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UFC Fight Night Results & Highlights: Song Yadong Stops Ricky Simón

UFC Fight Night 223 (UFC on ESPN+ 81) took place tonight from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, and MMA News has you covered with all the results and highlights!

The main event saw top-10 bantamweights Song Yadong (#8) and Ricky Simón (#10) collide. While in the co-main event, Caio Borralho took on Michał Oleksiejczuk at middleweight.

You can catch all the UFC Fight Night 223 results and highlights below!

UFC Fight Night Results: MAIN CARD

Main Event: Song Yadong def. Ricky Simón via TKO: R5, 1.10Co-Main Event: Caio Borralho def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission: R2, 2.49 Rodolfo Vieira def. Cody Brundage via submission: R2, 1.28Fernando Padilla def. Julian Erosa via TKO: R1, 1.41 Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Waldo Cortes-Acosta via unanimous decision (29-28×3)Trey Waters def. Josh Quinlan via unanimous decision (30-27×3)


Martin Buday def. Jake Collier via unanimous decision (29-28×3)Cody Durden def. Charles Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27×3)Irina Alekseeva def. Stephanie Egger via submission: R1, 2.11 Marcus McGhee def. Journey Newson via submission: R2, 2:03Jamey-Lyn Horth def. Hailey Cowan via unanimous decision (29-28×3)

Preliminary Card Highlights

Marcus McGhee def. Journey Newson

In this catchweight bout, Marcus McGhee got it done with a rear-naked choke of Journey Newson. Catch the finish below. 

McGhee earns the submission win on a weeks notice 👏 #UFCVegas72

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 29, 2023

Irina Alekseeva def. Stephanie Egger

In this women’s bantamweight bout, Irina Alekseeva earned an impressive armbar submission of Stephanie Egger. Catch the finish below.

Alekseeva locked up the submission in round one 🔒 #UFCVegas72

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 29, 2023

Main Card Highlights

Trey Waters def. Josh Quinlan

In this welterweight bout, Trey Waters earned a convincing unanimous decision win against Josh Quinlan.

Round one saw Waters effectively check Quinlan’s leg kicks and have success with counter punches. In round two, Quinlan rocked Waters with a huge right early, but Walker responded by troubling Quinlan with his jab and successfully landing a series of combinations. Round three saw Waters land some blistering combinations, a huge right that rocked Quinlan and a takedown to round out the win. Catch the decision below.

1-0!!! Hell of a performance by Trey Waters in his UFC debut 😆 He gets his first win in the UFC via unanimous decision #UFCVegas72

— UFC (@ufc) April 29, 2023

Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Waldo Cortes-Acosta

In this heavyweight bout, Marcos Rogerio de Lima earned his second win in a row with a unanimous decision against Waldo Cortes-Acosta.

In round one, de Lima placed Cortes-Acosta in trouble with a series of heavy leg kicks. Round two saw de Lima land another heavy leg kick that stumbled Cortes-Acosta, before getting a takedown. In round three, de Lima had success with leg kicks yet again, but Cortes-Acosta offered resistance via a consistent jab. 

We didn't expect this one to go all three rounds!

How'd you score it? 📝 #UFCVegas72

— UFC (@ufc) April 30, 2023

2️⃣9️⃣-2️⃣8️⃣ across the board!@Pezao011 secured the UD victory tonight 👏 #UFCVegas72

— UFC (@ufc) April 30, 2023

Fernando Padilla def. Julian Erosa

Making his UFC debut, Fernando Padilla earned a huge first-round TKO win over Julian Erosa in their featherweight clash. 


— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023

Rodolfo Vieira def. Cody Brundage

In this middleweight bout, Rodolfo Vieira got back in the win column with an arm triangle submission of Cody Brundage.

In round one, Brundage sent Vieira to the canvas with a huge right, before landing blistering ground strikes, but Vieira responded by taking Brundage’s back and attempting a rear-naked choke. Then in round two, a failed guillotine attempt from Brundage saw Vieira gain top position and sink in an arm triangle to force the tap.

Vieira forces the tap in round 2️⃣ #UFCVegas72

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023

Caio Borralho def. Michal Oleksiejczuk

In the co-main event, Caio Borralho earned his first UFC finish with a rear-naked choke of Michal Oleksiejczuk.

In round one, Oleksiejczuk showed solid boxing, continually landing on Borralho, but the Brazilian got a late takedown to end the round on top, raining down strikes. Then in round two, Borralho got a takedown early, took Oleksiejczuk’s back, and sunk in a rear-naked choke for the win.

11 straight wins for Caio Borralho 😤 #UFCVegas72

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023

Adding another W to the win column 😤@BorralhoCaio put on a tremendous performance getting the win via submission #UFCVegas72

— UFC (@ufc) April 30, 2023

Song Yadong def. Ricky Simón

In the main event, Song Yadong made a statement to the bantamweight division’s top contenders with a TKO win over Ricky Simón.

In round one, Yadong dominated in the clinch while Simón had a success landing strikes and body kicks. Round two saw Yadong knock down Simón via a clash of heads, but the Chinese had further success landing left hooks, while Simón got a late takedown.

In round three, Yadong took advantage on the feet by landing a few rattling blows, but Simón also had success with his jab. Round four saw Yadong pressure Simón and knock him to the canvas right on the buzzer with a huge left. Then in the final round, Yadong sent Simón to the canvas with a huge left, before finishing him of with brutal ground strikes. Catch the highlights below.


— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023


— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023


— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023

Song Yadong gets a statement KO win at #UFCVegas72 😤

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023

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