Cejudo defended his 125-pound belt in emphatic fashion at UFC Fight
Night 143 in Brooklyn, N.Y., ushering in the ESPN era with a
32-second technical knockout of Dillashaw in a champion vs.
champion showdown. While Dillashaw has protested the stoppage to
the point of being a sore loser, there’s no denying that Cejudo was
impressive in their abbreviated bout. As a result, Cejudo maintains
a firm hold atop the flyweight rankings, and Dillashaw is still No.
1 at bantamweight — but unranked at 125 pounds.
Meanwhile, it was an inauspicious Octagon debut for former KSW
flyweight champion Ariane
Lipski, as she dropped a convincing decision to Joanne
Calderwood at the Barclays Center. The loss is costly: “The
Violence” queen tumbles from No. 4 to the bubble list in the
women’s 125-pound division, while “JoJo” enters the poll in the
Elsewhere, a dominant victory for Gregor
Gillespie keeps him at No. 10 in the crowded lightweight
rankings, while former Top 10 staple Donald
Cerrone joins the 155-pound bubble list following an
enthralling stoppage of prospect Alexander
Hernandez. Finally, Joseph
Benavidez and Dustin
Ortiz fought tooth-and-nail in their rematch, with Benavidez
edging out a narrow decision. Both fighters stand pat at flyweight—
Benavidez at No. 4 and Ortiz at No. 10.