Live blog: UFC 259Uros Medic of Serbia.

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An “ugly” conversation between two competitors during a prelim fight was picked up by the mics at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Because there are no screaming crowds in attendance for UFC events due to coronavirus protocols, viewers can hear a lot more from fighters in the Octagon.

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And there was plenty of reaction after flyweight Tim Elliott bluntly accused American rival Jordan Espinosa of being a “woman beater”.

Elliott said: “I heard you choked a girl in 2018. Are you a woman beater? Are you a f***ing woman beater?”

Espinosa responded: “You don’t know the full story.”

Elliott replied: “I know enough.”

Espinosa chirped back: “You don’t know s**t.”

UFC commentator Daniel Cormier said: “Wow, that’s ugly. There were some ugly words being spoken down there between these two.”

Elliott eventually secured a victory from their three-round bout via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-25), registering over 10 minutes of ground control.

Sports journalist Andrews Hale tweeted: “Imagine getting your ass whooped in a fight while being exposed as a woman beater. Can’t lose any worse than that.”

REFEREE BLASTED AFTER ‘AWFUL’ UFC SCENES

UFC 259 has been marred by an “awful” late stoppage, with a referee’s inaction during an early prelim fight stunning viewers.

Lightweight fighter Uros Medic was obliterating Aalon Cruz in the Octagon as commentators pleaded for referee Mark Smith to end the one-sided encounter.

Cruz was helplessly squirming on the ground in the first round as Medic belted his American opponent, eventually getting back to his feet before he was immediately dropped again.

“He’s got to stop it,” UFC commentator Rogan said early in the first round.

“Stop the fight, it’s over.”

Daniel Cormier responded: “I don’t understand what he’s waiting for.

“I can’t believe he’s not stopping this”

Medic had landed 48 strikes when Smith eventually stopped the fight, while Cruz has managed none.

MMA analyst Dan Tom tweeted: “What in the hell was Mark Smith waiting for? Man. Awful stoppage and I hope Cruz is ok. That said, the Medic train comes through.”

‘ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING’ FIGHTER IS A BEAST

Brazilian fighter Amanda Lemos has dominated countrywoman Livinha Souza in a brutal first round TKO at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

In an early prelim on Sunday AEDT, Lemos proved why there should be a number next to her name in the near future.

Souza hit the canvas early when Lemos delivered a mighty overhand right, but the Brazilian managed to get back onto her feet.

However, Lemos dropped Souza again soon after with an explosive left hand jab, relentlessly pummelling her hapless opponent until the referee brought an early end to the one-sided contest.

Although there was some conjecture about whether the bout ended too quickly, pundits agreed the 33-year-old bantamweight deserved a victory.

Irish journalist Peter Carroll tweeted: “Amanda Lemos is absolutely terrifying.”

Souza was ranked No. 15 coming into the fight, and is a former Invicta FC champion.

“I trained very hard,” Lemos said after her win. “I studied Livinha very hard. This is the division. This is where I feel good. I want to keep on fighting. I want to fight May, June.”

It was the third consecutive stoppage of the night — the judges were yet to be called upon in UFC 259.

Lemos’ professional record improves to 9-1-1 — she remains undefeated in the UFC as a strawweight.

MAIN CARD (approx. 2pm AEDT)

Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz, light heavyweight championship

Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson, women’s featherweight championship

Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling, bantamweight championship

Islam Makhachev vs Drew Dober, lightweights

Aleksandar Rakic vs Thiago Santos, light heavyweights

PRELIMS

Casey Kenney vs Dominick Cruz, bantamweights

Kyler Phillips defeated Song Yadong, bantamweights — unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Askar Askarov defeated Joseph Benavidez, flyweights — unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)

Kai Kara France defeated Rogerio Bontorin, flyweights — TKO (R1 4:55)

EARLY PRELIMS

Tim Elliott defeated Jordan Espinosa, flyweights — unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-25)

Kennedy Nzechukwu defeated Carlos Ulberg, light heavyweights — TKO (R2, 3:19)

Sean Brady defeated Jake Matthews, welterweights — submission (R3, 3:28)

Amanda Lemos defeated Livinha Souza, women’s strawweights — TKO (R1, 3:39)

Uros Medic defeated Aalon Cruz, lightweights — TKO (R1, 1:40)

Trevin Jones defeated Mario Bautista, bantamweights — TKO (R2, 0:47)

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