UFC 236 play-by-play and live results

ATLANTA – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 236 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET (3:15 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, featherweight champion Max Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC) moves up 10 pounds to meet Dustin Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) for the interim lightweight title. And in the co-feature, Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) takes on Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) for the interim middleweight belt.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET for the prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on ESPN, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on pay-per-view.

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To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 236 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn), Mike Bohn (@mikebohnmma) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Current Fight

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Nikita Krylov

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Records: Nikita Krylov (24-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Ovince Saint Preux (23-12 MMA, 11-7 UFC)

Division: Light heavyweight

Rankings: Saint Preux No. 14

Broadcast: Pay-per-view

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Results

Jalin Turner vs. Matt Frevola

Round 1 – Frevola circles in and attacks early. Turner clips him with a knee, but can’t stop the takedown that follows. In side control, Frevola spins around to the back and tries to flatten out Turner. He stays in position despite a scramble and gets both hooks. Turner is trying to stand and protect his neck. Action stalls as both fighters evaluate their next move. Frevola pounds, and Turner manages to shuck him and get back to his feet. Turner comes forward and clips Frevola with a right hand. Frevola continues to stay mobile as Turner closes, and Turner counters leg kicks with hard punches that prompt another takedown attempt. A guillotine setup is no good, and Frevola is back in side control. Frevola seizes the neck and goes for the guillotine. He rolls Turner over and squeezes. The position isn’t there, and Turner uses the cage to kick off to get to front headlock position and escape. Turner again comes forward and returns fire off kicks. Frevola shoots again and is stuffed. Turner misses on a shot and Frevola follows him back with a combo to end round one. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Turner.

Round 2 – Turner closes in slowly and tries to catch Frevola coming in. He overcommits, and Frevola shoots for the takedown. Good sprawl from Turner, who circles out and resets. Frevola shoots again and briefly puts Turner on his butt. If not for Turner’s momentum, Frevola might have finished it. Instead, it’s another standup exchange. Both fighters eye each other warily. Frevola looking for a way in and manages to clip Turner. Nice jabs from Frevola. Another takedown from Frevola is stuffed. Turner pursues and sticks a couple of punches. Frevola not as technical, but he’s scrappy and gets inside to land punches. Another lunging knee meets Frevola’s shot, and Turner slaps on a guillotine. Frevola rolls to his knees, and Turner sprawls out. Frevola converts from a single to double leg and reverses to get top position in half-guard. Turner powers up and Frevola again tries the guillotine. Turner gets free, and Frevola bicycles his legs. In the midst of that, Turner takes a shot to the eye, and Goddard stops it. After a doctor check, the fight is restarted…and the round promptly ends. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Frevola, and it’s even at 19-19.

Round 3 – Frevola stays active with kicks and punches as Turner closes. Frevola keeps him honest coming in, and he resets. A nice combo cracks Frevola coming in. Whenever Turner corners his opponent, he does well. The lead knee is Turner’s favored weapon. But Frevola charges and gets a double leg. A triangle attempt fails, and Frevola moves to side mount. Frevola tries isolate an arm, and Turner moves to block his advance. Frevola knees the body, and Turner spins out and to his feet. He catches Frevola coming up with a knee, and Frevola is on his bike. A takedown is no good, and Turner is on the hunt with less than one minute to go. Spinning back kick good for Turner. Flying knee a little short, and Frevola repays with a right hand. Then another one, but Turner is still in his face, chasing him across the octagon. A final combo from Turner, and Frevola ducks under to slam his opponent against the fence as time runs out. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Frevola, who gets the 29-28 call.

Result: Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Records: Matt Frevola (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC), Jalin Turner (8-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC)

Division: Lightweight

Broadcast: ESPN

Referee: Marc Goddard

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Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja

Round 1 – Ries closes slowly and immediately draws a stiff punch off his opening attack. Pantoja waiting patiently as Reis approaches, then exploding with strikes. Front kicks halting Reis’ advance, but he fires off a shot and charges in for the clinch against the cage. Body lock takedown and trip fails, but he recommits and gets job done. Pantoja scoots back to the cage and wall walks to his feet. Pantoja drops Reis out of nowhere with a straight right, and he pounces with follow-up punches. Reis tries to recover by rolling to his side, but there’s too much punishment coming his way, and Herzog steps in to stop it.

Result: Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:58

Recap: Alexandre Pantoja flawless in first-round finish of Wilson Reis

Photos: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Wilson Reis

Records: Alexandre Pantoja (21-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Wilson Reis (23-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC)

Division: Flyweight

Rankings: Pantoja No. 6, Reis No. 12

Broadcast: ESPN

Referee: Jason Herzog

Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev

Round 1 – Griffin comes across the cage and fires off a good one-two, then clinches up on the counters for an easy takedown. Imadaev grabs the fence to get up, and Allen stops the action after seeing it. Instant one-point deduction, and we restart. Griffin presses in again, and this time, Imadaev fires back and shucks off the takedown. Griffin uses leverage and a trip to get him down again and then goes under the neck as Imadaev turns against the cage. One hook in, and Griffin again tries the face crank as Imadaev sits against the fence. Imadaev grabs the fence again, and he turns into Griffin, who holds the position and punches with his free arm. Another choke attempt, and Imadaev struggles to his feet. Finally, he gets free, and he goes on the offensive. Griffin narrowly avoids spinning elbows and kicks and presses again for the takedown. They wrestle for position against the fence and trade knees. Imadaev tries a single leg and gets turned. Griffin escapes, and Imadaev chases him with a spinning kick and knee to end the frame. MMA Junkie scores it 10-8 for Griffin.

Round 2 – Griffin again leads with a straight right, and Imadaev’s spin kick is intercepted. Griffin at his back punching, then uses the body lock to walk Imadaev to the fence. Imadaev turns him, and they trade knees. Griffin breaks off and then tries for the takedown, and Imadaev rolls through it. Griffin ducks under again and this time misses it. Back in open range, they take shots at each other with straight punches and hooks. Griffin good with right hand, and he charges on a missed follow up to again put Imadaev on the mat. Imadaev pops up this time and turns him for the takedown attempt. Spin elbow nearly misses Griffin, who turns and pushes for the takedown. They break off, and another jumping spin puts Griffin on top. Imadaev pops up and presses Griffin to the cage. Imadaev pulls back and he nails Griffin with a right hand. He pours it on and spins, opening a clinch. Griffin is tiring rapidly. Imadaev has him against the fence and is landing against the fence. He pulls back, and Griffin goes for the desperation takedown. Imadaev lands a big knee and punch in the clinch, and then tags with punches and a spin to end the frame. MMA Junkie scores it 10-9 for Imadaev, and it’s 19-18.

Round 3 – They trade jabs, and Griffin is again good with a right. Imadaev pressing forward, looking for striking opportunities. Griffin still good with his right hand, but he’s getting caught with low kicks. Uppercut for Imadaev good, and Griffin is on the retreat. A left hook sets up a clinch, and Imadaev goes to town against the fence. Griffin escapes, and Imadaev again goes headhunting. Imadaev lands a pair of rights before a clinch and backs off. Griffin fighting for his life as Imadaev is coming on strong. Big left for Imadaev. Midway point. Another right from Griffin, who goes for the takedown and can’t stay on top as Imadaev slinks across the cage and rights himself. Imadaev now pushing for the takedown against the fence. Griffin pummels and turns Imadaev, landing a pair of huge knees to the torso before going for his own takedown. Griffin now seems to have a second life as Imadaev slows down. They’re wrestling for position in the clinch with time ticking down. Griffin finally pulls away, and they trade punches. Griffin spins, and they go toe to toe for a few seconds before time runs out. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Imadaev, and it’s a 28-28 draw.

Result: Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

Recap: Max Griffin takes home hard-fought decision in Zelim Imadaev grudge match

Photos: Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev

Records: Max Griffin (15-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC), Zelim Imadaev (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)

Division: Welterweight

Broadcast: ESPN

Referee: George Allen

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Boston Salmon vs. Khalid Taha

Round 1 – The two paw lead hands for a few seconds, and Taha stuns Salmon with a punch, sending him to the canvas. Follow up punches prompt Grice to intervene, and it’s all over. Replay shows it was a left hook that dropped him to the mat, and Salmon rolls to his knees only to take more shots that make him go limp.

Result: Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:25

Recap: Khalid Taha left hand earns 25-second win over Boston Salmon

Photos: Khalid Taha vs. Boston Salmon

Records: Boston Salmon (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Khalid Taha (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Division: Featherweight

Broadcast: ESPN

Referee: Blake Grice

Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad

Round 1 – Millender leaps with a knee and high kick early, forcing Muhammad to evade. Muhammad trying to intercept Millender before he can set up with punches and hooks. Millender attacks the legs and lands a couple good shots. Muhammad gets into range and lands his left hook. More leg kicks from Millender. A cut opens on Muhammad’s brow, but he’s still moving forward, pressuring Millender. More varied striking attacks from Millender thus far, but Muhammad’s left hand is regularly finding its target. Muhammad takes a side kick to the knee and drives Millender to the fence. Outside trip fails, and Muhammad works the knees. Another level change from Muhammad, who can’t complete the single leg and is forced to give it up. An eyepoke to Muhammad pauses the action. Millender works his jab and low kick. Muhammad presses again and takes a pair of straight punches. Millender’s jump into a trip misses, and Muhammad misses his own leaping kick as time expires. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Millender.

Round 2 – Both men work jabs as Muhammad attempts to bully Millender. Rush into the clinch puts Muhammad in position for a takedown. Millender won’t allow it and gets free. Muhammad still headhunting while Millender picks with the jab and low kick. Muhammad taking right hands as he presses forward, but he manages to clip Millender with one of his own. Oblique kicks from Millender, and Muhammad changes levels for an easy takedown. In half-guard, Muhammad works punches from the top, and Millender ties up. Millender doing little to get up. Muhammad in cruise control, landing punches and elbows at will. He stands up and fires one last shot to close the frame. MMA Junkie scores it 10-9 for Muhammad, and it’s even at 19-19.

Round 3 – Close quarters standup action early. Millender attacking the legs, and Muhammad comes charging back before ducking for the takedown. Knee stops him in his tracks, but he recommits and pressures again. Right hand from Muhammad, and Millender is on the retreat as Muhammad tags him repeatedly. Muhammad ducks under and gets the big takedown, and he’s got more than three minutes to work. In half-guard, Muhammad pounding away. Millender bucks to escape, and he can’t make it happen. Muhammad advances to mount and rains down punches, prompting Millender to hip escape. Muhammad goes back to pounding and almost passes to mount. He settles for side control, then steps into mount. Millender hangs on for dear life, and Muhammad punishes. Millender gives up his back, and Muhammad goes for the choke slightly out of position. Millender recovers to his hands and knees, and Muhammad pounds away before his foe gets to his feet. Rather than pursue, Millender simply walks away. Time’s up, and MMA Junkie scores it 10-9 for Muhammad, who gets the 29-28 call.

Result: Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)

Recap: Belal Muhammad relentless pressure too much for Curtis Millender

Photos: Belal Muhammad vs. Curtis Millender

Records: Curtis Millender (17-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Belal Muhammad (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

Division: Welterweight

Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+

Referee: Marc Goddard

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Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Round 1 – Soukhamthath attacks the legs early, and Jackson presses to engage with his fists. Counters off Soukhamthath’s low kicks, and patient waiting as they come in. They’re almost standing flat-footed as they wait for the other to throw. Soukhamthath catches a kick and lands a punch. Another trade of low kicks. Lots of jabs and low kicks from both, but not much beyond that. Neither fighter going for broke. Soukhamthath lands a straight right, and Jackson comes in to land a big left before going for the single leg. He elevates Soukhamthath and puts him on the canvas. Soukhamthath slinks back to his feet, and they wrestle for position against the fence. Jackson uses the body lock to put Soukhamthath down again, and he drags his foe to the edge of the cage. Before he can do any serious work, time runs out. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Jackson.

Round 2 – Soukhamthath closes early and lets his hands go with straight shots. Jackson pushes him back with kicks and nice jabs. Soukhamthath goes back to the legs, and he takes a lunging knee in close. Jackson using his range to land shots from distance. Soukhamthath landing his low kick, but his punches are short. Jackson intercepts a charge and wraps the clinch. Soukhamthath circles off and takes a shot on the exit. Soukhamthath powers into the clinch and gets tripped before a big flurry from Jackson. Several shots connect against Soukhamthath, and Soukhamthath is on the retreat. Jackson follows him to another section of fence and lands a massive right. Yet Soukhamthath hangs in there, and Jackson drops for a takedown after catching his breath. Action stalls against the fence until Jackson again uses a body lock to trip Soukhamthath to the mat. Ground and pound from top, and Soukhamthath tries to tie up as time runs out. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Jackson, and he’s up 20-18.

Round 3 – Jackson lands a straight left early as Soukhamthath presses forward. More punches land for Jackson, but he goes south of the border when Soukhamthath fires a high kick in return. Time out. Soukhamthath flurries with punches on the restart and grabs the takedown. Jackson hits a slick reversal and winds up in quarter mount, pounding away. Bad news for Soukhamthath, who’s trying to escape as Jackson pounds away. Set up for an arm triangle, but Jackson settles for half-guard as Soukhamthath tries to scramble out of danger. Jackson attacks Soukhamthath’s left arm for a kimura and punches the body with his right. Soukhamthath gets his arm free and recovers guard, and Jackson continues to ground and pound while trapping Soukhamthath’s other arm. He lets it go and keeps posture as Soukhamthath tries a triangle. Jackson again traps an arm and uses his free one to punch. Soukhamthath throws up an armbar and triangle attempt, and Jackson pulls free. Elbows and knees to the body from top, and time runs out. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Jackson, who gets the 30-27 win.

Result: Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

Recap: Montel Jackson impressive in one-sided decision over Andre Soukhamthath

Photos: Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Records: Montel Jackson (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Andre Soukhamthath (13-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC)

Division: Bantamweight

Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+

Referee: Jason Herzog

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Lauren Mueller vs. Poliana Botelho

Round 1 – Mueller pressures Botelho early, drawing low kicks from the Brazilian. More leg kicks come, but Mueller keeps on the pressure and lands a nice right before Botelho circles. Body kick hurts Mueller, and Botelho goes on the offensive. Botelho initiates clinch and knees in the clinch against the fence. Botelho uses the body lock for a takedown, and action stalls in half-guard. Mueller tries to escape and retakes guard. Botelho passes to half guard and pounds before wrapping the head. Elbows and punches keep Mueller from getting up. Mueller still powers up and pushes her foe to the fence. Botelho turns her and fires a punch before pressing for another takedown. No dice, and she settles for knees in the clinch. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Botelho.

Round 2 – Botelho opens up with leg kicks as Mueller presses again with punches. Mueller pauses and comes in hot again, and Botelho ducks under for the clinch. Mueller turns against the fence, and they trade knees before Botelho gets the body lock and turns. Mueller misses on a trip, but lands an elbow as Botelho pulls back. Botelho comes back in quickly and gets an easy takedown. Mueller looking to isolate an arm off her back, and then she stands up and turns Botelho. More knees from both, and Botelho turns. Trip misses for the Brazilian, but she’s content to knee the legs. Mueller trying to get space. Allen separates them. Mueller comes forward and lands her own body kick, and Botelho shoots from the open. Mueller denies and stays in pursuit, landing a couple of nice punches to end the frame. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Botelho, who’s up 20-18.

Round 3 – More low kicks from Botelho early, but Mueller’s aggression appears to have worn on her. Mueller pressing with straight punches and kicks, and after a few connections, Botelho ducks under and presses the fight to the cage in the clinch. They jockey for position against the fence, trading knees. Action stalls, and Allen separates them a second time. Mueller back in, and they trade jabs. Botelho ducks under again and pushes for the takedown. Mueller intercepts and turns her against the fence. Again, they jockey for position in the fence, and more knees are traded. Again, Allen separates, and Mueller comes forward. Botelho trying to survive the pressure, and Mueller nails her with a right and and a knee. Crowd loves the aggression and momentum shift. Mueller with a big knee, and Botelho hits the mat after a clash of kicks. Mueller takes top position in guard and fires a few shots before standing overhead and returning to half-guard. A few more punches and elbows from the American, and that’s a wrap. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Mueller, and Botelho gets the 29-28.

Result: Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Recap: Poliana Botelho survives late charge, takes decision over Lauren Mueller

Photos: Poliana Botelho vs. Lauren Mueller

Records: Poliana Botelho (8-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Lauren Mueller (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)

Division: Women’s flyweight

Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+

Referee: George Allen

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Brandon Davis vs. Randy Costa

Round 1 – Costa clips Davis early with a head kick and closes in as Davis invites him. Davis cracks him with several counters and chases him back to the cage, where he seeks a takedown. That fails, and he’s forced to back off. Costa nails Davis with another big punch and head kick, and again, Davis waves him in. Davis’ chin is getting him through some tough situations here. Also, he’s able to push Costa to the fence and tie up again to slow down his opponent. Costa escapes and goes to work again. A lazy leg kick allows Davis to land a nice counter. Davis comes forward and trades big shots with Costa. Davis starting to chip away at the UFC newcomer’s legs. It looks like Costa’s lead leg may be damaged, but he’s still a threat with his punches. Davis gets tagged with another series of punches and a head kick and still waves on his opponent. Costa staggers after an exchange, and it’s clear something is wrong with his body. Davis presses him to the cage and connects with a knee and punch. Round ends with Costa just missing wide on a high kick and punch. MMA Junkie scores the frame 10-9 for Costa.

Round 2 – Costa comes in hot again and lands a right hand that staggers Davis, who grabs the clinch as soon as they hit the fence. Costa backs off after smothering Davis and trades high kicks. Davis comes forward, going crazy with knees and punches, and Costa looks for the takedown. Davis spins to the back and looks for hooks. He grabs the neck in the interim and squeezes hard for the rear-naked choke, not even needing his legs for the finish.

Result: Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:12

Recap: Brandon Davis throws down with Randy Costa before scoring submission win

Photos: Brandon Davis vs. Randy Costa

Records: Randy Costa (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Brandon Davis (10-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC)

Division: Bantamweight

Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+

Referee: Jason Herzog

Alan Jouban vs. Dwight Grant

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Records: Dwight Grant (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Alan Jouban (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC)

Division: Welterweight

Broadcast: Pay-per-view

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Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree

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Records: Eryk Anders (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), Khalil Rountree (7-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC)

Division: Light heavyweight

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Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya

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Records: Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC)

Division: Middleweight

Rankings: Adesanya No. 4, Gastelum No. 8

Broadcast: Pay-per-view

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Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier

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Records: Max Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC), Dustin Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC)

Division: Lightweight

Rankings: Holloway No. 1 featherweight, No. 5 pound-for-pound; Poirier No. 3 lightweight

Broadcast: Pay-per-view

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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