The lack of excitement on the preliminary card was immediately offset by the thrills and spills from the opening fight of the main card. Capping off the quartet of main card bouts leading to the co-main event was Holly Holm's 2nd UFC appearance, this time against Marion Reneau. Here are the results:
It'll be hard to top this as the best fight of the evening. Dwyer started off by dropping Jouban with a counter-right, but it wasn't powerful enough to really put him in a scary situation. The 1st round ended strongly with Dwyer getting knocked down with a swarm of strikes by Jouban, who was rightly deducted a point for an illegal knee to the head of a downed opponent. Jouban was getting the better of the 6'4" Canadian on the feet in the 2nd. In the final minute, Dwyer got floored with a head kick and a left hand. The finish wouldn't come, and Dwyer came back and fired back at Alan. Jouban retaliated, and finished the 2nd with a cartwheel kick to the neck of Dwyer as the round ended. Jouban slowed down considerably in the 3rd but picked things up with a flurry and last minute takedown. More fireworks were exchanged to close out a terrific battle.
"The Motown Phenom" lived up to his nickname in a big way. Moontasri and Lee had a fun striking contest in the opening 90 seconds or so before the rare double eyepoke forced both men to their respective sides of the cage to recover. After that, Lee suplexed Moontasri, secured a body triangle, then hunted for the rear-naked choke, which he ended up getting. It's Lee's 4th consecutive win since dropping a close decision to Al Iaquinta in his debut. Bright future ahead for the 22-year-old.
The opening minute was wild with wrestling scrambles and entertaining submission attempts. Jorgensen fought off a tight guillotine choke from Gamburyan and went for one of his own. A key moment in the 1st round was when Jorgensen cracked Gamburyan with a punch and then a knee in the clinch as he stood back up, but Gamburyan countered with a beautiful right hand that knocked Scotty down. Gamburyan pounced and threw plenty of punches but none of them proved to be fight finishing. Exciting scrambles from both WEC veterans continued in the 2nd, but the pace considerably slowed in the latter stages. Gamburyan didn't have a lot of volume striking but he landed the harder shots and took a shutout unanimous decision, which keeps him unbeaten at 135. Jorgensen is 2-7 in his last 9.
Holly Holm def. Marion Reneau by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28) - Women's Bantamweights
Holm remains undefeated with a fairly easy win over Reneau. The former pro boxing champion dominated Reneau from distance and threw mostly kicks, which Reneau never had an answer for. Reneau hardly hit Holm and resorted to pulling guard on multiple occasions, only for Holm to slam her to the ground. Holm badly hurt Reneau with a body kick and then pushed for the finish late but couldn't get it just before the final round ended. A better showing for Holm, if still not terribly exciting. She won with volume first and then the accuracy increased as the fight wore on.