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UFC Fight Night 239 play-by-play and live results

March 16, 2024 8:43 pm ET LAS VEGAS – UFC Fight Night 239 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results. UFC Fight Night 239 (ESPN+) takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. In the main event, Tai Tuivasa (15-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) takes on Marcin Tybura (24-8”, — write: mmajunkie.usatoday.com

LAS VEGAS – UFC Fight Night 239 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results. UFC Fight Night 239 (ESPN+) takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

In the main event, Tai Tuivasa (15-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) takes on Marcin Tybura (24-8 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at heavyweight. In the co-feature, Bryan Battle (11-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) meets Ange Loosa (10-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at welterweight.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 4 p.m. ET for the prelims and 7 p.m. ET for the main card on ESPN+. You also can get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter Ken Hathaway (@1khathaway ) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

Chad Anheliger vs. Charalampos Grigoriou

Round 1 – The two trade leg kicks. Oh! They start swinging wild right off the bat. Both keep trading big leg kicks. Anheliger making Grigoriou limp already from the leg kicks. Grigoriou misses a spinning back fist, gets tied up, and then presses against the cage. Three minutes left. Anheliger trying to bring the fight to the ground, but Grigoriou is defending well. Two minutes left. Grigoriou reverses the position and takes down Anheliger. Not much damage, just control from Grigoriou. He maintains the position until the bell.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Anheliger.

Round 2 – Leg kick from Anheliger. Grigoriou shoots and presses Anheliger against the cage. Grigoriou gets the takedown. Anheliger gets back up, but still being controlled against the cage. Big elbows by Anheliger. Grigoriou controlling against the cage and working for the takedown, but Anheliger non-stop hitting him with short shots. After almost three minutes, the referee breaks the action. Leg kick from Anheliger. One minute left. Grigoriou looks spent. Good jabs by Anheliger. Grigoriou shoots and presses Anheliger against the cage. Again, Grigoriou just holding while taking shots. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Anheliger.

Round 3 – Anheliger comes out pressuring with strikes. Good combo by Anheliger! Body shots by Anheliger. Grigoriou is just standing there. A clash of heads stops the fight. Grigoriou doesn’t seem OK. After a minute, the fight resumes. Leg kick by Anheliger. Jabs by Anheliger. He’s outworking Grigoriou right now. Oh! Big right hand from Anheliger wobbles Grigoriou. Two minutes left. Anheliger is picking apart Grigoriou, who’s exhausted. Leg kick from Anheliger. Clean combos by Anheliger. He’s just having his way. There’s no offense coming from Grigoriou. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Anheliger. Overall 30-27, Anheliger.

Result: Chad Anheliger def. Charalampos Grigoriou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Anheliger (13-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Grigoriou (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Judging: Adalaide Byrd, Jerin Balel 29-28. Derek Cleary 30-27.

Thiago Moises vs. Mitch Ramirez

Round 1 – Moises shoots for an early takedown and gets it. Ramirez recovers to guard, but not for long, as Moises passes to half guard. Good elbows by Moises. Good control here by Moises. Moises takes the back and sinks in a rear-naked choke! It looks tight! Ramirez gets out! One minute left. Moises is looking to set that up again. Moises controls the back until the bell.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Moises.

Round 2 – Ramirez immediately closes the distance and presses Moises against the cage. Moises then reverses him, and it’s him who now presses Ramirez. Ramirez breaks away and moves to the center of the octagon. Perfect double leg from Moises! Ramirez finds his way back to his feet, but is now being presses against the cage. Back to striking now. A couple of good shots connect for Ramirez. He closes the distance, but then Moises reverses the position and presses him against the cage. Back to striking. Left hook connects for Moises!  Good shot selection from Moises! The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Moises.

Round 3 – Huge leg kicks from Moises! Ramirez srops to the canvas! More kicks to the legs from Moises! It’s over!

Result: Thiago Moises def. Mitch Ramirez via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 3, 0:15
Recap: Thiago Moises calls out Dan Hooker after barrage of leg kicks leads to TKO
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Moises (18-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC), Ramirez (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith

Josh Culibao vs. Danny Silva

Round 1 – Oh! Big uppercut drops Culibao! Silva sinks in a one-arm guillotine and then gets top position! Culibao gets out, but Silva maintains top position! Crazy start to the fight. They’re back to the feet. Oh! Big one, two by Silva! What a chin on Culibao. Left hook lands for Culibao. Three minutes left. Culibao now making up for some lost ground, landing a few good combos here. Good body shot by Culibao. Another one. Good combo by Culibao. Silva looks to be slowing down. One minute left. Silva get a takedown in the final seconds, but doesn’t do much with it. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Silva.

Round 2 – Good jabs here by Culibao. Leg kick by Culibao. Nasty body shot by Culibao. Silva is chasing Culibao, but he’s having a tough time connecting. Silva closes the distance and presses Culibao against the cage. Culibao defending well the takedown, but being controlled. Culibao breaks free and the fight is back standing. Good combo by Culibao. Oh! Big right by Silva. Silva again presses Culibao against the cage and takes him down. Culibao back up, but being controlled against the cage. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Culibao.

Round 3 – Silva immediately closes the distance and presses Culibao against the cage. Culibao breaks free shortly after. Hood jabs by Culibao. Leg kick by Silva. Oh! Big right from Silva. Silva with another right hand, and then he takes down Culibao. Culibao gets back up, but he’s being presses against the cage. He breaks free. Good jabs by Culibao. Two minutes left. Big uppercut by Silva! Nice jab by Silva. Silva is walking down Culibao.  What a fight. Culibao shoots for a takedown, comes up short, and Silva gets a front headlock. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall 29-28, Silva.

Result: Danny Silva def. Josh Culibao via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Culibao (11-2-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC), Silva (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith
Judging: Derek Cleary, Ron McCarthy 29-28. Sal D’Amato 28-29.

Jafel Filho vs. Ode Osbourne

Round 1 – Both fighters being very tentative. Osbourne is looking for that big shot, while Filho is staying patient on the outside. Filho shoots and takes down Osbourne. He now moves to his back. Good shots from top by Filho. Filho half way has Osbourne’s back. He flattens him out now! Osbourne gives up the mount! Couple of shots land for Filho. Non-stop ground-and-pound by Filho! He sinks in the rear-naked choke! There’s the tap! It’s over.

Result: Jafel Filho def. Ode Osbourne via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:27
Recap: Jafel Filho dominates Ode Osbourne, finishes fight with choke
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Filho (16-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Osbourne (12-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean

Chelsea Chandler vs. Josiane Nunes

Round 1 – Oh! These two are throwing down early! Big left by Chandler. Chandler closes the distance and presses Nunes against the cage. Nunes reverses the position. They break free and are back to standing. Right hand connects for Nunes. Three minutes left. Chandler closes the distance and gets a takedown. Oh! Armbar attempt by Nunes! Chandler slams her way out! Chandler back in Nunes guard. Good ground-and-pound from Chandler! Nunes kicks her off, and they’re back to striking. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Chandler.

Round 2 – Good shots from Chandler ere! Chandler gets the takedown and mount Nunes. Nunes recovers half guard. Chandler is bleeding from her nose. Chandler now gets the back of Nunes! Nunes recovers half guard. Good shots from Chandler. Chandler in complete control here, but not doing much damage. Chandler controls all the way to the bell.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Chandler.

Round 3 – Good combo from Nunes early on here. She likely needs a finish. Leg kick by Chandler. Oh! Big left connects for Nunes! Chandler presses her against the cage, but Nunes breaks free. Right hook connects for Nunes. Three minutes left. Chandler presses Nunes against the cage. Nunes breaks free. Nunes is trying to land a big shot, but every time she closes the distance, Chandler backs up. Good right hand by Nunes! Another one. One minute left. Oh! Huge left by Nunes. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Nunes. Overall 29-28, Chandler.

Result: Chelsea Chandler def. Josiane Nunes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Chandler (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Nunes (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Judging: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell, Adalaide Byrd 29-28.

Mike Davis vs. Natan Levy

Round 1 – Leg kicks from Levy, as he looks to stick and move. Oh! Huge right hand by Davis drops Levy! Davis takes the back of Levy now. Levy doing an excellent job at defending. Three minutes left. Levy scrambles his way out! One minute left. Good knee to the body from Levy, as he controls Davis against the cage. Oh! Davis dives for a leg lock! The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Davis.

Round 2 – Levy slips on a kick and they scramble! Davis gets top position, and now he smoothly takes the back of Levy. Good shots from Davis. Davis now locks up an arm-triangle! There’s the tap!

Result: Mike Davis def. Natan Levy via submission (arm-triangle) – Round 2, 1:43
Recap: Mike Davis becomes first to finish Natan Levy
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Davis (11-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Levy (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mike Beltran

Bryan Barberena vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Round 1 – Leg kick by Meerschaert. Barberena with his own leg kick. Meerschaert is chasing Barberena, while Barnerena sticks and moves on the outside. Jabs by Barberena. Leg kick by Barberena. Meerschaert shoots and takes down Barberena. Barberena works his way back up and the fight resumes on the feet. Two minutes left. Solid one, two by Barberena. Good hook by Meerschaert. Meerschaert shoots and gets the takedown. Meerschaert moves to side control and looks to work the kimura. He has it locked! Thirty seconds left! Barberena breaks free. Meerschaert now working on a guillotine. He lets Barberena loose. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Meerschaert.

Round 2 – Meerschaert presses Barberena against the cage. Barberena breaks free and the fight is back standing. Meerschaert shoots and fails on a takedown. Jab by Meerschaert. Meerschaert shoots and takes down Barberena. Meerschaert controlling. Two minutes left. Barberena moves to the fence and gets on his knees. He uses the cage to get back up, but he has Meerschaert on his back. Meerschaert working the rear-naked choke! Barberena gets put to sleep!

Result: Gerald Meerschaert def. Bryan Barberena via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:23
Recap: Gerald Meerschaert ties Anderson Silva’s record with slick submission
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Meerschaert (36-17 MMA, 11-9 UFC), Barberena (18-12 MMA, 9-10 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Herb Dean

Macy Chiasson vs. Pannie Kianzad

Round 1 – Kianzad takes the center of the cage. Good jabs by Chiasson. Kianzad closes the distance and presses Chiasson against the cage. Chiasson hits a throw and gets top position. Kianzad working high guard, landing some ground-and-pound. They scramble and Chiasson ends up pressed against the cage. Takedown by Kianzad. Good ground-and-pound by Kianzad. Chiasson reverses the position and takes the back of Kianzad. Kiazad gets back to her feet, but Chiasson is still tying her up. Chiasson takes the back now. Two minutes left. Chiasson working the rear-naked choke. There’s the tap! It’s over!

Result: Macy Chiasson def. Pannie Kianzad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3;54
Recap: Macy Chiasson repeats history, taps Pannie Kianzad in rematch
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Chiasson 10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), Kianzad (17-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith

Isaac Dulgarian vs. Christian Rodriguez

Round 1 – Immediate takedown from Dulgarian Elbows from top by Dulgarian. Dulgarian transitions to a front headlock after a scrmable and looks to set up a Peruvian necktie! Rodriguez gets out! Dulgarian gets half guard again. Three minutes left. Rodriguez gets to his knees, as he looks to get up. Great control by Dulgarian here. They scramble and Dulgarian ends on top! Amzing grappling by Dulgarian. Rodriguez is bleeding from his right eye. Dulgarian takes the back and begins to drop ground-and-pound. Dulgarian sinks in the arm-triangle! It looks tight! Rodriguez gets out. One minute left. Dulgarian all over Rodriguez. Dulgarian controls Rodriguez until the bell.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Dulgarian.

Round 2 – Flying knee connects for Rodriguez and he goes for a guillotine immediately after. He loses it. Dulgarian back to controlling Rodriguez against the cage. Dulgarian all over Rodriguez, rag dolling him around. Rodriguez gets back to his feet and breaks free from the clinch. Good jab by Rodriguez. Leg kick buckles Rodriguez. A couple of good shots from Dulgarian. Dulgarian presses Rodriguez against the cage. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Dulgarian.

Round 3 – Good jab by Rodriguez. Dulgarian looks exhausted. Dulgarian shoots for the takedown, but Rodriguez stuffs it. Good combo by Rodriguez. They scramble and Rodriguez ends on top of Dulgarian. Dulgarian takes the back and flattens him out. Dulgarian taking shots from top. Three minutes left. Rodriguez almost gets the rear-naked choke. More shots from Rodriguez. Two minutes left. Dulgarian gets back up! Rodriguez putting on the pressure. Oh! Big right hand by Rodriguez. One minute left. Dulgarian shoots and Rodriguez stuffs it. Dulgarian is spent. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Rodriguez. Overall 29-28, Dulgarian.

Result: Christian Rodriguez def. Isaac Dulgarian via split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 239: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Rodriguez (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Dulgarian (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Judging:

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Round 1 – Saint Preux is pressing Nzechukwu here. Both fighters being very tentative, as they time and get each other’s distance. Front kick to the body by Saint Preux. Leg kick by Saint Preux. Nzechukwu is not throwing much so far. Leg kick by Saint Preux. Good jab by Saint Preux. Nzechukwu has come close a few times with the right hand. One minute left. Leg kick from Saint Preux. Good left by Saint Preux. Leg kick by Saint Preux. A couple more leg kicks land for Saint Preux The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Saint Preux.

Round 2 – Good one, two by Nzechukwu. He’s walking down Saint Preux here. Good jabs by Nzechukwu. Saint Preux with a good combo that finishes with a shot to the body. Front kick to the face by Saint Preux! Then a jab by Saint Preux. Nzechukwu backs Saint Preux and lands a clean combo. Cery close fight here. Both guys seem to be taking turns here in the striking. Oh! Big right hand by Saint Preux. He’s connecting more now. He backs Nzechukwu. Saint Preux with a clean left hook. Leg kick by Saint Preux. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Saint Preux.

Round 3 –

Result:
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Nzechukwu (12-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Saint Preux (26-17 MMA, 14-12 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee:Mark Smith
Judging:

Bryan Battle vs. Ange Loosa

Round 1 –

Result:
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Battle (11-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Loosa (10-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee:
Judging:

Tai Tuivasa vs. Marcin Tybura

Round 1 –

Result:
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Tuivasa (15-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC), Tybura (24-8 MMA, 11-7 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee:
Judging:

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