On Saturday, Sept. 14, the UFC hosted its 16th event on ESPN+ from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In the night’s main event, two of the lightweight division’s most exciting fighters locked horns as former title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone took on former World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje. Cerrone had earned four straight “of the Night” bonuses, but saw a three-fight winning streak snapped at UFC 238 against Tony Ferguson. Similarly, Gaethje had earned bonuses in all five of his Octagon appearances, including his back-to-back knockouts of James Vick and Edson Barboza.
After a back-and-forth brawl to kick off the fight, Gaethje was able to stun Cowboy before the end of the first round and land the TKO victory.
Justin Gaethje def. Donald Cerrone by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:18
Glover Teixeira def. Nikita Krylov by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes ends in no contest (doctor stoppage). Round 1, 4:03
Tristan Connelly def. Michel Pereira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Uriah Hall def. Antonio Carlos Junior by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Misha Cirkunov def. Jim Crute by submission (Peruvian necktie choke). Round 1, 3:38
Augusto Sakai def. Marcin Tybura by KO (punches). Round 1, 0:59
Miles Johns def. Cole Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Hunter Azure def. Brad Katona by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Chas Skelly def. Jordan Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Louis Smolka def. Ryan MacDonald by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:43
Austin Hubbard def. Kyle Prepolec by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)