On Saturday, June 7, the UFC touched down in New Orleans to bring fight fans UFC Fight Night 68 live from the from the Smoothie King Center.

Henderson (30-12), a former Pride FC and Strikeforce champion, was looking to snap out of the worst stretch of his stories career. In hist most recent appearance inside the Octagon, ‘Hendo’ came out on the wrong end of a first round TKO against Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FOX 14. This gave the former Olympian’s fifth loss in his last six bouts, and third straight stoppage loss. This contest also marked Henderson’s return to the 185-pound division since 2010 after a record of 5-4 as a member of the Strikeforce and UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, including a first round TKO victory over Fedor Emelianenko.

Boetsch (18-8) was also looking to get back into the win column. In hist most recent bout, ‘The Barbarian’ suffered secodn round submission to Thales Leites at UFC 183. While he did earn Fight of the Night honors, this also marked fourth setback in hist six bouts. Prior to this loss, Boetsch walked away with a thrilling come-from-behind second TKO over Brad Tavares in front over his hometown crowd of Bangor, Maine at UFC Fight Night 47 in August, earning his first Performance of the Night bonus of his career.

Complete results and full recaps from the epic night of fighting can be found below.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson

Main event time! Does this fight go five rounds? Unlikely.

Round 1 — they touch gloves and we’re off. Boetsch comes out with an overhand right and a kick, Hendo connects, swarms, he has it! Another first round stoppage, a big knockout for the forty-four year old legend! The H-bomb lands again!

Dan Henderson defeated Tim Boetsch by KO, Round 1, 0:28

Matt Mitrione vs. Ben Rothwell

It’s time for the co-main event of the evening. Does anyone really think this one’s going the distance?

Round 1 — Mitrione declines the glove touch. Very active on the feet. Mitrione connects with a right, Rothwell shows no ill effects. Rothwell with a big right, misses, then catches Mitrione with another punch, they clinch, and Mitrione escapes. Meathead moving forward again. Shoots for a takedown but Rothwell sinks in a guillotine converted to a front choke and gets a quick tap! Didn’t see this one ending in submission.

Post fight, Rothwell actually does an evil laugh after saying he will have UFC gold. Seriously, an evil supervillain laugh.

Ben Rothwell defeated Matt Mitrione by submission (front choke), Round 1, 1:54

Yancy Medeiros vs. Dustin Poirier

Round 1 — Porier and Medeiros waste no time going at it and this is immediately a barn burner. Poirer gets caught, Medeiros gets caught, they go down, soon enough the tables are turned and Porier has Medeiros’ back. On the ground looking for a choke. What a start to the fight. Back to the feet, big body shot from Poirier, he moves in and rocks Medeiros up against the fence. Strike after strike unanswered, and the ref waves it off! Poirier looking great at lightweight. Another first round finish.

Dustin Poirier defeated Yancy Medeiros by TKO, Round 1, 2:38

Brian Ortega vs. Thiago Tavares

Round 1 — Tavares shoots and takes down Ortega thirty seconds in. Ortega active from the bottom, looking for an arm bar with a triangle within reach also. Tavares maintains top control, Ortega remains active from the bottom. Like watching a trapped cat. Wouldn’t want to be on him. Tavares looks to land strikes where he can. Tavares is opened up an Ortega manages to reverse and get on top. Works for a bit then Tavares then escapes, gets to his feet, takes the back and gets Ortega back down. Great first round so far! Ninety seconds to go. Tavares on top, and has Ortega up against the cage. Looking to maintain control but Ortega works his way up and lands a knee. Ortega throws a combo, Tavares answers back. Tavares with one last take down to end the round.

Round 2 — Tavares opens with a high kick. He’s pressing forward. Ortega catches him with a counter. They go to the ground in a heap after Ortega pulls guard but there’s nothing doing.  Tavares manages to secure top position, but Ortega remains a threat from his back. Tavares heavy on him now. Ortega slips away and looks for a triangle, nothing doing. Heavy ground and pound from Tavares. Ortega looks to be in trouble. Grabs on to Tavares’ leg. He seems to have bought some time. Tavares with more ground and pound. Ortega with an upkick. Tavares controls til the end of the round, and takes it.

Round 3 — Fight doc checks out Tavares’ cut between rounds, but we continue. Superman punch from Ortega. Tavares shoots but Ortega defends well. A low blow fells Ortega, big accidental knee. Ortega doesn’t take much time to recover. They stand and trade. Ortega with a spinning back kick. Tries a spinning back knee. Tavares shoots, Ortega sprawls. Ninety seconds to go, and top control for Tavares is a major factor here. Ortega’s left knocks the mouth piece from Tavares. Fight resumes, Ortega catches Tavares! Ortega follows him to the mat and lands several punches before the ref waves it off! Ortega takes this one in a Fight of the Night candidate!

Brian Ortega defeated Thiago Tavares by TKO, Round 3, 4:10

Anthony Birchak vs. Joe Soto

Round 1 — we head to the bantamweight division where former title challenger Joe Soto takes on Anthony Birchak. Couple of leg kicks thrown. First minute is pretty active. Soto lands a right. Birchak throws a head kick. Moments later Birchak drops Soto! Soto recovers but getting back up is pushed up against the cage while Birchak unloads punch after punch, and Soto is out! Another quick finish!

Anthony Birchak defeated Joe Soto by KO, Round 1, 1:37

Alex Caceres vs. Francisco Rivera

We head into the main card coming off a thunderous TKO in an exciting heavyweight bout between Shawn Jordan and Derrick Lewis, plus the retirement of Brian Ebersole following a knee-injury loss in his bout against Omari Akhmedov. What do the main card bouts have in store for us? Lets find out. First up: Bruce Leeroy vs. Francisco Rivera.

Round 1 — they touch gloves, and we’re off. Both men active early. Rivera connects within the first twenty seconds and that’s it! The ref waves it off after Caceres hits the mat following a huge overhand right! If you blinked, you missed it.

Francisco Rivera defeated Alex Caceres by KO, Round 1, 0:21

FULL RESULTS
MAIN CARD

Dan Henderson defeated Tim Boetsch by KO, Round 1, 0:28
Ben Rothwell defeated Matt Mitrione by submission (front choke), Round 1, 1:54
Dustin Poirier defeated Yancy Medeiros by TKO, Round 1, 2:38
Brian Ortega defeated Thiago Tavares by TKO, Round 3, 4:10
Anthony Birchak defeated Joe Soto by KO, Round 1, 1:37
Francisco Rivera defeated Alex Caceres by KO, Round 1, 0:21

PRELIMINARY CARD

Shawn Jordan defeated Derrick Lewis by TKO, Round 2, 0:48
Omari Akhmedov defeated Brian Ebersole by TKO (injury), Round 1, 5:00
Chris Wade defeated Christos Giagos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Joe Proctor defeated Justin Edwards by submission (guillotine choke), Round 3, 4:58

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jake Collier defeated Ricardo Abreu by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Jose Quinonez defeated Leonardo Morales by submission (rear naked choke), Round 1, 2:34