both falling short with their bigger shots. One minute to go. Brzeski to the body, eats a leg kick. Solid jab by Buday, Brzeski catches a low kick. Both try some final shots and it’s Buday that connects. I don’t even know. 10-9 Buday on impact?
Final result: Buday def. Brzeski by split decision
125 lbs.: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes
Round 1: Trading low kicks to start. One minute in. 1-2 by Calvillo. Nobody committing to anything so far. She catches a kick for a takedown, lands a chopping right on the way up. Two minutes in. Nunes starting to do some damage with the low kicks. Two minutes to go.
Another Nunes low kick. Basically a sparring session so far, favoring Nunes. Calvillo catches a kick, can’t get the takedown. One minute to go. Jab by Nunes. Spinning back kick attempt. 2-1 by Calvillo. 10-9 Nunes.
Round 2: Calvillo looks for the body, eats a leg kick. Nunes double jab. Low kick a minute in. Nunes tries a body shot, denies a level change. 2-1 by Calvillo. She catches a kick, can’t use it. Two minutes in. 2-1 met by a lead right from Nunes. Counter right. She fires a naked low kick and ends up on her back in guard. Two minutes to go.
Nunes tries to turn for an armbar, no dice. Calvillo staying tight, landing short punches. One minute to go. Nunes fires upkicks and manages to stand. Low kick. She shoots, denied. Man, I don’t like to reward basic control, but so little happened on the feet that I have to go 10-9 Calvillo.
Round 3: Trading kicks to start. Nunes tries to spin, then tries a hook kick. Counter right by Calvillo. Nice low kick by Nunes a minute in. Calvillo lead right. Nunes tries to catch a low kick, can’t do so, leans into a left hook. Body work by Nunes. Slick combo. Two minutes in. Low kick. Calvillo times a double-leg well, Nunes scrambles up against the fence. Knee from Calvillo on the break. 1-2 downstairs. Two minutes to go.
Nunes tries a flurry. Low kick connects. Uppercut just misses. Heavy low kick and she avoids a takedown. 1-2 by Calvillo with a minute to go. Superman punch to head kick from Nunes. Counter right, head kick, jab. Good late work form Nunes and they slug. 10-9 Nunes.
155 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez vs. Charlie Ontiveros
Round 1: Ontiveros looks to kick, lands an axe kick of all things before Benitez hauls him to the fence. Ontiveros separates. Benitez low kick, Ontiveros counter right a minute in. Ontiveros tries a head kick. Right hand exchange, another attempted axe kick by Ontiveros. Clean leg kick. Lead left by Benitez. Counter left. Low kick, left cross. Ontiveros tries to come back with a wheel kick two minutes in. Benitez to the body, avoids a hook kick and ties up. Elbows in the clinch open Ontiveros up, after which he eats a low blow. When they resume, Benitez blasts him with a 1-2 before slamming him to the mat. Half guard with two minutes to go.
Full mount for Benitez, dropping heavy shots. He postures up and blasts away with punches to send the ref into action.
Final result: Benitez def. Ontiveros by TKO (punches)
125 lbs.: Tyson Nam vs. Ode Osbourne
Round 1: Body kicks from Osbourne to start. Right hook, then some sharp counters. Continuing to target the body, eats a leg kick a minute in. Long string of jabs from Nam, eats another body kick. Nam body shot and low kick. Sharp counter right. Two minutes in. Lead left from Osbourne, avoids an overhand. Another lead left. Osbourne tries a flying knee and Nam is ready, smashing him with a vicious overhand right. A few more and out go the lights.
Final result: Nam def. Osbourne by KO (punches)
190 lbs.: Josh Quinlan vs. Jason Witt
Round 1: Quinlan falling short with low kicks. Solid right cross. Low kick connects. He falls short with more strikes, as does Witt a minute in. Quinlan leg kick. Witt shoots under a right hand for a takedown against the fence. Quinlan works his way up and separates. Two minutes in. Witt throws a naked kick and runs headlong into one of the gnarliest left hooks you’ll ever see. “The Vanilla Gorilla” is on a higher plane of existence by the time he hits the ground, and the ref thankfully steps in before Quinlan can follow up.
Final result: Quinlan def. Witt by KO (punch)
135 lbs.: Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Youssef Zalal
Round 1: PFL ran long, so we’ll start the PbP in round two.
Round 2: Blackshear backs Zalal to the fence early and drages him to the mat, looking for the back. It’s Zalal who scrambles free and gets back control, though, and he’s hunting a neck crank. Full body triangle. Blackshear sweeps into guard two minutes in, then moves to side control. There’s that rear crucifix he loves. Zalal free and turns it into his own takedown attempt. Blackshear looks to drop elbows. Two minutes to go.
Blackshear reverses on the fence and looks for a single-leg. Slick move to the back, playing backpack with a minute to go. Working it under the chin, has it on the chin. Zalal toughs it out, then survives a second effort. 10-9 Blackshear.
Round 3: Trading punches in the center. Stiff jabs by Zalal. Near clash of heads as both dip down. Low kicks from Blackshear, blocks a knee and elbow. One minute in. 1-1-2 from Blackshear. Zalal looks for a head kick, lands a jab, eats a leg kick. Trading low kicks, Zalal follows with a body shot. Throwing heat on the fence. Blackshear tries to shoot, eats a knee. Zalal really pressuring two minutes in. Blackshear low kicks, Zalal right hands. Blackshear ducks in for a single-leg, can’t get it, tries to spin. Zalal opening up on the fence, eats a 3-2. Two minutes to go.
Trading low kicks. Blackshear tries to tie up, eats an elbow. Blackshear finding his counters but Zalal’s outworking him. Nasty body shots by Zalal. Another clean hook downstairs. Knee just misses. Tomahawk elbow, then a body kick that drops Blackshear. Blackshear tries to shoot, then closes his guard. Zalal pouring on punches and elbows, but Blackshear makes it to the bell. 10-8 Zalal.
Final result: Majority draw