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LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 31 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results.

© File photo LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 31: (L-R) Opponents Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on July 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The event takes place at the UFC Apex and streams entirely on ESPN+.

In the main event, rising middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan looks to make a name for himself with a signature win against Derek Brunson. And in the co-headliner, Joanne Calderwood, who is forgoing a title shot, takes on Jennifer Maia in a women’s flyweight bout.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN+ 31 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site video editor Ken Hathaway on Twitter.

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Current fight Jonathan Martinez vs. Frankie Saenz

Round 1 – Saenz lands a right hand, followed by another right hand, followed by a takedown. Martinez gets back up against the fence. Saenz is pushing him into the fence. After a struggle, Martinez pushes Saenz off. Saenz is utilizing his movement early, circling around Martinez. At the same time, Martinez is calm, not wasting any movement. Martinez lands a combination. Martinez lands a low kick. Martinez connects on a counter knee. Now Martinez is pressuring Saenz. As the clock winds down, Martinez lands consecutive, successful combinations on Saenz, who is on the retreat. The horn sounds. 10-9 Martinez.

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Records: Jonathan Martinez (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Frankie Saenz (13-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC)

Division: Bantamweight

Broadcast: ESPN+

Referee: Chris Tognoni

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Results Cody Durden vs. Chris Gutierrez

Round 1 – The small cage is back! Last time Gutierrez was here, he wrecked Vince Morales’ leg. Let’s see if leg kicks come into play here. Well, it didn’t take long – but it’s Durden firing off first. Durden lands a hard leg kick. Gutierrez responds with a leg kick. Durden gets a takedown. This is a nice start for the UFC newcomer. Durden maneuvers to Gutierrez’s back. He has the body lock halfway-in. Durden is softening up Gutierrez with short punches. Now Durden has double hooks in. Durden is extending Gutierrez backward, looking for a choke. Gutierrez is flattened out but is defending against Durden’s hands. Gutierrez sits up. Durden is sitting up against the cage on Gutierrez’s back. Durden is landing short punches. Durden goes for another choke. No dice, but he rolls Gutierrez, where Gutierrez is flat and face-down. Gutierrez postures up and lands a series of punches. Gutierrez doesn’t like that and rolls backward. Durden still has Gutierrez’s back, but Gutierrez is now face-up. With less than 10 seconds left, Gutierrez rolls and lands on top of Durden. The round ends. That was dominant. 10-8 Durden.

Round 2 – Gutierrez opens up with a hard leg kick – and two more. Durden shoots for a takedown. This time, Gutierrez defends it. Durden is pushing Gutierrez against the fence. Gutierrez circles away and lands a leg kick. Durden shoots again but Gutierrez pushes him off again. Gutierrez lands a body punch. Durden shoots again. Gutierrez stuffs him and lands on top. Durden stands up. Gutierrez winds up for a knee and kicks Durden right in the groin. Durden yelps and the referee calls timeout. After a two-minute timeout, Durden gives his thumbs up and the action resumes. The fighters exchange. There’s a lot more boxing going on now – rather than kickboxing. Durden is aggressive and Gutierrez lands a right hand. Durden falls on a kick but pops back up. Gutierrez lands another leg kick. Durden ties up Gutierrez in a single leg attempt. Gutierrez initially fends off the attempt but Durden is relentless. Durden eventually drags Gutierrez to the mat. Gutierrez shoots for an armbar. This is fairly tight. Gutierrez leverages Durden and rolls on top, all the while holding onto the submission attempt. The round ends with Gutierrez still trying to get the submission locked in. 19-18 Durden.

Round 3 – Gutierrez lands a high kick. Durden lands a low kick. Gutierrez misses on a low kick. Durden lands a low kick. They’re going kick-for-kick. Both fighters have slowed. Their kicks are more distance-maintainers right now. Durden returns to favor from earlier and kicks Gutierrez in the groin. Gutierrez only needs a few seconds after the timeout and the action resumes. Durden lands a leg kick. Gutierrez tries a high kick. It’s blocked. Gutierrez lands a spinning back kick. Durden shoots for a half-hearted takedown but pulls up before he gets to Gutierrez. Durden shoots for another takedown but Gutierrez pushes him away. Durden shoots again – this time on a single-leg. As Durden is fighting for a leg, Gutierrez cranks him with a punch. Durden falls down but grabs for Gutierrez’s leg again. Durden gets up and they separate. Gutierrez goes back to his leg kicks, landing a pair. Durden slips in an exchange and Gutierrez follows him into his guard. Gutierrez lands a few punches and stands up. With Durden still on the mat, Guiterrez tries a rolling thunder onto his downed opponent. The horn sounds. MMA Junkie scores it 28-28 – a draw.

Result: Chris Gutierrez vs. Cody Durden ends in a unanimous draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Records: Chris Gutierrez (15-3-2 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Cody Durden (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC)

Division: Bantamweight

Broadcast: ESPN+

Referee: Chris Tognoni

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Vincent Cachero vs. Jamall Emmers

Round 1 – The size difference is evident – even before the fight begins. There’s a reason Cachero usually fights at 135 pounds. Emmers looks huge. The fighters are opening up and exchanging early. Both fighters connect hard simultaneously. Emmers fires a one-two. He looks very loose. Cachero isn’t fazed. He’s moving straight forward. Emmers lands a series of knees in the clinch. They separate. Cachero lands a leg kick. Emmers hits a front kick to the body. Cachero shoves Emmers down after catching a kick. Emmers pops up and grabs hold of Cachero. Emmers has Cachero in a headlock. They separate and Cachero lands a low blow. Timeout is called. The action resumes. Emmers lands a low kick. Emmers grabs the plum clinch and rattles off some knees. Cahcero pops out and Emmers cracks a body kick. Emmers tries an overhand right. Cachero lands to the body with a punch. Both fighters land right hands. Emmers lands a knee. Cachero shoots for a takedown but Emmers stuffs it. They separate. Emmers goes back to the clinch, landing knees. Cachero ties him up and pushes Emmers against the fence. Emmers continues to dive into the clinch, connect with knees, and pop out. Emmers shoots for a takedown and gets it. Emmers is in Cachero’s guard. The horn sounds. 10-9 Emmers.

Round 2 – Both fighters come out offensive-minded. Emmers connects with a vicious uppercut. That one hurt Cachero but he has a good poker face. Emmers gets aggressive and unloads a handful of calculated strikes to Cachero’s head. Emmers ties up Cachero and throws him to the canvas. Cachero gets up but Emmers still has a hold of him. They separate and Emmers lands a combination. Emmers lands a right hand and ducks out of a Cachero right hand. Emmers lands a punch. Emmers responds with a leg kick. Both fighters trade. Emmers appears to be landing the harder shots but Cachero won’t’ go down. Cachero lands a nice punch but Emmers takes him down. Emmers is in Cachero’s guard. The round ends. 20-18 Emmers.

Round 3 – Emmers lands a right hand. Emmers lands a combination and shoots for a takedown. Cachero defends and they separate. Emmers shoots again and gets it. Emmers is in Cachero’s guard. Cachero tries to squirm away but Emmers passes to half guard. Emmers is working for a kimura. He steps into side control. Cachero wiggles out of the submission attempt. Cachero works to his feet. Emmers is pushing him against the fence. Cachero reverses and pushes Cachero against the fence. They separate with about two minutes left on the clock. Emmers shoots for a takedown. He’s pushing Cachero against the fence. Emmers lands a hard knee to Cachero’s head. They separate. Emmers gets a takedown moments later. Emmers lands in side control. Cachero gives up his back and Emmers grabs hold with double hooks. Emmers is working for a rear-naked choke but Cachero is defending. Emmers mounts Cachero right before the horn sounds. MMA Junkie scores it 30-27 Emmers.

Result: Jamall Emmers def. Vincent Cachero via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Records: Vincent Cachero (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Jamall Emmers (18-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Division: Featherweight

Broadcast: ESPN+

Referee: Jason Herzog

Judging:

Nate Maness vs. Johnny Munoz

Round 1 – Munoz comes out kick-heavy. Maness blocks his attempts. The two fighters tie up and push off. Maness gets aggressive but doesn’t land anything. Maness connects on a hard punch. Munoz goes back to his kicks. Munoz ducks under a Maness punch attempt and grabs hold of the body. Munoz walks Maness to the fence. Munoz knees Maness in the groin. Timeout is called and Munoz loses his position. The action resumes and Munoz hits Maness in the groin again. After another timeout, the action resumes. Munoz ties up Maness and tries to take him down. Maness is fighting well. Munoz gets Maness to the mat. Munoz is in half guard. He moves to side control. Munoz working for an arm submission. He uses it to get into mount. Munoz lands hard ground-and-pound. Maness rolls over and Munoz flattens him out. Munoz lands hard punches and Maness is saved by the bell. 10-9 Munoz.

Round 2 – Maness has switched stances to begin Round 2. Munoz shoots for a takedown but Maness defends. Maness lands a right hand. Munoz shoots again. Maness stuffs but Munoz grabs under-hooks on the way to their feet. Munoz pushes Maness against the fence. Maness escapes and lands a combination. Munoz shoots again. He’s pushing Maness against the fence. Clinched up, both fighters land short shots. Munoz is sliced open. He’s bleeding. Maness reverses position. Then Munoz reverses. Smith returns them to the center after a fence grab from Munoz. Moments after they resume, Munoz shoots again. Maness defends but Munoz is back to pushing Maness against the fence. Maness tries a flying knee as Munoz tries a sidekick. Munoz is knocked over. Referee Mark Smith stands him up. Munoz shoots for a single-leg and gets it. The round ends after Munoz advances to half guard. 20-18 Munoz.

Round 3 – The groin-shot-a-palooza continues. Munoz hits Maness in the cup in the opening exchange. That’s the six groin shot tonight – and the third from Munoz. Referee Mark Smith takes a point. That’s huge. Could we see another draw? Let’s find out. The action resumes and Munoz shoots for a takedown. Maness stays upright but Munoz is pushing him against the fence. Munoz continues to shove Maness into the cage. He needs to work here. I’m surprised the referee hasn’t separated them. This has gone on for a while. OK. There we go. Referee Mark Smith separates them and Maness comes out of the reset gunning. Munoz ties him up and brings him right back to the cage. This isn’t pretty but Munoz, the 48-hour replacement, is winning. Maness reverses Munoz, who returns the favor with a reversal of his own. Maness grabs double under-hooks and gets Munoz down. Munoz attacks for a leg off his back. Munoz is attempting a calf slicer from the bottom – but the horn sounds. MMA Junkie scores it 29-27 Munoz.

Result: Nate Maness def. Johnny Munoz via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Records: Nate Maness (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Johnny Munoz (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)

Division: Featherweight

Broadcast: ESPN+

Referee: Mark Smith

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Trevin Giles vs. Kevin Holland

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Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata

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Randy Brown vs. Vicente Luque

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Jennifer Maia

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Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

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DA to reveal results of sheriff corruption probe into concealed gun permits

SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office plans to announce Friday the “results of an ongoing investigation” into alleged pay-to-play political favoritism with concealed-gun permits issued by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, marking the first major announcement in an investigation that has been well over a year in the making.

A news conference for the announcement is scheduled for Friday morning. It was not immediately clear whether the announcement will involve criminal charges or a status report of he case.

The news comes a year after the wide-ranging corruption probe by the DA’s Public Integrity Unit first became publicly visible in the form of search warrants being served at the sheriff’s office headquarters on Younger Avenue. Over the course of last fall, search warrants would be served on a captain and two other supervisors in the agency’s enforcement division, as well as Undersheriff Rick Sung, the sheriff’s second-in-command.

And those are only the warrants acknowledged by law-enforcement and other sources familiar with the probe, which included dozens of interviews with people who both received the concealed-carry weapons permits — which are doled out with relative stinginess in the county — as well as people who contend their applications were summarily tossed aside, allegedly for lacking political or civic prominence or the means to make a sizable donation to support one of Smith’s re-election bids.

Sources told this news organization that the sheriff’s office initially halted issuing the permits because of the DA investigation, but it was not immediately clear whether that has resumed.

One of the focal points of the investigation was a donation by Martin Nielsen, a security executive with Seattle-based AS Solution, whose clients include Facebook’s top executives. Campaign finance records show that Nielsen made a single $45,000 donation in October 2018 to an independent expenditure committee backing Sheriff Laurie Smith’s bid for a sixth term. It was the only donation Nielsen ever made to support Smith and dwarfed all other donations made to the committee.

Nielsen was granted a permit the following March, along with a colleague in his firm who incidentally later joined Facebook.

Records of permit applications between 2013 and 2019 reviewed by this news organization strongly suggest that stature and profile offer applicants a significant leg up when attempting to obtain a concealed-carry permit in the county, a privilege that California law bestows to police chiefs and sheriffs to hand out with broad discretion.

According to sheriff’s office records, four people working in “Apple executive protection” were issued CCW permits in January 2019, though no known political donations were recorded in their names. But two Apple security executives made personal $1,000 campaign donations to support Smith’s 2018 re-election.

When this news organization reported this in December, the tech titan acknowledged the permit applications but said it did not attempt to leverage any preference. The sheriff’s office is contracted to provide police services for Cupertino, where Apple is headquartered.

Santa Clara County issues relatively few permits compared to the state’s other 57 counties, especially outside the Bay Area. As of the beginning of the year, about 150 such permits had been issued or renewed in Santa Clara County between 2014 and 2019, records show. In comparison, Sacramento County, which has 20% fewer people than Santa Clara County but is similar in its urban and suburban mix, has issued more than 5,000 permits.

The concealed-gun permit issue has long been a source of criticism for the sheriff’s office, and it has dogged Smith every time she has run for re-election in the last decade. Residents over the years have complained about the permitting process and said that the permits appeared to be reserved for high-profile people and VIP types.

Further fueling allegations about the sheriff’s selectivity with permits was the absence of any consistent documented criteria or tracking system for permit applications for most of her two-decade tenure.

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During a multitude of attempts by this news organization to obtain records or even a figure for applications that had been rejected, the sheriff’s office went between saying it did not have responsive records to saying that applications were retained then destroyed within a year’s time, even though the county’s posted retention policies mandate a two-year retention unless a document is the subject of litigation.

The sheriff’s office has said that it has since adopted software to make its concealed-carry weapons permit process more regimented. But as for criteria, a source familiar with the permit review process said the only qualification approved applications had in common was a directive from Smith or one of her top commanders. Rejected or non-processed applications, the source said, often went into a drawer and weren’t looked at again.

Check back later for updates to this story.

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