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MAIN CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)
#6 Thiago Santos (206 lbs.) vs. #10 Jamal Hill (205 lbs.)
#6 Vicente Luque (170.5 lbs.) vs. #13 Geoff Neal (171 lbs.)
Zac Pauga (239 lbs.) vs. Mohammed Usman (236.5 lbs.) – TUF 30 heavyweight final
Juliana Miller (125 lbs.) vs. Brogan Walker (125.5 lbs.) – TUF 30 women’s flyweight final
#14 Augusto Sakai (260 lbs.) vs. Sergei Spivac (249.5 lbs.)
Priscila Cachoeira (125.5 lbs.) vs. Ariane Lipski (128.5 lbs.)*
Erick Gonzalez (155 lbs.) vs. Terrance McKinney (155.5 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Sam Alvey (186 lbs.) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (185.5 lbs.)
Bryan Battle (171 lbs.) vs. Takashi Sato (170.5 lbs.)
Josh Quinlan (169 lbs.) vs. Jason Witt (170 lbs.)
Miranda Granger (115.5 lbs.) vs. Cory McKenna (115.5 lbs.)
Stephanie Egger (134.5 lbs.) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (135.5 lbs.)
Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC on ESPN 40. I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the evening, calling the action just as I see it. Tonight the UFC brings us the finale of a season of The Ultimate Fighter, which they stubbornly insist is still a thing. The top two fights are pretty good though, the main event is a relevant clash of top light heavyweights when Thiago Santos tries to halt his downward trend when he battles the surging contender Jamahal Hill. The co-main event is maybe the best fight on the card on paper, top welterweights Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal meet in a potential cross roads fight for both men. The rest of the card isn’t that great on paper, Sam Alvey is on the card despite his horrific losing streak and taking on Michal Oleksiejczuk, Oleksiejczuk is dropping to middleweight for the first time and will be trying to make a statement here. Mostly though we’re hoping the action in practice makes up for the lackluster card on paper.
UFC on ESPN 40 comes to the world from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Brendan Fitzgerald and Michael Bisping will be on commentary for the action. As for the rules Nevada uses most of the newer ones but 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 that’s applicable to the situation. Also keep in mind we’re in the smaller 25 foot Octagon.
Minor update, the fight between Josh Quinlan and Jason Witt has been rescheduled for next week due to a minor issue with Quinlan’s drug test. Nothing that would get Quinlan a suspension but the NSAC wouldn’t sanction the fight. This means the broadcast has pushed the start time back by half an hour though.
The top of the broadcast tells us that Ariane Lipski and Priscila Cachoeira have been moved to next week as well, it’ll be at bantamweight then. Ultimately our first fight won’t start until 8pm EST given the fights falling out.
Mayra Bueno Silva has gone 1-1-1 in her last three fights but she’s coming off of a win and now looks for her first winning streak since 2018. Stephanie Egger has gone 2-1 in the UFC and is riding a two fight winning streak streak, if she can get to three in a row here it could earn her a shot at some ranked opposition next. The odds are with Egger at -125 to a +105 comeback on Bueno Silva.
Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Stephanie Egger (7-2, 134.5 lbs.) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (8-2-1, 135.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Egger has an inch and a half of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Egger starts out showing the jab, then they start trading low kicks. Bueno Silva lands a front kick to the face, then they clinch and Egger gets a takedown into full guard. Egger lands some elbows. Hammer fists from Egger as Bueno Silva looks for an armbar. Bueno Silva starts turning her hips, she’s got the arm extended and we get a pause in the action as Bueno Silva claimed a tap that the ref didn’t see. We get a replay review, they’re looking for an angle to figure this out but we really don’t have a good angle on it. The ref checks with the judges cageside, one of them says he absolutely saw the tap so that’s the ruling.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Marya Bueno Silva via Submission, armbar, Round 1
The First Round Finish Club thanks Ms. Bueno Silva for her work this evening.