UFC returned with UFC Vegas 32 this weekend. The main event saw the return of TJ Dillashaw as he went up against Cory Sandhagen in an important Bantamweight showdown.
In the main event, No. 2 ranked contender Cory Sandhagen took on returning former champion TJ Dillashaw and the action was thrilling. Dillashaw's trademark pressure was on display and took the first round. Sandhagen showed off his creative technique in defense, then found his striking range in the second. The grinding, fast final three rounds were Dillashaw's pressure versus Sandhagen's sniping counterpunching, and the former champion was able to sway two out of three of the judges in his favor.
No. 14 ranked bantamweight contender Kyler Phillips and surging Raulian Paiva set a crazy fast pace with near knockdowns from both. Phillips dominated the first round and Pavia surged back for the final two, scoring the decision victory. Both men earned the Fight of the Night award for their incredible action.
Featherweights Darren Elkins and Darrick Minner delivered a dirty thriller with scrambles full of damaging strikes and submission attempts. In the second round, Elkins recovered from a takedown, got top control and pounded out Minner for the well-earned TKO and a Performance of the Night bonus.
Top 15 women’s flyweight contenders Maycee Barber and Miranda Maverick went back and forth for three rounds with striking and clinching that ended in a split decision for Barber.
Bantamweights Adrian Yanez and Randy Costa opened up the main card with a banger. Costa owned the first round with his jabs and head kicks, and Yanez surged back with body shots and uppercuts for the second round TKO and earned a Performance of the Night award.
Nassourdine Imavov found the keys to defeating Ian Heinisch by out striking him then getting the finish when the referee waived it off in the second round.
Mickey Gall stuffed a shoot and worked his way to back mount where he choked out Jordan Williams in 2:57 of the first round.
Julio Arce and Andre Ewell put on a competitive two rounds that ended with Arce's striking coming out on top with a standing TKO.
Sijara Eubanks made a fantastic return to flyweight by taking down and pounding out Elise Reed in 3:49 of a dominant first round.
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