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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson vs. Stephens.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Anthony Hamilton

We open up the action with heavyweights Oleksiy Oliynyk and Anthony Hamilton.

Oliynyk (48-9-1) has won nine in a row since a split decision loss to Jeff Monson in 2012. Hamilton (12-2), like Oliynyk, is making his UFC debut and has won six straight.

Round 1: Hamilton, who worked with Alistair Overeem in his training, lands a nice knee inside the clinch. Oliynyk fires back with a stiff right and puts together a combo that stuns Hamilton for a brief moment. Groin shot from inside the clinch, an uppercut that connected low, stops the action for a moment. Hamilton comes back firing, but gets caught again by Oliynyk and his right. Another right to the chin nearly drops Hamilton, but he grabs to defend a takedown. Oliynyk scores and moves for a choke, cranking on the neck from the side as we go under three minutes. Seconds later, and Hamilton taps and this one is over, as Oliynyk scores his 38th career submission victory.

Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Anthony Hamilton via submission (neck crank) at 2:18 of Round 1

Ray Borg vs. Shane Howell

We take flight in the flyweight division to kick-start the televised prelims, as Ray Borg battles Shane Howell.

Borg (6-1) suffered his first career loss in April via split decision to Dustin Ortiz in his Octagon debut, while Howell (13-7) is fighting for the first time and owns a six-bout win streak.

Round 1: Good little transition on the ground from these two flyweights, as Borg moves to the back and works for a rear-naked choke. He’s got the body controlled and is trying to secure the submission. Howell gets free of the choke, but remains locked up on the ground. Working more of a crank now, as Howell sits on his butt. Borg keeps it locked up and gets the choke again, and Howell is out.

Ray Borg def. Shane Howell via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round 1

Andy Enz vs. Marcelo Guimaraes

A pair of one-loss middleweights square off next, as Andy Enz takes on Marcelo Guimaraes.

Enz (7-1) suffered his first career loss to Clint Hester this past February, while Guimaraes (8-1-1) was also defeated in his first UFC fight, which came in early 2013 to Hyun Gyu Lim.

Round 1: Guimaraes peppering him with kicks to start, taking out the reach disadvantage. He shoots for a double-leg takedown, is denied, switches to a slam and scored. Enz, though, gets right back up to his feet without taking any damage. Enz tags him with a right hook and another that lands flush. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is in the corner of Enz, as they are training partners at The MMA Lab in Arizona. Looks like there is some damage done to the face of Guimaraes. Back to working the kicks for the underdog, but he eats a 1-2 combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Enz

Round 2: Enz with another right hook, but Guimaraes is doing a better job hitting him with his jab. Overhand right connects, and another, for Guimaraes, who has found his range and mixes in a body kick. He seems to have figured Enz out and is continuing to apply the pressure. Takedown for Guimaraes and he goes to the back, but Enz gets to his feet. Good round for Guimaraes so far, as he is hitting him with just about everything he throws.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guimaraes

Round 3: The corner of Enz told him he is down 2-0, and it’s very possible that he is. He comes out with a little more power, landing a nice kick to the face. Enz with a combo that sends Guimaraes retreating, but he’s unable to follow up. Guimaraes eats a right and scores with a takedown, but again, Enz gets right to his feet. Great scramble work for him throughout. Guimaraes really working the uppercut, as the corner of Enz continues to plead for combos from him. However, Guimaraes is taking the leg out with several power kicks and has yet to check anything. He’s got one wounded wheel for sure. Guimaraes with one more takedown, but no damage inflicted yet again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guimaraes

Marcelo Guimaraes def. Andy Enz via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Johnny Bedford vs. Cody Gibson

Our lone bantamweight contest of the night will see Johnny Bedford take on Cody Gibson.

Bedford (19-10-1) was scheduled to face Rani Yahya in a rematch of an April contest that was declared a no-contest, but Yahya pulled out. Gibson (11-4) dropped his UFC debut to Aljamain Sterling, seeing his six-fight win streak come to a halt.

Round 1: What a crazy opener, as the two exchange and trade blows. Gibson connects and Bedford goes flailing back from a huge right hand. His head bounced off the mat and it appeared as if he was out. The ref starts to step in and stop the contest, backs up and Gibson looks at him. He is forced to call a stop to the fight, even though he didn’t appear to really want to. Bedford is protesting it heavily and will likely appeal, but for now, it stands as a win for Gibson.

Cody Gibson def. Johnny Bedford via TKO (strikes) at :38 of Round 1

Colton Smith vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira

We conclude the prelims with former Ultimate Fighter winner Colton Smith and Carlos Diego Ferreira.

Smith (3-3) has dropped two straight via finish since winning the TUF title over Mike Ricci in 2012. Ferreira (9-0) is making his debut and owns five submission victories to his credit.

Round 1: Good ovation for Smith, as he fights out of Fort Hood, Texas. Ferreira with a nice side kick and Smith clinches against the fence. Judo toss for Ferreira and he takes the back, securing a rear-naked choke and this one is all over.

Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Colton Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) at :38 of Round 1

MAIN CARD

Joe Ellenberger vs. James Moontasri

Our second straight lightweight tilt will see the long-awaited debut of Joe Ellenberger, as he takes on James Moontasri.

Ellenberger (14-1) is the brother of welterweight Jake Ellenberger and has gone through numerous opponent changes. Moontasri (7-1) will also be fighting for the first time with the UFC.

Round 1: Ellenberger shoots for a takedown, but does eat a straight right. Doing a nice job of avoiding the takedown at the moment and he stays upright. Moontasri with a knee, but Ellenberger grabs the neck and has a headlock secured. He lands a knee from the clinch to the head. Moontasri survives and gets to his feet again and they square off. Moontasri connects and pounces, landing a huge uppercut that floors Ellenberger. Moontasri now inside the guard and he opens up Ellenberger with a shot. Big lefts being hammered down by Moontasri, as Ellenberger tries to lock him up. Instead of punching himself out, Moontasri asks him to get up and Ellenberger is wobbly. He’s still throwing bombs, but eats another big left hand and tries for a single-leg takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moontasri

Round 2: Ellenberger gets a takedown and is on the back of Moontasri, looking to lock up a rear-naked choke as we go under four minutes. Ellenberger goes high and gets both hooks in, but he a bit out of position. He switches to a mount and lands a pair of heavy elbows. Strong ground-and-pound for Ellenberger and he transitions to a D’arce choke. Moontasri rolls the right way and he gets free. Now it’s Moontasri who has a busted face, and a possible broken nose. He decides to bring the fight standing, as both men are breathing heavily. Moontasri connects, but Ellenberger scores a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Round 3: Ellenberger goes right in for a takedown to start, working hard against the fence. Perfectly-designed takedown for Ellenberger this time, improving his position and landing good shots to Moontasri’s face. Moontasri retaliates and is firing back, as both men are taking breathing heavily. Moontasri notices the camera on him while Ellenberger is trying to advance and smiles, showing a busted nose and blood all over. Moontasri inside the guard and just throwing weak shots to the body, as Ellenberger tries for a couple of armbars.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moontasri

Joe Ellenberger def. James Moontasri via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto

We return to the land of middleweights with Clint Hester and Antonio Braga Neto.

Hester (10-3) has won six in a row, including three with the UFC since appearing on The Ultimate Fighter. Neto (9-1) earned a submission win over Anthony Smith in his Octagon debut earlier this year.

Round 1: Hester trying to stay just far enough away from Neto to avoid the takedown, as both throw long strikes. Hester throwing swooping left hooks and Neto clinches. He’s doing a great job denying the takedown and making Neto work hard, but he eventually succumbs. Neto mounts as they are against the cage. Neto with a minute and counting of Octagon control on the ground, but Hester gets to his feet. As soon as he does, Neto tosses him back down. Small shots getting through for Neto, but the ref told Hester he knows he’s “good” so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Neto

Round 2: Hester throwing bombs, landing a kick to the body and a huge overhand right. Hester might be trying to lull Neto in to land the knockout shot, snapping off jabs and low leg kicks. Hester blocks a front kick and lands a right jab. Neto shoots for a takedown and Hester reverses and scores, but he gets swept and winds up on his back. After a strong opening couple of minutes, Neto closes out in the mount and in a dominant position, possibly stealing the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Neto

Round 3: Here comes Hester, firing off huge rights. Neto goes for a takedown, but Hester gets right to his feet and is teeing off again. Hester moving forward and throwing everything, but he gets too close and winds up on his back. Hester reverses and lands a nice elbow from the top as we head under two minutes. Back to the feet with seconds to go and Hester peppers him with a left, and another. Good right hand gets through for Hester, but Neto scores a late takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hester

Clint Hester def. Antonio Braga Neto via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Ricardo Lamas vs. Hacran Dias

Featherweights Ricardo Lamas and Hacran Dias try to keep pace with the 145-pound division next.

Lamas (13-3) was fighting for the title this past February, seeing his four-fight win streak snapped by Jose Aldo. Dias (21-2-1) is also looking to rebound following a decision loss to Nik Lentz that ended his nine-bout win streak.

Round 1: Dias quickly takes the center of the Octagon, throwing heavy leg kicks at Lamas. Lamas trying to come back with kicks of his own to even things up early in the round. The Brazilian doing a great job of stuffing takedown attempts and connects with a left hook. Dias clinches against the fence, but Lamas reverses.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dias

Round 2: Lamas takes the back and is working to break him down to the ground. Dias shows excellent takedown defense and stays upright, much to the chagrin of Lamas, a well-decorated wrestler. Again with the leg kicks is Dias, forcing Lamas to clinch. Dias with an overhand right and another, but Lamas gets in deep and scores with a double-leg.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dias

Round 3: Lamas comes out and scores the takedown, but Dias gets right back to his feet. Interesting transition and Dias winds up on top with three minutes to go. Lamas is able to get to his feet and tries for a guillotine, but is forced to back up against the fence. Lamas uses his wrestling skills, transitions, but Dias grabs hold of the wrist and is able to get to his feet. Lamas with a combo, goes for another takedown and is working hard for it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lamas

Ricardo Lamas def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Andrew Craig vs. Cezar Ferreira

We head back to the middleweight ranks with Andrew Craig and Cezar Ferreira.

Craig (9-2) has won just once in his last three fights, scoring a split decision over Chris Leben. Ferreira (7-3) had his three-fight win streak snapped by CB Dollaway when he was knocked out in March.

Round 1: Huge left hand for Ferreira catches Craig, and he quickly goes for a choke. He’s working for a guillotine, powering Craig down. Big knees to the shoulder area of Craig, who still has hold of the neck. Better patience for Ferreira than he showed vs. Dollaway, and Craig is able to get to his feet. Pair of left kicks connect for the Brazilian. Big cut on the head of Craig has been opened up, and en eye poke causes a stoppage in play. The blood is trickling down the left side of Craig’s head. Vitor Belfort in the corner of Ferreira, shouting out instructions. Ferreira with a perfectly-timed takedown, as he shows off his physical abilities by flying off his feet to finish it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Round 2: Good 1-2 for Craig lands and Ferreira answers with a jumping switch-kick. More calculated approaches for both men, as they are looking to hit and not be hit at this point. Ferreira tries for a huge head kick, but it gets checked. Ferreira clinches against the fence, bullying for a takedown to no avail.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Round 3: Perfect elbow lands from Ferreira, and it opens up a huge gash on the forehead of Craig. He’s a bloody mess, and Ferreira scores with a takedown. Ferreira takes his back and locks in a body triangle with three minutes to go in the final round. The ref stands them up and Craig lands a huge shot that floors Ferreira and sends him sailing across the canvas. Craig pounces, the crowd rises with him, and Craig is trying ot finish this one. Tey are teeing off on each other, but Ferreira survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Cezar Ferreira def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke

We’ll see a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter in the co-main event, as Kelvin Gastelum tries to remain unbeaten against Nicholas Musoke at welterweight.

Gastelum (8-0) is coming off a split decision over Rick Story, while Musoke (12-2) has defeated Alessio Sakara and Viscardi Andrade inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Musoke all over Gastelum, landing a head kick and following up. Gastelum seems a little off, maybe from the failed weigh-in on Friday. They clinch, exchange and Musoke spins him back up against the fence. Musoke takes the back off a takedown, but Gastelum is able to get free and stand up. Musoke takes the back again, has his hooks in and is in control. Tremendous ground work for Musoke, but Gastelum eventually spins and gets free at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Musoke

Round 2: Gastelum finds his range here in the opening moments, backing Musoke up against the fence. He’s peppering him with lefts and rights, but Musoke appears to have found his wits again. Much better round for Gastelum, who has been on point with his striking. Big body shots, a head kick and Gastelum is coming after Musoke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gastelum

Round 3: Gastelum looking very strong despite the rough weight-cutting experience. He’s the fresher fighter, and Musoke has been unable to use his takedowns this round. Musoke unable to take advantage off a slip, and Gastelum gets back to his feet. Prime opportunity there that Musoke let slip away, and Gastelum makes him pay with more effective striking. Both men have some wounds, as Gastelum is bleeding from right eye area and Musoke around his nose.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gastelum

Kelvin Gastelum def. Nicholas Musoke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens

It’s time for the main event, as featherweights Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens square off.

Swanson (20-5) is fighting for the first time since last July when he finished Dennis Siver for his fifth straight win. Stephens (23-9) is on a three-fight win streak, all of which have come since he dropped down from lightweight.

Round 1: No touch of gloves and we are off. Stephens throws a kick and Swanson answers. Huge right leg kick for Stephens, and Swanson fakes a right and follows up with a kick of his own. Stephens checks a body kick, as Swanson is moving and changing stances quite a bit. Stephens coming back with a good straight jab. Swanson with a cartwheel kick that misses, but was still pretty impressive. Stephens catches him with a huge right hand that stops Swanson in his tracks. Swanson with a right, fires off a kick that Stephens catches, and that allows Stephens to score with a counter.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Round 2: Stephens catches Swanson and lands an uppercut, and a right. He has found his striking range, cutting off the Octagon and trapping him. Stephens continues to hit Swanson with all his power shots, getting an “it didn’t hurt” smile out of Cub. Again, Stephens catches him coming in and drops Swanson for a brief moment. Another lands for the underdog, who has been on-point so far. A second cartwheel kick connects for Swanson, this one stunning him for a brief second. Stephens with a power takedown, and Swanson uses the fence to get back to his feet. No admonishment from the ref for the use of the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Round 3: The corner of Stephens seemed concerned over a possible hand injury between rounds. Swanson with a big right that lands, and Stephens counters. Swanson goes to the body and has Stephens rocked and reeling. He’s peppering him with quick right jabs after a liver shot. Swooping left and right from Swanson land and an uppercut. More rights by Swanson connect to the face and Stephens goes for a takedown. Just like that, with one shot, the momentum has turned in the favor of the favorite. Kick to the face is blocked by Stephens. Stephens wants to slow things down, going for a takedown as we approach the one-minute mark.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson

Round 4: Much better round than the third for Stephens, as he is staying away from the range of Swanson and landing his own shots. Stephens pounces when Swanson gets his foot caught between the canvas and the fence. He’s gotten back to his feet, but allowed Stephens to gain the clinch. Reversal and we go under two minutes. Stephens throws the right, which he hasn’t done much, maybe confirming the possible break. Perfect combo for Swanson to conclude the round, as he also defends a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson

Round 5: Swanson’s corner had to tell him this was the final round, as he thought there were two left. He opens up a cut on the nose of Stephens. Body shot for Stephens connects, but not much power behind it at this point. Kick to the liver for Swanson, a cartwheel kick and several jabs, and he is coming after Stephens now with two minutes to go. A right catches Stephens and his face is starting to show the wars now. All smiles for Swanson with 90 seconds left. As we go under 30 seconds, Stephens lands a right and Swanson smiles. Another right and Stephens is teeing off with power punches. Swanson answers and this one ends with fireworks and a hug.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson

Cub Swanson def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)

Thanks for joining us, and we’ll be back next Saturday night with UFC 175, featuring Chris Weidman-Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey-Alexis Davis and more.


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