On Saturday, Jan. 19, the UFC made its debut on the ESPN streaming service, ESPN+. The card took place from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In the night’s main event, flyweight champion Henry Cejudo put his belt on the line for the first time against current bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw. Cejudo captured the belt with a controversial split-decision win over Demetrious Johnson in August. Dillashaw entered the title challenge riding the momentum of back-to-back stoppage wins over Cody Garbrandt.
The co-main event featured disgraced former NFL player and convicted domestic abuser Greg Hardy, who took on Allen Crowder in a heavyweight contest.
The 13-fight event kicked off with three prelims streaming live on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary-card bouts aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before returning to ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET for the six-fight main card.
Henry Cejudo def. T.J. Dillashaw by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:32 – for flyweight title Allen Crowder def. Greg Hardy by disqualification (illegal knee). Round 2, 2:28 Gregor Gillespie def. Yancy Medeiros by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:59 Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) Paige VanZant def. Rachael Ostovich by submission (armbar). Round 2, 1:50 Glover Teixeira def. Karl Roberson by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 3:21 Donald Cerrone def. Alex Hernandez by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 2, 3:43 Joanne Calderwood def. Ariane Lipski by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) Alonzo Menifield def. Vinicius Moreira by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:56 Cory Sandhagen def. Mario Bautista by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:31 Dennis Bermudez def. Te Edwards by unanimous decision (30-26 x3) Geoff Neal def. Belal Muhammad by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Chance Rencountre def. Kyle Stewart by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:25
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