Dominic Cruz is back, Eddie Alvarez never left, and Cris Cyborg is… Cyborg.

After a rare UFC Sunday night event and an Invicta card Saturday, Rear-Naked Choke Radio (@RNCRadio) brings its powerful weekend review. Hosts Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) and Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) looked back at UFC Fight Night 81 and Invicta FC 15.

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The UFC was headlined with a bantamweight title match between newly crowned champion Cruz and former king T.J. Dillashaw, a co-main event featuring former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis losing via split-decision to former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and Matt Mitrione’s bulging eye trumping the infamous hematoma Mark Hominick suffered at UFC 129.

Rizzo and Kelly debated who Cruz should face in his title defense and the options for Dillashaw and the rest of the UFC men’s 135-pound division. They also touched on highlights of the card, questionable refereeing regarding eye pokes and fence grabs. Rizzo announced his fight to make with the night’s co-main event loser if he were playing matchmaker.

Saturday night, Invicta showcased featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino, who brutalized another victim in Daria Ibragimova. Cyborg steals the attention on any card she is on, but in one of the more exciting Invicta cards in a while, every competitor on the bill put on entertaining performances, with only fight seeing the judges’ scorecards.

The hosts reviewed the thriller event and looked ahead at Invicta FC 16.

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and now on YouTube.

About The Author

Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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