UFC 194 LIVE - Connor McGregor vs Jose Aldo - Live coverage - The Independent

UFC 194 LIVE - Connor McGregor vs Jose Aldo

  • Dana White asking (very loudly) for your predictions via Twitter:
    We're getting ever-closer to the main card, time to get excited!
    12/13/2015 2:28:22 AM
  • Urijah Faber making his way to the Octagon to the tune of California Love
    12/13/2015 2:32:40 AM
  • Round 1: We're underway wish Mark Goddard officiating proceedings. Last prelim of the night, Faber v Saenz, let's go!
    12/13/2015 2:35:53 AM
  • Round 1: Rapid start from both fighters, couple of incomplete takedown attempts from faber. Fight back to standing
    12/13/2015 2:37:12 AM

  • Round 1: Wild swings and misses from Saenz, nice leg kick trips Urijah on the way in, though
    12/13/2015 2:37:45 AM
  • Round 1: Urijah landing solid elbows in the clinch but Saenz seems unfazed and keeps pushing forward. Faber showing his class here
    12/13/2015 2:38:56 AM
  • Round 1: Saenz has landed some solid counters in the midst of Faber's flurries. It only takes one punch, as they say
    12/13/2015 2:39:52 AM
  • Round One comes to a close with both fighters very busy. Saenz with good counters and Faber with some solid combinations. Close round, think Faber edged it, though.
    12/13/2015 2:41:14 AM
  • Round 2: Saenz gets rocked hard by a knee, he's on jelly legs and Faber smells blood!
    12/13/2015 2:42:52 AM
  • Round 2: Faber landing solid elbows in the clinch as Saenz tries desperately to hang on and get his senses back.
    12/13/2015 2:43:23 AM
  • Round 2: Faber gets a takedown into mounted crucifix but Saenz reverses and takes Faber's back! What a round!
    12/13/2015 2:43:55 AM
  • Round 2: We're just over half way through the round and Faber looks tired after going in for the kill against a rocked Saenz. Saenz looks to be ok now though, back as we were
    12/13/2015 2:45:13 AM
  • Round 2: Great second round, Urijah takes this one but looks exhausted. Saenz needs to push in the third, could be very interesting if Faber continues to fade.
    12/13/2015 2:47:09 AM
  • Saenz looked better in the second half of that round, but damage done early on for Faber to secure it, I think
    12/13/2015 2:47:34 AM
  • Round 3: Both fighters look sharp at the start of the third, light on their feet
    12/13/2015 2:48:47 AM
  • Round 3: Saenz doesn't have long left to snatch the victory here, needs to up the pace drastically. Faber looking to counter leg kicks with overhands and it's causing problems
    12/13/2015 2:50:05 AM
  • Round 3: Urijah gets a takedown on Saenz. Saenz pressed up against the cage, tough spot with less than a minute left.
    12/13/2015 2:53:00 AM
  • The fight goes to a decision. Great fight to top of what's been an excellent undercard. Hopefully a sign of things to come tonight.
    12/13/2015 2:54:32 AM
  • The decision is in and it's Faber with the win (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
    12/13/2015 2:57:06 AM
  • Faber states he wants to fight either TJ Dillashaw or Dominick Cruz next, he wants that title shot. Considering the recent history between Faber and Dillashaw, that'd be an incredible fight to watch.
    12/13/2015 2:58:29 AM
  • And now we're onto the main card!
    12/13/2015 3:01:24 AM
  • Ariel Helwani not doing much to tamper expectations

    12/13/2015 3:05:32 AM
  • Goldberg and Rogan talking us through the main card. The highlight footage of each fighter just shows how devastating they can all be.
    12/13/2015 3:07:52 AM
  • Max Holloway vs Jeremy Stephens first, don't you dare start feeling tired!
    12/13/2015 3:10:08 AM
  • In case you missed it earlier, Herb Dean confirmed who would be officiating which fights on the main card earlier:
    12/13/2015 3:12:03 AM
  • Former WWE champion and current UFC fighter CM Punk is feeling very festive as he watches UFC 194:
    12/13/2015 3:14:49 AM
  • Faber lands a clean counter right on Saenz in the final fight of the prelim card.

    12/13/2015 3:17:32 AM
  • Round 1: Both fighters making a steady start to the fight. But Holloway has already won the "who has the coolest tattoo" battle with his back ink
    12/13/2015 3:20:50 AM
  • Round 1: Uneventful couple of minutes as both fighters throw single strikes to try and feel their opponent out. Holloway has had the lion's share of the centre of the Octagon.
    12/13/2015 3:22:07 AM
  • Round 1: Stephens has Holloway up against the cage and is looking for a takedown with double underhooks but Holloway escapes and the fight is back to the centre
    12/13/2015 3:23:20 AM
  • Round 1: Slow opening round with neither fighter landing anything of significance. Could go either way. Hopefully the second round is more entertaining
    12/13/2015 3:24:42 AM
  • Odd that one of Stephens' corner needed to remind him he's in shape, tough weight cut?
    12/13/2015 3:25:50 AM
  • Round 2: Second round starts as the first did. Stephens throwing single, wild punches that are way wide of the target, easily dodged by Holloway.
    12/13/2015 3:26:56 AM
  • round 2: Spinning back kick from Holloway is caught by Stephens and now Holloway finds his back against the cage once again. He escaped it in the first, let's see if he can repeat
    12/13/2015 3:27:51 AM
  • Round 2: Stephens is desperate to land that takedown but solid defence from Holloway means he's out of luck so far. 
    12/13/2015 3:29:33 AM
  • Another uneventful round as neither fighter really offers much offence. Stephens searching for a takedown but still hasn't made a successful attempt.
    12/13/2015 3:31:08 AM
  • Round 3: Cornermen for both fighters seem unsure of how the first two were scored, willing their fighter to attack the final round and try and earn the win on the scorecards
    12/13/2015 3:31:56 AM
  • Round 3: After spending two rounds trying to get a takedown, it's Stephens who ends up on the bottom after being brought down by Holloway, could be enough to settle the result if he keeps the fight on the mat
    12/13/2015 3:33:09 AM
  • Round 3: Holloway searching for the submission, he has Stephens' back, but can't sink the chokehold in yet.
    12/13/2015 3:34:25 AM
  • Round 3: Stephens gets back to his feet, needs to pull off something special here to get the win
    12/13/2015 3:35:02 AM
  • Round 3: Stephens gets close with his eighth takedown attempt but once again Holloway stays on his feet
    12/13/2015 3:36:15 AM
  • Fight ends with Stephens desperate to make something happen, but it looks like Holloway will take this one on the scorecards
    12/13/2015 3:37:03 AM
  • Holloway takes the decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
    12/13/2015 3:38:36 AM
  • A nice show of sportsmanship in one of the earlier bouts when Lybarger suffered a loss in her UFC debut against Tecia Torres

    12/13/2015 3:42:44 AM
  • Up next it's Maia vs Nelson. Expect plenty of grappling in this fight with both experienced technicians. May not set the arena alight, but plenty of skill to be on show for sure
    12/13/2015 3:44:47 AM
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