Saturday April 16 live from Tampa Florida, the UFC returned to network television with UFC on Fox 19: Teixeira vs. Evans. It was a card rife with change leading into the night of the show: the former main event saw Tony Ferguson drop out due to blood and other fluid in his lungs, moving opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov down the card. Rashad Evans had originally been set to face Shogun Rua in a fan friendly clash of light heavyweight vets, but Shogun was also lost to injury; Evans found a replacement in Glover Teixeira and was eventually promoted to the main event. Dan Henderson was expected to meet Lyoto Machida, but Machida was pulled from the card following news that he had been found using a banned substance by the USADA, just days before fight night.

All in all, it’s a miracle UFC on Fox 19 didn’t fall apart entirely; it seemed held together by duct tape and bubble gum. The new main event of Evans vs. Teixeira marked Evans first fight since losing to Ryan Bader, while Texixeira was on a two-fight win streak heading into the event, and looking to work his way back up the ladder into title contention. Promoted to the co-main event slot was a women’s strawweight battle between undefeated Tecia Torres and fan-favorite Rose Namajunas, who fought Carla Esparza for the title in the inaugural strawweight title fight. Thug Rose would be looking for a second shot at UFC gold by winning Saturday, while Torres, flying under the radar, would be looking for her first possible title opportunity.

Who won? What went down? Tune in come fight time for full results and a main card recap!

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans

Round 1 — Glover pressed the action early while Evans circled out of range. A combo by Glover connected and they clinched alongside the cage. Evans was loading up bombs but missing. A high kick by Teixeira was at lest partially blocked. Suddenly Glover connected, and Evans crumpled alongside the cage. Over in the first, huge knockout! Big left to the jaw.

Glover Teixeira def. Rashad Evans by KO, Round 1, 1:48

Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres

Round 1 — Both fighters looked light on their feet early on. Rose landed what might have been the first actual contact with a leg kick about a minute in. Both women were leading with their jab, but Rose began to show better movement, almost jumping in and out of range. Namajunas looked for a toss/takedown but Tecia had none of it, fighting it off. Tecia next caught a kick and landed a flurry of punches, forcing Rose back. Tecia hit a hard leg kick that obviously affected Rose, and the two tied up briefly. Back in the center, Tecia became more aggressive, wobbling Namajunas with a left hook among a flurry of punches. With thirty seconds in the round, Torres had Rose up against the fence, but Rose was able to take her down and land some shots from the top while Torres landed several from the bottom until the bell sounded.

Round 2 — Torres landed a leg kick early. Charged in with a number of shots; Rose answered with one of her own followed by a push kick that landed. Torres landed a nice kick/punch combo, and was countered by a Namajunas right. Torres was tagged rushing in with about three minutes left, but didn’t seem phased. Nick side kick was landed by Rose with just over two minutes left, however she slipped and Torres looked to pounce.  Rose escaped; with ninety seconds remaining Torres tied her up against the fence. Back in the center Torres continued to mix combos with kicks, and Namajunas’ leg began looking a little red. They began trading with just over ten seconds left and didn’t stop til the bell sounded, with Thug Rose getting the better of the exchanges.

Round 3 — Torres opened the third with a high side kick that missed. Another side kick connected with Rose’s leg.  The pair circled, each fighter doubtlessly aware that a win in the third round could win the fight. Torres continued to work at Namajunas’ lead leg throughout the third frame. Torres landed a solid combo off a clinch. Rose flashed a front kick that missed. A minute left in the round, and arguably it could still have gone either way.  Rose landed a takedown with just under a minute to go, which could be huge on the scorecards. Namajunas was unable to land anything from the top, while Torres did connect with several upkicks, forcing her back. And the bell sounded. Super close fight.

Rose Namajunas def. Tecia Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher

Round 1 — Horcher was looking tentative against the Eagle, and can you blame him? Nurmagomedov feinted level changes frequently, no doubt looking for an opening to take Horcher down. Horcher looked to find his range early, while shaking off a takedown attempt by Nurmagomedov. However, halfway through the round Khabib would scoop Horcher up and slam him to the mat in classic Nurmagomedov fashion. From the top he was able to work towards side control while landing vicious elbows, opening Horcher up in the process. He then managed to secure his opponent’s back, reigning down punches as the clock ticked down. Horcher would just barely make it out of the first.

Round 2 — Khabib opened the action straight away with a hard jab and looked to pick up where the action left off, shooting immediately and looking for a single. Horcher retreated to the fence and employed a wizard, fending off the takedown briefly, but Nurmagomedov was able to finish the attempt, putting Horcher in a precarious position. Khabib was able to pass into side control and secure a crucifix, then land a number of punches to the side of the head before Horcher bucked to try and get out of the position. Horcher would manage to escape the crucifix but gave up his back, allowing Khabib to sink his hooks, still wailing away at him from his back. After a handful of blows with Horcher just covering up, the ref waved the affair off — welcome back Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Darrell Horcher by TKO, Round 2, 3:38

Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias

Round 1 — Dias and Swanson both let the kicks fly early on, each looking as dangerous as the other. Dias seemed to get the better of the leg kick exchanges early with some heavy blows to Swanson’s legs. Letting his hands fly as well, Dias had Swanson retreating, circling out of harm’s way. About two minutes in, Swanson began to look a little more confidant in his movements. As the round wore down, Swanson would be seen throwing some harder shots, but Dias was able to evade and counter efficiently.

Round 2 — Early in the second, Swanson hit home with a big left hook that dropped Dias, and the Brazilian fighter looked to be in serious danger. Swanson would eventually follow him to the ground, no doubt wary of his submission skills. Dias would eventually make it back to his feet, seemingly out of harm’s way. That knock down certainly seemed to change the feel of the fight however. Swanson would land far more strikes throughout the second, both with his hands and with leg kicks. With a minute to go Swanson managed to knock Dias down again, though Dias would quickly recover. The pair would finish the second on the feet, and it went to a third.

Round 3 — Between rounds, Dias’ corner advised him he was losing the fight. Early on Dias locked on a headlock while the two were standing, but couldn’t make anything happen with it. Cub looked the looser fighter in the third, and began employing some slip n rip. He would also look to go to the body with a number of punches, while Dias seemed unable to connect with anything effective. With two minutes remaining an eye poke briefly paused the action; Dias came out with a good leg kick once action resumed. Just under two minutes Swanson dropped his opponent with a beautiful head kick and swarmed, looking to finish the bout. Dias would survive, but never regain his feet as Swanson towered over him and landed punches and whip-like kicks to the legs.

Cub Swanson def. Hacran Dias by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

FULL RESULTS

Main Card

Glover Teixeira def. Rashad Evans by KO, Round 1, 1:48
Rose Namajunas def. Tecia Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Darrell Horcher by TKO, Round 2, 3:38
Cub Swanson def. Hacran Dias by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (Fox)

Michael Chiesa def. Beneil Dariush by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 1:20
Raquel Pennington  def. Bethe Correia by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Court McGee by TKO, Round 1, 4:15
Michael Graves def. Randy Brown by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 2:31

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

John Dodson def. Manvel Gamburyan by TKO, Round 1, 0:47
Cezar Ferreira def. Oluwale Bamgbose by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Omari Akhmedov by TKO, Round 3, 3:03