Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a UFC Fight Night 83 event, emanating from inside CONSOL Energy Center tonight (Sun., Feb. 21, 2016), featuring a Welterweight headliner pitting fearsome striker Donald Cerrone against the unpredictable Brazilian Alex Oliveira.
Two different "Cowboys" will tangle in "Steel City" as Cerrone looks to right the ship after a knockout loss to 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos back in December when he meets the upstart Oliveira, who boasts a 3-1 Octagon record.
In the co-main event, Strikeforce veteran Derek Brunson will welcome back Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Roan Carneiro to the Octagon after "Jucao's" lengthy layoff because of injury.
Elsewhere on the evening's main card are notable collisions between up-and-coming bantamweights Cody Garbrandt and Augusto Mendes, as well as a featherweight contest between Top-15 studs Dennis Bermudez and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
However, before we can get to those bouts, fight fans will be treated to a set of seven "Prelims" bouts, which will begin on the Fight Pass digital streaming service at 5:30 p.m. ET, and then transfer over to FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 7 p.m. ET, which is where the remainder of the fight card will be shown.
Below are the results recaps for the four FS1 "Prelims" exchanges:
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Two welterweight up-and-comers sought a victory over the other in order to continue their climb into the Top 15 of the 170-pound rankings as Tristar Gym's Garcia tangled with Team Quest's Strickland.
Early shot from Garcia, but Strickland is able to defend and reverse position. The American has Garcia up against the fence. Strickland tosses him to the canvas and looks to move into full guard. He eats an upkick on the way in, but finds his way into half guard. "Tarzan" postures up. Back to half guard. Short shots coming from Strickland, who is held close by Garcia. "The Dominican Nightmare" controlling the posture right now, but is losing the battle slowly. Heavy punches raining down on Garcia, who is able to weather the storm and reverse position. The Tristar Gym staple is now in full guard. Strickland trying to strike from the bottom. One minute left in round one. Garcia having a hard time landing punches in this position. He postures up as we end round one. 10-9 Strickland
A right hand clubs Srickland to begin round one. Garcia is really winging the right hand. Strickland working his jab. The 24-year-old mixes it up well. Garcia getting a little sloppy, but he's tagging Strickland. I'd like to see more leg kicks from Strickland to zap the power and momentum of Garcia. He continues to punish Garcia with his jab. The Team Quest representative striking highly effectively from the outside, but Garcia scores with a takedown. Garcia unable to land much in full guard as round two comes to an end. 20-18 Strickland
Good inside leg kick and straight punches from Strickland. Garcia shoots for a takedown and gets it via the trip. Posturing up is the 28-year-old. We're back up to the feet with three minutes to go in the fight. Strickland back to sniping from the outside. Garcia shoots from afar, but Strickland is able to defend. Garcia stalking Strickland and then shoots for a takedown, but it's defended by the latter. Strickland backs up Garcia with shots and pours it on for the third-round knockout.
Strickland vaults his overall record to 17-1 and he starts a new win streak. Garcia falls to 13-3 and 3-2 in UFC.
Result: Strickland via third-round knockout
Daniel Sarafian vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Power MMA's Sarafian came into this contest with the New Yorker Bamgbose looking for back-to-back Octagon wins for the first time in his career.
Bamgbose switching stances early. He's showing lots of different angles. Big head kick knocks Sarafian down, where he is met by a flurry of punches, forcing the referee to step in and call the fight early in round one.
Bamgbose improves to 6-1 overall and secures his first UFC win, while Sarafian sees his Octagon struggles continue as he falls to 9-6.
Result: Bamgbose via first-round TKO
Anthony Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
Smith was looking to add to his seven-fight win streak when he welcomed the MMA Masters product Guimaraes to the Octagon.
Smith pursuing Guimaraes. He's putting together some nice combinations, mixing it up. The Brazilian moving mostly backwards, having a hard time counter striking. Guimaraes working both from southpaw and orthodox stances. Smith targeting the body with kicks and a nice right hooks. Big knee lands to the body of "Leleco." Smith looks like a more compact version of Stefan Struve with tattoos. Huge straight right hand tags Guimaraes. Another big right hand for Smith. Guimaraes is busted up. 10-9 Smith
Smith gets a little sloppy going after Guimaraes and gets nailed with a right. Luckily for him, he lands a takedown and begins to rain down punches. Smith takes the back and then moves to full mount. Now he's in half guard. "Lionheart" keeping the pressure on and has his opponent up against the fence. Not much action. Smith holding Guimaraes in position. Huge suplex from Smith. The referee stands them up and a beautiful left to the body and head combo hurts the American, who falls to the mat. Guimaraes takes Smith's back as round two ends. 20-18 Smith
Guimaraes has Smith pressed up against the cage early, where he's pummeling the latter's body with strikes. Smith shoots for a takedown out of desperation and now appears to be wilting under the top game of Guimaraes. The 33-year-old is dominating with his control and hammerfists. All Smith is doing is holding onto the wrist of Guimaraes. He's got to move. The referee stands them up. Smith visibly exhausted. Guimaraes still pressuring. Smith goes for the takedown, but Guimaraes is able to reverse and being landing heavy punches. 29-28 Smith
Smiths vaults his overall record to 25-11, while Guimaraes falls in his UFC debut. He sees his overall record drop to 11-2.
Result: Smith via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jonavin Webb vs. Nathan Coy
Webb went searching for his first UFC victory against the struggling Coy.
Coy pressing forward early, using the right hand. Webb looks to come over the top with a right counter. He's coming at weird angles to surprise the American Top Team representative. The right hand is there for "Spyder." Coy has slowed down. Great head movement so far from Webb. Switch kick attempt from Webb. Good left hand from Coy, but Webb is countering nicely. Webb momentarily grabs the takedown, but Coy able to sprawl. He's holding onto the head. They exit the clinch with 50 seconds left. Moving in and out of stances is Webb. Clear-cut round for Webb. 10-9
Webb looking for an armbar attempt after Coy gets the fight to the ground briefly. Coy may be looking for a D'arce choke now. We're back up and in the clinch where "Soulforce" is controlling the action. Great takedown defense by Coy. The Oregon native continues to press the action. Back to the clinch, where Coy looks for a trip. Coy has him on the mat and finds Webb's back. The 37-year-old has the body lock and won't let Webb out of it. Half guard for Coy. Full mount for the Florida-based combatant, who begins to search for the head-arm choke. Short shots from Coy. 19-19 Coy
Coy eats an uppercut coming in. Webb a bit more light on his feet to start round three. Webb searching for the armbar attempt after he avoids the trip. Coy escapes and ends up in half guard. Back to full guard. Some shots to the body and head. Webb nestled up against the fence now; definitely uncomfortable. Webb gives up his back. Knees to the thigh for Coy. Back to half guard. Webb struggles to get back to his feet, Coy is just overwhelming. What a pace. Webb tries a kneebar. Coy gets back to top position as the fight comes to an end. 29-28 Coy
Coy improves his overall record to 15-6 and stops a two-fight losing streak. Webb drops to 8-1 and loses his second bout in-a-row.
Result: Coy via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)