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UFC Fight Night 86: Live Coverage, Results

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 86.

Today’s special Sunday edition of UFC action comes to us for the first time ever from Croatia and the Zagreb Arena.

In the main event, former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos tries to get back on track against rising contender Ben Rothwell.

“Cigano” has gone just 2-3 over his last five, including a December TKO defeat to Alistair Overeem. He was also stopped by Cain Velasquez in 2013 and lost a decision to Velasquez back in 2012. Around that, dos Santos holds wins over Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt.

Rothwell is on a four-fight win streak that includes finishes of Josh Barnett, Matt Mitrione, Overeem and Brandon Vera. He is 6-3 over his UFC career, losing to Gabriel Gonzaga, Hunt and Velasquez.

The main card, which kicks off at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 will include four heavyweight bouts in all. Along with dos Santos-Rothwell, Gonzaga meets Derrick Lewis, Francis Ngannou faces Curtis Blaydes and Timothy Johnson squares off against Marcin Tybura.

Igor Pokrajac-Jan Blachowicz and Maryna Moroz-Cristina Stanciu complete the main card.

In early prelim action:

Bojan Velickovic def. Alessio Di Chirico via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Jared Cannonier def. Cyril Asker via KO (strikes) at 2:44 of Round 1

Lucas Martins def. Robert Whiteford via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Damian Stasiak def. Filip Pejic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:16 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Damir Hadzovic via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 1

Alejandro Perez def. Ian Entwistle via TKO (strikes) at 4:04 of Round 1

Zak Cummings def. Nicolas Dalby via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

Marnya Moroz vs. Cristina Stanciu

We’ll kickoff the FOX Sports 1 main card with women’s action, as Maryna Moroz (6-1) meets Octagon newcomer Cristina Stanciu (5-0).

Round 1: Moroz started her UFC career with a defining victory over top contender Joanne Calderwood. Stanciu finds an early opening and attacks, hammering away with big-time lefts and rights. She has Moroz stuck up against the fence and is connecting with knees to the body. Zero Octagon jitters for the 22-year-old, who is the fourth-youngest fighter on the active roster. Stanciu pulls guard and tries to secure an arm-in guillotine with three-plus to go. She switches, bringing the right arm into a better position, but the submission is lost. Potential armbar into a kneebar for Stanciu, but again Moroz defends. Stanciu with a handful of up-kicks and that leads to them standing again. Takedown for Moroz as we go under a minute. She slips to the back and is working for a rear-naked choke. Moroz switches to big shots to the face, possibly stealing this round as she locks up a crank.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moroz

Round 2: Lots of fatigue from Stanciu here at the start of the second, though Moroz is being very deliberate in her offense. Brief stoppage in action, as there appeared to be an illegal shot. Stanciu again pulls guard and goes for a kneebar, but Moroz stays calm and winds up on top with two minutes to go in the round. Moroz looking for an opening to get her offense through and possibly finish this one. Excellent defense from Stanciu, but she’s about to wind up on her back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moroz

Round 3: A much more start to the round for Stanciu, as she appears to have found her second wind after a rough round before. Moroz has an armbar in deep, which she has scored five wins by before. She has two minutes to complete the submission, but Stanciu is showing great defense. Moroz switches to a different position, but she loses it. Reverse triangle attempt for Stanciu as the crowd shows its approval. Moroz now free from the choke and remains in position for an armbar.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moroz

Maryna Moroz def. Cristina Stanciu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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