UFC Fight Night 68 wasn't he most anticipated of cards. Eventual UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier was pulled from the card, as was his opponent Ryan Bader. Struggling veterans Dan Henderson and Tim Boetsch ended up headlining the show, one that was among the most action packed in recent UFC memory.
Before the main event even started, the event had nine finishes, including seven in a row and all of the bouts on the main card. Dan Henderson was all too happy to make that ten. Just second into the fight, Henderson connected with Boetsch's face while moving backward. Boetsch never recovered, and Henderson earned his second victory in his past seven fights as commentator Jon Anik screamed "don't bury the man yet."
Henderson, 44, keeps his name relevant by defeating the resilient Boetsch. A loss would have likely meant a forced retirement by the UFC. Boetsch is now 2-5 in his last seven after winning four in a row and beating huge names in Yushn Okami and Hector Lombard.
Dustin Poirier and Ben Rothwell also look to shoot up the rankings with their impressive finishes as well. Poirier was dominant in his win over Yancy Medeiros, pummeling the Hawaiian until the referee mercifully stopped the bout. Ben Rothwell managed a slick front choke submission over perennial top-15 heavyweight Matt Mitirione. Rothwell is likely to move up at least one spot in the rankings, where he currently sits at #9.
You can read the full UFC Fight Night 68 results below, and don't forget we'll have full UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum coverage next weekend!
Dan Henderson def. Tim Boetsch (#13) via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:28
Ben Rothwell (#9) def. Matt Mitrione (#13) via submission (front choke) – Round 1, 1:54
Dustin Poirier def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:38
Brian Ortega def. Thiago Tavares via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:10
Anthony Birchak def. Joe Soto via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:37
Francisco Rivera (#11) def. Alex Caceres via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:21
Shawn Jordan def. Derrick Lewis via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:48
Omari Akhmedov def. Brian Ebersole via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00
Chris Wade def. Christos Giagos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Proctor def. Justin Edwards via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:58
Jake Collier def. Ricardo Abreu via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jose Quinonez def. Leonardo Morales via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:34