UFC Copenhagen LIVE REPORT: Real-time results and analysis of Hermansson-Cannonier

Cole Henry MMATorch Live event reporter

UFC Copenhagen

UFC Copenhagen

September 28, 2019

Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark


UFC Copenhagen results

UFC Copenhagen Prelims

Jack Shore def. Nohelin Hernandez via submission at 2:51 of round 3

Marc Diakiese def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27 2x, 30-26)

Lina Lansberg def. via unanimous decision (29-27 2x, 29-28)

Giga Chikadze def. Brandon Davis via split decision (announced as a draw) (29-28 x2, 28-29) |

Ismail  Naurdiev def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25 2x)

Makhmud Muradov def. Alessio Di Chirico via unanimous decision  (29-28 3x)

  John Phillips def. Alen Amedovski via KO at :14 of round 1

Main Card (ESPN+)

Alex Oliveira vs. Nicholas Dalby (Welterweight)

Round 1: Dalby opens up with a stiff kick to the midsection. They’re both throwing lots of shots here, but both guys are also seemingly aware of what the other is doing. Dalby secures a clinch, he is looking for an inside trip but settles for a knee instead. Oliveira is doing a fine job of maintaining his footing. Oliveira reverses the position and takes Dalby down. Oliveira is working from Dalby’s guard, he has just under half a minute left to work. Oliveira is opening up with punches but Dalby sweeps back to his feet and completes a takedown of his own. Hard to tell if the takedown counted though, I never heard a bell signaling the end of the round and the ref jumped in right as the takedown was completed. (10-9 Oliveira)  A very close round but Oliveira’s takedown should give him a slight edge in what was otherwise a fairly even striking affair. 

Round 2: Both guys open with left hooks. Dalby scores with a high kick but Oliveira eats it and shoots for a takedown, putting Dalby against the fence in the process. Dalby reverses though and takes Oliveira down. Dalby is maintaining control from top position, landing short shots, and wearing Oliveira down. Oliveira does not appear to be enjoying these shots to the face, he is desperately looking to reposition, his questionable gas tank must be taken into account here. Oliveira often runs out of fuel in the latter part of the fight. Oliveira scrambles to his feet, but Dalby is staying on him. Oliveira lands an illegal upkick during a scramble, the ref stands both fighters up, taking Dalby’s advantageous position in the process… mistake there by the ref. (10-9 Dalby) 

Round 3: They start in the center, Dalby attempts a takedown but Oliveira ends up in top position. Oliveira is maintaining control, and we see a stand up by the ref. Questionable decision there. Oliveira shoots and takes Dalby down again, but Dalby sweeps into top control. Oliveira throws up a triangle, but Dalby moves into mount after defending! Dalby is looking for a head and arm-triangle choke but gives it up to land punches instead. Dalby is desperately looking for the choke here in the final moments of the round! Dalby lands several hard elbows and punches to end the round. (10-9 Dalby) Very close round. Oliveira was arguably screwed when the ref removed him from the top position during the stand-up, but Dalby did what he had to do. Could go either way though, the third round was very close. (29-28 Dalby)

Result: Nicholas Dalby def. Alex Oliveira via 

Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Ovince St. Preux (Light-heavyweight)

Round 1: Oleksiejczuk is landing in the early going. He is attacking the head and body, OSP seems very out of sorts here. Oleksiejczuk attacks the body again, he catches a kick and trips OSP to the mat with it! Oleks lets him up but attacks the body again. OSP returns a combination of his own, including a nice left hand. I’m going, to be honest about something, my difficulty in spelling Oleksiejzcuk’s name slowed me down a bit with the coverage here.  (10-9 Oleksiejczuk)

Round 2:  OSP is controlling the distance a little better here in round 2. He lands a kick to the midsection and then clinches. He lands a nice shot to the body and then takes Michal down to the mat. OSP is looking for a Von Flue choke and he’s got it! This fight is over! 

Result: Ovince Saint Preux def. Michal Oleksiejzcuk via Submission (Von Flue Choke) Round 2, 2:14

Ion Cutelaba vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. (Light-heavyweight) 

Round 1: Rountree opens up with a serious kick to the midsection! Cutelaba pressures and shoots for a takedown after an exchange on the feet! Rountree recovers, but Cutelaba lands a big right hand and takes him down again! Rountree is working to get up but Cutelaba is dropping down shot after shot! The finish came after Cutelaba caught a kick, tripped Rountree down, and then opened up with elbows and punches. Just fantastic stuff by Cutelaba here, he is an arrogant and brash guy, but he sure can fight. Rountree looked crisp on the feet but Cutelaba just gave him no room or time to work. 

Result: Ion Cutelaba def. Khalil Rountree Jr. via TKO (Punches) Round 1, 2:35

Gunnar Nelson vs. Gilbert Burns (Welterweight)

Round 1: Long feeling out process to start the round. Nelson is looking for an opening, but Burns is attacking his lead leg with low kicks. Nelson connects with a quick left hand. Very limited contact by both fighters so far. Nelson connects with another short jab, but Burns returns a low kick. Burns closes the distance and forces the fight against the fence, he attempts a trip but Nelson ends up on top. (10-9 Nelson) Very close round. The takedown gives him the slight edge I think. 

Round 2: Nelson opens up with a well-placed kick and then a flurry of punches! He forces the fight against the fence and lands a few shots before Burns escapes the fence. They clinch, and Burns completes a shoulder toss! Nelson scrambles to his feet, and Burns hits him with a jumping knee! Nelson shoots for a takedown, but Burns sprawls and slaps on an anaconda choke! Nelson is surviving and will survive the round. (10-9 Burns)

Round 3: Nelson is looking for a takedown in the early going. He’s pressuring Burns against the fence, but he isn’t doing much aside from that. Burns creates some separation, but Nelson hits him with a right hand. Nelson closes the distance again, but Burns repositions and slams Nelson to the mat! He takes Nelson’s back, but they scramble back to the feet. (10-9 Burns) (29-28 Burns)

Result: Gilbert Burns def. Gunnar Nelson via Unanimous Decision

Mark O. Madsen vs. Danilo Belluardo (Lightweight) 

Round 1: Madsen shoots and scores with a takedown right out of the gate. He secured underhooks and just dragged him to the mat. He moves into half guard, with the leg pinned down, Khabib style. He’s opening up with some ferocious elbows! This fight is over! Wow! 

Result: Mark Madsen def. Danilo Belluardo via TKO (Punches and Elbows) Round 1, 1:12 

Jack Hermansson vs. Jared Cannonier (Middleweight)

Round 1: Hermansson shoots early! Cannonier defends, but Hermansson repositions and scores with a sort of German Suplex type thing. Hermansson has the back, but Cannonier scrambles and we’re back on the feet. Cannonier connects with a well placed low kick! We’re seeing a bit of boxing by both guys in the final seconds of the round. Cannonier seemed to find his footing after those initial takedowns. (10-9 Hermansson)

Round 2: Hermansson moves in early and eats an uppercut from Jared Cannonier! Hermansson is down, and Cannonier is opening up with some violent strikes! This fight is over! Huge win for Jared Cannonier! 

Result: Jared Cannonier def. Jack Hermansson via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 0:27 

Analysis: Good main event to top off a good day of action. Cannonier has emerged as a contender, Madsen announced his arrival in brilliant fashion, and we saw several nice finishes. We’ll be back next week with UFC 243.

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