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April 23, 2022 | Posted by Robert Winfree
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MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 9 p.m.)
Jessica Andrade (115.5 lbs.) vs. #10 Amanda Lemos (115 lbs.)
Clay Guida (154 lbs.) vs. Claudio Puelles (155.5 lbs.)
#14 Maycee Barber (125.5 lbs.) vs. Montana De La Rosa (125.5 lbs.)
Alexandr Romanov (240.5 lbs.) vs. Chase Sherman (249 lbs.)
Charles Jourdain (144.5 lbs.) vs. Lando Vannata (146 lbs.)
Marc-Andre Barriault (188.5 lbs.) vs. Jordan Wright (190 lbs.) – 190-pound catchweight

Dwight Grant (170.5 lbs.) vs. Sergey Khandozhko (169.5 lbs.)
Tyson Pedro (205 lbs.) vs. Ike Villanueva (205.5 lbs.)
Cameron Else (135 lbs.) vs. Aori Qileng (136 lbs.)
Evan Elder (170 lbs.) vs. Preston Parsons (170 lbs.)
Philipe Lins (205 lbs.) vs. Marcin Prachnio (205 lbs.)
Dean Barry (170.5 lbs.) vs. Mike Jackson (170 lbs.)

Hey everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 63, I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the evening. I wont lie to you all, this isn’t a great card on paper. The main event is the return of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade to the strawweight division after a brief stint at flyweight where she failed to capture the title. Opposite Andrade is rising contender Amanda Lemos, this represents easily the biggest test that Lemos has ever faced but a win would put her pretty close to the title picture. Elsewhere on the card we’ve got a rather interesting featherweight fight between Lando Vannata and Charles Jourdain, rising heavyweight Alexandr Romanov is back in action, and on the prelims Tyson Pedro is back in action for the first time since 2018. The welterweight fight between Dwight Grant and Sergey Khandozhko might be worth keeping an eye on as well, but beyond that it’s pretty slim pickings on paper. That said we could get something entertaining practice, so let’s hope for that.

UFC on ESPN+ 63 comes to the world from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Brendan Fitzgerald, Daniel Cormier, and Paul Felder will be calling the action. As for the rules Nevada uses most of the newer ones though you still only need one hand on the mat to be considered downed. We will have the use of instant replay and the fight can be restarted after it’s used if applicable. Also keep in mind we’re in the smaller 25 foot diameter Octagon.

Dean Barry is on a three fight winning streak coming into his UFC debut, now he’s trying to extend that streak and get that all important first UFC win. Mike Jackson has been out of action since fighting to a No Contest in his UFC debut back in 2018, he’s finally back and looking to get his first professional win. Barry is one of the biggest favorites on the entire card at -1125 to +700 for Jackson.

Welterweight Bout: Dean Barry (4-1, 170.5) vs. Mike Jackson (0-1 1 NC, 170)

ROUND ONE: Jackson is four inches taller but only two inches of reach, Jackson is also 8 years older. They touch gloves to get us going. Some early side kicks from Barry as they circle. Bit of a right from Barry but he’s overswinging just a bit. Jackson lands a left hook. A lot of Barry missing rights and Jackson using a left to counter. The nerves in Barry are obvious right now. Barry lands a bit of a right and off balances Jackson then lands a side kick to the body. Stiff left from Jackson. Bit of a right from Barry but he’s a touch too predictable with his offense. Barry lands a jab. Spinning back kick from Barry hits the groin of Jackson and we’ve got a time out. Replay easily confirms the low blow, Jackson is in some serious pain. After 2:15 we’re back to fighting. Barry lands a hook kick then some side kicks to the knee. More side kicks from Barry then he lands a right hand. Jackson tries to tie up but Barry lands a knee then separates. Barry lands a right hand. Barry backs Jackson to the fence and drops him with a few punches but Jackson is able to tie up and come up in a clinch. They break without incident. Barry lands a right in close. More punches from Barry along the fence line, then a jumping knee but Jackson wont go away. They clinch and as Barry looks to break Jackson complains of an eye poke so we’ve got another time out. Replay shows there was definitely an eye gouge as Barry was framing and separating. The doctor is in to check on Jackson, Jackson can’t open his right eye and we’re done here.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Mike Jackson via Disqualification (eye poke) at 3:52 of of Round 1

The ref ruled that an intentional foul hence the DQ. I don’t hate that ruling, fouls need to carry some more consequence.

Marcin Prachnio has gone 2-3 in the UFC and snapped a three fight losing streak last year that led to his current two fight winning streak, now he’s trying to get his UFC record to the .500 mark with another win. Philipe Lins has gone 0-2 in the UFC which has led to him dropping back to light heavyweight here trying to salvage his UFC tenure. The odds are close on this one but lean towards Prachnio at -115 to an even -105 for Lins.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Philipe Lins (14-5, 205 lbs.) vs. Marcin Prachnio (15-5, 205 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Prachnio is an inch taller but Lins has four inches of reach advantage. Prachnio and Lins both show some stance switches. A few leg kicks go back and forth as both men are getting a feel for things. Leg kick from Prachnio. Prachnio lands a few knees but Lins gets a double leg against the fence. Lins jumps on the back with one hook in while Prachnio wall walks. Prachnio gets chest to chest and they separate. Lins lands a calf kick. Body kick from Prachnio but he might have tweaked his foot at some point. Lins lands a left to the body. Bit of a head kick from Prachnio. They tie up again and Lins starts looking for a takedown. Prachnio lands a couple of short punches as they break. Both men land punches in close then tie up. Some knees are traded, Prachnio is getting the better of this as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Prachnio

ROUND TWO: Prachnio lands a left, then Lins stuns him with a right hand. They trade in the pocket before clinching up and hitting the fence. Lins is cut under the lefty eye. They break then trade rights. Lins is landing more now, he hits an uppercut. Prachnio lands an inside leg kick but Lins is stalking him and looking to bomb on him. Front kick from Prachnio pushes Lins over for a second but he’s back up and they resume clinching. They trade knees as they jockey for position, then Prachnio avoids a double leg and lands another knee before they break. Lins just gets back to forward pressure and lands a one two. Another clinch, Lins lands some short rights then a knee. Prachnio thinks about a takedown of his own but Lins defends and keeps sneaking in punches. They break without incident then Lins pressures Prachnio again. Lins lands a left to the body. Another combination from Lins lands, then a knee in close. Body to head punches from Lins then they clinch again. More body shots from Lins, then an elbow as they break. Lins lands a right hand to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Lins, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Prachnio looks very tired. Lins avoids a few spinning moves then they tie up and he gets a takedown against the fence. Prachnio tries to start a wall walk, he gets upright but he’s still tied up by Lins. They trade knees but Lins is still getting the better of things. Lins drops for a double leg and gets it then lands a left hand from half guard. Lins thinks about a kimura, but Prachnio comes up on a single leg and they lands a left hook as they break. Both men land punches in close. Prachnio seems to have found his second wind. Lins hits a double leg and gets on to pin butterfly guard. Punches from Lins before Prachnio kicks him up and regains his feet. Lins digs body shots in close. Prachnio lands a leg kick and eats a counter right. Both men are visibly tired at this point. They tie up then break without incident. Lins lands a right hand. One two from Lins, then Prachnio lands a right. Lins tries another takedown, he slips around to the back and Prachnio starts fishing for a kimura to attack the grip. A few knees from Lins close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Lins, 29-28 Lins overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Philipe Lins via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

No interview for Lins.

Preston Parsons had a four fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut last year, now he’s trying to get that all important first UFC win. Evan Elder is undefeated and took this fight on short notice but will be trying to maximize the opportunity to showcase his skills in the UFC. Parsons is your -130 favorite to +110 on Elder.

Welterweight Bout: Evan Elder (7-0, 170 lbs.) vs. Preston Parsons (9-3, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Parsons is an inch taller while Elder has an inch of reach advantage. Southpaw for Elder, they touch gloves. Elder lands a left but Parsons avoids a spin and gets a takedown then jumps onto the back with one hook in. Parsons has a weird power half going but he’s slipping off the top and Elder gets on top in half guard. They scramble then regain their feet. Bit of a body kick from Elder. Parsons wobbles Elder with a left hook. Right from Parsons in close and they clinch up. Parsons lands some knees to the body. Elder is able to try a whizzer kick and uses that to get free. Parsons lands some rights in close. Bit of a head kick from Elder. Parsons lands a right hand to counter a body kick. Calf kick from Parsons. Elder lands a body kick, then Parsons lands a left hook. Another calf kick from Parsons then a right hand behind it. Parsons lands an elbow in close then an uppercut. Double leg from Parsons, very well timed, and he’s got Elder down. Parsons is in half guard and starts working to land punches. Arm triangle attempt from Parsons, he’s still in half guard but is working to pass as he’s got the position locked up. Parsons moves to mount but loses the arm triangle. Elbow from Parsons then he goes for the arm triangle again, Elder just holds on until the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Parsons

ROUND TWO: Parsons comes out aggressive and lands punches then hits a double leg into full guard. Elder tries to work his guard high but Parsons passes to half guard, then right into full mount. Parsons tries an arm triangle but can’t quite finish it yet. A few elbows from Parsons land but Elder is able to spin and get free then reset. Parsons lands a calf kick. They trade rights in close. Parsons lands a right hand, Elder responds with a head kick. Double leg from Parsons and he lands in half guard. Elder starts fishing for a kimura from the bottom, Parsons gets his arm free and passes to full mount. More punches and elbows from Parsons. Elder gives up his back, Parsons gets both hooks in and starts fishing for the choke. Parsons can’t keep the position and Elder is able to explode and spin into him to get on top. Sweep from Parsons and he lands in full mount, lovely sweep. Parsons goes for another arm triangle choke, this one is tighter and he moves to side control to finish it but his head is too high and the angle isn’t quite right so Elder is able to escape and get on top. Parsons regains his feet and they reset. Body kick from Parsons. Both men land punches to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Parsons but a marginal one, 20-17 Parsons overall

ROUND THREE: Elder lands a body kick to start the round. Parsons tries a double leg, they wind up just clinched on the fence. Some knees from Parsons land then an elbow before they break. Calf kick from Parsons. Both men avoid rights. Bit of a combination from Parsons. Elder lands a spinning back kick to the body. Parsons lands a couple of left hooks. They trade calf kicks then Parsons tries a single leg but Elder is able to sprawl away and disengage. Parsons lands a right hand. Elder lands an uppercut then a right hand but he takes a left hand counter. Elder hits a double leg, but Parsons sweeps him immediately and gets on top in half guard. Parsons lands a couple of elbows. Parsons moves to full mount again and postures up to land punches and elbows. More punches from Parsons as Elder hip escapes to half guard. Back to full mount for Parsons and he lands body shots then elbows to the head. Elder is cut open around the left eye now. Parsons grabs at a choke but Elder defends. More punches from Parsons, he tries an arm triangle but bails to land more punches as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Parsons, borderline 10-8 again, 30-26 Parsons overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Preston Parsons via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)

Mic time for Parsons, he calls the first UFC win a dream come true and talks about how much he’s worked for this moment. He gives love to his family and coaches. He puts over Elder but knew he could time the takedowns off of Elder’s kicks and feels that putting everything together is the best way to succeed.

We get an update, there was some health issue with Chase Sherman and they’re canceling his fight with Alexandr Romanov.

Aori Qileng has gone 0-2 in the UFC, now he’s moving up to bantamweight to try and breathe some life into his UFC run. Cameron Else had a six fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut back in 2020, now he’s back in action and trying to find his first taste of success in the promotion. The odds are with Aori at -240 while the +195 payout on Else might tempt a few bettors.

Bantamweight Bout: Cameron Else (10-5, 135 lbs.) vs. Aori Qileng (20-11, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Else has two inches of height and reach over Aoriqileng. They touch gloves to get us going. Else starts backing Aori up. They trade some calf kicks. Bit of a one two from Aoriqileng. Both men miss rights then Else lands a left and clinches up. Uchimata from Aoriqileng but he can’t keep Else down and they wind up back in the clinch on the feet. They break and Aoriqileng lands a couple of punches then they get close and just swing at each other for a few seconds. Aoriqileng lands a left to the body that drops Else, he gets on top and looks to unload but Else ties him up in half guard. More body shots on the ground from Aoriqileng then he gets back mount and lands more punches. Aoriqileng punches the head a few times, Else is covering up but he needs to address the position. Else isn’t moving enough for the ref and we’re done here.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Aoriqileng via TKO, punches, at 2:48 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Aoriqileng for his work this evening. Mic time for Aoriqileng and his translator, he says the win feels fantastic. He talks us through the finish and thanks his coaches. Asked about the move to bantamweight he says this is his division. To close he thanks a few more people.

Here’s the finish, Else can’t address the hooks or the overall position so while he’s blocking most of the punches there’s no real hope of him stopping the onslaught.

Tyson Pedro has been out of action since December of 2018 when he lost to Mauricio Rua, he’s shown potential at times but now needs to reintroduce himself to the audience given the long layoff and two fight losing streak. Ike Villanueva has gone 1-4 in the UFC and is on his second two fight losing streak, he needs a win here just for a bit of job security as a loss could easily send him packing from the promotion. Despite the long layoff the odds are with Pedro at -630 while the +450 comeback on Villanueva is a somewhat tempting long shot bet.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Tyson Pedro (7-3, 205 lbs.) vs. Ike Villanueva (18-13, 205.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Pedro is two inches taller with six inches of reach advantage, he’s also 8 years younger. They touch gloves to get us going. Both men with a few feints early as they circle. Pedro lands a calf kick. Front kick to the body from Pedro. Bit of a left from Pedro. We get a time out as Villanueva takes a front kick to the groin, he doesn’t take long to recover though. Bit of a body kick from Pedro. Hard one two from Pedro but he tries a follow up knee that hits the groin of Villanueva and we get another time out. Replay confirms the low blow. Villanueva takes 1:43 then we’re back to fighting. Both men trade punches on the restart. Villanueva lands a right hand. Pedro lands a calf kick. Another calf kick and Villanueva is limping. Pedro lands another calf kick then a left hand. Villanueva lands a bit of a right hand but Pedro is fighting long and making him miss. They trade rights then Pedro drops Villanueva with a calf kick and lands a couple of rights to prompt the stoppage.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tyson Pedro via TKO, leg kick and punches, at 4:55 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Pedro for his work this evening. Pedro gets an interview after the win, he can’t even put into words how hard it’s been over the three plus years he’s been out of action. He tried really hard not to rush in this fight and was able to show that he can fight more controlled. He talks us through the finish then says he wants to fight soon and get back to making money.

Here’s the finish. Pedro had been chopping at the calves all fight and finally lands a really nasty one here that drops Villanueva. The follow up rights as Villanueva is seated against the fence are brutal.

Dwight Grant has gone 3-3 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a loss and is trying to avoid his first ever losing streak. Sergey Khandozhko has gone 1-1 in the UFC but as last seen in 2019 dropping a decision to Rustam Khabilov, now he’s back and looking to elevate his UFC record above the .500 mark. This one is close according to the odds but the lean slightly towards Khandozhko at -120 to +100 for Grant.

Welterweight Bout: Dwight Grant (11-4, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Sergey Khandozhko (27-6-1, 169.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Grant has two inches of reach advantage, Grant is also 8 years older. Both men come out jabbing and circling. Bit of a right from Grant. Khandozhko lands a right hand. Bit of a left from Khandozhko. Khandozhko lands a jab. Grant lands a right hand. A left from Khandozhko drops Grant for a moment, Grant gets up quickly but Khandozhko is looking to pressure him. Bit of a right from Khandozhko, Grant’s left eye is swelling up rapidly. They trade hooks in close. Khandozhko lands another left hook but he took a right hand at the same time. Khandozhko lands a right to the body. Grant’s left eye seems more recovered, the swelling isn’t as bad as it looked when he was keeping his eye closed. Body kick from Khandozhko and Grant lands a counter right. Khandozhko lands a right hand. Another right from Khandozhko, he’s drawing and countering nicely. Grant lands a clubbing right that drops Khandozhko and jumps on top of him but Khandozhko ties him up in guard. Khandozhko quickly scrambles back to his feet and has a clinch on the fence. Some knees from Khandozhko then he slips to the back as they’re standing. They break and Grant misses a few punches to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Grant but could go either way

ROUND TWO: There’s still swelling on Grant’s left eye but it’s not fight ending or anything. Both men come out jabbing again. Khandozhko avoids a right hand and lands a couple of counters. Right hand then a body kick from Khandozhko. Some jabs go back and forth, Khandozhko lands a calf kick then Grant hits a right hand and gets a takedown but Khandozhko bounces back up. Left to the body from Khandozhko. Grant lands a bit of a right hand. Grant misses a right hand, he’s getting wider and wider with that punch as the fight goes on. Glancing right from Khandozhko. There’s a lot of pressure from Khandozhko, Grant is giving up space pretty constantly. Grant lands a left to the body after taking a right hand. Khandozhko lands a body kick. More jabs and pressure from Khandozhko. Grant lands a left hook. Khandozhko lands another left body kick. Another left hook from Grant, Khandozhko clocks him with a left of his own and Grant is wobbled again. Khandozhko lands a right hand to follow up. A stiff jab then a left hook from Khandozhko stuns Grant. Khandozhko follows up with another left, then a barrage of blows which prompts the ref to stop the fight.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sergey Khandozhko via TKO, punches, at 4:15 of Round 2

Mic time for Khandozhko, he’s happy and notes he’s been dreaming about this moment for years since he had his first knee injury. He talks us through the finish and puts over Grant as a tough fighter and a good guy.

Here’s the finish. Khandozhko doubles up on his left side attack, digging to the body then coming up to the head, and that’s a classic attack for a reason.

That does it for the prelims, though we’re still on ESPN+ for the main card.

Jordan Wright has gone 2-2 in the UFC trading wins and losses along the way, he’s coming off of a loss and is trying to avoid his first ever losing streak. Marc-Andre Barriault took this fight on short notice, hence the catchweight, and while he lost his first fight of the year back in February he’s hoping to get his year back on track with a win here. The odds are with Barriault at -195 to +165 for Wright.

Catchweight Bout: Marc-Andre Barriault (13-5 1 NC, 188.5 lbs.) vs. Jordan Wright (12-2 1 NC, 190 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Wright is an inch taller with three inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get things going. Barriault presses forward right away, per usual. Wright lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from Wright. Barriault lands a right hand, they clinch up and Wright unloads with knees. Barriault lands a couple of uppercuts to the body and head. Wright pushes things to the fence then looks for a double leg but Barriault is defending. Wright finally elevates and takes Barriault down. A few punches from Wright land as Barriault starts to wall walk. They’re upright again but still clinched. Wright tries a high crotch but Barriault is defending with a guillotine attempt and he locks it up as they go down, then Barriault rolls into full mount with the guillotine and forces the tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Marc-Andre Barriault via Submission, guillotine choke, at 2:36 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Barriault for his work this evening. Mic time for Barriault after that, he’s happy to be here and winning. He likes his job and is always down for shot notice fights. He talks us through the finish, he wasn’t planning on the submission but his coaches saw it and told him to go for it and he did. Asked about the future he doesn’t have a concrete answer, he’d just like to fight in front of a crowd.

This is a nice guillotine from Barriault, it’s kind of a slow developing position but Wright never takes the correct steps to address the threat and by the time he realizes the extent of the danger it’s far too late.

Lando Vannata has been trading wins, losses, and draws for his entire UFC run but he won his featherweight debut in his last fight and is now trying to get his first winning streak since 2016 up and running. Charles Jourdain has likewise traded wins and losses with a draw tossed in for good measure during his time in the UFC, he also won his last fight and is now trying to get his first UFC winning streak up and running. This one is very close but ever so slightly leans towards Jourdain at -120 to +100 for Vannata.

Featherweight Bout: Charles Jourdain (12-4-1, 144.5 lbs.) vs. Lando Vannata (12-5-2, 146 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Vannata has two inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Jourdain starts southpaw while Vannata does a lot of stance switching. A lot of feinting from Vannata, then he catches a kick and hits a double leg into side control. Jourdain goes for an empty half sweep but Vannata blocks that though Jourdain hip escapes to full guard. Vannata passes then gets the back as Jourdain rolls to his knees. Hammer fist from Vannata then Jourdain stands and gets free. Jourdain lands a body kick but Vannata lands a left hook then an uppercut. Front kick from Vannata lands. Jourdain has started switching his stance as well. Vannata digs the body a few times in a flurry. Jourdain lands a left hand as Vannata was coming in and that off balances him to his back. Jourdain is working a guillotine while Vannata sits up and Jourdain comes up on a takedown but Jourdain is still after the guillotine. Vannata tries to pass around the guard but he can’t and as they fall to a hip Jourdain adjusts his guillotine to a one armed grip and is able to lock things down and force the tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Charles Jourdain via Submission, guillotine choke, at 2:32 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Jourdain for his work this evening. That was fun for as long as it lasted. Mic time for Jourdain, he felt pressure to get the first round win after fellow Canadian Barriault did so, then he puts over Vannata as the toughest guy he’s fought. He talks us through the finish, then when asked who he’d like to fight next he says he’d like to fight Edson Barboza. That’s a pretty gutsy call out. To close he puts over a few sponsors.

Second guillotine finish in a row. Here you can see Jourdain know when to switch from a one armed attack to bringing the other hand to bear, and Vannata can’t get around the guard in time which means he’s forced to tap.

Maycee Barber just broke a two fight losing streak when she got a controversial split decision in her last fight, now she’s trying to build another winning streak and defend her top ranking. Montana De La Rosa is coming off of a win over Ariane Lipski and is trying to score the highest profile win of her career while also building her first winning streak since 2019. The odds are with Barber at -180 to +155 for De La Rosa.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: #14 Maycee Barber (9-2, 125.5 lbs.) vs. Montana De La Rosa (12-6-1, 125.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: De La Rosa is two inches taller with three inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Some stance switching from Barber. De La Rosa lands a bit of a right hand. Barber seems to favor southpaw at the moment. Barber punches into a clinch and they hit the fence. Some knees from Barber then an elbow. De La Rosa spins Barber into the fence then De La Rosa gets a takedown. Barber quickly scrambles back up and they’re still clinched. More battle for positioning and knees from both women. Generally De La Rosa is getting the better of things but it’s not by a large margin. Barber lands a couple of elbows then tries a trip but De La Rosa avoids it though they’re still clinched. Some punches from Barber land. They end the round in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Barber

ROUND TWO: They clinch up right away and hit the fence yet again. De La Rosa is looking for a trip but can’t find one. Some knees go back and forth, then De La Rosa is finally able to tip Barber down to a knee. De La Rosa is in the ride position, and jumps to the back as Barber stands. Now De La Rosa is after the choke but only has one hook in at the moment. De La Rosa gets the second hook in and resumes attacking the choke. Barber is keeping De La Rosa from getting fully on her back and she slips off into top position. De La Rosa looks for a high guard attack, Barber is keeping things stacked up and compressed to stay safe though. De La Rosa can’t find an arm or a triangle attack and Barber passes to half guard. Elbows from Barber but De La Rosa grabs her and looks to control her posture. Barber lands a right hand but De La Rosa comes up on a single leg and gets Barber down on her back. De La Rosa ends the round on top.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Barber but a close one, 20-18 Barber overall

ROUND THREE: Bit of a right from De La Rosa. De La Rosa lands a couple of punches then Barber pushes into a clinch. They hit the fence again, Barber slips to the back and lays in some punches. De La Rosa grabs a headlock, Barber gets free easily and lands punches. They get chest to chest again and trade knees. De La Rosa spins Barber into the fence but she still can’t find a takedown. Barber lands a knee. Elbow from Barber then she slips to the back and lands punches. Knee from Barber then a right hand. Barber takes De La Rosa down into the ride position and lands more punches. De La Rosa stands and they trade knees and elbows in the clinch. They break then clinch again, trade more knees and end the round in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Barber, 30-27 Barber overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Maycee Barber via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Mic time for Barber after the win, she feels amazing and gives love to a few people in the crowd who mean a lot to her. She talks us through a few highlights, then puts over her team. Asked what she’d like next she doesn’t have a name but knows she’ll be a champion some day.

Clay Guida has been with the UFC since 2006 but has gone just 2-3 in his last five fights, he is coming off of a win though and could get his first winning streak since 2017 up and running if he’s victorious tonight. Claudio Puelles has gone 4-1 in the UFC and is on a four fight winning streak, a win here would be one of the biggest scalps on his resume in terms of name value and could secure him an even bigger opportunity next time. Puelles is a slight -125 favorite to +105 on Guida.

Lightweight Bout: Clay Guida (37-21, 154 lbs.) vs. Claudio Puelles (11-2, 155.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Puelles is three inches taller, has two inches of reach advantage, and is 14 years younger. Southpaw for Puelles. A lot of circling, and Guida is showing the jab. Puelles has a head kick blocked. Guida punches into a clinch, Puelles grabs at a guillotine as he defends. They wind up with Puelles grabbing full guard then going for a triangle choke. Puelles grabs the choke, looks to switch to an armbar and winds up going for an omoplata as Guida gets his head out of danger. Some body shots from Puelles as he’s working the omoplata. Guida steps over the head and they scramble with Guida finally get his arm out of danger. Puelles grabs a kneebar and forces the tap. Lightning kneebar from Puelles there.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Claudio Puelles via Submission, kneebar, at 3:01 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Puelles for his work this evening. Mic time for Puelles and his translator after that impressive submission, he plays with the crowd with pretty good English and talks about the journey and changes he’s made to his life to be here. He’s not here for a fight or two, he wants to fight the best. He talks us through the finish, then when asked what he wants next he’d like a top fifteen guy if possible but he’d really like to call out Twitter for not verifying him. To close he thanks some sponsors then says he’d like a spot on the Spanish commentary team.

Seriously, check out the speed of this kneebar. Puelles is a dangerous grappler.

Amanda Lemos has gone 5-1 in the UFC and is undefeated at strawweight, now she’s got a chance for the biggest win of her career when she takes on a highly regarded former champion. Jessica Andrade is a former strawweight champion, she recently moved up to flyweight and went 2-1 at that weight where she only lost in a title fight, now she’s back at 115 and looking for a notable win to reinsert herself into the title picture. The odds are with Andrade at -225 to a +185 payout for a Lemos win.

Strawweight Bout: Jessica Andrade (22-9, 115.5 lbs.) vs. #10 Amanda Lemos (11-1-1, 115 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Lemos is two and a half inches taller with three inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Both women are pretty flat on their feet to start. Lemos is looking to jab as they feel each other out. Not a lot of aggression from Andrade, definitely not the norm for her. Both women start showing the jab, then Lemos lands a leg kick. Some stance switching from Lemos, Andrade lands a couple of kicks in response and Lemos goes orthodox again. Andrade avoids a hook. Calf kick from Lemos lands. Jumping kick from Andrade partially lands. Lemos lands a front kick to the face. Andrade punches into a clinch and grabs a standing arm triangle choke. Andrade is strong enough to finish this standing if she wants, the choke is pretty tight and Lemos fights to stay in front but the squeeze of Andrade is too much and Lemos taps.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jessica Andrade via Submission, standing arm triangle choke, at 3:13 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mrs. Andrade for her work this evening. Mic time for Andrade and her translator, she just got the first standing arm triangle win in UFC history, she thanks her team and friends for all of their support. She thanks her coaches for seeing the chance for that submission and helping her drill it in preparation for this fight. Asked about returning to strawweight despite having success at flyweight she wanted to return to her division and wants another shot at the title. She talks us through the finish and thinks that was bonus worthy. To close she wishes Happy Birthday to her sister, thanks her family and friends in attendance and feels she’ll get back to the top.

Well on that note, UFC on ESPN+ 63 comes to a close. We’ll be breaking down all of the results from this card tomorrow on the 411 Ground and Pound MMA Podcast, plus look ahead to next week’s UFC on ESPN 35 headlined by Rob Font and Marlon Vera. I’ll be back for that event and I hope you will as well. Until next time stay safe out there and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.

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