The prelims are over for UFC on FOX 17, so let’s move to the main card action. In the headliner, lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos will throw down with Donald Cerrone.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos
Round 1: Both women chuck hard punches to begin the fight. Kowalkiewicz tags Markos with a right hand. Markos flurries in. They clinch up briefly. Kowalkiewicz plants a right. Markos lands a left counter. Markos clinches up and pushes Kowalkiewicz to the cage. Markos tries dragging Kowalkiewicz to the mat but can’t keep her there. Markos lands a right but Kowalkiewicz fires back with one of her own. Round ends.
Round 2: Kowalkiewicz comes out more aggressively and lands a nice right. Markos chucks hard overhand right. Nice 1, 2 from Kowalkiewicz. Markos changes levels and takes Kowalkiewicz to the mat. Kowalkiewicz gets back to her but is pushed up against the cage. Markis moves to the back of Kowalkiewicz. Latter is trying to shake Markos off but can’t. They fall to the floor. Markos is still working from the back. Round ends.
Round 3: Kowalkiewicz charges out. Markos feints a level change. Markos wings a big right. Kowalkiewicz flurries in. Nice spinning backfist from Kowalkiewicz. Markos shoots in looking for a TD but Kowalkiewicz reverses and takes top position. Kowalkiewicz is firing down punches. Big elbow from Kowalkiewicz. Knees to the body from the latter. Markos works her way out to her feet. Both women throw rights. Round ends.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson
Round 1: Johnson narrowly misses with a big left. Johnson comes with a leg kick, and another. Diaz sticks a nice jab. Johnson is much faster in terms of hand speed. Diaz digs a hard kick to the body. Johnson lands a solid left. Diaz lands a right and smiles. Diaz is starting to time Johnson. Hard left from Diaz. Johnson comes with another leg kick. Latter plants a hard kick to the body. Johnson counters with a left. Now Diaz lands a left. Round ends.
Round 2: Johnson fires another leg kick and then lands a big left that pushes Diaz back. Diaz with a hard 1,2. Diaz finds the mark with another left. Diaz sticks a jab. And another. Johnson comes with a hard hook. Both men trade hard lefts. Another hard jab from Johnson. Wow. Both guys are coming with thumping punches. Nice combo from Diaz and the latter is doing a wee bit of taunting. Johnson lands in return. Diaz plants a big left again. Latter is laughing. Classic Diaz. Diaz with more punches. Head kick from Diaz is partially blocked. Johnson is countered with another left. Round ends. Brilliant action.
Round 3: Couple rights from Diaz. Johnson is having difficulties negating the reach of Diaz. Another jab from Diaz lands. Wow. Diaz plants a left and Johnson flurries back. Johnson lands a left. Another left from Diaz. Head kick from Diaz is blocked by Johnson. Latter’s chin is holding up very well. Johnson clinches up briefly. Uppercut from Diaz. Another left from Diaz. Johnson eats a counter right. Jab is still money for Diaz. Wow. Diaz with another 1,2. Latter slips to the floor. Big right from Johnson. Diaz with more hard jabs. Latter fires a right but takes a counter from Johnson. Latter shoots in and round ends. Crazy. Johnson kicks at Diaz while they’re still on the mat, after the final horn went (Diaz was clowning that he was going for a kneebar) Outstanding fight.
Nate Diaz def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Round 1: Both men are looking for an opening. No one has thrown a strike. Dos Santos misses with a leg kick. Some fans boo at the inactivity. JDS charges forward and lands a right. Overeem fires a kick to the body. JDS wings a headkick but Overeem blocks it. Latter misses with a left. Overeem throws a left that misses. Big left from Overeem finds the mark. Leg kick from Overeem. Some more boos. JDS is bleeding from the nose. Hard body kick from Overeem. JDS spins but Overeem locks up. Round ends.
Round 2: Yikes takes a kick to groin not long into the round. Fight resumes. Leg kick from Overeem. Body kick from Overeem lands. JDS is pressing forward but isn’t throwing much. That said, he did just miss with a spinning kick. Overeem chucks a big left that misses. JDS comes with a knee to the head that grazes Overeem. Both men fire leg kicks. Another leg kick from Overeem. And another one. Big 1,2 from Overeem. JDS is cut by his right eye. JDS flurries in hard. Wow. Big shots. Crazy. Overeem floors JDS with a thumping left. A follow up shot from Overeem prompts the ref to jump in. JDS is upset with stoppage but it’s a huge win for “The Reem”.
Alistair Overeem def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (punches) R2, 4:43
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone
Round 1: dos Anjos throws a front kick. RDA cracks Cerrone with a hard left. Cerrone fires back a right. RDA pounds Cerrone with a kick to the body and latter is in huge trouble. RDA swarms in with punches and Cerrone is on the mat trying to cover up. More punches from RDA and that’s a wrap. What an impressive performance by the champ.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (body kick and punches) R1, 1:06