Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put on a show in Pittsburgh, Pa., last night (Sun., Feb. 21, 2016) for UFC Fight Night 83: "Cerrone vs Oliveira," as the CONSOL Energy Center hosted a wild night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action live and free on FOX Sports 1.
Donald Cerrone proved to be the true "Cowboy" in the main event of the evening, securing a beautiful triangle from top mount to submit Alex Oliveira in the very first round (highlights here).
In the co-main event, Derek Brunson battled Roan Carneiro in a critical Middleweight feature. In the end, Brunson earned his third straight first round knockout by taking out "Jucao" in just over two minutes.
Check out the highlights here.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from Pittsburgh.
Biggest Winner: Donald Cerrone
Will the real "Cowboy" please stand up?
Donald Cerrone put in a vintage performance in "Steel City" last night, pulling off a slick triangle from top mount to finish off Alex Oliveira in the first round of their main event tilt.
The victory was "Cowboy's" 22nd under the ZUFFA banner, his 21st professional finish victory, his 11th performance bonus, and his ninth win in his last 10 bouts.
Talk about impressive!
With Cerrone proving to be deadly in both the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions, UFC matchmakers have the opportunity to put the fan-favorite in some scintillating fights moving forward.
Expect Cerrone to continue fighting, winning, piling up $50,000 bonus checks, and drinking Budweiser.
There is -- and there will only ever be -- one true "Cowboy."
Runners-up: Derek Brunson
The former Strikeforce prospect is a bonafide UFC contender.
Derek Brunson easily handled Roan Carneiro in Pittsburgh last night, defeating the dangerous Brazilian grappler via (technical) knockout just over two minutes into the first round.
The finish was merciless, as Brunson rained down what seemed to be 30 unanswered shots before the ref finally stepped in to call the fight.
Earning his fourth straight victory, and third straight finish, Brunson has earned the right to fight a top 10 opponent next.
Who knows? Another finish victory could have Brunson on the cusp of a UFC title shot.
"No Love" showed no mercy to Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 82, finishing "Tanquinho" with a vicious combination late in the first round.
Garbrandt cracked Mendes with a right hand that sent the jiu-jitsu ace careening to the canvas in an unconscious heap, and even though Mario Yamasaki oddly stepped in between the fighters, Garbrandt was able to land one more blow to finish the fight.
Garbrandt made absolutely no excuses when John Lineker pulled out of their scheduled bout just six days prior to the event, and the Bantamweight prospect happily accepted the dangerous challenge in Mendes on short notice.
The Team Alpha Male product made the best of a bad situation, extended his undefeated streak to 8-0, and should get a ranked opponent his next time out.
For those hoping to see Garbrandt and Lineker lock horns, "No Love" mentioned at the post-fight press conference (replay here) that he will definitely be fighting Lineker next.
Biggest Loser: Marion Reneau
Forget Diego Sanchez's victory over Ross Pearson, or Cathal Pendred's robbery against Sean Spencer, because the worst scorecard in MMA history occurred in Pittsburgh last night.
Ashlee Evans-Smith somehow earned a unanimous decision victory over Marion Reneau on UFC Fight Pass, as the judges scored the bout 30-27, 28-29, 29-27.
Two of three judges inexplicably scored the first round for Smith, even though she was badly rocked and nearly finished via strikes, before nearly being choked unconscious as the bell rung.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the scorecards were tallied up wrong, giving Smith a 10-8 round in a fight she hardly dominated at any point.
Reneau's performance wasn't exemplary by any means, but she did enough to win the fight, and she was utterly robbed.
The Pennsylvania Athletic Commission should be ashamed.
Runners-up: Roan Carneiro
One little slip up is all it takes to lose in devastating fashion in MMA.
While Roan Carneiro wasn't looking particularly crisp or dangerous on the feet in the first 120 seconds of his co-main event bout against Derek Brunson, it seemed "Jucao" would have the ability to at least exchange long enough on the feet before he could take the fight to the mat and utilize his ground game.
Unfortunately for him, an ill-advised lunging hook caused him to awkwardly fall on the fence in a precarious position, and Brunson pounced and never let up.
"Jucao" was punished by well over a dozen unanswered haymakers as he laid in a fetal position desperately trying to defend himself before the referee finally stopped the fight.
The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for the Brazilian, and will likely knock him out of the UFC rankings.
What is it going to take for Joe Riggs to retire?
The 33-year old veteran and MMA journeyman has fought for just about every promotion, fought some of the best fighters in the world, has several memorable victories, but also has been the victim of plenty of one-sided beatdowns.
"Diesel" is far past his fighting prime, and Chris Camozzi made him pay in the worst way at UFC Fight Night 82.
It only took Camozzi 26 seconds to blast about a dozen knees to Riggs face and arms before the ref finally called a stop to the onslaught.
Riggs left the ring with a busted arm, a bruised ego, and his third loss in his last four fights.
Time to hang 'em up Joe. Thanks for the memories.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 83: "Cerrone vs Oliveira," including play-by-play updates click here.