UFC Fight Night 80 was set to be a showcase for the young up & comers in the UFC, with the next 2 nights focussed on names who have been established in the sport for a while.
In the main-event, women’s strawweight and MMA media anointed ‘IT’ girl Paige VanZant took on Rose Namajunas while the undercard saw exciting names such as Sage Nothcutt, Tim Means and Alijamain Sterling in action.
Rose Namajunas, coming into the fight against Paige as a slight underdog, dominated the main event against Paige with technical striking, constant takedowns and finished the fight with a choke in the fourth round. With the women’s strawweight division still thin at the top, Rose asserted herself into a discussion for the title shot.
The co-main event saw Mike Chiesa defeat veteran Jim Miller with a submission, while Alijamain Sterling made a statement in the 135-pound division with a scary submission of striking specialist Johnny Eduardo. The main card also saw ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt remain undefeated with a second round submission win over Cody Pfister.
The full results from the fight card are below:
Main Card on UFC Fight Pass
- Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant, submission (Round 5, 2:25)
- Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller, submission (Round 2, 2:57)
- Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister, submission (Round 2, 0:41)
- Thiago Santos def. Elias Theodorou, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass
- Tim Means def. John Howard, knockout (Round 2, 0:21)
- Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov, TKO (Round 3, 2:18)
- Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin Casey—NO CONTEST (Round 1, 0:11)
- Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo, submission (Round 2, 4:18)
- Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl, TKO (Round 1, 4:25)
- Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy, submission (Round 1, 2:43)
- Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover, split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Kailin Curran def. Emily Peters-Kagan, submission (Round 2, 4:13)