UFC 219 results: Marvin Vettori, Omari Akhmedov slug their way to majority draw

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Marvin Vettori and Omari Akhmedov took turns controlling the fight and battering one another senseless, but in the end it wasn’t enough to sway the judges conclusively in any direction.

After three rounds of bloody brawling, both Vettori (12-3-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Akhmedov (17-4-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) were forced to settle for a majority draw.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 219 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Early on in this one, it looked like Akhmedov’s pace and pressure might prove to be too much for Vettori. He spent most of the first round walking Vettori down and hammering him with hooks and overhands, putting one power punch behind another while giving Vettori no space to breathe.

That heavy output seemed to take a toll on Akhmedov, however, and after narrowly avoiding a triangle choke attempt from Vettori in the second, he appeared to be feeling the effects of fatigue late in the round.

Vettori took full advantage of that in the third, overwhelming Akhmedov with multiple-punch combos and bloodying him with his sharp striking. When that wasn’t enough to put Akhmedov away, Vettori tried his luck on the mat, hammering away at Akhmedov from the top position as he tried desperately for a finish in the fight’s waning moments.

Ultimately, Akhmedov would last the distance and the judges would prove to be no help in picking a winner. While one judge had it 29-28 in favor of Vettori, the other two saw it even with scores of 28-28, resulting in a majority draw.

“I completely disagree with the judges,” Vettori said. “I know I did enough to get the win and here’s why: I broke him. Anyone watching can see where he broke. The first two rounds were close, but I dominated the third round. I definitely feel that I won this fight. But at the end of the day, that’s why you don’t leave it to the judges. I will be back and better than ever next time. I just hope everyone enjoyed the fight.”

That outcome scuttles Vettori’s hopes of following up on his win over Vitor Miranda in June. Akhmedov had been riding a two-fight winning streak before this outcome.

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For complete coverage of UFC 219, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker set for UFC 219 main card with Lineker-Rivera scrapped

Just a few days out, a lightweight bout from the UFC 219 preliminary card has been elevated to the pay-per-view.

Marc Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Dan Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) now will meet in the middle of the main card instead of the middle of the prelims on Saturday. UFC officials announced the change following the cancellation of the bantamweight bout between John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). Lineker was forced out due to a dental issue.

UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The shift up for Diakiese and Hooker means the welterweight fight between Omari Akhmedov (17-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) heads from the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the FS1 portion of the card. That leaves just one bout on UFC Fight Pass – Mark Delarosa (9-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) – with a new 7:30 p.m. ET start time.

Hooker returns to action for the first time since a “Performance of the Night” win over Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 110 in June. The 27-year-old Kiwi has alternated wins and losses during a seven-fight UFC run – a stretch that includes a decision loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC 192, which represents Hooker’s only previous U.S. appearance.

Diakiese is considered a top European prospect and already owns a trio of UFC wins over Teemu Packalen, Frankie Perez and Lukasz Sajewski. However, the 24-year-old Englishman currently seeks to rebound from the first loss of his professional career after suffering a split-decision loss to Drakkar Klose at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in July.

The revised UFC 219 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree
  • Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Delarosa vs. Tim Elliott

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori official for UFC 219

A welterweight clash between a pair of international athletes is now official for UFC 219.

UFC execs recently announced that Russia’s Omari Akhmedov (17-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Italy’s Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet at the event, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed, but Akhmedov vs. Vettori is expected to take place on the night’s preliminary card.

Akhmedov enters the contest on a two-fight winning streak, most recently earning a split-decision win over Abdul Razak Alhassan at this past May’s UFC Fight Night 109 after previously picking up a unanimous decision over Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night 101.

Meanwhile, Vettori was last in action in June, scoring a decision win over Vitor Miranda. That result marked a rebound for “The Italian Dream,” who previously was handed a decision loss by Antonio Carlos Junior.

With the addition to the card, UFC 219 now includes:

  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • John Lineker vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
  • Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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