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UFC Brooklyn Leads To ‘Record-Setting Night’ On ESPN+

ESPN was able to bring 568,000 new subscribers to its ESPN+ digital streaming service over the weekend, thanks to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its “Cejudo vs. Dillashaw” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place on Jan. 19 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

I would be interested in knowing what the number becomes after the seven-day free trial expires later this week, but for now, we’ll let the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” have its moment in the spotlight.

The UFC Brooklyn “Prelims” on ESPN (recap here) averaged a 1.4 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated UFC Fight Night preliminary card on cable since at least 2013, according to today’s press release.

“Our first UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ was a thrilling evening of action and a great success, with a record-setting night that continued the momentum for ESPN+, delivered strong ratings on ESPN and marks a great start to our new agreement with the UFC,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company. “It was a milestone evening, with the success driven by outstanding joint efforts from the teams at DTCI and ESPN.”

UFC left the FOX network at the beginning of the year and hooked up with ESPN for the next several years, where fans can expect 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night cards on ESPN+ each year, as well as 10 exclusive UFC on ESPN Fight Night events and UFC pay-per-view “Prelims.”

For complete results from UFC Brooklyn click here.

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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Henry Cejudo Wrecks TJ Dillashaw in Less Than a Minute

It was the latest installment of the “champ versus champ” series, with flyweight king Henry Cejudo taking on bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But there was a lot more at stake than just a belt. You see, the UFC is on the cusp of getting rid of the flyweight division, and the 125-pound champ losing would be the perfect opportunity to kill it.

So of course the Olympic wrestler rose to the occasion.

It took a little more than half a minute for Cejudo to overwhelm Dillashaw with strikes. From a kick to the head to a storm of punches, Cejudo had Dillashaw stumbling, dropping, rising up and dropping again. The ref saw enough at the 32-second mark.

Is the division saved? Maybe. Hopefully. After beating the champ in the weight class above, the flyweight champ certainly deserves to keep his kingdom.

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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Greg Hardy Gets DQ’d for an Illegal Knee Because of Course He Does

If anyone came into UFC on ESPN+1 lugging around some baggage, it was Greg Hardy. After all, the ex-NFLer is no longer a pro football player anymore because of some nasty domestic violence issues. But he’s won quick and violently on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series”, so he we are.

Standing opposite him in the Octagon was Allen Crowder, a total nobody who had the crowd’s love simply because Hardy is a villain.

And in the opening seconds, it was the villain throwing heat and the hero taking lumps. But in a scant few seconds Hardy was spent, and it was Crowder’s turn to take control – which he did by getting Hardy down and working him over a bit. Crowder threw his advantage away with a guillotine attempt, but he’s no salty veteran, and mistakes happen.

Round 2 saw the two going at it on the feet, and when it was clear that Hardy had nothing in the tank, Crowder began verbally taunting the heck out of him.

And then Hardy did the most Hardy thing ever: Crowder wound up on one knee in a scramble, and while standing above him, Hardy cracked him with a knee to the dome.

Yup, a totally illegal technique, and when Crowder couldn’t continue, referee Dan Miragliotta disqualified Hardy without blinking.

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: You Want to See a Division Killed in a Night?

The UFC is having their inaugural ESPN show later this month, and headlining UFC on ESPN+1 is a match-up between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the UFC keeps the flyweight division alive for another second.

(If Cejudo wins, it’s hard to imagine them keeping the division alive much longer as well, but that’s beside the point.)

You see, the UFC has been shedding its 125-pound male roster like a snake shucking off its skin. And though they haven’t set a firm date on when they’re shutting things down at flyweight, you have to think it’ll be soon.

But nothing will make it sooner like Dillashaw taking the belt from Cejudo. Remember: Cejudo somehow, someway managed to dethrone longtime champ Demetrious Johnson, and since Johnson kind of killed any spark the division might have had, his departure meant the UFC could stop wasting its money on a weight class no one cares about.

Which isn’t to say Cejudo isn’t good – he’s a former Olympian, he’s damn good. But he’d probably move the needle more as a bantamweight… so the UFC is likely hoping that Dillashaw puts an end to the division once and for all by becoming a double-champ.

Will the UFC on ESPN+1 fight be good? Probably.

But being good isn’t going to be enough to reverse course on this ship. Unless Cejudo wins, and does so using heretofore unseen superpowers like telekinesis and teleportation, that division is toast. And if Cejudo loses… it’ll be toast that much sooner.

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: You Want to See a Division Killed in a Night?

The UFC is having their inaugural ESPN show later this month, and headlining UFC on ESPN+1 is a match-up between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the UFC keeps the flyweight division alive for another second.

(If Cejudo wins, it’s hard to imagine them keeping the division alive much longer as well, but that’s beside the point.)

You see, the UFC has been shedding its 125-pound male roster like a snake shucking off its skin. And though they haven’t set a firm date on when they’re shutting things down at flyweight, you have to think it’ll be soon.

But nothing will make it sooner like Dillashaw taking the belt from Cejudo. Remember: Cejudo somehow, someway managed to dethrone longtime champ Demetrious Johnson, and since Johnson kind of killed any spark the division might have had, his departure meant the UFC could stop wasting its money on a weight class no one cares about.

Which isn’t to say Cejudo isn’t good – he’s a former Olympian, he’s damn good. But he’d probably move the needle more as a bantamweight… so the UFC is likely hoping that Dillashaw puts an end to the division once and for all by becoming a double-champ.

Will the UFC on ESPN+1 fight be good? Probably.

But being good isn’t going to be enough to reverse course on this ship. Unless Cejudo wins, and does so using heretofore unseen superpowers like telekinesis and teleportation, that division is toast. And if Cejudo loses… it’ll be toast that much sooner.

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: You Want to See a Division Killed in a Night?

The UFC is having their inaugural ESPN show later this month, and headlining UFC on ESPN+1 is a match-up between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the UFC keeps the flyweight division alive for another second.

(If Cejudo wins, it’s hard to imagine them keeping the division alive much longer as well, but that’s beside the point.)

You see, the UFC has been shedding its 125-pound male roster like a snake shucking off its skin. And though they haven’t set a firm date on when they’re shutting things down at flyweight, you have to think it’ll be soon.

But nothing will make it sooner like Dillashaw taking the belt from Cejudo. Remember: Cejudo somehow, someway managed to dethrone longtime champ Demetrious Johnson, and since Johnson kind of killed any spark the division might have had, his departure meant the UFC could stop wasting its money on a weight class no one cares about.

Which isn’t to say Cejudo isn’t good – he’s a former Olympian, he’s damn good. But he’d probably move the needle more as a bantamweight… so the UFC is likely hoping that Dillashaw puts an end to the division once and for all by becoming a double-champ.

Will the UFC on ESPN+1 fight be good? Probably.

But being good isn’t going to be enough to reverse course on this ship. Unless Cejudo wins, and does so using heretofore unseen superpowers like telekinesis and teleportation, that division is toast. And if Cejudo loses… it’ll be toast that much sooner.

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Ariane Lipski vs. Joanne Calderwood Moved from UFC 233 to UFC Fight Night Brooklyn

A UFC women’s flyweight bout between Ariane Lipski and Joanne Calderwood is changing locations.
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UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Still the Coolest Heavyweight in the UFC

As local heavyweights go, Tai Tuivasa earned his main event spot at UFC Fight Night 142. Three wins in three Octagon appearances, and all of them pretty decisive, meant it was time for him to take a step up in competition with the spotlight shining on him brightly. So he got to face former champ Junior dos Santos.

There was no real heat between the two before the fight. In fact, they seemed to have gotten married and adopted a baby kangaroo, which is a common thing in Australia. But when the cage door shut it was time for business, and Tuivasa wasted no time chopping away at the Brazilian with kicks, kicks and more kicks. Meanwhile, whenever JDS clinched him, Tuivasa would use that opportunity to land elbows. Things were getting hairy.

And yet, JDS has been an elite heavyweight for a while now – and one of the coolest guys around to boot – so all it took was some sloppiness on Tuivasa’s part and Dos Santos was able to capitalize. A short hook in an exchange sent the Aussie to the canvas, and after some ground and pound, JDS got the win via TKO.

This loss probably does nothing for Tuivasa’s standing as local hero. Whenever the UFC comes to town, he’ll be on the card. As for Dos Santos… like Shogun’s win in the co-main event, maybe this staves off the talk of retirement for a little while longer?

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UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Still the Coolest Heavyweight in the UFC

As local heavyweights go, Tai Tuivasa earned his main event spot at UFC Fight Night 142. Three wins in three Octagon appearances, and all of them pretty decisive, meant it was time for him to take a step up in competition with the spotlight shining on him brightly. So he got to face former champ Junior dos Santos.

There was no real heat between the two before the fight. In fact, they seemed to have gotten married and adopted a baby kangaroo, which is a common thing in Australia. But when the cage door shut it was time for business, and Tuivasa wasted no time chopping away at the Brazilian with kicks, kicks and more kicks. Meanwhile, whenever JDS clinched him, Tuivasa would use that opportunity to land elbows. Things were getting hairy.

And yet, JDS has been an elite heavyweight for a while now – and one of the coolest guys around to boot – so all it took was some sloppiness on Tuivasa’s part and Dos Santos was able to capitalize. A short hook in an exchange sent the Aussie to the canvas, and after some ground and pound, JDS got the win via TKO.

This loss probably does nothing for Tuivasa’s standing as local hero. Whenever the UFC comes to town, he’ll be on the card. As for Dos Santos… like Shogun’s win in the co-main event, maybe this staves off the talk of retirement for a little while longer?

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UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Still the Coolest Heavyweight in the UFC

As local heavyweights go, Tai Tuivasa earned his main event spot at UFC Fight Night 142. Three wins in three Octagon appearances, and all of them pretty decisive, meant it was time for him to take a step up in competition with the spotlight shining on him brightly. So he got to face former champ Junior dos Santos.

There was no real heat between the two before the fight. In fact, they seemed to have gotten married and adopted a baby kangaroo, which is a common thing in Australia. But when the cage door shut it was time for business, and Tuivasa wasted no time chopping away at the Brazilian with kicks, kicks and more kicks. Meanwhile, whenever JDS clinched him, Tuivasa would use that opportunity to land elbows. Things were getting hairy.

And yet, JDS has been an elite heavyweight for a while now – and one of the coolest guys around to boot – so all it took was some sloppiness on Tuivasa’s part and Dos Santos was able to capitalize. A short hook in an exchange sent the Aussie to the canvas, and after some ground and pound, JDS got the win via TKO.

This loss probably does nothing for Tuivasa’s standing as local hero. Whenever the UFC comes to town, he’ll be on the card. As for Dos Santos… like Shogun’s win in the co-main event, maybe this staves off the talk of retirement for a little while longer?

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