UFC Fight Night 81 or UFC Fight Night Boston was held tonight at the TD Garden, Sunday night in Boston, Massachusetts.
A bantamweight title fight between champion T.J. Dillashaw (12-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and former champ Dominick Cruz (20-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) headlined the event. It was an amazing back and forth battle that was close to call. In the end, Dillashaw would lose via a split decision and Cruz would regain the belt that he never officially lost.
In addition, former lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis (18-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) met former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (26-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the co-main event.
Official UFC Fight Night Boston results:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
- Dominick Cruz defeated T.J. Dillashaw via split decision – (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) for bantamweight title
- Eddie Alvarez defeated Anthony Pettis via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Travis Browne defeated Matt Mitrione via TKO – Round 3, 4:09
- Francisco Trinaldo defeated Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Patrick Cote defeated Ben Saunders via TKO – Round 2, 1:14
- Ed Herman defeated Tim Boetsch via TKO – Round 2, 1:39
- Chris Wade defeated Medhi Baghdad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:30
- Luke Sanders defeated Maximo Blanco via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:38
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
- Paul Felder defeated Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:56
- Ilir Latifi defeated Sean O’Connell via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:30
- Charles Rosa defeated Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Rob Font defeated Joey Gomez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:13
- Francimar Barroso defeated Elvis Mutapcic via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)