UFC On ESPN+ 1 Live Results

UFC has entered a new era with its partnership with ESPN and that partnership begins with its first event of the year, taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In the main event, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will move down in weight to challenge for Henry Cejudo’s flyweight belt. Dillashaw could join an exclusive list of fighters to hold UFC titles in two weight classes at the same time. That list consists of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes, but unlike those fighters, Dillashaw would be the first one to win his second title at a lower weight class.

That fight will be supported by other bouts featuring the likes of Donald Cerrone, Paige VanZant and Glover Teixeira. Also on the card is the UFC debut of former NFL player Greg Hardy.

The evening opened up with a quick submission victory for Chance Rencountre who defeated Kyle Stewart with a rear naked choke. Under the bright lights of Brooklyn and ESPN, Recountre didn’t feel any extra pressure when it came to this fight when he previously spoke to FIGHT SPORTS.

“No [it doesn’t feel different]. It’s just another venue and another day, another fight. They’re all the same to me. It doesn’t change anything. My pre-fight, from the weigh-ins, it all stays the same from show to show, to fight to fight,” Rencountre said.

Geoff Neal followed it with an impressive unanimous decision win over Belal Muhammad to extend his win streak, talked to FIGHT SPORTS on what it’ll take to get a big win tonight.

“As long as he tries to stand with me and doesn’t go for the takedown, and I don’t think he is because he thinks he can stand up with me, we’ll have a battle,” Neal said.

Dennis Bermudez had another successful win, but it would end being his final UFC fight as he dominated Te Edwards en route to a shutout victory. After the fight, Bermudez announced his retirement.

Donald Cerrone scored an impressive and dominant victory over Alexander Hernandez. Cerrone started the fight by hurting Hernandez to the point where he had blood running down on his face in the first round. Cerrone continued to dominate in the second round and took down Hernandez with a big kick to the side of his head. After some ground-and-pound from Cerrone, the referee had no choice but to step in and stop the fight, awarding Cerrone the victory.

But Cerrone isn’t the only veteran to pick up a quick victory on the event. Glover Teixeira found his hand being raised in victory after submitting Karl Roberson in the first round with an arm triangle. It was Teixeira’s first win since stopping Misha Cirkunov back in December 2017.

Paige VanZant had no problem shaking off the ring rust in her first fight since January 2018. VanZant had a scrappy bout against Rachael Ostovich and ultimately submitted her with an armbar early in the second round, picking up her first victory since 2016.

Hardy, one of the most controversial fighters to make a UFC debut, unfortunately was not able to get the win. About halfway through the second round, Hardy hit an illegal knee on Allen Crowder which resulted in Hardy getting disqualified, spoiling the UFC debut for the former NFL star.

But the main event was the fight that turned more heads than any other fight. What was supposed to be a potential superfight ended in a 32-second destruction as Cejudo was able to put away TJ Dillashaw and successfully retain his UFC flyweight title. Cejudo was able to land a right hand to Dillashaw, dropping him and Cejudo was able to connect with a series of big strikes, forcing the referee to step in and put an end to the contest.

UFC on ESPN+ 1 Results:

Main Card

Henry Cejudo defeated TJ Dillashaw by TKO in round 1, 0:32 to retain the UFC Flyweight Championship

Allen Crowder defeated Greg Hardy by DQ (illegal knee) in round 2, 2:28

Gregor Gillespie defeated Yancy Medeiros by TKO in round 2, 4:59

Joseph Benavidez defeated Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Paige VanZant defeated Rachael Ostovich by submission (armbar) in round 2, 1:50

Glover Teixeira defeated Karl Roberson by submission (arm triangle) in round 1, 3:21

Prelims 

Donald Cerrone defeated Alexander Hernandez by TKO in round 2

Joanne Calderwood defeated Ariane Lipski by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Alonzo Menifield defeated Vinicius Moreira by TKO in round 1

Cory Sandhagen defeated Mario Bautista by submission (armbar) in round 1

Early Prelim

Dennis Bermudez defeated Te Edwards by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-36, 30-26)

Geoff Neal defeated Belal Muhammad by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Chance Rencountre defeated Kyle Stewart by submission (rear naked choke) in round 1

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