Oliveira briefly hunted submissions with an open guard but soon went to a closed guard as Makhachev applied heavy top pressure. The champion regained his feet off a scramble but Makhachev put him back on the ground with a judo throw continuing to control the action.
Makhachev got a clinch with double underhooks in the second but couldn't get Oliveira down again. As the pair separated, the champion began to work his striking. But when he attempted a jumping knee, Makhachev caught him with a hard right hand that dropped him. The challenger instantly went for an arm triangle choke and when he managed to pass his opponent's guard, Oliveira immediately tapped out.
In the co-main event T.J. Dillashaw came in with a shoulder injury and when the shoulder popped out of place early on, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling took full advantage using takedowns and brutal ground and pound to stop Dillashaw in the second round.
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