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UFC 194 live blog: Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens

Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens will open the UFC 194 main card Saturday.
Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens will open the UFC 194 main card Saturday.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 194 live blog for Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens, a featherweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Holloway, who has won seven straight fights, will face Stephens, who has won three of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 194 live blog below.

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Round 1: The referee in charge of the action is Herb Dean. Both mean are changing stances over and over. Both men doing a lot of feinting and range finding with their kicks. Holloway scores with a body shot, but not much authority on it. Now the scores a body kick. Stephens responds with a couple of leg kicks. Body kick scores for Holloway, but it's caught and they clinch. Stephens attempts takedowns against the fence, but he isn't getting close and Holloway escapes. Stephens scores with two nice outside leg kicks. Holloway's whiffs on a punch and Stephens clinches as the round expires.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holloway

Round 2: Stetphens lunges with a lead uppercut and eats a shot for it, but responds with a hard body shot. Holloway scores a knee and punch off a clinch break. Stephens lunges in and eats a hard right hand from Holloway. Holloway throws a spinning back kick that lands, but Stephens catches it and presses the Hawaiian into the fence. Holloway stuffs all takedown attempts and escapes. Holloway scores with an uppercut in an exchange, but Stephens lands a short inside leg kick. Holloway lands two more right hands in a series of exchanges. Stephens reaches for a takedown and can get nothing.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holloway

Round 3:
Stephens lands a kick, but Holloway goes into a body lock and scores a takedown. Stephens is on his side and eating punches, now he's flat on his back. Holloway perfectly times Stephens as he goes to turtle and takes the back. Stephens goes back down and Holloway gets on top. Stephens tries to scramble and again Holloway takes the back. Stephens forces his way to his feet and Holloway abandons the position. Holloway attempts a blitz and foot sweep, but it doesn't work. Stephens putting more pressure on Holloway and attempts a double. It doesn't work, but Stephens has double underhooks. Stephens eats a spinning back elbow and right hook in pursuit of Holloway. Stephens attempts hail mary punches, misses and eats punches as a consequence.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holloway and the fight 30-27 Holloway

Max Holloway def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)