Rafael Dos Anjos was dominant. That's really the only way to explain his one minute destruction of challenger Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 17 Saturday night.
Dos Anjos attacked early, crumbling Cerrone right off the bat after a big knee and kick to the body. It didn't take much longer for referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight. It was a completely one sided beating that effectively eliminated Cerrone from title contention, since he's lost to Dos Anjos twice.
The fight may have effectively determined Conor McGregor's next opponent, as many expected him to face Donald Cerrone for the Lightweight Title if he won. With Frankie Edgar waiting in the wings at featherweight, it's likely that will be a bigger money fight than Rafael Dos Anjos in a champion vs. champion bout. Either way, Dos Anjos called out McGregor, as did Nate Diaz, as did Charles Oliveira, as did probably Judy Bagwell somewhere.
Alistair Overeem will head into free agency with a three fight winning streak and a giant victory over Junior Dos Santos. Overeem controlled the duration of the two rounds before knocking out the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Many questioned Overeem's future after losing three of four in the UFC, but has been laying waste to the heavyweight division over the past year. He'll command a huge payday as he explores his options.
Fan favorite Nate Diaz and top-10 lightweight Michael Johnson had an unbelievable fight, among the best of the year. Diaz took an extended amount of time off, and came back looking renewed, but fighting the same, which isn't a negative if you're a fan of Diaz. The two threw down with Diaz landing jabs, and Johnson scoring leg kicks and big left hands. This fight is absolutely worth going out of your way to see.
Elsewhere on the show, top-5 women's Bantamweight Sarah Kaufman was upset by late replacement Valentina Shevchenko, and #7-ranked Randa Markos was defeated by Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Rafael dos Anjos (c) def. Donald Cerrone (#2) via TKO (kick and punches) – Round 1, 1:06 to retain the UFC Lightweight title
Alistair Overeem (#9) def. Junior Dos Santos (#2) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:43
Nate Diaz (#15) def. Michael Johnson (#6) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos (#7) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Charles Oliveira (#7) def. Myles Jury (#9) via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:05
Nate Marquardt def. C.B. Dollaway via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:28
Tamdan McCrory def. Josh Samman via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:10
Valentina Shevchenko def. Sarah Kaufman (#5) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nik Lentz (#10) def. Danny Castillo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller – no contest (accidental eye poke)
Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Vincente Luque def. Hayder Hassan via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 1, 2:13
Francis Ngannou def. Luiz Henrique via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:53