In the main event, Cub Swanson walked away with a unanimous decision win over Artem Lobov.
After the win, he made sure to let the UFC brass know he is ready, willing and able to fight for the featherweight title. Lobov, in defeat, received lots of praise for putting together his best performance as a member of the UFC. In the co-main event, Al Iaquinta , returning from a long break, earned his fifth straight victory with a first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez.
Here are 10 memorable moments from the show. Prep time Swanson did what he needed to do in the main event. Lobov entered his fight against Swanson as the biggest underdog on the card.
Lobov left Nashville with a unanimous decision loss on his record, but he also left town with a lot more respect from fans and fighters because of his gutsy performance.
Over the course of five rounds, he gave Swanson a good fight — and in the process, took a step or two out of the shadow of his much more famous and accomplished teammate, featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
Instead, Iaquinta used his time on the microphone to pitch his services as a realtor.
After the win, Saint Preux credited a new approach to the sport for his victory. If you want to end up being in the top five, you have to make it a lifestyle.
Dodson plans on getting that fight by capturing the bantamweight title, which will set up a champion vs. Three fights into his return to bantamweight, Dodson is and has brought his power and speed along with him to the heavier weight class.
That might be a problem for his future pound opponents. John Lineker landed a UFC career-low 28 percent of his significant strikes in his decision win over Dodson while Wineland scored with just 15 percent of his significant strikes.
Digging deep Stevie Ray was in trouble during the majority of the first round of his lightweight fight against Joe Lauzon.
During those five minutes, Ray was taken down three times and ate some big elbows while on the ground. Lauzon began to fade in the second round, and by the third, he was out of gas. In fact, you probably should have mixed feelings about Mike Perry.
On the other, his actions outside the cage, and the actions of those he surrounds himself with, have sometimes fallen on the wrong side of acceptable. Demetrious Johnson is a expletive monster.
I need to be the champion in the future. Maybe not today, maybe not even in the next year, but I will be champion.
Headed in the right direction Progress is the name of the game when it comes to Danielle Taylor. In her first UFC fight, Taylor landed just 16 percent of her significant strikes.
She upped that number to 27 in her second outing.
At UFC Fight Night , Taylor took another step forward, landing 40 percent of her significant strikes on the way to a unanimous decision win over former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne. These are trained professionals Hector Sandoval made quite an impression in the opening fight of the night.