|UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||July 26, 2020|
|City||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Attendance||None (behind closed doors)|
UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till (also known as UFC on ESPN 14 and UFC Fight Island 3) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on July 26, 2020 at the du Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This event was the fourth and final UFC Fight Island event that took place on Yas Island, following UFC 251, UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige and UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2, as part of a plan to facilitate the hosting of events involving fighters impacted by U.S. travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker (also The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight winner) and former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Darren Till served as the event headliner.
The event also included fighters that were pulled from other events previously cancelled, as well as the following bouts:
A welterweight bout between Ramazan Emeev and Shavkat Rakhmonov was expected to take place at the event. However, Rakhmonov was forced to withdraw due to injury on July 2 and replaced by Niklas Stolze.
Umar Nurmagomedov was expected to face Nathaniel Wood in a bantamweight bout at this event. However, he pulled out on July 3 after his uncle, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (also the father of former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov), died from complications related to COVID-19. He was replaced by promotional newcomer John Castañeda.
A women's strawweight bout between former Invicta FC and UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez was scheduled for UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige nine days earlier. However, a Rodriguez cornerman tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout was cancelled. Rodriguez had her test come back negative, but the bout was scrapped due to precautionary reasons. They were rescheduled for this event.
At the weigh-ins, Francisco Trinaldo weighed in at 160 pounds, four pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit. His bout proceeded at a catchweight and he was fined 30% of his purse, which went to his opponent Jai Herbert.
|Main card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Middleweight||Robert Whittaker||def.||Darren Till||Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 48–47)||5||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Maurício Rua||def.||Antônio Rogério Nogueira||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Fabrício Werdum||def.||Alexander Gustafsson||Submission (armbar)||1||2:30|
|Women's Strawweight||Carla Esparza||def.||Marina Rodriguez||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Paul Craig||def.||Gadzhimurad Antigulov||Submission (triangle choke)||1||2:06|
|Welterweight||Alex Oliveira||def.||Peter Sobotta||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Khamzat Chimaev||def.||Rhys McKee||TKO (punches)||1||3:09|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Catchweight (160 lb)||Francisco Trinaldo||def.||Jai Herbert||TKO (punches)||3||1:30|
|Welterweight||Jesse Ronson||vs.||Nicolas Dalby||No Contest (overturned)||1||2:48||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Tom Aspinall||def.||Jake Collier||TKO (punches)||1||0:45|
|Featherweight||Movsar Evloev||def.||Mike Grundy||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Tanner Boser||def.||Raphael Pessoa||TKO (punches)||2||2:36|
|Women's Bantamweight||Pannie Kianzad||def.||Bethe Correia||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Ramazan Emeev||def.||Niklas Stolze||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Nathaniel Wood||def.||John Castañeda||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
On November 18, it was announced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Jesse Ronson was suspended for 20 months after he tested positive for metandienone in an out-of-competition test conducted on July 22 and didn't disclose his use of the substance in his onboarding documents prior to re-joining the UFC. His suspension is retroactive to the test failure, meaning he'll be cleared to compete on March 22, 2022. They also announced that Ronson's victory was overturned to a no contest due to the violation.
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