If the UFC was thinking about moving forward with a lightweight title fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone, well, Rafael dos Anjos has violently ended those plans.
The lightweight champ came out firing heavy shots in the UFC on FOX 17 headliner, and quickly cracked Cerrone with a left hand, knee and a body kick. As Cerrone struggled to recover, dos Anjos kept firing in punches, and the fight was stopped at the 1:06 mark.
Following his latest, jaw dropping and impressive win, dos Anjos relayed to Conor McGregor that he’ll be waiting for the featherweight champ if he moves to 155.
In the co-headliner, Alistair Overeem took a big step into the heavyweight title shot mix, by stopping Junior dos Santos. Overeem dropped JDS in round two, and after he followed up with punches the fight was called off.
UFC on FOX 17 took place in Orlando, Florida. Here are the complete results.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (body kick and punches) R1, 1:06
Alistair Overeem def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (punches) R2, 4:43
Nate Diaz def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira def. Myles Jury via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 3:05
Nate Marquardt def. C.B. Dollaway via KO (punch) R2, 0:28
Valentina Shevchenko def. Sarah Kaufman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tamdan McCrory def. Josh Samman via submission (triangle-choke) R3, 4:10
Nik Lentz def. Danny Castillo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller declared no contest (latter could not continue due to an accidental eye poke) R2, 1:44
Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Francis Ngannou def. Luiz Henrique via KO (punches) R2, 2:53
Vicente Luque def. Hayder Hassan via submission (anaconda choke) R1, 2:1