JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting stay from Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN+ 29 occasion.

The occasion takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Fla. The cardboard streams on ESPN+.

In the principle occasion, Anthony Smith (33-14 MMA, 8-Four UFC) meets fellow former mild heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira (30-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC). Within the co-feature, Ben Rothwell (37-12 MMA, 7-6 UFC) takes on Ovince Saint Preux (24-13 MMA, 12-Eight UFC), who’s shifting as much as heavyweight for the primary time.

Comply with together with our round-by-round updates and official outcomes starting at roughly 7 p.m. ET for the ESPN+ prelims and 9 p.m. ET for the principle card on ESPN+.

To debate the present, you should definitely take a look at our UFC 249 dialogue thread. You too can get behind-the-scenes protection and different occasion notes from on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.

Benefit from the fights, everybody.

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Present battle

Spherical 1 – The lone girls’s battle of the night time is underway. Moras opens with a leg kick and a two-punch mixture. Moments later, Eubanks connects on a stable punch. Moras walked proper into that. Eubanks follows it up with a head kick, which was seemingly blocked. Loads of swinging and numerous lacking happening. Eubanks connects on a tough physique shot, however Moras doesn’t present any signal of being fazed. Moras walks right into a left hand from Eubanks. Once more, Moras is caught coming in – this time, it’s a proper hand. Moras needs to be cautious, she’s getting caught constantly upon entry. With each strike try, Moras is yelling, ‘Huh, huh, huh.’ It’s Holly Holm-esque. Each fighters let their palms go, however miss on the whole lot. Moras lands a proper hand. Eubanks is doing an excellent job together with her vary. For many of Moras’ punches, Eubanks is simply out of attain. The spherical ends. 10-9 Eubanks.

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Data: Sijara Eubanks (4-Four MMA, 2-2 UFC), Sarah Moras (6-5 MMA, 3-Four UFC)
Division: Ladies’s bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Michael Cardoso
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Outcomes

Spherical 1 – A contact of gloves and the second of three playing cards in eight days for the UFC is underway. Sherman throws a push kick to the abdomen of Villanueva. The 2 fighters alternate and Sherman connects with a left hook. Villanueva tries a two-punch mixture, which misses. Moments later, Villanueva connects with a punch coming in. He’s beginning to get extra snug. Sherman lands a leg kick. That’s turning right into a noticeable weapon from him. Villanueva lands a mixture, however eats one other leg kick. Going again to the effectively, Sherman clunks one other leg kick. Villanueva isn’t liking the kicks. They’re taking their toll. Each fighters alternate. Villanueva lands a pleasant left hand. Sherman is controlling the cage, stalking Villanueva. The 2 heavyweight enter an enormous alternate. Sherman landed some brutal punches adopted by an enormous knee. Villanueva is displaying some sturdiness. Earlier than the spherical ends, Sherman lands a pair extra exhausting punches. The spherical ends. Villanueva’s legs have noticeable welts on them. 10-9 Sherman.

Spherical 2 – Sherman opens with a leg kick, however Villanueva checks it. Opening up in a mixture, Sherman lands a number of punches and an enormous knee. Villanueva didn’t like that and is backing up. Sherman is getting aggressive. Villanueva goes for broke and expenses again. Sherman makes him pay with a counter. Villanueva’s head is cracked open. He’s backing up agains the cage and Sherman lands an enormous elbow. That’s it. The referee steps in – a profitable UFC return for Chase Sherman.

End result: Chase Sherman def. Ike Villanueva through TKO (strikes) – Spherical 2, 0:49
Recap: Chase Sherman shines in octagon return at UFC on ESPN+ 29
Images: Chase Sherman def. Ike Villanueva
Data: Chase Sherman (15-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC), Ike Villanueva (16-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Michael Cardoso

Spherical 1 – Bantamweights throwing down at featherweight? I’m right here for it. Apparently, Azure is right here for it, too. He comes out punishing the legs of Kelleher – a full-on assault with leg kicks. Azure is being very aggressive right here early and Kelleher hasn’t been capable of sluggish issues down. The 2 fighters collide and there’s nearly a conflict of heads. They’ve acquired to watch out. Kelleher tries a multi-strike mixture, but it surely’s blocked. Azure lands to the physique with a left hook. Kelleher feints and Azure bites. Kelleher makes him pay with a punch. Spinning throughout the cage, Kelleher tumbles to the mat in a failed spinning backfist try. He will get again to his toes and goes for a takedown on Azure. Kelleher is pushing Azure towards the cage. They separate and Azure lands an enormous left on the break. Kelleher solutions with a left hand of his personal. Because the spherical winds down, Azure tries an enormous excessive kick however falls on his butt. The 2 fighters briefly alternate earlier than the spherical ends. 10-9 Azure.

Spherical 2 – The 2 fighters alternate early and Kelleher lands a pleasant overhand. Azure reacted to that one. Not like Spherical 1, Kelleher is the one pushing the motion right here in Spherical 2. Azure lands a leg kick. Kelleher misses on a proper hand. Kelleher jabs, jabs, jabs, and follows it up with a hidden, straight proper hand. Azure grabs double unerhooks within the clinch, however lets go. Kelleher appears to be like just like the brisker fighter. Kelleher lands a pleasant mixture, however Azure fires again with a collection of strikes. Azure ties up Kelleher and pushes him towards the fence. On the break, Azure lands an elbow adopted by a excessive kick try. Kelleher connects with a head kick. An enormous left hook flooring Azure. He’s out. Kelleher lands two hammerfists on his downed opponent. Good night time. Wow, he completely turned the tides in that one.

End result: Brian Kelleher def. Hunter Azure through knockout (punches) – Spherical 2, 3:40
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Data: Hunter Azure (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Brian Kelleher (20-11 MMA, 4-Four UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog

Spherical 1 – Benitez opens with a leg kick. A sense out course of ensues. There’s not a lot motion right here early. Benitez lands a leg kick. Morales lands a excessive kick, which was partially blocked. Benitez throws and Morales catches him with a counter. It took a short time, however they’re actually opening up now. Morales walks right into a knee from Benitez. I’m fairly certain Benitez was going for a head kick, however the knee linked. Morales checks a Benitez leg kick. Benitez’s nostril is bleeding, however he’s not fazed as he lands an enormous mixture on. Morales. The 2 fighters commerce within the closing seconds. Shut spherical, however 10-9 Benitez.

Spherical 2 – Benitez opens with a leg kick, similar to in Spherical 1. After an alternate, Benitez signifies he was poked within the eye. Referee Dan Miragliotta asks if he’s OK. Benitez signifies, ‘Sure,’ and the battle continues. Benitez tries a excessive kick, but it surely’s blocked. Morales rips a physique kick and Benitez solutions with one among his personal. After touchdown a jab, Morales misses on a one-two. Morales wants to maneuver his toes extra. He’s primarily leaning to get away from punches and leaving himself broad open on a few of these exchanges. Benitez lands a physique kick and Morales smiles. Possibly Morales knew one thing we didn’t as a result of he lands an enormous punch that cracks Benitez. As Benitez strikes backward, Morales cranks him with a physique kick. That was maybe Morales’ most stable offense of the battle. Morales tries a flying knee, which misses. Benitez’s left shin is leaking everywhere, however he’s nonetheless kicking. Each fighters strive knees and Benitez catches a shot within the groin. On the identical time, Benitez’s hair tie flies off. Miragliotta calls timeout to get the hair tie. Motion resumes, however solely briefly earlier than the spherical ends. 19-19.

Spherical 3 – Jabs fly from each fighters, connecting concurrently. Morales throws – and lands – a straight proper hand. Benitez whiffs on a excessive kick, which Morales counters with one other proper hand. Each fighters are opening up, however lacking on virtually the whole lot – enjoyable motion, nonetheless. Morales connects on a left hook and rips the physique. He’s concentrating on Benitez’s physique effectively right here, as he rips one other. Morales lands one other physique kick. Benitez digs Morales’ midsection with a tough hook. Morales and Benitez alternate combos. This has became a really aggressive, but managed, placing matchup. It’s been numerous enjoyable to look at. Morales tries a flying knee, which misses. Benitez connects, however Morales retains shifting ahead. An overhand proper lands for Morales, who’s leaking from each cheeks. Benitez throws a kick adopted by a punch – each to the physique. The spherical ends. That was enjoyable. MMA Junkie scores it 29-28 Morales.

End result: Omar Morales def. Gabriel Benitez through unanimous determination (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
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Data: Gabriel Benitez (21-Eight MMA, 5-Four UFC), Omar Morales (10-Zero MMA, 2-Zero UFC)
Division: Light-weight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
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Data: Michael Johnson (19-15 MMA, 11-11 UFC), Thiago Moises (12-Four MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Light-weight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Data: Andrei Arlovski (28-9 MMA, 17-13 UFC), Philipe Lins (14-Three MMA, 0-Zero UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Data: Ray Borg (13-Four MMA, 7-Four UFC), Ricky Simon (15-Three MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Data: Drew Dober (22-9 MMA, 8-5 UFC), Alexander Hernandez (11-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Light-weight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Data: Ben Rothwell (37-12 MMA, 7-6 UFC), Ovince Saint Preux (24-13 MMA, 12-Eight UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Data: Anthony Smith (33-14 MMA, 8-Four UFC), Glover Teixeira (30-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC)
Division: Gentle heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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