“UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs. Miller” takes place tonight at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. The event is headlined with a match-up between top-10 ranked lightweights Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jim Miller.
All but one UFC Fight Night 45 bout will air live on FOX Sports 1 starting at 7 p.m. ET. One preliminary card bout, the debut of the women’s strawweight division, will stream live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET.
ProMMAnow.com will provide LIVE results and round-by-round updates of all the action. Join us for the fun.
NOTE: Watch the UFC Fight Night 45 post-fight press conference.
UFC Fight Night 45 quick results:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
- Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller by KO (head kick) Rd 2 (3:31)
- Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:06)
- Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra by submission (head and arm choke) Rd 2 (2:12)
- Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:27)
- John Lineker def. Alp Ozkilic by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (4:51)
- Lucas Martins def. Alex White by KO (punches) Rd 3 (2:08)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
- Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
- Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (2:24)
- Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (3:50)
- Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Sanders by TKO (retirement) Rd 1 (5:00)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Claudia Gadelha def. Tina Lahdemaki by unanimous decision (30-36, 30-27 x 2)
UFC Fight Night 45 play-by-play:
115 lbs: Claudia Gadelha vs. Tina Lahdemaki
Round 1 – First ever UFC women’s strawweight bout will now commence. Both girls unbeaten. Touch gloves. Gadelha connects first with a punch combo. Lahdemaki fires back but eats a crisp left hook, and then another. Left hook of her own by Lahdemaki. Knees in the clinch from Gadelha and Lahdemaki goes to the mat. Lahdemaki gets to her feet but gets taken right back down. Gadelha working the ground and pound. Gadelha eventually gets to full mount. Lahdemaki gives up her back as Gadelha softens her up with punches, body triangle locked on. Gadelha looking for the neck crank/choke. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Gadelha
Round 2 – Gadelha lands with the left. Now a right. Lahdemaki fires back with a left of her own, and another. Right hand from Lahdemaki, but Gadelha puts her on her back. After some g n’ p, Lahdemaki gives up her back and is able to get to her feet. Left counter from Gadelha, then a punch combo. Body shot from Lahdemaki, but she eats a big hook from Gadelha. Lahdemaki lands a nice counter combo as Gadelha appears to be fading. Body kick from Gadelha, but Lahdemaki has opened her up and she’s bleeding. Nice right from Lahdemaki at the bell. Closer round but I still score it for Gadelha 10-9
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Body kick from Gadelha. Lahdemaki avoids a takedown and lands a knee or two in the clinch. Leg kick from Lahdemaki, but eats a counter punch. Left hand from Lahdemaki. Right/left combo from Gadelha. Left hook follows. Inside leg kick. Gadelha getting the better of the standup here, she then gets an inside trip takedown and lands a nice elbow from the top. Lahdemaki is able to eventually get back to her feet but Gadelha lands some kicks and punches before dumping her on her back once again. Nice action from the 115 pound ladies. Welcome to the UFC. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Gadelha, and the fight for Gadelha 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Claudia Gadelha def. Tina Lahdemaki by unanimous decision (30-36, 30-27 x 2)
155 lbs: Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Jerrod Sanders
Round 1 – Sanders took this fight on two weeks notice. These guys look large for lightweight. Big inside leg kick from Cedeno. He catches a body kick from Sanders and drops him with a big right hand. He pounces but Sanders avoids most of the shots and shoots in for a takedown. Sanders is a former All-American wrestler and has Cedeno on his back now, controlling from inside full guard. No damage being done though. Cedeno is able to use a leg lock attempt to sweep. Cedeno inside Sanders’ guard now. Cedeno looking to land a bomb, but Sanders again avoids most of the punishment. Cedeno controlling from half guard, drops a short elbow. Knee to the body. Landing some nice punches as Sanders tries to cover up. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Cedeno. Sanders very slow to get up and may have hurt his knee. This fight may be over, as he needs help to his stool. Sanders tries to stand but is having trouble. That’s all she wrote.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Sanders by TKO (retirement) Rd 1 (5:00)
135 lbs: Aljamain Sterling vs. Hugo Viana
Round 1 – Body kick from Sterling. Kicks the leg out from Viana and he touches down. Viana counters a body kick with a big right hand that stuns Sterling briefly. Viana counters a flying knee with a right hand that connects. Sterling ducks under punches to score a takedown. Viana fighting to get up as Sterling gives him a knee to the bread basket. Another, from the clinch against the cage. Another knee from Sterling, who is controlling and stifling Viana. Sterling backs out and they square up. Sterling connects on a head kick. But Viana seems okay, lands a body kick. Big inside leg kick from Viana. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Sterling
Round 2 – Body kick from Viana. Body lock and a knee from Sterling, pushes Viana to the cage where he tenderizes the thighs of Viana with his knees. Viana is able to get out of the clinch and gets back to the center. Left jab from Viana connects. Sterling ducks under a punch for a nice takedown, lands an elbow from inside guard. Viana gets to his feet but takes a big body kick for his trouble. Left hook from Viana connects. Sterling gets another takedown, takes side mount. Viana trying to use the cage to get up. Sterling takes his back, looking for the choke with under a minute to go. Body triangle locked on. Sterling lands some solid punches as Viana tries to escape. PMN sees the round 10-9 Sterling
Round 3 – Another takedown from Sterling. He works the occasional ground and pound for a bit, looks to go for an armbar, misses it, then takes full mount. Half the round down at this point. Sterling landing some big punches, lets loose with a flurry as Viana flails and the referee is forced to stop it. Domination for the unbeaten Serra-Longo bantamweight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (3:50)
Dana White’s response to Sterling’s performance:
Serra and Longo are building some incredible fighters!!!
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 16, 2014
135 lbs: Jessamyn Duke vs. Leslie Smith
Round 1 – Inside leg kick from Smith, then lands a nice punch. Inside leg kick from Duke. Smith with a leg kick, again. Duke with a leg kick. Again. Nice right from Smith backs Duke up, and opens her up. Leg kick from Smith as she lands a couple more punches. Nice uppercut from Duke and Smith fires back. Big leg kick from Smith. Duke catches a kick and fires back. Smith backs her to the cage with a huge flurry and a liver shot drops Duke to the canvas. Destroyer. Fight over. Smith puts on “Performance of the Night” so far.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (2:24)
Left hooks, liver kicks, head kicks, left body shot, knee to the body on a falling, dying Duke. Leslie Smith, still the female Diaz sister.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) July 17, 2014
Apparently Duke suffered an injury…
“For everyone asking, @jessamynduke broke her hand. Didnt know what to do once leslie turned it on when she couldnt grab & circle off”
— Team Rousey (@ArmbarNation) July 17, 2014
155 lbs: Pat Healy vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1 – Left from Tibau. Again. Inside leg kick. Nice left counter from Tibau, and another. Leg kick from Healy. Right from Healy, left counter from Tibau, then a leg kick. Tibau ducks under punches for a perfectly timed takedown, picking Healy up for the slam. Tibau inside guard, postures up and lands a few punches. Tibau stands over Healy, kicking the legs. Lets Healy up. Right counter from Healy, then a body shot. Healy stalking at the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 for Tibau
Round 2 – Spinning backfist from Tibau connects solid but Healy walks through it. Tibau gets the takedown, working from half guard. Healy using the cage to get up. Knee to the thigh from Tibau before they separate to the center. Healy stalking. Body kick from Healy. Nice left from Tibau on the chin. Nice body shot from Healy. Another body shot. Tibau looks for the takedown, stuffed. Healy keeping the pressure on despite eating some punches. Leg kick Healy. Inside this time, clinches up against the cage. Nice elbow, but Tibau gets a body lock from the back, then backs out. Body kick and some body shots from Healy. Lands a jab or two and seems to be wearing on Tibau. Healy stalking at the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 Healy
Round 3 – Touch gloves. They trade punches. Healy stuffs a takedown. Backs Tibau to the cage, rips off a couple body shots. Healy looks for the single, lets it go. Knee in the clinch, and an elbow from Healy, pressing Tibau to the cage. Healy with another elbow. Tibau escapes to the center as Healy stays on him. Nice left from Tibau. Body combo from Healy, two left hooks upstairs. Pushes Tibau to the cage. Tibau with a left on the break. They trade shots in the pocket, both landing solidly. Healy’s pace wearing Tibau down. Big slam from Tibau, but Healy gets right up with a minute left in the fight. Tibau looking for the takedown against the cage, gets Healy to his knees where they trade punches before the bell. I think Healy pulled it off. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Healy, and the fight 29-28 for Healy.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
With four straight losses now, Pat Healy could be on the chopping block and probably should be.
@brentbrookhouse funny you say that. It’ll be interesting to see how they view signing UFC castoffs with new management.
— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) July 17, 2014
145 lbs: Lucas Martins vs. Alex White
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Alex checks an inside leg kick. Right hook from White. Right hand from White checks the chin. Left hand from Martins stuns White, and he retreats. Big left from White. Nice left right combo from Martins. Front kick from White. White’s hands are low. Body shot from White. Body kick from Martins. Nice body kick from White. Again. Right counter elbow from Martins. White fires right back. Inside leg kick from White. White gets countered with a solid one two coming in. He’s leaving himself open coming in and is getting tagged almost every time. Eats another hook. Martins backs him to the fence with a left to the body, right upstairs. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Martins.
Round 2 – Right hook from Martins. Martins being a lot less active this round. Leg kick Martins. Body kick from Martins lands solid. Body kick from White. Left to the body from White. Front kick from Martins. Nice exchange with both landing. White lands a spinning backfist that causes Martins to touch the canvas. He’s right back up though and coming forward. Martins shoots for the takedown, stuffed. He backs out. Left and counter right from White. White with a counter punch combo following a missed spin kick from Martins. Nice adjustments made by White. PMN sees it 10-9 White.
Round 3 – Leg kick from White. Right hook. Left hook from Martins. White tries a flying knee but either slipped or got clipped and ends up on his butt. Gets right up. Eats a counter. Inside leg kick from Martins. White checks the next one. Big counter right from Martins lands on the button, White wobbles for a moment, then a delayed response falls to the canvas. Nice finish for Mr. Martins.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lucas Martins def. Alex White by KO (punches) Rd 3 (2:08)
Lucas Martins is so fun to watch. 3-1 in the UFC with 3 finishes, only loss in a short-notice lightweight bout with Edson Barboza. — Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 17, 2014
— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) July 17, 2014
125 lbs: John Lineker vs. Alp Ozkilic
Round 1 – Right jab from Alp. Right hook to the body from Lineker. Lineker counters a leg kick with a straight right that knocks him off balance. Left hook from Lineker. Leg kick from Ozkilic. Ozkilic times a takedown attempt. Lineker defending, but ends up on the ground with Ozkilic taking top position in half guard. Lineker gets up without taking any damage. Couple uppercuts from Lineker. Right from Ozkilic but Lineker fires back. Nice right from Ozkilic. Jab from Lineker. Left counter from Ozkilic. He switches stances. Inside leg kick from Ozkilic. Lands a right and left. Lineker fires back with a couple of his own, shoots in for the single against the cage. Lineker picks him up and puts him down but Alp right back up. Left from Alp. One two by Ozkilic before the bell. Close round, PMN sees it 10-9 for Ozkilic.
Round 2 – Nice left hook from Alp, but he gets tagged shortly after and it backs him up. Lineker with a body shot and head shot. Right counter from Lineker causes Alp to stumble backward. Nice left uppercut from Ozkilic. Both guys landing some hard shots in this round. Ozkilic defends the takedown attempt. Inside leg kick from Alp. Left right from Lineker, inside leg kick. Big left hook to the body from Lineker. They trade jabs. Leg kick from Lineker. Uppercut, right hook from Lineker. Big body shot from Lineker. More body shots. Left counter from Alp. Couple jabs land. Overhand right from Lineker, then uppercut. Left from Alp. Takedown attempt from Lineker. Left from Alp. PMN sees it 10-9 Lineker.
Round 3 – Lineker getting the better of the stand-up throughout the first 4 minutes. Ozkilic is busted up and was retreating for his safety at one point. With under a minute to go the action picks up in the pocket. Alp landing some decent shots here and there, but Lineker definitely winning and drops him with two left hooks with only a few seconds left in the fight. The ref justifiably stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: John Lineker def. Alp Ozkilic by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (4:51)
My thoughts exactly:
We’d say that would easily be the FOTN but c’mon… Cerrone/Miller is coming. — MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) July 17, 2014
155 lbs: Joe Proctor vs. Justin Salas
Round 1 – Leg kick from Salas. Salas swinging for the fences. Overhand right from Salas connects. Then a big left hand and a knee. Right counter shot from Proctor. Left counter stuns Salas. Low kick from Salas, left counter hook. Another counter hook scores. Another one. And another. Right straight. Left hook counter again from Proctor. Body kick Salas. Nice right from Salas, although he himself is bleeding from all those counter left hooks. Leg kick from Salas. he shoots for the single, stuffed. Leg kick from Proctor. Counter right hook from Salas connects. Salas shoots, stuffed. Huge hematoma on the side of Proctor’s head. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Proctor.
Round 2 – Left counter from Proctor. Left hook and a knee to the chest from Salas. Nice left to the body, right upstairs from Salas. I keep thinking if he hits that hematoma and busts it, it’s gonna look like a crime scene. Salas gets a takedown ever so briefly, and Proctor pops right up. Salas pressing him to the cage, throwing a few knees. Nice left straight from Salas. Overhand right from Salas, then a body shot. Another one to the body. Body kick from Proctor, he then drops Salas with a counter left hook, Salas gets up but gets tagged with it again. Salas tries to take him down but eats one more hook, goes down and Proctor finishes him.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:27)
A ball cap does little to hide the growth coming out of Proctor’s head during his post-fight interview.
— Rob Tatum (@RobTatumMMA) July 17, 2014
170 lbs: Leonardo Mafra vs. Rick Story
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Body shot from Story. Mafra lights him up with a punch combo, Story fires back and lands, then scores a takedown. Story dropping elbows from inside guard. Mafra explodes to his feet but immediately gets put back down with Story on top in half guard. Story working the ground and pound, with punches and elbows. Mafra not doing much from bottom except trying to hold on. Mafra finally creates space and gets up, just in time to get put back down. PMN sees it 10-9 for Story, no doubt about that one.
Round 2 – Uppercut from Mafra. Left hook from Story sets up the takedown, Mafra defends at first but gets picked up high and slammed. Story on top in half guard landing shots, now looking for the head and arm choke as he moves to side control. Story follows the direction of his MMA Lab coach John Crouch and Mafra taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra by submission (head and arm choke) Rd 2 (2:12)
Did you realize Rick Story is the only current UFC fighter to do this (GSP was the other):
Rick Story is the only guy who has a win over UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks
— #UFCFightNight 45 (@TalkMMA) July 17, 2014
155 lbs: Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham
Round 1 – Right to the body from Barboza. Big leg kick inside from Barboza. Right hook from Dunham, eats a counter. Dunham shoots for the takedown, stuffed. Dunham gets countered with a couple punches. Then Barboza delivers a grazing liver kick and Dunham grabs his body and crumbles to the canvas, Barboza follows up with punches forcing the referee to stop it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:06)
Although Barboza’s kick just grazed Dunham, Sarah Kaufman explains:
That body kick from Barbosa just grazed Dunham …so painful when that happens. Nice finish from Barbosa #UFCFightNight
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) July 17, 2014
155 lbs: Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller
Round 1 – Nice knee to the body from Miller. Cowboy is mighty tan tonight. Left hook from Miller, then a body shot. Big inside leg kick from Miller, follows up with punches. Another knee from Cowboy. Miller presses him to cage, knee from Cerrone. Miller catches a kick and trips Cerrone, but he’s right back up. Nice right from Cowboy. They trade punches. No way will this go five rounds. Right grazing shot from Miller. He ducks into a nice knee to the body. Miller clinches and presses him to the cage, gets the bodylock takedown but Cerrone is right back up. Counter right from Miller. Body shot from Cowboy, he presses Miller to the cage, looking for a takedown but Miller escapes. Right counter from Miller stuns Cerrone but he delivers a counter right elbow to Miller. Cerrone stalking at the bell. Great action, PMN sees the round 10-9 for Miller.
Round 2 – Straight left from Miller connects. Leg kick Cerrone. Inside leg kick. Leg kick from Miller. Cowboy with a front kick to the groin and Miller goes down. Replay shows it was to the body, and thus he was not given time to recover. Front kick to the gut from Cerrone, then a leg kick. High kick powerful, blocked. Miller tentative. Big leg kick from Cowboy buckles the leg. Big leg kick from Cowboy again. Front kick to the gut again from Cowboy, lands a head kick. Miller hurt, trying to walk it off but Cowboy in his face. Miller shoots in desperation, Cerrone stuffs it. Left hand. Inside leg kick from Miller. Cowboy still targeting the body. Overhand left from Miller connects. Big inside leg kick from Miller. Miller looking to protect his body and eats a huge head kick from Cerrone! BOOM! This fight is over folks. Miller is D-O-N-E, but he lands one more right hand to his downed opponent for good measure and the ref intervenes.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller by KO (head kick) Rd 2 (3:31)
Cerrone will definitely win his fourth straight performance bonus tonight:
Cerrone's ability to consistently deliver for fans cannot be understated. Only way to do it that easily is to do it naturally.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 17, 2014
I’d love to see Cowboy rematch Nate Diaz. Make it happen.
Pretty amazing card tonight!! Lots of finishes. That’s a good thing.
Tommy Toe Hold about sums it up…
Give every fucking person on this card $50,000 and a motorcycle and some fucking Nos energy drinks. BEST. CARD. EVER. #FightNight
— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) July 17, 2014
The UFC matchmakers are certainly pleased…
Joe Silva just walked by press row. Not sure I've ever seen a bigger smile on his face. Hell of a night of fights.
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) July 17, 2014
Now go watch the UFC Fight Night 45 post-fight press conference.