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UFC 296 Results: Leon Edwards and Alexandre Pantoja retain titles

LockerRoom Team
31 December 2023

UFC 296 concluded 2023 spectacularly! The consecutive title bouts extended to the full five rounds, applauding the victorious champions, Leon Edwards and Alexandre Pantoja.

The live broadcast of UFC 296: EDWARDS vs. COVINGTON captivated Asia on Sunday, December 17, originating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Welterweight champion Leon Edwards remained unfazed by the verbal jabs from former interim titleholder #3 Colby Covington, securing victory in a grueling five-round title showdown.

In the flyweight division, Alexandre Pantoja, the reigning champion, faced off against No. 4 Brandon Royval in a riveting rematch with the championship on the line. Pantoja showcased dominant grappling in the initial three rounds, while Royval staged a remarkable comeback in the championship rounds with his striking combinations. Despite Royval's efforts, the champion prevailed, securing a unanimous decision in his inaugural title defense.

UFC 296 Results

AWARDS

  • Fight Of The Night: Irene Aldana vs Karol Rosa
  • Performance Of The Night: Josh Emmett
  • Performance Of The Night: Ariane Lipski
  • Performance Of The Night: Shamil Gaziev

OFFICIAL RESULTS

UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Leon Edwards defeats Colby Covington by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Alexandre Pantoja defeats Brandon Royval by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

MAIN CARD

  • Shavkat Rakhmonov defeats Stephen Thompson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:56 of Round 2
  • Paddy Pimblett defeats Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Josh Emmett defeats Bryce Mitchell by KO (right hand) at 1:57 of Round 1

PRELIMS

  • Alonzo Menifield defeats Dustin Jacoby by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Irene Aldana defeats Karol Rosa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Cody Garbrandt defeats Brian Kelleher by KO (right hand) at 3:42 of Round 1
  • Ariane Lipski defeats Casey O’Neill by submission (armbar) at 1:18 of Round 2
  • Tagir Ulanbekov defeats Cody Durden by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of Round 2
  • Andre Fili defeats Lucas Almeida by TKO (strikes) at 3:32 of Round 1
  • Shamil Gaziev defeats Martin Buday by TKO (strikes) at 0:56 of Round 2

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