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UFC 296 live updates: Results, highlights, analysis for stacked card including Edwards-Covington, Pantoja-Royval ‣

UFC 296 live updates: Results, highlights, analysis for stacked card including Edwards-Covington, Pantoja-Royval

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Opponents Leon Edwards of Jamaica and Colby Covington face off during the UFC 296 ceremonial weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After a heated fight week promotion, welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Colby Covington will meet in Saturday’s main event at UFC 296. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s the last day of the year to watch some UFC action, including the two world title fights headlining UFC 296 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Welterweight champion Leon Edwards, who is 21-3 overall and unbeaten in his past 12 fights, will defend his title belt against No. 3-ranked Colby Covington in the main event. “Chaos” is 1-2 in title fights, with two losses to former champion Kamaru Usman and a win over Rafael dos Anjos in June 2018 for the interim welterweight title, which he was later stripped of due to injury.

Edwards shocked the world when he won the title via a late head-kick knockout of Usman in August 2022. Usman had defeated Edwards in 2015 when they were both welterweight contenders. But Edwards made sure his title win over Usman was no fluke when they met in a rubber match earlier this year at UFC 286, as Edwards won via unanimous decision.

Edwards is currently a -150 favorite at BetMGM, with Covington at +125. Edwards by decision is +150, while Covington by decision is +225.

In the co-main event, champion Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval will battle for the flyweight championship. The bout is a rematch of their August 2021 matchup, which Pantoja won via submission with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

Also on the main card is a welterweight bout between undefeated Shavkat Rakhmonov and veteran Stephen Thompson, as well as a lightweight tilt featuring former interim champion Tony Ferguson and rising contender Paddy Pimblett. Featherweights Josh Emmett and Bryce Mitchell open the pay-per-view card in a short-notice fight after Emmett’s original opponent, Giga Chikadze, injured his groin in training and was forced to withdraw.

For complete coverage of UFC 296, stay here on Yahoo Sports and follow our live updates below (starting at 6:30 p.m. ET) throughout the entire event.

Live55 updates

  • Alonzo Menifield landed a huge shot in the third round that wobbled Jacoby and completely derailed his momentum.

  • Here we go with Alonzo Menifield (+220) vs. Dustin Jacoby (-270)

  • All three judges score it 29-28 in favor of Irene Aldana. Epic fight and a great comeback for Aldana after getting her lead leg absolutely battered in the first round.

  • This fight has been an absolute banger. Rosa’s leg kicks carried her in Round 1, but Aldana was able to bounce back in Round 2 and had Rosa hurt multiple times. Now in Round 3 both women are bloodied and continuing to land heavy shots.

  • Aldana, meanwhile, is sticking to her game plan and didn’t check a single kick. Round 1 ends with Rosa wobbling Aldana.

  • Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa happening now. Rosa’s game plan 3 minutes in seems to be to take out Aldana’s legs with repeated kicks.

  • Garbrandt calls for a fight agains former flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, who recently made his bantamweight debut.

  • Official result: Cody Garbrandt def. Brian Kelleher via KO (punch) at 3:42 of Round 1

  • Cody Garbrandt and Brian Kelleher traded lots of big shots early in the first round. The fight looked like it might end early and it does after Garbrandt lands a stiff right right on Kelleher’s chin and he goes down face first.

UFC 296: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington main card, odds (Start time 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)

• Welterweight championship: Leon Edwards (c) (-160) vs. Colby Covington (+135)
• Flyweight championship: Alexandre Pantoja (c) (-190) vs. Brandon Royval (+160)
• Welterweight: Stephen Thompson (+450) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (-650)
• Lightweight: Paddy Pimblett (-300) vs. Tony Ferguson (+240)
• Featherweight: Josh Emmett (+185) vs. Bryce Mitchell (-225)

UFC 296: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington prelims results, odds, highlights (Live now on ESPN2/ESPN+)

• Light heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield (+220) vs. Dustin Jacoby (-270)
• Women’s bantamweight: Irene Aldana def. Karol Rosa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt def. Brian Kelleher by KO (punch at 3:42 of Round 1:

• Women’s flyweight: Ariane Lipski def. Casey O’Neill by submission (armbar) at 1:18 of Round 2:

UFC 296 early prelims full results, highlights

• Flyweight: Tagir Ulanbekov def. Cody Durden via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:25 of Round 2:

• Featherweight: Andre Fili def. Lucas Almeida via TKO (ground and pound) at 3:32 of Round 1:

• Heavyweight: Shamil Gaziev def. Martin Buday via TKO (strikes) at 0:56 of Round 2:

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Date: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023
Prelims time: 8 p.m. ET
Main card time: 10 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Streaming: ESPN+

Where to stream UFC 296 on Saturday

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