Furthering his claim to be the pound-for-pound #1, Kamaru Usman scored a huge knockout blow to defeat Jorge Masvidal for the second time.
Opening up the fight with overhand rights before returning to his wrestling base, Usman would control the first stanza although Masvidal would land a sneaky knee up the middle in the closing moments.
With one round in the bag, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ would put an emphatic exclamation mark on the fight as he would land another piston-like right hand, this time putting Masvidal to sleep.
In the night’s co-main event, Rose Namajunas would make history as the first female fighter in the UFC to regain a championship as a first-round head kick would put Zhang Weili down for the count.
With both fighters testing the waters with strikes at kickboxing range, a lightning-fast lead-high kick by Namajunas would land flush on the champion’s chin.
Leaving Weili crumbled, referee Keith Peterson would quickly wave off the contest ensuring that ‘Thug’ Rose is once again queen of the strawweight division.
Despite pre-fight assertions that Jessica Andrade’s best path to victory would be through takedowns, Valentina Shevchenko would flip the script as a takedown-heavy approach of her own allowed her to secure a crucifix in the second round which brought about a TKO victory.
Showcasing her advantage in physicality throughout the contest, Shevchenko would bully Andrade across the octagon landing trips and body locks one after another.
With her seventh takedown in the books, Shevchenko would move to the crucifix and rain down elbows and punches to continue her dominance at 125 lbs.
Kamaru Usman def. Jorge Masvidal via KO (Round 2, 1:02)
Rose Namajunas def. Zhang Weili via KO (Round 1, 1:18)
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Andrade via TKO (Round 2, 3:19)
Uriah Hall def. Chris Weidman via TKO (injury) (Round 1, 0:17)
Anthony Smith def. Jimmy Crute via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Round 1, 5:00)
Randy Brown def. Alex Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1, 2:50)
Dwight Grant def. Stefan Sekulic via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brendan Allen def. Karl Roberson via submission (heel hook) (Round 1, 4:55)
Pat Sabatini def. Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Early Preliminary Card
Danaa Batgerel def. Kevin Natividad via TKO (Round 1, 0:50)
Kazula Vargas def. Rong Zhu via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Jeffrey Molina def. Qileng Aori via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Ariane Carnelossi def. Na Liang via TKO (Round 2, 1:28)