UFC on ESPN+ 13 play-by-play and live results

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 13 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The card streams on ESPN+.

In the main event, Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) takes on Aspen Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a women’s bantamweight contender fight. In the co-feature, former WEC champion and multi-time UFC bantamweight title challenger Urijah Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) returns from retirement for a home-city fight against Ricky Simon (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 5 p.m. ET for the ESPN+ prelims and 8 p.m. ET for the main card on ESPN+.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN+ 13 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Current fight

Mike Rodriguez vs. John Allan

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Records: John Allan (13-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Mike Rodriguez (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Results

Benito Lopez vs. Vince Morales

Round 1 – Lopez takes the center and fires out a jab, with a high kick behind it shortly after. Morales moving to his right on the outside and looks to fire punches up the middle. Crowd chanting “Benito.” He’s staying busy with kicks and punches, while Morales sticking to boxing for now. Lopez walking forward and using low kicks to keep his opponent at bay. He’s going to the body and up top a bit, too, keeping Morales guessing. Lopez now adding a few low kicks, as well, but Lopez definitely firing the bigger shots. Lopez with a spinning kick to the body. Damage starting to show on Morales’ legs. He fires a right hand that sends his opponent toppling to the canvas. Morales rushes on top, and Lopez tries to lock up a triangle. Morales pushes the legs away and backs away, and they return to the feet. Morales now brimming with confidence and kicks the leg. Leaping knee from Lopez misses late. Round ends, and MMA Junkie leans toward Morales, 10-9, based on the knockdown.

Round 2 – Quick pace again to start the second, and it’s Morales looking to box but having to get past Lopez’s long kicks from range. Lopez is the aggressor. Morales starting to match the output a bit, though, not allowing Lopez to be the volume guy. Spinning kick to the body for Lopez comes up short. He’s pressing. Halfway through the round. Morales still trying to tee up the big right, but Lopez moving well to avoid it. Lopez pulls back on a leaping knee and then kicks the leg. Morales answers with a combination. Another flurry lands for Morales. Lopez answers with a powerful low kick. Another follows. Morales with another right hand that sees Lopez stumble a bit. Still, Lopez recovers quickly and chops at the leg. They trade until the end. Close round, but MMA Junkie leans toward Morales, 10-9.

Round 3 – Scores could be tight here. Action has been close. Morales now the aggressor to start the third, looking to press with punches. Lopez still moving well and firing kicks to the legs and body. Morales successful with a combination. He’s got Lopez reeling a bit but backs away and resets. Morales is having real success when he drives forward. Another few punches land. Lopez now showing the damage though, and he answers again with a hard, slapping low kick. Two minutes left. Morales continues to find success with his hands. He’s landing as Lopez tries to move forward. Morales attacking, as well, and digging to the body with punches. Lopez still using his kicks, but Morales getting the better of it with punches. Round ends, and MMA Junkie gives it to Morales, 30-27, in a fight closer than that score would indicate. Scores could be anywhere.

Result: Benito Lopez def. Vince Morales via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: Benito Lopez vs. Vince Morales photos
Records: Benito Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Vince Morales (9-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Judging: Wade Vierra (29-28, giving Lopez rounds 2 and 3), Marcos Rosales (29-28, giving Lopez rounds 1 and 2), Blake Grice (29-28, giving Lopez rounds 1 and 3)

Livinha Souza vs. Brianna Van Buren

Round 1 – Fighters have to be repeatedly pushed back to their corner before the start. Once they’re called out, the action starts quickly, with Van Buren firing off several punches before moving into the clinch. The taller Souza controlling well while she defends and sneaks in a few knees to the body. Souza with a quick trip, but Van Buren right back to her feet and continues to press in from the outside. They finally break free about halfway through the round. Van Buren again the aggressor, firing a heavy kick and then some punches before moving again into the clinch. Souza spins off the cage and lands a good knee before the pull apart. Strikes traded, and Souza slips to the floor. Van Buren tags the legs a bit but ultimately lets her opponent stand, though she pushes off the face as she backs away. Souza capitalizes with a late takedown, but she runs out of time. MMA Junkie leans toward Van Buren, 10-9.

Round 2 – Van Buren lands a kick to the body. She catches one from Souza but can’t quite get her opponent off-balance. Van Buren the one walking forward with punches, and she kicks the leg, as well. Souza trying to answer, but right now Van Buren is the one landing the cleaner shots. She unleashes a flurry of punches, and Souza is hurt. Van Buren continues punching away. Souza takes quite a bit of damage before covering and resetting. She’s just a step behind Van Buren. Souza trying to make this a fight, but Van Buren is touching her up right now. Combinations landing clean. Souza showing a chin, but she’s getting busted up. Van Buren is just the one pulling the trigger first and using those strikes to keep Souza away. Round ends on the feet, and MMA Junkie gives it to Van Buren, 10-9.

Round 3 – Touch of gloves to start the third. Van Buren moving well, but Souza trying to get something going. Souza moving forward and chopping at the legs. Spinning kick to the body. Souza leaps forward with a slick little inside trip. Van Buren alertly counters with an omo plata attempt, but Van Buren able to spin through it and back to the feet. She lifts Souza up and looks for the slam, but Souza latches on to a guillotine. Van Buren has to abandon the slam in hopes of shaking her off. She sets Souza down on the floor and is able to pull free and looks to posture and strike. Souza able scramble up to her feet, but she can’t get free. Van Buren grinding in the clinch. Souza protests that there’s no action, and Van Buren unleashes a combination that lands clean. Souza just misses a big spinning kick in reply. Lae takedown from Van Buren takes the action to the canvas. Souza tries to counter with an armbar, but it’s not there. Bell sounds. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Van Buren, 10-9, and awards her the fight 30-27.

Result: Brianna Van Buren def. Livinha Souza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Photos: Brianna Van Buren vs. Livinha Souza photos
Records: Livinha Souza (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Brianna Van Buren (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Souza No. 7
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog
Judging: Wade Vierra (30-27), Marcos Rosales (30-27), Michael Bell (30-27)

Liu Pingyuan vs. Jonathan Martinez

Round 1 – Pingyuan goes to the outside and is circling left. Martinez opens with a low kick. Pingyuan moves forward with a few jabs and a kick to the body. Pingyuan looks the faster man, but Martinez blocking things well to start. He also scores with a leaping front kick to the face. Pingyuan is moving quite well, but he’s not throwing enough as he travels around the cage. Martinez is following and staying in front, firing off punches when he can. Step-in knee from Martinez lands. Punch follows, but Pingyuan answers with a big kick to the body. Big right from Pingyuan. Martinez is hurt. Pingyuan rushing forward, but Martinez covers up and shakes it off. Knee from Martinez. This has turned into a brawl. Punches traded. Leaping knee from Martinez. Great action in the final minute. Another knee from Martinez, and a few punches follow. Fun round to start, and MMA Junkie gives it to Martinez, 10-9.

Round 2 – Martinez again the one controlling the center and walking forward. Pingyuan still moving to his left at a near constant rate. Punches traded. Martinez’s team asking for him to be sharp on the counter. Right now, Pingyuan not doing enough to get much return fire. Crowd getting a little restless. Pingyuan shifting left, and Martinez is following him around the cage. Pingyuan firing off the occasional combination and then moving away before Martinez can really counter. Both men have slowed their volume. Pingyuan seems to be getting the best of the few exchanges, but he’s also moving backward the entire time. Martinez with a leaping knee in the final seconds, but Pingyuan lands a left hand over the top. MMA Junkie gives the round to Pingyuan, 10-9.

Round 3 – Quicker start from both guys after a bad second round. Pingyuan still on the outside and moving left. Martinez still tending to follow rather than cut him off. Good punches from both men. Neither man really seizing control right now, but Martinez the one walking forward. They’re taking turns with their shots. Both men are quick and technical, but neither has really landed clean. Final 90 seconds. Crowd getting restless. Big step-in knee from Martinez lands flush to the chin. Pingyuan crashes to the canvas. A punch follows, but he was done. Vicious finish.

Result: Jonathan Martinez def. Liu Pingyuan via knockout (knee) – Round 3, 3:54
Recap: Another knee knockout: Jonathan Martinez makes a statement at UFC on ESPN+ 13
Photos: Jonathan Martinez vs. Liu Pingyuan photos
Records: Jonathan Martinez (11-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Liu Pingyuan (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Josh Rosenthal

Darren Elkins vs. Ryan Hall

Round 1 – Elkins with his hands high to start, keeping his range to open. Hall circling on the outside with his hands low. He dives down for an Imanari roll that misses. Elkins thinks about grabbing the legs but backs away. Hall with a few kicks from distance. Elkins being very cautious. Hall misses on a spinning heel kick and falls to the floor. Elkins briefly follows but has to back away when Hall grabs his leg. On the restart, Hall lands another kick but hits the deck, and Elkins again only engages briefly. Hall moving well on the feet and looking to kick from all angles. Elkins is struggling to get anything going due to his concern for Hall’s grappling. Spinning kick from Hall lands flush to the face, and Elkins hits the deck. Hall follow and grabs a guillotine. Somehow, Elkins battles his way through it. Unbelievable, and we’re back on the feet in the final minute. Brief timeout for a Hall eye poke, but we continue on. Another spinning. kick to the face lands for Hall, but Elkins won’t stop. Hall attacks the legs to close, but the round is over. Wild round. MMA Junkie gives it to Hall, 10-9.

Round 2 – Hall again working from range and opens with an amazing spinning entrance. Elkins able to send him away. Elkins has to make this a brawl. Hall misses on a roll, and Elkins does punch him a bit before backing away. Left hand lands clean for Hall. Elkins wobbled but fires back. Hall misses another spinning roll, and Elkins punches him before backing away. Hall lands a punch that staggers Elkins, but the battle continues on. Elkins as tough as they come. Two minutes left, and Elkins lands a nice kick to the body. He’s getting aggressive now. Hall still relaxed, flicking out kicks and looking for opportunities to duck into his Imanari rolls. Hall rolls and nearly eats a big knee. He avoids the damage though and then comes back and lands another shot that drops Elkins. Hall attacks on the floor, and Elkins able to scramble free and back to the feet. MMA Junkie gives another round to Hall, 10-9.

Round 3 – Hall still very relaxed to start the third. He’s flowing with kicks, and an early roll misses. Elkins refusing to engage on the floor, but he’s struggling on the feet. Hall falls on another high kick, and Elkins elects not to engage. Hall slips again, and Elkins just backs away. He’s got a healthy respect for Hall’s grappling, but he probably should take a chance. Crowd getting a little restless as Hall turns his back in resetting on the feet. Elkins clinches briefly but lets go. Spinning punches from Hall blocked. He rolls again to the canvas, but Elkins not having it. Back on the feet. Hall again turns his back to scamper away and is booed. Elkins walks through a kick and delivers one of his own. Halls rolls forward, but Elkins stuffs it and backs away. Crowd not liking the finish from Hall. Elkins rushes forward at the bell. MMA Junkie gives the final round to Elkins, 10-9, but awards the fight to Hall, 29-28.

Result: Ryan Hall def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Recap: Ryan Hall wins with multiple knockdowns of Darren Elkins
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Records: Darren Elkins (24-8 MMA, 14-7 UFC), Ryan Hall (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Elkins No. 13
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Blake Grice
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Julianna Pena vs. Nicco Montano

Round 1 – They engage quickly, and after a few exchanged punches, they move to the clinch. Battle for position there, and Montano drives the action to the fence. Pena trying to overpower Montano, but it’s a stalemate. Pena ultimately releases, but Montano is right back into the clinch. She’s relentless in her effort. Pena reaches for the trip, but Montano counters perfectly and sends her opponent to the floor. Pena looks to rise, and Montano slips around to the back. Pena puts her back on the floor to alleviate that danger and moves first to half-guard, then guard. Montano passes one leg, but Pena scrambles and again able to work to guard. She turns briefly and has a nice attempt on the arm, but Montano stacks and fulls free and resumes a bit of striking while on top. Pena with some blood from her right ear. She crawls to the feet and tries to go to the floor for a kimura at the bell. Montano keeps her arm tucked. MMA Junkie gives the first to Montano, 10-9.

Round 2 – Kicks traded to start the second. Montano moving well and mixing up punches and kicks. Pena just walks forward and moves into the clinch, but Montano immediately spins her away and takes the outside position. Pena trying to utilize her power, but Montano doesn’t seem concerned, and she scores a nice takedown from the clinch. Nothing there, so she backs away and kicks the legs a bit, though Pena scrambles up immediately after. On the restart, Pena grabs the neck and just snaps down from there. She tries to grab the guillotine, as well, though Montano able to slip free. Pena in side control and looking to drive in a few elbows. Montano scrambles to regain half-guard. She’s trying to get back to the feet, but Pena is now in firm control and landing punches and elbows from the top. Montano still pressing to get to her knees, but Pena teases an attack on the neck, and she has to focus on that. Montano settles back to the floor to stay safe. Bell sounds, and MMA Junkie gives it to Pena, 10-9.

Round 3 – Pena’s left eye busted up and swelling. Montano with a cut over the right eye. Both women ask for volume from the crowd as they start the third. Pena comes out firing punches and kicks. Montano trying to fire back, but Pena just drives through and takes the action to the canvas. Half-guard for Montano, and she’s trying to escape, but Pena is heavy on top and punching when she can. Pena with the neck wrapped and resting heavy on the hips. Montano trying to scramble underneath, but she’s running out of time. She finally does create some room with a scramble and gets to the feet. On the restart, it’s Montano who lands on top when they hit the deck, but nothing there. Back to the feet for the final minute. Montano needs something special. Pena striking. Montano shoots in the final seconds, but Pena controls the neck as they hit the floor. Round ends there, and MMA Junkie awards it to Pena, 10-9, giving her the fight 29-28.

Result: Julianna Pena def. Nicco Montano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
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Records: Nicco Montano (4-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Julianna Pena (9-3 MMA, 5-1)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
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Andre Fili vs. Sheymon Moraes

Round 1 – Fili pumping out a jab to start. Moraes with a slapping low kick. Fili continues with the jab. Moraes again slams the leg. Fili walking forward, looking to keep the pressure high. Moraes kicking the leg every chance he gets. Fili landing a few of his own down low, as well. Fili firing kicks up top, as well, but Moraes answering back with power. Fili the busier puncher, but Moraes countering well. Moraes with a few powerful kicks, but Fili lands one of his own, and Moraes is wobbled. He chases but then takes his time, picking his shot. It pays off, as he finds a beautiful right hand that stuns Moraes and sends him to the canvas. Fili senses his chance and pounces with punches, finishing the fight on the floor. Impressive win.

Result: Andre Fili def. Sheymon Moraes via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
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Records: Andre Fili (20-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC), Sheymon Moraes (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog

Marvin Vettori vs. Cezar Ferreira

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Records: Cezar Ferreira (13-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Marvin Vettori (12-3-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Karl Roberson vs. Wellington Turman

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Records: Karl Roberson (7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Wellington Turman (15-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektic

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Records: Mirsad Bektic (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), Josh Emmett (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Bektic No. 8, Emmett honorable mention
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Urijah Faber vs. Ricky Simon

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Records: Urijah Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC), Ricky Simon (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
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Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd

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Records: Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Aspen Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Ladd No. 3, No. 11 pound-for-pound; De Randamie No. 4, No. 12 pound-for-pound
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