This fight card had the perfect lineup which would interest neutral viewers coming into the first broadcast on ESPN. UFC Brooklyn showcased a main event to be remembered with Henry Cejudo retaining his flyweight belt against TJ Dillashaw.
Now that the dust has settled, the outcomes of each fight were perfect to begin building an audience base for ESPN.
Main card results:
Henry Cejudo defeated T.J. Dillashaw by TKO in round 1.
Allen Crowder defeated Greg Hardy by disqualification due to an illegal knee in round 2.
Gregor Gillespie defeated Yancy Medeiros by TKO in round 2.
Joseph Benavidez defeated Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision.
Paige Van Zant defeated Rachael Ostovich by armbar submission in round 2.
Glover Teixeira defeated Karl Roberson by arm-triangle submission in round 1.
Henry Cejudo’s stock has gone up massively with his unexpected dismantling of the UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. He has multiple big-fight options to him now in either a rematch with Joseph Benavidez at flyweight, or a rematch with TJ for the Bantamweight title.
Post-fight interviews for the main event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bWtnndOI-E
Greg Hardy’s inexperience got the better of him with the illegal knee. After he failed to knockout his opponent in the opening moments of the bout, he looked tired and let his opponent get into the fight. With that said, he seemed like he was able to adapt and recover as the fight went on. The former NFL player could still very well be a heavyweight draw for the UFC, despite the fact that the crowd last night was on his back from the beginning.
Paige Van Zant pulled out an impressive victory against Rachael Ostovich. Rachel was clearly winning the fight for the first round and a half, getting the better of the grappling exchange and keeping Paige grounded. However, Paige dug deep and managed to sneak a strong arm bar on her opponent. Despite Van Zant taking the victory, both women looked impressive and at least in the near future, both will have plenty of opportunities in the UFC.