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UFC Vegas 59 results and recap: Hill, Neal earn stoppage wins as event ends with 10 of 10 finishes

(R-L) Jamahal Hill punches Thiago Santos during UFC Vegas 59 event at UFC APEX on August 06 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Las Vegas, August 7: Jamahal Hill surged in the rankings with a stoppage of Thiago Santos in the headliner of UFC Vegas 59: Santos vs. Hill which took place at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas on Saturday (August 6) night.

Aside from the light heavyweight contenders headliner, UFC Vegas 59 featured The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale as the event ended with 10 of 10 stoppages - 7 KO/TKOs and 3 submissions.

Before the start of UFC Vegas 59, the event lost two fights as Josh Quinlan was forced to withdraw from his bout against Jason Wilt after a failed drug test, while Ariane Lipski pulled out of her bout against Priscila Cachoeira due to illness.

Although the card was shortened to 10 bouts, every one of them delivered an incredible finish with the main event featuring Hill and Santos earning the fight of the night bonus. Meanwhile, Geoff Neal, Mohammed Usman and Bryan Battle earned performance bonuses.

Here is a look at the UFC Vegas 59 results, recap and highlights:

Hill mounts the rankings

Hill mounts the rankings

Light heavyweight contenders No. 6 ranked Santos and No. 10 ranked Hill delivered a thrilling slugfest that had been anticipated.

Hill's volume and accuracy made Santos lean on his wrestling, where he did some damage. In the end, Hill earned a fourth round TKO with the mount and elbows.

After the stoppage win, Hill said, "I just don't stop working. That's what I learned from my coaches and my team, we keep working. I feel like a title shot would be good. I've got twice as many finishes as he does. If not, Jan Blachowicz would be nice. Keep pushing me up there."

Neal continues rise

Neal continues rise

No. 13 ranked welterweight contender Neal leapfrogged over No. 6 ranked Vicente Luque in a pivotal matchup, continuing his formidable rise with a volume of punches that got him a TKO victory in the third round.

Following the win, Neal said, "The tougher the opponent, the more you get out of it, and Luque brought out the dog in me. Honestly, I'm looking at Gilbert Burns, I want him next."

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale

In the heavyweight division, Usman came back from a rough first round to knock out Zac Pauga with his trademark left hook in the second. Usman joins UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman as the first pair of brothers to become TUF winners.

In the women's flyweight division, Team Pena's Juliana Miller out-hustled Team Nunes' Brogan Walker, showing her superior strength in the clinch, earned takedowns, and got the TKO in round three.

Other Main Card Action

Other Main Card Action

In a heavyweight bout, Sergey Spivak dominated Augusto Sakai, earning a stoppage win with a series of punches that forced the referee to step in call the stop to the contest. Also, Terrance McKinney submitted Erick Gonzalez to earn quick stoppage in a lightweight bout.

Preliminary Card Action

Preliminary Card Action

Michal Oleksiejczuk, Bryan Battle, Cory McKenna and Mayra Bueno Silva all earned stoppage wins in their respective bouts over Sam Alvey, Takashi Sato, Miranda Granger and Stephanie Egger.

UFC Vegas 59 Results

UFC Vegas 59 Results

Main Card

1. Light Heavyweight Bout: Jamahal Hill defeated Thiago Santos via TKO (punches and elbows) at 2:31 of round 4

2. Welterweight Bout: Geoff Neal defeated Vicente Luque via KO (punches) at 2:01 of round 3

3. TUF Finale - Heavyweight Bout: Mohammed Usman defeated Zac Pauga via KO (punches) at 0:36 of round 2

4. TUF Finale - Women's Flyweight Bout: Juliana Miller defeated Brogan Walker via TKO (punches and elbows) at 3:57 of round 3

5. Heavyweight Bout: Sergey Spivak defeated Augusto Sakai via TKO (punches) at 3:42 of round 2

6. Lightweight Bout: Terrance McKinney defeated Erick Gonzalez via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of round 1

Preliminary Card

1. Middleweight Bout: Michal Oleksiejczuk defeated Sam Alvey via TKO (punches) at 1:56 of round 1

2. Welterweight Bout: Bryan Battle defeated Takashi Sato via KO (head kick) at 0:44 of round 1

3. Women's Strawweight Bout: Cory McKenna defeated Miranda Granger via Submission (Von Flue choke) at 1:03 of round 2

4. Women's Bantamweight Bout: Mayra Bueno Silva defeated Stephanie Egger via Submission (armbar) at 1:17 of round 1

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Story first published: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 12:32 [IST]
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