On Wednesday, July 16, the UFC held UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs. Miller from the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.

In the night’s main event, a pair of top-10 lightweight mainstays squared off as former WEC title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone took on New Jersey’s own Jim Miller. The 31-year-old Cerrone rode a three-fight winning streak into the contest. The Colorado native had earned “Performance of the Night” honors in each fight, finishing Evan Dunham, Adriano Martins and Edson Barboza along the way. Miller, meanwhile, had bounced back from a submission loss to Pat Healy (which was later overturned to a no-contest) to submit Fabricio Camoes and Yancy Medeiros in his last two appearances.

The co-main event of the evening featured the aforementioned Barboza and Dunham. Both fighters were looking to get back into contention at the other’s expense. Each had been out of action since their respective submission losses to Cerrone. Dunham stepped into the Octagon having dropped three of his last four bouts.

The 11-fight event kicked off Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET with a lone bout streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the six-fight main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.

Main Card Summary

Jim Miller’s woes in his home state continued as Donald Cerrone took it to Miller in the second round of their fight. The two traded shots in the first round with Cerrone stuffing a couple of takedowns from Miller. Miller continued to absorb every shot Cerrone threw despite being rocked a few times in the second round. Cerrone landed a front kick that at first glance looked to hit Miller in the groin and it stopped the fight for a few seconds. The kick actually landed on Miller’s body and Cerrone continued to attack the body after that. Finally, Cerrone landed a perfectly thrown head kick that knocked out Miller and ended the fight giving Cerrone another knockout victory.

Edson Barboza added another knockout to his highlight reel with his win over Evan Dunham. Barboza and Dunham traded shots early on before Dunham attempted a takedown on Barboza. Barboza was able to stuff the takedown and a little bit later was able to land a front liver kick that crumbled Dunham. The kick looked like it skimmed Dunham’s midsection, but it was just enough to make Dunham grab his body. Barboza then finished with a few more punches that ended the fight.

Rick Story stuck to what he knew in his fight against Leonardo Mafra, and it led to finishing the fight in his favor. After a rough start for Story, he was then able to utilize his size and strength advantage to wrestle Mafra to the ground and tire him out with his dominant top control. The second round was no different as Story achieved another takedown and then powered his way into a head-and-arm choke that finished Mafra midway through the second round.

Joe Proctor had an emphatic return to the cage against Justin Salas. In the first round, the two went back-and-forth in the striking department as Salas created a hematoma next to Proctor’s left ear. The hematoma didn’t change anything as Proctor opened up in the second round and launched a flurry of punches to rock Salas. The punches were enough to drop him to the mat where Proctor took the opportunity and jumped on Salas with a barrage of punches to a turtled Salas.

In a three-round flyweight war, John Lineker got the best of Alptekin Ozkilic at the end of the third and final round. Lineker and Ozkilic were trading heavy leather early and often in the fight as Lineker landed uppercuts and nasty body shots. It all didn’t faze Ozkilic until the final 15 seconds of the fight when Lineker landed a hard left hand that dropped Ozkilic near the cage wall. Lineker smelled blood and pounced on Ozkilic landing a few more shots for good measure before the referee stepped in to stop the fight just nine seconds away from going to the judges’ scorecards.

Lucas Martins ended Alex White’s night with a vicious knockout late in the fight. Martins had a very controlling first round before White started to fight back in the second round to close the gap. In the third round, Martins decided to take the fight into his own hands and avoid the judges and finished a vicious one-two combination that wobbled and dropped White to the mat. From there, Martins landed two hammerfists to a dazed White before the referee flew in from the other side of the cage to end the fight.

Preliminary Card Summary

Gleison Tibau earned another victory via unanimous decision over Pat Healy. Healy looked slow in the fight and attacked Tibau by pressing forward and attempting to clinch with Tibau to work for a takedown. Tibau mixed in takedowns and survived Healy’s pressure in the final round to secure the victory.

It was a short night for Leslie Smith and Jessamyn Duke. Smith and Duke opened the action by trading shots with Smith typically getting the better of the exchanges. Smith utilized an aggressive style that blitzed Duke in the early going and backed up the former TUF competitor against the cage. Smith then landed a nice body shot that dropped Duke who clutched her body. Smith threw another couple of punches before the referee finally called a stop to the bout, giving Smith the TKO victory.

Aljamain Sterling stepped up to face Hugo Viana in his second UFC fight, controlling the fight from beginning to end and picked up the TKO victory along the way. Sterling wore Viana down early and often, deploying takedown after takedown. The third round came and Viana was powerless to stop yet another Sterling takedown, but this takedown led to a battering from Sterling who finished Viana late in the round.

Yosdenis Cedeno dominated Jerrod Sanders in the first and only round of their fight after landing a solid right hand that dropped Sanders early on. Cedeno kept pressure on Sanders in top position until the end of the first round. Cedeno injured Sanders with an inside leg kick late in the round that Sanders fought through to the end. Cedeno took the fight by TKO after Sanders could not continue.

Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki kicked off the women’s 115-pound division in style with a great fight. Gadelha opened the contest with control in the first round weaving strikes with her ground work. Gadelha employed the same method in the second round and in the third, things got more interesting between the two as they stood and traded shots. In the end, the answer to the trivia question: “Who won the first ever UFC women’s strawweight fight?” will be Gadelha, who took the fight by unanimous decision.

Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller by knockout (head kick). Round 2, 3:31
Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:06
Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra by submission (arm triangle choke). Round 2, 2:12
Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:27
John Lineker def. Alptekin Ozkilic by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:51
Lucas Martins def. Alex White by knockout (punches). Round 3, 2:08
Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:24
Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 3:50
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Sanders by TKO (fighter retirement). Round 1, 5:00
Claudia Gadelha def. Tina Lahdemaki by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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Sal DeRose
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