The UFC Rio Rancho card featured a rare case of a main event nobody asked for, but made perfect sense.
With UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones looking on, #6 Jan Blachowicz avenged a previous loss to #5 Corey Anderson. He did it in shocking fashion, too, by knocking out Anderson cold in the middle of the first round. After the fight, Blachowicz challenged Jones to a title bout.
BIG right! @JanBlachowicz gets redemption at #UFCRioRancho! pic.twitter.com/s7A8WgEXDg— UFC (@ufc) February 16, 2020
Jones, stealing the spotlight from Blachowicz, led the crowd in a "Jon Bones Jones" chant, after excitedly cheering that Anderson was finished. It's worth noting that Jon Jones previously said he wanted to fight overseas this year.
--@MontanaMarie211 lands! #UFCRioRancho pic.twitter.com/iFo0UyGSgN— UFC (@ufc) February 16, 2020
The main undercard featured a few other ranked fighters as well. #12 Montana De La Rosa beat out #13 Mara Romero Borella via unanimous decision, and unranked (and again, off weight) Ray Borg outlasted #7 Rogerio Bontorin.
Powerful takedown for @UfcPereira! #UFCRioRancho pic.twitter.com/4A0lzyvuq4— UFC (@ufc) February 16, 2020
Interestingly enough, a couple of unranked bouts on the main card seemed to have more buzz than ranked undercard fights. Diego Sanchez got picked apart by a flashy Michel Pereira, but an illegal knee in the third round gave Sanchez a co-main event DQ win.
--The MAGICIAN! @JohnDodsonMMA gets it done at home! #UFCRioRancho— UFC (@ufc) February 16, 2020
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On the prelims, John Dodson went into his fight with Nathaniel Wood ranked #13, but still wanted to reinvent himself. He did so, winning in the third round via TKO and keeping himself relevant in the bantamweight division.
BUSY clinch work! #UFCRioRancho— UFC (@ufc) February 15, 2020
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#12 Macy Chiasson earned a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Shanna Young, while #14 Raulian Paiva knocked out #13 Mark De La Rosa in the second round.
WHAT A RIGHT HAND! HUGE Win for @RaulianPaivaMMA!#UFCRioRancho pic.twitter.com/NvhiuG5kJ2— UFC (@ufc) February 15, 2020
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