Early on, dos Anjos landed several, thumping shots which seemed to rattle Pettis, and as the bout wore on, he turned to his wrestling and top game to batter the champion from above. After the final bell sounded, there was no doubt that dos Anjos was set to become the new lightweight champ.
Following the bout, Pettis announced that he couldn’t see out of his right eye after taking a hard shot in the opening round.
Here are the results for UFC 185, which also saw Joanna Jedrzejczyk stop Carla Esparza in round two to become strawweight champion.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Carla Esparza via TKO (punches) R2, 4:17
Johny Hendricks def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alistair Overeem def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ross Pearosn def. Sam Stout via TKO (punches) R2, 1:33
Elias Theodorou def. Roger Narvaez via TKO (punches) R2, 4:07
Beneil Dariush def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 2:48
Jared Rosholt def. Josh Copeland via TKO (elbows and punches) R3, 3:12
Ryan Benoit def. Sergio Pettis via TKO (punches) R2, 1:34
Joseph Duffy def. Jake Lindsey via TKO (strikes) R1, 1:47
Germaine de Randamie def. Larissa Pacheco via TKO (punches) R2, 2:02