Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will close out another packed mixed martial arts (MMA) season this weekend (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015) with UFC on FOX 17: "dos Anjos vs. Cerrone," which takes place inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, will attempt to make his first 155-pound title defense again Donald Cerrone, who he previously defeated via unanimous decision back in Aug. 2013. "Cowboy," though, has been perfect (8-0) since that setback and has never looked better.
In the co-main event of the evening, hard-hitting Heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem will finally settle their score after years of trash talk and missed opportunities. Nate Diaz will also return to action after an extended self-imposed hiatus, taking on Michael Johnson in a meaningful 155-pound scrap.
All that and so much more.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 17 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on FOX 17 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC ON FOX 17 QUICK RESULTS:
155 lbs. UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone -- Dos Anjos def. Cerrone by TKO (punches) at 1:06 of Round One
265 lbs.: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem -- Overeem def. Dos Santos by TKO (punches) at 4:43 of Round Two
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson -- Diaz def. Johnson by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
135 lbs.: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos -- Kowalkiewicz def. Markos by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
145 lbs.: Myles Jury vs. Charles Oliveira -- Oliveira def. Jury by submission (guillotine) at 3:05 of Round One
185 lbs.: C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt -- Marquardt def. Dollaway by KO (punch) at 0:28 of Round Two
135 lbs.: Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina Shevchenko -- Shevchenko def. Kaufman by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
185 lbs.: Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman -- McCrory def. Samman by submission (triangle choke) at 4:10 of Round Three
155 lbs.: Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz -- Lentz def. Castillo by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
145 lbs.: Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller -- No Contest (accidental eye poke)
170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman -- Usman def. Edwards by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque -- Luque def. Hassan by technical submission (anaconda choke) at 2:13 of Round One
265 lbs.: Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou -- Ngannou def. Henrique by KO (punch) at 2:53 of Round Two
UFC ON FOX 17 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
UFC on FOX 17 Main Event:
155 lbs. UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone
Round one: Hard straight left and uppercut by the champ. Low kick from Cowboy. Nice counter left from RDA, then a knee downstairs. Hard body kick and he badly hurts Cerrone with a flurry of punches. Cowboy tries to shoots after a prolonged beating and Dos Anjos stuffs it, continuing to land punches until the referee steps in.
Final result: Dos Anjos def. Cerrone by TKO (punches)
UFC on FOX 17 Main Card:
265 lbs.: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Round one: Tentative start to the round. Junior stalking forward. One minute in. Still no punches thrown. No connected strikes. Junior pursuing some. Both fire kicks. Two minutes in. Junior tries a head kick, blocked. Body shot from the former champ. Low kick from Overeem. Overeem fires a knee, eats a jab. Two minutes to go.
Straight left from the Dutchman. Another. Thudding left hand connects for him. Oblique kicks. One minute to go. He steps in with a 1-2 (ish). Body kick from Overeem. Junior chases after him and tries to spin before the bell. 10-9 Overeem.
Round two: Groin strike from Junior opens the round. They trade low kicks. Junior has thrown almost no punches, not even jabs. One minute in. Body kick by Overeem. Junior eats a body kick and throws a blocked right hand. Wheel kick misses. Two minutes in. Straight rigght from Junior misses. This fight is atrocious. Knee by JDS. Low leg kick. Low kick by Reem. Two minutes to go.
Body kick by Overeem. Junior is fighting like an idiot. Overeem low kicks. Check hook by Junior, overhand right by Room. Junior's bleeding. One minute to go. Junior backs him to the fence and rips a couple body shots before just letting him go. Overeem taunts. MASSIVE left hook from Overeem drops Junior hard; he's out when he lands, but is furious when he wakes up. Looks like a good stoppage.
Final result: Overeem def. Dos Santos by TKO (punches)
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson
Round one: They immediately take the center and get busy with feints. Johnson lands a low kick, then another. Both men falling short with punches so far. Body shot from MJ. One minute in. Low kick from Nate. Low kick from Johnson. Good 1-2 by MJ. Another leg kick. Two minutes in. Nate lands a straight left. 1-2 by Nate, who avoids the counter flurry. Good 1-2 again. Two minutes to go.
Low kick by Johnson. Low kick and 1-2 land. Nate working behind his jab. 1-2 lands for him. One minute to go. More leg kicks by Johnson. Left cross and right hook land for Johnson. 1-2 by Nate. Straight left lands for Johnson, then another low kick lands. 1-2 from Nate, who eats another low kick. Close round. 10-9 Diaz.
Round two: Johnson goes right back to punting that lead leg and knocks Nate back with an overhand left. Body kick lands. Another low kick and Nate shoots with no success. 1-2 from Nate, who eats a counter left. One minute in. Another 1-2 from Nate. Counter left by Johnson. Nate's jab still landing. He's doing good work with it. Good punching exchange in the center. Two minutes in. Counter left by Johnson. Body kick lands. Good left hand, Nate answers, Johnson answers in turn. Nate lands another 1-2. Swatting left by Johnson. Diaz taunting as he continues to seize the momentum with volume punching. Two minutes to go.
Another 1-2 from Diaz and another. Both turn the other's head with power shots. More 1-2s from Nate. Over and over, the same punch. Johnson lands some hard lefts, which draw a smile. Nate just walking him down; Johnson has slowed down badly and has not landed a leg kick in some time. Hard 1-2-3 by Nate. Johnson clinches, eats a right on the break. 10-9 Diaz.
Round three: Diaz keeping that jab in his face and avoiding the counter fluries. Hard punches on both sides. Nate checks a leg kick, eats a body shot. Low kick by Johnson. One minute in. Punching exchange in center cage. Good straight left and leg kicks from Johnson. Nate lands inside, then pops him with a 1-2. Head kick attempt. Nice 1-2. They clinch and Nate drives home some knees until he's taken to the fence. Two minutes in. 3-2 by Diaz. Diaz still landing that 1-2 with relative impunity. Nice right hook. Johnson still throwing combinations, but not with the kind of force necessary to rock him. Two minutes to go.
Nice right hook form Johnson. 1-2 by Diaz. Both men shrugging off heavy shots but Johnson's feeling them more. Solid combination by Johnson. One minute to go. Johnson lands well. Lead left form Nate. They keep trading in the center and Johnson lands a pretty serious right hand, then takes Nate down on the fence. Despite the bell, Diaz rolls through for a kneebar and keeps holding on for several seconds afterwards. 10-9 Diaz.
Final result: Diaz def. Johnson by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos
Round one: Both women land right hands early. Kowalkiewicz pumping the jab, lands a three-piece combo. Sweeping right from Markos. Both connect in an exchange. One minute in. Markos looking for the counter right. They clinch and Kowalkiewicz lands some knees. Solid right hand from the Pole. Two minutes in. Combinations by Kowalkiewicz. 1-2 connects for her. Markos drags her to the fence and gets double underhooks. Knees to the thigh by Markos. Two minutes to go.
Over-unders now on both sides. Markos still pressing her against the cage. Sacrifice throw fails and Kowalkiewicz lands a right when she stands. One minute to go. Right hands on both sides. Solid right hands and a leg kick by Markos. Dirty boxing from Markos, who walks into a right hand herself. Good fight. 10-9 Markos.
Round two: Low kicks to start. Good right by Kowalkiewicz, who's staying busy to start the round. Counter right from the Pole. Counter right by Markos after eating a combination. 1-2 by Kowalkiewicz. One minute in. Markos shoots in and grabs the rear waistlock, taking her to the fence. Markos trying to put in a hook, does so and inserts the other as she gets her down. Two minutes in. Body triangle for Markos as Kowalkiewicz gets to her feet. Two minutes to go.
Markos looks like she might by slipping off, but Kowalkiewicz makes the mistake of going back to the ground and allows Markos to adjust. Still looking for the choke with a minute to go. Some short shots on both sides. Kowalkiewicz nearly makes it to top position before the bell. 10-9 Markos.
Round three: Markos connects with a couple of rights as Kowalkiewicz puts together good combinations of her own. Nice right by Kowalkiewicz near the fence. Solid striking by the Pole. One minute in. Counter right from Markos. Kowalkiewicz marching forward with quick punches and low kicks. Markos catches a body kick, can't use it. She tries to chase after taking more blows. Two minutes in. Nice spinning back fist by Kowalkiewicz and Markos gets her to the fence. Knees to the thigh. Kowalkiewicz reverses position and separates. Two minutes to go.
Markos shoots again and Kowalkiewicz uses the momentum to wind up on top, pinning down an arm. Full mount for the Pole. Short shots from Kowalkiewicz. One minute to go. Hard elbow. Markos has regains half guard but she's still taking some shots. Randa manages to use the underhook to stand and separate. Kowalkiewicz continues to chases and throw punches until the bell. All comes down to how they scored the first round. 10-9 Kowalkiewicz.
FOX Sports 1 Prelims:
145 lbs.: Myles Jury vs. Charles Oliveira
Round one: Low kick from Jury. Oliveira with a teep to the body. Jury the more mobile of the two. Low kick exchange. One minute in. Oliveira catches a low kick and shoots in, landing on top in half guard. Jury threatens an armbar and Oliveira instantly takes his back, putting in both hooks. Oliveira trying to pin down an arm. Two minutes in. Maintaining control well, fishing for the choke. Jury escapes back to his feet. turns into Oliveira and "do Bronx" slaps on a nasty guillotine, jumping guard and quickly earning the tap.
Final result: Oliveira def. Jury by submission (guillotine)
185 lbs.: C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt
Round one: Low kick from Dollaway. Body kick. Nate jabs the body and lands a low kick himself. One minute in. Hard leg kick by Dollaway. Nate checks the next one. Jab exchange. Again. Two minutes in. Dollaway whiffs on a lead right and eats a body kick. Lands one himself soon after. Marquardt low kick and snap kick. Two minutes to go.
Dollaway on the front foot. Neither man committing to anything. Dollaway digs in a body shot, then cracks a fleeing Marquardt with a left hook. Marquardt circles out, then lands low kicks. One minute to go. Right hand form Marquardt and he stuffs a shot, landing a knee to the body. Both swing right hands before the bell. 10-9 Dollaway.
Round two: Nate looks for a head kick, lands a right hand. HUGE counter right and Dollaway goes down in a heap. Impressive one-punch finish from the biggest underdog on the card.
Final result: Marquardt def. Dollaway by KO (punch)
135 lbs.: Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Round one: Counter hooks from Shevchenko. Kaufman runs her down with some left hooks. Kaufman low kick met by counter punches. They tie up on the fence, Shevchenko on the outside. One minute in. Knees to the body by Shevchenko, who completes a takedown into full guard. No big shots from top position before Kaufman escapes out the backdoor. They tie up again and Shevchenko hits a throw into mount, though Kaufman quickly regains full guard. Two minutes to go.
Kaufman manages to scramble up twenty seconds later. Body kick from Shevchenko and Kaufman transitions from a single-leg to a heel hook attempt. Shevchenko grabs the rear waistlock as they stand. One minute to go. Solid knee by Shevchenko. They trade knees to the body on the fence. Elbow by Shevchenko. Another nice one before the bell. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Round two: Spinning back fist attempt from Shevchenko, who whacks Kaufman with a pair of counter rights. Kaufman presses her against the fence. Shevchenko reverses position and thumps her with an elbow. Spinning back kick by Shevchenko. One minute in. Solid knee by"The Bullet." Back to the fence. Kaufman with some knees to the body and they separate. Two minutes in. Shevchenko clinches and takes Kaufman down, avoiding a scramble attempt. Kaufman trying to stay busy off her back. Two minutes to go.
Shevchenko has yet to pass, but has landed some solid shots. Kaufman kicks her away and stands with a little over a minute to go. Shevchenko with a spinning back elbow and knee. Back to the fence, Kaufman doing toe grinding. Shevchenko denies a trip attempt. Kaufman keeps pressing her against the cage until the bell. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Round three: Shevcheko tosses out a pair of front kicks. They clinch and Shevchenko briefly winds up on top. Kaufman makes it back up and lands a solid knee before Shevchenko reverses position. One minute in. She wrangles Kaufman to the mat. Both land left hands on the exit after standing. Kaufman takes her back to the fence and looks for a single-leg, finally bringing her to the mat and taking side control. Two minutes in. Elbows by Kaurfman, who threatens an Americana. Shevchenko shifts and Kaufman briefly has north-south. Two minutes to go.
Kaufman aggressively pursuing a keylock between elbows. One minute to go. Shevchenko trying to regain guard, cannot do so. North-south. Kaufman still looking for the Americana but time is running out. Now Kaufman has mount and she goes for a desperation armbar in the last few seconds. No dice. 10-9 Kaufman.
Final result: Shevchenko def. Kaufman by split decision
185 lbs.: Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman
Round one: Quick takedown from McCrory. Samman on one knee against the fence, fighting him off. Double underhooks for the Barncat. Solid knee to the body. One minute in. Knee by Samman. Samman looks for a trip and takes him down into half guard. McCroyry looking for wrist control. Two minutes in. Samman snuffs out an attempt to stand and maintains half guard. Now McCrory gets full guard. McCrory looking for an armbar, transitioning back and forth between that and a triangle until he takes top position. Two minutes to go.
Samman escapes out the backdoor and regains top position. Kimura attempt; Samman digs in some elbows and gets flipped over. McCrory takes the back, then transitions to an armbar. One minute to go. Samman works his way free and again takes half guard. Fun fight thus far. Samman jacks him with some hard left hands. Good shots by Samman until they return to their feet. 10-9 Samman.
Round two: Samman comes out aggressively and shoots in. McCrory threatens a guillotine, Samman gets his head out and brings him to the mat. Overhook for McCrory while Samman chisels away. One minute in. McCrory tying to use the cage to stand, now threatening an omoplata. Samman gets his arm free and they scramble. McCrory takes his back, putting in a hook. Samman gets his back to the mat. Two minutes in. Hard ground-and-pound by McCrory. Half guard for Tamdan, who's dropping some nasty shots. Two minutes to go.
Good elbow, then more punches as Samman tries to use the fence. Short elbows by Samman. One minute to go. Tamdan looking to pass. He's in half guard, looking for the Kimura. 10-9 McCrory.
Round three: Samman barrels into the clinch. McCrory counters a throw with the whizzer and gets back to the position they ended the round in. McCrory looking for the back, settles for half guard. One minute in. Samman gets in a butterfly hook and McCrory just smashes him with good punches before regaining half guard. Nearly to side control. Two minutes in. McCrory again threatens the back, then continues whacking away on the fence. Samman manages to sweep into top position with two minutes to go.
Full guard. McCrory transitions form a triangle to an omoplata to another triangle. This is deep and he has a good angle. Elbows by Tamdan. He underhooks Samman's arm to get an even better angle and forces a hesitant tap.
Final result: McCrory def. Samman by submission (triangle choke)
155 lbs.: Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz
Round one: Castillo showing a lot of movement early. He ducks under a Lentz right hand and they briefly clinch. Body kick from Lentz. Jabs from Castillo, straight left met by a body kick. One minute in. Lentz stops a shot. Lead hook by Lentz and a right hand. Gorgeous throw by Lentz, right into side control. Castillo turns into him and Lentz jumps guard for an arm-in guillotine. Castillo gets into a better position and Lentz returns to his feet. Two minutes in. Castillo brings him into guard and gets his head free. Two minutes to go.
Lentz again looks for a guillotine, nothing there. Castillo working to pass and briefly threatens a slick arm-triangle. Lentz uses butterfly hooks to make room and stand.. One minute to go. Nice uppercut by Lentz, who stuffs a shot. Right hand by Lentz, who looks like he's picking up momentum. Another solid right and he stuffs a single leg. Castillo blasts him with a hard combination. Lentz winds up off-balance and they scramble. 10-9 Lentz.
Round two: Early kicks. Castillo tries to go high. Lead right from Lentz. 1-1-2 connects. Overhand from Castillo, then a glancing one. Lentz just keeping up the pressure. One minute in. Left hook by Lentz. One minute in. Castillo stuffs a shot and they trade body kicks. Body and leg kicks by the Minnesotan. He falls short with a flurry. Two minutes in. Castillo lands a body kick, eats a punching combination. Lentz trips him to the ground when Castillo tries to change levels. Half guard for Lentz. Castillo makes it back to his feet, avoiding a knee on the way up. Body kick by Lentz, then a lead right and he stuffs another shot. Knees by Lentz. Two minutes to go.
Castillo looks like he's running low on fuel. Lentz threatens another guillotine against the fence. Castillo gets his head free on the way down and takes side control. One minute to go. Lentz gets his legs free and stands. 2-3 connects. Castillo with a left hook in return. Lentz goes to the body. They trade rights at the bell. 10-9 Lentz.
Round three: Lentz continues to advance, flinging out punching combinations. Left hook lands for the flagging Castillo. Lentz hits another lovely throw but can't keep him down. Counter right lands. One minute in. Body kick from Lentz. Castillo lands a pair of left hooks and shoots, avoiding another guillotine attempt. He's looking to pass. Lentz again working butterfly guard, eats a knee on the way up but comes back with a right hand. Two minutes in. Lentz catches a pair of eye pokes. Leg kick exchange. Castillo trying to jab but keeps posting his hand on Lentz's face. Castillo lands a front kick. He shoots again and avoid another guillotine. Two minutes to go.
Lentz stands, eats a right hand. Lentz clubs him with some solid punches inside. Lentz landing well in the clinch. Castillo defending the takedown thus far, counters an attempt. One minute to go. Uppercut and straight left by Lentz. Castillo is completely out of gas. Hard left hook by Lentz, then a straight right. Fun fight. 10-9 Lentz.
Final result: Lentz def. Castillo by split decision
145 lbs.: Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller
Round one: Low kick from Miller, Alers tries to answer but gets checked. Stiff jab from the taller man. Alers leg kick. Both whiff on right hands. One minute in. Miller connects with a cross, eats a left hook. Side kick by The Beast. Miller checking most of his low kicks. Two minutes in. Miller connects with a 1-2. Right by Alers, left hook by Miller in return. Lead hook connects for Alers. Miller with a front kick. Keeping up the jab. Two minutes to go.
Lunging right from Alers. Prodding low kicks. Miller's piling up the jabs. One minute to go. Lead right from Miller, counter right by Alers. They clinch late. Miller with an elbow on the break. 10-9 Miller.
Round two: Alers is sporting a cut above his right eye. Low kick by Alers. Miller answers with one of his own. Lead hook by the shorter Alers. Hard right hand as they exchange. Axe kick attempt from Miller. One minute in. Miller walking him down and they trade on the fence. Miller catches a finger in the eye; this looks seriously bad. Cold can't open the eye. It's over; Alers' finger went super deep.
Final result: No Contest
UFC Fight Pass Prelims:
170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman
Round one: Usman starts the fight with the Jones crawl. Front kick from Edwards and Usman tries to tie up. Great defense by Edwards. Usman shoots in for a single-leg and takes him to the fence. One minute in. Usman switches to a double. Edwards continues to defend well. Two minutes in. The Englishman separates. Straight lefts by Edwards. Usman with a level elbow. Counter uppercut by Edwards. Usman shoots again and this time drags him to the mat into half guard. Full guard now. Two minutes to go.
Edwards showing good wrist control. Working his way to a triangle. Usman staying heavy. One minute to go. Usman pops his head free and lands some short punches before Edwards scrambles up. They trade in the clinch. 10-9 Edwards.
Round two: Usman sends out a high kick. Edwards catches a body kick, lands a right hook and a left straight. Clubbing shots by Usman and now Edwards is retreating. Usman changes levels and brings him down on the fence. One minute in. Usman staying low on Usman's legs. Edwards makes it up and Usman digs in some knees to the thigh. Edwards turns to face him. Two minutes in. Usman changes levels once again. Edwards defending well so far. He reverses position. Two minutes to go.
Short knees by Edwards. Ref splits them up when the crowd gets restless. Edwards stuffs a shot and lands a hard left hand upstairs. One minute to go. Body kick from Usman and they clinch. Both men connect inside, Edwards lands a knee to the groin. Usman staying aggressive. Edwards ties up and Usman takes him to the fence, tripping him down. 10-9 Usman.
Round three: Body kick by Edwards. Usman hits a blast double on the fence. One minute in. Usman looking for the back as Edwards stands. Knees to the thigh land for him. Two minutes in. Edwards turns to face him, Usman keeps grinding. Edwards tries a guillotine and Usman uses it to pass to side control. Body shots by Usman. Two minutes to go.
Edwards turns to turtle position. Usman cracks him with some left hands as he tries to make it to his feet. One minute to go. Usman takes him down again despite Edwards' repeated fence grabs. Usman blasting him with punches and hammerfists. Edwards makes it up before the bell but can't separate. 10-9 Usman.
170 lbs.: Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque
Round one: Hassan flicking out kicks early. Counter left by Hassan, straight right from Luque. Luque moving forward, takes a body shot. One minute in. Stiff jab by Hassan, who's avoiding most of Luque's shots. Low kick by the Blackzilian. Hassan digs a right to the body, eats one upstairs that prompts him to change levels. Luque latches onto a deep anaconda choke and rolls through. Hassan goes out and twitches for a second before the ref calls the fight.
Final result: Luque def. Hassan by technical submission (anaconda choke)
265 lbs.: Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou
Round one: Ngannou connects with a low kick and counter right to start. Henrique catches a low kick and lands on top in guard. Ngannou looking to control his wrests. One minute in. Ngannou whacks the body and legs with upkicks before Henrique returns to guard. Short punches, not much behind them. Two minutes in. Henrique passes to half guard. Short shots from the Brazilian. The ref stands them up. Two minutes to go.
Henrique shoots in under a right hand and takes him to the fence. Ngannou looking for knees to the body. One minute to go. Ref separates them. 1-2 from the Frenchman. Flurry by Henrique and Ngannou forces him to shoot with a counter right. 10-9 Henrique.
Round two: Ngannou stalking forward. Lead hook by the Brazilian, who tries a shot. Combination from Ngannou. Henrique steps into the clinch and eats a knee to the body. One minute in. Henrique looking for a takedown on the cage. Ref eventually separates them. Two minutes in. The Braizilan takes him right back to the cage. Ngannou shoves him away after landing a knee. Big 1-2-3 by Ngannou and Henrique's bleeding. Ngannou pursuing and destroys him with a left uppercut through the guard.
Final result: Ngannou def. Henrique by KO (punch)