Daniel Pineda (27-13, 4-4 ) defeats Herbert Burns (11-3, 2-1) by second-round TKO
Pineda returned to UFC after 6 years, had his first UFC victory since 2013 and he worked hard for his way back earning a $50,000 performance-of-the-night bonus. Pineda threw down blows until Burns could no longer defend himself and KO'ed Burns via at 4:37 of the second round ."Y'all keep counting me out, betting against me," said Pineda. "That's OK -- I'll make more money."
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior dos Santos via second-round TKO (punches)
Rozenstruik is back and he's back with a bang with knocking Jr Dos Santos out. Rozenstruik suffered a big defeat under the hands of Francis Ngannou. Rozenstruik had caught dos Santos in the small cage with nowhere to go and clipped him with a left hook-right hook combination. Dos Santos fell to the mat and Rozenstruik jumped on him until referee Dan Miragliotta pulled him off. Rozenstruik, 32, has won five of his six UFC fights -- all by KO/TKO.
"I went back to the gym right away," Rozenstruik said in his postfight interview. "Me and my team, we discussed things. This was the result we were looking for. I needed to get that back -- I needed to set it straight."
Marlon Vera def. Sean O'Malley via first-round TKO (punches, elbows)
Sean O'Malley (12-1) suffered a loss to Marlon"Chito" Vera (18-6-1) in the first round of their 135-pound bout at UFC 252. The bout was compromised with a leg injury to O'Malley's right leg early on when he was trying to kick and since then he looked faded. On the other hand, Marlon Vera, who had his 10th win in the UFC, finished the fight with hard elbows after O'Malley went down.
"When he was throwing kicks at me, he landed one calf kick and I made an adjustment and then checked one," Vera said. "My foot hurts every single fight.
"He has a big right hand. I was thinking, in the first round, let's see what he's got. He has a lot of hype, good for him. But he doesn't have the dog in him that I have."
Stipe Miocic (c) def. Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) The Greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time in UFC is Stipe Miocic and he has solidified his place at the top at least for some years down the line with a good performance against Former champ Daniel Cormier on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Miocic broke his own record for most title defenses in UFC heavyweight history with this victory. This was the third fight amongst the two and Miocic winning the trilogy.
At the end of Round 2, Stipe rained down big strikes which dropped Cormier at the corner the cage against it, which left him few seconds from being stopped before the end horn saved him from the TKO and gave him time recover in his corner. Things got worse for Cormier as he suffered a brutal eye poke which left his eye swollen and his vision was compromised for the remainder of the fight. Miocic accomplished a good gameplan during the whole fight, which ranged between sharp strikes and cornering Cormier into the cage while he controlled the pace of the fight.
"I'm not interested in fighting for anything but titles," Cormier said. "I don't imagine there will be a title. That will be it for me." and declared he'll be hanging his gloves
Stipe Miocic, on the other hand, stated that "I don't really care, I'm going home, I've got the belt. For some reason, I just knew he was going to kick me, I don't why in the back of my head, the whole camp, I knew he was going to kick my shin," "It was real close, he fell, that's why he's a great fighter, he knew he was in trouble and he did the right thing. It's my birthday on the 19th, Modelos for days."