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UFC 234 play-by-play and live results



MELBOURNE, Australia – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 234 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

In the middleweight main event, which is expected to produce the next title challenger, unbeaten Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is more than a 6-1 favorite against former longtime champ Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC).

The main event was supposed to be a middleweight title fight between champion Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and challenger Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). But just hours before the event, Whittaker was pulled from the fight with a hernia.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on ESPN, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on pay-per-view.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 234 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Round 1 – Martinez gets started early with his kicking game. Attacking the lead leg, he draws counter kicks from Buren, comes in hot with a right hand before pressing for the takedown. He gets it shortly after hitting the fence, and punches down as Martinez closes guard. Pass attempt meets resistance, but he wraps the head and almost gets to mount before Martinez scrambles and presses for his own takedown. Guillotine counter from Buren, who’s hanging on as Martinez works to pass the legs. Now, Buren is just holding on as Martinez works a bit from side control. Buren rolls to his knees, and Martinez puts in a hook. Punches to soften up Buren, who rolls to keep Martinez from getting square to his back. Martinez still has a body lock and is riding Buren as he moves to the fence, but Buren turns and faces his foe as he stands against the fence. Martinez peels off and slips on a high kick. Buren now punching down and looking to keep top position as Martinez kicks. He lands in guard with short time and avoids an armbar to punch from the top. Martinez reverses and gets his head wrapped for a choke as time runs out. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Buren.

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Records: Wuliji Buren (11-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Jonathan Martinez (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Greg Kleynjans
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Records: Callan Potter (17-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jalin Turner (7-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Records: Teruto Ishihara (10-6-2 MMA, 3-4-1 UFC), Kyung Ho Kang (14-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN
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Records: Kai Kara-France (18-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Raulian Paiva (18-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
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Records: Austin Arnett (16-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Shane Young (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
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Records: “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (16-8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Devonte Smith (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
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Records: Sam Alvey (33-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC), Jim Crute (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
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Records: Montana De La Rosa (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Nadia Kassem (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: De La Rosa honorable mention
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Records: Ricky Simon (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Rani Yahya (26-9 MMA, 11-3 UFC)
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Records: Marcos Mariano (6-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Lando Vannata (9-3-2 MMA, 1-3-2 UFC)
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Records: Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Adesanya No. 8, Silva No. 10
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
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