Donald set up the submission with a takedown after a fight hand by Oliveira. Oliveira’s open guard allowed Cerrone to easily mount and apply the triangle.
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Kelly Faszholz and Lauren Murphy earned Fight-of-the-Night honours while Cerrone and Chris Camozzi grabbed Performances-of-the-Night awards. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card:
TSN 2 MAIN CARD
JAMES KRAUSE VS SHANE CAMPBELL
WINNER: JAMES KRAUSE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMES KRAUSE VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Krause almost finished Campbell at the end of the first round but the Canadian gamely fought on, but the striking and control of Krause was too much.
CHRIS CAMOZZI VS JOE RIGGS
WINNER: CHRIS CAMOZZI VIA TKO R1: 0:26
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE RIGGS VIA TKO
Andrews: Unfortunately, technical problems at the time prevented me from seeing this live, but thanks to Twitter I did see the knees that broke Joe Riggs. I have to tip my cap to Camozzi; he got it done and quickly.
#8 DENNIS BERMUDEZ VS #12 TATSUYA KAWAJIRI
WINNER: DEREK BERMUDEZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
ANDREWS PREDICTION: TATSUYA KAWAJIRI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Bermudez used his own grappling to neutralize the grappling of Kawajiri and added some timely strikes. Great win for Bermudez.
CODY GARBRANDT VS AUGUSTO MENDES
WINNER: CODY GARBRANDT VIA TKO R1 4:18
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CODY GARBRANDT VIA TKO
Andrews: Cody did what we all expected. Took advantage of an inexperienced Mendes and used his striking to put him away in the first round. Good win for No Love.
#13 DEREK BRUNSON VS #15 ROAN CARNEIRO
WINNER: DEREK BRUNSON VIA TKO R1 2:38
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEREK BRUNSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Brunson took advantage of a single mistake of Carniero to rain strikes down on him for the first round stoppage. Impressive win for Brunson.
DONALD CERRONE VS ALEX OLIVEIRA
WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:33
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO
Andrews: Cerrone just fought without thinking too much. Then, he used the skills in his tool belt when Oliveira gifted him the open guard. A good win for Cerrone, but now he needs to be more consistent.