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UFC 185 Results: Two new champions crowned in Dallas

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Out with the old. In with the new. #1 contenders Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rafael dos Anjos completely dominated now former champions Carla Esparza and Anthony Pettis to earn themselves UFC gold. Neither fight was even close.

In the main event of the evening, dos Anjos landed a left hand right on the champions eye that hindered his vision for the remainder of the 25 minute title fight. “Man, he caught me with a left hand in the first round, first punch that he threw I couldn’t see out of my right eye the whole time,” Pettis told Rogan after UFC President Dana White wrapped the belt that was once his around dos Anjos’ waist. “Closed up on me, I didn’t have no peripheral. No excuses, he’s a monster bro. I gotta go back to the gym and train,” Pettis continued.

In the 18th fight of his UFC career, a career that began with an 0-2 showing, dos Anjos put on what was by far the greatest performance of his career against Pettis. His reward was the greatest prize once can achieve in mixed martial arts today.


The most quotable fighter during fight week was by far Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She told BR’s Jeremy Botter that she had a solution for everyone who had issues annunciating her birthname. After her title fight against Esparza, they could simply call her “Joanna Champion.”  And now we can. Though I think we can all agree that Jedrzejczyk does start to roll right off the tongue after a while.

Something looked a bit different when Esparza made her walk to the cage to make the first title defense of her mixed martial arts career. Jedrzejczyk looked ready to claim what she believed was rightfully hers. And she did – with authority.

Although many of them were telegraphed, Jedrzejczyk was able to stuff 16 of Esparza’s 17 takedown attempts. When Esparza wasn’t so desperately trying to get her opponent to the ground she busy acting as her human punching bag. Jedrzejczyk landed 53 of her 105 sig. strike attempts and 50 of them were to the head. After Esparza looked like she was no longer able to defend herself, referee Don Turnage decided to save “The Cookie Monster” from any further damage.


As pointed out by Kevin Iole on Twitter, this was the first time since UFC 92 (Evans def. Griffin, Mir def. Big Nog) that two titles have changed hands on one card. The heavyweight title bout was of the interim variety though – the two titles that changed hands at UFC 185 were undisputed.

Below you’ll find the quick results for UFC 185 ‘Pettis vs. Dos Anjos’, expect more on this event right here in the coming days.


Main Card (PPV)

Lightweight Championship Bout: Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) defeats Anthony Pettis (18-3) via UD (50-45 x 3) to become the new UFC lightweight champion of the world

Women’s Strawweight Title Bout: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0) defeats Carla Esparza (10-3) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:17 – to become the new UFC women’s strawweight champion of the world

Welterweight Bout: Johny Hendricks (17-3) defeats Matt Brown (19-13) via UD (30-27 x 3)

Heavyweight Bout: Alistair Overeem (39-14) defeats Roy Nelson (20-11) via UD (30-27 x 3)

Flyweight Bout: Henry Cejudo (8-0) defeats Chris Cariaso (17-7) via UD (30-27 x 3)

Preliminary Card (FX)

Lightweight Bout: Ross Pearson (17-8) defeats Sam Stout (20-11-1) via KO (punches) – Round 2, 1:33

Middleweight Bout: Elias Theodorou (11-0) defeats Roger Narvaez (7-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:07

Lightweight Bout: Beneil Dariush (10-1) defeats Daron Cruickshank (16-6) via submission (RNC) – Round 2, 2:48

Heavyweight Bout: Jared Rosholt (12-2) defeats Josh Copeland (9-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:12

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Flyweight Bout: Ryan Benoit (8-3) defeats Sergio Pettis (12-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:34

Lightweight Bout: Joseph Duffy (13-1) defeats Jake Lindsey (9-3) via TKO (head kick + punches) – Round 1, 1:47

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Germaine de Randamie (5-3) defeats Larissa Pacheco (10-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:02

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