RESULTS! - UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw
UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw took place on January 19, 2019 at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York. This event was the first one as part of the UFC's new five year contract with ESPN and the first to be broadcasted on ESPN's digital streaming platform ESPN+.
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In the main event, Olympic Gold Medalist and UFC flyweight champion defended his title for the first time by defeating UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in a stunning 32 second fight. This was the fifth-fastest knockout or TKO in a title fight in UFC history. Right at the beginning of the match Cejudo clipped Dillashaw with a right hand to his temple, and he was never able to recover. Dillashaw attempted to grab Cejudo's leg after getting hit, but Cejudo continued with a barrage of left hands that had the referee end the fight.
Not only was this a surprise finish and win, Cejudo may have single handedly saved the UFC flyweight division with his win. It has been long rumored that Dana White and the UFC wanted to eliminate the flyweight 125 pound division right after Cejudo won the title last August against Demetrious Johson. However, they did not do it right away, because (it was later rumored), they were waiting for Dillashaw to defeat Cejudo and then moving back up in weight to eliminate the weight class.
Greg Hardy versus Allen Crowder
In the co main event, former NFL player and undefeated Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Greg Hardy suffered his first lost at 2:28 of the second round against Allen Crowder when he threw an illegal knee at Crowder while he still had one knee on the ground- which is illegal. Doctors decided that Crowder was unable to continue, giving the win to him.
Greg Hardy, known for his knockout power, was able to land several hard shots early in the fight, but Crowder was able to withstand his power, and took him down. This was the first time he had been taken down in his MMA career, and the effort of getting up appeared to fatigue him. In the second round, Hardy was able to his Crowder a couple of more times, before he defended a deep takedown attempt- which resulted in the illegal knee disqualification.
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone versus Alex Hernandez
In one of the most exciting fights of the night (won the UFC Fight of the Night Bonus), The 35 year old Donald "Cowboy" Ceronne, was able to defeat Alex Hernandez, 26 years old, who was coming off an impressive eight fight win streak. Cowboy defeated Alex Hernandez in the second round with a TKO. He landed a head kick with a little over two minutes left in the second round that brought Hernandez to the ground- where Cowboy jumped on him and continued to land hard punches before the referee ended the fight. This win improved Cowboy's record to 35-11. Additionally, his 22 wins and 16 finishes in the UFC are the most in UFC history!
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The following fighters were also awarded $50,000 bonuses: Fight of the Night to Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez, and Performance of the Night to Henry Cejudo and Donald Cerrone.
Main Card (ESPN+)
Henry Cejudo defeated T.J. Dillashaw by TKO (punches)
Allen Crowder defeated Greg Hardy by DQ (illegal knee)
Gregor Gillespie defeated Yancy Medeiros by TKO (punches)
Joseph Benavidez defeated Dustin Ortiz by Decision (unanimous)
Paige VanZant defeated Rachael Ostovich by Submission (armbar)
Glover Teixeira defeated Karl Roberson by Submission (arm triangle choke)
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Donald Cerrone defeated Alex Hernandez by KO (head kick and punches)
Joanne Calderwood defeated Ariane Lipski by Decision (unanimous)
Alonzo Menifield defeated Vinicius Moreira by TKO (punches)
Cory Sandhagen defeated Mario Bautista by Submission (armbar)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Dennis Bermudez defeated Te Edwards by Decision (unanimous)
Geoff Neal defeated Belal Muhammad by Decision (unanimous)
Chance Rencountre defeated Kyle Stewart by Submission (rear-naked choke)
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