On Thursday, July 7, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In the night’s main event, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos put his title on the line against former Bellator MMA titleholder Eddie Alvarez. The Brazilian dos Anjos rode a five-fight winning streak, including a 66-second destruction of Donald Cerrone in his first title defense last December. Alvarez, meanwhile, earned his crack at gold with back-to-back wins over former champion Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce kingpin Gilbert Melendez.

The co-main event featured a battle of heavyweight knockout artists as veteran Roy Nelson clashed with Derrick Lewis. The 40-year-old Nelson snapped a three-fight skid in February with a decision win over Jared Rosholt. Lewis entered the bout having won three straight, all via knockout.

The 12-fight event kicked off Thursday with eight preliminary card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card took place at 10 p.m. ET, also on UFC Fight Pass.

Eddie Alvarez def. Rafael dos Anjos by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:49 – for lightweight title
Derrick Lewis def. Roy Nelson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alan Jouban def. Belal Muhammad by unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Joseph Duffy def. Mitch Clarke by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 0:25
Alberto Mina def. Mike Pyle by TKO (flying knee and strikes). Round 2, 1:17
John Makdessi def. Mehdi Baghdad by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Birchak def. Dileno Lopes by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Pedro Munhoz def. Russell Doane by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:08
Felipe Arantes def. Jerrod Sanders by submission (armbar). Round 2, 1:39
Gilbert Burns def. Lukasz Sajewski by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:57
Marco Beltran def. Reginaldo Vieira by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:04
Vicente Luque def. Alvaro Herrera by submission (D’arce choke). Round 2, 3:52

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Bryan Henderson

Bryan Henderson became a fan of MMA in the late '90s when he happened upon the early UFC events on VHS at a local video rental store. He started writing about the sport on his Sporting News member blog in 2007 before becoming an official staff writer for Sporting News' "The Rumble" MMA/boxing blog. He went on to become a staff writer and the Features Manager for MMA DieHards before moving on to The MMA Corner, where he assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief. Bryan left The MMA Corner in 2014 and founded Combat Press along with two of his colleagues. In addition to covering mixed martial arts, Bryan also operated the Modified Mind body modification e-zine website for more than a decade.

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