UFC returned with UFC Vegas 31 this weekend. In the main event, surging lightweights Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises but on a nail-biting first round of striking and clinching that ended with the expected takedown by Makhachev. Makhachev worked his wrestling for dominant second and third rounds, and finally got the back choke submission that made Moises tap out in the fourth.
In the women's bantamweight division, Marion Reneau made her retirement fight against former UFC champion Miesha Tate's comeback fight, and the two displayed high level MMA action. Tate showed she hasn't missed a step in her five years away from the Octagon with good striking, takedowns and control. In the third round, Tate utilized her ground and pound to finish Reneau for the TKO win and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
Lightweight powerhouse Mateusz Gamrot wasted no time shooting on massive veteran Jeremy Stephens, taking him down, and locking up a kimura for the tap at just 1:05 of the very first round, earning a well-deserved Performance of the Night award.
Stand out grapplers at middleweight Rodolfo Vieira and Dustin Stoltzfus displayed striking skills and good game plans that tied them up after two rounds of action. Vieira's jiu jitsu came out in force in the third, and he made Stoltzfus tap out to a rear naked choke for the submission victory and a Performance of the Night bonus.
The Fight of the Night went to the featherweight bout that opened the main card as TUF and DWCS alumni Billy Quarantillo and Gabriel Benitez slugged and grappled for 2 rounds until the referee called it off. Quarantillo's punches, elbows and ground dominance were too much for Benitez and he got the TKO victory in the second round.
Amanda Lemos took out prospect Montserrat Conejo with punches in just 35 seconds for the second-fastest finish in UFC women's strawweight history, increasing her win streak to four in a row.
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UFC Vegas 31 Main Card Results