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UFC on ESPN 56 live results, updates from every fight in St. Louis


UFC on ESPN 56 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results. UFC on ESPN 56 (ESPN/ESPN+) takes place at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Derrick Lewis (27-12 MMA, 18-10 UFC), a two-time heavyweight title challenger, takes on Rodrigo Nascimento (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in the main event. In the co-feature, Joaquin Buckley (18-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) meets Nursulton Ruziboev (34-8-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who hasn’t lost a fight in more than four years, at welterweight.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 4 p.m. ET for the early prelims on ESPN+ and 7 p.m. ET for the main card on ESPN.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

JJ Aldrich vs. Veronica Hardy

Round 1 -Good jabs from both fighters. Aldrich with a couple left. A couple of good leg kicks land for Hardy. Aldrich closes the distance and presses Hardy against the cage. Hardy gets out shortly after and back to striking. Good combo by Hardy, but Aldrich presses her against the cage. Aldrich is trying to drag the fight to the ground, but Hardy is defending well. Good left by Hardy on the break. Leg kick by Hardy. Aldrich is bleeding from her nose. Good combo by Hardy, the best of the fight so far. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Hardy.

Round 2 – Aldrich back with the pressure, but so far she’s getting out struck. Hardy not only seems to be more effective on the feet, but also packs more speed and power behind her shots. Good combo by Hardy as looks to close the distance. Clean one, two by Aldrich. Three minutes left. Aldrich with a nice knee as they briefly clinch. Aldrich close the distance and presses Hardy agaisnt the cage. Just control, no damage here from Aldrich. One minute left. Good control here by Aldrich. Hardy breaks free. Good leg kick by Hardy. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Aldrich.

Round 3 – Hardy comes out more aggressive here. Again, the same dynamic: Hardy stays on the outside countering and Aldrich presses. Good spinning back kick to the body by Aldrich. Oh! Aldrich drops Hardy, but Hardy immediately gets a reverse triangle. Aldrich seems to be fine, but she’s trapped. Aldrich on top, still in the reverse triangle. Aldrich gets out and she’s on side control. Two minutes left. Hardy recovers guard, but loses it. Aldrich working from side control, but little damage being done. Hardy gets out in the final five seconds. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Aldrich. Overall 29-28, Aldrich.

Result: Veronica Hardy def. JJ Aldrich via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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Records: Hardy (9-4-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC), Aldrich (13-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Josh Stewart
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Jake Hadley vs. Charles Johnson

Round 1 – Johnson looking to stay on the outside while Hadley presses. Johnson with a couple of leg kicks. Good pressure by Hadley. So far he’s throwing, but has yet to land clean. Hadley shoots, fails, but ends up pressing Johnson against the cage. Three minutes left. Johnson breaks free. The two trade leg kicks. Good left by Hadley. One minute left. Johnson not trowing much. Good body shot by Johnson. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Hadley.

Round 2 – Johnson comes out aggressive here, connects a solid combo. Johnson is not backing up nearly as much. Good body shot by Hadley. Leg kick by Johnson. Jab by Johnson. He’s definitely more effective when he’s moving forward. More lge kicks from Johnson. Hadley with some of his own. Two minutes left. Johnson got his timing down and has upped his offense. Good right hook by Johnson. Another straight right by. Johnson. Oh! Johnson drops Hadley! He’s on top looking to finish. Hadley scrambles out and presses Johnson against the cage. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Johnson.

Round 3 – Hadley now back with the pressure. He presses Johnson against the cage and partially takes his back while standing against the cage. Hadley has one hook in and is looking to spin a round to put in the other one. Johnson escapes. Johnson pressuring here. Good jabs by Johnson. Nice right by Johnson! Hadley shoots, but Johnson stuffs the takedown attempt. Two minutes left. Body kick by Johnson. And Hadley with a body shot. Hadley shoots and presses Johnson against the cage briefly. Johnson breaks free, and they brawl it out in the final seconds. The bell rings. Very close fight.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Johnson. Overall 29-28, Johnson.

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Records: Hadley (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Johnson (14-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Gary Copeland
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Billy Ray Goff vs. Trey Waters

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Records: Ray Goff (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Waters (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Tecia Pennington vs. Tabatha Ricci

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Records: Pennington (13-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC), Ricci (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
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Terrance McKinney vs. Esteban Ribovics

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Records: McKinney (15-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Ribovics (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Viacheslav Borshchev vs. Chase Hooper

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Records: Borshchev (7-3-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC), Hooper (13-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Robelis Despaigne

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Records: Cortes-Acosta (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Despaigne (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN
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Alex Caceres vs. Sean Woodson

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Records: Caceres (21-14 MMA, 16-12 UFC), Woodson (11-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
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Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Rebecki

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Records: Ferreira (18-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Rebecki (19-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Alonzo Menifield vs. Carlos Ulberg

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Records: Menifield (15-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC), Ulberg (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
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Joaquin Buckley vs. Nursulton Ruziboev

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Records: Buckley (18-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Ruziboev (34-8-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
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Derrick Lewis vs. Rodrigo Nascimento

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Records: Lewis (27-12 MMA, 18-10 UFC), Nascimento (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN
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