The UFC’s first event on ESPN will take place Saturday, January 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. UFC on ESPN+1 or UFC Brooklyn is headlined by a UFC flyweight title bout between champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Both champions came in under 125-pounds for tomorrow night’s title fight and the fight has officially received the green light.
In the night’s co-main event, former NFL player Greg Hardy makes his UFC debut after a few fantastic performances on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
A pair of surging lightweights meet in the center of the octagon as Gregor Gillespie takes on Yancy Medeiros.
Joseph Benavidez looks to keep the UFC flyweight division alive as he takes on Dustin Ortiz while Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich meet in the women’s 125-pound division.
Former light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira takes on Karl Roberson in a short-notice 205-pound contest, and Donald Cerrone looks to shut the talk from Alexander Hernandez at 155-pounds.
In the opening bout of the evening, Marine Corps Veteran Kyle Stewart was submitted rather quickly as he was put away by a rear-naked choke from Chance Recountre.
Belal Muhammed is an absolute animal as this man took everything Geoff Neal threw at him for three full rounds. Muhammed, battered and bloodied, never slowed throughout the 15-minute contest. He would go on to lose a unanimous decision as he tried to take Neal down eight times with no success. Neal’s striking was on point as he continued to find a home for his left hand over and over again.
Dennis Bermudez earns a unanimous decision win over Te Edwards, scoring 30-26 on all scorecards. Following the win, Bermudez said that he is retiring from competition. Thank you “Menace” for the memories.
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Cory Sandhagen kicked off the prelims on ESPN with a first round armbar submission over UFC newcomer Mario Bautista.
Alonzo Menifield moves to a perfect 8-0 with a first round TKO victory over Vinicius Moreira.
Joanne Calderwood never looked better as she dominated UFC newcomer “The Queen of Violence” Ariane Lipski throughout three rounds to earn a unanimous decision win.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone looked fantastic back at 155-pounds. Cerrone put a beating on rising star Alexander Hernandez. The first round was a back and forth brawl between the two. Hernandez split open is starting to leak and his eyes are swelling. Cerrone is going to the body, going to the head, using head kicks, etc. Typical “Cowboy” fight, one that entertains the fans. He finishes the bout in the second frame with vicious ground and pound.
Glover Teixeira looking super impressive once again as he finished wrestling standout Karl Roberson in the first round by way of submission. Roberson found early success on the feet but once the fight went to the ground, Teixeira took over and submitted him with an arm-triangle choke in the first round.
Rachael Ostovich entered the octagon tonight less than two months after a domestic violence event at home that resulted in her sustaining a broken orbital bone. Ostovich looked sharp, superb, and fast against VanZant before getting caught in an armbar in the second round.
Joseph Benavidez continued his winning ways with a victory over Dustin Ortiz, while Gregor Gillespie took the fight to Yancy Medeiros and picked up a second round TKO victory with just one second left on the clock.
UFC newcomer and former NFL player Greg Hardy didn’t win over any fans as he was disqualified in the second round of his fight with Allen Crowder. Hardy threw an illegal knee in the second round.
UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo put all talk to rest as he finished bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw with strikes just 32 seconds into the fight. Will the UFC flyweight division be saved?
UFC Brooklyn Results below:
Main Card (ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET)
Henry Cejudo defeated T.J. Dillashaw via TKO – Round 1, 0:32
Allen Crowder defeated Greg Hardy via disqualification (illegal knee strike) – Round 2,
Gregor Gillespie defeated Yancy Medeiros via TKO – Round 2, 4:59
Joseph Benavidez defeated Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paige VanZant defeated Rachael Ostovich via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 1:50
Glover Teixeira defeated Karl Roberson via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:21
Preliminary Card (ESPN at 8 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone defeated Alexander Hernandez via TKO – Round 2, 3:43
Joanne Calderwood defeated Ariane Lipski via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Alonzo Menifield defeated Vinicius Moreira via TKO – Round 1, 3:56
Cory Sandhagen defeated Mario Bautista via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:31
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
Dennis Bermudez defeated Te Edwards via decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Geoff Neal defeated Belal Muhammed via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Chance Rencountre defeated Kyle Stewart via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:25