Liz Carmouche vs Kaitlyn Chookagian
The strength of Liz Carmouche may have been a little too much for Kaitlyn Chookagian, as she seemed to have dominated both the first and the second round. In the third round Kaitlyn did manage to make a little bit of a comeback, but towards the end of the fight she almost got knocked out from a beautiful right punch thrown by Carmouche. In the end Carmouche took the victory in a split decision.
Jim Miller vs Thiago Alves
Thiago Alves may be able to throw a strong punch, but Jim Miller won this match in a unanimous decision thanks to some well-timed takedowns and impressive skills on the mat. Miller also managed to get in some real hard kicks that were sure to help his victory as well.
Vicente Luque vs Belal Muhammad
In this Welterweight match, Vicente Luque knocked out Belal Muhammad in under a minute and 30 seconds by hitting him with a hard left hook to knock him down, followed by a few more punches while he was on the ground which led to a quick call by the referee.
Tim Boetch vs Rafael Natal
The Barbarian Tim Boetch claimed the 20th victory of his career tonight by knocking out Rafael Natal in the first round with a perfect right hand to the chin. He made sure to dedicate his win to his coach the Irish Hand Grenade (Marcus Davis).
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson
In the Lightweight division Michael Johnson used his bouncy fighting style to try to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov, but Khabib was well prepared and made sure to take the fight to the ground. After 3 grueling rounds of grappling Johnson finally tapped out after being absolutely dominated on the ground game.
After the match was over Khabib also made sure to do his fair share of well-deserved bragging.
Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens
Jeremy Stephens may have crazy one punch knockout power, but the finesse of Frankie Edgar proved to be far too much. While Edgar may have won by unanimous decision, Stephens did land some impressive kicks and punches that could’ve easily turned around the match if he would have capitalized better on them.
Raquel Pennington vs Miesha Tate
For the first main fight of the night the pupil (Raquel Pennington) faced off against her old coach (Miesha Tate) in what was an extremely grueling match. Pennington was relentless with her jabs and punches and virtually dominated the whole fight. Even her wrestling and take down attempts were far too much for Miesha Tate, which led to her losing the fight in unanimous decision.
Yoel Romero vs Chris Weidman
This match between Yoel Romero and Chris Weidman may have started off a little slow, but it definitely ended in spectacular fashion. In the beginning of the third round Romero went to spear Weidman onto the ground but instead caught him with his knee and instantly knocked him out cold. Weidman was pretty beaten up and surely had to have been taken to the hospital after this one.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
This was another brutal fight that really proved the tenacity of Karolina Kowalkiewicz. While she may have lost in unanimous decision to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she at least gave it her all and really went out swinging hard. She almost even took the fight in the fourth round after hitting Joanna with a wild flurry of punches that hit her pretty hard in the nose, but Jedrzejczyk stood strong and continued fighting.
Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson
Even though Tryon Woodley may have hit Stephen Thompson with the bigger blows throughout the night, Thompson refused to give up and put in one hell of a fight. The wide stance karate fighting style of Thompson sure was entertaining to watch, but overall the big takedowns and combos from Woodley won him the match in a majority decision. The Chosen One is still the undisputed champion.
Connor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez
Tonight history was made as Connor McGregor is now the first UFC champion to hold two belts simultaneously at the same time. His opponent, Eddie Alvarez, just couldn’t seem to hold his own in the octagon and was knocked down to the ground 3 times in just the first round. During the second round McGregor hit him with a lethal combo that ended the fight by TKO.
The funny part of it all is that they didn’t even have the other belt ready for when he won. I guess Alvarez thought the fight was surely going to be in his favor. Guess again.