Rafael dos Anjos’ (25-8) second Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title defense took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the main event of UFC Fight Night 90. His challenger was former two-time Bellator 155-pound kingpin Eddie Alvarez (28-4).
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An inside leg kick found the target for Alvarez early in the opening frame. The champion landed a left hand. A hard leg kick connected for dos Anjos. Alvarez blocked a high kick but the champion landed a right hand. The challenger went for a takedown, but the champion threatened with a guillotine. A knee on the break landed for dos Anjos.
Alvarez rocked dos Anjos with a combination ending with a right hand. The challenger continued to pour it on and threw out a big flying knee. He got a takedown and rained down punches. The champion returned to his feet, but Alvarez kept the pressure on and referee Herb Dean had seen enough.
Final Result: Eddie Alvarez def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO (Strikes) – R1, 3:49