On Saturday, December 19, 2015, the UFC touched down in Orlando, Florida to bring fight fans UFC on FOX: Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 live from the Amway Center.

The event was headlined by a lightweight title fight between current champion Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) and fan favorire Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (28-6-0 1NC).

Dos Anjos, a Kings MMA product, shocked the world when he dominated former champion Anthony Pettis for five rounds at UFC 185 and looked to make Cerrone his first title defense. Cerrone, a Jackson-Winkeljon product, enter this title fight riding an eight-fight win streak, with his last loss being to dos Anjos at UFC Fight Nigh 28 in August 2013.


Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – For UFC Lightweight Title

Round 1 — both men looked light on their feet early. Dos Anjos landed just seconds into the round. Cowboy was in big trouble early after a kick and a flurry of punches against the cage. He escaped but was still rocked; Cerrone wound up covering up with Dos Anjos raining down ground n’ pound. The ref waved it off, and that was all she wrote. Rafael dos Anjos is still the UFC lightweight champion.

Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone by TKO, Round 1, 1:06 – For UFC Lightweight Title

Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem

Round 1 — A lot of fans got behind JDS early. Dos Santos made the first move with a leg kick attempt. Dos Santos cut the cage well early. High kick landed by Dos Santos midway through the round marks the first real action. Overeem threw a knee, Dos Santos answered with a jab. Overeem threw an overhand left but can’t connect clean. He followed up with another left that did land. Dos Santos was bleeding from the nose at rounds’ end due to that one punch.

Round 2 — Dos Sanros landed a low blow early in the second so the action was paused. After a brief break, we saw a little more action with Overeem trying an oblique kick. Dos Santos tries a spin kick but misses. He landed a knee at the midway point, as the two fighters began to loosen up. Overeem landed a leg kick. Overeem landed a body kick next as JDS continued to look for an opening. Dos Santos was tagged with a combo with about a minute to go. Dos Santos began bleeding from the eye following that exchange but came back and began landing on Overeem against the fence. Overeem then came back and caught Dos Santos with a hard left hook and dropped him. Followed up with some ground strikes and the ref waved it off!

Alistair Overeem def. Junior Dos Santos by TKO, Round 2, 4:43

Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson

Round 1 — Diaz has had over a year away from the octagon. Johnson looked for the leg kick early. Both fighters started in the south paw stance. Diaz changed the next leg kick thrown, but Johnson continued looking for them. Diaz responded with a kick of his own. The trash talking from Diaz began early and continued as the round progressed.  Good jab landed by Diaz. The crowed began chanting Diaz with a minute to go as the Stockton native began to find his range. As the first rounded ended the ref had to step between the pair as they continued to jaw at one another.

Round 2 — Johnson’s corner told him “not to play the game” between rounds in reference to Diaz’s usual antics. Johnson continued to target the lead leg of Diaz in the second. Diaz opted to switch stances. He caught Johnson with a couple of shots a minute in. Both men traded exchanges at the halfway point of the round. Diaz’s jab continued to land, Johnson answered back with some solid shots of his own. Diaz hurt Johnson with just over ninety seconds left then began pointing and taunting him. Great round for Nate Diaz.

Round 3 — Diaz telegraphed a spin early in the third but never threw it. The two continue to exchange with Johnson looking for a big shot, maybe knowing he needs a stoppage to win. Diaz continued to land jabs and one-two combos in the early part of the round. With two minutes left in the round, Diaz continued to utilize his range to seemingly hit Johnson at will. Diaz slipped but Johnson opted not to engage on the ground. Johnson flurried towards the end of the round and went to the ground but it was too little too late. After the bell rang Johnson continued kicking as the two were tangled on the ground (Diaz had a loose kneebar at the end) as the ref tried to pull them apart.

Nate Diaz def. Michael Johnson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos

Round 1 — the fighters came out swinging before backing off. A feeling out process followed. Both fighters exchanged strikes. Randa Markos was the aggressor early on, moving forward frequently and tying her Polish opponent up against the cage. Markos worked for the takedown with two minutes left in the round, but Kowalkiewicz was able to defend. After breaking, they exchanged again, Markos shows solid head movement in avoiding Kowalkiewicz’s strikes. Markos was successful with a pair of leg kicks towards the end of the round, but after landing a pair of rights walked into a counter. Solid first round for this pairing.

Round 2 — Kowalkiewicz came out looking more aggressive to start round two. Lots of movement displayed by both fighters. Markos ate a good shot about a minute in. Markos looked for the takedown, tried to secure the back only to have her opponent pop back up to her feet. Markos then dragged Kowalkiewicz down from behind.  Markos locked in a body triangle; Kowalkiewicz couldn’t shake her off so she dropped her on her back. From the bottom, Markos worked for a possible rear naked choke with just over a minute left in the round. Solid round for Randa Markos.

Round 3 — Karolina Kowalkiewicz may need a finish to secure the victory. She was the better of the two on the feet in the second round, but the takedown and control time may be the difference. The Polish fighter started hard and heavy in the third. Markos showed some damage above the eye. A kick to the body was caught by Markos but not before it did some damage. Markos ate a hard spinning backfist, but answered by pushing forard looking for the takedown. Markos would tie up the action alongside the fence while recovering only to be reversed. Kowalkiewicz looked the fresher of the two but Markos scored a takedown with under two minutes remaining, only to have it reversed and her opponent mount her. Ground and pound by Kowalkiewicz, who came close to finishing, but Markos escaped back to her feet with twenty seconds to go. They finished the round trading shots.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)



Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone by TKO, Round 1, 1:06 – For UFC Lightweight Title
Alistair Overeem def. Junior Dos Santos by TKO, Round 2, 4:43
Nate Diaz def. Michael Johnson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)


Charles Oliveira def. Myles Jurry by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 3:05
Nate Marquardt def. C.B. Dollaway by KO, Round 2, 0:28
Valentina Shevchenko def. Sarah Kaufman by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Tamdan McCroy def. Josh Samman by submission (triange choke), Round 3, 4:10
Danny Castillo def. Nick Lentz by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller – Ruled a No Contest due to an accidental eye poke, Round 2, 1:34


Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Vicente Luque def. Hayder Hassan by submission (anaconda choke), Round 1, 2:13
Francis Ngannou def. Luis Henrique by KO (punches), Round 2, 2:54