After a brief hiatus, the Octagon returns with a second consecutive pay-per-view, as UFC 185 goes down tonight from Dallas and the American Airlines Center.
In the main event, Anthony Pettis puts his lightweight title on the line for the second time, facing top challenger Rafael dos Anjos.
Pettis (18-2) has won five straight, including a December submission win over Gilbert Melendez. Dos Anjos (23-7) is 7-1 in his last eight, having defeated the likes of Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone.
Also, Carla Esparza defends the UFC strawweight championship for the first time against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Esparza (10-2) became the first title holder when she submitted Rose Namajunas, while Jedrzejczyk (8-0) is 2-0 since joining the UFC.
Other planned bouts include former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown, heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Roy Nelson looking to knock the other one out and Chris Cariaso welcoming ex-U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo to the flyweight division.
The prelims, which stream live on UFC Fight Pass and air on FX, include Ross Pearson vs. Sam Stout, Elias Theodorou vs. Roger Narvaez, Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush and Jared Rosholt vs. Josh Copeland.
As always, FightLine will have you covered the night of the fight with live play-by-play and throughout the week leading up to the action.
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Germaine de Randamie vs. Larissa Pacheco
We kick things off on UFC Fight Pass with a female bantamweight bout as Germaine de Randamie (4-3) meets Larissa Pacheco (10-1). De Randamie is returning for the first time since 2013, while Pacheco is the youngest fighter on the active UFC roster.
Round 1: With an incredible muay Thai background, de Randamie is looking to use that vs. the younger here to start. Pacheco, though, fires off some kicks but eats a right from GDR that stuns her. A left gets through and GDR is rocking now. She’s crossing and getting complete power in every punch thrown. The face of Pacheco is showing plenty of damage from the strikes. Pacheco’s had enough of that and initiates the clinch, backing her against the fence as we head under a minute.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for de Randamie
Round 2: All de Randamie, as she waits for the right moment before going full-force. She’s peppering Pacheco with lefts, rights and everything in between. Pacheco is standing and taking it, but the ref calls a stop and this one is all over.
Germaine de Randamie def. Larissa Pacheco via TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 2
Jake Lindsey vs. Joseph Duffy
The last man to defeat Conor McGregor, Joseph Duffy (12-1), makes his Octagon debut at lightweight vs. Jake Lindsey (9-2).
Round 1: Both men come right out, no touch of gloves, and they are ready to throw leather. Solid left from Duffy, followed by a right. He’s got some quick hands. Another right, followed by a left, and Duffy is peppering him with everything. Lindsey rocked a bit, but he’s countering the strikes with inside leg kicks. After a right, Duffy fires off a head kick that connects. A knee to the body and Lindsey is hurt. Duffy follows up with a few strikes, but this one is over.
Joseph Duffy def. Jake Lindsey via TKO (strikes) at 1:47 of Round 1
Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit
We’ll conclude the early prelims with flyweights Sergio Pettis (12-1) and Ryan Benoit (7-3). Pettis is making his UFC debut at 125 pounds after competing as a bantamweight, while Benoit is back for the first time in several months due to an injury.
Round 1: Excellent 1-2 combo from Pettis to start, with Benoit in the southpaw stance. Benoit tries to jump in a land a left, but eats a kick, and another, right away. Pettis rocks him with a right that nearly takes Benoit off his feet. There is redness on the body of Benoit, who has slowed down dramatically, from a kick he caught there. It also appears he has a right hand injury, as he hasn’t thrown it since an exchange and he’s constantly shaking it out. Nice takedown from Benoit, but he’s quickly reversed and into half-guard. A takedown from Pettis and he ends it in a strong position.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pettis
Round 2: Pettis looking very good, but out of nowhere, Benoit lands and he sends him flying to the canvas. Pettis is trying to recover, but he can’t. Benoit continues to hammer away and he curls up. This one is all over. It was an exchange of hooks, with Benoit’s landing more flush.
After the referee called a stoppage to it, Benoit appeared to kick Pettis in the behind. He apologized to Joe Silva and Pettis afterwards.
Ryan Benoit def. Sergio Pettis via TKO (strikes) at 1:34 of Round 2