Cerrone squared off with Alex Oliveira in the main event, in a bout that took place at 170 pounds. Oliveira came out of the gate firing heavy punches, but Cerrone defended and took the fight down with a nicely timed double leg. The perennial lightweight contender quickly passed into mount, before setting up a triangle-choke, which quickly had Oliveira tapping.
It was a pivotal and impressive win for Cerrone, who was coming off a quick, stoppage loss to lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos in December.
Here are the complete results for UFC FN 83, which was hosted by Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center.
Donald Cerrone def. Alex Oliveira via submission (triangle-choke) R1, 2:33
Derek Brunson def. Roan Carneiro via TKO (punches) R1, 2:38
Cody Garbrandt def. Augusto Mendes via TKO (punches) R1, 4:18
Dennis Bermudez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Camozzi def. Joe Riggs via TKO (punches and knees) R1, 0:26
James Krause def. Shane Campbell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sean Strickland def. Alex Garcia via TKO (punches) R3, 4:25
Oluwale Bamgbose def. Daniel Sarafian via KO (punches) R1, 1:00
Anthony Smith def. Leonardo Augusto Leleco via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nathan Coy def. Jonavin Webb via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Marion Reneau via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-27)
Lauren Murphy def. Kelly Faszholz via TKO (punches) R3, 4:55
Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Anthony Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)